Events and Resources for LCMS Churches and Church Workers in Northern Illinois - October 2, 2017
Here's What's Coming Up
From Northern Light Online :

Painting Shoes for Witness, Invitation
Girls (not so much a guy thing) in the junior high youth group at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Freeport, have been using their shoes this summer to start conversations.

2017 Regional Pastors' Conferences
North and West Regions:
Tuesday and Wednesday, October 10-11, 2017; Lake Lawn Resort, 2400 E. Geneva Street, Delavan, Wisconsin.
East Region:
Tuesday and Wednesday, October 17-18, 2017; DeKoven Center, 600 21st Street Racine, Wisconsin.

For complete information, visit
Starting a Military Outreach through your Congregation
Chaplain Craig Muehler, CAPT, CHC, USN (Ret) Director, Ministry to the Armed Forces (LCMS) will be leading a discussion “Starting a Military Outreach through your Congregation," at Faith Lutheran Church, 680 W Deerpath Road, Lake Forest, Saturday, October 21, at 6 p.m.
At 5 p.m., Chaplain Muehler will preach “Are you Ready for War?” Chaplain Muehler will also be presenting the St. Martin of Tours Award to Rev. James D. Buckman (Lt Col), who is currently serving as an Air Force Chaplain with the IL Air Guard. All are welcome for worship and fellowship with us or just attend the discussion and fellowship. Please RSVP to Maree Garchow at The NID is a member of the Military Caring organization network.
CMS Youth Gathering Webinar
Join Gathering Theological Advisor, Rev. Dr. Joel Lehenbauer, Wednesday, October 18, 12:00 p.m., for a conversation around his paper: Songs of Sinners, Songs of Saints: Songs of a Real and Present God. The paper sets the theological and Biblical focus for the 2019 Gathering theme: Real. Present. God. Register for this free webinar.
Reformation Celebrations
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Reformation 500 Celebration Day
Families, congregations and schools will join in a day-long festival on the Concordia University Chicago campus, Saturday, October 28, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Lutherans throughout the region are encouraged to attend the event, jointly sponsored by Concordia University Chicago and the LCMS Northern Illinois District. A renaissance-faire atmosphere will provide educational, dramatic and spiritual activities for children of all ages. Adult seminars will engage important topics related to Lutheran history, education, missions and family life. The day concludes with an afternoon festival Reformation worship service featuring a region-wide children’s choir.

For more information and to register go to

Concordia Chicago is located at 7400 Augusta, River Forest, Illinois, 60305. (Free parking for this event in the deck on Bonnie Brae, bordering the east side of campus.)

"The Reformation at 500: An Interdenominational Conversation" will take place October 30, 7:30 p.m. at the CUC Campus - Chapel of Our Lord. Contemporary Christian leaders discuss denominational divergence and convergence at this historic mile marker and engage in a principled conversation about the historic and theological divisions emerging from the reformation controversies, as well as points of shared concern and common cause among Christian churches. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and meet the speakers afterwards.

While seating in this venue is no longer available, live streaming video will take place enabling you to watch this event from your home or church on Concordia University Chicago's free livestream.

Joint Reformation Service and Party
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In celebration of Reformation 500, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Batavia, and St. Mark's Lutheran Church, St. Charles, are hosting a joint reformation service, Sunday, October 29, at 10:30 a.m. at the Arcada Theater, 105 E Main Street, St. Charles.

A BLOCKTOBER 2017 party will follow from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverside and Main Streets. The family event includes free bounce houses, children’s games and prizes, a magician, and will be hosting a trunk or treat for children to participate in. Food tents will be available to purchase lunch from at the event. Print flyer For more information email tim.johnson@stmarkschurch or
Reformation Celebration
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St. Philip Lutheran Church, 2500 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, will hold a Reformation Celebration, October 29, at 10 a.m. with a luncheon to follow from 11:30 a.m. to 3:0 p.m.
For information call 773-561-9830 ot visit
Concordia Seminary Admissions Visits
Do you know someone you would like to encourage toward becomming a pastor or deaconess? They are invited to meet with Rev. Bill Wrede, Director of Admissions at Concordia Seminary, at Concordia University Chicago, Koehneke Community Center, Tuesday, October 10, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. or Wednesday, October 11, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please contact Rev. Wrede at 314-505-7221 or to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome. Print flyer
Best Practices Conference
St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Columbus, Indiana, will host "Best Practices for Ministry: Heartland" on October 11-13. There is still time and space for you to register to attend.
The Best Practices conferences work with the philosophy of offering a totally free conference to help churches to find new ideas for how to best serve God and others using the gifts that God has given in the setting in which God has placed the congregation. For more information and to register, visit
Seniors Lunch ‘N More
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Please join Hope Lutheran Church, 6455 Joliet Road, Countryside, for a senior event including lunch, fellowship and entertainment Wednesday, October 11, beginning at 11:15 a.m. with Bible study followed by luncheon and entertainment. RSVP Care Connections at 708-354-1323. Seating is limited. Print flyer
Artist Series
St. John's Artist Series continues with a hymn festival by noted composer and organist Michael Burkhardt, featuring an organ recital by Dr. Steven Wente, music department chair at Concordia University Chicago. Dr. Wente will perform October 15 at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 215 S Lincoln Street. Information is available by calling the church office, 630-629-2515.
Positions Available
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Youth Ministry Leader
Lord of Glory Lutheran Church, 607 W. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, is seeking an individual to lead their Youth Ministry Program for 6 to 12 grade students. This is a part-time (15-20 hours per week) position. Working with Pastor and Youth Ministry Team, this person will set the vision for youth ministry, oversee the structure, including learning/study experiences during the week, serving opportunities, and fellowship experiences, recruit and train small group leaders, encourage interaction between the students, leaders, families, and the entire church body, and provide timely communication to students, parents, and the church. Please contact Cindy at for more information or to apply.
New Faces Welcomed to the Northern Illinois District Office
Things are beginning to look a little different around the District office, but the joy is just as great as LeeAnn Acosta, Ann Ciaccio, and Sarah Chew take on new roles.

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