Humanitarian Crisis
We share your concern for the migrant children and families in this humanitarian crisis, and for your participation in conversations and actions around the Synod.
Our Lutheran response includes local as well as churchwide and international channels. Next week ELCA leaders from Global Mission, Congregational and Synodical Mission Units, LIRS, Disaster Response, World Hunger and ELCA News Service will meet in Corpus Christi and McAllen with leaders from LSSS and La Frontera.
Until such time as a detailed Lutheran response can be implemented, there are some basic facts to share with your congregations. Click to read more. One way to help is through Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS). LIRS is working diligently with government and service partners to care for Central American children and families fleeing to the US for refuge. Click to read more.
Please send donations directly to LIRS using the Donate Now button or at Please do not send donations for LIRS to the Southwestern Texas Synod.
Request from Presiding Bishop Eaton
Israel started a ground offensive in Gaza. Presiding Bishop Eaton spoke with Munib Younan, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. Bishop Younan expressed grave concern over this situation, and is asking for our prayers.
Please click to read the letter from Presiding Bishop Eaton asking all congregations to read this letter aloud in services this Sunday, as well as to observe a time of silence as we pray for our brothers and sisters in the ELCJH.
Click to read the ELCA news release concerning call for peace in the Holy Land.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. On Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, the nearly 10,000 congregations of this church gather to serve communities in ways that share the love of God with all of God’s people. Click to read more.  Toolkit   Resources   Registration   T-shirt
One Southwestern Texas conference says "God's work Our hands" is not just for Sunday anymore!
Check out the Alamo Conference's list of concrete opportunities to serve throughout the week around San Antonio from Tuesday, September 2 through Sunday, September 7. Does your conference or congregation have something planned for Sunday or the week of September 7th?  Share with us your opportunities and experiences!
1% Stewardship Tour This Fall & Winter

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Connecting Faith and Finances, Stewardship with Children, Starting a Commitment Campaign, Putting some Sizzle into your Current Commitment Process. These and other conversations of your choice are “on the table” in your Conference.
Bishop's Convocation
The Changing Landscape of Leadership
Peggy Hahn,  Director of LEAD.
Join us for an interactive day in discussion of the changing landscape of church leadership in the 21st century, and how we can be equipped to lead in these changing times.
September 16
San Antonio
Upcoming Events
August 2, 2014
Healthy Congregations
Immanuel, Pflugerville

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August 16, 2014
Healthy Congregations
Hope, San Antonio

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September 13, 2014
Healthy Congregations 3
Peace, New Braunfels

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September 13, 2014
Healthy Congregations 2
St. John, Marion

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September 16, 2014
Bishop's Convocation
Grace, San Antonio
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Healthy Congregations
Interested in hosting a workshop? Click to review Host Information and Workshop Brochure

The Southwestern Texas Synod is part of Region 4 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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