June 25, 2019
A 60-Day Journey Toward Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence
On June 16, the church began a 60-day journey of prayer, Scripture, stories and church teachings that invite the church to work together toward the prevention of gun violence. It’s not too late to join in the daily observances as we learn more about being people of God who strive for justice and peace. The resource can be used for individual reflection, group study and congregational devotions.

Reflecting on a Successful Global Mission Sunday Campaign
submitted by Pr. Jay Bergstresser, Space Coast Conference Dean, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Cocoa Beach

The Space Coast Conference Global Missions Sunday 2018 drive for our sister church in Haiti raised almost twice the amount of money requested! I think there are two main reasons for this. First, we received detailed information on where and how the donations would be used. We were told what each window, door, and railing would cost in U.S. dollars. Congregations were encouraged to donate one or more of these “concrete” items. However, the most important reason that our drive was successful was that we received pictures, not only of the work that needed to be done, but of the brothers and sisters in Christ we would be helping. Through shared pictures and videos, we got to see and hear them worship. That personal touch made all the difference!  
If you have a story to share about how your congregation or conference is connecting with God, connecting with each other, or connecting with your community, send it to michellec@fbsynod.org. Stories should be no more than 300 words, and include at least 1 picture.
One Coin Found: How God's Love Stretches to the Margins, by Emmy Kegler
The Synod Resource Center recently received a sample copy of this book. It is available to be borrowed. If you would like to check this book out, please email michellec@fbsynod.org. The book is also available from Augsburg Fortress .

The stories of Scripture are for everyone. No exceptions.

Emmy Kegler has a complicated relationship with the Bible. As a queer woman who grew up in both conservative Evangelical and progressive Protestant churches, she knows too well how Scripture can be used to wound and exclude. And yet, the stories of Scripture continue to captivate and inspire her--both as a person of faith and as a pastor to a congregation. So she set out to fall in love with the Bible, wrestling with the stories inside, where she met a God who continues to seek us out--appearing again and again as a voice, a presence, and a promise.

Whenever we are pushed to the edges, our voices silenced, or our stories dismissed, God goes out after us--seeking us until we are found again. And God is seeking out those whose voices we too quickly silence and dismiss, too. Because God's story is a story of welcome and acceptance for everyone--no exceptions.

Kegler shows us that even when we feel like lost and dusty coins--rusted from others' indifference, misspent and misused--God picks up a broom and sweeps every corner of creation to find us.
But what I love most about Emmy is her fierce, unrelenting love for her fellow oddballs--for religious burnouts and political misfits, for queer Christians seeking refuge and healing from toxic faith environments, for doubters and dreamers and wilderness wanderers, for recovering know-it-alls like me. Hers is a church that colors outside the lines, a church full of what she calls 'the impossbilities of God." -from the forward, written by Rachel Held Evans

Emmy Kegler is pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Northeast Minneapolis. She is the coordinator and editor of Queer Grace, an online encyclopedia for LGBTQ and Christian life, and a sought-after speaker.
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For Your Information
Available: Baby Grand Piano
Helen Hyatt, member at Shepherd of the Woods in Jacksonville, has a baby grand paino to donate. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Helen directly at: 904-739-1486.
Churchwide Assembly six weeks of prayer
from the June 21 edition of Worship News

When the ELCA Churchwide Assembly convenes on Aug. 5, its voting members meet with confidence in God’s grace around word and water, wine and bread, to carry on their work on behalf of the entire church. This year will also include the election of a new secretary and a presiding bishop. As members of the ELCA, we encourage you to enter into a time of prayer for all who are involved and for the entire church.
The resource is available as a PDF .

If you are attending the Churchwide Assembly as a congregational observer or volunteer, please let the synod office know by emailing Ileana Sardinas (ileanas@fbsynod.org). This will help us know who from the synod is at the CWA.
AugsburgFortress.org Coupon

If you are ordering materials from Augsburgfortress.org over the next few months, be sure to use the promo code summer2019 to receive $25 off an order of $100 or more. This coupon will work for any 1517 Media order.

New resources from Augusburg Fortress include:
A Place for You : a curriculum of resources on holy communion and baptism based on the work of Dan Erlander

New Worship Matters Resources, including handbooks for funeral planning, marriage planning, and preaching.

Good Grief supplemental resources, including a journal and a devotional.

Living with Hope series of resources on comfort, companionship, wisdom and hope for individuals dealing with life's struggles (pastoral care for those living with dementia, chronic and serious illness, the unemployed, etc).

t.b.d. and Colaborate Confirmation curriculum.

Children's books from Beaming Books (including a children's version of Gritty and Graceful ).
Bishop's Calendar
  • St. Andrew, Pt. St. Lucie
  • Memorial, St. Augustine
  • Atlanta, GA (Region 9)
  • Vacation
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