Tools for Tending to Our Own Grief with the Rev. Dr. Kadi Billman and Affirmation of Vocation Worship for Rostered Ministers

Followed by a conversation with Bishop Clements and Affirmation of Vocation Worship for Rostered Ministers Tuesday, March 31, 2020 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Faith, Rochelle (14206 E Flagg Rd., Rochelle) Tending to Our Own Grief: Stewarding Our Sorrows faithfully amid Trying Times Weariness in professional faith leaders can arise from a variety of factors, …

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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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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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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 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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October Ordinations

Folks from all over the synod attended a festive synod-wide Reformation worship service Sunday afternoon, October 27 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Ottawa. Chelsey Olson Weech was ordained as a minister of word and sacrament in the church of Christ! Pastor Weech has been called to serve First Lutheran Church in Prophetstown. The previous day, October …

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2020 PLC

The Rev. Dr. Emlyn Ott will be the keynote speaker at the 2020 Professional Leaders Conference, September 21-23, 2020. Dr. Ott is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has served as a parish pastor, campus minister, pastoral counselor, leader, and seminary professor for over 25 years. She was named CEO and Director of …

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Fall Gatherings

The first of three Fall Gatherings was held on Sunday afternoon, October 6 at St. Mark, Rockford. About 50 people gathered to discuss our new synod mission statement, vision statement, and core values and how we are all walking together, loving Christ, loving all, for the sake of the world. The next gathering will be …

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2019 PLC

The 2019 Professional Leaders Conference was 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. Presenters were the Rev. Dr. Shauna Hannan, Associate Professor of Homiletics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA and the Rev. Bryan Odeen, Associate Pastor at …

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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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We are to be bold – Presiding Bishop

By Elizabeth A. Eaton, ELCA Presiding Bishop This church had a meeting in August. We gathered in Milwaukee for the 2019 Churchwide Assembly. We were filled with anticipation and excitement—what would unfold during the assembly? How would we be inspired by worship and Bible study? How would we be challenged? What new insight into the …

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A closer look – repurposing microscopes for good

by Mike Wadle, First, DeKalb and Marlene Winkie, Our Savior’s, Rockford When the science classes at the Rocky Boy Indian School in MT and the Red Cloud Indian School in SD began the fall semester this year, there was a gift of love awaiting the students. Ten refurbished microscopes for each school were shipped from …

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The story of a bell

by Richard Brynteson Years ago, around 1979 – 1982, I was an officer of First National Bank on East State Street. The Bank established a Community Development Corp. to pursue the renewal of East State Street and Haight Village. I was honored to serve as President of the Corporation & President of the East State …

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2019 NIS Women of the ELCA Convention

The annual Convention of the Northern Illinois Synod Women of the ELCA met on Saturday, September 21 at Trinity, Moline. Their key verse was Ephesians 2:19, “So you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” Bishop Jeffrey Clements gave the morning …

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International visitors

The Global Mission Committee of the Northern Illinois Synod has had several opportunities to host guests from our companion synods this summer. In June and July, two retired pastors visited from the Arcot Lutheran Church, our companion synod in India. During June the Reverend Bavani Joseph spent some days with us, including attending the Northern …

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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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Our common witness – Presiding Bishop Eaton

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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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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Portico Benefits 2020 changes

Portico’s Board of Trustees has approved health plan and benefit changes for 2020, featuring new ways for ELCA-Primary members to save on out-of-pocket costs and strengthen their emotional well-being. In August, Custom Comparison Reports were made available to congregations, who will make their selections in October. Members will complete benefits enrollment in November. You can …

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diakonia Graduation

The Northern Illinois Synod gathered with the Metro Chicago Synod to celebrate the graduation of 26 diakonia graduates on Sunday, July 14, 2019. The Graduation Service of Thanksgiving was held at Salem, Sycamore at 3:00 pm. Deacon Cheryl Erdmann, Assistant to the Bishop was the preacher and the Rev. Preston Fields was host pastor and …

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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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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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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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