News and Resources for LCMS Churches and Church
March 1, 2018
Here's What's Coming Up

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2018 NID Convention
This year, portions of the NID Convention, being held Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, will be live streamed on our Facebook page as well as through a link on our convention web page View the schedule at
Webinar and 2018 Conference
Rural & Small Town Mission webinars provide Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod pastors and congregational leaders with practical, relevant ideas for engaging the community with the Gospel. The next webinar will be held March 15, topic ‘Working Partnerships: Dual/Multi Parishes.'

2018 Conference
The 2018 National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference will be
held November 8–10 in Kansas City, Missouri, at the Hilton Kansas City Airport.This conference is meant for anyone living, serving or interested in rural or small-town areas, with topics and resources specifically suited for this unique mission field. Print flyer
Art Show
Please use in your church bulletin:
The Ferguson Art Gallery, Kretzmann Hall at Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest presents the Student Invitational and Graduating Art Minors’ Show from February 26 to March 18.
It will feature an array of artwork, chosen by the University’s art faculty, made by students enrolled in art classes over the last year. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, visit
or call 708-209-3013.
Please use in your church bulletin:
St. John Lutheran Church & Early Learning Center, 7214 South Cass Avenue, Darien,will host an Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with an Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. This family-friendly event is open to the public free of charge. If you would like more information, visit or call 630-969-7987. Print flyer
Artist Series
Please use in your church bulletin:
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 215 S. Lincoln, Lombard, will welcome Trillium, an amazingly talented quartet performing an energetic array of Celtic, ragtime, bluegrass, and Dixieland music, using a remarkable array of instruments, including fiddle, bass, hammered dulcimer, and more.
Trillium will present its concert on April 15 at 3 p.m. There is no admission charge for any of the events in the Artist Series at St. John’s; a free-will offering will be received to defray the costs of the programs. For additional information, contact the church office, 630-629-2515.
Consecrated Stewards Training
Lutheran Church Extension Fund invites you to a FREE one-day training event facilitated by Rev. Keith Haney, Mission Facilitator of the Northern Illinois District, April 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the NID Office, 2301 S. Wolf Road, Hillside. Print flyer RSVP by April 10 to Vanda Toner, LCEF District Vice President-Northern Illinois
224-423-1867 or
Annual Spring Luncheon
Please use in your church bulletin:
Friends of Lutheran World Relief announces 41st Annual Spring Luncheon, Friday, April 20, at Avalon Banquets, 1905 E. Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village. Arrive at 11:00 a.m. to view a display of Quilts, Care Kits and also purchase fair trade products.
Lunch will be served at noon. Print flyer
Campus Visitation Events
Please use in your church bulletin:
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, visitation events give participants valuable information about formation for pastoral and diaconal ministry. There’s something for everyone, including events for prospective students who are in high school, college or are considering ministry as a second career, as well as events for prospective students who are married and have children. For additional information visit
Positions Available
Part-time Administrative Assistant, Palatine
Immanuel Lutheran Church & School, 200 N. Plum Grove Road, Palatine, is looking for a part-time administrative assistant for their church office. Interested candidates should submit an online application at; under employment opportunities.
MissionInsite: New User Interface Overview
You and your ministry have a vision and are ready to move forward. LCEF offers critical demographic support that can help complete necessary groundwork before you move into action.
Join the ongoing webinar series to get a closer look at the new user interface. Just pick the day and time that works best for you.

Learning Objectives:
  • Get an Introduction to the new interface
  • Gain an understanding of the navigation and core functions
  • Learn about Plotting People, Demographics, Thematic Mapping, Ministry Insite & Religious Insite Reports, Opportunity Scan and more

Register for a New User Interface Orientation:
Sessions are 1 hour long in duration. The links below will take you to a registration page and you may select any date. Registration is limited to 100 persons per date. After picking a date you can automatically add the information to your calendar and you will be sent a reminder email.

Endowment Grant Deadline April 15
The Endowment committee of the Northern Illinois District will consider requests for small grants to programs consistent with the goals of New Starts...New Believers from the district, its congregations and any of the corporations, associations and recognized service organizations that are listed in the current Lutheran Annual. For additional information, email Print application and submit.
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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