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Join the Reformation Choir

photo by cbcs via morguefile.comDo you like to sing? Come be a part of the choir for the synod-wide Reformation worship service with Rite of Ordination on Sunday afternoon, October 27 at 4:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Ottawa. All are welcome to join the choir under the direction of Ted Sanders. Singers, please arrive at Trinity, Ottawa at ... read more.

Portico Reminders

SPONSORING CONGREGATIONS: Annual Enrollment deadline is Friday, October 25.  Please enter a 2020 ELCA-Primary health benefit option on Employer Link as soon as possible, and no later than Friday, October 25. MEMBERS: Make your selections between October 29 and November 13.  It will soon be time to enter your benefit selections for 2020. Starting October 29, you will ... 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.

September 2019 – Making Christ Known

Read and share the March/April edition of Making Christ Known. Congregations are encouraged to use articles in their own publications and share via social media. read more.

Grace Place at NIU to install new pastor

Your prayers and presence are requested on October 22, 2019, at 7pm for a Service of Holy Communion and Rite of Installation for the Rev. Mack Patrick as Campus Pastor at Grace Place Campus Ministry at First Lutheran Church 324 N 3rd St DeKalb, IL. All are welcome to attend and to celebrate with Grace ... 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.

Synod-wide Reformation Worship and Ordination Service – October 27, 2019

A festive Reformation worship service with Rite of Ordination will be held Sunday afternoon, October 27 at 4:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Ottawa. Chelsey Olson Weech, called to First Lutheran Church, Prophetstown, will be ordained. Please extend the invitation far and wide. All are welcome to attend this synod-wide service. All rostered ministers and ... 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.

Exploring Atonement Theories with Dr. David Lose 10/24/2019

The NIS Rostered Ministers Continuing Education team invites you to Exploring Atonement Theories with the Rev. Dr. David Lose October 24, 2019 Christ, Belvidere (425 Riverside Rd, Belvidere, IL) Join us for a day of diving deep into various Atonement Theories with Dr. Lose! He brings great theological and practical ministry experience to us. Currently, Dr. ... 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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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...

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) ... more...

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 ... more...

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 ... more...


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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...

ELCA Advocacy Connections – September 2019 

POLICY ALERTS RESOURCES DATES “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday The ELCA Advocacy office is grateful for the many congregations that chose to include advocacy and public engagement in their activities for “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday. This day of service came as Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas and the East Coast of the U.S. and ... more...

ELCA Worship News – September 2019 

Greetings, In these weeks following Churchwide Assembly, the Worship team thanks the many involved who helped make daily worship around word and sacrament central to the work of the assembly. Many volunteers came together to help plan and lead worship as well as coordinate and execute hundreds of tasks behind the scenes each day. Over ... 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 friends and family of Pr. Troy Hedrick who died September 28 

…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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