The first ELCA Fund for Leaders Federal Chaplaincy scholarships are awarded to Army 2LT Ashley E. Allinger enrolled at Luther Seminary and to Army 2LT. Nicholas D. Schmidlin enrolled at Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago for the 2016-2017 academic year. Ashley receives a $2500 award and Nicholas receives $1500…[more]
Although Independence Day is upon us, there is a whole summer to celebrate our freedom as part of this great nation and those who have and still serve in its defense. In the “Latest News” to the right you will find a host of material available for use to make any day Independence Day. This may be a better way of planning this due to so many traveling the weekend prior to 4 July. Sometimes the Sunday after will host a greater attendance.
Prayer books keep flowing in from generous congregations for chaplains worldwide. At sea comes a grateful testimonial from an ELCA Navy Chaplain. “Today we had a RAS (Replenishment At Sea) where we come along side of a supply ship that has our mail, and food, supplies, parts, and fuel that we will need to stay out here. They steam along a straight course, we pull alongside and match their speed. Then they shoot over lines, which pull over other lines, which then pull larger lines, and on those we get the fuel hoses that give us more fuel…” [more]
New Chaplaincy Scholarship Team
A new scholarship development team is forming to help reach the next level in giving for the ELCA Federal Chaplaincy Scholarships that works under the ELCA Fund for Leaders seeking to find the next generation of chaplains. This team of seven leaders across the country has volunteered to motivate giving, and develop ideas and products useful for this effort.
The team members are Paul Baker (Army Reserve Chaplain retired), Tim (Brady) Eggleston (Army retired Chaplain), Leif Espeland (Active Air Force Chaplain), Murray Finck (Bishop Emeritus of the Pacifica Synod), Jeffrey Jacobson (active Navy Reservist chaplain), Howard Stendahl (Retired Air Force Chief of Chaplains), and Carol Yeager (active Air Force reserve chaplain).
These folks are proven leaders and supporters of the ELCA Chaplaincy and veterans in general. They will begin their mission in September with an initial gathering for training and sharing. Please pray for these selfless servants and if you would like to assist them in their work, please see the Scholarship Fund tab and learn more about this building of the next generation of chaplain leaders who serve on our behalf to bring God’s word and sacraments to people around the world.
Many different support to veteran ministries are springing up across the nation among ELCA congregations and synod offices. This website will attempt to recognize these efforts as information is sent to Pastor Scottie Lloyd at PastorScottie@LCOSavior.org .