Category: Committee News

Three Important Photos

Bishop Clements and the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women Task Force invite all who self-identify as female and who are rostered ministers of word and sacrament in the Northern Illinois Synod to be part of an historic group photo to be taken following lunch and the conversation with Bishop Clements and before the service …

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Official Youth Gathering handbook

The Official Youth “Gathering Handbook: Tips & Tricks for Adult Leaders” is now adapted to the 2021 Gathering in Minneapolis. If this is your first time leading a group or your sixth, you’ll want to check out this resource filled with tips and tricks (including sample budgets and covenants) sure to make your experience is …

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NIS Women of the ELCA 2020 Spring Retreat

Faith Along the Winding Road “There will be trouble in this life.  But take heart:  I have overcome the world” –John 16:33  LOMC, 1834 S. IL Rt. 2, Oregon, IL 61061Saturday, April 18, 2020 • 9:00 am – 2:00 pmRegistration and coffee:  8:30-9:00 am Registration is $30. Use the registration form linked below. Scholarships are …

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Made Free

by: Kelly Sherman-Conroy, MYLE Team Leader In October of 2019, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event leadership team, including youth, young adults and adults, gathered at Luther Seminary to discern a theme for MYLE 2021. Before we began our conversations as a group, we took the time to learn about and understand the history of the …

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50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women Videos

With gratitude for those who have gone before and hope for the future, the Northern Illinois Synod gives thanks to God for the ministry of women. In 2020 we celebrate 50 years of Lutheran women being ordained in the United States, 40 years of women of color being ordained, and 10 years of LGBTQIA+ individuals …

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2020 Boundaries Workshops

Register today for one of two Boundaries Workshops being held in Huntley and Geneseo in April. Thursday, April 23, 2020Shepherd of the Prairie, Huntley9 a.m. – 3 p.mCost $50 (includes lunch and a participant workbook) Tuesday, April 28, 2020First, Geneseo9 a.m. – 3 p.mCost $50 (includes lunch and a participant workbook) Assistant to the Bishop, …

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Calling all youth leaders!

The theme of the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering in Minneapolis will be boundless: God beyond measure. Who in your congregation should receive communications about preparations for the gathering? Please fill out the form below or ask them to fill out the form as soon as possible so we can start getting them the information they …

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gNews – Updates from the 2021 Youth Gathering

2021 Theme Announcement We are so excited to announce the theme of the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering, “boundless: God beyond measure.” Our primary Scripture will be Ephesians 3:19 CEV: “I want you to know all about Christ’s love, although it is too wonderful to be measured. Then your lives will be filled with all that …

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2020 Openings

The 2019-2020 Northern Illinois Synod Nominating Committee is seeking nominees to stand for election to open positions at the June 2020 Synod Assembly. Some of these positions do have incumbents eligible to be re-elected and/or nominees who have agreed to stand. The goal is to have at least two nominees for each position. For more information, please contact …

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ELCA National Youth Gathering Theme Announced

We are so excited to announce the theme of the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering, “boundless: God beyond measure.” Our primary Scripture will be Ephesians 3:19 CEV: “I want you to know all about Christ’s love, although it is too wonderful to be measured. Then your lives will be filled with all that God is.” We …

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Domestic Hunger Grants

ELCA World Hunger provides Domestic Hunger Grants in order to accompany congregations and their partners throughout the United States and Caribbean as they draw on the strengths of communities to address local issues such as food security, clean water, housing, job readiness, human rights, policy change, leadership development and more. Together, these ministries are part …

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NIS Women of the ELCA 31st Annual Convention

All women of the Northern Illinois Synod are invited to attend New Horizons, the 31st annual Northern Illinois Synod Women of the ELCA Convention on Saturday, September 21 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1330 13th Street, Moline. Coffee and registration begins at 8:00 am. Northern Illinois Synod Bishop Jeffrey Clements will give the morning message.

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#CycleToSynod 2019

“I am a part of Cycle to Synod because ELCA Word Hunger ministries is important to me.  I believe we can work toward ending world hunger.  And this is an exciting way to get my whole family involved in raising awareness and funds for ELCA World Hunger.”  — Pastor Jamie Gallagher of First Lutheran Church, Monmouth on why …

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ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grant Recipient

The World Hunger Subcommittee is pleased to announce that Christian Care, a nonprofit organization in Rock Island, has received a 2019 ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grant.  They were awarded $5,000 for each of the next three years to support their on-site meal programs for families and increase their on-site vegetable garden production.  Christian Care …

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What do “benevolence” and Mission Support mean?

A reflection by Virgil Gibson, an ELCA member from Gettysburg, Po. I’ve been thinking about this lately, and it caused me to look back at my orientation and education as an adult convert to Christianity and Lutheranism. I had an intuitive sense that someone paid to get that Navy chaplain in that place to meet me at …

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Pastoral Letter – September 2016

September 2016 Dear Friends in Christ, God’s rich grace and abundant peace be with you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. As I think about our Northern Illinois Synod, the words of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:3–4, resonate so strongly with me. Paul says: “I thank my God every time I remember …

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Stewardship and Mission Support Strategy

Approved by Synod Assembly June 18, 2011 Vision Marked with the Cross of Christ, Stewards for Life Theological Principles Our roots of faith begin in baptism and grow through our relationship with God. God blesses us and invites us to become good disciples and good stewards. Being a good steward is a spiritual matter and …

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2017 Mission Support Information

Bishop’s Invitation to Grow 10 in 2017 Dear Friends and Coworkers in Christ, An Invitation to Grow in Generosity and Mission As your congregation begins planning for ministry in 2017, I would like to invite your congregation into prayerful conversation about growing your generosity and gift for Mission Support (benevolence). This year, as we consider giving in …

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Why not child sponsorship?

From The Lutheran – February 2008 (reprinted with permission) Story by Elizabeth Hunter A Q&A with ELCA World Hunger Appeal director, Kathryn Sime The ads show a hungry child that you—with just a few cents a day—could help feed, clothe and educate. Child sponsorship sounds like an easy way to help. Yet the ELCA doesn’t …

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Wellness Wheel Ideas

from the 2007 Professional Leaders Conference participants Things the Synod can do to help with Wellness Meet ½ hr before conference meetings to walk Encouraging/supporting spiritual direction and/or have a “pastor” for each pastor Share the lists Info on ELCA/Mayo site about weight training that can be done without equipment that costs big bucks Have …

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Worship Matters

The Rev. H. Jeffrey A. Clements (from the May-June 2015 issue of Making Christ Known) My son was new to his position as associate director of Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp. He and his dog had moved to Montana that summer with what he could stuff into his small car. My daughter-in-law was still working in …

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Something Old, Something New

The Rev. Twila Schock (from the May-June 2015 issue of Making Christ Known) “Wow!  I love worshiping here.  I was afraid, hearing you were Lutheran, you would make us bow, cross ourselves, and say things at church that we didn’t feel.  Instead, we sing, we read the Bible, and we pray.” * * * “Thank …

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Worship Is

The Rev. Robert A. Franek (from the May-June 2015 issue of Making Christ Known) Worship is from the beginning the Church’s primary faith practice. A people gathered by the Holy Spirit around word and sacrament on the Lord’s Day giving thanks and praise for resurrection of Jesus Christ is the church’s primary activity. Everything in …

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Worship Is the Heart of All We Do

Given competition, is it ‘hub of our week, space of our regrouping’? The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, ELCA Presiding Bishop (from the May-June 2015 issue of Making Christ Known) There is a Seattle-based caffeinated beverage company that goes to great lengths to provide excellent customer service. Its campaign is to make itself everyone’s “Third Place.” “First …

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