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New Updates: Wednesday, April 27, 9:30 AM

Workshop UPDATE! The 10:45 workshop with Fred Niedner is in the Brown and Gold Room (second floor, Harre Union) and not the Multipurpose Room (Helge Center).

New Updates: Wednesday, April 27, 8 AM

Banquet Entrées. If you informed us of any dietary needs or allergies when selecting your entrée, know that those were shared with the catering staff. However, and with safety in mind, they asked that banquet guests write any allergies or restrictions on your tickets (on the side with your entrée choice) which you can then place at your seat.

Evaluations. Shortly after this evening’s banquet, all participants will receive an electronic evaluation form. Some questions will be concrete (yes, no) and some will be more open-ended. The form will be available until Saturday, April 30 at 11:59 PM CDT (so that evaluation comments can be considered by the advisory council during their Sunday evening “debrief”).

New Updates: Tuesday, April 26, 3:30 PM

Wednesday Morning Prayer. Morning prayer (10 AM) with the Valparaiso University community has been moved from the Gloria Christi Chapel to the Chapel of the Resurrection nave.

Missing! A Samsung tablet in a black zipper case has gone missing. If you happen to find it, feel free to deliver it to the Welcome Desk on the lower level of the Harre Union.

New Updates: Tuesday, April 26, 11 AM

Exhibits. Just a reminder that most materials on display are for sale, not necessarily free for the taking. If you happened to wander off with a book, score, prayer card set, or fair trade gift, kindly visit that exhibit again with cash, card, or smartphone.

New Updates: Tuesday, April 26, 9 AM

Student Luncheon. All seminarians and students—regardless of year or degree program—are invited to attend a luncheon on Tuesday. Meet at The Hearth (lower level of Harre Union) at 12:45 PM.

Free Books. A reminder that free books from the library of Scott Weidler are available at the ALCM office from 12:00–2:00 PM today. For more, see below under the Monday 11 AM update.

Open Conversations (Tuesday, 3:45–4:45 PM). Thank you to all who provided feedback about this afternoon’s small-group discussion time. After reading through your responses, we’ve scheduled the following:

  • Post-Plenary Conversation with Rev. Canon Dr. Hugh R. Page, Jr. (Harre Union: Ballrooms B and C)
  • Post-Pandemic Youth Outreach,” or how communities are using digital tools and platforms to engage young people (Harre Union: Alumni Room)
  • Changing Vocational Experience,” or “an honest conversation and lament about how hard this work is and how it has changed over the past two years; focused on the experience for the leader more than the work of the leader” (Harre Union: Brown and Gold Room)
  • New Paradigms and Paradoxes,” or “how the pandemic has affected your congregation, setting, or community” (Harre Union: Heritage Room)
  • Open conversation with the Institute’s advisory council (Helge Center: Multipurpose Room)

Conversation times are flexible and open: come and go as you please. There are no assigned leaders, procedures, or structures (other than the topics and rooms). 

Rideshares. Sign-up sheets for Wednesday or Thursday ridesharing are also at the staff table outside Ballrooms B and C. If you can give a ride or need a ride (in the general direction of the Chicago airports), feel free to use those.

New Updates: Tuesday, April 26, 6 AM

LDA-ALCM Reception. This reception has been moved indoors. The reception is still at 5:30 PM (following evening prayer) at the Center for Diaconal Ministry, 1304 LaPorte Avenue, Valparaiso, IN 46383, and is open to all.

Banquet Table Sign-Up. Sign-up sheets for the banquet are located at the staff table outside the entrances to Ballrooms B and C. You’ll see some reserved spaces here and there. There are also spaces set aside at several tables for first-time and student attendees to sign up as well, so please leave those spaces for them if possible.

Helge Center Entrance. The main entrance to the Helge Center was damaged by wind this week. To get to workshops in the Helge Center, enter any door of the chapel narthex then proceed along the narthex (toward the baptistry). The connecting space (with stairs to the left, an elevator in the center, and a ramp to the right) is the Helge Center Multipurpose Room. Go through the multipurpose to the Helge Center lobby.

Kyrie and Gloria Stations. Stations available in the chapel on Tuesday; all invited to help create the processional banners for the sending eucharist (with these Kyries and Glorias) in the Helge Center Multipurpose Room after the Truemper Concert.

Commissions. Art, poetry, and music have been commissioned for this year’s Institute. Please take time to visit the Stations of the Cross and Resurrection by Mary Button in the chapel today. This year’s commissioned hymn by Jan Lindholm and Bob Farlee was sung at last night’s gathering eucharist and will be sung again at midday prayer today (as well as at their workshop).

In memoriam. Members of the ILS community who have died since the 2019 Institute will be remembered at Wednesday’s sending eucharist prayers; those names will be outside the Harre Ballrooms at some point on Tuesday. All are welcome to add additional names of ILS presenters or attendees who have died.

New Updates: Monday, April 25, 6 PM

Incense. Small quantities of incense will be used at morning and evening prayer on Tuesday; incense will be used in procession at the sending eucharist and those with sensitivities may wish to avoid sitting at or near the center aisle.

Prayer and Reflection Room. The Campanile Room (across from the exhibits entrance in Ballroom A) has been set aside as a dedicated space for prayer, meditation, or reflection. 

Name Badges. Please leave the plastic holder on the staff table outside of the ballrooms before you leave campus—we reuse them. If your badge has a misspelling, incorrect or missing title, or anything else, please correct that and leave it with your holder and we’ll update our records accordingly. All are welcome to write preferred names and pronouns on badges as well.

New Updates: Monday, April 25, 11 AM

Free Books to Good Homes. The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) office—at 810 Freeman Street, a short walk from campus—will be open on Monday (11:00–4:00), Tuesday (12:00–2:00), and Thursday (8:30–10:30) of this week. ILS participants are invited to stop by during those hours for a book give-away. Scott Weidler had always planned to give away his music/liturgy library at the Institute, asking that a donation be made to one of the worship and music organizations he loved and supported. Scott wasn’t able to carry out the plan himself, but his library is now at the ALCM office and the materials are ready to go to good homes. Donations will be gratefully received (but not required) and will be shared among: