More Consultations: Yet another ELCA bishop, we hear, has convened a consultation committee to recommend how best to respond to a partnered pastor serving one of the synod's congregations. By our informal count, there are now four consultation committees active in three different synods.

Pray Without Ceasing: The support network for Pr. Bradley Schmeling and St. John's Lutheran, Atlanta invite people to stand in solidarity with Pr. Bradley and the congregation during the disciplinary hearing in January.

The trial will be a closed hearing, but worship services are scheduled at St. John's during the trial. Supporters are encouraged to sign up for a prayer vigil that will go on during the trial, to contribute "prayer cloths" for a prayer weaving that will be presented to the hearing committee, and to organize local worship services. Details are available on the


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    Trial Update page on the St. John's web site.
    The prayer vigil is slated to run from Friday January 19 though Tuesday January 23, indicating perhaps that this trial will hear more witnesses than some earlier trials.

    130,000 Gallons of Grout: On Sunday, December 10, 500 members and friends crowded into St. Mark's Lutheran Church in San Francisco to celebrate the historic building's reopening and $11 million seismic renovation.
    "If, God forbid, there is an earthquake today, we will be safe in here," said Bishop David Mullen.

    The unreinforced masonry building was declared dangerous in 1992 andafter the congregation spent more than a decade raising money to pay for the renovaction, the church was vacated in June 2005 to make way for the 17 month project.
    About 130,000 gallons of grout were injected into the sand beneath the brick footings for stabilization, and thousands more of epoxy and dowels were embedded into the old brick, church officials said.

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