I will be away at the annual Florida-Bahamas Synod Assembly this weekend up in Orlando. Trinity Lutheran is one of 180+ congregations of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ELCA is composed of 65 such synods and approximately 10,000 congregations. What is a congregation of the ELCA?
“ELCA congregations are centers for evangelical mission, where people of faith celebrate, learn and connect with one another and others around the world through service and weekly worship. We are a church that belongs to Christ. There is a place for you among our nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. For us as the ELCA, this faith comes through the good news of Jesus Christ and gives us the freedom and the courage to wonder, discover and boldly participate in what God is up to in the world.”
We as the Florida-Bahamas Synod meet annually in assembly to worship God, to find inspiration, to fellowship, to share and learn, and to do the business of the synod. Trinity’s Vice-President, Reed Talbert, is Trinity’s lay representative this year. This year is a faith and family assembly so Saturday is set aside for workshops and other greats events. I will be co-leading one workshop on Cross+Generational Ministry (our 9:45AM Worship Together service is one example) and assisting in a workshop on Social Media and the church led by a friend of mine. I also will be serving as the Interim Secretary of the synod for this assembly and have been nominated for election for the regular synod secretary position which will take place during the assembly. At the assembly I will also be completing my second three-year term as a voting member on the Synod Council and third year on the Executive Committee. You can learn more about our synod and the goings on at the assembly at https://fbsynod.com.
Please continue to keep Vince Vega and the Vega family in your prayers as he recovers from his recent car accident. We continue to collect money for the Pastoral Care Fund to assist them while Vince is out of work. If you wish to made a donation to the Pastoral Care Fund for the Vega Family just make sure that the check is made out to Trinity Lutheran Church with "Pastor Care Fund" in the memo line or if you are giving cash that the envelope contain the same information along with your name and, if applicable, envelope number. And if you can, please consider helping load the moving truck for Chris and Maria Gramlich Saturday morning at 9117 NW 1st St Pembroke Pines, FL 33024