News and Resources from the LCMS Northern Illinois District
April 15, 2019
Good Feet

As we prepare our hearts for the Synodical Convention, we take time to pause and reflect upon what it is to be joy:fully Lutheran. In this space, Northern Illinois District pastors will share what it means to them to be Joy:fully Lutheran.
Pastor Elstner Lewis shares what it means to him to be “joy:fully Lutheran”–to have “Good Feet.” Read the entire article at

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This is Our Northern Illinois District!
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen your faith, connect
with the community, and flourish in our life together.
Make a Difference in People's Lives
Please share in your church bulletin:
Join Lutheran Church Charities at 3020 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook, Wednesday, April 24, to learn how you can make a difference. Print flyer Find out more at
There are two times to choose from:
9:30 a.m. - Social time with refreshments and food
10:00 a.m. - Ways to Make A Difference presentation (lunch follows)

6:00pm - Social time with refreshments
6:30pm - Meal
7:00pm - Ways to Make A Difference presentation
Trivia Fun
Please share in your church bulletin:
Trivia Fun for everyone is a free, enjoyable and inclusive event presented by Voice of Care, Sunday, April 28, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church Green Trails, 2701 Maple Ave, in Lisle.
Come as an individual, family or group to play trivia. There is no cost to participate, but proceeds from the silent auction and gift card fishing pond support Voice of Care's ministry of equipping churches to serve people with disabilities and their caregivers. Complimentary pizza, salad, ice cream, soda pop and water are served. Please register at or call 630-231-3862.
Spring Rummage Sale
Please use in your church bulletin:
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4th and Main Streets, West Dundee, will be holding their annual rummage sale.

Rummage Sale Hours:
Thursday, May 2 (Jewelry Only): 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, May 2: Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Friday, May 3: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Bag Sale, May 4: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Call 847-426-7311 for information.
Sabor Latino!
Please share in your church bulletin:
The members of Iglesia Luterana San Pablo, Aurora invite you to join them on this special holiday to celebrate the ministries of their church to the Hispanic community at Sabor Latino Dos (Latin Flavor) when it returns to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 950 Hart Road, Batavia, on Sunday, May 5, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Please RSVP by Sunday, April 28 to Sonia at 630-820-3450 or for more information visit at
The Day of Resurrection - Music for the Easter Cycle
Please share in your church bulletin:
Dr. Steven Wente, Distinguished Professor of Music and Chapel Organist, Concordia University Chicago will be performing Sunday, May 5, 3:00 p.m. at
Messiah Lutheran Church, 6201 West Patterson Avenue, Chicago IL 60634. Reception with Dr. Wente follows. RSVP at 773-725-8903 or
Candidate Call Service
Candidates for the pastoral office will receive their Divine Call and discover where they will serve as shepherds of Christ’s flock after graduation April 30, at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).
The evening before, deaconess students and second-year seminarians find out where they will serve as an intern or vicar, at the Vicarage and Deaconess Internship Assignment Service on Monday, April 29, also at 7:00 p.m. (EDT). Anyone unable to attend in person can join the CTSFW community at or at
Church Interpreter Training
Registration is now open for the 2019 Church Interpreter Training Institute! CITI is a distinctive program, teaching students to interpret the Word of God into sign language accurately, which is
God’s means of life and salvation for His people. This year’s program, June 13–16, 2019, will take place at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne.
To register visit or email Deaconess Heidi Sias for more information. Deadline for registration is May 24, 2019.
The gathering will be held in Donaldson Indiana, November 4-7, 2019. Four days of renewal, encouragement, and focused conversation on insights into the care of souls will be on the docket for all enrolled pastors.
All the needed information is available at A description of the curriculum on advanced skills in pastoral care can be found here.  Registration is available at Questions may be directed to Harold Senkbein at 262-716-8575 or
Christ Academy
Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW), will hold Christ Academy: Timothy School for high-school-aged men and Christ Academy: Phoebe School for high-school-aged women from June 16–29.

Formed around confessional catechesis, liturgical worship, and a fun life together, the academies are a great opportunity for these young men and women to study theology, build lasting friendships with confessional Lutherans their own age, and begin to explore the possible future vocations of pastor or deaconess.

Open spots in the Christ Academies are quickly filling, so it is recommended that those interested apply as soon as possible. Young men can apply for Timothy School at and young women for Phoebe School at For additional questions or concerns, or to learn more about available need-based financial aid, contact the Christ Academy Director at or by calling 260-452-3140.
Kaleidoscope Grant
The Kaleidoscope Fund is a granting program offered by the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), designed to support eligible Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) ministries with outreach and expansion. This year, LCEF is narrowing the focus of impact for the grant to LCMS K-8 elementary schools. Lutheran schools play a critical role in impacting the community through Christian education. Print flyer For additional information, visit
Church Workers:
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