LCMS Northern Illinois District Email Newsletter: June 15, 2022
AROUND THE DISTRICT
Relocation of LCMS Northern Illinois District Office Approved
The Board of Directors of the LCMS Northern Illinois District has approved the relocation of the District’s office currently located in Hillside, Illinois.
 
The approval authorizes the relocation to a property located on the campus of Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, Illinois. The anticipated relocation date is early August 2022.
Lutheran Preaching Practicum
Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest, IL 60305, will host a Lutheran Preaching Practicum June 19-20, 2022.

There is no charge for pastors to attend but registration is required. Spots are limited.
2022 CCA Symposium
Living joyfully and without fear in a world of darkness and hostility toward the Christian faith — how is this possible? This summer’s symposium in Waukesha County will explore “The St. Peter Option: Living as Exiles in a Foreign Land.” What does Christ’s death and resurrection have to do with today’s “-isms” (transgenderism, totalitarianism, global climate change, persecution, and other threats)? The Concordia Catechetical Academy, Sussex, WI, hosts this opportunity for laity and pastors to join in study, prayer, and worship June 22-24, 2022. 
Patriotic Pops Concert & Ice Cream Social
Join Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest, IL 60305, for a free Patriotic Pops Concert and Ice Cream Social on Saturday, June 25, 2022. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. on the Addison Hall-Pillars lawn. Parking is available in the CUC parking structure on Bonnie Brae Place. Please bring your own seating.
Dobbs Rally and March
Join the March for Life Chicago for the Dobbs Rally and March, Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Federal Plaza (50 W. Adams), Chicago, IL
CTSFW Continuing Education Workshop
Pastors are invited for a CTSFW Continuing Education Workshop on: "The Book Of Genesis" with Guest Instructor, Dr. Reed Lessing, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1960 E. Johns Ave., Decatur, IL 62521, July 11-13, 2022. Dr. Lessing currently serves as the Director of The Institute For Biblical Studies at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. The deadline for registration is Friday, June 24, 2022.
Celebrate people of all abilities at Voice of CareFEST!
This FREE, inclusive fun fest takes place on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on multiple dates at different locations. Enjoy Voice of CareFEST. This FREE family-friendly celebration features a complimentary Chick-Fil-A picnic lunch, an inclusive fun walk, games, crafts, and music, to engage people of all ages and abilities in fun, inclusive, interactive, relationship building activities. It’s all FREE, but please register online. Questions? Email office@voiceofcare.org.
Faith and Writing Workshop
Registration now open for the Faith and Writing Workshop. Aspiring and experienced writers are invited to expand their skills during the annual Faith and Writing Workshop slated for July 19-21, 2022 at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
Position Available
Music Director - St. John’s Lutheran Church, LaGrange, IL, is looking to hire a 3/4 to full time Music Director to develop and coordinate an effective music program based on LCMS Lutheran theology
and liturgical practice. Email Christine Kirchenberg at ckirchenberg73@gmail.com with resume or questions. Download position description
Resources
Welcome Dionne Lovstad-Jones: Gift Planning Counselor, Northern Illinois!
As a life-long LCMS Lutheran, Dionne Lovstad-Jones joined the LCMS Foundation team in 2022 as the gift planning counselor for Northern Illinois after serving in congregational equipping roles with Lutheran Hour Ministries and the LCMS Lutheran Malaria Initiative. With a background in Christian development and the tourism and hospitality industry, she understands both the joy in giving and the value of a genuine welcome. She resides, along with her husband and two dogs, in a big-old-ugly-beautiful house in Northwest Indiana.
Call Dionne at 219-380-1034
Standard Mileage Rate Increase Effective July 1, 2022
Beginning on 7/1/2022, IRS has increased the standard business mileage rate to 62.5¢ per mile (from 58¢ in effect since 1/1/2022). The standard medical mileage rate has likewise increased to 22¢ per mile (from 18¢). These new rates apply to mileage reimbursements paid to an employee on or after July 1, 2022 with respect to transportation expenses paid or incurred by the employee on or after July 1, 2022.
Pulpit Supply
As reported by President Buss at the General Pastoral Conference there are a number of church vacancies in our District. This shortage directly impacts the pulpit supply for those serving pastors seeking to take vacation time. Our District pastors, President Buss and Pastors Whitby and Prohl, also assist when requested but they are currently booked months in advance. Please take this into consideration when planning for pulpit supply.
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