Congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will turn 25 years old next year.
The ELCA was created in 1988, through a merger of the Lutheran Church in America, the American Lutheran Church and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches.
The merger brought together more than 11,000 congregations. Since that time, 435 new congregations have been established.
The denomination has provided mission support for churches in more than 40 countries, raised millions to fight hunger, poverty and disease at home and abroad, and responded to domestic and international disasters.
The ELCA also supports college campus ministries and trains future church leaders at eight seminaries.
ELCA churches are in Amboy, Ashton, Byron, Dixon, Forreston, Manlius, Morrison, Mount Morris, Nachusa, Oregon, Paynes Point, Polo, Prophetstown, Rochelle, Rock Falls and Sterling
Local congregations support ministries of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and the Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center in Oregon.
For information on worship times and special events, contact the Rev. Vicki Sauter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-973-2819.