2020 Women Leaders Retreat

Contact Deacon Cheryl Erdmann with questions. Bishop Lane Retreat Center 7708 East McGregor Road, Rockford, IL 61102 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 see glimpses of …

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…for Pr. Troy Hedrick

Retired Pr. Troy Hedrick (Rockford) has metastatic prostate cancer. He is now involved in hospice and receiving palliative care. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

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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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ELCA Missionaries visit NIS congregations

ELCA Missionaries Rev. Dr. Cynthia Holder Rich and Rev. Dr. Mark Rich are lecturing in Theology at Makumira University, Arusha, Tanzania, which is the same University where Randy Stubbs manages the Cultural Arts Centre and Pastor Seth Sululu is Head of the Music Department developed by Randy & Carol.  They have recently arrived home (Ohio) …

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LOMC Autumn Fest – Saturday, October 12

Join us at Autumn Fest 2019 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12OPEN HOUSE10am to 5pm Plan on joining us this fall to help celebrate 45 years of outdoor ministry at LOMC in Oregon, IL. NEW – ON SATURDAY THIS YEAR- NEW FREE ACTIVITIES Lunch DOUGHNUT Fun Run/Walk Bags/Cornhole Games Fishing Archery Apple Cider Pressing Pumpkin Carving Hiking Crafts Worship/Devotions Help LOMC – join …

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WELCA Weekend at Our Savior’s, Rockford

Rev. Trish Madden Baik, Chaplain and Worship Coordinator, Lutheran Home, Arlington Heights, will be the WELCA Guest Speaker at Our Savior’s worship services, Saturday, September 28 at 5:00 pm and Sunday, September 29, at 8:30 and 10:45 am.  Rev. Trish Madden Baik studied religion at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. She received her Masters …

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Living Lutheran Stories – September 3, 2019

In praise of repetition in worship Editor’s note: Our June cover story, “Worship 101,” examined the “whats, whys and hows” of ELCA worship. We now continue the story as a monthly online series further exploring what … continue My take: The great value of a pastor’s divided attention There is an undercurrent at the pastor’s book launch (or community-garden opening …

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Headed off to college?

If you are a young adult, or if you know of a young adult who is looking for a community of friends and a way to express faith, consider campus ministry. Young adults experience unique spiritual, intellectual and emotional challenges. Campus Ministry seeks to strengthen and support them as they learn and grow. Visit the LuMin …

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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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Bold Connections – Women of the ELCA – September 2019

Join us for this life-changing event in Phoenix Since 1988, we’ve gathered every three years to party and act boldly on our faith. Lisa Plorin, president of Women of the ELCA’s executive board, invites you to the Gathering in Phoenix, July 16-18, 2020. Join thousands of other women for this “life-changing event so you can be inspired to …

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ELCA World Hunger – Go and Do News – September 2019

NEW! ADVENT RESOURCES Celebrate the excitement, anticipation and wonder of Christ’s birth with ELCA World Hunger this Advent! ELCA World Hunger’s new resource packet includes samples of the newest and most popular resources to share with your congregation. Included is an Advent study full of new weekly devotions, Advent calendarsto brighten up your home or congregation with a …

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diakonia

You are Invited to Diakonia Classes

Diakonia™ is an exciting opportunity which provides a spiritual journey to lay individuals who wish to become more involved in their church or who want to better understand their faith. Diakonia™ meets once each week for two years during the school year.  Individuals are joined by other students and pastors from around the Northern Illinois …

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Lutheran World Relief Ingathering

Friends of LWR coordinates the 2019 ANNUAL CHICAGO AREA LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF INGATHERING. Your boxed donations may be dropped off at any of the following sites on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 9:00 am – 12 noon and/or on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 12 noon – 3:00 pm. Please only drop off items during the specified hours when …

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ELCA Global Links – August 2019

“This is not a time to be derailed from the message that is entrusted to us, but to draw from it and to witness to it in the midst of our broken world.”— Panti Filibus Musa At the ELCA Churchwide Assembly this month, Panti Filibus Musa — archbishop of the Lutheran Church of Christ in …

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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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Jenny Lind Chapel Swedish Service September 29

Pastor Dan Witkowski from First Lutheran, Moline, will be the preacher at the annual Swedish Service (Högmässa) at the Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover on Sunday, September 29, at 4 pm.  A lifelong Lutheran, Pastor Dan has served ELCA congregations and institutions his entire life. He holds degrees from Creighton University, Wartburg Theological Seminary, and Augustana College in …

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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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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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LOMC News – Fall 2019

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center in Oregon, IL Help LOMC for a day! Cutting and Stacking Lumberjack Day Sat., Sep. 28 S’More God 3rd-6th Grades BYG RETREAT Fri-Sat., Oct. 11-12 Click any picture for more info on the event. Help Raise Funds For LOMC! At Autumn Fest 2019 QUILT AUCTION SILENT AUCTION Sat., Oct. 12 Fall …

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RALM Annual Trivia Night

Save the date. It is time for RALM’s Annual Trivia Night. See the attachments for sign-ups and information. Where: Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 3300 Rural Street Rockford  When: Friday, November 1, 2019 Schedule: 6pm Doors Open Chili Available, Silent Auction 7pm Trivia Begins $15 per person Tables of 8 available or sign up individually  Trivia …

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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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2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly – Monday highlights

8/6/2019 8:45:00 AM ​MILWAUKEE — Gathering under the theme “We Are Church,” members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) are meeting in Milwaukee for the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly — the highest legislative authority of the ELCA. In his sermon during Monday’s opening worship, Rev. William “Chris” Boerger, secretary of the ELCA, emphasized …

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Our common witness – Presiding Bishop

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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Great Events at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center in Oregon, IL

ADD THESE DATES TO YOUR CHURCH AND PERSONAL CALENDARS! AUTUMN FEST Annual Open House Saturday, October 12 QUILT & SILENT AUCTION Part of Autumn Fest Celebration Saturday, October 12 BYG Retreat (3-6th Grades) Friday-Saturday, October 11-12 High School Fall Retreat Friday-Saturday, November 1-2 Jr. High Fall Retreat Friday-Sunday, November 8-10 More Events Coming in 2020! …

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Ecumenical Benefit Breakfast

Saturday, October 5 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Salem, Rockford. Registration at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $12. “For the Least of These”  Matthew 25:40 Featured Speakers: Rev. Rebecca White Newgren of Second First Church and Carly Rice of “Miss Carly’s” Co-Sponsored by North Conference of the Northern Illinois Synod, Women of the Evangelical …

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Hymn Festival Organ Dedication September 22

We Sing the Year Round Hymn Festival Organ Dedication Sunday, September 22, 4:00 pm First Lutheran ChurchGalesburg, IL 61401 Internationally acclaimed organist, composer, conductor Dr. John A. Ferguson, Elliot & Klara Stockdal Johnson Professor of Organ & Church Music Emeritus, St. Olaf College, will lead We Sing the Year Round Hymn Festival at First Lutheran …

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2019 PLC

The annual NIS Professional Leaders Conference will be 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. The Gospel Proclamation, a Ministry of the Whole Congregation All Christians are called to proclaim the gospel. Yet, too often there is a …

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