Hey, everyone! I wanted to take the time to re-introduce myself since we have a few new subscribers. I'm Rebekah, and I am the Synod’s Resource Specialist and Archivist. You may wonder “…okay, so what does that mean you do?” I operate the Kaufman Resource Center (KRC) located in the Lutheran Center, which works like a public library. We provide this service not only for our pastors but also for church members, families, and affiliates! I am always available by email and phone to assist those looking for resources of any kind. Additionally, I am the archivist for our Synod; a very fancy way to say I manage the records and historical files. But I also am a consultant for you– if you need help organizing your church’s archives or you don’t know whether you need to keep certain information, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
A little bit more about me… I am originally from Alliance – go Aviators! I graduated from the University of Mount Union in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. I went on to Kent State University and graduated in 2018 with a Master’s in Library and Information Science with a focus in Special Collections and Archives. After finishing my degree, I started working as a Reference Librarian at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. In 2019, I completed a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, hoping to become a Board-Certified Genealogist one day - just as a hobby and to challenge myself.
I now live in Akron with my husband, Jesse, my 11-year-old stepson, Kyle, my 2-year-old son, DJ, and my just-turned-1-year-old daughter, Phoebe.
Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about what I do, how I can help, or if you just want to chat!
Faith Lens is a weekly Bible study, created by the ELCA, that engages youth and young adults in connecting world events with the Bible, faith, and everyday life.
Through weekly studies that focus on scripture passages and themes, participants are invited to explore the intersection of faith and life. Each study includes questions for reflection, discussion, and action, as well as a prayer and a suggested hymn. The Faith Lens is a valuable tool for those seeking to grow in their faith and their understanding of God’s word. Be sure to check out previous weeks on the ELCA website or subscribe to their email to receive a brand-new study directly to your inbox every week!
The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) crisis is a systemic issue that refers to the high rates of violence, disappearance, and homicide experienced by Indigenous women and girls in North America. This crisis is rooted in the historical and ongoing colonization, marginalization, and discrimination faced by Indigenous peoples. Indigenous women and girls are more likely to experience violence than any other demographic group in the United States, and the exact number of missing and murdered Indigenous women is difficult to determine due to inconsistent data collection and underreporting. This complex issue requires a multifaceted approach, including supporting Indigenous-led initiatives, increasing awareness and education, and advocating for policy changes to improve the response to cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
The ELCA is highlighting resources to bring awareness and show support for Indigenous communities. Worship resources are also available from the ELCA to encourage all congregations to share the truths about this ongoing crisis. These resources are provided to inspire conversation and learning in ministries and communities. Please take the time to read through the resources provided and remember to wear red throughout May to bring greater awareness to #MMIW.
Exciting news! The Kaufman Resource Center just unveiled a brand new library card, designed by our own Pastor Stephanie Woods!
Visit Rebekah at BREATHE for your first chance to sign up for a library card. And be sure to compliment Pastor Woods on her awesome design!
REMINDER: Please bring any overdue materials to BREATHE and return them to Rebekah in the exhibit hall. There will be no fines for overdue materials but please email email@example.com if you believe you have lost or damaged materials.