May 28, 2019
Special Summer Programs at Luther Springs

A fun faith-filled summer experience is waiting for your young person at Luther Springs. To register for these or any programs go to or call 828-209-6302

Horse & Kayak (6th – 8th grade) June 9-14 Grab the reins for a week of camp fun! Campers will travel offsite to enjoy amazing and scenic horseback rides through woods and alongside a beautiful spring fed lake, scenic vistas, and beside enormous cliff walls. Campers will also kayak across a 12-acre, spring fed lake, on the lookout for local wildlife, surrounded by immense cliff walls that you didn’t know existed in Florida!  

Leadership Lab (9th – 12th grade) June 9-14 What kind of leader are you? Are you an up-front leader? Behind the scenes leader? Think you might want to be a counselor one day? Campers will learn leadership skills, explore faith, and lead activities for younger campers (under direction of counselor staff). Advanced lab - mentor Basic students, lead Bible studies and by invitation, return to volunteer one week during the summer.

Ropes & Zips (6th – 12th grade) June 16-21 Get your adrenaline pumping! Climb high in the sky to complete the High Ropes course at the University of Florida Rec Center; zip past cliff sides, soaring through the air on 3 different ziplines at Canyon Zip, and cool off and relax while tubing on the Ichetucknee Springs.

Panhandle Disaster Response (9th – 12th) June 23-28 and June 30-July 5 Still looking to get your Bright Futures Service Hours completed? Earn 25 hours while helping to rebuild the community of Mexico Beach. Luther Springs is heading to the Panhandle for two Disaster Response Weeks. Based out of St. George's Island, we will partner with Lutheran Disaster Response to walk alongside those in the Mexico Beach area, helping to clean up, repair and rebuild. We will also learn how the storm affected the reefs and underwater life with a guided snorkeling tour of those underwater areas. Offered two different weeks - June 23-28 & June 30-July 5. During the June 30-July 5 week, we will enjoy a local 4th of July celebration. Youth are welcome to come on their own or with a group.

To register for these and all the great programs at Luther Springs visit or call 828-209-6302
Synod -Wide Service Project--Community of Hope Center
We encourage each congregation to gather items listed below (by conference) and bring them to the synod assembly in June. Congregations may also wish to donate Wal-Mart gift cards. We will also be accepting loose change that will go towards 2 new large screen TVs, scanner, and projector. Be creative! Be generous! Be the blessing for this ministry that will change lives for the working poor here in Central Florida! And know you are going to make a huge difference in the lives of people who really need to see what the love of Jesus is all about.  Thank you in advance for your gifts!

We have taken the needs expressed by the Community Hope Center and divided them among each of our conferences . Please refer to the donation list below to find out what your conference is being asked to collect. When donating food items, please write the expiration date on the top of the box/can and cross out the bar code. Sterilite 56 quart storage bins with the blue lid are in big demand. It would be great if you would use this bin as your collection area, bring your items to synod assembly in this bin, and then the bin is also part of your donation to Community Hope Center. Win-Win!!
Miami-Dade & Panhandle        
  • Sterilite 56 qt storage bin w/ blue lid
  • Canned Fruits
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Soups
  • Canned Protein (chicken, tuna, Vienna Sausage, ham, etc)
Tradewinds & Mid-Gulf           
  • Sterilite 56 qt storage bin w/ blue lid
  • White Rice
  • Pasta (all kinds)
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Large Zip-Lock Bags
Heart of Florida & Gulf Coast        
  • Sterilite 56 qt storage bin w/ blue lid
  • Regular size shampoo/conditioner
  • Shaving Cream/razors
  • Regular size body lotion/wash
  • Deodorant (men & women)
Space Coast & Tampa          
  • Sterilite 56 qt storage bin w/ blue lid
  • Baby & Adult wipes
  • Baby shampoo & lotion
  • Diapers – sizes 4, 5, & 6
  • Feminine pads, liners

Pinelands & Lake
  • Sterilite 56 qt storage bin w/ blue lid
  • Cereal & shelf stable milk
  • Granolas (all kinds)
  • Sunscreen (lips, too!)
  • Large Zip-lock bags
  • Sterilite 56 qt storage bin w/ blue lid
  • Dish Soup
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Individual packets - cookies
  • Large Zip-Lock bags

First Coast & Caloosa         
  • Sterilite 56 qt storage bin w/ blue lid
  • Q-Tips
  • Toothbrushes/tooth paste/mouthwash
  • Individual packets – goldfish
  • Individual packets – fruit roll ups
Flagler/Volusia & Sun Coast        
  • Sterilite 56 qt storage bin w/ blue lid
  • Individual packets – juice boxes
  • Individual packets – animal crackers
  • Toilet Paper
  • Reams of white paper
Want to make your efforts stretch even further? Do this as a THRIVENT ACTION TEAM!!!! If you are collecting items, open it up to the congregation to give, and then use THRIVENT ACTION TEAM monies to purchase additional items!  Be creative! Contact your own Thrivent Community Engagement Leader, or contact Kathy Emanuelson with Thrivent at 727-733-3911.


Whether you utilize a THRIVENT ACTION TEAM or not, PLEASE keep track of HOW MANY PEOPLE PARTICIPATED AND HOW MANY HOURS WERE USED to complete your congregational project. Last year, 1,335 people participated. Our goal this year is 1,500 people!!

TAKE PICTURES of your project and bring a couple of them with you to put on our Participation Board.

We also have a way to be engaged in this service project while on site at the Synod Assembly. There will be an area in the Connection Café for people to make cards and write encouraging notes for those who are engaged with the ministry of Community Hope Center of Osceola County. We will also be putting together “kids’ bags” in this area, so stop on by when you have the chance. Finally, we will have on hand people from Community Hope Center to answer any questions you may have or if you want to learn more about this ministry here in Central Florida.

Thank you in advance for your prayers and support!

Rev. Julie Frank & Rev. Melinda Plumley, 2019 Synod Assembly Service Project Coordinators
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For Your Information
Memoir by Pr. Marjorie Weiss
Marjorie Weiss, a retired Florida-Bahamas Synod pastor, is pleased to announce the publication of her memoir, "Praying on Empty, A Female Pastor's Story," through Citrine Publishing. How does a pastor continue to serve in public ministry when faith has vanished? This is the central question of her book. As one of the early ordained women in our denomination, she traces the roots of her calling as a young woman and the realities of her thirty years in the parish--not all of it pretty--in order to try to see if she can find God again. Or would God find her? Her writing is witty, wrenching, and very honest.
This book is now available through Amazon.
Get Ready for Synod Assembly:

Social Media at Assembly
There are several ways to stay connected to the Synod Assembly:

Facebook: Post about the Assembly on Facebook. Use the hashtag #fbsynod2019 to tag photos and posts so others can follow along. "Like" and follow the synod Facebook page. "Check in" to the Facebook event. We may be experimenting with Facebook Live from Assembly this year, and will try to give good notice of when we will be going 'live'.

Twitter: follow @fbsynod and #fbsynod2019 for occasional live-tweeting during presentations.

Vimeo: after Assembly, videos from the Assembly will be posted on our Vimeo page. These videos can be downloaded and shared in your congregation.

Guidebook: our guidebook this year is available through the ELCA Organization & Events App. Download the app and search for this year's Assembly guide.

Web site: Guidebook content will also be available on the web site. If you'd be interested in writing a 300-word reflection/blog post on your experience at Assembly, please contact Sr. Michelle Collins (
Employment Opportunities

Advent, Melbourne
Advent Lutheran Church in Melbourne, FL is seeking a full-time Director of Youth and Family Ministry. The Director of Youth and Family Ministry will develop, direct, and lead an overall life-long faith formation strategy for youth and families at Advent. The primary focus of this ministry will be at our Suntree Campus and engaging the youth and families at our two pre-schools. Please see attached job description for more information and how to apply. 

Lamb of God Church, Ft. Myers
Lamb of God is seeking a part-time, enthusiastic, creative, energetic, and faithful individual for the position of Coordinator of Adult and Youth Events. The Coordinator will ignite the people at Lamb of God to actualize their countless gifts and talents. S/he will advance and develop programs that embrace hospitality, education, fun, and community outreach. Learn more about this position.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Seminole
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is seeking a part-time Director of Music/Organist. The Director of Music/Organist will serve by leading worship on Sundays including a monthly contemporary service. S/he will direct the adult choir and the handbell choir in rehearsals and worship. S/he will encourage the participation of the congregation and their talents in worship and grow the music program. Learn more about this position.
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