On May 31 George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was arrested after a convenience store employee called 911 and told the police that Mr. Floyd had bought cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill.  Seventeen minutes later he was dead.  Police camera showed that a police officer had kept his knee on his neck for more […]

Several Northeastern Iowa Synod leaders and congregations are offering opportunities for Daily Prayer.  Here are some that we have heard from: Morning Prayer 6:00 am, Wednesdays, led by Jeff Jacobs, posted on St. Paul, Lime Springs Facebook Page 7:30 am, Daily Offices Facebook Live on Janice A. Harbaugh’s page 8:00 am, Daily, led by Daryl […]

By the time Governor Reynolds issued a Declaration of State of Emergency for Iowa because of the COVID 19 Pandemic, Northeastern Iowa Youth and Family Ministers had already begun planning. They had previously met by Zoom so they would be familiar with the platform and be able to use it when it was no longer […]

The situation with the Coronavirus pandemic has been a rapidly changing situation, leaving congregations and pastors to be creative in finding safe ways to be community together.  Some churches closed completely, others canceled Lenten services and meals and were hypervigilant about handwashing, sanitizing surfaces, not reusing bulletins and maintaining social distancing during public worship. “During […]

On March 17, Governor Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency Includes: Mass Gathering: Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. Planned large gatherings and events […]

 “A picture is worth a thousand words” is a cliché, but it’s true.   Nobody wants to read a bunch of text with no images on your church website, Social Media site, or even your printed newsletter. Hopefully by now all of us know that we cannot photocopy and print music and worship material to use […]