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We hope you will find answers here to your questions about the Northern Great Lakes Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Our site is intended to offer information, timely news, inspiring words and an opportunity to learn about the ministries of this synod and the ELCA.

Congregational Planning Checklist for a Pandemic:
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Faith Communities in Pandemic
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Giving Options For Congregational Financial Support
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The Lord’s Supper and the Corona Virus
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The Use Of The Means Of Grace
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3/16/20 Congregational Response to COVID-19 from Bishop Finegan: 
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3/20/20 Changing Landscapes from Bishop Finegan: 
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4/1/20 Holy Week Holy Words from Bishop Finegan: 
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4/2/20 Paycheck Protection Program from Bishop Finegan
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Payroll Paycheck Protection Program FAQ
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ELCA Mission Investment Fund and ELCA Federal Credit Union Assistance
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Letter to Mission Investment Customers
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Upcoming Events

Special Announcement regarding
Synod Assembly

The Synod Council has determined that Synod Assembly will be postponed until May 13-15, 2021 at Finlandia University in Hancock, MI.  Refunds will be sent out to those already registered.  We will let you know when 2020 Synod Reports are ready and available on the NGLS website.  If you have any questions, please call the Synod Office at (906) 228-2300.  Thank you!

2020 Marked Events – In light of Michigan schools being cancelled and the COVID-19 situation, all three of the “Marked” Youth Events (March 22, April 19, April 26) scheduled for Northern Great Lakes Synod Youth and Leaders have been postponed. Hopes are to reschedule them in some format at a later date. Youth groups and congregations are still encouraged to collect items for Lutheran World Relief Baby Care Kits and include them in the “Fall Shipment” of Lutheran World Relief items that are organized in your respective geographical areas.

Stewardship Workshop (Grace Pomroy) – This event has been cancelled

Stewardship Workshop (Richard Wehrs) – This event has been cancelled

Boundaries Training – will be rescheduled

Faithful Innovations – Learning Communities of Jesusclick here to download



Long Range Calendar of Events
(updated March 19) – click here to download

Latest edition of Northern Light
April 2020 / May 2020 > download

Latest edition of E-Notes
March 31, 2020 > download

Current Resources

2020 Augsburg Fortress Brochureclick to view

Michigan Census Key Messagesclick to view

Annual report letter 2019 – Download in: PDFWord

2019 Model Congregational Constitution – Download: in Word / in PDF

Stewardship – All stewardship related materials are now located on the Stewardship Program website: click to view

Vanco Online Givingclick to download

Links for Ministers Reports to Bishopclick to download

ELCA Family Separation Guideclick here to download

FAQ about Lay Ministers, Permission to Preside, and Licensed Lay Ministersclick here to download

Ecumenical Statement on AddictionsClick to download

The Relationship between the Pastor and the Congregation Council OR “Where is Christ Among Us in Our Relationships?”Click here to download

Information on the Evangelism Committee’s Sneaky Visitor program – click here to download

Synod Map 2020 – Click here to download


Photo Galleries

Seasons of the Synod photo submissions – click here to view photo gallery

Photos from the ordination of Pastor Brenda Greenwald at Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills, CO on July 14, 2019 – click here to view photo gallery

Photos from tree planting in Wittenberg ( – click here to view photo gallery – click here to view Sponsorship Certificate

Bishop Katherine Finegan’s Installation – Oct. 21, 2017 – click here to view photo gallery

Youth Trip to Tanzaniaclick here to watch videos

Northern Great Lakes Synod
1029 North 3rd Street
Marquette, MI 49855
Phone: 906-228-2300
Fax: 906-228-2527DonationsOnLine Donations