Artwork - Linda Henke
I-K Lutheran newsletter, normally posted the week of October 15, will not be published this month.
One of the main stage speakers at Extravaganza 2019 is going to be Dr.
. She is a nationally recognized teacher, presenter, author, and resource provider specializing in children's faith development. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Oregon. Since 2002 she's developed faith formation resources at Sparkhouse and Augsburg Fortress, two publishing units of 1517 Media.
Dawn's newest book,
Little Steps, Big Faith, was released on October 2, 2018. In it she explores how the science of early childhood development can help each of us who are in ministry grow faith in our children. It's available now from Augsburg Fortress and Amazon.
Register now for Extravaganza 2019 at the Early Bird rate of $280 to hear Dawn, participate in the Intensive Care Courses, and be a part of the best continuing education experience in the ELCA! Prices go up after October 15, 2018. For more information, visit
All rostered ministers should have received a letter from Bishop Bill Gafkjen about upcoming Boundaries Workshops that will take place around the Indiana-Kentucky Synod (if you did not, we may not have your correct home address - please contact the office to update it).
It is the expectation of the ELCA that all pastors and deacons (active, retired and on leave) attend a Boundaries Workshop every three years.
The first workshop will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. EST - 4:00 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 225 Haney Ave., South Bend, IN. Cost is $25 per person and includes lunch and all materials. Registration for this event is now open:
Additional workshops will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2019 in the Louisville area and Tuesday, May 7, 2019 in the Central Indiana area (locations to be determined - registration for these events will open at a later date). These events are also open to other ministry staff and volunteers in the synod, or ministers from other denominations. Contact Rev. Heather Apel with any questions,
New Way to Give with Tithe.ly
The Indiana-Kentucky Synod recently signed up with 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 may also visit our website (
), click the
Button, and follow the prompts.
Save a stamp and send Mission Support with Tithe.ly! 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!
Please consider using Tithe.ly in your congregation! To learn more about Tithe.ly and its relationship with the ELCA, please visit this link:
Bishop's Day for Youth (grades 8 - 12)
Dates: Saturday, February 23, 2019, with the option of staying over Friday and/or Saturday evening
Location: Pilgrim Lutheran, Carmel, Indiana
I-K Synod Youth Leadership Summit (grades 8 - 12)
Dates: Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 2, 2019
Location: Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
I-K Synod Youth Mission Trip (grades 8-12 and Adult Mentors)
Dates: Sunday, June 23, through Saturday, June 29, 2019
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
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
October 24-26: ELCA Chuchwide Offices (meetings)
October 28: 50th Anniversary Celebration, Redemmer, Somerset, KY | 10:00 a.m.
Bishop Gafkjen looks forward to being with you and your faith community. Please contact his administrative assistant, April Lynch,
to schedule a time.
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 (www.iksynod.org). Send announcement submission to Tom Dearchs, email@example.com by Tuesday at noon (Eastern time) to be included in the Thursday Weekly News. Please see the Publication Submission Guidelines document for complete details on submissions.
During the weekly I-K Lutheran Center staff devotions we included these individuals and mission centers in our prayers:
Christ, Zionsville, IN
and Rev. Steven Albertin
Christ the King, South Bend, IN
and Rev. Caroline Satre, Senior Pastor & Rev.
Bradley Davick, Associate Pastor
Christ the Savior, Fishers, IN
and Rev. Brian Derrer, Senior Pastor & Rev. Todd Lotridge, Associate Pastor
Christus Victor, Terre Haute, IN
and Rev. Derek Nelson, Pastor of Record
come2go ministries, Fort Wayne, IN
and Rev. Brian Spahr
Rostered Ministers Not Under Congregational Call:
Rev. Paul F. Swartz, Retired
Rev. Thomas Swasko, Retired
Rev. H. Gene Templar, Retired
Rev. Carolyn Lesmeister, On Leave from Call
Rev. Robert Lim, Hospice Chaplain - I.U. Health, Community Home Health Services
South-Central Synod of Wisconsin and Bishop Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld
Installation Photo of Pastor Adam Forbes, St. John, Melbourne, KY
Job Openings at Christ the Savior, Fishers, IN
Part-time Communications Director
25 hours a week
Implement a tiered communications approach; maintain a master communications calendar; clarify communications workflow and responsibilities; coach others in proper use of communication tools.
Part-time AV Coordinator
20 hours a week
We are looking to hire someone to provide audio visual support, train and schedule volunteers and ensure all church equipment is in good working order.
Part-time Contemporary Worship Director
The Contemporary Worship Director equips and spiritually nurtures multiple volunteer worship teams and grows the musicianship of all persons serving. This person communicates themes; coaches singers, instrumentalists and worship leaders; coordinates all rehearsals and manages worship service logistics.
for complete details.
Rachel Kurtz in Concert
Messiah Lutheran Church, 801 S. Green Street, Brownsburg, IN, will be hosting Rachel Kurtz in concert Sunday, November 4, at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance by contacting Hope Moran, 317-910-6080, or $15 at the door for the 3:00 p.m. concert. Please click
for a flyer to share with your congregation.
Halloween Spooktacular Concert
The community is invited to a holiday-themed musical event at Christ Lutheran Church - the Halloween Organ Spooktacular. Two artists will perform on the organ: Vincent Carr, Associate Professor of Music (Organ) at Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University Bloomington, and Timothy Denton, Organist/Choirmaster at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Indianapolis. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 29. The church is located at 3401 South Dixon Road, Kokomo. A reception will follow the concert. Costumes optional!
Designed for pastors, ministry leaders and/or lay people responsible for congregation communications, The Lutheran Foundation and Trinity English Lutheran Church are excited to bring the eFormation Bootcamp to Fort Wayne, Indiana. Out of Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary, the team at eFormation, believes culturally savvy, digitally literate leadership skills are essential in every congregation. Join us to explore the intersection between formation, communications, and 21st century technology in a hands-on 2-day experience.
October 26: 7:00pm-8:30pm
October 27: 8:30am-3:00pm
Trinity English Lutheran Church
450 West Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Not from Fort Wayne? No problem! There are plenty of hotel accommodations near Trinity English Lutheran Church.
For more information and to register, please follow this link:
Portico Benefit Services - 2019 Annual Enrollment Dates
Employer and plan members make their benefit elections annually. For 2019 benefits, the dates are as follows: for Employers: October 1 - October 26 and for Plan members: October 31 - November 14.
Upcoming Live Webinars:
Pre-retirement webinar 2: "Can I Create a Sustainable Income in Retirement?" -
October 11th from 2-3pm
Ready to Retire - November 6th from 1:2:30pm
Bishop Eaton's October Column for
So now what?
Last year it was all Reformation all the time. On this 501st anniversary of the Reformation, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton uses her October Living Lutheran column to call on us to "refocus our attention on the gospel of our freedom, forgiveness and reconciliation given to us through God's indescribable act of love in Christ's death and resurrection." Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2NlNPtV and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2xVgZeQ.
World Aids Day
Dear Partners in Ministry,
I write to you as December is fast approaching. Each year on Dec. 1, people around the globe commemorate World AIDS Day. It is a time when we raise awareness about HIV and its effect on communities. We join to remember all who we have lost. Amid this somber memorial, we look to the future, to all that is still to be done and the hope of continued advances in policy, reducing stigma and discrimination, and in prevention and treatment. Please see a special message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.
Program Associate, ELCA Strategy on HIV and AIDS
Interested in Traveling to Martin Luther's Germany??
Pastor Dave Schreiber, recently retired from Resurrection Lutheran Church in Indianapolis, will be leading a Collette Travel tour June 5-15, 2019 "On the Trail of Martin Luther." Come to a presentation on Wednesday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m. (North: Scotty's Brewhouse at 3905 E 96th Street in Indy) or Monday, October 29th at 6:30 p.m. (South: Mashcraft Brewery at 1140 N State Rd 135 in Greenwood). For more information contact: Pastor Dave Schreiber (317-919-4056) or
for a flyer to share with your congregation.
Please click here for a flyer to share with your congregation.
Choral Evensong - Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University
It's that time of year that the musical community within and connected to Trinity comes together and shares a beautiful tradition of sharing the love of Christ through music. Please click
for a flyer to share with your congregation.
Lutheran Ethicists Network Gathering 2019
This year's Gathering will explore the mixed deposit of Lutheran social teaching on the stark, and growing, wealth and income inequality of the U.S. We also will explore what can be done. The Gathering has attracted many who are not trained professionals and they have found our meeting intellectually stimulating and welcoming. The mix of rostered leaders, lay, and teaching theologians, in fact, is a great benefit and the topic invites broad participation because it affects everyone in this society. Please click
for registration information. There is a nominal registration fee of $15. Please join us!
Help Lutheran Child and Family Services this Christmas!
Our vision of linking children, families and communities together to build a brighter future keeps us very busy during the Christmas Season. Here at LCFS we offer several outreach programs, not to mention Christmas celebrations for Lutherwood residents.
Here are several ways to get involved during this most wonderful time of the year! Please click here for more information.
Additional Information on the Breaking Barriers Conference
There will be an ELCA networking gathering at St. Luke's United Methodist Church on Thursday, October 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., prior to the preconference activities. If you are interested in attending, please contact Megan Neubauer, Program Associate, ELCA Strategy on HIV and AIDS, at 773.380.2423 or Megan.Neubauer@elca.org.