Filled with living hope in Christ,
Confessing, Praising, and
Advancing His Kingdom.

School Newsletter: June 6, 2024

Reflect, Refresh, and Re-energize


“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31b


The school year is winding down, and it is time to take some time to reflect and refresh. The busy-ness of the year has a way of putting extra focus on some things and not on others that are just as important. By that, I refer to having time away from grading papers, answering emails, making phone calls, and that list could go on. Taking time away from those types of activities to take a walk, sit in the quiet and enjoy the solace, or read a book that isn’t a textbook are a few ways to refresh. Listen to Jesus in His Life-giving Word for you!!


Being in God’s Word each and every day will give the refreshment your soul needs. Find a quiet spot each day this summer to be alone with God. That will look different for many people. What and where is your quiet spot?

You have served well and faithfully this school year. Take time to be refilled.

Stay in the WORD. Take care of yourself to be WELL. Use your words and life as a WITNESS.

What is stressing you these days? Jesus is speaking to you...and me.


Serving the Master Teacher,

Lois Stewart

Mission Facilitator for Schools

Time to Update

It is that time of year! If you are a Rostered Worker in the NID, please access your Commissioned Minister Information Form (CMIF) and review it for updates. You may access the form at If you need your Worker ID#, please reach out to or Thank you in advance for helping us with this important duty!

Register Now - Parish Professionals

All Parish Professionals are encouraged to put September 26-28, 2024 on their calendars for the Illinois Parish Professional Retreat at Camp CILCA in the Central Illinois District.

The retreat will be led by David Reuter, and focus will be on the topic "Growing Young." He will be discussing the six core commitments that research through the Fuller Youth Institute has found in common across congregations who are demographically growing younger. The overarching goal for our time together is to begin the development of a plan to aid the LCMS congregations in the Illinois districts to grow young together through the leadership of, and assistance to, the districts' DCEs.

This retreat would be great for pastors, DCEs, deaconesses, lay youth leaders, or anyone serving their congregation in the area of youth ministry. Registration is now open!

Register Here

Save the Date - Back-to-School Worship

It might be early, but planning begins. Save the date for the August Back-to-School Worship and Keynote. On Wednesday, August 7, 2024, we will meet at St. Peter in Schaumburg for our gathering. This is a great opportunity to worship, reconnect, and be inspired as the new school year begins. Our speaker will be Dr. Bernard Bull. He serves as the president of Concordia University Nebraska and will energize us with his keynote titled, “Hustle with Heart."

Save the Date - 2024 NID Educators' Conference

The 2024 NID Educators’ Conference will be held at Concordia University Chicago on Friday, October 18, 2024. Watch for details in the future.


Concordia University Chicago has developed a new process for receiving continuing education credits if your school does staff development/professional development. Please access Professional Development - College of Education: Office of Field Experience - LibGuides at Concordia University Chicago ( to request forms. You may also email Katie Pece at

TEC21 June Update

TEC21 Information

If you have a teacher in your school that has not attended the TEC21 training cohort, now would be a great time to have them connect.

Hearts for Jesus

The "Hearts for Jesus" focus this school year has been the expansion of the feeding program into the community of Georgetown in Belize.

There is still time to donate to this important mission! We look forward to our continued support of the ministry in Belize. Please see the link below and submit your donations by June 17, 2024. Thank you!

Donate to Hearts for Jesus
Learn more and register

Registration is open: Lay Leadership Summit

From rural to urban ministries, small to large congregations, and whether you are new to church leadership or a seasoned veteran, we are grateful for each of our lay leaders.

We know you need support and encouragement as you serve where the Lord has placed you. This is why the LCMS Northern Illinois District is hosting an inaugural Lay Leadership Summit on August 24, 2024, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Walther Christian Academy, 900 Chicago Ave., Melrose Park, IL 60160.

  • Select sectionals which interest you most
  • Early Bird Registration ends June 15, 2024. Early Bird registration is $20.00
  • After June 15, 2024, registration is $30.00

Filled with living hope in Christ,

Confessing, Praising,

and Advancing His Kingdom

Church Worker Updates
Visit our website
Get all the news
School Resources
Devotions and Prayers
For Information on LCEF contact Joe Willmann at 219-669-9683


Wish to stop receiving the School Newsletter? WAIT! Don't unsubscribe below!

from your preferences but still remain on other NID lists.
Facebook  Twitter  Linkedin  Instagram  Youtube