A comic book that's serious about drawing people of faith into deeper engagement with their neighborhoods and broader communities. This whimsical resource follows the lives of two Hope Church lay leaders and their pastor as they listen to the joys and concerns of church members and neighbors and then explore ways to respond with public action. Along the way, they join forces with the fictional interfaith community organizing group MISHPAT (Metropolitan Initiative for Strong, Hopeful People Acting Together). Through these characters' courage, as well as their clumsiness, readers are compelled to consider their own congregation's opportunities for more effective public witness and community ministry.
Proceeds go to the Campaign for the ELCA's Disability Ministries emphasis. Individually wrapped white ceramic star with multicolor print. The "You Belong" message is expressed in sign language and braille (not raised) images, as well as four ethnic-specific languages, and includes an image of the LGBTQ ribbon to represent the ELCA's call for total inclusion of all of God's people as members of the body of Christ.
Proceeds to the Campaign for ELCA's Disability Ministries emphasis. Two flat, round shatter-resistant ornaments with multicolor print. One green satin semigloss finish includes the phrase "You Belong" translated in English, Chinese, Swahili, and Sign Language; One gold satin semigloss finish includes the phrase "You Belong" translated in English, Arabic, Spanish and braille image (not raised). Each ornament also includes an image of a LGBTQ ribbon representing the ELCA's call for total inclusion of all of God's people as members of the body of Christ.
This vacation Bible school curriculum explores the theme of "Who is My Neighbor?" Participants will learn about some of the people around the world who are our neighbors in the kingdom of God and the work of ELCA World Hunger. Includes skits, schedules, snack and craft ideas, and more.
Este recurso es para congregaciones que desean establecer un énfasis ministerial que se enfoca en los dones de miembros. Esta guía presenta una introducción, trasfondo y sugerencias para desarrollar este énfasis.
Gifts of Grace: Action Guide for Congregations
This action guide is for congregations wanting to learn more about an asset-based approach to stewardship. This easy-to-read 140-page guide includes theological background, case studies and how-tos for congregational leaders, all directed toward an asset-based approach to congregational life.
This packet includes a collection of the latest and most popular resources to help you raise awareness and funds for ELCA World Hunger in your congregation. Order to get all of the information you need to participate in ELCA World Hunger's 40 Days of Giving this Lent.
Lutherans believe the Bible is a “living word.” It continues to speak God’s word to us today, and God does not say the same thing to everyone. Bible stories often mean different things to different people. In this short series of four studies, explore some of the ways this happens and some reasons why it happens. This downloadable PDF comes with permission to reprint and use in a group setting.
Martin Luther called Paul’s letter to the Galatians “my Katie von Bora.” Paul’s conviction that we are justified (made right with God) by grace through faith in Christ is central to Luther’s theology, so it makes sense that he would think of this New Testament letter with the same intimacy and affection he felt for his wife. This four-session Bible study explores Galatians in conversation with Luther, who was a biblical scholar as well as a church reformer. This downloadable PDF comes with permission to reprint and use in a group setting.
This three-session study takes a look at the Apostles’ Creed, its history and how it and other creeds help shape our faith. This downloadable PDF comes with permission to reprint and use in a group setting.
In this four-session Bible study, we’ll discover more about the church in Philippi and its founding, the challenges it faced and the context of some of the book of Philippians' most beloved passages. We’ll also explore ways in which Philippians relates to our lives today and invites us to engage in fuller service to the world around us. This downloadable PDF comes with permission to reprint and use in a group setting.
In this three-session study, explore the stories of Jonah, the Prodigal Son and the conversion of Paul, and what it means to believe in a merciful, compassionate, slow-to-anger God. This downloadable PDF comes for permission to reprint and use in a group setting.