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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 […]

ELCA presiding bishop issues pastoral message on Syria

by Dan Wilkinson

4/8/2017 4:30:00 PM CHICAGO – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued a pastoral message on Syria. Eaton’s message follows. Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Like many of you, I have been deeply troubled by the news this week from Syria. First, there was […]

ELCA – Moved by the Spirit in the Midst of Strife

by Dan Wilkinson

3/23/2017 6:00:00 PM More than 7 million people in South Sudan need humanitarian assistance as a result of drought and renewed violence. According to UNICEF, famine was recently declared in the north-central part of the country, where 100,000 people are facing imminent starvation. Recently, the #4famines hashtag has been drawing attention to the four countries […]

ELCA’s comprehensive campaign enters fourth year with $113 million raised

by Dan Wilkinson

3/22/2017 8:25:00 AM CHICAGO – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) first comprehensive campaign, Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA, is celebrating the beginning of its fourth year with $113 million in cash gifts and gift commitments, representing 57 percent of the five-year, $198 million goal by Jan. 31, 2019. “We […]

LWR India-Nepal TransBoundry Flood Resilience Project Wins Competitive Water Window Challenge Grant

by Dan Wilkinson

Lutheran World Relief has been named a winner of the competitive Water Window Challenge, securing a $1 million grant for the expansion of LWR’s Trans-Boundary Flood Resilience Project helping communities on the India-Nepal border cope with persistent and destructive flooding. The Water Window Challenge is a global competition initiated by the Z Zurich Foundation and […]

ELCA Conference of Bishops targets developing leaders, congregational growth

by Dan Wilkinson

3/16/2017 9:10:00 AM ITASCA (March 16, 2017) – The Conference of Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) emphasized leadership development and congregational growth when it met here March 2-7. The conference is an advisory body of the ELCA that includes 65 synod bishops, the presiding bishop and secretary. The Rev. William O. […]