News and Resources for LCMS Churches and Church
April 16, 2018
Here's What's Coming Up

Prayer Outreach Cards – A Simple way to share God’s Love
Saying “I’m praying for you” shows others they are loved. Lutheran Hour Ministries Offers Prayer Outreach Cards – a simple way to share. Read the full story at
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Garage Sale
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Iglesia San Pablo, 555 E. Benton Street, Aurora, is holding their annual garage sale Friday April 20 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Staurday April 21 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Along with the garage sale, they will have food available for sale. For additional information, contact them at or 630-820-3450. Print flyer
Parish Professionals Meeting
The next meeting of the Parish Professionals Group will be held Thursday, April 19, at 10 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1850 Chestnut Avenue, Glenview. The host is Ann Barber. RSVP to 847-724-1034 or Topic is Confirmation Best Practices.

Communicators Network Meeting
The next meeting of the NID Commicators Group will be held April 19 at 10 a.m., at the Northern Illinois District office, 2301 S. Wolf Road, Hillside.

It will start out with a video and discussion on why we do what we do as church communicators and then have a workshop time for sharing feedback and brainstorming on current/upcoming projects. So, bring your laptop and/or hard copies of something you're working on. Lunch (pizza - $5/person) and a time for swapping stories and ideas will follow the devotion and workshop time.

Please RSVP by Monday, April 16 to the Facebook event page or email Mary Bahn at for numbers for lunch.
Men's Retreat
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8th annual Belvidere Immanuel Lutheran Men’s retreat will be held April 20-22 at Camp LuWiSo Mo,
Wild Rose, Wisconsin. Click here to register and for more information.
Event - Developing a Church Safety Plan
In response to community need, Lord of Glory Lutheran Church, 607 W. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, will be hosting a free event for church staff and lay leaders called Developing a Church Safety Plan, Wednesday, April 25, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Led by Charles DuShane from the Department of Homeland Security and the Grayslake Police Department, you’ll receive practical information on developing procedures for active shooters, medical emergencies, and other situations.
RSVP to or 847-548-5673. Print flyer
Health & Wellness Fair
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St. John Lutheran Church at 7214 South Cass Avenue, Darien, will host a Holistic Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Its purpose is to bring an awareness of natural and alternative health care options to members of the church and the surrounding communities. Print flyer
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
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Immanuel Lutheran Church, Batavia, and Iglesia San Pablo, Aurora, invite you to a Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Engstrom Park, Batavia. Free tacos, churros and water to the first 400 people. Games and more! Print flyer
Golf Outing
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Trinity Lutheran Church, Huntley will be hosting their First Annual Golf Outing on Sunday, June 3 at Pinecrest Golf Club in Huntley. The outing consists of a 4 person scramble, followed by a steak dinner.
Sign up as a team, individually or come for the dinner only. All proceeds to benefit missions at Trinity. Please visit for more information and to register. Print Flyer
General Pastoral Conference
“Iron Sharpens Iron: A Working Group Approach to Supporting Pastoral Ministry”
This year’s General Pastoral Conference will take place Tuesday, May 15 to Wednesday, May 16, at St. John Lutheran Church, 410 N. Cross Street, Wheaton. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with Divine Service at 9 a.m.
Registration will be online this year. TicketTailor is the service through which you can register as well as make payment. Print cover letter. Print conference schedule. Registration will close on Monday, April 30, 2018. For complete information, visit our website at

Biometric Screening
A biometric screening event will be held on May 16, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the General Pastors Conference. It is by appointment only.

You can schedule your appointment for this invaluable free health assessment to employees and spouses that are enrolled in the Concordia Health Plan (CHP). Full instructions are available at

Questions should be addressed to Karen Hardecopf, RN, Certified Lay Minister-Parish Nurse, NID Ministerial Care Coalition Partner LCMS Parish Nursing Program Coordinator, or 630-222-2157.

Pastoral Directory
Photos for a pastoral directory will be taken Tuesday May 15, at most times during the day from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Anyone having their photo taken may order a print copy of the directory that day.
2018 SENT Celebration
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You won't want to miss this exciting weekend filled with time to reconnect with friends, opportunity to be energized with mission and ministry and reflect as you hear first-hand stories from those most impacted by the work God is doing through Lutheran Hour Ministries.
Mark your calendars for August 3-5, at the The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Online registration is available at
50th Reunion - Save the Date
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The Luther High School North Class of '68 will be holding their 50th reunion on Saturday, October 6th at Maggiano's in Schaumburg.
As an added attraction, alumni are welcome to also attend a gathering at Granite City in Schaumburg on Friday, October 5. All information is available on the website at along with a list of "missing" classmates that the committee has been unable to locate. If you have any questions, you may email us at
Positions Available
Part-Time Organist/Pianist Needed
Calvary Lutheran Church, 107 North Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale, IL 60191, is looking for a part-time organist/pianist to accompany their worship services. The service style is traditional via the Lutheran Service Book and would be played on an electronic Allen organ of a high quality. There is also an electronic Roland piano that will be utilized to accompany choir rehearsals and worship services. There is one Sunday morning service at 9:00am all year round. Choir rehearsals are held after the church service during Advent, Lent, and Holy Week. The position pays $100.00 per service and $20.00 per choir rehearsal.

Please email a letter of intent/cover letter to if you are interested. You may also call the church office at 630-766-2838 for further information.
Weekly Devotions Invitation
“So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.”
Romans 14:19

Pastors in the LCMS NID are invited to participate in writing a devotion which will be shared weekly through social media, on the district’s websites and in the Parish Resource Connection. Your prayerfully written applications of God’s Word have the ability to build up the body of believers. View invitation
Church Workers:
Update Your Information
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.

Workers need to do contact updates in two places:
  1. District Office
  2. Rosters and Statistics
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