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Saturday, November 2 - Candidacy Retreat

Saturday, November 2 - Treasurers & Bookkeepers Workshop

Sunday, November 3 - Rock Island Fall Gathering

NIS News

October/November 2019 – Making Christ Known

Read and share this edition of Making Christ Known. Congregations are encouraged to use articles in their own publications and share via email and social media. Print the highlights pdf for your narthex or to send to visitors and shut-ins. read more.

Portico Update from your Regional Representative, Jennifer Prinz

Dates for ELCA Benefits Plan Annual Enrollment for Congregations and Plan Members: Congregations have until October 25 to make health plan option selection for 2019. Annual Enrollment for plan members will have from Oct. 29- Nov. 13 to make your selections. Note: If you’re part of a sponsored couple, a call to the Customer Care Center can help you navigate ... read more.

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 ... 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.

Congregational Treasurers and Bookkeepers Workshop 2019

November 2, 2019 from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm Faith Lutheran Church 14206 Flagg Road Rochelle, IL  61068  Guest Speakers: Thomas Hammar, CPA Molly Hammar-Shattuck, Staff Accountant and by webcam, Richard Hammar, Attorney, CPA, & Author  Topics will include: Taxes What’s New for 2019 and 2020 Tax Forms – Employee & Employer Pastor Compensation (including ... read more.

Rostered Ministers Educational Debt Reduction Fund Deadline Is November 1

Do you have education debt? The Northern Illinois Synod Gary Wollersheim Rostered Ministers Educational Debt Reduction Fund is available. Any NIS rostered minister with a responsible payment history may apply. Find out more… Gary Wollersheim Rostered Ministers Educational Debt Retirement Fund Grant Application 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. 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 ... read more.

Candidacy Retreat

You are invited to the 2019 Northern Illinois Synod Candidacy Retreat led by the NIS Candidacy Sub-Committee and Bishop Jeffrey Clements at the Synod office, 103 W. State Street, Rockford, IL 61101 on Saturday, November 2 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. All those who have been Entranced into Candidacy and who are discerning their ... read more.


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Congregational Events
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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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  • Congregational Treasurers and Bookkeepers Workshop 2019 Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 8:30 am
  • Candidacy Retreat Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 10:00 am
  • Rock Island Fall Gathering Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 2:00 pm
  • Full-time Staff Meeting Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 10:00 am
  • Central Conference Meeting Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 9:00 am
  • Northwest Conference Meeting Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 9:30 am
  • All Staff Meeting Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 10:00 am
  • Bolingbrook Fall Gathering Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 2:00 pm
  • Northeast Conference Meeting Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 9:30 am
  • First Call Theological Education Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 10:00 am
  • West Conference meeting Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 9:30 am
  • Interim Pastors Meeting Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 12:00 pm
  • Synod Offices Closed Thursday, November 28, 2019
  • Synod Offices Closed Friday, November 29, 2019
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Churchwide News

ELCA Fund for Leaders Scholarships 

  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 and deacons who attend ELCA seminaries. In 2020, the Fund for Leaders will once again be offering scholarships to seminary students! The Fund for ... more...

ELCA Global Links October 2019 

“I am proud, and I thank God that he gave me this wonderful gift that I can impact people. I feel like college is a good way to start my life of impacting other people.” —Angeline Neo, International Women Leaders scholar from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Angeline Neo has found a home away from home at ... 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 Worship News October 2019 

Greetings, As we anticipate the festival of All Saints, we think of those who have gone before us. Worship might include reading the names of those who have died in the last year. Bells might be rung, candles lit or photographs displayed. Our faith has been planted and nurtured by people who have journeyed before ... 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...

Living Lutheran Stories – October 25, 2019 

Perspective: Our church door If someone is suffering on the perimeter, Jesus teaches us how to see them and bring them in. Parable after parable brings one healing, restorative action after another. The leper is made clean. The … continue The ministry of cartooning Steve Thomason faced a massive blank canvas, his back to the congregation, ... 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...

ELCA World Hunger – Seeing Things Differently 

by Mikka McCracken From the story of Pentecost – the coming of the Holy Spirit – as told in Acts 2: 17: “In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your songs and daughters shall prophesy, and your young shall see visions, and ... more...

ELCA, Church of Sweden, and The Episcopal Church issue climate commitment 

Church of Sweden Archbishop Antje Jackelén and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth EatonThe Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) joins the Church of Sweden and The Episcopal Church in a commitment to work together to advocate for national and international policies that address the urgency of the climate crisis and help create resilient communities while leaving no one behind. This statement is a renewal and update of the ... more...

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 ... more...

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 ... more...

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 ... more...

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 ... more...


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NIS Prayers

…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. Chuck Steinke diagnosed with 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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