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
October 17, 2017
Synod News SynodNews
God Present in the Middle of the Storm
Thank you! Thank you to almost 400 generous donors who immediately responded to Harvey's devastation with financial resolve. Thank you to so many faithful servants who personally showed up in the midst of their own storms, to be the church. 
The Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod are thanking you for your generosity in response to Hurricane Harvey. As of October 12th we have received more than $230,000 from 9 Synods, 25 congregations, 339 individuals from more than 30 states. Thank you for thousands of volunteer hours mucking and gutting, numerous in -kind donations and acts of kindness providing care. Providing hope in the midst of fear and despair.  
As we have moved to the short term recovery phase, a team of volunteers and synod staff chaired by Pr. Chris Lake has been formed to oversee short term recovery efforts. We are excited to welcome Ele Clay as our synod's short-term disaster recovery coordinator to work with the short term recovery team in coordinating the deployment of volunteers, supervising the distribution of financial and in-kind donations, and other recovery efforts.
Your continued prayers and support are valued. We invite you to continue to send financial support to Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, as the work is far from complete. Any request for assistance as well as desire to serve and volunteer to disaster@gulfcoastsynod.org.
Dennis Shaw Ordination
We are excited to invite you to share in the celebration this Saturday of the ordination of Dennis Shaw, pastor of Agape Church in Cleveland.

Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 1pm
Grace Lutheran Church, Conroe
Reception to follow.  Clergy are invited to vest in red.

Join us!

Administration  Administration
Courageous Community: Leaders Helping Leaders
Following a natural disaster, healthy leaders must intentionally care for themselves as they care for others.  The Courageous Community is an opportunity for leaders everywhere to be part of the healing community.   This effort will be focused on those who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey with the hope to expand and respond to other natural disaster needs in the future.

Please see the LEAD website for more information on how to participate and support this effort.
LEAD's Advent Resources Now Available
LEAD's Advent Resources, four contemplative prayer liturgies, accompanied by coloring pages, a free gift available to those who register online.

More information and registration are available on LEAD's website.
Drivers Needed - Youth Gathering Preparation
The ELCA Youth Gathering is coming to Houston and we are training our property managers and we need to take them to the properties that will be working at. We need people who are able to help drive them from the hotel we are training at to their properties.

We need drivers on 
Friday, November 3 from 2 pm to around 6-7 pm. We will pay for dinner for you. All we ask is that you meet us at the hotel downtown to pick up your crew and drive them to either the Gallery, Greenway Plaza area or NRG. They will walk around and see their properties. Then you will all eat dinner together and then drive them back to the downtown hotel.

If you are able and willing to be a driver, please email Michelle Mote
. This is a great opportunity to help with the gathering before it gets here.
Canceled - Evening with Bishop
Although we on synod staff have been excited about our fall Evenings with the Bishop, after assessing where we are as congregations, leaders and synod staff post-Harvey, we have decided it best to cancel the Evenings with the Bishop for this fall. Instead, we encourage congregations to continue investing their energy in recovery work and a ministry of presence in their communities and with their members.
Events Events
Central Houston Conference Gathering
This Thursday, October 19, the Central Houston Conference will meet at Zion ( 3606 Beauchamp St  at Pecore) for our monthly gathering,  noon-1:30 pm . Please plan to bring your own lunch. Zion will provide beverages and dessert.
The best place to park for meetings at Zion is at the front of the building, in the lot on Beauchamp, across the from church building and next to our food pantry (near Travis Elementary). The back lot (near McDonalds) is primarily used for staff and preschool.
Luther Goes Jazz
A Reformation Day evening program of jazz music and readings, with artists Markus Burger, piano, and Jan von Klewitz saxophone. We will also sing A Mighty Fortress. 

Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Time: 7:30pm

Reception after the program.

Sponsored by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Reformation Beer and Hymns
Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with a good ol' hymn sing! We'll make a joyful noise and enjoy some tasty brews on Sunday, October 22 at Saint Arnold Brewing Co.

Dialogue on Reformation
October 24
9:30 am
 - St. George Catholic Church, Baton Rouge
Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge is sponsoring "Dialogue on Reformation: 500 Years - Lessons Learned. Catholic Archbishop Alfred Hughes and ELCA Bishop Michael Rinehart.
Reformation Prayer Services - New Orleans and Houston
Lutherans and Catholics have agreed to commemorate the 500th by praying together in a spirit of confession and repentance. The Gulf Coast Synod will be holding two prayer services jointly with Catholics of New Orleans and Houston.

October 23, 7:00pm - New Orleans, St. Louis Cathedral

** Please note: the worship planners are looking for congregations to be represented in the opening procession. A person from each participating church is asked to bring a vase or pitcher of water which will be poured into a common baptismal font. If you wish to participate, you may contact Pastor Chris Michaelis .**
Service of Unity
Kinsmen Lutheran Church and Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Community will host a joint service of unity at 4:00 pm on October 29 at Kinsmen.

I t will be a unique service that includes both thanksgiving and lament, joy and repentance, as the congregations come together to acknowledge the Reformation and ask forgiveness for the division that has perpetuated over the last five centuries.
Justice Justice
Hands of Faith Reformation Commemorative Pieces
To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the  Hands of Faith Fair Trade Store , a ministry of Lord of Life, commissioned artists from Haiti to create images of Luther's rose. For over a month, these artists were working hard at making beautiful metal art pieces. 

Each item is 11 inches in diameter and displays well on a church wall. Cost ranges from $22 to $26, not including sales tax or shipping. Please  email   to place an order or for additional information.
Children & Youth  childrenyouth
ELCA Youth Gathering Registration Is Open
Registration for the ELCA 2018 Youth Gathering is open.

As we get ready for registration to open in a few days, you can watch this Gathering video, and d ownload Getting Ready Resources, and learn more at the Gathering site.

Job Opening  JobOpening
Director of Handbells
Kinsmen is looking for a part-time director of handbells, whose primary responsibility is to use handbell music to lead others in worship and lead two adult handbell choirs and one youth handbell choir in faith and fellowship. This position is supervised by the senior pastor. Interested candidates should contact Pastor Beth Warpmaeker.
Churchwide News Churchwide
LWF Order of Worship Available for Reformation Sunday
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) invites churches and congregations to make use of an order of worship prepared for LWF Reformation Sunday 2017 during services held on or around Reformation Day. Get it here
In this Issue

Prayers for our youth and family ministry as well as our camping ministry that are in their busy season

Prayers for our congregations and leaders in transition

Continued prayers for the staff and volunteers working tirelessly to prepare for the upcoming Youth Gathering

Calendar at a Glance
October 19
Central Houston Conference Gathering

October 22
October 23
Catholics & Protestants praying together for the 500th
7:00 pm

October 24
Dialogue on Reformation
9:30 am

October 25
Catholics & Protestants praying together for the 500th
7:30 pm

October 29
October 29 - November 7
Germany for 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with Bishop Mike

October 31

October 31
Christ the King, Houston

November 14
Bayou Conference Meeting
9:30 am

December 12
Bayou Conference Meeting
9:30 am

December 18 - 19
Candidacy Retreat

January 12 - 22

January 25-29

April 3 - 19

April 22

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