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

LCMS Northern Illinois District Email Newsletter: September 1, 2023

September's Communication Theme: Reflections: A Journey of Faith and Hope

The Psalmist exhorts us, “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old” (Ps. 77:11a). As we look back on all our Lord has done among us in the NID, we are encouraged to see He is faithful, sustaining us in good times and bad, and giving us a hope-filled future.

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This past year, we have witnessed our Lord leading us as we have formed new partnerships among congregations, expanded His kingdom’s work in Chicago neighborhoods, provided care for fellow church workers, expanded His merciful touch in Belize, financially resourced His ministries through NID grants, and further equipped our pastors to preach His saving Word! For all this and more, as His blood-bought children, may we remember His awesome deeds among us, humbly give thanks, and joyfully look forward to the fruit He will bear among us in the days to come!


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An Education Freedom Forum

Three school heads from the Austin neighborhood will discuss the special role of Christian schooling in an under-resourced area. How are these schools free to educate in a more effective way? What have they seen that really works? This is the first in a series on new and creative approaches to education, held in the Christopher Center, 2nd floor Room CC 248. Parking will be available in the lot west of the Christopher Center building (Lot 1) on the corner of Augusta and Monroe.

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Trinity Lutheran Church Celebrates a Century of Worship

Recognizing that Christ is the True Cornerstone of His Church and in honor and celebration of the blessings received over the years, the congregation of Trinity will be celebrating a century of worship at 328 George St., West Chicago, IL 60185. For additional information, phone 630-231-1175. This Cornerstone Celebration will take place over the next few months and be celebrated with a number of events to which the public is invited. The events begin with a pie and ice cream social September 17, 2023.

The Katie Evenet

Pastors’ wives and widows are invited to attend The Katie, the gathering for LCMS Northern Illinois District pastors’ wives and widows in all seasons of life.


  • Saturday, October 7, 2023
  • Registration: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
  • Gathering: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: St. Peter Lutheran Church, 202 E. Schaumburg Rd., Schaumburg IL 60194
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"A Life Called" Event

Concordia University, Nebraska invites you and your family to explore their church work programs at "A Life Called" - a church work visit event on Sunday, October 8 - Monday, October 9, 2023.

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Vocatio: Retreat Set for October 22-24, 2023

Know a college student or second-career adult interested in full-time ministry? Tell them about Vocatio: Retreat, an opportunity to rest in God's Word and learn more about serving as a pastor, deaconess, missionary, or chaplain.  

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Advent/Christmas Preaching Workshop

We begin Advent with Paul’s very first letter, 1 Thessalonians, whose main theme is Christ’s Second Coming. You are invited you to come, sit at the feet of the blessed apostle, as he points us to the sure and certain hope that Jesus will come again “with clouds descending!”

Hosted by The Center for Biblical Studies, Concordia St. Paul, October 27, 2023, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on campus or online.

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Register Now: Careers for Christ Fall 2023

The theme for Careers for Christ Fall 2023 is “Soli Deo Gloria” based on the Bible verse: “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the glory of God” (Colossians 3:17).

High school students interested in learning about LCMS professional church work careers are encouraged to register for CUC’s Careers for Christ Weekend, which will begin with check-in at 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 3, 2023 and conclude after brunch Sunday, November 5, 2023.

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Zion Lutheran Church Christmas Cookie Walk

Zion Lutheran Church, 11007 Book Road, Naperville, IL 60564, will hold its Christmas Cookie Walk December 9, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Let the home bakers of Zion Lutheran Church do your Christmas baking this year! We will have dozens and dozens of cookies to choose from. Pick the kind and quantity you want and pay by the pound. Proceeds will be used to fund local and national outreach causes. Come early for the best selection!



"We reflect the Light of Christ who is the Light of the World, the Hope of the World."


President Buss reflects on this year's SHINE! event and the plan for next year's. For all of you who were able to participate, thank you!


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Looking for opportunities to connect with others in your field? LCMS 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


LCMS Northern Illinois District, River Forest: Communications Associate - The Communications Associate position is a key role in accurately capturing/inputting data to be used in a variety of functions. This role will also be responsible for updating the District database, District websites, and production of email newsletters. Flexibility to support the team with various projects and assignments as needed. This is a part-time position of 25-28 hours per week. Download full position description

St. Peter Lutheran Church, Dundee: Church Organist/Director of Parish Music - St. Peter Lutheran Church, Dundee (Gilberts) seeks a church organist (and/or director of parish music) to play at weekly worship services (on Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. and Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.) as well as mid-week services during the seasons of Lent and Advent. This position can be either part or full-time, depending upon the candidate’s availability and qualifications. Resumes can be sent to If you have any questions, please contact the church office at 847-428-4054.


About the Northern Illinois District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

The LCMS Northern Illinois District is congregations, schools, and ministries of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, spanning the northern 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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