Walking Together

...for Synod Bookkeeper June Cain and family

The father of June's husband, Gary, died on Sunday, November 10.

June’s mother is now under hospice care.

Please hold the Cain family in your prayers during these sad and stressful days.

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... for Pr. Bill Nelson and family at the death of his wife Beverly

Beverly Nelson, wife of retired pastor Bill Nelson, died about 3pm on Sunday, November 10.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2019, from 9:30 – 11 AM at First Lutheran Church (East 6th and Taylor Streets, Pecatonica)

A celebration of Bev’s life to at 11 AM at First Lutheran Church (East 6th and Taylor Streets, Pecatonica)


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October/November 2019 - Making Christ Known

Congregations are encouraged to reproduce stories from Making Christ Known in their own publications and share through email and social media.

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ELCA Fund for Leaders Scholarships


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 and deacons who attend ELCA seminaries. In 2020, the Fund for Leaders will once again be offering scholarships to seminary students!

The Fund for Leaders has an open application process that allows all eligible candidates to apply online directly to Fund for Leaders to be considered for a full-tuition scholarship. These scholarships will cover the full cost of seminary tuition for the duration of coursework. Eligible candidates must apply and receive an offer of admission from one or more ELCA seminaries, must be planning to enroll full-time in the fall of 2020, and must be in good standing in the ELCA candidacy process. Recipients of Fund for Leaders scholarships may apply their full-tuition scholarship at any ELCA seminary that has offered them admission.

If you or someone you know is discerning a call to rostered ministry in the ELCA, please encourage them to contact Deacon Cheryl Erdmann at the Northern Illinois Synod office and to visit today to learn more and to apply. The application period will be open from November to February. Check the Fund for Leaders website for specific dates and eligibility criteria.


Apply for Fund for Leaders full-tuition scholarships online from November to February. Check the website for scholarship information, timelines and eligibility criteria. Learn more! Read the FAQs on the website.

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...for the congregation of Living Waters, Crystal Lake

Just after 12:00 a.m. on Halloween, Living Waters was hit by a drunk driver. They are thankful that the driver was not injured and that the church was unoccupied. Their offices and narthex are quite messy but their hearts are full. They are grateful for all of your prayers, they are much appreciated.

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Making Christ Known