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,…

EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN TANZANIA DIOCESE OF MERU PRAYER REQUESTS FROM DME ON PARTNERSHIP DAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2017 Prayer for the continuation of our partnership and commitment to walk together as brothers and sisters embracing the values of accompaniment. Prayer for the congregations of the Diocese of Meru the entire ELCT as we commemorate 500 years…

2017 Live Well Challenge – earn up to $400 wellness dollars for ELCA-Primary members and spouses Register & Complete Your Health Assessment by November 30 (new extended deadline): Earn $100 Each Save or Implement a Retirement Plan With Your Spouse by November 30: Earn $200 Each Report Your Healthy Change by November 30: Earn $100…

Sunday, September 24, 2017 Bishop Paul Erickson of the Greater Milwaukee Synod and Bishop Elias Nasari of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania – Meru Diocese (ELCT-DME) have set the last Sunday of September as our annual Common Day of Prayer. The Meru Committee will exchange prayer requests with the DME. We invite the churches of the GMS to…

Dear family and friends, I was looking through my emails today and was in disbelief over how much time it feels has passed since my last newsletter from Mexico. Re-reading the letter I sent out, re-viewing all of the pictures that summed up my beautiful life in Mexico, and re-reading some responses from people filled…

Click here for full list of Ingathering Locations Wisconsin Locations 1 block north of Grace Lutheran (1025 15th Ave, Monroe, WI 53566) Trinity Lutheran Church (1314 E. Lexington Blvd, Eau Claire, WI 54701) Clinton Street (1331 Clinton St. (on the tracks), La Crosse, WI 54603) Wi-So Railroad (1890 E Johnson St, Madison, WI 53704) Milwaukee…

We’re so grateful for your congregation’s past support of churchwide ministries through ELCA Good Gifts. Thank you! With Advent just around the corner, can we count on your support again? Each year, Americans spend over $300 billion on Christmas shopping. Imagine what would happen if we could redirect that spending toward the things that really…

This sermon was preached at the Incarnation Lutheran Church revival service, August 15, 2017. The theme for the evening was “Leaning on the Lord,” taken from the hymn, “We’ve Come This Far by Faith.” The text I chose was Romans 8:26-39. Bishop Paul Erickson May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our…

We are pleased to announce that Pastor Jennifer Arnold has accepted the call to serve as Assistant to the Bishop for Missional Leadership, effective September 1, 2017. Her work will entail overseeing formation events for pastors, deacons and lay leaders and sharing the responsibility of working with congregations in transition with the Assistant to the…

Domestic Hunger Grants The Domestic Hunger Grants program supports ministries that accompany people who experience poverty and hunger across the United States and Caribbean. Domestic Hunger Grants fund projects in advocacy, community development, community-based organizing and relief that strengthen the foundations of communities affected by hunger and poverty. In 2017, this program allocated $691,810 to…

Notes from Bishop Erickson Energy was high three weeks ago when more than 230 people gathered in the basement of Mount Hope Lutheran Church in West Allis for the Cluster Assembly event. We wondered together how we could listen to God by engaging more deeply in our communities, and we considered five questions for community…

We wish you a blessed Lent. As we continue observing Lent this year, the Christian Council of Tanzania has written a Pastoral letter to be read and observed in all the congregations which are members of the Christian Council of Tanzania. The letter has asked the members to pray for these concerns:   Every Christian…

March 25, 2017 Gathering Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 8:15 a.m. – 4 p.m. In 2009, the Churchwide Assembly of the ELCA authorized a social statement process “on the topic of justice for women in church and society.” To shepherd and facilitate the process the ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ…

I was born and raised in Lake Havasu City, Arizona; a town that often nabs the dubious honor of being the “hot spot of the nation” during the summer weather forecasts (our record set was 128 degrees in the summer of 1994!). After completing a Bachelor’s in Sociology (Family/Gender/Race Studies), I travelled to Columbus, OH…

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