Seeds Monthly – September 2018

Lutheran Disaster Response provides immediate and long-term disaster relief

On Sept. 28, a 7.4-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit parts of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. More than 1,200 people have died and the death toll is expected to rise. Lutheran Disaster Response is providing immediate relief through longstanding partnerships in Indonesia, and it will continue to provide long-term support.

In the U.S., Lutheran Disaster Response is coordinating with synods and affiliated social ministry organizations to provide long-term support in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Give to Lutheran Disaster Response to assist people affected by these recent disasters.


Living Lutheran: ‘Gathered together, changed forever’

In June, more than 30,000 youth from around the country traveled to Houston for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering. One group of youth came from Holy Trinity Lutheran in Laurel, Md., and Living Lutheran’sSeptember cover story follows their journey as their experience at the Gathering unfolded. Read the article.

You can also read about the Gathering’s two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event and The tAble, and how they foster community and prepare youth for the Gathering.

Rostered Ministers Appreciation

This fall, join us for Rostered Ministers Appreciation to thank our congregations’ leaders for all they do! This is a great opportunity to show your pastor or deacon your congregation’s appreciation—all while supporting the next generation of leaders through ELCA Fund for Leaders and Youth and Young Adults.

A starter packet was mailed to congregations, which includes a poster, bulletin insert, thank-you notecards and a booklet with ideas for hosting a Rostered Ministers Appreciation event. You can also view these resources online.


‘Seeds of Change in Malawi’ 360 Video

Walk alongside the Nkhoma family and see your gifts to ELCA World Hunger in action.




Support ELCA World Hunger
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Global Farm Challenge Do-it-Yourself Field Experience

Set up your own Global Farm Challenge Field Experience, a simulation of the challenges smallholder farmers face to produce enough profit for food and savings.


Stories of Faith in Action


Stories of Faith in Action highlights the impact of ministries funded by Mission Support offerings.



Learn about the ELCAvotes advocacy initiative and find related Bible studies, voter education guides, letter-writing templates and more.




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

ELCA Strategy on HIV and AIDS survey
When the ELCA Strategy on HIV and AIDS was approved in 2009, it recognized the ELCA’s call to faithfully and effectively participate in the larger global and domestic response. Knowing that many throughout the ELCA are engaged in different capacities around HIV and AIDS, this survey will gather more information about the ways your ministries have in the past, are currently or will be engaging. Please consider taking a few minutes to share your feedback. Participate in the survey.

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

Support Lutheran World Federation’s Augusta Victoria Hospital
Media reports say the United States will not continue to fund the Lutheran World Federation-operated Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem. ELCA members can help by giving a gift that will go toward the ELCA’s ongoing, annual support of the hospital to prevent interruptions to the critical, life-saving care given there. Give today at

New class of students and young-adult missionaries begins service and studies 


With the support of ELCA congregations and members, a new class of students, future pastors and young-adult missionaries are beginning studies or service over the next couple of months, including:

  • 78 young adults embarking on a year of international service with the Young Adults in Global Mission program;
  • eight women from our global companion churches beginning studies to pursue four-year degrees at ELCA colleges and universities through the International Women Leaders initiative, bringing the total number of scholarships to 27; and
  • 260 students with more than $2.5 million in seminary scholarships through the ELCA Fund for Leaders.

Your continued support of the campaign empowers students, young missionaries and seminarians – the future of the ELCA and our companion churches around the world – with these life-changing experiences and education. Thank you!