February 22, 2023
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Job Opening - Congregation Engagement Leader

Congregation Engagement Leader (25hrs/wk) plans, organizes, facilitates, and reports to Church Council on member engagement in stewardship focused on time, talent and treasure; assesses needs for volunteers; recruits, develops, schedules and supports volunteers for staff, Board of Ministries, and Church Council; oversees the welcome committee to promote hospitality of the church to visitors and new members, coordinates facilities usage and rentals, and hosts hospitality events; co-facilitates New Members classes, Board of Ministry and Church Council orientation and onboarding; enters data about stewardship into the congregation’s database.

Talks at the Desk

African Descent Ministries of the ELCA is celebrating Black History Month with season two of Talks at the Desk, a video series that explores diverse expressions of the church. A new video will premiere each Wednesday in February at 7:30 pm Central time. Watch them live on YouTube or download them here. Join us to hear youth, young adults, rostered leaders, elders and friends of our communities share their own sacred stories.

For more updates, follow @ELCAADM on Twitter and Instagram or check out facebook.com/elcaadm.
A Study Curriculum on Civic Life and Faith

How are we as Lutheran Christians called to civic engagement, including in the arenas of government and political life? What is the proper relationship of the church with government, and what is not? What does religious liberty actually include? What are our scriptural and confessional resources for probing such questions about civic life?

We invite you and your congregation to explore these questions and more by using "A Study Curriculum on Civic Life and Faith."

This study curriculum has just been released by the ELCA Task Force for Studies on Civic Life and Faith. It includes six sessions and is a critical step on the way to the social statement called for by the 2019 Churchwide Assembly.

Urban Servant Corps

Are you a young adult dedicated to social justice and a simpler way of life? Are you someone who hopes to explore or deepen your faith? Are you seeking experience in the non-profit/ministry field? Consider joining the Urban Servant Corps community in Denver, CO.

At USC, we believe that service is transformational -- it creates the opportunity for shared humanity and to faithfully respond to one another's needs. We also believe that in community, we are able to live more faithful, simple lives that are in service to one another.

Our full-time volunteers live in an intentional community house in downtown Denver with others who are committed to social justice, racial justice, and accompanying vulnerable populations. Food, housing, health insurance, a monthly stipend and an annual "growth and development" allotment are provided. Additionally, Spiritual Direction, alumni mentorship, and professional development opportunities are offered as part of this experience.

For more information, visit www.urbanservantcorps.org
The Awakening Retreat at Lutherhill

March 17-19
La Grange, TX

Join us for The Awakening Retreat, a time set apart to open our eyes and hearts. Together we will ask, “What is it we cannot see about racism?” Group activities, personal stories, and caring conversations will create a welcome and safe place to question our certainties and doubts. This weekend retreat is an entry-point to a deeper dive into racism awareness.

Read more about the retreat and speakers here.

Cross Trails Ministry Summer Camps 2023: Register Now!

Overnight programs are available for youth who have completed grades 1-11 and families. Individual, Family Camp, and Grandparent Camp registration is now open!

Spots are filling up fast, so sign up soon. Campership financial aid is available!

Campers are eligible for an Early Payment Discount if you pay in full, set up a payment plan, or receive a campership by March 31st, 2023.

Visit our website for the availability schedule and more information.
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