Category: ELCA

April 14, 2020

ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton Shares Earth Day Message

April 2020 Sin and captivity, manifest in threats to the environment, are not the last word. God addresses our predicament with gifts of ‘forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation’ (Luther, Small Catechism). By the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God frees us from our sin and captivity, and empowers us to be loving servants...

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March 31, 2020

2020 National Census Kick Off Day – April 1: Be Certain Everyone Counts in Pennsylvania!

April 1, 2020 is National Census Day. By this date, every home will have received their invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. When you respond to the Census, you tell the U.S. Census Bureau where you are living as of April 1, 2020. Every household can respond to the 2020 Census online, by mail,...

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March 31, 2020

Third COVID-19 Aid Package Passed and Signed: Thank You for Taking Action!

On March 27, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, H.R. 748 (CARES Act), a third economic aid package to help bring direct relief to families, reinforce struggling industries and the healthcare sector, and extend assistance to vital state and federal support programs. Members of Congress and their staff worked intensely to...

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March 28, 2020

Message from Bishop Eaton Outlining the ELCA’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear church, The last couple of weeks have been trying ones for everyone across this church. Our synods, congregations and ministries are facing challenges that they’ve never faced before. Being church together means more now than ever before. The churchwide office is launching a comprehensive Covid-19 response across the ELCA beginning today. We have three...

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March 26, 2020

ELCA Releases First Draft of Social Message on Government and Civic Engagement: Discipleship in a Democracy

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in American (ELCA) has shared The First Draft of the Social Message on Government and Civic Engagement: Discipleship in a Democracy. The development of this message on government, civic engagement, the relationship of church and state and related matters, was called for by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. This is not...

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March 24, 2020

ELCA Presiding Bishop Extends Invitation to Join in the Lord’s Prayer

March 24, 2020 Dear Church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church America, as part of the body of Christ, is united with other Christians in our communities, in our country and around the world. This unity takes many forms, including prayer. I am writing to extend an invitation we have received from Pope Francis, through the Lutheran...

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March 13, 2020

Congregational Resources & Bishop Eaton On COVID-19

With the outbreaks of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States and around the world, congregations and houses of worship need to be well-informed and well-prepared. The following information offers guidance as we minister to and engage with each other, and within our communities, as the body of Christ. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton...

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March 11, 2020

ELCA Publishes Civic Engagement Guide

The ELCA has published a Civic Engagement Guide. The resource guide is designed to encourage, empower and equip voter education and other responsible civic participation shaped by faith values. Civic engagement, according to a frequently referenced definition, means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the knowledge, skills,...

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March 10, 2020

ELCA Domestic Hunger Grant Applications Open April 1

The application window for 2020 ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants will open April 1. Visit ELCA.org/domestichungergrants to learn more about the grants and how to apply. Due to COVID-19, the deadline for grant applications has been extended to June 1.  Organizations applying for an ELCA grant for the first time are invited to set up...

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February 24, 2020

ELCA Partners With Census for Neighbor and Ourselves

Our communities are significantly shaped by census data, and Census 2020 will update these numbers for the first time in 10 years. The ELCA is an official partner of the 2020 Census to encourage the most accurate count possible. “Funding for over 100 federal programs, many of which combat poverty and hunger and support people...

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