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.

Executive Skills for Church Leaders

July 15-19, 2019 California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California Register This continuing education event for pastors and church leaders will explore how concepts from a MBA program can be applied to the arena of congregational life. Location: Cal Lutheran Campus in Thousand Oaks, CA Cost: $799.00 (includes classes, materials, room, and board). Deposit due of …

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Synod Assembly Registration Is Now Open

The 32nd annual Northern Illinois Synod Assembly will be held at Augustana College, Rock Island on Friday June 14 and Saturday, June 15, 2019. Registration packets have been mailed to congregations and rostered ministers have received their registration packets via email. Visit the assembly website to register and find out more. More information will be …

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Exceptional rates from the Mission Investment Fund

Choose from these Fixed-Rate Term Investments: 2-Year Term: 1.75% APY* 3-Year Term: 2.75% APY* 4-Year Term: 2.85% APY* 6-Year Term: 3.25% APY* The Mission Investment Fund offers a variety of investments to help your money work harder and grow faster. And we’re offering some of the highest rates around! When you invest with MIF, you’re partnering with a financial …

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Mass Children’s Choir forming for ELCA Churchwide Assembly

Young singers with unchanged treble voices, having completed 3rd through 8th grade, are invited to participate in a mass children’s choir for the festive opening worship of the ELCA Churchwide Assembly held at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, on Monday, August 5. Under the direction of Karol Kinard Kimmell, the choir will participate in the service of …

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Living Lutheran Stories – March 19, 2019

ELCA presiding bishop responds to Christchurch mosque shootings ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has released a pastoral message addressing the mass shootings that occurred Friday at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. “We join in mourning for the … continue Pray without ceasing “Thoughts and prayers.” We’ve all heard this phrase in the wake of recent …

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Seeds for the Parish – March 2019

ELCA forms agreement with Vanco Payment Solutions ELCA has forged an agreement with Vanco Payment Solutions that will give congregations access to discount rates for an assortment of eGiving tools. With GivePlus, powered by Vanco, congregations can start using such donation technologies as text and app giving, online giving and portable credit-card readers. Learn more about the …

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First, Geneseo seeks a full-time Director of Worship & Music

First Lutheran, Geneseo, seeks a Director of Worship & Music. This full-time position is responsible for planning and leading worship in both traditional and contemporary settings. Proficiency in playing piano and choral conducting are required. Proficiency in playing organ is preferred but not essential. Application deadline is April 25, 2019. See the complete job posting …

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Safeguarding God’s Children in Rockford 5/11/19

Training for all who work with children in the congregation and community offered free of charge through the Northern Illinois Synod, ELCA. *NOTE NEW DATE* Saturday, May 11, 2019 9 am – noon Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 4700 Augustana Dr, Rockford Online registration at nisynod.org/safeguarding-gods-children Questions, please contact Deaconess Cheryl Erdmann, Northern Illinois Synod, ELCA …

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Everyone is invited to worship!

Even if you can’t attend the Rostered Minister Continuing Education Spiritual Renewal event on Tuesday, April 9, everyone is invited to join us after lunch for the worship service with affirmation of vocation led by Bishop Clements at no charge. Find out more about the Spiritual Renewal Event here. Worship will begin at 12:45 at …

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Fill out a CRE Evaluation

Did you attend the Congregational Resourcing Event last Saturday? We’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Please visit this site to answer a few quick questions about the 2019 CRE. 

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LivingLutheran Stories – March 12, 2019

Just enough real estate My first Ash Wednesday as a father, my little boy greeted me. “Color?” he asked. He grabbed my hand and pointed toward the table where crayons, paper and scribbles waited. But there wasn’t … continue A penitential season The liturgical season prior to our celebration of Jesus’ resurrection has tremendous variety around …

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Shepherd of the Prairie, Huntley has three job openings

Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church in Huntley currently has three job openings for your consideration: Director of Children and Family Ministry Organist and Accompanist Facility and Maintenance Coordinator To see the job descriptions, click on the job titles above. To apply for any of these jobs, please download an Employment Application and bring the completed …

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ELCA Advocacy Connections – March 2019

POLICY ALERTS RESOURCES DATES MARCH 2019 Foreign assistance funding Congress passed a budget compromise in mid-February, including spending levels for international affairs programs. Some programs focusing on poverty reduction saw a slight increase, and the final bill also included allocations for global family and women’s health care programs. More >> POLICY NOTES Yemen resolution in Congress …

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ELCA Global Links – February 2019

Voices of Dignity Deacon Adrainne Gray is an ELCA missionary currently working as a communications coordinator alongside our companions at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. In this vignette Adrainne reflects upon her ministry as a woman and a person of color. She surveys the realities of patriarchy and oppression in her midst …

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ELCA Conference of Bishops issues statement on Venezuela

3/4/2019 3:25:00 PM  The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) stands with and holds up in prayer the people of Venezuela during the current multifaceted crisis within their nation. We care about the consequences of this crisis as already felt in neighboring countries and about its wider impact on international …

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Lutheran Day 2019

Lutheran Day is on May 9, 2019, this year. As in previous years, advocates from across the state will gather to study, pray, and take action for equality amongst Illinois residents. We are faith-based social service organizations or human care organizations. We are men and women from Lutheran congregations all over Illinois. We are dedicated …

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Portico Pre-Retirement Seminar

Retirement takes planning. Whether it feels light years away or just around the corner, Portico’s Pre-Retirement Seminar can help plan members prepare. And it’s coming to Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Libertyville, IL on July 25, 2019.   In the morning, learn how to invest for your future in the midst of current financial goals. In the afternoon, discover …

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Freedom, Oregon invites you to the Agape Series

Freedom Lutheran in Oregon invites you to a special series. Light dinner provided each night. Session 1: March 10, 4:30 pm – LGBTQ+ Terminology Panel Discussion featuring members of PFLAG and RIC Session 2: March 24, 4:30 pm – “Call Me Malcolm” viewing and discussion Session 3: April 7, 4:30 pm – Community growth discussion Questions? Contact Pr. Karyn Kost at: 815-661-6315

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ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving 

Resources Giving Video Learn More The invitation to Lent is an invitation to journey with Christ to the cross, to remember our dependence on God and to gaze with faith toward the resurrection to come. For many Lutherans, the season is marked by four specific spiritual practices: I invite you, therefore, to the discipline of …

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NIS Women of the ELCA 2019 Spring Retreat

God for all Seasons of Life is the theme of the 2019 Northern Illinois Synod Women of the ELCA 2019 Spring Retreat. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13: 8 Saturday, April 27, 9am - 3pm at LOMC Bible Study Leader Esther Prabhakar Special Music Peg Lehman Worship leadership Pastor Jessica …

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2019 Region 5 Deacon Gathering

This gathering is for deacons or candidates in Region 5. It will be a time to worship together, form new relationships, share about our calls, hear from speakers, and join together to learn from and encourage one another. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Susan McArver, Professor of Church History and Educational Ministry, Lutheran Theological Southern …

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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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Conference of Bishops’ Call to Prayer

Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”Luke 10:2 “As the Conference of Bishops, we call our worshiping communities to pray for raising up leaders for this church. We ask that the petitions of every worship service include …

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2017 Little Red Book

The Little Red Book Get the 2017 Edition Today! For decades, the annual Appointment Book or “The Little Red Book” has served Lutheran leaders as a practical, handy, pocket-sized date-keeping reference. Included are ELCA and ELCIC directories, lectionary days with readings, festivals and commemorations, and liturgical color. The cost of $9.95 includes shipping and handling. …

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Free Papa Luther Leader Guide

Open up the Reformation story for children in your congregation with Papa Luther. Download the free Leader Guide today! The Papa Luther Leader Guide is now available as a free digital download! The six-session Leader Guide offers a variety of ways for kids to explore the Reformation story, with each session providing a historical framework, some biblical basis, a Luther Link, and while relating …

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