preaching

I got such a great response from asking our synod rostered ministers about their thoughts on preaching that it took two blog posts to share it all.  Here are some more thoughts from our preachers: “How can I help them hear what God is saying?” “One thing I’ve discovered is that there are ways to […]

preaching

In this, our third of a six-year Reformation focus with the theme of “Celebrating Renewal”, the Northeastern Iowa Synod is highlighting the Gospel.  This month we are taking a closer look at what it means to preach the Gospel. In the March STAR, Bishop Steven Ullestad emphasizes the enormity of the responsibility of the preacher […]

lent

Lutherans have always observed Lent.  If you’ve always been a Lutheran you may take this for granted.  If you are new to Lutheranism you may wonder what this is all about.  There are things about the history and meaning of Lent that may be new to both longtime and newish Lutherans. Lent is not unique […]

dayonhill17

On Tuesday, February 21, a record 300 Iowa ELCA members gathered at the Capitol to speak on behalg of children, families, and refugees.  For many, it was the first time they had participated and they found it an empowering experience.   “Lutheran Services in Iowa’s Day on the Hill gives voice to those who have […]

immigration

On May 12, 2008, more than 1000 ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) agents in full SWAT gear, helicopters and SUVs swooped into the town of Postville.  It was the largest single raid of a workplace in history to that date.   It devastated the town and showed us that immigration is not just an issue for […]

facebookpages

I am very pleased and excited by the number of congregations in our synod who now are using Facebook and other social media for outreach and community building. Some congregations have created groups on Facebook instead of a page.  Some congregations have both a page and a group.  And some are unsure about the difference […]

Refugees

  ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth’s Eaton’s recent statement addressing President’ Trump’s Executive Order banning refugees from some countries is in line with our church’s tradition of advocating for the welcome and kind treatment of immigrants and refugees.  Since 1939 the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has been a champion for refugees from around the […]