Bishop Gafkjen's November I-K Lutheran Newsletter
Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. (Luke 18:1)
Listen, God is calling, through the Word inviting, offering forgiveness, comfort and joy. (ELW #513)
Pray always. Do not lose heart.
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Happy Reformation Day!
Reformation Day is observed annually in gratitude for the history of the reformations of the church and as a call for continuing church reform. Ecclesia semper reformanda est: the church is always in need of reform. All Christians are called to work towards a church more faithful to baptismal promises and more courageous in its one mission to the workd. --From More Days for Praise
October is Rostered Ministers Appreciation Month!
October is deacon and pastor appreciation month, and we offer our thanks to all rostered ministers in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod.
Gracious God, we give you thanks for pastors, deacons and bishops whom you have called to the ministries of word, service, and sacrament.
With your Holy Spirit, strengthen and sustain these ministers in their calling, so that through their witness the Church would join your work of compassion, mercy, justice, and peace through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Constitutional Changes for Congregations
Stewardship Event November 20
On Wednesday, November 20 from 8:00am--4:30pm, the Ecumenical Stewardship Center is hosting a conference titled "Spirited Generosity: Offering Vitality in the 21st Century" in Atlanta. Resurrection Lutheran Church in Indianapolis (445 E Stop 11 Rd) is serving as a satellite site for the event. Come hear outstanding speakers and engage in thoughtful discussion around topics such as the history and theology of the offering in Judeo/Christian culture; cultural influences on the offering; engaging the offering as an act of worship, discipleship, and mission; and making the offering a meaningful moment when communities gather. Cost is only $5 per person to help defray lunch costs. Please click here for a flyer to share with your congregation. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jerry O'Neal, IK Stewardship Director at (260) 307-1345. We hope to see you at Resurrection November 20th! Please register for the event by clicking here.
For congregations who have not recently updated their constitution, this would be an ideal time to engage that process. You can find a resource to guide that process on our synod's website:
This document has been updated to reflect new language and is available for your use.
Constitutions may be submitted for an advisory review before the final approval by the congregation, by emailing the draft version to
. This email should also be used when submitting your updated constitution that has been approved by the congregation (see C16.01 and C16.02).
College Student Information
Please help us connect your college students with the campus ministry where they are attending college. This information is more helpful than you may know. Contact Carol Ann Webb at
with student name, college they are attending, and contact information. Thank you for your time and attention in sending us this information so that it can be shared with campus ministers.
The synod has embraced visual storytelling. Please find and follow us @IKSynodELCA. Please be sure and tag us in your photos!
Give with Tithe.ly
The Indiana-Kentucky Synod 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
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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!
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
November 6-11: Latin American Consultation Meeting with companion synod in Chile. Gathering of synod staff and bishops.
November 15-16: Synod Council | Synod Office | 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.
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 Thomas Dearchs, Director of Communications, Administration, and Worship Life firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
During the weekly I-K Lutheran Center staff devotions, we included these individuals and mission centers in our prayers:
Our Saviour, Winchester, IN
and Rev. Daniel Nugent, Pastor of Record
Pilgrim, Carmel, IN
and Rev. Heidi Schwerdtfeger-Jones
Pleasant View, Indianapolis, IN
and Reverends Robert & Sarah Nowak
Prince of Peace, Bellevue, KY
and Rev. Neal Boese (Interim)
Prince of Peace, Merrillville, IN
and Rev. David Adams, Pastor of Record
Rostered Ministers Not Under Congregational Call:
Rev. Richard C. Stern, Retired
Rev. Walter Stitt, Retired
Rev. Theodore Stoneberg, Retired
Rev. Robert Lim, Hospice Chaplain, IU Health, Community Home Health Services, Fishers, IN
Deacon Lauren C. Mache, Chaplain, Franciscan St. Anthony Health, Michigan City, IN
Southeastern Minnesota Synod and Bishop Regina Hassanally
News from St. John - Fort Wayne, IN
This past Saturday, October 19, the Lutheran World Relief semi trailer was in our parking lot at St. John to collect quilts, health kits and school kits that will be sent around the world to those in need. As the map indicates, we had folks bringing quilts from four states, including as far away as northern Kentucky and Evansville. In addition to ELCA congregations, we had several LCMS congregation as well. Thanks be to God for the faithful stewardship of so many Lutheran congregations!
Some of the former members of Mt. Zion Church, which was torn down several years ago, have had the sign for the church restored and plan to have it dedicated on November 10, at 2:00 pm Eastern time. The cemetery at the church grounds is still active. The church grounds are located on State Road 61 at the junction of Mt. Zion Road. This is between Vincennes and Monroe City.
Founded and based in Houston, Texas, Deux Voix (French for "two voices") has amassed a rapidly growing reputation and both national and international acclaim. This is the groups first appearance in the Midwest. This concert is offered in celebration of Thomas Dearchs' 20 years as Minister of Music in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - St. John & Christ, Kokomo, IN. The concert is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. A reception will follow the concert.
Bishop Eaton's September/October Column for
You are to be bold.
In her September/October column for
Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, saying the actions taken were based on "our scriptural and confessional understanding of who God chooses us to be." In Milwaukee, she says, "we stepped out in faith." Read her column here.
Innovation Brings Low 2020 Health Rate Increase and More Support: If you haven't read about changes coming in 2020 to the ELCA Benefits Plan, click here to learn more.
Dates for ELCA Benefits Plan Annual Enrollment for Congregations and Plan Members:
Congregations have until October 25 to make health plan option selection for 2019. Plan members have from Oct. 29- Nov. 13 to make your selections. Note: If you're part of a sponsored couple, a call to the Customer Care Center can help you navigate some of the trickier details.
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ELCA Primary Health Plan Wellness Dollars:
Plan members have until Nov. 30 to earn up to $400 wellness dollars that can be used for medical expenses. If your spouse is also on the health plan, they can, too. If you have already started earning, don't forget to complete your activities. If you haven't yet started, now is the time to begin. Click
to learn more.
2019 Churchwide Assembly Again Calls Portico to Action:
Portico, as the ELCA's benefits expert, largest institutional investor, and benefits policy advocate, attends this triennial event to lend its perspective as the church conducts its business. As in years past, Portico was called to action - this year, in memorials focusing on ELCA social purpose funds and health benefits.
Read more on myPortico
Ignite the Church Conference
How Do ELCA Social Purpose Funds Make a Difference?:
Impax Asset Management is a U.K.-based global stock investment manager making a worldwide difference by investing in companies that employ measurable positive environmental strategies, including wind farms, solar technology, and wastewater-reduction and -treatment techniques.
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!
Lutheran Child and Family Services
Lutheran Child and Family Services will be operating this year's Christmas Store from December 9-12 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, located at 6810 East 10th Street, Indianapolis. We are looking for donations and volunteers. We are also looking for individuals and churches to purchase gifts for Lutherwood residents to open on Christmas morning. Please click
for a Christmas Store Flyer to share with your congregation and click
for a wish list.
"AWAKENING THE SAGE WITHIN"
November 9th, Indianapolis/ Beech Grove -
Here is a 1-day weekend retreat designed for elders and elder groups in area congregations, offered by the Benedict Inn in Indianapolis, and Sage-ing International. It's led by I-K Synod pastor and spiritual director, Al Rider, partnering with Paul Severance, retired director of United Senior Action of Indiana. Rather than "
", the theme is "
"... Uniting spirituality with the process of growing gracefully into the final, crowning chapter of life, with a focus on gratitude, service, and leaving a legacy. Join us. For more information on this ecumenical opportunity, click
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