News and Resources from the LCMS Northern Illinois District
October 1, 2019
A Connection to Christ

Sometimes the Christian life can be complicated. We may wrestle with our consciences before God, full of turmoil and anxiety. Or like the apostles, we may enjoy favor with some people in our lives but suffer persecution from others, enduring violence and rejection as we try to carry out God’s mission.
Sue had been the owner and coach of a successful gymnastics and tumbling program for years, but felt led to do something else. Read the full story 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.
Seniors Lunch ‘N More
Please use in your church bulletin:
Aging Care Connections and Hope Lutheran Church invite guests to join them for a Senior Lunch, Wednesday, October 9 at 11:15 a.m. for Bible Study, and12:00 p.m. for luncheon at Hope Lutheran Church, 6455 Joliet Rd, Countryside. RSVP:  Call Aging Care Connections at 708-354-1323. Seating is limited. 80 Max. Indicate that you are reserving a space at Hope Lutheran Church. Print flyer
Parish Professionals October Meeting
Join us on Thursday, October 17, from 10 a.m. until noon at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 100 S. School Street, Mount Prospect. Dari Hartmann will be our hostess. Please RSVP at or call 847-255-0332.
The purpose of this meeting is to share your ideas for Sunday school, take home activities, worship, programs, (i.e. Advent in a box, Christmas Programs, Easter Eggs children's messages) for the seasons of Christmas/ Advent/ Lent/ Easter. This is a great opportunity for you to add to your tool box and resources for these special seasons in the church.
Smoked Brisket Dinner
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Walcamp will host a Smoked Brisket Dinner on October 26 at 3:00 p.m. This will be a great fellowship event and includes ribs and brisket, baked beans, slaw and a role. For more information and tickets, visit
100 Years of God's Grace
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Salem Lutheran Church, 18324 Ashland Avenue, Homewood, is celebrating "100 Years of God's Grace." You are invited to help celebrate Sunday, October 20, 3:00 p.m. with guest speaker Dr. Dale Meyer, President of Concordia Seminary-St. Louis. There will be a Morning Service at 10:00 a.m. Print flyer
November Communicators Meeting
The next meeting is planned for Thursday, November 14, 10:00 a.m., at Trinity Green Trails, 2701 Maple Avenue, Lisle.
Randy and Melanie Lohmeyer will lead a discussion on welcoming visitors and the processes they use to connect them to the congregation. We will have an opportunity to tour their unique facility and see how they welcome the public, even during the weekdays.

We also the ability to purchase coffee and lunch onsite from their cafe.

If you're able to join us (and we sure hope you can!), please RSVP by Monday, November 11, to Ann Ciaccio at so we have numbers for lunch (and let us know if you have any special dietary needs).
In the Beginning… A Seminar on Science and Scripture
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Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9701 Melvina Ave, Oak Lawn, is hosting a presentation by Dr. Michael E. Young, Saturday, November 23, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Registration Required by November 18
Cost: $5 for Adults; Students age 18 and under are free.

8:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Session 1: Science and Christianity
10:25 a.m. Break
10:35 a.m. Session 2: Science and Creation
12:00 p.m. Lunch

Information is available on Facebook at

About our Presenter:
Dr. Young is Professor and Department Chair of Earth and Life Sciences at Concordia University Wisconsin. He holds a PhD in Molecular Cell Biology from Washington University in St. Louis and a BS in Biochemistry and Zoology from Michigan State University.
Early Bird Registration Ends Soon
Register before October 15, 2019 with priority code LEAD2020 for a special rate of $89!

MissionInsite New Maps and Features
The NEW mapping platform includes these new features:
  • New Agency Administrator - User Management System
  • Enhanced Security in first time "New User" Registration
  • New Travel Polygon Tool overlays up to 4 Individual Travel Time Shapes Simultaneously

Two Zoom webinars are scheduled for All MissionInsite Registered Users. Dates for the webinars will be Tuesday, October 22 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time and Thursday, October 24 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. This webinar will be an introduction to the new mapping interface and new tools and features available.
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
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