Category: Churchwide News

Congregational Communications Tools for Advent

The ELCA offers a place of welcome for all seeking a congregational home. Your congregations can extend an invitation to neighbors and the surrounding community through the use of these customizable communications tools including doorhangers, postcards, and images. Download and use these free tools today. Customize and start using these tools today. https://elca.org/Resources/Congregational-Communications-Tools#Advent  

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Living Lutheran Stories – October 30, 2018

What do our bodies teach us about God? As Lutherans, we know our faith is an embodied one; our bodies are intentional and good. But in an image-focused, calorie-counting world, it’s possible to forget that each body is worthy and has … continue Opening doors and overcoming hate Less than a week before Dan Roschke started his …

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ELCA Rostered Ministers Gathering 2020

Save the Dates! The next ELCA Rostered Ministers Gathering will be July 20-23, 2020 at the Convention Center in downtown Phoenix, AZ. We have reserved blocks of rooms at three local hotels with a room rate of $139.00 per night. Early Registration will be $245 with a May 20, 2020 deadline. Regular Regular Registration after …

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Communication tools for your congregation

Dear friends in Christ, Preparations are underway for the busy holiday season and many will be looking for a church home to give thanks and prepare for Christ’s birth. This season offers an opportunity to extend an invitation of welcome to friends and neighbors, encouraging them to worship in your congregation. To support your communication …

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World AIDS Day is December 1

Dear Partners in Ministry, I write to you as December is fast approaching. Each year on Dec. 1, people around the globe commemorate World AIDS Day. It is a time when we raise awareness about HIV and its effect on communities. We join to remember all who we have lost. Amid this somber memorial, we …

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Living Lutheran Stories – October 23, 2018

Loved beyond measure: Why church leaders need words of affirmation Editor’s note: This reflection is offered in conjunction with the ELCA’s Rostered Ministers Appreciation initiative. Learn more and get involved at elca.org/rmappreciation. Our rostered … continue Shiny stars and blinking lights My friend started a chore chart when her child turned 4. Her daughter earned a …

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Living Lutheran Stories October 16, 2018

My take: Why in the world would anyone get ordained today? On a Tuesday night at the end of summer, I participated in an ordination. Ordination, the act of consecrating someone as a member of the religious clergy, is sort of an antiquated ritual that’s … continue Pastors of transition “Interims want to help people through …

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ELCA Disability Ministries Newsletter Fall 2018

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK September marked Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Oct. 7-13 was Mental Health Awareness Week. Disability Ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has engaged the topic of mental illness and learning disabilities over the past year as an expanded understanding of its work. At the Youth Extravaganza 2018 in …

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ELCA Youth Ministry Network 2019 Extravaganza

Disrupt Extravaganza 2019 Disrupted through Connection The vision of the Network is to see a future where children, youth and family ministry in the ELCA flourishes and becomes ever stronger through Renewal, Education, and Connection. I began working in youth ministry while I was a high school student myself. Some of my earliest memories include …

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2018 Live Well Challenge

Live Well Challenge ELCA-Primary members and spouses, Portico’s 2018 Live Well Challenge invites you to strengthen your physical and financial well-being, and earn up to $400 wellness dollars. How to Complete This Year’s Challenge Complete Your Biometric Screening by Nov. 30: Earn $200 This year, Portico is offering a more objective way to assess your …

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Living Lutheran Stories – December 26, 2017

And a child shall lead them One of my favorite moments at my parish is the hush right before Christmas Eve services begin.  The lights are lowered just a bit as everyone settles in, and eventually the rustling stops and a … continue Waiting at the door this Advent Editor’s note: This is the fourth post …

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Living Lutheran Stories – November 7, 2017

Living saints Often when I think of All Saints Day, my first thoughts are nostalgic, delightful memories of my grandparents. They were kind and committed, smart and resilient, funny and faithful. A church … continue Talking with your kids about death Many of the best children’s stories start with death. Often it is the death of …

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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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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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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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Seeds for the Parish – July 2016

Freed and Renewed in Christ 2016 Churchwide Assembly Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will gather Aug. 8-13 in assembly in New Orleans. Meeting under the theme “Freed and Renewed in Christ: 500 Years of God’s Grace in Action,” the assembly’s business will include preparations for observing the 500th anniversary of the …

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Men of Prayer

This is an invitation for you to join in prayer each week with men throughout the church at noon on Wednesday… or when you are able. We are praying for revival/renewal for men. This includes the men in your life, for the support of ministry with men. Luke 12:13-21: Someone in the crowd said to …

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Living Lutheran July 2016

In Chile, the Lutheran church fights for the dignity of women Judges 7 is the story of Gideon’s small army overcoming numerical odds to defeat the Midianites. It is at the center of this victory that God’s presence is made known. Similarly, today in Chile, God is present through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chile …

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