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Living Lutheran: The spiritual discipline of rest

“In Genesis, God rests on the seventh day and blesses it as holy. As people created in God’s image, we, too, need rest. Yet rest often evades us.” In Living Lutheran’s August lead feature, Erin Strybis speaks with experts on how the spiritual discipline of rest allows us to live healthy, balanced lives, and examines why making space for rest can be a challenge for so many of us. Read more and download the study guide.

Coming soon: “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday

On Sunday, Sept. 12, ELCA congregations will come together for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, a dedicated day of service. As church, we are guided by our life in Christ to share the love of Jesus and serve our neighbors — even if these acts of service take place from our homes, outdoors or from a safe distance because of ongoing pandemic concerns. As you explore opportunities to participate, visit for planning resources including a tool kit, videos, posters, social media graphics and a special hymn for the day. Plan your day of service.

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Resourceful Servants

Readiness for Retirement Savings Matching program

Resourceful Servants, an initiative of the ELCA and its ministry partners, supports leaders and congregations in the ELCA by promoting the financial wellness of seminarians, rostered ministers and congregations through direct financial assistance and resources for financial education. Leaders and congregations that are financially well experience greater health and vitality overall and are better able to carry out the Great Commission — making disciples for Jesus Christ. For many rostered ministers, financial stress caused by a lack of retirement savings is a barrier to effectiveness and satisfaction in ministry. To address this challenge, Resourceful Servants offers the Readiness for Retirement Savings Matching program. Learn more about the Readiness for Retirement program.



Kickoff Celebration | 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering

Gathering hosts Matthew and Claire have some exciting announcements about what’s new for this Gathering cycle, what our in-kind offering will be and much more.

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Addiction & Faith Conference
Awakening faith communities to address addiction



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“God’s work. Our hands.” resources

Customize graphics, posters and postcards to promote your day of service. Join together in word and song with a worship resource and special hymn.


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Living Lutheran: Faith and family stories

For tips, practices, prayers and stories on engaging children in faith, read faith and family articles from Living Lutheran.




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Time to register for Addiction & Faith Conference

The Center of Addiction & Faith will hold its third Addiction & Faith Conference Oct. 7-9 in Bloomington, Minn., to give faith communities tools for responding to the addiction crisis. Registration is open for in-person and virtual attendance at The center grew out of the Fellowship of Recovering Lutheran Clergy.

New music from Augsburg Fortress

After over a year without much choral music news, Augsburg Fortress has a full line of new choral music for the church year, with composers including John Ferguson, Anne Krentz Organ and Zebulon Highben. There are also two new collections of vocal solos: I Hear Music in the Air: Spirituals for Solo Voice and Piano and In the Fair Morning: Vocal Solos for the Easter Season. Additionally, Augsburg Fortress recently released Augsburg Organ Library Series 2: Easter in memory of Norma Aamodt-Nelson. It is good to make music together again!

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