Do Justice
Welcome to Do Justice, a bi-monthly newsletter of the Virginia Synod, lifting up God’s call and command that we, God’s people, do justice. You will find helpful info about justice ministries in congregations, around Virginia, and through the ELCA. If you have stories of justice to share from your congregation, please share those with me at bayerderrick@vasynod.org so I can share them with others in the synod!

The Rev. Kelly Bayer Derrick
Assistant to the Bishop
Affirmation of Baptism – God’s call for justice:
In the Affirmation of Baptism (ELW p. 236), spoken by many just this past Sunday as part of the worship service on Pentecost Sunday, we – God’s people – recall God’s promises made to us and God’s call and command for us to continue in that covenant which God first made with us:

You have made public profession of your faith. Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in holy baptism:
to live among God’s faithful people,
to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper,
to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed,
to serve all people, following the example of Jesus,
and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?

I do, and I ask God to help and guide me.
FIELD REPORT: MALARIA
From 2011 to 2015, the ELCA Malaria Campaign raised both awareness about malaria and gifts to support companion churches and partners in 14 countries to combat this disease.

April 25 marked the annual observance of World Malaria Day, and the ELCA World Hunger blog featured an update on the difference your gifts to the ELCA Malaria Campaign continue to make in countries faced with the daunting challenges posed by malaria.

The blog post features updates from Malawi, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
For Such a Time as This: Support Programs for Veterans
Together with pres iding bishops of the ELCA and the Episcopal church, we PRAY, FAST and ACT today in support of federal programs that assist veterans.

WE PRAY
Almighty and ever-living God, we give you thanks for the men and women who have served and defended our country and the values of freedom and justice we hold so dear. Help us be mindful of the sacrifices they made and the hardship endured by their families and friends, so that we never take for granted the privileges they have secured for us. Hear us, we pray, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

 – Prayer Book for the Armed Services, page 66.

WE FAST
We fast on this day in remembrance of the sacrifices those who serve in the armed forces make for our common good; in solidarity with those who live with or succumb to visible and invisible wounds; and for their families who cope with daily challenges in the absence of their loved ones.
 
WE ACT
We act together today by calling on our lawmakers to support strong investments in veteran programs, from expanding access to healthcare and benefits, equipping veterans struggling with homelessness and more. To Take action, click here .

Visit  ELCA.org/PrayFastAct  for more resources and updates as we continue to pray, fast and advocate together.
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