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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.