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Welcome to the Mitten Synod!

NWLM Logo copyWe are the North/West Lower Michigan Synod. As one of 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we work to support the 117 congregations and 220 pastors across our geographic region.

Whether you are exploring the Christian faith, the Lutheran tradition, or what it means to become part of a faith community–or you are a leader looking for information or help, we seek to partner with and serve you.




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Peer Ministry Lock-Ins!

Peer Ministry at The Gathering! “Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, to the glory of God.” [Romans 15:7] You, brothers and sisters, have the power of God to transform lives through simple acts of love. Join the team! If you have participated in Bridge Builders or peer ministry training, you may serve. Plus, […]

Portico Pre-Retirement Seminar

If you’re over age 50 and within 15 years of retirement, our pre-retirement seminars and webinars are a great way to get planning off to a strong start or keep the momentum going. Hosted by Portico and a certified Ernst & Young financial planner, the seminars and webinars answer the important questions you may have […]

Praying with Our Honduran Companions

Our Synod has been in joint ministry with the Lutheran Church of Honduras for more than a decade. In gratitude for our partnership, we will be praying for the 12 faith communities in Honduras on October 9, while they are praying for our 113 Synod congregations. We have been invited to pray especially for the […]

Save the Date: An Evening with Samaritas!

Samaritas wants to empower congregational leaders with tools and knowledge for engaging in dialogue about high-profile, public issues that involve serving people as an expression of the love of Christ.  That is why you are invited to our upcoming An Evening with Samaritas event. The keynote speaker will be David Hollister, previous Mayor of Lansing […]

Register Now: Autumn Years Workshop!

Autumn Years – A Time of Beauty and Harvest Living with Clarity, Courage, Generosity and Compassion October 22nd at Mt. Hope United Methodist Church, Lansing or November 5th at Grace Lutheran Church, Lansing 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. both Saturdays   At one time retirement was experienced as a few years of rest and inevitable decline. […]



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Online Giving Opportunity! A Bishop’s Fund has been established to help many ministries of the synod at the discretion of Bishop Craig A. Satterlee. Visit the Donate page for more information.

Synod Office Hold Music

One of our own retired pastors, Bob Garrels, is a wonderful musician and composer, and has provided several of his pieces that you will now hear if you are put on hold when calling the Synod Office. The composition currently being played is the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) from Garrel's worship service The Lord is in our Midst.