Humanitarian Crisis

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Lutheran World Relief

Lutheran Disaster Response

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.
On July 16 and 17, a group of ELCA leaders and other agency heads converged at the US/Mexico border to observe the situation and learn from people who are working first hand with immigrants. It was a journey of the heart, as Rev. Stephen Bouman, executive director of Congregational and Synodical Mission, called it. Lutheran Social Ministries of the South organized the trip and made it possible to visit both of their excellent shelters for unaccompanied minors in Corpus Christi. In San Juan, at St. John Lutheran Church, the pilgrims of the heart met with a Border Patrol Officer. They met with Baptist leaders in McAllen who are assisting migrants, as well as visiting Sacred Heart respite center where families released from detention come for a meal, a shower, clean clothing and some rest before taking long bus trips across the country to join family members and await their court appearances. This is a humanitarian project of Catholic Charities and the city of McAllen, with the assistance of many others who desire to be of help. The following persons from the SWT Synod were a part of these meetings: Pastor Charles Frederickson, Pastor Paul Bailie, Pastor Kara Stewart, Dr. Judith Hoffmann. Pastor Steve Herzberg and Pastor Judith Spindt are also part of this SWT Synod Immigration Task Force.
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*Please send donations directly to the organization(s) using the links above. Please do not send the donations to the Southwestern Texas Synod.
Lutheran Disaster Response

Unaccompanied &
Migrant Children
Ebola Outbreak Response
Gaza Humanitarian Assitance
Where Needed Most

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
September 6, 2014
Healthy Congregations
Bethany, Fredericksburg

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September 9, 2014
Retired & Rostered
Anniversary Luncheon

TLU, Seguin

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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September 29- October 1
First Call Retreat
Lutherhill, LaGrange

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October 8, 2014
New to Synod
Synod Office, Seguin
October 17-19, 2014
Region 4 Global Mission Consult
San Lucas, Eagle Pass
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