June 12, 2019
Thank you for a Wonderful Assembly!
A huge thank you to Pr. Julie Frank and Pr. Keith Spencer for capturing the Assembly with their cameras. For the full resolution photos shared by Pr. Keith (including those taken by Pr. Julie), check out THIS ASSEMBLY ALBUM.
New Resources for Migrant and Refugee Sunday

   New resources for observing Migrant and Refugee Sunday are now available at  www.lirs.org/migrant-refugee-sunday . Consider how you might use some of these resources in the weeks of June:
  • On Pentecost Sunday, June 9, we hear a story of how diverse peoples, from the far reaches of the earth, are gathered into one people and speak one language through the gift of God’s Spirit.
  • On World Refugee Day, June 20, celebrations throughout the United States and the world commemorate the strength, courage and resilience of millions of refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide who have been forced to flee their homes due to war, conflict and persecution.
  • June 9 is designated as Children’s Day; June 16 is observed as Father’s Day. Both days are times to consider families who are on the move, and to respond to Christ’s call to care for all our brothers and sisters in Christ.
The all-new resources for Migrant and Refugee Sunday include commentaries written by former refugees for preaching on the lessons for Pentecost, a Pentecost/World Refugee Day Litany, Prayer Petitions for June, and other worship and education materials that will be updated each month. Check out the website   www.lirs.org/migrant-refugee-sunday  to find images, language, and stories to enrich and support your congregation’s call to welcome the stranger and to celebrate our oneness in the body of Christ.
"God's work. Our hands." Sunday

"God's work. Our hands." Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

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Sharing Christ's Good News with All Creation (Mark 16:15)

Wherever your congregation is in its commitment to care for creation, GreenFaith’s Florida organizer, Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo, is here to help! For 14 years a rostered leader of an ecumenical (ELCA-PCUSA) Latino ministry in Wisconsin, Pr. Neddy now serves congregations in Florida, lay people and faith leaders who feel called to do environmental ministry but are not sure where to begin. Neddy is a native of Venezuela, a writer and an eco-theologian. Her GreenFaith work is sustained through a grant from Audubon Society, aimed to involve faith communities in conservation efforts in Florida. You can find more information about her ministry:  https://greenfaith.org/team, emailing Neddy@greenfaith.org or calling her at (815) 5198090. Neddy is happy to provide support with preaching, leading Bible Studies on eco-theology, environmental issues, climate justice, etc.  
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Holy Humor at Assembly - Al Ernst
 Comedian Al Ernst brought laughter to many at the Assembly through the "Holy Humor" segments of the plenary. Ernst is a member of New Life Lutheran Church, Sarasota, and attended Assembly as a voting member. If you would like to invite Al to share his comedy with your congregation, conference, or some other event, you can contact him through his email address: emannation@gmail.com. Below is one of the jokes Al shared during Assembly.
Synod Assembly: re-cap and resources

Many of the videos and presentations shared at Synod Assembly will be made available to the synod over the next few weeks. Many videos shown during plenary are already available on the Guidebook page of the web site: https://fbsynod.com/assembly-guidebook-2019/. Sermons from worship, reports, and other resources will be added as soon as they are available.

Many people commented on the synod assembly logo. The logo was designed by Amy Cappelman at Joy Lutheran, Palm Bay. Thank you, Amy, for creating this graphic that illustrated the theme of 'Alive' for the Assembly!
Employment Opportunity: Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University
Columbia, South Carolina

The Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University seeks an Enrollment Counselor. The successful candidate will be introducing LTSS to prospective students from a number of Christian denominations and helping to build a community of theological inquiry and preparation for ministry that is “faithfully Lutheran and warmly ecumenical.” It is especially important that the LTSS Enrollment Counselor understand the distinctive contribution that Lutheran theological education within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America offers to the whole church.

The Enrollment Counselor plans and executes a comprehensive program of enrollment management for LTSS, including student recruiting, enrollment, financial aid, retention, and records management. The position receives primary supervision and direction from the LTSS Rector and Dean and works in collaboration with administration and faculty university-wide to achieve strategic goals.
Find out more about this and other positions available at Lenoir-Rhyne: https://www.lr.edu/employment/staff .
Bishop's Calendar
  • Synod Office
  • St. Armands Key, Sarasota
  • Gloria Dei, Holmes Beach
  • St. Andrew, Pt. St. Lucie
  • Memorial, St. Augustine
  • Atlanta, GA (Region 9)
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