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…

We have put together resources about Synod Assembly, and the public events during assembly, for you to use in your print materials or as a PowerPoint slideshow for your congregation on Sunday morning. Be creative and spread the news! The resources include: An insert you can print out and include in your church bulletin on Blast Off…

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…

by Diane Voit of the Meru Partnership   With generous contributions from members and friends of the Greater Milwaukee Synod, the entire electrical system at Nkoaranga Hospital was updated. New poles, power lines, and a dedicated transformer were installed. In addition, new switch-over boards were placed in every department. The project has had a great impact….

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…

December 17 and 18, 2017 December 18, Bishop Paul D. Erickson of the Greater Milwaukee Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and Reverend Joe Ellwanger will speak at a prayer vigil for UN International Migrants Day at the I.C.E. office. (310 E Knapp St). The prayer vigil will be followed by a procession to the…

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…

Since the beginning of the Luther Decade in 2008, 500 trees are being planted in the Luther City of Wittenberg, Germany. They are meant to be green monuments in the memory of 500 years of living Reformation.  Called the Luther Garden, the project was initiated by the Lutheran World Foundation in Geneva and stresses the…

We want to make you aware of two opportunities to travel and visit our companions in El Salvador:   First, The Salvadoran Lutheran Church along with partner churches is making a call for international election observers to come observe the March 4, 2018 elections. The churches and observers play an important role in guaranteeing the integrity…

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…

Greetings from the Deaconess Community of the ELCA/ELCIC! I want to share with you some information concerning the January Term course that is being offered by the Deaconess Community of the ELCA/ELCIC in partnership with Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. “Diaconal Ministry: History, Formation and Spirituality,” introduces students to the historical, theological, and social contexts…

Volunteers are still needed to join with fellow Lutheran and Catholic choral singers in leading worship at the upcoming Reformation Prayer Service (October 31.) If you are interested, please email Phil Smith at phil@gmselca.org. If you have any questions about the choir, please direct specific questions to mschoewe1@sbcglobal.net. Music You can hear much or all of the music…

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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