News from the IndianaNews-KNentucky  Mission Territory 
Weekly eNews | January 2, 2020   

Bishop Gafkjen's January I-K Lutheran Newsletter
While walking our dog, Karley, early one December morning, the sun just rising in the east, I heard a strange chirping, chortling, nearly barking sound echoing in the space between our house and our neighbors'. I left the security of the sidewalk to peer through the dusky dawn light in hope of catching a glimpse of what odd animal might be there. My heart rate rose as I shuffled closer.

Nothing. I saw nothing. Yet the volume of the sound grew, and the strange cackle-call surrounded me. I pulled poor Karley closer, fearful, I must admit, that something lurked and threatened, heard but not seen, in the shadows.

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The Indiana-Kentucky Synod staff wishes a very Happy New Year to all!
Synod Weekly eNews
The Synod Weekly eNews will not be published on Thursday, January 9, as your editor will be on vacation enjoying some sabbath time. Watch for the next edition on Thursday, January 16, 2020! 
Synod Assembly 2020
We Are Called
June 4-6, 2020
Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center
Noblesville, Indiana  

Instagram Account!
The synod has embraced visual storytelling. Please find and follow us @IKSynodELCA. Please be sure and tag us in your photos!  
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The Indiana-Kentucky Synod signed up with 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 may also visit our website (, click the Donate Button, and follow the prompts. Treasurers: Save a stamp and send Mission Support with! ACH and debit/credit cards accepted. Please include your congregation name in the "Note/Memo" line.
Thank you for all you do to support the ministries and mission of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod!
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Where's the Bishop? 
Many have expressed interest in knowing where Bishop Bill will be preaching and presiding so that they may attend if they are nearby. Below you will find a schedule of upcoming services and events where our Bishop will be presiding, preaching, participating or leading.  
Bishop Gafkjen's Calendar of Events - all times listed are local

December 23 - January 6: Vacation
December 29: Holy Closure Service | Prince of Peace | Bellevue, KY | Preach and Preside | 10:30 a.m. | A Service of Holy Communion to offer Thanks and Praise for the Life and Ministry of this faith community. 
January 7: Finance Committee | Synod Office | 10:00 a.m.
January 8-9: Region 6 Bishop's Retreat | Potawatomi Inn 
January 11: Installation of Rev. Randy Schroeder | Our Saviour, West Lafayette, IN | 11:00 a.m.
January 14: Interim Pastors Meeting | Synod Office | 10:30 a.m.
January 17-18: Synod Council | I-K Lutheran Center | Indianapolis, IN   
Bishop Gafkjen looks forward to being with you and your faith community. Please contact his administrative assistant, April Lynch, to schedule a time.
Synod Weekly News
The Indiana-Kentucky Synod welcomes stories and photographs of ministry moments to share with its mission territory. Stories and accompanying photos are accepted for the Weekly News (which is sent out each Thursday), the monthly I-K Lutheran, and the web site ( Send announcement submission to Thomas Dearchs, Director of Communications, Administration, and Worship Life by Tuesday at noon (Eastern time) to be included in the Thursday Weekly News. Please see the Publications Submission Guidelines document for complete details on submissions. 


Prayer Concerns 
In Memoriam
We offer our Christian sympathy and the promise of the resurrection to the family of Pastor Thomas M. BeMiller. His wife, Mary-Louise, went to the Church Triumphant on December 27, 2019. Please click here for her obituary. We give thanks for Mary-Louise's life, and pray God's blessings for comfort and peace for her family and loved ones.
Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord;
And let light perpetual shine upon her. 

Faith Lutheran Church, ELCA, in Lexington, KY is seeking a full-time Director of Music Ministries to continue the congregation's liturgically vibrant tradition. Please click here  for more information. 


Bishop Eaton's December Column for Living Lutheran  
Midnight stillness.     
In her December column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on the mystery of the season: the expectation and longing of Advent and the true gifts of Christmas - "the helpless baby in a wooden manger, a broken man on a cross."  Read her column here.  
Ignite the Church Conference
4th Annual Ignite the Church Conference, Orlando, Florida, February 11-13.
Are you looking for a continuing ed event to inspire, encourage & challenge your ministry? Would Florida in February be a blessing?
Consider attending the Ignite the Church Conference in Orlando, Florida, February 11-13. In addition to 4 large group gatherings with talks and panel discussions on topics related to Congregational Vitality, there will be 12 intensive electives on a wide range of important topics like Reaching Younger Generations, Expanding Kingdom Impact, Church Renewal and Discipleship, Renewing Music, Vitality through Mission, Engaging Your Neighborhood, Evangelism, Social Justice, and Raising Up and Equipping Leaders. There will also be a field trip to Orlando's Castle Church Brewing Community, one of the ELCA's newest and most unique mission starts. The $99 Super Early Bird registration rate includes 2 meals and snacks when you register by November 30th. Rates increase to $109 in December and $129 in January. 75 Leaders from 20 states attended last year's gathering. All conference proceeds are donated to the ELCA Fund for Leaders. Last year's gift totaled $2500. For more information go to 
We hope to see you there!
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