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Published March 27, 2014
WHAT NEW THING AWAITS YOU?
For some of us, it seems winter didn't get the calendar message that spring arrived last week. For others of us, we are slogging through Lent, growing tired of soup suppers. Whatever your state of mind, it may be time to try something new. Pastor Sarah Taylor's done just that. And some of our stories this month encourage you to try something new.
ANNOUNCING CONVENTION OFFERINGS
You and your congregational unit can participate in the triennial convention offering that will be collected at the opening worship of the Ninth Triennial Convention. The churchwide executive board has designated this offering to be distributed in three ways. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, will receive 25 percent of the offering. Another 25 percent will go to On Eagle's Wings Ministries, a North Carolina-based organization that restores women and girls who have been sexually exploited through the commercial sex industry. The final 50 percent will go to the ongoing churchwide ministries of Women of the ELCA.
You will find an envelope for your convention offering in the March/April issue of Interchange. Mail it to the churchwide office, and your unit's gift will be publicly recognized during the convention in Charlotte.
THE POWER OF ART
When you think of your faith, is art part of the picture? For Stephanie Burke, an artist who will coordinate an interactive mural project at the Ninth Triennial Gathering, art and faith go hand-in-hand. Stephanie has written about one moving experience for The Lutheran. Read more.
CONNECT ACROSS GENERATIONS
There's still plenty of time to engage the Ninth Triennial Gathering theme, of many generations. You can gather in-kind gifts, knit or crochet a prayer shawl or make a quilt for the quilt challenge. Whether or not you'll be attending the gathering in Charlotte, N.C., this July, you can gather, quilt, knit and crochet ... and pray for the participants and presenters.
WOMEN, JUSTICE AND YOU
In 2009 the Churchwide Assembly called for the creation of a social statement on justice and women. The task force working towards that end is holding listening events across the church, asking people to talk about faith, justice and women. Two listening events will be held in Charlotte this summer, one during the Ninth Triennial Convention and one during the Ninth Triennial Gathering. Learn more about the ELCA Task Force Women and Justice: One in Christ through its brochure, recommended resources and web pages. Lend your voice to the process.
Want to make a difference in women's lives, here and around the globe? Make a gift today to Women of the ELCA.