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Welcome to the Mitten Synod!

NWLM Logo copyWe are the North/West Lower Michigan Synod. As one of 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we work to support the 117 congregations and 220 pastors across our geographic region.

Whether you are exploring the Christian faith, the Lutheran tradition, or what it means to become part of a faith community–or you are a leader looking for information or help, we seek to partner with and serve you.




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Few Spots Remaining! Lutherland Trip!

Lutherland and Italy Trip! Few Spots Remaining! Register Today! Spend 12 days traveling through Lutherland and Italy in remembrance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! Hosted by Sister Nancy Brousseau, OP and The Rev. Craig A. Satterlee, Bishop, Ph.D., the trip will take place May 1-12, 2017 with stops in Wittenberg, Erfurt, Eisleben, Berlin, Munich, Florence, Venice, […]

Register Now: Autumn Leadership Event!

Registration is now open for the Autumn Leadership Event! This year’s theme is “Spirituality for a Complicated World” and will feature sessions with John Bell, the Wild Goose Resource Group, and the Iona Community. This event is co-sponsored by the Southeast Michigan Synod and the North/West Lower Michigan Synod, and will be held at Zion […]

Save the Date: Nepali Dinner!

Two Churches (The Church of the Holy Cross (Episcopal) and Ascension Lutheran Church) invites the community to join in celebrating Haritalika Teej, “a Nepali women’s Labor Day,” based on the extraordinary Hindu love story of Parvati and Shiva. The experience will be a feast for the senses, and an opportunity to learn how the women […]

15th International Seminar, Wittenberg

  The Lutheran World Federation Center in Wittenberg, Germany will be hosting an international seminar March 4-18, 2017 on the topic of “Reconciliation and Freedom”. The seminar will be led by Prof. Dr. Gordon Jensen and Prof. Dr. Paul Rajashekar and will take place in Wittenberg, Germany.   Applications are due by September 1, 2016. […]

Save the Date: Interfaith Amigos!

Save the Date: September 22! The Interfaith Amigos will be hosting workshops in Alpena on September 22, 2016. The Interfaith Amigos present a crucial message in their unique humorous style, helping participants appreciate the promise and the problems of the interfaith experience. Known for their unique blend of spiritual wisdom and humor, Imam Jamal Rahman, […]



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Online Giving Opportunity! A Bishop’s Fund has been established to help many ministries of the synod at the discretion of Bishop Craig A. Satterlee. Visit the Donate page for more information.

Synod Office Hold Music

One of our own retired pastors, Bob Garrels, is a wonderful musician and composer, and has provided several of his pieces that you will now hear if you are put on hold when calling the Synod Office. The composition currently being played is the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) from Garrel's worship service The Lord is in our Midst.