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Reformation 500 Observance – 2017

**New Resource List** Visit the ELCA Reformation Observance website at www.ELCA500.org and the ELCA Reformation 500 Facebook page! Please use these new online spaces to share anything your congregation is doing to observe this anniversary and find other events to share with your congregation! You may share events and resources on the website under the “Post It!” tab, on the …

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Zion Lutheran Church in Rockford, receives LSTC Community of the Cross Award

At its commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 17, 2015, Zion Lutheran Church of Rockford, received the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) Community of the Cross Award. It was presented the award for the many ways, since its founding in 1883, it has carried out its mission to be a “public church.”  The Rev. …

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Youth Coordinator Sought

Peace Lutheran Church in Morris is excited to announce the newly created position of Youth Coordinator! This person will oversee youth from Middle School through High School. A full job description can be reviewed at our website: plcmorris.org. Questions and applicants can contact Pastor Lu at (815) 942-1010 or revlu82@gmail.com.

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…for family and friends of Rev. Dr. Roger K. Hansen who died on Thursday, May 28

June 2, 2015 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 Rev. Dr. Roger K. Hansen on Thursday, May 28, 2015 in Rockford, Illinois. Pastor Hansen was born May 3, 1929, in Rockford, …

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Looking for a Part-Time Director of Junior High Youth and Family Ministries

St. John’s Lutheran Church is a dynamic ELCA church with over 2000 disciples in Springfield, Il. is seeking a full-time Director of Junior High Youth and Family Ministries to provide leadership, vision, and support in developing ministry for youth, (6th grade through 8th grade), and their families. They will help youth and their families grow in …

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This week at The Lutheran: May 26, 2015    

Gave up shopping & discovered grace By Katy Sakats My morning routine rarely changes: I wake, brush my teeth, shower, put on makeup and, lastly, choose an outfit for the day. This is no simple feat. As a young woman, I feel as if I’m constantly bombarded with images of beauty that set unrealistic expectations–Pinterest …

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14 down, 1 to go – ELCA Malaria Campaign exceeds $14 million milestone

From the ELCA Malaria Campaign Blog: Allison Beebe 5/29/2015 ​“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ​​Today, we celebrate reaching and surpassing another fundraising milestone for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. The campaign has raised over $14 …

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Responding to the severe flooding in the southern plains

From the Lutheran Disaster Response Blog ​Texas, Oklahoma and now Arkansas are experiencing severe flooding that started due to heavy rainfall and flash floods in the region during Memorial Day weekend. This has been the wettest May, or even month, on record for most of the region. In Texas, it is estimated that 35 trillion gallons of rain …

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diakonia™ Graduation – June 27

  The 2015 diakonia™ Graduating Class of the Metropolitan Chicago and Northern Illinois Synods requests the honor of your presence at the Graduation Service of Thanksgiving at Peace Lutheran Church 101 Candlelight Lane Morris, IL 60450 Saturday, the twenty-seventh of June Two thousand fifteen two o’clock in the afternoon Honored Guest: Gary Erickson, Assistant to …

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What’s the point of a campus pastor?

by Cassey, a junior in the Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at UNL A friend of mine recently posted an opinion piece from the New York Times called “What’s the Point of a Professor?” on how college professors used to be revered by their students as moral authorities who could help them seek higher knowledge …

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What's the point of a campus pastor?

by Cassey, a junior in the Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at UNL A friend of mine recently posted an opinion piece from the New York Times called “What’s the Point of a Professor?” on how college professors used to be revered by their students as moral authorities who could help them seek higher knowledge …

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Northern Illinois Synod Women’s Retreat

The Northern Illinois Synod women held a spring retreat on Saturday, April 25 at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center (LOMC). The theme was “the Power of Forgiveness” which the Rev. Dr. Janet Hunt presented. There were 100 women from the NIS who participated. Pr. Hunt told stories of forgiveness and women at each table discussed answers …

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Northern Illinois Synod Women's Retreat

The Northern Illinois Synod women held a spring retreat on Saturday, April 25 at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center (LOMC). The theme was “the Power of Forgiveness” which the Rev. Dr. Janet Hunt presented. There were 100 women from the NIS who participated. Pr. Hunt told stories of forgiveness and women at each table discussed answers …

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Exploring: Advocacy

From the ELCA World Hunger Blog ​May 21, 2015 In this series of posts, we will take a closer look at some of the areas of work ELCA World Hunger supports domestically and internationally.  This week, our focus is on “advocacy.” The Work We Do: Advocacy What Is Advocacy? Speak up! Advocacy is a public witness to …

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Ebola Outbreak: Liberia declared “Ebola-free

From the Lutheran Disaster Response Blog: 5/22/2015 ​On March 30, 2014, Liberia confirmed its first two cases in the recent Ebola epidemic. A little more than a year later, Liberia was officially declared Ebola-free on May 9, 2015, after 42 days of zero reported Ebola cases. Day 42 is the magic number because it is …

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Download your Assembly Bulletin of Reports (BOR)

The Synod Assembly Bulletin of Reports (BOR) is at the printer and will be mailed this week to those who ordered a print copy. For those that chose to download the BOR, it is up on the assembly website and is ready for downloading in whole or in parts. The pdf documents pull up well on mobile devices, so for those …

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All are invited to a Gospel Concert

St. John’s, Pearl City invites you to a free gospel concert featuring the Erwins on Friday, May 29, at 7pm. The four sibling group from Edgewood, TX, performs bluegrass, country, folk, Christian, and gospel music. There is no ticket charge, but a free-will offering will be taken. Additional parking will be available at the Pearl City School, …

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LSTC Graduation

Deaconess Cheryl Erdmann, Pr. Mike Thomas, Pr. Tammy Anderson, and Pr. Kris Ann Zierke went in to Chicago on May 17 for the Commencement at Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Two of the graduates have been assigned to the NIS, and Zion, Rockford was the recipient of LSTC's Community of the Cross award.

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ELCA Worship News May 2015

There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole; there is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul. (ELW #614) Recently, this hymn was sung at a liturgical conference that I attended. I sat there, listening, as a couple hundred people sang and prayed through the words of this hymn. I …

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Table and Font: Who is Welcome?

Engaging in conversation At the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, voting members passed a memorial presented by the ELCA Northern Illinois Synod to begin a conversation on “The Use of the Means of Grace, A Statement on the Practice of Word and Sacrament,” especially around the practices of Holy Communion in our congregations.

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Godly Play

All pastors and children’s ministry leaders are invited to explore new Children’s ministry possibilities with Godly Play, a Montessori style Sunday School. As opposed to a traditional model where teacher gives knowledge to student… the main idea of Godly Play is to let youth and teachers explore faith stories in a guided way through play.

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Luther’s quote got it right

The church & change. In her June column for The Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton reminds us that we aren’t “called to be the church of the past nor the church of the future, but to be the church right now.” We may not get it right all the time, but we don’t have to fret—that’s the freedom we have with God.

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Luther's quote got it right

The church & change. In her June column for The Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton reminds us that we aren’t “called to be the church of the past nor the church of the future, but to be the church right now.” We may not get it right all the time, but we don’t have to fret—that’s the freedom we have with God.

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This week at The Lutheran:

May 19, 2015 Honor their sacrifice This week’s reflection on Memorial Day comes from Col. Michael Lembke, an ELCA pastor and a chaplain for the U.S. Southern Command. Honor their sacrifice By Michael T. Lembke I once asked my mother-in-law if she often thought about her brother, who was killed 70 years ago in World …

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Innovative Program of the Year” for storm shelter pilot project

From the Lutheran Disaster Response Blog – 5/20/2015 ​Lutheran Disaster Response was awarded “Innovative Program of the Year” for its storm shelter pilot project during last week’s National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) annual conference in New Orleans. The award recognized our work with our partners, Upbring (formerly Lutheran Social Services of the South) and Federal Alliance for …

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A Special Thank You from Pr. Jill Flynn

Thank you so much for the cards, prayers, and support during my husband John’s illness and death. While nothing can ease our pain yet, we are comforted by your caring and support. We are especially grateful for the presence of Bishop Wollersheim and Pastor Gary Erickson at the services. Thank you for your sympathy and …

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Budgets are choices

It’s time for politicians to choose Illinois children, families, and communities. Illinois doesn’t have to make the deep cuts proposed in the Governor’s budget – we have a choice. Instead of painful cuts to vital programs for our children, families, and communities, lawmakers and the Governor must choose revenue. Act NOW! Tell lawmakers to choose …

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“We do not get discouraged” – The Lutheran malaria program in Burundi

Allison Beebe My name is Supesi Ntimpirangeza.  I come from Mwiruzi village in the commune of Mishiha.  I am the volunteer animator for Mwiruzi and Caniga [through the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) malaria program].    The responsibility of a volunteer animator is to visit the community members. When we are trained, we take what we …

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"We do not get discouraged" – The Lutheran malaria program in Burundi

Allison Beebe My name is Supesi Ntimpirangeza.  I come from Mwiruzi village in the commune of Mishiha.  I am the volunteer animator for Mwiruzi and Caniga [through the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) malaria program].    The responsibility of a volunteer animator is to visit the community members. When we are trained, we take what we …

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Ordination Anniversary Celebration

Trinity, Rockford invites you to a celebration in honor of Pastor Jay Quinn’s 25 years of ordained ministry. Worship will be celebrated at 9am on July 12. Clergy are invited to process. The color of the day will be red. A catered brunch will be served in Anderson Hall at 10:30 am. Please RSVP by …

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Nepal Earthquake: Working with partners to distribute relief materials

​It has been three days since the second earthquake in less than three weeks hit Nepal. (First earthquake: April 25; second earthquake: May 12) Aftershocks are still being felt, which continue to generate landslides. The landslides and debris are blocking roadways, which is making transportation difficult—especially in remote villages. These obstacles combined with the approaching …

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Continuing the work to make malaria history

Dear friend, Grace and peace to you! Over the past four years, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has given special attention to World Malaria Day on April 25. This year, on World Malaria Day, a massive earthquake struck Nepal. As a church, you responded to this crisis immediately. I am grateful for the …

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We Did It! And so did everyone else!

Record Set: All Eligible Organizations Earn 2% Discount Congratulations to the 64 synods, six seminaries, and three churchwide organizations that passed the 65% participation goal. Because enough of your eligible plan members took the Mayo Clinic health assessment, you saved a collective $2.5 million on health care contributions. Thank you for paying attention to your …

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…for the people of Nepal and those affected by the deadly earthquake

Sections of the city’s historic center lie in rubble. News reports indicate that more than 3,500 people have died and thousands are injured in the valley surrounding Kathmandu. The death toll is expected to rise as people are believed to be trapped under rubble. Deaths have been reported in neighboring India, Tibet and Bangladesh. The …

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Making Christ Known May/June 2015

This issue, focusing on Worship, is the third in a series on the seven Faith Practices. The worship of God is both personal and corporate. As we grow in our experience of worshiping God together with the community of faith, our desire strengthens to follow Christ in daily life. As we gather to worship, we hear the Word and receive the Sacrament, respond by singing, praying and giving our offering and are sent by the Spirit to serve God and our neighbor in the world.

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Synod Assembly Special Guests

Rev. Wilma Kucharek Bishop Wilma Kucharek will serve as our Churchwide Representative. Rev. Kucharek is Bishop of the Slovak-Zion Synod, ELCA.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day with ELCA Good Gifts

Your mom gave you wisdom and strength. Celebrate her with ELCA Good Gifts this Mother’s Day. Then tell your mom about the gifts you’ve given in her honor.

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Celebrate Mother's Day with ELCA Good Gifts

Your mom gave you wisdom and strength. Celebrate her with ELCA Good Gifts this Mother’s Day. Then tell your mom about the gifts you’ve given in her honor.

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Your Congregation Deserves a Healthy Leader

At synod assemblies, Portico is sharing five concrete ways that leaders, congregations, and Portico work together to strengthen well-being and ministry.

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Worship Matters

The Rev. H. Jeffrey A. Clements (from the May-June 2015 issue of Making Christ Known) My son was new to his position as associate director of Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp. He and his dog had moved to Montana that summer with what he could stuff into his small car. My daughter-in-law was still working in …

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Something Old, Something New

The Rev. Twila Schock (from the May-June 2015 issue of Making Christ Known) “Wow!  I love worshiping here.  I was afraid, hearing you were Lutheran, you would make us bow, cross ourselves, and say things at church that we didn’t feel.  Instead, we sing, we read the Bible, and we pray.” * * * “Thank …

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Photographers Needed for Synod Assembly

Do you like taking photos? Do you have a good eye and take amazing shots with your phone? Do you have all the fancy equipment and the know-how to use it? Do you live on Instagram? We need all those folks and everyone in between! Certain parts of the assembly will be assigned to one or more …

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Worship Is the Heart of All We Do

Given competition, is it ‘hub of our week, space of our regrouping’? The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, ELCA Presiding Bishop (from the May-June 2015 issue of Making Christ Known) There is a Seattle-based caffeinated beverage company that goes to great lengths to provide excellent customer service. Its campaign is to make itself everyone’s “Third Place.” “First …

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First We Give of Ourselves, Year Two Workshops

First, We Give of Ourselves is a three-year discipleship and financial stewardship journey written for NIS congregations by Pastor Kurt Nordby, Assistant to the Bishop for Stewardship and Development.  Many of our congregations have used this program in 2014, and reports have been very positive.

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Luther Reading Challenge

The Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, a close affiliate of the Lutheran World Federation, has just launched the Luther Reading Challenge:

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Ascension Day Program

For your calendars… The Ascension of Our Lord Thursday, May 14, 2015 Worship  8:00 a.m. Ascension Chapel Augustana College Breakfast & Conversation 9:00 a.m. Board Room Third Floor, College Center The preacher for the day will be Dr. Craig Nessan Academic Dean & Professor of Contextual Theology Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa We will have a chance to talk …

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ELCA Foundation GiftLegacy eNewsletter May 2, 2015

The ELCA Foundation has a variety of resources to assist individuals and congregations with their gift planning education and endowment needs. Together, we achieve things on a scale and scope that we could never do otherwise.

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Global Links – May 2015

To view a PDF version of Global Links, visit http://www.ELCA.org/Resources/ELCA-Global-Church-Sponsorship.

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…for Pr. Lu Bettisch, Peace, Morris, recovering from surgery

Pr. Lu Bettisch of Peace Lutheran Church in Morris is recovering from knee-replacement surgery May 1.

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Nepal Area Earthquake

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, We have seen the devastating images and stories coming out of Nepal. Sections of Kathmandu, the nation’s capital, and surrounding areas lie in rubble. More than 3,000 people have lost their lives, and the number continues to rise as officials make their way through rural communities. Historic buildings and …

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