Posts in Publicly Engaged Church
Grant Dollars at Work: Celebration, Peoria, AZ

As we take applications for 2020 GCS grants, we share stories from our 2019 Grant recipients, which you can see on our Grant Dollars at Work page.

Celebration in Peoria received two grants. Touching Heart of the Youth project grant monies were used for youth events. The Engaging Youth Project Grant was used to paint the classrooms in our education wing. As you will see in the video, this project is complete.

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Grant Dollars at Work: Holy Trinity, Chandler, AZ

As we take applications for 2020 GCS grants, we share stories from our 2019 Grant recipients, which you can see on our Grant Dollars at Work page.

Holy Trinity, in Chandler, AZ, held their Adventure Break Camp during March 18-25, 2019. “Although we didn’t have the numbers we were hoping for, the children we had were new to our community and they had a wonderful time. We look forward to following up with them and continuing to invite them to events at Holy Trinity. Another Break Camp is planned for the fall.”

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Grant Dollars at Work: Covenant Lutheran, Quartzite, AZ

As we enter the 2020 GCS grant process (applications open 9/2/19), we share stories from our 2019 Grant recipients, which you can see on our Grant Dollars at Work page.

Covenant Lutheran, in Quartzsite, has established Carol’s Closet Ministry to distribute clothing to those in need at no cost to the client. This is done in conjunction with the Community Food Bank. Members of the congregation initiated the closet ministry, purchased clothing racks and other equipment, renovated the building, and staff Carol’s Closet. 

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Grant Dollars at Work: Emmanuel Sudanese Lutheran Fellowship

As we enter the 2020 GCS grant process (applications open 9/2/19), we share stories from our 2019 Grant recipients, which you can see on our Grant Dollars at Work page. This week we share Emmanuel Sudanese Lutheran Fellowship, in Glendale, AZ, which uses its grant monies to provide Saturday School for children to learn the Bible, hymnals and songs in both the English and Dinka languages.

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LSSN: Afternoon Volunteers Needed

Are you looking for something meaningful to do with your free time in the afternoon? Come serve and care for others with Lutheran Social Services of Nevada! The DigiMart Food Pantry and Heart of the City Senior Meal Program at Reformation Lutheran Church needs volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Tristan Hightower at tristan@lssnv.org.

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ELCA presiding bishop, Christian leaders issue statement against Christian nationalism

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has joined Christian leaders in a statement against Christian nationalism.

An excerpt: "Whether we worship at a church, mosque, synagogue, or temple, America has no second-class faiths," their statement reads. "All are equal under the U.S. Constitution." Read and sign the statement at https://www.christiansagainstchristiannationalism.org.

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Grant Dollars at Work: Iglesia Luterana San Juan Bautista

As we enter the 2020 GCS grant process (applications open 9/2/19), we share stories from our 2019 Grant recipients, which you can see on our Grant Dollars at Work page. This week we share Iglesia Luterana San Juan Bautista, in Tucson. AZ.

“Since the beginning of the year, SJB has hosted two fundraiser events (Three Kings Day and Day of the children) and two courses on Hispanic Lutheran traditions (Christmas and Lent Hispanic Traditions) which were open to the public for a small fee. These events served as fundraisers and outreach to our community since all events welcomed the surrounding community.“

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2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly wrap-up: Summary of actions and photos

Gathering under the theme "We are church," voting members of the 2019 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) made a number of key decisions to further the mission and ministry of this church. The assembly, the chief legislative authority of the church, met Aug. 5-10 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. 

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August Update: Advocacy Connections

Posted on August 9, 2019 from the ELCA Advocacy office in Washington, D.C. – the Rev. Amy E. Reumann, director, we have the following updates: AUGUST RECESS ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES  |  LIMITS PROPOSED TO SNAP HUNGER PROGRAM  |  KEEPING GIRLS IN SCHOOL ACT  |  FAITH-BASED PRESENCE AROUND U.N. CLIMATE CONFERENCE  |  FEDERAL BUDGET DEAL REACHED  |  STANDING AGAINST #CHRISTIANNATIONALISM  | HUNGER ADVOCACY FELLOWS  | VISITING D.C.

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ELCA as a sanctuary church: What does this mean?

In this statement, Presiding Bishop Eaton provides clarifications and helpful talking points:

Dear siblings in Christ, as many of you know, last week the ELCA Churchwide Assembly adopted a resolution that, among other things, declared the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) a sanctuary denomination. Many of you are asking, “What does this mean?”

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Thursdays in Black formally endorsed at Churchwide Assembly

The campaign is simple but profound: wear black on Thursdays, and declare you are part of the global movement resisting attitudes and practices that permit rape and violence.

Speaking during a plenary session at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly, World Council of Churches (WCC) moderator Dr Agnes Abuom saluted those assembled for their collaborative work in embracing Thursdays in Black. “The decision of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to endorse Thursdays in Black is timely,” said Abuom.

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Catie and Josh Sondrol of Mount Olive Lutheran prepare to serve in Thailand

For the past 2 years Catie and Josh Sondrol have traveled to Chiang Mia, Thailand to serve with Joni & Friends at their International Family Retreat which is sponsored by Jasmine and & Joey Tells’ Christian church in Thailand. The International Family Retreat offers 4 days of “a safe and accepting Christ-centered environment for individuals affected by disability and their families” (www.joniandfriends.org).

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Who Won the Peanut Butter Wars? 39,019 pounds gathered!

After a hard, month-long battle, the war is finally over! Lutheran Social Services of Nevada is humbled by the outpouring of support they received from our congregations. With the help of six local churches, they collected 39,019 pounds of peanut butter over the course of July-- by far their greatest total yet! Who won?

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Congregation Raises Faith Voice Against Gun Violence

A member of Lord of the Mountain Lutheran Church in Dillion, Colo. was called to action after the inaugural National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend in March 2014. “As people of faith, we are directed to do so,” said Diane Luellen. “These things are important. If we don’t do it, who will?”  

Luellen and her congregation’s story mirrors the prodding of Paul in Acts 18, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you.”

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Key moments for day two of 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly

On day two of their gathering, the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly took key actions and received reports that set the stage for how the denomination wants to move into the future.

The assembly re-elected the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton as presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Aug. 6. The assembly approved 26 en bloc memorials on topics including gun violence, engagement in the Holy Land and income inequality. A Declaration to People of African Descent was presented to representatives of the African Descent Lutheran Association.

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LSSN August Newsletter: 12 new employees!

The August 2019 newsletter from Lutheran Social Services of Nevada brings the great news of a BOOM in employees ranging from Directors to Intake Coordinators and everyone in between!

Over the next few weeks we will be posting profiles on our new teammates every Monday on our Facebook page! Be sure to like our page and check it for updates to learn more about the newest members of the LSSN family. 

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ELCA Churchwide Assembly Passes Assembly Actions Related to Israel and Palestine

On August 6, 2019, at the ELCA’s 2019 Churchwide Assembly in Milwaukee, the assembly approved four Assembly Actions related to Israel and Palestine.

The Assembly Actions deal with the human rights social investment screen, the detention of Palestinian children by Israel, funding for Augusta Victoria Hospital, and continuing to listen to various perspectives on the conflict. Read the full article »

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