ELCA NEWS SERVICEMay 1, 201414-26-MRCCHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Rev. Ronald T. Glusenkamp will become director of Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) effective June 16. Glusenkamp is senior pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.Approved by the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in August and officially launched Feb. 1, 2014, the five-year campaign seeks to raise $198 million in designated funding for new and expanded churchwide ministries.“The world needs this church to do more,” said Glusenkamp. “Always Being Made New is a great way to help people and change lives. It is a historic moment for this church, and now is the time for us to work together, help grow congregations, develop leaders, respond to malaria and world hunger and support the global church all in the name of Jesus Christ.”For the past eight years, Glusenkamp has served as senior pastor of Bethany, the largest congregation in the ELCA Rocky Mountain Synod. Prior to his current call, he was vice president of customer outreach at the ELCA Board of Pensions (now Portico Benefit Services in Minneapolis) from 1999 to 2005. Glusenkamp was pastor at three ELCA congregations – Gethsemane Lutheran Church in St. Louis; Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kansas City, Mo.; and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kan. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the former Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Ind., and a Master of Divinity in biblical studies from the former Christ Seminary-Seminex in St. Louis. He was ordained in 1981.Glusenkamp is married to Sue Ann Glusenkamp, a clinical nurse educator at Porter Hospital in Denver, and together they have three adult children.“Ron brings tremendous creativity, passion and experience to this effort that we are embarking on as a church, together. His experience in working across the ELCA with members, congregations and synods will assist us in having greater engagement and impact so that more people know and experience the love of God in Christ Jesus. I give thanks that Ron has said yes to this new and exciting call to serve the church,” said Christina Jackson-Skelton, executive director of ELCA Mission Advancement.“I see this campaign as a wonderful opportunity for this church,” said Glusenkamp, adding that he anticipates that the campaign will draw the 4 million-member ELCA “closer together in working through our various ministries to change lives.”“I feel called to this position. I look forward to engaging with others in how they might engage in responding to Jesus’ call. Our baptismal identity calls us to be claimed, gathered and sent into the world. The (campaign) is a great way to do so much more together for the sake of the world in Jesus’ name.”Through several featured priorities, The Campaign for the ELCA seeks to:+ Increase this church’s capacity to support congregational renewal and the planting of new congregations+ Form and support new lay, ordained and global leaders for mission+ Encourage and form lay youth and young adult leaders+ Support this church’s disability ministry+ Bolster our commitment to walk with global companion churches in shared witness+ Expand our efforts to address poverty and hungerAt the time of launch, total current gifts and commitments exceeded $16 million toward the campaign's goal of $198 million. With the addition of $5 million in planned gifts, more than $21.2 million was committed toward campaign priorities. The ELCA Malaria Campaign, which has garnered $11 million in current gifts to date, is now part of the comprehensive campaign. The campaign also includes the implementation and integration of churchwide assembly actions related to youth and young adults and disability ministries.Information about Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA is available at http://www.ELCA.org/campaign.- - -
ALL TENNESSEE 2018
122 youth and adults met November 10 & 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hixson, Tennessee for All Tennessee. During the event youth from across Tennessee gathered to learn more about the "GODISNOWHERE" theme by participating in different activities throughout Saturday afternoon. Youth looked at where God was through an interactive Stations of the Cross activity, they also got to ask Pastor Ed Myers and Pastor Katherine Museus any question they wanted to ask, they learned about how we can be God's hands in the midst of disasters through the work of Lutheran Disaster Relief and put together hygiene kits for Lutheran World Relief. To finish out their service that day they moved mulch on to the church's playground. Worship started with a group of youth from Christ Kiswahili Lutheran Mission leading in song and during the confession participants were invited to take a piece of string to represent their confession and tie it on nails that formed "GODISNOWHERE" - a powerful way to see that God comes to us in the midst of our brokenness and as we communed together we saw God come once again in the body and blood of Christ. Special thanks to the volunteers of Trinity Lutheran Church for their hospitality and meals, as well as the ALL Tennessee planning team for their hard work putting it all together.