2018 Synod Trip to India – flyer and information

வணக்கம்! (vaṇakkam! – “Hello” in Tamil) The Northern Illinois Synod is planning a trip to India and our companion synod, the Arcot Lutheran Church, for February 5-16, 2018 (with an optional 2-day add-on). Spaces are filling up. If you might be interested in participating in this trip, please complete the simple survey below today.   Download …

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Rostered Ministers Gathering – August 2017

Mark your calendars for Aug. 7-10, 2017, when the ELCA will host its first ever Rostered Ministers Gathering in Atlanta. This will be an opportunity for our Rostered Ministers to assemble for worship, education, and fellowship. We will gather under the theme, “On the Way … Together,” using the Emmaus Road story (Luke 24:13-35) to …

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…for those planning to travel to India in February

February 5 – 18, 2018 “The LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) Travelers: Row 1: Ds. Cheryl Erdmann, Ds. Sheryl Andreasen, Bishop Jeff Clements, Esther Prabhakar, Pr. Gary Erickson, Dr. John Prabhakar. Row 2: Wallie Stewart, Cole Bathje, Yolanda Churchill, Pr. Dan Wynard, Pr. Cathy Daharsh, Heide Gallagher, Art Milton, Dakota Kampmeier, …

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Living Lutheran Stories – October 10, 2017

Perspective: On prayers for Las Vegas—and for the U.S. Our neighbors’ blood cries to us from the ground once again. The recurring nightmare is all too familiar: a man filled with hatred perpetrates a mass shooting. Like Columbine, Virginia Tech, … continue   One paws-itively holy hound ELCA pastor Denise Gundersen was at a church meeting …

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Gathering News – October 2017

Registration Gathering registration is open! We have over 10,000 participants registered with more than 750 congregations represented. Make sure you register your group soon to be eligible for our Gathering Giveaways. In October, we will be drawing from our registered congregations for a chance to win a meet-and-greet with a Mass Gathering band, a meet-and-greet …

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Living Lutheran Stories October 3, 2017

  Reformation 500: 50 ways the Reformation still impacts pastors As we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Living Lutheran is exploring 500 of its unique aspects, concluding the series this month with 50 ways the Reformation still … continue           Matthew lectionary series: Crumbs from the table In part three, we noted three of the five women listed in …

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Advocacy Update – October 2017

Today, we present our ELCA Advocacy Update for the month of October. Please read below for important information on ELCA Advocacy efforts in Washington, across the country and throughout the world. To read the full version of the update and for more information on advocacy efforts from our Lutheran State Advocacy offices, visit our blog! ELCA Advocacy, …

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IGNITE Your Mission and Career

ALDE IGNITE: Minneapolis 2018 Learn how to take your mission to the next level at IGNITE: Minneapolis 2018, February 28-March 3. This conference will include top-notch keynote speakers as well as rich curriculum sessions and network building opportunities for those with congregational leadership, fundraising, communications, or marketing roles. If you are looking to grow an …

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RE-MARK-ABLE Conversations with the Bishop – Fall 2017

All RE-MARK-ABLE Conversations begin with a light supper at 6:15 p.m. and continue at 7:00 with the opening devotion and continued conversations. Tuesday, September 12 – Central Conference – St. Paul Lutheran Church, 421 S. Peoria Avenue, Dixon Tuesday, September 26 – South Conference – St. John Lutheran Church,  607 10th Avenue, Mendota Thursday, October 5 – …

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St. John’s Bible Presentation

As part of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Christ The Lord Lutheran in Elgin on Sunday,  November 19 at 2:00, invites Northern Illinois Synod congregations and the public, to a program on the St. John’s Bible. It took eleven years to illustrate and hand write in calligraphic script this Bible. It is in seven …

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The Freedom of a Christian Discussion

Quad Cities church and community members are invited to a Three-part discussion series on the The Freedom of a Christian by Martin Luther. These sessions will take place on Wednesdays – October 11, 18, 25  11.30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Wilson Faculty Center, adjacent to the new Brunner Theatre. A soup and sandwich lunch will be offered …

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Looking for Seed Money for a Project?

Each year, the Congregational Life Committee (CLC) of the Northern Illinois Synod awards grants to be used as seed money to inspire and empower the people of the Northern Illinois Synod to develop creative new ideas for ministry. Any congregation or group related to a congregation of the Northern Illinois Synod can apply for a CLC grant. The grant request guidelines …

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Portico Webinars

If you’re over age 50 and within 15 years of retirement, our pre-retirement seminars and webinars are a great way to get planning off to a strong start or keep the momentum going. Hosted by Portico and a certified Ernst & Young financial planner, the seminars and webinars answer the important questions you may have …

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Portico 2017 Live Well Challenge Deadline November 30

Earn up to $400 wellness dollars for ELCA-Primary members and spouses Register & Complete Your Health Assessment by November 30 (new extended deadline): Earn $100 Each Save or Implement a Retirement Plan With Your Spouse by November 30: Earn $200 Each Report Your Healthy Change by November 30: Earn $100 each For more information go to MyPortico …

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Oct. 32 and beyond

Oct. 32 and beyond. With the 500th anniversary, it’s been “All Reformation All the Time.” But Reformation Day is over—now what? In her October column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that in Christ we are set free for loving and serving others—so let us now live in that freedom. Read her column in English at http://bit.ly/2fILKdh or in Spanish at http://bit.ly/2xPgofU.

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ELCA resources for responding to violence

“Las Vegas. There are no words. Just prayers, lament…and the witness of love and life in Jesus Christ. Lord have mercy,” tweeted ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton the morning of Oct. 2, when the world learned of the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas. As we reflect on how to respond, the ELCA has a range of …

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Bishop Meeting with Rostered Ministers Under 40

Bishop Clements will meet with all NIS Rostered Ministers 40 years and under on Wednesday, October 11 from 10:00 am – Noon at Faith Lutheran Church in Rochelle, IL. For more information, contact Pr. Rob James, GPS Faith Community pastorrob@gpsfaith.com (815) 721-0079 cell (779) 221-8491 church

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Continuing Education Opportunity for Pastors and Professional Leaders

Continuing Education Opportunity for Pastors and Professional Leaders Let’s Talk About Sex and the Church What People Are Saying… Thursday, November 30, 2017 Salem Lutheran Church 1700 W. War Memorial Drive Peoria, IL 61614 Cost: $25 (includes lunch) 9am – 3pm: Presentation Preparing to talk about sex: forming judgments, recognizing culture around us, spirituality/sexuality, going …

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Music that Makes Community

Do you enjoy singing? Would you like to help your people connect and grow in faith through singing? Check out Music that Makes Community’s Chicago Area Practice Group on Thursday, November 2 from 2-4pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 493 Forest Avenue in Glen Ellyn. Questions? Contact Charles Plummer at 630-469-5552 or charlesbradfordplummer@yahoo.com. You can also …

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Living Lutheran Stories – September 26, 2017

ELCA staff, partners report Maria devastation Less than two weeks after Hurricane Irma rocked the Caribbean islands and the U.S. Atlantic Coast, Hurricane Maria tore through a similar path over the last two days. Many small Caribbean islands … continue     A hands-on first communion Fourth- and fifth-graders at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Olympia, …

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Portico Annual Enrollment

During Annual Enrollment each year, Portico asks you to consider your ELCA benefits and what you’ll need to live well in the coming year. Because we don’t want anyone to miss important opportunities, we require every sponsored plan member to review and elect 2018 benefits. Get Ready: Sept. 11 – Oct. 29 Use this time …

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PLC Evaluation Form Online

Did you attend the 2017 PLC? Your opinions are highly valued by the planning committee. If you did not fill out a paper evaluation form at the event, please take a moment to fill out the evaluation below.

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Choir music needs new home

choir sing music

The retired organist from Capron Lutheran Church in Capron has two boxes of mostly Easter and Christmas cantatas that she would like to give away. For more information, contact Gwen Jones, Poplar Grove, IL, 815-765-2774.

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Taizé Worship

Weary? Come for renewal. Grieving? Come for consolation. Joyous? Come to give thanks. Restless? Come for peace. Gather in candlelight for song & prayer. Taizé Worship Thursday, October 19, 6:30 pm United Lutheran Church 3630 N. Rockton Ave Rockford 815.654-3880

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Lutheran Disaster Response

Lutheran Disaster Response brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. When the dust settles and the headlines change, we stay to provide ongoing assistance to those in need. Learn more. Where Lutherans are responding: Hurricanes Irma and Maria Relief Hurricane …

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LSSI 150th Anniversary

LSSI will be celebrating their 150th Anniversary on October 31. In honor of this, they are having a special worship service on October 15 at Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover, IL (where LSSI began nearly 150 years ago!). Sunday, October 15 Worship at 10:30 a.m. with a luncheon and fellowship to follow. Augustana Lutheran Church 628 6th Street …

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Living Lutheran Stories – September 12, 2017

ELCA responds to hurricanes Harvey, Irma Just as Hurricane Harvey long-term recovery efforts begin in Texas and Louisiana, Hurricane Irma threatens devastation as it moves toward Florida and the Carolinas. But even before the storms hit, … continue Recipes from the heart For many Lutherans, food and faith are inextricably linked. We gather for a funeral—and …

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2018 Gathering Registration Opens

Be ready when you log in with the information needed to enter your participants, but know that you will be able to go back in to update data as needed. In fact, one question I’ve been asked is: Can I still add additional participants before the November “early-bird” deadline, if families change their mind and decide to …

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Benefit Concert by John Linker

Princeton, IL: A benefit performance by John Linker will take place at St. John Lutheran Church, rural Princeton on October 8, 2017, 7:00 p.m. There is no admission charge but donations at the door will go to Lutheran Disaster Response to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, and to send St. John youth to the 2018 …

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How is God Calling You Into the World?

Have you ever wondered about Public Ministry? Or Seminary? Or both? Come visit the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and find out for yourself what life is like as a seminarian! LSTC has two events this Fall: Seminary Sampler, Sunday, October 22 through Tuesday, October, 24, and Seminary Sampler Night, Tuesday, November 14. Come meet current …

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2017 Professional Leaders Conference

2017 PLC will be September 18-20 Presenters: Karoline M. Lewis and Jonathan Rundman The NIS Professional Leaders Conference is the key yearly opportunity for leaders to experience collegiality and connect with what is going on in our Synod. All NIS professional leaders (rostered ministers, seminary students, and paid professional congregational leaders) and their spouses are encouraged to come …

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