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Global Church Sponsorship Matching Gifts

Dear friends in Christ, ELCA Global Church Sponsorship is excited to announce a unique opportunity to support God’s work in the world. Because of a generous gift from one of our members, all donations made to ELCA Global Church Sponsorship throughout Advent and Christmas will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $5,000! Your matched gift will continue …

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Living Lutheran Stories December 18, 2018

Waiting in Jerusalem At 15 and 13 years old, my children still wait and expect the gifts they requested for Christmas. With each passing year, they are almost sure they’ll get what they ask for, partly because we … continue Drawing near to the darkness at Advent Editor’s note: Martin Luther famously said, “Next to the Word of …

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ELCA Advocacy Alerts

Support a JUST Second Chance Act and Sentencing Reform In a dramatic reversal, House and Senate leaders have agreed to consider legislation before adjourning that would renew the Second Chance Act and allow for some federal sentencing reform. While the legislation is far from perfect, it represents the most comprehensive reform to federal sentencing guidelines …

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Living Lutheran Stories December 11, 2018

Uplifting Christmas gifts Earlier this year, Living Lutheran invited readers and writers to submit personal stories of gifts that illuminated the true meaning of Christmas for them. From a kind note to beloved people to a … continue Come, thou unexpected Jesus I was dreading Christmas. As a pastoral intern serving across the country from my …

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ELCA Good Gifts

Animals Water Health Care Women & Children Christmas Gifts Gifts that give back Struggling to find the perfect gift? Or tired of shopping for someone who has everything they need? Shop ELCA Good Gifts and choose a life-changing, charitable gift — such as a goat or water well — and donate in honor of someone special. SHOP …

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Living Lutheran Stories – December 4, 2018

Called to respond: Faith reflections on World AIDS Day Editor’s note: In observance of World AIDS Day (Dec. 1), we invited individuals who attended the International AIDS Conference—with support from the ELCA—to offer reflections on our call to … continue Three ways to spread hope this holiday season The holiday season is a time of joy …

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Living Lutheran Stories November 27, 2018

A simple thanks-giving We all bow our heads around the table and close our eyes, except for my youngest son, Alistair. He’s the one who will lead the prayer. His 3-year-old eyes remain open so he’ll know what he� … continue Neighborly love Two years ago, St. Matthew Lutheran Church was forced to confront questions about …

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E-Life Newsletter November 2018

November 2018 Dear partners, In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I will begin with a word of tremendous gratitude. At the end of this year, Eileen Heffner will retire after nearly 27 years of faithful service at the ELCA churchwide organization. We give thanks to God for her, and especially for her ministry with Ecumenical and …

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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 …

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ELCA Advocacy Action Alert November 2018

The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America continue our united call to Pray, Fast and Act in support of good policies and programs that provide opportunities for and respect of the dignity of all people. This month we draw your attention to international programs that work to prevent the spread of and …

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Living Lutheran Stories November 20, 2018

I’m a Lutheran: Jenna Novosel Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Severna Park, Md. Junior at Roanoke College, Salem, Va., majoring in literary studies with a minor in creative writing I find grace in nearly every possible: … continue Walking the talk Editor’s note: Each ELCA Ethnic Specific and Multicultural Ministry has developed a mission strategy unique to its needs and …

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ELCA Global Links November 2018

‘We are one in the Spirit. We are united in Jesus’ name.’ “There is a safety and refuge in this place that is so, so very holy,” proclaims the Rev. Kirsten Fryer. Fryer is an ELCA missionary serving as the pastor of an English-speaking congregation, St. Andrew’s United Church of Cairo. St. Andrew’s houses, several ministries …

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Living Lutheran Stories November 13, 2018

Five ways to honor veterans With Veterans’ Day upon us, it’s good to remember the 20 million of them who live among us. Some are members of our congregations and worship in our midst. Each one entered the military for a … continue To serve and love the neighbor You know them if you’ve seen them—the …

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ELCA Advocacy Alert November 9, 2018

Today, the Administration took steps to prevent asylum seekers entering the U.S. between ports of entry from protection in the U.S., thus undermining national and international laws. Asylum laws in the U.S. were formalized after World War II, which had shown the world the consequences of turning back people who were seeking safety. Through our Evangelical Lutheran …

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Congregational Communications Tools for Advent

The ELCA offers a place of welcome for all seeking a congregational home. Your congregations can extend an invitation to neighbors and the surrounding community through the use of these customizable communications tools including doorhangers, postcards, and images. Download and use these free tools today. Customize and start using these tools today. https://elca.org/Resources/Congregational-Communications-Tools#Advent  

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Living Lutheran Stories – October 30, 2018

What do our bodies teach us about God? As Lutherans, we know our faith is an embodied one; our bodies are intentional and good. But in an image-focused, calorie-counting world, it’s possible to forget that each body is worthy and has … continue Opening doors and overcoming hate Less than a week before Dan Roschke started his …

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ELCA Vision for Mission

Partners and friends, The ELCA is in the middle of an exciting time. We look toward a future where the world will know the difference God’s grace and love in Christ makes for all people and creation. As we look toward this future, we’re allowing the statement above – a shared purpose for our church …

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World AIDS Day is December 1

Dear Partners in Ministry, I write to you as December is fast approaching. Each year on Dec. 1, people around the globe commemorate World AIDS Day. It is a time when we raise awareness about HIV and its effect on communities. We join to remember all who we have lost. Amid this somber memorial, we …

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Living Lutheran Stories – October 23, 2018

Loved beyond measure: Why church leaders need words of affirmation Editor’s note: This reflection is offered in conjunction with the ELCA’s Rostered Ministers Appreciation initiative. Learn more and get involved at elca.org/rmappreciation. Our rostered … continue Shiny stars and blinking lights My friend started a chore chart when her child turned 4. Her daughter earned a …

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Living Lutheran Stories October 16, 2018

My take: Why in the world would anyone get ordained today? On a Tuesday night at the end of summer, I participated in an ordination. Ordination, the act of consecrating someone as a member of the religious clergy, is sort of an antiquated ritual that’s … continue Pastors of transition “Interims want to help people through …

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World Food Day

Dear friends, Today is World Food Day, a time when millions of people around the world come together in action to end hunger. In honor of the day, I wanted to introduce you to someone exceptional. Christopher Nkhoma is a young man living in Malawi, where more than 70 percent of the population lives on …

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ELCA Disability Ministries Newsletter Fall 2018

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK September marked Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Oct. 7-13 was Mental Health Awareness Week. Disability Ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has engaged the topic of mental illness and learning disabilities over the past year as an expanded understanding of its work. At the Youth Extravaganza 2018 in …

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Living Lutheran Stories October 9, 2018

By the light of Grace “Jesus was clear that when he is raised up,  he will draw all people to himself. Ever since we got booted out of the garden, it has been God’s relentless pursuit to bring his people to. … continue My take: On the church that harms and heals The church of Christ …

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Rostered Ministers Appreciation

October is Rostered Ministers Appreciation Month Is your congregation joining us for Rostered Ministers Appreciation? 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. New resources are available to help you get started, …

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Resourceful Servants kicks off second year

Rostered ministers have until October 14, 2018 to apply for possible matching funds for both an emergency savings account and retirement plan. Eligible rostered ministers should have received an email already. If not, you can follow up at resourcefulservants.org. Resourceful Servants kicks off its second year Financial wellness is a vital component in our endeavor to …

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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 …

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ELCA Conference of Bishops statement on East Jerusalem hospitals

10/2/2018 2:30:00 PM In early September, members of the Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) were saddened and dismayed to hear reports that the U.S. government was planning to discontinue financial assistance to Augusta Victoria Hospital and five other East Jerusalem hospitals. We appreciate and strongly affirm ELCA Presiding Bishop …

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So now what? – Presiding Bishop Eaton’s October Living Lutheran column

So now what? Last year it was all Reformation all the time. On this 501st anniversary of the Reformation, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton uses her October Living Lutheran column to call on us to “refocus our attention on the gospel of our freedom, forgiveness and reconciliation given to us through God’s indescribable act of love in Christ’s death and resurrection.” Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2NlNPtV and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2xVgZeQ.

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e-Alert: Indonesia earthquake and tsunami

E-Alert from Lutheran Disaster Response “Let your steadfast love become my comfort according to your promise to your servant.” – Psalm 119:76 Dear friends, A 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Sept. 28, leading to a devastating tsunami. So far, more than 1,200 people have died, and the death toll is …

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Living Lutheran Stories – October 2, 2018

Waiting on truth Editor’s note: On Oct. 18, the church commemorates the Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist.  In 1959, Philip Roth published “The Conversion of the Jews,” an amusing short story about Ozzie … continue The renegade The sixth graphic novel by author Dacia Palmerino and illustrator Andrea Grosso Ciponte, Renegade: Martin Luther, the Graphic Biography …

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Hurricane Florence Relief

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1 Dear friends, As I write this email to you, Hurricane Florence is barreling toward the Carolinas, with more than 1 million people being told to evacuate as dangerous winds, storm surge and potentially catastrophic flooding are expected. As a church, …

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Living Lutheran Stories – September 18, 2018

Looking for the Word In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came … continue I’m a Lutheran: Bettye Olson Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, St. Paul, Minn. …

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Fear not – Presiding Bishop Eaton

I’m leaving for my first trip to Holden Village, a retreat center near Chelan, Wash. I’ve heard about this Lutheran Shangri-La for years. I have sung and played the Holden Evening Prayer in many settings. I’m excited. The theme verse for the week I’ll be in residence is “Fear not,” which is part of a …

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One Year to Live Men’s Retreat

October 26-28,2018 Camp Shaw-waw-nas-see Manteno, IL ABOUT “ONE YEAR TO LIVE” Men of all ages yearn for real friendships and  a closer relationship with Christ. Join us and be… •Adventurous and courageous •Genuine and spiritual Look forward to… •Banding together and being challenged •Examining your life and making decisions Be prepared for a spiritual boot …

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Three Sides Podcast

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to …

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LivingLutheran Stories – September 4, 2018

The sabbath lesson in Christopher Robin In the first 15 minutes of the new film Christopher Robin, the title character does the following: decides he’s too old to continue playing with Winnie the Pooh and his other friends in the … continue ELCA school builds culture of peace Editor’s note: With global migration on the rise and …

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ELCA Global Links

‘Thad’s Story’ – discerning vocation through YAGM Meet Thad, a young leader who dedicated a year of his life to service with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary through ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM). Watch Thad talk about the impact the YAGM program had on his life and vocational call. With 80 participants beginning their …

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Ginger Zee to Headline LSSI Gala

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) will honor ABC Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee at its 37th Annual Amicus Certus Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Union League Club of Chicago. In her recent memoir, Natural Disaster: I Cover Them, I am One, Zee details her struggle with clinical depression and in doing so, offers …

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Seeds Monthly – August 2018

Introducing ‘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 …

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Bringing the Gathering Home

Post-Gathering materials Our post-Gathering materials are ready! The Gathering shouldn’t just stay in Houston. It needs to be brought home and shared and lived. It’s too much a part of each of our stories to let it stop on July 1! These resources are designed to help your group think about how they will continue …

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ELCA seeks an Executive Director for Domestic Mission

The ELCA is searching for an Executive Director for Domestic Mission. A copy of the Position Profile is below. This senior leadership position brings decisive and visionary leadership to this unit charged with wide-ranging work and relationships with churchwide units, synods, congregations, and other partners. The work involves equipping synods and congregations; developing new ministries, seeking to renew strategic ministries; and working with synods and congregations in …

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ELCA Foundation seeks a Director of Gift Planning

The ELCA Foundation is searching for a Director of Gift Planning. A copy of the Position Profile is below. There are two key responsibilities for this leadership position: Through the direct supervision of a national staff of about 20 regional gift planners (coaching and managing), lead and manage a robust fund-raising program to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospective donors of current …

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We are the branches – Presiding Bishop Eaton

We are the branches: In her August column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, asks, “Is it possible to be Lutheran and an ecumenist?” Yes, of course. For we are “scripturally, confessionally and even constitutionally wired to be an ecumenical church.” Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2MhhULu and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2ORpQ7X.

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Seeds Monthly – July 2018

2021 ELCA Youth Gathering to be held in Minneapolis From June 27 to July 1, more than 30,000 youth and adult leaders met in Houston for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grew in faith and were challenged and inspired to live …

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Annual Enrollment Heads Up!

Your Partner in Ministry Greetings from Portico! It’s hard to believe … Annual Enrollment season is already approaching. In mid-August, we’ll be emailing you information about 2019 rates, specific dates, and a link to your 2019 Custom Comparison Report! Here’s a quick overview: September — When your organization decides which health benefit option to offer …

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