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Bishop Clements invites you to join a continuing conversation together about our new synod mission statement, vision statement, and core values by attending one of this year's Fall Gatherings! Find out more!

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.

August 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.

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Jeffrey Clements

 August 13, 2019  Dear members of the Northern Illinois Synod:  Grace, mercy, and peace be with you. I began my day in prayer for you, your congregation, this synod, and our Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We walk together. Every step. Every day. For the sake of the world.  The recent action of our ... read more.

NIS Women of the ELCA 31st Annual Convention

All women of the Northern Illinois Synod are invited to attend New Horizons, the 31st annual Northern Illinois Synod Women of the ELCA Convention on Saturday, September 21 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1330 13th Street, Moline. Coffee and registration begins at 8:00 am. Northern Illinois Synod Bishop Jeffrey Clements will give the morning message. read more.

2019 PLC

The annual NIS Professional Leaders Conference will be held September 16-18, 2019 at Sinsinawa Mound Retreat Center in Sinsinawa, WI, under the theme, The Gospel Proclamation, a Ministry of the Whole Congregation. The Gospel Proclamation, a Ministry of the Whole Congregation All Christians are called to proclaim the gospel. Yet, too often there is a ... 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.


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Congregational Events
and Bulletin Board

Jenny Lind Chapel Swedish Service September 29

Pastor Dan Witkowski from First Lutheran, Moline, will be the preacher at the annual Swedish Service (Högmässa) at the Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover on Sunday, September 29, at 4 pm.  A lifelong Lutheran, Pastor Dan has served ELCA congregations and institutions his entire life. He holds degrees from Creighton University, Wartburg Theological Seminary, and Augustana College in ... more...

Soaked Middle School Youth Event

The Northeast Conference invites your middle school youth (grades 6-8) to an overnight event Friday, September 13, 2019 from 7pm to 7am. Cost: $25/kid or $20/kid for families with 2+  Carnival, Food, Games, Worship, Communion & Service at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 404 N Green St, McHenry, IL 60050  Register Today! An overnight event for middle ... more...

Living Waters, Crystal Lake seeks a Director of Music and Worship

Living Waters Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is seeking a part-time Director of Worship and Music to plan and coordinate the music program in order to facilitate the full and active participation of the congregation in the liturgical life of the church.  Download the full job description to find out more. 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...

Great Events at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center in Oregon, IL

ADD THESE DATES TO YOUR CHURCH AND PERSONAL CALENDARS! AUTUMN FEST Annual Open House Saturday, October 12 QUILT & SILENT AUCTION Part of Autumn Fest Celebration Saturday, October 12 BYG Retreat (3-6th Grades) Friday-Saturday, October 11-12 High School Fall Retreat Friday-Saturday, November 1-2 Jr. High Fall Retreat Friday-Sunday, November 8-10 More Events Coming in 2020! ... 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...

Hymn Festival Organ Dedication September 22

We Sing the Year Round Hymn Festival Organ Dedication Sunday, September 22, 4:00 pm First Lutheran ChurchGalesburg, IL 61401 Internationally acclaimed organist, composer, conductor Dr. John A. Ferguson, Elliot & Klara Stockdal Johnson Professor of Organ & Church Music Emeritus, St. Olaf College, will lead We Sing the Year Round Hymn Festival at First Lutheran ... more...

Addiction and Faith Conference

Join us for the second annual Addiction and Faith Conference to be held in Bloomington MN on Sept. 20, 21, 22, 2019. Addiction in every form, including opioid addiction, is ravaging our world. The conference seeks to help answer the question, “How can we as people of faith respond to this crisis?” We believe faith ... more...


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  • Interim Pastors Meeting Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 12:00 pm
  • Pr. Kris Zierke to be installed at Immanuel, Marseilles Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 3:00 pm
  • Labor Day – Offices Closed Monday, September 2, 2019
  • Full-time Staff Meeting Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 10:00 am
  • God’s work. Our hands. Sunday 2019 Sunday, September 8, 2019
  • All Staff Meeting Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:00 am
  • Finance Committee Friday, September 13, 2019 - 3:30 pm
  • Executive Committee Friday, September 13, 2019 - 4:30 pm
  • Synod Council meeting Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 9:00 am
  • Professional Leaders Conference (PLC) Monday, September 16-18, 2019
  • West Conference meeting Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 9:30 am

Churchwide News

Tools to add advocacy to your Day of Service available! 

This Sept. 8, we look forward to the annual ELCA “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday day of service. For the last several years, participating congregations and engaged ministries on this day have sent thousands of messages to their members of Congress, pairing public witness and issue discernment with service activities. There are many ways to engage advocacy ... more...

Living Lutheran Stories – August 20, 2019 

Lutherans build bridges in America I’d spent most of my time with Southern Baptists and Pentecostals by the time I was ready to visit Appalachia and central Pennsylvania, bound for the fabled green hills that became ground zero for … continue Hear my voice Numbering in the millions yet often invisible, incarcerated Americans may soon feel ... more...

2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly summary of actions 

8/14/2019 ​CHICAGO — Gathering under the theme “We are church,” voting members of the 2019 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) made a number of key decisions to further the mission and ministry of this church. The assembly, the chief legislative authority of the church, met Aug. 5-10 at the Wisconsin ... more...

“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday 2019 

Resources Resources (Spanish) Promotional Items Videos Hymn WHAT IS “GOD’S WORK. OUR HANDS.” SUNDAY? “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) — one church, freed in Christ to love and serve our neighbor. This is our way of life. The date ... more...

ELCA Advocacy Connections: August 2019 

POLICY NOTES August Recess advocacy opportunities During August Recess, senators and representatives return to their state and/or congressional district and reconnect with constituents. This is a great opportunity for local advocates to engage with elected officials, ask questions and share concerns. More >> Limits proposed to SNAP hunger program The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced ... more...

Living Lutheran Stories – August 13, 2019 

2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly – Day three The 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly reconvened Aug. 7 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. During morning plenary, Chris Boerger, secretary of the ELCA, gave his report and was later presented … continue ELCA Churchwide Assembly declares ELCA sanctuary church In a key action taken Aug. 7, the 2019 ELCA ... more...


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NIS Prayers

…for Bev Nelson, recovering from surgery 

…for Pam Bitner facing surgery 

…for family and friends of Pr. Bill Wittig who died June 23 

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

…for Naomi Hagen, wife of Pr. Mark Hagen, St. Mark, Rockford 

…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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