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Welcome, Rev. Jennifer Arnold!

Welcome, Rev. Jennifer Arnold!

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 […]

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  August 1, 2017   No comments
Executive Director, Outreach for Hope (Milwaukee, WI)

Executive Director, Outreach for Hope (Milwaukee, WI)

  DESCRIPTION Since 1995 Outreach for Hope has been bringing together the philanthropic vision and generosity of its donors, with the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and community partners, around the complex issues of poverty in Southeastern Wisconsin.  The mission of Outreach for Hope is to financially support ministries that […]

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  August 1, 2017   No comments
Domestic Hunger Grants application for 2018-2019 now open!

Domestic Hunger Grants application for 2018-2019 now open!

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 […]

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  May 25, 2017   No comments
An Outdoor Ministry Internship: Engaging Millennials

An Outdoor Ministry Internship: Engaging Millennials

At Crossway Camping Ministries, we decided that young adults who are interested in their call and their faith need to be invested in as an important ministry. After all, because millennials seek alternative ways to worship and serve, outdoor ministry and millennials would appear to be a great pair. As a result, the Servant Leader […]

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  May 3, 2017   No comments
Synod Staff Transitions

Synod Staff Transitions

Shortly after I was elected to serve as bishop, I met with the staff of the synod office, as I knew they would have questions about how I wanted to organize the work of the office. I asked them to give me six months to get a sense of the challenges and opportunities facing the […]

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  April 27, 2017   No comments
ELCA Youth Gathering Updates

ELCA Youth Gathering Updates

It’s already time to start planning for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston. There are lots of important dates and details to start lining up, so if you’d like to be kept updated on what we’ve got going on in the GMS to help you plan for the Gathering, please email Stephanie Luedtke at sluedtke0@gmail.com and […]

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  April 6, 2017   No comments
Upcoming Portico Webinars

Upcoming Portico Webinars

Retirement Planning for Singles, Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 11 a.m. – noon CDT. We’ve heard from many of our single plan members that you want more information about retirement planning that relates specifically to you. Join us as we explore the challenges and opportunities of retiring as a single person. We’ll discuss some specific areas […]

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  March 23, 2017   No comments

Listen, God is Calling

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 […]

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  March 16, 2017   No comments
Rev. Matt Short is the new Director for Evangelical Mission for the Greater Milwaukee Synod (He will begin May 1)

Rev. Matt Short is the new Director for Evangelical Mission for the Greater Milwaukee Synod (He will begin May 1)

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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  March 2, 2017   No comments
LENTEN DEVOTIONS coming soon for whole Synod

LENTEN DEVOTIONS coming soon for whole Synod

Share Lenten Devotions with your congregation This year’s Lenten devotions provided by Outreach for Hope, will be available very soon for download. We invite congregations to make the devotions available to their members either by printing copies, or by making them available electronically. Title and Theme: “Walking Together in Hope.” Bishop Erickson has provided us […]

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  February 16, 2017   No comments
PORTICO: Seminar & new handout regarding Coverage in Times of Transition

PORTICO: Seminar & new handout regarding Coverage in Times of Transition

New information from Portico: Maintaining ELCA Benefit Coverage in Times of Transition: This is a brand new document assists congregations and Rostered Leaders when their calls end or change. Pre-Retirement Seminars for 2017: Illinois: May 8, 2017 at Churchwide in Chicago. It will be the only in-person seminar at Churchwide this year. Wisconsin: November 10, 2017 at […]

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  February 16, 2017   No comments
Portico Updates

Portico Updates

How to Earn Wellness Dollars If you have ELCA-Primary health coverage, follow these three steps to earn up to $400 wellness dollars by completing Portico’s Live Well Challenge. Find everything you need to get started at PorticoBenefits.org/livewell. Take stock of your physical and emotional health via the health assessment ($100 wellness dollars) Take stock of your retirement readiness […]

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  February 2, 2017   No comments