May 3, 2018
Stand Firm
“Stand firm, hold your position and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf .” 2 Chronicles 20:17 ESV
After a brief time of peace during Solomon’s reign, the kingdom became divided. The next few hundred years was a time of fighting between Israel and Judah. Sinful alliances with nations which served pagan gods and political compromises drew God’s people into great sin. Yet, God pursued His people through prophets, priests and the occasional King who called God’s people back to the truth; but inevitably the people went back to warring with each other and surrounding nations.

During one of these battles, the Moabites and their allies were approaching Judah. King Jehoshaphat called on God for wisdom and strength. A Levite, Jahaziel, told Jehoshaphat to “not be dismayed at this great horde for the battle is not yours but God’s.” (2 Chr 20:15b) He told Jehoshaphat to “stand firm” and “see the salvation of the Lord.”

Christians living in 21 st century America often find ourselves taking battle positions against the constant onslaught to the beliefs on which we stand. Salvation alone in Christ is not always a popular truth in our pluralistic society. God’s Word on the sanctity of life is an inconvenient truth for some people. The Biblical view of sexuality is under direct assault by many who suggest that tolerance is the only humane and enlightened viewpoint.

While we rely on the Holy Spirit to fight these battles and give us the strength to stand, we should not miss the key principle in this passage from Chronicles. Salvation belongs to the Lord. He has fulfilled all weaknesses of the flesh…including our own! So as we stand on God’s truth and fight the battles to our faith in America today, let us remember the battle is the Lord’s who is mighty to save. Stand firm while resting in His Salvation.

God's Peace,
Mike

Discussion Questions:
  1. What Christian values do you most see under assault in your school community?
  2. Why are some people in our society so anti-Christian?
  3. What are some helpful ways to sharpen your skills of Christian apologetics?

Tools for you to consider
Lutheranism 101 from CPH
Why I am a Lutheran by Daniel Preus from CPH

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 Planning Meeting -
May 16
Calling all Early Childhood leaders to participate in a planning session for next year's regional monthly topics. The meeting will be held at Concordia Early Childhood Center, May, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP to aimee.walsh@cuchicago.edu .
Early Childhood Conference Proposals
The next Concordia University Early Childhood workshop will be Friday, August 3. Anyone interested in presenting at this conference can learn more. Print information sheet
Summer Social Studies Workshop
The goal of this workshop is to have your school Social Studies curriculum revised or rewritten.

It will be held June 13-14, 2018  9 a .m. to 3 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran School, 220 S. Lincoln Avenue, Lombard. Cost is $25 per person (This will cover lunch for both days.) Bring your laptops, textbooks, hi-liters, your school’s yearly plan, etc…

Email lo is.stewart@nidlcms.org with your registration numbers by May 21. You are still welcome to register after that date.
Make your check payable to Northern Illinois District – summer workshop. Mail that to the attention of Karen Eggersdorfer or submit a check to Lois on June 13.
Spring Webinar
Join us at www.nwea.org for a webinar on MAP Testing.
There are two available dates: Tuesday, May 8, and Thursday, May 17. Both webinars begin at 3 p.m.
Wanted: Organized, Flexible Team Player
The Teachers Conference Committee By-Laws is undergoing an overhaul. If you know someone who would be a great contributor to this planning committee, email Lois.
RESOURCES
Chapel Offering Idea for Next School Year
LeadAChild is an international organization that supports students who attend Lutheran schools beyond the United States. As you consider chapel offerings for next school year, check out this leadachild.org which includes ideas for a chapel service. Print flyer
Internet Safety Websites for Parents and Schools
Check out these websites recommended by last week’s speaker on Internet safety at the NID Leadership Meeting:
Summer Staff Read?
How about having your staff read a professional growth book for August Pre-Term meetings? One of my summer reads will be: The Growth Mindset: Empowering Students To Achieve by Annie Brock and Heather Hundley.
What's An Ombudsman? And How Can They Help My Students?
Illinois has designated an ombudsman to monitor and enforce equitable services requirements under Title I, Part A and Title VIII of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The ombudsman, Carmine Draude, serves as the state’s primary point of contact for addressing questions and concerns from private school officials and local school districts. For more, including contact information, print flyer.
Access Curriculum via Dropbox
The NID curriculum is available in a DropBox format. Please contact Lois Stewart, lois.stewart@nidlcms.org, to gain access.
Weekly Devotions Now Now Available in Audio and Text
“So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” Romans 14:19
Visit nidlcms.org/devotions-and-prayers for weekly devotions and prayers from pastors in Northern Illinois District.
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
Considering A Call
Pondering a Call or know someone who is? If you or a staff member would like personal guidance through the Call consideration process, this document will help you with that.
Raise the Standard of Excellence In Your School
Affirm your outstanding teachers by noninating them for a district award using the online form .
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.
FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE 

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
For Information on LCEF contact Vanda Toner at 708-223-3117 or Vanda.Toner@lcef.org. Facebook.com/lcef.nid
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