Farewell (and thank you), Tim!
by Chris Guntner
After 12 years of outstanding service, Tim Stollznow steps down as FRM Board chair.
Lutheran family rallies around flood-hit communities
Members of the LCANZ are continuing to rally in support of flood-hit communities in Central New South Wales, with more than $30,000 so far donated to the relief effort via the church’s Disaster and Welfare Fund.
Save the dates for Festival of Learning
ALC’s Festival of Learning will be back in February 2023 as an exclusively online event, allowing attendees to participate from anywhere.
Revised due date for Child Safety Plans
Child Safety Plans for congregations are now due on 31 March 2023, after the LCANZ’s General Church Board (GCB) approved an extension to the original deadline of 20 September 2022.
Synod offering to support FRM hymnbook project
The offering from February’s LCANZ Convention of General Synod will go to supporting a Finke River Mission (FRM) project revising and reprinting Lutheran song and hymnbooks in Central Australian Aboriginal languages.
Strategic plan to guide ALC reorganisation
Like many parts of the LCANZ, ALC has been struggling financially for some time. Low student numbers, increased expenses and a decrease in external funding all mean that the college, like many congregations and parishes, is needing to reorganise itself.
LCANZ launches Forbes flood appeal
The LCANZ has launched a churchwide appeal for donations to assist people and community groups affected by the severe flooding in northern and western New South Wales, particularly around Forbes.
Church Life Profiles coming soon
Dr Ruth Powell of the National Church Life Survey (NCLS) has advised that they are running later than anticipated in the delivery of the full Church Life Profiles. They hope to release online results with supportive resources via email in the coming weeks.
Call for submissions for ALC’s Festival of Learning
Australia Lutheran College (ALC) is calling for submissions from potential presenters for its 2023 Festival of Learning, to be held from Tuesday 21 February to Thursday 23 February.
New assistant bishop for New Zealand Lutherans
by Rosie Schefe
Pastor Nich Kitchen is the new assistant bishop for the Lutheran Church of New Zealand, following the unexpected early retirement of former assistant bishop, Pastor Jim Pietsch.