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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.

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Register Now: Anti-Racism Training!

The Synod’s Anti-Racism team welcomes Judith Roberts, the Program Director for Racial Justice from the ELCA to present a workshop on Advancing Racial Justice! Laity and clergy are cordially invited to attend this fascinating workshop and to hear more about what our synod is doing to combat racism and encourage diversity! This free event will […]

Save the Date: Rostered Ministers Gathering

Join leaders from across this church for the Rostered Ministers Gathering – the first of its kind. This event will be an opportunity for all rostered ministers to assemble for worship, education, and fellowship under the theme “On the Way…Together.” Two pre-events will allow time for federal chaplains and long rostered ministers (20s and 30s) to gather and network. Registration will […]

Achieving the Vision: Report on the 2017-2018 Budget

See the links below for a letter from Bishop Satterlee and other resources concerning the 2017-2018 Synod Budget that was approved at Synod Assembly. Achieving the Vision Letter from Bishop Satterlee Mission in the Mitten Inspirational Stories Report on the 2017-2018 Budget

Webcast with Bishop Eaton

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, I hope that you have made plans to view our next live webcast, “Ecumenical Witness on the Eve of the Reformation Anniversary,” on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. CDT. I’m excited to announce that American Lutheran religious scholar, Martin Marty, and other great panelists will be joining me […]

Walking Together

Register Now: November 5! Designed for congregation council members, committee chairpersons, and ministry team leaders, this event introduces and explores seven key principles of congregational renewal. The day will begin with morning prayer and a keynote presentation, offer three workshop periods, lunch, and closing eucharist with Bishop Satterlee presiding. Learn More and Register



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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.