Category: Walking Together

Walking Together is the weekly e-news of the Northern Illinois Synod. Anyone can subscribe by clicking here) or by sending names and email addresses to karin@nisynod.org. Congregational submissions are encouraged! Send stories, prayer requests, bulletin board items, news, and photos to karin@nisynod.org.

Living Lutheran Stories – July 2, 2019

Perspective: Our promise to baptized children Here’s a familiar Sunday scene: Before worship begins, a baby wearing a white gown is passed around between parents, grandparents and godparents. Noticing the baptismal party, parishioners check … continue Worship around the table Kendall Vanderslice has a background in professional baking, food studies and theology. In her new book …

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News from Luther Seminary – June 2019

Listening, Breathing, and Being Led by God Pentecost is a season of listening, breathing, and being led by God–when Jesus’ promise to send the Holy Spirit is realized, and the church is filled with its power. What the Spiritual Life Inventory Reveals about the Health of Our Churches In 2018, as part of the Lilly Foundation-funded …

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Free Spark materials

Free resources available: Spark Classroom (copyright 2009) leader guides, Director materials, and learner resources for Year Orange and Year Green are available, ages Kindergarten through Grade 6. First Lutheran, Geneseo, has switched curriculum and would like the materials to go to a good church home! Contact Pastor Laura Kamprath, 309-944-3196 or lkamprath@firstgeneseo.org

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… for the Churchwide Assembly

Six weeks of prayer prior to the Assembly, Daily Prayers during the Assembly and a prayer for the Sunday after the Assembly (Week 7)  As the ELCA enters its final weeks before Churchwide Assembly in Milwaukee (ELCA.org/ChurchwideAssembly), we offer a prayer petition for 6 weeks that congregations might consider using within their prayers on Sunday …

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Addiction and Faith Conference

Join us for the second annual Addiction and Faith Conference to be held in Bloomington MN on Sept. 20, 21, 22, 2019. Addiction in every form, including opioid addiction, is ravaging our world. The conference seeks to help answer the question, “How can we as people of faith respond to this crisis?” We believe faith …

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Leadership Lab 2019

July 22-27, 2019! Register NOW! What is Lab? It’s a laboratory for youth to experiment and practice church leadership… while at the same time an intense, transformational faith experience. Find out more and watch videos at http://leadershiplab.net. The mission of Leadership Lab is to be an active LABORATORY, practicing church leadership for the future… We …

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Mark your calendars for PLC – September 16-18, 2019

The annual NIS Professional Leaders Conference will be held September 16-18 at Sinsinawa Mound Retreat Center in Sinsinawa, WI, under the theme The Gospel Proclamation, a Ministry of the Whole Congregation. Presenters will be the Rev. Dr. Shauna Hannan, Associate Professor of Homiletics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA and the Rev. Bryan …

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2019 diakonia Graduation

The diakonia™ Programs of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod and the Northern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America joyfully invite you to attend the 2019 Graduation Service for 26 Candidates on Sunday, July 14, 3:00 p.m. Deacon Cheryl Erdmann, Assistant to the Bishop, Preaching The Rev. Preston C. Fields, Host Pastor and Presider …

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2020 Rostered Ministers Gathering

As a rostered minister in the ELCA, you are invited to join colleagues at the 2020 Rostered Ministers Gathering under the theme “Rekindle the Gift Within You” (2 Timothy 1:6). This an opportunity to gather with colleagues across the church for fellowship, renewal, continuing education, Bible study and refreshment of your spirit. Learn more! Watch …

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LOMC Welcomes New Executive Director Rob Gieraltowski

Oregon, IL, April 11, 2019 – Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center (LOMC) welcomes new Executive Director Rob Gieraltowski effective Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Rob’s relationship with LOMC extends back to the summer of 1985 when he attended Spelunking Camp and eventually became a summer camp counselor in the early 1990s. He has served on the LOMC …

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ELCA Stewardcast 2019

Watch this recorded video from the live-streamed 2019 ELCA Stewardcast highlighting active and proactive stewardship programs going on in ELCA congregations across the United States. Find out more at ELCA Stewardship.

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ELCA World Hunger for Lent

This Lent, we invite you to focus your congregation’s Lenten activities by joining us during ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving. Together, we’ll experience how the grace of Christ moves us to engage in transformative works of love around the world through ELCA World Hunger as God calls us into the ministry of hope, liberation …

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ELCA Rostered Ministers Gathering 2020

Save the Dates! The next ELCA Rostered Ministers Gathering will be July 20-23, 2020 at the Convention Center in downtown Phoenix, AZ. We have reserved blocks of rooms at three local hotels with a room rate of $139.00 per night. Early Registration will be $245 with a May 20, 2020 deadline. Regular Regular Registration after …

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Communication tools for your congregation

Dear friends in Christ, Preparations are underway for the busy holiday season and many will be looking for a church home to give thanks and prepare for Christ’s birth. This season offers an opportunity to extend an invitation of welcome to friends and neighbors, encouraging them to worship in your congregation. To support your communication …

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Living Lutheran Stories – December 26, 2017

And a child shall lead them One of my favorite moments at my parish is the hush right before Christmas Eve services begin.  The lights are lowered just a bit as everyone settles in, and eventually the rustling stops and a … continue Waiting at the door this Advent Editor’s note: This is the fourth post …

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Living Lutheran Stories – November 7, 2017

Living saints Often when I think of All Saints Day, my first thoughts are nostalgic, delightful memories of my grandparents. They were kind and committed, smart and resilient, funny and faithful. A church … continue Talking with your kids about death Many of the best children’s stories start with death. Often it is the death of …

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Give Now for Hurricane Harvey Relief

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1 Update from Lutheran Disaster Response Dear friends, Now that the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey is coming fully into focus, we see that the need will be great and recovery will take many years. Your gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response designated …

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Rostered fewer than 10 years?

LEAD is has four $1290 scholarships remaining for its “In Search of Paul” study pilgrimage to Turkey and Greece, April 3-19, 2018. ELCA ministers rostered 10 years or fewer may apply. We believe it is important that newly rostered ministers can avail themselves of studying in the geographical and historical context of the Apostle Paul, but …

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Opportunities at LSTC Spring Semester 2016

held on campus at 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago  (unless otherwise noted) Workshop with Dr. Ysaÿe Barnwell Former member of Sweet Honey in the Rock Dr. Ysaÿe M. Barnwell leads “Building Vocal Community” on Feb. 13 in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC. The all-day workshop offers singers and non-singers the chance to learn the oral …

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Syria is Serious Business

December 4, 2015 Dennis F. Carter, Career Foreign Service Officer, Department of State addresses several important questions: How is the U.S. and the United Nations handling the refugee crisis? Is there reason to fear the influx of Syrian refugees?  What religious ideology drives Isis to detest the “secular state”?  Why does Russia support the Assad regime? …

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…for NIS candidates for rostered ministry

The members of the NIS Candidacy Committee lift before you the names of our candidates for ministry. We encourage individuals, groups and Sunday services to include these folks in their prayers as the candidates follow the path of their call to rostered ministry. See the current list.

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