November 30, 2016

Stewardship Tip: Embrace Generosity this Advent/Christmas

GivingTree copy How do we provide practical programs that help our members embrace generosity and alert them to the dangers of our culture’s “spend, spend, spend” mentality? The Advent/Christmas season is one of the times of the year that lends itself to lifting up the economic tensions of these dual messages.  Many congregations encourage generosity with multiple...

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November 30, 2016

Updated: Child Protection Webinars

Heart_Lightstock_350 Updated Nov. 30 to add NEW opportunities on Dec. 2 and Dec. 8. What constitutes a legally reportable incident might surprise most people, so having your staff participate if they haven’t been keeping up with the news would probably be a good idea. Earlier this year, the leader of a Pennsylvania-based YMCA was criminally charged for...

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November 22, 2016

Marking an African-American Lutheran Pioneer

jonesmarkersquare Lutherans gathered on Quince Street Nov. 19 to dedicate a new state historical marker honoring the Rev. Jehu Jones Jr., who was ordained the first African-American Lutheran pastor in 1832 and founded the first African-American Lutheran congregation two years later. “Today we gather to celebrate a pioneer of both radical racial and ecumenical partnership…who persevered...

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November 22, 2016

New FLSA Requirements for Churches

SMALL-elca-emblem-150px Please share this information with the appropriate leaders and staff in your congregation. There is a new requirement for overtime that goes into effect on December 1, 2016.  It is important for all churches to be aware of the new law. This law will affect nursery schools and day care centers that are owned by...

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November 12, 2016

Forming A More Perfect Union

shutterstock_445452202_purple_600 In a pastoral message following the 2016 presidential election, Bishop Claire Burkat writes that “it’s time to dust off our Constitutions and remind each other about the principle and values of our American democracy.” In the letter the bishop asks prayers for our president-elect, and emphasizes that many Americans — including some Lutherans — feel...

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October 31, 2016

Catholics and Lutherans Commemorate Reformation

lund-salvadorancross-150 Pope Francis and the General Secretary of The Lutheran World Federation Rev. Dr Martin Junge jointly preached on the gospel of the true vine (John 15:1-5) during the Common Prayer of the Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation in Lund, Sweden, today (Oct. 31, 2016). They spoke about the unity in Christ that Lutherans and...

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October 11, 2016

Pray and Give to Help Haiti

matthew2016-1-lwr Update Oct. 11, 2016: As many as 900 people may have been killed when Hurricane Matthew slammed Haiti. The island nation was still recovering from a devastating earthquake in 2010. The interim president says the country is at risk of “real famine”, the BBC reports. According to Lutheran World Relief, 350,000 Haitians are in need...

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September 28, 2016

Money Mission Media: ‘Generosity Is a Learned Virtue’

MoneyMissionMedia “We are in a (new) Pentecost moment,” the Rev. Ruth Santana Grace, executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Philadelphia, told more than 200 church leaders gathered at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia for Money Mission Media, a conversation about the challenges and opportunities for 21st Century digital ministry. In changing times, the church must...

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November 29, 2016

ELCA Mobility, Candidacy Websites Offline Dec. 15 to Jan. 17

ELCAStacked Candidates, rostered leaders, congregations and synod staff wanting to access the Candidacy Portal and/or Mobility pages will not be able to complete any new forms between December 15th and January 17th. We are in the process of updating our system. This means no new candidacy (applications, decision forms, etc.) or mobility forms (RLPs, MSPs, reference...

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November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving: Blessings In Weakness

wc-suitcase-1 During this week when we are reminded to give thanks, I thank God for my weak bladder. You see, if I didn’t have a weak bladder combined with a neuromuscular disorder preventing me from driving, I might never have spent so much time in Philadelphia’s public restrooms; and if I didn’t have to use the train...

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November 7, 2016

Help The Well Shelter Vulnerable Women

WellWC The Well offers women living on the street a unique option — a small group setting where the women find rest, comfort, and community during the coldest parts of the winter. Last winter’s three-month pilot was a success and this year the shelter plans to be open for six months, from November through April. You...

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November 3, 2016

“I Was A Stranger…”

SMALL-elca-emblem-150px I was a stranger and you welcomed me …. (Matthew 25:35).  In her November column in Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that migration has been part of the story of God’s people from the beginning. She urges us to “welcome the stranger, seeing him of her as a fellow traveler, a companion...

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October 13, 2016

Stewardship Tip: 10-10-80 Principle

GivingTree copy The 10-10-80 Principle of money management has been lifted up in different contexts over the years.  The principle itself is pretty basic.  It encourages each disciple to prayerfully embrace an approach to their incomes around these three percentages: 10% is offered to the work of God’s kingdom in the world through the church and other...

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