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  • James Hazelwood re-elected bishop of ELCA New England Synod

    The Rev. James E. Hazelwood, Wakefield, R.I., was re-elected June 8 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly June 7-9 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.

    The bishop was re-elected on the fourth ballot with 311 votes to 72 votes for the Rev. Angel Marrero, pastor of Santuario Luterano in Waltham, Mass. A total of 254 votes were needed for re-election.

    Hazelwood has served as bishop of the New England Synod in Worcester, Mass., since 2012. Previously, he served as pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Charlestown, R.I., from 1993 to 2012 and Bethany Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., from 1987 to 1993.

    Hazelwood received a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks in 1981. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif., in 1987 and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., in 2001. California Lutheran is one of 27 ELCA colleges and universities and Pacific is one of seven ELCA seminaries.

    Information about the New England Synod is available at nelutherans.org.


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    About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
    The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.5 million members in 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands," the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.

     For information contact:
    Candice Hill Buchbinder
    773-380-2877
    Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org

     

     

  • DECLARACIÓN DE LÍDERES DE FE SOBRE LA SEPARACIÓN DE LA FAMILIA

    7 de junio de 2018

     

    DECLARACIÓN DE LÍDERES DE FE SOBRE LA SEPARACIÓN DE LA FAMILIA 

    Recientemente, la Administración anunció que comenzará a separar familias y procesar criminalmente a todas las personas que entren a los Estados Unidos sin autorización previa. Como líderes religiosos representantes de diversas perspectivas de fe, y con interés conjunto por el bienestar de migrantes vulnerables que cruzan nuestras fronteras huyendo del peligro y de amenazas de muerte, quedamos profundamente decepcionados y entristecidos cuando escuchamos esta noticia.

    Ratificamos a la familia como la estructura fundamental de la sociedad que sostiene a la comunidad humana, y vemos al hogar como un estado bendecido por Dios. La seguridad de la familia provee del importantísimo respaldo mental, físico y emocional para el desarrollo y bienestar de los hijos. Nuestras congregaciones y agencias sirven a muchas familias migrantes que han llegado recientemente a los Estados Unidos. Con frecuencia, la única opción que tienen para ofrecer seguridad a sus hijos y protegerlos del peligro es abandonar sus comunidades. El separar a los niños de padres que han hecho tan peligroso recorrido para brindar a aquéllos una vida segura y adecuada es innecesariamente cruel y perjudicial para el bienestar de padres e hijos.  

    Mientras continuamos sirviendo y amando a nuestro prójimo, oramos por los niños y las familias que sufrirán por causa de esta política, y urgimos a la Administración que ponga un alto esta política de separar a las familias.  

    Su Eminencia Arzobispo Vicken Aykazian
    Legado Diocesano y Director de la Oficina Ecuménica

    Diócesis de la Iglesia Armenia de América

     

    Sr. Azhar Azeez

    Presidente

    Sociedad Islámica de Norteamérica

     

    El Reverendísimo Joseph C. Bambera

    Obispo de Scranton, PA

    Presidente, Comité de Obispos para Asuntos Ecuménicos e Interreligiosos

     

    Obispo Mayor George E. Battle, Jr.

    Prelado Presidente, Distrito Episcopal de Piedmont

    Iglesia Metodista Episcopal Africana Sión

     

    Obispo H. Kenneth Carter, Jr.

    Presidente, Consejo de Obispos

    La Iglesia Metodista Unida

     

    El Reverendísimo Michael B. Curry

    Obispo Presidente

    Iglesia Episcopal (Estados Unidos)

     

    El Rvdo. Dr. John C. Dorhauer

    Ministro General y Presidente

    Iglesia Unida de Cristo

     

    La Rvda. Elizabeth A. Eaton

    Obispa Presidente

    Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en América

     

    El Rvdo. David Guthrie

    Presidente, Conferencia Provincial de Ancianos

    Iglesia Morava, Provincia del Sur

     

    Sr. Glen Guyton

    Director Ejecutivo

    Iglesia Menonita USA

     

    La Rvda. Teresa Hord Owens

    Ministra General y Presidenta

    Iglesia Cristiana (Discípulos de Cristo)

     

    Rabino Rick Jacobs

    Presidente

    Unión para el Judaísmo Reformista

     

    Sr. Anwar Khan

    Presidente

    Alivio Islámico USA

     

    La Rvda. Dra. Betsy Miller

    Presidente, Conferencia Provincial de Ancianos

    Iglesia Morava, Provincia del Norte

     

    El Rvdo. Dr.  J. Herbert Nelson II

    Secretario

    Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE.UU.)

     

    Rabino Jonah Pesner

    Director

    Centro de Acción Religiosa del Judaísmo Reformista

     

    El Rvdo. Don Poest

    Secretario General Interino

    El Rvdo. Eddy Alemán

    Candidato a la Secretaría General

    Iglesia Reformada en América

     

    Obispo Mayor Lawrence Reddick III

    Obispo Presidente, El Octavo Distrito Episcopal

    Iglesia Cristiana Metodista Episcopal

     

    El Rvdo. Phil Tom

    Director Ejecutivo

    Consejo Internacional de Iglesias Comunitarias

     

    Obispo Mayor McKinley Young

    Prelado Presidente, Tercer Distrito Episcopal

    Iglesia Metodista Episcopal Africana

  • ELCA presiding bishop, faith leaders issue statement on family separation

    CHICAGO (June 7, 2018) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has convened ELCA ecumenical and inter-religious partners in a statement addressing concerns over a recent U.S. government policy calling for more stringent enforcement of federal immigration laws. The policy will most likely result in an increase in family separations.

    The statement follows:

    Recently, the Administration announced that it will begin separating families and criminally prosecuting all people who enter the U.S. without previous authorization. As religious leaders representing diverse faith perspectives, united in our concern for the wellbeing of vulnerable migrants who cross our borders fleeing from danger and threats to their lives, we are deeply disappointed and pained to hear this news. 

    We affirm the family as a foundational societal structure to support human community and understand the household as an estate blessed by God. The security of the family provides critical mental, physical and emotional support to the development and wellbeing of children. Our congregations and agencies serve many migrant families that have recently arrived in the United States. Leaving their communities is often the only option they have to provide safety for their children and protect them from harm. Tearing children away from parents who have made a dangerous journey to provide a safe and sufficient life for them is unnecessarily cruel and detrimental to the well-being of parents and children.  

    As we continue to serve and love our neighbor, we pray for the children and families that will suffer due to this policy and urge the Administration to stop their policy of separating families.  

    His Eminence Archbishop Vicken Aykazian
    Diocesan Legate and Director of the Ecumenical Office
    Diocese of the Armenian Church of America

    Mr. Azhar Azeez President
    Islamic Society of North America

    The Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera
    Bishop of Scranton, PA
    Chair, Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

    Senior Bishop George E. Battle, Jr.
    Presiding Prelate, Piedmont Episcopal District
    African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

    Bishop H. Kenneth Carter, Jr.
    President, Council of Bishops
    The United Methodist Church

    The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
    Presiding Bishop Episcopal Church (United States)

    The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer
    General Minister & President
    United Church of Christ

    The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
    Presiding Bishop
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

    The Rev. David Guthrie
    President, Provincial Elders' Conference
    Moravian Church Southern Province

    Mr. Glen Guyton
    Executive Director
    Mennonite Church USA

    The Rev. Teresa Hord Owens
    General Minister and President
    Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

    Rabbi Rick Jacobs
    President
    Union for Reform Judaism

    Mr. Anwar Khan
    President
    Islamic Relief USA

    The Rev. Dr. Betsy Miller
    President, Provincial Elders' Conference
    Moravian Church Northern Province

    The Rev. Dr.  J. Herbert Nelson II
    Stated Clerk
    Presbyterian Church (USA)

    Rabbi Jonah Pesner
    Director
    Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

    The Rev. Don Poest
    Interim General Secretary
    The Rev. Eddy Alemán
    Candidate for General Secretary
    Reformed Church in America

    Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick III
    Presiding Bishop, The Eighth Episcopal District
    Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

    The Rev. Phil Tom
    Executive Director
    International Council of Community Churches

    Mr. Jim Winkler
    General Secretary & President
    National Council of Churches USA

    Senior Bishop McKinley Young
    Presiding Prelate, Third Episcopal District
    African Methodist Episcopal Church

    #KeepFamiliesTogether

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    About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
    The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.5 million members in more than 9,300 worshiping communities across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands," the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.

    For information contact:
    Candice Hill Buchbinder
    773-380-2877
    Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org


  • Laurie Skow-Anderson elected bishop of the ELCA Northwest Synod of Wisconsin

    CHICAGO – The Rev. Laurie Skow-Anderson, Menomonie, Wis., was elected June 3 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly June 2-3 at the Davies Center at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire.

    Skow-Anderson was elected on the fifth ballot with 228 votes to 187 votes for the Rev. John A. Sutherland, assistant to the synod's bishop.

    The bishop-elect currently serves as the synod's director for evangelical mission. She served as a pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Pelican Rapids, Minn., from 2001 to 2014.

    Skow-Anderson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, Minn., in 1980, and a Master of Divinity degree from Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary (now Luther Seminary) in St. Paul, Minn. in 1986. She earned a Doctor of Ministry from Luther in 2010. The seminary is one of seven ELCA seminaries.

    The Rev. Richard N. Hoyme has served as bishop of the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin since 2013 and will retire June 30.

    Skow-Anderson will be installed on Aug. 25 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Hudson, Wis.

    Information about the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin is available at nwswi.org.

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    About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
    The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.5 million members in 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands," the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.

    For information contact:
    Candice Hill Buchbinder
    773-380-2877
    Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org



  • Brian Maas re-elected bishop of ELCA Nebraska Synod

    CHICAGO -- The Rev. Brian D. Maas, Omaha, was re-elected June 1 to serve a second six-year term as bishop of the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the Synod Assembly May 31-June 2 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney, Neb.

    The bishop was re-elected on the first ballot with 477 votes. A total of 586 votes were cast.

    Maas has served as bishop of the Nebraska Synod in Omaha since 2012. He served as pastor of First Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Neb., from 2006 to 2012 and as pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kansas City, Mo., from 1997 to 2006.

    The bishop earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln in 1986. He earned a Master of Divinity from Yale University Divinity School in 1989 and a second Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (now United Lutheran Seminary) in 1992. United is one of seven ELCA seminaries.

    Information about the Nebraska Synod is available at nebraskasynod.org/.

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    About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
    The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.5 million members in 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands," the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.

     For information contact:
    Candice Hill Buchbinder
    773-380-2877
    Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org

     

  • ELCA presiding bishop letter of support in response to Indonesian bombings

    CHICAGO – In response to the recent terror attacks at three churches and a police station in Surabaya, Indonesia, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), sent a letter offering prayers and support to The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) National Committee in Indonesia.

    "On behalf of your brothers and sisters in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, I join all of you in the 13 Lutheran churches across Indonesia as you advocate for peace and harmony among all Indonesian people, especially between the different faith communities; as you call on your government to prevent radicalism and acts of terror in Indonesia and beyond; and as you find God's wisdom to guide you," Eaton wrote.

    The national committee represents the 13 LWF member churches in Indonesia, which together have more than 6 million members.

    The committee has issued a statement calling on the government of Indonesia to investigate the terrorist acts while also addressing the root causes of terrorism in Indonesia. According to the LWF, the statement urges Christians in Indonesia to respond to acts of terror in a way that will lead to peace and harmony among the different religious communities in Indonesia.

    Read Bishop Eaton's letter.

     
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    About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
    The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.5 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribban region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands," the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.

    For information contact:
    Candice Hill Buchbinder
    773-380-2877
    Candice.HillBuchbinder@ELCA.org

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Worship Service 9:30 AM

Summer Social

06/24/2018     5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Community Family Fun and Game day

06/24/2018     3:00 PM

Worship Service Outside

06/24/2018     9:30 AM

Worship Service

07/01/2018     9:30 AM

Community Worship Service At CCRC

07/08/2018     10:00 AM