Category: Walking Together

Walking Together is the weekly e-news of the Northern Illinois Synod.

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Congregational Treasurers and Bookkeepers Workshop 2020

Registration is now open for the 2020 Treasurers and Bookkeepers Workshop, “Best Practices for Treasurers and Bookkeepers,” being held Saturday, October 24 from 8:45 am – noon. The Reverend Gary Erickson, Director for Evangelical Mission and Assistant to Bishop Clements, will host the event on behalf of the Northern Illinois Synod. This workshop will feature …

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Lutheranism and #BlackLivesMatter: Intersecting Faith and Democracy from a Womanist Lens

Theme: “Lutheranism and #BlackLivesMatter: Intersecting Faith and Democracy from a Womanist Lens”  Thursday, October 29, 2020 – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Presenter: Dr. Linda Thomas is Full Professor of Theology and Anthropology and has taught at LSTC since 2000. She studies, researches, writes, speaks, and teaches about the intersection and mutual influence of theology and culture from a womanist …

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2020 Candidacy Retreat

You are invited to the 2020 Northern Illinois Synod Candidacy Retreat led by the NIS Candidacy Sub-Committee and Bishop Jeffrey Clements via Zoom on Saturday, November 7 from 9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  The Annual Northern Illinois Synod Candidacy Retreat is open to anyone who is discerning a call to rostered ministry as well as to those who have been Entranced into Candidacy.  Those who have completed the process or who …

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GSB

GSB Fundraising is offering NIS congregations a terrific fall stewardship program. GSB has had great results with their congregational stewardship coaching – the “Beginning a Culture of Generosity” program is designed to get congregations thinking about stewardship.

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Youth Leaders Sought for Light

The Synod Youth Subcommittee is searching for youth who are leaders in their congregations and their communities to be a part of the Synod’s LIGHT team. The LIGHT team was formed in an initiative to cooperatively plan, at the synod level, ministry for youth and young adults. These youth leaders work together to generate ideas, …

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Update regarding the 2021 Gathering

After much prayer and consideration, we have decided to postpone next summer’s ELCA Youth Gathering to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering will be held July 24-28, 2022, in Minneapolis, with the two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) and the tAble, scheduled for July 21-24, 2022. We give …

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Grace, Woodstock

Pr. Ken Gibson At Grace Lutheran Church in Woodstock, we have been blessed with an opportunity to live out our mission of Sharing God’s Grace by providing meals and other support to the homeless population of McHenry County for many years. Recently, due to the shelter-in-place directive that was put into effect, this need has …

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Online Holy Week Services

Congregations all over the Northern Illinois Synod have found new and creative ways of worshipping “together” during this pandemic. Please see the list below for some online worship opportunities this Holy Week. There are many more than this out there. If you’d like to add your congregation’s information, please contact karin@nisynod.org. Prince of Peace, Freeport …

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NIS Communicators Facebook Group

Are you a communicator in your congregation? Do you create the congregation’s newsletter or worship bulletin? Do you do contribute to your congregation’s social media? Do you create screens for your worship services? Do you work on your congregation’s website? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please join the NIS Communicators Facebook …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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…for NIS candidates for rostered ministry

The members of the NIS Candidacy Committee lift before you the names of our candidates for ministry. We encourage individuals, groups and Sunday services to include these folks in their prayers as the candidates follow the path of their call to rostered ministry. See the current list.

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