For those interested in bishop election procedures, the synod office is hosting a Capital Conference (that's us!) Spring Gathering on Saturday, April 21, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 3101 W. Cholla, Phoenix, AZ 85029.
On April 19 at 6-8:30 pm, BioScience High School is hosting a fundraising event. The goal is for every student in the senior class to receive a scholarship for college. All are welcome to attend the event (or not) and/or to donate (or not). This fundraising event will take place at BioScience High School Town Hall & Library at 512 E Pierce Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
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.
The church as we know it is changing. With a focus less on the institution of church and more on Christian community, our community building goal for April is to invite one other person in the Grace community with whom we do not already have a close friendship to spend time with us—to meet for coffee, go for a walk, eat lunch, or anything else that seems appropriate.
The church is changing—along with the world. Church leaders from a variety of denominations claim church decline. Many people grieve the death of the ‘church as we know it.’ The concern is valid; the ‘church as we know it’ is dying. I have spent many an hour contemplating this situation, many an hour worrying about these circumstances, many an hour coming up with brilliant plans to address the decline, many an hour in continuing education and meetings directly addressing this topic. Where I’ve landed after all that is here: Some things need to die in order to make space for new life. I think the ‘church as we know it’ is one of those things that needs to die.
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If you would like to help with any of the following tasks, please talk with Solveig Muus: sorting donations, staffing the Monday morning distribution, picking up donations from the West Valley Lutheran Thrift Store, dropping off donations to organizations for which some clothing is better suited, or helping in the kitchen on Monday mornings.