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 …

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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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ELCA Global Links October 2019

“I am proud, and I thank God that he gave me this wonderful gift that I can impact people. I feel like college is a good way to start my life of impacting other people.” —Angeline Neo, International Women Leaders scholar from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Angeline Neo has found a home away from home at …

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ELCA National Youth Gathering Theme Announced

We are so excited to announce the theme of the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering, “boundless: God beyond measure.” Our primary Scripture will be Ephesians 3:19 CEV: “I want you to know all about Christ’s love, although it is too wonderful to be measured. Then your lives will be filled with all that God is.” We …

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ELCA Worship News October 2019

Greetings, As we anticipate the festival of All Saints, we think of those who have gone before us. Worship might include reading the names of those who have died in the last year. Bells might be rung, candles lit or photographs displayed. Our faith has been planted and nurtured by people who have journeyed before …

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ELCA Stewardnet Fall 2019

Dear friend in Christ, The possibilities we enjoy in daily life are profoundly affected by the common good that surrounds us. I’m thinking about all the systems, infrastructure, culture, values, etc. that are not for the sole benefit of anyone exclusively but for all of us collectively. Other concepts we might interchange with the common …

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Living Lutheran Stories – October 25, 2019

Perspective: Our church door If someone is suffering on the perimeter, Jesus teaches us how to see them and bring them in. Parable after parable brings one healing, restorative action after another. The leper is made clean. The … continue The ministry of cartooning Steve Thomason faced a massive blank canvas, his back to the congregation, …

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October Ordinations

Folks from all over the synod attended a festive synod-wide Reformation worship service Sunday afternoon, October 27 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Ottawa. Chelsey Olson Weech was ordained as a minister of word and sacrament in the church of Christ! Pastor Weech has been called to serve First Lutheran Church in Prophetstown. The previous day, October …

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2020 PLC

The Rev. Dr. Emlyn Ott will be the keynote speaker at the 2020 Professional Leaders Conference September 21-23, 2020. Emlyn A. Ott is a native of Rochester, New York where her curiosity about life was nurtured in her parents’ truck manufacturing company. A graduate of The College of Wooster, The Lutheran School of Theology at …

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December Events at Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover

49TH ANNUAL JOY OF CHRISTMAS WITH AUGUSTANA COLLEGE Wednesday, December 4, 7:30 pm – Students and faculty from Augustana College join the community for this beautiful service of worship and music that starts at Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover. The Christmas story will be read in several different languages.  The service concludes with a procession to the Jenny Lind …

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Older Adult Webinars

ALOA has much to offer Lutheran congregations in the area of Older Adult Ministry. In addition to the resources on our website, ALOA offers regular Webinars on key topics for Older Adult Ministry that are practical and free of charge. Find complete information and register at aloaserves.org/events/webinars. OctoberAging Parents and Adult Children with Disabilities Thursday, October 31, …

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ELCA Conference of Bishops welcomes greater diversity

10/10/2019 ​CHICAGO — The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) met here Sept. 26–Sept. 30 under a theme from 2 Corinthians: “We have this treasure in clay jars.” The conference, an advisory body of the ELCA, comprises 65 synod bishops, the presiding bishop and the secretary. The conference welcomed 13 …

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Portico Update from your Regional Representative, Jennifer Prinz

Dates for ELCA Benefits Plan Annual Enrollment for Congregations and Plan Members: Congregations have until October 25 to make health plan option selection for 2019. Annual Enrollment for plan members will have from Oct. 29- Nov. 13 to make your selections. Note: If you’re part of a sponsored couple, a call to the Customer Care Center can help you navigate …

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Fall Gatherings

The first of three Fall Gatherings was held on Sunday afternoon, October 6 at St. Mark, Rockford. About 50 people gathered to discuss our new synod mission statement, vision statement, and core values and how we are all walking together, loving Christ, loving all, for the sake of the world. The next gathering will be …

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2019 PLC

The 2019 Professional Leaders Conference was held September 16-18, 2019 at Sinsinawa Mound Retreat Center in Sinsinawa, WI, under the theme, The Gospel Proclamation, a Ministry of the Whole Congregation. Presenters were the Rev. Dr. Shauna Hannan, Associate Professor of Homiletics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA and the Rev. Bryan Odeen, Associate Pastor at …

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2019 Fall Gatherings

At the 2019 Synod Assembly, Bishop Jeffrey Clements introduced the synod’s new mission statement, vision statement, and core values. Now Bishop Clements invites you to one of three gatherings around the synod this fall to join in a continuing conversation together about these important values. Your input is vital as we discern how we will …

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Ignite 2020

Mark your calendars now and plan to spark a fire in the hearts of your High School youth with Ignite – June 12-14 at LOMC! The NIS Light high school youth leadership team is excited to invite your high school youth groups to its first Ignite Synod Youth Event on June 12-14, 2020, at Lutheran …

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Christmas at Augustana

Christmas at Augustana has become one of the most treasured traditions at Augustana College. Another treasured tradition is our special invitation for ELCA pastors and rostered leaders, with one guest, to join us. This year, Christmas at Augustana will be performed on Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 and Sunday, December 8 at 2:00. Northern Illinois Synod rostered ministers can receive two free tickets for you and a …

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We are to be bold – Presiding Bishop

By Elizabeth A. Eaton, ELCA Presiding Bishop This church had a meeting in August. We gathered in Milwaukee for the 2019 Churchwide Assembly. We were filled with anticipation and excitement—what would unfold during the assembly? How would we be inspired by worship and Bible study? How would we be challenged? What new insight into the …

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A closer look – repurposing microscopes for good

by Mike Wadle, First, DeKalb and Marlene Winkie, Our Savior’s, Rockford When the science classes at the Rocky Boy Indian School in MT and the Red Cloud Indian School in SD began the fall semester this year, there was a gift of love awaiting the students. Ten refurbished microscopes for each school were shipped from …

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The story of a bell

by Richard Brynteson Years ago, around 1979 – 1982, I was an officer of First National Bank on East State Street. The Bank established a Community Development Corp. to pursue the renewal of East State Street and Haight Village. I was honored to serve as President of the Corporation & President of the East State …

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2019 NIS Women of the ELCA Convention

The annual Convention of the Northern Illinois Synod Women of the ELCA met on Saturday, September 21 at Trinity, Moline. Their key verse was Ephesians 2:19, “So you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” Bishop Jeffrey Clements gave the morning …

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International visitors

The Global Mission Committee of the Northern Illinois Synod has had several opportunities to host guests from our companion synods this summer. In June and July, two retired pastors visited from the Arcot Lutheran Church, our companion synod in India. During June the Reverend Bavani Joseph spent some days with us, including attending the Northern …

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Soup for the Soul, Learning Together in the Midst of Grief

 St. Barnabas Lutheran Church, Cary and Bethany Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake, in partnership with Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care Congregational Outreach invite you to a free four-part series on grief. There is no cost to those who attend. Each workshop will cover all kinds of grief: death of a loved one, becoming an empty nester, …

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Breaking Down Walls

Greetings, dear friends in Christ!  On Nov. 9, 2019, the world will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. As we look back to remember this important moment in human history, we are reminded that there is much work to be done to tear down the walls that divide us today. Galatians 3:28 …

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Our common witness – Presiding Bishop Eaton

By Elizabeth A. Eaton One of the distinct privileges of this call as presiding bishop is seeing the church at work at home and around the world. The Lutheran movement is alive and well, speaking the gospel in a distinctive voice. Sunday after Sunday the good news is proclaimed in accordance with Scripture and the …

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Domestic Hunger Grants

ELCA World Hunger provides Domestic Hunger Grants in order to accompany congregations and their partners throughout the United States and Caribbean as they draw on the strengths of communities to address local issues such as food security, clean water, housing, job readiness, human rights, policy change, leadership development and more. Together, these ministries are part …

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Portico Benefits 2020 changes

Portico’s Board of Trustees has approved health plan and benefit changes for 2020, featuring new ways for ELCA-Primary members to save on out-of-pocket costs and strengthen their emotional well-being. In August, Custom Comparison Reports were made available to congregations, who will make their selections in October. Members will complete benefits enrollment in November. You can …

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diakonia Graduation

The Northern Illinois Synod gathered with the Metro Chicago Synod to celebrate the graduation of 26 diakonia graduates on Sunday, July 14, 2019. The Graduation Service of Thanksgiving was held at Salem, Sycamore at 3:00 pm. Deacon Cheryl Erdmann, Assistant to the Bishop was the preacher and the Rev. Preston Fields was host pastor and …

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PLC Monday Evening Supper

Join a group for Monday Supper at 5:00 pm! Members of the PLC Committee will be eating at several restaurants around town. If one of these restaurants sound interesting to you, please sign up using the form below.

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2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly summary of actions

8/14/2019 ​CHICAGO — Gathering under the theme “We are church,” voting members of the 2019 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) made a number of key decisions to further the mission and ministry of this church. The assembly, the chief legislative authority of the church, met Aug. 5-10 at the Wisconsin …

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2020 Women Leaders Retreat

February 3-4, 2020 Bishop Lane Retreat Center 7708 East McGregor Road, Rockford, IL 61102 Contact Deacon Cheryl Erdmann with questions. Bearers of the Light – In our time together, we will use Scripture and song to ponder the depth of bearing the Light in our personal life and professional ministry in our turbulent, tumultuous time. In Scripture we will …

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ELCA Churchwide Assembly – Saturday highlights

8/10/2019 The sixth and final day of the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly began Aug. 10 with worship at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. The service featured youth and young adult leaders and was presided over by Ben Hogue, a pastor of Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Washington D.C. Elizabeth Eaton, ELCA presiding bishop, delivered the sermon. Sue Rothmeyer, …

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NIS Women of the ELCA 31st Annual Convention

All women of the Northern Illinois Synod are invited to attend New Horizons, the 31st annual Northern Illinois Synod Women of the ELCA Convention on Saturday, September 21 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1330 13th Street, Moline. Coffee and registration begins at 8:00 am. Northern Illinois Synod Bishop Jeffrey Clements will give the morning message.

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ELCA Churchwide Assembly – Friday highlights

8/9/2019 On day five of the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, voting members and guests reconvened Aug. 9 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. The assembly adopted the social statement “Faith, Sexism and Justice: A Call to Action” and its implementing resolutions. April Larson, the first woman bishop in the ELCA, called the assembly’s attention to the …

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ELCA Churchwide Assembly – Thursday highlights

8/9/2019 ​MILWAUKEE  — The 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly began its fourth day on Aug. 8 with a greeting from Dr. Agnes Abuom, the first woman and first African to serve as moderator of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee. Speaking about the WCC campaign “Thursdays in Black: Toward a World Without Rape and …

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ELCA Churchwide Assembly – Wednesday highlights

8/7/2019 ​MILWAUKEE — In a key action this afternoon, the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly voted to approve a memorial that declares the ELCA a sanctuary church. The ELCA is the first North American denomination to declare itself a sanctuary church body. As a sanctuary church, the ELCA is committed to serving and supporting migrant children …

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ELCA Churchwide Assembly – Tuesday highlights

8/6/2019 ​MILWAUKEE — On day two of their gathering, the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly took key actions and received reports that set the stage for how the denomination wants to move into the future. The assembly re-elected the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton as presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Aug. 6. …

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