Welcome to the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Spanning four counties, eight conferences, and over 200 congregations and worshipping communities, our synod works each day to support parishioners and Lutherans in Chicago and its surrounding area. As part of the ELCA, our mission is to share God's love made known to us in Jesus Christ.
Learn more about our synod in Who We Are.
Holy Week and Easter Services in Synod Congregations
Find a congregation in your area to attend Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter services.
Find out more about the teachings of congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) by visiting here.
Visit here to find out more about The Three Days: traditions of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Vigil of Easter.
All are welcome.
Plan to Attend Spring Stewardship Conference
This year’s spring stewardship conference, “Facing the Financial Challenges of Funding Congregational Mission and Ministry,” will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC), 1100 E.55th St., Chicago, IL 60615.
The cost is: $25 per person (includes lunch); $20 per person if registration and payment is received prior to April 6, 2015; and, $20 for LSTC students.
Learn how to move from a negative cycle of scarcity to a positive cycle of abundance by examining current socio-economic trends impacting giving and identifying several best practices for effective year-round stewardship. The goal is to help participants gain a deeper theological understanding of stewardship and provide tools to cultivate and grow the spiritual gift of generous giving.
Issue 20.1 of Let's Talk on "The Catechumenate" Now Online
The North African church father Tertullian once said that "Christians are made, not born." The new Lent issue of Let's Talk: Living Theology in the Metropolitan Chicago Synod looks at how area pastors, catechists and sponsors are engaged in making Christians by reclaiming, in a diverse array of forms, the ancient tradition of the catechumenate.
Featured are testimonies from Monte Johnson of Immanuel, Edgewater; Krista Kapp and Tim Brown of Luther Memorial, Lincoln Square; Ben Dueholm of Messiah, Wauconda; Sister Christina Fuller of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Evanston; and former catechumen Marcus Lohrmann, now a leader at Holy Trinity, Lakeview.
Plus, Mark D. Williamson on customizing the catechumenate for your context, PJ Malin on catechizing parents of the baptized, Frank Senn on preaching with catechumens present, and Heidi Haverkamp reviews Paul Hoffman's Faith Forming Faith.
Comments and responses are always welcome.
Fund for Mission Applications Due April 1
In 1997, the Metropolitan Chicago Synod created a mission endowment fund for the purpose of assisting congregations to energize and extend the reach of their mission. The primary purpose of these grants is to stimulate creative approaches to evangelical outreach, or invitational evangelism.
Congregations that have previously received funding may apply for one follow-up grant for the same project.
Instructions and an online grant application are available here.
The form needs to be filled out and e-mailed to the synod office. The Fund Board awards grants twice a year.
Annual Chrism Mass with Renewal of Vows to Take Place on March 31
The annual Synod Chrism Mass will take place on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at Edison Park Lutheran Church, 6626 N. Oliphant Ave., Chicago, IL 60631. All rostered leaders are invited to join in the renewal of vows; a luncheon will follow.
Vials of oil will be available to take to individual parishes, and vials from previous years may be brought and recycled. All are welcome.
E-mail Pastor Michael Fick with any questions about the service at email@example.com. Contact Edison Park at 773-631-9131 or firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate that you will attend the luncheon.
It's Here! 2015 Health Assessment Now Open
Health plan members and eligible spouses, simply sign in to myPortico to access the new Mayo Clinic Healthy Living online and take your health assessment. You can earn $150 by taking the Mayo Health Clinic Assessment, and earn $350 more by choosing and completing a wellness activity.
Rostered Leader Reports to Synod Bishops
The Rostered Leader Reports to Synod Bishops are available here on the ELCA webpage. You will need to select the "Synods" tab, and then the appropriate form.
Please e-mail the completed forms to Mary Richardson at the synod office at email@example.com.
2015 Rostered Leader Salary Guidelines Available Online
The 2015 Salary Guidelines for Rostered Leaders are available here (see upper left-hand corner of page).
For a printed copy of the guidelines, please contact Sandie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-248-0021. If you have any questions about the guidelines, please contact Steve at email@example.com or 773-248-0021.
Invitation to Participate in the Open Hands Open Hearts Stewardship Initiative
The Open Hands Open Hearts Stewardship Initiative website is available at www.openhandsopenhearts.com. The first step in participating is for a congregation to complete a Congregational Assessment. Once completed, the results of the assessment, a planning tool, and a password are sent to the congregation. The password provides congregational leaders website access to an extensive menu of resources. This enables the congregation to develop a self-directed–yet strategic–systematic plan of action, including participation in a congregational peer cluster.
If you want to learn more about the process and the website, a recording of the Saturday, July 19, introductory webinar is accessible on the Open Hands Open Hearts page here.
See Mission Imagination at Work - Watch the First Affiliated Mission Community Video
See the short film BRIDGING THE GAPS. The Metropolitan Chicago Synod is on the front of an innovative movement called "Affiliated Mission Communities," and this story documents the first installment, Urban Acacia. This is the video featured as part of Bishop Miller's report at this year's assembly
You can also download the video at the same site to play at worship, council meetings, or as part of other presentations.
Turnaround Synod Initiative
The Metropolitan Chicago Synod works to energize and renew congregations, supporting their efforts to “turnaround” and begin to grow and thrive. Our Turnaround Synod Initiative (TSI) is our program that invites these congregations to be inspired, challenged, and empowered to increase participation in their congregation and community and become more engaged.
Get more information and answers to questions, or a packet of information to share with your congregation’s leaders by clicking here.