The Daily Lutheran is the newsletter of the 9th Churchwide Assembly. It’s published by the staff of The Lutheran, the magazine of the ELCA. Editor: Sonia C. Solomonson. Writers: Elizabeth Hunter, Kathleen Kastilahn, Julie B. Sevig and Ann Hafften. Photographer: Michael D. Watson. Production editor: Andrea S. Pohlmann. Web production: Amber Leberman.
Bring announcements—no later than 3 p.m.—for Wednesday’s Daily Lutheran to Anaheim.
The Marriott World Center’s in-house cable station will air assembly programming on Channel 12. Plenary sessions will be aired live. During non-plenary time, look for interviews, features and more.
More than 2,000 ELCA congregations participate in the ELCA Missionary Sponsorship Program, providing more than $4.1 million for our mission community. This morning, a breakfast is being held from 6:30-8 a.m. (see hotel monitors for location) to thank voting members whose congregations participate in this program. Judy Perry, an ELCA nurse serving in China, will be the speaker. Each person attending the breakfast will receive a hand-carved Nativity set from China to show appreciation for their congregation’s support. Any congregation interested in supporting an ELCA missionary should contact: David P. Lerseth, director of global mission support, at (800) 638-3522 or firstname.lastname@example.org. In the history of the ELCA (and its antecedent bodies) we have sent out more than 5,000 missionaries—and we still send more each year.
An e-mail center is available to voting members and visitors. The center, located in the hallway immediately outside the plenary hall (at the Sago and Sable end), has 26 computer terminals plus several ports for laptops. Volunteers will be available to assist with connecting to the cyberworld. The center will be open: today—8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesday–Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Commission for Multicul-tural Ministries and Commission for Women are hosting a reception today, 8 p.m.-10 p.m., for the African American, African, Black, American Indian and Alaska Native, Arab and Middle Eastern, Asian and Pacific Islander, and Latino voting members (see hotel monitors for location). Women from these communities who are attending the assembly also are invited to the reception.
The Council of College and University Presidents invites registered participants to a reception following Plenary Session V on Wednesday around 5:30 p.m. (see hotel monitors for location). Later that evening many of the ELCA-related colleges and universities will host receptions for their alumni and friends (see Wednesday’s Daily Lutheran for locations).
Come meet Carmen Richards, president of Women of the ELCA. Richards, a North Dakota farmer, was elected at July’s Sixth Triennial Convention of Women of the ELCA. A reception in her honor will occur Thursday, beginning at 8 p.m. in Key Biscayne.
A seminary president’s breakfast is set for Thursday, 7-9 a.m., Topic will be “Seminary Health and Wellness.” The breakfast is sponsored by the ELCA Board of Pensions and the Division for Ministry.
A 10-minute DVD of highlights from the Churchwide Assembly will be available after the close of the event. Containing interviews of voting members and excerpts from plenary sessions, the DVD is a perfect summation of the assembly. Order the DVD at the assembly and you will be billed for the $10 (including shipping) charge. Orders also will be taken at www.elca.org/mosaic.
All voting members and registered visitors are invited to a reception hosted by Grace Matters, the ELCA radio ministry, on Friday, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. in the Harbor Room. The reception will feature Grace Matters host Peter Marty, coffee, punch, hors d’ouveres and samples of the program.
A gathering place for “Luther-linkers” will be provided in the vicinity of the Augsburg Fortress store. The exact location will be posted on lutherlink and in the next issue of The Daily Lutheran.
This summer, the ELCA is deploying more than 100 new missionaries. Learn more how you can serve, or refer others, by going to www.elca.org/globalserve. Global mission service opportunities include first-call pastoral positions; short-term specialized positions in areas of communication to women’s work; and many volunteer opportunities. See also a variety of service opportunities in the Young Adults in Global Mission program, the fastest growing area of global mission.
The ELCA has a clear ecumenical vision. The Lutheran Ecumenical Representatives Network of clergy and laity seeks to advance our ecumenical mission. As representatives of our bishops and the Department for Ecumenical Affairs, we work to build relationships within the ELCA and with our ecumenical partners. We get the word out regarding the historic agreements and dialogues. As you become aware of ecumenical opportunities within your conference, synod or region, you can access a LERN representative from the ELCA Web site or find out about resources and events that can make your ecumenical involvements even more effective and productive — G. Scott Cady, New England Synod, president LERN.
The Augsburg Fortress store is open. Tour the ELCA’s ministry of publishing and receive a free book and chance to win paraments. Today’s author signings (12-1 p.m.) in the grand ballroom: Rick Rouse, Michael Cooper-White, Melinda Quivik, Eric Gritsch, Kim Beckmann, Laura Gentry.
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