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Living Lutheran Stories – May 7, 2019

Alive in the church: A series introduction “There aren’t any young adults!” Or occasionally, if the person is feeling more optimistic, it’s framed as a question: “Where are the young adults?” Either way, it’s the same … continue Modern miracles “Will you take me with you?” As Karen Castillo prepared to leave Playito Cerro Alto, a …

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Living Lutheran Stories – April 30, 2019

Using the Bible in context Editor’s note: In this five-part series, former ELCA Presiding Bishop Herbert Chilstrom examines the authority and interpretation of the Bible. Part one explored how we understand the Bible’s … continue The issue behind all issues Editor’s note: In this five-part series, former ELCA Presiding Bishop Herbert Chilstrom examines the authority and interpretation of …

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Living Lutheran Stories – April 23, 2019

Easter grief, Easter hope Six years ago, on Easter Sunday, my mother died. She had been living in Puerto Rico; I was miles away in New Jersey. As I grappled with grief, my family, congregation, friends and colleagues … continue The winning play A sacrifice is giving up something valuable to gain a greater treasure. As …

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ELCA Worship News – April 2019

Friends in Christ, ‘Tis the spring of souls today: Christ has burst his prison, and from three days’ sleep in death as a sun has risen. All the winter of our sins, long and dark, is flying from the Light to whom we give laud and praise undying. Alleluia! now we cry to our Lord …

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ELCA Disability Ministries – April 2019

We’re so thankful for the time we had with 20 ELCA members, synod staff, and rostered leaders from California, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Virginia, and Wisconsin for the ELCA Disability Ministries Network Gathering, held on Feb. 13. Disability Ministries also extended a special invitation to the Rev. Beth Lockard, the ELCA’s …

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ELCA Worship News March 2019

Friends in Christ, I am the scorn of my enemies, a disgrace to my neighbors, a dismay to my acquaintances; when they see me in the street they avoid me. Like the dead I am forgotten, out of mind; I am as useless as a broken pot (Psalm 31:11-12). “When the Japanese mend broken objects, …

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Global Mission Updates 2019

This edition of Global Mission Updates provides a panoramic view of how our gifts and talents touch the lives of peoples from around the globe. I hope that, through these stories, God will touch your hearts and fill them with the burning fire of the Spirit, so that you too will become part of this …

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Living Lutheran Stories – March 26, 2019

My take: Masculinity and the church There’s a lot of talk these days about “toxic masculinity.” Every heartbreaking incident of domestic violence or sexual assault, every mass shooting or racially motivated hate crime … continue ELCA presiding bishop on Women’s History Month March is Women’s History Month in the U.S. I call on our church to …

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Exceptional rates from the Mission Investment Fund

Choose from these Fixed-Rate Term Investments: 2-Year Term: 1.75% APY* 3-Year Term: 2.75% APY* 4-Year Term: 2.85% APY* 6-Year Term: 3.25% APY* The Mission Investment Fund offers a variety of investments to help your money work harder and grow faster. And we’re offering some of the highest rates around! When you invest with MIF, you’re partnering with a financial …

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Living Lutheran Stories – March 19, 2019

ELCA presiding bishop responds to Christchurch mosque shootings ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has released a pastoral message addressing the mass shootings that occurred Friday at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. “We join in mourning for the … continue Pray without ceasing “Thoughts and prayers.” We’ve all heard this phrase in the wake of recent …

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Seeds for the Parish – March 2019

ELCA forms agreement with Vanco Payment Solutions ELCA has forged an agreement with Vanco Payment Solutions that will give congregations access to discount rates for an assortment of eGiving tools. With GivePlus, powered by Vanco, congregations can start using such donation technologies as text and app giving, online giving and portable credit-card readers. Learn more about the …

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LivingLutheran Stories – March 12, 2019

Just enough real estate My first Ash Wednesday as a father, my little boy greeted me. “Color?” he asked. He grabbed my hand and pointed toward the table where crayons, paper and scribbles waited. But there wasn’t … continue A penitential season The liturgical season prior to our celebration of Jesus’ resurrection has tremendous variety around …

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ELCA Advocacy Connections – March 2019

POLICY ALERTS RESOURCES DATES MARCH 2019 Foreign assistance funding Congress passed a budget compromise in mid-February, including spending levels for international affairs programs. Some programs focusing on poverty reduction saw a slight increase, and the final bill also included allocations for global family and women’s health care programs. More >> POLICY NOTES Yemen resolution in Congress …

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ELCA Global Links – February 2019

Voices of Dignity Deacon Adrainne Gray is an ELCA missionary currently working as a communications coordinator alongside our companions at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. In this vignette Adrainne reflects upon her ministry as a woman and a person of color. She surveys the realities of patriarchy and oppression in her midst …

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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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ELCA Conference of Bishops issues statement on Venezuela

3/4/2019 3:25:00 PM  The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) stands with and holds up in prayer the people of Venezuela during the current multifaceted crisis within their nation. We care about the consequences of this crisis as already felt in neighboring countries and about its wider impact on international …

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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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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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ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving 

Resources Giving Video Learn More The invitation to Lent is an invitation to journey with Christ to the cross, to remember our dependence on God and to gaze with faith toward the resurrection to come. For many Lutherans, the season is marked by four specific spiritual practices: I invite you, therefore, to the discipline of …

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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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