“Prayer changes things. It has for us. Thank you!”

By Chris Markert, Bishop’s Associate for Mission On August 27, the area of Lake Charles, Louisiana was devastated by Hurricane Laura. Thousands evacuated out of the way, including the family of Ms. Shonda, who headed to Dallas. After a couple of weeks in Dallas, she...

Three Lenten Possibilities

By Bishop Mike Rinehart For many of us, the Christmas decorations from this unique pandemic Christmas have not yet been packed away for another year. So how does it feel to think about Lent? Too soon? Ash Wednesday is February 17, 2021, not the earliest Ash Wednesday...

Sabbaticals: A Gift for Those in Ministry

By Chris Markert, Bishop’s Associate for Mission In 2019, the Synod Council generously approved a three-month sabbatical for me in 2020. Due to the pandemic, I will begin my sabbatical in January 2021. Originally, the plan for my sabbatical included traveling to...

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