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Quilts Are On Their Way!

by Dan Wilkinson

Thanks to your on-going generosity we were able to collect enough funds to ship every one of the 80 quilts that our quilters made this year! Thank you, thank you, thank you! And thank you to everyone who donated fabric and batting and to the talented individuals who assembled it into these warm quilts. Special […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“Big Look at Small Catechism” Editor’s note: This is reprint of ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s column from July 2014. Just as she did at the 2016 Churchwide Assembly, Eaton encourages people to “dust off” their Small Catechism and take another look at the basics of our faith as we near the 500th anniversary of […]

Quilt Blessing

by Dan Wilkinson

We will be displaying a sample of our finished Lutheran World Relief quilts in the Sanctuary next Sunday. Pastor Bond will offer a blessing for the quilts and those who will use them. The LWR Boxcar loading for the quilts will be held in Madison on October 13th. On the 7th, we will also be […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“We are the branches” Is it possible to be Lutheran and an ecumenist? Of course, the answer is yes. The ELCA has continued the work of our predecessor churches—the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, the American Lutheran Church, and the Lutheran Church in America—all of which engaged in dialogues with other denominations. When the ELCA […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“Serving the Neighbor in Need” Editor’s note: This is a reprint of the June 2017 column from the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. These are politically charged times. This very sentence in the presiding bishop’s column is likely to raise eyebrows. Across this church I’ve heard stories of parishioners disturbed by […]

ELCA presiding bishop, faith leaders issue statement on family separation

by Dan Wilkinson

6/7/2018 12:30:00 PM CHICAGO (June 7, 2018) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has convened ELCA ecumenical and inter-religious partners in a statement addressing concerns over a recent U.S. government policy calling for more stringent enforcement of federal immigration laws. The policy will most likely […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“God Loves” During a recent chapel service at the Lutheran Center, Rafael Malpica Padilla, executive director for Global Mission, shared his favorite Bible verse with us: “Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who […]

Lutheran World Relief Matching Funds!

by Dan Wilkinson

Lutheran World Relief, which provides emergency services in natural disaster areas and long-term development in impoverished communities all around the world, has received a matching funds grant for this summer. That means every dollar you give between now and July 24 will be matched — up to a total of $106,285! If you can help, […]

ELCA presiding bishop’s pastoral message on situation in Gaza

by Dan Wilkinson

5/15/2018 2:45:00 PM Like so many here in our country and around the world, I am appalled and saddened by yesterday’s escalation of Israeli military action against protestors in Gaza. Many reports indicate that at least 60 Palestinians, including six children, have died and more than 2,000 have been injured as a result of Israel’s […]