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Scholarship Sunday

FROM:     Rev. Charles Olander, Planned Gift Counselor

 CID Scholarship Sunday – September 13, 2020

 Due to the coronavirus, Central Illinois District Scholarship Sunday was postponed this year from May until September 13th.  

 At this time I am asking you to make sure that CID Scholarship Sunday is on your church calendar and please respond to Amy ( at the district office by August 20th whether your congregation will or will not participate and how many envelopes you will need.  Quantities of envelopes may be limited to 50 per congregation, or 10% of communicant members, whichever is less.  If you feel you need more than this limited amount of envelopes, please communicate that in your request.  Thank you. 

Fish Fry at St. John's Bath

St. John's Lutheran of Bath, IL will be hosting their annual fish fry on Monday, August 31. This year due to the Corona Virus there will be no dine in, but carry outs only. The menu will include: catfish, walleye, chicken strips (for those not wanting fish), coleslaw as well as pecan, apple or cherry pie. Customers will be asked to enter through the North double doors to pick up their to go boxes and exit through the West kitchen door. As usual all for a donation of your choice. To help us project the number of meals to prepare send an email to:, or text or call at (309) 256-6514 by Wed. Aug. 26.

Funds raised will go toward an endowment fund set up to support our district campus ministries at U of I, EIU, WIU and ISU. Currently all donations to this fund will be matched dollar for dollar. For more information go to: or 

LERT Volunteer Training Events

Saturday, April 18, 2020
St. John’s Lutheran Church

The registration fee ($35.00) includes your disaster response training manual, disaster response vest, Certificate of Completion, I.D. badge, breakfast, and lunch. Please register at least one week before the event, if at all possible. Walk-ins are welcome. Please pay with check made out to the host church. If you are already LERT certified, the event is considered continuing education (no charge).

Welcome to the Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) volunteer training program provided by the LCMS Office of National Mission. Together we will walk through a simple training program designed to help you serve as a trained Christian volunteer when a disaster strikes.

This training is part of a Synod-wide disaster response program, facilitated by a network of District Disaster Response Coordinators and Teams, under the direction of LCMS Disaster Response. At the close of the program, you will receive a certificate of participation and a LERT volunteer credential issued by LCMS Disaster Response.

In the chaos of disaster, it’s important to stay focused on the task at hand. This training will help you focus on the most important thing to remember as you prepare for or respond to a disaster in your community or beyond. At the center of our LERT volunteer training is one thing— MERCY! Christ’s mercy is the basis for everything we say and do.

This training event will equip you to be an effective volunteer should a disaster strike in your community.


LERT Chainsaw Training Event

(None scheduled at this time)

Welcome to the ADVANCED CHAINSAW volunteer training program provided by the Central Illinois District – LCMS. In order to attend this course, you MUST have completed the six hour Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) basic training.

This eight hour event will consist of an instructional and operational based training. Once certified in chainsaw disaster applications, you will be equipped to be an effective chainsaw volunteer should a disaster strike your community.

You will be required to bring hearing protection, eye protection, helmet, chaps, leather gloves, leather steel toe boots, chainsaw, bar oil, and fuel. If you do not have these items, we will provide them for you at the time of the training.

The cost is $35.00, which includes breakfast, lunch, manual, and certification.

Bring your LERT disaster response vest and your LERT I.D. certification badge.

Video Resources

Video/Commercial - Spread the Good News of Jesus’ birth on your congregation’s website, Facebook page, Local TV/Radio station, etc. This high resolution file can be sent to you from the CID office. You can see this video on the CID website ( under the Video Resources Tab.