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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
The hard but undeniable fact of deeply embedded racism in American society has come to the fore in painful ways this past year through high-profile occurrences of racial discrimination, hatred and violence – including racially motivated killings. As Lutheran Christians, what should be our response and witness? As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, how are we called to confront the sin of racism?
We need to talk and we need to listen, but we also need to act. As one important step in this process, I invite you to join me and William B. Horne II, an ELCA lay leader and member of the ELCA Church Council, for a live webcast conversation on the complexity and implications of racism on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 8 p.m. (CDT).
Through our church’s social statement – “Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture” – the ELCA collectively has expressed its calling to confront racism and advocate for justice and fairness for all people. You can read this social statement here. In addition, I have made several public statements on behalf of the church recently on this subject. Those statements are available here.
God’s intention for all humanity is that we see the intrinsic worth, dignity and value of all people. Racism undermines the promise of community and fractures authentic relationships with one another. As Christians, though, we live in the conviction that the church has been gathered together in the joyful freedom of the reign of God announced by and embodied in Jesus. That reign has not come in its fullness, but the message of God’s “yes” to the world breaks down all dividing walls as we live into that promise.
I urge you to deepen your involvement in and commitment to this important work to which we all are called. I believe our live webcast on this topic on Aug. 6 is one useful way for us to pursue this together, and I hope you will view and take part in it.
may read more about this webcast at www.ELCA.org/webcast,
where a link to the live webcast will be embedded. A live stream also
will be available at www.Facebook.com/Lutherans.
Twitter hashtag is #ELCAConfrontRacism.
If you would like to submit a question to be considered during the
live webcast, please send it to email@example.com
and provide your name and your congregation’s name, city and
Sister in Christ,
If we could paint a picture of how joyful these children are when they receive their bag of food. Just a couple of examples: A little kindergarten girl came up to the teacher and ask “will I get a bag today?” the teacher said “no not this week your Momma did not return the permission slip”. The little girl went back to her desk and started crying. The second story was a little boy in first grade, it was Thursday the boy went to his teacher and ask “may I have my bag of food today I am really hungry?” the teacher said “no but I will give you some food I brought for my lunch and tomorrow you will have a bag of food”.
Social Ministry depends on the caring hearts of our congregation to support FOOD FOR DAYS MINISTRY and other programs that we support.
COST FOR ONE CHILD FOR SCHOOL YEAR $280.00 = 210 meals per student
ANY AMOUNT YOUR HEART DICTATES
Please keep this ministry in your hearts and minds and pray for these children and the children all over the nation that need assistance.
You may use a pew envelop with FOOD FOR DAYS on the envelope and on your check.
If you have questions regarding the program, contact Marilyn Boardman at 704-663-7156 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A huge thank you to the crew is in order. Here’s a list of our workers: Jim Chelgren, Wayne Westmoreland, Judy Rains, Gary Rains, Debbie Rice, Bill Hadlock, Bill Horiszny, Ron Boardman, David Milholland, Jimmy McLean, Jody Tyree, Tommy Lyons, Mitch Abraham, Chick Pless, Bill Elkin, Bruce Harwell, Jason Fisher, Jim Lown, Craig Gill, Mike Walsh, Melissa Walsh, Collin Walsh, Cheryl Hertler, Barry Ervin, Chris Ervin, and Jimmy Arthurs.
Other service opportunities will be coming up through the end of the year! Let Barry Ervin or Jimmy Arthurs know if you want to help us, or if you know of any other property volunteer projects for which you may be suited.
During its monthly meeting on July 13th, the Council approved a motion that a love offering in the amount of $500 be made to Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC in honor and in memory of innocent victims of violence. If you are interested in making an offering to Emanuel AME Church, the address is 110 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC, 29401.
St. Mark's brothers and sisters: If you would like to nominate rostered ELCA clergy for our Pastoral Call, there is a nomination form to complete which you can get in the church office. Please enclose the completed form in a sealed envelope and turn it in to the office. Once the form is turned in, our Call Committee will forward it to our synod office for them to make contact. Thank you!
HELP WANTED – MOORESVILLE SOUP KITCHEN – Immediate Volunteer Needs:
On Sunday, July 12, Don Mease and Susan Suther, members of the Call Committee, gave an update on the process of finding our next Pastor. They reported that the final draft of the MSP (Ministry Site Profile) has been submitted to the Synod, and they are in the process of reviewing it. Training for the Call Committee is complete, and the Synod office has been notified that we are ready to receive names of interested candidates. The Call Committee will review the candidate profiles as they are received and select those that interest the committee. They will then begin the interview process.
The Call Committee members ask for your continued prayers for wisdom, discernment and guidance as they seek a Pastor for our congregation, and pray for them as they listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit as our guide through this process.