Photo thanks to ELCA

Daily rain showers could not dampen the high spirits of the 945 CWA voting members, plus visitors and Grace Gathering attendees who have gathered in New Orleans to attend to the business of the church and celebrate 500 years of reformation. Old friends are reuniting.  Online friends meeting in person for the first time.  Beignets […]


Next week ELCA members from all over the country and the Caribbean will gather in New Orleans for the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.  The Churchwide Assembly, which meets every three years, is the primary decision-making body of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A churchwide assembly is very similar to a synod assembly, only on […]


“Through Called Forward Together in Christ, we have been asking what it means to be Lutheran and how we express this in today’s world. We have learned we aren’t as good as we could be in giving a clear answer to that question. We speak about grace, about our work in advocacy, about the relief […]


Every Sunday night folks from Grace and St. John Lutheran (Crane Creek) in Tripoli gather to “Run with God”.   It’s an opportunity to support one another as they improve health and fitness, as well as explore the connection between mind and body as a spiritual discipline. The program was started by Pastor Scott Duffus, who […]


If you’ve managed to miss news of the latest craze of the Pokémon GO game app, you may be perplexed by the sight of people slowing down in front of your church, lingering in the parking lot or even standing outside with their phones as though taking photos. If you do see this sight in […]


When I came on board as Director for Evangelical Mission at the Northeastern Iowa Synod, I was all about Social Media.  Social media is the new mission field and we need to be there, “showing ‘em Jesus” in the midst of that world as well as everywhere else we are called to bring the good […]

Celebrating Renewal

As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, congregations and synods are asking each other, “What are you doing to mark the occasion?” The Northeastern Iowa Synod answered this question in 2014 when the Synod Council voted to adopt a 6-year plan called “Celebrating Renewal”.  Because the reformation was more than one […]