Category: Walking Together

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

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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 is OPEN!

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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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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**POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBA** – Tools for Tending to Our Own Grief with the Rev. Dr. Kadi Billman and Affirmation of Vocation Worship for Rostered Ministers

This event has been postponed and a new date is being negotiated. Please watch for more information. POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBATuesday, March 31, 2020 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Faith, Rochelle (14206 E Flagg Rd., Rochelle) Followed by a conversation with Bishop Clements and Affirmation of Vocation Worship for Rostered Ministers Tending to Our …

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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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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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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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…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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