January 2, 2019
Dear congregations and rostered ministers:
Grace and peace to you in this New Year! This letter will provide you with some initial important information about the Thirty-Second Annual Northern Illinois Synod Assembly, being held on Friday and Saturday, June 14-15, 2019 at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.
Please refer to the lists provided on pages 2 and 3 of this letter to confirm the number of lay voting members your congregation is allowed. These voting members are asked to be equally divided between male and female1 and from different households.2 In addition, each congregation may register one additional voting member as a youth3 or one young adult.4 Your congregation is also encouraged to elect one or two alternates to attend as visitors this year with the possibility of their attending as voting members at next year's assembly. Although this procedure would be costlier to your congregation, your congregation will benefit by future voting members observing the assembly operation one year and, thus, being better prepared to represent your congregation the following year at assembly.
Pastors (ministers of Word and Sacrament) and deacons (ministers of Word and Service) under call are expected to attend all synod assemblies.5 All pastors and deacons under call as well as interim pastors will be voting members of the assembly (costs are the congregation's responsibility). Retired pastors and deacons, as well as those on leave from call and those with disability status6 have voice and vote provided they register prior to the assembly date, otherwise they have voice, but not vote (registration fees are waived; they are responsible for all other costs).
Basic, dorm-style housing will be available in the Augustana dorms or, if you prefer, we have arranged for a small block of hotel rooms. Please refer to that information on page 3.
Walking with you,
The Reverend Jeffrey Clements, Bishop
1 Constitutional Provision +S7.21.c: “...normally one of whom shall be male and one of whom shall be female…”
2 Chapter 7, Synod Assembly: “It is the intention of this Synod that normally there shall be no more than one voting member of the Synod Assembly from a single household.”
3 Synod Constitutional Bylaw S7.21.A11 “… a voting member who has not reached the age of 18 at the time of election or appointment for service”
4 Synod Constitutional Bylaw S7.21.A11 “…a voting member between the ages of 18 and 30 at the time of election or appointment for service”
5 S14.21.1. “All ordained ministers under a call shall attend meetings of the synod assembly…” and Constitutional Provision S14.31.d. “Deacons on the roster of this synod… shall attend meetings of the synod assembly.”
6 ACTION SC-17-09-25 The Council voted to approve permitting ministers not under active call to have both voice and vote at Synod Assemblies and establish a process through which this can take place – much in the same way that retired ministers are allowed both voice and vote at Synod Assemblies.
2019 Assembly of the Northern Illinois Synod, ELCA
The listed "baptized membership figures" of the 145 Northern Illinois Synod congregations, as reported to the ELCA through each congregation's year-end statistical report (parochial report) as of 12/31/2017, is the basis for determining the "number of lay voting members" selected to attend the assembly. The "baptized membership" formula consists of the top 10% of our congregations receiving four lay voting members, the next top 10% of our congregations receiving three lay voting members, and the remainder of our congregations receiving two lay voting members.
Congregations allowed FOUR voting members, plus one additional youth or young adult:
Congregation City Conference
1 3028 Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church McHenry Northeast
2 2107 Alleluia! Lutheran Church Naperville East
3 1678 Grace Lutheran Church Woodstock Northeast
4 1619 Salem Lutheran Church Sycamore Northeast
5 1609 St. John Lutheran Church Joliet East
6 1402 Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church Huntley Northeast
7 1376 Peace Lutheran Church New Lenox Northeast
8 1311 Light of Christ Lutheran Church Algonquin East
9 1265 Trinity Lutheran Church Moline West
10 1221 Bethany Lutheran Church Crystal Lake Northeast
11 1105 Grace Lutheran Church Loves Park North
12 1099 St. Paul Lutheran Church Orion West
13 1070 Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Rockford North
14 984 First Lutheran Church Geneseo West
15 939 Zion Lutheran Church Rockford North
Congregations allowed THREE voting members, plus one additional youth or young adult:
Congregation City Conference
1 930 Cross and Crown Lutheran Church Roscoe North
2 880 Trinity Lutheran Church Rockford North
3 876 Trinity Lutheran Church Ottawa South
4 860 Our Saviour Lutheran Church Sandwich East
5 816 St. Mark Lutheran Church Rockford North
6 812 First Lutheran Church DeKalb Northeast
7 761 St. John’s Lutheran Church Mendota South
8 753 St. Paul Lutheran Church Dixon Central
9 681 Grace Lutheran Church Knoxville Southwest
10 675 Immanuel Lutheran Church Dixon Central
11 667 Trinity Lutheran Church Harvard Northeast
12 652 St. John Lutheran Church Somonauk South
13 599 Salem Lutheran Church Sandwich East
14 597 St. John Lutheran Church Sterling Central
15 590 All Saints Lutheran Church Byron Central
All other congregations are allowed TWO voting members, plus one additional youth or young adult.
Basic, dorm-style housing is offered in the dorms at Augustana, however, for those that prefer hotel accommodations, we have arranged for a small block of rooms at hotels closest to Augustana campus:
- Element Moline, 316 12th Street, Moline, 309-517-1659. Mention “Synod Assembly 2019 Block” to book.
- Radisson on John Deere Commons, 1415 River Drive, Moline, 309-764-1000
- Stoney Creek Hotel & Convention Center, 101 18th St., Moline, 309-743-0101
If your congregation wishes to make reservations at one of these hotels, we encourage you to do so now because of the limited number of rooms available. Element Moline rate begins $105. Radisson room rates begin at $119.
Stoney Creek rates not available at print time. (Note: These rates will change when the block of rooms is released May 13, 2019).