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ELCA offers prayers, worship resources for survivors of spring storms
May 21, 2013;
CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has made worship resources available May 21 in response to recent severe storms across the Midwest. Through Lutheran Disaster Response, ELCA members and congregations are supporting tornado survivors in partnership with local Lutheran affiliates and ELCA synods.
In a letter to congregations the Rev. Michael K. Girlinghouse, bishop of the ELCA Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod, asked members to pray for affected communities and all those involved in recovery efforts.
“Over the last two days, we have watched in horror and awe as the fury of nature has devastated communities in central Oklahoma,” said Girlinghouse. “Tornadoes swept through Carney, Little Axe and Shawnee on Sunday evening and through Moore on Monday, destroying homes, businesses and lives. We weep with those who lost loved
Robert Schaefer elected bishop of ELCA Florida-Bahamas Synod
May 08, 2013;
CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Rev. Robert G. Schaefer, Venice, Fla., was elected May 4 to a six-year term as bishop of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Schaefer was elected on the sixth ballot during the synod assembly May 2-4 in Orlando, Fla.
“I am deeply grateful for the confidence that our assembly has placed in me in this call to serve as their bishop,” said Schaefer, who serves as lead pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Venice.
“I pray for a fresh outpouring of God’s spirit on the entire Florida-Bahamas Synod as we walk together into this next chapter of sharing Christ, making disciples, and doing justice in a mission territory that continues to become more diverse in every aspect,” he said.
Schaefer will be installed Aug. 31 at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Lutz, Fla.
Rodger Prois elected bishop of ELCA Western Iowa Synod
May 02, 2013;
CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Rev. Rodger C. Prois, Storm Lake, Iowa, was elected April 27 to a six-year term as bishop of the Western Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Prois was elected on the fifth ballot during the synod assembly April 26-28 in Sioux City, Iowa.
Prois serves as interim pastor at St. Mark Lutheran in Sioux City, Iowa, and New Life Lutheran in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. He will be installed as bishop Sept. 1 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, Iowa.
Prois was elected on the fifth ballot with160 votes to 153 votes for the Rev. Peter Soli, director of evangelical mission and assistant to the bishop of the ELCA Western Iowa Synod. The Rev. Michael Kroona, pastor of Trinity Lutheran in Webster City, Iowa, was also a nominee on the fourth ballot with 64 votes to 98 votes for Soli and 109 votes for Prois.