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Living Lutheran Fit and Faithful

Living Lutheran: Fit and faithful

Living Lutheran's January cover story looks at how wellness programs enrich and extend congregations’ ministries. By participating in these programs, parishioners can improve their health, build community and grow in their faith. From yoga to cardio activities to exercise drumming and more, this story covers the many ways wellness programs are becoming important parts of congregational life. Read the article and participate in discussion with a corresponding study guide.

Webinar: Legal Checklist for Congregations

Congregations can be vulnerable to legal issues and liabilities related to corporate status, taxes, property, insurance and abuse prevention. Many of these problems can be avoided by using an ELCA-prepared checklist of key issues for congregations to address. In a free webinar at 12 p.m. (CST) on Thursday, Feb. 21, the ELCA legal staff will discuss this checklist and best legal practices for congregations. The webinar should be of particular interest to rostered ministers and lay congregational leaders and staff, including congregation council members and officers, church administrators, and pastors and deacons.
Register by Feb. 15

Legal Checklist
Lutherans in Congress

ELCA Advocacy: Lutherans in the 116th Congress

Earlier this month, the 116th Congress began and new lawmakers were sworn into office, among them five Lutherans. ELCA Advocacy has a blog post identifying these new members as well as the Lutheran incumbents who were re-elected. Read the full post to learn more.



We are one in the Spirit

The Rev. Kirsten Fryer serves as a missionary at St. Andrew’s United Church of Cairo.

Bishop's Christmas Message



Mental Health Ministry
Proposals due

Young Adults in Global Mission
Applications due

Legal Checklist for Congregations webinar
Registration deadline

ELCA Churchwide Assembly
Milwaukee, Wis.



Christian Unity

3 Sides


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Devotional

Devotions offered by the heads of church from the ELCA, The Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada.


Three Sides Podcast

Subscribe to the monthly podcast featuring stories and ministries from the ELCA.


Living Lutheran lectionary blog

Read a weekly blog on the lectionary from Cory Driver. A new post is published every Monday.




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2020 Rostered Ministers Gathering
The second Rostered Ministers Gathering will take place July 20-23, 2020, in Phoenix. The theme for the event is “Rekindle the Gift Within You.” For updates on the gathering, visit and follow the Rostered Ministers Gathering page on Facebook.

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“God’s work. Our hands.” hymn contest
The ELCA is offering people from across the church an opportunity to submit their original composition to be considered as a hymn for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday. Our dedicated day of service is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the ELCA—one church, freed in Christ to love and serve our neighbor. This new hymn will become a year-round worship resource and should reflect on service as an opportunity to explore one of our most basic convictions: All of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life is in response to our gratitude for God’s abundant grace.

Entries will be screened by a selection team and one hymn may be selected. The winning entrant will receive a $500 honorarium. Submissions should be emailed or postmarked on or before March 1, 2019. Learn more details and contest rules.

40 Days

Save the date: ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving

This Lent, you are once again invited to join fellow members and supporters of ELCA World Hunger to study, reflect and give during ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving. Journey into Lent as we explore the connections between our faith and our shared ministry to end hunger and poverty. Discover new ways to engage your congregation in the long-standing traditions and practices of Lent with:

  • A devotional calendar offering ideas for how to engage in the Lenten disciplines of self-examination and repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving and works of love.
  • A weekly study explaining how your gifts to ELCA World Hunger are at work in the world.
  • Additional resources, including a weekly series of inspirational emails and coin-jar wrappers inviting children and families to donate to programs addressing hunger and poverty.

A resource packet with more information is on its way to you, so watch your mailbox! In the meantime, please visit for more information.



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