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January/February Chimes

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, A blessed and happy New Year to you! Perhaps, like me and Tim, you did some traveling over the holidays, or hosted family and friends in your home. (We managed to do both.) Being both a guest and a host got me thinking about hospitality. How do we offer…

December Chimes

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Each Advent we prepare again to ponder the mysteries of God’s entering our human story in Christ’s birth. As the culture celebrates a time of festivity and gift-giving, so we too as Christians celebrate and mark the occasion with exchanges of gifts, as a way of remembering the greatest…

November Chimes

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Well dear friends, we have come to the month of Thanksgiving. At least in the church office, it feels as though September and October have flown by in the…

October Chimes

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I write this letter to you two days after the historic installation of our new bishop. The Rev. Patricia Davenport was elected in May at our synod’s assembly to serve a six-year term as bishop. She also happened to be the first African descent woman elected as bishop in…

July/August Chimes

1,248 units of blood donated. 437 hair donations. 200 grace bags and 100 kindness project rocks. 40,000 books donated. $260,000 raised for the ELCA’s Global Farm Challenge. Over 150,000 hours of service. This is what can happen when 31,242 high school youth and their chaperones come together! The National Youth Gathering happens every three years,…

June Chimes

Dear brothers and sisters, Happy June! This month is always a time of great transitions as schools let out for the summer. For some, that simply means transitioning to summer activities. For others, greater transitions are in store with graduations and commencements. But even as schools are taking breaks, we know that learning never stops….