Every Sunday night folks from Grace and St. John Lutheran (Crane Creek) in Tripoli gather to “Run with God”.   It’s an opportunity to support one another as they improve health and fitness, as well as explore the connection between mind and body as a spiritual discipline. The program was started by Pastor Scott Duffus, who […]

Some of the most exciting and innovative work in the church is happening among the youth and family ministers in the ELCA. This is what I came away with at the ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza, a four-day gathering of adults from around the country who work with youth in the ELCA. As they put […]

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 […]

If you are a rostered leader in the Northeastern Iowa Synod, you are familiar with the Augsburg Fortress little daily devotional, Bread for the Day.     This little treasure includes a brief scripture reading following the daily lectionary, a prayer and a hymn for each day along with other treats including introductions to seasons, […]

 Pastors and other rostered leaders and their families can be vulnerable to stress and burn out, particularly at this time of the year with Advent and Christmas activities, finance and budget meetings and preparations for annual meetings. The Northeastern Iowa Synod recognizes this and offers four different sites for an opportunity to get away, relax […]

The way I think about God is shaped by what I’ve learned about the inspiration for Martin Luther’s famous hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” I’ve sometimes heard people discuss this hymn in a romantic sort of way, speculating that as time passed Luther looked back nostalgically on the security he had experienced while […]