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500th Anniversary of the Reformation: Lutheran-Catholic Service

Watch the Lutheran-Catholic Commemoration Service! On Sunday, Bishop Walkowiak of the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids and Bishop Satterlee joined together for an ecumenical observance of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. With participants from the Catholic Diocese and the North/West Lower Michigan Synod, the service highlighted 50 years of continuous ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Lutherans and […]

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Spanish for Ministry

An Invitation to learn Spanish for ministry, Spanish for sermon-writing, Spanish for liturgy leading Synod rostered leaders who would like to practice the liturgy, discuss their sermons or think about pastoral conversations in their secondary language of Spanish are invited to join Pastor Doug Ogden on Tuesday, October 31 at 9 am for an hour long […]

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Trapp Grant Applications

Trapp Grant Applications are now available!  If you are in a Northern Michigan congregation (Traverse, Sunrise and northern Bay Conferences) you might qualify for a grant from the Paul E. Trapp estate.  The endowment was created from a bequest to support “people-oriented” ministries. Applications must be submitted by November 15, 2017. Download the Application.

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Pastoral Letter on Violence

A Pastoral Letter from the Conference of Bishops In response to the tragic events in Las Vegas, Bishop Satterlee would like to share the pastoral letter on violence adopted by the ELCA Conference of Bishops. Read the full letter.

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Honduran Message & Prayers

Our Synod  has been in a companion ministry with the Lutheran Church of Honduras ( ICLH ) for more than a decade. Our partnership has made a difference in the lives of those who share in this faith journey. In gratitude for our relationship, we will be praying for the 12 faith communities in Honduras on October 8, while they […]

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Register Now: Walking Together!

Walking Together: A Day of Inspiration and Training for Congregational Leaders Saturday, November 4, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at Zion Lutheran Church 350 Pearl Street  Cadillac The theme of this year’s gathering: “How to Be a Faithful, Effective Leader…and Enjoy It!”  Some may wonder if this kind of leadership is possible…we’ve seen it and we […]

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Portico Updates and Events

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.  If you do not want to implement your retirement plan […]

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Register Now: WELCA Retreat

Registration is now open for the Women of the ELCA Retreat September 29-30. This year’s theme is “Become New” and will feature worship with Rev. Sarah Friesen-Carper and an address from Rev. Gwendolyn King. Learn more and register.

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The Leadership Program for Musicians Online Courses

The Leadership Program for Musicians Fall 2017 Online Courses The Leadership Program for Musicians is a program of The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It now offers online versions of various courses from the LPM curriculum. The Fall courses runs September 6 – November 15. Courses offered include: Conversations in Church Music […]

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Save the Date: Walking Together!

Walking Together: A Day of Renewal and Training for Lay Leaders Saturday, November 4 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Zion Lutheran Church in Cadillac The theme of our gathering this year is faithful, skilled, joy-filled leadership. Some may wonder if those four words can exist together in the same sentence.  We believe they can! The day […]

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