Events and Resources for LCMS Churches and Church Workers in Northern Illinois - June 15, 2017
Here's What's Coming Up
From Northern Light Online:

Luther North held its last graduation at Chicago campus as board suspends operations. Read the story
Catch a Piece of Luther North History -  Today and Saturday
With Luther North now suspending classes, there is a variety of Wildcat memorabilia, including trophies and uniforms, available at Luther North College Prep, 5700 W. Berteau Avenue, Chicago. Sale hours are today, Thursday, June 15, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, June 17, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, call 773-286-3600.  
Presentation Augsburg Confession
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Dr. Roland Ziegler from Concordia Theological Seminary will be speaking about the "Contemporary Significance of the Augsburg Confession" on June 23, at 6 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 310 N. Broadway Street, Joliet. Dinner will be bratwurst and hot dogs as well as usual potluck side dishes, and the talk on the Augsburg Confession will follow. RSVP by calling 815-722-3567, ext. 301, by Tuesday, June 20. Print flyer
Patriotic Pops Concert at CUC

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The U niversity Band of Concordia-Chicago will perform its annual Patriotic Pops Concert on Saturday, June 24, on campus at 7400 Augusta, River Forest, Illinois. The event will celebrate community and country with timeless music while honoring service men and women. Concession sales (ice cream, boxed meals and water) open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert is at 6:30, both on the Augusta Street lawn. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Rain location: Werner Auditorium. Questions? Call 708-209-3122.
Evangelism Workshop
Trinity Lutheran Church, 33930 N State Road, Genoa, Illinois, is hosting the LCMS Witness & Outreach Ministry for a Lutheran evangelism workshop, "Every One His Witness" on Saturday, June 24, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To register, call or email Amanda at Trinity, Genoa (815-784-2522). Deadline is June 20. (Minimum registration required for event to be held.) Print flyer
Dearborn Garden Walk
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The 59th Annual Dearborn Garden Walk will once again feature First St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1301 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, on Sunday, July 16, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Email Marlo Schulz-Kittl or visit fspauls.org/calendars for more information. Print flyer
Worship Rocks! Kids Camp
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Worship Rocks! Youth Worship Team Camp is a Christian worship music and arts camp for children in grades 3-8 held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5211 Carpenter Street, Downers Grove, July 17-July 22, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with a final performance to be held Saturday, July 22, at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $35. Print registration form. For information, email Ellen Prohl.
Institute on Liturgy, Preaching and Church Music
Early bird registration ends June 30 for Synod's Institute on Liturgy, Preaching and Church Music (July 25-28) being held on Concordia-Chicago campus. Go here for registration and information.
For God & Country Walk-Run-Crawl
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St. John's Lutheran School, 18100 Wentworth Avenue, Lansing, is hosting their 2nd Annual For God & Country 0.1K, Run Walk or Crawl on Saturday, September 16, at Clock Tower Park, corner of Ridge Road and Grant Street, Lansing. For information contact stjohnslansingchurch@comcast.net. Print registration form
59th Convention of the District - Nominations
Nomination forms have been sent to all congregations and are to be returned by September 30. The convention is Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, 2018, at Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest. The nomination forms as well as the convention delegate forms are all available at nidlcms.org/convention.
CUC Student Piano Camp in August
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Students entering grades 5-12 are invited to participate in the “Popular Music for Piano” summer camp at Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, Illinois. Both morning and afternoon half-day sessions are available during the camp, which runs August 7-11. Registration closes July 28. Students must be able to play piano proficiently, including basic chords, with three years of previous study recommended. Go to CUChicago.edu/community-pianocall 708-209-3141 or email Billie.Howard@CUChicago.edu .
Help Wanted
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Operations Director, Trinity, Roselle
Trinity Lutheran Church & School, 405 S. Rush Street, Roselle is seeking an Operations Director. This full-time position is responsible to the Executive Committee of the Church Council and administers business affairs, including Finance, Human Resources, Christian Day School, Facilities, Adult and Child Day Care Centers and Technology. Contact ODposition@trinityroselle.com for information. Print full position description

Part-Time Choir Director, Prince of Peace, Crystal Lake
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 932 McHenry Ave, Crystal Lake, is currently seeking a qualified individual to fill the part-time position of Choir Director. This position includes leading a weekly rehearsal and directing an adult choir that assists with anthems on Sunday mornings and music for special services. They will have the opportunity to work with church leadership in planning worship music and with recruiting vocalist and instrumentalists for anthem music. An accomplished candidate with piano and strong vocal skills is preferred. This position would be for 10-15 hours a week, September through May. Interested parties should email resumes to info@prince-of-peace.org, Attn: Elders Board, Choir Director Position.

Church Worker Updates
Reminder to Rostered Workers 
The LCMS Lutheran Annual has sent your information form to confirm or update for Synod. Please take care of this promptly.

This is a reminder to especially look at your ROSTER STATUS and district designations. Every year there are several who find they are not listed as they think they should be. If your roster status is wrong (called, candidate or emeritus), it needs to be changed with our district president's office (ordained) or education office (commissioned). Email or call (708-449-3020) to inquire about a change. Despite best efforts, slip-ups can occur. This is your annual verification of the official record Synod has for you, which potentially can affect your creditable years of service, IRS standing or any number of things.
 
If you need your login information, you can email rosters.stats@lcms.org or call the Church Information Center at 888-843-5267.
Resources
6 Simple Tips to Get More Likes on Your Church's Facebook Page

  1. Use excellent profile pictures and cover images.
  2. Use a vanity URL for your Facebook page.
  3. Take a moment in the announcements to talk about it.
  4. Read and respond to comments.
  5. Steer clear from too much automation.
  6. Use the Facebook Page Plugin to embed content on your website.

Source: Churchleadership.com

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