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.

2019 Fall Gatherings

At the 2019 Synod Assembly, Bishop Jeffrey Clements introduced the synod’s new mission statement, vision statement, and core values. Now Bishop Clements invites you to one of three gatherings around the synod this fall to join in a continuing conversation together about these important values. Your input is vital as we discern how we will …

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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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ELCA Advocacy Connections – September 2019

POLICY ALERTS RESOURCES DATES “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday The ELCA Advocacy office is grateful for the many congregations that chose to include advocacy and public engagement in their activities for “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday. This day of service came as Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas and the East Coast of the U.S. and …

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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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Grace Place at NIU to install new pastor

Your prayers and presence are requested on October 22, 2019, at 7pm for a Service of Holy Communion and Rite of Installation for the Rev. Mack Patrick as Campus Pastor at Grace Place Campus Ministry at First Lutheran Church 324 N 3rd St DeKalb, IL. All are welcome to attend and to celebrate with Grace …

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…for friends and family of Pr. Troy Hedrick who died September 28

Retired Pr. Troy Hedrick (Rockford) died early Saturday morning, September 28. Arrangements will be posted here when available. A celebration of the life of the Reverend Troy C. Hedrick, proponent of justice, disciple of Christ, interim pastor of Christ, Belvidere, spiritual director for the hungry, pastor of pastors, and dearest friend, will be celebrated at …

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ELCA Worship News – September 2019

Greetings, In these weeks following Churchwide Assembly, the Worship team thanks the many involved who helped make daily worship around word and sacrament central to the work of the assembly. Many volunteers came together to help plan and lead worship as well as coordinate and execute hundreds of tasks behind the scenes each day. Over …

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Congregational Treasurers and Bookkeepers Workshop 2019

November 2, 2019 from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm Faith Lutheran Church 14206 Flagg Road Rochelle, IL  61068  Guest Speakers: Thomas Hammar, CPA Molly Hammar-Shattuck, Staff Accountant and by webcam, Richard Hammar, Attorney, CPA, & Author  Topics will include: Taxes What’s New for 2019 and 2020 Tax Forms – Employee & Employer Pastor Compensation (including …

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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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ELCA Missionaries visit NIS congregations

ELCA Missionaries Rev. Dr. Cynthia Holder Rich and Rev. Dr. Mark Rich are lecturing in Theology at Makumira University, Arusha, Tanzania, which is the same University where Randy Stubbs manages the Cultural Arts Centre and Pastor Seth Sululu is Head of the Music Department developed by Randy & Carol.  They have recently arrived home (Ohio) …

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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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LOMC News – Fall 2019

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center in Oregon, IL Help LOMC for a day! Cutting and Stacking Lumberjack Day Sat., Sep. 28 S’More God 3rd-6th Grades BYG RETREAT Fri-Sat., Oct. 11-12 Click any picture for more info on the event. Help Raise Funds For LOMC! At Autumn Fest 2019 QUILT AUCTION SILENT AUCTION Sat., Oct. 12 Fall …

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RALM Annual Trivia Night

Save the date. It is time for RALM’s Annual Trivia Night. See the attachments for sign-ups and information. Where: Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 3300 Rural Street Rockford  When: Friday, November 1, 2019 Schedule: 6pm Doors Open Chili Available, Silent Auction 7pm Trivia Begins $15 per person Tables of 8 available or sign up individually  Trivia …

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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. Bearers of the Light – In our time together, we will use Scripture and song to ponder the depth of bearing the Light in our personal life and professional ministry in our turbulent, tumultuous time. In Scripture we will …

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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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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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Candidacy Retreat

You are invited to the 2019 Northern Illinois Synod Candidacy Retreat led by the NIS Candidacy Sub-Committee and Bishop Jeffrey Clements at the Synod office, 103 W. State Street, Rockford, IL 61101 on Saturday, November 2 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. All those who have been Entranced into Candidacy and who are discerning their …

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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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