Friends in Christ, In recent weeks we have experienced a significant increase in COVID-19 positive test results, hospitalizations, and deaths. In response, our governor has issued an executive order limiting the size of indoor gatherings. While religious organizations are legally exempt from this order, I am strongly urging all our congregations to refrain from gathering indoors for…

Dear Hunger Justice ministries of the Greater Milwaukee Synod, We have two pieces of good news to share! 1. Our colleagues at ELCA World Hunger have announced another round of Daily Bread Matching Grants. To refresh your memory, these Matching Grants of $500 were paired with access to an online fundraising platform which has the…

As the weather turns colder and the pandemic continues to restrict our ability to gather for worship and other activities, we recognize that congregations are revisiting decisions previously made about when and how to gather safely. As we do this, I’d like to lift up several things for consideration. Engage in conversations with curiosity and…

“Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us! Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved. O Lord God of hosts, how long will…

The Greater Milwaukee Synod council and staff is offering a new synod-wide digital worship series — five rotating sermons and readings paired with the same music and prayers for every Sunday from August 16 through September 13. Congregations are invited to include one or more of these services, or individual video segments, in their worship…

Working with Tithe.ly, we’ve been able to create an app for GMS. This app gives you quick and easy access to many items on our website and to text or online giving. While we have some fine tuning to do, we’re ready to roll this out! To download the app simply follow these steps. Visit https://tithely.app.link/greater-milwaukee-synod. Enter…

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me. Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;  let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach…

Welcome to the Greater Milwaukee Synod’s digital synod-wide worship experience for Pentecost Sunday, May 31! This 38-minute pre-recorded service includes a sermon from Bishop Erickson (available in both English and Spanish), music, prayers and readings by members and leaders from across the Synod. Congregations are welcomed to use it in place of, or in addition…

“We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and…

Recently, Synod office staff have received a number of requests for Articles of Incorporation from congregations working on their Payroll Protection Program applications. Please be aware that the Greater Milwaukee Synod does not keep Articles of Incorporation in our congregational records. Many, if not most, Wisconsin congregations do not have Articles of Incorporation. Rather, they…

As we continue to adjust to life during the Coronavirus pandemic, more and more people– including potential new and returning members –are looking for ways to engage online with local faith communities. There’s a common misconception that improving your church’s web presence is difficult and expensive, or that it requires a top-to-bottom redesign (which, to…

Friends in Christ: While it may seem like a much longer period of time, it has now been two weeks since Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers declared a State Public Health Emergency in response to the spread of a novel coronavirus, now called COVID-19. Since that day, our congregations, our rostered ministers, our lay leaders, and…

Friends in Christ, As we continue to respond to the changing dynamics regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, I want to alert you to several resources from the synod office: Online worship experience for rostered ministers: This Thursday morning, March 26, at 10:00 am, we will be offering a chance to gather for worship via zoom. Please click…

(Updated 5/7/20 to include password for weekly ELCA Coaching webinar.) As we continue to navigate what it means to be Church Together during the COVID-19 pandemic, rostered ministers and congregations are encouraged to take advantage of the following upcoming webinars: Being Church in the Time of COVID-19 – Weekly Meetings for ELCA Leaders (hosted by…

To our colleagues in the Greater Milwaukee Synod: Last week, we hosted on Zoom a daily opportunity at 1:00 for Rostered Leaders to connect with each other, check-in, and discuss the sorts of topics that seemed most needed each day. We are writing to you this morning to clarify the schedule for such opportunities this week,…

Friends in Christ: This week has been such a roller coaster, and change is happening so quickly, it feels like information that is more than a couple hours old is already obsolete. During these days of uncertainty and forced adaptive learning, I pray that you can all find the time to breathe, connect, and feel…

Dear Colleagues, In the shifting sands of each day, we are walking together. Today at 1:00 PM, many of the rostered leaders in our synod gathered on a video conference to discuss the best resources they have found to re-imagine worship in a digital age. We know thousands of things are coming at your right…

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