Sept. 11, 2018

In last week's e-spirit, the link to the LDR report on 2017 hurricanes was not accurate.

Out of God's Abundance - Beyond Feeding the 5,000

Contributed by Pr. Jhon Freddy Corea, Faith Lutheran, Lehigh Acres

YOU are PART of God’s PLAN
       God’s Word, Our Voice!
       “God’s work. Our hands”
You have read stories from long ago of The Feeding Of The 5,000 with just a couple of fish and a few loaves of bread. We want to share with you what “Our Hands” are doing together in a little town called Lehigh Acres, FL.

Last year, our area was hard hit by Hurricane Irma. Faith Lutheran / Comunidad de Fe opened our doors and our hands to receive and share God’s abundance with our community. Over the next two months, God provided miraculous amounts of water, ice, cooked and uncooked food, personal hygiene products and house cleaning supplies. But The Feeding Of The 5,000 did not stop there; God opened a year-round Food Pantry, where people have come to continue being fed by God’s love.

Bishop Eaton Column in Living Lutheran

We are the branches: In her August column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, asks, “Is it possible to be Lutheran and an ecumenist?”
Yes, of course. For we are “scripturally, confessionally and even constitutionally wired to be an ecumenical church.”
Read her column in English at https :// and in Spanish at
Living Forward with Joy and Peace

November 9-11, 2018  $135
Living into the second half of life brings about a desire for self-renewal. We want to ensure our life is moving forward. Every age and stage brings us closer in relationship to God and community. Come for an enriching and inspiring weekend while enjoying the beauty and peace of Luther Springs. Canoe Vause Lake, walk the trails, relax in a rocker with a book, and explore how God is calling you to serve Him in the second half of life. We'll explore Biblical foundations about this life-stage, enjoy meaningful discussions, sing hymns, exercise our creativity, make new friends, eat wonderful meals, and enjoy nature! 

Leaders: Margo Walbolt, ALOA FL, Pr. Stephen Kauffman and George Algozzina, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Tampa; and Pr. Richard Hafer, ALOA Executive Director

Mark Your Calendar
Click on the calendar to go to the synod calendar to learn more about these events
Generosity NEXT explores how current culture informs faithful stewardship and generous giving. “Abundance or Sufficiency? A Biblical Vocabulary for Sustainable Stewardship” is the topic for Generosity NEXT 2018, November 28-29, 2018 in Tampa, Florida.
Sept. 10-12 -  Region 9 Rostered Deacon Retreat (South Carolina)
Sept. 14-15 -  Synod Council meeting (Jacksonville)
Sept. 27-30 -  Practice Discipleship Retreat for Youth Workers (Luther Springs)
Sept. 21-22 -  Latino Women's Retreat (Duncan Center, Delray)
Sept. 22 -  Installation of Rev. Janice Mynchenberg, Epiphany, Oviedo (2:00 pm)
Sept. 23 -  Installation of Pr. Reggie Hansome, All Saints, Tamarac (3:00 pm)
Sept. 28-30 -  Come to the Well Retreat for Women (Luther Springs)
Sept. 30 - An Evening with the Classics, Grace, Carrollwood
Oct. 9 -  Boundaries Workshop, Cross+Road, Fleming Island
Oct. 14 -  Installation of Pr. Bob Schaefer, St. Stephen, Pompano Beach (3:30 pm)
Oct. 20 -  Retreat on Prayer, Mandarin, Jacksonville
Oct. 21 -  Installation of Pr. Deborah Geweke, Christ, Ft. Lauderdale (10:00 am)
Oct. 27 -  Installation of Pr. Steve Winsor, Nativity, Palm Beach Gardens (11:00 am)
Oct. 28 -  Installation of Pr. Richard Leseganich, Messiah, Cape Coral (3:00 pm)
Oct. 28 - Castle Church Brewery Blessing (4:00-7:30 pm) --corrected date
For Your Information
Pews Available
Spirit of Grace, New Port Richey, has a variety of pews available to a ministry or group who would benefit from them. They are free if picked up and transported by the recipient.
Total pews=17
1@12ft; 1@12 ft 10 in; 2@15ft; 13@17ft
Contact: Sharon Crawley, Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church, New Port Richey, FL
Renewed Campus Ministry in Jacksonville
Jacksonville Campus Ministry has kicked off a new semester at University of North Florida and we couldn't have done it without the help of our church partners! After a year of being dormant, the ministry is celebrating a healthy new start with new and returning students. 

Stewardship Resources
Fall is often a time when congregations do a brief emphasis on stewardship as they prepare the budget and program plan for the following year. Although stewardship is most effective when it is emphasized throughout the year in a variety of ways, below are a few budget-specific stewardship resources for congregations to be aware of:

If you have used stewardship campaign materials that you really enjoyed, or have materials you'd be willing to share with other congregations, please email Michelle Collins ( to share your resources.
Bishop's Calendar
  • Synod Office
  • Jacksonville (Synod Council)
  • Faith, Deland
  • Tampa Conference Colleagues Gathering (Good Shepherd, Tampa)
  • Epiphany, Oviedo (Installation of Pr. Janice Mychenburg)
  • All Saints, Tamarac (Installation of Pr. Reggie Hansome)