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From Our Presiding Bishop 's Desk
ELCA Presiding Bishop Pastoral Letter Regarding The United Methodist Church Decision

"I ask this church, then, to continue by the side of the UMC, exchanging gifts and sharing burdens. In particular, we pray for them in their continued faithful efforts to be church, in the contexts we share. As we pray for them, we pray also for this church: may we be faithful to the calling to which we have been called, willing to confess our shortcomings and to trust in the healing, challenge and surprise of the Spirit of God, who calls us always forward."
Confronting Conversion Therapy:
A Special Event & Invitation
Victims of conversion therapy are members of our communities and our congregations. While conversion therapy has been repudiated by many professional and religious bodies, support for victims and prevention of further harm is often wanting. Be part of making a difference by becoming educated about conversion therapy and engage with others to develop effective strategies for supporting, victims as well as stopping others from suffering this “therapy.”

Learn more, here.
Resources from the MNYS Commission for Gay and Lesbian People
Begun in 2000, the Commission for Gay and Lesbian People was established to encourage our synod and its congregations to welcome all persons, regardless of sexual orientation, into the full life of the church; assist in outreach and education programs; support congregations interested in learning about the " Reconciling in Christ" program; and work with the synod staff and committees to be models of inclusiveness.

Learn more, here.
2019 Synod Assembly Deadlines (!!!)
March 6 is the deadline to submit a report, and to request a workshop, forum and/or display table. It is also the end of ELCA Ministers and Synod Council Members registration, and early registration.
2019 MNYS Bishop Election Process
A new bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod will be called during our 2019 Synod Assembly. In this short video, our Vice President, Renée Wicklund, explains the Bishop election process.

Bishop's Election Lenten Devotionals
Electing a bishop is one of the most important responsibilities in the life of a synod. Although a voting process is used to elect a bishop, it is first and foremost a call process.

We invite you to use these Lenten Devotionals created by members of our Synod Council to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit, through prayer or thoughtful discussion.
From a Pastor 's Desk
The Rev. Lenny Duncan, pastor of Jehu’s Table, Brooklyn, has a new book entitled: " Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher, to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S.”

Part manifesto, part confession, and all love letter, Dear Church offers a bold new vision for the future of Duncan's denomination and the broader mainline Christian community of faith. Dear Church rejects the narrative of church decline and calls everyone—leaders and laity alike—to the front lines of the church's renewal, through racial equality and justice.

Learn more, here.
Dear Christian Education Teachers:
We are excited to announce that the  Metropolitan New York Synod is developing a  Children’s App as a playful and faith-driven resource for our youngest members.

But,  we cannot launch this without your help and expertise!
On  Friday, March 8 at 6 pm, we will have an ideation meeting to discuss ideas for children’s games, music, and the overall look-and-feel of the app, so that it is aligned with our  Lutheran radically-welcoming, community-driven identity.

If you would like to be part of the initial brainstorming process, by phone or in person, please send an email to Roberto Lara, Director for Communications, at rlara@mnys.org

We look forward to and appreciate your attendance. 

May we continue to be Church Together!
Young Adult Network Coordinator
The Metropolitan New York Synod is seeking a part-time Young Adult Network Coordinator. Thanks to a generous grant from the ELCA, MNYS plans to launch a Young Adult Ministry Network in 2019 that will connect young adults with existing ministries and help incubate new, young adult ministries across our territory. For more information, click here.
Do You Know Someone Who Could Teach in Tanzania?
Have you heard about our companion synod relationship with the North Western Diocese in Tanzania, and our support of teachers at Kibeta English Medium Primary School (KEMPS)? Do you know anyone who might like to be a part of this exciting ministry? 
We’re looking for someone who has the skills to teach primary school children in English, the sense of adventure to commit two years to service in Bukoba, and a strong love of the gospel.

Learn more about our partnership, here.

See the job description, here
FROM OUR CONGREGATIONS & PARTNERS
LEADING THE CHURCH'S SONG: DOING COMMON THINGS UNCOMMONLY WELL 
Association of Lutheran Church Musicians 
Portland, OR
June 24 – 27

Participants in this summer conference will consider the core nature of Lutheran worship, the ways in which shared song and musical accompaniment can reveal or obscure these central understandings, and the many musical practices that support simplicity and beauty. For more information, click   here.
ADVENT LUTHERAN CHURCH 2019 MISSION FUND APPLICATION
The Mission Fund seeks to provide long-term support for church and community ministries. This fund enables the support of amazing, impactful work that other organizations are envisioning and hoping to grow. Past grant recipients include the West Side Campaign Against Hunger, the Collateral Repair Project serving Syrian refugees in Jordan, the Mwangaza Partnership for Education in Tanzania, and many others. For more information, click here.
SPANISH LANGUAGE AND HISPANIC MINISTRY INTENSIVE LEVEL I
The Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS), Campus
Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 5:00 pm
Friday, May 31, 2019 - 12:00 pm

A resource for Lutherans and other denominations that recognize the growing need for competency in the Spanish language and an understanding of Hispanic culture, in light of the increasing Hispanic population in this country and the church. To find more, click here.
BUILDING CONGREGATIONAL CAPACITY FOR HISPANIC MINISTRY INTENSIVE LEVEL II
The Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS), Campus
Sunday, June 9 - 5:00 pm
Thursday, June 13 - 12:00 pm

This new Level II Intensive is designed for congregational leaders in those congregations where consideration is being given to starting a Hispanic Ministry in their community. Teams from congregations are encouraged to attend. To find more, click here.
––– JOB OPPORTUNITIES –––
PASTORAL COUNSELOR: Chelsea Community Church—more information here
YOUNG ADULT NETWORK COORDINATOR: Metropolitan New York Synod—more information here
OPERATIONS & OUTREACH COORDINATOR: Saint Lydia's, Brooklyn—more information here

––––– CALENDAR –––––
MARCH 4: FMC Meeting—more information here
MARCH 5: Strategic Plan Working Group—more information here
MARCH 7: Executive Committee meeting—more information here

WE'RE PRAYING FOR...
The Rev. Amandus J. Derr , being treated for a collapsed disc and awaiting future surgical procedure
The United Methodist Church, and its LGBTQIA+ members
Our work toward shaping a more inclusive church that welcomes and affirms all of God's people, specifically our  LGBTQIA+  brothers, sisters, and siblings 
• The asylum seekers who are waiting to be processed at our southern border
 Refugees and immigrants, and those who come to their aid
 Those affected by violence in their schools, workplaces, and homes 
 The unity of this church and its mission
 Peace in our world
 Peace in our nation
 The care of God's Creation 
 ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission, Chelsey Johnson and Colter Murphy, serving in Cambodia
ELCA missionaries Hannah Jensen-Reinke and Scott Kaluzny, ESL teachers, serving in Japan
MNYS missionary Melanie Nelson, and her husband David Kingery, serving in Bukoba, Tanzania
  Bishop Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld, the staff, and the people of the  South-Central Synod of Wisconsin