1. A Day of Hope: Today we’re operating a day camp for children of Bastrop County fires, in two locations, Smithville and Bastrop. Assistant to te Bishop Peggy Hahn and Synod Vice President Evan Moilan are leading the effort with other synod staff and a battery of volunteers. Prayers of thanks for Lutheran Disaster Response, ELCA VP Carlos Peña and others who are financially supporting this effort.

2. Today is the installation of the new bishop of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod. Prior to his election, Girlinghouse was pastor of University Lutheran Church Student Center, Norman, Okla. He served in that role since 2005 and has more than 20 years experience in campus ministry.

3. Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of 9/11. For all who grieve. For an end to hatred and violence.