PLANNED GIVING EDUCATOR AVAILABLE
With the start of a new year, people often make New Year's Resolutions. Therefore, winter is a great time to provide education on Planned Giving - ways your members can leave gifts to your congregation in their will, beneficiary designations or other planning. Alice Benson, our synod's Regional Gift Planner, is a free resource to offer workshops on this important way to give after we're gone - as well as some tools for ways members can make other gifts during their lifetime as well. Benson does not sell any products but is a free resource provided by the synod. Contact her at
or 301-963-6570. (Submitted by Alice Benson)
EVENT LISTING IN WASHINGTON POST
"How come more Lutheran churches don't send their event details?" wondered the Religion Events Calendar editor of the
in a recent exchange. The calendar, which may share posts in print or in the online version, "is a great way to get the word out and do it for FREE" she added. If this is new to you, check out
, or find submission details listed in the current calendar.
ELCA ANNUAL REPORT COVERS
The new Annual Report Cover for 2016 is available from the ELCA. Printed copies and downloadable versions are available. Congregations can find the resource at
SOCIAL MEDIA TUTORIAL FROM DE/MD SYNOD
Looking for an overview of "Social Media in the Ministry?" Neighboring ELCA Delaware-Maryland Synod posted a 25-minute video on the subject to their channel at
which mentions Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Canva, Tumblr and more.
HOLDEN VILLAGE OPEN FOR BUSINESS
After a closure for mine remediation and a wildfire in the summer of 2015, Holden Village, on outdoor ministry related to the ELCA which offers educational and renewal programs for rostered leaders, families and individuals in a remote mountain valley, is ready to welcome all to come to the wilderness for renewal and fun. The facilities in northeastern Washington state have been refreshed and renewed. Learn more at
WHEAT RIDGE GRANT OPPORTUNITY
Formerly known as Burst Grants, the Wheat Ridge Emerging Leader Grants provide up to $5,000 for one year or up to $10,000 for two years to inspired leaders leading a new health or human care focused program who is between the ages of 20 and 35 and connected to the Lutheran community. Proposals from after-school programs to immigrant and under-served to resources for ex-offenders, Wheat Ridge Ministries is looking for innovative, new and effective projects. Proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis. Review
for details and submission schedule.