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.

Portico Launches Personalized Online Wellness Tool

Portico’s annual wellness program kicked off Jan. 1 for members and spouses covered by ELCA-Primary health benefits. Entering its 12th year, the program invites eligible participants to earn wellness dollars as they complete specific activities designed to strengthen their physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual well-being. New for 2019, participants will choose from nearly 100 guided activities …

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A View from the Underside – The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoffer

A One-Person Stage Play Adapted and Performed by Al Staggs. In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. When: 2:00 pm, Sunday, January 27, 2019 Where: Tri-City Jewish Center 2715 30th Street, Rock Island Free and open to the public Dietrich Bonhoffer was a German theologian who was among the first of his countryman to recognize …

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One Year to Live Retreat for Male Church Professionals

Lutheran Men in Mission invites church professionals and camp directors to a One Year To Live (OYTL) Mens Retreat at EWALU Bible Camp, Strawberry Point, IA.  They have normally offered this retreat over the weekend but decided to have a men’s retreat for Church Professional and Camp Directors & Staff starting Wednesday, February 6 at …

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ELCA World Hunger Go & Do News

We’re excited to announce that ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving will return in 2019. Journey with us and fellow Lutherans as together we experience how the grace of Christ moves us to engage in transformative works of love around the world through ELCA World Hunger. Resources feature a devotional calendar, weekly study, inspirational …

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Luther Seminary Mid-Winter Convocation

Luther Seminary’s KAIROS continuing education courses offer a wealth of learning opportunities designed for clergy and church leaders of all denominations. Learn more and register at luthersem.edu/KAIROS. Mid-Winter Convocation: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread  January 30–31, 2019 Join us as we consider what it means to ask for our “daily bread” from the …

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2019 Statement of Intent Forms Available

Mission Support is the proportionate share of a congregation’s income that is designated to support the mission and ministry of the church as expressed through the Northern Illinois Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  The Northern Illinois Synod shares 55% of all Mission Support dollars with our ELCA for churchwide ministries.

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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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Plan to attend the CRE!

Sponsored by the Northern Illinois Synod Congregational Life Committee, the Congregational Resourcing Event (CRE) is one of this synod’s finest yearly events. This year’s CRE will be Saturday, March 9 at Kishwaukee College in Malta, IL. Everyone in a congregation – can take advantage of this learning event to strengthen skills, gather resources, network with others, and …

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Happy New Year! Message from Presiding Bishop Eaton

Happy New Year! In this reprint of her January 2017 column in Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on the new year: “Here is where the gift of grace ... helps us make sense of our lives and resolves the stress of New Year’s resolutions—it acknowledges that we are broken and does away with the false hope or the intolerable burden of our being able to make ourselves right.”
Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2VufMVK and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2SBV3O1.

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Beyond Diakonia

Continuing learning opportunities designed primarily for graduates of thediakoniaTM program and rostered personnel. In the early fall diakoniaTM graduates participated in a survey in which they told the diakoniaTM leadership of the Northern Illinois Synod in which courses they would like to participate as they continued their studies “Beyond diakoniaTM.” The following courses were selected …

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Seminary Sampler at LSTC

Seminary Sampler at LSTC Come and see for yourself or share with someone who is considering ministry! Perhaps you are considering a call to public ministry. Perhaps someone is urging you to consider a call to public ministry. Perhaps you are simply wondering how you might continue to serve this world in need. If you find …

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…for family and friends of Rev. Gordon J. Straw who died January 5

UPDATE: Gordon Straw’s memorial service will be Saturday, February 9, at 3 p.m., in LSTC’s Augustana Chapel, with visitation two hours prior, and a reception following. January 5, 2019 LSTC gives thanks for the life and witness of Gordon J. Straw The Rev. Gordon J. Straw, Cornelsen Chair for Spiritual Formation at the Lutheran School of …

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2019 Annual Reports to the Bishop Due February 15

2018 Annual report to the bishop forms for rostered ministers have been posted on the ELCA website.  Download the forms from the ELCA website. PLEASE NOTE: It is imperative that you save the form on your computer before filling it out and sending it to Julie at the synod office – JLewis@nisynod.org. Otherwise nothing that you write on …

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Faith Over Fear Training

A Center of Christian – Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in partnership with the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign is holding a very important training for church leaders on Feb 1-2, 2019.  It is called Faith Over Fear, and is being held at the MECCA Center in Willowbrook …

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Seeds Monthly – December 2018

Living Lutheran: ‘Uplifting Christmas gifts’ Living Lutheran invited its readers and writers to submit stories of gifts they’ve received that illuminated the true meaning of Christmas. The thoughtful responses remind us of God’s ultimate gift in Jesus, a child born for us. Read the compilation of personal reflections and discuss the article with a corresponding study guide. Last-minute giving with …

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ELCA Worship News December 2018

With the Advent of Our Lord, may your world be bright with light and hope, and may peace and happiness fill your heart and home. We wish each of you a blessed Christmas and a new year filled with hope. The ELCA Worship staff View & download a video message from Bishop Eaton Download English PDF | Download Spanish PDF …

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Wartburg e-Life Together December 2018

Annual President’s Dinner and Advent Lessons & Carols 2018 Life Together Award honoring Steve and Lynne Benz At this year’s President’s Dinner, Steven and Lynne Benz were honored as recipients of the “Life Together” award in recognition of their extreme generosity toward the mission of Wartburg Seminary. This award is presented to donors in the …

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From cradle to grave – Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

From cradle to grave. In the December issue of Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on Christmas, a time when “God reversed the cradle-to-grave progression.” We are on a joyful journey, where we are loved, we are alive and we are free to greet this holy season. Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2GeSsaS and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2L0OZf7.

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Annual Report Covers Now Available

The 2018 Annual Report Cover is available for congregations and is downloadable from the ELCA website. 2018 Annual Report Cover Single Pages 2018 Annual Report Cover Spreads If a congregation wants to order the four-page hard copies, they are available now from the ELCA Distribution Center. Orders can also be placed with the ECIS at …

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2019 Boundaries Workshops

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church, 10805 Main Street, Huntley, IL 60142. 847-669-9448 Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 2650 Plainfield Rd., Joliet, IL 60435. 815-439-2320 $50 per person Registration costs include lunch. Workshops will be lead by Arden …

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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 Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in La Crosse, WI. on Feb. 21, 2019. In the morning, learn how to invest for your future in the midst of current financial goals. In …

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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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Working Toward Racial Justice

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 First Lutheran Church, DeKalb Speaker: Judith Roberts (Program Director, Racial Justice Ministries, ELCA) During this event, participants will explore concepts and consequences around race in communities and congregations. Through worship, reflection and action planning, leaders will be equipped to carry these conversations into their local context. All interested persons are welcome. Fee:  $35 …

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ELCA Youth Ministry Network 2019 Extravaganza

Disrupt Extravaganza 2019 Disrupted through Connection The vision of the Network is to see a future where children, youth and family ministry in the ELCA flourishes and becomes ever stronger through Renewal, Education, and Connection. I began working in youth ministry while I was a high school student myself. Some of my earliest memories include …

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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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