News and Resources from the LCMS Northern Illinois District
August 1, 2018
Here's What's Coming Up

Mission Experience - Save a Date
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All LCMS Northern Illinois District congregations and their members are invited to attend Mission Experience, Sunday, November 4, Arlington Heights or Sunday, November 11, Naperville.

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LCMS Youth Gathering Update
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Josh Wold, Immanuel, Belvidere, and Dave Meier, Immanuel, East Dundee are the LCMS Northern Illinois District's 2019 National Youth Gathering District Coordinators. They will be working with youth leaders in the NID who will be attending the Gathering.
Please watch for communications from Josh and Dave related to the NID events at the Gathering coming soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions you may email Josh or Dave or visit our website at

The next Gathering will be held on July 11-15, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For registration and additional information, visit
Social Media Workshop
All congregational and school social media users are invited to attend a workshop on social media, Thursday, September 13, at 10 a.m., at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 202 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg.
Lunch ($5/person) and a time for swapping stories and ideas will follow the devotion and workshop time.

If you're able to join us (and we sure hope you can!), please RSVP by Monday, September 10, email Mary Bahn at so we have numbers for lunch (and let us know if you have any special dietary needs).
2018 South Region Pastors Conference
"A Continuing Conversation on Law and Gospel" is the topic for the South Region Pastoral Conference, held September 24 through 26, at Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center, Utica, Illinois. For information and registration, visit
National Night Out
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Please join Iglesia San Pablo, 555 E Benton Street, Aurora, and celebrate National Night Out, August 7, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with inflatable obstacle courses, a sumo arena, bounce houses, dunk tank and many more games. Delicious food and different vendors with resources for your family. Print flyer
 Scholarship Fund Golf Outing
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Saturday, September 8, the first "Rev. Adam A. Dietrich Memorial Scholarship Fund Golf Outing" will take place at Cardinal Creek Golf Course in Beecher.
Considering the impact that our Lord used on many students through Rev. Dietrick at Luther South, there is no better way to honor him and his work as a Lutheran teacher/pastor than to set up a need based scholarship fund for students attending Lutheran schools, PK through-seminary. Print flyer Print registration form
Lutheran Altar Guild Federation Conference
Lutheran Altar Guild Federation is having their Fall Conference at Concordia University Chicago, September 8. Speakers are President Alan Buss and East Region VP Steven Anderson. For more information please see their Facebook page:
Workshop: Adulthood and Aging
Pastors, church workers and laypeople involved in a caring ministry are invited to attend this interactive workshop to help congregations look at the new trends regarding life in the later years and how it affects families.
It provides new insights about how to develop family friendly concepts and ideas for supporting and enriching the faith of families with family members in their later years and gives program possibilities for churches to explore and implement.

The workshop will be held September 15, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at North Shore/Faith Lutheran Church, 680 W Deerpath Road, Lake Forest. For information call Marie Garchow at 224-430-2522 or email Please RSVP by Wednesday,September 5 for catering purposes .
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Trinity Lutheran Church and Preschool, 110008 N. Church Street, Huntley, is holding their Octoberfest, Friday, September 24 through Sunday, September 26. Print flyer For more information, visit
An Evening with Eric Metaxas
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Immanuel Lutheran Church, 310 E. Main Street, East Dundee, will host “Luther, Lutherans and Lutheranism”, Tuesday, September 25, at 7p.m. Print flyer
Tickets are $12 at For more information, contact 847-428-4477 or
Stewardship Conference for Church Leaders
"More than Giving" is a conference on stewardship sponsored by The LCMS Office of National Mission and DOXOLOGY, being held at Concordia University Chicago, September 28-29.
Each “More Than Giving” Insight concludes with a planning session in which each congregational team will return home, having designed a year-round stewardship action plan and strategies tailored to its own unique setting. For information and to register, visit
2018 Indiana District Evangelism Conference
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You are cordially invited to attend an Evangelism Conference sponsored by the Indiana District’s Council for Congregational Outreach and hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church, Indianapolis, Indiana on September 7-8.
The theme of the conference is “Confessing Christ in a Contentious Culture: Speak the Truth in Love (Ephesians 4:15).” This conference is open to all people, called workers and laity alike. The cost is $60 per person but if you register before August 25, 2018 the cost is only $49 per person. Print flyer
Best Practices for Ministry Conference
A FREE conference is being held Wednesday, October 10, through Friday, October 12, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 719 5th Street, Columbus, Indiana, 47201. This is for pastors, other Called Workers, and for lay volunteers. Plan to bring a team so you can discuss new ideas. A more general networking session is planned to emphasize the theme of "Networking". For more information and to register, visit
2018 National RSTM Conference
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod will host its 2018 National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference on November 8-10 in Kansas City, Missouri. To register and for more information, visit
Have a Student Going Off to College?
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Campus ministries are supported by the Central Illinois District at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Illinois State, Eastern Illinois University and Western Illinois University.
Please send contact information for your congregation’s students attending these institutions to Also, Springfield area LCMS pastors will offer Bible study this fall at University of Illinois-Springfield. Look for someone with a sign that says “Lutheran Voyages” near the front desk of the student union on Tuesdays at noon. For additional information, contact Dr. Ken Schurb at 217-793-1802.

University students are also encouraged to explore their campuses' LCMS-U groups. LCMS Campus Ministry provides two ways to help students find LCMS U Chapters at or near their college or university. Locate or let LCMS U help link you with a campus ministry. Visit
Church Workers:
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All rostered and non-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
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