Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod
A network of growing, Christ-centered, outwardly-focused congregations 
passing the faith to the next generation

Weekly News and Announcements
December 5, 2017
Synod News SynodNews
Tri-Synodical News
Thank you for your responses to the electronic survey in August on the future direction of the Tri-Synodical Theological Conference (TSTC). The TSTC planning team met recently to discuss the results of the survey and your feedback.
Several themes emerged from the survey responses. It is clear that you value this event as an important time of collegiality and networking. Survey results also lifted up the desire for high quality speakers and programming. Over half (62%) of those who responded wanted to keep the total cost of the event between $200-300.
The TSTC planning team shared the findings with all three Bishops and made recommendations, which the Bishops support. One of these recommendations is to contract with a TSTC Program Coordinator. If you are interested or know someone who would be good, see our job listing below.

We look forward to resuming the Tri-Synodical Theological Conference January 28-30, 2019. Save the date!
A Day With Mark Allen Powell
Since we're taking a one-year hiatus on Theological Conference, why not use that time, and those resources for a short preaching prep retreat with Mark Alan Powell, Trinity Lutheran Seminary Professor and author of Giving to God, Loving Jesus. What Do They Hear? Introducing the New Testament, and many other books?
A Day with Mark Allen Powell: Preaching Lent and Easter Sunday
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Join us for the day, 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM at Zion Retreat Center in Galveston, for just $30, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Such a deal. We will begin with prayer, study the texts, hang out, and those who wish will all go out somewhere for dinner. 
Or consider staying overnight on Monday the 22nd and/or Tuesday the 23rd for $45 a night. Walk the beach, prepare sermons for Lent and Easter Sunday, and take time for prayer and reflection.
$30 Powell (Includes 8:30-3 program, lunch and a light breakfast)
$45 Lodging Monday 1/22
$45 Lodging Tuesday 1/23
The registration deadline is Epiphany, January 6, 2018Read more
Administration  Administration
Wanted for immediate use: An upright piano
One of our congregations is in need of upright piano for worship services in their fellowship hall while work continues on their sanctuary. They can handle moving costs within Texas. Preference is for a taller instrument, better for sound quality. If you have one to offer, please send brand, age, and contact info for further questions to the synod office.

Thank you for your support in passing this request along to folks who might know how to help.
Local Volunteers for Youth Gathering - Re-opened
Would you like to volunteer at the Gathering and help young people grow in faith and encounter Christ? Serving the youth of this church is a vocational calling that requires careful discernment. There  is a need for Local
Volunteers. Applications are open .

If you have questions, contact Lynnae Schatz .  Thank you for considering this opportunity to share grace.
Events Events
Bayou Conference Meeting
Who  - Bayou Conference Members 
What  - December meeting and Annual Luncheon Celebration at Commander's Palace:
[It's 12 - 12 - 12 = We have our reservation for  Commander's Palace on  Dec. 12th, for 12 noon, and for 12 people!]
Date - Tuesday, December 12th
Time - 9:30 am/10 am. 
Where  - We begin at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, gather 
         at 9:30 am and begin at 10 am.
1823 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113
Why  - For fellowship and good cheer!
How  - very carefully and with lots of love!
Montrose Grace Place Annual Gingerbread Competition
Kindred's partners from Montrose Grace Place are hosting their 2nd Annual Gingerbread Competition and Dessert Auction! Saturday, December 9, 1-4pm.

Recruit a team from your church, office, and friends to compete and decorate a gingerbread house, enter the dessert auction, or join in as a spectator. So recruit your team, start your pinterest board and get your tickets to support homeless youth!
Living Nativity - St. John Retreat Center, Bellville
Drive through a living nativity hosted by St. John Lutheran Church, Bellville, at their retreat center.

Dates: Sunday, December 10
Time: 5-7pm
Location: St. John Lutheran Retreat Center
                     4740 Hwy 36 N
                     Bellville TX 77418
2018 Lutheran Legislative Event 
The theme for the  2018 Lutheran Legislative Event, sponsored by the Synod's Poverty and Justice Task Force (PJTF) in partnership with Texas Impact, will be "Rooted in Faith / Grounded in Love." The Event will be held at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Austin starting the afternoon of  Sunday, February 11, and will conclude about 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 13

Online registration will soon open on the SWT Synod website.

Download the event flyer  here.
Justice Justice
Protecting the Well-Being of Neighbors in Poverty
Representing one of the founding denominations of the Circle of Protection, Bishop Elizabeth Eaton joined evangelical, Catholic and national Christian charities in urging Congress to "support the urgent needs of low income Americans" as it considers new tax proposals. 

"We urge members of Congress to join us in maintaining a "circle of protection" around programs of assistance to people in poverty. We are bold enough to imagine news stories about Members of Congress from both parties joining together to support the urgent needs of low income Americans and life-saving assistance to hungry and poor people around the world- because of the religious faith of those political leaders." 

Children & Youth  childrenyouth
Apply for the ELCA Youth Core Leadership Team
by EventPixels Photography
Are you currently a 9th, 10th or 11th grader? You are eligible to complete the application to be considered for a two-year program of leadership development and faith formation through the ELCA Churchwide expression. 

Application deadline: January 10, 2018
Job Openings  jobopenings
Tri-Synodical Theological Conference Coordinator
Applications are being accepted for the newly created position of Tri-Synodical Theological Conference Coordinator. See complete job description for details. Deadline for application is  January 1, 2018 . Start date for position is  January 15, 2018

The Conference Coordinator will work closely with the Tri-Synodical Theological Planning team to design and deliver this annual event which is held the last week of January. To apply please submit your resume and a letter of interest to Gretchen Lundquist.
Churchwide News Churchwide
Living Lutheran: From the Presiding Bishop
Disengage the Autopilot

Here we are in Advent. This season doesn't exist in secular culture, where everything is barreling toward Christmas. No time to wait, no time to notice, no time to be present. Not this. Not now. All of a sudden we will find ourselves on the day after Christmas not knowing how we got there.

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In this Issue

Prayers for those who struggle during the holidays - with poverty, loneliness and grief.

Prayers for the Muslim community in Egypt in the aftermath of the deaths at the mosque in the Sinai  Peninsula.

Calendar at a Glance

December 12

Bayou Conference Meeting
9:30 am

December 18 - 19
Candidacy Retreat

January 12 - 22

January 23

January 25-29

April 3 - 19

April 22

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