News & Events

LLL Convention

Saturday, March 9
Immanual Lutheran Church
203 E Division St, Altamont, IL 62411

Begins 9:00am

Join the Central Illinois LLL District at their annual convention hosted at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altamont, Illinois on Saturday, 9, 2024. All are welcome to attend. Our guest speaker is Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler, Speaker of the Lutheran Hour® focusing on Energizing Mission. Other highlights will include four breakout sessions to encourage the faith community. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. with the convention beginning at 9:00 a.m. The registration fee is $25 which includes lunch.  Join us for a day of spiritual growth with inspirational presentations to encourage and equip you as partners in His mission.


Complete the registration form and return with your registration fee to Deloris Blessman, CID LLL Treasurer, 24204 CR 1850N, Topeka, IL 61567

If you have any questions or need more information you can contact Deloris by phone: 309.361.1461 or email:

 Registration deadline is March 5, 2024. Please respond as soon as possible for lunch preparation.


Spring Pastors Conference

Two new things to note about this conference. We are testing out a new, two-full-day format, which means the conference begins before lunch on Monday. Please plan your travels accordingly. For some of you, this means a savings because you will be able to reduce your hotel nights to one. For many of you, there will be no change in expense because two nights are still required, but they will be Sunday-Monday instead of Monday-Tuesday.

Second, online registration has been upgraded. While we offered this option in the past, congregations/pastors had to print off the (multi-page) form and still mail in a check to complete the registration. This conference, we are testing an online payment option. And if you wish to still pay by check, the online form will now provide you with a single page payment voucher to print to accompany your payment. Please visit to complete the online registration or to submit your excuse for absence. For those who do not wish to attempt registering online, a fillable PDF of the registration form is attached.

This year's conference also provides an opportunity to attend two district events the evening before and the day after the conference. The annual Camp CILCA Banquet will be held on Sunday evening (5-8pm) at Camp CILCA. The Illinois March for Life will be held on Wednesday, April 17 with events 10am-3pm. Please see the additional flyers for these events attached.

We look forward to hearing your response by March 21.

*Please direct all questions to Rev. Brian Johnston at Trinity Lutheran Church, Taylorville at or by phone at 217-827-8148

To download conference information or registration form, please see below

March for Life
Mail-in Registration Form


Small Church Summit (SCS)

There are no scheduled events at this time. Please stay tuned!

Please reach out to with any questions.


A Million Dollar Match

Starting in 2022, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) will offer $1 million in matching grants. These funds will help the Synod’s member congregations to support various local pro-life efforts, both big and small. 

The people of the LCMS love children and families. Through many acts of mercy in their communities, we demonstrate this love. The $1 million match will mobilize still more love in action.

For more information, go to


LERT Basic Training Event

(None scheduled at this time)

Please join us for the Lutheran Early Response Team volunteer training program.  Together we will walk through a simple training program designed to help you serve as a trained Christian volunteer when a disaster strikes and to help your family and congregation to be prepared for disasters.  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.  After the program, you will receive a completion card credential and a T-shirt.  

PLEASE NOTE:  Registrations must be received by two weeks prior to the training day to ensure a shirt at the time of the class photo.  Registrations received after that date will have shirts sent with the credential card.

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 to 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 6-hour training event will equip you to be an effective volunteer should a disaster strike your community.  After a brief introduction regarding the goals and theological rationale of LCM Disaster Response, the LERT volunteer training will address the following:  

  • Christian care in times of disaster
  • A Ministry of presence
  • The LERT Program and how it works with other responders
  • Introduction to Disaster Response
  • At the work site:  Debris clean up, tarp and patch, flood and mud clean up, chainsaw safety, and necessary paperwork.

Cost for the day is $35, which includes light breakfast, lunch, book/materials, t-shirt, and credential card.  If you are repeating the session we ask that you contribute $15 if you need a new book and t-shirt to help defray the costs.


LERT Chainsaw Training Event

(None scheduled at this time)

The training will consist of 4 hours of instructional-based (Classroom Portion) and 4 hours of operational-based (Hands-On Portion). Volunteers should be between the ages of 18 and 85. The cost of the training is $35.00. Lunch will be provided. If you are already LERT Chainsaw certified, the event is considered continuing education, so there is no charge for re-training. A $5 to $8 offering is welcome to help pay for your lunch.

You must have previously completed the LERT basic training class to participate in this class.

All participants will need to bring the following items: Helmet, ear protection, eye protection, chaps, gloves, steel toed boots, chainsaw, chain-bar oil, and fuel. If members do not have these items, they will be provided to you at the time of training. During the training, you will learn the following:

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

The afternoon hands-on session will be held outside. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing. We will pause for heavy rain or lightning. WEAR CLOTHING APPROPRIATE FOR THE WEATHER.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Stephen Born at (217) 220-0162 or email


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 theVideo Resources Tab.