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week of August 16, 2015 
Prayer Petitions

Each Wednesday morning the synod staff meets for devotions and prays for the congregations and people of our synod. You are invited to join us.
  • St. Andrew's Lutheran, Grand Rapids, and Pastor David Anderson and Pastor Megan Crouch
  • Zion Lutheran Church, Duluth, and Pastor Judy Anderson-Bauer, Interim and Pastor John Reppe, retired
  • Bear River Lutheran, Cook and Mrs. Gloria Anderson-Hegg, SAM
  • Our Savior's Lutheran, Duluth and Pastor Christine Anttila
New Assistant to the Bishop Installed

The Installation of AiM Brenda Tibbetts to the position of Assistant to the Bishop took place on Sunday, August 9th at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Virginia. Bishop Thomas Aitken preached, presided and officated at the installation along with a baptism.  Brenda had served as an AiM to Our Savior's for the past 14 1/2 years.

Macedonia: Stewardship Event


You are invited to the upcoming Macedonia Project workshops on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, October 11. This is a great opportunity for leaders to learn how to grow faithful stewards in their congregation and community. The workshop is free to everyone in the synod.


What: In his second letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul praises the spirit of the Macedonians. He talks about them being enriched in every way for great generosity producing thanksgiving to God.

The Macedonia Project will help you:

            + Embrace the spiritual principles of giving

            + Connect faith with Christ's call to mission

            + Invite people to grow toward a tithe

            + Grow regular giving in your congregation

Find out more about the Macedonia Project at:

For more information about these events, click here.


Initial Session 1

Where: Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Hibbing

When: Saturday, September 12; 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Follow-up Session 2

Where: Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo

When: Sunday, October 11; 1:30 - 5:30 pm


Who: Pastors, AiMs, SAMs, Treasurers, Finance Committee Members (at least two people from each church are encouraged to attend)


How: Register at or by clicking the link below:


Eventbrite - Macedonia Project Workshops - Sept 12 & Oct 11

PV for Phebe - Solar August


Have you celebrated Solar Sunday? Share your photos and stories on our NE MN Synod Facebook Page.


Solar August has arrived, so consider having a conversation with your friends and family about how you will be joining in the celebration of this life-giving and life-saving ministry next month! Are you a Thrivent Financial customer? You can direct your Thrivent Choice dollars to RREAL to support Phebe! Check out for more information on this giving opportunity. Have you downloaded the Solar August Giving Calendar yet? Find this fun way to give (and think) a little every day of August and raise up to $50 for renewable energy at Phebe on the Resources page at Or take the Killowatt Challenge! Powering Phebe costs roughly $0.66 per kW/hr. The PV for Phebe project aims to reduce that by 1/3. Consider challenging others to donate $66 to power for Phebe for 100 hours - or match their August electric bill! 


P.S. Let your pastor know that additional texts and hymns are now available online on the Resources page at to help with worship service planning for the entire month of August!


Taylor Stevenson

RREAL Program Development Specialist

Marriage Retreat

August 30 - September 1

Clearwater Forest, Brainerd Lakes Area

Cost: $200/couple rostered in NE MN Synod; $300/couple for non-rostered participants

Presenter: Pastor Ron Hunt

brochure available on synod website:


Jesus' Teachings on Love

August 22 - 9:00 am - 7:00 p.m.

Click here for more information

Fall Theological Conference


"Living in the Promise of the Holy Spirit"

September 27-29, 2015

Ruttger's Sugar Lake Lodge


Registration materials will be mailed to rostered leaders and posted on the synod website this summer:

Speaker: Lois MalcolmProfessor of Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary

Youth Ministry Information

The 2015 Fall Resource Packet for synod youth ministry events will be mailed to congregations early this week. Click here to download the contents now!
Post-ELCA Youth Gathering video links and resources are available at Find links for follow-up Bible studies, PowerPoint templates, Proclaim Story Curriculum, mass gathering videos and more. These resources are free and can be easily tweaked to use with youth and adults who were not on the Synod Journey/ELCA Youth Gathering!

Middle School Gathering:
November 20-21 OR 21-22, 2015
Grades 6-9: Cragun's Resort, Brainerd

Cardia Deo: March 4-6, 2016
Grades 9-12: Big Sandy Camp, McGregor
Why Are Our Health Care Costs Going Up?

Join us for a webinar, Aug. 28, 10:30 - 11 a.m. (Central Time), to see what drives ELCA health contribution rates, such as market trends and our collective use of care. Invite other decision-makers to attend, too
Friday, August 28, 2015

Duration: 30 minutes
Description: Join Portico Benefit Services for a look at what drives ELCA health contribution rates, such as market trends and our faith community's use of care. This live, 30-minute webinar will include an opportunity to ask questions. Organizational decision-makers are invited to attend, such as congregation presidents, treasurers, senior pastors, or others who help shape their ministry's budget.
Click here for more information:

Bulletin Board
The Music of Forgiveness Concert
Wednesday, August 19th - 6:30 p.m.
Our Savior's Lutheran, Virginia, MN

AGAPE Rise Up Together Tour 2015
When: Sunday August 30, 5-8 PM
Where: Milaca, MN Rec Park (Trinity Lutheran Church in case of rain.)
Admission $3 per person or Offering from Group. Benefits World Hunger and Mission Trips - Sophie Bauer Opening, Concessions to support Trinity Guatemala Mission 2016, Offering for World Hunger. - Supported by Thrivent Financial

Two Faith Inkubator Events in One Weekend!
Life-Long Cross+Gen Faith Formation
Holding Your Family Together
With Speaker Rich Melheim
October 23-24, 2015
Grace Lutheran Church, Hermantown Friday evening begins with a visioning session for pastors, key leaders and spouses. Saturday morning. The training sessions listed above will be held Saturday. A free Family Comedy Event will be held Saturday night.
Sponsored by Grace Lutheran Church, in partnership with Thrivent Financial and the Lake Superior Conference.
Overview Flyer and Paper Registration
Online Registration
Contact Pastor Phil Berge for more information.

Director of Music Ministry
Messiah Lutheran Church, Mt. Iron, is looking to hire a part-time Director of Music Ministry to direct and recruit the vocal choir (currently 11 voices), plan music for performance in worship and special events, and foster the participation of student musicians, including Messiah's new youth-initiated hand bell choir, the Bell Fire. The Director of Music Ministry will work with musicians of all ages and levels and in cooperation with the pastor and principal accompanist. Starting salary range: $4,500 - $6,000 based on education and experience.
For more details, contact [email protected], or call the church office at 741-7057 (Monday - Wednesday, 9:00-4:00p.m., Thursday 9:00 - noon.

LSS Center for Changing Lives/Northshore Inline Partnership 
Each night, 120 young people in the Northland have no place to call home. LSS is developing the Center for Changing Lives in Duluth which will create new transitional and permanent housing for young people, as well as bring together many of LSS' at-risk youth programs in the area under one roof.
Create or join an LSS team for the Northshore Inline Marathon (September 19th) and raise funds for the Center for Changing Lives! Team members may participate in any of the Inline Marathon, Wheels off half marathon (running event) or Tunnel 10k (running event). Inline skating clinics will be offered across the Twin Ports area for participants who are interested in learning how to skate or whom need skates.
Questions? Contact Robin Maxwell at 218.302.6837 or
Save the date! RECHARGE is coming to Duluth!
Mark your calendars for Saturday, January 16, 2016! RECHARGE is a one-day multi-denominational conference aimed to inspire and equip church staff and their volunteers for ministry with children, youth and families. The NE MN Synod is excited to partner with Youth Leadership to bring this premiere training event to our area! More information will be posted this summer at

2016 Synod Assembly
April 29 - May 1, 2016 at Breezy Point Resort  

SAVE THE DATE: God's Work. Our Hands
Save the date and celebrate! On Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will again have the opportunity to gather together for "God's work. Our hands." Sunday and celebrate who we are as the ELCA - one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. Visit for more information
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Brenda Tibbetts, AiM - 122

  Assistant to the Bishop

Pastor John Dietz - 125

   Director for Evangelical Mission

   Assistant to the Bishop


   Youth Ministry 





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