Almost a year ago at this time, Bishop Candea wrote;
“I walk every morning and go for longer hikes on the weekends which have helped me stay healthy both physically and spiritually.”
If you follow her
, then you know that as the bishop travels across our synod, she will seek out scenic locations, often sharing photos from some of those daily walks and weekend hikes. This past Sunday while hiking with her son at Clinton Lake in Lawrence KS, Bishop Candea fell, dislocating and breaking her left elbow. She is scheduled for surgery this Friday and will be out of the office for the foreseeable future as she recovers.
While her leadership is missed, the synod office continues to manage the business at hand. Should you need anything, please contact
Rev. Dave Whetter
, Bishop’s Associate at the synod office (913) 948-9701. Thank you for your prayers for Bishop Candea's health and speedy recovery.
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kanas City, MO
Immanuel.'s 2021 "
God's Work. Our Hands
." theme for was
"Feed the Hungry Hundreds."
On Saturday, Sept. 11, Immanuel volunteers packed hundreds of sack lunches that now are helping to feed hungry people served by
in northeast Kansas City.
On Sunday, Sept. 12, the congregation donated food for and then packed more than 1,100 sack lunches that already are helping to feed hungry people served by
Metro Lutheran Ministry
in central Kansas City.
Our goal was to help feed the hungry hundreds ... but we helped feed the hungry thousands! It truly was God's work with our hands.
This pilot is designed to listen to and learn from the anonymous stories shared by women in ministry and make change in our synod. Let your stories be part of the change!
Need help sharing your story? Try this optional
to help you get started.
Submissions are due September 30, 2021
Trivia Event Celebrating Women in Ministry
September 28 at 12pm-1pm CT or 6pm-7pm CT
The ELCA Quality of Call Team is hosting this Zoom event in order to bring together the women in the ten piloting synods so we can learn more about the Quality of Call Pilot and to promote the story collection before it closes on September 30.
Welcome to a fun, light-hearted time of celebrating women’s history and women in ministry!
Sign up for this event:
Share a story in SenseMaker:
Quality of Call SenseMaker Pilot FAQ page:
The bulletin insert contains additional information as well as prayer suggestions for Sunday, October 3rd, and the video is part of a zoom conversation with Pastor Alexander Lapochenko with missionary Bradn Buerkle translating. Our Synod is committed to providing financial support for Pastor Lapochenko, a commitment that is a priority for us in our work with the Lutheran Church in the Russian Far East. Learn more at the link below entitled "
Far East Deanery Russia
Don't miss this opportunity to remember that we are part of a global church and that we are not the only ones struggling with the pandemic and challenges in ministry."
2022 ELCA Youth Gathering
Registration is OPEN!
~ Sept 22 - Nov 21 ~ $350 per person
~ Nov 22 - Feb 21 ~ $390 per person
~ Feb 22 - May 21 ~ $440 per person
2021 ELCA Youth Leadership Summit
The Central States Synod is looking for two young people, in grades 9-12, to attend the ELCA Youth Leadership Summit at the Marriott Downtown in Minneapolis, MN November 4-7, 2021.
The 2021 ELCA Youth Leadership Summit equips youth leaders through workshops, speakers, and other hands-on activities. The youth will be challenged to take home what they learn at the Summit and inspire action in their own synods, congregations and communities. Another priority of this event is to help these high school youth “look toward” their next faith community. The Summit invites staff from Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, Lutheran Campus Ministries, Lutheran Colleges and Universities, YAGM, Young Adult Ministries, and an ELCA Military Chaplain to share how young people can connect after high school.
Youth will also have an opportunity to see where the 2022 ELCA Gathering will be held and get to run through the Gathering’s Synod Day curriculum.
All lodging, meals, and programming are provided by a gracious grant from the ELCA. The Synod will pay for half of transportation costs; the congregation and/or family pay for the other half of transportation costs.
Be in 9-12th grade.
Have proof of full COVID vaccination.
Be available Nov 4-7, 2021.
Serve on the Synod Day Planning Team for the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering.
Attend the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering as a youth participant (July 24-28, 2022).
Help lead the Synod Day at the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering.
Be approved by their congregation and/or pastoral leader.
Describe, in 3-5 sentences, what their faith has taught them about leadership.
If you know of someone who might be interested in attending the 2021 Youth Leadership Summit, please contact Mindy Tillberg:
Saturday, October 23, 2021 • 11 am to 5 pm
Camp Tomah Shinga • 7821 E. Lyons Creek Road, Junction City, KS 66441
Presentation at 11:00 am
followed by Lunch, Outdoor Time, and Resource Sharing
(A Zoom option for the presentation will be available for those unable to attend in person.)
To register for the retreat, please go to:
Make sure to choose ticket type:
, and use country code
when registering. A Zoom link will be sent closer to the event for those who are participating online.
“The pandemic was a stark illustration of the fact that the church is not a building,” said Sandra Rudd, pastor of Sitka (Alaska) Lutheran Church. “A lot of people say that, but we didn’t fully know it until we didn’t have a building to use. We learned that there are many ways to be connected as the church.”
Annual Report Covers for 2021 are now available.
This resource is designed for congregations to use during their annual meetings and includes a letter from Presiding Bishop Eaton, a few references to stories that can be found in Stories of Faith in Action and a litany and a hymn for worship.
The National Lutheran Choir's 36th Season
Tickets on sale now!
Welcome to the National Lutheran Choir's 2021-2022 season!
We're excited to share that we are planning a return to in-person performances in November
are continuing production of virtual programming. No matter where you are or what circumstances you are experiencing, NLC's music will be available to you.
Stephen Ministries St. Louis
is now training caring ministry leaders through a live, interactive online training experience called the Bridge Leader’s Training Course (BLTC). This event fully trains Stephen Leaders—the pastors, church staff, and lay leaders who begin and lead Stephen Ministry in their congregation.
Searching for Fellowship?
Why not host a gathering & discuss our next Bold Gathering.
For Speakers, Topics and Registration info, go to:
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