The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Announcements (August 11, 2005)

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

Meet Carmen Richards, president of Women of the ELCA. Richards was elected at July’s Sixth Triennial Convention of Women of the ELCA. A reception in her honor is today, 8 p.m., in Key Biscayne.

The American Indian & Alaska Native Community invites all to a reception today at 7 p.m., East Tower, room 21761.

Assembly voting and advisory members who are college, university or seminary professors in theological disciplines are invited to join their colleagues at the assembly lunch today. Look for us at the far right-hand corner tables in the Grand Ballroom.

All young voting members (youth and young adults) are invited to dinner today. Meet in the main lobby around the globe at 6 p.m.

The Goodsoil worship service—“Celebrate the Promise, Pour Out the Spirit”—is 7:30 p.m. today. Transportation will be provided to and from the Caribe-Royale.

Grace Matters, the ELCA radio ministry, will host a reception Friday, 8-10 p.m., Harbor Room.

The WordAlone Network hosts a Bible study and prayer time daily 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.

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

The Division for Congregational Ministries invites you to discover what it means to live in God’s Amazing Garden. Peek over the fence as Kristin, a new gardener, documents her spring 2005 gardening experiences with pictures and journal entries at www.elca.org/healthychurch. Weekly devotional materials for spiritual renewal and a congregational tool to assist leaders in assessing the gift of time God has abundantly provided are also offered.

Today we celebrate successful completion of the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation $1 million challenge to the ELCA Fund for Leaders in Mission. Nearly $4 million has been added to this seminary resource. We continue to work toward the day when the costs related to attending seminary aren’t an obstacle for those called to rostered ministry. The next target: to build endowments to $25 million by 2010. For more information or to make a gift, contact the ELCA Foundation at 800-638-3522, Ext. 2970; www.elca.org/fo/fundforleaders. The assembly offering Aug. 14 is also designated to the fund.

Yesterday’s healthy facts: Run, Walk ‘n’ Roll (5:30 a.m. start)—95 participants; Water aerobics (6:30-7 a.m.)—16 people; Stretch ‘n’ Pray (6:30-7:15 a.m.)—24 people.

items can be retrieved at the Churchwide Assembly office, Crystal K&L.

See a sample copy of the handbell choir devotional Bell Prayers, written by ELCA members, at the Southwestern Minnesota Synod (3F) table in the front of the Palms Ballroom. See Barbara Johnson.

Each spring, the National Workshop on Christian Unity gathers Lutherans, Romans Catholics, Episcopalians, the Reformed, Orthodox, United Methodists, Free Church, Restorationists, Pentecostals and others for four days of sharing in their various understandings of the gospel, the nature of the church, and the work of the Spirit. The Lutheran Ecumenical Representatives Network collaborates with the Department for Ecumenical Affairs to help plan the workshop. —Russell L Meyer, LERN vice president.

Stop by the Augsburg Fortress store to meet Winking Luther and Katie Lu 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Pick up a copy of The Lutheran Handbook for 20 percent off and learn about the new Lutheran course coming out in December. Today’s book signings (12-1 p.m.): Stephen Bouman, Robert Rimbo and Murray Finck.


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