This is a great resource full of great ideas for Lent, Youth, Confirmation, and VBS and beyond. Instead of including everything at once, for the next few weeks we’ll take one idea from the Action Guide to highlight and make it easy for you to find all that you need online to use these ideas. […]

Are you wondering what the next step is for your congregation? Are you looking for ways to prioritize your mission goals and develop a strategy to move forward with those goals? Would you like to learn ways congregation leaders and members can work together to reach out more effectively in your community? Would you like […]

  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 […]