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Being Jesus to Refugees Print E-mail
Exodus Sunday, June 26th is World Refugee Sunday, a time when Christian communities around the world join together in prayer, remembrance, and practical help for refugees.

The refugee crisis is our world is at an unprecedented, all-time high. Exodus World Service (EWS) mobilizes the Christian community to welcome refugees and help them to adjust to a new life in America.

You can have an impact on others needing to find the refuge and saving grace that is given to us in Jesus Christ. Here is how you can help:

  • Welcome Refugees: Exodus World Service offers a Welcome to America! Pack for a newly arriving refugee families. You can collect for and deliver Welcome to America! packages to families and share the love of Christ.
  • Pray for Refugees: Prayer has the power to go beyond what we can think or imagine. Ask your church, Bible study or small groups to pray for refugees.
  • Learn about Refugees: EWS offers a “10 Common Myths about Refugees” that you can share in your church bulletin or newsletter to bring awareness and action.
  • Financial Support: Taking a special offering specifically for refugee families is a wonderful way to engage your community and help shine the light of Jesus to those in need.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Exodus World Service CLICK HERE to donate today

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 06:51
 
2016 Swedish Singers’ Concert in Elgin Print E-mail
Swedish Singers The Young Swedish Singers, a 43 member gospel singing group from Hasslehom, Skane, Sweden, will appear in concert at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Elgin, IL on June 26 at 6:00 p.m. The group’s tour includes stops in Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Kansas, June 16 – July 3, 2016.

The concert is being supported by the members and families of Good Shepherd and St. John Lutheran churches of Elgin.

This youth choir, founded by Director Birgitta Rosland in 1991, comes from a very musical Lutheran church in the far south of Sweden. Choir members range in age from teenagers to young adults in their early 20’s. This is their sixth US tour in fourteen years.

The Young Swedish Singers’ concert, sung mostly in English, will include gospel, hymns, and Swedishfolk music. The choir is directed by Birgitta Rosland and assisted by her husband Connie Rosland. The choir will be hosted by approximately 300 families during their 2 ½ week tour.

The choir will perform at sixteen churches and two Swedish festivals while they are here. This is the choir’s second visit to Good Shepherd, Elgin.

Choir members have raised funds to cover not only their airfare to the US, but their bus transportation for the entire tour. All offering and CD income received during the tour will benefit Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat, a non-profit ministry providing counseling retreats for pastors and their spouses.

CLICK HERE for a sneak peak of one of their songs on the Good Shepherd website.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 May 2016 09:51
 
Save the Date: Reformation 2017 - Discover. Explore. Celebrate. Print E-mail
Reformation The entire district is invited to come together on the campus of Concordia University Chicago for a Northern Illinois District observance of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Pastors, congregations, schools, church leaders, children, parents and grandparents all can participate in the day-long celebration. Online registration will be available beginning September 2016 (yes, a year in advance). Join fellow Lutherans and friends in marking the seminal event of our Church and one of the most important movements in human history. Watch for more information.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 14:26