Category: Churchwide News

ELCA Public Health Resources

Caring response in times of public health concerns With the outbreaks of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States and around the world, congregations and houses of worship need to be well-informed and well-prepared. The following information offers guidance as we minister to and engage with each other, and within our communities, as the …

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ELCA Advocacy in time of COVID-19 pandemic

With daily developments in the spread and scope of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), our anxiety and uncertainty tempt us to curve inward and fixate on self-preservation. Appropriately, ELCA congregations and ministries are responding to the outbreak in their communities to ensure the health and safety of worshipers, staff and neighbors by adopting practices to slow …

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ELCA Advocacy Connections: March 2020

COVID-19 pandemicWith daily developments in the spread and scope of the COVID-19 outbreak, our anxiety and uncertainty tempt us to curve inward and fixate on self-preservation. Last week, Congress passed emergency funding to bolster local, state and federal governments’ public health response to the virus. This is an important first step, but we must do more so …

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ELCA Church Council votes to remove “Vision and Expectations”

ELCA News Service – 3/8/2020 2:40:00 PM ​CHICAGO — The ELCA Church Council voted today to remove “Vision and Expectations” from use in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Disciplinary standards for rostered ministers are outlined in “Definitions and Guidelines for Discipline.” The council encourages people to read the document, which states: “As an expression …

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Women of the ELCA Bold Connections – March 2020

Presidents ask, ‘What’s God calling you to do?’ A recent immersion trip to the southern border of the United States was a “life-changing experience,” Women of the ELCA’s executive board president Lisa Plorin told women at the Conference of Presidents’ meeting in Chicago, Feb. 21-23. When asked by presidents what God is calling her to …

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Living Lutheran Stories – March 3, 2020

The great and holy leveling field “There but for the grace of God go I.” I’ve heard this uttered and may have even said it myself a time or two. It’s usually said in response to seeing some unfortunate soul pass by with … continue Lent: Reflect, repent and connect Lent is a time of introspection, …

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God’s work. Our hands. Sunday 2020

Please save the date Sept. 13 for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, the ELCA’s dedicated day of service. Since 2013, “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday has inspired people of all ages to put their faith in action through service projects that share God’s love with all of God’s people. As we gather together in service to our neighbors, we are …

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Seeds Monthly – February 2020

Rostered Ministers Gathering Early registration is now open for the second Rostered Ministers Gathering, taking place July 20-23 in Phoenix, Ariz., under the theme “Rekindle the Gift Within You” (2 Timothy 1:6). The ELCA invites pastors and deacons to participate in this opportunity to remember, reclaim, rekindle and revive themselves alongside colleagues and friends across …

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ELCA Worship News – February 2020

Greetings in these last days in the Time after Epiphany. We are excited to announce the forthcoming release of All Creation Sings, a supplement to Evangelical Lutheran Worship, in fall 2020. This new resource follows more than two years of consideration, preparation and collaboration with Augsburg Fortress and the Worship team in the Office of the Presiding …

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ELCA Global Links – February 2020

“All of these issues are impacted by RACE — so being white and serving in Africa, a distinctly non-white space, puts us in positions that are clearly privileged and often painful.” —Cynthia Holder Rich and Mark Rich In a recent blog post, ELCA missionaries Cynthia Holder Rich and Mark Rich reflect on confronting white privilege …

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Get ready for Census 2020

Our communities are significantly shaped by census data, and Census 2020 will update these numbers for the first time in 10 years. The ELCA is an official partner of the 2020 Census to encourage the most accurate count possible. “Funding for over 100 federal programs, many of which combat poverty and hunger and support people …

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Women of the ELCA BOLD Connections – February 2020

How do we ‘just love’ our neighbor? Does love mean valentines and chocolates and red roses? Or does love mean sacrifice? Maybe love means delighting in someone’s company, or maybe it means untiring service, as a middle-aged daughter might give to her aging mother. Or maybe love means all these things–and more. Read our monthly devotion.What …

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ELCA Advocacy Connections

POLICY ALERTS RESOURCES DATES FEBRUARY 2020 View in browser Travel ban extended On Jan. 31, 2020, the Trump administration announced an expansion of the January 2017 travel ban to include more countries in Africa and Asia. Under the new policy, citizens from Nigeria, Eritrea, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan will be barred from applying for visas to …

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Official Youth Gathering handbook

The Official Youth “Gathering Handbook: Tips & Tricks for Adult Leaders” is now adapted to the 2021 Gathering in Minneapolis. If this is your first time leading a group or your sixth, you’ll want to check out this resource filled with tips and tricks (including sample budgets and covenants) sure to make your experience is …

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ELCA Mission Investment Fund

Here’s what your money could earn:Here’s what your money could do: When you invest with the Mission Investment Fund, you’re investing with a financial ministry of the ELCA. So, apart from building your savings, you’re funding loans to ELCA congregations and ministries, loans that transform church facilities and breathe new life into entire communities.EXPLORE INVESTMENTS* APY = Annual …

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Seeds Monthly – January 2020

“Unpacking White Privilege: The Important Work of Making the Church Less Harmful” For years, the ELCA has been working to educate and inspire Lutherans to promote fairness and racial equity in our churches, communities and country. At the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, the Strategy Toward Authentic Diversity was adopted. This strategy includes a commitment to digging …

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Made Free

by: Kelly Sherman-Conroy, MYLE Team Leader In October of 2019, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event leadership team, including youth, young adults and adults, gathered at Luther Seminary to discern a theme for MYLE 2021. Before we began our conversations as a group, we took the time to learn about and understand the history of the …

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ELCA Worship News – January 2020

Greetings, Free to go in peace as you have promised. As this greeting is being prepared, the church has concluded its Christmas celebration. Lights that adorned homes, businesses and churches are being boxed up and put away for another year. Yet the church announces that Jesus’ coming is never hidden away. We’ll hear this month …

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2020 Rostered Ministers Gathering Registration is OPEN!

Mark your calendars! Registration opens Feb. 20 for the 2020 Rostered Ministers Gathering, July 20-23 in Phoenix!   Gathering highlights: 100 workshops offered over four workshop blocks 85,000-square-foot interaction center with over 30 exhibits Beer and hymns Banquet celebrating women’s ordination   Featured guests and speakers, including: The Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of The …

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New from Portico

New in 2020 for the ELCA-Primary Health Plan if you have ELCA-Primary health benefits, a suite of new online offerings provides convenient access to care at your fingertips, whether on the go, in your office, or and in the privacy of your own home. Find support to strengthen your emotional resilience, learn new skills, and …

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Insights

AN E-NEWSLETTER FROM THE ELCA FOUNDATION Welcome to the first edition of Insights, a quarterly newsletter from the ELCA Foundation. In this newsletter you’ll find tips, tools and information to achieve your charitable-giving goals while supporting the people, ministries and causes you love. Know someone else who should receive this e-newsletter? Invite them to subscribe. CHARITABLE …

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Young Adults in Global Mission Applications Open

Applications for the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program are now open, and you can invite young adults on this yearlong journey abroad. If you know young adults age 21 to 29, this is the time to reach out. Encourage them to apply for YAGM by the priority deadline of Jan. 15, 2020. Talk to them personally …

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ELCA Fund for Leaders Scholarships

If you are feeling a call to ministry, or if you have any questions about candidacy, please contact Deacon Cheryl Erdmann in the synod office. Greetings from the ELCA Fund for Leaders! The ELCA Fund for Leaders is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) that provides scholarships for future ELCA pastors …

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Portico Benefits 2020 changes

Portico’s Board of Trustees has approved health plan and benefit changes for 2020, featuring new ways for ELCA-Primary members to save on out-of-pocket costs and strengthen their emotional well-being. In August, Custom Comparison Reports were made available to congregations, who will make their selections in October. Members will complete benefits enrollment in November. You can …

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