Making Christ Known – Special Edition Spring 2020


Stories of Ministry During COVID-19

During this unprecedented time of sheltering-in-place due to COVID-19, Bishop Clements has heard amazing stories about the work that is currently being done by leaders and congregations across the Northern Illinois Synod. This special edition of Making Christ Known is full of those stories! Please share it with your congregation members and friends.

Christ, Stockton

Pr. Paul Gebo Thanks to the initiative of Nicole Haas, we are offering food and household supplies to members of the Stockton community, through our “Mini…
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Gloria Dei, Rockford

Deacon Carol Ostrom As organist of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Rockford, I am involved each week rehearsing a prelude, interlude, and postlude to enhance our worship…
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Peace, New Lenox

Pr. Dave Hedlin The background for the photo is that we are creating a daily video for our Facebook page.  On Wednesdays we lighten it…
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Lord of Love, Galena

Diane Beemster What had started as an idea to keep in touch with family members for Easter ended up in the making of 75 masks. …
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Good Shepherd, Lena

Pr. Miho Yasukawa We celebrate our high school graduates with signs outside the church.  Congrats! Just because the Piece Corp can’t meet at the church…
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Immanuel, Earlville

Denise Rode We are relying primarily on videos of my sermons posted each Sunday at the time of our service (9 a.m.).  I write the…
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Calvary, Rockford

Pr. Chuck Olson One of the members of our little church, Melinda, is just beginning cancer treatment that will be very critical. Since we can…
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St. John’s, Mendota

Susan Garner Zoom Worship, Sunday 9am (have had about 80-85 computers who have joined each week) Our musicians have recorded music to share at the…
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Hill Correctional Center, Galesburg

Pr. Karen Norman Rees In the Illinois Department of Corrections, Chaplains are “essential personnel.” Just as we (Lutherans/Christians) missed gathering as the body of Christ…
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Resurrection, Channahon

Pr. Ben Ingelson Resurrection Lutheran Church, Channahon is finding ways to encourage and pray for each other during this time.  For example, our church kids…
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Trinity, Durand

Sharon Beksel Member Rich Steinke gets help from grandson, Milo, in working in Trinity’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) garden. Funds from the sale of subscriptions,…
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Katie’s Cup, Rockford

Katie’s Cup hosted an event to benefit the medical staff at Swedish American Hospital.  Pr. Jay Quinn and Pr. Mike Thomas sang campfire songs on…
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Peace, Morris

Pr. Lu Cantrell Last fall our men’s group built a Micro Pantry on our property. It says, “take what you need, leave what you can.”…
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Pr. Marcie Strahl, retired

The only thing that I am still active in is Civil Air Partrol.   I have been supporting the on-line monthly character development discussions for…
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Pastor Bob Hansen, retired

When one is sequestered and used to being in the front lines of ministry inspired  thinking can help.  Therefore, my wife Lynn and I are…
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St. John, Peru

Pr. Tom Redig This is what St. John’s Lutheran Church is doing in Peru, IL.  We started a ministry called the Mask Bench.  We have…
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Salem, Sycamore

Salem’s Food Pantry converted to prepackaged, drive-thru service during the COVID 19 pandemic. Salem is collecting messages from members and embedding them into the pre-recorded…
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Trinity, Harvard

Pr. Elizabeth Martin This last fall we constructed a Little Free Library & Pantry.  One side is for children’s books and the other side is…
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