Filled with living hope in Christ,
Confessing, Praising, and
Advancing His Kingdom.

School Newsletter: November 9, 2023

We Are So Blessed

"This is the day the LORD has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."  Psalm 118:24

We see evidence that the seasons are changing. The temperatures are a little cooler, it gets dark a little earlier, vegetation is drying up, yet, the glory of God reigns and is evident all around us! Through God’s creative majesty, we are blessed by Him each day. Each new day holds many opportunities to serve Him and those placed along our path. How will you serve?

Sinners as we are, we prefer to serve ourselves and our agenda. Christ served as the Perfect Servant for you! You are Baptized into Him and into His Lifegiving life. Through the blood of Jesus and the waters of Baptism, you are cleansed and made new creations. What a reason to rejoice and be glad! Sometimes serving is hard!

The seasons change, the vegetation dries up, but the love of God never dries up. Let us always stand firm in the faith and follow where God leads us to serve and share His love with others. “The grass withers, flowers fade, but the Word of the Lord endures.” (Isaiah 40:8). Jesus seves you in Holy Communion. He is the meal and the Host.

Knowing that we are forgiven, gives us encouragement and the strength to shar our love for Jesus with others. We are all loved by God and are precious to Him. Continue to place your faith in God. We celebrate that He holds us in the palm of His hand.

Each day, be encouraged to be in the WORD. Take care of yourself to be WELL. May your words and life be a WITNESS to others.

Be uplifted and reminded that you are God’s precious child.

Serving the Master Teacher,

Lois Stewart

Mission Facilitator for Schools

School Administrators

We have 92% of the Statistical Reports submitted. The deadline has passed, BUT don’t be sad. You are still encouraged and able to submit that report. Let’s get 100%! The information that is submitted is very valuable to LCMS School Ministry Office and the NID Education Office to assist all our school ministries with planning and update information.

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Early Childhood, Elementary and High School Administrators

Early Childhood Educators have a great year of events planned (both in person and on Zoom). We encourage all directors and teachers to engage for learning, fellowship, and focus on the Word of God. Please download the below flyer and keep it so you are able to watch for details.

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The early childhood consultants; Amy, Cathy, and Doreen, planned and hosted a great event on Saturday, November 4, 2023. The educators ‘hit the road’ on the ‘Wheels on the Bus Tour’. The group visited three early childhood centers in the central part of the NID (Zion Early Childhood Education Center, Hinsdale; Trinity Lutheran School, Burr Ridge; St. John’s Lutheran School, LaGrange) and saw different instructional models. 

Plan ahead for the Winter Administrator Conference at CUC. The date is Monday, February 26. Our topic for this gathering is ‘Maintaining Lutheran Identity in Your School.’

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Lutheran Junior Honor Association

The LJHA is a wonderful opportunity for your students to be involved in a type of leadership ministry at your school.

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Lutheran Night at the Chicago Wolves Game

What a great opportunity to gather with fellow students and families from our NID schools for fun and fellowship. Watching the Chicago Wolves play hockey is an added bonus.

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Tanner Olsen

Tanner will be a guest at Trinity Lutheran Church and School, 11500 German Church Rd., Burr Ridge, IL 60527, on Friday, December 8, 2023. What a great event to start the month with dinner and entertainment. Join us!

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TEC21 Information

If you have a teacher in your school that has not attended the TEC21 training cohort, now would be a great time to have them connect.

Hearts for Jesus

The ‘Hearts for Jesus’ focus this school year will be the expansion of the feeding program into the community of Georgetown. The students in the school will get well prepared meals each day. Prayerfully consider what your part will be in blessing this work in Belize. The attached pictures were taken recently under Miss Nikisha’s home. She has graciously opened up her home to feed the children every day. The beauty behind this is to save on cost of the take away containers and also trash in the country. The students now stay and eat before returning back to school. What a blessing Miss Nikisha is to the students.

SHINE! 2024

Mark your calendars and start planning ahead for how your school, congregation, youth group, small groups, etc., will serve the community during SHINE! 2024. The dates are April 12-21, 2024. Watch for more details coming in all LCMS Northern Illinois District communications.

Make Connections

Looking for opportunities to connect with others in your field? Northern Illinois District networking groups are opportunities that help church workers (especially those that are not pastors or teachers) to connect, build relationships, and gain skills for the Lord’s mission. Would you fit into one of these groups? Check out our list of networking groups at Email the District Office at to let us know you are interested in receiving these newsletters with meeting dates or subscribe to publications at

Illinois Coalition for Nonpublic Schools

The Illinois Coalition for Nonpublic Schools supports our schools in Springfield by having lobbyists representing our Christian beliefs as they are related to items that are being considered for new laws. I forward monthly news items and urgent information that is sent my way. Please be encouraged to visit and consider joining the coalition as a school member.

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LCMS School Theme for 2023-2024

The theme for the 2023-2024 school year is based on John 15:1-5.

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