Country & State

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).

Recent News

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
Website
Phone: 312-814-2121

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

 

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