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…

submitted by Julie Starks The Greater Milwaukee Synod supports many partner programs in the Diocese of Meru, Tanzania. The Professional Education Fund provides college fees for seminary students and some students studying to be teachers. For the past 5 years nearly 40 students have received their degrees courtesy of this fund. We have an annual…

CHICAGO (March 20, 2018) – Entering its fifth scheduled year, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) first comprehensive campaign, Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA, is celebrating $144 million in cash gifts and gift commitments, representing 73 percent of the five-year, $198 million goal by Jan. 31, 2019. In addition, $30.5 million in…

So, What Happens Now? As we turn the calendar page to a new year, I’m aware of the fact that many of my colleagues in the church, particularly those who spent significant time preparing for and participating in events that helped to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, are glad to see 2017 come…

Earlier this fall, I spent several days at the synod’s anti-racism training event, along with several dozens of our synod’s leaders. One of the first exercises was to create a wall of history, writing down by century whatever we could remember about the history of racial segregation, oppression, and violence. It was quite a somber…

Outreach for Hope is pleased to welcome Timothy Larson as the new Executive Director of Outreach for Hope effective January 15, 2018. As Executive Director, Tim will be responsible for advancing the mission of Outreach for Hope with the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). He will build relationships with…

“My grandmother told me not to eat watermelon when I have my period. Is that right?” This simple question, asked by a teenage girl in El Salvador during a 2016 Mission of Healing teaching session about nutrition, has sparked a movement in Lutheran Churches from Milwaukee and Muskego, to Eau Claire and Duluth, to Brookfield…

If you missed the Reformation Prayer Service, Pastor Chris Manke filmed the whole thing. Watch here!

The GMS has had three recent participants in the Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program. Laura Hermanns spent a year in Rwanda, Anneka Potter Barrow spent a year in Mexico, and Ayona Riley is currently in Mexico. We wanted to know about their experiences with the program, and what being a YAGM means to…

Gerald L. Mansholt and Paul D. Erickson The United Nations now reports that more than 65 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide, around 22.5 million of whom are registered as refugees. More than half of those registered as refugees are children. These are staggering numbers that are truly hard to fathom. In no time in…

Dear friend in Christ, As the ELCA Federal Credit Union enters our second year, we are delighted to begin offering savings accounts and certificates of deposit to ELCA congregations and related ministries. Throughout our first year as the ELCA’s newest financial ministry, we have been helping ELCA members and employees realize significant savings on loans…

To assist and support synods and congregations in their ministries, a list of leaders and congregations participating and engaging persons with disabilities (such as children with autism, teens contemplating suicide, members of all ages living with trauma and depression, and aging members or others with mobility challenges having ADA access to the altar, fellowship hall,…

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