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Synod Staff Transitions

Synod Staff Transitions

Shortly after I was elected to serve as bishop, I met with the staff of the synod office, as I knew they would have questions about how I wanted to organize the work of the office. I asked them to give me six months to get a sense of the challenges and opportunities facing the […]

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  April 27, 2017   No comments
ELCA Youth Gathering Updates

ELCA Youth Gathering Updates

It’s already time to start planning for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston. There are lots of important dates and details to start lining up, so if you’d like to be kept updated on what we’ve got going on in the GMS to help you plan for the Gathering, please email Stephanie Luedtke at sluedtke0@gmail.com and […]

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  April 6, 2017   No comments
Upcoming Portico Webinars

Upcoming Portico Webinars

Retirement Planning for Singles, Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 11 a.m. – noon CDT. We’ve heard from many of our single plan members that you want more information about retirement planning that relates specifically to you. Join us as we explore the challenges and opportunities of retiring as a single person. We’ll discuss some specific areas […]

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  March 23, 2017   No comments

Listen, God is Calling

Notes from Bishop Erickson Energy was high three weeks ago when more than 230 people gathered in the basement of Mount Hope Lutheran Church in West Allis for the Cluster Assembly event. We wondered together how we could listen to God by engaging more deeply in our communities, and we considered five questions for community […]

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  March 16, 2017   No comments
Rev. Matt Short is the new Director for Evangelical Mission for the Greater Milwaukee Synod (He will begin May 1)

Rev. Matt Short is the new Director for Evangelical Mission for the Greater Milwaukee Synod (He will begin May 1)

I was born and raised in Lake Havasu City, Arizona; a town that often nabs the dubious honor of being the “hot spot of the nation” during the summer weather forecasts (our record set was 128 degrees in the summer of 1994!). After completing a Bachelor’s in Sociology (Family/Gender/Race Studies), I travelled to Columbus, OH […]

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  March 2, 2017   No comments
LENTEN DEVOTIONS coming soon for whole Synod

LENTEN DEVOTIONS coming soon for whole Synod

Share Lenten Devotions with your congregation This year’s Lenten devotions provided by Outreach for Hope, will be available very soon for download. We invite congregations to make the devotions available to their members either by printing copies, or by making them available electronically. Title and Theme: “Walking Together in Hope.” Bishop Erickson has provided us […]

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  February 16, 2017   No comments
PORTICO: Seminar & new handout regarding Coverage in Times of Transition

PORTICO: Seminar & new handout regarding Coverage in Times of Transition

New information from Portico: Maintaining ELCA Benefit Coverage in Times of Transition: This is a brand new document assists congregations and Rostered Leaders when their calls end or change. Pre-Retirement Seminars for 2017: Illinois: May 8, 2017 at Churchwide in Chicago. It will be the only in-person seminar at Churchwide this year. Wisconsin: November 10, 2017 at […]

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  February 16, 2017   No comments
Portico Updates

Portico Updates

How to Earn Wellness Dollars If you have ELCA-Primary health coverage, follow these three steps to earn up to $400 wellness dollars by completing Portico’s Live Well Challenge. Find everything you need to get started at PorticoBenefits.org/livewell. Take stock of your physical and emotional health via the health assessment ($100 wellness dollars) Take stock of your retirement readiness […]

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  February 2, 2017   No comments
A Prayer for Refugees

A Prayer for Refugees

Here is a copy of Prayer for Refugees. We are concerned of the current climate in the country over welcoming newcomers. The legacy of Lutherans is to be courageous and compassionate in word and service. Please use the attached prayer in your next Sunday worship service and then consider hosting a Refugee Sunday in the near […]

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  January 26, 2017   No comments

Writing Minutes Like a Pro

Dear Greater Milwaukee Synod: Many congregations are hosting annual meetings in the next few weeks and the ELCA has a great resource Writing Minutes Like a Pro that might be useful to you. (Down below) This is part of a regular blog post from Administration Matters. Other topics covered this month include checking references, internal […]

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  January 26, 2017   No comments
Meru Trip 2017

Meru Trip 2017

On behalf of the more than 20 individuals from the Greater Milwaukee Synod who participated in the installation of Bishop Elias Kitoi Nasari in the Meru Diocese in Tanzania this past weekend, I’d like to thank you for all of the prayers and messages of support that we have received. While several of us have […]

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  January 26, 2017   No comments
Embracing Stewardship

Embracing Stewardship

Stewardship Fair Brings in Expertise for You! As times change and the world becomes more and more competitive, people can and do connect with all sorts of other individuals and organizations. Sometimes these are groups just down the street. Sometimes these are organizations half way around the world. How does the church stay relevant and […]

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  January 19, 2017   No comments