highlights

We’ve heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  It takes a village to preach the Gospel. This past weekend, the rostered ministers and members of the congregations of the Northeastern Iowa Synod gathered to do the work that is necessary to ensure that the Gospel is proclaimed in response to Christ’s […]

caminodesantiago

Last week I joined my friend Pastor Angela Shannon for an 115 kilometer (about 70 miles) walk through Northern Spain on an ancient pilgrimage route that begins known as the Camino de Santiago or The Way of St. James. The bible says very little about the twelve disciples of Jesus after the Resurrection and Ascension […]

vistiors

Two nursing students from the University of Debrecen, Hungary and participants in the Lutheran Church’s “Roma College” will be visiting Northeastern Iowa during the next 10 days. Sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary, The Roma College helps Roma students make the transition to university life through mentoring, and additional education, including learning about […]

mission

Your mission statement reminds members who they are and what they are about. Sometimes churches get distracted or lazy or burned out.  This comes from not having a clear purpose.  A clear mission statement reminds everyone what we are here for.   A mission statement helps members talk publicly about their faith. Writing a mission […]

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 […]

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 […]

faithpractices

Now that we have recovered from Christmas, it is time to look ahead towards Lent.  Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1, this year so it’s not too soon to begin planning your themes.   The ELCA has a resource called Living our Baptism, Five Gifts of Discipleship that can be used in many settings […]