Seeds Monthly – November 2019

Christmas congregational communications tools

NEW! Christmas congregational communications tools

How will you welcome your friends and neighbors to worship this holiday season? To support your communication needs, we offer several invitational tools specifically for congregations.

Add your congregation’s location and service times to customizable posters, social media images, postcards and more. The resources include Advent graphics and posters in English and Spanish, as well as three new invitation designs for Christmas. Visit ELCA.org/CongTools to find a variety of communications support solutions.

Living Lutheran: “Lessons from campus ministry”

There are more than 240 Lutheran campus ministries providing an ELCA presence at state and private colleges and universities around the United States. Their individual contexts may vary, but the campuses where these ministries serve make up one of the largest communities of young adults in the country. The Lutheran Campus Ministry Network (LuMin) conducted a two-year research project to learn more about the impact of campus ministry programs and what young adults are saying about their lives, their faith and the church. The November lead feature of Living Lutheran shares some of the project’s findings and explains what congregations can learn from campus ministry. Read the article.

Lessons from campus ministry
Big Dream Grant

Announcing ELCA World Hunger’s Big Dream Grant awards

ELCA World Hunger is pleased to announce that four more ministries have been awarded Big Dream Grants. These one-time gifts of $10,000 to $75,000 support domestic ministries as they pursue innovative and sustainable approaches to ending hunger. New this year, ELCA World Hunger’s Big Dream Grant recipients were identified in part based on the contributions of their work toward the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ELCA World Hunger is pleased to partner with the Lutheran World Federation as part of its “Waking the Giant” initiative, which aims to build the capacity of churches to contribute effectively to the SDGs. Learn more.

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boundless: God beyond measure

2021 ELCA Youth Gathering theme announcement

Break Out

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

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THE EXTRAVAGANZA 2020
Anaheim, Calif.
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YOUNG ADULTS IN GLOBAL MISSION
Application deadline
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WOMEN OF THE ELCA GATHERING
Phoenix, Ariz.
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ROSTERED MINISTERS GATHERING
Phoenix, Ariz.

FEATURED RESOURCES

Advent Resources Spanish Advent Resources ELCA Good Gifts
ELCA World Hunger Advent resources

The study explores the theme of
“nearness” and what it means that
God has drawn near to us. Use
the calendar to anticipate Christ’s
birth.

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Spanish-language resources

A new landing page for Spanish-
language resources is available.
Download social statements,
communication tools, ELCA
brandmarks, bishop messages
and more.

VIEW RESOURCES

Christmas with ELCA Good Gifts

Ornaments, posters and cards are available to help you share ELCA Good Gifts with friends and members of your congregation.

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BULLETIN BLURBS

These snippets are available for you to copy and paste into your bulletins.

Earth Day turns 50 in April 2020: Is your congregation ready?
Though only one calendar day is devoted to celebrating the common home God entrusted to us, congregations across the country are working to restore and protect earthly gifts throughout the year. Find out how you can affirm your care for earth and neighbor and take steps to incorporate creation care into the identity and mission of your congregation. Download our free Lutherans Restoring Creation congregational kit and tell us what you are planning to do so we can help!

“Ignite the Church” conference
Get inspired, encouraged, challenged and warmed up at the “Ignite the Church” conference Feb. 11-13, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. In addition to large-group sessions on the topic of congregational vitality, there will be elective sessions on a range of topics: reaching younger generations, expanding kingdom impact, church renewal and discipleship, renewing music, vitality through mission, engaging your neighborhood, evangelism, social justice and raising up leaders. There will also be a visit to Orlando’s Castle Church Brewing Community. A $99 discounted rate, which includes snacks and two meals, is available until Nov. 30. All proceeds benefit the ELCA Fund for Leaders. For more information go to ignitethechurch.net.

Study the five gifts of discipleship for Advent and Christmas
Advent and Christmas are great seasons of the church year to emphasize living our Baptism and to discover the five gifts of discipleship. Gift-giving and gift-receiving dominate today’s Advent and Christmas seasons. The church has an opportunity (and challenge) to shift attention to the real gift of Christmas — Emmanuel, God with us. Explore the gifts of Baptism.

Tithe.ly expands online products for congregations
In March 2018 the ELCA introduced Tithe.ly as an ELCA preferred vendor for electronic giving. Featuring online, mobile and text giving options, Tithe.ly is now expanding its product line to offer website services and church management software to ELCA congregations at a low cost. Using Tithe.ly’s suite of tools, you can enable your congregation members’ online giving, manage your membership data and freshen up your congregation’s website. Get started at get.tithe.ly/elca.

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