A Christmas message from Bishop Eaton

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Living Lutheran: A look back and a look forward

In Living Lutheran’s December lead feature, take a look back at the effects of COVID-19 on ELCA members and congregations, and a look forward to where we’re headed now. In the study guide, Robert C. Blezard writes, “The COVID-19 pandemic has changed churches forever. Though we have lost some things, congregations and members are bouncing back and finding new opportunities and strength as the pandemic winds down.” Read the article and download the study guide.

ELCA Good Gifts: Christmas gifts that make a difference

Searching for the perfect gift? Shop ELCA Good Gifts and choose from more than 50 life-changing charitable gifts that support the ministries you care about. When you give online in honor of someone special, you can generate e-cards or download printable cards to share the news. God’s love is a gift, given through Christ. Thank you for sharing God’s love with others.

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Mark Hansen

Living Lutheran: “I’m a Lutheran” — Mark Hansen

“A lesson from forestry is that change is not instant. In forestry, you measure small changes. You’re looking at and seeing trees that change very slowly, but inevitably, they change. Now I see trees that I helped plant years ago that are huge. The same is true in life: The things we do now, we may not see the changes for a long time or the impact we want. Change will come.” In the “I’m a Lutheran” column for December, Mark Hansen reflects on the connection between God and nature, favorite memories from church and lessons he has learned from forestry. Read more of his story and why he’s a lifelong Lutheran and member of St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minn.



Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton: Christmas message 2021

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton shares her 2021 Christmas message. “This is our second pandemic Christmas. … There’s so much that's broken in this world, so much that tells us, ‘Why have hope? Just give up.’ But we have a hope that's stronger than any of this, stronger even than death. The hope of God comes in the form of a tiny baby, a helpless child.”

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Invitations for Christmas

Whether you’re worshiping online
or in person, Christmas services
provide an opportunity for your
community to gather. Welcome
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ELCA Advocacy Summer School sessions

A series of 45-minute videos
recorded for the ELCA’s
Advocacy Summer School offer
reflections and Q&A sessions to
stimulate discussion and deepen
understanding of advocacy in
congregations, study groups,
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A Declaration of the ELCA to American Indian and Alaska Native People

The newly published “A Declaration of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to American Indian and Alaska Native People” is a direct result of the social policy resolution “Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery,” which was passed by the 2016 Churchwide Assembly.




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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Resources from the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute’s 2022 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity are now available for purchase. Taking place Jan. 18-25, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity invites the whole Christian community throughout the world to join in communion with the prayer of Jesus “that they all may be one” (John 17:21).

Augsburg Fortress music sale

Augsburg Fortress is having a year-end music sale: 15% off select titles. Whether you're looking for children's choir books, vocal solos, collections for ensembles and small choir, or large-scale choral works, this is a great time to shop and save. The sale runs through Dec. 31, 2021, and does not include subscriptions, digital downloads, hymnals or accompaniment editions of hymnals. View all items included in this sale. Offer cannot be combined with other offers or applied to previous purchases.

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