Weekly eNews | May 21, 2020
Worship with Us Today!

As a sign of Christian unity and in celebration of full communion, Lutherans and Episcopalians will be worshipping together for this Principal Festival of the Church on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at 7:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Central. The service will be live-streamed at EDNIN Virtual Worship Page on Facebook, Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana on YouTube, and the Indiana-Kentucky Synod Facebook page.

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Douglas E. Sparks, VIII Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana, will preside. The Rev. Dr. William O. Gafkjen, Bishop of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA, will preach.

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My Heart was Filled with Joy!

The synod's first-ever Baccalaureate Service was great! We had more than 50 students participate and lots of viewers. One person who watched said that as they watched, "My heart was filled with joy!" Another said, "It was a special blessing for our family." They added, "I hope that this will become a tradition to have this recognition and words of encouragement and prayer."

If you didn't see the Baccalaureate Service and would like to, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJp-wVGdbvM
Will Your Congregation Help Us Honor Graduating Students?

We are asking the people of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod to send us cards that we can distribute to those graduating from high school. Cards should include a personal message such as "Congratulations on your graduation! You have good reason to be proud! All of us at St. John Lutheran Church in Town are proud of you! God's blessings." That's just a sample. Write any uplifting or inspirational message you'd like or just sign your name. If you aren't able to get a card, just write a note on paper and pop it in an envelope. Send to: Graduate, Indiana-Kentucky Synod, 911 E. 8th St., Ste. 200, Indianapolis, IN 46240. Let's come together as a synod and overwhelm our graduates with notes and cards. This is something we can all do!
Stewardship Snippet

Pastor Jerry O'Neal, the Indiana-Kentucky Synod's Director of Stewardship shares this Stewardship Snippet with us.
COVID-19 Resources

Please check out the COVID-19 resources available on the synod's website at www.iksynod.org/covid-19-resources/. This page continues to be updated as new resources become available.
Stay Connected with the Indiana-Kentucky Synod

  • "Moving Forward," lectionary reflections from Deacon Cory Driver, and a weekly sermon and prayers for Sundays can be found on the synod's YouTube channel at https://bit.ly/iksynodyoutube.
  • Sunday School lessons that can be used at home are being prepared each week. They are available at https://iksynod.org/sunday-school-home/.
  • Staff travel is suspended through the end of May. Staff is currently working from home. Staff email addresses and cell phone numbers can be found at https://iksynod.org/our-staff/.
  • Please be sure to "like"our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/iksynod/.
  • Follow us on Twitter at @iksynod.
  • Check our website at www.iksynod.org. We are posting and updating the website frequently.
  • Check-ins with Bishop William O. Gafkjen are planned for Tuesday, May 26 at 2 pm Eastern/1 pm Central and Thursday, May 28 at 10 am Eastern/9 am Central. Zoom login information has been sent to rostered ministers and is available from conference Deans or email dfugate@iksynod.org.
  • Weekly times of Stewardship Conversations including devotions, prayer, resource sharing and discussion with Pastor Nancy Nyland and Pastor Jerry O'Neal for rostered ministers, council members and stewardship team members take place each Monday at 3:00 pm Eastern/2:00 pm Central. To receive the Zoom login information, please email Pastor Nancy Nyland at nnyland@iksynod.org.
  • "Keeping Connected during the Coronavirus" Zoom call continues on Thursdays at 11:00 am Eastern/10 am Central. This call is focused on resource sharing, discussion about what resources are needed, and some personal check-in. To receive the Zoom login information, please email Pastor Dan Fugate at dfugate@iksynod.org.
  • There is a Zoom call for high school students each Thursday at 3 pm Eastern/2 pm Central. To join, send an email to dfugate@iksynod.org to receive the Zoom meeting number and password.
Prayer Concerns
Faith Lutheran Church, Owensboro, KY and Pastor Karen Husby (Pastor of Record)
Faith United Lutheran Church, Richmond, IN and Pastor Chip Belanga (Pastor of Record)
First English Lutheran Church, Mishawaka, IN and Pastor Jeff Zell (Pastor of Record)
First English Lutheran Church, Richmond, IN and Pastor John Walker and Pastor Chip Belanga
Faith Lutheran Church, Attica, IN and Pastor James Ward (Interim) and Sherilyn Wendt (Intern)
Pastor Larry Knigga , retired, Lawrenceberg, IN
Pastor Karl Korbel , retired, Owatonna, MN
Pastor Richard Kraus , retired, Fort Wayne, IN
Pastor Brian Peterson , Teacher of Religion, Trinity School at Greenlawn, South Bend, IN
Pastor William Powlen , Hospice Chaplain, MMCH Home Care and Hospice, Batesville, IN

Metro New York Synod and Bishop Paul Egensteiner
Congregational Spotlight:  
Christ Lutheran Church, Crawfordsville, IN

We are taking a look at how Indiana-Kentucky Synod congregations are doing during these times of COVID-19 wilderness. This week we look at Christ in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

What Are You Up to Each Week?

The people of Christ Lutheran Church in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and Pastor Kelly Nelson, like all of us, have been continuing to be the church in a variety of ways during these COVID-19 pandemic times. They have provided audio recordings, a hymn sing, online videos, and mailed sermons to preach, teach, inspire, comfort, and share hope. They are looking into possibly having drive-in worship at some point in the future. Members have called to check up on each other. They sent cards at Easter. They've offered help with grocery pickup and delivery.

One of the things that the congregation has really enjoyed is sharing what they are up to each week. They do this by sending Pastor Nelson a picture each week and the pictures are made into a collage that is shared by email along with announcements and happenings with their church family. One more way our congregations are being creative as they keep connected and continue to be the body of Christ in the world!
Presiding Bishop Eaton Preaches and Leads Worship June 7

The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will be providing a video with a sermon she is preaching for Holy Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020. The video will be a complete worship service. You can use it for your congregation's worship that Sunday - either just the sermon or the whole service. Production is currently underway and it is anticipated that it will be released May 31.
"God's work. Our hands. Sunday" will no doubt be different this year given the times in which we find ourselves. Plan now how you will observe this special day of service. More information is available by clicking on the button below.
ELCA Digital Town Halls: Revision of Definitions and Guidelines for Discipline

The ELCA Committee on Appeals is conducting a review of the church’s document “Definitions and Guidelines for Discipline,” which describes the grounds for which discipline may be imposed upon officers, rostered ministers, congregations and members of congregations, according to the practice of this church. It has been a number of years since this document was last extensively updated, and all members of the ELCA are invited to participate in a series of digital town hall meetings to offer feedback that the Committee on Appeals will use in revising the document. Four different meetings will be held: June 3, June 9, June 18, and June 25.  Participants must register for one of the four meetings using this link,  https://elca.org/rosteredlife , which also lists the specific meeting time for each date. Registration is limited to the first 200 people per event on a first-come-first served basis.
Here to Serve: Being Church in the Time of COVID-19
Weekly Online Gathering for ELCA Leaders
Wednesdays, 1PM Central/2 PM Eastern

You are invited to join this weekly gathering designed to provide encouragement and support for ELCA leaders across the church and throughout society. Participants will hear topical presentations related to how we are called to be Church in the time of COVID-19, as well as an opportunity to be in small group discussions with an ELCA group coach facilitating the conversation. All of this is designed to help us process our feelings in this strange and fearful time and to create a space where we can each name our next most faithful step forward in our unique context.
Summer Online Classes at Trinity Lutheran Seminary

You are invited to Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University to connect with clergy, church musicians, worship leaders, and others who are passionate about ministry. Develop your skills, learn something new, and become energized and renewed for ministry. For more information, please click on the button below.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the ELCA churchwide organization is here to support our members, congregations, synods and partners. Call 800-638-3522 and press #4 or email  HereToServe@ELCA.org  for prayer, support and to ask your questions. 
Give with Tithe.ly
The Indiana-Kentucky Synod uses Tithe.ly to make giving easier than ever. Download the app and set Indiana-Kentucky Synod as a regular mission to support. You can also simply text the word GIVE to 765.347.9974, then follow the link. You can visit www.iksynod.org , click the Donate button, and follow the prompts. You can also click the button below. Congregation Treasurers: You can send mission support in this way. ACH and debit/credit cards accepted. Please include your congregation name in the memo line.