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Atlantic District Festival of Workshops
Saturday, March 12, 2016
The Booklet and Registration Form are now Available!
Atlantic District Festival of Workshops
Featuring 37 Workshops!
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Registration materials and workshop offerings to be mailed to churches and posted
to the Atlantic District Website by early February.
WORKSHOPS OF INTEREST TO CLERGY, TEENS, YOUTH LEADERS AND CHURCHWORKERS, THOSE INVOLVED IN PR AND COMMUNICATIONS, DISASTER RESPONSE, COMMUNITY OUTREACH, MUSIC AND WORSHIP, SPIRITUAL GROWTH, STEWARDSHIP, BUILDINGS, LEADERSHIP AND MORE.
EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT THROUGH FEBRUARY 29, 2016.
We are pleased to acknowledge generous sponsorship of the
2016 Festival of Workshops from THRIVENT FINANCIAL and from
the LUTHERAN CHURCH EXTENSION FUND (LCEF)
LCMS NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING
"In Christ Alone"
July 16 to 20, 2016
New Orleans, LA
Online registration data entry is open for the
2016 LCMS Youth Gathering, In Christ Alone: http://www.lcmsgathering.com/attend/
Winter Coat Drive Starts Now!
Starting Nov. 9, 2015, The Hope and a Prayer Center will be collecting winter clothes for adults and children. We need new or gently used warm coats, jackets, gloves, scarves and hats.
If you want to make a donation, please contact: Vicar Tom Cusanelli
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 23, 2015
Contact: James B. Bunn, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - The Rev. Dr. John A. Nunes of Valparaiso, Ind., has been elected unanimously by the Concordia College-New York Board of Regents to serve as the school's ninth president.
Nunes, 52, has served for the past two years as the Emil and Elfriede Jochum Chair at Valparaiso University and plans to finish the current academic year before assuming the Concordia presidency on July 1, 2016.
"What a marvelous opportunity God is giving me; to serve at Concordia College—New York, a forward-looking, 21st century community of learning. I love that this school is peerless with respect to student diversity and deeply rooted in the values that make Lutheran higher education exceptional." Nunes said.
Concordia Board of Regents Chairman T. Scott Wittman noted that Nunes was unanimously and enthusiastically selected by the Board of Regents to be the ninth president of Concordia College—New York.
"John's unique combination of qualifications, skills, and experience is perfect to lead the college forward, building on the 16 years of tremendous leadership provided by President George."
The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), said, "We are very pleased with Dr. Nunes' call to Bronxville. The challenges our universities face are daunting, but John has the gifts to lead this treasured institution at this time. He will bring a joyous and churchly face, and build upon the strengths of the institution. Of that, I'm confident."
Nunes, an ordained LCMS minister, was President and Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran World Relief (LWR), Baltimore, from 2007 to 2013. LWR is an international, non-profit organization working to end poverty and injustice worldwide.
Prior to joining LWR, Nunes taught theology at Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, Ill., and served as a management consultant, urban parish pastor and community organizer in Dallas and Detroit.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College (now Concordia University), Ann Arbor, Mich.; a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada; and both Master of Theology and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He also has received honorary doctorates from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, and Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis.
Nunes is the author of Voices from the City: Issues and Images of Urban Preaching and, with his wife, Monique, the children's book Little Things Make Big Differences: A Story about Malaria.
Monique Nunes will also begin work on July 1, 2016, serving as Director of International Programs at Martin Luther School (MLS) in Maspeth (Queens), N.Y.
Martin Luther School Executive Director, Randal C. Gast, said Monique Nunes "brings a vibrancy" to the program, which currently serves 85 students and is projected to grow to nearly 200 students by Fall 2017.
She "understands how this important program is an extension of our mission outreach" — with six students baptized last year and two this year, Gast said, and "is the person who will take our International Program to the next level here at MLS."
Best Practice for Ministry - Phoenix
Date: Feb. 18-20, 2016
Place: Christ Lutheran, Phoenix
Info and registration: http://www.cclphoenix.org/bpm_az.html
Cost: Free registration and meals! You must provide your own transportation and hotel
Bishop Derek Lecakes: A great opportunity to gather with pastors from across the nation and share ideas to take home and implement. It is a time for growth, sharing and refreshment.
Pastor Victor Nelson: I have gone twice. I received good ideas and much inspiration. Highly recommend. Over 1500 people went last year.
Best Practice Conference – Bronxville
Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 9:30 am- 3:30 pm Save the Date!!!
Place: Concordia College, Bronxville
Saturday January 30th 2016, 10 am to 3 pm at Concordia College, New York.
Though the Word of God is incredibly applicable to our everyday lives, it can be challenging to engage and teach youth today. Answering difficult questions and effectively teaching how we can live faithful lives is important to those who lead young people. Communicating the fullness of the Gospel is also a tough task, especially as culture desires to dictate how we speak about Jesus and "engage the world with the Gospel of Hope." Together, we will gather for a time of fun, fellowship, and learning how to effectively teach our youth, especially in the context of a "confirmation class" setting.
Featuring Laura R. Langhoff-Arndt, author of ‘The Art of Teaching Confirmation’
Dedication of the Hope and a Prayer Center by the Sea will be Wednesday, October 29th at 11 AM at 25-17 Seagirt Avenue, Far Rockaway. Light Refreshments will be served.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2014
THE HOPE AND A PRAYER CENTER BY THE SEA
25-17 Seagirt Avenue, Far Rockaway, NY
With SMP Vicar Tom Cusanelli, Local Leaders Catherine Molyneux and Sharon Sessing, I am grateful to God for bringing about, after two years of sojourning, the dedication of The Hope and A Prayer Center By The Sea just a block from the ocean in Far Rockaway.
Since Superstorm Sandy, we have remained a constant presence at PS/IS 43, "The School By the Sea," and have brought resources to bear for those still dramatically affected by the results of the storm. This summer a Vacation Bible School and an End-of-Summer Party and Blessing on the Beach brought joy to children and families in Far Rockaway. The donations of so many and the fine partnership with LC-MS Disaster Response have kept us going right on through the renovation of the site.
But there is much to do as we prepare to open our doors to the community. The need is great:
Vicar Cusanelli, Atlantic District Sandy Recovery Coordinator, went to the site recently to check on the construction progress at the Center. As he approached, he overheard a woman say to her two little children, "They are putting a church there. The hooligans in this neighborhood need to get saved." So the word is out on the street that we are going to be there and the Gospel will be spread!
So first of all, please PRAY for us as we engage a tough neighborhood with a powerful Lord! Include the Hope and a Prayer Center in your congregation's weekly and your personal prayers.
Beyond your prayers, your PRESENCE would be deeply appreciated. We need volunteers for service projects and will be looking for evening volunteers as programs begin later in the fall.
Thirdly, your FINANCIAL AND RESOURCE SUPPORT is needed. Here's how we can work together to bring this mission and ministry center to hit the ground running:
If you are interested in naming the Center through a generous donation of $100,000, or would like to make a special gift of one month's rent = $5,000, half a year =$30,000, or a full year's rent = $60,000, please call 914-337-5700 x 2 and leave a message for me with Kristen Schulz.
There are, of course, many other ways to participate. Here's what's needed to complete and furnish the Center:
3 desks (for 2 offices and a reception area) @ $250 each
3 desk chairs @$150 each
2 file cabinets @ 100 each
2 chairs for office visitors @$100 each
Conference table & 8 chairs @$1000
15 folding chairs @$40 each
3 folding tables @ $50 each
2 waiting room chairs and waiting room bench @$300
A Phone system of 5 sets @$3000
alarm and surveillance system @$1500 gift from Resurrection, Garden City, Pastor Browning
3 Book Shelves @$150 each gift of Martin Luther School, Maspeth
8 computers (2 offices, reception, conference room, 4 in great room) @$500 each
3 computer printers @$250 each one printer, gift from Kay Charon
Smart board in conference room @$4500 gift from Resurrection, Garden City, Pastor Browning
two flat screen televisions (1reception area, 1 in great room) @$1000 each
Copy machine with fax and scanning ability Lease @$2000 per year
$1,600 from Good Shepherd, Laurelton
To make a donation online, please visit our secure site at http://www.ad-lcms.org/index.php/donate-online and designate your gift to the Hurricane Sandy Fund
Blessings in Christ Jesus,
The Rev. Dr. David H. Benke,
President/Bishop of the Atlantic District LC-MS
Baltimore, October 9 -- At its September meeting in Chicago, the Lutheran World Relief board of directors presented the Rev. Dr. Rafael Malpica Padilla with the LWRL Champion award, formerly known as the Friend of LWR award. A former LWR board member, Malpica Padilla is currently executive director of the Global Mission program unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Based in Chicago, he also serves as the ELCA advisor to the LWR board.