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A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“Midnight Stillness” On Christmas Eve, there always comes a time when everything is finally still. Once all the preparations and decorations, extra choir rehearsals and Christmas pageants, shopping and holiday parties have been completed, peace descends. For me, that time always came after the 11 p.m. candlelight service. After the congregation went home, after I […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“Season of Doubt” When serving as a parish pastor, I would sometimes be asked if it was possible to be a faithful Christian and also doubt. Could one be a disciple and also question? Parishioners would be hesitant to ask for fear that they would face judgment—Divine and mine. Somehow, we’ve gotten it into our […]

The Giving Tree and ELCA Good Gifts

by Dan Wilkinson

Tis the season for giving and the Social Ministry Planning Group invites you to consider giving an alternative gift in honor or memory of a loved one. Alternative giving allows you to use your resources to give twice…a thoughtful gift to someone you care about and a gift to our neighbors in need. This year […]

LWR Quilts

by Dan Wilkinson

Thanks to many hours of hard work and amazing sewing skills, our Quilters Group was able to ship 120 quilts(!!!) to Lutheran World Relief this week. The quilts were delivered to the Madison Railyard on Saturday, September 14th, to begin their journey to eagerly waiting hands. Your generous donations toward the cost of shipping the […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“We Belong to the Truth” “Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or “No, No’ ” (Matthew 5:37). When I was a girl, dinner table discussions in our family were lively. We could state our position on an issue, but then we had to be ready to back up our argument with facts. In that pre-Google […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“What Is God Up To?” What is to be done? Our congregations are growing older and smaller. At least 40 percent of our congregations have an average weekly worship attendance of 50 or less. ELCA membership decreases by 70,000 people a year, or roughly the loss of a synod per year. Clergy retirements outnumber new […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“Happy New Year!” Editor’s note: This is a reprint of the January 2017 column from the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Ah, a new year! It opens up before us with infinite possibilities like brand new notebooks at the beginning of the school year or the beginning of football season in […]

LEAF Scholarship Fund

by Dan Wilkinson

The Foundation would like to remind our members that this scholarship fund is available from the Foundation to assist students who attend colleges associated with the ELCA. Scholarship applications are available in the church office for anyone from the congregation who is attending or contemplating attending a Lutheran Church school. We would also encourage contributions […]

IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)

by Dan Wilkinson

With the new tax reform increasing the standard deduction, many people will no longer find it beneficial to itemize their deductions and therefore not be able to deduct there charitable contributions. However, there is a tax strategy that is available to some of us. The IRA qualified charitable distribution (QCD) provides a way for donors […]

A Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

by Dan Wilkinson

“In the Wilderness” In the Hebrew Bible the book of Numbers is called “In the Wilderness.” It starts with great hope. God delivered God’s people from Egypt, from bitter slavery, grinding toil and infanticide. What a delivery! The entire people—ancients, infants and everyone in between—escaped from one of the world’s superpowers, walked dry-shod through the […]