September 7, 2017
In the Beginning…
“And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:25 ESV

At the beginning of each school year there is hopeful enthusiasm about ‘what could be.’ Maybe this will be the year you will be on top of those teacher observations and get them all done early! Maybe this will be the year there will be no major budget issues for once. Or we hope that we can avoid conflict with staff, students, parents and the board.

When God first weaved His Creation, He saw that it was good. His plan for man to live in harmony with Him and within His Will had begun. Then humans came along and brought with us Original Sin. We still live in this fallen and imperfect world where we experience the true nature of imperfect people. Gossip, envy, control and the desire to eat of the tree which God says to stay away from! Yet Satan slips in his lies and our world becomes full of trouble.

The wonderful truth of God’s plan however, does not end with misery and despair. God saw our need for a Savior and delivered the very precious blood of His Son, while we were yet far away from Him. He saved us by Grace through His Son’s death and resurrection. When God sees us as the Redeemed, Baptized child of God that we are. He restores us to a “good place” with Him.

As you begin this year, look for someone with whom you can share His redeeming grace. And let them know that within God’s plan of redemption through Christ, it IS good.

God’s peace,
Mike

Discussion Questions:
  1. Where do you see original sin around you?
  2. Where do you see the goodness of God around you?
  3. To whom has God called you to share His goodness?

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
Join us for this year’s first meetings of the program year.

Topic: Large Motor Development
East Region:
Wednesday September 13, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saint Paul Lutheran School, 18 S. School Street, Mt. Prospect.
Contact Amy Cimarusti or call 847-255-6733 to RSVP by September 11. 

West Region:
Thursday, September 21, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Concordia Lutheran School, 7424 N. Second Street, Machesney Park.
Contact Joel Koehler or call 815-633-6450 
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 by Tuesday, September 26 to Judy.Wolf@nidlcms.org 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 next 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)

Last Chance to Highlight Your School at Teachers Conference
Send your best school pictures from last year to Cindy Allor, callor@aol.com to be used at the Teachers' Conference this Fall. Reformation, Mission Possible Fun school pictures, close ups of children. Of course, only send pictures of children for which you have already received a media permission approval. A good idea would be to send Cindy a CD or flash drive with your yearbook pictures on it.
2017 School Leadership Conference

Development strategies, retention tips, technology, and much more. Held September 18, 2017, January 29, 2018, and January 29, 2018 at Concordia University Chicago. Print Information and Registration 
Reformation Celebration at CUC
A celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the reformation will be held on Saturday, October 28 at Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest.
It is sponsored by NID and CUC. Workshops, crafts, dramas, food and much more will be geared to both children and adults. Please make plans to attend now. Print flyer Visit cuchicago.edu/experience/faith/500th-anniversary-reformation for more information.
LEA 2019 Convocation – Save The Date!
Opening Eyes, Minds, & Hearts is the theme for Lutheran Education Association’s 2019 Convocation, October 10 to 12, 2019, at the St. Louis Americas Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
This thirteenth triennial convocation provides professional growth, worship, and fellowship opportunities designed for educators in Lutheran schools and other educational agencies at all levels.

Registration fees will be forthcoming, but schools are invited to set aside funding through the Convocation Deposit Option Plan. Hotel rates at six nearby hotels are locked in at $139.00 per room per night and one hotel at $155.00 per room per night.

Additional Convocation information is available at lea.org/Events/2019LEAConvocation.aspx.aspx), Twitter #LEA2019, and facebook.com/LutheranEducation.
Resources
State Recognition Probe Document Changes
Are you scheduled for a State Recognition visit this year? The probe document used to prepare for your visit has changed since your last visit. Print the changes.
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 Non Public Schools (ICNS).
  4. Attend the NID Leadership meeting,September 18 at CUC for updates.
  5. The state credit for parents increased from $500-$750.
  6. A NEW credit for teachers of $250 for classroom supplies has been added.
500th Reformation Anniversary Bible Study
The LCMS has produced a Bible study for use to help people grow in our Biblical understandings of Jesus Christ.
Chapel Talks
2017-2018 Yearly Theme - It’s Still All About Jesus
Scripture Verse: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Heb. 13:8 ESV)
Upcoming yearly themes and associated resources can be found on LuthEd under the “School Ministry Yearly Themes” page www.luthed.org/school-ministry-yearly-themes.
Church Worker Updates
Inform Judy of Staff Changes
Please copy Judy.Wolf@nidlcms.org 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.
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.
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:   July - September 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
LCMS Northern Illinois District
2301 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, IL 60162
Phone 888-708-LCMS
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