Official Notice: 2023 NT-NL Synod Assembly
Save the Date! Our next annual NT-NL Synod Assembly will be April 28-29, 2023, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Additional details will be shared on the event page as we confirm them: https://www.ntnl.org/event/2023-nt-nl-synod-assembly/.
Can Talking Politics Be Healthy?
Does politics have to bring out the worst in us? Are growing gulfs something we just accept? Drop by #ELCAadvocacycafe TODAY, October 25, at 1 pm ET or 8 pm ET to explore as people of faith “Can Talking Politics Be Healthy?” featuring Braver Angels resources used by many Evangelical Lutheran Church in America synods and congregations. Register here: https://blogs.elca.org/advocacy/advocacy-cafe/.
MEF Grant Application Deadline: October 31
The 2023 Mission Endowment Fund (MEF) grant application process opened on September 1: https://www.ntnl.org/ministries/mef/grant-application/.
For consideration for funding in 2023, the Mission Endowment Fund (MEF) grant application is due by October 31, 2022.
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?
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.
Nov. 5: Memorial service for former Bishop Phil Wahlberg, Gethsemane, Austin
Nov. 13: Abiding Grace, Southlake
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. 20: First United, Dallas
Nov. 22: First call pastors, Zoom
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
Nov. 1: Planning team meeting, Latine Couples Retreat
Nov. 2: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) worship service, Santa Maria, Irving
Nov. 3: ELCA Spanish Coaching Team meeting, followed by Executive Team meeting, Santa Maria, Irving
Nov. 4-6: Latine Couples Retreat, Jelly Stone Park
Nov. 7: Meeting with Mission Developer, followed by Region 4 DEM’s meeting
Nov. 8-10: ELCA Candidacy Working Group, Chicago, IL
Nov. 12: Quinceañera XV, Santa Maria, Irving
Nov. 13: Worship service, Santa Maria, Irving
Nov. 13-15: Region 4 DEM’s and Latine Leaders Retreat, Briarwood.
Nov. 17: Meetings with Mission Developers
Nov. 19: Visioning Retreat, Grace, Abilene
Nov. 20-27: Personal days and Holidays
Nov. 28:Meeting with Mission Developer
Nov. 29: ELCA Mission Support Strategy Team meeting
Nov. 29: Meeting with Mission Developer
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. 26: Courageous Leadership – Becca Ehrlich – Christian Minimalism: Focus on What Matters Most, Zoom
- Oct. 30: The Tenth Annual Herbener Lecture: Becoming More Human Through Worship, Dallas
- Nov. 2: Courageous Leadership – Coaching – Choose Your Own Adventure (breakout rooms by topic), Zoom
- Nov. 3: Transitional Pastors monthly meeting, Zoom
- Nov. 5: Celebration of Life: Bishop Philip L. Wahlberg, Austin
- Nov. 9: Courageous Leadership – TBA, Zoom
- Nov. 12: Public Witness Team meeting, Zoom
- Nov. 16: Courageous Leadership – TBA, Zoom
- Nov. 19: Parish Lay Ministry Academy, Fall 2022, Course 3, Hybrid
- Nov. 23: Courageous Leadership – TBA, Zoom
- Nov. 30: Courageous Leadership – TBA, Zoom
Access our full online Calendar here. Updates made regularly.
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