February 8, 2018
An Undeserved Inheritance
“Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may His name be renowned in Israel.” Ruth 4:14 b ESV
Ruth was a foreigner from Moab. She married an Israelite from Bethlehem but he died. Now she was a foreign, widowed woman in a male dominated culture. She had no right to an inheritance. Yet her faithfulness to her widowed mother-in-law was unshaken. God eventually provided a “kinsman redeemer” from her dead husband’s family who saw Ruth’s faithfulness and took her as his wife. Ruth had a son with this new husband. Happy ending to a sad story? Nope! That was just the beginning…

The real end of the story is that the child of this redeemed woman would be the grandfather of King David who would ultimately be the ancestor of OUR redeemer, Jesus Christ. An ending to a story only God could write.

Jesus came to redeem the unredeemable. Like Ruth, we are all helpless in a foreign land. Our sin leaves us out of the family inheritance. Lonely, gleaning the fields for daily scraps of hope, we can only wait for someone to do our bidding with the Master. Christ redeemed you and you now share in the inheritance of forgiveness and eternal life.

Our Lutheran schools are becoming more and more filled with people who have different stories and journeys than ever before. Some come for the safety, the good education, the smaller class sizes, etc. Yet in their hearts they are wandering with no inheritance to the eternal kingdom.

Christ not only came to redeem you; but He came to redeem all of His children who are foreign to His love. As you walk through your journey keep an eye out for the wandering people for whom Christ died and share the assured inheritance that Christ has redeemed for them.

God’s peace,
Mike

Discussion Questions:
  1. What is it like to visit a foreign place where you do not feel at home?
  2. What difference does a good interpreter or a tour guide from that region do for your comfort level?
  3. What difference does it make to God that Christ has stepped in for you?
  4. Who do you know that is wandering apart from God right now?
  5. How might you share the hope of Christ with them?

For use in staff meetings, print devotion and discussion questions.
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community.
CONFERENCES - MEETINGS - EVENTS
Early Childhood Meetings Focus on Mental and Emotional Health
The February Early Childhood meetings will focus on Staff Relations.
Both the East and West Region meetings will be on February 15. To learn more about which regional meeting may best work for you, print our flyer to review the details locations. Or go to the NID Early Childhood network blog preschooldirectors.blogspot.com.
Important Date Change - Fall Teachers' Conference
CUC has notified us that their Fall break has changed. PLEASE NOTE the “Save the Date” change FROM October 12 TO October 19 as the new date for the 2018 NID Teachers Conference.
If you are working on or have already presented a draft for next year’s calendar, please make sure the date gets changed to October 19. You may also find updated information at nidlcms.org/2018-teachers-conference.

Call for Proposals
The Northern Illinois District 2018 Teachers' Conference Committee is seeking presenters for its October 19, 2018 Conference, to be held at Concordia University Chicago, in collaboration with LEA.

The hope is to gather outstanding presenters to cover many content and skill areas that span grade levels (Early Childhood through 8th grade), special education, administration, personal growth and development, athletics, theater, music, admissions, and other areas of professional growth. If you would like to provide our attendees with a wonderful opportunity for growth, inspiration, and professional development by leading a 45 minute sectional, please click on the google document link to find out more details regarding sectional times, stipend and other benefits and to fill out an application.

All submissions are due by February 28, 2018. You will hear if your application has been accepted by April 20, 2018. If you have any questions regarding presenting, please contact Katrina Kloess at kkloess@tlcs.org. If you have questions about the conference itself, please contact Julie Klopke at jklopke@fulllifeinchrist.org.
2017-18 NLSA Powerful Practice Webinars
All live National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) Powerful Practice webinars are held at 4 p.m. CST and are later archived on the LCMS School Ministry YouTube page for on-demand viewing.
Additionally, previous NLSA webinars are available as a resource and are made available through the same School Ministry YouTube page at www.luthed.org.

Looking ahead: February 27, 2018, Gifted, Talented and Enrichment Program, Concordia Lutheran School, San Antonio, Texas.
Creating a Culturally Sensitive School Environment
This Regional Conference will be held Friday, March 2, at St. John’s Lutheran School, 4231 183rd St.
Country Club Hills, 7:45 a.m. to Noon.
Registration cost: $10; Registration deadline: Friday, February 23. Print flyer and registration
Jr. High Retreat
Jr. High youth groups, Bible study groups, and confirmation classes can take this amazing opportunity to join other Christians their own age in Christian fellowship and to dive into Bible study and fun in God’s creation.
Held March 10 to 11, at Walcamp Outdoor Ministries and Retreat Center. COST: $100, includes theme t-shirt. For more information please visit
Lutheran School Administrators Conference
Why should I leave my lovely office and cozy classroom in March?
If you need reasons that your board will accept, see the ever-expanding Why Should I Attend page for the Lutheran School Administrators Conference.

The Lutheran School Administrators Conference offers 22 sectionals that cover useful topics for early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school administrators. See for yourself. The LSAC is March 11–13, 2018 in Orlando. For complete information, visit www.intre.org/index.php?351.
Teach Writing Skills AND Life Issues
Lutherans For Life are once again holding an essay contest for students in Grades 6 through 12.
Essays and the Teacher/Pastor information should be submitted digitally using Microsoft Word to lakamps@gmail.com by March 15, 2018. All entries become the property of Lutherans For Life. Print information and rules.
Youth Gathering
The Gathering at Trinity, Roselle is coming Friday night, April 6, and all day April 7.
Themed WONDER and based off of Psalm 40:4 the weekend is packed with ways for High School and Junior High students to grow in their faith. This year the conference will feature The Skit Guys live! The weekend will also include a service project, 3 worship sessions, break out classes and an after hours dance party. For more information go to the gathering website www.gatheringtrinityroselle.com or contact DCE Mark Novacek mark.novacek@trinityroselle.com
Learn and Share with Springfield
Two meetings with Illinois State Reps will occur where you can learn what educational issues are on the agenda in Springfield and share opinions with those who vote.
  • February 12 at Walther Christian Academy, 1025 W. Lake Street, Melrose Park
  • February 19 at Timothy Christian, 188 W. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst
Both meetings are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you cannot attend, consider sending a board member or interested parents. Thanks to Illinois Advocates for Educational Choice (IAEC) for this region specific help.
Where Will Our Next Leaders Come From?
NID is partnering with five other district to host a future leaders training for new or potential principals. The program is called FLAME. Learn more at events.michigandistrict.org/calendar/20180618-flame-participant-registration about the three day training and logistics. Contact Mike Zimmer to nominate someone.
RESOURCES
Development Best Practices Power Point
A copy of the “10 Best Tips for Development” presented last month at the Leadership Conference is now available. Print powerpoint
Available Grants
Check out these Grants from the Memmic Foundation:
Grant #1: Meemic Foundation Traditional Grant
Up to $500 to support any school initiative
Only a five (5) question grant application
Deadline: 03/31/2018

Grant #2: Meemic Masterpieces Art Contest & Grant
Art work themes: Kindness to Others, Diversity, or Anti-Bullying
Winning students receive a Chromebook
Nominating teacher receives $300 to spend at Quill.com for supplies
Deadline: 03/31/2018
Have a Voice
Join the Illinois Coalition for Non Public Schools (ICNS) to receive regular updates about state issues related to private schools and to support a lobbyist voice on issues impacting your school. Sign up at www.icns.net if you are not already a member.
School Support Fund Invoice
Please consider contributing at least $1 per student for the NID School Support fund. This helps offset the many services which cost the district but are provided free or greatly reduced to schools. Some have asked for an invoice to provide for accounting purposes. Print invoice if needed for accounting purposes.
CHURCH WORKER UPDATES
Ready for a New Call? Or Looking for a New Teacher?
If you have wondered if God may have another ministry place in store for you, then first get in the Word and seek His will. But also remember to update your Commissioned Minister Information Form (CMIF).

To update your CMIF, contact Rosters and Statistics at 888-843-5267 or email rosters.stats@lcms.org.
What About These Non-Rostered Teachers?
The decrease in Synodically trained teachers has led some schools to hire non-Rostered teachers. Often these teachers have varied understandings of the ethos of a Lutheran school classroom. If those teachers are Lutheran we hope they consider Colloquy.

But sometimes the teachers are not Lutheran. This leads to the need for a different type of support for them. Concordia Seward has recently begun a training for non-Lutherans who are teaching in a Lutheran school. Print flyer
Report Staff Retirements Here
To report any staff retirements occurring at the end of the 2017-18 school year email Lois at lois.stewart@nidlcms.org. Please let us know if you would prefer we not publish any names.
Last Call for Thank You for Judy and Tricia
We thank Judy Wolf and Tricia Walton for their faithful years of service as they move on to serve in other capacities. If you would like to send a card of appreciation to either Judy or Tricia please send them in c/o the District Office at 2301 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, IL 60162
FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE 
Prayer Guide: January - March 2018

Church Workers:
Update Your Contact Information Online . 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.

PARTNERS IN MINISTRY
Lutheran Church Extension Fund
For Information on LCEF contact Vanda Toner at 708-223-3117 or Vanda.Toner@lcef.org. Facebook.com/lcef.nid
LCMS Northern Illinois District
2301 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, IL 60162
Phone 888-708-LCMS
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