Installation of Pastor Scott Hackler at Spirit of Grace Lutheran, Surprise, AZ
Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

Installation of Pastor Scott Hackler at Spirit of Grace Lutheran, Surprise, AZ

The Rev. Scott Hackler has been called to serve as pastor at Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church, Surprise, AZ. His installation will be Sunday, October 20, 2 pm.

Come and celebrate this joyous occasion. Clergy and deacons are invited to process. The color of the day is green.

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Bishop’s Fall Gathering
Oct
21
to Oct 22

Bishop’s Fall Gathering

  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bishop Hutterer invites rostered leaders to the Bishop’s Fall Gathering, Monday, Oct 21-22, 2019, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Chandler.

Visit our Fall Gathering page for full info.

We are very excited to bring in Tod Bolsinger, author of Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory, who will lead us in creating new possibilities of communicating Jesus and connecting people.

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Installation of Pastor Rebecca Boardman at Our Saviour’s Lutheran, Tucson
Oct
27
4:00 PM16:00

Installation of Pastor Rebecca Boardman at Our Saviour’s Lutheran, Tucson

Please pray for Pastor Boardman, and as you are able participate in her installation at the Lutheran Campus Ministry of University of Arizona.

Fundraising dinner for LCM to follow installation, Our Saviour’s Lutheran, Tucson. Color of the day is red.

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Healing of Memories for Veterans and 1st Responders
Nov
1
to Nov 3

Healing of Memories for Veterans and 1st Responders

  • Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Institute for the Healing of Memories (IHOM) trained facilitators will lead this veteran’s and 1st reponder healing workshop. It provides a safe place to explore personal histories and gain insight and empathy for themselves and others in response to the emotional, psychological and spiritual wounds inflicted by war, human rights abuses, moral injury, and trauma.

We will fill up quickly, call soon: (480) 488-5218 and ask for Cyndy. View the flyer or visit the event page for more info.

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The Generosity Project Lab: Reformation, Las Vegas
Nov
2
9:30 AM09:30

The Generosity Project Lab: Reformation, Las Vegas

The Generosity Project connects generations and equips households as centers for the faith practice of generosity. Experience, explore, and equip at this lab. Click for full info.

Arrive 9 am for registration, lunch will be included. Children ages 6 and older will be fully engaged in the workshop. Childcare available for those 5 and younger.

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Grand Canyon Synod Retirees’ Retreat
Nov
4
to Nov 6

Grand Canyon Synod Retirees’ Retreat

  • Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are delighted that Fr. Greg Adolf, Rector of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Sierra Vista, AZ, has accepted our invitation to be the 2019 Presenter! Chaplain will again be the Rev. Steve Holm, a well-known retired parish pastor who continues to write a daily devotional for Spirit in the Desert’s website. We are also privileged that our new Bishop, the Rev. Deborah Hutterer, and part-time synod staff member, the Rev. Mark Holman, will be with us!  View this PDF for more info and to register.

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Pastor Track begins: "Best Skills Best Churches" Educational Program
Nov
7
9:00 AM09:00

Pastor Track begins: "Best Skills Best Churches" Educational Program

You've already studied to be an effective pastor, now build your capacity to run a successful nonprofit--your church.

If you want to lead effective discipleship that transforms lives, we can help give you the knowledge to do it. Best Skills Best Churches  covers what seminary didn't teach you. This is a holistic program; each session feeds into the next and is of particular use in the application of managing churches.

Six classes cover volunteers, laws/legal, human relations, marketing, financial management, and fundraising. Courses are one each month, beginning November, 2019, and ending in April, 2020. The cost is $485 and includes lunch and all course materials.

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2019 Grand Canyon Synod Women’s Retreat: "Beauty from Ashes"
Nov
8
to Nov 9

2019 Grand Canyon Synod Women’s Retreat: "Beauty from Ashes"

Building on the theme of Beauty From Ashes, our goal is to create a retreat experience where women will have an opportunity to respond to the scripture from Isaiah 61, feel renewed and be restored. This event is for all women of all ages. It’s being held in a church setting to allow more women the opportunity to attend.

Our keynote speaker is Rev. Canon Debbie Royals, Vicar at St. Raphael in the Valley Episcopal/Lutheran Church in Benson, AZ. View the event page and register soon.

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Deacon/Lay Leader Track begins: "Best Skills Best Churches" Educational Program
Nov
9
9:00 AM09:00

Deacon/Lay Leader Track begins: "Best Skills Best Churches" Educational Program

These days, it's not business as usual in our churches. Become a reliable, knowledgeable partner to help run a successful nonprofit--your church!

The Episcopal Diocese of Arizona has developed a holistic nonprofit management graduate/executive level certificate program: Best Skills Best Churches. Six classes cover volunteers, laws/legal, human relations, marketing, financial management, and fundraising.

Courses are one each month, beginning November, 2019, and ending in April, 2020. One track for priest and pastors runs on Thursdays, another track for deacons and lay leaders runs on Saturdays. The cost is $485 and includes lunch and all course materials.

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“Food Deserts” in Nevada
Nov
9
9:30 AM09:30

“Food Deserts” in Nevada

  • Lutheran Social Services of Nevada (map)
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Lutheran Social Services of Nevada and Lutheran Engagement and Advocacy in Nevada present “Food Deserts” in Nevada.

In Southern Nevada we know we live in a desert.  We also have areas known as “food deserts”, but what are these and what can we do about them? What are the greatest needs for food in our community? What can we do together through LSSN to make a difference? How can we influence the government to take part in alleviating hunger?

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Installation of Pastor Ben Bergren at Community Lutheran, Las Vegas
Nov
16
3:00 PM15:00

Installation of Pastor Ben Bergren at Community Lutheran, Las Vegas

Please pray for Pastor Bergren, and as you are able participate in his installation. Rostered leaders are invited to process.

Community Lutheran Church, Las Vegas, Saturday, 11/16/2019, 3 pm. Reception to follow, color of the day is green.

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Leading Well Learning Retreats for Clergy and Church Leaders
Nov
19
to Nov 22

Leading Well Learning Retreats for Clergy and Church Leaders

  • Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A time of learning, examining next steps, embracing disruptive changes as doors to deeper mission, listen & learning as spiritual practices. Practical learning, Sabbath rest, worship & collegial support at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center. Begins Tuesday, Nov. 19 at noon, ends Friday Nov. 22 at 11:30 a.m. View the flyer and visit the event page.

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Border Ministries Summit
Nov
21
to Nov 23

Border Ministries Summit

  • St. Philip’s In The Hills (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The 2nd Annual Border Ministries Summit provides an opportunity to share information, build partnerships and increase awareness of the important ministries taking place on both sides of the border. 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre, Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO.  Learn more »

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Installation of Pastor Randy Winsand at Ascension Lutheran, Paradise Valley, AZ
Dec
14
2:00 PM14:00

Installation of Pastor Randy Winsand at Ascension Lutheran, Paradise Valley, AZ

Please pray for Pastor Winsand, and as you are able participate in his installation. Rostered leaders are invited to process.

Ascension Lutheran Church, Paradise Valley, AZ, Sunday 12/14/2019, 2 pm. Reception to follow, color of the day is blue.

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California Lutheran Executive Skills Workshop for Pastors & Church Leaders
Jan
6
to Jan 10

California Lutheran Executive Skills Workshop for Pastors & Church Leaders

  • Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Jan. 6-10, 2020 @ Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, Carefree, AZ. Download the flyer and view the event page.

This very popular continuing education event for pastors and church leaders will explore how concepts from a MBA program can be applied to the arena of congregational life. This event is for any denomination.

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Bible Land Exploration Tour
Jan
27
to Feb 5

Bible Land Exploration Tour

On this 10-day exploration, you will walk in the footsteps of Jesus from the northern parts of the Galilee – Tel Dan, Caesarea Philippi – to the area around the Sea of Galilee to Bethlehem, Jericho, and Jerusalem. Pastor Christine Stoxen, Holy Trinity Chandler, will be leading this tour next year. For more information and a detailed itinerary contact Cheryl Jones, Departures, 480-830-8822.

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Rostered Ministers Gathering in Phoenix
Jul
20
to Jul 23

Rostered Ministers Gathering in Phoenix

  • Phoenix Convention Center (map)
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Rostered ministers in the ELCA are invited to join colleagues under the theme “Rekindle the Gift Within You.” This is an opportunity to gather with colleagues across the church for fellowship, worship, Bible study and refreshment of your spirit. Visit https://elca.org/rmg for updated info. Please save the date!

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Annual GCS Grant Application Period closes today
Oct
18
8:00 AM08:00

Annual GCS Grant Application Period closes today

Over $160,000 in grants available from Grand Canyon Synod for 2020, and the application opens today, September 2, 2019. Applications must be submitted by October 18, 2019. No late applications will be accepted.

Each year the Grand Canyon Synod offers grant funds for new and renewing ministries, and other ministry outreach projects. The grant application period for 2020 grants will open September 2, 2019. Full information is available at gcsynod.org/grants.

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The Generosity Project Lab: Our Saviour’s, Tucson
Oct
12
9:30 AM09:30

The Generosity Project Lab: Our Saviour’s, Tucson

The Generosity Project connects generations and equips households as centers for the faith practice of generosity. Experience, explore, and equip at this lab. Click for full info.

Arrive 9 am for registration, lunch will be included. Children ages 6 and older will be fully engaged in the workshop. Childcare available for those 5 and younger.

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The Generosity Project Lab: All Saints, Phoenix
Oct
5
9:30 AM09:30

The Generosity Project Lab: All Saints, Phoenix

The Generosity Project connects generations and equips households as centers for the faith practice of generosity. Experience, explore, and equip at this lab. Click for full info.

Arrive 9 am for registration, lunch will be included. Children ages 6 and older will be fully engaged in the workshop. Childcare available for those 5 and younger.

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Workshop: Church and Culture; Then and Now--What is Happening in Our World? 
Sep
14
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Church and Culture; Then and Now--What is Happening in Our World? 

Join us for lively conversation centered around how we might “do church” differently for the 21st Century culture. The “Church and Culture; Then and Now--What is Happening in Our World?” workshop will take place at Holy Trinity Lutheran, Chandler on 9/14/19. Registration is $20. Questions or more information, contact Deacon Dr. Janice Zimbelman (workshop facilitator) at DeaconJanice99@gmail.com

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“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday
Sep
8
6:00 AM06:00

“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday

Mark your congregation’s calendar today! The date for the 2019 “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is Sept. 8.

Since 2013, thousands of ELCA congregations have participated in this dedicated day of service, gathering to serve communities in ways that share the love of God with all of God’s people. Resources to help your congregation participate in “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday include a toolkitpostersbulletin inserts and more!

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Annual GCS Grant Application Period opens
Sep
2
8:00 AM08:00

Annual GCS Grant Application Period opens

Over $160,000 in grants available from Grand Canyon Synod for 2020, and the application opens today, September 2, 2019. Applications must be submitted by October 18, 2019. No late applications will be accepted.

Each year the Grand Canyon Synod offers grant funds for new and renewing ministries, and other ministry outreach projects. The grant application period for 2020 grants will open September 2, 2019. Full information is available at gcsynod.org/grants.

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Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders
Aug
26
to Aug 30

Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders

Conflict is normal and inevitable whether in the home, school, community, church or workplace. The Mediation Skills Training Institute presented by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (LMPC) is designed to equip church leaders with the skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict.

The Mediation Skills Training Institute will be held at the Lutheran Center in Glendale, CA from August 26 - 30, 2019. Registering by July 26 to receive an early bird tuition rate of $695 ($895 after). Click here for more information and to download a brochure/registration form.

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Diakonia Information Night
Aug
19
7:00 PM19:00

Diakonia Information Night

Diakonia is a program of theology intended to deepen, straighten and stretch lay people. A new cohort begins this September in the Phoenix area. If you would like to know more about Diakonia, how it has benefited recent graduates and the expectations for students, please attend this informational night. For more information go to www.diakoniaaz.org.

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