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CARE FOR CREATION
ELCA Launches Collaboration With Blessed Tomorrow

" In its commitment to pursuing wholeness for creation, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is pleased to announce collaboration with ecoAmerica and its Blessed Tomorrow program, which helps faith-based organizations elevate their leadership on the moral, religious and justice issues surrounding climate change. "
Ecumenical Advocacy Day
New York State Council of Churches
Are you interested in connecting your faith to issues of social justice and building a more equitable society? Join Christians from across New York State, representatives of the New York State Council of Churches, and other secular and religious partners in Albany on February 27, 2019! Click here for more information. 
A VIDEO RECOMMENDATION FROM THE ELCA AMMPARO PROGRAM
Airs Nationwide Starting Sunday, February 17

The second hour of this acclaimed two-part documentary challenges us to ask: Who are we when our country refuses to provide refuge to people fleeing violence? At the same time, the documentary examines the incredible efforts of people of faith who are determined—despite the political pushback—to offer thousands of refugees and asylum seekers a welcome home here in the United States.

To view the trailer, click here.

Part I, which focused on undocumented immigrants, is available now for educational and non-profit use. Contact brightness@divacommunications.com for more information.
2019 Mission Support
In  2019 , the  Metropolitan New York Synod will send 52%  of what is received for mission support to the ELCA Churchwide administration in Chicago, which supports new congregations, missionaries, seminaries, colleges, universities, campus ministries, early childhood centers, elementary schools, outdoor ministries, social ministry organizations, advocacy, and community development on a national scale.
Partnership dollars come back to synods and congregations from the ELCA  via grants, services, programs, staff, and resources. All mission support, including subsidized congregations, is a sign of our partnership in the Gospel.


In addition to helping us stay connected, completing this form makes your congregation eligible for synod grants.
Reports to the Bishop
Each year, we ask our ELCA rostered ministers to take the time to complete a report to the bishop, looking back on their life and ministry. Submit this confidential report before  February 15 .

In addition to helping us stay connected, completing this form makes you eligible for synod grants.

Music by St. Olaf College
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage– Carnegie Hall, Manhattan
TODAY! Saturday, February 2
8:00 pm

The St. Olaf Orchestra will perform for the first time at Carnegie Hall. Conducted by Steven Amundson and with the participation of Sarah Chang, recognized as one of the foremost violinists of our time.

For more information, click here  
FROM OUR CONGREGATIONS & PARTNERS
TRIVIA NIGHT 2019
Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, Manhattan
Friday, February 22
Evening

Lutheran Ministries in Higher Education's annual Trivia Night fundraiser for The Vine NYC Campus Ministry Network will be here before we know it! A fun, festive night and a great way to support campus ministry. For more information, click here.
SOCIAL JUSTICE SPEAKER SERIES
St. John's Lutheran Church, Greenpoint
Monday, February 11
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us for a conversation between Sara Schulman and The Rev. Dr. Katrina Foster on issues specific to the AIDS crisis and gentrification. This Conversation With Talk is the inaugural event of our six-part speaker series intersecting the viewpoints between communities of faith and secular activism. For more information, click here.
NEW PARTNERSHIP
Christ Lutheran Church, Newburgh

Mount Saint Mary's College Dominican Scholars of Hope recently donated diapers, money and volunteer time to the Baby Steps Baby Pantry at Christ Lutheran Church in Newburgh. Through a fundraiser, members of the MSMC help the diaper ministry of the church. To learn more, click here.
2019 BIENNIAL CONFERENCE
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 of church and community ministries. This fund enables the support of amazing, impactful work that other organizations are envisioning and growing. Past grant recipients include the West Side Campaign Against Hunger, the Collateral Repair Project serving Syrian refugees in Jordan, Mwangaza Partnership for Education in Tanzania, and many others. For more information, click here.
CO CONSPIRATORS  TUESDAYS DISCUSSION-STYLE NIGHT SERVICE
St. John's Lutheran Church, Greenpoint
Every Tuesday
8:00 pm

This is a coffeehouse-style casual service, centered around a theme. Participants will discuss, sing about, wonder aloud, study, and pray about different topics. You do not need to be a Christian to attend. 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 who 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 –––
OPERATIONS & OUTREACH COORDINATOR: Saint Lydia's, Brooklyn—more information here
PART-TIME ORGANIST AND MUSIC DIRECTOR: Grace Lutheran Church, Uniondale—more information here
LEAVE REPLACEMENT, FULL-TIME: LUHI - Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School, Brookville—more information here
OUTREACH COORDINATOR: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Port Jefferson Station—more information here

––––– CALENDAR –––––
FEBRUARY 11: Worship Committee Meeting—more information here.
FEBRUARY 11: CLAIMED Committee Meeting—more information here.
FEBRUARY 16: SENT Committee Meeting—more information here.

WE'RE PRAYING FOR...
• The family and friends of Reconciling Works Board member and Regional Coordinator Ken Neundorf, who died in Christ on Thursday, January 31.
• Our brothers and sisters suffering from the extreme cold as a result of the Polar Vortex in the U.S.
• Our brothers and sisters from Venezuela
• The asylum seekers who are waiting to be processed at our southern border
 Refugees and immigrants, and those who come to their aid
 Our work toward shaping a more inclusive church that welcomes and affirms all of God's people, specifically our  LGBTQIA+  brothers, sisters, and siblings 
 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, Hope Rust and Nicholas Stienberg, serving in Australia
ELCA missionaries The Rev. Dr. Carolyn Schneider, Theological Education, serving in Hong Kong, and The Rev. Chandran Paul Martin, Regional Representative, serving in India.
MNYS missionary Melanie Nelson, and her husband David Kingery, serving in Bukoba, Tanzania
  Bishop Laurie Skow-Anderson, the staff, and the people of the  Northwest Synod of Wisconsin