Living Lutheran Stories – March 13, 2018

God revealed through people with disabilities   His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that� … continue Water and the word create new life: part 4 Week 4: Jesus’ baptism Prayer passage: …

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Hymnals looking for a new home

First, Geneseo has hymnals they would love to donate to anyone who is interested. 118      LBWs 84        With One Voice 185      Worship and Praise 157      SBH If you are interested, please contact Linda Schmidt at lschmidt@firstgeneseo.org

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Join #CallChangesEverything

Stories to share For the next two months, we’ll be asking for your youth’s reflections and stories to share on the big screen at the Gathering. Every two weeks we’ll have a new prompt to reflect on. Submit your videos on Instagram by using the assigned # or DMing the Gathering (@ELCAGathering). Please save the …

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ELCA Conference of Bishops issues statement of support

3/6/2018 4:15:00 PM The ELCA Conference of Bishops has approved the following statement of support for the March for Our Lives on March 24.   STATEMENT IN SOLIDARITY WITH OUR CHILDREN AND YOUTH  Our children and youth are like a young Jeremiah prophesying to the people: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to …

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God’s irresistible call – Presiding Bishop

By Elizabeth A. Eaton When first elected presiding bishop, I was often asked what it meant to be the first woman entrusted with this call. I didn’t like that question then. I’m still ambivalent about it now. Why, in the 21st century, did my gender matter? Why, in 2013, was the election of a woman …

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Our Savior’s, Rockford announces 2018 Concert Series

April 8 – Jonathan Rundman, singer, vocalist, keyboard player with skills on other instruments as well. Jonathan has Finnish roots where he frequently tours and record. He can always be found leading music at ELCA gatherings, National Youth Gatherings, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians conferences and most anytime a large group of ELCA musicians gather. …

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NE Conference Spring Assembly

The Northeast Conference of the Northern Illinois Synod will hold their annual Spring Assembly on Wednesday, May 30, at Salem Lutheran Church (1145 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore), from 6-8pm. Salem will generously provide dinner for those who attend. The topic will be “The Congregational Vitality Survey.” The Congregational Vitality Survey helps faith communities focus on mission and …

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Register for Ecumenical Advocacy Days

Now is the time to register for the 2018 Ecumenical Advocacy Days! EAD will take place April 20-23 in Washington, D.C. The ELCA helped to found EAD and continues as a sponsor of this weekend long conference. This year’s gathering theme, “A World Uprooted: Responding to Migrants, Refugees and Displaced People,” will offer ELCA leaders an …

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Seeds Monthly – February 2018

  ACT to End Racism In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will join ecumenical and inter-religious partners for ACT to End Racism April 3-5 in Washington, D.C. The focus of the three-day event will be a rally April 4 on the National Mall. …

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Vicar Lenny Duncan brings conversation about race, intersectionality and faith to Luther College

DECORAH, Iowa—During his visit to Luther College March 2-4, Vicar Lenny Duncan will share his story—of being called to ministry after being formerly incarcerated, homeless and unchurched—and raise questions for the community to consider together. “Will we bring good news to oppressed? Feed the grace-famished? Welcome our LGBTQ siblings? Finally offer repentance and reparations to …

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LL Stories February 28, 2018

Both/and Austen Hartke is the creator of the YouTube series Transgender and Christian, which seeks to understand and interpret Scripture related to gender identity and transgender people. His online work … continue     Water and the word create new life: part 2 Week 2: Creation  Prayer passage: “Through the waters of the flood you delivered …

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2017-18 Global Church Directory

The ELCA has deep, longstanding relationships with Lutheran churches and other partners around the world. We respond to our companions and support their work by sending missionaries and volunteers, training leaders, planting new congregations and growing existing ones. In the 2017-18 Global Church Directory, read stories of this engagement and see pictures of many of our …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter February 24, 2018

PERSONAL PLANNER Gifts of Stock What will the market do this year? Perhaps the best answer is, “It will go up and down.” Stock returns vary to a significant degree each year. However, long-term stock returns have been reasonably substantial. Read More SAVVY LIVING Three Ways to Cut Hearing Aid Costs I have heard that hearing …

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…for Pr. Susan Davenport and her husband Gregory Kruse at the death of Gregory’s brother, Paul Kruse

Gregory Kruse’s brother Paul Kruse died Monday, February 26. Paul had leukemia several years ago and struggled with chemo treatments and other complications.  He recently had pneumonia and was hospitalized.  Paul was living in Washington state but the family is from Wisconsin. Funeral arrangements will be posted here when available. Please keep Pastor Susan and …

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ELCA seminaries look to identify, nurture and sustain new leaders

2/22/2018 11:45:00 AM CHICAGO – In partnership with Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s Leadership Initiative, the seven seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will  launch a combined effort to encourage new candidates for ministry in the ELCA. The program, “Do you want to change the world?,” is being promoted through a series of …

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Download the CRE App for the Congregational Resourcing Event!

The CRE app will be the most up-to-date source for workshops, sessions, and rooms at this year’s Congregational Resourcing Event, March 10 at Kishwaukee College. There are several ways to get the app: In a web browser, visit https://guidebook.com/app/elcaevents/guide/niscre18. From there you can text a link to your phone or download the iOS or Android version …

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ELCA Advocacy Update – February 2018

Today, we present our ELCA Advocacy Update for the month of February. 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 …

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Essential Titles for Black History Month

We believe conversation matters. These Fortress Press titles are sure to spark meaningful conversations around race, justice, and equality. Racial Purity and Dangerous Bodies: Moral Pollution, Black Lives, and the Struggle for Justice By Rima Vesely-Flad $34.00 Learn more Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith By Monica A. Coleman $26.99 Learn more …

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Missing Banner Stand

Christ, Stockton’s WELCA group is missing a light-colored wooden banner stand. It is heavy and comes apart into two pieces. There was no case for it. It may be marked WELCA NW. If you have seen this banner stand, please contact Nancy Rice at 815-275-0303.

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E-Life Newsletter February 2018

Photo: ELCA Inter-Religious Task Force, November 2017 Please add your input: draft ELCA inter-religious policy statement  From now until the end of June, individuals and groups across the ELCA are invited to respond to the draft ELCA policy statement, “A Declaration of Our Inter-Religious Commitment.” Please consider how you might take the lead in sharing …

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Stories and Photos from India Trip

See photos from all the India trip participants in this album. Post times below are in CST. India is 12.5 hours ahead. Bishop Jeff Clements February 18 at 3pm We thank you, gracious God, for protecting your servants while traveling in India and bringing us home safely. We are grateful for the opportunity to learn …

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Are you 50+? Retirement questions? Portico can help!

Retirement planning can seem daunting without someone to walk you through it. Portico’s day-long pre-retirement seminar for plan members age 50+ does just that. And it’s coming to your area soon! The seminar covers many facets of retirement planning in understandable terms — from establishing a retirement budget to reviewing health care options. You’ll breathe …

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Living Lutheran Stories – February 6, 2018

Confessing racism I was about 10 years old, standing in the kitchen, hanging around as bratty sisters do, and listening to my parents talk to my 15-year-old sister. The only words I remember are my mother’s. � … continue 3 things church taught me about race relations When I was 10 years old, my family switched …

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Memorial Service at Grace Place February 14

There will be a Memorial Service at Grace Place to remember those 6 people who died ten years ago in Cole Hall at NIU as a result of a mass shooting. Our service at Grace Place will begin at 9:00 PM on February 14 (Ash Wednesday).  We are hoping that those attending the beginning of Lent service will follow up with …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter February 3, 2018

  PERSONAL PLANNER Life Insurance – Costs and Benefits Let’s look at the “top five” reasons people give for not owning life insurance. Read More SAVVY LIVING How to Find Volunteer Opportunities What resources can you recommend for locating interesting volunteer opportunities? Since I retired, I’ve been doing some volunteer work but most of the opportunities …

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