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 Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA. It is our hope and prayer that you’ll share the amazing glad tidings of how our members, congregations, synods and entire ELCA are changing lives, making a difference and sharing God’s abundant blessings through the fantastic campaign priorities.
Pastor Ron Glusenkamp
Director, The Campaign for the ELCA
Campaign gifts and gift commitments total more than $66 million
As of Oct. 31, 2015, The Campaign for the ELCA has received nearly $62 million in cash gifts and an additional $4 million in gift commitments. This represents 33 percent of the campaign’s total $198 million goal.
ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving
Next year marks ELCA World Hunger’s year-of-emphasis within The Campaign for the ELCA, and we’re kicking it off with a special Lenten initiative – ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving. Learn more about this initiative and how you and your congregation may participate.
South Sudan: A New Church for a New Nation breaks ground in Juba
Last month, the ELCA and local partners broke ground on a new Lutheran Center in Juba, South Sudan. The groundbreaking signified the beginning of a six-month project to establish the Evangelical Lutheran Church Africa Mission in South Sudan. Read more about this global ministry project or make a gift today.
ELCA Fund for Leaders awards 2015-16 scholarships
In its commitment to supporting seminary students preparing for ministry, the ELCA – through the ELCA Fund for Leaders – awarded scholarships to 235 students attending the eight seminaries of the ELCA for the 2015-16 academic year. Read more about these students.
Mosaic and Wartburg Seminary partner to offer disability ministries immersion course
Earlier this year, Mosaic and Wartburg Seminary partnered to offer an immersion course for diaconal and Masters of Divinity students through the campaign’s Disability Ministries program. The two-week class focused on the gifts people with disabilities bring to the faith community and how these gifts invigorate a greater realization of what it means to be the body of Christ. The course aims to equip our church’s future leaders with tools to empower a community of faith to embrace and partner with those who have disabilities, with their families and with their unique gifts and challenges. With your support of Disability Ministries, even more students can partake in this transformational experience.
‘We’re meant to be a people of generosity’
“We think that Young Adults in Global Mission is a great ministry,” said Pastor Rusty Sullivan of Faith Lutheran Church in Flower Mound, Tex. “And we know that ministry to and through young adults is really something we must do. I tell our church all the time, our youth are not the future of our ministry, they’re a very real part of our present. We have to be equipping, encouraging and empowering them.” Read more about Faith Lutheran Church and how their generosity is supporting The Campaign for the ELCA.
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 800-638-3522, ext. 2612, or email us at campaignforELCA@elca.org.