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February 2022

ELMM: Pastoral Care Assistant Training

February 12

Pastoral Care Assistant Training with Professor Rosanne Swanson ​February 12, 2022 Via Zoom What do you say when you don't know what to say. Listening with the ear of the heart. Before the session, please read the book Conversation as Ministry: Stories and Strategies for Confident Caregiving by Douglass Purnell (Pilgrim Press, Cleveland (2003)). Purchase on Amazon. Learn More and Register

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ELCA College Readiness Webinar – Finances

February 15

How to Pay for College February 15, 2022, 9:00pm ET Private schools are expensive, but the amount of resources available to many families is often a surprise. Learn about how the financial aid process works even if you’re not sure if you will qualify. Learn about the tools colleges use to help students and families afford the school of their dreams. Register Now

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ELCA College Readiness Webinar – College Search

February 17

Starting Your Search February 17, 2022, 8:00pm ET College may be a couple years away, but it’s not too early to start thinking about what’s important to you! Learn from these experts about the different ways that people begin their college search and how to take advantage of online resources as well as resources from your school or church. Register Now

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ELCA College Readiness Webinar – Spanish

February 22

Overview of Your College Search (in Spanish) February 22, 2022, 8:00pm ET It’s not too early to start thinking about college. Learn how to begin your college search, better understand financial aid resources and strengthen your college application. You’ll have an opportunity to learn and ask questions of the experts. Register Now

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Region 6 Explore Ministry Event

February 25 - February 26

Are you curious where the Holy Spirit might be leading you? Are you feeling a sense of call to serve the church in a new way? Are you wondering about what it takes to become a public leader in the ELCA? If yes, consider attending the Region 6 Explore Ministry Event to learn more about your calling and future ministry leadership. This event will held via Zoom on February 25-26, 2022. Register Now.

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March 2022

Introduction to Social Justice

March 1

The North/West Lower Michigan Synod and Justice Leaders Collaborative are partnering to provide an Introduction to Social Justice course to deepen our understanding and commitment to social justice in regard to race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and ability. The course will be held via Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm, beginning March 1 and running through April 5, 2022. The course will be open to anyone in the Synod who wishes to participate, but is limited to 30 people.…

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Boundary Training for Rostered Ministers

March 10

Boundary Training is required every three years for all Rostered Ministers in the North/West Lower Michigan Synod. Due to COVID-19, we will be offering Boundary Training as a four part series via Zoom. These 1-hour sessions will be held on Thursdays at 11am ET starting March 10 and ending March 31. Participants are expected to attend all four sessions. We are privileged that Barbara Keller, the Misconduct Prevention Director for the ELCA, will be the presenter for the initial session on March 10. Bishop Satterlee, Pastor David Sprang, and Pastor…

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ELMM: Genesis 12-50 and Our Faith Ancestors

March 11 - March 12

Genesis 12-50 and Our Faith Ancestors with Professor George Heider March 11-12, 2022 Via Zoom If you were God, what would you do next? We saw in the first five Bible stories that we humans tend to spoil our relationships and to spoil the world God created, yet God does not give up on us. To break into this mess, God begins to work through individual people to rebuild a world in harmony with God. The stories of Genesis 12-50 begin…

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United Campus Christian Fellowship Open House

March 21

United Campus Christian Fellowship (UCCF), is a new start in the ELCA. It is a multi-denominational, inclusive campus ministry with student involvement on three campuses: Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, and Kendall College of Art and Design. All are welcome to attend an open house on March 21, 2022 from 5:00-7:00pm at Grand Rapids Trinity UMC to celebrate this new ministry and its denominational partnerships. Learn More and RSVP.

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April 2022

Lutheran Men in Mission Bold Gathering

April 2

Lutheran Men in Mission will be holding a their Spring Bold Gathering on April 2, 2022. This virtual event features six speakers: Rev Robert Johnson - Have You Had Your Christian Checkup Lately? Angie Smith - "Journey Transformations" Mark Lubbock - “God Gave YOU Something Important to Share” Pastor Casey Wait - “How We Tell” Pastor Joel Martyn - “Into the Wilderness, Whether You Want To or Not” Julian Dismute - “Equip for Victory” Learn More. Register.

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