Category: Churchwide News

2018 Gathering Registration Opens

Be ready when you log in with the information needed to enter your participants, but know that you will be able to go back in to update data as needed. In fact, one question I’ve been asked is: Can I still add additional participants before the November “early-bird” deadline, if families change their mind and decide to …

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How is God Calling You Into the World?

Have you ever wondered about Public Ministry? Or Seminary? Or both? Come visit the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and find out for yourself what life is like as a seminarian! LSTC has two events this Fall: Seminary Sampler, Sunday, October 22 through Tuesday, October, 24, and Seminary Sampler Night, Tuesday, November 14. Come meet current …

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Youth Gathering News – September 2017

Houston As the sun starts to shine again in the Houston area, people, businesses and churches start the initial wonderings and workings of thinking what’s next. Many of you have asked questions and shown concern about Houston and the Gathering. Here’s what we know now: The 2018 Gathering is on! Registration opens Sept. 15. The …

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ELCA congregations impacted by Hurricane Harvey

By Michael Rinehart- September 1, 2017 – original post https://www.livinglutheran.org/2017/09/elca-congregations-impacted-by-hurricane-harvey/ Editor’s note: Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast of the United States on Aug. 26, 2017, threatening millions of people with multiple days of heavy rain, winds and rising tides. Lutheran Disaster Response’s affiliate is active on the ground, collaborating with community leaders and officials to initiate the proper responses, …

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ELCA Advocacy – DACA alert

As ELCA Lutherans, we stand with our partner, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), in support of young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. These young Americans, also known as Dreamers, were protected from deportation through the Deferred Acton for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the …

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ELCA presiding bishop responds to DACA announcement

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has issued a statement in response to today’s announcement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Read the statement below or at: http://elca.org/News-and-Events/7898 Download the statement (English):http://bit.ly/2eBFJyx Download the statement (Spanish):http://bit.ly/2w6XITF 9/5/2017 10:45:00 AM CHICAGO (Sept. 4, 2017) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical …

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Living Lutheran Stories – September 5, 2017

ELCA congregations impacted by Hurricane Harvey Editor’s note: Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast of the United States on Aug. 26, 2017, threatening millions of people with multiple days of heavy rain, winds and rising tides. Lutheran Disaster … continue Peace Lutheran hosts first Vacation Culture School Ever wished to explore the other religious groups in …

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Living Lutheran Stories – August 29, 2017

ELCA on gender identity discrimination With Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, the ELCA issued the following statement on gender identity discrimination: In light of recent public events and conversation, it is important to remember … continue What it feels like being an anxious churchgoer I grew up going to a Lutheran church several times a week, …

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Give Now for Hurricane Harvey Relief

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1 Update from Lutheran Disaster Response Dear friends, Now that the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey is coming fully into focus, we see that the need will be great and recovery will take many years. Your gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response designated …

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Hurricane Harvey – What You Can Do

The situation: Please stand by our neighbors as we begin the long road to recovering from Hurricane Harvey, one of the most catastrophic storms to hit the country in more than a decade. Our response:  Lutheran Disaster Response’s affiliate is actively present, collaborating with community leaders and officials to initiate the proper responses, particularly the …

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Seeds Monthly – August 2017

Bishop Eaton’s Leadership Initiative ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us, “It’s not only the job of our seminaries and universities to identify and raise up leaders in the church. This is something that belongs to all of us.” The Leadership Initiative encourages all of us to seek out and inspire gifted people in our congregations and communities …

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Rostered Ministers Gathering 2017: “On the Way…Together!”

The ELCA Rostered Ministers Gathering 2017, the first of its kind, brought together more than 900 pastors and deacons, to Atlanta, Aug. 7-10, under the theme “On the Way … Together.” The story of the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35) guided their time. While keynote speakers and sermons acknowledged the challenges currently faced by the church—and organized …

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Resourceful Servants

A message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton: We often speak of the many dimensions of wellness in our lives – spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social and physical, for instance. Financial well-being is another vital component in our endeavor to live well. The ELCA will focus on this concept in the months and years ahead as we take the …

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Invite Students to Campus Ministry

When college students you know head to campus, you can help introduce them to Lutheran Campus Ministry. Use this link to share contact info with Lutheran Campus Ministry most anywhere!  Click here.   You will find an online form that you can use to send student names and contact information to the ministry or congregation closest to …

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A Call to Prayer 

From the Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America “As the Conference of Bishops, we call our worshiping communities to pray for raising up leaders for this church. We ask that the petitions of every worship service include a plea that new lay leaders, deacons and pastors be identified, invited, encouraged and …

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StewardNet for Summer 2017

Dear friend in Christ, At the end of last year, I was attending my congregation’s council meeting at which the proposed 2017 budget was presented for the first time. As we were going through the various line items, first on the income side and then later expenses, we came to the line for Mission Support. …

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Reformation Anniversary Planning Tools

Anniversary planning and promotional tools are available on ELCA500.org. These include: Anniversary logo for use in official congregation and synod Reformation anniversary activities Anniversary ideas for developing activities Ideas for promotion, including samples from congregations Promotional PDF posters to fill in and communicate activities Promotional postcard for communicating the website and social media Connect with ELCA 500 Facebook and Twitter. Here all can …

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2017 Little Red Book

The Little Red Book Get the 2017 Edition Today! For decades, the annual Appointment Book or “The Little Red Book” has served Lutheran leaders as a practical, handy, pocket-sized date-keeping reference. Included are ELCA and ELCIC directories, lectionary days with readings, festivals and commemorations, and liturgical color. The cost of $9.95 includes shipping and handling. …

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ELCA Global Links September 2016

And they’re off! In mid-August, 84 Young Adults in Global Mission volunteers gathered in Chicago for a week of orientation and were sent off to their countries of service! We are excited about the new stories and lessons that the young adults are going to learn and share over the coming year. Please consider the …

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Free Papa Luther Leader Guide

Open up the Reformation story for children in your congregation with Papa Luther. Download the free Leader Guide today! The Papa Luther Leader Guide is now available as a free digital download! The six-session Leader Guide offers a variety of ways for kids to explore the Reformation story, with each session providing a historical framework, some biblical basis, a Luther Link, and while relating …

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Rostered Ministers Gathering – August 2017

Mark your calendars for Aug. 7-10, 2017, when the ELCA will host its first ever Rostered Ministers Gathering in Atlanta. This will be an opportunity for our Rostered Ministers to assemble for worship, education, and fellowship. We will gather under the theme, “On the Way … Together,” using the Emmaus Road story (Luke 24:13-35) to …

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Campaign update

 Next year marks Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA’s annual theme year for the Global Church priority, including Missionaries and Young Adults in Global Mission, Global Ministries and International Women Leaders, and we hope you will join us! Through a variety of learning and giving opportunities, we will lift up this important …

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ELCA approves Word and Service roster

The 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, by a vote of 811 to 55, approved adoption of the roster of Ministry of Word and Service. Beginning January 1, 2017, associates in ministry, deaconess of the ELCA, and diaconal ministers will be a single, unified roster of Ministry of Word and Service. The accompanying constitutional amendments related to …

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Update on August Victoria Hospital Cash Flow Crisis

Take action now at the ELCA Action Center!  August 2016 Over the last two years many members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have responded to a call to ask Congress to meet an urgent humanitarian need of the Palestinians by supporting Augusta Victoria Hospital and the other East Jerusalem hospitals. The message from congressional staffers in 2015 …

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A Proclivity for Paradox

July 28, 2016 A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject of all, subject to all (Martin Luther in Freedom of a Christian). Wow, Lutherans love paradox! Law and gospel. Saint and sinner. Free and bound. David Swartling, former ELCA secretary, …

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ELCA elects vice president

08/12/2016 NEW ORLEANS – William B. Horne II of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Clearwater, Fla., was elected vice president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) by the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. Horne was elected on the fourth ballot with 565 votes to 175 votes for Cheryl G. Stuart of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, …

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ELCA approves Word and Service roster

08/12/2016      NEW ORLEANS (Aug.12, 2016) –The 2016 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Churchwide Assembly, by a vote of 811 to 55, approved adoption of the roster of Ministry of Word and Service. Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, associates in ministry, deaconesses of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and diaconal ministers will be a …

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Announcing 1517 Media

By Beth A. Lewis Did you know that we at Augsburg Fortress are the proud inheritors of a Lutheran publishing tradition that extends back 200 years in North America? Even though today we are more likely to deliver products digitally than by horse and buggy home delivery or even traditional brick and mortar bookstores, our …

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Restoring creation with faith

By Mary Birdsong April 2, 2015 Hope, love, commitment and communal responsibility echo throughout their lives and work, and are woven into all they say and do. Hope for the planet; love for God, neighbor and all of creation; commitment to reducing energy use and fossil fuel consumption; and responsibility for each other and the earth. …

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