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Pastor Norma Castillo

Pastor Norma Castillo

I received a call from Pastor Lisa Bates-Froiland this morning. She and Mary Campbell have been in El Salvador for the past week, where they had a chance to visit personally and pray with Pastor Norma. Lisa encouraged me to widen the circle of prayer for Pastor Norma to include the whole synod. Many of […]

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  July 14, 2015   No comments

Mission Support Half Year Report

“THANKS” to 131 congregation of the Greater Milwaukee Synod which sent in nearly one million dollars ($999,273 to be exact) in the first half (February-July) of this year. That enabled our synod to send nearly $550,000 (55%) to our ELCA fulfilling our Lord’s great commission to be witnesses to Him … “To the ends of […]

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  September 8, 2014   No comments
Divine Foolishness

Divine Foolishness

Christ crucified is God’s clearest and most complete act of love By Elizabeth A. Eaton For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the […]

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  September 4, 2014   No comments

Deeper Understanding – Financial Stewardship

A way of life allowing us to become grateful, generous, loving, hopeful people Sadly, for many stewardship means raising money for church. In the Bible a steward is the manager of another person’s property. This definition can make stewardship sound like a job where we are employed by the owner. But it’s really a fundamental […]

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  July 29, 2014   No comments

WHY PEOPLE GIVE. . .

“People want to make the world a better place to live. They want to believe that they can truly make a difference for the better. There is embedded in us, it seems, a desire to finish our work on this earth with a sense that we amounted to something. To sum it up, people want […]

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  July 24, 2014   No comments
2014 Summer Stewardship

2014 Summer Stewardship

Now is the time to think of stewardship! “But it’s summer; I don’t think of stewardship at church until November when they ask for money.” Yes, it is summer and time to think about all of the gifts from God. Yes, the congregation, synod and ELCA need your continued monetary support, but stewardship is so […]

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  June 26, 2014   No comments

Formatta Transition

Dear Rostered Leaders Grace and peace to you in this season of Pentecost. May the Spirit continue to strengthen you every day to be a bold proclaimer of the gospel. Thank you for your faithful service. New ELCA Forms I have very good news. The “Go-Live Date” of our new forms for Candidacy and Call […]

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  June 12, 2014   No comments

Update from Allison Beebee, ELCA Malaria Campaign Assistant

Fundraising Update: $12 Million and Counting! Thanks to you, we’ve hit another milestone! The ELCA Malaria Campaign has raised more than $12 million so far-which means we’re 80% of the way to our $15 million goal. Here are some milestones to celebrate this month: $250,000: Sierra Pacific, Southwester Minnesota $200,000: Northern Illinois, Virginia Synod $100,000: […]

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  June 10, 2014   No comments

Meru Golf Outing Correction

My sincere apologies the correct dates regarding the Meru Gold Outing pricing are: This year we have an early (birdie) registration discount which runs from May 1st to June 30th Golf 18 holes for $90.00 or Golf 9 holes for $79.00 which includes golf, cart, dinner, & door prizes. From July 1st to August 1st […]

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  May 6, 2014   No comments

Ours for the Asking (getting ready for fall)

When we ask people to take a step-up and grow in their financial commitment to the ministries of Christ’s church, there is no doubt a variety of possible responses. “Since you asked, I’ll give.” Or, “I hear you asking, this is what I can do this year.” One thing is certain, we don’t know what […]

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  April 24, 2014   No comments

Synod Grantwriting Workshop 2014

May 20th, Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church, 6-8:30 Fee: $10 Overview Providing basic information on grantwriting for individuals without significant grant writing experience. • Overview of grantwriting process • Importance of research • Importance of developing relationships with potential funders • Grants for specific projects (e.g. developing marketing materials) • Grant sources available to religious organizations […]

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  April 16, 2014   No comments

Habits of the Heart

Are you concerned about the divisive climate in Wisconsin’s civic life? Do you wonder how you and your congregation can play a constructive role in modeling a more life-giving approach to our differences in both church and the wider culture? The Center for Courage & Renewal, in partnership with the Wisconsin Council of Churches and […]

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  January 21, 2014   No comments

Rural Ministry Conference

Wartburg Theological Seminar’s 33rd Annual Rural Ministry Conference is being held on March 2nd-4th, 2014. This year’s focus is “Revitalizing Rural & Small Town Ministries.” The Rural Ministry Conference outreach is continuing to grow and has become an ecumenical conference for those working in small town and rural parishes throughout the Midwest. To view the […]

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  January 9, 2014   No comments