Administration Mattershttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/Index of the May 2015 IssueIssue 40 of Administration Mattershttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/73http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/73<div class="ExternalClass0357D58FB161431F9EC32E5C9C6FDB2F"><p><strong>ELCA Youth Gathering</strong><br>Registration for the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering closes today, May 15. 30,000 youth and adult volunteers will “Rise Up Together” with the people of Detroit to create something new in Jesus’ name. You can support the work of ELCA youth in Detroit by contributing toward the purchase of supplies for the service projects. Go to <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/gathering" target="_blank">www.elca.org/gathering</a> for giving opportunities. This is also the site for the live stream from the Youth Gathering starting Wednesday, July 15 through Sunday, July 19. &gt;<a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/YouthGathering/GatheringDetails/GivingOpportunities" target="_blank">more</a></p><p><strong>Portico to attend 2015 ELCA synod assemblies</strong><br>Portico Benefit Services will attend most of this year’s synod assemblies, talking about the ways congregations, leaders and Portico share the work of strengthening resilient leaders who shape healthy faith communities. Stop by their table with comments or questions about your ELCA benefits. <br><br><strong>Make your mark</strong><br>Road markers are a practical, inexpensive way to tell people about your congregation and direct visitors to worship. Working with a contracted vendor (NPN360), special pricing is available. &gt;<a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/ELCA_Roadmarker_Order_Form.pdf" target="_blank">more</a><br><br><strong>Solar panels </strong><br>With energy costs on the rise, many congregations are looking for ways to reduce their ongoing bills. &gt;<a href="http&#58;//www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org/Home/stories-about-creation-care/here-comes-the-son" target="_blank">more</a> <br><br><strong>Guidelines and screening help keep volunteers safe</strong><br>Congregations count on volunteers, but can volunteers count on congregations to help keep them safe? &gt;<a href="https&#58;//www.churchmutual.com/index.cfm?pid=2253&amp;pageTitle=Risk-Reporter&amp;riskReporterID=79&amp;page=Spotlight" target="_blank">more</a><br><br><strong>Inform and inspire with effective emails</strong><br>An email marketing service helps you build stronger relationships with your congregation members by keeping them informed. ELCA Advantage program partner <a href="https&#58;//www.constantcontact.com/promo/elca/signup.jsp" target="_blank">Constant Contact</a> offers discounts (20 percent for six-month prepay, 30 percent for 12-month prepay) to ELCA congregations and agencies. You can benefit from reliable email delivery and beautiful, ready-to-use templates by signing up for a free trial today. &gt;<a href="https&#58;//www.constantcontact.com/promo/elca/signup.jsp" target="_blank">more</a></p></div>05/15/2015ELCA Youth GatheringArticle 1, May 15, 2015, Issue 40http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/74http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/74<div class="ExternalClass559A1F7EFC1440919B372BFD689B5F99"><p>​Registration for the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering closes today, May 15. 30,000 youth and adult volunteers will “Rise Up Together” with the people of Detroit to create something new in Jesus’ name. You can support the work of ELCA youth in Detroit by contributing toward the purchase of supplies for the service projects. Go to <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/gathering" target="_blank">www.elca.org/gathering</a> for giving opportunities. This is also the site for the live stream from the Youth Gathering starting Wednesday, July 15 through Sunday, July 19. &gt;<a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/YouthGathering/GatheringDetails/GivingOpportunities" target="_blank">more</a></p></div>05/15/2015Portico to attend 2015 ELCA synod assembliesArticle 2, May 15, 2015, Issue 40http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/68http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/68<div class="ExternalClass7CFD9017C0CD4A66889AB1F3D0DB869E"><p>​Portico Benefit Services will attend most of this year’s synod assemblies, talking about the ways congregations, leaders and Portico share the work of strengthening resilient leaders who shape healthy faith communities. Stop by their table with comments or questions about your ELCA benefits. </p></div>05/15/2015Make your markArticle 3, May 15, 2015, Issue 40http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/69http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/69<div class="ExternalClass2978C7749122472BAD5E34B04B52FE5D"><p>​Road markers are a practical, inexpensive way to tell people about your congregation and direct visitors to worship. Working with a contracted vendor (NPN360), special pricing is available. &gt;<a href="http&#58;//download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/ELCA_Roadmarker_Order_Form.pdf" target="_blank">more</a></p></div>05/15/2015Solar panels Article 4, May 15, 2015, Issue 40http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/70http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/70<div class="ExternalClassFC018C37AAD74D9F9B067DB39104E50F"><p>​With energy costs on the rise, many congregations are looking for ways to reduce their ongoing bills. &gt;<a href="http&#58;//www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org/Home/stories-about-creation-care/here-comes-the-son" target="_blank">more</a> </p></div>05/15/2015Guidelines and screening help keep volunteers safeArticle 5, May 15, 2015, Issue 40http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/71http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/AdministrationMatters/71<div class="ExternalClass51E75E3A2545479C978B7D79AC825E32"><p>​Congregations count on volunteers, but can volunteers count on congregations to help keep them safe? &gt;<a href="https&#58;//www.churchmutual.com/index.cfm?pid=2253&amp;pageTitle=Risk-Reporter&amp;riskReporterID=79&amp;page=Spotlight" target="_blank">more</a></p></div>05/15/2015