News and Resources from the LCMS Northern Illinois District
December 1, 2018
Here's What's Coming Up
Journey to Bethlehem 2018
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This Advent season, we invite you to “walk the streets of Bethlehem” with St. Andrew’s, Park Ridge; Bethlehem, West Dundee; St. Paul, Mount Prospect; and Vida y Fe, Elgin. For dates and more information visit nidnews.org/journey-to-bethlehem-2018.
Read all of the stories, news, and events from the LCMS Northern Illinois District 24/7 at www.NIDnews.org. We are grateful for and want to continue to share these stories. You are invited to partner with us through prayer and donation. This is Our Northern Illinois District!
You Can Still Help - Voice of Hope Behind the Wall
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#GivingTuesday a Global Giving Movement, was held this year on November 27. It is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
This year, the LCMS Northern Illinois District is supporting Voice of Hope Behind the Wall. In fact, the NID will still match donations made through the end of the year on behalf of Voice of Hope Behind the Wall up to $3,000 in total! Donate on our secure website now. Learn more at nidlcms.org/givingtuesday.
Christmas at Walcamp
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Celebrate Christmas at Walcamp! There will be an open house, December 13 from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and includes food, snacks, hot cocoa, desserts, singing of Christmas carols, hay rides and fellowship. RSVP by December 7 here.
Youth Christmas Party
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St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 24500 Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods, is hosting a youth Christmas party Friday, December 14, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy music, hot chocolate bar and snacks. Learn more at stmatts.net/youth-ministry.html
Service of Remembrance
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The busyness of the holidays can magnify the loneliness you feel when you have lost someone close. This Christmas season, you are encouraged to come and be a part of this special Service of Remembrance to be held on Saturday, December 15 at 6 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1101 Kimberly Way, Lisle.
Everyone is welcome. You are encouraged to invite family, friends and neighbors. The atmosphere is very warm and accepting, and grief volunteers are available to talk before, during and after the service. Comfort dogs will be on hand, and refreshments will be served following the service. Print flyer
Christmas Musical
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Enrich your Christmas experience
by joining Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 195 Nesler Road, Elgin, for a special Pre-Christmas Celebration December 15 at 5 p.m. and December 16 at 10 a.m. Print flyer
Made Matchless Event
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The average girl’s self-confidence peaks at age nine. More than ever, it’s important to be equipped with the truth. A one-day workshop for moms and daughters in Grades 1-5 on Saturday, January 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. if being offered at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 950 Hart Road, Batavia.
Register online immanuelbatavia.org/made_matchless. Cost is $30 per couple (mother and daughter, Grade 1-5), $5 for each additional daughter (Grade 1-5). Registration closes on Thursday, December 20. Questions, contact Kari Larsen, Director of Family Ministry, at klarsen@immanuelbatavia.org or 630 879 7163.
Women's Retreat
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Discover what the different types of friends bring to life and work and be inspired to gather your own “Friend Corps” at the women's retreat, Saturday, January 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 950 Hart Road, Batavia.
The presenter at this year's retreat is author Allie Pleiter. The cost of the retreat is $30, including lunch and continental breakfast. For complete information and to register online, visit immanuelbatavia.org/womens_retreat Questions, contact Linda Fass at
fasslinda@yahoo.com or 630-208-5089.
Youth Conference
Relentless is a two day conference happening on April 5 and 6, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 405 Rush Street, Roselle. The conference is geared towards Junior High and High School students (6-12th grade).
The goal is to equip and encourage students to be bold in their faith. We do this through powerful worship sessions, topical class sessions, a service project and more. To learn more, visit www.gatheringtrinityroselle.com.
Singles Sunday January 27, 2019
The Northern Illinois District singles committee and the Lutheran Singles Association are dedicated to serving singles. The Northern Illinois singles committee and the Lutheran Singles Association offer several social and service activities per year and are available to churches as a resource for doing singles ministries of there own. For more information, go to www.lsalcms.org or call Steve at 708-771-0861. Churches that wish to highlight singles ministry may contact Steve for additional information.
Webinars
Rural & Small Town Mission webinars provide Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod pastors and congregational leaders with practical, relevant ideas for engaging the community with the Gospel.

The next webinar is scheduled for December 6: ‘Summer Outreach Strategies for Rural/Small-Town Congregations’. Learn more at lcms.org/how-we-serve/national/rural-and-small-town-mission/webinars
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