October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic violence has been in the news lately, but this is a topic the church should be talking about even when it’s not affecting NFL players. The biggest ally for abusers is silence—both silence from the victims, and silence from the community.
Help make domestic violence “visible” by talking about it, praying for victims and for abusers
Send the message to any potential victims that the church is a safe place to talk about their experiences, to share their stories, to speak up and get help. Provide resources for victims of domestic violence, for friends of victims of domestic violence, for survivors of abuse to get the help and support they need.
Please visit ntnl.org/domestic-violence-resources to find resources and documents from “Safe on Sunday,” a domestic violence awareness workshop for clergy, and contact information for the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233) as well as state organizations in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
As of September 24, 2014, the NT-NL Mission Area, ELCA has received $57,822 in donations for emergency relief response for West Africa. We have received generous donations from individuals and congregations within NT-NL, and also from individuals and congregations beyond our mission area. Thank you for your support!
Read more about how those funds have been used, and how NT-NL will continue to provide aid to Sierra Leone and Liberia, please visit ntnl.org/ebola-crisis. The need for medical supplies and food has not decreased; we will continue to collect donations to help the affected areas in West Africa. Your support is needed and greatly appreciated.
Please encourage your members to donate and to share the information at ntnl.org/ebola-crisis with friends and family. Thank you to those of you who have made individual donations and congregational gifts already!
Turning Preaching Inside Out: Preaching & Worship as Faith Formation
with Dr. Rolf Jacobson
Download the 2014 Convocation Brochure here. Register now, on-site space is filling up fast!
How does your congregation welcome and include people with disabilities? How do you let those who are differently-abled, and their families, know they are welcome and included?
Check ntnl.org/definitely-abled-sunday/ and mosaicindallas.org for information and resources. We will be adding helpful resources to the NT-NL Definitely-Abled page, as well as sharing stories from congregations and members.
Have a story or insight to share? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Entrenamiento de facilitadoras y facilitadores
24-25 de octubre
Presentado por LEAD (TX-LA Gulf Coast Synod)
“Es con mucho gusto que la Academia Ecuménica de Liderazgo ofrece esta oportunidad de entrenamiento de facilitadoras y facilitadores durante este otoño del 2014.”
Los participantes podrán familiarizarse con los cursos, el procedimiento, aclarar dudas, e interactuar con colegas facilitadoras y facilitadores.
Si desea participar, por favor comuníquese con su Director de Misión (DEM) o equivalente en su sínodo, diócesis, conferencia o lo respectivo en su denominación.
Para más información y para inscribirse, vea gulfcoastsynod.org/events/academia.
Mosaic’s Clergy Appreciation Luncheon Save the date!
The Dallas-area Clergy Appreciation luncheon: October 9th at noon at Kenny’s Italian Kitchen in Dallas.
Fort Worth Clergy Appreciation luncheon: October 1st at noon (location is still being determined).
For more information, please contact Lori Baum, Community Relations Manager, at email@example.com or 972.866.9989 x322.
Are you interested in leading well? Then Leading Well: Equipping for Leadership in God’s World may just be the learning event you’re looking for!
Leading Well is a three-year curriculum for leaders of vital, healthy communities of faith who wish to:
- Explore their gifts, strengths and values and their implications for how they lead
- Refine their capacity to work effectively with staff and volunteers
- Practice what it means to live and lead well
- Understand their ministry contexts
- Take time for worship, prayer, rest and fellowship
Leading Well is being offered November 18-21, 2014 at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center (Carefree, AZ) and January 27-30, 2015 at the Duncan Conference Center (Delray Beach, FL). More details about the curriculum and schedule are available at LeadingWellInstitute.org.
The events are sponsored by Augsburg College, Portico Benefit Services, the Duncan Center, and Spirit in the Desert.
The 2015 Appointment Book (The Little Red Book) is a long-standing resource that has served Lutheran clergy for decades as a practical and handy reference. All lectionary days, ELCA festivals and commemorations are noted throughout the year, including the appropriate liturgical color.
The print edition contains space for daily entries, church celebrations and observances with colors, and areas for notes and reminders. Scripture citations for each Sunday and festival are included, plus miniature calendars for 2014 and 2016. Order here.
Download the 2015 Appointment Book data to add to your own desktop, calendar, or smartphone for free! The .ics file can be imported into Google Calendar, iCal, Outlook, and other popular calendar programs. Download here.
Resources and Opportunities:
- A Closer Look: Sundays and Seasons: Preaching Martin Seltz and Robert Buckley Farlee give you an exclusive look inside of Sundays and Seasons: Preaching! They will discuss the main features and introduce you to contributors of this distinctive new resource. Register here.
- LEAD (Living Everyday As Disciples) 10-Minute Toolbox (Gulf Coast Synod)
- Upcoming webinars from Augsburg Fortress and Sparkhouse
- Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Workshops and Lectures:
- REFOCUS: A learning community of care for people who work with youth Sept. 29-Oct. 1
- The Power and Practice of Personal Storytelling Oct. 6-8
- Preparing for Advent Oct. 10
- Finishing with Vitality Oct. 13-14
- Links, Likes, & Follows Oct. 20-22
- 2014 APT/NASSAM Tentmaking Conference: Ministry in a Changing Church Oct. 31-Nov. 2
- Cruzando la Frontera: Ministerio Juvenil Nov. 15