The Vision – March 2015

from the pastor’s desk

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Always being made New. The Campaign for the ELCA

During Lent we are called to a life of repentance, which means we are to let God make us new day by day. We cannot do that on our own, and God guides us in our life of faith, strengthening the Church and reaching out to our neighbors. We participate in many ministries through the wider church, and we are called to be mindful of that work through prayer and support. We give our regular mission support through the Upper Susquehanna Synod, and we have opportunities to add to that in this campaign approved by the 2013 Churchwide Assembly. There are four areas of concentration for our consideration:

 Congregations. Many struggling congregations need help to reach out in communities where resources are scarce, and we are always being called to start new congregations in our changing culture.
 Leadership. Seminarians struggle to pay for tuition and living expenses while in school, and the debt load for new pastors is often crippling.
 Hunger and Poverty. This is the familiar ELCA World Hunger campaign, which many of you have been supporting for years.
 Global Church. This is the way we fund our missionaries overseas.

As you can see, the ways we give to the wider church are evolving, but much is still the same. Each family will receive a book that will help us prayerfully consider how we might reach out and be the church together.

In Christ’s service,
Pastor David Byerly