Blog Archives

Stories of how congregations and ministries in our synod are reaching out in their community to share God’s love and grace.

Tractors for Jesus

You can’t beat the fellowship that happens in the midst of exhaust fumes, rusty iron, and the occasional spray from a leaky engine head.  Harnessing the enthusiasm and expertise of old tractor connoisseurs, much fellowship happened in the Bowdon parish

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Cards of Care

When is the last time that you sent someone a greeting card just to show you care? The women of the Lonetree Cluster (the central eastern part of our synod) were inspired when they heard that their sisters in the

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Community Connections

Working Together to be a community where all people are valued. In the parable of the sheep and the goats we hear the call to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger among us, give clothes

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Leaning Silo of North Dakota

For years, the silo on Steve Schimelfenig’s farm towered precariously over his barn.  It had to come down.  Meanwhile, each Sunday during the Easter season kids at his congregation, Bowdon Lutheran, collected noisy offerings in tin cans.  The change was

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Called to Connect

As the daughter of an ELCA pastor and church musician in Sioux Falls, S.D., Sarah Rohde grew up thinking about ministry as a career. But it wasn’t until she traveled to Mexico through the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program

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Fitness, Fellowship and Faith

By Erin Strybis Catch members of The Intersection, an ELCA congregation in Dorchester, Mass., on a Sunday after worship and you’ll notice something unusual about their fellowship hour. For starters, there’s not a coffee cake to be found and folks don’t

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LWR School Kits… 500 and counting!

Sunne Lutheran Church, rural Wilton, has always put together a lot of school kits for Lutheran World Relief, but this year the congregation added the twist of trying to put together 500 kits, almost one for every baptized member (515).

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ELCA Members Observe 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

​     CHICAGO (ELCA) – On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of the United States, killing 1,833 people and displacing hundreds of thousands in the Gulf region. In response to the powerful storm, members of the Evangelical

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“… we have great children…” – A Detroit Reflection

I had the privilege to be an adult lead on the ELCA Youth Gathering trip in Detroit, Mich. this past week. Throughout the week we had numerous activities, speakers that shared their life stories through the good times and the

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ELCA Youth Rise Up to Help Residents of Detroit

CHICAGO (ELCA) – Participants of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Youth Gathering held in Detroit July 15-19 responded to the event’s theme “Rise Up Together” by taking part in neighborhood service projects throughout the Detroit metro area. The

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