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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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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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Tonight at midnight is the last moment…

Northern Illinois Synod rostered leaders and other professional church workers with ELCA Primary Health Insurance are challenged each year to take an online health assessment. The assessment is completely private, easy to do, only takes about 15 minutes and, once completed, the person receives $150 in wellness dollars (with a possible $350 more!).

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Spring Spirituality Retreat

“Connecting Stories for a Deeper Connection with God” – a One-day Spiritual Retreat for NIS Professional Leaders Monday, May 4, 2015 In September of 2011, chronic hip and back pain turned out to be something very different for our presenter, Rev. Laura Koppenhoefer. That pain was a symptom of sarcoma cancer and a sign that her ministry …

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LYO News

The Northern Illinois Synod Lutheran Youth Organization will meet Saturday, May 9 from 11 – 1 at Trinity Lutheran in Manlius, IL.  Coming soon: June 18-19 Synod Youth Assembly at Augustana College (see newsletter for more details) Visit the NIS-LYO webpage at nisynod.org/youth to see the first newsletter for NIS-LYO. Please share it with your congregation and friends!

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…for Polly Wollersheim as she recovers from cataract surgery 4/22

Polly Wollersheim, wife of Bishop Gary Wollersheim, had cataract surgery on Wednesday, April 22.

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An Earth Day Reflection

From the ELCA World Hunger Blog: ​April 22, 2015 How do you honor God’s creation? Part of my spiritual practice is being a morning person, to honor the light by greeting it early, allowing the new dawn to fill me with the spirit. Each new day is an opportunity to continue the work we are …

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ELCA Foundation News

Greetings! We are pleased to share with you the latest news from Washington, Savvy Living, Personal Planning, gift stories, finance news, and timely articles. We provide this eNewsletter and website to your friends. Please contact us if we can run a proposal or be of assistance to you. Annette Shoemaker Director, ELCA Foundation PERSONAL PLANNER …

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Wartburg Theological Seminary Announces Appointment of New President

The Wartburg Theological Seminary Board of Directors elected its fourteenth president, Rev. Louise N. Johnson.

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Portico Changes Disability Administrators

As part of its ongoing efforts to provide ELCA benefits that enhance the well-being of those we serve, Portico is changing the administrator of its disability benefit from Aetna to Liberty Mutual. The transition will be effective June 1, 2015. We’re working closely with Liberty Mutual and Aetna, and are communicating the transition to plan …

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NISynod.org Is New!

The synod website is undergoing a complete make-over. The design, content, and navigation are all new.

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Milwaukee Synod Hosts Eddie Lacy at Carthage College

Public Invited to Hear Lacy Talk about his Faith Helping Him during Tough Childhood Years

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ELCA Mission Advancement has two position openings

Associate Editor Develop, write, edit and manage editorial materials for periodicals, online publications and blogs as well as specific types of coverage and specific department pages and contribute to news pages, cover stories, newsletters and eblasts. Read the job description here >> Click here to apply >> Manager of Digital Media Strategy The Manager, Digital …

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New Way to Raise Funds for ELCA World Hunger

There is a new way to raise funds for ELCA World Hunger. Design an individual or team event that’s all your own, set a goal and invite friends and family to lend support.

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GiftLegacy News

God's work in the world has spoken to your heart – but where do you begin? Whether it is a gift today or in the future, the ELCA Foundation's regional gift planners will assist you with a plan that speaks to your passion. One person can change the world, and we can help.

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2015 ELCA Worship Jubilee

Our 2015 Jubilee will provide participants the opportunity to hear leading voices, attend practical workshops, experience diverse worship expressions in several of Atlanta’s congregations, and enjoy rich conversation.

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Pre-Retirement Seminar

 Get Answers to Your Difficult Retirement Planning Questions Portico Benefit Services, in collaboration with Ernst & Young, is pleased to hold a one-day pre-retirement seminar on Thursday, May 7 at ELCA Churchwide Ministries in Chicago. 

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Luther Seminary Lifelong Learning

Luther Seminary offers on-campus and online resources for students, pastors, congregations, alumni and the greater church community.

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ELCA responds in aftermath of tornado damage

ELCA News ​The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will provide assistance for survivors of the tornadoes and storms that devastated portions of northern Illinois April 9. In partnership with Lutheran Disaster Response, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and the ELCA Northern Illinois Synod, the group has created a “Tornado Relief Fund” to be administered …

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Multi Agency Resource Centers

Multi Agency Resource Centers will be available for Ogle and DeKalb Counties at the times and places listed below. Present at the resource centers will be representatives from the County Clerk, DMV, Red Cross, insurance companies, and other agencies. DATES & TIMES Wednesday, April 15 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 16 from …

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We’re behind in the final stretch!

As a Community, We’re Behind in the Final Stretch For several likely reasons, health assessment participation is down this year across the ELCA compared to last year. At the end of March 2015, only 44% of eligible plan members and spouses had taken it compared to 52% at the same time last year. Why? Complacency …

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We're behind in the final stretch!

As a Community, We’re Behind in the Final Stretch For several likely reasons, health assessment participation is down this year across the ELCA compared to last year. At the end of March 2015, only 44% of eligible plan members and spouses had taken it compared to 52% at the same time last year. Why? Complacency …

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Letter from Bishop Wollersheim Regarding Tornadoes in Northern Illinois

April 10, 2015 But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; [2 Corinthians 4:7-8] Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Grace, …

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…for the town of Fairdale and all those affected by the severe storms on 4/9/2015

Supercell thunderstorms produced a large tornado that touched down Thursday night in northern Illinois, killing one person and injuring eight others in one tiny community as severe weather pummeled the Midwest. Read more… The tornado that hit Illinois Thursday were so massive and the damage so extensive that in some areas, plows had to push …

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2015 Health Assessment Countdown

The numbers are in! The numbers that show how many of you have taken the assessment by the end of March are in! 107 of you on the NIS ELCA-Primary health plan have taken the annual health assessment (as of March 28). That’s XX more than had taken it at the end of February. Hooray! …

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God’s Work Our Hands Sunday – September 13, 2015

It’s not too early to begin exploring opportunities for how your congregation will participate in “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday. Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015.

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God's Work Our Hands Sunday – September 13, 2015

It’s not too early to begin exploring opportunities for how your congregation will participate in “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday. Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015.

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…for Family and Friends of Pr. Dawn Keenan, who died April 5

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 the Rev. Dawn Keenan on Sunday, April 5, 2015, in Neponset, Illinois.

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World Malaria Day

World Malaria Day is April 25, offering us an opportunity to do something significant for the ELCA Malaria Campaign.

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Easter Blessings from Bishop Gary Wollersheim and the staff of the NIS

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

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ELCA Foundation April News

Greetings! We are pleased to share with you the latest news from Washington, Savvy Living, Personal Planning, gift stories, finance news, and timely articles.

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Pipe Organist/Choir Director Opening

St. Mark church in Rockford is looking for a inspired pipe organist and choir director to replace our soon to retire organist.

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Easter Greeting from Presiding Bishop Eaton

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The Gospel of Mark ends abruptly. The women came to the tomb to care for the body of their friend and Lord. They expected death. Seeing the stone rolled away, they entered the tomb; they entered into death. They didn’t find Jesus. Instead, they saw a young man, who …

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ELCA looks ahead to 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation

Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) are making plans for the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation in October 2017.

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This week at The Lutheran

This week’s front page features Inspiration for daily life: A preacher asks: What do you want from a sermon? A life on the page from dreams of mothers Restoring creation with faith Far from Eden: Danger continues for children who return to Honduras

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Synod Assembly Registration Time

Each congregation and rostered leader has now received the Synod Assembly registration packet. This large white envelope contains everything you need to know to register for and get ready for the 28th Annual Northern Illinois Synod Assembly – June 19-20 at Augustana College in Rock Island.

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Urgent Detroit Information

Is your congregation sending youth to the 2015 ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit? If so, please take a just moment to handle this important issue – or to find the person in your congregation that can answer these urgent questions.

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Do you know a young person with passion to lead?

If so, nominate him/her for the Wartburg Youth Leadership School & ELCA Youth Gathering that will be held July 11-21! Nominations are being accepted now! 

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ELCA Worship News – March 2015

Dear friend, But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received …

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This Week at the Lutheran

On Sunday, March 14, 1965, during my senior year at what is now Aurora (Ill.) University, I heard Martin Luther King Jr. speak at the Chicago Sunday Evening Club at Orchestra Hall.

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Arcot Delegation had a great visit to the NIS

2015 Arcot Delegation Photo Album Click here to see all the photos. Our very special guests, the delegation from the Arcot Lutheran Church was here in Northern Illinois March 23-30, 2015. Leading the delegation was the Rt. Rev. George William Raja Socrates Sathyachandar, Bishop-President of our companion Arcot Lutheran Church. Along with him was the Rev. Ms. Jane Anitha …

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Hymn Sing with David Cherwien

Bethany Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake invites you to a hymn sing with David Cherwien, April 19 at 4:00pm.

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March/April 2015

The March/April 2015 Making Christ Known is now available online. Please share it with your congregation members, leaders, staff, and visitors. This is the 2nd issue in a series on the seven Faith Practices. This issue focuses on Giving/Generosity. Giving is a mark of discipleship and a part of daily life. Giving is not always easy. Our human need for …

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Presiding Bishop Eaton Continues Call for Racial Equity

Citing recent events across the United States, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), noted that “we are not living in a post-racial society.”

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ELCA Good Gifts for Easter

Ten little chicks make a big difference! When they are just months old, these chicks begin laying eggs, which make nutritious, protein-rich meals for families who are hungry. The many extra eggs are often enough to allow a family to start a small business by selling them for additional income.

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Lenten Reflection: Creating Something from Nothing

Like Thomas Jefferson, I've never seemed to have much patience for the Bible’s miracle stories. They’re difficult to deal with. To my modern mind, it’s hard to imagine that seas can part, food can appear from nowhere and that the dead can be raised.

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Coming to Terms with the Times

When I’m out and about in the church, I’m often asked what I plan to do to save small congregations, reverse the decline in membership, bring young adults back to church, increase mission support, make the ELCA truly multicultural, boost our relevance in the culture and fix Congress (well, not that last one). I have no plan to do any of that by myself, but I wonder if there is a deeper concern in those questions that requires a deeper answer from all of us.

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Notes on the Journey

NIS Pastor Laura Koppenhoefer’s book Notes on the Journey: Living with Sarcoma & Hope is no longer available for sale (11/30/2015).

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2015 Health Assessment

2015 Health Assessment! ELCA-primary health plan members and spouses, it is time to complete your annual health assessment. If at least 65% of participants complete the assessment, congregations and organizations in our synod will reduce the cost of their health plan contributions by 2% AND individuals earn wellness dollars to help offset medical costs. Why …

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Updating Synod Companion Information

The Northern Illinois Synod Global Mission Committee is updating synod companion information. If your congregation has a synod companion relationship with a congregation in Tanzania (North Central Diocese) or in India (Arcot Lutheran Church), please send the information to Julie Lewis name of your congregation, does your congregation have a companion relationship, name and city of …

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