Join us January 21-23, 2019 in Seaside, OR for Spreading Manure in the Sanctuary: Preaching to Enliven Faith.
Taking our cue from the Gospel for the 3rd Sunday in Lent (Luke 13:1-9), we will borrow Jesus’ metaphor of digging around the fig tree and putting down manure to discern how our preaching can enliven faith within our communities. More specifically we will consider Preaching in the Midst of Pluralism; Preaching Across the Divides; Preaching Words Nobody Wants to Hear; and special attention to Preaching Lent and Easter in the Year of Luke. We will dig deeply, use all our senses, consider new sermon forms, and help one another be manure spreaders (even if that sounds messy).
For much more information go to bybergpreaching.org
**Please note that because we are at a new location this year the registration deadline is earlier than in years past. The 2019 workshop registration deadline is December 20, 2018.
Former president George H.W. Bush passed away this last Friday, November 30. He was 94 years old. Former president Bush served as Vice-President of the country under Ronald Reagan from 1981-1989. He then served as our President from 1989-1993. Most, including me, remember him as a humble, compassionate and caring leader. We have lost a man of good character who gave much to this country. So, we are thankful as we honor him this week.
December 5, 2018 has been designated as a national day of mourning. Please remember all he gave in your own way this Wednesday. Our blessings and prayers are with the Bush family.
November 25 – December 10 is the Lutheran World Federation’s 16 Days of Action Against Gender Based Violence. Gender Justice issues are the globe’s greatest arena of Human Rights violations. Watch this video and visit https://www.lutheranworld.org/content/women-church-and-society for downloadable resources. While it might be wonderful to do a study in the November 25 – December 10 time window, these resources and opportunities can certainly be engaged at anytime.
The Oregon Synod office will be closed November 22-23, 2018 for the Thanksgiving Holidays. Regular office hours are 9-5, Tuesday-Friday.
The office will also be closed December 21-25, 2018 for the Christmas Holiday, and January 1, 2019 for New Years.