Lutheran Day 2019 will take place on Thursday May 9, 2019 in Springfield, Illinois. In the morning, we will meet at St. John's Lutheran Church located at 2477 W Washington St.
Many people bring a pen and notebook to take notes. You might what to bring a purse or backpack to hold your items. Please note that entrance into the Capitol is through a metal detector.
Business casual attire is preferred. You will be doing a lot of walking, so comfortable shoes are a must!
You do not need to bring food with you, unless you have a special diet and prefer to bring your own. There will be a light continental breakfast available when you arrive, with juice and plenty of coffee! Lunch will be served in a to-go box. This will be a combination of a sandwich, chips, and a drink (soda or bottled water). You can eat your lunch at St. John's or you can take it with you to the Capitol.
We will be meeting in the Parish Life Center of St. John's Lutheran Church. Upon walking in, you will check in with our registration table and get a program and a name tag.
There will be a light continental breakfast with juice, water, and coffee. You can help yourself and then find a seat. The Parish Life Center has round tables in a comfortable environment.
In the morning, you will hear from experts in the legislation that we are advocating for. You will be able to listen, take notes, and ask questions. An optional session will be available for individuals who have not met with legislators previously to provide guidance on what to expect and how to productively structure the meeting for greatest impact.
You will travel to the Capitol and meet with your legislators. If you haven't made your appointments, you can go to their offices to speak with them directly. If they are in a meeting, you can pull them out to talk. Clear instructions on this process will be given in the morning session.
At 3:30 p.m., we will gather in the Rotunda of the Capitol for a prayer service and for the Paul Simon Courage in Public Service Award ceremony. Immediately following that, we will take a group photo.
Parking is ample at St. John's. There is also metered parking around the Capitol, so bring quarters. We encourage you to leave your car parked at St. John's and carpool to the capitol. A carpooling arrangement will be organized for the afternoon with parking at a church near the capitol. Detailed instructions for this will be given at the morning session.