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SPRING HAS SPRUNG?
We're still getting lots of reports about snow up north. Here in the Chicagoland, we've already had more than our share of April showers. Whatever the weather, we're all ready for the change that spring brings. We spend more time outside in God's glorious creation, we pull out new programing and we plan for big events like graduations and reunions. Before you run out the door, kick back and read this issue of Bold Connections, connecting you with the mission and ministry of Women of the ELCA.
JEWELRY MAKES GREAT GIFT
With Mother's Day right around the corner, honor your mother and girlfriends with a piece of Women of the ELCA jewelry. Sterling silver necklaces, charms and earrings feature the much-loved water, cross and lily from our logo. While you're at it, pick up a piece for yourself. Place your order today!
Last weekend the churchwide executive board of Women of the ELCA met in Chicago for its spring meeting. The board received recommendations from the 2013 Conference of Synodical Presidents, designated offerings for the Ninth Triennial Convention and the 2014 Triennial Gathering and adopted proposed rules of procedure for the next triennial convention, among other things. The complete story is here.The board's next meeting is October 18-19, 2013, in Chicago.
COMMUNICATION EFFORTS HONORED
The Associated Church Press and the Religion Communicators Council recently honored Gather, Cafe, our blog and some of our triennial gathering communication efforts with awards. How cool is that? We're pleased and proud, of course, but we're especially encouraged because we know these communication ministries make a difference in your life and the lives of all the readers. You can help support these award-winning ministries.
Glocal Mission Gatherings (GMGs), offered through the ELCA's Global Mission unit, bring together congregational leaders for a day and a half of worship, workshops and sharing around global and local mission. "Glocal" is a new term used to describe God's work where global and local realities connect. GMGs help you make sense of these connections and experience them within the context of your faith.
At a GMG you learn about the changing context of the global church. You get a biblical foundation for the accompaniment model of mission. Global companions share their witness. Lively devotions that include global voices inform the fellowship time of networking and connecting. In-depth, skill-building workshops round out the GMG. Women of the ELCA staff gather participants, usually over lunch, to discuss and apply the GMG learnings to the mission of our organization. Check out the list of upcoming Global Mission Gatherings today and meet up with your Lutheran sisters to engage in mission planning.
PROMOTE THE NEW BIBLE STUDY
Order brochures to promote the upcoming September 2013-May 2014 Bible study in Gather ("In Good Company: Stories of Biblical Women"). For a free single copy or small quantities (less than 10), call 800-638-3522 ext. 2580. Click here to order larger quantities. (You'll be charged shipping). Enter item code ELCAWO1038.