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Living Lutheran Stories – March 5, 2019

The hard work of deserving grace Editor’s note: As Lutherans, grace is at the heart of our faith understanding. But what does it look like to actually live out grace? In this series, we explore what grace means and what it … continue When disciples use their voice Since 2007, more than 40,000 cases of human trafficking in the …

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Living Lutheran Stories – February 26, 2019

An affirmation of faith Confirmation came a little late for my daughter. My husband and I were deployed to serve as missionaries in Jerusalem, which interrupted her final year of confirmation class. It took us a while to … continue Financial discipleship Linda Anderson-Little was in a position familiar to many rostered ministers. She was moving …

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LivingLutheran Stories – February 18, 2019

My single valentine Hello there, This valentine is for you, from me, one single person to another. If you’re anything like me, I’m guessing you have mixed emotions about Valentine’s Day. It’s hard being … continue I’m a Lutheran: Carly Sorensen Emanuel Lutheran Church, Council Bluffs, Iowa 11th-grader at Abraham Lincoln High School, Council Bluffs I pray for …

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Seeds Monthly – February 2019

ELCA launches collaboration with Blessed Tomorrow In line with its commitment to pursuing wholeness for creation, the ELCA has announced a collaboration with ecoAmerica and its Blessed Tomorrow program, which helps faith-based organizations elevate their leadership on the moral, religious and justice issues surrounding climate change. The collaboration underscores this church’s commitment to raising awareness of climate …

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Venezuelan Refugee Crisis

LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE Be a part of the response: Pray Continue to pray for all people on the move. Give Thanks to generous, undesignated donations, Lutheran Disaster Response is able to respond quickly and effectively to disasters, including people on the move across the globe. Your gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response will be used where there is the …

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Vanco offers new online giving option for ELCA congregations

2/19/2019 CHICAGO – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has formed a preferred vendor agreement with Vanco, an eGiving software developer and payment processor serving more than 20,000 churches across the country. The agreement offers Vanco’s GivePlus suite of eGiving solutions to ELCA congregations. The ELCA churchwide organization has sought new working relationships with …

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Valentine’s Day gifts that share the love

Animals Water Health Care Women & Children Valentine’s Day Send hogs ‘n’ kisses to your valentine Give in honor of your valentine, and help support creative, sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty. If you donate by midnight on Monday, Feb. 4, you can customize a greeting card and have it delivered in time for Valentine’s …

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ELCA Advocacy Update – February 2019

This is a special edition of the ELCA Advocacy Update. Find 2019 ELCA Advocacy Policy Priorities which will focus the work this year of the ELCA in Washington, D.C. on actions that will reduce poverty and hunger, promote safe and healthy communities and care for our environment. To read an online version of the February 2019 update and …

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ELCA World Hunger Big Game Synod Challenge 2019

It’s game time! While you are cheering on your team and celebrating with family and friends – let’s help tackle hunger together.  From kickoff to the final whistle on Super Bowl Sunday, Team New England and Team Los Angeles will seek to outdo one another for the sake of the gospel. The fans that donate the most through their team page …

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Legal Webinar for Congregations

Congregations can be vulnerable to legal issues and liabilities related to corporate status, taxes, property, insurance, and abuse prevention. Many of these problems can be avoided by using an ELCA-prepared checklist of key items for congregations to address. Join us for a free webinar at 12 p.m. on Feb. 21 where the ELCA legal staff …

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ELCA Stewardnet January 2019

Dear friend in Christ, If one of our highest aspirations for people is that they might live into a life of generosity and service, blessing both their lives and the world, how do we, as congregations and the church, model that kind of generosity? How might our life together regularly teach and encourage people to …

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Portico Launches Personalized Online Wellness Tool

Portico’s annual wellness program kicked off Jan. 1 for members and spouses covered by ELCA-Primary health benefits. Entering its 12th year, the program invites eligible participants to earn wellness dollars as they complete specific activities designed to strengthen their physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual well-being. New for 2019, participants will choose from nearly 100 guided activities …

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ELCA World Hunger Go & Do News

We’re excited to announce that ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving will return in 2019. Journey with us and fellow Lutherans as together we experience how the grace of Christ moves us to engage in transformative works of love around the world through ELCA World Hunger. Resources feature a devotional calendar, weekly study, inspirational …

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Happy New Year! Message from Presiding Bishop Eaton

Happy New Year! In this reprint of her January 2017 column in Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on the new year: “Here is where the gift of grace ... helps us make sense of our lives and resolves the stress of New Year’s resolutions—it acknowledges that we are broken and does away with the false hope or the intolerable burden of our being able to make ourselves right.”
Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2VufMVK and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2SBV3O1.

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Seminary Sampler at LSTC

Seminary Sampler at LSTC Come and see for yourself or share with someone who is considering ministry! Perhaps you are considering a call to public ministry. Perhaps someone is urging you to consider a call to public ministry. Perhaps you are simply wondering how you might continue to serve this world in need. If you find …

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Seeds Monthly – December 2018

Living Lutheran: ‘Uplifting Christmas gifts’ Living Lutheran invited its readers and writers to submit stories of gifts they’ve received that illuminated the true meaning of Christmas. The thoughtful responses remind us of God’s ultimate gift in Jesus, a child born for us. Read the compilation of personal reflections and discuss the article with a corresponding study guide. Last-minute giving with …

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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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ELCA Worship News December 2018

With the Advent of Our Lord, may your world be bright with light and hope, and may peace and happiness fill your heart and home. We wish each of you a blessed Christmas and a new year filled with hope. The ELCA Worship staff View & download a video message from Bishop Eaton Download English PDF | Download Spanish PDF …

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From cradle to grave – Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

From cradle to grave. In the December issue of Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on Christmas, a time when “God reversed the cradle-to-grave progression.” We are on a joyful journey, where we are loved, we are alive and we are free to greet this holy season. Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2GeSsaS and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2L0OZf7.

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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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Annual Report Covers Now Available

The 2018 Annual Report Cover is available for congregations and is downloadable from the ELCA website. 2018 Annual Report Cover Single Pages 2018 Annual Report Cover Spreads If a congregation wants to order the four-page hard copies, they are available now from the ELCA Distribution Center. Orders can also be placed with the ECIS at …

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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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Portico Pre-Retirement Seminar

Retirement takes planning. Whether it feels light years away or just around the corner, Portico’s Pre-Retirement Seminar can help plan members prepare. And it’s coming to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in La Crosse, WI. on Feb. 21, 2019. In the morning, learn how to invest for your future in the midst of current financial goals. In …

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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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ELCA Youth Ministry Network 2019 Extravaganza

Disrupt Extravaganza 2019 Disrupted through Connection The vision of the Network is to see a future where children, youth and family ministry in the ELCA flourishes and becomes ever stronger through Renewal, Education, and Connection. I began working in youth ministry while I was a high school student myself. Some of my earliest memories include …

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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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