Mission Facilitator Mike Zimmer, LCMS Northern Illinois District, 2301 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, IL 60162 
Phone 708-223-3112  Email: Judy Wolf  Website: ni.lcms.org 
Events and Resources for Schools and Educators in Northern Illinois
February 9, 2017
All In
"But she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on." Mark 12:44b ESV
The story of the widow's mite reminds me of some Lutheran teachers I have known. Despite salaries that make it tough to thrive on, they still quietly buy supplies, classroom prizes, curriculum, and sometimes even coats and clothes for their students. Beyond money, Lutheran teachers often give sacrificially of their time and talents, faithfully serving where many others will not. You've probably experienced teachers who are "all in" to their vocation of serving God's children.

Yet, on our own merits of giving we cannot raise our head before the Lord and declare righteousness. No quantity of classroom supplies will earn the approval of God. The reason to serve with the kind of commitment role modeled by widow is not because we can be proud of our pious service. That would be like those Sadducee's earlier in the story. No, we serve because One gave much more than money or time to help others. Jesus Christ gave His very life to save sinners like you, me, the widow and your children and families.

As you serve where God has planted you, may you be regularly refreshed in the Grace He has provided in the body and blood of His very Son. May you serve the children with the same willingness and joy that the widow had as she quietly brought forward her mite. And may you look upon the children and families you serve with the same love that God has for you.

God's peace,
Mike Zimmer, Mission Facilitator for Schools

Discussion Questions
  1. What are the qualities of someone who serves God by being "all in?"
  2. How does Christ's death and resurrection affect your understanding of Grace?
  3. Who around you is hurting, lowly or seemingly outcast yet still needs encouragement?
For use in staff meetings,  print devotion and discussion questions.
Early Childhood Network Meetings
February dates focusing on parent education are:
  • East Region: February 15 - St. Paul Lutheran School, 85 S. Constitution, Aurora
  • February 16 - Immanuel Lutheran School, 1225 E. 2nd Street, Belvidere
For more information about these or other NID Early Childhood opportunities contact Julie Klopke,  or Melissa Smith or Aimee Walsh.   Print brochure for further details about times and who to contact to reserve your space for a light supper. Check out more resources at the NID Early Childhood network blog, www.preschooldirectors.blogspot.com.
Send Rep for Legislative Meetings
Your presence is immensely valuable. You are able to present the entire picture of Lutheran schools. Region specific meetings are being held this month with Illinois State legislators in the Chicagoland area. Thanks to Illinois Advocates for Educational Choice (IAEC) for this region specific help. Print flyer
Where Will the Next Group of Principals Come From?
The Northern Illinois District is partnering with five other district to host a future leaders training for new or potential principals June 28-30 at Concordia University Ann Arbor. Print flyer for more information about the three day training and logistics. Contact Mike Zimmer to nominate someone.
Save The Date 2017 Teachers Conference
The District Teachers Conference for 2017-18 will be held at NIU De Kalb on Friday, October 6, 2017 from 8:30-4:00 p.m. Details on registration to follow in early 2017.
Teach Writing Skills and Hope for Life
Download the 2017 Lutherans for Life essay contest protocols. A great way to help Lutheran school students learn how to articulate their faith on life matters. Entries should be sent to the Illinois State LFL Federation by April 1, 2017. Print contest rules     Print contest rubic
Leadership Lessons Learned the Hard Way
Register now for this webinar featuring Brian Becker hosted by LEA on Thursday, March 16, at 7 p.m. (CST). You may register at attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1770278972427064834.

Explore leadership lessons learned in the ministry trenches. Discover how to become a more effective, authentic team leader; identify traits to strengthen your ability to lead; discover why you're getting the results you are; learn to make behavioral changes that stick; and find ways to unwrap potential in your colleagues. This webinar is one of the LEA membership benefits. Guests may participate for a $40.00 fee.
LEA Announces Award Winners
William (Bill) Beckmann was selected by LEA's board of directors to receive LEA's top honor, the Christus Magister award. Since 1965, this most prestigious Lutheran Education Association award has been presented to Lutheran educators who have made significant contributions to Lutheran education.
Rev. Beckmann is pastor and co-director for children's ministries at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Batavia, Illinois.

Verne Schultz was selected to receive Lutheran Education Association's 2017 Outstanding New Lutheran Middle School Teacher award. He is in his third year of teaching at St. John's Lutheran School, Elgin, teaching math, social studies, outdoor education, technology, and electives such as STEAM, computer game design, cryptography, and personal interest endeavor. He was selected by LEA's Middle School Teachers Network leadership team.

Intentionally Teach Students to Disciple Others
Many informal faith stories permeate the day, week and month in the Lutheran school. Discover some ways to formally help your students share their faith with each other and with those who do not yet know Jesus. Print flyer

What About That New Lead Testing Law?
Print fact sheet on the new law impacting lead testing requirements in your school's drinking water.
Please help the District School Support Fund
This fund helps offset the increasing costs of services provided by the District especially in the areas of accreditation and curriculum. Any fees collected in these areas help to supplement a small portion of those services. Please consider supporting the Office of School ministry of the NID.  For more information, print form
Report Staff Retirements
Email the NID office to report any staff retirements occurring at the end of the 2016-17 school year Please let us know if you would prefer we not publish any names.

Is God Calling You Somewhere Else?
Ever wonder if God may have another ministry place in store for you? First, get in the Word and seek His will.  But also remember to update your Commissioned Minister Information Form (CMIF).
To update your CMIF, contact Rosters and Statistics at 888-843-5267 or email rosters.stats@lcms.org. 
Take Heart Scholarship
The Take Heart Scholarship Program is live and accepting essays! This program invites high school seniors to complete an essay in 1,000 words or fewer on the assigned topic. Top selections will win scholarships for $3,000, $1,000 and $500. To apply and for information, visit LCEF.org

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