March 10, 2020
Congregational Resources During Public Health Concerns

The ELCA churchwide office staff and partners are paying close attention to all the information regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and assessing the impact on congregational life. Below are a variety of links to inform your congregation's care and response to current concerns:




This information and additional resources as they're available will be posted on the Disaster Response page of the synod web site.
Nominations Being Accepted for ELCA Social Statement Task Force

The ELCA is developing a social statement on government, civic engagement, the relationship of church and state and related matters, as called for by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.

Social statements are the ELCA’s primary documents to address significant social issues. They are intended to aid reflection and shape conscience and to set forth the ELCA’s teaching and policy on the major social issues and questions of contemporary life.

An ELCA task force provides primary leadership for the statement’s development over a five-year period, using an established process of study and widespread participation in theological and moral deliberation. This task force will begin meeting in the fall 2020.

Applications/nominations to serve on the task force are being accepted through March 13. The task force will be composed of ELCA members who bring a range and diversity of knowledge, insight, background, political perspective, and competence related to civic life in contemporary church and society.

To learn more about the responsibilities of task force members,  click here PDF Download .

To download a form to nominate someone, including yourself, to serve on the task force,  click here PDF Download .
Young Adult Intentional Living/Service Corps Opportunity from the Episcopal Church

LEVN, the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network, is looking for young adults (age 21-30) for an 11-month program of non-profit volunteer service and learning about social justice. From the end of August 2020 to the end of July 2021, our corps members will be provided housing, utilities, health coverage, spiritual direction, and a $535/month living stipend. We also offer a $1000 re-entry grant at the completion of the program.
The placement sites for the upcoming program year include faith-based non-profits, secular non-profits, congregations, outdoor ministry, and our campus ministry at UC Davis. These service sites address issues of homelessness, food insecurity, unemployment, children and youth ministries, and other important social justice issues facing our communities.

We gather each week for evening prayer, dinner, and formation. The corps members live in intentional community in an apartment attached to our campus ministry center in Davis, CA. We're an ecumenical program in the Episcopal Service Corps network; applicants needn't be either Lutheran or Episcopal to apply—interest in Christian spirituality is the only expectation. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until July 31, 2020.

Visit levn.org or contact Program Director Casey Dunsworth at 530-756-1550 or pastor@thebelfry.org for more information!
Mark your Calendar
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For Your Information
Check out the Synod Assembly 2020 page of the web site for information about this year's Synod Assembly. We will be in a new location and intentionally finding ways to include children and youth throughout the assembly. This page will be updated over the next several weeks as information is finalized. Registration for synod assembly opens March 15th . Hotel reservations can already be made (link available on the Assembly 2020 web page).
Supporting the Southeastern Synod Tornado Response
Nashville Tornadoes - How Can I Help?


We are holding all who are affected in our prayers, and will share more concrete ways to support and respond when we are aware of them. For now, those who wish to support this disaster can do so through Lutheran Disaster Response or directly through the Southeastern Synod's web site.

Below is a word from Bishop Kevin Strickland about the impact this storm has made on this area.
Invitation to Host a Camp Sunday
Camp Sunday is an easy and powerful way for your congregation to pass on the love of camp! Hosting a Camp Sunday helps encourage your members to register for youth, adult and family camp programs while giving them an opportunity to financially support this ministry we all love and share.


We invite you to designate one Sunday each year as Camp Sunday.
We will send you colorful bulletin inserts, copy and paste ready bulletin and newsletter announcements, social media images and offering envelopes. We work to make it easy for you to share the love of camp!

For more information email Deacon Sandra Holland at  sholland@novusway.org .
Bishop's Calendar

  • Tampa Office
  • Atlanta (Region 9)
  • King of Kings, New Port Richey (50th anniversary)

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