The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Announcements (August 10, 2005)

Bring announcements—no later than 3 p.m.—for Thursday’s Daily Lutheran to Anaheim.

Daily coffee! Grand Ballroom—Augsburg Fortress. 9:30-10 a.m. and 2:45-4 p.m. Bring your own mug.

The Marriott World Center’s in-house cable station airs assembly programming on Channel 12.

Check your e-mail at the center outside the plenary hall—and leave a business card with the volunteers to have a luggage tag made. That way, when you buy that new suitcase to accommodate all your assembly souvenirs, you’ll be able to identify it!

LutherLink, the electronic network for ELCA leaders, has thousands of members. A fair proportion are here in Orlando as voting members and visitors. Casual space in the Augsburg Fortress display in Grand Ballroom VIII is a place for these cyber-connected people to meet today at 6 p.m. (or 1/2 hour after the plenary ends, whichever comes first) for a class photo and conversations.

The Council of College and University Presidents invites registered participants to a reception following Plenary Session V today about 5:30 p.m. (see hotel monitors for location). Later tonight many of the ELCA-related colleges and universities will host receptions for their alumni and friends (see hotel monitors 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 is 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. The DVD is a perfect summation of the assembly. Order at the assembly and you will be billed for the $10 (including shipping) charge. Orders also will be taken at www.elca.org/mosaic.

The WordAlone Network is hosting a Bible study and prayer time each day at 7 a.m. in the Key West Ballroom. All are invited to that room in the evenings for informational sessions and to learn more about this renewing movement in the ELCA.

Grace Matters, the ELCA radio ministry, will host a reception on Friday, 8-10 p.m. in the Harbor Room. It will feature Grace Matters host Peter Marty, coffee, punch, hors d’ouveres and samples of the program.

Solid Rock will host open meetings each night at 8 p.m. in the Key West Ballroom, North Tower.

Times of conflict in our lives and world point us to the need to strengthen our Christian peacemaking skills. Visit www.elca.org/nonviolence for information, ideas and activities for promoting peace. Find out how to join the ELCA Equipping for Peacemaking network. If you know of others in your synod or congregation who might want to join the network, please encourage them to check out the Web site, a project of the ELCA Interunit Task Force for the Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence.

Will you leave a mark and a legacy? Do you have a will? Have you remembered the ministries that are important to your life in your will? Your will is the final testament to that which was important to you in this life. Remember ministries and people who have been significant to you. The ELCA Foundation has resources to assist you in planning, including Your Will & Trust Workbook and Notes for My Friends & Family. To order resources or for more information, call (800) 638-3522, Ext. 2970, or visit www.elca.org/fo.

Thousands are praying for the assembly this week, including three Florida-Bahamas Synod congregations: St. John, Jacksonville; Calvary, Apollo Beach; and Principe de Paz, Miami.

It’s hard to coordinate the work of 65 synods in such a large, diverse church. It’s here that the Lutheran Ecumenical Representatives Network makes a difference. LERN’s membership is made up of synodical representatives appointed by bishops. LERN keeps abreast of the issues from the various regions and helps resources flow to areas where they might be of practical help. Methods of dealing with ecumenical life in parishes are shared. More importantly, ELCA members from each of our varied constituencies meet face-to-face to develop trust, partnership and friendship.

Stop by the Augsburg Fortress display and help us raise money for the Mahafale Project, an ELCA mission project in Africa. Yesterday we raised more than $138 to support this mission. Tour our store to learn what’s new and exciting in our ministry of publishing and receive a free book and a chance to win a free set of paraments for your congregation. Start each morning by participating in a mini-Bible study session from 7:30-8 a.m. Everyone is welcome and has something to offer in this exciting, new Bible study—No Experience Necessary—by bestselling author Kelly Fryer, who will sign books from 12-1 p.m. today.

Statistics from the assembly’s opening plenary session indicate a strong interest in the proceedings. On Monday evening, 1,132 unique viewers tuned in to the audio and video stream of the plenary. At one point, 403 people were viewing simultaneously.


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