Category: Churchwide News

Sacrificing the Body

Portico’s CEO Rev. Jeff Thiemann was quoted in a recent Christianity Today article on clergy health. The article, Sacrificing the Body, takes an honest look at how too many pastors neglect their physical health and gives some eye-opening statistics for health among rostered leaders from different denominations, including the ELCA. “Congregations can encourage pastors’ health by recalibrating expectations and …

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November News from Women of the ELCA

Thankofferings help ensure the future Many congregations hold Thankoffering services this time of year in thanksgiving for the many blessings poured out by our generous and loving God. For more than a century, Thankofferings have been a mainstay of our beloved community of women created in the image of God. These generous gifts support the ongoing …

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Luther’s remarkable gift to us

Luther’s Small Catechism: Tasting it again for the first time By Timothy J. Wengert The old advertisement for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes helps introduce Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, in part because many Lutheran adults – having been subjected to it as eighth graders – have developed an allergy to it. Only as a teacher at the …

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Planning for the Reformation Anniversary

For an easily accessible, easy to read conversation resource–a small book–please consider One Hope: Re-Membering the Body of Christ (Augsburg Fortress/Liturgical Press). It is a rich ecumenical resource designed to help Catholic and Lutheran communities mark the approaching 500th anniversary of the Reformation. By gathering together to reflect on and discuss its contents, Christians will foster the …

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We Did It! The ELCA Malaria Campaign has reached its $15 million goal!

Ashley Debilzen Friends, we did it! The ELCA Malaria Campaign has exceeded its fundraising goal of $15 million dollars! That means 15 million reasons to say THANK YOU. ​ Your generosity and dedication made this moment possible. As a result of your support, malaria programs in 13 African countries have been fully funded. Together we have had great success – …

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ELCA Responds to Refugee Crisis

Middle East and Europe Refugee Crisis The Situation: A record number of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa are fleeing war and poverty and making a terrifying, life-threatening journey to find a safer, better way of life in Europe. Although they come from different countries, for various reasons, they share a common …

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The Lutheran – Jesus the Bread of Life

Brian Hiortdahl is pastor of Atonement Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kan. This week he reflects on John 6:51-60 and a lesson that’s hard to embrace. Jesus, the bread of life By Brian Hiortdahl  This teaching is difficult; who can accept it (John 6:60)? No Gospel writer has a bigger, fiercer, more starry-eyed crush on Jesus …

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A Health Plan to Strengthen Ministry

It’s natural to want to understand the benefits package your organization provides. After all, benefits are expensive, no matter where you buy them. As an ELCA ministry, Portico serves the church by securing the best value in health, retirement, disability, and life insurance. [pdf-embedder url=”https://nisynod.org/nis/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Important-Information-About-ELCA-Benefits-2.pdf”]

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ELCA Federal Credit Union

Over the past several years, the ELCA and the Mission Investment Fund have been considering the establishment of an ELCA-sponsored credit union for two purposes: to provide additional financial services to ELCA members and ministries and to assist the Mission Investment Fund by providing more efficient banking services for its customers. Considerable study and analysis …

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14 down, 1 to go – ELCA Malaria Campaign exceeds $14 million milestone

From the ELCA Malaria Campaign Blog: Allison Beebe 5/29/2015 ​“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ​​Today, we celebrate reaching and surpassing another fundraising milestone for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. The campaign has raised over $14 …

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Responding to the severe flooding in the southern plains

From the Lutheran Disaster Response Blog ​Texas, Oklahoma and now Arkansas are experiencing severe flooding that started due to heavy rainfall and flash floods in the region during Memorial Day weekend. This has been the wettest May, or even month, on record for most of the region. In Texas, it is estimated that 35 trillion gallons of rain …

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Exploring: Advocacy

From the ELCA World Hunger Blog ​May 21, 2015 In this series of posts, we will take a closer look at some of the areas of work ELCA World Hunger supports domestically and internationally.  This week, our focus is on “advocacy.” The Work We Do: Advocacy What Is Advocacy? Speak up! Advocacy is a public witness to …

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Ebola Outbreak: Liberia declared “Ebola-free

From the Lutheran Disaster Response Blog: 5/22/2015 ​On March 30, 2014, Liberia confirmed its first two cases in the recent Ebola epidemic. A little more than a year later, Liberia was officially declared Ebola-free on May 9, 2015, after 42 days of zero reported Ebola cases. Day 42 is the magic number because it is …

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Luther's quote got it right

The church & change. In her June column for The Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton reminds us that we aren’t “called to be the church of the past nor the church of the future, but to be the church right now.” We may not get it right all the time, but we don’t have to fret—that’s the freedom we have with God.

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Luther’s quote got it right

The church & change. In her June column for The Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton reminds us that we aren’t “called to be the church of the past nor the church of the future, but to be the church right now.” We may not get it right all the time, but we don’t have to fret—that’s the freedom we have with God.

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This week at The Lutheran:

May 19, 2015 Honor their sacrifice This week’s reflection on Memorial Day comes from Col. Michael Lembke, an ELCA pastor and a chaplain for the U.S. Southern Command. Honor their sacrifice By Michael T. Lembke I once asked my mother-in-law if she often thought about her brother, who was killed 70 years ago in World …

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Innovative Program of the Year” for storm shelter pilot project

From the Lutheran Disaster Response Blog – 5/20/2015 ​Lutheran Disaster Response was awarded “Innovative Program of the Year” for its storm shelter pilot project during last week’s National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) annual conference in New Orleans. The award recognized our work with our partners, Upbring (formerly Lutheran Social Services of the South) and Federal Alliance for …

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“We do not get discouraged” – The Lutheran malaria program in Burundi

Allison Beebe My name is Supesi Ntimpirangeza.  I come from Mwiruzi village in the commune of Mishiha.  I am the volunteer animator for Mwiruzi and Caniga [through the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) malaria program].    The responsibility of a volunteer animator is to visit the community members. When we are trained, we take what we …

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"We do not get discouraged" – The Lutheran malaria program in Burundi

Allison Beebe My name is Supesi Ntimpirangeza.  I come from Mwiruzi village in the commune of Mishiha.  I am the volunteer animator for Mwiruzi and Caniga [through the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) malaria program].    The responsibility of a volunteer animator is to visit the community members. When we are trained, we take what we …

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Nepal Earthquake: Working with partners to distribute relief materials

​It has been three days since the second earthquake in less than three weeks hit Nepal. (First earthquake: April 25; second earthquake: May 12) Aftershocks are still being felt, which continue to generate landslides. The landslides and debris are blocking roadways, which is making transportation difficult—especially in remote villages. These obstacles combined with the approaching …

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Continuing the work to make malaria history

Dear friend, Grace and peace to you! Over the past four years, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has given special attention to World Malaria Day on April 25. This year, on World Malaria Day, a massive earthquake struck Nepal. As a church, you responded to this crisis immediately. I am grateful for the …

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Women of the ELCA – May News

We've got a lot going on in May

Those of us with mothers or who are mothers know that Mother's Day falls this month on May 10. Many in our midst are sensitive to the fact that the day is not universally celebrated, and here's why.

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“More than just another disease” – The Lutheran malaria program in Uganda

From the ELCA Malaria Campaign Blog (4/29/2015) Allison Beebe ​”Malaria is more than just another disease for us,” says Fred, a government health worker and local leader in the Kapujan sub-county of Uganda. “It is killing our mothers, our children—every minute, every second.”  (Photo: Fred) Geography plays a role in the prevalence of malaria in …

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"More than just another disease" – The Lutheran malaria program in Uganda

From the ELCA Malaria Campaign Blog (4/29/2015) Allison Beebe ​”Malaria is more than just another disease for us,” says Fred, a government health worker and local leader in the Kapujan sub-county of Uganda. “It is killing our mothers, our children—every minute, every second.”  (Photo: Fred) Geography plays a role in the prevalence of malaria in …

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Nepal Area Earthquake

Lutheran Disaster Response is committed to walking with our brothers and sisters in Nepal, as rescue efforts and assessments continue. The situation, our response, and what you can do.

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