Betty Rendón is a candidate for ordination who is also enrolled as a student at the Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) in their Doctor of Ministry in Preaching program. She has been serving in a pulpit supply capacity since March of this year at Emaus-ELCA, and she was granted Synodically Authorized Minister status by Bishop […]

This coming August voting members of the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly will vote on “Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Lutheran Call to Action,”  a proposed Social Statement on Women and Justice. In response to memorials from several synods, the 2009 Churchwide Assembly authorized development of a social statement on Women and Justice.   In accordance […]

Three years ago Pastor Jeff Ungs, Director of Evangelical Mission of the Western Iowa Synod, brought a gift of 100 flood recovery buckets during the flood in Greene, Clarksville, and Shell Rock. The next summer the Northeastern Iowa Synod collected 300 buckets during the Synod Assembly. They only stayed in storage a few weeks until […]

We are still in the midst of Lent, but it is not too soon to start planning for Vacation Bible School! Hopefully by now you have taken your Action Guide out of the pile on your desk and made note of all the great resources in it. One of those great resources is the new […]

What is Cultivating Vitality? Cultivating Vitality is an opportunity to work in partnership with the Northeastern Iowa Synod and other congregations to grow in discipleship through training, prayer and support.   Is this another One-Size-Fits-All program from Churchwide? No.  Cultivating Vitality is a two-year process that brings together congregation members and rostered ministers to learn […]

If you haven’t opened up your 2019 World Hunger Action Guide, there’s still time to take advantage of the Valentine’s Day resources.   Whether it involves romance or not, the ELCA has many resources for folks to participate in on Valentines’ Day that goes beyond sentimental poems and candy.   If one is looking for […]