Category: Walking Together

Walking Together is the weekly e-news of the Northern Illinois Synod.

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Women of the ELCA BOLD Connections – February 2020

How do we ‘just love’ our neighbor? Does love mean valentines and chocolates and red roses? Or does love mean sacrifice? Maybe love means delighting in someone’s company, or maybe it means untiring service, as a middle-aged daughter might give to her aging mother. Or maybe love means all these things–and more. Read our monthly devotion.What …

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Fat Tuesday Swedish Pancake Breakfast

Zion Lutheran Church invites you to the 2020 Fat Tuesday Swedish Pancake Breakfast (all you can eat Swedish Pancakes) on February 25 from 8am-1pm. The cost is $8 for Adults and $4 Children (under 12). Tickets are available at the door or you can call to reserve your tickets. The meal includes Lingonberries, sausage, butter, …

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ELCA Advocacy Connections

POLICY ALERTS RESOURCES DATES FEBRUARY 2020 View in browser Travel ban extended On Jan. 31, 2020, the Trump administration announced an expansion of the January 2017 travel ban to include more countries in Africa and Asia. Under the new policy, citizens from Nigeria, Eritrea, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan will be barred from applying for visas to …

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LOMC Summer Camp for Children, Youth, Families, and Congregations

Summer is coming. Really. Summer at camp means being apart from the ordinary world to grow and experience creation in the light of Christ. We invite you to consider a summer camp experience whether for a child, your family, or bring a group of 3-5th or junior highers from your church (Team Camp!). NEW Thrive! Worship CampNEW Explore Creation CampDay Camp Each …

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Three Important Photos

Bishop Clements and the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women Task Force invite all who self-identify as female and who are rostered ministers of word and sacrament in the Northern Illinois Synod to be part of an historic group photo to be taken following lunch and the conversation with Bishop Clements and before the service …

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Official Youth Gathering handbook

The Official Youth “Gathering Handbook: Tips & Tricks for Adult Leaders” is now adapted to the 2021 Gathering in Minneapolis. If this is your first time leading a group or your sixth, you’ll want to check out this resource filled with tips and tricks (including sample budgets and covenants) sure to make your experience is …

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Living Lutheran Stories – 2/18/2020

That thin thread of faith In February 2013, I received news that my mother had finally passed away. She had been on and off her feeding tube for months; her body simply wouldn’t give up its life. Looking back, I think she … continue New ways to proclaim the gospel Live from Omaha, Neb., it’s Sunday …

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Presiding Bishop Eaton to Headline the 2020 Congregational Resourcing Event

The 2020 CRE will be Saturday, March 14 at Kishwaukee Community College in Malta. Keynote speaker: ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton In addition to workshops from the keynote speaker and NIS Bishop Jeffrey Clements, other workshops feature topics including: Congregational Leadership, Evangelism/Outreach/Hospitality, Faith Formation & Growth, Social Justice, Spirituality/Wellness, Stewardship, Worship, and Youth/Family/Children. Bring everyone from your congregation …

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UNITE Service Camp

UNITE Service Camp, for 7th-12th graders, June 23-26 in Sterling, IL. Throughout this three-day service camp, youth will paint homes for people in need!  UNITE 2020 is for current 7th-12th grade youth. Cost: $50 per youth, $25 per adult. Allison Eide (www.allisoneide.com) will be speaking and leading music throughout the week!   For full info and …

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ELCA Mission Investment Fund

Here’s what your money could earn:Here’s what your money could do: When you invest with the Mission Investment Fund, you’re investing with a financial ministry of the ELCA. So, apart from building your savings, you’re funding loans to ELCA congregations and ministries, loans that transform church facilities and breathe new life into entire communities.EXPLORE INVESTMENTS* APY = Annual …

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Augustana Seeks a New Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life

Augustana College welcomes applications and nominations for the position of Campus Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life. For full consideration for this position, materials should be received by March 6, 2020. Augustana’s next Campus Chaplain will be called to lead the campus community in creative and faithful worship of God; to strategically promote spiritual health, …

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VBS Curriculum from LOM Now Available

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (LOM) produces the curriculum each year that is used in camp and retreat settings and for Vacation Bible Schools and day camps.  LOM has released its 2020 curriculum entitled From Generation to Generation. More Information

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Living Lutheran Stories – 2/11/2020

ELCA presiding bishop issues statement on new travel ban ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has issued a statement in response to the Trump administration’s extension of the travel ban to the United States from seven majority Muslim countries to 13. … continue My take: The ethics of a digital world I was convinced that new digital tools …

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NIS Women of the ELCA 2020 Spring Retreat

Faith Along the Winding Road “There will be trouble in this life.  But take heart:  I have overcome the world” –John 16:33  LOMC, 1834 S. IL Rt. 2, Oregon, IL 61061Saturday, April 18, 2020 • 9:00 am – 2:00 pmRegistration and coffee:  8:30-9:00 am Registration is $30. Use the registration form linked below. Scholarships are …

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Ministry in Divisive Times – 2020 Rural Ministry Conference

Wartburg Theological SeminaryMarch 1-3, 2020Best Western Plus Hotel & Conference Center3100 Dodge Street, Dubuque, IA Keynote speaker The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade, Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary and author of Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide Breakout Sessions Planning and Implementing the Sermon-Dialogue-Sermon Method in …

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… for family and friends of Vicar Mike Reibel who died 2/5/2020

February 10, 2020 Dear Friends, Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  It is with sadness that I report to you the death of Vicar Michael “Mike” Reibel, Collaborative Learning student at Wartburg Seminary and Synodically Authorized Minister at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lanark, on Saturday, Wednesday, …

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Seeds Monthly – January 2020

“Unpacking White Privilege: The Important Work of Making the Church Less Harmful” For years, the ELCA has been working to educate and inspire Lutherans to promote fairness and racial equity in our churches, communities and country. At the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, the Strategy Toward Authentic Diversity was adopted. This strategy includes a commitment to digging …

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Made Free

by: Kelly Sherman-Conroy, MYLE Team Leader In October of 2019, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event leadership team, including youth, young adults and adults, gathered at Luther Seminary to discern a theme for MYLE 2021. Before we began our conversations as a group, we took the time to learn about and understand the history of the …

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ELCA Worship News – January 2020

Greetings, Free to go in peace as you have promised. As this greeting is being prepared, the church has concluded its Christmas celebration. Lights that adorned homes, businesses and churches are being boxed up and put away for another year. Yet the church announces that Jesus’ coming is never hidden away. We’ll hear this month …

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2020 Rostered Ministers Gathering Registration opens February 20!

Mark your calendars! Registration opens Feb. 20 for the 2020 Rostered Ministers Gathering, July 20-23 in Phoenix!   Gathering highlights: 100 workshops offered over four workshop blocks 85,000-square-foot interaction center with over 30 exhibits Beer and hymns Banquet celebrating women’s ordination   Featured guests and speakers, including: The Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of The …

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Spring Seminary Sampler at LSTC

February 22-24, 2020 Thinking about serving this world in need through Public Ministry? Come get a taste for life at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Sit in on classes, tour campus, meet current students, faculty, and staff, and experience what life is like as a seminarian at LSTC. Explore how God is calling …

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New from Portico

New in 2020 for the ELCA-Primary Health Plan if you have ELCA-Primary health benefits, a suite of new online offerings provides convenient access to care at your fingertips, whether on the go, in your office, or and in the privacy of your own home. Find support to strengthen your emotional resilience, learn new skills, and …

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Tools for Tending to Our Own Grief with the Rev. Dr. Kadi Billman and Affirmation of Vocation Worship for Rostered Ministers

Followed by a conversation with Bishop Clements and Affirmation of Vocation Worship for Rostered Ministers Tuesday, March 31, 2020 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Faith, Rochelle (14206 E Flagg Rd., Rochelle) Tending to Our Own Grief: Stewarding Our Sorrows faithfully amid Trying Times Weariness in professional faith leaders can arise from a variety of factors, …

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Free organ needs a home

FREE to Individual, church, or organization: Lowrey GX225 organ in Freeport 2 full keyboards and full pedalboard. Instruction books and bench included. Just bring a truck and four men to transfer. Contact Richard Brinkmeier for more information at 815-599-9005

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2020 Boundaries Workshops

Register today for one of two Boundaries Workshops being held in Huntley and Geneseo in April. Thursday, April 23, 2020Shepherd of the Prairie, Huntley9 a.m. – 3 p.mCost $50 (includes lunch and a participant workbook) Tuesday, April 28, 2020First, Geneseo9 a.m. – 3 p.mCost $50 (includes lunch and a participant workbook) Assistant to the Bishop, …

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Calling all youth leaders!

The theme of the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering in Minneapolis will be boundless: God beyond measure. Who in your congregation should receive communications about preparations for the gathering? Please fill out the form below or ask them to fill out the form as soon as possible so we can start getting them the information they …

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Celebrating Dreams at Zion, Rockford

Zion Lutheran Church, Rockford, and Patriots Gateway Center are sponsoring Zion’s 19th Annual event called “Celebrating Dreams,” a gospel celebration that honors the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The Celebrating Dreams event is Sunday, January 19, 2020, at 2 pm at Patriots Gateway Center on 615 South Fifth Street, across from Zion Lutheran Church. …

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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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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 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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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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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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