Bishop Elizabeth Eaton released a video message for Easter. That video can be found HERE.
|Dear partner in ministry,|
Weeks may have passed since you last walked in the doors of your
congregation and worshiped, face-to-face, with your community of faith.
To be sure, being the body of Christ looks and feels differently than it
ever has before.
Despite all of this, we are called to be church — together.
The ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) looks different now, but it has not stopped. Nor have the needs of our
communities and the world. Our church and its leaders continue to
minister to its members, to those who are hurting and searching for
peace, and to those in need.
The congregations and ministries of this church rely on your weekly
offerings and gifts. Without in-person worship services for many weeks
or even months, the financial impact could be devastating.
Please continue to give to your congregation and give regularly.
Your congregation and its leaders continue to minister to your
community of faith. This ministry relies on your weekly offerings. Find
out how you can continue your pledge or regular offering though online
giving, automatic monthly giving or mail.
I know that, for many of us, this is a time of uncertainty and financial
hardship. However, for those of you who are in a position to do more,
the needs are great.
In the United States, unemployment has soared. We are already seeing
rising demands on our food pantries, homeless shelters and social
services. Around the world, millions of people living in poverty are facing this pandemic without reliable access to sanitation and health care.
With congregations and ministries across the country, and a network of
companion churches and partners in over 70 countries around the world, we anticipate this crisis will affect us all. Your gifts to the ELCA’s
COVID-19 Response Fund will provide funds to the ministries of the
ELCA most in need and best positioned to help. This includes our
congregations as well as local and churchwide ministries capable of
reaching and assisting those in need. If you are able, please help with agift today.
I have been reflecting on the words of Peter: “Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received” (1 Peter 4:10).
Now is a time when we need one another. Now is a time to live and act as faithful people of God.
Be of good courage, dear church, and remember that Christ is with us
now and always.
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America