News and Resources for LCMS Churches and Church Workers in Northern Illinois - Year End 2017
Your Gift for Local Missions Can Help Change Lives

New Starts…New Believers is our local mission movement to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our communities so people find help for this life and hope for eternity. Your generous gift for New Starts…New Believers ensures that even more men, women and children throughout northern Illinois hear the good news of God’s gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

Please prayerfully consider a donation that will be used for revitalization in our congregations, new visioning and planning, and small grants to help launch new starts to meet real needs in the community. Become a sustaining donor. Your monthly or quarterly gifts ensure that we can provide a wide range of support. Use our secure payment page to make a gift by debit or credit card. Thank you for your generous heart and prayers for the Lord’s mission.

Stories from New Starts...New Believers are posted at
More Ways to Give
By Mail – Make your check payable to LCMS Northern Illinois District with memo “New Starts…New Believers” (or NSNB). Send to LCMS NID, 2301 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, IL 60162. Postmark by December 31, 2017 for year end giving.
Here's What's Coming Up

Portal Opens January 2, 2018
The new tax credit scholarship allows more low-income families living in the LCMS Northern Illinois district, the opportunity to experience the love of Jesus Christ every school day while attending our Lutheran schools.
Starting January 2, 2018, donations may be made at Read the full story at
Here's an informative video from Empower Illinois on how to register to donate for Lutheran School scholarships.
Rev. Mark Duer Installation
Pastors are invited, with a request to come with red stole, to the installation of Rev. Mark Duer, January, 7 at 3 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 212 S. Nolton Avenue, Willow Springs.
Invitation to Sabor Latino
Please use in your church bulletin:
You are invited to attend a Sabor Latino Sunday, January 28, from 3:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church and School, 24500 Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods.
Members of San Pablo will present who they are and their history, the School for Missionaries, bring testimonies of how Christ has changed or impacted their lives, and of course a "flavor" cannot be experienced without "actual food." Sabor Latino also serves as an opportunity to thank outside contributors and encourage others to learn more about Hispanic ministries, how the Ministry of the Lord is growing, and how their financial support helps this ministry thrive.

Request reservations by January 21, by contacting the church at 847-438-7709, or by email at
Pre-Lent Retreat
A one-day Pre-Lent retreat - Return from Exile: A Lenten Journey - will be held at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 462 Meadowbrook Drive, in West Bend, Wisconsin, Monday, January 8, 2018.
The cost of the retreat is $25 which includes lunch, refreshments, and six hours of lecture. The materials include ten sermons, seven bible studies, and two sets of worship resources, and can be purchased at (please note promotional prices on the materials are for a limited time only.) Contact retreat coordinator Rev. Christopher Seifferlein, or call 920-994-9005 for information or to register.
Workbook Available Online
Delegates to the 2018 Northern Illinois District Convention will find the Convention Workbook online at Providing the Convention Workbook this way enables congregations and delegates to use computer technology to prepare for the convention. Please visit the webpage to stay updated on the information.
A new online offering/payment page has been set up specifically for congregations. Congregational offerings as well as payments (such as convention) may be made through our secure new webpage at
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.
Empower Illinois Opens Donation Portal January 2, 2018
Schools can now develop the next steps for their ministry. llinois enacted the Invest In Kids Scholarship Tax Credit Program in 2017. This program offers a 75 percent income tax credit to individuals and businesses that contribute to qualified Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs). The SGOs then provide scholarships for students whose families meet the income requirements to attend qualified, non-public schools in Illinois. Visit Congregations may visit for additional tools and information on how to register.
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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LCMS Northern Illinois District, 2301 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, IL 60162
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