January 10, 2019
The Old Has Gone – The New Has Come

‘And He died for all, that those who should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again…Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’ 2 Corinthians 5:15, 17

Are you a Chicago Bears fan? (If not, bear with me!) No pun intended.

We have celebrated some good seasons and then there were the others. This season has been exciting and we looked forward to it continuing for several weeks. Our 2019 hope was for a Super Bowl win. We understand, however, that win or lose, we love our Bears.

Performance is always a big key to success. The Chicago Bears are called on to fine-tune themselves throughout the season (and off-season) to perform at top level; to become better players as the weeks go on.
God calls us to be holy as He is holy, but because of sin, we don’t measure up. We all fall short of God’s approval and can’t fix ourselves.

We are in Christ, He has already fixed us. We are Baptized into Christ’s perfect life, death, and resurrection. ‘The new is here!’ The game has been won. When Jesus came to redeem us, He brought that victory through His suffering, death, and resurrection.

We have been given God’s power to serve, flourish, and work as a team in His name.

Serving the Master Teacher,
Lois
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen your faith, connect
with the community, and flourish in our life together.
CONFERENCES - MEETINGS - EVENTS
Hearts for Jesus - Rebecca's Garden of Hope
Hearts for Jesus is an annual opportunity in the LCMS Northern Illinois District to support a mission outreach. We are excited to partner with ‘Rebecca’s Garden of Hope’ this year. ‘Rebecca’s Garden of Hope’ is a RSO of the LCMS.

Listen to how you can help.
Your church or school can help by sending donations directly to LCMS Northern Illinois District, 2301 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, IL 60162, Attn: Lois Stewart or through our secure website page at bit.ly/CongOffering. For information about this RSO visit rebeccasgardenofhope.com. Maybe, through prayer, your congregation would like to start a tutoring center for the children of your community. What a great way to share the love of Jesus!
Early Childhood Meetings Focus on Integrating the Faith
Early Childhood Meetings Focus on Integrating the Faith
The next Early Childhood meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, January 16 and Thursday, January 24.
On January 16, the East Region will meet at Shepherd’s Flock (Lutheran Home) in Arlington Heights. One January 24, the West Region will meet at Lord of Glory (Gloryland Preschool) in Grayslake. Both events begin at 4:30pm.

You may go to the NID Early Childhood network blog at preschooldirectors.blogspot.com.
Lutheran School Administrators Conference
Go away! Break loose and head to Washington, D.C. on February 17–19. Register now for the 2019 LEA National Administrators Conference.
2019 National Administrators Conference includes sectionals and special experiences in partnership with the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty at the Museum of the Bible.
Leadership Meeting
The next Leadership Meeting for Administrators and Admissions Directors will be held on Monday, February 4 starting at 8:30 a.m. at Concordia University Chicago. Join us for the topic of ‘School Viability’.
Empower Illinois
On Tuesday, January 15, the 2019-2020 tax credit application process is scheduled to begin. This is a 2-step process. The website to visit is empowerillinois.org.
Share that with your constituents. We have been told that there will be emails sent to schools and also posts on Facebook. Please share this webpage with an instructional video on applying for those wishing to apply for scholarships: empowerillinois.org/students/how-do-i-apply.
RESOURCES
National Lutheran Schools Week Tools
January 27 to February 2, 2019 is the great time to celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week with 2,029 Lutheran Schools nationwide by giving thanks for the opportunity to provide excellent academic preparation and share Jesus’ love with children and families.
National Lutheran Schools Week is wonderful opportunity to proclaim these great blessings! Visit the Luthed website to find planning resources.
School Support Fund Invoice
Please consider contributing at least $1.00 per student to the NID School Support Fund. This fund helps offset the many services which cost the district, but are provided free or at a greatly reduced cost to schools. Some have asked for an ‘invoice’ to provide for accounting purposes. You may print that from here.
MAP and NWEA
NWEA is planning to host some weekly MAP testing webinars during January and February. They will be sending an invitation to administrators.
A Resource for Youth Leaders
Please share this website with your youth workers, DCEs, etc…. if they need some resources as they serve. Ideas and resources may be found at www. lutheranyouthroom.org
CHURCH WORKER UPDATES
Update CMIF Information
We are heading into the time of year when schools begin searching to fill vacancies they will have for the coming school year. Please encourage your Rostered workers to update their CMIFs so search time might be reduced for schools looking to extend calls.
Reporting Retirements
If you have a Rostered Worker retiring at the end of the school year, please have them contact Keith Wilharm at 708-223-3112 or keith.wilharm@nidlcms.org. We will need to know the worker’s name and retirement date.
If there is a Rostered Administrator retiring at the end of this school year, please contact Lois Stewart at 708-223-3110 or lois.stewart@nidlcms.org. PLEASE let Lois know about this retirement by FEBRUARY 28, 2019.
Upcoming Vacancies
If you will have a vacancy to fill for the 2019-2020 school year, please contact Lois Stewart (See entry above) with information so it can be posted in the NID website.
FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE 

Church Workers:
Update Your Contact Information Online . 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.

PARTNERS IN MINISTRY







For Information on LCEF contact Vanda Toner at 708-223-3117 or Vanda.Toner@lcef.org. Facebook.com/lcef.nid

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2301 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, IL 60162
Phone 888-708-LCMS
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