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September 2020

Entering the Narrow Gate

September 1, 2020 - June 1, 2021
Trinity Lutheran Church Grand Rapids, 2700 Fulton St E
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States
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This year-long spiritual formation program, hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church, is open to anyone who would like to explore the classic elements of monastic, spiritual and contemplative life — to discover how this ancient wisdom, learning and spiritual practice might be understood and lived in new settings and life today.  Contact Trinity’s Kris Baker 616.949.2510, x 110 or program facilitator Sister Nancy Brousseau 616.560.4580 for more info. Download Brochure Register Now

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ELMM: The Writings

September 18 - September 19

September 18-19, 2020 Via Zoom ​Professor George Heider ​The third major section of the Jewish Scriptures (after the Torah and the Prophets) is "the Writings", a grab-bag of books that either didn't fit logically into the first two categories (like "wisdom literature") or were likely among the last written. Yet in this bag are some of the most important books in the Christian Old Testament (like Psalms) and some of the most beloved (like Ruth and Esther). We will look…

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ELCA Creation Care Ambassador Training

September 18

Americans are growing more concerned about climate change. As they witness and experience impacts to their health, livelihoods, and communities, they are increasingly looking for guidance on solutions, from people in their daily lives – including faith leaders like you. This virtual training will equip you with the knowledge, hands-on experience, and resources to speak and act confidently on climate change and solutions. With this training, and a cohort of like-minded leaders, you will be able to engage your congregations…

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Growing Young Presentation with Jake Mulder

September 19

There are best practices for congregations who want to be open and accepting of young adults. Members of our Synod and the wider ELCA consistency recommend the book Growing Young to help congregations learn and utilize these best practices in their own settings. The Synod’s REVIVE Team, our congregational vitality group, is excited to announce a presentation featuring Jake Mulder, co-author of Growing Young. This presentation will highlight the 6 Essential Strategies To Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church and…

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Caring for Creation Online Worship Service

September 20

Lutherans Restoring Creation is preparing a creation-focused worship service for congregational use utilizing the lectionary texts for Pentecost 16 (Sunday, September 20). This virtual service will feature Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, The Rev. Dr. Barbara Rossing, Rev. Lenny Duncan, Rebekah Bruesehoff, and pastors and members of the Lutherans Restoring Creation Board of Directors. Music will be provided by Marty Haugen, The Rev. Dr. Leah Schade, and Pastor John Tirro. Learn More. 

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Stewardship Kaleidoscope Conference

September 22

The ELCA will again be co-sponsoring the Stewardship Kaleidoscope Conference with the Presbyterian Church USA.  This year the conference will be held virtually on September 22, 29 and October 6. The series will focus on The Stewardshift of Change in Community, Technology and Across Generations. Scholarships are available by contacting Learn More. Register Now.  

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Hunger in the Time of COVID-19: Life for Today and Hope for Tomorrow

September 24

Rick Steves, guidebook author and travel TV host, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and the Rev. Shelley Bryan Wee, bishop of the Northwest Washington Synod of the ELCA, invite you to a virtual benefit – the first of its kind – for ELCA World Hunger. This Zoom virtual event will take place Thursday, September 24, 7 p.m. central time. Our goal is to raise $250,000 to confront hunger in the…

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October 2020

ELMM: Community Catalyst Training – Part 1

October 3

Part I - October 3, 2020 ​Part II - October 31, 2020 Via Zoom ​Pastor David Sprang ​Jesus did his ministry in the community. He went to the synagogue on Sabbath, but most of the time he was out with people. And for much of that time, it was people on the margins, people left out, and people shunned. The church as Community Catalyst is learning how to listen to the community, accompany them on their road of life, and help…

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Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders

October 5 - October 9

The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center is offering two sessions of Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI): October 5-9 and November 16-20, 2020. This workshop equips participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. Given that this event will be conducted remotely, participants will need a device with both a camera and microphone in order to participate fully. For details and a registration form, please consult this MSTI…

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ELMM: The Gospel of Mark

October 9 - October 10

October 9-10, 2020 Via Zoom Professor Wally Taylor ​In the Gospel of Mark, we are always "on the way". But on the way to where? We will explore that question as we survey the gospel and its major themes: good news, kingdom of God, Son of God, passion predictions, misunderstanding disciples, status degradation, and the cross. Learn More and Register.

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