News and Resources from the LCMS Northern Illinois District
January 2, 2019
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen your faith, connect
with the community, and flourish in our life together.
Feeding Our Community Physically and Spiritually
From NIDnews.org:

“This is a sacred place.” The soup kitchen at St. Matthew, Chicago is more than a ministry which provides meals to those who are hungry. It is a “congregation,” a gathering place where all are welcome, and a community which spans neighborhoods and demographics to share the love of Jesus. Read more at nidnews.org/st-matthews-soup-kitchen.
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This is Our Northern Illinois District!
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations
Please use in your church bulletin:
St. Paul, Chicago
A Service of Celebration will be hosted by St. Paul Lutheran Church, 7621 S. Dorchester Avenue, Chicago, on Monday, January 21, at 10 a.m. For information, call 773-721-2350. Rev. Dr. Roosevelt Gray, Preacher. A light meal will be provided after service.
Concordia University Chicago
Festival worship will be held at CUC, 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest, Monday, January 21 at 10:30 a.m. with guest speaker: Rev Christopher Bodley, Bethany Lutheran--Detroit.
Christ Academy Programs
Please use in your church bulletin:
Christ Academy Confirmation Retreat, held February 15-17, 2019, is a weekend retreat for confirmation-aged children hosted on campus at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne. Participants have the opportunity to learn from a Seminary professor on a catechetical topic. Students and chaperones are housed and fed on campus, while also spending time off campus at a fun activity. Interested groups are asked to contact Christ Academy directly at ChristAcademy@ctsfw.edu or 260-452-3140. 
Christ Academy High School is a two-week academy for high school students to experience life at the seminary and learn more about pastoral or diaconal ministry. The Academy operates with two tracks: Timothy School for young men and Phoebe School for young women. Students will worship in Kramer Chapel, participate in classes taught by seminary professors, and enjoy fellowship with other like-minded youth while forming lasting friendships on the seminary campus. The Academy is also filled with fun events, both on and off campus. The next Christ Academy High School session is June 16-29, 2019.  Visit www.ctsfw.edu/CA to apply or for more information. Questions? Email ChristAcademy@ctsfw.edu or call 260-452-3140.
Network Group Meetings
Communicators
They will be gathering, Thursday, January 10, 10 a.m., at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 202 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.

Parish Professionals
The next meeting will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church, 5110 Grand Ave., Gurnee, on Thursday, January 17, 10 a.m. until noon.
For a complete list of network groups, visit nidlcms.org/networking.
Resources
Church Workers:
Update Your Information
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Workers need to do contact updates in two places:
  1. District Office
  2. Rosters and Statistics
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