All are welcome to gather for prayer and meditation, conversation and study on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during Lent beginning this Wednesday, February 21, at 12:00 pm in the Sanctuary.
Our presiding bishop Elizabeth Eaton has asked all congregations of the ELCA to study the statement and offer feedback prior to fall 2018. To read the draft social statement in its entirety, go to ELCA.org/womenandjustice. We'll study this statement every 3rd Tuesday from 6:30-8pm in the North Room through May. Dates are January 23, February 20, March 20, April 17, and May 15.
Learn about the background of why the church omits this word during Lent and why some congregations “bury” it. View a PDF from the ELCA explaining why.
The 2018 ELCA Yearbook is now online and known as the ELCA Directory, directory.ELCA.org. Just as the printing press changed the world during Martin Luther’s time, so are the digitization of data and the internet changing the way we publish and access information.
Millennials, known as people born between 1982-2000, are the largest living generation in the U.S., but you won’t find many of them at church. According to a Pew Research study, both the church and other member-based institutions aren’t being embraced by millennials like the institutions were by previous generations. But this doesn’t mean millennials aren’t seeking out community. In Living Lutheran’s cover story, hear from millennials on why they've stayed in the church, left the church or how they’re looking for spiritual nurture.
Esperanza Lutheran Church has had four primary mission partners, two local and two global: Habitat for Humanity (22 homes as part of the SE Valley Lutheran Coalition), the Kyrene Family Resource Center, Feed My Starving Children and the Meera Primary School in Tanzania.
The January Living Lutheran cover story centers on the topic of faith formation as it relates to leadership and how our baptismal covenant is one way to explore this. Read the full article here.
To learn more about Bishop Eaton’s Leadership Initiative, please visit http://www.elca.org/leaders
Want to help your (literal) neighbor? The Area Agency on Aging connects senior citizens who need support with neighbors who can transport them to medical appointments, provide friendly visits and support, and regularly call to check in. If you or a small group of people are interested in reaching out to a neighbor, please call 602-264-4357 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also pick up a packet of information, including a volunteer application, from the back of the sanctuary or the church office.
Following Jesus is the part of Christianity I find most compelling. Weekly worship, Bible study, even believing certain things, these for me are not as compelling as Jesus’ call to follow. I imagine where Jesus’ disciples, his original followers, went when they followed Jesus. I imagine the people they met and with whom they spent their time. I imagine their lifestyle. I imagine their surprise and hesitancy to follow at times because of the outrageous things Jesus did. And imaging all this makes me laugh because it in no way resembles the lives of most Christians here and now.