News and Resources from the LCMS Northern Illinois District
May 1, 2018
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Call Days 2018
After years of training, seminary students learn of their placements at Call Day 2018. Read the full story at nidnews.org/2018-call-days.
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National Day of Prayer
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St. John Lutheran Church, 7214 South Cass Avenue, Darien, is a registered site for the National Day of Prayer which occurs this year on Thursday, May 3. The church will host a Prayer Vigil from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you would like more information about this event, visit sjlcdarien.org/events/national-day-of-prayer.html or contact the church at 630-969-7987 or info@sjlcdarien.org. Print flyer
Hymn Festival
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Faith, 9701 Melvina Avenue, Oak Lawn, is celebrating the installation of their new organ with a hymn festival on May 6, at 3 p.m., with refreshments served immediately afterwards.
Join them for this Lessons and Carols style service that includes readings and hymns from throughout the church year. Special music will be provided by several organists, instrumentalists and choirs. For more information, please call 708-424-1059. Print flyer
Respite Care Leadership Training
Has your church considered a way to meet the needs of the families dealing with 24 hour care of a loved one in their home? A volunteer respite care program would be able to supply these families with 2 to 4 hours a month of "free" time knowing that their loved ones were in good hands.
Voice of Care is hosting a two-day training on May 9 & 10 at the NID office, 2301 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, to equip people to be leaders of this kind of program. The cost is $595. A special grant has been secured that would allow a few scholarships for people who are bilingual in English and Spanish. Print flyer
Retirement Celebration
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Christ Our Savior Lutheran church, 5506 Reimer Drive, Roscoe, will hold a celebration of 40 years of service to the Lord, and the retirement of Pastor John Spangler, Saturday, May 12, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a light lunch and fellowship. For information call 608-365-9845. Print flyer
Worker Bee Weekend
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Please join Walcamp for their Annual Worker Bee Weekend. A majority of projects are scheduled for Saturday May 12. Questions please call 815-784-5141 x 111 or email siteops@walcamp.org. The workday begins Saturday May 12 at 10 a.m. Lunch will be provided. For information, visit walcamp.org/page/worker_bee_weekend.
Wine and Cheese Party
Lutheran Bible Translators will be hosting a Wine & Cheese Party on Saturday, May 19 at St. John Lutheran Church, 410 N. Cross, Wheaton, 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. The event will include a private tour of a new sanctuary at St. John’s, in addition to the sharing of stories and international highlights. Guests are asked to RSVP by phone at 660-225-0810.
Installation Service
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You are invited, Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 3 p.m., in the Chapel of Our Lord, Concordia University Chicago, when President elect Rev. Allan R. Buss will be installed as LCMS Northern Illinois District President.
Preaching will be Rev. Dr. John Nunes in a service of Word and Sacrament. Presiding over the Service of Installation will be LCMS 1st Vice President Rev. Dr. Herbert Mueller. Also installed will be the Presidium, Secretary, Circuit Visitors, Board of Directors, Nominations Committee, and Board of Regents.
Positions Available
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Camp Coordinator
Messiah Lutheran Church, 6201 W. Patterson, Chicago, is seeking a full time Camp Coordinator for employment June 20 through August 3. The Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of camp including supervision of counselors, planning daily curriculum and activities, communicating with parents, as well as handling any discipline issues that may arise. Contact Kelly Santos at 773-844-4792 or trbgrl44@sbcglobal.net. Print position description
Resources
Northern Illinois District Life Task Force
Illinois Senate Bill 3249 and House Bill 5596, are currently being considered by our state representatives. This bill, in short, mandates that Illinois schools use books or book substitutes that include sections addressing “role and contributions” of LGTBQ+ persons. Additionally, it requires “the teaching of history of the United States in public schools [to] include a study of the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and state;” teaches that alternative “gender expressions” are civil and human rights; and requires people identifying as LGBT in the community should be consulted in the development and delivery of such curricula. Please consider contacting your state senator and representative and sounding your opinion on this matter. To find who your representative or senator is, please see www.illinoispolicy.org/maps.
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