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Strength and Confidence for Demanding Days

The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod’s Office of National Mission has fully funded these respite retreats to support, encourage, and strengthen all teachers, commissioned ministers and pastors. To learn more about these retreats and to register visit doxology.us/take-heart.

2021-2022 Schedule of Meetings


Location: Concordia University Chicago

Dates:  Monday, October 4, 2021; Monday, February 28, 2022; Monday, May 2, 2022

Introduction Letter


Registration Form

NID Early Childhood Meetings:

Due to COVID-19 safety protocols that are in place, the Early Childhood Meetings will continue to be done via Zoom calls until further notice. They will be recuring on the second Tuesday of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Watch you emails for the Zoom meeting links.

Email NID early childhood consultants, for more information.

Amy Cimarusti, St. Paul, Mount Prospect or call 847-255-6733

Jessica Gade, Immanuel, Downers Grove or call 630-968-3112

Doreen Peterson, Christ the Rock, Rockford or call 815-332-5551

Upcoming Meetings:

Regional Administrators Meetings:

(Contact the regional leader for locations, dates and times of meetings.)

Central Suburban Administrators Meetings

Contact: Valerie Winston, Immanuel, Hillside, 708-562-5580

City of Chicago Administrators Meetings

Contact: Donna Tennis, St. Philip, Chicago, 773-561-9830

Fox Administrators Meetings

Contact: Donna Laughlin, Immanuel, Batavia, 630-879-7163

Northwest Suburban Administrators Meetings

Contact: Steve Zielke, St. Peter, Schaumburg, 847-885-3350

Rockford Administrators Meetings

Contact: Nick Muench, Immanuel, Freeport, 815-232-3511

South Suburban Administrators Meetings

Contact: Lois Stewart, NID Mission Facilitator for Schools, 708-223-3110

Webinars for Educators

On Saturday, February 6, 2021, guest speaker Dr. Hannah Graham spoke to our education community regarding common questions and concerns on receiving the the COVID-19 vaccine. Attendees were able to learn about the current vaccines, their safety, and benefits for individuals and society. For those unable to attend, as well as those who would use this as a resource, we are including a recording of the webinar. We have also attached a list of resources Dr. Graham referred to during the webinar.

Download resources


On September 16, 2020, the LCMS Northern Illinois District hosted a webinar that explored how COVID-19 has influenced the well-being of children as a result of learning in virtual classrooms and being quarantined to their homes.

On August 11, 2020, the LCMS Northern Illinois District hosted a webinar that explored healthy responses to the real challenges of moving through the days of Covid, underscoring how our thoughts and our choices influence our effectiveness and sense of well-being.


Dr. Beverly Yahnke is a psychologist serving DOXOLOGY as the Executive Director for Christian Counsel. From 2010-2015, she served as the Chair and Professor of Psychology at Concordia Wisconsin. Previously, Dr. Yahnke spent over 25 years in private practice serving church workers and their families in the clinical group she founded in Milwaukee. Dr. Yahnke has written numerous articles about psychology, education and faith, and is a frequently invited speaker for clergy and educator conferences. She serves as an elected member of Concordia Theological Seminary’s Board of Regents.

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