Children Invited to Sing at Lutheran Hymn Festival
Dear Siblings in Christ,
Please allow me to introduce myself to you. My name is Scott Hyslop, and I will be serving as the director of the children’s choir for the Dallas area Lutheran Hymn Festival, and it is my distinct pleasure to invite all children in grades 4 – 8 of your congregation to join in the children’s choir which will be performing on stage at Dallas’s spectacular Meyerson Symphony Center this coming September! This year’s special guest will be the noted organist and composer Kevin Hildebrand from Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Kevin’s engaging compositions and effervescent playing will be sure to make this a joyful celebration as Lutherans from all ethnic backgrounds join together from all corners of Texas to share our common heritage of hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs.
Dr. Scott M. Hyslop
Minister of Music
Zion Lutheran Church and School
ELCA Churchwide Assembly Livestream
Churchwide Assembly will be live streaming all week at: elca.org/ChurchwideAssembly. Times listed here are Eastern.
Tuesday, August 9:
8:30 AM Plenary One
1:30 PM Plenary Two
3:30 PM Apology to Iglesia Santa María Peregrina & Anti-Racist Commitment
4:30 PM Service of Word and Prayer
Wednesday, August 10:
8:30 AM Plenary Three
10:30 AM Holy Communion
2:00 PM Plenary Four
Thursday, August 11:
8:10 AM Morning Prayer
10:00 AM Plenary Five
2:00 PM Plenary Six
Friday, August 12:
8:30 AM Holy Communion
10:30 AM Plenary Seven
Requests from Refugee Services of Texas
From our partners at Refugee Services of Texas – Dallas and Fort Worth:
We are excitedly planning our 2022 North Texas Giving Day event! Our goal is to raise $50,000 to continue to provide needed services for our refugee families. This year, our event will take place on September 22nd from 6:30 pm-9:00 pm at the Sons of Hermann Hall in Deep Ellum (Dallas). The night will celebrate how art connects us through a language of its own and will feature live performance art, an art auction with various mediums, and delicious food. We are close to securing a caterer who will be featuring food from our cookbook, Plated Stories, throughout our night of art, and now we need you! Do you or someone you know have an artistic talent you would like to share? We are looking for performance artists and artists of all mediums to donate pieces to our statewide art auction, which coincides with our NTGD event. We are also looking for a sound technician, equipment, and a photographer for the evening. Please let us know if you or someone you know might be interested in volunteering their skills or hearing more about our sponsorship opportunities for NTGD by emailing Hope Goldman at firstname.lastname@example.org. We continue to be amazed at our community of support, and we thank you for the many ways you support refugees and other displaced people. The Fort Worth Service Center is collecting school supplies through August 19. Donations can be dropped off during business hours from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. For more information, reach out to Mercy (email@example.com) for more information.
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Where in the world is?
Across a context as wide and different as NT-NL, the reality of Covid-19 is very different. As such, NT-NL synod staff are doing more in-person Sunday visits for worship and occasional meetings. However, as good stewards of time and travel dollars, we will be utilizing online meeting formats into our new hybrid future. Given the rise of breakthrough infections and in order to protect those gathered, the synod staff will choose to wear masks as is deemed appropriate unless preaching or presiding and sufficient social distancing can be provided.
Aug. 7-12: ELCA Churchwide Assembly, Columbus, OH
Aug. 13: Ordination and Installation of jj Godwin (Minister of Word and Service), Gloria Dei, Garland
Aug. 18-22: Hosting Bishop Momoh (ELCSL)
Aug. 10-17: Vacation
Aug. 19-20: Candidacy Meeting and retreat, Briarwood Aug. 23: First Call pastors, Zoom Aug. 27-28: Permian Basin ministry conversations, Midland/Odessa
Aug. 9: Denton Jury Duty
Aug. 10: Executive Committee meeting, Santa Maria, Irving
Aug. 14: New Hope, Keller
Aug. 15-17: DEM’s Region 4 Retreat, Galveston
Aug. 18: Ecumenical Panel
Aug. 21-24: ELCA Becoming Service & Justice conference
Aug. 26-27: NT-NL Latina Women Retreat
Aug. 28: Ecumenical meeting, West Texas
Aug. 30: Meeting with Mission Developer
Aug. 31: Meeting with Mission Developer
With the ever-changing guidelines and recommendations in our world right now, as we maintain physical distance in social solidarity, please keep in mind these events may be moved online, postponed, or cancelled:
- Aug. 10: Courageous Leadership – Coaching Real and Current Topics for Attendees, Zoom
- Aug. 13: Public Witness Team meeting, Zoom
- Aug. 13: Ordination and Installation of jj Godwin (Minister of Word and Service), Gloria Dei, Garland
- Aug. 17: Courageous Leadership – Coaching Real and Current Topics for Attendees, Zoom
- Aug. 19-21: Bishop Momoh (ELCSL) visiting Texas – Waco, Arlington, and Dallas
- Aug. 24: Courageous Leadership – Coaching Real and Current Topics for Attendees, Zoom
- Aug. 31: Courageous Leadership – Coaching Real and Current Topics for Attendees, Zoom
- Sep. 1: Transitional Pastors monthly meeting, Zoom
- Sep. 7: Courageous Leadership – Coaching – Choose Your Own Adventure (breakout rooms by topic), Zoom
- Sep. 10: Synod Council and MEF Board meetings, Hybrid (Briarwood and Zoom)
- Sep. 10: Parish Lay Ministry Academy, Fall 2022, Course 1, Hybrid (Briarwood and Zoom)
- Sep. 10: Public Witness Team meeting, Zoom
- Sep. 14: Courageous Leadership – TBA, Zoom
- Sep. 21: Courageous Leadership – TBA, Zoom
- Sep. 28: Courageous Leadership – TBA, Zoom
Access our full online Calendar here. Updates made regularly.
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