On Wednesday November 14th the NT-NL Synod, ELCA and Briarwood Retreat Center offices were buzzing with activity. NT-NL staff had their weekly meeting. Then I led a bible study for the attendees of the young at heart retreat. We focused on the vital role elders can play in a congregation as storytellers and sharers of the gospel, particularly with young people.
Then we had worship together led by our DEM Pastora Irma Banales. After worship we gathered for our quarterly birthday luncheon. This meal was special also as it was out Thanksgiving potluck featuring a smoked turkey by Matt Baumhardt (Acting Director). We gave thanks for birthdays and also for to of our staff who are retiring Dec. 31st. Ms. Hattie Hammer, retiring as Executive Director of the NT-NL Mission Endowment Fund and Ms. Tyna Oslie, NT-NL Synod administrator.