50.500 faith.freedom.future. was launched amid a sea of yellow balloons at General Convention of Synod in 2015. Yellow balloons are our 50.500 symbol because they represent joy, celebration and thanksgiving. Balloons are also associated with children – God’s children, through whom he is building his church for the future.
You are invited to join this exciting church-wide initiative. You can contribute your own ideas, activities and events, or simply draw inspiration from others. Everything you need to know is here on this 50.500 website, which will be refreshed often with new information and resources. To receive regular updates and alerts, sign up to our 50.500 e-newsletter.
A Message from LCA Bishop John Henderson
At the General Convention of Synod in 2015 the LCA launched the 50.500 faith.freedom.future initiative for this synodical period to celebrate, to commemorate, and to focus on the church that God is building.
2016 sees the 50th anniversary of church union, the beginning of the LCA. In 2017 the worldwide church commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This is a chance for us, as members of the LCA, not only to celebrate and commemorate God’s grace and blessings to us over the decades and centuries, but also to open our eyes to God’s blessings for the future.
There will be some national celebrations and projects during this period, but I really want to encourage you and your congregation members to join the rest of our church by celebrating with events in your local community.
The 50.500 website is here to help you not only plan your activities but also to help you get the word out to the wider church about what you are doing and how you are playing your part in the wider story of the LCA/NZ.
Every one of us has something to contribute to our Lutheran family, our Lutheran story, our Faith, Freedom and Future together. Let’s remind each other, and tell the world, that the God who has been faithful to us over all these years isn’t finished with us yet. He has plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11).
Yours in Christ,
Pastor John Henderson