Anita

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 […]

extravaganza

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 […]

RosteredMinistersGathering

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 […]

youth

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 […]

4.13.17

Anita T. Nuetzman is a graduating senior at Wartburg Theological Seminary.  She has been approved for ordination and assigned to the Northeastern Iowa Synod. When I showed up for my entrance interview, I expected the candidacy committee to do its job, that is, to tell me I was unfit for ministry and send me back […]

mission

Your mission statement reminds members who they are and what they are about. Sometimes churches get distracted or lazy or burned out.  This comes from not having a clear purpose.  A clear mission statement reminds everyone what we are here for.   A mission statement helps members talk publicly about their faith. Writing a mission […]