Executive Skills for Church Leaders

July 15-19, 2019 California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California Register This continuing education event for pastors and church leaders will explore how concepts from a MBA program can be applied to the arena of congregational life. Location: Cal Lutheran Campus in Thousand Oaks, CA Cost: $799.00 (includes classes, materials, room, and board). Deposit due of …

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Synod Assembly Registration Is Now Open

The 32nd annual Northern Illinois Synod Assembly will be held at Augustana College, Rock Island on Friday June 14 and Saturday, June 15, 2019. Registration packets have been mailed to congregations and rostered ministers have received their registration packets via email. Visit the assembly website to register and find out more. More information will be …

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Exceptional rates from the Mission Investment Fund

Choose from these Fixed-Rate Term Investments: 2-Year Term: 1.75% APY* 3-Year Term: 2.75% APY* 4-Year Term: 2.85% APY* 6-Year Term: 3.25% APY* The Mission Investment Fund offers a variety of investments to help your money work harder and grow faster. And we’re offering some of the highest rates around! When you invest with MIF, you’re partnering with a financial …

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Mass Children’s Choir forming for ELCA Churchwide Assembly

Young singers with unchanged treble voices, having completed 3rd through 8th grade, are invited to participate in a mass children’s choir for the festive opening worship of the ELCA Churchwide Assembly held at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, on Monday, August 5. Under the direction of Karol Kinard Kimmell, the choir will participate in the service of …

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Living Lutheran Stories – March 19, 2019

ELCA presiding bishop responds to Christchurch mosque shootings ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has released a pastoral message addressing the mass shootings that occurred Friday at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. “We join in mourning for the … continue Pray without ceasing “Thoughts and prayers.” We’ve all heard this phrase in the wake of recent …

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Seeds for the Parish – March 2019

ELCA forms agreement with Vanco Payment Solutions ELCA has forged an agreement with Vanco Payment Solutions that will give congregations access to discount rates for an assortment of eGiving tools. With GivePlus, powered by Vanco, congregations can start using such donation technologies as text and app giving, online giving and portable credit-card readers. Learn more about the …

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First, Geneseo seeks a full-time Director of Worship & Music

First Lutheran, Geneseo, seeks a Director of Worship & Music. This full-time position is responsible for planning and leading worship in both traditional and contemporary settings. Proficiency in playing piano and choral conducting are required. Proficiency in playing organ is preferred but not essential. Application deadline is April 25, 2019. See the complete job posting …

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Safeguarding God’s Children in Rockford 5/11/19

Training for all who work with children in the congregation and community offered free of charge through the Northern Illinois Synod, ELCA. *NOTE NEW DATE* Saturday, May 11, 2019 9 am – noon Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 4700 Augustana Dr, Rockford Online registration at nisynod.org/safeguarding-gods-children Questions, please contact Deaconess Cheryl Erdmann, Northern Illinois Synod, ELCA …

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Everyone is invited to worship!

Even if you can’t attend the Rostered Minister Continuing Education Spiritual Renewal event on Tuesday, April 9, everyone is invited to join us after lunch for the worship service with affirmation of vocation led by Bishop Clements at no charge. Find out more about the Spiritual Renewal Event here. Worship will begin at 12:45 at …

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Fill out a CRE Evaluation

Did you attend the Congregational Resourcing Event last Saturday? We’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Please visit this site to answer a few quick questions about the 2019 CRE. 

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LivingLutheran Stories – March 12, 2019

Just enough real estate My first Ash Wednesday as a father, my little boy greeted me. “Color?” he asked. He grabbed my hand and pointed toward the table where crayons, paper and scribbles waited. But there wasn’t … continue A penitential season The liturgical season prior to our celebration of Jesus’ resurrection has tremendous variety around …

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Shepherd of the Prairie, Huntley has three job openings

Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church in Huntley currently has three job openings for your consideration: Director of Children and Family Ministry Organist and Accompanist Facility and Maintenance Coordinator To see the job descriptions, click on the job titles above. To apply for any of these jobs, please download an Employment Application and bring the completed …

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ELCA Advocacy Connections – March 2019

POLICY ALERTS RESOURCES DATES MARCH 2019 Foreign assistance funding Congress passed a budget compromise in mid-February, including spending levels for international affairs programs. Some programs focusing on poverty reduction saw a slight increase, and the final bill also included allocations for global family and women’s health care programs. More >> POLICY NOTES Yemen resolution in Congress …

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ELCA Global Links – February 2019

Voices of Dignity Deacon Adrainne Gray is an ELCA missionary currently working as a communications coordinator alongside our companions at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. In this vignette Adrainne reflects upon her ministry as a woman and a person of color. She surveys the realities of patriarchy and oppression in her midst …

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Living Lutheran Stories – March 5, 2019

The hard work of deserving grace Editor’s note: As Lutherans, grace is at the heart of our faith understanding. But what does it look like to actually live out grace? In this series, we explore what grace means and what it … continue When disciples use their voice Since 2007, more than 40,000 cases of human trafficking in the …

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ELCA Conference of Bishops issues statement on Venezuela

3/4/2019 3:25:00 PM  The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) stands with and holds up in prayer the people of Venezuela during the current multifaceted crisis within their nation. We care about the consequences of this crisis as already felt in neighboring countries and about its wider impact on international …

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Spiritual and religious – Presiding Bishop Eaton

    Is “Lutheran spirituality” an oxymoron? When we consider Martin Luther and the early reformers, we think of great theologians, prolific writers and musicians. We are well aware of Luther’s earthy language and direct communication. But spirituality? Luther as mystic? Not so much. And yet, Luther was a deeply spiritual person who also cared …

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ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grant Recipient

The World Hunger Subcommittee is pleased to announce that Christian Care, a nonprofit organization in Rock Island, has received an ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grant.  They were awarded $5,000 for each of the next three years to support their on-site meal programs for families and increase their on-site vegetable garden production.  Christian Care provides …

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Lutheran Day 2019

Lutheran Day is on May 9, 2019, this year. As in previous years, advocates from across the state will gather to study, pray, and take action for equality amongst Illinois residents. We are faith-based social service organizations or human care organizations. We are men and women from Lutheran congregations all over Illinois. We are dedicated …

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Living Lutheran Stories – February 26, 2019

An affirmation of faith Confirmation came a little late for my daughter. My husband and I were deployed to serve as missionaries in Jerusalem, which interrupted her final year of confirmation class. It took us a while to … continue Financial discipleship Linda Anderson-Little was in a position familiar to many rostered ministers. She was moving …

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LivingLutheran Stories – February 18, 2019

My single valentine Hello there, This valentine is for you, from me, one single person to another. If you’re anything like me, I’m guessing you have mixed emotions about Valentine’s Day. It’s hard being … continue I’m a Lutheran: Carly Sorensen Emanuel Lutheran Church, Council Bluffs, Iowa 11th-grader at Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs I pray for …

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Portico Pre-Retirement Seminar

Retirement takes planning. Whether it feels light years away or just around the corner, Portico’s Pre-Retirement Seminar can help plan members prepare. And it’s coming to Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Libertyville, IL on July 25, 2019.   In the morning, learn how to invest for your future in the midst of current financial goals. In the afternoon, discover …

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Get the 2019 CRE Online Guide

Are you registered for 2019 Congregational Resourcing Event (if not, register now, here!)? You'll want to visit the 2019 CRE Online Guide to decide what workshops you'll want to attend. There are so many great workshops this year! You can use the online guide ahead of time to preview all the workshops. You can also use …

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ELCA launches collaboration with Blessed Tomorrow

In line with its commitment to pursuing wholeness for creation, the ELCA has announced a collaboration with ecoAmerica and its Blessed Tomorrow program, which helps faith-based organizations elevate their leadership on the moral, religious and justice issues surrounding climate change. The collaboration underscores this church’s commitment to raising awareness of climate change and taking action to mitigate its …

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Seeds Monthly – February 2019

ELCA launches collaboration with Blessed Tomorrow In line with its commitment to pursuing wholeness for creation, the ELCA has announced a collaboration with ecoAmerica and its Blessed Tomorrow program, which helps faith-based organizations elevate their leadership on the moral, religious and justice issues surrounding climate change. The collaboration underscores this church’s commitment to raising awareness of climate …

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Venezuelan Refugee Crisis

LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE Be a part of the response: Pray Continue to pray for all people on the move. Give Thanks to generous, undesignated donations, Lutheran Disaster Response is able to respond quickly and effectively to disasters, including people on the move across the globe. Your gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response will be used where there is the …

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Vanco offers new online giving option for ELCA congregations

2/19/2019 CHICAGO – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has formed a preferred vendor agreement with Vanco, an eGiving software developer and payment processor serving more than 20,000 churches across the country. The agreement offers Vanco’s GivePlus suite of eGiving solutions to ELCA congregations. The ELCA churchwide organization has sought new working relationships with …

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Thanks and Godspeed – Pr. Kurt Nordby Retires

Pr. Kurt Nordby, Assistant to the Bishop for Stewardship and Development for the past 10 years retired at the end of January 2019. Kurt served the last 10 years of almost 43 years of ministry on the staff of the Northern Illinois Synod. He considered it a “joy and blessing to work with exceptional colleagues …

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Learning, Thinking, and Living into a Deeper and More Vibrant Faith

NIS Vital Congregations Project Vital congregations do three things, (1) Strengthen their relationship with God; (2) Nurture relationships; (3) Build relationships in their community and in the world. This initiative is an eight-session workshop designed to heighten a congregation’s relationships with God, one another, and the world around us. Gatherings focus on Seven Faith Practices: …

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Freedom, Oregon invites you to the Agape Series

Freedom Lutheran in Oregon invites you to a special series. Light dinner provided each night. Session 1: March 10, 4:30 pm – LGBTQ+ Terminology Panel Discussion featuring members of PFLAG and RIC Session 2: March 24, 4:30 pm – “Call Me Malcolm” viewing and discussion Session 3: April 7, 4:30 pm – Community growth discussion Questions? Contact Pr. Karyn Kost at: 815-661-6315

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Valentine’s Day gifts that share the love

Animals Water Health Care Women & Children Valentine’s Day Send hogs ‘n’ kisses to your valentine Give in honor of your valentine, and help support creative, sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty. If you donate by midnight on Monday, Feb. 4, you can customize a greeting card and have it delivered in time for Valentine’s …

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ELCA Advocacy Update – February 2019

This is a special edition of the ELCA Advocacy Update. Find 2019 ELCA Advocacy Policy Priorities which will focus the work this year of the ELCA in Washington, D.C. on actions that will reduce poverty and hunger, promote safe and healthy communities and care for our environment. To read an online version of the February 2019 update and …

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What is God up to? – Presiding Bishop Eaton

A new question. Amid all the talk of the church in decline, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, in her February column for Living Lutheran, wants us to ask a new question. Instead of “What can we do?” we should ask, “What is God up to?” so we can open ourselves up to the life-giving promise of God’s future. Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2GgCbkg and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2BnwTjy.

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Racial Justice Training

On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, almost 40 people met at First Lutheran Church in DeKalb for Racial Justice Training. Excellent speakers Judith Roberts (Program Director, Racial Justice Ministries, ELCA) and Donna Matteis (president of the ELCA European Descent Lutheran Association for Racial Justice) led the day-long training. During this event, participants explored concepts and consequences around race in communities and congregations. …

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