Sept. 3 2019
Responding to the Impact of Hurricane Dorian
From an update from Bishop Suarez sent Tuesday, Sept. 3.

As in all disasters, the ELCA works closely with partners to respond to and support the communities affected. With The Bahamas,  Lutheran Disaster Response  (LDR) International and ELCA Global Mission will work through international relief partners–specifically through Church World Service Disaster Response ( / ). LDR-International has worked through this network of partnerships for other international disasters. The ecumenical response and relief organizations that work through Church World Service are committed to both immediate and long-term recovery for the whole area impacted by the storm. Financial donations to LDR will be vital to support the ongoing and long-term work being done by these partners.

Beyond the vital work being done by LDR-International and Church World Service for The Bahamas, we will be finding additional ways to support and care for the community of Our Savior Lutheran Church. Donations to the  Florida-Bahamas Synod Disaster Response  fund allow us to walk with the congregational leaders in ways that meet their specific needs. Due to the unique international dynamics of The Bahamas, gift cards and supplies are not as helpful as financial donations. These funds—to BOTH the synod disaster response fund AND Lutheran Disaster Response—allow us to be most flexible and responsive to those in need.

Partnerning with Others for the Sake of Migrant Children
This story submitted by Margarita Romo, Resurrection House, Dade City, Florida. It is one in a series of stories being shared over the next several weeks about congregations engaging with their neighbors.

This summer, Nativity Lutheran, Weeki Wachee, once again bought shoes for 53 of our youth. This practice began probably 30 years ago Pastor Bill Roen, and it has happened every year since. St. Timothy, Crystal River, and Emmanuel, Naples are two other congregations that contribute to a sock/underwear drive for our children. Giving out shoes, socks and underwear to children in our community is such a beautiful sight.

>>> read the rest of this story <<<
2019-2020 Young Adults in Global Mission

 The Florida-Bahamas Synod is pleased to share that 5 Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGMs) with connections to our synod will be engaged in a year of service representing the ELCA in Global Church mission. You, your congregation, and your conference can lift up these servants in prayer, follow their story and experiences be getting on their blogs and newsletter links, and support them financially by donating to the ELCA YAGM program. Each YAGM must raise $5000 to contribute to their year abroad.

>>> Read more about each of this year's FBSynod YAGMs <<<
Sarah Henning--YAGM in Mexico. Sarah's grandparents attend Hope, The Villages
Brad Giordano--YAGM in Madigascar. Brad attended Salem, Orlando, while doing an internship
Macy Kennedy--YAGM in Australia. Macy is a member of Christ, Cape Coral and was on staff at Luther Springs
Lee Setzer--YAGM in Madagascar.
Lee is a member of Resurrection, Palm Harbor, and was on staff at Luther Springs.
Kaitlyn Ziegelmeier--YAGM in Senegal. Kaitlyn is a member of Emmanuel, Naples.
How Can Your Congregation Support These Young Adults?
Young Adults in Global Mission need the prayer and support of congregations and individuals in the U.S. while they live out their year of service. Here are some ideas for how you and your congregation can support these young adults:
  • Include each young adult by name in your prayer petitions in worship on a regular basis
  • Add the names of the young adults to the prayer list that gets circulated to your congregation
  • Share the links to each young adult's blog and invite your congregation to read about their experiences
  • Invite a Sunday School group, Confirmation class, Youth Group, adult Bible study, men's/women's group to take at least one special offering to support the ELCA YAGM program
  • Intentionally plan to observe the FBSynod's Global Fund-Day (first Sunday in October) to raise awareness and support for Florida-Bahamas Synod Global Mission partners
  • Invite YAGM alumni to share about their experience during worship, education hour, or another group (contact to invite)
  • Follow ELCA YAGM and ELCA Global Church on social media to hear more stories and see more pictures
Mark your Calendar
Click on the calendar to go to the synod calendar to learn more about these events
For Your Information
Employment Opportunities

New job posted on the FBSynod Employment Opportunities page. Please contact congregations directly about positions listed. Jobs posted include:

Office and Social Media Ministry Assistant--St. Matthias, Dunedin (part time)

Director of Music Ministry--St. John, Winter Park (part time)

Organist/Choir Director/Accompanist--Joy Lutheran, Ocala (part-time)

Children's Ministry Coordinator--St. Michael's, Wellington (part time)

Handbell Choir Director--Emmaus, Orange City (part time)

If these positions have been filled, please let Sr. Michelle ( know.
Stewardship Resources
Fall is a good time for congregations to have focused conversation about stewardship and financial management. Below is an article that could be used to generate discussion around encouraging generosity. For more information and resources about ELCA stewardship materials, click HERE .
50 Ways to Encourage Faithful Giving - Lewis Center for...

Helping people experience the joy of giving is more than a way of funding the church's ministry. These 50 Ways of encouraging faithful giving will help your church members grow in discipleship through faithful stewardship and extravagant generosity.

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Bishop's Calendar
  • Synod Office
  • Reformation, Orlando
  • Village on the Isle (Synod Council)
  • Hope, The Villages (Installation of Pr. Bruce Dillman)
  • Tampa (ELCA Latino Ministry Assembly)
  • Christ the King, Sebastian
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