for completing your Portico Health Assessment!
Thanks to you, we not only met the 65% minimum participation goal, but surpassed it with 73% participation!
Portico members should see an adjustment in your health care premiums in June or July. In addition to those savings, the Mission Area will receive $13,000 to establish a Clergy Health Fund!
The Rev. Judith Spindt, Director of Evangelical Mission for the Southwest Texas Synod, will present this seminar, Tuesday, August 19 from 10:00-4:00 at Briarwood Retreat Center.
Please join us for this important seminar. Most church insurance plans strongly recommend congregation leaders and staff attend this training.
All clergy, SAWLs, and lay leaders are invited. Cost for the seminar is $12 for lunch.
Fifth Annual Summer Institute on Theology and Disability
June 16 – 20, 2014
Highland Park United Methodist Church (HPUMC)
3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas
Caring Theologically and Thinking Pastorally:
Disability as a Critical Question and Questioner
There’s still time to attend the Summer Institute on Theology and Disability (SITD) in Dallas, although some important deadlines are coming up:
*June 19 (1 p.m.) to June 20 (3:30 p.m.) is concurrently the Summer Institute’s closing event and the 2014 Symposium of the Faith Inclusion Network of Dallas (FIND). Generous sponsorship from FIND, under the auspices of Jewish Family Service, means FREE registration. Reserve your spot at http://bit.ly/2014FIND.
Download schedule information:
Need help? Email SummerInstitute@mailblc.org or call 920-206-4483.
Studying Luther in Wittenberg:
Invitation to the Eighth International Seminar within the Luther Decade
You are invited to send a pastor to the 10th seminar which will take place in Wittenberg from November 8th until November 22nd, 2014 and will be led by Prof. Dr. Theodor Dieter and Prof. Dr. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson from the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg.
The topic of the seminar will be The Christian and the Government: Luther’s View of Temporal Authority. All participants will receive some relevant texts in advance so that they can prepare for the seminar. The seminar takes place in the Colleg Wittenberg, a venue right in the center of Luther’s town.
NT-NL’s own Pastor Russell Vardell (First United, Dallas and Parish Lay Mission academy Dean) attended the 2013 seminar, “Reading the Bible Contextually Through Luther’s Lenses.”
This wonderful experience allowed me to be surrounded by the spirit of Luther and the churches of Luther in both ancient stone and in the living testimony of Lutheran leaders from 15 countries around the world. I learned more about both our historical heritage and our mission in the world today. Our continued call to bring the Scriptures into diverse global contexts was enhanced by this experience. I would recommend application and attendance by all!
To read comments from other previous participants, please click here.
Read letter of invitation here, and download the nomination form here. (Please note, you are encouraged to especially consider nominating women to attend this event, as female participation has been limited.)
New Mobility Forms
New mobility forms are coming! The “go live” date is June 30, 2014. This means the last day to submit Formatta Forms will be June 23, 2014, to ensure all data on submitted Formatta forms can be moved to the new forms.
If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jane Mar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-637-6865.
North Texas Giving Day is an online giving event that provides nonprofits the opportunity to gain exposure to — and start relationships with — new donors, and for people in North Texas to come together to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits.
Nonprofit organizations with a physical location/mailing address in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, and Wise Counties with an approved and completed Giving Day Profile, by August 1, 2014 are eligible to participate in North Texas Giving Day 2014.
While the eligibility guidelines state “places of worship are not eligible to participate,” congregations who have a program serving the community (food pantry, community garden, etc.) are eligible to participate to raise funds for those programs.
Augsburg Fortress and the ELCA are pleased to announce the publication this summer of Evangelical Lutheran Worship Braille Edition: Service Music and Hymns. The edition contains the words to all service music and hymn texts from Evangelical Lutheran Worship on braille-embossed pages. Congregation leaders are invited to provide a copy for each braille-using worshiper’s use.
A minimum press commitment of 20 pre-ordered copies is required in order to begin manufacturing; it is estimated orders will be shipped after July 1, 2014.
For more information or to place an order, please visit Augsburg Fortress.
Music Resources from Augsburg Fortress: