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LCMS Northern Illinois District Email Newsletter: July 1, 2024

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July's Communication Theme:

Rural Ministry

From Community of Faith in Spring Grove and St. Paul in Harvard, down to Our Savior in Momence, Emmanuel in Dwight, and Peace in Beecher, all the way out to places like St. Peter in Morrison and St. Paul in Elizabeth, our many small-town and rural churches, schools, and ministries provide a vital service to the communities in which they are located. They bring the truth of God’s Word and saving message of the Gospel of Jesus, and they do so with great joy! As we celebrate these ministries this month, let us join with the words of Paul, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the Gospel.” (Philippians 1:3-5a)

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Calendar of Events


Parish Administrators Meeting

The next in-person meeting of the Parish Administrators is scheduled for Monday, July 22, 2024 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 195 Nesler Rd, Elgin, IL 60124. We will begin at noon with a light lunch.

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Early Bird Registration Extended, Group Rate Now Available: 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 July 19, 2024 Early Bird registration is $20.00
  • After July 19, 2024, registration is $30.00
  • Group rate for 5+ registrants
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Registration is open: Parish Professionals

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

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

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61st Convention of the Northern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

The 61st Convention will be held Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, 2025 at Concordia University Chicago. Delegate, nomination, recommendation, and overture forms and information are now available.


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Walcamp's Fall Fest

  • Join Walcamp on September 28, 2024 for a good old-fashioned Fall Fest, celebrating their 60th year of ministry.
  • 9:00 a.m. 5K run/walk
  • Live Praise and Worship music and food will be available at the pavilion.
  • Climbing tower/zip line, archery, hatchet throwing, hayrides, and countless other events throughout the campus
  • The day concludes at 3:00 p.m. with a Celebration Worship and a message by Pr. Ron Habedank, Walcamp's second director.

Tickets are free with advance purchase or $5/person the day of the event.

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NID LWML Convention

Mission-minded women of the LWML NID – Lutheran Women in Mission - will gather in convention on Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21, 2024. The convention will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6850 159th St., Tinley Park, IL 60477. There are service opportunities at 2:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon, September 20, 2024. One of the highlights of this convention will be the Communion Service which will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Registration and coffee begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, September 21, 2024. The convention procession will begin at 9:00 a.m. 

The convention theme is "Love and honor one another." (Romans 12:10) Goals are to accept one another, pray for each other, share and give to those in need. David Fiala, LCMS Mission Advocate, is the keynote speaker.

Registration fee is $55 before July 21, 2024, including Saturday lunch. The fee is $80 beginning on July 21, 2024. A livestream of Saturday’s event is available for only $10.


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The LCMS Northern Illinois District is congregations, schools, and ministries of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, spanning the northern 24 counties in Illinois. Filled with living hope in Christ, Confessing, Praising, and Advancing His Kingdom through Word, Wellness, and Witness. Our website can be found at



Ann Ciaccio

Director of Communications


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