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September 2019

Viewing of Paris to Pittsburgh

September 18
Trinity Lutheran Church Grand Rapids, 2700 Fulton St E
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States
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Earth Keepers at Trinity Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids, and Michigan Interfaith Power & Light will be hosting two showings of the film, Paris to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, September 18 at 10:30am and Sunday, September 22 at 6:30pm. These showings are free and open to the public and will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church (2700 Fulton St. East). Paris to Pittsburgh, distributed by National Geographic, documents practical work by local organizations, congregations, and municipalities around the country as more and more communities realize that…

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Addiction and Faith Conference

September 20 - September 22

Join us for the second annual Addiction and Faith Conference to be held in Bloomington MN on Sept. 20-22, 2019.  Addiction in every form, including opioid addiction, is ravaging our world. The conference seeks to help answer the question, “How can we as people of faith respond to this crisis?”  We believe faith communities can play a vital role - to better recognize and respond to addiction in all its forms and could do much to help save lives. The…

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North/West Lower Michigan WELCA Retreat

September 27 - September 28
Zion Lutheran Cadillac, 350 Pearl St
Cadillac, MI 49601 United States
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The North/West Lower Michigan WELCA will be hosting a retreat September 27-28, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church in Cadillac, MI. This year's theme is "Therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people" (Galatians 6:10). Angela Bell, an executive of the national WELCA will be speaking and Rev. Jennifer Michaels will be leading worship. Learn More.

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October 2019

Fall Theological Event

October 6 - October 8
Mission Point Resort Mackinac Island, MI United States + Google Map

Clergy and their spouses are invited to a Theological Retreat this fall at Mackinac Island. Centered on the theme "Engaging Deitrich Bonhoeffer: Discipleship, Life Together, and His Theology of the Cross", the keynote speaker will be Rev. Matthew L. Becker, Ph.D., Professor of Theology at Valparaiso University. The event will be held Sunday - Tuesday, October 6-8, 2019 at the Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island. All registrations must be postmarked by August 31, 2019. Registration forms and payment must…

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Region 6 Discernment Retreat

October 11 - October 12

We invite those thinking about seminary to attend the Region 6 (Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio) Discernment Retreat on October 11-12, 2019. The retreat will be held at St. John Lutheran, 460 Riley St. Dundee, MI 48131. Registration forms must be mailed to the Southeast Michigan Synod by September 5, 2019. Additional questions about this retreat should be directed to Rev. Barry Osterbur, Director of Candidacy at the Southeast Michigan Synod at 586-215-4891 or b.osterbur@semisynod.com Learn More and Register.

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Capital Conference Community Forum on Immigration

October 15
Faith Lutheran Church Okemos, 4515 Dobie Road
Okemos, MI 48864 United States
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Samaritas and Faith Lutheran Church will be sponsoring a community forum on immigration. The forum will feature a panel discussion with Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, Director of Children and Family Services, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, Melanie Jones, Staff Attorney, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, and Amy Maldanado, Immigration Attorney, and Farah Khalil, Local Refugee Advocate. The forum will be held on October 15, at 7:00pm at Faith Lutheran Church in Okemos (4515 Dobie Road). Learn More.

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Portico Pre-Retirement Seminar

October 17

Portico will be hosting a Pre-Retirement Seminar in Dundee, MI on Thursday, October 17. There will be a morning session from 9:00am-12:30pm, which will cover the basics of creating a budget, determining how much to save for retirement, and ways to invest your savings. The afternoon session from 1:15pm to 6:00pm will focus on things to consider as you prepare for retirement, such as creating an income plan, paying taxes in retirement, and navigating Social Security and Medicare. Lunch will be provided. Learn more and Register.

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Capital Conference Community Forum on Transgender and LGBTQ+ Issues

October 17
Faith Lutheran Church Okemos, 4515 Dobie Road
Okemos, MI 48864 United States
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Samaritas and Faith Lutheran Church will be sponsoring a community forum to learn about transgender and LGBTQ+ issues. The forum will feature a panel discussion with Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, Director of Children and Family Services, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, Melanie Jones, Staff Attorney, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, and Jay Kaplan, Staff Attorney for the ACLU of Michigan's LBGT Project, Heidi Schaetzl, local school teacher, and Phiwa Langeni, Pastor of Salus Center, UCC. The panel will be moderated by Courtney Isanhart,…

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A Weekend with Emmy Kegler

October 18 - October 20

Rev. Emmy Kegler is an ELCA pastor, author, and co-leader of the Queer Grace Community, a group of LGBTQ+ Christians who meet for worship, Bible study, and fellowship. Pastor Emmy will be leading a weekend of learning and worship in Grand Rapids on October 18-20, 2019. All events are free but tickets are required for Saturday's workshop. Learn More.

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The Church’s Song: Hearts, Hands, Voices Workshop

October 19
Valparaiso, IN

Sponsored by the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, Hearts • Hands • Voices events are affordable, practical workshops with a focus on skill-building. Musicians, pastors, and others interested in worship and music are invited to attend a workshop titled “The Church’s Song” on Saturday, October 19 at Christ Lutheran Church in Valparaiso, IN. Presenters are Lorraine Brugh, Cheryl Dieter, and Anne Krentz Organ. The cost is $45 ($20 for students) and includes lunch. For complete workshop information or to register…

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