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LCMS Northern Illinois District Email Newsletter: March 15, 2024

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What is “The Priesthood of All Believers”?

Every believer has unique gifts and talents which can be used for the greater good, and the contributions of all members of the church community are valued.

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Parish Professionals

Parish Pros will have a small worship service at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 310 E. Main Street, East Dundee, IL 60118 on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 11:30 a.m. This is a great opportunity to take some time for yourself to worship with others, especially during Lent!

Lunch will also be provided. We hope to see you there!


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2024 March for Life

This year’s March for Life will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 in Springfield, IL. The day’s schedule is as follows:

The Illinois Capitol in Springfield, IL is the current site of the March for Life. At 10:00 a.m., a Matins service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 220 S. 2nd St., Springfield, IL 62701. After the service, a light lunch will be served to churchgoers. Then, the rally/program will be held in front of the Lincoln statue on the front lawn of the State Capitol and the Illinois March for Life will take place.

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SHINE! 2024

We’re getting ready to SHINE! again this year, and we invite you to join us. Start planning how your group will serve this year from April 12-21, 2024. Registration and information - including a Bible Study - are now available on our website. We can’t wait to see how the love of Jesus shines through community acts of service throughout the District!

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Save the Date: General Pastoral Conference

Go and Be Reconciled: What Does This Mean? The conference will be held Monday-Wednesday, May 6-8, 2024 at Lake Lawn Resort, 2400 Geneva St, Delavan, WI 53115, with Keynote Speaker, Dwight Schettler, President - Ambassadors of Reconciliation. Registration coming soon.


Congregation Anniversary Celebration

Trinity Lutheran Church, 328 George St., West Chicago, IL 60185, will be celebrating 140 years as a congregation on Sunday, April 14, 2024 with a special worship service at 9:30 a.m. At that time, the congregation will also be celebrating 100 years of worship in its current church building.

Organ Dedication Concert

St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 720 Dundee Ave, Barrington, IL 60010, invites you to join them on Sunday April 14, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. for a glorious concert of organ music, hymn singing, and special choir music. This concert is offered to celebrate and give thanks for our new Rodgers organ and this tremendous blessing to St. Matthew. We are honored to have Paul Soulek as our guest organist. Be inspired and uplifted by the majestic music of this king of instruments and join them as they dedicate the organ to the praise and glory of God.

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Lecture: "Reformation Thinking and the Modern Mind"

Today it has become commonplace in some Christian circles to blame the ills of modernity on Protestantism. It is an important question, because the answer will determine whether we think the Protestant Christianity is part of the problem or might perhaps provide resources for addressing some of our most pressing contemporary concerns. That is the issue to be addressed in this lecture.

The lecture will be held at Concordia University Chicago, 7400 Augusta St., Christopher Center 200, River Forest, IL 60305 on April 22, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.

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Cantata - "No Greater Love"

The Music Ministry of Good Shepherd Church and School, 195 Nesler Road, Elgin, IL 60124, will present "No Greater Love" by Lloyd Larson on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. The Shepherd's Voice Choir will sing two performance of this cantata which tells the Holy Week history set to music, including traditional hymns and original works by Larson and special narration by members Paul Berg and Kathe Galvin. Pastor Steve Maske will speak on the theme "Guided to the Cross - Guided to Humility". For more information, please contact Sharon Miller, Church Office 847-741-7788 or Gary Lichthardt, Music Director 847-476-2276.

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Pastors’ Annual May Retreat

A pastors' retreat will be held at Camp CILCA, 4124 Camp CILCA Road, Cantrall, IL 62625, May 6-7, 2024. Topics will be ”The Liturgical Movement” and “Early Communion”. Complete information is included in the attached flyer.


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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



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