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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.

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Job Posting: Executive Assistant to the Bishop

The North/West Lower Michigan Synod ELCA seeks an Executive Assistant to provide direct administrative and executive support to Bishop Craig Alan Satterlee so that he can lead the synod’s mission with maximum effectiveness. Applications, including a letter of interest and resume, may be mailed to the synod office or emailed to Qualified candidates will be  interviewed until the […]

Special Offering Challenge!

Support the Spartans and raise money for the victims of the SC floods! In light of the recent floods in South Carolina, Bishop Craig A. Satterlee has challenged Bishop Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt of the Southern Ohip Synod to see which synod can raise the most funds for the victims of the floods in South Carolina. The […]

Upcoming Portico Seminars

Pre-Retirement Seminar   November 5th, 2015 @ ELCA Churchwide Ministries, Chicago – Augsburg Room Get Answers to Your Difficult Retirement Planning Questions  Portico Benefit Services, in collaboration with Ernst & Young, is pleased to hold a one-day pre-retirement seminar. You’ll get answers from a certified Ernst & Young financial planner on these questions and more: ·         […]

Boys Choir of the Cathedral of Mainz, Germany Performances

The Boys Choir of the Cathedral of Mainz, Germany will be touring the Muskegonarea and performing four concerts during that time as part of their 2015 United States Tour.  The Choir was established in 1866 and have sung at the Mainz Cathedral on Sundays and holidays with interruption since that time.  The choir traveling on […]

Registration for The Gathering Now Open!

Experience the 2015 Michigan Youth Gathering, which will be held December 27-30. Registration is open to high school aged youth, young adults, and adult. Learn more and register online. 



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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.