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…

“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…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:  Pardeep Singh Kaleka, Executive Director, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee (414-364-6263) April 8, 2020 WISCONSIN FAITH LEADERS RESPOND TO COVID-19 CLOSURES As faith leaders in Wisconsin, we have chosen to demonstrate our love of neighbors by closing our doors during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In some cases, our moratorium on all public…

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…

Dear Friends in Christ: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. (Psalm 46:1-3) We are living in…

Livestream worship for those not in attendance if you are still gathering in person (how to here) Livestream worship with only worship leaders in attendance if you are not gathering in person. See this helpful offer from OneLicense.net Pre-record worship and share it on social media, your website and email. Lead Bible Study, confirmation classes, and/or…

Dear friends in Christ: We are slowly beginning to realize that we are experiencing something unlike anything we have seen in recent years. The spread of the novel Coronavirus, now labeled as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, has caused many to reevaluate our thoughts and actions. A week ago, I was thinking…

Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love. Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their…

As we have all watched the news recently and seen the spread of a novel coronavirus, COVID- 19, around the world, many people have expressed concerns over this disease and the potential for it to disrupt our normal, daily lives. As the church, we are called to not give into fear, but to equip ourselves…

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