Thank you to all the congregations and individuals in our synod who contributed to our Mission Support efforts during the month of September 2022.
“We encourage and welcome the support of our congregations and individuals who value the Gospel work we are doing and want to assist those in need in these difficult times. Please continue to prayerfully consider contributing to the future of our Synod through Mission Support, as TOGETHER we are better able to serve."
According to the CDC, booster coverage is lowest among Black and Latin Americans. In an effort to support vaccination efforts among these communities, ELCA World Hunger, through the Latino Ministries Association of the ELCA, is sponsoring a vaccine booster clinic on Sunday, October 16. This effort will be hosted by Saint Peter’s Church, in Manhattan, which has lost 75 of its members to COVID-19 (most of them from its Latiné community). On the same day, Saint Peter’s Church will host an outdoor ceremony in memory of Saint Peter’s departed in the hope of granting healing to all those who have lost loved ones from the pandemic.
Persons of all sexual and gender identities and immigration statuses are welcome here.
This microsites strategy aims to help our churches expand their evangelism efforts and increase their online visibility. If your congregation would like to explore this opportunity please reach out to your Pastor or Conference Dean and ask them to contact Lori Scaffidi, via email at email@example.com.
UPDATE: NY STATE GRANTS PERMANENT PERMISSION FOR VIRTUAL MEETINGS
On August 17, 2022, Governor Hochul signed into law Chapter 518 of the Laws of 2022, which repealed the “old” November 2021 amendments to Ruling Case Law (RCL) § 28 and replaced it with a new § 28, which now allows religious corporations to conduct virtual and hybrid meetings as any “secular” not-for-profit corporation can.
Changing the guidelines is one way in which we, as a synod, can take care of our pastors. Approving updated guidelines is one way our Synod Council is proactive in caring for and advocating for our pastors.
You're invited to join MNYS Treasurer John Litke for a free Congregational Leadership Training on “Management and Finance."
This is the first of a four-part learning event intended to help pastors and lay leaders improve their administrative and management skills.
For more information, click HERE, and to RSVP, please email HERE.
FROM OUR PARTNERS
2023 Open Enrollment Period
Portico’s Annual Enrollment is opening at the end of October. Retirees and Organizations may begin their selections Oct. 3-12; Plan Members select Oct. 20-27. This is your opportunity to select your ELCA benefits for 2023 which will take effect on January 1, 2023.
For more information, please visit your MyPortico page HERE.
FROM OUR PARTNERS
Growing in Faith
Growing in Faithis a ministry within the ELCA committed to fostering learning environments for followers of Jesus to grow in faith. If you're interested in learning more about this program, click HERE.
Bridging Differences in Our Communities — The Rev. Christian Scharen
“This October 19, 2022, we invited Irish theologian, poet, and experienced leader in spaces of division and conflict,Pádraig Ó Tuama, to work with us. Ó Tuama draws from his perspectives on Scripture, faith, and poetry, especially the story of his influential poem Shaking Hands. This event will inspire leaders from the congregations around the synod on their journeys of truth-telling toward the promise of reconciliation we know in Christ, who calls us to be one in the Spirit.”
Read the full letter HERE. Register for the event HERE.
FROM A PASTOR'S DESK
Phenomenal Women — The Rev. Dr. Linda Bell
“An invitation is extended to all ordained women of word and sacrament to set aside time to have fun in our busy lives and share and encourage one another. This time is open to doing what we want to do and how we want to do it!”
*An early version of this article included an incorrect email address. To contact The Rev. Dr. Linda Bell about this opportunity, please use the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FROM A PASTOR'S DESK
We invite you to view a new docuseries from MSNBC, Model America, which tackles the difficult issue of racism and police brutality through the lens of the once peaceful town of Teaneck, New Jersey. This series features commentary from retired MNYS Pastor Amandus Derr (former senior pastor of Saint Peter’s, Manhattan) and his memories as pastor of Grace Lutheran during the 1990s — the period which this series covers.
SERVICE OPPORTUNITY: Christ Lutheran Church, Islip Terrace—this MNYS congregation is hosting a Ukrainian refugee family, and they have additional opportunities to serve. If you or your congregation would like to know more about these service opportunities, please send an email to The Rev. Christopher Mietlowski, HERE
The residents and families of Florida, the Caribbean, and Eastern Canada who are struggling to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricanes Fiona and Ian.
Refugeesandimmigrants, and those who come to their aid
OurBIPOC/MENA siblings who are experiencing and fighting against racism
The descendants of the Indigenous Peoples of this nation
The well-being of asylum-seeking children in detention centers
The health and safety of the women of this country who will be affected by the June 24th ruling of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, upending 50 years of legal precedent declaring a right to safe healthcare & bodily autonomy.
The individuals and their loved ones harmed, injured, or killed as a result of senseless gun violence, and those working towardan end to this brutality
The sovereign nation of Ukraine andits people
We pray for perpetrators of violence, both direct and indirect. May the Holy Spirit stir their hearts to choose the path of repentance, reparation, love, and peace.
Our Synod Council Officers and Representatives
Our work toward shaping a more inclusive church that welcomes and affirms all of God's people, specifically our LGBTQIA+siblings
Those affected by violence in their schools, workplaces, and homes