The 2022 Assembly offering will be divided equally between Grace Place Campus Ministry at Northern Illinois University and Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center in Oregon.
You can securely give to the assembly offering at any time using the button above or during worship at the in-person portion of the assembly.
Each year, the Social Ministry Committee invites members of the Northern Illinois Synod to support a synod or synod-related ministry via an in-kind offering opportunity:
This year, we are invited to support the Urban Farm Program at Patriots Gateway Community Center, a ministry of Zion Lutheran Church, Rockford, by donating these items as part of the 2022 Assembly In-Kind Offering.
If you wish to donate these items, please bring them with you (or send them with your synod assembly voting members) to the in-person portion of the Synod Assembly at Augustana College, June 17-18.
For more information, please e-mail the Patriots Gateway Community Center office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In response to a 2018 Synod Resolution encouraging an annual Synod Offering of Letters, the Social Ministry Committee established an Offering of Letters Subcommittee. Congregations and Assembly members were invited to participate at the 2019 Assembly. 3,000 letters were offered and sent to 8 Representatives and our 2 Senators advocating for legislation that supported the SNAP Program (Food Stamps) from being cut and tax credits for low income families. Both programs remained in place and fully funded.
At the 2022 Synod Assembly, voting members, guests, and congregations are once again invited to participate in an Offering of Letters (click Offering of Letters for info to conduct the Offering for your congregation and sending them to Representatives and Senators).
For individuals, one can click this link and sign a current letter advocating for upcoming legislation.
This is an opportunity to advocate for systemic change that will ultimately reduce and eliminate hunger. Your voice and your letter will make a difference.
By changing policies, programs, and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist, we provide help and opportunity at home and far beyond where we live. We can end hunger in our time. But churches and charities can’t do it all. Our government must also do its part. With the stroke of a pen, policies are made that redirect millions of dollars and affect millions of lives. By making our voices heard in Congress, we make our nation’s laws fairer and more compassionate. We leverage big changes for people in our country and around the world who struggle with hunger.
Bread for the World’s annual Offering of Letters campaign engages churches, campuses, and other faith communities in writing letters to Congress. Each year, for the focus of the campaign, we choose specific legislation or a legislative emphasis that can make a real difference to people struggling with hunger and poverty. You can find the most up-to-date information here. Find an email you can personalize and send here. People write letters, usually as a group, and present them as an offering to God before mailing them to Congress. Hundreds of Offerings of Letters are held each year, resulting in tens of thousands of letters to Congress. Supported with prayer, these letters are a bold witness to God’s justice and mercy. They have, and continue to have, a significant impact on the decisions made in Congress.
Find more details at bread.org.
Questions? Contact Pr. Kenn Storck.