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Feeding and Equipping Leaders
Listening Deeply to the Voice of the Other
Collaborating with Partners in Ministry
Building Bridges Across All the Differences that Divide
We are part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the East Central Synod of WI consists of 85,000 Lutherans in 125 congregations.
We are delighted to announce that Pastor Amy Engebose has been called to serve on staff as Bishop’s Associate for Rostered Leadership and Congregations in Transition. Read the full announcement here!
500 Years of Evangelical Reformation 1517-2017
When Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-five Theses” on the church door in Wittenberg in 1517, no one expected the breadth of evangelical reforms in Christian teaching and practice that followed. In every dimension of Christian faith a renewed trust in God’s forgiving mercy replaced a reliance on teachings and practices that, like the sale of indulgences, were vulnerable to abuse and corruption.
Preaching a few years later, Luther said, “I opposed indulgences … but never with force. I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. I did nothing; the Word did everything.” When he began to propose reforms in worship, he wrote similar words. “This is the sum of the matter: let everything be done so that the Word may have free course.”
Nearly 500 years later, the results of this evangelical confidence in God’s forgiving and liberating Word are evident today in Christian communities of all types. In the years leading to 2017 ELCA members, congregations and synods will observe the anniversary of this evangelical reformation in a variety of ways with numerous partners.
Check out the Luther Reading Challenge. For more resources go the ELCA Reformation site at www.ELCA500.org.
Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA was overwhelmingly approved in August 2013 by the voting members of the ELCA Churchwide Assembly. The five-year fundraising effort, the ELCA’s first comprehensive campaign, formally launched on February 1, 2014, and will end January 31, 2019.
The campaign seeks to raise $198 million in support of new and expanded churchwide ministries above and beyond those supported by your regular weekly offerings. This goal represents a 64 percent increase in designated funding for the ELCA’s existing and new ministry initiatives.
Through several major goals and priorities, the campaign seeks to:
- Renew and begin new congregations
- End poverty and hunger, and overcome malaria
- Identify, train and support new leaders and engage young people in the life of this church
- Expand the ELCA’s disability ministries
- Grow this church’s capacity to serve globally, support ELCA missionaries and women leaders among global companion churches
To learn more http://www.elca.org/Campaign-for-the-ELCA/About
The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program has called 87 young adults into service, beginning August, 2016. Two of the YAGM’s come from our synod. They are:
- Erin La Haye from Calvary Lutheran in Green Bay, WI Royal Family Kids Camp in Skagit County WA. She will be serving in the United Kingdom. You can reach Erin at email@example.com
- Nathan Zimdars from Grace in Ripon, WI. He will be serving in Senegal. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please email these young adults who are doing God’s work in the world to offer your prayers and support.