August 9, 2018
Two Sculptors
“O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”  Isaiah 64:8
Within the next few weeks, there will be excited children, parents, teachers, staff, and volunteers filling the halls of our schools in the Northern Illinois District. Some will return very familiar with the surroundings and routine. Others will hesitate because they are new and unsure. Yet, everyone walking down those halls is a child, called by God to learn and grow in Him. In our schools and churches, the message of Jesus’ forgiveness holds us together. That makes us unique and filled with power.

Many years ago, this poem was shared with me and it applies to the beginning of a brand new, exciting school year.

Two Sculptors
I dreamed I stood in a studio and watched two sculptors there,
The clay they used was a young child’s mind and they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher; the tools she used were books, music, and art.
One, a parent who worked with a guiding hand and gentle, loving heart.
Day after day the teacher toiled with touch that was deft and sure
While the parent labored by their side and polished and smoothed it o’er.
And when at last their task was done, they were proud of what they had wrought;
For the things they had molded into the child could neither be sold or bought.
And each agreed they would have failed if they had worked alone,
For behind the teacher stood the school, and behind the parent, the home.

Dear Father in heaven, as the new school year begins, please bless all stakeholders as they place their trust, confidence, and faith in You. Lead them in the training of the precious children. May they focus on Proverbs 22:6 “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Jesus is perfect for us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Serving Joyfully,

Lois Stewart
Interim School Ministry

Discussion Questions:
  1. Have your students create themselves from a clump of clay. How will that turn out?
  2. How will your school focus on “Real Present God” this year?

For use in staff meetings, print devotion and discussion questions.
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community.
NID Leadership Workshops for Principals and Admissions Staff
Development strategies, retention tips, technology, and much more. Print registration information.
Fall Teachers' Conference Registration
Register your staff for the October NID Teachers Conference at Concordia University Chicago on October 19. For registration, visit
Back to School Webinars
Visit LEA at for some excellent webinar offerings as you prepare for the new school year. Here are a few that you may choose from: August 14, 11 a.m., “Oh, What a Grand Year We Will Have”; August 16, 11 a.m. “Trusting the Cross-Trusting You”; August 28, 7 p.m. “Red Flags for Every Teacher”.
Retired Church Workers Luncheon - Save the Date
The retired church worker’s luncheon will be at Trinity Lutheran Church, 405 Rush Street, Roselle on Thursday, September 27, at 11 a.m. Watch for a formal invitation soon.
Save A Date
You are invited to attend a special event called Mission Experience.

One of the purposes of the LCMS Northern Illinois District is to help congregations and schools connect with people who do not yet know Jesus.
At each of the Mission Experience events, we’re providing opportunities to learn how you can serve and love others in a new context and hear yourself how the Holy Spirit has changed lives. There are two dates and locations:
  • Sunday, November 4, Arlington Heights
  • Sunday, November 11, Naperville
Won't you join us? Find out more at
Chapel Talks
2018-2019 Yearly Theme : “Real. Present. God.”
Scripture Verses: Psalm 46
This is also the theme of the 2019 Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, MN.
Upcoming yearly themes and associated resources can be found on LuthEd under the “School Ministry Yearly Themes” page
Hearts for Jesus
As we begin a new school year, we will be restructuring our “Hearts for Jesus” mission outreach. The new focus for the mission outreach will be published in the next newsletter.
Grant Opportunities
Here are some links for you to explore. They are grant opportunities you may be interested in pursuing: 
Watch your mail after September 1 for your invoice for your annual NLSA fee to St. Louis.
State Licensing FAQ
Visit the the Illinois State Board of Education for their FAQ website at
Inform Lois of Staff Changes
Please send all staff changes to for changes in staffing this summer. This includes: vacancies and Calls received, accepted and declined. We do not always know or hear of these without your quick email. Thank you.
I nstallation of Commissioned Teachers
Please contact the district office to request authorization for installation of teachers before an installation date is published. The necessary transfer and/or forms need to be on file before an installation can be performed.

In the case of new graduates or colloquy teachers, it can take one or two months from the time Call documents are sent to the district office to be completed. Included in the process is the acceptance of the Call, the individual officially sending notifications to the university, district, and LCMS Rosters and Statistics, along with sending the application for inclusion on the roster to the district, verification from the university that all coursework has been completed, and the Council of Presidents granting approval for placement. Contact Lois Stewart with questions.

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.

Lutheran Church Extension Fund
For Information on LCEF contact Vanda Toner at 708-223-3117 or
LCMS Northern Illinois District
2301 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, IL 60162
Phone 888-708-LCMS
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