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. […]

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 […]

Nicole Kiefer will be a sophomore this fall at Luther College.  She is a Northeastern Iowa Synod WIYLDE Alumna and Synod Lutheran Youth Network leader. In this guest post she shares her experience as a volunteer at the ELCA Youth Gathering, held July June 27-July 1 in Houston. This fall I will begin my sophomore […]

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 […]

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 […]

So you need to come up with another youth bible study or devotion and you are out of fresh ideas. You could google “Youth Bible Study” but there is no way to evaluate the usefulness, quality or theological appropriateness of what comes up. The ELCA Youth Ministry Network has a resource for you. Martin’s List. […]