September 2018

Act on your gratitude to change the world
Gratitude. Gratitude cultivated, recognized, expressed and acted on. The ways we show gratitude and act on it are the ways we actually do make a difference in the world. How can you make a difference in the world? Read the September devotion.
2018-19 Thankoffering service available for download now
Thankofferings are a long-standing custom among Lutheran women. We give in thanksgiving for blessings received—and we do receive so many blessings, don’t we? And we are so grateful. That’s why we give Thankofferings. Your generous Thankofferings help support the ongoing ministries of the churchwide women’s organization. Download the Thankoffering service.
Three-session Bible study on repentance begins this month
Repentance is one of the most powerful acts of a person or a church, making possible not only forgiveness but also reconciliation. This three-part Bible study (beginning this month) by Meghan Johnston Aelabouni explores how we as Lutheran Christians understand the role of repentance in our faith, especially as we understand God’s grace to be unearned and freely given. Learn more.
Triathlon training, faith requires endurance following stroke
After suffering a stroke in June 2016, Karen Voris thought participating in a triathlon would be a thing of the past. Voris, who serves on Women of the ELCA’s executive board, has competed in the Alaskan Gold Nugget Triathlon “on and off” since 1986. Read the article.
Cafe faith reflection: Troubled waters: Our baptismal identity
In John’s Gospel we learn about a man with severe physical limitations. He is lying by the pool of Bethesda in hopes of being healed. At the pool of Bethesda, an angel of the Lord would come down at a certain season and would “trouble the waters.” And whoever made it into the waters first would be healed. Read the Cafe faith reflection by Angela T. Khabeb.
Identity boxes available for order
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