For several years, the Catholic, Methodist and Presbyterian churches in Jesup, along with the ELCA churches American Lutheran and Zion (Jubilee), La Porte City, have teamed up to have Jesup Community-Wide VBS.  They usually have about 100 kids, and our numbers skew young, with lots of prekindergartners and kindergarteners participating.   COVID-19 changed all that. […]

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 […]

 “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 […]

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 […]