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Tapestry, the Virginia Synod Steering Team on engaging “diversity in context,” has put together a 5-week Lenten study series, for use by either congregation groups or individuals.  It comes in two parts:

Weekly Webinars led by Directors of Evangelical Mission. ;
Directors of Evangelical Mission, or DEMs, are rostered leaders appointed by the ELCA to serve in Synods to assist congregations with mission, outreach, and stewardship. Four DEMs will be presenting on the following:

Week 1: Intro "Being Church Together in a Changing World"

Week 2: God's Mission has a Church (Why does God have a church?) – Pastor Erika Uthe, SE Iowa Synod

Week 3: Listen, Listen, Listen!  (Why listening - listening together - is necessary.) – Pastor Deb Stalin, Minneapolis Area Syno

Week 4: Calling: You Can't Do It By Yourself (Why being Church Together is Necessary) – Pastor Justin Grimm, St. Paul Area Syno

Week 5: Final Thoughts on "Being Church Together in  Changing World" – Bishop Jim Mauney, (and DEM for the VA Synod!)

Webinars will be shared each Monday beginning on March 6th, and available for download to any personal device on the ;Virginia Synod Vimeo page. The webinar videos will be accompanied by Scripture and discussion questions – so a great resource for congregations out there looking for a study series over Lent!

Weekly Devotions from People Across the Synod. ;
Each week, there will also be Lenten devotions posted to ;TAPESTRY’s blog, written by Virginia Synod Lutherans!  ;

Just exactly does it mean to be Church together in this day and age? Let’s start by studying together, imagining what God might be up to in our congregations, communities, and synod!