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,…

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…

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