Near the end of his gospel, John explains why he has gone to the trouble of writing it all down. “These are written,” he says, “so that you may come to believe. Women of the ELCA is a story-sharing organization. We tell stories to invite prayers. We publish stories in Gather magazine and Café. We post stories on our blog. We welcome stories from guest speakers at conventions. We travel to other parts of the world to expand our stories. We develop stories into program resources that educate and inspire. Since the beginning of Christianity, writers, editors, printers, speakers and publications have been vital to the church. Your participation and your financial support help Women of the ELCA continue this ancient Christian tradition by making the gospel resonate in new and creative ways.
This message is adapted from a stewardship devotion by Emma Crossen, published in Interchange, the monthly newsletter of Women of the ELCA. Today we remember Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea, who died in 369; Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, who died around 385; Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop of Constantinople, who died around 389; and Macrina, teacher, who died around 379.