Category: Churchwide News

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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Congress Passes the Global Food Security Act!

Dear ELCA advocates, I am writing to share great news with you. After long months of advocacy and policy negotiations, the Global Food Security Act is now a law. Together with our advocacy partners, ELCA Advocacy worked tirelessly on this legislation for nearly two years, and we are grateful to see that all our prayerful …

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Luther’s Small Catechism — New Mobile App

We’re excited to announce our first mobile app, featuring Luther’s Small Catechism. Perfect for youth education and confirmation classes, individuals, adults, congregations, church leaders—anyone who wants easy access to Martin Luther’s guide to the basics of Christian faith. “What does this mean?” Luther’s Small Catechism and Spanish El Catecismo Menor de Lutero are both included in a …

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What it means to be Lutheran

In the spotlight. In her July column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton notes that the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 may have the media knocking on our doors, asking us to explain ourselves. What will we say? She reminds us that our understanding of the gospel is what makes us distinctive. Read her column at https://www.livinglutheran.org/2016/06/17390/

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West Virginia Flooding

Last week, a flash flood ravaged West Virginia, with at least 23 people confirmed dead, hundreds of homes severely damaged or destroyed and thousands of people left without power.  Due to the nature of flash floods, there was little time to prepare or escape. Thankfully, Camp Luther, in session during the onset, was able to …

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News from Women of the ELCA

Why go to the triennial gathering? In July 2017, we hope to see you at the Tenth Triennial Gathering in Minneapolis. If you save about $11 a week, you’ll have enough for early-bird registration, which closes Jan. 6, 2017. Oh, the fun you will have with your sisters in Christ. Why should you go to …

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Augsburg Fortress News

June 28, 2016 Dear Partner in Ministry, Our calling at Augsburg Fortress is to develop and provide top-quality resources to support the ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We are renewing that commitment as we announce a new family of Lutheran-oriented learning resources, support for the ongoing revitalization of worship, an improved web …

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Campaign for the ELCA Summer 2016

 SUMMER 2016 Dear brothers and sisters, “When we learn to read the story of Jesus and see it as the story of the love of God, doing for us what we could not do for ourselves – that insight produces, again and again, a sense of astonished gratitude which is very near the heart of …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter June 2016

Personal Planner Seven Questions on Gifts to Children Many questions arise when we consider the options for giving to children. Why should we give? When, what and how should we give? Read More   Savvy Living Simple Smartphones for Seniors Can you recommend some smartphones that are specifically designed for seniors? My 75-year-old mother is …

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Reformation 500 Anniversary Resources for Congregations

500 Years! October 31, 2017, will mark 500 years since the beginning of the Lutheran Reformation, spurred by Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-Five Theses. This is an important anniversary and one that deserves to be lifted up not just on a global scale—as it will be—but in your congregation and community as well. Through …

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Strong Center | Open Door | Engaging Lutheran worship today

In this 10th anniversary year of the publication of Evangelical Lutheran Worship you are invited to attend an event focusing on Lutheran worship in our current context. Pastors, musicians, lay leaders, and worship committees: whether you have extensive experience with ELW, are exploring it for the first time, or use other materials for your community’s worship, you will find a …

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ELCA Foundation GiftLegacy eNewsletter April 2, 2016

Personal Planner Family Business – Sell and Retire Bill and Alice started their family business many years ago. The early years were very challenging. Both worked without salary and it was a great struggle to finally get Read More Savvy Living The Consequences of Dying Without a Will What will happen to my money and …

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Can we answer the question ‘why’?

In her April column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton asks if we can answer the question “why”? She says knowing the “why” is important as the church begins to engage in conversation about its future directions and priorities. 

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LWF Gender Justice Policy

The Lutheran World Relief (LWF) Gender Justice Policy lays out a biblically-rooted framework for the Lutheran global communion of churches to take concrete steps to implement gender justice, adapting action plans to different contextual realities. Read more.

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The Lutheran Becomes Living Lutheran

By Christina Jackson-Skelton, Executive Director, Mission Advancement I have exciting news to share. Beginning with its April issue, The Lutheran magazine will be called Living Lutheran. A new accompanying website – LivingLutheran.org – will make its debut tomorrow, March 31. As the flagship publication of the ELCA, Living Lutheran will continue to belong to the …

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Presiding Bishop Eaton’s Easter Message

Easter is early this year, and in many places across this church trees will still be bare and fields barren. It might even snow. But on Easter morning we will gather to greet the risen Son and give thanks to God for the new life we have in Jesus Christ. Two things come to mind …

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A Vision for the Future ELCA

The ELCA is a young church at only 28 years old. It is a good time to take a look at where we are as God’s people and try to understand what God has in store for us. And we think it is an exciting time to be looking forward together as we approach the …

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U.S. Spring Storms

Posted on March 16, 2016 by Sharei Green “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28 Dear Sisters and brothers in Christ, In the midst of Lent, our neighbors cry out with weary hearts as heavy winds, floodwaters and tornadoes have …

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Can We Talk About Climate Change?

By: Hannah Mornement After an intense two weeks of negotiations at the climate change summit in Paris a historic agreement was reached but for the people of Northern Ethiopia it is already too late. They are already experiencing the effects of El Niño, a global climate phenomenon which has already driven up global temperatures and …

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GiftLegacy eNewsletter February 27, 2016

Personal Planner Gifts of Stock What will the market do this year? Perhaps the best answer is, “It will go up and down.” Stock returns vary to a significant degree each year. However, long-term stock returns Read More Savvy Living 2016 Tax Filing Requirements for Retirees What are the IRS income tax filing requirements going …

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Holy Saturday

A space between Good Friday and Easter They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one …

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stewardNet – Winter 2016

Dear friend in Christ, Supply and demand are fundamental concepts of economic theory straight from Econ 101. Such theory can be useful to consider since balancing supply and demand is another way of talking about meeting needs. As we in the church continue to ponder how to support our ministries and infrastructure, and as we …

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Portico’s new GO! Challenge to include congregations and organizations

Portico’s first-ever GO! Challenge for congregations and organizations invites leaders to sit down for a small-group conversation about how their organization’s culture is (or isn’t) supporting healthy lifestyles. The hope is that these small-group conversations will evolve into a deeper commitment to wellness across our church. These conversations will happen differently in each congregation: some have …

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ELCA members support those impacted by Flint water crisis

2/2/2016 3:20:00 PM ​           CHICAGO (ELCA) – In response to the water crisis in Flint, Mich., members from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Livonia, Mich., delivered more than 3,000 gallons of donated water Jan. 31 to the congregation of Salem Lutheran Church in Flint. “I thought it was a tremendous outpouring of love,” said the …

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Mind, Body, Money, & Spirit – January 2016

Turning Vision into Reality Portico’s president, the Rev. Jeff Thiemann, recently called the ELCA to a wellness reformation. In support, this year’s GO! Challenge invites you to create a vision for a healthier you and act on it. But does that little process really mean much? After taking last year’s health assessment (which noted, yet …

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ELCA Foundation GiftLegacy News

PERSONAL PLANNER Trusts to Protect Children Trusts are an excellent way to provide for the support and care of children while protecting them. Two important reasons to create a trust are to care for minor children or Read More SAVVY LIVING Paying Income Tax on Social Security Benefits Will I have to pay federal income …

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ELCA colleges and universities network established

Lifting up this church’s commitment to the 500-year-old Lutheran intellectual tradition, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has created the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities, established in collaboration with the ELCA’s 26 colleges and universities to promote their shared mission and identity.

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Tidings – The Campaign for the ELCA – Winter 2015

CONTACT  |  WINTER 2015 Dear brothers and sisters, “Publish glad tidings, tidings of peace, tidings of Jesus, redemption and release.” O Zion, Haste (ELW #668) We are delighted to share our second installment of tidings with you. “Tidings” is an old word, but it totally captures the essence of news, information, media and words about …

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The unsettled season of Advent

The unsettled season.
In her December column for The Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton reflects on Advent. In some ways, the season creates a certain restlessness, she says. But in the incarnate Christ, God comes to us, finds us and gives our restless hearts rest.

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Gender-based Violence Social Message

On November 14, 2015 the ELCA Church Council adopted, unanimously, a social message on gender-based violence accompanied by foundational documentation. Messages are adopted by the Church Council as a means to encourage learning and moral discourse. Click here for the social message and click here for its foundational documentation.  Final copy edits and format revision …

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ELCA Good Gifts Catalog

The new, 24-page ELCA Good Gifts catalog offers many different ways to honor friends and loved ones with gifts that will make a difference in the world. With 50 different giving options — from 10 little chicks to help a family escape poverty to a scholarship to help a young leader attend an ELCA seminary …

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