Welcome to the 2013 issue of Stories of Faith in Action!
This year the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) celebrates its 25th anniversary as a church that is deeply rooted — and always being made new.
In this special anniversary issue of Stories of Faith in Action, you'll discover 21 stories of the people whose lives have been touched by ELCA ministries in the past year, as well as our 25th anniversary timeline celebrating where we've come and where we're going as a church freed in Christ to serve.
You'll also find resources on Mission Support (the portion of your weekly offering that is shared with ELCA synods and churchwide ministries) and how the important contributions members make to this church are put to use in life-changing ministries across the country and around the world.
To order free copies call 800-638-3522, ext. 2580, and ask for ELCAMA1167. Order online at www.elca.org/resources and search for ELCAMA1167.You'll only pay for shipping.
Following God's currentPlacing thumbprints and signatures on their new charter was an important milestone for all members at River of Hope, an ELCA worshiping community in Hutchinson, Minn. Read more | Download bulletin insert
Finding a God of graceBrach Jennings, one of 19 ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarship recipients for 2012, wants to reach out to people with a message of God's grace. Read more | Download bulletin insert
Cathedral in the NightCathedral in the Night welcomes everyone who worships — rain, sun, snow, or shine. Read more | Download bulletin insert
Changing the worldAfter the 2009 ELCA Youth Gathering, Greg Von Wald was inspired to "be the change" he wants to see in the world. Read more
An open invitationMembers of Santa Maria de Guadalupe haven't needed to knock on doors to invite people to church; potential members just show up. Read more | Download bulletin insert
Unity between traditionsELCA leaders met with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican. Read more | Download bulletin insert
Beyond our church doorsZion Lutheran Church in Superior, Wis., considered how they could best use their gifts to meet the needs of their community. Read more | Download bulletin insert
A common callingDeaconess Megan Ross shares her calling with ELCA deaconesses in training half way around the world. Read more | Download bulletin insert
For more stories and conversation from synods, congregations and members of the ELCA, visit www.Livinglutheran.com.