You are invited to register for the convocation of Illinois Lutheran congregations, pastors, and laity to formally constitute Lutheran CORE Illinois on March 19-20, 2010, at American Lutheran Church, Rantoul, Illinois. Please also forward this message to others in Illinois who wish to stand as a part of Lutheran CORE for the renewal of the Lutheran church in North America.
To register please send your name, address, e-mail, and the congregation you attend (or represent) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no registration fee. A free-will offering for Lutheran CORE Illinois will be received.
The Convocation will begin at 7 pm on Friday, March 19, and conclude that evening at 9 pm. It will reconvene Saturday morning at 8 am and be concluded by Noon.
We have allowed this much time to enable discussion on the effects in Illinois of the reconfiguration of North American Lutheranism being charted by Lutheran CORE. And to enable Lutherans from across the state -- within the ELCA and its 3 Illinois synods and outside (or intending to be outside) of the ELCA -- to begin to network with each other.
We recognize some attendees may be traveling long distances and may not be able to attend the entire convocation. Approving the initial constitution (which will be available soon on the CORE Illinois web site) and electing the CORE Illinois Steering Committee will happen Saturday morning.
Rantoul is located about a dozen miles north of the junction of I-57 and I-74 outside of Champaign-Urbana, with American Lutheran being about 2 miles from the junction of I-57 and US-136. Directions can be found at the church's web site. CORE Illinois is not arranging for lodging or meals, but they are available in Rantoul and the Champaign-Urbana vicinity.
To be sure of receiving information about Lutheran CORE Illinois, please send an e-mail with your name and congregation to
CORE_Illinoisemail@example.com, which will subscribe you to the Lutheran CORE Illinois Announcements group. One can also find CORE Illinois announcements at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CORE_Illinois/, and can join the group from there with a yahoo! ID. We aim to not bombard you with e-mails if you join that group.
Lutheran CORE Illinois also has established a "discussion" list that you can join by sending your name and congregation to
CORE-IL-Discussfirstname.lastname@example.org or its associated site at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CORE-IL-Discuss/.
Again, please forward this message to Illinois Lutherans who are supportive of Lutheran CORE's vision for the future of North American Lutheranism.
Peace and all good, Pastor Steven Tibbetts
The Rev. Steven P. Tibbetts, STS
Pastor, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Peoria, Ill.
Chair, Lutheran CORE Illinois Steering Committee