Elayne Werges is a Diaconal Minister in our synod who serves with her husband Pastor Dave Werges, the four-point geographical parish Cross Roads. Elayne loves Disney.  After coming through a grueling series of cancer treatments, Elayne and David took a well-deserved vacation at Disney World. She came back with some good insights into what the […]

The origins of blessing homes at Epiphany is difficult to pinpoint but it is associated with the coming of the Wiseman and the blessings they received as well as the blessings they left when they visited the home of  Mary, Joseph, and the Christ Child. This tradition is an opportunity to gather with friends and […]

Nikki Zumbach Harken is a member of Faith Lutheran in Shell Rock.  She writes a blog about life with her son Tucker, who is on the Autism Spectrum, “366 Days of Autism” The following is her post on VBS: VBS or Vacation Bible School was yesterday.  For the second year in a row Tucker was […]

“I’ve met so many nice Lutherans, I may have to become Lutheran!” The above comment was from a RAGBRAI rider from Indiana I sat next to while enjoying a Pork Chop dinner at my home congregation, St. James Lutheran in Mason City. RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) is a big deal in […]

In his sermon Friday evening at the Synod Assembly, Bishop Ullestad told the story of a how a single mother with a child with a sensory disorder found welcome in an ELCA congregation. The story had a happy ending, but unfortunately her experience of facing stares and judgment before that is not unusual for parents of […]

One of the critiques I hear about social media is that it is interfering with our ability to connect with others.  This comes from studies and observations that we no longer connect the way we did in earlier times (sitting on your front porch or visiting with neighbors over the backyard fence) and somehow social […]