November 9, 2017
Would You Have Made a Good Israelite?
“Your Lamb shall be without blemish.” Exodus 12:5 ESV

Why in the world did God choose to Passover the Israelites? After all, they were poor slaves, reluctant to follow Moses, had no obvious worship practices setting them apart from the pagan Egyptian gods, and did not appear openly faithful on their own merits. The Israelites were certainly NOT without blemish! Nevertheless God overlooked these facts and chose them to be His people. Why?

Actually, the Israelites were the perfect group for God to demonstrate His unconditional love. Not based on their merits but on God’s love! God chose imperfect people, undeserving of forgiveness and then sealed that Covenant with the blood of a perfect lamb. Foreshadowing His Son, Jesus Christ, God fulfilled His promise based only on Abraham’s faith.

When you ponder your thoughts, words and deeds, can you stand before God on your merits? Or would you have made a pretty good Israelite? Doubts, weakness and living in our will as opposed to God’s Will are all reasons we look to the unblemished Lamb of Christ to intervene on our behalf.

Like the Israelites passing through the flood waters into safe territory, our Baptisms began this journey of faith to which we cling to Our Savior. Washed, cleansed, redeemed, we live under the blood of the lamb on the doorposts of our hearts.

The terror of this world includes but is not limited to the recent church shooting in Texas. The real terror is that people will die without having resolved this problem between themselves and God. More and more people around us are striving to figure out how they can solve this dilemma. But Christ has resolved the problem. Revel in His Grace and pray for the Holy Spirit to help you share it with a world dying to try to solve it themselves.


God’s peace,
Mike

Discussion Questions:
  1. In what ways are you like the Israelites in captivity?
  2. How is your Baptism like the freedom of Passover?
  3. Who around you needs to know of God’s unconditional love?

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 Network Meetings
The November focus will be Summer Camp programs. For details on dates, times and locations for the two regional meetings click here for this year's program brochure. Print flyer for a complete list of this and topics and locations for the 2017-18 school year.
NID Participates in #GivingTuesday 2017
Next time you see a pregnant woman or one with a tiny baby, think about the one in three moms who will have to choose between food or diapers. Breakfast with Baby is trying to meet that need.
The LCMS Northern Illinois District has once again joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving, partnering with St. Paul, Lutheran Church, Mount Prospect, and their ministry, Breakfast with Baby. As in the past, the LCMS Northern Illinois District will match all donated funds dollar for dollar, up to $2,000.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration, occurring this year on November 28. You can help. Read the story at NIDnews.org
RESOURCES
What is the Latest on Illinois SGOs?
Attached are documents to further inform you on SGOs. Print SGO Regulations Print Tax Credit Scholarship Program Key Facts. To keep track of the latest updates, visit onechanceillinois.org/initiatives.
IWAS, Tax Credits and Ethnicity
Print a full copy of important updates from Gary Green of ISBE.
CUNE Lutheran School Ministry Program
Concordia Nebraska is proud to introduce the Lutheran School Ministry program. The LSM program is primarily designed for the non-Lutheran working educators in our Lutheran schools who desire professional development to incorporate the Lutheran ethos into their classrooms. The program provides practical instruction on what makes a Lutheran school truly distinctive. For more information, visit www.cune.edu/academics/graduate/lutheran-school-ministry or contact Ken Sankey.
Synod Statistical Reports Were Due November 1
While the deadline has passed, we are still seeking to get 100% participation in submitting the Annual Synodical Statistical Report. If you have not yet filed, please contact Judy for more information at judy.wolf@nidlcms.org. To review the forms Print Early Childhood and School Statistical Report Print 2017-18 Statistics letter.
Social Media Tips
How do you manage the flood of social media influence in your school community when it happens outside of your building? Check the following for tips: www.commonsensemedia.org/social-media.
State Recognition Deadline November 15
Don’t forget to submit all forms and reports necessary for the Illinois State Recognition by November 15. Remember that to qualify for any SGO Scholarship money, a school MUST be current with State Recognition.
Tips for Lead Testing Requirements
Dave Maring from CLEF has provided the rest of NID schools with some helpful hints on fulfilling the State Water lead Testing requirements. Print reference guide.
State Licensure for Teachers New to Illinois
Do you have teachers new to Illinois this year? Print State Licensure
Want to Help a Lutheran School Hit by the Hurricanes?
A website to connect your school with those affected by the recent Hurricanes has been established by the National School office. Visit schooltoschool.lcms.org to connect with a school in Florida or Houston.
CHURCH WORKER UPDATES
Inform Judy of Staff Changes
Please copy Judy.Wolf@nidlcms.org on any correspondence for recent changes in staffing. This includes vacancies and Calls received, accepted and declined. We do not always know or hear of these without your quick email. Thank you.

Have You Installed Any New Teachers Lately?
If this school year brought you any Called teachers who were newly installed to your school, please contact Judy to make sure all of the proper paperwork has been completed.
FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE 
NID Ministry Vacancies
Did you know? LCMS vacancies reported to the NID office are posted on our website at nidlcms.org/vacancies. Those seeking to post a vacancy should contact Judy. As always, please contact Judy when your vacancy has been filled. Thank you.
Prayer Guide: October - December 2017

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
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