In late August Decorah, Spillville, Elkader, and surrounding areas were hit with heavy rains that caused flash flooding. The onslaught was swift and unexpected but Northeastern Iowa Synod congregation leaders and members were just as swift to respond with shelter, food, volunteers as well as working with Lutheran Services in Iowa to develop a relief […]

For more and more folks, email is the preferred method of communication. You may already find that many of your members choose to receive their newsletters by e-mail when given that option. You are probably sending them the regular print edition in a PDF form.  This is not the best way to communicate your news.  […]

Chick Lane wrote a wonderful book entitled “Ask, Thank, Tell.”  He encourages congregations to ask the members for financial support, thank them for that support and then tell them what kind of great ministry was made possible by that gift. I have never heard anyone say “I gave that organization money now I hope they […]

Sunday, October 25, Northeastern Iowa Synod congregation members joined church goers across the country (and Canada) and checked in, tweeted, posted and instagrammed what was happening at their churches. It is no coincidence that this took place on Reformation Sunday Martin Luther was all about using the technology of his day to spread the good […]