Walking Together

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 guest speakers Molly Hammar-Shattuck, CPA; Thomas Hammar, CPA; and Richard Hammar, Attorney, CPA and author. They will be addressing the following topics:

  • Top 3 most confusing tax issues for clergy
  • Fringe Benefits: what is taxable?
  • Who is an employee? Who is an independent contractor?
  • How has COVID affected church finances?  What the CARES Act means for churches and church staff
  • Risk management – is your church covered?
  • Internal controls
  • Do you need an audit?
  • Essential documents you NEED at your church

The cost to attend this workship is $21. The deadline to register is 11:59 p.m., Thursday, October 22. Those registered will receive a Zoom link at 5 p.m. Friday, October 23.

Register and pay online below.

for Registration:

Nancy Corey, Registrar

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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 perspective.  

The event will be held via Zoom. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link the morning of Thursday, October 29.

Dr. Thomas has taught in the fields of theological anthropology, cultural studies, and ethics. She is particularly focused on the experience of African American women and is passionate about uncovering and exploring historical and contemporary experiences and ideologies that govern actions, policies, and norms surrounding race, class, and gender. She always incorporates multiple teaching and learning methods in the classroom; in addition to traditional sources, she regularly uses literature, music, and film to provide variety and relevance for her students.  

Dr. Thomas’s interdisciplinary focus of theology and anthropology unites critical sociological-anthropological observations with a concern for the church and its future ministers as the church relates to the wider society.   (from  

  • 9:30 – 9:40 – Welcome and Opening Devotion  
  • 9:40 – 10:05 – Presentation/Lecture 1 – “Faith and Democracy” 
  • 10:05 – 10:25 – Q & A 
  • 10:25 – 10:35 – Break 
  • 10:35 – 11:00 – Reconvene, Presentation/Lecture 2 – “Black Embodiment Over Against White Supremacy” 
  • 11:00 –11:20 - Q & A 
  • 11:20 – 11:30 – Break 
  • 11:30 – 11:55 – Presentation/Lecture 3 – “Theological Education and the Future of the Church” 
  • 11:55 – 12:15 – Q & A 
  • 12:15 – 12:25 –Wrap up and Closing 
  • 12:25 – Sending everyone off in peace 

Cost: $16.00 

Deadline to register Tuesday, October 27, 11:59 p.m. 

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Nutritional ministry support grants for congregations

In partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Northern Illinois Synod is making grants available to support congregational ministries sharing food and nutritional support in the communities they serve. Grants are given on a "first-come, first-served" basis, and will continue until all the funds are shared.

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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 are close to the end of the process have said that this time together has been very helpful in their Candidacy journey.  

Because of the need to meet via the Zoom platform, we have put together a little different schedule than we have had for the past several years. What we have done this year is to offer the core retreat from 9 – 11:45 a.m., with an optional time from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. for breakout groups by stage in the Candidacy Process. This optional time is just that; however, we have found that our candidates, potential candidates, and partners/spouses have found it useful to talk to others at the same “place” as they are in terms of Candidacy Journey. There is no cost, but we ask that you register in the Registration Form below. 

Time  Activity/Program 
9:00 a.m.  Opening Devotion, Bishop Clements 
9:15 a.m.  Introductions 
10:00 a.m.  Break 
10:10 a.m.  Reconvene – Updates to the Candidacy Process and Questions. 
11:00 a.m.  Questions and Answers to staff and one another. 
11:45 a.m.  Closing: Anyone interested in small group discussion with others in the same stage on the process can reconvene at 12:15 p.m. to go into breakout rooms with committee members and staff. 
12:15 p.m.  Optional Small Group Conversations by Stage in Process 
1:00 p.m.  End of Small Group Time 

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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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Making Christ Known

    Christ, Stockton

    Pr. Paul Gebo

    Thanks to the initiative of Nicole Haas, we are offering food and household supplies to members of the Stockton community, through our "Mini Pantry."

    Just outside the doors of the church sits a container of goods, with the invitation to "Take What you need. Donate what you can." The Stockton Food Pantry is only open a few hours each week, so this mini pantry offers members of the community extra opportunities to receive the things they might need. Nicole is very involved in the Christ Lutheran family, as well as the larger community. She was the head of my call committee (and now heads our Mutual Ministry team); she is a wife and the mother of two fine boys, one of whom is in our Affirmation of Baptism classes; and she serves as the Brand Director for the Greater Freeport Partnership.

    She is also one of the invaluable group of members who have been assisting me in our online/live-streamed worship services. Through the technologies of Facebook, Zoom, and YouTube, Christ Lutheran has been reaching out and proclaiming the gospel to people around the globe. Nicole and others are helping to upgrade our electronic equipment, so that we may continue offering the quality worship experiences, both now and, importantly, even once we are able to resume gathering together physically for worship.

    As challenging as it has been, this pandemic has given us opportunities to be imaginative and creative in the ways we proclaim the good news to our communities. I am faithful that we will come through this a stronger and more vibrant church and a more unified body of Christ.

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