“Lo, I am with you, Jesus has spoken. This is Christ’s promise, this is Christ’s sign: when the church gathers, when bread is broken, there Christ is with us in bread and wine.” (Susan Palo Cherwien, Day of Arising, ELW #374) As we prepare for the coming days of worship and reflection on the suffering,…

The synod council recently voted to designate this year’s synod assembly offering to support the work of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, in recognition of their important work in resettling refugees from Afghanistan and Ukraine. We will be learning more about this work during the banquet presentation by LIRS President and CEO, Krish O’Mara Vignarajah…

The presence and impact of racism continues to devastate our communities within and outside of the church, harming the whole people of God and keeping us from living as the Beloved Community God intends. A new synod Anti-Racism Team is forming this spring to continue the work in this critical area of our ministry. The…

“For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.” – Psalm 139:13-14 Friends in Christ: To be honest, there are a whole host of issues that have filled…

We are very happy to share that Rev. Marilyn Miller will preach at our 2022 Synod Assembly worship service! Rev. Marilyn Miller, a lifelong Milwaukeean, has served for over 40 years in some capacity of education. She was the pastor of The Lutheran Church of the Reformation for about a dozen years before retiring in 2020, and…

There are several Synod Assembly deadlines that are quickly coming our way! We know that life can be busy and you likely have many other deadlines– so, we try to combine deadlines as much as we can to help keep things as simple as possible. March 15: Deadline for nominations, resolutions, and to pre-identify ELCA Pastors for the Bishop…

We are excited to announce that the keynote speaker for our 2022 Synod Assembly will be Krish O’Mara Vignarajah! Krish is the President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, overseeing a significant growth in the size and scope of the organization. She frequently appears on media outlets (CNN, MSNBC, NPR, etc.) to provide insight…

To all the youth, volunteers, congregational adult leaders, parents, pastors, and youth ministers who have been working so hard to get ready for the ELCA Youth Gathering- I see you. I know that the news of the Gathering’s cancellation on Tuesday was another disappointment in a long line of disappointments that we’ve experienced these past…

From Bishop Paul Erickson: One of the most challenging and heart-wrenching situations I’ve had to deal with as bishop is engaging in conversations with victims of child sexual abuse. While I am grateful that I have not had to engage in any conversations regarding recent abuse, the wounds and scars last for many, many years,…

From Bishop Paul Erickson: I’m asking each of you to consider if you have any lay leaders that you think possess the gifts and skills to serve on the Greater Milwaukee Synod Candidacy Committee. The committee currently has twelve members, but due to a recent restructuring and several individuals needing to step down, we are…

Sat. 2/12, 8:45 am – 2:45 pm | HYBRID (St. Matthew’s, Wauwatosa & Zoom) After reviewing projected COVID-19 case trends for the coming weeks, we have decided to move forward with hosting this year’s Together in Mission as a hybrid event. Event attendees will have the option to register for our opening gathering and workshops in-person at…

Friends in Christ: We learned yesterday that the Wisconsin Council of Churches will be issuing revised guidance in the coming days, strongly recommending that churches statewide temporarily return to remote operations as COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations soar due to the highly-transmissible Omicron variant in Wisconsin. While the WCC operates in an advisory capacity and does…

“We are called to ponder myst’ry and await the coming Christ, to embody God’s compassion for each fragile human life. God is with us in our longing to bring healing to the earth, while we watch with joy and wonder for the promised Savior’s birth.” (Unexpected and Mysterious, ELW #258) If you’re anything like me…

“For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’” –…

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