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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.

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2021 Synod Assembly


Synod Assembly Business Meeting – May 15, 2021 10:00am EDT

Opening Worship—Monday, May 10, 7 pm ET/6 pm CT

Installation Service Bulletin – May 13 2021
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Installation Of Deacon Lori Ward & Rev. Grant Van Lishout –  May 13 2021 – 7:00pm EDT 


5-14-21 Bishop Finegan’s Letter
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FEMA Funeral Assistance Flyer
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4-20-21 Bishop Finegan’s Letter
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U.S. COVID-19 Risk & Vaccine Tracker
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Risk Assessment Tool
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PPP Loan Sign Up Extension–May 31, 2021
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Helpful Hints for Annual Meetings During Pandemic
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Early Fall Update from Wisconsin Council of Churches
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Remote Meeting FAQs for Wisconsin
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Remote Meeting FAQs for Congregations
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Remote Meeting Laws Michigan
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COVID-19 Science for Churches
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Current Resources

ELCA Open Doors Grant  (deadline May 19, 2021) – > click here to visit website

Hunger/Poverty Ministries Grant Application (deadline June 1, 2021) > click here to view PDF | > click here to view Word

Bishop Finegan’s Letter Jan 11, 2021 – > click here to view

Bishop Finegan’s Annual Report Letter 2020 – > click here to view PDF | > click here to view Word

Annual Meetings Report Coversclick to download

Social media in churches – Pastor Charles Newman, Crossroads, Grand Canyon Synodclick to view

Wednesday ELCA Coaching Sessionsclick to visit

Copyright Law Resourceclick to download

Vanco Online Givingclick to download

Becoming a Community of Beholders UP Wildclick to view

Year Of Discovery


Orientation to the Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discoveryclick to watch

The Year of Discovery
Part One–The Americas Before Columbus
Part Two–Discovery and our American Legal History
Part Three–Discovery and the 21st Century
Part Four–Listening to Native Voices

Doctrine of Discovery NGLS Conference Meetings Fall 2020click to watch

Year of Discovery Task Force Presentation 8-18-20click to watch

Doctrine of Discovery 1493click to view

ELCA Churchwide 2016 Assembly—Repudiation of Doctrine of Discoveryclick to view

Synod Resolution for Year of Discoveryclick to view

Federally Recognized Tribes in Michiganclick to view

Wisconsin’s American Indian Reservation & Trust Landsclick to view

Year of Discovery Article by Rev. Julie Belewclick to view

Who Owns the Land by Rev. Dave VanKleyclick to view

In Good Time Article by Rev. Dave VanKleyclick to view

Year of Discovery Resource Listclick to view

Doctrine of Discovery Bullet Pointsclick to view



Latest edition of Northern Light
April / May 2021 > download

Latest edition of E-Notes
April 29, 2021 > view

Prayfaithfully Daily Devotions
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Prayer Calendars
May 2021

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NGL Synod & Church Events

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Upcoming Events

Walking Together Events (Fall 2021)click to view

Photo Galleries

Seasons of the Synod photo submissionsclick here to view photo gallery

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

Youth Trip to Tanzaniaclick here to watch videos

Northern Great Lakes Synod
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Marquette, MI 49855
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