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 […]

Emboldened to be the church

  The weekend before Christmas I got the call that my father was dying. A winter storm had already begun and there was no way anyone from the family would be able to travel to the assisted living center where he was. My mother normally lives with Dad but she was two blocks away staying […]

christmas

In the Northeastern Iowa Synod December, STAR, I talk about how pastors and leaders can do more with their digital ministry and outreach by posting a message about Christmas on their website. This time of the year there is a spike in the number of people googling “the meaning of Christmas”.   If you are a […]