Keep up with current news from the Mission Investment Fund with recent stories from our quarterly newsletter, "The Mustard Seed."
Injecting 21st-century modern into a historic mid-century modern church
Palo Alto, California, sits on some prime real estate. The city, the birthplace of Silicon Valley, is tucked in between Facebook in Menlo Park and Apple in Cupertino. Stanford University resides within its borders. In this world, computer whizzes are aplenty, tech start-ups are the norm, and housing prices are sky high. This is the home of the ELCA's Grace Lutheran Church.
Building with God’s nature in mind—and drawing in more of God’s people
Imagine a Northwoods respite, set amid pine and birch trees on the shores of a scenic lake, where fishing for walleye is supreme all summer long, where snowmobiling entices in the winter, and where the Northern Lights delight year-round.
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.
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.