LCMS Northern Illinois District Email Newsletter: October 15, 2021
Ringside Community College
St. James Lutheran Church, 2101 N. Fremont, Chicago, IL 60114, invites you to a party with food and drink, live music and four great speakers exploring the theme - Grace Under Pressure: Living in God’s Ggrace in Challenging Times. Speakers will be Rev. Joel Hess, Rev. Paul Koch, Cindy Koch, and Dr. Adam Francisco. It will not only be informative and encouraging but also a lot of fun! A party with theology. It is free for all. The event is Friday, October 22, 2021, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; happy hour, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. speakers interspersed with live music food and drink.
Reformation Hymn Festival
October 24, 2021 at 4:00 p.m., the West-10 Circuit is holding a joint Reformation hymn festival at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 435 Martin Road, Rock Falls,, IL 61071. Pr. Phillip Fischaber of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Walnut, is preaching. The service will be followed by a German dinner. An offering will be taken to support Christ Lutheran School in Sterling.
NID Life Task Force Life and Liberty Lecture
The LCMS Northern Illinois District Life Task Force presents Life & Liberty: A Look at Family through the Lens of Faith and Liberty. Dr. Allan C. Carlson, historian, author, and renowned Lutheran conservative social thinker, speaks about Life, Family & The Real Meaning of Liberty [It’s Not What You Might Think]. Katy Faust, founder of Them Before Us, discusses Children’s Rights in the Role of the Family. Saturday, October 30, 2021, 8:30 a.m. registration program; 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. presentation, includes lunch, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 1550 Modaff Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
175th Anniversary Celebration
First Saint Paul’s Lutheran, 1301 N. LaSalle Drive, Chicago, IL 60610, the oldest Lutheran congregation in Chicago and birthplace of the LCMS, is celebrating its 175th anniversary with a festival service on November 7, 2021, 9:30 a.m., with the Rev. Peter Lange, first vice president of the LCMS preaching. An anniversary concert series is also planned.
Guest Speaker: Fahim Masoud
You’re invited to hear the captivating personal story of Fahim Masoud.

Born during the Soviet–Afghan War, Fahim became an Afghan interpreter for the U.S. Army at the age of 17. Within a few years, he immigrated to the United States on a student visa and became a U.S. citizen. In 2018 Fahim joined the Illinois Army Nation Guard, where he currently serves as an Army Intelligence Officer.
Earlier this year, he supervised the Guard’s mission at several suburban Chicago vaccination sites. It was at one of these vaccination sites where he connected with Pastor Jim. Fahim and his wife attended Easter worship here at Faith. His story received national media attention in August, when Fahim worked tirelessly to evacuate his family from Afghanistan

This event is open to the public on Sunday, November 14, 2021, 7:00 p.m., at Faith Lutheran Church, 80 W. Deerpath Road, Lake Forest, Illinois, 60045. It will also be streamed on Faith Lutheran Church's Facebook page and YouTube channel.

A free-will offering will be taken at the door to support Fahim’s family as they begin their new lives here in the United States.
Is Your Congregation Seeking to Request a Seminary Graduate or Vicar?
If your congregation is interested in requesting a Graduate Candidate from either of the Seminaries, or a Vicar, your request will need to be sent to Michelle La Velle, or 708-223-3101, at the District Office no later than December 17, 2021. Once your request is received, additional information will be sent to you.
Director of Worship and Music - St. James Lutheran Church, Chicago
Looking for a talented and hardworking musician and leader who wants to be a part of building something extraordinary in the heart of Chicago so that the city knows there is a God who loves them. St. James is in the process of establishing a rich and wide reaching music ministry to compliment God’s magnificent words. You will be joining a fun and enthusiastic team that loves working together and supporting one another. Interested applications may email Download position description
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