Interim Ministry Gathering
9:30 AM09:30

Interim Ministry Gathering

One of the expectations of interim ministry in the Central/Southern Illinois Synod is attendance at scheduled interim ministry gatherings.  On May 17, 2018, the Synod will host a gathering for those who are engaged in interim ministry and those who would like to be available for interim ministry.  We will meet at St. John's Lutheran Church, 2477 W. Washington Street in Springfield, beginning at 9:30 am and continuing through 2:30 pm.  Lunch will be provided.  

Registration is required.  Please register using the form below.  The registration deadline is May 1, 2018.

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Memorial Day Work Weekend
to May 28

Memorial Day Work Weekend

The Memorial Day Work Weekend is an Annual Event At LOMC. Families and individuals come for a weekend of Projects, inside and outdoor to get the camp ready for another great year of summer camp. Thrivent members are also eligible to give a $250 gift card through Thrivent Action Teams. If you would like to do this, contact the camp and the staff will help you with the action team. If you have any questions, contact Ken Dillbeck, property manager, at, or (815) 978-5843 .

 Housing and meals are provided for the weekend, free of charge. Contact the camp office, (815) 732-2220 or to register.

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8:30 AM08:30

Hearts, hands, and Voices Workshop

WHEN:  Saturday, June 2, 2018

WHERE:  Advent Lutheran Church, Morton, IL

TIMES:  8:30 - 9:00 -     Registration

               9:00 - 10:15 -  Session 1


               10:30 - 11:45 - Session 2


               1:00 - 2:15     -  Session 3


                2:30  - 3:00     - Sending Service

The ALCM is working toward providing expanded and relevant LOCAL activities for church musicians.  To that end, we are encouraging our fellow music worship leaders to participate in this workshop.

Clinicians and topics are as follows:


Dr. Jim Rimington - Working with older voices in the church choir.

This session will provide ideas about basic techniques that may have been lost in the weekly preparation of the adult church choir.  "To breathe is to sing and to sing is to breathe".  As we age, however, this and other technique becomes more and more difficult.  We will explore quick, short warm-ups that can be used to help older singers strengthen their breathing mechanism as well as other technique problems that arise with the aging process.  Handouts will be provided on all the ideas covered in this session.

Dr. Rimington, Director of Music, Grace United Methodist Church, Pekin, IL,  has taught over 1000 voice students and choral music at all levels for nearly 40 years.  During that time, he has also directed church adult and children's choirs.  He recently taught voice and Music Education at Bradley University.  Now retired, Dr. Rimington has continued to teach voice to students of all ages and especially has an interest in the aging voice.


Royce Hubert - All God's Children Do Worship

How to involve children and youth as Organ Assistants, Lectors, Soloists and Instrumentalists

Royce has been a church musician since she was thirteen.  She graduated from Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, with both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Sacred Music Degree.  She studied her junior year at the Kirchenmusikscule in Berlin, Germany.  She also studied composition with Richard Hillert at Concordia, Chicago. 

She has served as organist and music director in several churches in the Midwest, most recently at St. John's Lutheran in Springfield, IL.  Incorporating children and young adults as contributors in worship has been an important part of her ministry.


J.B. and Connie George - Organ and Piano:  Striking a Balance. 

A Beginner's guide to comparing and adapting hymn accompaniments and service music.

Connie and J.B. George are church musicians at different churches.  Both of us are fortunate enough to have organs and pianos reasonably near each other so both can be used in any given service.  How do we decide which instrument to use for hymns and liturgy?  For choir accompaniments?  We will also include examples of easy to moderate-level preludes, postludes, etc., which help us "strike a balance" so both instruments are used.

J.B. is Director of Music at Historic Grace Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Springfield, IL

Connie Steffens George is Director of Music at Our Savior's Lutheran Church (LC-MS) in Springfield, IL. 

J.B. and Connie have studied church music and organ performance, and have served various parishes in the Midwest.

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3:00 PM15:00

Memorial Service for William E. Lesher, fourth president of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

The Rev. Dr. William E. Lesher, who served as president of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) from 1978-1997, died on January 23 at the age of 85. He was the seminary’s longest-serving president and is remembered here for his leadership in bringing about an ecumenical, global, and multicultural vision for theological education during his presidency. Rev. Dr. Lesher is survived by his wife of 60 years, A. Jean Olson Lesher; their sons, David and Gregory; and three grandchildren.


You are invited to a memorial service at LSTC on Thursday, March 15, at 3 pm in the Augustana Chapel. A reception will follow in the Refectory and will allow time for sharing stories of Rev. Dr. Lesher’s life and ministry.


Please contact Patti DeBias in the President’s Office at  or 773-256-0728 if you have any questions.


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Southern Conference Assembly
2:30 PM14:30

Southern Conference Assembly

Yearly Southern Conference assembly will be held at St. Luke's Lutheran in Campbell Hill. We will have the usual business meeting along with a program from Thrivent. Dinner to follow.

Registration at 2:30, conference begins at 3:00. 

Melissa Waterman, St. Luke's Campbell Hill

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12:00 PM12:00


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We will be having a blood drive in February for Richard’s window to benefit the Grace Food Pantry. Got to: schedule/27487 Schedule your time to donate blood, when doing so please mention Richard’s Window for whom it should be directed.  It only takes a few minutes to impact lives. Give away’s will be given all morning!!! We will also hold a bake sale to support the Youth going to Houston.

Kim Gietl,

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5:00 PM17:00

Mardi Gras for Madagascar

Tuesday, February 13, 5-8 PM, Parish Life Center
This event is a fundraiser to support Pastor Kirsten Laderach, our missionary in Madagascar.  This will be a fun event for all ages and an opportunity to join together with our ELCA brothers and sisters from Our Saviour and Resurrection Churches.  Plans include a meal, entertainment, and activities offered this day before Ash Wednesday, also know around the world as Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, or Carnival.  Dress in costume if you wish!  The menu will include pancakes, sausage, fruit, and beverage.  Suggested donation at the door is $6 for adults and $3 for children.  Activities will include pancake relays, Pastor pancake race, mask making, and a shoebox float competition.  Mark your calendar for this festive evening!

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Hans Peterson and Nelson Morlock - Something So Beautiful
to Feb 11

Hans Peterson and Nelson Morlock - Something So Beautiful

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Dynamic Father-Son Duo concert

Hans Peterson (of Dakota Road Music) and his son, Nelson Morlock are passing through the area as part of their Something So Beautiful, CD release tour. They will perform Dakota Road songs as well as songs off their new CD where rockin' fiddle tunes, creative originals and clever covers meet. They will be at First English Lutheran at 7pm on Feb 9, First Presbyterian in Springfield at 5pm on Feb 10, and at Good Shepherd Lutheran at 4pm on Feb 11. 

For students and adults who usually attend the Rend Lake LYO event this may be a chance to have a mini reunion! The concert is open to the public and will feature many of their newest songs.

For questions contact Jason Fisher at 315-277-3703 or


Dakota Road Music

Dakota Road has become known nationally for their stirring original music and playful performance style. They craft powerful stories of life and faith woven in colorful musical styles ranging from acoustic ballads to rocking anthems. Their songs of struggle and hope connect with people of all ages and walks of life.  Individually and as a band Dakota Road has released over twenty recordings with many of their songs being sung all across the U.S. & beyond. 


Nelson Morlock  

Currently on a gap year before beginning his studies in the fall of 2018 at Earlham College (Richmond, IN), Nelson is a versatile musician. Whether it is his soulful voice, playful bass guitar, or the creative expression of fiddle, he draws an audience in with his dynamic musicianship. His music dances with energy & longing, playfulness & panache, tenderness & joy.  

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Crossings Conference "Up Weak Knees!"  The Power of the Gospel for Times Like These
7:00 PM19:00

Crossings Conference "Up Weak Knees!" The Power of the Gospel for Times Like These

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This is a 3-day conference, January 28-31.

"Up weak knees and spirits bowed in sorrow. No tomorrow shall arrive to beat you down!" So goes the brilliant English translation of a hymn first sung in 1636 in Bohemia, where the Thirty Years' War was raging with no end in sight.

Christian knees are wobbling in America today. This conference will explore God's unfolding response to that, inviting all who attend to a conversation about the power of the Gospel—the good news of Christ crucified and risen— to bring a sagging, weary Church to life again. We will follow St. Paul's lead in Romans 1:16-17, where he calls the Gospel "the power of God for salvation." He adds that in it "the righteousness of God" is on display, in a way that continues to invite human beings into the defiant joy of that Bohemian hymn: "God goes before you, and angels all around; on your head a crown!"

How will Christian people taste such joy in 2018? We too are caught in gloomy times that sap the spirit. Two of our speakers will help us name and face them. The first is Francisco Herrera of Decolonize Lutheranism, an advocate for diversity in the ELCA. The second is David Zahl of Mockingbird Ministries, and a lay minister at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Ensuing conversation is bound to touch on many matters that weigh us down right now—

  •   the angry politics that prevail in our land 
  •   the inability of Christians to address grave matters with a common voice; their horror on seeing other professing Christians back positions or persons that strike them as abhorrent
  • a sense that Christian confession is more and more beside the point where the wider culture is concerned
  •  the steady erosion of church attendance; the disappearance of younger faces from our congregations
  • the same threats and dangers that have everyone on edge in 2018: climate change, intractable wars, the concentration of wealth and power, the flood of refugees, eruptions of hatred and violence, the erosion of truth; and so on.

St. Paul, who speaks in Romans 1:18 of God's wrath on display, would likely see the righteous hand of God at work in all these things. He invites us even so to exult in God with unwavering confidence, for Christ's sake, urging others to do the same.

Three speakers will take the lead in helping us unravel this. Stephan Turnbull, of Community of Grace Lutheran Church, White Bear Lake, Minnesota, will use his expertise in Paul to address the Romans text. Kathryn Kleinhans, newly appointed Dean of Trinity Lutheran Seminary, will explore how Luther applied Paul's insights to his own fraught times. Matthew Becker of Valparaiso University will track these issues through the work of Werner Elert and Robert Bertram. All three will launch us into extended group discussion around focused questions, as we work together to "cross" our times with the Word of God.  Our aim is to unfold how the Gospel is the very thing Paul says it is, the gift of gifts for Christians to employ and rejoice in for the sake of the world God loves today.

Jerome Burce will keynote the event and draw it a close with reflections from Mark, our gospel for the year. God willing, our time will include an evening of conversation with Crossings founder Edward Schroeder. Prayer, praise and thanksgiving will be an integral part of our gathering. We will meet our Lord Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

We pray that you will join us, and bring a friend.

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Financial Peace University at Grace Lutheran Church, Springfield, IL
6:30 PM18:30

Financial Peace University at Grace Lutheran Church, Springfield, IL

Starts January 11.  With Dave Ramsey’s class Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money, get out of debt, and create a plan for your future.   The cost to attend the 9 week course is $109 for 2 family members.  The course is open to members and non-members. 

This class meets each Thursday from 6:30-8:00 pm.

REGISTER NOW at   First class participants will be put in for a drawing for a $25.00 gift card

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