God’s work. Our hands.

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  • Jesus had to get away sometimes too

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    A few days of retreat, withdrawal and contemplation on the beautiful grounds of a monastery have been planned by a group of young adults, and young adults synod-wide are invited. Although the get-away doesn't take place until November 6-9, RSVP by September 30 to hold your spot. The group will travel to the Benedictine Sisters of Erie Monastery in Erie, Pennsylvania. More at

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  • Fearless Generosity

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    Pastors and Stewardship Chairs -- Keep an eye out for your copy of "Fearless Generosity." This important stewardship resource includes articles for preaching, teaching and conducting a Stewardship Campaign, whether this fall or at a later time. "Fearless Generosity" builds on the themes the Stewardship & Mission Table lifted up in last year's resource, "Embrace Generosity" (available here). "I am hopeful that this resource, 'Fearless Generosity,' helps your ministry. It's one that I'll be using this fall," says the Rev. Dave Sonnenberg, pastor and chair of the Stewardship & Mission

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  • A prayer for back to school

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    Dear God, Thank you for the gift of children, youth and families. Please watch over our children as they go back to school this year. Keep them safe every day. Help them to remember that you are right there with them in the halls and classrooms. Help them soak up good knowledge and to dismiss any negative or worldly messages they may hear that do not bring glory to you. Help them treat others with kindness and respect, and to guard their hearts with the armor of Your Word. Give them joy and peace as they put their trust in you. Amen Circulated by ELCA Youth Ministry

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  • Imagination flowed

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    “God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday” day of service on September 7, 2014 looked differently in each congregation of the ELCA, but a sea of yellow tshirts, impacting their communities with the love of God from Metro D.C. Synod to the ELCA Alaska Synod and beyond, was exciting to join. Find photos from the 2nd annual “God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday” day of service on Facebook and Twitter -

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  • “Glocal” intersection down the road

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    Global and local realities intersect as we participate in God's world today. God's mission of reconciliation calls us to reconciliation not only with one another but with all of creation. You're invited to an ELCA Glocal Mission Gathering hosted by the nearby West Virginia/Western Maryland Synod on Sept. 19-20 in Martinsburg, WV, encouraging mission conversations around the realities of this world God loves. Song, food, stories, a keynote on hunger issues and much more will expand your experience and worldview. Learn

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Review Synod Assembly actions, photos & audio, from our get-together on June 21, 2014. "We are the church together."

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