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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Churches and the Cares Act – Free Webinar

The Northern Illinois Synod offers the annual Treasurers and Bookkeepers workshop with Mr. Thomas Hammar, CPA, Molly Shattuck-Hammar, CPA and Richard Hammar, Attorney, CPA and best-selling author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.  Richard Hammar will present a free webinar on Thursday, April 2, at 11:00 CST. Use this link to register:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/6415853165727/WN_2x7BAEIlS7KhNETwg2UDBQ 2300 …

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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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…for our nation and the world during this pandemic

Bishop Clements and the whole synod staff keep all of you in our prayers always, but especially during this stressful and uncertain time. Please keep your neighbors and those you don’t know in your prayers as we all find our way during this worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Pray for the sick, the grieving, and medical staffs. …

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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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ELCA Public Health Resources

Caring response in times of public health concerns With the outbreaks of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States and around the world, congregations and houses of worship need to be well-informed and well-prepared. The following information offers guidance as we minister to and engage with each other, and within our communities, as the …

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ELCA Advocacy in time of COVID-19 pandemic

With daily developments in the spread and scope of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), our anxiety and uncertainty tempt us to curve inward and fixate on self-preservation. Appropriately, ELCA congregations and ministries are responding to the outbreak in their communities to ensure the health and safety of worshipers, staff and neighbors by adopting practices to slow …

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ELCA Advocacy Connections: March 2020

COVID-19 pandemicWith daily developments in the spread and scope of the COVID-19 outbreak, our anxiety and uncertainty tempt us to curve inward and fixate on self-preservation. Last week, Congress passed emergency funding to bolster local, state and federal governments’ public health response to the virus. This is an important first step, but we must do more so …

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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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Annual NIS Assembly Offering of Letters

June 19-20, 2020 In response to a 2018 Synod Resolution encouraging an annual Synod Offering of Letters, the Social Ministry Committee established an Offering of Letters Sub-Committee. Congregations and Assembly members were invited to participate as last year’s 2019 Assembly. 3,000 letters were offered and sent to 8 Representatives and our 2 Senators advocating for …

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ELCA Church Council votes to remove “Vision and Expectations”

ELCA News Service – 3/8/2020 2:40:00 PM ​CHICAGO — The ELCA Church Council voted today to remove “Vision and Expectations” from use in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Disciplinary standards for rostered ministers are outlined in “Definitions and Guidelines for Discipline.” The council encourages people to read the document, which states: “As an expression …

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Women of the ELCA Bold Connections – March 2020

Presidents ask, ‘What’s God calling you to do?’ A recent immersion trip to the southern border of the United States was a “life-changing experience,” Women of the ELCA’s executive board president Lisa Plorin told women at the Conference of Presidents’ meeting in Chicago, Feb. 21-23. When asked by presidents what God is calling her to …

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Living Lutheran Stories – March 3, 2020

The great and holy leveling field “There but for the grace of God go I.” I’ve heard this uttered and may have even said it myself a time or two. It’s usually said in response to seeing some unfortunate soul pass by with … continue Lent: Reflect, repent and connect Lent is a time of introspection, …

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God’s work. Our hands. Sunday 2020

Please save the date Sept. 13 for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, the ELCA’s dedicated day of service. Since 2013, “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday has inspired people of all ages to put their faith in action through service projects that share God’s love with all of God’s people. As we gather together in service to our neighbors, we are …

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Seeds Monthly – February 2020

Rostered Ministers Gathering Early registration is now open for the second Rostered Ministers Gathering, taking place July 20-23 in Phoenix, Ariz., under the theme “Rekindle the Gift Within You” (2 Timothy 1:6). The ELCA invites pastors and deacons to participate in this opportunity to remember, reclaim, rekindle and revive themselves alongside colleagues and friends across …

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ELCA Worship News – February 2020

Greetings in these last days in the Time after Epiphany. We are excited to announce the forthcoming release of All Creation Sings, a supplement to Evangelical Lutheran Worship, in fall 2020. This new resource follows more than two years of consideration, preparation and collaboration with Augsburg Fortress and the Worship team in the Office of the Presiding …

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ELCA Global Links – February 2020

“All of these issues are impacted by RACE — so being white and serving in Africa, a distinctly non-white space, puts us in positions that are clearly privileged and often painful.” —Cynthia Holder Rich and Mark Rich In a recent blog post, ELCA missionaries Cynthia Holder Rich and Mark Rich reflect on confronting white privilege …

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Friends of LWR Spring Luncheon

Friends of Lutheran World Relief announces the 43rd Annual Spring Luncheon Friday, April 24, 2020 Avalon Banquets1905 E. Higgins Rd., Elk Grove Village847.439.5740Handicap accessible/ample parking Arrive at 11:00 a.m. to view a display of Quilts, Care Kits and purchase fair trade products. The event begins promptly at 11:45. Guest Speaker: David Fuerst, Associate Vice President …

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Get ready for Census 2020

Our communities are significantly shaped by census data, and Census 2020 will update these numbers for the first time in 10 years. The ELCA is an official partner of the 2020 Census to encourage the most accurate count possible. “Funding for over 100 federal programs, many of which combat poverty and hunger and support people …

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**POSTPONED**Ignite 2020

**NEW DATES TBA** 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 Retreat, June 12-14, 2020, at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center …

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Women of the ELCA BOLD Connections – February 2020

How do we ‘just love’ our neighbor? Does love mean valentines and chocolates and red roses? Or does love mean sacrifice? Maybe love means delighting in someone’s company, or maybe it means untiring service, as a middle-aged daughter might give to her aging mother. Or maybe love means all these things–and more. Read our monthly devotion.What …

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ELCA Advocacy Connections

POLICY ALERTS RESOURCES DATES FEBRUARY 2020 View in browser Travel ban extended On Jan. 31, 2020, the Trump administration announced an expansion of the January 2017 travel ban to include more countries in Africa and Asia. Under the new policy, citizens from Nigeria, Eritrea, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan will be barred from applying for visas to …

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LOMC Summer Camp for Children, Youth, Families, and Congregations

Summer is coming. Really. Summer at camp means being apart from the ordinary world to grow and experience creation in the light of Christ. We invite you to consider a summer camp experience whether for a child, your family, or bring a group of 3-5th or junior highers from your church (Team Camp!). NEW Thrive! Worship CampNEW Explore Creation CampDay Camp Each …

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Official Youth Gathering handbook

The Official Youth “Gathering Handbook: Tips & Tricks for Adult Leaders” is now adapted to the 2021 Gathering in Minneapolis. If this is your first time leading a group or your sixth, you’ll want to check out this resource filled with tips and tricks (including sample budgets and covenants) sure to make your experience is …

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We Are Broken – Presiding Bishop

In the February issue of Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us of our uniquely Lutheran understanding of the gospel and renews her call for studying Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. “Luther said he needed to study it every day—and he wrote it! Let’s do the same.”

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UNITE Service Camp

UNITE Service Camp, for 7th-12th graders, June 23-26 in Sterling, IL. Throughout this three-day service camp, youth will paint homes for people in need!  UNITE 2020 is for current 7th-12th grade youth. Cost: $50 per youth, $25 per adult. Allison Eide (www.allisoneide.com) will be speaking and leading music throughout the week!   For full info and …

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ELCA Mission Investment Fund

Here’s what your money could earn:Here’s what your money could do: When you invest with the Mission Investment Fund, you’re investing with a financial ministry of the ELCA. So, apart from building your savings, you’re funding loans to ELCA congregations and ministries, loans that transform church facilities and breathe new life into entire communities.EXPLORE INVESTMENTS* APY = Annual …

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Augustana Seeks a New Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life

Augustana College welcomes applications and nominations for the position of Campus Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life. For full consideration for this position, materials should be received by March 6, 2020. Augustana’s next Campus Chaplain will be called to lead the campus community in creative and faithful worship of God; to strategically promote spiritual health, …

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Register for Lunch – March 31, 2020

If you are not attending the “Tools for Tending to Our Own Grief” workshop on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Faith, Rochelle, but would like to attend the Conversation with the Bishop and have lunch that day, please fill out the registration below so we order enough lunch! Lunch is $10. If you are attending …

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Planting seeds of partnership, the 2020 Bishop’s delegation to the North Central Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania

On January 17, 2020 10 travelers from the Northern Illinois Synod flew to Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro International Airport. We arrived the evening of Saturday, January 18. The purpose of this journey [safari – Swahili] was to bear witness to our common faith in Christ Jesus, to renew old friendships, build new relationships, learn about the ministries of the North Central Diocese, grow in our appreciation for acts of accompaniment, and discover ways we can partner with one another as citizens of God’s kingdom.

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VBS Curriculum from LOM Now Available

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (LOM) produces the curriculum each year that is used in camp and retreat settings and for Vacation Bible Schools and day camps.  LOM has released its 2020 curriculum entitled From Generation to Generation. More Information

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