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Welcome to New Mission Interpreters
We are pleased to welcome the most recent additions to the Metropolitan Chicago MI Team. Thanks to Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Schaumburg for hosting our orientation on January 21, 2012, and to Mary Anderson for helping lead the session.
In spite of the first major snowfall of the season, everyone was able to participate. Our new MI’s (I to r) are: Mary Ann Smith - Gloria Dei, Downers Grove; Andrea Delaney - Christ the Lord, Elgin; and, Erv Uhlman, St. Mark's, Waukegan
They are all very active in the life of the church and have great stories to tell. I’m sure they will all do a great job of sharing with their congregations and others how we the church are doing “God’s work, our hands.”
Thanks to Grace Lutheran Church in Villa Park who, in spite of basement flooding the day before, hosted our orientation on July 23, 2011. A big thanks also to Judy Twist for leading the session.
There was a great turn out as the following enthusiastic members joined our MI team:
Cindy Johnson, Cathy Zeiss, Emily Ishida, Jeanne Herring, Heidi Johns, Pat Hubbard and Carol Bloemke from Grace in Villa Park; Mary Lee Platz, Lynn Lullo, Sharon Brakmeier, Pilvi Innola, Jayne Boeckelman and Leroy Boeckelman from Faith Lutheran in Glen Ellyn, Greg Hammond from Grace in Mt. Prospect, Karen Fazio from Prince of Peace in Addison, Linda Sosnowski from Lutheran Church of the Cross in Arlington Heights, Joy Medrano from LSSI and Marilyn Thompson from Lutheran Church of Martha and Mary in Mt. Prospect.
As is past synod assemblies, we had "Mission Moments" shared by some of our Mission Interpreters. Here are those stories, in addition to other ways the Mission Interpreter Network helped share the story of our hands doing God's work.
Welcome to New Mission Interpreters
Thank you to the Lutheran Center for hosting our new Mission Interpreters Orientation on Saturday, October 9, 2010. Like our existing mission interpreters, they will help share stories of the ELCA's mission and ministry within their congregations, and help share their congregations' stories with the larger church.
Back row (l-r): Dick Spreitzer, Mayfair LC, Chicago; Jim Keister, St. Mark’s LC, Waukegan; Mary Anderson, ELCA MCS Mission Interpreter Coordinator; Kate Knoerzer, Treasurer IND/KY Synod ELCA; Liam Carolan, St. Luke’s LC, Park Ridge; Beth Ann Lynch, St. Luke’s LC, Park Ridge; Steve Homberg, Assoc. to the Bishop, MCS ELCA; Jan Hanson, St. Luke’s LC, Park Ridge.
Front row (l-r): Carole Spreitzer, Mayfair LC, Chicago; Anne Laurence, Grace LC, Evanston; Cindy Keister, St. Mark’s LC, Waukegan; Phyllis Biermann, Faith LC, Glen Ellyn; Bev Moody, LC of the Good Shepherd, Prospect Heights; Bob Hein, St. Paul LC, Wheaton.
Become a mission interpreter
Welcome to Mission Interpreters
Thanks to our host congregation, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Schaumburg, our third Mission Interpreter Orientation was held Saturday, August 7,2010. This group will definitely make a difference in their congregations as they tell how we Lutherans are using our hands (and dollars) to do God’s work in our synod, our nation and the world.
(L to R) Steve Homberg, Associate to Bishop for MCS; Paul Kirchdoerfer, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Blue Island; Rev. Peter Hellstedt, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Schaumburg; Rev. Héctor Garfias-Toledo, Associate to Bishop for MCS; Front row: Lin Hodkinson, Peace Lutheran Church, Lake Zurich; Mary Anderson, Mission Interpreter Coordinator MCS; Bonnie Jones, Messiah Lutheran Church, Wauconda; Beth Gibbs, Peace Lutheran Church, Schaumburg
Telling the stories of our hands doing God’s work in the world.
The Metropolitan Chicago Synod (MCS) welcomed its second group of Mission Interpreters during orientation and commissioning on January 16, 2010. They are now eager to spread that word about how Christ is making a difference in people's lives through the ELCA and its partners around the world.
From left: Rev. John Roberts, Mission Interpreter for Resurrection Lutheran Church, Chicago; Rev. Hector Garfias, Associate to the Bishop, MCS; Steve Homberg, Associate to the Bishop, MCS: Julie Paschal, Luther Memorial Church, Chicago; Derek Paschal, Luther Memorial Church, Chicago; Ken Olson, Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Schaumburg; Mary Anderson, Mission Interpreter Coordinator, MCS; Patrick Briggs, Christus Victor Lutheran Church, Elk Grove Village; Paul Johns, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Hinsdale; Tammy Jackson, Holy Family Lutheran Church, Chicago; Sharon and Art Howells, St. James Lutheran Church, Western Springs; Judi Keippel, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Chicago.
Synod Welcomes First Group of Mission Interpreters
The Metropolitan Chicago Synod welcomes its first Mission Interpreters, commissioned on September 26, 2009, and who are now sharing about how our hands are doing God’s work, in following the ELCA tagline “God’s work, our hands.”
Front row: Janice Palucci, Grace Lutheran Church, Westchester; Chienyu (Jade) Yi, seminary student; Carolynn Joesten, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Park Ridge; Sharon Katterman, Grace Lutheran Church, LaGrange; Jackie Grinvalds, University Lutheran Church, Evanston; Barbara Burswold, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Park Ridge; Mary Anderson, Metro Chicago Mission Interpreter Coordinator and member Lutheran Church of the Atonement, Barrington; Mary Coonda, Ascension Lutheran Church, Riverside; Jannine Oakes, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Park Ridge.
Back row: Daniel Schwick, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois; Grace Jorgensen, Messiah Lutheran Church, Wauconda; Shirley Lyles, Lutheran Church of the Master, Carol Stream; Hector Garfias Toledo, Associate to Bishop, Metro Chicago Synod; Patricia Gerber-Bornholt, Lutheran Church of the Master, Carol Stream; John Roberts, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Chicago; Jeffrey Roelofs, St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, LaGrange Park; Judy Twist, Faith Lutheran Church, Brookfield; (partly hidden) Mary Hasse, Lutheran Church of the Atonement, Barrington; Steve Homberg, Associate to Bishop, Metropolitan Chicago Synod.