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A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“Church Speak” A colleague at the Lutheran Center related this story. An unchurched friend of hers was visiting and noticed her Advent calendar. “What is Advent?” she asked. A simple question. But my colleague soon discovered it wasn’t that easy to explain Advent to someone who had never heard of it, but who also had […]

Giving Tree and ELCA Good Gifts

by Dan Wilkinson

Alternative Giving When you think about the special people in your life and the best gifts you have given or received, it is not the gift itself but the meaning behind the gift that makes it significant. One way to increase the meaningfulness of a gift is through alternative giving. Alternative Giving is a form […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“October 32 and Beyond” This is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. For the past year it has been “All Reformation All the Time!” Everything Martin Luther. The really observant have branched out to Philipp Melanchthon and Johannes Bugenhagen. True believers will dress their children up as Martin and Katie for Halloween, or if they […]

International Mission Trip to Harlan Kentucky

by Dan Wilkinson

The congregation members participating in the Intergenerational Mission Trip to Harlan, Kentucky on July 23-29, 2017 will have returned by the time you read this article. Kathy Holcombe, Jan Stebbins, and Melanie Morgan participated in the SWAP program during their time in Kentucky. SWAP stands for Sharing With Appalachian People. Participants were involved in a […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton – “Serving the neighbor in charged times”

by Dan Wilkinson

“Serving the neighbor in charged times” These are politically charged times. This very sentence in the presiding bishop’s column is likely to raise eyebrows. Across this church I’ve heard stories of parishioners disturbed by the Gospel read on Sundays, believing the pastor chose the passage as a critique of the current administration. The Beatitudes seemed […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton “I Wonder”

by Dan Wilkinson

“I Wonder” Recently, I heard the Bach cantata O heilges Geist und Wasserbad. The cantata’s text is based on John 3:1-15, which was the Gospel lesson at the service where the cantata was first performed. The image that stuck with me and about which I have been doing a lot of thinking was the story […]

ELCA presiding bishop delivers Easter message

by Dan Wilkinson

4/12/2017 12:40:00 PM CHICAGO (April 12, 2017) – In her Easter message, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), reminds us to rejoice even when the brokenness of this world breaks our spirits. Visit ELCA.org to listen to Eaton’s message. – – – About the Evangelical Lutheran […]

ELCA Church Council holds spring 2017 meeting

by Dan Wilkinson

4/11/2017 3:45:00 PM ITASCA  – The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) met at the Eaglewood Conference Center, Itasca, Ill., March 30-April 2. The council, which serves as the ELCA’s board of directors, met in plenary on Friday, March 31, and spent the remainder of its time in retreat, focused on […]