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Lutheran Disaster Response receives $300,000 grant for New Jersey hurricane relief

Lutheran Disaster Response has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the American Red Cross to assist people impacted by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey. Lutheran Disaster Response is the disaster response ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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ELCA Church Council considers new mission funding approach and more

The ELCA took action on proposals designed to examine and explore new opportunities to fund the mission of this church. The council also considered proposals on the formation of a single ELCA lay roster and more when it met here April 9-12, 2015.

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Baptism! It's the theme for the 2015 Southern Ohio Synod Assembly!

To help celebrate this sacrament that stands at the heart of our faith and Lutheran identity, we are seeking digital, high quality photos of YOUR congregation's baptismal font or baptistery that will be shown on the big screen at various times throughout assembly.

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ELCA responds in aftermath of northern Illinois tornado damage

The ELCA will provide assistance for survivors of the tornadoes and storms that devastated portions of northern Illinois April 9. In partnership with Lutheran Disaster Response, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and the ELCA Northern Illinois Synod, the group has created a “Tornado Relief Fund” to be administered through Lutheran Social Services of Illinois.

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Has your spouse registered on myPortico yet?

If you have Portico health benefits, please make sure your spouse creates an account on myPortico and takes the Mayo Clinic Health Assessment BEFORE April 30 so the entire synod can benefit from a 2% reduction in employer health plan contributions.

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ELCA leaders tour immigration detention center, call on Obama to end detention

A group of Lutheran and Catholic leaders, during a March 27 visit to the Dilley Family Detention Center in Dilley, Texas, heard the stories of women who have fled violent situations in Central America. About 400 women and children who are seeking asylum are detained at the facility.

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Reminder when calling into the synod office

Listen for the extension prompts, '0' is not an option

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April bulletin inserts from LOMO to share with your congregation

LOMO has lots of activities coming up for everyone in your congregation!

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ELCA Malaria Campaign News and Toolkit for World Marlaria Day April 26

The ELCA Malaria Campaign has raised $13.8 million so far, which puts us over 90% of the way to reaching our $15 million goal.

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May and June editions of The Parish Paper ready to download and share with your congregation

May's issue addresses bivocational pastors and June's issue discusses the benefits of being curious.

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2015 Annual Assembly of the Hunger Network in Ohio May 3

'Speak Out for Justice' is theme of this year's event.

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'Coming to terms with the times' is title of Bp Elizabeth Eaton's April column in The Lutheran

'Maybe Jesus has become like wallpaper: we know it's there and everyone can see it, but we don't have to talk about it.'

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Trinity Lutheran Seminary’s Trout Lectures to host the Rev. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown

The Nelson W. Trout Lecture will be held April 30 and May 1, at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. The lectures are free and open to the public.

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Come support Jacob's Porch Campus Ministry on April 25!

Benefit concert and silent auction to raise funds in support of the awesome ministry happening at Jacob's Porch, OSU's Lutheran Campus Ministry.

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'Seeking Peace in the Holy Land, a Community Conversation Involving Christians and Jews'

June 10 & 11, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Registration opens April 1.

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World Malaria Day April 25--Start planning your congregation's activities today!

World Malaria Day is April 25, offering us an opportunity to do something significant for the ELCA Malaria Campaign.

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From ELCA Advocacy: Learn the Facts on this International Women's Day

On this day, millions of people around the world come together to celebrate progress we have made on women’s rights and equality. Along with celebration, we must also raise awareness on the challenges women and girls still face all over the world.

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Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's March column in The Lutheran-Download and read it today!

'Subtle shift to works righteousness--Jesus didn't die to change behaviors, political systems, institutions.'

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Introducing ELCA World Hunger's Walk for Water--Matching donations up to $1 million!

The global water crisis doesn’t often make headlines. But the truth is that it claims more lives each year than war.

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Benefit concert Feb 22 for LSS Faith Mission Homeless Shelter--You're invited!

Gethsemane Lutheran Church is hosting a benefit concert which is open to the entire community. Free will donations accepted.

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Time to Take the Health Assessment

Portico Benefit Services is again offering us the opportunity to earn a 2% discount on ELCA health contributions this year.

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