February 2018
Events and information for Northern Illinois District Parish Professionals, a group of church workers (rostered and non-rostered) who desire to encourage one another as we journey through this path of ministry together.
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community.
The next meeting of the Parish Professionals will be held Thursday, February 15, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1101 Kimberly Way, Lisle, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Topic: National Youth Gathering planning event

Congregations should plan to send their NYG volunteers to this initial information/training event.

Please RSVP to Debbie Arfsten by February 1 to indicate how many people from your church will be attending. Print flyer.

18 Month Sample Planning Timeline
The sample planning timeline is a tool to help Adult Leaders frame their task lists and connection opportunities with the congregation and youth and adults participating in the 2019 LCMS Youth Gathering. Each congregation’s planning timeline will look different. Download it now
The Gathering 2018
The Gathering at Trinity, Roselle is coming Friday night April 6 and all day April 7.
Themed WONDER and based off of Psalm 40:4. The weekend is packed with ways for High School and Junior High students to grow in their faith. This year the conference will feature The Skit Guys live! The weekend will also include a service project, 3 worship sessions, break out classes and an after hours dance party. For more information go to the gathering website at gatheringtrinityroselle.com or contact DCE Mark Novacek at mark.novacek@trinityroselle.com.
Youth Retreat
Jr. High Youth Groups, Bible Study Groups, and Confirmation Classes can take this amazing opportunity to join other Christians their own age in Christian fellowship and to dive into Bible study and fun in God’s creation.
This retreat will be held Saturday, March 10, at Walcamp Outdoor Ministries, 32653 Five Points Road, Kingston. Cost is $100 (includes theme t-shirt). For more information please visit:
Registration for 2018 Summer Camp is Now Open
Please share with your youth
Register by February 10 and you could win $50 in free Camp Swag!
This year along with our popular camps there are a couple of new Sports Camps: White Sox Baseball Camp run by the Bulls Sox Academy and Cheerleading Camp. Both sports camps are facilitated by professionals in the sports. Visit walcamp.org/page/2018_summer_camps for information and to register.
Take Heart Scholarship
Win a $3,000 scholarship!
High school seniors invested with #LCEF have the opportunity to earn a $3,000, $1,000 or $500 scholarship. Apply for the 2018 Take Heart Scholarship! Deadline is April 5. Apply here:
Did You Know?
youthESource provides Jesus-centered resources
to those at work with youth in the congregation and beyond. New resources, articles, and blog posts are added regularly. Visit them at www.youthesource.com
From the District Office
Prayer Guide
Church Workers: Update your contact information online . All rostered and non-rostered church workers are asked to please update their NID contact information when there is a change of email, address, phone, etc., or if new in the district.
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 LCMS Northern Illinois District
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