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October/November 2021

 

  • 2022 NALC Pastors’ Conference is Feb. 15-17 in Orlando, Florida.
  • NALC Executive Council works on Texas office plans, approves ordination under special circumstances plan.
  • NALC deans meet in Texas.
  • Christ the King — Message from Bishop Selbo.
  • NALC leaders and scholars meet with leaders and scholars from Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod and Lutheran Church-Canada.
  • Refresh, re-energize, renew — Now scheduling 2022 “Fresh Eyes for Mission Summits” — Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
  • Does your church council have a covenant of conduct? — From the General Secretary Pastor Amy Little.
  • Please mail end of year gifts early this year.
  • Flooding damages Mekane Yesus Seminary in Ethiopia, eight people die at seminary.
  • Youth and family ministry.
  • St. Paul Lutheran Seminary journal.
  • NALS is seeking a director of vocational discernment.
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September 2021

    • Convocation hears vision updates, affirms decisions on office and assistants.
    • Photos from 2021 NALC Mission Convocation.
    • Mission Convocation elects members of Executive Council and Court of Adjudication.
    • 2022 budgets approved.
    • Bishop Selbo’s report to 2021 Mission Convocation.
    • Bishop Selbo’s sermon opening the convocation.
    • Flooding damages Mekane Yesus Seminary in Ethiopia, eight people die at seminary.
    • A call to prayer for Ethiopia and EECMY.
    • Small and rural churches matter — Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
    • NALC Disaster Response Hurricane Ida update.
    • Ordination anniversaries recognized at convocation.
    • Congregation anniversaries recognized at convocation.
    • Youth and family ministry.
    • NALC congregations to consider whether to ratify constitutional amendments.
    • Martin Luther’s Theology of Beauty: A Reappraisal is focus of “NALS Reads.”
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2021 NALC Mission Convocation

      • 2020 Vision Appeal
      • Elections
      • The Rev. Dr. Amy Little was installed as the General Secretary
      • A major address on the convocation theme, “God the Father Creates”
      • Melissa Ohden told the moving story of her life
      • 2022 budgets were approved
      • Prayer for Ethiopia
      • Amendments to the NALC Constitution
      • The Braaten-Benne Lectures in Theology
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July 2021

      • Pastor Amy Little called as NALC General Secretary.
      • Lutheran Week is Aug. 2-6 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
      • Melissa Ohden and Steven Paulson are the keynote speakers for convocation.
      • Mission Convocation will elect members of Executive Council and Court of Adjudication.
      • Focusing on our vision at Mission Convocation — Message from Bishop Dan Selbo.
      • Stewardship workshop during Lutheran Week.
      • Speakers for 2021 Braaten-Benne Lectures in Theology.
      • Women of NALC Annual Gathering.
      • “One more!” – Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
      • Life-to-Life Discipleship workshop during Lutheran Week.
      • NALC Disaster Response update.
      • Mekane Yesus Seminary update and invitation.
      • Mission update from Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch.
      • Mission update from Jon Gowin in Gambia.
      • Mission update from Pastor Valery Hryhoryk in Belarus.
      • Mission update from Houston Oromo Evangelical Church.
      • Women of NALC want to “Stuff the Truck” for Disaster Response
      • Mission update from Pastor Didi Panzo in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
      • Youth and family ministry Lutheran Week workshop.
      • Great Commission Society update.
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May/June 2021

      • Nominations are still open for positions to be elected at 2021 NALC Mission Convocation.
      • Speakers are announced for 2021 Braaten-Benne Lectures in Theology.
      • Registration now open for 2021 Lutheran Week.
      • “Until Our Lord Returns” – Message from Bishop Dan Selbo.
      • Executive Council update.
      • NALC Pastors’ Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
      • Send your pastor to the 2022 NALC Pastors’ Conference – Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
      • Youth and family ministry update.
      • 2020 Vision: Disciple-making cultures.
      • 2020 Vision: Congregational multiplication.
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April 2021

      • Executive Council approves proposal to create regions and decides to open central NALC office in Texas.
      • Nominations sought for positions to be elected at 2021 Convocation.
      • “Alive in the Body” – Message from Bishop Dan Selbo.
      • Executive Council update.
      • NALC Pastors’ Conference is May 4-6 in San Antonio, Texas.
      • Mission update from Panzos.
      • Mission update from Gowins.
      • Mission update from Chelsea Smith with Cru in Cincinnati, Ohio.
      • Bonhoeffer’s Life Together is focus of Great Commission Society’s online reading group.
      • Call process during COVID-19 – Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
      • Youth and family ministry update.
      • NEXUS youth theology institute.
      • June InterTerm courses at North American Lutheran Seminary.
Download April 2021 Newsletter

March 2021

      • Mark Chavez steps down as NALC general secretary.
      • NALC seeking new general secretary.
      • Changes in NALC and NALS staff.
      • Congregations ratify NALC constitutional amendments.
      • NALC Pastors’ Conference to feature Benne and Nestingen.
      • “Reminded, encouraged and assured” – Message from Bishop Dan Selbo.
      • Nominations sought for positions to be elected at 2021 Convocation.
      • NALC Disaster Response needs your help in responding to damage caused by cold in Texas.
      • 2020 Vision: Pastoral support.
      • 2020 Vision: Continuing education.
      • India Transformed.
      • CREDO: Confessional Renewal Embracing Discipleship Outreach.
      • Transfiguration Lutheran Church mission update.
      • Update from Kevin and Sarah Pfister in Bulgaria.
      • Is it really black and white? Gospel in the face of chaos and division.
      • “Let Easter Sunday be ‘Refreshment Sunday’” – Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
      • Congregational annual reports.
      • Youth and family ministry update.
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January/February 2021

      • NALC Executive Council update.
      • “Following God’s Star” – Message from Bishop Dan Selbo.
      • Ecumenical relationships – NALC 2020 Vision.
      • Technology & Communication – NALC 2020 Vision.
      • Daily prayer and Bible reading calendar.
      • Small and rural ministry: A future of hope.
      • Ordination of Ray Zhu.
      • Congregational annual reports.
      • “Hope in the midst of decline” – Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
      • NALC Lenten devotional.
      • Youth and family ministry update.
      • Atlantic Mission Region theological conference to address chaos and division.
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December 2020

      • “God’s Saving Mission” – Christmas message from Bishop Dan Selbo.
      • NALC 2020 Vision.
      • Jonathan Gowin is NALC global worker in Gambia.
      • NALC office has new address.
      • NALC Pastors’ Conference rescheduled for May 4-6.
      • “Christmas is best understood in light of Easter – Christmas message from the Rev. Dr. Eric Riesen, North American Lutheran Seminary president.
      • Robotics at Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute.
      • Ordinations.
      • “Canoeing the Mountains” – Great Commission Society online book discussion.
      • Malawi Orphan Care Project.
      • Congregations consider whether to ratify NALC constitutional amendments.
      • NALC Life Conference is Jan. 28.
      • Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Seminary partners with Lutheran Bible Translators in building project.
      • “Preaching Good News in a mask?” – Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
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November 2020

      • Remembering Paull Spring, first bishop of the NALC.
      • Bishop Paull Spring and the NALS.
      • Sealed in faith.
      • Ministry update from Pastor Valery Hryhoryk in Belarus.
      • Ministry update from Stephen Katterhenrich.
      • NALC Executive Council update.
      • Ministry update from Kevin and Sarah Pfister in Bulgaria.
      • Introducing “Fresh Eyes for Mission Summit” – Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
      • NALC Advent devotions.
      • NALC Disaster Response seeking Christmas gifts.
      • Youth and family ministry update.
Download November 2020 Newsletter

September/October 2020

      • NALC Disaster Response is helping after hurricanes, wildfires, wind storms.
      • Executive Council appoints Michael Johnson as treasurer.
      • NALC congregations to consider whether to ratify constitutional amendments.
      • A peculiar approach to the pandemic – A message from Bishop Dan Selbo.
      • Pray, confess, listen, speak up, love – Defend God’s Gift of Life.
      • Unveiled – The Great Commission Society.
      • Sola Publishing receives Crossways International materials and content.
      • Theological education in Ambridge, Pennsylvania – Seminary update by the Rev. Dr. Eric Riesen.
      • RESET is new NALC stewardship resource.
      • Executive Council offers guidance concerning meetings during pandemic.
      • Mission update from Pastor Didi Panzo.
      • LWR quilts and kits thought destroyed in Beirut, Lebanon, explosion are found intact.
      • No politics in church, please – Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
      • Youth and family ministry update.
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August 2020

      • Online Mission Convocation endorses 2020 Vision for NALC.
      • Executive Council, Court of Adjudication and Board of Regents members elected.
      • Convocation votes to move to biennial convocations. Amendments must be ratified by congregations.
      • NALC seeking a new treasurer.
      • 2020 Vision for NALC – A message from Bishop Dan Selbo.
      • Congregational anniversaries recognized at convocation.
      • Photos from recent ordinations.
      • NALC Disaster Response update.
      • 2021 NALC budgets approved
      • NALC seeking a new treasurer.
      • Kevin and Sarah Pfister are new NALC Global Workers in Bulgaria.
      • San Miguel Lutheran Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
      • More than $600,000 in LWR humanitarian aid for refugees destroyed in Beirut explosion.
      • Moved to Missions.
      • Celebrating the Word of God here and now.
      • “No Worries” – Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
      • Prayer march in Washington, D.C.
      • Youth and family ministry update.
Download August 2020 Newsletter

July 2020

        • 2020 NALC Mission Convocation to meet online because of virus.
        • 2020 Vision for NALC – Message from Bishop Dan Selbo.
        • Nominees for Executive Council.
        • Court of Adjudication nominee.
        • Nominees for Board of Regents.
        • Convocation to consider amendments to constitution.
        • Water Mission is responding to global COVID-19 pandemic.
        • The Academy.
        • NALC Mission in Belarus.
        • Forbearing one another in love as we return to church – Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
        • NALS is committed to forming Christian leaders.
        • Youth and family ministry update.
Download July 2020 Newsletter

June 2020

        • First steps in addressing racial tension – Message from Bishop Dan Selbo.
        • Plans for 2020 Convocation are on hold because of virus.
        • Nominations for positions to be elected at Convocation close June 19.
        • NALC seeking a new treasurer.
        • Flooding in Michigan – NALC Disaster Response.
        • “Now thank we all our God” – Devotional message from Living and Giving Stewardship Team.
        • Commissioning of Pastor Martha Shanka as NALC global worker.
        • “The Once And Future Church” – Great Commission Society’s Mission Connectors Team book study.
        • Worship as “essential” – Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
        • “Hope for the Older Adult.”
        • Youth and family ministry update.
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May 2020

        • Nominees for Executive Council and Court of Adjudication announced.
        • Nominations are needed for North American Lutheran Seminary Board of Regents.
        • Executive Council proposes amendments to constitution: Proposal moves from annual to biennial convocations.
        • “Waiting and praying” – Message from Bishop Dan Selbo.
        • Bishop and Commission on Theology and Doctrine address Communion during pandemic.
        • NALC Disaster Response warehouse completed, supplies are needed.
        • E-learning Friendship English Conversation – Awakening Lives to World Mission.
        • “The Word of God is not chained” – Mission update from Pastor Gemechis Buba.
        • NALS June term classes.
        • NALC welcomes William Obaga as global worker.
        • Try giving money away! – Texas congregation lives out the Parable of the Talents for stewardship emphasis.
        • “Yearning for congregational fellowship” – Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
        • Youth and family ministry update.
        • “Stay with us, Lord, each and every one” by Pastor Cathi Braasch.
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April 2020

        • A theological caution from a digital professional: Thoughtfulness in the time of coronavirus.
        • Bishop Selbo asks pastors not to offer “virtual Communion.”
        • Drive-in church service is a hit in Yankton, South Dakota.
        • Bishop Selbo’s pastoral letter on coronavirus.
        • Messages from Bishop Selbo for Holy Week and Easter are online.
        • Congregations are eligible for CARES act coronavirus relief from U.S. government.
        • Coronavirus resources on NALC website.
        • Nominations sought for positions to be elected at 2020 Convocation.
        • Pastor Phillip Gagnon called as assistant to the bishop for domestic mission and discipleship.
        • Congregational annual reports.
        • DiscipleLife 2020 conference.
        • Coronavirus update from North American Lutheran Seminary.
        • NALS June term classes.
        • Coronavirus concerns cancel Canadian Rockies Theological Conference.
        • Daily Bible Reading Guide.
        • Responding to Tennessee tornados.
        • “Cherish one another, as Christ does the Church” – Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
        • Youth and family ministry update from Gary and Laurie Pecuch.
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January 2020

        • DiscipleLife 2020 event for pastors and lay members is Feb. 13-15 in Orlando, Florida.
        • NALC Ministerium meets on Feb. 13.
        • Connecting faith and life – Message from Bishop Dan Selbo.
        • Summer Bible camp in Belarus by Pastor Valery Hryhoryk.
        • Mission update from Katterhenrich family.
        • Transfiguration Lutheran Mission Church update.
        • NALC representatives meet with synod leaders from Lutheran Church in Brazil.
        • Addressing “small” matters before they become “big” – Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
        • Youth and family ministry update from Gary and Laurie Pecuch.
        • Daily Bible Reading Guide.
        • 2020-21 Clergy identification cards.
Download January 2020 Newsletter

November/December 2019

        • The Rev. Dr. Eric Riesen named president of North American Lutheran Seminary.
        • NALC Advent devotions by Pastor David Wendel.
        • Amy Schifrin named president emeritus, scholarship fund created in her name.
        • First thoughts on vision for NALC from Bishop Dan Selbo.
        • Our NALC military chaplains.
        • John Bradosky honored as bishop emeritus.
        • NALC New Starts Team.
        • The Academy.
        • Word of God Lutheran Church dedicates new church building.
        • Pastor Martha Shanka, NALC global worker in Dubai.
        • Awakening Lives to World Missions.
        • Pastor-to-pastor team visits Malawi, Africa.
        • 2020 March for Life.
        • Stewardship: An Invitation to Proclaim.
        • The NALC Call Process: Relational and Incarnational – Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
        • DiscipleLife 2020 – February 13-15 – Orlando, Florida
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September/October 2019

        • Responding to Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.
        • NALC Disaster Response update.
        • NALS forms partnership with Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton.
        • “Choose to walk the road of life with Jesus” by Pastor Cathi Braasch.
        • The Academy.
        • Field report from India.
        • Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch.
        • World hunger and my response?
        • On increasing worship attendance – Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
        • The Bible as the Word of God Statement.
Download September/October 2019 Newsletter

August 2019

        • Dan Selbo elected bishop.
        • Executive Council, Court of Adjudication members elected.
        • 2020 budgets approved.
        • Photos from Convocation and Lutheran Week.
        • Bishop John Bradosky Fund for Life-to-Life Discipleship.
        • Lutheran Week evaluation.
        • “The elephant in the Church no more” – Bishop Bradosky’s Report to the Convocation.
        • Ordination and congregation anniversaries recognized at Convocation.
        • Mission Festival highlights relationship with Lutherans in Ethiopia and Tanzania.
        • 2019 Braaten-Benne Lectures focus on work of Holy Spirit.
        • Heidi Punt commissioned as NALC Global Worker in Haiti.
Download August 2019 Newsletter

Lutheran Week 2019

        • The Rev. Dan Selbo was elected bishop
        • Lutheran Week theme is “Walking by the Spirit with the Fruit of the Spirit”
        • Events of the week included Braaten-Benne Lectures in Theology, Women of the NALC Annual Gathering and the Ventures in Youth Ministry Symposium
        • Banquet honoring Bishop John Bradosky
        • Mission Festival highlighted the NALC’s relationship with Lutherans in Ethiopia and Tanzania
        • The Rev. Bassam Abdallah and Scott Kramer were elected to Executive Council
        • The Revv. Jennifer Gold and Leslie Haines elected to the Court of Adjudication
        • 2020 budgets were approved
        • The Rev. Heidi Punt commissioned for service in Haiti
        • Reports of the work of the NALC’s staff, teams, task forces, ministries and ministry partners received
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July 2019

      • NALC Convocation to elect new bishop.
      • Mission Festival to highlight relationship with Lutherans in Ethiopia and Tanzania.
      • 12 nominees for bishop.
      • Executive Council nominees.
      • Court of Adjudication nominees.
      • Biographical Information on nominees.
      • Lutheran Week hotel, parking and shuttle information.
      • Braaten-Benne Lectures to focus on work of Holy Spirit.
      • Women of the NALC Annual Gathering.
      • Ventures in Youth Ministry.
      • It has been a joy to serve with you as your bishop – Message from Bishop John Bradosky.
      • Bishop John Bradosky Fund for Life-to-Life Discipleship.
      • Canadian Mission District Youth Gathering.
      • Path to U.S. citizenship led pastors’ family from South Africa to North Carolina.
      • Pastor’s Booth in New York.
      • NALC Disaster Response update.
      • Panzos to expand their work to include eye care.
      • Seeds on the Ground – Pastor Didi Panzo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
      • Anxiety and fear in the midst of transition – Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
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June 2019

      • Please register early for Lutheran Week.
      • Bishop John Bradosky Fund for Life-to-Life Discipleship.
      • Braaten-Benne Lectures to focus on work of Holy Spirit.
      • Discipleship can only exist and flourish in a community that nurtures disciples – Message from Bishop John Bradosky.
      • NALC Disaster Response.
      • Friendship, fellowship and life-long learning: Lasting joys of residential seminary education by NALS President Amy C. Schifrin.
      • Pastor Didi and Serafina Panzo Democratic Republic of the Congo.
      • Help a hurting child succeed in school.
      • Awakening Lives to World Missions.
      • Mission trip to Haiti.
      • “It’s time to give!” – Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
      • Ventures in Youth Ministry.
Download June 2019 Newsletter

May 2019

      • 12 nominees for bishop.
      • Executive Council nominees.
      • Court of Adjudication nominees.
      • Biographical Information on nominees.
      • Tool trailer for NALC Disaster Response.
      • Lutheran Week 2019 is Aug. 5-9.
      • Braaten-Benne Lectures to focus on work of Holy Spirit.
      • Pentecost and early Church point to life of discipleship – Message from Bishop John Bradosky.
      • May is North American Lutheran Seminary month.
      • Belarus Ministry Update from Pastor Valery Hryhoryk.
      • Seeds on the Ground – Pastor Didi Panzo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
      • “Let No One Weep” – The Resurrection is Good News! – Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
      • Canadian Rockies Theological Conference.
      • Ventures in Youth Ministry.
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April 2019

      • Easter message from Bishop Bradosky.
      • Nominations sought for positions to be elected at 2019 Convocation. Bishop, Executive Council and Court of Adjudication will be elected.
      • NALC and East European Missions Network help build bridges in Ukraine.
      • Lutheran Week 2019 is Aug. 5-9.
      • Braaten-Benne Lectures to focus on work of Holy Spirit.
      • North American Lutheran Seminary partners with Lutheran colleges to educate future NALC pastors.
      • Friends of Madagascar Mission.
      • Polarization or Reconciliation? Part 2 – Compromise and Sacrifice – Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
      • NALC Disaster Response update.
      • Youth and family ministry update.
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March 2019

      • NALC Executive Council is survey congregations to help new bishop best serve NALC congregations.
      • Nominations sought for positions to be elected at 2019 Convocation. Bishop, Executive Council and Court of Adjudication will be elected.
      • NALC Lenten Devotions for 2019.
      • Canadian Rockies Theological Conference to focus on catechism as resource for life and witness.
      • NALC Youth Gathering in Canada is May 17-20.
      • 2019 NALC Pastors’ Conference.
      • Responding to persecution in Him – Message from Bishop Bradosky.
      • NALC Disaster Response addressing flooding in Midwest.
      • Lent is a time for equipping – Message from Pastor Brad Hales, Director of Domestic Mission.
      • Belarus ministry update from Pastor Valery Hryhoryk.
      • Mission in Uganda – Lutheran Lay Renewal.
      • The Panzos in Mission – Democratic Republic of the Congo.
      • Polarization or Reconciliation? – Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
      • Youth and family ministry update.
Download March 2019 Newsletter

January/February 2019

      • Bishop addresses sexual immorality, abortion at NALC Life Conference.
      • NALC Life Conference in Virginia precedes annual March for Life.
      • Nominations sought for positions to be elected at 2019 Convocation. Bishop, Executive Council and Court of Adjudication will be elected.
      • NALC Lenten Devotions for 2019.
      • Speakers are announced for 2019 Braaten-Benne Lectures.
      • Canadian Rockies Theological Conference to focus on catechism as resource for life and witness.
      • NALC Youth Gathering in Canada is May 17-20.
      • Lutheran CORE to host “Rekindle Your First Love” event for pastors.
      • Pondering Epiphany with Luther – Message from Bishop Bradosky.
      • Update from Didi Panzo – NALC Global Worker in Democratic Republic of Congo.
      • Victory Ministry in Liberia.
      • Resources from NALC mission office.
      • Lutheran World Relief and IMA World Health combine operations.
      • LWR projects for Lent and Palm Sunday.
      • “The Word made flesh” – Ministry Matters from Pastor David Wendel.
      • “Persistence in Prayer” by Pastor Gemechis Buba.
      • Youth and family ministry update.
Download January/February 2019 Newsletter