News and Resources from the LCMS Northern Illinois District
March 1, 2019
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen your faith, connect
with the community, and flourish in our life together.
Faith Language
Vida y Fe is an active community, and it all began with the Lord’s prompting for them to begin an English as a Second Language program. Read the entire story at
Read all of the stories, news, and events from the LCMS Northern Illinois District 24/7 at We are grateful and want to continue to share these stories of the Gospel in Action. You are invited to partner with us through prayer and donation.

This is Our Northern Illinois District!
Seeking the Lord’s vision for the Northern Illinois District
Board of Directors member, Rev. Micah Greiner invites LCMS Northern Illinois District congregations and their members to participate in visioning events, as we prayerfully plan and seek the Lord’s vision for the Northern Illinois District. For more information and to register, visit

The Vision Events will be held at the following locations and dates:
  • March 10, 2019, 1 – 2:30 p.m.; St. Peter Lutheran Church, 111 W. Olive St., Bartz Hall, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
  • March 10, 2019, 4 – 5:30 p.m.; St. John Lutheran Church, 410 N. Cross St., Wheaton, IL 60187
  • March 11, 2019, 12 – 1:30 p.m.; St. Paul Lutheran Church, 7621 S Dorchester Ave., Chicago, IL 60619
  • March 11, 2019, 6:30 – 8 p.m.; St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 101 S 6th Ave, St. Charles, IL 60174
  • March 12, 2019, 10 – 11:30 a.m.; Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2035 IL Route 26, Dixon, IL 61021
  • March 12, 2019, 6:30 – 8 p.m.; Hope Lutheran Church, 305 E. Black Road, Shorewood, IL 60404
Please use in your church bulletin:
The Concordia University Wind Ensemble
The Concordia University Wind Ensemble, a select 41-member concert band, from Concordia University, Nebraska will be performing at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 720 Dundee Avenue, Barrington, on Friday, March 8, at 7 p.m.
The Wind Ensemble has gained a reputation for engaging and entertaining performances of outstanding sacred and traditional concert band literature. The primary goal of the tours is to serve as an ambassador for Concordia University by
sharing the Gospel message of Jesus Christ through music. Print information Print flyer
Please use in your church bulletin:
Artist Series - Tone On Tone
Enjoy the special artistry of nationally known calligrapher Timothy Botts and talented organist Marsha Foxgrover as they create the magic of music and visual art, LIVE as you watch and listen Sunday, March 10 at St. John's Lutheran Church and School, 215 S. Lincoln Avenue, Lombard. Event begins promptly at 3 p.m. For more information visit
Please use in your church bulletin:
Spring Marriage Retreat
Married and engaged couples are invited to attend the Spring Marriage Retreat, March 15 and 16, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2001 N. Alpine Road, Rockford. Cost: $60/per couple. Print flyer Register by March 3 online at Questions? Email Jeannie Newton at
Lutheran Altar Guild Federation Lenten Breakfast.
Saturday, March 23, Pastor Scott Bruzek from St. John Lutheran Church, Wheaton, will be talking about "Everything Matters Because Everything Teaches". Cost is $10 a person, pastors are free, and includes breakfast. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Print registration form.
Multi Ethnic Symposium
Registration is now open for Concordia Seminary, St. Louis’ annual Multi ethnic Symposium, which is set for April 25-26 at the Seminary campus. The symposium explores what it means and what it will take to become a truly multiethnic church.
The theme of this year’s symposium is “Shame and Honor: Gospel Proclamation in the Majority World.” The symposium also includes the 14th Annual Lecture in Hispanic/Latino Theology and Missions. Registration for the Multiethnic Symposium is $50 and includes meals. On-campus housing is available for an additional fee.

For more information, visit or contact Continuing Education at 314-505-7286 or
Please use in your church bulletin:
125th School Anniversary Worship & Banquet
St. John's Lutheran Church & School will hold a 125th Anniversary celebration, Sunday, April 28.

Service: 9:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church and School, 18100 Wentworth Avenue, Lansing               
Gala: 3 p.m. at St. Archangel Michael Serbian Social Center, 18550 Stony Island Avenue, Lansing (2.5 miles from the church)

Gala Tickets: Adults $30 /Cash Bar; Children (ages 6-13) $15; Children 5 & Under Free

For more information, call 708-895-9240.                   
Please use in your church bulletin:
Part-Time Ministry Facilitator
Voice of Care Seeks Part-Time Ministry Facilitator, 80 hours per month. Active LCMS members in good standing can be considered. This is an ideal position for a person with experience in special education, social work, counseling, or experiences among people with disabilities.
Ordained and commissioned church workers are also invited to apply. Work requires excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to consistently uphold the values expressed in Voice of Care’s mission to equip churches to reach and serve people with disabilities, and their caregivers. Duties include light travel and occasional conference attendance. For more information about Voice of Care, visit, and for the complete Ministry Facilitator job description, see:
Church Workers:
Update Your Information
All rostered Church Workers are asked to please update their NID contact information when there is a change of email, address, phone, etc., or if new in the district.

Workers need to do contact updates in two places:
  1. District Office
  2. Rosters and Statistics
Previously Published News and Events
Read past issues of the Parish Resource Connection
Want to stop receiving your district Parish Resource Connection? WAIT! Don't unsubscribe below! Unsubscribe here to tell us to remove "Parish Resource Connection" from your preferences but still remain on other NID lists.
LCMS Northern Illinois District, 2301 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, IL 60162
Phone 888-708-LCMS     Email