September 28, 2017
You Gotta Be Kidding Me?
“Oh that Ishmael might live before you!” God said, “No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him…” Genesis 17:18+19 ESV
After a long wait, Abram finally got his son. It took Sarai’s servant girl, Hagar, to give him this son. Abram finally had his heir. After all, the first born son was the recognized heir of a man in that culture. So when God said, ‘I want to make a covenant with you,’ Abram naturally thought God would work within the commonly accepted ways of the world. God would bless Abram’s first born with the covenant blessing. Right?

God chose a different path. He chose to bless the second son, Isaac, who would come “miraculously” to Sarai. Abram thought God was joking. How could a woman over 90 bear a child? He laughed at God. But God demonstrated that He would work in His ways, not Abram’s. After his initial response, Abram believed God. So much so, that he was willing to sacrifice that son, years later (foreshadowing the ultimate sacrifice Christ would one day offer up for us). And God credited (now Abraham) his faith as righteousness.

It was through the lineage of Isaac that another covenant would be established. Hundreds of years later, Christ our king was born in a lowly manger to very common parents via miraculous circumstances. God moves in His own time and with His own purposes in ways which are sometimes foreign to this world.

Like Abraham, we are Called to have faith that God’s ways are holy and just. We cannot always understand them. Why would a young father die of cancer and leave a wife and three children? How can our students sit through a religion lesson and twenty minutes later commit the sins they do? Why would a hurricane destroy a Lutheran school where God’s Word is being taught to young children?

Faith in Christ’s death and resurrection is the answer and hope for our crazy, sin filled world. Not so that life goes easier on us or that sin won’t have an effect on our lives.
Rather, faith carries us during those times of unknowns and uncertainties. God has solved the dilemma of sin and eternal life. May His Holy Spirit build faith that God sustain you every day of your life.

God’s peace,

Discussion Questions:
  1. When have you ever experienced something and wondered 'why God’?
  2. How does your faith help you to daily turn over your ‘whys’ to God?
  3. What might you say to someone who witnesses the problems of this world but does not have faith in God?

For use in staff meetings, print devotion and discussion questions.
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community.
2017-2018 Early Childhood Network Meetings
What is your Preschool doing about STEM? Print flyer for a complete list of this and topics and locations for the 2017-18 school year.
NID Retired Church Workers Luncheon
Invitations have been mailed for the NID Retired Workers Luncheon to all retired commissioned church workers in the LCMS Northern Illinois District.
The luncheon will be held Tuesday, October 3, 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 405 S Rush, Roselle.  In order that we might plan for you, please RSVP to or call 708-223-3112.
Fall Teachers' Conference Sectional Registration
Sign up or edit your choices for this year's Northern Illinois District Teachers' Conference Sectionals by September 29 to ensure being placed according to your first or second choices.

If you have any questions about registering for workshops, contact Aimee Walsh or Katrina Kloess.

Any questions about registering your school for the overall conference, please contact Diane Katz.

Information and Registration:
Sectional Registrations (complete at Google Docs)
Katie Kloess Scholarship Fund is Focus of Offering at Teachers’ Conference
The tragic loss of God’s servant Katie Kloess has impacted many throughout our district. Through the gifts shared in her memory, the Kloess family established the Katie L. Kloess Life. Love. Light Memorial Scholarship for students at Concordia-Chicago. The Worship offering at the upcoming NID Teachers' Conference will be given directly to this fund.

Please notify your faculty who will be in attendance so they can prepare for this opportunity. Giving envelopes will be made available at the service. Checks can be made to “Concordia University Chicago,” with “Kloess Scholarship” in the memo line, and will be forwarded to CUC. Scholarship details can be found at or Give Online Today and indicate “NID Teachers' Conference” in the comments field.
Teachers' Conference: Gluten Free and Parking Pass
Please pass this information on to your teachers.
Any Teachers' Conference Registrants in need of a gluten free lunch at the Conference should email Nora Holler at: by Friday, September 29.


Those attending the NID Teachers' Conference are strongly encouraged to carpool when coming to NIU. There are a limited number of parking spots available in the Holmes Center parking lot. These will be reserved for those who carpool. To park in this lot, cars must have one of the attached forms. For additional parking or individual parking, you may park at Immanuel Lutheran Church's lot at 511 Russell Road, DeKalb.
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 to connect with a school in Florida or Houston.
What’s With This New State Education Law?
Last week the State passed a large private school credit Bill. Much is still unclear but to learn more:
  1. Read the bill.
  2. Read the FAQ sheet.
  3. Join Illinois Coalition for Nonpublic Schools (ICNS).
  4. The state credit for parents increased from $500-$750.
  5. A NEW credit for teachers of $250 for classroom supplies has been added.
Synod Statistical Reports Due November 1
You should have recently received a letter and email to complete your Annual Statistical Report. It provides a password unique to your school for completion online. For more information Print 2017-18 Statistics letter.
NLSA National Office Fees Due October 1
The national NLSA annual fee is due October 1 to St Louis. You should have received an invoice. If not, contact the National office directly at 314-965-9000
Will SGOs Give Our School Free Money?
No. But they may give your school a new funding option. Learn more about the Scholarship Granting Organization.

For more regular updates and assistance join ICNS . The protocols for how to set up an SGO have not yet been determined by the State. Stay connected to ICNS for real time updates.
Church Worker Updates
Inform Judy of Staff Changes
Please copy on any correspondence for changes in staffing this summer. 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.
Community Partnership Presentations Available
View the PowerPoints from the recent Community Partnership presentations at the NID Leadership Conference.
NID Ministry Vacancies
Did you know? LCMS vacancies reported to the NID office are posted on our website at Those seeking to post a vacancy should contact Judy. As always, please contact Judy when your vacancy has been filled. Thank you.
Supporting the Mission Field
Hearts for Jesus is our opportunity to support the mission field in our very own back yard – the Chicago/Rockford Lutheran schools.
These special schools must rely significantly on gift funding dollars from Lutheran schools, churches and Sunday Schools in sharing Jesus Christ with these students and their families. Please complete and email the order form to Judy or fax it to 708-449-3026. (We have a limited number of HfJ jars to share with you.) Print brochure
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.

Lutheran Church Extension Fund
For Information on LCEF contact Vanda Toner at 708-223-3117 or
LCMS Northern Illinois District
2301 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, IL 60162
Phone 888-708-LCMS
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