Nov. 5 2019
ELCA Region 9 Bishops Sign "Bishops' Relational Agreement"
Press Release from Oct. 31, 2019

In a significant action of cross-synodical collaboration, the six bishops of Region 9 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have adopted and agreed to live into a “Bishops’ Relational Agreement for Boundaries, Candidacy, and Call Process.”
Several recent events brought attention to issues of women in ministry which propelled this regional collaboration.

In her recent book,  Holy Mischief , author Dr. Mindy Makant, deacon, lifts voices of women. “Women are longing for the day when they are not received as consolation prizes simply for being women. After interviewing 85 female clergy across the southern U.S., I can say that this is one of the greatest desires and one of the causes of the greatest hurts. Female clergy are still more often than not seen as less than their male counterparts. They are taken less seriously, and they are paid less money. Women are tired of being treated as less than.”

In 2018, the North Carolina Synod released “Seriously?,” a video of pastors who are men reading statements made to pastors who are women. With over a million views, the video sparked discussion and reminded us once again that we still have significant work to be done to transform the landscape for women who are leaders in this church. People of all genders are realizing their roles in the ongoing reformation of this church.

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's Message for Veteran's Day, 2019
...In 2016, at the Churchwide Assembly, our church made a commitment to establish a Sunday of prayer and action closest to Veteran's Day. From our chaplains working in a VA hospital, to our congregations reaching out to someone in their community, invite veterans to share their stories, learn about the issues they face, and let them know that as a church we are grateful for their service, and offer prayers to sustain their hope in Christ. -Bishop Eaton
Peter Mayer of Jimmy Buffet Band - Stars & Promises Echoes of the Seasons 20th Anniversary Tour   is coming to Jacksonville! 
St. Mark's Lutheran Church is excited to welcome acclaimed guitarist, Peter Mayer, on December 9, 2019, at 7:30pm. 

Proceeds to benefit Lutheran Social Services of NE Florida ( )

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Guitarist and singer-songwriter Peter Mayer of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and the Peter Mayer Group is set to embark on the 20th anniversary of his widely acclaimed Christmas tour “Stars and Promises.” Mayer has released 14 albums under his own name including four Christmas releases: “Stars And Promises,” “Stars and Promises Live,” “Echoes of The Season” and the most recent “A Junkman’s Christmas,” which is accompanied by the artist’s first published book.

“It is a honor to celebrate 20 years of the Stars & Promises Christmas tour, which has brought so much joy to my life, and I hope to the lives of those who have enjoyed the performances and music,” said Peter Mayer.

“Echoes of the Seasons - A 20th Anniversary Celebration” features a world-class seven-piece band, including violin, woodwinds, pipes, keyboard, guitar, bass and percussion. All of these instruments will highlight 20 years of melodies that have made the annual tour a holiday staple for family and friends around the country. This unique yuletide celebration both reflects on the years gone by and revels in the holiday spirit and the New Year to come, inspiring fans to call this tour, “A Christmas show like no other”.

December 9, 2019 @ 7:30pm. Doors 6:30pm
Tickets: General Admission - $30, 12 & under - $15
Go to for more information, or visit for tickets.
Email with questions. 

Mark your Calendar
Click on the calendar to go to the synod calendar to learn more about these events
For Your Information
Spring Break Disaster Response in the Panhandle!

March 8-13, 2020 - based out of Messiah in Panama City.
March 15-20, 2020 - based out of St. George Island Retreat Center on St. George Island.

These week-long experiences will provide high school youth groups the opportunity to be God’s hands in a community hit hard by Hurricane Michael. We will partner with Lutheran Disaster Response as we walk alongside those impacted in Panama City, Port St. Joe, helping to clean up, repair and rebuild. Thursday, we will learn how the storm affected the reefs and underwater life as we enjoy a day of snorkeling. Earn a minimum of 25 service hours. Interested? Contact Luther Springs Program Director, Sue Mendenhall at 352-358-1440 or
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

We invite you to study, pray and give with us during ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving — for the good of our families, our neighbors and communities around the world.

Read more
Generosity Project
This article is from the Oct. 2019 edition of Seeds Monthly , an electronic resource for congregations from the ELCA

The Generosity Project is a new stewardship resource for ELCA congregations that uses innovative approaches to promote generosity across generations and in households. The goal of the program is not to increase giving by a certain percentage but to change the culture of how a congregation views and understands generosity and stewardship. The curriculum is available as a digital download for $39. Resources, including a welcome packet, a sample and an introductory workshop, are available. Learn more about The Generosity Project
Bishop's Calendar
  • Synod Office
  • Candidacy Committee Mtg (Tampa)
  • Messiah, Cape Coral
  • Synod Council Mtg (Tampa)
If this newsletter was forwarded to you and you would like to subscribe to receive it in the future, please click HERE .