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

LCMS Northern Illinois District Email Newsletter: March 15, 2023

Spring Ministry Update 2023: President's Commentary

Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:4-5 NIV


What does our faith teach us in our daily lives? In this issue of the Ministry Update we explore the educational opportunities in the LCMS Northern Illinois District.

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Wind Symphony and Kapelle present spring home concerts at Concordia-Chicago

The Wind Symphony of Concordia University Chicago will perform their home concert on Friday, March 17, 2023 at 8:00 p.m.

The Wind Symphony will perform works including “Joy in All Things” by Brian Balmages, “Aurora Borealis” by Rossano Galante, and “Irish Suite” by Leroy Anderson. The evening will also feature the world premiere performance of “Ode to Joy” by William R. Brusick, a piece commissioned by the Wind Symphony.

The Kapelle will perform their home concert on Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. The Kapelle will present their program “In Mercy, Lord,” performing works such as Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Du hirte Israel höre” and “Sicut locutus est,” “Surely He Has Borne Our Griefs” by Richard Hillert, and “Prayer of St. Patrick” by John Rutter. 

Concordia Uiversity Chicago’s campus is located at 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest, IL, 60305. Free off-street parking is available in the University’s parking structure south of Division Street on Bonnie Brae. Handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot adjacent to the north side of the University parking structure. Both events will also be streamed online at

For more information, visit or call 708-209-3060.

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A Night of Hope with the Words and Music of Tanner Olson and Blake Flattley

Bethel Lutheran Church, 5110 Grand Avenue, Gurnee, IL 60031, is excited to bring poet Tanner Olson and singer/songwriter Blake Flattley to Gurnee for a night of poetry and songs, humor, and honesty, looking for hope in the dark.

A Night of Hope with the Words & Music of Tanner Olson & Blake Flattley will be held Sunday, April 16, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Snacks & conversation following.

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14th Annual Men's Retreat

Explore how men and women together bear God's image and how one's sex is an inescapable part of understanding one's identity in Christ with Honorary Speaker Rev. Jonathan Petzold, April 28-30, 2023. This retreat will be held at Camp Phillip, W9944 Buttercup Ave, Wautoma, WI 54982.

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Worker Bee Saturday

Join Walcamp Outdoor Ministries and Retreat Center, April 29, 2023 at 32653 Five Points Road, Kingston, Illinois 60145, for a day of fun and service among God's creation. Sign up today.

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"That which God gives" An evangelical-Lutheran weekend conference

You are invited to a weekend conference, June 23–26, 2023, in the land of ice and fire, Reykjavik, Iceland, where the emphasis will be on Biblical, Lutheran teaching, with plenty of time for conversations and meals.

The theme for the conference is "What God gives." We want to point to God, who is the giver of all things, for He is not only the Creator but also the Redeemer of the World.


SHINE! Bible Study Now Available

As we make ready for the first NID SHINE! Servant Event, April 14 – 23, 2023, we turn to our Lord’s Word for guidance, equipping, and blessing.

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About The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Northern Illinois District

The LCMS Northern Illinois District is congregations, schools, and ministries of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, spanning the 24 counties in Illinois. Filled with living hope in Christ, Confessing, Praising, and Advancing His Kingdom through Word, Wellness, and Witness. Our website can be found at



Ann Ciaccio

Director of Communications


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