Keep up with current news from the Mission Investment Fund with recent stories from our quarterly newsletter, "The Mustard Seed."

A ‘Celebration’ of three consolidating congregations

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Hundreds of faithful Lutherans from three congregations, one spirited pastor and one thoughtful Director of Evangelical Mission (DEM) in suburban Detroit lived out these contrasting experiences recently as they charted their future—together.

Several years ago, these three congregations joined together as one—with a new name expressing their new-found joy: Celebration Lutheran Church. Last year, they moved into a new spiritual home in Westland, Michigan, appropriately located on Joy Road.

See what’s new from the ELCA Federal Credit Union!

Monday, April 30, 2018

The ELCA Federal Credit Union is fast approaching its second anniversary. And this new ministry has been busy enhancing products and services for its members. As the not-for-profit credit union for the members and ministries of the ELCA, its mission is to provide the best service possible—and help its members save money.

January snow couldn’t derail a Wisconsin church’s fundraising efforts

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

It was snowing—hard—on January 31, 2015, when the Mission Investment Fund’s Capital Campaign Services consultant Phyllis Wiederhoeft arrived at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Wiederhoeft was there to preach and kick off the congregation’s capital campaign, “Honoring Our Past—Embracing Our Future!”—with the exclamation point purposefully positioned.

“I feared the snowstorm would keep people home from church that day,” Wiederhoeft recalls.

Standing tall: Working with MIF helps a Houston congregation build on an enduring foundation

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Since holding its first service in June 1945 and moving into its own building four years later, Christ the King Lutheran Church has been a vibrant presence in southwest Houston, Texas. Sitting inside the city’s beltway, on the edge of the Rice University campus, Christ the King Church counts numerous members of the Rice faculty and staff among its congregation as well as many who work at the nearby Texas Medical Center.