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.

Soaked Middle School Youth Event

The Northeast Conference invites your middle school youth (grades 6-8) to an overnight event Friday, September 13, 2019 from 7pm to 7am. Cost: $25/kid or $20/kid for families with 2+  Carnival, Food, Games, Worship, Communion & Service at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 404 N Green St, McHenry, IL 60050  Register Today! An overnight event for middle …

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2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly summary of actions

8/14/2019 ​CHICAGO — Gathering under the theme “We are church,” voting members of the 2019 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) made a number of key decisions to further the mission and ministry of this church. The assembly, the chief legislative authority of the church, met Aug. 5-10 at the Wisconsin …

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“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday 2019

Resources Resources (Spanish) Promotional Items Videos Hymn WHAT IS “GOD’S WORK. OUR HANDS.” SUNDAY? “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) — one church, freed in Christ to love and serve our neighbor. This is our way of life. The date …

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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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ELCA Advocacy Connections: August 2019

POLICY NOTES August Recess advocacy opportunities During August Recess, senators and representatives return to their state and/or congressional district and reconnect with constituents. This is a great opportunity for local advocates to engage with elected officials, ask questions and share concerns. More >> Limits proposed to SNAP hunger program The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced …

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Living Lutheran Stories – August 13, 2019

2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly – Day three The 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly reconvened Aug. 7 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. During morning plenary, Chris Boerger, secretary of the ELCA, gave his report and was later presented … continue ELCA Churchwide Assembly declares ELCA sanctuary church In a key action taken Aug. 7, the 2019 ELCA …

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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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A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Jeffrey Clements

 August 13, 2019  Dear members of the Northern Illinois Synod:  Grace, mercy, and peace be with you. I began my day in prayer for you, your congregation, this synod, and our Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We walk together. Every step. Every day. For the sake of the world.  The recent action of our …

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Great Events at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center in Oregon, IL

ADD THESE DATES TO YOUR CHURCH AND PERSONAL CALENDARS! AUTUMN FEST Annual Open House Saturday, October 12 QUILT & SILENT AUCTION Part of Autumn Fest Celebration Saturday, October 12 BYG Retreat (3-6th Grades) Friday-Saturday, October 11-12 High School Fall Retreat Friday-Saturday, November 1-2 Jr. High Fall Retreat Friday-Sunday, November 8-10 More Events Coming in 2020! …

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Ecumenical Benefit Breakfast

Saturday, October 5 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Salem, Rockford. Registration at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $12. “For the Least of These”  Matthew 25:40 Featured Speakers: Rev. Rebecca White Newgren of Second First Church and Carly Rice of “Miss Carly’s” Co-Sponsored by North Conference of the Northern Illinois Synod, Women of the Evangelical …

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ELCA StewardNet Summer 2019

Reimagining God, faith, the church, and stewardship Dear friend in Christ,  As people of faith, we can’t help but reimagine God, reimagine our faith, reimagine the church and, I suspect, reimagine what stewardship is all about. Some might see this as a conflict with the apostle Paul’s view of “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today …

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Hymn Festival Organ Dedication

We Sing the Year Round Hymn Festival Organ Dedication Sunday, October 14, 4:00 pm First Lutheran ChurchGalesburg, IL 61401 Internationally acclaimed organist, composer, conductor Dr. John A. Ferguson, Elliot & Klara Stockdal Johnson Professor of Organ & Church Music Emeritus, St. Olaf College, will lead We Sing the Year Round Hymn Festival at First Lutheran …

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ELCA Worship News – July 2019

Dear church, “I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now” (Philippians 1:3-5). For these past five years, I have had the joy and responsibility of serving as …

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Martin Marty – Being the Church Today

Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 2:00 PM (Reception to follow)  at Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church, 10805 Main St., Huntley, IL 60142  Come join us at Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church to hear from Martin Marty about “Being the Church Today.”  Martin Marty is a historian of religion in the U.S., author of over 60 …

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ELCA Advocacy Connections – July 2019

Summer Hunger Federally funded Summer Meals begin this month and are served in local communities all over the country to low-income children who could lose reliable and healthy food during the school year. ELCA Advocacy will use this summer to bring awareness to the importance of the Summer Food Service Program and other hunger issues …

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2019 PLC

The annual NIS Professional Leaders Conference will be held September 16-18, 2019 at Sinsinawa Mound Retreat Center in Sinsinawa, WI, under the theme, The Gospel Proclamation, a Ministry of the Whole Congregation. The Gospel Proclamation, a Ministry of the Whole Congregation All Christians are called to proclaim the gospel. Yet, too often there is a …

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diakonia – Come and See!

These informational fairs will provide an in-depth overview of the Northern Illinois Synod diakonia Program–a two-year commitment to learning about your faith, the church, and your gifts to be used in God’s service.  “Come and See” includes the following components: Program overview and orientation A class simulation on a diakonia topic such as the New …

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Augsburg Fortress July Newsletter

A Place for You: Communion Preparation A Place for You tells the beloved story of Jesus welcoming every person to Holy Communion. The original book was published by Daniel Erlander in 1999, and Augsburg Fortress has since then developed other resources, such as aninteractive edition and a board book, that follow Erlander’s ideas and illustrations. Designed to be engaging for …

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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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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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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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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 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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