The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Announcements (August 12, 2005)

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

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

You must make reservations for the shuttle service back to the airport three days before your departure by calling the 24-hour phone number at (407) 423-5566. Due to the large number of calls expected, please continue to call until you reach an operator. Tell the operator if you need a wheelchair lift. Plan to be picked up at the hotel three hours prior to your flight’s departure.

Lost-and-found items can be retrieved at the ChurchwideAssembly 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.

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

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.

Gifts to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal weave a life-giving tapestry of help and hope with our neighbors around the world and around the corner. For more than 30 years our church has worked to end hunger with development, relief, education and advocacy through the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. Your generous gifts through the assembly offering today promise those who live in poverty that they aren’t forgotten.

Want to earn interest on your financial resources as you help build and renovate ELCA congregations? The ELCA Mission Investment Fund offers investments to congregations and their members, synod and ELCA-related organizations. With these invested funds, MIF makes loans to ELCA congregations and ELCA-related organizations. For an information packet and current interest rates, contact MIF at (877) 886-3522 or mif@elca.org.

Members of the Lutheran Ecumenical Representative Network routinely meet with ecumenical colleagues from our partner churches to plan and refine the way our full communion agreements are worked out in parishes and synods. LERN assists bishops in looking at the best ways to build effective partnerships in the gospel with our Reformed, Moravian and Episcopal friends. Through joint programs and personal relationships, we forge the real bonds that are the ultimate hopes of all our full communion agreements.

In the last year, the Stewardship Key Leader program has helped 28 congregations raise almost $9 million at an average cost of $4,571. Congregations and leaders often experience spiritual renewal and personal growth. The program is on-site for two weekends and guides the pastor and leaders through a tried-and-tested program. It serves well for building projects, debt-reduction efforts and annual stewardship programs. For more information, call Charles Lane, program director, at (800) 638-3522, Ext. 2606.

Just Arrived! Unit 2 of Augsburg Fortress, Publishers’, newest Bible study, No Experience Necessary. Join us from 7:30-8 a.m. today to participate in this transformational Bible Study where everyone is welcome. Be one of the first 25 participants to arrive and receive a free copy of No Experience Necessary Intro VHS. Stop by from 12-1 p.m. today to meet some authors and pick up a copy of their books: Mark Allen Powell, William Russell, John Munday, Rick Rouse and Laura Gentry.

Since the assembly began on Monday, www.thelutheran.org has logged 13,252 individual visitors. Each day of the assembly has brought an increase of 1,000 individual visitors.


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