From the statement by ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton on the mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
It has been a long season of disquiet in our country. From Ferguson to Baltimore, simmering racial tensions have boiled over into violence. But this… the fatal shooting of nine African Americans in a church is a stark, raw manifestation of the sin that is racism. The church was desecrated. The people of that congregation were desecrated. The aspiration voiced in the Pledge of Allegiance that we are “one nation under God” was desecrated.
Mother Emanuel AME’s pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, was a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, as was the Rev. Daniel Simmons, associate pastor at Mother Emanuel. The suspected shooter is a member of an ELCA congregation. All of a sudden and for all of us, this is an intensely personal tragedy.
Read the full statement and related news release on the ELCA website.
Have you stopped by the Sunday School bulletin board lately? Anna Ciglar’s artistic rendering of the Advent Kids “woodland-style” playground plans can be seen, along
with a neatly hand-printed list of the equipment: climbing mountain, standing seesaw, balance beam, monkey bars, swings, in-ground slide, and colorful rubber mushrooms that double as jumping “stones” and seats!
The Advent Kids are hosting another Traditional Pot Roast Lunch — only $6 for a delicious Sunday meal just like grandma used to make! And we’ll do the dishes. The children are more than $2,000 towards their $8,000 goal for a safe, “nature-inspired” playground for themselves and their friends in the community.
Please join us Sunday, June 7 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for a tasty, home-cooked meal and to show your support. The kids served more than 50 diners at the first dinner in March — so come early!
If you missed shopping the book sale booth at last weekend’s May Fair, a table with some of the most popular genres has been set up in the Fellowship Hall where the lunch is taking place.