Invitation from Bishop Gronberg
On Saturday, December 10, at 5:30pm, a worship service will be held at Santa Maria de Guadalupe, 2601 S MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75060. This worship will commemorate the reunion of this congregation with our Conferencia Latina and NT-NL. You are invited to join us. ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will be present to celebrate with us.
Explore the cultures of regions from which our immigrant and refugee neighbors arrive through food, music, worship, and personal stories. Invite your family or community to learn more with educational resources, recipes, discussion guides, and more in our Gather Toolkit.
You’re welcome to explore Gather at any time, and new country programs are shared each fall! Current programs include Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Guatemala.
LIRS Climate Displacement Hub
The LIRS Climate Displacement Hub offers resources, updates, and information on upcoming LIRS events and initiatives.
For 80 years, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has assisted forcibly uprooted people from around the globe. But increasingly, we are seeing an unprotected group seeking refuge: persons who are displaced, in whole or in part, due to climate disasters.
Featured Resources for November
Lutheran women have a long history of Bible study, discipleship, and desire to deepen their spiritual life and learn about issues.
Women of the ELCA offers FREE downloadable program resources—including many in Spanish—to help you grow in faith and engage in ministry and action:
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. 4: Midland Lutheran, Midland; Retirement of Pastor Bob Barndt
Dec. 10: Conferencia Latina Celebration Service at Santa Maria, Irving
Dec. 11: Festival of the Virgin of Guadalupe, San Gabriel, Alvarado
Dec. 18: First Communions, Santa Maria, Irving
Dec. 18: Kyrie Pub Church, Fort Worth
Jan. 7: Closing Worship, King of Glory, Fort Worth
Jan. 8: Walnut Hill, Farmers Branch
Jan. 21: PLMA Graduation, Emanuel, Dallas
Jan. 24: First Call Pastor Check-in, Zoom
Jan. 28: TLU Corporation Board
Feb. 4: Synod Council, Online
Dec. 1-Feb. 28: On Sabbatical
Nov. 29: ELCA Mission Support Strategy Team meeting
Nov. 29: Meeting with Mission Developer
Dec. 1: ELCA Congregational Vitality Survey webinar
Dec. 2: Latina Women Christmas Dinner
Dec. 4: First, Waco
Dec. 5: Transformational Border Ministry, Five Synods, followed by Stewardship of Life Institute Board meeting
Dec. 6: Meeting with Mission Developer
Dec. 7: Spanish Coaching Team meeting
Dec. 9: Diocese Dallas Christmas Dinner
Dec. 10: Conferencia Latina Virgin Mary Celebration, Santa Maria de Guadalupe, Irving
Dec. 11: Virgin Mary Celebration, San Gabriel, Alvarado
Dec. 12: ELCA Candidacy Working Group
Dec. 14: ELCA Mission Support Strategy Team
Jan. 28: A Spiritual Feast for the Journey, Advent, Arlington
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:
- Nov. 30: Courageous Leadership – Danielle Groth and Vicky Lovell – Grounded in Love, Zoom
- Dec. 7: Courageous Leadership – Coaching – Choose Your Own Adventure (breakout rooms by topic), Zoom
- Dec. 10: Conferencia Latina Celebration Service, Santa Maria, Irving
- Dec. 14: Courageous Leadership – Boundaries – Brené Brown, Zoom
- Dec. 21: Courageous Leadership – Coaching – Christmas celebration, Zoom
- Dec. 21: Blue Christmas Service – Online
Access our full online Calendar here. Updates made regularly.
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