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The Rev. Katherine A. Finegan was elected May 23, 2017 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Northern Great Lakes Synod, ELCA. The election was held during the Synod Assembly which took place at Messiah Lutheran Church and Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan on May 21-23. Pastor Finegan was elected on the fifth and final ballot.
Pastor Finegan has served as Assistant to the Bishop in the NGLS since February, 2012. Previously she served as pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church in Republic, Michigan from 2002-2012, and as Youth Minister at Hope Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minnesota from 1988-2000.
The Bishop earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana in 1987. She received her Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2002.
Help Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula
Help Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula
On Sunday June 17, Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula was devastated by 6 – 8 inches of rain in a short amount of time, causing at least 60 sinkholes, numerous washed out roads, and one home that collapsed on a twelve year old boy. Hundreds of businesses and homes are affected in Houghton and the surrounding area. Residents will need immediate supplies for survival and long-term recovery. All funds collected will be used for direct support of affected residents. To donate please go to: https://www.lsswis.org/Keweenaw
Facebook link to the Good Shepherd in Houghton where you can get more information about volunteering and items needed to help. Please click here
From Pastor Bucky Beach:
(updated June 25, 2018)
Flood recovery goes on! Again, thank you to all who have helped in ANY way. This week we are beginning to move from the initial response phase to recovery phase.
Here is what you can do for days and weeks to come:
WHAT WE NEED
Pickup trucks and trailers to move debris piles into dump sites.
Volunteers to make and deliver lunches and various supplies to work sites.
Volunteers to help finish the mucking out stage.
Visquine, duct tape, smaller (12 oz) Gatorade or Powerade, fans, dehumifiers.
Financial donations can be made through Keweenaw Community Foundation (906-482-9673), Portage Health Foundation (906-523-5920). , Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan / Lutheran Disaster Response (https://www.lsswis.org/Keweenaw) or any other organization that you may be aware of.
WHAT WE DON’T NEED
Bottled water, clothing, furniture, food, most tools.
LONG RANGE PLANS
When non-locals leave toward the end of the week, it will be (and has been and will continue to be!) local people who will need to do what we can to help individuals in need. We will need to organize and mobilize people through churches and community organizations. More on just how that will happen at a later date. This would be a great time for the Copper Country Ministerial to be revitalized! A meeting will be called for in the near future once the long range plan has been set in place.
Dee Stadium and the Calumet Coliseum will be shutting down toward the end of the week. People will be needed to relocate existing supplies to a new location that has yet to be determined. Food and water supplies can be redistributed to churches, food banks, etc.
A long range plan is being set in place with city and county planners. It will facilitate the transition from mucking out houses to necessary demolition to electrical and construction work on homes. After licensed people do the necessary assessments it will be up to us to organize as many work crews as possible to help keep individual homeowners’ costs down. Most people will not be covered by insurance. The current estimate is that approximately 500 were damaged.
To help, call the volunteer help line at 906-233-6621.
IF you have checked in once at the Volunteer Resource Center, you can call St. Ignatius (Annette) at 906-369-6642 or Salvation Army at (906-281-4968 (Leonita). If you have NOT checked in yet at the Volunteer Resource Center, PLEASE do this. There are many safety, financial and logistic reasons for this, so PLEASE DO NOT self-deploy. It will help to have this all documented and organized through the Volunteer Resource Center.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
Pastor Bucky Beach, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church / Lutheran Campus Ministry