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Fall Gatherings

  • Sunday, October 6, 2019, at St Mark Lutheran Church, 675 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 3, 2019, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4501 – 7th Avenue, Rock Island, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 17, 2019, at New Life Lutheran Church, 249 N. Bolingbrook Drive, Bolingbrook, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

NIS News

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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Congregational Events
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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 Autumn Fest – Saturday, October 12

Join us at Autumn Fest 2019 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12OPEN HOUSE10am to 5pm Plan on joining us this fall to help celebrate 45 years of outdoor ministry at LOMC in Oregon, IL. NEW – ON SATURDAY THIS YEAR- NEW FREE ACTIVITIES Lunch DOUGHNUT Fun Run/Walk Bags/Cornhole Games Fishing Archery Apple Cider Pressing Pumpkin Carving Hiking Crafts Worship/Devotions Help LOMC – join ... more...

Lutheran World Relief Ingathering

Lutheran World Relief logoFriends of LWR coordinates the 2019 ANNUAL CHICAGO AREA LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF INGATHERING. Your boxed donations may be dropped off at any of the following sites on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 9:00 am – 12 noon and/or on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 12 noon – 3:00 pm. Please only drop off items during the specified hours when ... 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...

Ecumenical Benefit Breakfast

Saturday, October 5 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Salem, Rockford. Registration at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $12. “For the Least of These”  Matthew 25:40 Featured Speakers: Rev. Rebecca White Newgren of Second First Church and Carly Rice of “Miss Carly’s” Co-Sponsored by North Conference of the Northern Illinois Synod, Women of the Evangelical ... more...


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  • All Staff Meeting Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 10:00 am
  • Rockford Fall Gathering Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 2:00 pm
  • Central Conference Meeting Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 9:00 am
  • Northwest Conference Meeting Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 9:30 am
  • Northeast Conference Meeting Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 9:30 am
  • West Conference meeting Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 9:30 am
  • RMCE – Exploring Atonement Theories Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 9:00 am
  • Synod-wide Reformation Worship and Ordination Service Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 4:00 pm
  • First Call Theological Education Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 10:00 am
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Upcoming Events

Churchwide News

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...

Headed off to college? 

If you are a young adult, or if you know of a young adult who is looking for a community of friends and a way to express faith, consider campus ministry. Young adults experience unique spiritual, intellectual and emotional challenges. Campus Ministry seeks to strengthen and support them as they learn and grow. Visit the LuMin ... more...

Bold Connections – Women of the ELCA – September 2019 

Join us for this life-changing event in Phoenix Since 1988, we’ve gathered every three years to party and act boldly on our faith. Lisa Plorin, president of Women of the ELCA’s executive board, invites you to the Gathering in Phoenix, July 16-18, 2020. Join thousands of other women for this “life-changing event so you can be inspired to ... 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...

ELCA World Hunger – Go and Do News – September 2019 

NEW! ADVENT RESOURCES Celebrate the excitement, anticipation and wonder of Christ’s birth with ELCA World Hunger this Advent! ELCA World Hunger’s new resource packet includes samples of the newest and most popular resources to share with your congregation. Included is an Advent study full of new weekly devotions, Advent calendarsto brighten up your home or congregation with a ... 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. Mark Hagen, St. Mark, Rockford, at the death of his wife, Naomi 

… 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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