Synod Council Endorses Anti-Racism Statements 

At its March 20,2021 meeting, NEO Synod Council unanimously endorsed the anti-racism statements of the ELCA Presiding Bishop and Conference of Bishops. Both of these statements condemn the surge of anti-Asian sentiment and the acts of violence again Asian descent peoples in the past year. Along with these statements, your...

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Changes to the PPP Business Loan Program

We received information from Pr. Amy Reumann of ELCA Advocacy regarding applications for the Paycheck Protection Program. The next two weeks are set aside only for applications from businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 staff (i.e., most churches!), because these entities have been disadvantaged in the application process in...

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2020 Portico Tax Guide for Clergy and Congregations

Portico Benefit Services offers a set of annually updated Richard R. Hammar tax guides at no cost to pastors and congregations participating in the ELCA benefit program. Both 2020 editions address the tax-related impacts of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed in March 2020. Clergy and...

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Hunger Grant Applications

Registration for 2022 ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants opens today, March 17! Visit ELCA.org/domestichungergrants to learn more about the grants and how to apply. Organizations applying for an ELCA grant for the first time must register by setting up an account in ELCA GrantMaker in order to access the...

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Attend the virtual Explore Ministry Event

Are you curious about where the Holy Spirit might be leading you? Are you feeling a sense of call to serve the church in a new way? Has any anyone ever suggested that you would make a good pastor, deacon, or other type of church leader? Do you feel God’s...

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A Message from Bishop Barbins

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral...

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Christmas Message from Bishop Barbins

For ten long months we have been hearing the same refrain, “Easter will be different this year.” “Graduation will be different this year.” “School will be different this year.” “Elections will be different this year.” “Sports will be different this year.” “Thanks-giving will be different this year.” And here we...

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