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…

“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…

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: As many of you know, the federal government has recently adopted legislation, called the CARES Act, which provides significant financial relief to individuals, families, and businesses coping with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and the related temporary closure of businesses, schools, and places of worship. Included in this act are several…

Those of you who follow me on Facebook may know that I spent the first two weeks of November in Guatemala for a Global Mission consultation, and in Mexico for a vacation with my wife, Lynn, as we prepare to mark our 25th wedding anniversary. As I walked the streets of Antigua, Guatemala, tapping into…

A Pastoral Message on the Immigration Crisis Bishop Paul D. Erickson July 11, 2019 (Spanish translation below) Every day, it seems the headlines reveal a new dimension of the ongoing crisis regarding immigrants, asylum-seekers, and refugees. While many of our leaders may want to use these issues to increase their political appeal to their supporters,…

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Outreach for Hope Board of Directors announces Tim Larson’s resignation as Executive Director. While it is sad to lose a dedicated colleague, we share in Tim’s excitement as he prepares to join the Development team at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Tim’s last…

Dear friends: You may recall that I sent a message on March 11 regarding the process surrounding the replacement document for Vision and Expectations, entitled Trustworthy Servants of the People of God. This letter indicated that there was a brief comment period open, during which I received comments from eight rostered ministers in our synod….

ELCA Primary Health Plan Members Getting Jump Start on Earning 2019 Wellness Dollars For those of you who are on the ELCA Primary Health Plan and have not started earning your wellness dollars you can start today and join the 29% of eligible plan members and 19% of eligible spouses who have already begun using…

Outreach for Hope is again offering Lenten Devotions in 2019. Please join us as we embark upon the 2019 Lenten season with 40 thought-provoking devotions themed  Hope for the Journey. In keeping with our Outreach for Hope vision, that strong, vibrant ministries will be centers of HOPE in the midst of every community challenged by…

The Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is asking members to prayerfully consider service as a voting member of the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. Due to the resignation of a previously-elected voting member, the synod is seeking someone to serve at the Churchwide Assembly, which is being held in downtown Milwaukee…

Written by Dave Chappell The climate conditions in Meru have always been difficult, not unlike many tropical areas, Meru typically experiences a dry season and a rainy season. During the rainy season, there has been enough rain to sustain crops and farm animals, but the dry season has been difficult to manage. This has been…

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