At this time, our church building remains closed but God’s ministry continues through online and small group service as possible with safe distancing. Here is the latest information from the ELCW Magazine for Women BOLD CONNECTIONS.
How are you staying in touch with your community?
This pandemic calls us to do what we may never have imagined we would do. Church online. Zoom meetings with family, friends, church council, etc. East Central Synod in Wisconsin Women of the ELCA is trying some new things for their women.
Monthly devotion: Do you know how precious your friends are?
So there’s a joke going around the internet that has my husband in stitches. You take a famous line from a movie and add the phrase “due to the pandemic,” writes Audrey Novak Riley in the August stewardship devotion.
One of the things we see in that new light is just how precious our friends really are. I’ve missed seeing my pals in person (due to the pandemic), but I think that makes me cherish them all the more. Have you found the same thing?
Many of us are sad that we didn’t meet last month in Phoenix for our triennial convention and gathering. The churchwide executive board chose to reschedule the two events for the first week of August 2021, for the health and safety of all involved. But we can enjoy the memories of past triennial events.
We’ll plan on making new memories in 2021! (Visit welcatg.org to register or learn more.)
Receiving a handwritten letter is as special as a gift
Even in the best of times, we humans crave community. For Lutheran Christians, it is part of our spiritual DNA. We want to be with and care for others. Living within the new realities wrought by a global pandemic, many of us now crave community more than ever. So, along the lines of everything-old-is-new-again, how about a letter-writing project to sustain community? Learn how to write a letter and receive a letter.
Download free 3-month summer Bible study on ‘Just Love’
This three-session 2020 Bible study invites readers to consider how justice and love intersect. What does “just love” look like? How is this kind of love more than a sentimental or sanitized emotion, but is instead a love-in-action that seeks to dismantle the various systems of sin that damage God’s creation and harm God’s people? Download the study.
Congregational units should use caution when planning events
The churchwide executive board of Women of the ELCA strongly encourages congregational units to carefully monitor current federal, state, and local governmental orders and recommendations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the recommendations of their synod.
This school year looks different. New regulations and guidelines are being imposed. Options for online learning and partial in-person teaching are planned to replace in-person classroom settings. The usual excitement to hug friends, talk about summer memories, and filing into classrooms is pretty much on hold. Teachers, parents, and students are trying to figure out how to go back to school as safely as possible. Read the August 2020 issue of Bold Cafe.
Pray with Lutheran women across the church every Tuesday at noon
As a community of women, we are coming together in prayer. Join Lutheran women across the church every Tuesday at noon as we practice social distancing during this pandemic. Download the one-page prayer resource. Share it broadly.
Sign up for Interchange/Intercambio
Do you want to receive Interchange or Intercambio , our quarterly newsletter for Women of the ELCA leaders (in English and Spanish)? The digital newsletter will be emailed in late September. Sign up for it on our Publications page or from the button below.
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