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a weekly publication of the Northeastern Minnesota Synod, ELCA 

                                                                                  week of April 14, 2013
In this Issue
Finance Corner
Malaria Sunday
Discipleship Workshops
Run for the Camps
2% Discount
Phone: 218.724.4424


Pastor Vicki Taylor -122

  Assistant to the Bishop

Catherine Anderson -124

  Youth Ministry 

Marilyn Hull -127


Kathy Wimer -126


Pastor Scott Jacob -125

  Dir. for Evang. Mission   Assistant to the Bishop


Concerns regarding flood relief in our synod

Pr. Karen Bockelman - 123
  Peddler of Hope




1105 E. Superior St.,

Upper Suite

Duluth, MN  55802


FAX: 218.724.4393  

Finance Corner
Synod bookkeeper, Kathy Wimer, reports that Congregational Mission Support budget to March 31 should be $200,833. The actual received is $196,540 for a difference of $4,293.

     This compares with $203,198 received during the same period last year, or a decrease of $6,659.

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World Hunger

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global links


Click here to read the April e-newsletter from ELCA Global Mission


row of candles Holding in Prayer
Each Wednesday the synod staff meets for prayer and devotions. This week we will be praying for the following leaders and congregations in our synod and invite you to do the
  •  First Lutheran Church in Hinckley
         and Pastor Delwayne Hahn
  • Pastor Paul Hammar, retired in Side Lake  
  • Trinity Lutheran Church in Princeton
         and Pastor Marty Hancer and Pastor Chris Manisto
  • Elim Lutheran Church in Duluth
         and Pastor Jim Hagen
  • Victims of the April 15 bombing during the Boston Marathon
         and those who lost loved ones
Everything You Need to Know
About the Synod Assembly is now on the Web!
The Bulletin of Reports is now on the Web for reading, downloading and/or printing. If you need help in opening or printing these documents please call the synod office for assistance; 218.724.4424. Also an update was just sent to all rostered leaders and registered voting members to the Assembly with important information for attending the Assembly. Click here to view it.
A child dies from Malaria every 60 seconds
malaria campaign 

Our synod is helping in the fight against this treatable and preventable disease! In conjunction with the Northeastern Minnesota Synod Women of the ELCA, Sunday, April 21, 2013 has been appointed as Malaria Awareness Sunday.
          Many of our congregations, youth groups, Sunday schools and WELCA groups have already been working in the fight against malaria ... those efforts have been creative and amazing! 

          What are you doing in your congregation to highlight the ELCA Malaria Campaign? Special worship litanies, prayers, and worship resources are available - just click here! Also available on the ELCA website are free bulletin insert, offering envelopes, reproducible stories, facts about malaria, and much more. If you are looking for ideas to use in your congregation's malaria efforts, feel free to email Brenda Wagner at [email protected] for fundraising activities, Sunday school and youth group participation ideas and much more.

            And be sure to take pictures of your activities as your congregation joins the global fight against malaria. Email your best pictures and ideas to Brenda Wagner for a compilation of our synod's efforts!

           All congregations are encouraged to raise awareness and funds throughout the first part of 2013 culminating in our Malaria Awareness Sunday! Click here for information.  


Take the Next Step in the Discipleship Challenge! 



Practice Discipleship Workshops are a series of FREE workshops designed to start a deeper conversation on how we form faith in our changing culture. These workshops are for everyone: lay or rostered, volunteer or paid, and beyond the youth ministry circle! There are a variety of dates and workshop sessions offered this spring. There is no cost, but you are asked to pre-register so we know how many to prepare for. Click on the links below for more information!

Faith Formation in a Missional Age
April 11, 7:00-8:30pm: First Lutheran, Duluth
May 3, 10am - Noon: Zion Lutheran, Grand Rapids
May 4, 3:45 - 5:15pm: Zion Lutheran, Grand Rapids

A Theology of Accompaniment
May 3, 1:00-3:00pm: Zion Lutheran, Grand Rapids

In*cultur*ating the Gospel
May 4, 3:45 - 5:15pm: Zion Lutheran, Grand Rapids 
Synod Advocates for Immigration Reform
Bob and Darlene Munneke (far left)
at Summit this week

Aitkin residents, Pastor Bob and Darlene Munneke, participated in the Lutheran Immigration Leadership Summit in Washington DC on April 15-16. The Summit, organized by Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), brought together national Lutheran officials, synod Bishops and staff members, and advocates from throughout the nation.

            "There has never been a more critical time for the Lutheran leaders to engage with their elected officials in Washington," said LIRS President and CEO, Linda Hartke. "We count on their faith perspective, leadership and lived experiences to help guide the immigrant reform debate towards a humane and welcoming conclusion."

            After joining with the other participants in information gathering and strategy planning sessions, the Munnekes visited the offices of Representative Rick Nolan and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken to express support for comprehensive immigration reform. "We want to encourage reform that includes a safe and dignified way to enter the United States, protection from separation of families, a legal status for the undocumented who are already in the country, and a path to citizenship," reported the Munnekes.

            Pastor Bob and Darlene have been involved in immigration and refugee issues for a number of years, and presently serve as chair and secretary, respectively, of our synod Task Force on Immigration, Refugee, and Asylum Seekers Justice and is visitation pastor at First Lutheran in Aitkin. Anyone who would like more information about immigration reform is encouraged to call the Munnekes at 218.927.3615. 

First Annual Run for the Camps
5 K Run/Walk
Saturday, May 4; 6:30 a.m. start
Zion Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids  
$20 if pre-registered by April 22
$25 if registered after April 22

Click here for flyer and registration
Deadline approaching to earn 2% discount of $27,000!take it now 


The opportunity for all of us to earn a 2% discount on our 2012 ELCA health contributions ends April 30. Plan members and spouses with ELCA-primary health coverage, do your part by taking the confidential Mayo Clinic Health Assessment today!

       Remember, if we achieve 65% synod-wide health assessment participation by April 30, we'll all save 2% off the cost of our ELCA health contributions this year - a collective savings of $27,000. As of March 30, we are at 46.63%. This means we need 30 more participants to reach 65%

Click here to take the assessment today.

Learn more about the health assessment.



Lost & Found Concert

May 18; 6:30 pm at First Lutheran in Duluth

Michael Bridges and George Baum on guitar and keyboard make up this musical duo. They're extremely entertaining (funny!) and very rooted in the Christian faith. Contact Chad at [email protected] or 218-728-3668 with questions.

Individual: $5 in advance, $8 at the door
Families: $20 in advance, $30 at the door

Holden Village: On the Road 

Located in the Cascades of Washington State, Holden Village is a Lutheran retreat center known for its rich spirituality, wholesome food, intergenerational programs, and lavish hospitality. This summer, as Holden undergoes major renovation, the Village goes "on the road" to sites around the country. One of those sites is in our synod at Camp House in Brimson from June 23-28! Find out more at


Revitalizing Your Congregation:
Four Approaches in one Conference

April 11, 12 and 13, 2013

Edison Park Lutheran Church

     Engaging the Uninvolved;     Energizing the Unclaimed;
     Empowering the Unknown;    Enlisting the Unafraid

Keynote Presentations by: the Rev. Dr. Stephen Bouman, the Rev. Neal Boese, the Rev. Dr. William Steadman, and Dr. Ed Kruse. All presentations will be interactive on site and via webinar. Sponsored by Click here for registration info.


2013 Honduras Accompaniment Opportunities
You are invited to participate in our exciting companion synod ministry of accompaniment with our brothers and sisters of Iglesia Cristiana Luterana de Honduras. Please prayerfully consider how God may be calling you to participate in this significant ministry, whether through prayer (join our email update list), financial support, or participation as a member of a team traveling to Honduras.
October 15-23, 2013:
Cost of $1,500 includes air fare, lodging, meals and travel within Honduras
To register, send a deposit of $100 by Sept. 1 to Kathy Wimer at the Northeastern Minnesota Synod office (1105 E. Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802), indicating Honduras - October 2013 trip deposit on the memo line.
If you have any questions please contact Pastor Dave Mesner at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Duluth (218-525-1922; [email protected]).

Reformation Day in Wittenberg?!

Pastor Karen Bockelman will be leading a trip to Luther sites in Germany Oct. 28 - Nov. 7, 2013. The travel experience has been designed to anticipate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (in 2017) the people and places that have marked our Lutheran heritage, including Wittenberg (on Reformation Day), Torgau, Erfurt, Wartburg Castle, Buchenwald concentration camp, Leipzig, Dresden, and Berlin. For more info. contact Pastor Bockelman; [email protected] or 218-349-5863. Event flyer.