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October 2020

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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LARC Retreat: “Ecumenism in Times of Crisis”

October 13

The theme of this year's LARC (Lutheran-Anglican-Roman Catholic) Ecumenical Retreat will be “Ecumenism in Times of Crisis”.  In our history, through times of war and economic depression, our churches have found creative ways to work together. Our time presents us with a fresh opportunity. This retreat will be held via webinar on Tuesday, October 13, from 12:00 noon to 2:30 pm ET and will be led by the The Rev. Dr. Thomas Ferguson. Tom was formerly the Ecumenical Officer for…

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Racial Justice Book Discussions

October 13

Rev. Rosanne Anderson, Assistant to the Bishop, will be leading a Zoom discussion of Caste: the Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. The book is a selection of Oprah's Book Club. These discussions will be held on Tuesdays, October 13 through November 24,  from 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET.  The book is available in print, kindle and audiobook forms from Amazon. Please read Part One (chapters 1-3) prior to October 13. (Note: we will not meet on October 27 because of the Synod…

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Learning with the Bishop: Voter Education

October 17

Join Bishop Satterlee and Assistant Secretary of State Heaster Wheeler on Saturday, October 17 at 11:00am ET for Learning with Bishop: Voter Education. This presentation will cover how to vote and what churches can and cannot do to help people vote. Registration for this event closes on October 16. Register Now.

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Bringing Polarities into Balance: Virtual Autumn Leadership Event

October 26 - October 27

Bringing Polarities into Balance: Virtual Autumn Leadership Event It is difficult to move forward faithfully when life seems to be reduced to one choice between opposing sides. Living in between pre-COVID and post-COVID times (called liminal space), has polarized people more than ever and continues to deepen the divide in society itself.  One way forward is to learn to balance opposites in healthy ways for ourselves, our churches, and our society. This retreat will teach tools to manage polarities and open…

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ELMM: Community Catalyst Training – Part 2

October 31

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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November 2020

All Saints Day Prayer of Remembrance

November 1

As we mourn those we have lost this year, including the more than 200,000 from COVID-19, we invite you to join Bishop Satterlee for a prayer of remembrance premiering live on the North/West Lower Michigan Synod Facebook at 7:00pm ET on November 1. If you would like to remember someone who died this year during the service, please submit their name using this form. Submissions will be accepted until October 26.

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ELMM: The Gospel of Matthew

November 6 - November 7

November 6-7, 2020 Via Zoom Professor Wally Taylor In the Gospel of Matthew, we meet a Jesus who is the great teacher. We will delve into his teachings in the Sermon on the Mount and study who Jesus calls us to be as disciples. We will also see how Matthew connects Jesus with the past (chapters 1-2) and the future (chapter 28). Learn More and Register.

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2020 ELCA Youth Leadership Summit

November 7 - November 8

On Nov. 7-8, two youth and an adult leader from each synod are invited to the 2020 ELCA Youth Leadership Summit. This virtual event aims to help youth discover and affirm themselves as being created perfectly in God’s image, both outwardly and inwardly. The theme for this year is based on Proverbs 27:19: “As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.” If you know of someone who might be interested in attending the virtual Summit, please contact…

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Mediation Skills Training Institute

November 16 - November 20

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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