A Spiritual Feast for the Journey
Saturday, January 28, 2023
The NT-NL Congregational Vitality and Renewal Team invites you to a warm and relaxing gathering to be with colleagues for fun and time away for spiritual self-reflection and renewal.
Purpose: To reconnect with God’s Spirit, Ourselves, and One Another
- To rekindle continuous listening for and to God’s Spirit.
- To reconnect with colleagues and to better connect with our wider communities
- To engage ongoing ministry with new spiritual insight.
Junior High & Senior High Youth Gathering
Please note that registration closes on Sunday, January 22.
NT-NL Youth Leaders & Pastors,
We are excited to announce that we are collaborating to host a JUNIOR HIGH & SENIOR HIGH YOUTH GATHERING in February.
This event is for NTNL junior high and senior high youth! The event includes Small Group Activities, Songs, Games, Worship, Service Projects , & Group Dynamix! Registration includes programs, Friday hotel (quad occupancy), meals, and Group Dynamix).
FEBRUARY 10-12, 2023
8pm Friday night – 7am Sunday morning
(Our event will end with a Group Dynamix lock in)
REGISTRATION Fee: $145 Regular Registration (Nov. 20 – Jan. 22)
*Additional $30 for your own bed
How to Start & Enhance an Intentional Older Adult Ministry in Your Congregation
FREE webinar: Thursday, January 26, 12noon Eastern
Rev. Mark Shultz and Deacon Tom Perry from Trinity Lutheran Church in Mission/Shawnee, Kansas, discuss their experiences in creating and enhancing ministry for, as well as with, the older adults in their congregation. They will share how God led Trinity to develop an intentional ministry which cares for, supports, and utilizes the gifts of people of retirement age and beyond. They will also talk about the philosophy of their Older Adult Ministry and give specific ideas for starting and enhancing it in any congregation.
Featured Resources for January
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Recent Blog Posts
(https://www.ntnl.org/ordination-of-the-rev-darlene-spitzenberger-hopkins/ – published Jan. 12)
(https://www.ntnl.org/2022-gratitude/ – published Jan. 12)
(https://www.ntnl.org/shepherd-of-life-arlington/ – published Jan. 15)
(https://www.ntnl.org/king-of-glory-fort-worth/ – published Jan. 15)
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.
Dec. 1-Feb. 28: On Sabbatical
Jan. 19: Christian Unity Ecumenical Worship Service, Custer Road UMC, Plano
Jan. 21: Visioning Retreat, Central, Dallas, followed by PLMA Graduation, Emanuel, Dallas
Jan. 24: Transformational Border Ministry
Jan. 28: A Spiritual Feast for the Journey, Advent, Arlington
Feb. 4: Synod Council, Online
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:
- Jan. 18-25: 2023 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Global
- Jan. 18: Courageous Leadership – Deb Squires – Family & Friends Gathering, Zoom
- Jan. 19: Christian Unity Ecumenical Worship Service, Custer Road UMC, Plano
- Jan. 20: Registration Deadline (extended from Jan. 9) for A Spiritual Feast for the Journey, Arlington
- Jan. 21: 2023 PLMA Graduation, Emanuel, Dallas
- Jan. 22: Registration Deadline for Junior High & Senior High Youth Gathering, Plano
- Jan. 24: First Call Pastors Check-in, Zoom
- Jan. 25: Courageous Leadership – Bishop Mike Girlinghouse – Grief in Faith Communities, Zoom
- Jan. 28: A Spiritual Feast for the Journey, Advent, Arlington
Access our full online Calendar here. Updates made regularly.
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