Until All Are Fed: ELCA World Hunger and Your Congregation

Tuesday, July 71:00-2:00 pm a part of the 2020 Summer Ministry Conversations 821 million people around the world – that’s more than 1 in 10 – can’t access the food they need to live active, healthy lives. So congregations in the Northern Illinois Synod are partnering with ELCA World Hunger to reach communities in need. You are responding to Jesus’ …

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The Five Gifts of Discipleship and Living Out Our Faith

Tuesday, July 211:00-2:00 pm Register by Sunday, July 19 a part of the 2020 Summer Ministry Conversations The Rev. Brenda K. Smith is Program Director for Faith Practices and Book of Faith in the Domestic Mission Unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America- Churchwide Office in Chicago, Illinois. Pastor Smith will present an overview of …

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White Fragility Book Study

Wednesday evenings at 7pm for six weeks – July 29-September 2 Registration is now full. You may register below for a waiting list. If you are no longer able to participate, please e-mail Ms. Nancy Corey, so that your registration may be canceled and another person may join the study. Bishop Jeffrey Clements is inviting …

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Until All Are Fed: ELCA World Hunger and Your Congregation

Tuesday, July 71:00-2:00 pm Register by Sunday, July 5 a part of the 2020 Summer Ministry Conversations 821 million people around the world – that’s more than 1 in 10 – can’t access the food they need to live active, healthy lives. So congregations in the Northern Illinois Synod are partnering with ELCA World Hunger to reach communities in …

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Bishop Clements’ Sermon for June 21, 2020

Sermon text: Matthew 10:26-39 Greetings, beloved, of the Northern Illinois Synod… Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. Thank you for welcoming me into your home today. My name is Jeff Clements and I serve as your bishop. I specifically chose this weekend to …

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Christ, Stockton

Pr. Paul Gebo Thanks to the initiative of Nicole Haas, we are offering food and household supplies to members of the Stockton community, through our “Mini Pantry.” Just outside the doors of the church sits a container of goods, with the invitation to “Take What you need. Donate what you can.” The Stockton Food Pantry is …

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Gloria Dei, Rockford

Deacon Carol Ostrom As organist of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Rockford, I am involved each week rehearsing a prelude, interlude, and postlude to enhance our worship theme of the day. Bob Black meets me weekly to record my music on either our Steinway piano or 3-manual Allen organ. I choose organ classics based on our Lutheran …

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Peace, New Lenox

Pr. Dave Hedlin The background for the photo is that we are creating a daily video for our Facebook page.  On Wednesdays we lighten it up a little with something we’re calling “fun Wednesdays.”  We have done “Name that Tune”, “The Match Game”, “Can You List Them?” and many more.  The picture is of my …

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Lord of Love, Galena

Diane Beemster What had started as an idea to keep in touch with family members for Easter ended up in the making of 75 masks.  I sent all of the kids and grandkids masks in lieu of physically getting together.  After Easter, our QTs quilt group was asked if we could make masks for clients …

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Trinity, Derinda (Elizabeth)

Dianne Zink On March 25, 2020, I was contacted by a lady to make masks for the E.R. at Freeport Hospital.  She has a niece who works there and they were in need of masks. She devised a pattern and e-mailed it to me.  It was very specific as it had a pocket to hold …

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St. John’s, Massbach (Elizabeth)

Eileen Hughes, Sherry Sager, Margaret Luebke & Pat Townsend Quilters from St. John’s Lutheran of Massbach have completed 700 face masks for hospitals, nursing homes, and church members. Unable to meet for quilting, the group has turned to making masks for those in need. They can hardly keep up. The group hopes to return to …

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Good Shepherd, Lena

Pr. Miho Yasukawa We celebrate our high school graduates with signs outside the church.  Congrats! Just because the Piece Corp can’t meet at the church doesn’t mean they’re not staying busy! They’re still hard at work making quilt squares into facemasks and donating them.

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Immanuel, Earlville

Denise Rode We are relying primarily on videos of my sermons posted each Sunday at the time of our service (9 a.m.).  I write the sermon generally on Thursdays and Fridays after participating in Zoom text study with one or two groups of clergy.  My daughter then records the sermon, trying to avoid having one …

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Pr. John Seraphine, retired

During this time of social distancing, we have started an experiment we call the Northern Illinois Online Bible Study. We all go to the rich online resources of the Yale (Divinity School) Bible Study and then gather every Monday at 7 p.m. for an hour-long Zoom discussion. We currently have about 20 participants, and so …

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Calvary, Rockford

Pr. Chuck Olson One of the members of our little church, Melinda, is just beginning cancer treatment that will be very critical. Since we can not see her, what could we do? The answer is a regular shower of encouraging cards. Members of Calvary Lutheran are regularly sending her cards to cheer and encourage her, …

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St. John’s, Mendota

Susan Garner Zoom Worship, Sunday 9am (have had about 80-85 computers who have joined each week) Our musicians have recorded music to share at the zoom services as well as for posting on our Facebook. Executive Team and Council meeting on zoom. Property Team, Finance Team meeting through email, phone, etc. Custodians have been disinfecting …

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Hill Correctional Center, Galesburg

Pr. Karen Norman Rees In the Illinois Department of Corrections, Chaplains are “essential personnel.” Just as we (Lutherans/Christians) missed gathering as the body of Christ to worship during Holy Week and Easter, several religions also missed their High Holy Days/Religious Observances.  So too, am I attempting to find not just creative ways but any way …

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Resurrection, Channahon

Pr. Ben Ingelson Resurrection Lutheran Church, Channahon is finding ways to encourage and pray for each other during this time.  For example, our church kids and our children’s ministry volunteers have been delivering little notes and rock arrangements, mailing cards and pictures, and making chalk art at other people’s homes.  These little gifts help all …

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Trinity, Durand

Sharon Beksel Member Rich Steinke gets help from grandson, Milo, in working in Trinity’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) garden. Funds from the sale of subscriptions, which are still available, support our Blessing Box ministry and ELCA World Hunger.

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Katie’s Cup, Rockford

Katie’s Cup hosted an event to benefit the medical staff at Swedish American Hospital.  Pr. Jay Quinn and Pr. Mike Thomas sang campfire songs on Facebook Live. Viewers were invited to grab some s’mores to make, light a candle, and join them for a campfire singalong. Both pastors worked at Lutherdale Bible Camp for several years.

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Peace, Morris

Pr. Lu Cantrell Last fall our men’s group built a Micro Pantry on our property. It says, “take what you need, leave what you can.” Note: the photo was taken before the COVID virus! Our members were encouraged to bring food with them to worship and place in a bin. Three times a week volunteers …

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Chaplain Larry Conway, retired

There’s an old saying that goes like this… “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and I think that this picture says a lot about ministry at Friendship Manor, Rock Island, right now. From a slower-paced part-time position in retirement, I have moved to a much faster-paced, temporary (I hope!) full-time position here. I am …

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Pr. Marcie Strahl, retired

The only thing that I am still active in is Civil Air Partrol.   I have been supporting the on-line monthly character development discussions for both my unit and cadets in WI wing that don’t have teleconference capability in their unit for 2 sessions.  I am the deputy chaplain in my squadron and the unit …

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Grace, Woodstock

Pr. Ken Gibson At Grace Lutheran Church in Woodstock, we have been blessed with an opportunity to live out our mission of Sharing God’s Grace by providing meals and other support to the homeless population of McHenry County for many years. Recently, due to the shelter-in-place directive that was put into effect, this need has …

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Pastor Bob Hansen, retired

When one is sequestered and used to being in the front lines of ministry inspired  thinking can help.  Therefore, my wife Lynn and I are actively participating by producing MASKS used by those front line people in nursing homes, hospitals, restaurants, and even our neighbors.  Recently we gave 10 masks to a neighbor who then offered …

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Followers of Christ, Plainfield

Pr. Brad Haugen During this pandemic, members of Followers of Christ have continued to donate food that is then distributed to local families, pantries, and micro-pantries.  Displayed here are the congregation’s current food donations in front of the altar.  This micro-pantry next to the Plainfield Library is one place our donations are taken, and residents …

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St. John, Peru

Pr. Tom Redig This is what St. John’s Lutheran Church is doing in Peru, IL.  We started a ministry called the Mask Bench.  We have plenty of people making masks and donating them to the church.  We put them in baggies and tie them with yarn to the bench outside our entrance.  The past two weeks, …

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Salem, Sycamore

Salem’s Food Pantry converted to prepackaged, drive-thru service during the COVID 19 pandemic. Salem is collecting messages from members and embedding them into the pre-recorded postlude. This little gal is just two months old and hasn’t been to church yet!

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Trinity, Harvard

Pr. Elizabeth Martin This last fall we constructed a Little Free Library & Pantry.  One side is for children’s books and the other side is for food, hygiene, and paper products.  It sits in our churchyard near the parking lot.  The premise is: take what you need, give what you can.  It is supported by …

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Zoom

How to use Zoom: More Zoom tutorials: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials?zcid=1602

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The Rev. Brenda K. Smith

The Rev. Brenda K. Smith is Program Director for Faith Practices and Book of Faith in the Domestic Mission Unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America- Churchwide Office in Chicago, Illinois.  Prior to her current position, Rev. Smith was pastor of New Hope Lutheran Church in Jamaica, New York for 13 years.  Before answering …

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The Rev. Louise N. Johnson

Director for Leadership Development, LEAD  Louise N. Johnson is a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA. She serves as the Director for Leadership Development for LEAD (www.waytolead.org).   Prior to her work with LEAD, Johnson served as the fourteenth president of Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA, where she led the seminary to its largest fundraising …

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Summer Ministry Conversations

Summer Ministry Conversations with the Rev. Robin Brown, the Rev. Brenda Smith, and the Rev. Louise Johnson In order to continue to offer the growth opportunities to the people of the Northern Illinois Synod, we of the staff are excited to invite both rostered ministers and lay members of the Synod community to three presentations …

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NIS 2020 Forum Day Videos Now Available

The first Forum Day was held Saturday, June 20 • 9:30 am – 1:15 pm Videos of the forums are below. If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Cheryl Erdmann at CErdmann@nisynod.org. Session 1 – 9:30-10:30 am Choose from one of the following four sessions: Creation Care Subcommittee Let All Things Now Living: A …

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Online Holy Week Services

Congregations all over the Northern Illinois Synod have found new and creative ways of worshipping “together” during this pandemic. Please see the list below for some online worship opportunities this Holy Week. There are many more than this out there. If you’d like to add your congregation’s information, please contact karin@nisynod.org. Prince of Peace, Freeport …

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A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Jeffrey Clements 03-17-2020

March 17, 2020 Dear siblings in Christ: Hear the words of the Psalmist: God is our refuge and strength,    a very present help in trouble.Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,    though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;though its waters roar and foam,    though the mountains tremble with its tumult. Psalm 46:1-3 (NRSV) There is something …

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Walking Together March 13, 2020

Please click the image to watch a video message from Bishop Clements about the cancelation of this year’s Congregational Resourcing Event (CRE).CRE CANCELED – We will not be able to hold the Saturday, March 14, Congregational Resourcing Event (CRE) as Kishwaukee College and the DeKalb County Health Department have decided to cancel this large event. …

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NIS Communicators Facebook Group

Are you a communicator in your congregation? Do you create the congregation’s newsletter or worship bulletin? Do you do contribute to your congregation’s social media? Do you create screens for your worship services? Do you work on your congregation’s website? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please join the NIS Communicators Facebook …

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How to stream your worship service — A starter guide

ELCA Worship Team(rev. 3/13/2020) If you’ve ever wondered how to stream your congregation’s worship or events online, this guide is for you. It’s not comprehensive, and the information contained here may change at any time because the software and hardware are always evolving. But the guide explains how to begin streaming for very little money …

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Rejoicing Spirits, Rockford

Download the video for use in your congregation. Rejoicing Spirits is a special worship service held every second Thursday at 6:00 pm at Alpine Lutheran Church, 5001 Forest View Ave, Rockford IL. The service is open to all, but is especially sensitive to the needs of adults who are developmentally, emotionally, or physically challenged. Bishop …

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