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The Congregational Resourcing Event (CRE) is one of this synod’s finest annual events. Just about everyone in a congregation can take advantage of this learning event to strengthen skills, gather resources, network with others, and discover new ways to enhance congregational and individual ministries. Listen to what others said about it last year:

  • Very enjoyable!
  • Enthusiastic and informing!
  • Great content and spirit!
  • Very informative!
  • Learned a lot.
  • Learned something new; presenters very good.
  • Helpful and inspiring!
  • Very well done.
  • Interesting and great stories!
  • Very informative and interesting!
  • Inspiring!
  • Speakers were great.
  • I really wish more people would come. This is a great event!!
  • Enjoyed the day!
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NIS News

February 2020 – 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.

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 Retreat, June 12-14, 2020, at Lutheran Outdoor ... read more.

Lent is Bishop’s favorite time of year

Bishop Clements explains why Lent is his favorite time of year in this video message. Please share it widely in your congregations, through email, and on social media. read more.

Three Important Photos

Bishop Clements and the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women Task Force invite all who self-identify as female and who are rostered ministers of word and sacrament in the Northern Illinois Synod to be part of an historic group photo to be taken following lunch and the conversation with Bishop Clements and before the service ... read more.

Presiding Bishop Eaton to Headline the 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 ... read more.

Synod-wide Spring Ordination Service Saturday, March 28

Everyone from the synod is invited to come to a special synod-wide ordination service on Saturday, March 28 at 2:00 pm at Shepherd of the Hill, 925 E. 9th Street, Lockport. Tom Redig will be ordained to the ministry of word and sacrament. He has been called to serve at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Peru. Please ... read more.

NIS Women of the ELCA 2020 Spring Retreat

Faith Along the Winding Road “There will be trouble in this life.  But take heart:  I have overcome the world” –John 16:33  LOMC, 1834 S. IL Rt. 2, Oregon, IL 61061Saturday, April 18, 2020 • 9:00 am – 2:00 pmRegistration and coffee:  8:30-9:00 am Registration is $30. Use the registration form linked below. Scholarships are ... read more.

Safeguarding God’s Children workshop 4/14/2020 at Shepherd of the Hills, McHenry

“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.

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, ... read more.

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, ... read more.

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 ... read more.


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Congregational Events
and Bulletin Board

Friends of LWR Spring Luncheon

Friends of Lutheran World Relief announces the 43rd Annual Spring Luncheon Friday, April 24, 2020 Avalon Banquets1905 E. Higgins Rd., Elk Grove Village847.439.5740Handicap accessible/ample parking Arrive at 11:00 a.m. to view a display of Quilts, Care Kits and purchase fair trade products. The event begins promptly at 11:45. Guest Speaker: David Fuerst, Associate Vice President ... more...

World Mission Institute 2020

Migration, Mission and Spirituality  Keynote Address – Is the Christian God a Migrant?  Thursday, March 12, 6:30-9 p.m.  Light dinner served at 5:15 p.m. Free and open to the public  Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago  Keynote speaker – Peter C. Phan – The Ignacio Ellacuria, S.J., Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University  Peter C. Phan ... more...

LOMC Summer Camp for Children, Youth, Families, and Congregations

Summer is coming. Really. Summer at camp means being apart from the ordinary world to grow and experience creation in the light of Christ. We invite you to consider a summer camp experience whether for a child, your family, or bring a group of 3-5th or junior highers from your church (Team Camp!). NEW Thrive! Worship CampNEW Explore Creation CampDay Camp Each ... more...

UNITE Service Camp

UNITE Service Camp, for 7th-12th graders, June 23-26 in Sterling, IL. Throughout this three-day service camp, youth will paint homes for people in need!  UNITE 2020 is for current 7th-12th grade youth. Cost: $50 per youth, $25 per adult. Allison Eide ( will be speaking and leading music throughout the week!   For full info and ... more...

Augustana Seeks a New Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life

Augustana College welcomes applications and nominations for the position of Campus Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life. For full consideration for this position, materials should be received by March 6, 2020. Augustana’s next Campus Chaplain will be called to lead the campus community in creative and faithful worship of God; to strategically promote spiritual health, ... more...

VBS Curriculum from LOM Now Available

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (LOM) produces the curriculum each year that is used in camp and retreat settings and for Vacation Bible Schools and day camps.  LOM has released its 2020 curriculum entitled From Generation to Generation. More Information more...

Ministry in Divisive Times – 2020 Rural Ministry Conference

Wartburg Theological SeminaryMarch 1-3, 2020Best Western Plus Hotel & Conference Center3100 Dodge Street, Dubuque, IA Keynote speaker The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade, Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary and author of Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide Breakout Sessions Planning and Implementing the Sermon-Dialogue-Sermon Method in ... more...

Progressive day of prayer in Rockford on World Day of Prayer – March 6

“Do you want to be made well?” Jesus asks in John 5:6.  Of course, the lame man whom Jesus encountered at Bethesda wanted to be made well; otherwise, he would have not been at the pool. What stopped him from being well before meeting Jesus?  What stops us from being well?  World Day of Prayer 2020 ... more...

Planning for Retirement with Portico – two locations: Davenport or Chicago

Retirement takes planning. Whether it feels light years away or just around the corner, Portico’s Plan for Retirement Seminar can help you prepare. And it’s coming to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.  Or you can choose to attend at the ELCA Lutheran Center in Chicago on Thursday, May 7.  In the morning, learn how ... more...

Jenny Lind's 200th Anniversary to be remembered April 26

The 200th anniversary of Jenny Lind will be celebrated at the annual Founders Day Service on Sunday, April 26, 4 pm, at the Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover. The Chapel, constructed in the early 1850’s, is named for this celebrated Swedish singer, who gave a generous donation to Pastor Lars Paul Esbjörn, leader of the ... more...

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 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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  • Central Conference Meeting Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 9:00 am
  • Northwest Conference Meeting Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 9:30 am
  • All Staff Meeting Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 10:00 am
  • Congregational Resourcing Event Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Northeast Conference Meeting Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 9:30 am
  • First Call Theological Education Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 10:00 am
  • West Conference meeting Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 9:30 am
  • Conference of Deans meeting Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10:00 am
  • East Conference Meeting Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 9:00 am
Synod Calendar
Upcoming Events

Churchwide News

God’s work. Our hands. Sunday 2020 

Please save the date Sept. 13 for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, the ELCA’s dedicated day of service. Since 2013, “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday has inspired people of all ages to put their faith in action through service projects that share God’s love with all of God’s people. As we gather together in service to our neighbors, we are ... more...

Seeds Monthly – February 2020 

Rostered Ministers Gathering Early registration is now open for the second Rostered Ministers Gathering, taking place July 20-23 in Phoenix, Ariz., under the theme “Rekindle the Gift Within You” (2 Timothy 1:6). The ELCA invites pastors and deacons to participate in this opportunity to remember, reclaim, rekindle and revive themselves alongside colleagues and friends across ... more...

ELCA Worship News – February 2020 

Greetings in these last days in the Time after Epiphany. We are excited to announce the forthcoming release of All Creation Sings, a supplement to Evangelical Lutheran Worship, in fall 2020. This new resource follows more than two years of consideration, preparation and collaboration with Augsburg Fortress and the Worship team in the Office of the Presiding ... more...

ELCA Global Links – February 2020 

“All of these issues are impacted by RACE — so being white and serving in Africa, a distinctly non-white space, puts us in positions that are clearly privileged and often painful.” —Cynthia Holder Rich and Mark Rich In a recent blog post, ELCA missionaries Cynthia Holder Rich and Mark Rich reflect on confronting white privilege ... more...

Living Lutheran Stories 2/25/2020 

I’m a Lutheran: David Thoele Resurrection Lutheran Church, Chicago Pediatric cardiologist, co-director of Narrative Medicine Group at Advocate Children’s Hospital/Advocate Lutheran General Hospital I pray for strength and … continue Black Elk and the “cosmic Christ spirit” Editor’s note: The following address was given by John Thomsen on Oct. 5, 2019, in Blair, Neb., at a ... more...

Get ready for Census 2020 

Our communities are significantly shaped by census data, and Census 2020 will update these numbers for the first time in 10 years. The ELCA is an official partner of the 2020 Census to encourage the most accurate count possible. “Funding for over 100 federal programs, many of which combat poverty and hunger and support people ... more...

Women of the ELCA BOLD Connections – February 2020 

How do we ‘just love’ our neighbor? Does love mean valentines and chocolates and red roses? Or does love mean sacrifice? Maybe love means delighting in someone’s company, or maybe it means untiring service, as a middle-aged daughter might give to her aging mother. Or maybe love means all these things–and more. Read our monthly devotion.What ... more...

ELCA Advocacy Connections 

POLICY ALERTS RESOURCES DATES FEBRUARY 2020 View in browser Travel ban extended On Jan. 31, 2020, the Trump administration announced an expansion of the January 2017 travel ban to include more countries in Africa and Asia. Under the new policy, citizens from Nigeria, Eritrea, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan will be barred from applying for visas to ... more...

Official Youth Gathering handbook 

The Official Youth “Gathering Handbook: Tips & Tricks for Adult Leaders” is now adapted to the 2021 Gathering in Minneapolis. If this is your first time leading a group or your sixth, you’ll want to check out this resource filled with tips and tricks (including sample budgets and covenants) sure to make your experience is ... more...

Living Lutheran Stories – 2/18/2020 

That thin thread of faith In February 2013, I received news that my mother had finally passed away. She had been on and off her feeding tube for months; her body simply wouldn’t give up its life. Looking back, I think she … continue New ways to proclaim the gospel Live from Omaha, Neb., it’s Sunday ... more...

ELCA Mission Investment Fund 

Here’s what your money could earn:Here’s what your money could do: When you invest with the Mission Investment Fund, you’re investing with a financial ministry of the ELCA. So, apart from building your savings, you’re funding loans to ELCA congregations and ministries, loans that transform church facilities and breathe new life into entire communities.EXPLORE INVESTMENTS* APY = Annual ... more...

ELCA presiding bishop issues statement on new travel ban 

February 5, 2020 “When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.” ... more...

ELCA expands efforts to increase inclusivity of outdoor ministry programs 

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has announced a new initiative entitled Total Inclusion!: Widening the Welcome at ELCA Outdoor Ministries. The new program is designed to equip and empower outdoor ministry organizations as they move toward more intentional welcome of people who historically have been marginalized in the church — especially people of color, ... more...

ELCA presiding bishop issues response to President Trump’s “Peace to Prosperity” document 

1/28/2020 2:30:00 PM “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6) I am very dismayed and disturbed by President Trump’s announcement of a “peace plan” that, I fear, will bring greater insecurity for Israelis and Palestinians instead of peace. Our church has long held that any successful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be based on ... more...

Seeds Monthly – January 2020 

“Unpacking White Privilege: The Important Work of Making the Church Less Harmful” For years, the ELCA has been working to educate and inspire Lutherans to promote fairness and racial equity in our churches, communities and country. At the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, the Strategy Toward Authentic Diversity was adopted. This strategy includes a commitment to digging ... more...


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NIS Prayers

…for Joanne Wolff and family at the death of her husband, Pr. Paul Wolff 

…for thanksgiving with Pr. Jacob & Michelle Gawlik on the birth of their son 

… for June Cain and family at the death of her mother, Evelyn Stahl 

… for Pr. Tom Rogers awaiting test results 

…for Deacon Marti Bein at the death of her mother on 2/14/2020 

…for Pr. Zach Baer and Living Waters, Crystal Lake as he is installed there 3/1 

…for Deacon Carla Vanatta at the death of her sister, Bonnie on 2/10/2020 

… for family and friends of Vicar Mike Reibel who died 2/5/2020 

…for Pr. Amy Nyman battling 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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