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“Examining Long-Term Impacts at Camp” Survey
If you are over the age of 18 and attended camp in your youth (whether it was 2, 15, or 50 years ago!), please help Briarwood and other camp ministries by completing this short survey. (More information on the study can be found at the survey link.)
Just $30 can provide a piglet to a family in need. When this little piggy grows up, she will give birth to as many as 16 piglets each year.
Pigs help fertilize fields, provide food to eat and can be sold at market for much-needed income. What a BIG difference a pig can make!
Request your free “piggy banks” from ELCA Good Gifts today! Distribute these coin boxes to your Sunday school classes, youth group, or entire congregation to collect your offerings.
Join Richard Hammar for a no-cost webinar to learn how you can help prevent sexual misconduct
It’s unbearable to imagine such a crime could take place. Unfortunately, it does happen, at organizations just like yours, nearly every day.
Although the webinar focuses on places of worship, the content is equally relevant to schools and camps. And when it does occur, a series of inevitable questions start to bubble up: “How did I not know this was happening?” “What could I have done to prevent it?” “How can I help make sure it never happens again?”
We’ll answer those questions and more during Managing the Risk of Sexual Misconduct in Houses of Worship, an hour-long webinar sponsored by Church Mutual and led by attorney, CPA and author Richard Hammar.
Draft of a Social Message on Gender-Based Violence
The Draft of a Social Message on Gender-based Violence is available for reading and for public comment on the ELCA website until November 26.
For information about the full span of work being done by the Women and Justice task force, visit the Women and Justice page.
The task force wants to hear from as many people as possible: men and women, adults and youth.
If you have any questions about how to hold a listening event, what materials are available, or how to provide feedback to the Task Force, please email email@example.com or call 214-637-6865.
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God’s Story is a LOVE STORY, and it has captured the hearts of each of us. To tell it is to give life.
The Story is our life blood, yet many have let it flat line. Join us for theological conference this year as we get the blood pumping again!
There is still so much to be done to help our brothers and sisters in Sierra Leone and west Africa. Please visit ntnl.org/ebola-crisis for updates.
Please consider making a donation or taking a special offering in your congregation, and also sharing that link with friends and family. Donations can be made through PayPal or by mail: NT-NL Mission Office, P.O. Box 560587, Dallas TX 75356-0587.
The NT-NL Lutheran Youth Organization leaders are collecting preliminary information from congregations planning on attending the Gathering in Detroit. Please fill out this quick form to let us know your plans!
Are you on NT-NL’s Youth Ministry email list? To update your email profile to be included in Youth Ministry emails: If you are reading this on the NT-NL website, use the sign-up form in the sidebar on the right (MailChimp will redirect you to the correct page; If you are reading this in your email inbox, use the link in the box below (after Upcoming Events).
Peer Ministry Leadership Event (youth in grades 9-12) February 20-22, Briarwood Retreat Center
National Conference of Sacred Music
January 7-9, 2015
San Antonio, Texas
The National Conference for Sacred Music is a unique conference designed to provide the practicing Church Musician with fresh new ideas to help create a vital, growing music ministry. The emphasis of this conference is to provide a wide variety of new approaches to revitalize and reinvigorate the Church’s passion for music in worship.
For more information, see the registration link (scroll down for event details).
Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest will be hosting their Spanish Language and Hispanic Ministry Intensive on May 24-29, 2015.
The Intensive is a resource for Lutherans and those of other denominations who recognize the growing need for competency in the Spanish language and an understanding of Hispanic culture in light of the increasing Hispanic population in this country and in the church. The course focuses on the study of the Spanish language and on different aspects of Hispanic culture, ranging from cuisine to dancing.
Please contact Consuelo Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
New! Level II Intensive
Building Congregational Capacity for Hispanic Ministry:
Misión en Comunidad/Mission in Community
This new Level II Intensive is designed for congregational leaders in those congregations where consideration is being given to starting Hispanic Ministry in their community. Teams from congregations are encouraged to attend. During this week teams will learn:
- To increase capacity for doing Hispanic ministry
- To learn several models for engaging in Hispanic ministry in congregational settings
- To improve facility in Spanish language, especially liturgical Spanish
- To build a cohort of colleagues preparing for Hispanic ministry within their community
The main presenter is the Rev. Rubén Durán with several outstanding guests sharing models for Hispanic Ministry.
Upcoming Events in the NT-NL Mission Area and Beyond:
- Nov. 8: Run for the Hills 1 mile and 5K run
- Nov. 9: Lutheran Campus Ministries Trivia Challenge
- Nov. 14-16: Junior High Youth Gathering
- Dec. 7: Briarwood’s Christmas Brunch
- Dec. 13-14: Advent Retreat at Briarwood
- Jan 7-9: National Conference of Sacred Music
- Jan 16-18: High School Extravaganza
- Jan. 24-25: Lumberjack Retreat at Briarwood
- Jan. 26-28, 2015: Tri-Synodical Theological Conference
- Feb. 20-22: Peer Ministry (for youth in grades 9-12)
- Apr. 21-May 8, 2015: In Search of Paul: An Aegean Odyssey A LEAD pilgrimage for rostered leaders and church professionals
- Apr. 24-26, 2015: NT-NL Mission Assembly
- May 24-29, 2015: LSPS’s Spanish Language and Hispanic Ministry Intensive
Do you have news or announcements to share? Please submit them to Criss Forshay (email@example.com) for consideration for our next Briefings. Don’t forget to include a picture or logo!