“God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday
“God’s Work. Our Hands” Sunday reminds us that we are church together for the sake of the world.” –Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
We want to see your smiling, hard-working faces (whether you’re wearing your yellow or not!) Tag your photos #ELCADayofService and #NTNL, so we can find them and repost them!
NT-NL Table Talk: Moral Injury
Please note the correct date! Tuesday, Sept. 23!
September 23 • 9:30-3:30
Briarwood Retreat Center
How can we be better equipped to walk with those facing difficult decisions or who have lived through morally challenging events, such as withdrawing life support?
Join the Rev. Dr. Rita Brock, Co-Director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School, to learn about pastoral care and moral injury.
Register online here (scroll down). Deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 19. Cost is $12.
This Table Talk will also be live-streamed. Join the conversation at #NTNLTalk.
Rise Up Together: 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering
Have you started saving for your congregation’s youth to attend the ELCA’s Youth Gathering next summer in Detroit? Consider registration fees, transportation, lodging, meals…
The ELCA Mission Investment Fund, the financial ministry of the ELCA, offers a special Demand Investment Youth Ministry account.
With this account, you earn interest on your fundraising dollars—and have the flexibility and convenience of writing checks as expenses occur. Your congregation can open an MIF Demand Investment Youth Ministry account for as little as $100, and your funds will be available to you when you need them.
The Mission Investment Fund will also host an on-site Service Center at the Gathering, July 15-19, 2015. Authorized account holders will be able to conveniently cash checks on their MIF Demand accounts at this Service Center at the youth event.
July 2015 is closer than you think. Visit mif.elca.org/youthministry for more information and to download a Demand Investment Youth Ministry account application.
For information on MIF investments and ministry loans, contact MIF Customer Service at 877-886-3522 or your MIF Regional Manager, Pastor Pam Dorman at 224-935-7243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Peer Ministry Adult Facilitator Training
Peer Ministry is a vital ministry in congregations throughout the country and several right here in the NT-NL Mission Area!
Join us October 16-17 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Richland Hills for a training session for adult facilitators of peer ministry leaders.
Cost is $200 for each adult (includes the training, materials, and lunch); $500 flat fee for churches who bring 3 or more adults. Download the Peer Ministry facilitator training registration form here.
Peer Ministry Leadership Event (youth in grades 9-12)
Briarwood Retreat Center
What is Peer Ministry? It’s the story of the good Samaritan. Only instead of preaching and teaching it, you get the skills you need to live it! Find out more and download the registration brochure here!
Questions? Call Janelle Miller at 817-726-7031 or email NTNLYouthLeaders@yahoo.com.
West Africa Ebola Crisis: Donations Still Being Collected
Thanks to your generous donations, both from individuals and congregations, we have already sent two 40-foot containers of medical supplies to Sierra Leone, and are working on sending a third.
We have also sent $15,000 to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone for hunger relief. Thanks to your donations, 250 families (each family consists of 10-15 people) will receive a big bag of rice, a gallon of cooking oil, and a half carton of tomato paste—enough to feed them for a month.
While this is good news, there is still so much more to be done.
Please consider making a donation (or an additional donation) or taking a special offering in your congregation, and also spreading the word to friends and family.
Donations can be made through PayPal or by mail: NT-NL Mission Office, P.O. Box 560587, Dallas TX 75356-0587.
Please read the full statement on the Emergency Medical Relief Response for the West Africa Ebola Crisis here.
Read more about how Lutheran Distaster Response is helping in Liberia.
Save the Date!
Briarwood Retreat Center
Turning Preaching Inside Out:
Dr. Rolf Jacobson
2014 Convocation Brochure Registration packet with mail-in registration available here. Online registration coming soon!
*In Case You Missed It
Briarwood Retreat Center will host its annual Invitational Golf Outing at Bridlewood Golf Club, Flower Mound, TX on Friday, September, 12, 2014.
Funds raised from this Invitational Golf Outing are used to make camp affordable for all children and youth, and provides camperships for those with specific needs. Thank you very much for your support of this endeavor and for your continued support of the ministry at Briarwood!
Golfer Registration Includes:
- Light Breakfast
- Range Balls
- 2 Drink Tickets
- 1 Raffle ticket (more tickets available for sale)
- Longest Drive Contest
- Closest to the Pin Contest
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place Low Gross Scores plus Last Place Awards
Register early as there is a limited number of spots!
Not a golfer? Purchase raffle tickets, donate auction items, or become a sponsor!
The NT-NL Mission Area will observe Global Church Sunday on Sunday, Sept. 21
Congregations are invited to celebrate our church’s connection and common mission within Christ’s global church by sponsoring a Global Church Sunday. Celebrate by taking a special offering for an ELCA missionary or global ministry, hosting a coffee hour with treats from around the world or including global songs in your worship service.
A toolkit of these and other ideas for congregations can be found here (click on the “Global Church Sunday” tab). For more information, contact email@example.com.
The Fourth Annual Luther Lecture: Luther Then, Bonhoeffer Now
Dr. Larry Rasmussen
Presented by the American Luther Research Center and the NT-NL Mission Area, ELCA
October 2, 2014
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
8011 Douglas Avenue
RSVP by Monday, September 15 to Sandra Bauer at 972-241-3545 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the promotional flier here.
Upcoming Events in the NT-NL Mission Area and Beyond:
- Sep. 7: “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday
- Sep. 12: Briarwood Invitational Golf Outing
- Sep. 21: Global Church Sunday
- Sep. 23: NT-NL Table Talk: Moral Injury
- Oct. 2: Luther Then, Bonhoeffer Now – Dr. Larry Rasmussen
- Oct. 5: NT-NL’s Definitely-Abled Sunday
- Oct. 10-12: NT-NL Synodical Women’s Organization Convention (Abilene, TX)
- Oct. 11: MEF’s Seeds that Change Dinner
- Oct. 16-17: Peer Ministry Adult Facilitator Training
- Oct. 24-26: Lutheran Men in Mission’s “One Year to Live” Retreat
- Oct. 27-29: Bishop’s Convocation: Turning Preaching Inside Out
- Nov. 9: Lutheran Campus Ministries Trivia Night
- Nov. 14-16: Junior High Youth Gathering
- Jan 16-18: High School Extravaganza
- 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