This week we pray for:
Community of Hope in Fort Worth (Retha Biscoe, SAWL)
Trinity in Pottsville (Pr. Don Kingman)
The Awakening Church in Dallas (Josh Cogan, mission developer)
The 2016 NT-NL Prayer Partners can be found at ntnl.org/2016PrayerPartners or you can download the PDF here (updated 01/18/16).
10 Years and Going Strong!
Immanuel Lutheran Church in Posey not only celebrated their centennial anniversary last year, but last month they were recognized by the state of Texas when they received a State Historical Marker. Read more (and see more photos) here!
Here’s to the next 100 years!
Read how others across the ELCA are doing God’s work with their hands in Stories of Faith in Action.
ELCA Advocacy Update – Jan. 2016
The Jesus Way
VBS Curriculum from Lutheran Outdoor Ministries
Theme Verse: “Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us.” –Ephesians 5:1-2
Preview curriculum and order here!
2016 North Texas Senior Fest
Saturday, Feb. 27 • 8:30-3:30 CST
Registration end event information available here.
Congregational Councils Retreat
Feb. 26-27 • Briarwood Retreat Center
This event is designed to be useful to new and veteran congregation council members. Cost is $60 if arriving Friday, or $25 to attend Saturday only.
Register at ntnl.org/2016-congregational-council-retreat.
Attention Treasurers: New Financial Procedures!
The mission area is moving to a new system of accounting where the ELCA Mission Investment Fund will handle all of our check writing, recording of Mission Support, and financial reporting; this will save us money and make things more efficient. The new system comes online February 1, 2016.
Please join us at Briarwood on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for a special session on best practices for church finances and an introduction to the new financial procedures. Find more information at ntnl.org/newfinancialprocedures.
2016 Lutheran Legislative Event
Feb. 28-Mar. 1 • Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Austin
Sponsored by Poverty & Justice Task Force of ELCA’s Southwestern Texas Synod
Participating ELCA Synods: Southwestern Texas, Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana, Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast. Program planned by Texas Impact.
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Seminary Sampler
The Seminary Sampler is a three-day visit event being held February 28-March 1 and designed to give prospective students a taste of LSTC life. Here they will have the opportunity to discern with other prospective students a call to ministry and how LSTC might be the place for them.
Housing and meals are covered, and travel reimbursement are available. For more information, visit lstc.edu/admissions/visit/sampler.
Texas Lutheran University 2016 Spring Choir Tour Dates & Locations
Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. • Kinsmen Lutheran Church, 12100 Champion Forest Dr., Houston
Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. • St. Peter Lutheran Church, 100 N. Promenade St., Hallettsville
Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. • TLU Chapel of the Abiding Presence, 1000 W. Court St., Seguin
Learn more at tlu.edu/choirtour
The Naming Form for Potential Nominees is now open. Please submit names by January 31.
Meetings in conferences about election and with Potential Nominees
- Saturday, Feb. 6, 11:30 a.m. at Grace, Abilene – Conference Out West
- Tuesday, Feb. 16, 10:00-noon at King of Glory, Dallas – Eastern Mission Conference (new combined East Dallas and ETX-NLA Conference)
- Saturday, Feb. 20 – Dallas Area Metro North Conference
- Saturday, Mar. 12 – Panhandle Conference
- Saturday, Apr. 9 at the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Mission Center at Briarwood – Metro West Conference
For more information, please visit BpElection.ntnl.org or email the Bishop Election Committee at BpElection@ntnl.org.
Upcoming Events in the NT-NL Mission Area and Beyond:
- Feb. 6: Conference Out West conversation with Potential Nominees for Bishop
- Feb. 16: Eastern Mission Conference conversation with Potential Nominees for Bishop
- Feb. 19-21: Peer Ministry Leadership Event
- Feb. 20: Dallas Area Metro North Conference conversation with Potential Nominees for Bishop
- Feb. 20-21: Lenten Retreat
- Feb. 21: Heart of Texas Conference MEF Seeds that Change Dinner
- Feb. 26-27: Congregational Council Retreat
- Feb. 28: Bold Women’s Day
- Mar. 12: Panhandle Conference conversation with Potential Nominees for Bishop
- Apr. 3: Sunday Brunch at Brairwood
- Apr. 5-7: Young at Heart Retreat
- Apr. 9: Metro West Conference conversation with Potential Nominees for Bishop
- Apr. 22-24: NT-NL Mission Assembly
- May 14: Briarwood Gala
- May 29-Jun. 3: LSPS Spanish Language and Hispanic Ministry Level I Intensive
- Jun. 12-17: LSPS Building Congregational Capacity for Hispanic Ministry Level II Intensive
- Jun. 20-30: Lands of Luther Tour
- Aug. 10-13: ELCA Grace Gathering
- Sept. 11: “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday
- Sept. 17: Installation of the new NT-NL Bishop
- Oct. 17-19: 2016 Bishop’s Convocation
Do you have news or announcements to share? Please submit them to the Mission Area office (MissionOffice@ntnl.org) for consideration for our next NT-NL News. Don’t forget to include a picture or logo!