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ADDRESSING “TRUSTWORTHY SERVANTS”
The Metropolitan New York Synod joins a growing nation-wide effort for substantial, inclusive participation of LGBTQIA+ persons, persons of color and persons whose first language is other than English, in processes related to Vision & Expectations and Trustworthy Servants. In memorializing the ELCA Church Council, the Metropolitan New York Synod Council received similar resolutions being adopted by MNYS congregations and ministries.
Pastoral Message from ELCA Conference of Bishops
"We aspire and pledge, in the future, to apply the church's standards for ministry with equity and compassion, to listen and take seriously the concerns of all our leaders—particularly those who historically have been marginalized—and to treat with dignity all those seeking to lead in our church."—Learn more, here
'They are us': How People of Faith Are Responding to New Zealand Massacre
" As leaders of Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities in the United States, we write with the same conviction: They are us ." 
Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton  contributed to this piece for  The Hill along with Rabbi Rick Jacobs , president of the  Union for Reform Judaism  and Tayyab Yunus , executive director of the  Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) .

Read the article, here .
From the Anti-Racism Committee
" The recent call to revoke birthright citizenship in the United States distresses me profoundly.  As a family physician practicing in the Bronx, I have encountered many immigrant families where a parent or the parents are undocumented though their children are citizens. These kids are as American as any child born in this country, no matter whether their parents are citizens or not."

Do You Know Someone Who Could Teach in Tanzania?
Have you heard about our companion synod relationship with the North Western Diocese in Tanzania, and our support of teachers at Kibeta English Medium Primary School (KEMPS)? Do you know anyone who might like to be a part of this exciting ministry? 
We’re looking for someone who has the skills to teach primary school children in English, the sense of adventure to commit two years to service in Bukoba, and a strong love of the gospel.

Learn more about our partnership, here.

See the job description, here
Holden Evening Prayer
Gloria Dei Evangelical Lutheran Church, Huntington
Sunday, March 31 | 4:00 pm
Bishop Donald McCoid,  preaching

A Lenten Service of Prayer and Fellowship for the MNYS Western Suffolk Conference.

This service will be followed by a potluck and raffle to support  ELCA World Hunger

For more information,  click here .
WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU
The  MNYS Weekly Newsletter could be an excellent tool for your congregation to help create awareness about its events.

To list an event, please send us an email with the event's information, digital ads or link (if any), and a 50-word description (for publication).

We Are Church Together!
FROM OUR CONGREGATIONS & PARTNERS
PREACHING WORKSHOP #2 FOR SYNODICAL DEACONS
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Rockville Centre
TODAY! Saturday, March 23
9:00 am - 2:00 pm 

For deacons who feel called to preach, these workshops will focus on the process of reflection, study, formulation, and delivery of the Sunday sermon. The workshop will be led by The Rev. David Grainson. For more information, click  here
PUERTO RICO BENEFIT SHOWCASE
LuHi Chapel and Performing Arts Center
Friday, March 29
7:00 pm

This is a fundraiser event for Puerto Rico Hurricane relief. To inquire about getting space in the program, or more information, click here.
HEALTHY CONGREGATIONS
King of Kings Lutheran Church, New Windsor
Saturday, March 30
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This is the continuation of the series of six ecumenical workshops designed to strengthen our church, our leadership, and our community. For more information, click   here.
LATIN FIESTA
Church of Our Savior, Manhasset
Saturday, March 30
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

An evening of entertainment, games, dancing, raffles and a Latin-style meal. Festivity and fun for all, with the goal of supporting an ongoing mission and a portion of the proceeds going to SOS Children's Villages & Once Upon a Time Park Improvement. For more information, click here. 
INVITATION TO A PANEL DISCUSSION
Pastor Paul B. Milholland from Trinity Lutheran Church of Astoria/Long Island City has been invited to the panel "Worldwide Views on Morality". Presenters of the Islamic, Christian and Atheist traditions will have an open discussion to explain their religious view or general beliefs and practices. To be part of this event and find more information, click here. To purchase tickets, click here.
DISCERNING A CALL TO THE NEXT BISHOP OF MNYS
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Kingston
Sunday, March 31
3:00 pm -5:00 pm

An Afternoon of Prayer, Reflection and Conversation focusing on discerning a call to our next
Bishop. Our Conferences have arranged an event that promotes worshipfulness, prayerfulness, and discerning conversations, and it will be held by the Hudson Conference. This event is open to all and especially encouraged that delegates to this year's Synod Assembly attend. For more information, click here.
THE ANNUAL LYO ASSEMBLY
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Bellerose
Friday, May 3 - Saturday, May 4
8:00 pm - 11:00 am

This event begins with an overnight "lock-in" full of fun and activities for the youth, and it ends in The Annual Assembly of the MNYS Lutheran Youth Organization. A $10 registration fee covers costs of food and supplies for the event; scholarships are available. For more information, click here
A FORUM ON YOUTH MINISTRY
Campus of Princeton Theological Seminary
April 23 - 26

Join other youth leaders, directors, and pastors for a 4-day youth ministry conference, to reinforce the faith of those who believe that lives and communities can be transformed when theological reflection meets practical application. For more information, click   here.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES & MORE
PARSONAGE AVAILABLE: Nassau County—more information here
TEACHER FOR TANZANIA: Metropolitan New York Synod—more information here
PASTORAL COUNSELOR: Chelsea Community Church—more information here

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APRIL 1: FMC Meeting—more information here

WE'RE PRAYING FOR...
• Our brothers and sisters, during Venezuela's dark times
The United Methodist Church, and its LGBTQIA+ members
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, John Baynton and Sydney Ewing, serving in Hungary and Serbia
ELCA missionaries Patrick and Jacqueline Bencke, ESL teacher and music teacher, serving in Japan
MNYS missionary Melanie Nelson, and her husband David Kingery, serving in Bukoba, Tanzania
  Bishop Ph.D. Craig Alan Satterlee, the staff, and the people of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod