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.

ELCA Good Gifts

 Animals Water Agriculture Women & Children Christmas Gifts Give something unexpected this Christmas In Christ, we receive the gift of God’s love. Let us share God’s love with others. ELCA Good Gifts are a fun, meaningful way to honor friends and family with gifts that go on to make a difference in the world. …

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Advent 2019- Week 1 Reflection and Children’s Message

Advent 2019- Week 1 Reflection and Children’s Message  This advent reflection is part of ELCA World Hunger’s 2019 Advent Study. You can download the full study here. The children’s messages are a part of ELCA World Hunger’s sermon starter series which is published via email every Monday. You can sign up for the weekly email here on the …

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Seeds Monthly – November 2019

NEW! Christmas congregational communications tools How will you welcome your friends and neighbors to worship this holiday season? To support your communication needs, we offer several invitational tools specifically for congregations. Add your congregation’s location and service times to customizable posters, social media images, postcards and more. The resources include Advent graphics and posters in English and Spanish, as well …

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Living Lutheran Stories – Nov. 26, 2019

ELCA presiding bishop issues statement on Israeli civilian settlements ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has issued a statement on the November 18 announcement by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo that the Trump Administration is changing U.S. policy by stating … continue Sports, award shows and God The sight is familiar. The artist walks up to the …

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Insights

AN E-NEWSLETTER FROM THE ELCA FOUNDATION Welcome to the first edition of Insights, a quarterly newsletter from the ELCA Foundation. In this newsletter you’ll find tips, tools and information to achieve your charitable-giving goals while supporting the people, ministries and causes you love. Know someone else who should receive this e-newsletter? Invite them to subscribe. CHARITABLE …

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169th annual Julotta

The 169th annual Julotta (early morning Christmas service) will be held at Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover on Wednesday, December 25, at 7 am.  The early starting time and a choir anthem sung in Swedish are part of a long-standing tradition (for many years the service started at 5 am).  The original street lamps, which were …

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ELCA Church Council welcomes 23 new members

​CHICAGO — The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) met at the Lutheran Center in Chicago, Nov. 7-10, 2019. Twenty-three new members, elected by the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, were welcomed. The council serves as the ELCA’s board of directors and interim legislative authority between meetings of the Churchwide Assembly. The council …

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Immanuel, Dixon Seeks a Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator

Apply online at www.indeed.com Children, Youth, and Family Ministries Duties ·        Enhance and develop youth and family ministries within the congregation. ·        Visit families with children high school age and under. ·        Be available for college-aged members. ·        Work with the Parish Education to develop Christian education for families and children; ·        Work with the Pastor on confirmation education ·        Develop …

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Young Adults in Global Mission Applications Open

Applications for the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program are now open, and you can invite young adults on this yearlong journey abroad. If you know young adults age 21 to 29, this is the time to reach out. Encourage them to apply for YAGM by the priority deadline of Jan. 15, 2020. Talk to them personally …

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ELCA Worship News – November 2019

Greetings, We are about to take a turn into a new church year as we enter into the season of Advent, reminded that this season is about “the church’s continual prayer that God will come (The root of the meaning of ‘advent’) to us, bringing life to a dying world.” (Keeping Time: The Church’s Years, …

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Lutheran Disaster Response: California Wildfires

Be a part of the response: Pray Please pray for the people who have been affected by wildfires in California. May God’s healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need. Pray that God will deliver comfort to those who mourn the loss of loved ones and strength to first-responders who diligently …

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…for Synod Bookkeeper June Cain and family

Raymond Cain, the father of June’s husband, Gary, died on Sunday, November 10. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Riverside Chapel, 3910 N. Rockton Ave. Rockford, IL 61103. Burial is private. Obituary June’s mother, Evelyn Stahl, is now under hospice care. …

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ELCA Fund for Leaders Scholarships

If you are feeling a call to ministry, or if you have any questions about candidacy, please contact Deacon Cheryl Erdmann in the synod office. Greetings from the ELCA Fund for Leaders! The ELCA Fund for Leaders is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) that provides scholarships for future ELCA pastors …

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…for the congregation of Living Waters, Crystal Lake

Just after 12:00 a.m. on Halloween, Living Waters was hit by a drunk driver. They are thankful that the driver was not injured and that the church was unoccupied. Their offices and narthex are quite messy but their hearts are full. They are grateful for all of your prayers, they are much appreciated.

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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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ELCA Stewardnet Fall 2019

Dear friend in Christ, The possibilities we enjoy in daily life are profoundly affected by the common good that surrounds us. I’m thinking about all the systems, infrastructure, culture, values, etc. that are not for the sole benefit of anyone exclusively but for all of us collectively. Other concepts we might interchange with the common …

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December Events at Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover

49TH ANNUAL JOY OF CHRISTMAS WITH AUGUSTANA COLLEGE Wednesday, December 4, 7:30 pm – Students and faculty from Augustana College join the community for this beautiful service of worship and music that starts at Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover. The Christmas story will be read in several different languages.  The service concludes with a procession to the Jenny Lind …

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Older Adult Webinars

ALOA has much to offer Lutheran congregations in the area of Older Adult Ministry. In addition to the resources on our website, ALOA offers regular Webinars on key topics for Older Adult Ministry that are practical and free of charge. Find complete information and register at aloaserves.org/events/webinars. OctoberAging Parents and Adult Children with Disabilities Thursday, October 31, …

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ELCA Conference of Bishops welcomes greater diversity

10/10/2019 ​CHICAGO — The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) met here Sept. 26–Sept. 30 under a theme from 2 Corinthians: “We have this treasure in clay jars.” The conference, an advisory body of the ELCA, comprises 65 synod bishops, the presiding bishop and the secretary. The conference welcomed 13 …

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Ignite 2020

Mark your calendars now and plan to spark a fire in the hearts of your High School youth with Ignite – June 12-14 at LOMC! The NIS Light high school youth leadership team is excited to invite your high school youth groups to its first Ignite Synod Youth Event on June 12-14, 2020, at Lutheran …

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Christmas at Augustana

Christmas at Augustana has become one of the most treasured traditions at Augustana College. Another treasured tradition is our special invitation for ELCA pastors and rostered leaders, with one guest, to join us. This year, Christmas at Augustana will be performed on Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 and Sunday, December 8 at 2:00. Northern Illinois Synod rostered ministers can receive two free tickets for you and a …

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Soup for the Soul, Learning Together in the Midst of Grief

 St. Barnabas Lutheran Church, Cary and Bethany Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake, in partnership with Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care Congregational Outreach invite you to a free four-part series on grief. There is no cost to those who attend. Each workshop will cover all kinds of grief: death of a loved one, becoming an empty nester, …

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Breaking Down Walls

Greetings, dear friends in Christ!  On Nov. 9, 2019, the world will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. As we look back to remember this important moment in human history, we are reminded that there is much work to be done to tear down the walls that divide us today. Galatians 3:28 …

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Portico Benefits 2020 changes

Portico’s Board of Trustees has approved health plan and benefit changes for 2020, featuring new ways for ELCA-Primary members to save on out-of-pocket costs and strengthen their emotional well-being. In August, Custom Comparison Reports were made available to congregations, who will make their selections in October. Members will complete benefits enrollment in November. You can …

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2020 Women Leaders Retreat

February 3-4, 2020 Bishop Lane Retreat Center 7708 East McGregor Road, Rockford, IL 61102 Contact Deacon Cheryl Erdmann with questions. Sabbath Seeing On retreat together, we will lean into a variety of Sabbath traditions with the intent to see more clearly and serve more fully our wholeness, wellbeing, and growing edges. For instance, we will take time to …

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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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…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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