Star Northeastern Iowa FEBRUARY 2015 • Volume 28, Issue 2 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Celebrating Renewal: Jan Hus — Bold Leadership Darrel Gerrietts leaves his mark on rural Iowa ministries by Marcia Hahn After 45 years of ministry — 18 as assistant to the Bishop of the Northeastern Iowa Synod — Pastor Darrel Gerrietts is retiring from full-time ministry March 1. Known for his booming voice, self-deprecating humor, thoughtful wisdom, and faithful love of the church, Gerrietts has been a guiding voice for virtually every congregation and rostered leader in this synod. His hand in strengthening the mission and rural ministries of the Northeastern Iowa Synod will be felt for years to come. “The biggest surprise that continues to amaze me is the fun I have had when we form a geographical parish,” Gerrietts said, referring Please join us for a Retirement Open House honoring Pastor Darrel Gerrietts for 45 years of ministry Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 2 to 4 p.m. Redeemer Lutheran Church Waverly, Iowa Brief program at 3 p.m. to shared ministry agreements between congregations. Gerrietts has helped more than 40 rural churches in this synod explore and establish partnership agreements and he has presented and consulted with ELCA congregations across the country. Pastor Darrel Gerrietts’ first call was to Redeemer Lutheran, Washburn, where he served from 1969-1973. “That is a territory where the Bishop turned me loose,” Gerrietts said. “We have helped folks from all over who want to know how to hammer something together to keep churches from closing. It continues to grow and develop and is a continuing wonderment to me, and a lot of fun.” Gerrietts’ passion for rural ministries stemmed from his own background growing up on the family farm near Akron, Iowa, located Darrel Gerrietts 40 mile north of Sioux City. The idea to consider a call to ministry came to Gerrietts while in high school, so he enrolled in the pretheological curriculum at Wartburg College to see if ministry was something he wanted to pursue. He received his BA in psychology in 1965 and then began studies at Wartburg >> Continued on page 2 In This Issue 1 Darrel Gerrietts leaves his mark on rural Iowa ministries 3 Grateful for his ‘march in the army of the Lord 4 Rostered leaders are strengthened through mutual support 8 Disaster Response Network 9Congregations 10 Prayer Calendar Darrel Gerrietts leaves his mark on rural Iowa ministries << Continued from page 1 Theological Seminary (WTS) in Dubuque. Through his four years at Wartburg College and first year at seminary, Gerrietts served as a camp counselor at what is now Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp. It was during this time that he met his future wife, Jeanette, who worked at the camp as an assistant cook and later as a counselor. During seminary, Gerrietts also worked evenings and weekends for the Boys Club of Dubuque, leading activities for atrisk youth. His third-year seminary internship took Gerrietts to the Mental Health Institute at Independence, where he met each new patient who checked in to the hospital and learned firsthand how important the church is “Darrel received the call to the synod office due to the wisdom he brought from years of parish experience, his love for Jesus and God’s people, and his appreciation for rural life and ministry.” to broken lives. One after another, the patients told Gerrietts how they felt their lives were falling apart, and a call to the pastor helped them get to a doctor or a hospital for the care they needed. They were comforted knowing that their church families were taking care of their own families back home, and their pastors were going to come see them. “I went into the internship as a 2 religious person in a secular environment and I came away with a greater loyalty and love for the institution of the church because of all the people it had helped Darrel Gerrietts and his family during their years in Rockwell City where get through Gerrietts served as pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran and chaplain of the Iowa mental Women’s Reformatory. health well City. The St. Paul’s ministry care,” Gerrietts said. “It was a whole different world for this young historically included calling on inmates at the nearby Iowa State man.” Reformatory for Women, but Gerrietts took that a step further by Gerrietts wasted no time beginning his life of ministry in 1969: He working with the warden to start a chaplaincy program at the reformagraduated from seminary in May, tory. Gerrietts served one morning was ordained June 22, was married a week there, where he visited with June 28, and started his first call inmates, set up a library, and creatat Redeemer Lutheran, Washburn, ed a system which allowed inmates while still on his honeymoon. He who had earned privileges to attend came to a community of primarworship services at some of the ily factory workers who were feelchurches in Rockwell City. ing threatened by recent race riots in Waterloo, mandated busing to “It was very cutting edge and very schools, and new federal hiring risky for the warden and me, and regulations at their places of emfor the congregation, even though ployment. the inmates were accompanied,” Gerrietts said. “The inmates literally “Racial tension was a major theme joined the church. They could not in the community and churches, teach Sunday school, but some of and people felt their jobs and homes were under threat,” Gerrietts them wrote curriculum. It was very successful for the lifers.” said. “I recall folks were very much troubled with that. As a farm boy, A group of the inmates become this was all new to me.” Gerrietts’ second congregation at the reformatory. “They could swear After four years, Gerrietts decided like troopers and it became obvito “test the call,” which brought him to St. Paul’s Lutheran in Rock>> Continued on page 3 Northeastern Iowa Synod | www.neiasynod.org Bishop Grateful for his ‘march in the army of the Lord’ “Darrel William Gerrietts, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” On March 3, 1943. Darrel joined, as he says, “the army of the Lord.” And, by the grace of God, he has marched faithfully ever since. I have not known someone who loves Jesus and God’s people more than Pastor Gerrietts. I have experienced that love in his call as an assistant to the Bishop in words and actions of tender compassion and in loving, direct confrontation for the sake of the spiritual health of people and congregations. Pastor Gerrietts is not all that complicated. “I have not known someone who loves Jesus and God’s people more than Pastor Gerrietts.” God’s love for him means that Pastor Gerrietts will never give up on you, your congregation or the church. It simply is not an option. At both a personal and professional level, I will miss the regular interactions with Darrel. We will be asking him to continue to strengthen the synod in a variety of ways. He will continue to “march in the army of the Lord.” For this we are grateful. Please join in sharing appreciation to Pastor Gerrietts at an open house in his honor Feb. 22, 2 to 4 p.m., at Redeemer, Waverly. — Steven L. Ullestad Bishop, Northeastern Iowa Synod Darrel Gerrietts leaves his mark on rural Iowa ministries << Continued from page 2 ous that many could not read, but they were there, reading the Bible and trying to do something,” Gerrietts said. “It was a sad thing for us all when the reformatory moved to Mitchellville.” Twelve years later Gerrietts answered his next call to Grace Lutheran at Tripoli. He and his family moved there between Christmas and New Year’s Day, just after a snowstorm had dumped three inches of snow every hour all night. “There was three feet of deep hard snow on the ground,” Gerrietts recalled. “I remember mowing the lawn the following June around a leftover ice drift.” At that time Grace had Pastor Darrel Gerrietts fries fish during the annual Tripoli Days fish fry. Gerrietts served parishes in Tripoli from 1985-1996 and was an active community volunteer, including serving on the Tripoli Ambulance Service. FEBRUARY 2015 a membership of 800 with only one pastor, which made it difficult to keep a pastor for very long. Gerrietts agreed to take the call if he could create more staff. He worked with three or four interns over the years and eventually Grace joined with St. John (Crane Creek), with two pastors serving both congregations. Gerrietts has always sought opportunities to connect with the larger community outside of his church, so he volunteered for the Tripoli Ambulance Service. His pastoral presence helped the crew learn to debrief after difficult ambulance calls in a constructive way that focused on sitting down and talking about what happened, how it affected them, and how to improve if it happened again. >> Continued on page 6 3 Rostered leaders are strengthened through mutual support by Marcia Hahn One of the top priorities of the Northeastern Iowa Synod is to foster opportunities for pastors to work collegially with one another – through colleague groups, networks, retreats, conferences, text study groups, and more. According to Bishop Steven Ullestad, it is a way of extending the support of the office of the Bishop, without being dependent on the Bishop. “The relationships and accountability that rostered leaders have with one another is why this synod has such a healthy, vibrant roster.” Ullestad said. Colleague Groups Ten synod-sponsored colleague groups offer a forum for confidential peer support for rostered leaders through all stages of ministry. The groups are formed around common interests — such as geographical location, first call pastors and interim pastors — and are facilitated by a volunteer leader to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to share in the conversation. Since 2006, Pastor Roy Ott of Our Savior, Osage, has been a member of a colleague group that originally formed for associate pastors, but now has Roy Ott six members who are associates, senior pastors and solo pastors. Their monthly meetings open and close with a devotional and prayer, with two hours of sharing in-between. 4 “What I find valuable is that I get feedback and ideas for a different way of reframing things,” Ott said. “These are people who look at a situation with a different angle and different expectation than I do. It helps me to know what kinds of issues to take seriously and what ones are problems that are always going to be there.” Pastor Stacey Nalean-Carlson of Glenwood and Canoe Ridge, Decorah, joined the same colleague group as soon as she moved to the Stacey Naean-Carlson Northeastern Iowa Synod six years ago, and she says that was one of the best decisions she could have made. “Right away it gave me some strong relationships that have continued for six years,” Nalean-Carlson said. “It has been a great way to meet people, feel support and be encouraged. We are all in this together. Nobody can do it alone, and colleague groups are a wonderful support and reminder of that.” The colleague groups serve as a safe base — away from the congregation and community — where pastors can share about anything they want, knowing that what they say will be listened to with respect and remain confidential. Nalean-Carlson says she appreciated sharing with group members when she was discerning leaving a previous congregation a few years ago. “’To be able to share about my interviews and experiences and everything factoring into my decision became a helpful part of my discernment,” she said. “To have a sounding board helped me realize what I already knew.” Pastor Jim Radatz of Zion, Dysart, leads a small colleague group that meets monthly in the bucolic setting of Pine Lake State Park near Eldora. The three-hour get-togeth- Northeastern Iowa Synod Bishop Rev. Dr. Steven L. Ullestad – [email protected] Assistants to the Bishop Rev. Mark A. Anderson – [email protected] Rev. Darrel W. Gerrietts – [email protected] Linda J. Hudgins – [email protected] ELCA Director for Evangelical Mission Rev. Joelle Colville-Hanson – [email protected] Star Editor Marcia Hahn – [email protected] The Star is published 11 times a year by the Northeastern Iowa Synod, 201 20th Street SW, PO Box 804, Waverly, IA 50677-0804; www.neiasynod.org, phone 319-352-1414, FAX 319-352-1416. Send news for the March issue to Marcia Hahn by Feb. 12. We welcome story ideas related to the 2015 theme, “Celebrating Renewal — Bold Leadership.” Articles in this newsletter may be duplicated for use in synod congregations and organizations, with credit to the Star newsletter. Please notify the synod office with name and address changes. To receive an electronic version of the Star, rather than paper, send your request to [email protected] Northeastern Iowa Synod | www.neiasynod.org www.neiasynod.org ers serve as a retreat for the four members to connect. “With a small group, there is plenty of time and no rush to move on to another Jim Radatz topic,” Radatz said. “We can actively listen and not worry about time. With some members driving 80 miles round trip to meet, it is important to devote the time to share and listen to make the drive time worthwhile.” In addition, Radatz’ group members make a point to reconnect at larger synod events, such as the Day of Renewal and Fall Conference. “It’s really nice to have those relationships already in place,” Radatz said. “We schedule time at those events to use a room afterward to get together, since it is a neutral site.” Text Study Groups Each week, pastors from across the Northeastern Iowa Synod gather in small groups to review the week’s Bible readings to prepare for their Sunday sermons. The informal text study groups strengthen camaraderie and sharing among rostered leaders from neighboring congregations, and often serve more as a support group than a study group. “In my experience, we look at the text, but many times we just talk and share our stories,” said Pastor Lance Kittleson of St. Peter, Toeterville and Deer Creek, Carpenter. “It is kind of a dual purpose of study and support.” Kittleson has faithfully attended the text study group at Osage since 1983, with the exception of the times he was deployed for service as an Army chaplain. “We have a lot of unique perspectives while deployed, but very few places where pastors are safe to say what they want or what their hearts tell them,” he said. Coming out of seminary, Kittleson says he gained a lot of ideas from the senior pastors in the text study group, and as a Lance Kittleson pastor today, he appreciates the ideas that new seminary grads bring. “I have learned a lot of good theology from the young pastors and heard some things I forgot from seminary,” Kittleson said. “At first you wonder, and then you think that’s pretty sharp, I better be quiet and listen.” Dana Anderson, a lay leader for Peace Lutheran Fellowship, Parkersburg, preaches about three times a month when a visiting pastor is not available. He Dana Anderson attends the weekly text study group in Waterloo to gain a better understanding of the scriptures with a Lutheran perspective to help develop his sermons. “It’s nice to sit there with people who have been preaching for 20 to FEBRUARY 2015 50 years and see their thought processes,” Anderson said. The group starts with the prayer of the day and then reviews the gospel text, breaking it down by the words. Anderson makes a point to ask questions, and the pastors are happy to answer them. “My first look at the text is on a very basic level,” Anderson said. “Then we actually look at the words that are used, and one pastor will translate it from Greek. It’s amazing the different takes you can get on a text by translating one word differently. A lot of points they bring up I can actually build upon for our congregation. They are a wealth of information.” Earn Wellness Dollars Members and spouses with ELCA-Primary health benefits can each earn 150 wellness dollars by taking the Mayo Clinic Health Assessment online. Follow-up activities can earn an additional 350 wellness dollars. If 65 percent of the eligible members and spouses of this synod complete the assessment by April 30, 2015, the congregations and organizations of this synod can earn a two percent discount on health coverage costs, for an estimated savings of $36,000. To learn more and get started, visit https://myportico.porticobenefits.org. 5 Darrel Gerrietts leaves his mark on rural Iowa ministries << Continued from page 3 “The old system was for volunteers in a small town fire or ambulance crew to go out to terrible situations with people they knew and do what is right because of their training, then go back and drink it away due to post-traumatic stress,” Gerrietts explained. “Because I had a counseling background I was able to move them away from that so they would be ready if another call came in.” Gerrietts worked in youth ministry and the call process when he first joined the synod staff, then moved from youth to outreach, call process and leadership development. He named the three most rewarding aspects of his work as an assistant to the Bishop: Gerrietts was called to serve as assistant to the Bishop in 1996, just four years after a young Steven Ullestad was elected to his first term as Bishop of the Northeastern Iowa Synod. •Call process successes. “With my psychology background, it is a great joy when a match goes well with a church and pastor in a new call. I’ll see later how well they are doing and that is very rewarding.” “Darrel received the call to the synod office due to the wisdom he brought from years of parish experience, his love for Jesus and God’s people, and his appreciation for rural life and ministry,” Ullestad said. •Formation. “It has been rewarding to have a seminary grad ask me to preach at ordination, to walk with people who will be church leaders, to see youth become leaders, and to advise first-call pastors.” •The collegiality of the staff. “Everyone here knows we’re a team and works on it, and we get it done.” After advising so many through the years, Gerrietts jokes that he now faces sheer terror as he is about to begin retirement. He doesn’t have any set plans except to do Darrel Gerrietts, some traveling Wartburg Theological with his wife Seminary Grad, 1969 and spend more time with their four children and their families, especially the newest grandchild due to be born this spring in the Twin Cities. He also plans to continue in some part-time ministry, though he won’t say how much. “An awful lot of people have made my work possible,” Gerrietts said. “Now I will have to restructure my daily life in a way I never had to think about before, and I am thankful for that.” Join the Lutheran Day on the Hill advocacy event Monday, March 9, 2015 Des Moines, Iowa Join Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) and the three Iowa synods of the ELCA for Lutheran Day on the Hill Monday, March 9 in Des Moines. This advocacy day gives voice to those who are not heard for seeking social justice and empowers people to be part of the legislative process. The day’s schedule includes guest speakers, stories from individuals served by LSI, advocacy training, lunch and an opportunity to talk with legislators at the Iowa State Capitol about human services issues and the critical needs of children, families and individuals. 6 This event is free to all participants. Transportation options (charter buses or shared rides) are also available so participants do not need to drive. Registration is open until March 5. Those who register by Feb. 22 will receive a T-shirt. Lutheran Day on the Hill is planned in partnership with the Iowa synods of the ELCA and made possible in part by an ELCA Domestic Hunger grant. Register online at www.LSIowa.org/LDH or call 866584-5293. Northeastern Iowa Synod | www.neiasynod.org Rural Ministry Conference set for March 1-3 March 1-3, 2015 Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa The 34th annual Rural Ministry Conference, sponsored by Wartburg Theological Seminary’s Center for Theology and Land, is set for March 1-3, 2015, with a focus on “Practicing Care in Rural Congregations and Communities.” This ecumenical conference is an opportunity for leaders in rural communities and congregations to gain insight and inspiration and network with others active in rural ministry. The keynote speakers will be Dr. Jeanne Hoeft, who will present about “The Role of the Rural Church in Mental Health,” and Dr. L. Shannon Jung, who will speak on “Where is the Grace of Caring in Rural America.” Five workshops will be presented: “What do we do before and after a disaster” by Rev. Catie Newman; “Introduction to Parish Nursing” by Bethany Speece; “Guns, Crime, and Safety” by Hoeft; “Locating Grace in the Midst of Inequality: A Dialogue” by Jung; and “Confronting Deep Change” by Bishop Mark Narum. Dr. Matthew R. Schlimm will serve as the Bible study leader and the Rev. Dr. Craig Nessan will be the plenary speaker. All sessions will take place at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Dubuque. Registration deadline is Feb. 27. To learn more and to download a brochure and schedule, visit www.wartburgseminary.edu/template_Centers. asp?id=368. Portico offers pre-retirement, financial seminars Youth Gathering Informational Meetings Sunday, March 8, 2015 4 - 6 p.m. Spirituality Center at Bremwood Waverly, Iowa Sunday, March 15, 2015 4 - 6 p.m. Decorah Lutheran Church Decorah, Iowa Adults planning to attend the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit are invited to attend an informational meeting to learn about: • Tips for traveling with teens • Gathering program and schedule • About Detroit • Security • SAFE policies Portico Benefit Services, in collaboration with Ernst & Young, will offer one-day seminars on retirement and financial planning at various locations throughout 2015. Certified Ernst & Young financial planners will share information and answer questions. Visit the websites listed below to learn more. https://www.porticobenefits.org/ NewsEvents/Events/Pre-RetirementSeminars Pre-Retirement Seminar Get Answers to Your Difficult Retirement Planning Questions • How can I reduce my debt? • How much money will I need for retirement? • How do I choose investment fund options in the ELCA Retirement Plan? • How much life insurance do I need for myself and my family? Mileage Rates https://myportico.porticobenefits. org/NewsEvents/Events/FinancialWellnessSeminars Learn more at www.irs.gov/uac/ Newsroom/New-Standard-MileageRates-Now-Available%3b-BusinessRate-to-Rise-in-2015. • How much money will I really need in retirement? • How can I create a lifetime income that I won’t outlive? • What steps can I take to ensure a smooth transition into retirement? Early/Mid-Career Financial Wellness Seminar Learn How to Minimize Debt, Optimize Assets, and Customize a Strategy for Retirement FEBRUARY 2015 Check for more details to be posted online at www.neiasynod.org/ youth-ministry/elca-youthgathering. The Internal Revenue Service 2015 standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, up from 56 cents in 2014. 7 Disaster Response Network Spread the Word, not the flu While we aren’t experiencing a pandemic flu outbreak just yet, many public facilities like hospitals, nursing homes, and other care facilities have either altered their care procedures or closed their doors to visitors in order to protect their clients and the public. Short of canceling worship services or asking everyone to wear face masks, how do we respond? ary that I stand at the back of the sanctuary and shake hands as people leave. In support of the worship decision to not shake hands during the passing of the peace, I currently greet people without shaking hands. The first step is obvious: If you are sick, stay home! The second is just like it: Wash your hands regularly. Pastors who have symptoms may want to let others distribute the communion bread on Sunday. As leaders, our actions should be for the best interests and health of the congregation. Another major gathering time is the fellowship hour before or after worship. We haven’t been able to crack that code here at St. Peter, but people now know they don’t have to engage in forced interaction with others — they can even make a beeline for the door, if they choose. One practice that requires some thought is the “passing of the peace” during worship. Here at St. Peter the flu has been extremely bad, so we decided to suspend shaking hands during January. Here is what we have in our bulletin: “Because we value gathering as a community to worship and our health too, we will for the time being no longer pass the peace during worship services.” Another alternative to passing the peace is to place travel-size hand sanitizers in every pew. After shaking hands, can come the passing of the sanitizer bottle — a fun addition to a worship! Other options lean toward the “camp worship” style: bump a rump, pound a fist, nod your head, touch elbows, point fingers ET style, etc. Get creative! Another practice is the shaking of hands after worship. It is custom- 8 The bottom line points to a truth that we must wrestle with: We gather as a community. This means people will still hug each other and I will still shake a lot of people’s hands on Sunday mornings, both before and after worship services. So what else can we do in this time to promote healthy behavior? A good resource for ideas is the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. They are a part of the Department of Health and Human Services USA. One of their publications, A Guide for Community and Faith-Based Organizations and Leaders, offers insights on how to be a community that helps prevent the spread of flu and other germs when groups of people gather. This and other resources can be found on their website at www.flu.gov/planning-preparedness/community/index.html. — Pastor Ron Mathews Disaster Response Network Everyday Steps to Protect Your Health • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If a tissue is unavailable, cough or sneeze into your shoulder or elbow instead of your hands. • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way. • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. • If you have flu-like symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after you are free of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications like acetaminophen, aspirin or ibuprofen. This step is to help stop the spread of the virus to others. Source: A Guide for Community and Faith-Based Organizations and Leaders For more disaster response resources, visit the Northeastern Iowa Synod Disaster Response web page at www. neiasynod.org/disaster-response. Northeastern Iowa Synod | www.neiasynod.org Events Congregations FEBRuary EVENTS ORDAINING 1-2Event, ELCA Youth Ministry Network, Dearborn, Mich. 5Meeting, Interim Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 6-8Event, “One Year to Live” Men’s Retreat, Ewalu, Strawberry Point 10 Meeting, Assembly Planning, Wartburg College, Waverly, 4-6 p.m. 11-13Event, Lilly Youth Theology Network (LYTN) Consultation, Indianapolis, Ind. 12 Conference Call, First Call Theological Education Executive Committee, 10:30-12 noon 14 Conference Call, Compensation Committee, 10 a.m. 15 Meeting, LYON, 2-4 p.m. 15Assembly, Three River Conference, Fredsville, Cedar Falls, 2 p.m. 19Meeting, Endowment Fund Investment Committee, 9-11 a.m. 19Meeting, Deans & Chaplains, 2-4 p.m. 20-21Event, Candidacy Retreat, American Martyrs, Cedar Falls 22 Open House, Rev. Darrel Gerrietts Retirement, Redeemer, Waverly, 2-4 p.m. March EVENTS 1-3Event, Rural Ministry Conference, Wartburg Theological Seminary 5Meeting, Interim Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 5Meeting, Youth Ministry Network, Holy Trinity, Dubuque, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 8Meeting, LYON, 2-4 p.m. 8 Youth Gathering Informational Meeting, Hanson Spirituality Center at Bremwood, Waverly, 4-6 p.m. 9 Event, Lutheran Day on the Hill, Des Moines 14Meeting, Synod Council, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 15 Youth Gathering Informational Meeting, Decorah Lutheran, Decorah, 4-6 p.m. 21Meeting, Resolutions Committee, 9-11:30 a.m. 26Event, Day of Renewal, Nazareth, Cedar Falls, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 28Meeting, Synodical Women’s Organization Board, 8:30 a.m.-12 noon APRIL EVENTS 2Meeting, Interim Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 9Meeting, Youth Ministry Network, Zion St. John, Sheffield, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 12Meeting, LYON, 2-4 p.m. 14Meeting, Assembly Planning, Wartburg College, 4-6 p.m. 19-21Event, First Call Theological Education Retreat MAY EVENTS 7Meeting, Interim Colleague Group, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 7Meeting, Youth Ministry Network, Decorah area, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 16Meeting, Synodical Women’s Organization, 8:30 a.m.-12 noon Melinda McVey McCluskey, Salem, Lake Mills, Feb. 8 INSTALLING Rev. Melinda McVey McCluskey, associate pastor, Salem, Lake Mills, Feb. 8 Rev. Jennifer Edinger, Unity of the Cross Parish, Ryan, Feb. 8 Rev. Grant Woodley, co-pastor, First, Dows, pending Rev. Nicole Woodley, co-pastor, First, Dows, pending Rev. Jennifer Bohls, senior pastor, St. James, Mason City, pending INTERVIEWING Arlington, St. John; Elkader, Hope (Littleport); Strawberry Point, St. Sebald; Volga, St. Paul (One in Faith Lutheran Parish) Belmond, Trinity, Rev. Alan Schulz, interim Cedar Falls, St. John (staff), Rev. Duane Miller, interim associate Coulter, Nazareth and Hampton, St. John Decorah, Good Shepherd, Rev. April Ulring Larson, interim Garnavillo, St. Paul Hawkeye, Trinity, Rev. David R. Nelson, interim Waterloo, Trinity, Rev. Paul Nelson, interim West Union, Zion, Rev. Nancy Larson, interim SELF-STUDY Alta Vista, Zion and Lawler, Immanuel (Crane Creek), Rev. Vincent Fricke, interim Belmond, St. Olaf and Renwick, St. Paul (All Saints Parish) Calmar, Calmar and Decorah, Springfield, Rev. Phillip Olson, interim Charles City, St. John Clermont, West Clermont Decorah, St. John’s and Hauge Elgin, Elgin & Elkader, Highland Elkader, Bethany Farmersburg, St. John and McGregor, First Garner, Faith (Miller), Rev. Joel Dahlen, interim Lake Mills, Salem, Rev. Peter Soli, interim Leland, Our Savior Postville, St. Paul Waterloo, St. Ansgar ROSTER CHANGES Rev. Kathryn Gerking, transferred to South-Central Wisconsin Synod Rev. Marion Pruitt-Jefferson, on-leave from call to family leave Rev. Stephen Brackett, Assistant to the Bishop, Northeastern Iowa Synod Rev. Joan Haug, retired, transferred from Southeastern Iowa Synod FEBRUARY 2015 9 Prayer CALENDAR FEBRUARY 2015 SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT Springfield, Decorah Rev. Stephen Engelstad, St. Ansgar Rev. Joyce D. Sandberg, Waverly Luther College, Decorah Rev. David D. Kebschull, Cedar Falls Rev. Bryan C. Lagerstam, Osage Rev. Patricia L. Shaw, Waverly 3 4 5 6 7 Rev. Stephen P. Brackett, Postville Rev. Burton L. Everist, Dubuque Mrs. Joyce J. Rohde, Manchester Zion, Castalia Wartburg College, Waverly Fredsville, Cedar Falls 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rev. Donald L. Feuerhak, Cedar Falls Ms. Jean P. Rieniets, Dubuque Rev. Roger McKinstry, Marion Lutheran Services in Iowa, Des Moines Middle East St. John American, Cedar Falls Rev. Robert Ericson, Cedar Falls Rev. Alan R. Schulz, Waverly Rev. Edward W. Amend, Cedar Falls Lutheran Youth Organization Nazareth Evangelical, Cedar Falls 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rev. Dr. Mark D. Johns, Decorah Doris Kampfe, Rockford Beryl Sand, Virginia, MN Rev. Scot McVey McCluskey, Clear Lake Rev. Bryan L. Robertson, Decorah 1 2 Rev. Dr. Richard Simon Hanson, Decorah Ms. Mildred Dieter, Waverly Rev. Diane Koschmeder, Harpers Ferry 8 Rev. Dr. Ramona S. Bouzard, Waverly Rev. Rose Marie Nack, Osage Rev. Jeffrey R. Hansen, Ridgeway Mosaic, Omaha, NE Bethlehem, Cedar Falls Synodical Women’s Organization Bishop Steven L. Ullestad, Cedar Falls St. Paul, Cedar Falls Rev. Darrel W. Gerrietts, Waverly Rev. Kevin T. Jones, Mason City 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 OBITUARIES Pastor Marlyn Hansing Pastor Marlyn Hansing died Nov. 12, 2014, at the age of 93. He was ordained June 3, 1951, and served as pastor of Westby, Comertown Parish, Westby, Mont.; Harlowton Parish, Harlowton, Mont.; Faith, Hoyt Lakes, Minn.; Our Savior, Radcliffe, Iowa; St. John’s, Waukon, Iowa; Bethany, Kelley, Iowa; and as visitation pastor at Trinity, La Crosse, Wis. He retired June 1, 1990. He is survived by three children and four grandchildren. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Rebecca McCaughey, 5412 Kellogg Ave., Edina MN 55424-1603. Phyllis Burri Phyllis Burri, an associate in ministry, died Jan. 13, 2015, at the age of 76. She was commissioned Dec. 10, 2006. She served as a parish secretary at First Lutheran, Decorah Lutheran and the Burr Oak and Hesper Lutheran Parish, all in Decorah. She retired June 29, 2010. Her memorial service was Jan. 31, 2015, at First Lutheran, Decorah. She is survived by a sister and two brothers. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Jim Burri, 1812 Aspen Dr., Detroit Lakes, MN 56501. Pastor Paul Hasvold Pastor Paul Hasvold died Jan. 19, 2015, at the age of 81. He was ordained Aug. 20, 1967. He served as pastor at East Koshkonong Lutheran, Cambridge, Wis., and Good Shepherd Lutheran, Decorah, prior to his retirement July 1, 1998. A memorial service took place Jan. 24, 2015, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Decorah. He is survived by his wife, Carol, and two sons. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Carol Hasvold, 738 Ridge Road, Decorah IA 52101. Good News February 2015 Volume 28 Number 2 As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world. OUR CONVENTION WILL BE SPECIAL THIS YEAR June 19–20 will be here before we know it! Please put on your calendar— TRI-SYNODICAL WOMEN of the ELCA CONVENTION IOWA CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Fort Dodge FRIDAY, JUNE 19 (1:00 pm) through SATURDAY, JUNE 20 (4:00 pm) Some of you remember the 2000 Tri-Synodical convention hosted by SE Iowa Synod women at Iowa State (Ames) and when our synod hosted the 2006 Tri-Synodical convention at Wartburg College (Waverly). This year the Western Iowa Synod is hosting us in Fort Dodge. If you have attended either of the other TriSynodical conventions, you know how special they can be! Because of larger numbers of women attending, we are able to plan beyond our “usual” convention. ● Rev. Wyvetta Bullock from our ELCA churchwide office will be our keynote speaker. ● All three synod bishops will lead Bible studies ● There will be more interest session topics to choose from. ● Each synod will conduct their own business meeting at 3:45 Friday afternoon, but in different locations. ● And what an opportunity to worship with 300 Lutheran women (our goal)! PLEASE HELP US WITH OUR PLANS! Every active unit contact person will receive a packet of materials: ● Registration forms for delegates, alternate delegates, others ● ● ● ● Synod Convention Scholarships Motion/Resolution form Nomination Form—Synod Board Positions Nomination Form—2016 nominating committee member These forms can also be found on our website, http://www.neiasynod.org/women-of-the-elca/ Who Will Your Delegate and Alternate Delegate Be? Every active unit should be represented by a delegate, who could be your president, vice-president, contact person or another interested leader. Use the registration form and support your delegate and alternate by paying their expenses. It is important that you register your delegate by the date provided so that delegate information can be sent to them prior to the convention. What makes you an active unit? This past year your congregational unit must have a leadership team, regular meetings/events and share offerings with our W-ELCA synod and churchwide. How Can You Encourage More Women to Attend? Start early! Be excited about the opportunity to attend this larger convention. Encourage women who have never attended to use the convention scholarships available. Have copies of both the registration and scholarship forms with you to hand to anyone who shows interest. Organize carpooling and sharing motel rooms. It is a great way for women to get better acquainted. Of course, one-day registration will be available too. Are There Issues/Actions That You Would Like Addressed? It is time we bring issues and propose actions to resolve concerns that you would like to have addressed by the synod board, resolutions committee and convention. This is your opportunity to make changes in our organization. Please put this on your board agenda, spend time CALENDAR Apr. 11 Apr. 11 Apr 25 May 2 Jun 19-20 Nov. 7 Spring LWR In-Gathering for Clusters C (Jubilee), E (Tree of Life) and H (Three Rivers) at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls Riverside Cluster Spring Retreat, St. Olaf LC, Belmond Upper Iowa River Cluster D Spring Gathering, Hauge & St. John, Decorah LWR Pickup, Olson’s Explosives, Decorah Iowa Tri-Synodical W-ELCA Convention, Iowa Central Community College, Ft. Dodge Fall LWR In-Gathering for Clusters C (Jubilee), E (Tree of Life) and H (Three Rivers) at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls discussing this using the Motion-resolution form. Since we have had no resolutions for several years, let’s get serious about coming up with changes in our synod policies, stewardship projects, or operational changes that come from the grass roots. Will You Encourage Leaders in Your Unit to Serve at the Synod Level? We need interested unit leaders to move into positions on our synod board. The positions of president, secretary and several board positions will need to be filled at our convention. They are elected for a two-year term and can be re-elected for two additional years. We hold six meetings a year on Saturday mornings at the synod office in Waverly. Serving during our convention is also an expectation. Mileage and expenses are reimbursed through our synod budget. It is an opportunity to learn so much about our organization and make lifelong friendships with women we would never know otherwise. (I speak from my experiences!) As a unit, you will also benefit as you will have a person who is readily available to answer your questions. Personally ask someone whom you would like to see on our board. With her permission, submit her information using the nomination form. Or provide her with a nomination form and keep reminding her that you will be disappointed if she does not complete it. We also need five women who are willing to be elected to our nominating committee. This is a shortterm commitment to filling the 2016 ballot with interested, committed women. It involves an organizational meeting and contacting women who have been suggested to you. Use the nominating committee form to let us know you would be interested. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP! Submitted by Gloria Tollefson, NE IA W-ELCA synod president You are invited To a reception honoring Rev. Darrel Gerrietts for over 45 years of active ministry. It will be held on February 22, 2015 from 2–4 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Waverly. A brief program will begin at 3 pm. You might want to consider a gift to “NE Iowa Synod Fund for Leaders” in his honor. Letters of appreciation can be sent to Linda Hudgins at the synod office, who will include them in a book of memories. From Rev. Steven Ullestad, Bishop, NE Iowa Synod, ELCA From Lutheran Services in Iowa We were so pleased to receive your generous contribution of $900. Your gift will help Iowa children, families and adults access resources to achieve their goals and improve their lives, such as parenting education therapy, English as a Second Language classes or family crisis support, to simply name a few. Thank you for being LSI’s partner as we respond together in Christ’s love through compassionate service!Chris Andersen, Vice-President of Advancement and Church Relations NEIA Women of the ELCA website: neiasynod.org/womenoftheELCA Good News Editor Jan Harbaugh P. O. Box 68 Renwick, IA 50577 515-825-8068 [email protected] Articles are due the 1st of the month for the next month's newsletter. Please put WELCA in your subject line. (You can also send paper copies by “snail” mail.) NEIA Women of the ELCA Treasurer Nancy Poppe 2656 Gilmore Ave Ionia, IA 50645 641-435-2231 [email protected] Contact Women of the ELCA at: 773.380.2730 or 800.638.3522, ext. 2730 http://www.womenoftheelca.org/ 8765 W. Higgins Road Chicago, IL 60631-4189 Living Faith Dear F ellow Soul Shapers, If you k now me, you know that even with my deep Scandinavian roots, I am not a fan of snow, ice, and winter in general. So not surprisingly by this time of the year I am tired of the long dark nights and being stuck inside all the time. I am going to g uess that others may be feeling the same way. So this month’s issue of Living Faith @ Home will seek to pass the faith while finding a cure for “Cabin Fever”. Being s tuck inside and snow bound is the perfect opportunity to spend some time as a family. And any time the family is gathered is a great time to the faith. pass on Blessings on the Journey, Elayne Werges, Diaconal Minister serving Cross Roads Lutheran Parish & Nora Springs Osage Baptismal Promises Live with them among God’s Faithful People Have a Swap and Share Night IDEA: Build family relationships by sharing with each other what is important to them. ACTIVITY: Each person is given several hours to plan what they will do. Some examples: tell a joke, play the piano or other musical interment, conduct a sing –a-‐ long, display a talent/no talent, tell a story, give each member of the family a compliments, play a favorite game together, give a homemade gift, give each member a hope you have for them, tell about a favorite memory. Gather as a family and let everyone have a turn. Be sure to express appreciation after each person is done. Have a great time together. This information has been prepared for you by the Northeastern Iowa Synod-Home Life Network for use by families and local congregations. For more ideas about how you can pass on faith in your homes go to: http://www.neiasynod.org/synod_resources/YouthFamilyResources.asp If you have a comment or suggestion for future newsletters or are interested in joining the Home-Life Network please contact the synod office. Find us on Facebook! Have an Island Beach Party to Celebrate Family Meal Time: Choose foods you would eat at the beach….. Like fish sticks and fruit kabobs. Wear leis. Get out the picnic baskets, beach blanket, and set up a picnic in the living room. Make a campfire with paper towel centers and twinkly Christmas lights. Play beach music or find a track with the sounds of the beach. Play Beach Games like Go Fish or have a Shell Hunt (hide shells around the house and have everyone hunt for them. Set up a beach You can find Beach Stories in in Your Bible in these places: Jonah John 21:4-14 Luke 3:21/ Matthew 3:13-17 Luke 9:10-17 Matthew 14:22-33 mini golf course. Make Sand Clay. • Talk About: Baptism- talk about the day each of you were baptized and how Jesus was Batpized too. Talk about Water-We need water to sustain life. Some don’t have enough water- for some amazing resources including videos go to http://www.elca.org/Resources/ELCA-World-Hunger. For the Sand Clay You Will Need: Make Sand Clay! 2 cups of Sand 1/2 - 1 cup of White Glue (add slowly until desired consistency is achieved) 1/2 - 1 cup of Cornstarch A mixing bowl, spoon and space to play (this is messy!) Shells, cookie cutters, any other modelling tools you wish to use. What to Do: Mix the sand and cornstarch together, then add the glue slowly, and mix together, until it starts to combine. You may find it goes to a breadcrumb like mixture, if this happens its fine, you just need to knead it together into a dough. If it feels too dry, add a little more glue, or even a splash of water if your sand was very dry. If it feels too sloppy, add a little more cornstarch. Play away or roll into desired shapes and let dry. Coming Up….Shrove Tuesday is February 17 Mardi Gras begins on January 6th and continues until the day before Ash Wednesday. Celebrate the season of Epiphany by observing the traditions of Mardi Gras. There are many resources available online to explore the history and traditions of the seasons. Here are afew quick ideas you can do. make Pancakes, remember the poor, make Pretzels, have a King’s Cake, Have a parade, make masks, wear beads, look up the meaning behind the colors of Mardi Gras-gold, green, and purple. Let th e good tim es roll! PLEASE POST FEBRUARY 2015 newcreation: caring for God’s earth in northeast Iowa The Northeastern Iowa Synod Care of Creation Network uses this newsletter to call attention to community and environmental issues, eco-problems, earth stewardship, and global concerns. Building projects are opportunities to add energy efficiencies by Pastor Beth A. Olson Smart use of God’s resources is something many strive for. In a building project, there are lots of choices that need to be made, and some of those choices can seem pretty forward-thinking. It can take some convincing to invest in some of the less-traditional construction methods. That was the case David Voigts, facilitator for the Northeastern Iowa Synod’s Care of Creation Network, heard about when he recently visited St. Timothy in Hudson. those that are contemplating building, paying attention to the environment and the energy-smart resources makes sense, both in the short-term and in the long run, and that goes right along with our charge to be good stewards of all God has given. The congregation built a new facility in the mid-1980s. “We had a hard time finding someone who could bring our vision of energy efficiency to life initially,” said longtime member Allen Schneider. But the building crew persevered, and now the congregation sports a number of energy-efficient features. Notable to Voigts and Fred Abels, of Holland, was the usage of a Trombe wall in the construction. Trombe walls are designed to collect and save heat, something the concrete walls of St. Tim’s do pretty well. The congregation also makes great use of its bank of south-facing windows for a passive solar gain, especially in the winter. In the summer, the extended overhang helps, also, by not getting the building so hot the air conditioning has to run constantly. When the current facility was built, the congregation also built it into a hillside, and so they have a berm on the north side that gives great insulation. “Good insulation was also important to us,” said Schneider, who noted that the congregation used 16” of ceiling insulation. Another feature of the congregation is the use of sensors and auto-timers on the lights in the restrooms. Not all congregations are in building projects, but for St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, Hudson, gains passive solar heat through its south-facing windows and Trombe wall. The church is built into a berm on the north side, which helps insulate the building. Share about your energy stewardship! Tell us your congregation’s story of energy stewardship so we can share it with others in our synod. Your story could inspire others to take a step for energy stewardship. Contact the synod office to make contact with the Care of Creation Network.
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