By Pastor Erika Uthe, Director of Evangelical Mission and Assistant to the Bishop Now, more than ever, we are living in a world in need of the good news of Jesus Christ. This, at its core, is the mission of the church: to share the reconciling grace of God in Christ Jesus. Yet in a…

Give Bishop Michael Burk and Pastor Paul Ostrem recently visited Marshalltown to assess the damage from the tornado that struck the community on July 19. The impact is extensive, with significant damage to buildings and the businesses they housed  in the downtown area, a direct hit to the Lennox plant (a major employer in the…

We continue to monitor the effects of the recent tornadoes in Pella, Marshalltown, and Bondurant. While there is not an ELCA congregation in Bondurant, we are mindful of the extensive damage there. We have one congregation in Pella, Peace Lutheran Church, served by Pastor Chad Brown. There are three congregations in Marshalltown; Trinity, Elim, and…

By Bishop Michael Burk Thank you. THANK YOU to all the people who participated in the bucket project that was tied to this year’s theme, The Water and The Witness. We had a great synod assembly and the offering collected there are but one of the ways that our common witness to the good news…

“…for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” Matthew 25:35 Immigration policy has become one of the most politically polarizing issues of the day, resulting in potentially divisive perspectives within and around the church. Regardless of…

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