Message from Bishop Gronberg
2022 NT-NL Synod Assembly (April 29-30) registration is open: https://www.ntnl.org/event/2022-ntnl-synod-assembly/. Discounted pricing for registering early is available through March 18. At this point in time, the plan continues for this assembly to be an in-person only event. We will be taking pandemic precautions and be following the protocols of our host, King of Glory Lutheran Church (Dallas), and Dallas County. We appreciate your grace as we all navigate changing realities up to the last minute.
Briarwood Leadership Center is able to host small groups and is ramping up potential capacity based on demand. They also are seeking your input as to desires for Summer 2022 programming, as well as have sent out a survey to NT-NL congregations regarding active youth participation. Please visit https://www.bwtx.org/pages/summer-camp-2022-update where you can find that information.
Calling All Women: For Such a Time as This
Learn more about this exciting online event and explore servant leadership with hundreds of Lutheran women. More details are being added here daily: https://www.womenoftheelca.org/for-such-a-time-as-this. To register, there’s a link in the welcome paragraph. Advance registration is required.
MEF Executive Director Job Posting
You do not have to live in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to be the next Executive Director of the Mission Endowment Fund. Click here for the complete description for this part-time job, including how to apply. Applications are due by March 9, 2022.
Featured Resources for February
Bold Women’s Day (fourth Sunday of February)
Bold Women’s Day—observed annually on the fourth Sunday of February—celebrates all Lutheran women who have acted or are acting boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ. Some women are bold in their unceasing prayers. Other women are bold in their service to those in need. Still other women are bold in their advocacy or through their hospitality. Click here for resources to celebrate bold women who are living out their baptismal call.
International Women’s Day (March 8)
Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.
Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality. Click here for full details and resources.
Save the Date
The 21st Annual Bonhoeffer Lectures in Public Ethics will be held at Perkins School of Theology | Southern Methodist University and the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum in Dallas, TX. The theme of the Lectures is “Everyday Ethics for Exceptional Times.” Lecturers will draw on Bonhoeffer’s doctrine of the mandates to examine politics, family, church, and culture.
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.
Feb. 13: New Life in Christ, Duncanville
Feb. 20: King of Glory, Dallas
Mar. 2-5: Conference of Bishops, Chicago
Feb. 20: Gloria Dei, Garland – worship followed by Council retreat
Feb. 13: Mt. Olive, Dallas
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:
- Feb. 11-14: ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza 2022, Minneapolis (MN) and Online
- Feb. 12: Public Witness Team meeting, Zoom
- Feb. 18-19: Women of the ELCA (WELCA) Leadership Event: For Such a Time as This, Online
- Mar. 3: Transitional Pastors monthly meeting, Zoom
- Mar. 12: Parish Lay Ministry Academy, Spring 2022, Course 1
- Mar. 12: Public Witness Team meeting, Zoom
- Mar. 18: LAST DAY to register with REDUCED PRICING for Synod Assembly (April 29-30)
Access our full online Calendar here. Updates made regularly.
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