March 2019

'Just love' Gathering 2020 logo and theme remind us that we are all part of one body
Following Jesus is messy. Loving one another is justice. We are not perfect, we are often broken, sometimes we don’t fit. Sometimes our edges are rough—but we are one body in Christ.

The 2020 Gathering theme was unveiled at the Conference of Presidents, Feb. 22-24, along with the art accompanying the theme. You can learn about the artist's interpretation here.
Visibility key to getting new women
New entry points into Women of the ELCA are necessary to build the organization. “How many of you say, ‘How do we get more young women involved?’” Elizabeth McBride asked those attending Women of the ELCA’s annual Conference of Presidents. Read the meeting report.
March is Women's History Month
On the heels of Bold Women's Day Feb. 24, we can look forward to Women's History Month, a time to recognize the contributions women have made over the centuries. Learn more.

Make plans to honor the women who've influenced you. And remember, Friday, March 8, is International Women's Day with the theme: #BalanceforBetter.
Celebrate National Quilting Day
March 16 is National Quilting Day. For nearly 70 years, compassionate people just like you have put their faith into action and made quilts for people in need around the world. And not just a few quilts—hundreds of thousands of quilts every year.  Learn the ways you can join the celebration.
Gather with us for Lent
This year for Lent, Gather is making it easy to spend a few moments each week in prayer and meditation with its free Lenten devotional series.

Sign up here , and twice a week, we’ll send a short reflection to your email, inviting you to meditate and pray your way through these 40 days.
Cafe faith reflection:
Belonging to the body of Christ
If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
(1 Corinthians 12:26-27)

How can we work together, with our abilities and disabilities, to strengthen our lives together as followers of Christ? Find out here.
Go deeper into Lent
The season of Lent starts with Ash Wednesday, which falls on March 6 this year. As children, we might have given up some small treat for Lent, but as adults, we can take on richer spiritual practices. We can go deeper into Lent. We can keep Lent as a time to renew our lives of faith.

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