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Safeguarding God’s Children workshop 1/15/2020 at St. Barnabas, Cary

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Part of our commission from Jesus ... read more.

Safeguarding God’s Children workshop 2/1/2020 at St. John’s, Ashton

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Part of our commission from Jesus ... read more.

Bishop’s Thanksgiving Message

Watch Bishop’s Thanksgiving message here. Download the video for use in your congregation. read more.

Ignite 2020

Mark your calendars now and 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 Event on June 12-14, 2020, at Lutheran ... read more.

2020 Women Leaders Retreat

February 3-4, 2020 Bishop Lane Retreat Center 7708 East McGregor Road, Rockford, IL 61102 Contact Deacon Cheryl Erdmann with questions. Sabbath Seeing On retreat together, we will lean into a variety of Sabbath traditions with the intent to see more clearly and serve more fully our wholeness, wellbeing, and growing edges. For instance, we will take time to ... read more.


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Congregational Events
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Help LOMC Today!

#GivingTuesday A day to pay it forward and support your favorite non-profits and causes that you believe in. Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center (LOMC) celebrates GivingTuesday on December 3 joining with the Thrivent Member Network – Chicagoland Region to help raise $20,000 for our 45th year of outdoor ministry, allowing thousands of annual guests to continue many more years of experiencing the Word of ... more...

Christmas Concert at St. Mark, Rockford

St. Mark hosts another free holiday concert “Christmas at St. Mark”. St. Mark Lutheran Church of Rockford is hosting another free concert. The free holiday concert is scheduled for Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m. Enjoy a wonderful afternoon of unique Christmas music featuring the Voices of St. Mark and the St. Mark Ringers. All ... more...

Shepherd of the Prairie, Huntley invites you to a Blue Christmas service

Shepherd of the Prairie Huntley is hosting a Blue Christmas service on Monday, Dec 16 at 6:30 PM. All are welcome. Blue Christmas is a gentle, contemplative service of remembrance and hope for those who are carrying pain or loss during this season of celebration. For more information, contact Donna Kelly more...

169th annual Julotta

The 169th annual Julotta (early morning Christmas service) will be held at Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover on Wednesday, December 25, at 7 am.  The early starting time and a choir anthem sung in Swedish are part of a long-standing tradition (for many years the service started at 5 am).  The original street lamps, which were ... more...

Our Savior’s, Rockford Women of the ELCA invites you to Advent Inspirations

6:30 pm Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019  Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Worship Center, 3300 Rural St., Rockford  Hear the faith and adventure stories of Chaplain Kent Terry and enjoy musical interaction with Ann Terry.  Dessert follows in the Social Hall.  A freewill offering will be appreciated.  Kindly reserve seats by Monday, Dec. 9.  Sign up in the Atrium, ... more...

Immanuel, Dixon Seeks a Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator

Apply online at Children, Youth, and Family Ministries Duties ·        Enhance and develop youth and family ministries within the congregation. ·        Visit families with children high school age and under. ·        Be available for college-aged members. ·        Work with the Parish Education to develop Christian education for families and children; ·        Work with the Pastor on confirmation education ·        Develop ... more...

December Events at Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover

49TH ANNUAL JOY OF CHRISTMAS WITH AUGUSTANA COLLEGE Wednesday, December 4, 7:30 pm – Students and faculty from Augustana College join the community for this beautiful service of worship and music that starts at Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover. The Christmas story will be read in several different languages.  The service concludes with a procession to the Jenny Lind ... more...

Older Adult Webinars

ALOA has much to offer Lutheran congregations in the area of Older Adult Ministry. In addition to the resources on our website, ALOA offers regular Webinars on key topics for Older Adult Ministry that are practical and free of charge. Find complete information and register at OctoberAging Parents and Adult Children with Disabilities Thursday, October 31, ... more...

Christmas at Augustana

Christmas at Augustana has become one of the most treasured traditions at Augustana College. Another treasured tradition is our special invitation for ELCA pastors and rostered leaders, with one guest, to join us. This year, Christmas at Augustana will be performed on Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 and Sunday, December 8 at 2:00. Northern Illinois Synod rostered ministers can receive two free tickets for you and a ... more...

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, ... more...


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  • Full-time Staff Meeting Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 10:00 am
  • Conference of Deans meeting Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 10:00 am
  • Central Conference Meeting Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 9:00 am
  • First Call Theological Education Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 10:00 am
  • All Staff Meeting Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 10:00 am
  • Northeast Conference Meeting Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 9:30 am
  • West Conference meeting Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 9:30 am
  • Synod Offices Closed Tuesday, December 24, 2019
  • Synod Offices Closed Wednesday, December 25, 2019
  • Synod Offices Closed Tuesday, December 31, 2019
  • Synod Offices Closed Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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Churchwide News

Time’s running out: Giving Tuesday 

There’s still time to give on #GivingTuesday Today is #GivingTuesday, a day to celebrate generosity and the causes we love. When you give today, you can double your impact on the ministry we share. Thanks to a generous group of donors, all ELCA Good Gifts will be matched — one for one — until we reach $75,000. If you’ve already ... more...

ELCA Good Gifts 

 Animals Water Agriculture Women & Children Christmas Gifts Give something unexpected this Christmas In Christ, we receive the gift of God’s love. Let us share God’s love with others. ELCA Good Gifts are a fun, meaningful way to honor friends and family with gifts that go on to make a difference in the world. ... more...

Advent 2019- Week 1 Reflection and Children’s Message 

Advent 2019- Week 1 Reflection and Children’s Message  This advent reflection is part of ELCA World Hunger’s 2019 Advent Study. You can download the full study here. The children’s messages are a part of ELCA World Hunger’s sermon starter series which is published via email every Monday. You can sign up for the weekly email here on the ... more...

Seeds Monthly – November 2019 

NEW! Christmas congregational communications tools How will you welcome your friends and neighbors to worship this holiday season? To support your communication needs, we offer several invitational tools specifically for congregations. Add your congregation’s location and service times to customizable posters, social media images, postcards and more. The resources include Advent graphics and posters in English and Spanish, as well ... more...

Living Lutheran Stories – Nov. 26, 2019 

ELCA presiding bishop issues statement on Israeli civilian settlements ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has issued a statement on the November 18 announcement by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo that the Trump Administration is changing U.S. policy by stating … continue Sports, award shows and God The sight is familiar. The artist walks up to the ... more...


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 ... more...

LIRS Hope for the Holidays 

The holidays should be a magical, wondrous time, but this year in America, hundreds of children and families will be spending the holiday behind bars — because they crossed the United States border seeking protection. You can bring joy and hope to families in immigration detention, and to children who crossed our borders alone, by ... more...

ELCA Church Council welcomes 23 new members 

​CHICAGO — The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) met at the Lutheran Center in Chicago, Nov. 7-10, 2019. Twenty-three new members, elected by the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, were welcomed. The council serves as the ELCA’s board of directors and interim legislative authority between meetings of the Churchwide Assembly. The council ... more...

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 ... more...

ELCA Worship News – November 2019 

Greetings, We are about to take a turn into a new church year as we enter into the season of Advent, reminded that this season is about “the church’s continual prayer that God will come (The root of the meaning of ‘advent’) to us, bringing life to a dying world.” (Keeping Time: The Church’s Years, ... more...

Lutheran Disaster Response: California Wildfires 

Be a part of the response: Pray Please pray for the people who have been affected by wildfires in California. May God’s healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need. Pray that God will deliver comfort to those who mourn the loss of loved ones and strength to first-responders who diligently ... more...

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 ... more...

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 ... more...

ELCA Stewardnet Fall 2019 

Dear friend in Christ, The possibilities we enjoy in daily life are profoundly affected by the common good that surrounds us. I’m thinking about all the systems, infrastructure, culture, values, etc. that are not for the sole benefit of anyone exclusively but for all of us collectively. Other concepts we might interchange with the common ... more...

ELCA Conference of Bishops welcomes greater diversity 

10/10/2019 ​CHICAGO — The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) met here Sept. 26–Sept. 30 under a theme from 2 Corinthians: “We have this treasure in clay jars.” The conference, an advisory body of the ELCA, comprises 65 synod bishops, the presiding bishop and the secretary. The conference welcomed 13 ... more...


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NIS Prayers

…for family and friends of Pr. Howard Jacobson who died 11/29 

…for family and friends of Pr. Chuck Steinke who died 11/19/2019 

…for St. Paul, Orion and Pr. Gwen Sefrhans-Murphy as she is installed there 1/12 

…for St. John’s, Somonauk and Pr. Chris Schoon as she is installed there 12/8 

…for Shepherd of the Hills, Scales Mound and Pr. James Mehltretter as he is installed there 11/17 

… for Zion, Belvidere and Pr. David Petersen as he is installed there 11/16 

…for Synod Bookkeeper June Cain and family 

… for Pr. Bill Nelson and family at the death of his wife Beverly 

…for the congregation of Living Waters, Crystal Lake 

…for Pr. Amy Nyman and family at the death of her husband, Bertil 

…for Pr. Amy Nyman facing surgery for cancer 

….for Pr. Jane McChesney, First, Rockford, battling cancer 

…for NIS candidates for rostered ministry 

NIS candidates for rostered ministry

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, NIS Bishop Jeffrey Clements, and their staffs and families.

Congregations going through vacancies and rostered leaders in transition.

ELCA Prayer Ventures

ELCA missionaries and Young Adults in Global Mission (read this month's ELCA Global Links newsletter).

Those not named here who are hospitalized or otherwise need our prayers.

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