News from the IndianaNews-KNentucky  Mission Territory 
Weekly eNews | November 1, 2018 

All Saints Day 
On this All Saints Day, we remember those who have died and now rest in God and the hope we share with the communion of saints.
"What joy to know, when life is past,
The Lord we love is first and last,
The end and the beginning!
He will one day, oh, glorious grace,
Transport us to that happy place
Beyond all tears and sinning!
Amen! Amen!
Come, Lord Jesus!
Crown of gladness!
We are yearning
For the day of Your returning!" (O Morning Star how fair and bright)
Who do you remember on this All Saints Day?
Recent Guests at the Synod Office
Recent guests at the IK Synod Office from the Mara Evangelical Lutheran Church in Myanmar, a member of Lutheran World Federation, were Rev. Victor Ve U, Associate General Secretary, and Rev. Za Hne, Social Concern Secretary.  Resurrection Lutheran on the southside of Indianapolis has been hosting the local Mara congregation for the past four years. Conversation centered around the IK Synod and the Mara congregation exploring a more formal partnership.
Pastor Nancy Nyland, DEM; Salai L Maung, Secretary, local Mara congregation; Bishop Bill Gafkjen; Rev. Victor Ve U, Associate General Secretary; Rev. Mitch Phillips, Resurrection Lutheran; Rev. Za Hne, Social Concern Secretary; Pastor T Hie thah, local Mara congregation.
November 7 Boundaries Workshop - South Bend, IN

Registration will close at midnight, Friday, Nov. 2 for the Boundaries Workshop being 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. Click here to register. This event is also open to other ministry staff and volunteers in the synod, or ministers from other denominations. Contact Rev. Heather Apel with any questions,

An Invitation: What will make your heart sing?
You are invited to attend an informational meeting about the 2019 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana Congregations at Christian Theological Seminary. It will be held Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 2 - 4 pm in Sweeney Chapel at Christian Theological Seminary, 1000 West 42nd St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46208.

The Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program seeks to strengthen Indiana congregations by providing opportunities for pastors to step away briefly from the persistent obligations of daily parish life and to engage in a period of renewal and reflection. Renewal periods are not vacations, but times for intentional exploration and reflection, for regaining enthusiasm and creativity for ministry, for discovering what will make the pastor's heart sing. Through funding from Lilly Endowment, Christian Theological Seminary will provide grants of up to $50,000 each directly to Indiana congregations for the support of a renewal program for their pastor.

Please register and find more information about this free information session via Eventbrite:

Pastors are encouraged to bring their spouse and a representative of the congregation.
New Way to Give with 
The Indiana-Kentucky Synod recently 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!
Please consider using in your congregation! To learn more about and its relationship with the ELCA, please visit this link:  
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    

November 3: Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center - Dedication of the Hawk Center & 140th Celebration Kick-Off | 11:00 a.m.
November 4: Augustana, Elkhart, IN - 145th Anniversary of both Augustana and Grace - Preaching & Presiding | 11:00 a.m.
November 6: Extended Staff Meeting - Synod Office | 10:00 a.m.
November 6: Krystallnacht Observance, University of Louisville Campus Ministry | 7:00 p.m.
November 7: Synod Boundaries Workshop for Rostered Ministers, Gloria Dei, South Bend, IN
November 8-11: ELCA Church Council, ELCA Offices, Chicago, IL 
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 Tom Dearchs, 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. 



Prayer Concerns  
During the weekly I-K Lutheran Center staff devotions we included these individuals and mission centers in our prayers:

Cross & Crown, Indianapolis, IN and Rev. Christine Wulff
Cross of Christ, Crown Point, IN and Rev. John Kost, Pastor of Record
Cross of Grace, New Palestine, IN and Rev. Aaron Stamper & Rev. Mark Havel
Eberhard, Columbia City, IN and Rev. Alice Smith
Emanuel, Evansville, IN and Rev. James Culver, Interim
Rostered Ministers Not Under Congregational Call:
Rev. Loren Van Oort, Retired
Rev. Russell Vance, Retired
Rev. Joel Vogel, Retired
Deacon Lauren C. Mache, Chaplain, Franciscan St. Anthony Health
Rev. Libby Manning, Pastoral Leadership Program, Associate Director - Wabash College
LaCrosse Area Synod and Bishop James Arends

Visuals for the Season
If you are on the lookout for creative ways to enrich your congregation's experience of Advent, you are encouraged to consider Advent Journey: Liturgical Art in Advent (, a recent posting on the ELCA Worship blog. 

The post focuses on a lectionary-inspired design that can be used for projection in worship, incorporated into a congregation's print and/or electronic communications, or translated into banners on fabric or paper.  Accompanying questions invite reflection on each week's texts.
The first in a series, the Advent Journey post is by Indiana-Kentucky Synod artist Linda Witte Henke (
Job Openings at Christ the Savior, Fishers, IN
Job descriptions and an application form can be found at  Questions can be directed to

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.

Please click  here  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 here  for a flyer to share with your congregation.  
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

Register online:



Bishop Eaton's October Column for
Living Lutheran  
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 and in Spanish at

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.
Megan Neubauer
Program Associate, ELCA Strategy on HIV and AIDS 

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  here 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  here 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. 
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