Nancy Ackerman and California Lutheran Homes Honored

On November’s National Philanthropy Day, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater San Fernando Valley Chapter, a group of non-profit organizations and consulting firms throughout the Valley, honored Los Angeles individuals, organizations, and businesses for giving their time, talents, and resources for the enrichment and benefit of their communities. Honorees included

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Loving Our Neighbors: Evangelism in an Age of Isolation

By Marj Funk-Pihl, DEM  “We are racist.” Courtney uttered these words as both realization and confession.  She was part of a conversation about her congregation’s outreach to the neighborhood. The congregation was predominately white, but the neighborhood was mostly African descent and Hispanic.  Their main outreach was a weekly hot

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You Are a Vital Congregation of Our Synod! (Part 3 – Love Your Neighbor)

by Rev. Marj Funk-Pihl, Director for Evangelical Mission, SWCA Synod Love is best when its mutual. Right? During our June synod assembly, I asked everyone to describe how your congregation loved and served its neighbors. 72 of those present wrote about a congregationally supported feeding program. Great!! Today I want

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You are a vital congregation of our synod! (Part 2 – Love One Another)

by Rev. Marj Funk-Pihl, Director for Evangelical Mission, SWCA Synod Which method of communication to you use MOST OFTEN to get the word out about events and volunteer opportunities in your congregation? Announcements, newsletter, and bulletin articles. Intentional conversations between friends. During Synod assembly this past June, I asked folks

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