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M A R C H I NG I N T H E LI G H T O F GO D
Once again, there will be a Lutheran presence in the  PRIDE March on Sunday, June 30 . Come join Bishop McCoid and Bishop-Elect Egensteiner as we give public witness to the radical welcome of God, to the grace that is ours through Jesus Christ, and to the continual guidance of the Holy Spirit.

At 12 pm, we will gather for a short Eucharist in the park, located on 2nd Ave and 29th Street, just a short walk from our formation place. You can also join us directly at our line-up place, located on 30th Street between Madison Ave and Park Ave, at 1 pm.

Grab your  r a i n b ow  flag and proclaim the Good News!
PRIDE WEEK
St. John's Lutheran Church, Manhattan
Sunday, June 23 | 5:00 pm

As part of the PRIDE celebration, MNYS will be hosting a  Mass for PRIDE to start Pride Week. The Rev. Kevin Strickland, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop, will preach, and The Rev. Amanda Nelson, Executive Director of ELM, will preside. A reception following the mass will provide a time for fellowship.

In addition, Theatre at St. John’s invites you to make a night of it and continue this welcoming celebration in the West Village. At 8 pm, settle in as the curtain rises on GALAS, this year’s Pride month offering. Click  here for more information.
 “IT’S ALL RELATIVE!”
Hosted by The Christ Center at Transfiguration & Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church
155 E. 22nd Street (between Lexington Ave and 3rd Ave)
June 18, 7:00 pm

Enjoy this live performance of a 40-member youth choir from North Carolina, offering a “game-show” style parody with songs about faith. For more information, click here.
URBAN LEADERS INSTITUTE 2019
"IN GOD'S HANDS"
The Interchurch Center, Manhattan
Jul 24 - Jul 26, 2019

For clergy refreshment (Wednesday through Friday) and leader empowerment (Thursday & Friday).

Wednesday: "Just Do It"
Thursday: "For the Sake of Our Children's Children"
Friday: Night Revival "Crystal Clear" (New Hope Lutheran Church, Jamaica. 5:30 pm dinner, 7:30 pm Praise & Worship, 8:00 pm Revival Service. Gregory Royals, organist; The Rev. Racquel Gill, revival preacher)
THE SOWER'S PROJECT 🌱
The Sower's Project of MNYS is currently accepting applications. The Sower’s Project is a synod-wide initiative to seed grassroots ministries in our communities, and encourage them to grow and thrive. We encourage anyone in the synod, lay or rostered, to propose a ministry idea or project that helps share the Good News of God’s love with groups of people not currently served by the Church and that creates opportunities for those folks to connect to or form Christian communities. 
FROM OUR CONGREGATIONS & PARTNERS
A GREAT EVENING TO BE CHURCH TOGETHER
“Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the New York State Council of Churches annual awards to see our developer, Rev. Aaron Baughman receive the award for Excellence in Ecumenism. Pastor Baughman gave many thanks to the leadership of the Metropolitan New York Synod for the mission work in the Port Jervis area. It was a great evening to be church together.”Branden Dupree, MNYS Interim Director for Evangelical Mission
RETIRO MUJERES
Misión Luterana de Ascensión (Salón Social), Deer Park
HOY! Sábado, 8 de junio 9:00 am

¿Te has preguntado alguna vez de dónde vienes y a dónde vas? ¿Sabias que el Ángel del Señor le hizo esta pregunta a Agar? Esto y mucho más podrás descubrir al escuchar la poderosa historia de "Agar y el Dios que no nos abandona". Este desayuno y almuerzo está dedicado especialmente a mujeres, con la participación de la Dra. Rvda. Maritza Cruz-Ortiz y el Grupo de Mujeres de la Misión Latina de Ascensión. Para mayor información, clic aquí.
NANCY RAKOCZY'S ARTS PRESENTATION
Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church, Manhattan
TODAY! Saturday, June 8
Gala Reception | 6:00 pm

Creations Art Show invites you to this special showing: The Spirit Moves Through It; permanence and impermanence; self-worth and its lack. Rakoczy's original works are made of discarded plastic, woven on a large loom and then fused together by the heat of an iron. For more information, click here.
WELCOMING THE STRANGER
Seafarers International House, Manhattan
Thursday, June 13 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join a reading with author Kevin Tuerff of Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9/11, one of the true stories inspiring the hit musical Come From Away. Kevin's experience opened his eyes to the global migrant and refugee crisis. Books will be available for purchase and the author will be signing. Refreshments will be served. To register for the free event, email here. For more information, click here.
SUMMER PROGRAM FOR THE YOUTH
Augsburg University, Minneapolis
June 23 - 28 

Augsburg Youth Theology Institute (AYTI)  is a program for high school youth who exhibit leadership skills in various areas of their lives. This year's theme is  Stewarding Creation in our Neighborhoods: Science and Theology in Action . For information, click  here.
LSM 2019
Valparaiso University, Idiana
June 23 - July 21

Lutheran Summer Music (LSM) is an immersive residential performance and training program for young musicians grades 8-12. Join over 25 nationally recognized faculty artists and a team of dedicated counselors in a supportive community. Areas of study include Cello, Clarinet, Composition, Flute, Oboe, Organ, Percussion, Piano,Violin, Voice and others. For more information, click here.
2019 BIENNIAL CONFERENCE

Association of Lutheran Church Musicians 
Portland, OR
June 24  –  27

Participants in this summer conference will consider the central aspects of Lutheran worship, the ways in which shared song and musical accompaniment can reveal or obscure these central components, and the many musical practices that support simplicity and beauty. For more information, click  here
BLOOD DRIVE
Advent Lutheran Church, Manhattan
Saturday, June 29
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Pinecrest Student Council is hosting a blood donation drive and you are all welcome to join and make a difference in someone else's life. The Lutheran Leadership Ministry is offering this great opportunity to help others in need by donating your blood. There will be free snacks! For more information, click here.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES & MORE
PART-TIME ORGANIST/CHOIR DIRECTOR: Croton-on-Hudson—more information here
SENIOR COMMUNITY PASTOR: Mt. Vernon—more information here
DIRECTOR OF PHILANTHROPIC ENGAGEMENT | DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT OPERATIONS | MAJOR GIFTS OFFICER: Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago—more information here
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC DIRECTOR: East Northport—more information here

––––– CALENDAR –––––
JUNE 11 : Conference of Deans Meeting—more information  here.
JUNE 14-15 : Synod Council Retreat 2019—more information  here.
JUNE 23 : MNYS Pride Mass—more information  here.

WE'RE PRAYING FOR...
• The well-being of asylum-seeker children in detention centers
• Those who have no one to pray for them
• The family and friends of the victims of the mass murder in Virginia Beach. May the Holy Spirit intercede for us when we don't have the words
• The family, friends, and congregation (Abiding Presence, Bronx) of Homer Alexander who died in Christ June 6
• The family and friends of The Rev. William Bogholtz , who died in Christ on Monday, May 27
• In thanksgiving for the Ministry of Bishop Donald J. McCoid
MNYS Bishop-Elect Paul Egensteiner, and his congregation in Pleasantville, NY
• Our work toward shaping a more inclusive church that welcomes and affirms all of God's people, specifically our  LGBTQIA+  brothers, sisters, and siblings 
• The asylum seekers who are waiting to be processed at our southern border
 Refugees and immigrants, and those who come to their aid
 Those affected by violence in their schools, workplaces, and homes 
 The unity of this church and its mission
 Peace in our world
 Peace in our nation
 The care of God's Creation 
 ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission, Courtney Noya and Kathryn Ophardt, serving in Mexico
ELCA missionaries The Rev. Rachel Eskesen and Zachary Courter, YAGM country coordinators for Central Europe, serving in Hungary & Serbia and The Rev. Brand Buerkle, Parish ministry, serving in Russia
MNYS missionary Melanie Nelson, and her husband David Kingery, serving in Bukoba, Tanzania
  Bishop Dr. Abednego Nkamuhabwa Keshomshahara, the staff, and the people of our partner organization, the  North Western Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania
  Bishop Patricia Ann Curtis Davenport, the staff, and the people of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod