Nov. 19 2019
The link in last week's E-Spirit was for the December article, not the November one. The link below is to the correct article.

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Learning to Love Variety in Worship Song Selection
Parish Paper, November 2019

Build Community through Song
Breaking old habits in song selection can be difficult, but beneficial. By doing so, music leaders may strengthen the bonds of community in many directions—with the communion of the saints from ages past, with the global church in its diversity, and with fellow worshippers whose taste at times may seem unfamiliar. “Sing to the Lord a new song!” (Psalm 96:1, CEV).

Village on the Isle Donates 1.5-Ton Generator to Luther Springs
Story submitted by Christine Clyne,Director of Community Engagement, Village On The Isle

Venice, FL – Village On The Isle, a continuing care retirement community serving over 425 residents on its 16-acre campus, recently completed an $18.5 Million renovation of a five-story, 80,000 Square-Feet Assisted Living & Memory Care building, called The Lofts at Village On The Isle. As part of the renovation, they replaced a 1.5-Ton generator with a new one that was 3 1/2 times larger to ensure 100% emergency power of the entire building. After completing this update, Village On The Isle donated the former generator to another faith-based, not-for-profit organization, known as Luther Springs, in Hawthorne, Florida. 

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Welcome Jim Habermehl as Director of Disaster Response

Mr. James (Jim) Habermehl began serving the Florida-Bahamas Synod as the Director of Disaster Response. Read the full announcement about Jim HERE .


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Maintaining a Parish Register
From the Nov. 2019 issue
These guidelines will assist pastors and other congregational leaders in keeping a parish register. > More <

Records retention schedule for congregations
It is important to know which records and information a congregation or synod should keep and which can be removed. Some records need to be maintained permanently, and others can be discarded periodically. > More <
When Advent and Christmas are Blue

Culturally it’s easy to treat Advent as a countdown to Christmas—a swirl of parties, sparkle and lights. But liturgically it’s a season of anguished waiting. For many years, it seemed that God had forgotten his people. Had I lived years before Jesus was born into the world, I imagine it would have been tempting to give up hope.
Even now, looking around, it’s easy to see what is wrong and broken. Our world is hurting, trying to recover from natural disasters that seem to just keep coming, as well as tragedies brought about by human hands. The people we love get sick; their hearts are broken; sometimes they die. In these moments, we find it hard to be surrounded by festive music, décor and Christmas revelry .

In this episode of "Chuck Knows Church," Chuck introduces "Blue Christmas" or "Longest Night" services as a way to create space for those for whom the season is challenging. The Sundays and Seasons worship planning site has a "Longest Night: Blue Christmas Evening Prayer" service available for congregations to use.
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