Welcome new ELCA Bishop Rev. Elizabeth Eaton

ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield offers its congratulations to newly elected Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Bishop the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton.

Eaton, the first female bishop of the ELCA, will replace outgoing Bishop the Rev. Mark S. Hanson. Eaton, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, was ordained in 1981 and was elected bishop of the Northeast Ohio Synod in 2006. She was elected Aug. 13 at the ELCA’s 2013 Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh.

Bishop Eaton’s husband, the Rev. Conrad Selnick, is an Episcopal priest and a management consultant. They have two daughters, Rebeckah and Susannah. See/click below to view the video of Bishop Eaton’s historic election and reaction from New England Synod Bishop James Hazelwood.  Continue reading

Lunch with ELCA New England Synod Bishop James Hazelwood

Rev. James Hazelwood, NE Synod Bishop

Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield is pleased to announce it will host a lunch event Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2013, featuring special guest the Rev. James Hazelwood, newly elected bishop of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), the national organization with which Grace is affiliated.

Bishop Hazelwood grew up outside of the Christian faith, but at the age of 21, he discovered that Jesus Christ had a profound interest in him. He was baptized in the mountain waters at ELCA Camp El Camino Pines in California’s Los Padres National Forest. Following 25 years as a parish pastor, first in Brooklyn, N.Y., and then in Charlestown, R.I., he was elected bishop of the ELCA New England Synod in June 2012. An avid motorcyclist, he blogs frequently at http://www.bishoponabike.com.

All who are interested in sharing lunch and conversation with our new bishop are welcome to attend. Please RSVP on the sign-up sheet in Jung Hall or email the church office at contact@gracelutheranonline.com.

Prepare for the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly

Even if you’re not traveling to Minneapolis for the 2009 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Churchwide Assembly taking place Aug. 17-23, now’s the time to learn about the voting matters being considered at this year’s conference.

Visit ELCA.org’s Churchwide Assembly webpage, which has many resources on the event, including a schedule, travel and registration information, as well as a voting matters page. There you can find detailed info on the recommendations and resolutions being considered, which include a social statement on human sexuality and a proposed full communion agreement with the United Methodist Church.

It’s easy to stay up to speed on the events of the assembly. Check out the ELCA.org’s Churchwide Assembly multimedia page, with links to blogs, Facebook, MySpace and more.

Direct questions or comments to the ELCA at 800-638-3522, ext. 2840, or email Pastor Harman at pastorharman@gracelutheranonline.com.

Join Bishop Margaret Payne for a discussion about Paul tonight in Springfield

Join ELCA New England Synod Bishop Margaret G. Payne for a discussion on Paul, “Three Bishops and the Apostle Paul,” tonight, Monday, June 29, 2009, at St. Michael’s Cathedral, 260 State St., Sprngfield, Mass., sponsored by the Ecumenical Center for Pauline Studies.

Bishop Payne’s presentation is titled “Paul’s Barrier-Shattering God.” Continue reading