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Oct 01, 2017 03:08 PM
St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church Newsletter
 
halloween
Oct 27, 2014 02:51 PM
Imagine if, on Halloween, a little costumed character outside your front door thanked you for the candy and then said, “Now I have a treat for you!” and handed you some chocolate in return. Children from the Sunday School classes at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in New Rochelle have "reverse trick-or-treating"—and educating their community about the importance of fair trade—for the past five years.
 
Beach_photo2
Oct 13, 2014 02:52 AM
A boardwalk pavilion at Sunken Meadow State Park on the north shore of Long Island is the site for a unique summer Bible study that draws members from numerous congregations of the Metropolitan New York Synod. The Beach Bible Study began in 2001, and recently expanded to invite leaders and participants from the Western Suffolk Conference.
 
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Sep 29, 2014 03:11 PM
About 300 ELCA members, including many from our synod, were among the 400,000 people who took to the streets of New York City in the People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21.
 
devotions
Sep 15, 2014 03:32 PM
Being role models in abiding with God and each other in Christian community is a great gift leaders give to our over-productive world as we engage in mission with that world. The annual Bishop’s Retreat is one occasion when pastors can just be.
 
Bronxmap
Sep 08, 2014 03:52 PM
Leaders throughout the synod gathered recently to receive a preliminary assessment from our consultants for the synod’s pilot project in the Bronx. The presentation seeks to address a simple question: “How can we remove the obstacles that prevent us from reaching more people who need to hear the gospel of Christ?”
 
Silver_Bay_001
Aug 25, 2014 08:14 PM
Nestled in the Adirondack Mountains, this is a joint program of the Metro New York and Upstate New York Synods of the ELCA. The conference features worship, morning courses, and activities such as boating, hiking, swimming, crafts, softball, tennis, and yoga for all ages.
 
picnic1
Jul 21, 2014 05:00 PM
The eight Lutheran congregations on Staten Island have made a tradition of gathering annually for a picnic worship.
 
PlungeGeneva
Jul 07, 2014 05:31 PM
A local youth leader travels to Geneva and Taizé, discovering how Lutheran churches around the world work together through The Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches.
 
stlukesclintonhill
Jun 23, 2014 03:15 PM
In the face of a significantly diminished congregation and a building that would require $10 million to stabilize, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Brooklyn closed recently. Plans are already underway to maintain a ministry presence in the Clinton Hill community.
 
SA14worship
Jun 09, 2014 07:55 PM
“Come, Holy Spirit” was the theme of this year’s assembly, and it was evident throughout the event. Nearly 600 voting members and visitors filled the grand ballroom of the Hilton Long Island and sang together, “Come, Holy Spirit, lead us…for such a time as this.”
 
rimbo
Jun 02, 2014 02:34 AM
“I am deeply humbled by God's grace in calling me to serve another six-year term as bishop,” said Rimbo. "We can be proud that God has blessed our region with many talented leaders capable of serving as bishop.”
 
THCwalkathon1
May 06, 2014 01:08 AM
“We became a social ministry because we saw the need within our faith community to address domestic violence," said the director of Brooklyn's The Healing Center. "We wanted other Lutheran congregations to share in this vital ministry of serving families who have been impacted by gender-based violence.”​
 
teachustopray1
Apr 14, 2014 03:00 PM
Many diverse forms of prayer were on display on March 22 at “Lord, Teach Us to Pray,” a day set aside to pray and to learn more about prayer.
 
claimed_gathered_sent
Feb 20, 2014 02:12 PM
The Synod Council passed six significant resolutions at its February meeting, implementing the synod's bold, comprehensive ten-year strategic plan with actions to support congregations.
 
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Feb 11, 2014 09:04 PM
Building on our strengths, the vibrant congregation of First, Poughkeepsie is awarded a challenge grant from Synod Council to assist with capital repairs.
 
india-tajmahal
Jan 16, 2014 04:16 PM
Join 12 members of our synod on a virtual trip to experience Lutheranism in India.
 
scc-food-pantry
Dec 19, 2013 06:15 PM
Even college students are dealing with food insecurity. A local campus ministry opens a food pantry to ease the stress as students are confronted with increasing tuition costs and high unemployment.
 
kienzle
Dec 02, 2013 02:29 PM
Pastor Amy Kienzle, recently called to serve two congregations in Brooklyn, finds joy in connecting with people who want to do something creative or build community.
 
wells
Nov 11, 2013 02:31 PM
Pastor Lamont Anthony Wells has been called as the new Director for Evangelical Mission for the Metropolitan New York Synod. His strong gifts of administration and his multicultural connections open up fertile opportunities for ecumenical work, while his sense of mission to stewardship will enable people to invest and participate in the kingdom of God.
 
HerbstRimbo052311
Oct 27, 2013 02:01 PM
Pastor Marc Herbst has been called as Assistant to the Bishop for Strategic Plan Implementation.
 
glisson
Sep 30, 2013 01:09 PM
Eric Glisson, member at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Manhattan, really knows what it means to experience new life. Convicted of murdering a cab driver in the Bronx in 1995, Glisson spent 17 years in prison, maintaining his innocence the whole time.
 
Cabin_Leaders
Sep 09, 2013 03:07 PM
Over 100 youth, aged high school to college, wait for this one week in August each year. There’s something about this camp, this special week, that keeps them coming back for years.
 
emanuel1
Aug 12, 2013 07:27 PM
Hurricane Irene may be a distant memory for those living in the metro New York area, especially in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, but people living farther upstate are still coping with the damage.
 
Narrowsburg
Jul 25, 2013 03:32 PM
A small congregation works with the local library and Thrivent chapter to send books to a member doing missionary work in Thailand.
 
koinoniaesc1
Jul 07, 2013 10:00 PM
How many young people does it take to screw in a light bulb? What sounds like the start to an overused joke was in fact a serious question last weekend when high school youth recruited by our synod's Environmental Stewardship Committee volunteered to help improve energy efficiency at Koinonia.
 
sa2013peace
Jun 10, 2013 02:58 AM
A positive spirit was felt throughout Synod Assembly, May 31-June 1, as over 500 voting members and other congregational leaders gathered at the Westchester Marriott to eat, pray, study, and work together for the sake of our synod.
 
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May 18, 2013 10:52 PM
Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School (LuHi) started its annual Meal Packing Event as a response to the earthquake in Haiti that claimed the life of one of their teacher’s husbands. On April 11-13, LuHi hosted its third Meal Packing Event and this was the largest such servant event yet.
 
people_culture
Apr 29, 2013 04:54 PM
Handclapping exuberance filled the air on April 20 at St. Paul's International in Floral Park, Queens, as over 80 worshippers gathered from congregations synodwide to celebrate, learn about and nurture multicultural ministry.
 
dewinter
Apr 03, 2013 07:17 PM
From Hong Kong to Kenya to Switzerland to Poughkeepsie, God has always provided ministry for Pastor Deborah Hafner DeWinter to do. This UCC pastor works to build ecumenical relationships and think outside the box in the Lutheran parish she serves.
 
unionsquare2
Feb 25, 2013 02:04 PM
On Ash Wednesday, five people from Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in Manhattan walked to Union Square to offer ashes and prayer for anyone seeking the blessing of God.
 
doorsetopen
Jan 09, 2013 04:41 PM
Challenged by Peter Steinke's book, A Door Set Open, St. Paul's, East Northport sets up a mission school to to equip people to become more aware of the importance of mission in the church.
 
shrine
Dec 18, 2012 01:47 AM
Lutheran church leaders from Namibia, Tanzania, and Canada, representatives of the Lutheran World Federation, as well as Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson and Bishop Rimbo, along with churchwide staff for Lutheran Disaster Response tour areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy.
 
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Nov 20, 2012 12:41 AM
Following Hurricane Sandy, Lutherans throughout the synod were dealing with missing shingles, downed wires, long lines for gasoline, fallen trees, and lengthy power outages. Those that had been spared asked, “How can we help?”
 
omarashoes
Oct 31, 2012 02:14 PM
Long Island congregations work together to collect 5,042 pairs of shoes which will result in 10,000 people getting clean water every week of every year.
 
erato
Oct 13, 2012 01:00 PM
Celebrating her recent citizenship, Pastor Emilce Erato serves as interim pastor of Christ Lutheran Church/Iglesia Luterana de Cristo in Freeport. Read more to find out how a Catholic fashion designer from Costa Rica ends up as a pastor on Long Island.
 
CluePic3
Sep 24, 2012 05:40 PM
Basement Stage Theater is a labor of love for members of Christ, Newburgh, as well as a community outreach tool.
 
ls2
Sep 07, 2012 09:59 PM
Throughout the Metropolitan New York Synod, schools have opened their doors, welcoming teachers, parents, and children back to a new school year. Here’s a look at one organization and two schools that provide unique ministries to the families and schools they serve.
 
KCLYC
Aug 13, 2012 05:11 PM
Recently a group of about 100 youth and volunteers came to New York City for service, worship and a life changing experience that brought together multiple churches and organizations.
 
DSC_0119
Jul 24, 2012 04:13 AM
Over 400 youth, leaders and volunteers attended the National Youth Gathering to practice discipleship, peacemaking and justice in New Orleans and all the way back to New York.
 
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Jul 09, 2012 05:59 PM
Camp Ma-He-Tu is celebrating its 75th anniversary as a camp. Their recent program had an average age of 44 and many of their staff are long time campers.
 
books
Jun 26, 2012 12:13 PM
Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Baldwin has a simple ministry that thrives off of diversity: their monthly book club. It began a few years back as a time for people to discuss a book they had read. What they have gained is a window into other people’s lives and not just in the stories unfolding in the books.
 
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May 29, 2012 12:52 PM
"Marked with the cross of Christ forever, we are claimed, gathered, and sent for the sake of the world." These three words--claimed, gathered, sent--proved to be a theme during synod assembly. Read more about the assembly and the groundwork that was laid for the future of this synod.
 
harryschenkel
May 07, 2012 07:52 PM
Meet Pastor Harry Schenkel, who began his ministry with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and is now serving Transfiguration in Harlem. Learn about how he made this transition and how he began to find a balance between parish ministry, working for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and life with his family.
 
kili
Apr 19, 2012 08:42 PM
Two MNYS pastors prepare to tackle malaria by scaling Africa's highest peak
 
StMichaelsgroundbreaking
Mar 27, 2012 03:14 PM
Big things are happening at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Amagansett—heavy machinery sits on the property and foundations are being poured. It’s an active construction site as a longtime dream of the congregation comes true.
 
Excersize_with_LEARN
Mar 05, 2012 10:09 PM
St. Peter's, Baldwin comes up with a clever holiday idea to strengthen community connections.
 
braille
Feb 14, 2012 01:54 PM
Quilting and knitting groups are all the rage in Lutheran parishes, so the odds are less likely that you'll walk into a church on a Wednesday morning and find a group of women feeding metal plates through a special machine that creates pages for Braille books. But two congregations in our synod have a unique ministry for visually impaired people.
 
jamessmith
Jan 11, 2012 07:28 PM
A pastor's kid becomes a pastor himself, and is called to be chaplain at his alma mater besides. Meet Pastor James Smith and learn about his ministry at Wagner College.
 
BESP
Dec 09, 2011 07:33 PM
Helping the “least of these” has united people from various denominations and faith groups to provide a cooperative ministry in Brewster.
 
adam
Nov 15, 2011 08:37 PM
Confirmation student organizes a metal showcase to live out his faith.
 
primeminister
Oct 24, 2011 08:52 PM
On August 22, ten members of our synod's Black Pastors Group set out for Tanzania. The two-week trip was intended as a pilgrimage to the motherland.
 
Todd_Jasoncropped
Sep 27, 2011 12:54 PM
Children are more likely to be involved and stay involved in the church if there are people there (besides their family) who know them and call them by them by their first name. Knowing that piece of information, Pastor Kim Wilson decided to create Blessing Buddies, an intentional ministry to build intergenerational relationships between Sunday School kids and older adults.
 
rustico
Aug 25, 2011 01:57 PM
Pastor Peter Rustico, a chaplain in the United States Navy Reserve, describes his service at Arlington National Cemetery.
 
2011uli
Aug 02, 2011 03:33 PM
A photographic look at what's happening around our synod this summer
 
Fran
Jul 11, 2011 02:14 PM
Deacon Frances Hoyer recently published a book, Ladies Nonetheless, about her experiences serving in prison ministry. Meet Deacon Fran and learn more about her chaplaincy in a federal prison.
 
grocery2
Jun 14, 2011 08:10 PM
As unemployment, under-employment and the recession affect more people, Lutheran congregations throughout Nassau County are regularly partnering with Lutheran Social Services of New York’s New Life Center in Uniondale.
 
BishopRimboAssembly2011
May 23, 2011 12:21 PM
Participants at the Synod Assembly spent two days learning what it means to be on the road together with other congregations, with chaplains, with committees, with young adults, with our myriad partner organizations, with our ecumenical partners, with our companion synods, and with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
 
womenofcolor
May 02, 2011 03:19 PM
Over 100 women from across our synod and beyond attended the recent Women of Color "For Such a Time as This" gathering. In addition to fellowship and worship, participants worked to discern how God calls us to use our spiritual gifts for the church.
 
brightonretreat
Apr 11, 2011 02:58 PM
For the past year, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Brooklyn, has been partnering with Bay Ridge United Methodist Church to bring an honest conversation about aging, dying, and spirituality to the neighborhood.
 
soup
Mar 16, 2011 08:05 PM
Twenty-four steaming soups. Two hungry judges. One Golden Ladle. Sounds like a new Food Network competition, doesn’t it? But this was the scene in the basement of Messiah Lutheran Church at the Staten Island South Shore Soup Off.
 
Malzahn
Feb 23, 2011 08:33 PM
The majority of synod pastors serve congregations, but there are plenty of pastors serving outside of church walls. Meet Pastor Martin Malzahn, Religious Life Advisor at Columbia University, and learn more about Lutheran campus ministry--“the frontlines of ministry in the church today.”
 
MNYSextravaganza
Feb 03, 2011 08:56 PM
“When my wife and I started a youth group at our congregation 40 years ago, life was easy. You brought snacks and young people showed up,” writes Deacon Charlie Germain. “Fast forward to 2011--young people are busy and have no time to engage in the church. Parents aren’t setting faith and worship as a priority. What’s a congregation to do?”
 
otero1
Jan 05, 2011 03:34 PM
Pr. Fernando Otero was ordained on December 4. This profile is one in a series designed to help everyone become better acquainted with our leaders.
 
WorshipAtRiver2010-1
Dec 13, 2010 07:08 PM
No longer just a hymn title, “Shall we gather at the river?” was recently a serious question asked from one group of Lutherans to another.
 
12ordinandscropped
Dec 06, 2010 07:57 PM
Four new pastors were ordained on Saturday, December 4 at St. Paul’s International Lutheran Church in Floral Park. Bishop Rimbo presided and preached on Matthew 3:1-12.
 
LEDSpinwheelboy
Nov 04, 2010 06:36 PM
At Leif Ericson Day School, a Lutheran school in Brooklyn, themes of peace and nonviolence are taught throughout the year.
 
ward-nj
Oct 18, 2010 09:43 PM
During a three-month sabbatical, Pastor Dan Ward explored different dimensions of passionate spirituality by working with a spiritual director, meeting with other congregations, and traveling to Tanzania.
 
westcampexterior
Oct 01, 2010 09:48 PM
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in West Camp has been served by 47 pastors, worshipped in six different church buildings, produced four seminarians, and seen at least one church fire. And this year, the synod’s oldest congregation—established in 1710—is celebrating its 300th birthday on October 17.
 
solar1
Sep 01, 2010 09:38 PM
A few years ago, it probably seemed like it would never happen. Emanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasantville was exploring installing photovoltaic solar panels on its roof. The price--$190,000--seemed exorbitant.​
 
games
Aug 02, 2010 09:30 PM
St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Hicksville turns 100 this year and, like many other congregations with anniversaries, they have been holding special events to mark the occasion.
 
stephanie
Jul 01, 2010 09:26 PM
We are pleased to introduce our newest teacher, Stephanie Schmiege, who prepares to depart for two-and-a-half years in Bukoba in a few weeks.
 
HMSworship
Jun 15, 2010 08:56 PM
Healthy women can produce healthy families, churches, and communities. Healthy women can develop healthy, more just and more holistic societies.
 
assembly
May 25, 2010 04:33 PM
The official business of a Synod Assembly is approving resolutions, electing leaders, amending governing documents and adopting budgets.
 
mantovani
May 03, 2010 04:22 PM
Raising up pastors who are healthy, resourceful and remain excited about their call to ministry does not happen by accident.
 
KEMPSstandardVII
Apr 01, 2010 04:03 PM
From the beginning, students at Kibeta English Medium Primary School (KEMPS) are poised for great achievements. The students know how lucky they are to attend a private school, one that routinely gets some of the highest test scores in Tanzania.
 
Mar 01, 2010 04:09 PM
In future years, will there be enough new leaders for the church? And will they have the qualities necessary to faithfully and effectively lead the church in mission through the challenges of our day?
 
LPND
Feb 01, 2010 03:43 PM
Three small congregations being served by two retired pastors, six miles apart. No, it’s not a math problem—it was the situation that prompted three congregations to think about the future of their ministries, cooperatively.
 
Bueschers
Jan 01, 2010 10:13 PM
Synod treasurer Robert Buescher and his wife Janet were honored in December with the Soli Deo Gloria Award for distinguished service to The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP).
 
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