Message from Bishop Gronberg
Dear Partners in Mission:
From October 14-17, 2021 our partners in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone will be having their General Assembly. This assembly, like ours in 2022, will include the election of a bishop. Bishop Moses Kobba Momoh, who was elected in 2015 has stated his willingness to serve a second term. In previous times it was the practice that the NT-NL Bishop or representatives from the Bishop’s office would attend the assembly. However, due to Covid-19 travel restrictions that is not possible. I regret not being there to show my support to the people of the ELCSL and gratitude for Bishop Momoh’s steady and faithful leadership in this time.
While the physical presence of a delegation from NT-NL will not be possible this year it is appropriate for NT-NL to make a sizeable offering to our partners both in gratitude for their work and to support the costs of having this assembly in 2021. Funds will be wired to the ELCSL this week as a thankoffering for their assembly. If you would like to make a contribution to that offering, you can do so on our website (choose ELCSL from the dropdown menu).
We give thanks for the good work of the ELCSL to train and educate women and children, develop youth empowerment programs, do hygiene and medical education and most importantly proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in their communities. Bishop Momoh has served well in a deeply difficult time, and I pray we will continue to work together into the future.
Gifted and Giving… How Grace Works
Gifts are now being accepted for the NT-NL Mission Endowment Fund 2021 Seeds that Change Campaign
Romans 12: 6-8
Congregations giving $2,000 or more | Individuals giving $1000 or more
Giving $300 – $999
Gifts of any size
Oct. 16, 10:00 am – Celebration of Gifted and Giving premiers on Facebook, Homily by Bishop Erik Gronberg
20 Short Inspirational Videos available now: https://giftedandgiving.org
Accessibility with Images
When you post photos / images / memes / gifs to social media or to a website, “…you have the option to compose a description of the images so the content is accessible to more people, including those who are blind or low-vision. Good image descriptions are concise and descriptive, helping people understand what’s happening in an image.”
Learn more in these articles:
How to make images accessible for people (Twitter help article)
6 ways to make your social media posts accessible for people with a visual impairment (Life of a Blind Girl blogger)
How to write better alt-text descriptions for accessibility (The Big Hack)
Featured Resources for October
October is National Clergy Appreciation Month
Clergy Appreciation Day is always the second Sunday in October (October 10 in 2021), and all of October is celebrated as Clergy Appreciation Month. The celebration was established in 1992 with a mission of uplifting and encouraging pastors, missionaries, and religious workers.
Here are just a couple of sites with recommendations for celebrating and honoring our faith leaders:
Save the Date
Thursdays, October 21 – November 18
Online, 7:00pm – 8:15pm Central
Briarwood Leadership Center is thrilled to partner with the NT-NL Synod of the ELCA to offer a new, five-event series titled, Leading for God’s Future: Service on the Congregational Council.
Local congregations are the foundation of Lutheran church life. Effective congregational councils can achieve great things in the service of God’s mission in our life together as the Body of Christ.
This series of conversations and trainings is designed to build capacities for current and future members of ELCA congregational councils. Come to learn new techniques and skills while celebrating the good things the Holy Spirit is doing in our communities.
You can register now at https://tiny.one/ntnlleads
Recent Blog Posts
(https://www.ntnl.org/100th-at-st-paul-mcgregor/ – published Oct. 3)
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. Until we can assure everyone in attendance at a meeting are vaccinated, in order to protect those gathered, the synod staff will continue to wear masks unless preaching or presiding and sufficient social distancing can be provided.
Oct. 17: Immanuel, Killeen
Oct. 18-20: Leadership Convo (Briarwood and Online)
Oct. 31: Confirmation Celebration, Abiding Grace, Southlake
Nov. 7: Installation Service at Zion, McGregor
Nov. 9: Speaker for White’s Chapel United Methodist, Southlake Men’s Group
Nov. 21: Retirement celebration for Rev. Gordon Illausky (Christ the Servant, Allen)
Nov. 28: Gloria Dei, Garland
Oct. 6-7: Continuing education “Leadership Edge” online training
Oct. 14-20: Vacation
Oct. 31: Walnut Hill, Farmers Branch
Nov. 1-3: Region 4 Bishops’ Associates Retreat, Galveston
Nov. 7: Installation of Pr. J. T. Miller, Zion, McGregor
Nov. 13-14: Lubbock for meetings at both Shepherd King and Gloria Dei
Nov. 21: Hope, Comanche
Oct. 6: Santa Maria, McArthur, Irving
Oct. 7: Stewardship of Life Institute Board meeting, and ELCA Mission Developers Training (both online)
Oct. 9 : The Generosity Project Workshop, Community of Hope, Ft. Worth
Oct. 11: New Start, Adviento, Arlington
Oct. 12: NT-NL Synod Mission Developers and Redevelopers Gathering, and Leadership Formation workshop: PLMA, SSTE, TEAM program with Latinx Conference
Oct. 14: ELCA Mission Support Strategy Team, ELCA Christian Community & Leadership meeting, and ELCA Mission Developers Training (all online)
Oct. 16: PLMA
Oct. 18-20: Leadership Convo (Briarwood and Online)
Oct. 21: Meetings with pastors, ELCA Mission Developers Training, and NT-NL Congregational Council Session
Oct. 22: NT-NL Renewal Team meeting
Oct. 25: ACC Coaching Training
Oct. 26: DEM Meeting
Oct. 28: ELCA Mission Developers Training, and NT-NL Congregational Council Session
Oct. 30: Quinceańera (XV) at First Sagrada Familia, Garland
Oct. 31: Reformation Sunday, Emmanuel, Granbury
Nov. 1-3: Region 4 DEM’s Retreat hosted by NT-NL Synod
Nov. 4: NT-NL Congregational Council Session
Nov. 5-8: Personal Days
Nov. 11: NT-NL Congregational Council Session
Nov. 13: Quinceanera (XV) at First Sagrada Familia, Garland
Nov. 14: New Start, Adviento, Arlington
Nov. 16: Latinx Conference Gathering, Adviento, Arlington
Nov. 18: NT-NL Congregational Council Session
Nov. 20: PLMA
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:
- Oct. 7: Transitional (Interim) Pastors monthly meeting, Zoom
- Oct. 9: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training, Online
- Oct. 12: White Supremacy & Racism: Facing Reality, Taking Responsibility – Cornel West, “A Genealogy of Modern Racism,” Zoom
- Oct. 16: Parish Lay Ministry Academy, Fall 2021, Course 2, Zoom
- Oct. 16: MEF Seeds That Change, Online
- Oct. 18-20: NT-NL Leadership Convocation, Briarwood and Online
- Oct. 21: Leading for God’s Future: Service on the Congregational Council – Session 1, Zoom
- Oct. 23: NT-NL WELCA Virtual Convention, Online
- Oct. 28: Leading for God’s Future: Service on the Congregational Council – Session 2, Zoom
- Nov. 4: Transitional (Interim) Pastors monthly meeting, Zoom
- Nov. 4: Leading for God’s Future: Service on the Congregational Council – Session 3, Zoom
- Nov. 11: Leading for God’s Future: Service on the Congregational Council – Session 4, Zoom
- Nov. 13: Public Witness Team meeting, Zoom
- Nov. 18: Leading for God’s Future: Service on the Congregational Council – Session 5, Zoom
- Nov. 20: Parish Lay Ministry Academy, Fall 2021, Course 3, Zoom
Access our full online Calendar here. Updates made regularly.
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