Seeds Monthly November 2018

Living Lutheran: ‘To serve and love the neighbor’

This year marked the fifth anniversary of “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, a day when ELCA congregations across the country participate in a national day of service. Living Lutheran’s November cover story gives a look at how five congregations marked the day and includes stories from members on what it means to serve their neighbors.

Read the article and use a corresponding study guide for discussion.

Share ELCA Good Gifts during Advent

With ELCA Good Gifts, your members and their friends can choose from more than 50 life-changing charitable gifts – such as a pair of goats, school fees or a water well – and give a gift the world needs. Each gift can be given in honor of a friend or loved one and goes on to create transformative change in the lives of people in need. Now is the time to stock up on catalogs, cards, ornaments. Order now.

ELCA seminaries partner on new website

Through grants from the Richard Hay Barkalow Charitable Fund at InFaith Community Foundation, the seven ELCA seminaries launched a new website:elcaseminaries.org. The new website provides a central place for people to learn more about the seminaries, scholarship opportunities and explore other resources. The website will continue to grow and include more features, including an opportunity for people to share their stories. Explore the new website.

 

WATCH THIS

“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday: Doing more together

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Somerville, N.J.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

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ELCA YOUNG ADULT DISCERNMENT RETREAT 
Tallapoosa, Ga.
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MENTAL HEALTH MINISTRY 
Requests for proposals due
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YOUNG ADULTS IN GLOBAL MISSION
Applications open
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ELCA CHURCHWIDE ASSEMBLY
Milwaukee, Wis.

FEATURED RESOURCES

Invitations for Advent

Welcome your neighbors with customizable graphics, posters, door hangers and more.

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ELCA World Hunger Advent resources

ELCA World Hunger has a new Advent study for 2018.

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Troubling the Waters

Now available as a free download, this resource is for white congregation members to learn about racial justice.

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BULLETIN BLURBS

These snippets are available for you to copy and paste into your bulletins.

Subscribe to Three Sides podcast
Three Sides is a new monthly podcast featuring stories from the ELCA. As a church that believes God is calling us into the world – together, Three Sides will share diverse voices from across this church. Typically, it’s said there are two sides to every story. But often a middle or third side of the story is revealed, providing another perspective to consider. Listen now at LivingLutheran.org/podcast.

Living Lutheran reader call
For an upcoming article in Living Lutheran, we want to know: What draws you into God daily? Where do you see glimmers of God’s presence in ordinary moments? By Jan. 7, send your 300-word reflection tolivinglutheran@elca.org, subject line: God.


Your campaign gifts in action

Since the launch of the campaign, ELCA members, congregations and synods have contributed $165 million in gifts and commitments, as well as $42 million in planned gifts, for campaign priorities. Your support is making a difference in this church and around the world – thank you! Here are some of the ways you are having an impact:

Through Disability Ministries, you are equipping ELCA congregations to open their doors to all and invite people living with disabilities into this church. A recent Disability Ministries grant, given to Central Lutheran Church in Mondovi, Wis., enabled the installation of a portable wheelchair lift, providing full and safe accessibility to the congregation’s choir practice room, Sunday school rooms and fellowship hall, as well as the sanctuary.

A class of 26 women from our global companion churches are pursuing four-year degrees with theInternational Women Leaders initiative. Dora, a scholarship recipient from Cameroon studying at Concordia College, shares: “If I were to use one word to describe this program, it’s hope. The hope to bring a contribution to the development of my church and my country. The hope that one day, like those who help me, I will help young girls who can’t afford education. The hope to see my dream come true.”

A new round of grants for ministries with youth and young adults are being made available this fall. The grants are for programs focusing on the initiative’s core values: form faith in youth and young adults; develop and multiply youth and young adult leaders; start new ministries or enhance current efforts; promote collaboration and creativity; engage youth and young adults of color; and accompany communities and people living in poverty.