Tag: 2019-03-04

Spiritual Renewal with Affirmation of Vocation

Almost one hundred rostered ministers from across the Northern Illinois Synod met at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dixon on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, for a day of spiritual renewal. The Rev. Elaine K. Olson, Certified Spiritual Director and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor talked about the importance of self-compassion. Three workshops were led by the Rev. Olson, …

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Bishop’s Easter Greeting 2019

Watch the video. Download the video. Hello. I’m Bishop Jeff Clements of the Northern Illinois Synod. Easter will soon be here, and I’ll get to put on my Easter stole with all of its butterflies. A dear friend of ours made this for me. It’s all cross stitched, and every butterfly on this stole is unique and …

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Life and Death and Breath

Prior to beginning my ministry with hospice in 2000, I spent about a year in specialized chaplaincy training. I remember a conversation with one of my colleagues about intubation sustaining life. He remarked that sometimes we prevent God from being God when we artificially create breath for someone without breath. His words were very insightful. …

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National Quilting Day

Pr. Scott Ralston, Faith, Forreston On a Friday in March, the Faithful Hands Group of Faith Lutheran Church in Forreston Illinois challenged themselves to create and tie 15 Lutheran World Relief quilts in celebration of National Quilting Day. The group wasn’t actually aware of National Quilting Day until it was shared in an LWR mailing. …

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CRE 2019 – Being Disciples Comes First

The Rev. Dr. Dave Daubert was the keynote presenter at the 2019 Congregational Resourcing Event on March 9 at Kishwaukee College in Malta, IL. CRE is always a great day for being the church together and learning how other congregations are making Christ known where they are. It’s a chance to get together with our …

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Spiritual and religious – Presiding Bishop Eaton

    Is “Lutheran spirituality” an oxymoron? When we consider Martin Luther and the early reformers, we think of great theologians, prolific writers and musicians. We are well aware of Luther’s earthy language and direct communication. But spirituality? Luther as mystic? Not so much. And yet, Luther was a deeply spiritual person who also cared …

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ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grant Recipient

The World Hunger Subcommittee is pleased to announce that Christian Care, a nonprofit organization in Rock Island, has received a 2019 ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grant.  They were awarded $5,000 for each of the next three years to support their on-site meal programs for families and increase their on-site vegetable garden production.  Christian Care …

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ELCA launches collaboration with Blessed Tomorrow

In line with its commitment to pursuing wholeness for creation, the ELCA has announced a collaboration with ecoAmerica and its Blessed Tomorrow program, which helps faith-based organizations elevate their leadership on the moral, religious and justice issues surrounding climate change. The collaboration underscores this church’s commitment to raising awareness of climate change and taking action to mitigate its …

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