Mission Support: Benevolence by Any Other Name…

By Chris Markert, Bishop's Associate for Mission As members of the ELCA, we believe in a liberating God who frees us to be bold in our witness and generous in our sharing with the world for the sake of the Gospel. Financial stewardship, then, is no longer simply about paying the church’s bills. It is about how congregations and ministries can together live out God’s call to love and serve our neighbor. And Mission Support— the portion of offerings our congregations share with synods and which...

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Here am I. Send me.

First Call Accompaniment in the Gulf Coast Synod By Tracey Breashears Schultz, Bishop’s Associate for Leadership Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!” (Isaiah 6:8) On September 23-25, the Gulf Coast Synod hosted the annual Fall First Call Retreat attended by pastors and deacons in their first three years of ministry who are serving in one of the three synods in Texas and Louisiana. Thirty participants enjoyed a...

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Lisa’s Pieces:  Creation Care Tips from the Synod Lutherans Restoring Creation Team

By Lisa Brenskelle The mission of Lutherans Restoring Creation is to promote incorporation of care for creation into the full life and mission of the church, working in five areas: worship, education, discipleship, building & grounds, and public ministry/advocacy.  For some timely tips in these areas, see below: Worship: Here’s a new Thanksgiving hymn. Check out this litany of Thanksgiving.  Consider these worship ideas or these harvest worship materials for Thanksgiving. Seasonal...

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The Earth Charter & Lutheran Social Statements

Sunday Evening Conversations on Creation Continue… The synod Lutherans Restoring Creation Team invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series. Sunday, Oct. 27, 6 p.m. In October, Lisa Brenskelle, head of the Lutherans Restoring Creation Team for the Texas Louisiana Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will discuss the Earth Charter.  The ELCA voted to endorse the Earth Charter at churchwide assembly in August.  The Earth Charter, while a completely...

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Community Bike Safety Course

Sunday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m. Nervous about biking in Houston? The synod Lutherans Restoring Creation Teamand Bike Houston invite you to a free Community Bike Safety Course where you’ll gain the confidence to cycle safely around town. This is the only free bike safety course in Houston taught by certified instructors. The course takes begins with 90 minutes of classroom instruction at Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church. 90 minutes of drills in the Rice University parking lot follow the...

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Fall Outing in Nature – Nature Journaling at Sheldon Lake State Park

Saturday, Nov. 9, 1 - 3 pm. The synod Lutherans Restoring Creation Team invites you to explore Sheldon Lake State Park through nature journaling, led by master naturalist Irmi Willcockson.  "Nature journaling is your path into the exploration of the natural world around you, and into your personal connection with it." Leslie and Roth, 2000. This introduction is for all ages, and supplies will be provided.  We'll meet at the Sheldon Lake State Park Visitor Center to distribute supplies and...

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Park to Port Ride

Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30 – 9 a.m. start Hermann Park Join the synod Lutherans Restoring Creation bike team for the family-friendly Park to Port ride benefitting Hermann Park in Houston. The ride begins at the park, and is 20 miles round trip, with a stop for food/drink/fun at the midway point. The ride features a rolling start from 7:30 – 9 a.m. and the post-ride party continues until noon. Kids 10+welcome. Join the fun and care for God’s good creation!  Register for the ride at: ...

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Fall 2019 Interfaith Environmental Stewardship Event

Sunday, November 17, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. The synod Lutherans Restoring Creation Team invites you to join with people of other faiths to care for our shared environment.  We will engage in hands-on environmental stewardship at the Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve in Houston. This event will offer activities for all ages and skill levels, so bring the whole family, your neighbors and your friends.  Meet at The Gathering Place, 5310 South Willow Dr., Houston 77035 to sign in. Metro bus line 7...

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The Ecological Crisis & The Response of Faith

Sunday, Nov. 24, 6 p.m., online The synod Lutherans Restoring Creation Team invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2019 is environmental issues, and what you can do. In November, Lisa Brenskelle, head of the synod team, will discuss the U.N.'s Global Environmental Outlook, a report issued earlier this year, and how faith enables our response to the ecological crisis. Lisa will address: What is our present ecological crisis? & What specific issues...

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Ordaining Deacons

By Bishop Michael Rinehart You may recall that at our last Churchwide Assembly, in 2016, we voted to move the three lay rosters of Associates in Ministry, Deaconesses and Diaconal Ministers, into one roster called Deacon. We would now have two rosters: Pastors are Ministers of Word and Sacrament. Deacons are Ministers of Word and Service. The decision regarding the entrance rite for deacons was left for this assembly, in 2019. A discernment team was commissioned. The Members of the Entrance...

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