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2019 SYNOD ASSEMBLY
CARE FOR CREATION
Deadline for Resolutions & Memorials , and Plenary Time .

The deadline for resolutions and memorials is February 6. Resolutions should be sent to María Rodas at mrodas@mnys.org

The deadline for requesting plenary time is February 6. Click here to request plenary time.
CALLING OUR NEXT BISHOP
PRE-IDENTIFICATION PROCESS
ELCA Rostered Ministers of Word and Sacrament  (Pastors) to be considered may be pre-identified by conferences, congregations, or individuals (especially voting members to the assembly).

The pre-identification process is now open until March 1.

Click here to learn more about the process for the election of the bishop.

Click here to pre-identify a Rostered Minister of Word and Sacrament
Welcoming Those in Need
"Inspired by faith and bolstered by ties to their Central American neighbors, over 100 ELCA congregations have pledged to embrace migrants with open arms, by joining the Welcoming Congregations Network, an initiative of AMMPARO , the ELCA’s strategy for “Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities."An article by Stephanie N. Grimoldby, editor of Living Lutheran
Ecumenical Advocacy Day
New York State Council of Churches
Are you interested in connecting your faith to issues of social justice and building a more equitable society? Join Christians from across New York State, representatives of the New York State Council of Churches, and other secular and religious partners in Albany on February 27, 2019! Click here for more information. 
2018 MISSION SUPPORT
LAST WEEK FOR CONGREGATIONS TO MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS
The mission support of our congregations makes it possible for us to walk together with others in the mission and ministry of the Metropolitan New York Synod and to support ministries of the ELCA. 

All mission support for the fiscal year 2018 (ending on January 31, 2019), should be received in the synod office by THIS THURSDAY, February 7 .
2019 Mission Support
In  2019 , the  Metropolitan New York Synod will send 52%  of what is received for mission support to the ELCA Churchwide administration in Chicago, which supports new congregations, missionaries, seminaries, colleges, universities, campus ministries, early childhood centers, elementary schools, outdoor ministries, social ministry organizations, advocacy, and community development on a national scale.
Partnership dollars come back to synods and congregations from the ELCA  via grants, services, programs, staff, and resources. All mission support, including subsidized congregations, is a sign of our partnership in the Gospel.


In addition to helping us stay connected, completing this form makes your congregation eligible for synod grants.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
We’re making available $150,000 every year in Leadership Development Grants for individuals to gain new skills for ministry in our changing world. The Leadership Development Grant, funded by our Strategic Plan, provides a special focus on supporting programs that will specifically nurture education, training, and formation for leadership skills and qualities that complement the aims of the Claimed, Gathered, and Sent Strategies.

Leadership Development Grant applications are due February 15 to grants@mnys.org .
Reports to the Bishop
Each year, we ask our ELCA rostered ministers to take the time to complete a report to the bishop, looking back on their life and ministry. Submit this confidential report before  February 15 .

In addition to helping us stay connected, completing this form makes you eligible for synod grants.


*Save it as a document on your desktop and print a copy for your files. Submit as an attachment to annualreports@mnys.org  or mail a hard copy to the Synod office.   
Music by St. Olaf College
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage – Carnegie Hall, Manhattan
TODAY! Saturday, February 2
8:00 pm

The St. Olaf Orchestra will perform for the first time at Carnegie Hall. Conducted by Steven Amundson and with the participation of Sarah Chang, recognized as one of the foremost violinists of our time.

For more information, click here  
FROM OUR CONGREGATIONS & PARTNERS
THE REV. JEFFREY KOENIG
News from St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Poughkeepsie

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church has called The Rev. Jeffrey Koenig as the new permanent pastor. An installation service was held for him January 6, 2019. Pastor Koenig and his wife, Marlies, are excited to be putting down roots in Poughkeepsie.
NEW PARTNERSHIP
News from Christ Lutheran Church, Newburgh

Mount Saint Mary's College Dominican Scholars of Hope recently donated diapers, money and volunteer time to the Baby Steps Baby Pantry at Christ Lutheran Church in Newburgh. Through a fundraiser, members of MSMC help the diaper ministry of the church. To learn more, click here
YEAR OF THE ORGAN RECITAL
St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Huntington Station
Tuesday, February 5
7:30 pm

Don't miss organist, Dr. David Hurd, in a solo recital, concluding the church’s ‘Year of the Organ,’ in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the church organ, built in 1968. A reception will follow. For more information, click here
LUNCH 'N LISTEN FREE CONCERT SERIES
First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Poughkeepsie
Wednesday, February 6
12:00 pm

You are welcome to the 33rd season of these monthly concert series. Enjoy the music of Ariana Barkeshli in Classical Piano. A reception will take place at 12:45 p.m. following the concert. For more information, click here
2019 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL "TO MARS AND BEYOND"
A Minnesota youth group is looking to partner with a NY church this summer. Only cost to the host congregation is lodging. The youth group will provide staffing and supplies. Preferred weeks are either July 28, August 2, or August 5 – 9. For more information, contact Pastor Rob Norris-Weber, here
SHARE THE LOVE MEAL PROGRAM
St. Peter's Church, Port Jervis

Join this fun initiative, sharing love through a special meal and social media. Throughout February, you can give and receive meals, and share moments of conversation. When this exchange happens, a photo will be taken and posted on their social media, using the hashtag #sharethelovemnys.
Stay tuned!
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
INVIGORATING CONGREGATIONS FOR GLOBAL GOOD THIS LENTEN SEASON
Journey with Lutheran World Relief this Lent and proclaim to the world that the hope of Christ makes a new season possible. Share with your congregation the impact they can make in the lives of poor and struggling families around the world. For resources and more information, click here
––– JOB OPPORTUNITIES –––
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Trinity's Services and Food for the Homeless, New York City—more information here
PART-TIME ORGANIST AND MUSIC DIRECTOR: Grace Lutheran Church, Uniondale—more information here
LEAVE REPLACEMENT, FULL-TIME: LUHI – Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School, Brookville—more information here
OUTREACH COORDINATOR: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Port Jefferson Station—more information here

––––– CALENDAR –––––
FEBRUARY 4: FMC Meeting—more information here.
FEBRUARY 4: GATHERED Committee Meeting—more information here.
FEBRUARY 5: MNYS Executive Committee Meeting—more information here.
FEBRUARY 7: STRATEGIC PLAN Working Group—more information here.

WE'RE PRAYING FOR...
• Our brothers and sisters suffering from the extreme cold as a result of the Polar Vortex affecting the U.S.
• Our brothers and sisters from Venezuela
• The asylum seekers who are waiting to be processed at our southern border
 Refugees and immigrants, and those who come to their aid
 Our work toward shaping a more inclusive church that welcomes and affirms all of God's people, specifically our  LGBTQIA+  brothers, sisters, and siblings 
 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, Ashley Fyle and Kelsey Haseley, serving in Australia
ELCA missionaries The Rev. Dorcas Wang, Parish Ministry International Congregation, serving in China, and Jenna Bergeson, ESL Teacher, serving in Hong Kong.
MNYS missionary Melanie Nelson, and her husband David Kingery, serving in Bukoba, Tanzania
  Bishop Katherine A. Finegan, the staff, and the people of the  Northern Great Lakes Synod