“It is a good opportunity to gather with colleagues. Ministry is a lonely business without these kind of events to remind us we’re not in it alone,” observes Anita Nuetzman, pastor at Calmar and Springfield Lutheran Churches. Every fall, the rostered leaders of the Northeastern Iowa Synod gather for a few days of continuing education, […]

Anita graduated from Iowa State with a B.S. in Biology/Zoology. Raised in the Roman Catholic Church, Anita learned about Martin Luther and found her faith struggles were very similar to his. Drawn to its emphasis on grace, she joined the Lutheran Church. Anita raised three children, was a hospital volunteer, biology teacher, and coach, assistant […]

Tawanda was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. After graduating from high school at an Episcopalian boarding school in Zimbawe, he decided to attend Wartburg College in the United States. While attending Wartburg, became a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran in Waverly. He worked summers as a camp counselor at EWALU and Although Tawanda received a BA […]

Whether you are a Youth and Family Minister, lay church volunteer, solo pastor or even a senior pastor who rarely works with youth, the ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza has something to offer to inspire, uplift, recharge your ministry and come up with new ideas. This year’s theme was “Finding Forward.” Most of the speakers […]

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton likes to quip that she’s had three good ideas since being elected to her position:  The Grace Gathering (a time for all ELCA members to meet at the same time as the Churchwide Assembly to observe plenary sessions and participate in other activities), studying the Small Catechism together as a […]

Among the 315 voting members at the 2017 Synod Assembly, 17  were youth voting members. This was the first Synod Assembly for Matthias Letsche, member of Redeemer Lutheran in Waverly.  It was a very positive experience for him.  “It was a very unifying experience,” observes Letsche, who plans to become a pastor.  “All the best […]