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 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 […]

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 […]

The following was published in a Lutheran Magazine in Hungary by Aron Czapek.  Aron was a guest from our Hungarian Synod Companion who traveled to Houston with Trinity Lutheran in Mason City.   Please close your eyes a little, imagine your average day. Only in big lines, with all the habits, with the swirling. And […]