Living Lutheran Stories – July 2, 2019

Perspective: Our promise to baptized children Here’s a familiar Sunday scene: Before worship begins, a baby wearing a white gown is passed around between parents, grandparents and godparents. Noticing the baptismal party, parishioners check … continue Worship around the table Kendall Vanderslice has a background in professional baking, food studies and theology. In her new book …

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Assembly Election Results

Thanks to all those individuals who have been willing to stand for election to the various offices of the Synod. Synod Council: Vice President (4-year term) Minnette ScottSynod Council: Treasurer (4-year term) Tammie Farley Synod Council: Laity (3-year term) Carla Vanatta Synod Council: Laity (3-year term) George Sanchez Synod Council: Clergy (3-year term) Janet Wold Synod Council: Clergy (3-year …

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Videos: Recognition, Celebration, and Remembrances

The Friday night service at the 2019 Assembly was a special time of recognition, celebration, and remembrance. Attendees filled the worship room of Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline to overflowing. Special celebrations were held for landmark anniversaries. Watch the videos below:  Trinity, Durand 175th Anniversary  Capron, Capron 175th Anniversary  Pr. Dennis Heaney – 50 yrs of …

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More Assembly Highlights

Visit the Assembly Highlights page for many more stories, videos, and photos from the event. See election results and resolutions that were passed. Watch videos from our churchwide representative, Presiding Bishop Eaton’s video report, and the new Light youth ministry team. Hear from our synod officers, Portico, LSSI, and about the CycleToSynod team. Watch the …

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ELCA Churchwide Assembly to meet August 5-10, 2019

The ELCA Churchwide Assembly, the primary decision-making body of the church, is a process of communal spiritual discernment. Finding ourselves in Christ, the fifteenth Churchwide Assembly will be a time for us to be the living body of Christ guided by the Spirit and conformed to God’s will. We will meet at the Wisconsin Center …

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Grace, Ophiem closes doors

On Sunday, June 30, 2019, Bishop Jeff Clements attended the final worship service of Grace Lutheran Church, Ophiem after 130 years of ministry. Pastor Nancy Jaster preached a sermon which was perfect for the occasion. Bishop prayed, “May the witness of the people who have ministered in the name of Jesus Christ through Grace Lutheran Church be …

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News from Luther Seminary – June 2019

Listening, Breathing, and Being Led by God Pentecost is a season of listening, breathing, and being led by God–when Jesus’ promise to send the Holy Spirit is realized, and the church is filled with its power. What the Spiritual Life Inventory Reveals about the Health of Our Churches In 2018, as part of the Lilly Foundation-funded …

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Free Spark materials

Free resources available: Spark Classroom (copyright 2009) leader guides, Director materials, and learner resources for Year Orange and Year Green are available, ages Kindergarten through Grade 6. First Lutheran, Geneseo, has switched curriculum and would like the materials to go to a good church home! Contact Pastor Laura Kamprath, 309-944-3196 or lkamprath@firstgeneseo.org

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… for the Churchwide Assembly

Six weeks of prayer prior to the Assembly, Daily Prayers during the Assembly and a prayer for the Sunday after the Assembly (Week 7)  As the ELCA enters its final weeks before Churchwide Assembly in Milwaukee (ELCA.org/ChurchwideAssembly), we offer a prayer petition for 6 weeks that congregations might consider using within their prayers on Sunday …

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Addiction and Faith Conference

Join us for the second annual Addiction and Faith Conference to be held in Bloomington MN on Sept. 20, 21, 22, 2019. Addiction in every form, including opioid addiction, is ravaging our world. The conference seeks to help answer the question, “How can we as people of faith respond to this crisis?” We believe faith …

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Leadership Lab 2019

July 22-27, 2019! Register NOW! What is Lab? It’s a laboratory for youth to experiment and practice church leadership… while at the same time an intense, transformational faith experience. Find out more and watch videos at http://leadershiplab.net. The mission of Leadership Lab is to be an active LABORATORY, practicing church leadership for the future… We …

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Mark your calendars for PLC – September 16-18, 2019

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

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Video: ELCA Foundation helps congregations

Meet Tim Urness, Regional Gift Planner for the ELCA Foundation. Regional Gift Planners can partner with you, your congregation, synod, or other ELCA-related organization as you explore the variety of possibilities to give with generosity, and planning. They provide expertise — as well as resources, financial education, and investment and endowment management services to help …

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2019 Retired Rostered Ministers Luncheons

Each year, Bishop and Paulette Clements host informal luncheons across the synod for retired rostered ministers and their spouses. The first was Wednesday, May 15 at Trinity, Moline, and the second was Wednesday, May 22 at Christ Belvidere. This year, these events were generously supported by Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. St. Paul writes, “I thank …

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Founders’ Day 2019 at Jenny Lind Chapel

Bishop Clements preached from Lars Esbjorn’s pulpit when he was the featured speaker on Sunday, April 28, for the Founders Day observance at the Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover. The service celebrated the founding of Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover, Augustana Lutheran Church in America, and Augustana College and Theological Seminary in Rock Island. Pam …

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ELCA Global Links May 2019

Investing in women leaders around the world As part of Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has pledged to raise $4 million to equip more than 200 women leaders from our global companion churches with educational opportunities through the International Women Leaders initiative. We are close to reaching this …

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ELCA presiding bishop issues letter on abortion

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has released a letter addressing states recently passing or considering legislation to restrict access to legal abortion. “Talking about abortion has never been easy in this country, and the same holds true in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The members of this church have divergent beliefs and opinions about whether or …

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Gathering, Word, Meal, and Sending – Presiding Bishop Eaton

Liturgy is important—not each constituent part—but the basic structure of corporate worship: gathering, word, meal and sending. It’s a discipline Lutherans willingly undertake because it helps individuals and the entire community express our connection with other Christians throughout the world and across the ages. When we gather, it’s not simply a group of like-minded individuals. …

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ELCA Worship News – May 2019

Friends in Christ, Greetings in this Easter season! It is our hope that Alleluias are still resounding and that the peace and joy of the Risen Christ is being shared in your midst. Such sharing happens when the church sings together, singing the texts and tunes that form and express the faith of each worshiping …

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Seeds Monthly – May 2019

A 60-day journey toward justice in a culture of gun violence Twenty-five years ago, the ELCA adopted the social message “Community Violence,” calling for advocacy and an end to the cycle of violence. This message is still all too relevant, with frequent occurrences of gun violence in this country. This new 60-day resource invites the …

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LIRS Newsletter May 2019

Friend, This month, we had the opportunity to celebrate the amazing mothers in our life – and at LIRS that includes many of the resilient and courageous women that we serve. But today, the plight of mothers who are seeking refuge in America, is often marked by sacrifice and loss – in fact, this week brought the …

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Missouri Tornadoes

SITUATION late on Wednesday, May 22, a tornado ripped through Jefferson City, Missouri causing widespread damage and destruction. This tornado is just one of at least 29 tornadoes to impact the area over a 24-hour period. In Missouri, at least three people have been killed, homes and businesses were destroyed, and rescues are stlll underway. These tornadoes are a port of a …

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Save the Paper at Assembly!

The 2019 Northern Illinois Synod Assembly will use a mobile guide through the ELCA Organizations and Events App. The app is available as a free download through the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Search for “2019 Northern Illinois Synod Assembly” and our guide will appear. No passphrase is needed. Download the guide to …

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2020 Rostered Ministers Gathering

As a rostered minister in the ELCA, you are invited to join colleagues at the 2020 Rostered Ministers Gathering under the theme “Rekindle the Gift Within You” (2 Timothy 1:6). This an opportunity to gather with colleagues across the church for fellowship, renewal, continuing education, Bible study and refreshment of your spirit. Learn more! Watch …

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News from Luther Seminary May 2019

A Season of Rejoicing At the end of another academic year, we rejoice in our graduating students who have been called and sent by the Holy Spirit to witness to salvation through Jesus Christ and to serve in God’s world. Bridging Life with Vocation and Identity Eventually, everyone has to answer this important question: who am …

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Living Lutheran Stories – May 21, 2019

ELCA members pray for student pastor, call for immigration reform On May 15, ELCA members and the Racine (Wis.) Interfaith Coalition called for just immigration reform at an evening prayer vigil held outside the Kenosha County Detention Center. ELCA Greater … continue This is my brave “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom …

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2019 Assembly In-Kind Offering

Each year every congregation in the Northern Illinois Synod is invited to bring a designated ‘In Kind Offering’ to the Synod Assembly. In the past, it has been very tangible items – like non-perishable groceries for food pantries, or laundry soap, or other items for distribution. This year the In-Kind Offering is an Offering of …

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Go & Do News – May 2019

DOMESTIC HUNGER GRANT APPLICATION OPEN! The application window for ELCA World Hunger’s 2020 Domestic Hunger Grants is open through June 17! Domestic Hunger Grants 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 …

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Join the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering Planning Team!

Planning Team Application The Gathering is primarily planned and led by amazing volunteers who serve on 14 different teams. We are now accepting applications from individuals who would like to participate in the planning process. Applications will be accepted through June 21, 2019. During the application process, you will be asked to select up to …

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Questions in Life

Questions in life. In her May column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth takes time to reflect on one of “The Questions”—what is a life worth living? She reflects on the cruciform life, which delivers us from our constant striving to make our lives have meaning through our own efforts.” Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2LhJQTp and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2LmmdcJ.

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