Disaster Response: Support hurricane survivors and more!
From our partners at Lutheran Disaster Response:
Along with our partners in the region, we are prepared to respond to Hurricane Ian with immediate relief, including water, clothing, gift cards, tarps and more. Your dollars are also hard at work in communities around the world through Lutheran Disaster Response, including responses to Hurricane Fiona, the drought in the Horn of Africa, the severe storm in Alaska, the war in Ukraine – to name a few.Will you give now in support of Lutheran Disaster Response to accompany disaster survivors on the long road to recovery?We pray that God’s presence will be felt in the midst of suffering and bring comfort to those who are hurting. Together, we can show our neighbors around the world that they are not alone. Thank you. In Christ’s service, The Rev. Daniel Rift Director, ELCA World Hunger and Lutheran Disaster Response Fund Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaSuch gifts make short- and long-term responses to these crises possible.
You may also donate to / through our synod Disaster Relief fund. (Select Disaster Relief in the dropdown menu.) Thanks to your generosity, our synod has already been able to send $2,500 each to the Caribbean and Florida-Bahamas synods!
Implicit Bias Training
For people who strive to see others as God sees them.
“We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of identity. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Research on “implicit bias” suggests that people can act on the basis of prejudice and stereotypes without intending to do so. While psychologists in the field of “implicit social cognition” study consumer products, self-esteem, food, alcohol, political values, and more, the most striking and well-known research has focused on implicit biases toward members of socially stigmatized groups, such as African-Americans, women, and the LGBTQIA2S+ community. For example, imagine Frank, who explicitly believes that women and men are equally suited for careers outside the home. Despite his explicitly egalitarian belief, Frank might nevertheless behave in any number of biased ways, from distrusting feedback from female co-workers to hiring equally qualified men over women. Part of the reason for Frank’s discriminatory behavior might be an implicit gender bias. Psychological research on implicit bias has grown steadily, raising metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical questions. – Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Training is FREE and open to the public.
Available online two dates and times: Monday, October 17, 2pm Eastern, OR Tuesday, October 18, 7pm Eastern
Celebration of Life: Bishop Philip L. Wahlberg
A CELEBRATION OF LIFE
is scheduled for
Reverend Philip L. Wahlberg
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2022
Gethsemane Lutheran Church
200 W. Anderson Lane
Austin, Texas 78752
A reception with light snacks will be provided following the Celebration event.
Those unable to attend or who are unavailable are encouraged to live-stream the service.
Live-streaming information will be on the Gethsemane website the day of the service: http://gethsemaneaustin.org
The following email address is provided for two purposes:
1. To notify the family and Gethsemane Lutheran that you are planning to attend and how many will be with you.
(If your plans change, it would be appreciated if you would use the email address to notify the family and congregation.)
2. To share a special memory of Pastor/Bishop Wahlberg for the family’s understanding of your connection with him.
Featured Resources for October
Clergy Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on the second Sunday in October (October 9 this year).
Clergy Appreciation Month is celebrated annually in October.
How might you honor the faith leaders in your community to show your gratitude for their faithful leadership, especially in these times? When was the last time your community encouraged and supported your faith leaders in observing a regular Sabbath? How might that support be sustained going forward?
Save the Date
July 4-9, 2023
The Western States Youth Gathering (WSYG) and Western States Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (WYLE) is back! Coming to California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA, July 4-9, 2023, the Western States Youth Gathering is open to high school aged youth in Regions 1-4 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
Click here for full details. Registration for WSYG and WYLE opened yesterday, October 3, at $385 per person, with prices increasing January 4, 2023. Registration spots can be reserved with an early bird registration deposit of $115 per person. https://www.wsyg.com/
Recent Blog Posts
(https://www.ntnl.org/first-call-pastors-retreat/ – published Oct. 3)
(https://www.ntnl.org/a-mission-filled-saturday/ – 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. 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.
Oct. 6: Lutheran Men in Mission annual board meeting, Online
Oct. 16: 75th Anniversary festivities, Calvary, San Angelo
Oct. 20: RE:formation – Reimagining New Ministries, Zoom
Oct. 22: Memorial service for Dr. Peter Hendrickson, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 5: Memorial service for former Bishop Phil Wahlberg, Gethsemane, Austin
Nov. 13: Abiding Grace, Southlake
Oct. 6: Transitional Pastors monthly meeting, Zoom
Oct. 9: Worship and call committee orientation, Christ the Servant, Allen
Oct. 13: Lutheran Campus Ministry cookout, UNT, Denton
Oct. 22: Shreveport Ministry Task Force, Shreveport, LA
Oct. 23: Shreveport combined worship service, St. Stephen, Shreveport, LA
Oct. 25: First call pastors, Zoom
Oct. 30: New Life in Christ, Duncanville
Nov. 3: Transitional Pastors monthly meeting, Zoom
Nov. 6: Zion, McGregor, for 100th anniversary of the building
Nov. 15: Synods and Seminaries summit, Zoom
Nov. 19: Candidacy Committee, Briarwood
Nov. 22: First call pastors, Zoom
Oct. 1-8: Spanish Coaching and Emerging Community Organizing, Mexico City, Mexico
Oct. 10-13: Directors for Evangelical Mission (DEMs) Gathering, Chicago, IL
Oct. 14: Spiritual Retreat, Santa Maria, Irving
Oct. 17: ELCA Implicit Bias training
Oct. 18: Walnut Hill, Farmers Branch
Oct. 19: ELCA Candidacy Working Group
Oct. 20: RE:formation – Reimagining New Ministries, Zoom
Oct. 21: ELCA Latine Young Adult Network
Oct. 22: Visioning Retreat, St. Matthew’s, Fort Worth
Oct. 23: St. Matthew’s, Waco
Oct. 27: Oregon Synod: Learning Garden Holy Innovation, online
Oct. 27: NT-NL Renewal Team
Oct. 29: Central, Dallas
Oct. 29: Three Shared Ministry Review: Community of Hope, King of Glory, and Umoja, Fort Worth
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. 5: Courageous Leadership – Coaching – Choose Your Own Adventure (breakout rooms by topic), Zoom
- Oct. 6: Transitional Pastors monthly meeting, Zoom
- Oct. 7-8: 2022 NTNL-SWO Fall Retreat, St. Matthew, Waco
- Oct. 7-9: Fall 2022 LMM National Bold Gathering, Ashland, Nebraska
- Oct. 8: Public Witness Team meeting, Zoom
- Oct. 12: Courageous Leadership – Deacon Jess Liles and Rev. Joe Liles – Digital Ministry, Zoom
- Oct. 12-15: Intercultural Competence Training, Online
- Oct. 15: Parish Lay Ministry Academy, Fall 2022, Course 2, Hybrid
- Oct. 17: Implicit Bias Training, Online
- Oct. 18: Implicit Bias Training, Online
- Oct. 19: Courageous Leadership – TBA, Zoom
- Oct. 20: RE:formation – Reimagining New Ministries, Zoom
- Oct. 26: Courageous Leadership – TBA, Zoom
- Oct. 30: The Tenth Annual Herbener Lecture: Becoming More Human Through Worship, Dallas
Access our full online Calendar here. Updates made regularly.
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