Sept. 25 2018
God's Work Our Hands:
St. John, Winter Park
Submitted by Steven Beumer, parish deacon at St. John
On September 8, 2018 members and supporters of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church came together to support the national day of service called God’s Work, Our Hands. The day of service is an annual event sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. On that day we came together to label storm drain intakes in the lakes near the church. Orange County has an antiquated storm run off system that takes rain water into storm drains and sends it directly into the surrounding lakes—no filter or attempt to keep solid waste out. This has prompted the County to support an educational effort by labeling the storm drain intakes with a sign that indicates that everything that goes into the drain goes directly to the lakes. The hope is that this will prevent landscapers from blowing grass clippings that are often drenched in phosphorous and other chemicals into the drain intakes.  Also, many people use the drains as a means of disposal for cans, bottles, cups and other waste.  

This effort is part of the continuing work to make a statement for the care of God’s creation. In many passages in the Bible Christians are given the call to support and protect God’s creation. 
Brewery Blessing
submitted by Pr. Jared Witt, Castle Church

It’s been a very, very long time coming. But it’s nearly upon us.
Right as our first batches are coming out of fermentation, Castle Church will be kicking off the life of our brewing community and celebrating the new home of our church in the only way we know how, with a Reformation Day Brewery Blessing.
The brewery blessing tradition dates to the early middle ages at least as far back as Saint Arnold of Soissons (patron saint of hop-pickers and brewers) in the 11th century...

We know, for instance, that at Castle Church Brewing Community:
  • People who feel lonely and unwanted will find friendship in this place of hops, and malt and warmth;
  • A culture that is dying of individualism will find intentional community;
Leadership Development Opportunity
The LECNA Fellows Program for Church Leaders is a year-long, national, leadership development experience organized around vocation and calling, integrated leader development, and visionary organizational leadership. The program further equips leadership for thriving Lutheran congregations and church agencies. The experience includes three intensive retreats that are the foundation for a webinar series and eight hours of individual executive coaching over the twelve months. As this is an outcome-oriented program, Fellows put what they learn into practice by developing a personal integrated leader model and completing a visionary leadership project within their current ministry and context. Through the lessons learned and skills further developed, personal and professional capabilities and careers will be significantly enhanced. The program is equally beneficial to those earlier in their service and those building up to the apex of their careers. 

Opening retreat: Feb 17-23, 2018,
Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center, Chaska, MN

Mid-Year retreat: April 25–27, 2019,
hosted by Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Naples, FL

Closing retreat: Oct. 10–12, 2019,
Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center, Chaska, MN

For more information about applying or scholarship opportunities, or to recommend a program participant, contact Deirdre Lapp at D.Lapp@EmmanuelAcademies.Org.  For more information about the program, go to the LECNA Fellows website at .
Global Mission Sunday is Oct. 7

Bishop Suarez has declared Oct. 7 as "FBSynod Global Mission Sunday." This is an invitation for congregations to take a special offering or do a specific awareness event to support the work of the Florida-Bahamas Synod Global Mission Committee and our Global Church partners. Bulletin inserts, and other ideas and resources for Global Church Sunday are available on the Global Mission page of the synod web site.

Congregations can choose a different Sunday to take an offering, but please consider including a prayer for our global church partners in worship on Oct. 7. Please send gifts for Global Mission to the synod office.
Mark your Calendar
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Last call for the Practice Discipleship Retreat!
Sept. 28-30 -  Come to the Well Retreat for Women (Luther Springs)
Sept. 29 - Pinelands Conference Gathering
Sept. 30 -  An Evening with the Classics, Grace, Carrollwood
Oct. 6 - Heart of Florida Conference Gathering (8:30-12:00), Castle Church
Oct. 9 -  Boundaries Workshop, Cross+Road, Fleming Island
Oct. 10 - start of "Luther and Scripture" series at Messiah, Cape Coral
Oct. 14 -  Installation of Pr. Bob Schaefer, St. Stephen, Pompano Beach (3:30 pm)
Oct. 15 - Financial Peace University (first of 3), Messiah, Cape Coral
Oct. 20 -  Retreat on Prayer, Mandarin, Jacksonville
Oct. 21 -  Installation of Pr. Deborah Geweke, Christ, Ft. Lauderdale (10:00 am)
Oct. 21 - Installation of Pr. Sandy Hutchens, Redeemer, Bradenton (3:00)
Oct. 27 -  Installation of Pr. Steve Winsor, Nativity, Palm Beach Gardens (11:00 am)
Oct. 27 - Oktoberfest, Christ Our Redeemer, Temple Terrace
Oct. 28 -  Installation of Pr. Richard Leseganich, Messiah, Cape Coral (3:00 pm)
Oct. 28 -  Castle Church Brewery Blessing (4:00-7:30 pm)
For Your Information
Employment Opportunity
Organist/Choirmaster position--part time
Trinity Lutheran Church
2200 26th Street W
Bradenton, FL 34205

We are looking for a classically-trained organist with exceptional hymn-playing skills to lead our traditional Lutheran worship at 11am on Sundays, special and midweek services as needed, and provide direction and accompaniment for our Chancel Choir, October - May. These positions could be separated, as interest and availability dictates. We have a gifted volunteer handbell choir director currently, so appreciation for handbells and willingness to work with other musicians is important, including cooperation with our contemporary worship musicians. Arranging for special instrumentalists for seasonal celebration and participation in worship planning with the pastor is expected. Annual compensation will be offered based on experience and education, for occupying both Organist and Choirmaster roles. Should the job be shared, compensation would be divided accordingly. Should the job be shared seasonally, compensation could be addressed to reflect that reality. Our Sanctuary hosts a newer Allen 3 manual digital electronic organ and a Norliska Grand piano.

Please send resume to: or mail to Trinity Lutheran Church at address above.
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Compensation Guidelines
The 2019 Compensation Guidelines and narrative are now available on the synod web site. These resources are valuable to rostered ministers and congregational councils in reviewing, evaluating, and adjusting compensation for rostered ministers.
Financial Peace University

What if you were following a plan for your money that you KNEW worked? With Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money, get out of debt, and create a plan for your future. If you’re interested in learning more about a group starting at Messiah Lutheran, Cape Coral, check out the facebook event.

Resourceful Stewards Initiative
The Resourceful Stewards Initiative is available for rostered ministers and their congregations.
Financial wellness is a vital part of a healthy life. Ministers who are in a financially sound position experience greater satisfaction in their work and their relationships, and are more able to freely serve the church and its mission without being encumbered by financial anxiety.

Savings Matching Programs
The church is an active partner in addressing specific needs raised by rostered ministers, helping rostered ministers develop their personal financial and stewardship health. Two Savings Matching programs share financial resources with rostered ministers.

These programs match rostered ministers’ contributions to a dedicated emergency savings account and/or increased contributions to their ELCA retirement plan accounts.

Click below to learn about the programs, services and resources available to you as a minister or lay person!

Bishop's Calendar
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