Christians are called to many different vocations besides the vocation of disciple and believer. We are also called to be spouses, parents, employers, employees and neighbors. One of our important vocations is that of citizen. On this page we will provide information that will help you carry out the vocation of citizen. We encourage all our members to be informed about our world, nation and state; to pray for leaders and citizens; and, as much as possible, to influence the world, nation and state toward that which is good and just that we might...
"...lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:2-4).
Should Illinois Residents Be Able to Change Their Gender on Their Birth Certificates? May 2017
The Illinois House and Senate has approved a bill (HB1785) that would allow people to change their gender designation on their birth certificates. Our society is unfortunately plunging ahead into confusion and chaos as some refuse to acknowledge the limits that nature itself imposes on us all. Please pray that people would recognize "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" (Delcaration of Independence, 1776), and urge Governor Rauner to veto this bill. Pastor Walther
Should Taxpayers Fund Abortions? May 2017
The Illinois Senate recently passed bill HB 40 (it was previously passed by the Illinois House of Representatives). This bill expands abortion coverage paid by the state to include women on Medicaid, as well as those on the state's health insurance plan. Governor Rauner had previously promised to veto this bill. If you would like to contact him to encourage him to do just that, you may call his office at (312) 814-2121 or contact him via the internet at by visiting the church website > Care > Country & State. Pastor Adle
Trinity Lutheran Church Before the Supreme Court May 2017
An interesting case will come before the Supreme Court in the coming weeks. Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley. Trinity Lutheran, a Missouri congregation, was denied state funds that are available to public schools for improving the safety conditions of their playground.
Opponents argue that the funds should not be used since the playground is on church property. The Missouri State Constitution expressly forbids funds being given to churches.
In rebuttal, the church and its counsel charge that the issue of safety for Missouri children precludes the typical restrictions of funds and calls the singling out of Trinity Lutheran “discriminatory”.
The case is being watched closely as a decision on either side may have ramifications for future law. If safety is an issue, where are limits placed? Can Churches apply for funds to perform tuck-pointing on old stonework?
On the other hand, could acceptance of State funds by a parochial school give the secular state a cause to dictate any or all parts of the curriculum? Even the proponents of Trinity see that as a danger to winning the case.
Much more on this can be found at npr.org, The Alliance Defending Freedom and STLToday.com. Dan Crivello
Contact Information for
Our Political Leaders
Governor Bruce Rauner
Illinois State Senator Bill Haine (District 56) www.senatorhaine Ph. 217-782-5247 Fax 217-782-8287
Illinois Representative Dan Beiser (District 111)www.representativebeiser.com Ph. 217-782-5996 Fax 217-558-0493
Illinois Representative Katie Stuart (District 112) No website yet. Ph. 217-782-5951
US Congressional Representative Rodney Davis (District 12) www.rodneydavis.house.gov Ph. 202-225-2371 Fax 202225-0791
US Congressional Representative Mike Bost (District 12) www.bost.house.gov
Ph. 202-225-5661 Fax 202-225-0285
US Congressional Representative John Shimkus (District 15) www.shimkus.house.gov Ph. 202-225-5271 Fax 202-225-5880
US Senator Richard Durbin www.durbin.senate.gov Ph. 202-224-2152 Fax 202-228-0400
US Senator Tammy Duckworth www.duckworth.senate.gov Ph. 202-224-2854 Fax 202-228-0618