2020 Congregational Resourcing Event

The 2020 CRE will be Saturday, March 14 at Kishwaukee Community College in Malta. Keynote speaker: ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton In addition to workshops from the keynote speaker and NIS Bishop Jeffrey Clements, other workshops feature topics including: Congregational Leadership, Evangelism/Outreach/Hospitality, Faith Formation & Growth, Social Justice, Spirituality/Wellness, Stewardship, Worship, and Youth/Family/Children. Bring everyone from your congregation …

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50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women Videos

Who inspired you to become a pastor? Voices of women pastors in the NIS Download video for use in your congregation. With gratitude for those who have gone before and hope for the future, the Northern Illinois Synod gives thanks to God for the ministry of women. In 2020 we celebrate 50 years of Lutheran …

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Planting seeds of Partnership: 2020 Tanzanian Cultural Immersion and Partnership trip

Bishop Jeffrey Clements has called for a partnership delegation to travel to Tanzania for the purposes of building and strengthening the Northern Illinois Synod’s long-standing companion relationship with the North Central Diocese (NCD) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The delegation will participate in worship, visit hospitals and the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center School …

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Living Lutheran Stories – January 14, 2020

ELCA presiding bishop issues letter on the United Methodist Church ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has issued a pastoral letter on news about the United Methodist Church, a full-communion partner of the ELCA. “Last week, in a flurry of misleading, … continue I’m a Lutheran: Shannon Ivey Triumphant Lutheran Church in Garden Ridge, Texas (physically), and New …

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… for Vicar Mike Reibel in hospice care

Prayers are requested for Vicar Michael “Mike” Reibel and his family. Mike is member of All Saints, Byron, and is serving as a pastoral leader/student at Trinity, Lanark, and Wartburg Seminary, as a candidate for ministry of Word and Sacrament. Mike has been diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer and is receiving palliative …

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New Year 2020 message from Bishop Clements

Do you remember ringing in a new year with Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians? When my brother and I were young, my parents would go out to celebrate and leave us home with Grandma. She loved Guy Lombardo. We came to believe the calendar would only turn if the ball dropped in New York …

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Women of the ELCA Bold Connections – January 2020

Ring in the New Year by taking advantage of the Gathering 2020’s early-bird registration Give yourself an early treat this New Year! Register for the Gathering 2020, July 16-19, in Phoenix, Ariz., by Jan. 6 to receive a discount. Early-bird registration is $325. After Jan. 6, registration is $375. Day registration is $200. Don’t let …

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Spring Seminary Sampler at LSTC

February 22-24, 2020 Thinking about serving this world in need through Public Ministry? Come get a taste for life at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Sit in on classes, tour campus, meet current students, faculty, and staff, and experience what life is like as a seminarian at LSTC. Explore how God is calling …

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New from Portico

New in 2020 for the ELCA-Primary Health Plan if you have ELCA-Primary health benefits, a suite of new online offerings provides convenient access to care at your fingertips, whether on the go, in your office, or and in the privacy of your own home. Find support to strengthen your emotional resilience, learn new skills, and …

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Free organ needs a home

FREE to Individual, church, or organization: Lowrey GX225 organ in Freeport 2 full keyboards and full pedalboard. Instruction books and bench included. Just bring a truck and four men to transfer. Contact Richard Brinkmeier for more information at 815-599-9005

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2020 Boundaries Workshops

Register today for one of two Boundaries Workshops being held in Huntley and Geneseo in April. Thursday, April 23, 2020Shepherd of the Prairie, Huntley9 a.m. – 3 p.mCost $50 (includes lunch and a participant workbook) Tuesday, April 28, 2020First, Geneseo9 a.m. – 3 p.mCost $50 (includes lunch and a participant workbook) Assistant to the Bishop, …

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Global Links – December 2019

“I just feel so lucky to be in a position where I have such a wide array of activities. Every week looks a little bit different.” —Ann Emilie Tjorhom, Young Adult in Global Mission in Argentina In a new video update, Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) volunteer Ann Emilie Tjorhom shares a snapshot of …

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Walking Together 12/20/2019

Merry Christmas from Bishop Jeffrey Clements and the NIS Staff. Watch and share Bishop’s Christmas message and download the video to show in your congregation! Remember the synod offices will be closed December 24-27. NIS News Calling all youth leaders! The theme of the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering in Minneapolis will be boundless: God beyond measure. Who in …

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Calling all youth leaders!

The theme of the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering in Minneapolis will be boundless: God beyond measure. Who in your congregation should receive communications about preparations for the gathering? Please fill out the form below or ask them to fill out the form as soon as possible so we can start getting them the information they …

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gNews – Updates from the 2021 Youth Gathering

2021 Theme Announcement We are so excited to announce the theme of the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering, “boundless: God beyond measure.” Our primary Scripture will be Ephesians 3:19 CEV: “I want you to know all about Christ’s love, although it is too wonderful to be measured. Then your lives will be filled with all that …

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Celebrating Dreams at Zion, Rockford

Zion Lutheran Church, Rockford, and Patriots Gateway Center are sponsoring Zion’s 19th Annual event called “Celebrating Dreams,” a gospel celebration that honors the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The Celebrating Dreams event is Sunday, January 19, 2020, at 2 pm at Patriots Gateway Center on 615 South Fifth Street, across from Zion Lutheran Church. …

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Women of the ELCA Bold Connections – December 2019

When women listen, a community grows Jesus says in Luke 14:35b, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” Myrna Wells-Ulland, president of the Women of the ELCA Grand Canyon Synod, shares what happened when her synodical women’s organization heard and acted on an idea from their Latina sisters. Read the story. Why do mothers and children flee …

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Lent Resources 2020

We’re excited to share that ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving will continue in 2020. Together, we’ll experience how the grace of Christ moves us to engage in transformative works of love around the world through ELCA World Hunger as God calls us into the ministry of hope, liberation and restoration. This year, ELCA World …

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Presiding Bishop’s Christmas Message

A Christmas message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton View & download a video message from Bishop EatonDownload English PDF | Download Spanish PDF The Rev. Elizabeth A. EatonPresiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America On Christmas Eve there always comes a time when everything is finally still. After all the preparations and Christmas pageants, after all of the rushing, it’s …

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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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2020 Openings

The 2019-2020 Northern Illinois Synod Nominating Committee is seeking nominees to stand for election to open positions at the June 2020 Synod Assembly. Some of these positions do have incumbents eligible to be re-elected and/or nominees who have agreed to stand. The goal is to have at least two nominees for each position. For more information, please contact …

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Midnight stillness

Midnight stillness. In her December column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on the mystery of the season: the expectation and longing of Advent and the true gifts of Christmas—“the helpless baby in a wooden manger, a broken man on a cross.”

Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2OFVWp5 and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2Rmnthp.

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Insights

AN E-NEWSLETTER FROM THE ELCA FOUNDATION Welcome to the first edition of Insights, a quarterly newsletter from the ELCA Foundation. In this newsletter you’ll find tips, tools and information to achieve your charitable-giving goals while supporting the people, ministries and causes you love. Know someone else who should receive this e-newsletter? Invite them to subscribe. CHARITABLE …

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Young Adults in Global Mission Applications Open

Applications for the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program are now open, and you can invite young adults on this yearlong journey abroad. If you know young adults age 21 to 29, this is the time to reach out. Encourage them to apply for YAGM by the priority deadline of Jan. 15, 2020. Talk to them personally …

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ELCA Fund for Leaders Scholarships

If you are feeling a call to ministry, or if you have any questions about candidacy, please contact Deacon Cheryl Erdmann in the synod office. Greetings from the ELCA Fund for Leaders! The ELCA Fund for Leaders is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) that provides scholarships for future ELCA pastors …

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ELCA National Youth Gathering Theme Announced

We are so excited to announce the theme of the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering, “boundless: God beyond measure.” Our primary Scripture will be Ephesians 3:19 CEV: “I want you to know all about Christ’s love, although it is too wonderful to be measured. Then your lives will be filled with all that God is.” We …

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