FG2 – DC Trip 2018: A Multi-Cultural and Inter-Generation Journey

Sessions b, c

Orange A1338

Pr. Michael Thomas, Janice Forrest, Ron Simmons, and Jane Lightcap

Zion Lutheran Church will share their experience in going on a cross-cultural, inter-generational, Washington, D.C. Trip in the summer of 2018 with 13 teenagers and 21 adults to share and learn about the diverse experience of people in the USA. We will talk about what it was like to reflect on the joys and sorrows of the American experience. God has blessed us in this country but there are many burdens we carry that have long too often been ignored. We are called to walk together in this journey.

FG3 – Growing in Faith through diakonia™

Session b

Red A1364

Vicar Denise Rode and Pr. Doug Liston

Learn about the NIS diakonia™ program from its students, graduates,  teaching pastors, and coordinators. The diakonia™ journey is offered at several locations across the synod. Prospective students can learn about the “classic” diakonia™ program while graduates of the program will hear about a new level of diakonia™ being piloted this year.

SJ2 – 5 Cylinder Faith – Bread for the World Presentation

Sessions a, b

Orange A1339

Pr. Kenneth R. Storck, Bread for the World

This presentation will focus on the 5th promise of our Baptism: “to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.” Are you living fully into your baptismal promises? Are you running on all cylinders? This session will provide practical ways to live out this 5th promise both as individuals and as communities of faith. Find out what you and your congregation can do to “strive for justice and peace in all the earth.”

SJ4 – Helping Central Americans Improve Food Production, Be Given Hope, and Not Become Immigrants

Sessions a, b

Red A1363

Kevin Nelson, Growing Project Leader Ottawa-Barrington Growing Project-Growing Hope Globally and Becky Morris of Growing Hope Globally

Helping the people of Central & South America have an adequate food supply helps them to stay in their home countries and keep families together. Lutheran World Relief’s food production programs there are supported by Growing Hope Globally (formerly known as the Foods Resource Bank).

SJ5 – How to Write a Grant to ELCA World Hunger to Help Your Food Ministry

Session b

Blue C1207

Iain Chester, Manager Network Engagement, ELCA World Hunger, Hester Bury, Northern Illinois Food Bank; Cindi Gramenz, Christian Care

Hear stories from local food ministries on how they approach breaking the cycle of poverty and hunger in their communities. Learn the process of applying for ELCA Domestic World Hunger grants in order to work towards a just world where all are fed.

SP2 – Art as Prayer

Session a

Yellow A1268

Pr. Susan Davenport

In this workshop, we will share a faith-based art project while considering what the author Matthew Fox has to say about the “Via Creativa.” We will also exchange thoughts and ideas of art that takes place in your places of worship. NO experience necessary. Bring scissors and a glue stick (some on hand for those who forget). NO experience necessary!

WO1 – ELCA Worship Planning Resources

Session a

Green A1222

Deacon John Weit, Program Director for Music, Office of the Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

This workshop will introduce (or review) the many resources centered around Evangelical Lutheran Worship for planning worship. Special emphasis will be placed on materials to help deepen knowledge and involvement in worship including the important role of music in the weekly assembly. Whether you are new to ELCA worship resources or use them regularly, take a deeper dive into the tools available to help you and your congregation in planning and leading worship.

WO2 – New Music for Assembly Singing

Session b

Green A1222

Deacon John Weit, Program Director for Music, Office of the Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

In this session, we will sing together some of the new music published in the last several years as part of the expanding Evangelical Lutheran Worship family of resources. Included will be music for seasonal services, music for paperless singing, and music from ELW and ecumenical partners that may be new to your community. Tips for incorporating and teaching new music to assemblies will be reviewed. This workshop would be ideal for musicians, those who plan and lead worship, and anyone with an appreciation for incorporating music in worship.

WO4 – Using Storytelling in Ministry

Sessions b, c

Green A1221

Pr. Julie Monnard

Sharing a storytelling of a Bible passage often can have a greater impact and hold an audience longer than simply reading from the Bible. This workshop will provide samples of BibleTellings and examples of when telling a Bible story can be used in worship, education, and other ministries.

YF3 – UNITE Service Camp–Serving locally shapes lives!

Sessions a only (session c cancelled)

Blue C1207

Pastor Bree Truax representing Sauk Valley UNITE

Do you long to make a difference in your community and in the lives of young people? Come and learn about UNITE Service Camp! UNITE is a 3.5 day local mission trip where youth paint homes for people in need in their community. Learn about how to participate in Sauk Valley UNITE Service Camp in 2019 and how to launch a UNITE Service Camp in your area.

EO4 – Journeying Together with the LGBTQ+ community!

Session a

Red A1375

Pr. Mike Thomas and Intern Alfi Wyatt

How does the church create a safe place to welcome and support the LGBTQ+ community to celebrate the diversity that God has created? Relations between the LGBTQ+ community and the church have often been strained and complicated due to lack of understanding and ignorance. Join us for a discussion about the ways to be a welcoming community, the importance of being such, and a general overview of terms.

SJ6 – Loving Creation at Church and at Home

Session c

Yellow A1267

Pr. Jeff Schlesinger, Pr. Scott Ralston, Pr. Carol Soderholm, Mary Foskit, Linda Weidenbach, and Rebecca Keller (from the Creation Care Committee)

Loving Creation at Church and at Home, is a look at what we can do in response to the changes in the life of our planet. We will begin the session presenting information about the Season of Creation, a wonderful way to help our churches engage in environmental awareness as part worship. Pr. Jeff Schlesinger will talk about the various parts of the liturgy and how to integrate them into one’s congregation. The second half of the session will look at what we can do to be good stewards of creation in our churches and communities in what might be a “post-recycling” era in the United States. This part of the session will include several testimonies regarding recycling, composting, nature conservation, and a time for discussing best practices.