Seasonal times of the church year like Lent and Easter are perfect times to raise awareness for issues surrounding hunger and poverty. If your congregation plans to use any of the ELCA 40 Days of Giving materials for the Lenten Season, they need to be ordered now. Follow this link to place your order: https://www.elca.org/Resources/ELCA-World-Hunger
Congregations can be vulnerable to legal issues and liabilities related to corporate status, taxes, property, insurance and abuse prevention. Many of these problems can be avoided by using an ELCA-prepared checklist of key issues for congregations to address.
In a free webinar at 11 a.m. (Mountain Time) on Thursday, Feb. 21, the ELCA legal staff will discuss this checklist and best legal practices for congregations. The webinar should be of particular interest to rostered ministers and lay congregational leaders and staff, including congregation council members and officers, church administrators, and pastors and deacons. Register by Feb. 15
For the past few months Faith Lutheran Church, 801 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, has been furnishing space each Thursday for the Guatemalan Consulate to bring refugees who are seeking asylum in the U.S. The Consulate staff and volunteers feed them a hot meal, provide them with clothes and hygiene items, and arrange for medical care if warranted. Faith’s Community Ministry is ready to help, but we need members of our congregation, people from our community, and hopefully, other congregations to get involved. There is much to be done, and it will continue as long as the refugees continue to come into the U.S. This is not a job for any one person.
Stories of Joy and Desert Cross, Tempe, went to the movie last weekend, and it was an afternoon of pure JOY! Through a generous grant, SOJ was able to treat families from the Kyrene Resource Center to a private screening of The Grinch. We provided tickets, popcorn, and drinks. The movie provided the laughs, smiles, and joy!
The Kyrene Resource Center is an amazing non-profit that supports families in the Kyrene School District in Tempe, AZ with food, clothing, hygiene products, and schools supplies. You can check them out at Kyrene Resource Center.