Guest Post by Pastor Erika Kielstrup, St. Paul, Monona October 27-November 3 I was in Wittenberg, Germany with 19 women who were pastors, deacons, and lay leaders from the United States, Serbia, Romania, Estonia, Hungary, Russia, Poland, Palestine, Latvia and Canada for the 7th ELCA International Women’s Seminar. The Reverend Kit Kleinhans, formerly of […]

Guest Post by Pastor Scott  Johnson People of different faith traditions and none gathered at St. Petri Lutheran Church in Story City for “Faith Seeking Understanding: An Interfaith Potluck Dinner.” Attendees included members of the Darul Arqum Islamic Center in Ames, St. Petri and other churches in Story City, and others from area communities who […]

“It is a good opportunity to gather with colleagues. Ministry is a lonely business without these kind of events to remind us we’re not in it alone,” observes Anita Nuetzman, pastor at Calmar and Springfield Lutheran Churches. Every fall, the rostered leaders of the Northeastern Iowa Synod gather for a few days of continuing education, […]

In 2017 congregations were invited to bring flood buckets to the Synod Assembly. Flood buckets contain essential cleaning supplies that can help families and communities affected by flooding, tornadoes or other disasters. Usually, by the time flooding has occurred, these items are in short supply and familaffected don’t have the time or means to shop […]

A few weeks ago congregations should have received their ELCA World Hunger Fall Action Guide for Congregations. This is a handy resource that belongs on your “Open right away” list. This packet is a valuable collection of resources to tell the story of the work of the church in feeding the hungry. Nearly all the […]

At the 2017 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly, congregations were invited to bring filled flood buckets.   Flood buckets contain essential cleaning supplies that can help families and communities affected by flooding, tornadoes or other disasters. Pastor Mark Anderson, Assistant to the Bishop who coordinates disaster relief work in our synod notes: “When a family’s home […]