Seeds Monthly – October 2016

Ecumenical commemoration of the Reformation

Tune in on Oct. 31 when The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Roman Catholic Church host an ecumenical commemoration of the Reformation in Lund, Sweden. Pope Francis, LWF President Bishop Munib A. Younan and LWF General Secretary Martin Junge will lead a common prayer service in Lund Cathedral, and a public event in Malmö Arena will follow. The event will be televised and live-streamed globally, which can be viewed on the LWF website.

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Living Lutheran: Advocacy as witness

In its October cover story, Living Lutheran takes a look at the many facets of the ELCA’s advocacy work. Amy Reumann, director of ELCA Advocacy in Washington, D.C., said, “Advocacy is witness. It is where my witness to Christ makes me care for my neighbor.” Read how serving as a witness and being a “public church” shape the ELCA’s advocacy work, and learn about the different advocacy issues being addressed in the ELCA’s Washington, D.C., Advocacy office, the Lutheran Office for World Community at the United Nations in New York City and in state public policy offices around the country.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence affects many people in our society—intimate partners, spouses, children, siblings and elders. It occurs in many places, including the church. As God’s people we are called to face this sin and to act to end it. The ELCA’s “A Social Message on Gender-based Violence” provides insight, guidance and encouragement to do so. To view the message and to find additional resources, go to ELCA.org/justiceforwomen and click on “Social Issues” in the left column.

Lutheran Disaster Response: Hurricane Matthew
One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in years recently ripped through the Caribbean and southeastern U.S. Coast. Your gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response are needed to bring God’s hope, healing and renewal to those affected by the hurricane in the U.S. and internationally. Learn how you can respond at ELCA.org/disaster.

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God’s grace grants us the freedom to love and serve our neighbors, boldly responding to the needs of the world. Your gift to ELCA Vision for Mission helps carry out this mission. For a limited time, now until Nov. 1, with every gift, you will receive a special 2017 ELCA window cling. Give now at ELCA.org/visionformission.

Your gift is an opportunity to extend the love of God through hundreds of ELCA ministries—ministries that grow the ELCA and the Lutheran church around the world, support and develop current and future church leaders, sustain ecumenical and interfaith relationships and so much more. Thank you!

Finish the ELCA World Hunger annual theme year strong with ELCA Good Gifts!

Give a gift that keeps on giving to your loved one that also touches someone who is supported by ELCA ministries. ELCA Good Gifts go beyond your regular congregational offering to support the ministries of the ELCA that mean the most to you.

Check out fun and educational ways to get your congregation involved with ELCA Good Gifts, especially during Advent. Your gifts will also count toward ELCA World Hunger’s five-year goal within Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA!
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