September 6, 2018
The New Has Come
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

As the school year gets underway, there is a hopeful enthusiasm about ‘what could be’. Over the summer, the children have grown and matured. Have they come into the new year as a new creation? Have the old habits and little quirks been outgrown? You know what the former teacher shared with you. What will you encounter? When God created the world and everything in it, He saw that it was good. His plans for man to live in harmony with Him and within His Will had begun. Then the humans fell into sin. The ugly shows up in the human heart and mind.

Our students will grow comfortable with the expectations set before them. The rule testing and challenges will come. Consequences follow. The way children are ministered to will create the environment with Jesus at the center. 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 His grace through His Son’s death and resurrection. God sees us as redeemed children. Let us see our students as those also redeemed children of God.

The old has gone. Jesus is the Bringer of the New. We are ‘in Him’ through Baptism. ‘New’ is a Gospel word. Every day, we offer the new as we bring Jesus and His forgiveness to students, families, and faculty.
Serving the Master Teacher,
Lois


Discussion Questions:
  1. With whom can you share the news of Jesus’ redeeming love?
  2. What is a random act of kindness that you can do to show Jesus’ 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
NID Leadership Workshops for Principals and Admissions Staff
September 24 is the first opportunity for school leadership to join together at Concordia University Chicago. The topics chosen for this year are applicable for Principals and Admissions Directors. We will all be meeting as a large group. President Allan Buss will be sharing opening devotions on September 24. Print registration information.
October 19 NID Teachers’ Conference Registration
Register your staff for the October NID Teachers Conference at Concordia University Chicago. Visit intre.org/?409 for conference information.
You may register at any time by following the prompts on the link above. Payment may be done by Check or credit card. Questions related to the registration process should be sent to LEA. Program questions should be sent to Katrina Kloess. Any general questions should be directed to Lois at the NID Office.

Please review the attached Constitution for the conference new committee job descriptions. With the restructure of the conference, we will affirm these two documents during the Business Meeting portion of the conference.
Photos and Stories
Please remember to send us stories and photos from your school. We want to share ‘mission at work’. Forward what you want to share to editor@nidlcms.org.
Hearts For Jesus
Watch for information coming related to “Rebecca’s Garden of Hope”. To learn more on your own visit rebeccasgardenofhope.org .
Early Childhood Network Meetings
Final preparations are being made for the network meetings. Details will follow in the near future.
LEA Convocation-Save the Date
Opening Eyes, Minds, & Heart is the theme of the Lutheran Education Association’s 2019 Convocation, October 10-12 at the St. Louis Americas Center in St. Louis, MO.
Costs for most of the hotels have been locked in at $139 per room per night. Registration costs will be established later. If you have questions, visit the Q&A section of the convocation pages. The link to that is https://www.lea.org/Events/2019LEAConvocation.aspx.
Articles from LEA
Visit lea.org for many excellent articles.
Retired Church Workers Luncheon - Save the Date
The retired church worker’s luncheon will be at Trinity Lutheran Church, 405 Rush Street, Roselle on Thursday, September 27, at 11 a.m. Watch for a formal invitation.
Chapel Talks
2018-2019 Yearly Theme : “Real. Present. God.”
Scripture Verses: Psalm 46
This is also the theme of the 2019 Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, MN.
Life and Liberty Lecture
Save the date of November 1, from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. when Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz will present a lecture on this topic at Bethany Lutheran Church, 1550 Modaff Road, Naperville. Print flier for registration information.
RESOURCES
Statement of Good Health
Notice that the state Illinois has a code for this statement of good health. The attached is is a template that may be helpful for you.
Statistical Forms
The statistical forms for this school year have been sent out from St. Louis. Please work on that and return it to St. Louis. Please send a copy to the NID Office. Let’s aim for 100% return.
CHURCH WORKER UPDATES
Congratulations and God’s Blessings
We celebrate with and give thanks for the ministry of Dr. Rebecca Schmidt and her acceptance of a call to become the Director of Schools for the LCMS. May God hold her close and guide her work.

We also celebrate with Rev. Phillip Baerwolf from Immanuel, Dundee. He has been awarded the School Shepherd Award by the National Lutheran Schools Accreditation Commission. It is a blessing for all of us in the NID to have him as part of our NID family. To God be the glory!

May God continue to bless the ministry of both of these faithful servants!
Inform Lois of Staff Changes
Please send your staff changes to lois.stewart@nidlcms.org. 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 email Lois to make sure all of the proper paperwork has been completed.
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
LCMS Northern Illinois District
2301 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, IL 60162
Phone 888-708-LCMS
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