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week of May 15, 2016  
Women of the ELCA Summer Gathering/ Convention

Thursday, June 9 & Friday, June 10
Sugar Lake Lodge, Grand Rapids, MN
An invitation to all Women of the NE MN Synod of the ELCA to "Live in the Spirit"!
Our Keynote Speaker (Friday) will be Alison Feigh, who serves as the program coordinator at the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, a program of the National Child Protection Training Center. Influenced at an early age by the abduction of classmate Jacob Wetterling, she became an avid spokesperson on issues of personal safety. Alison has been tackling the problem of missing and exploited children for over a decade-providing education and support to families and communities.
Thursday workshops include timely topics such as "Refugee Resettlement", the new LSS bible study "My Neighbor is Muslim", "Grief", and "Life, Humor, Motherhood, Personal Development and Spirituality".

New this year - You must register separately for the Gathering and Housing/Meals. Please make sure to complete and submit both forms to the appropriate person(s).

Registrations postmarked after May 13th must include a $10 late fee.

+Bishop's Visitation to Confirmation Students
Bishop Aitken continues to invite you to do a Visitation/ Teaching/Anointing on a Wednesday night (or whenever you meet) for your Confirmation Class. He encourages parents to come that night as well so he can meet them and include them in the teaching time. Pastors and Confirmation teachers are welcome of course to be there, but he will teach about Christian Vocation, the role of the Christian in our world, our call in Christ and end with Communion and Commissioning for service with Anointing oil from Palestine. It's best to gather a cluster of congregations for this - that has worked well in the past.
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Luther Crest Bible Camp Needs Your Help!
You're invited to help build the cabins!  Each Tuesday - Saturday beginning May 17!
Interior & Exterior Work on Cabin 1 
What to Bring and Who Should Come?
*  Excitement!  Skill!  Desire to Work and Learn!
*  Youth Accompanied by adults - great inter-generational event!
*  Women and Men, Young and Old
*  Lunch is provided along with snacks, water and coffee      
   throughout the day
What Time?
Tuesday - Saturdays - 8 am - 4:30 pm - With the Mission Builders of the ELCA - Times can be adjusted based on your schedules - Evenings, Sundays and Mondays - Make Appointment with Troy and Dave
Please Call Dave or Troy - 320.846.2431 or email [email protected] or [email protected]!
Let us know you are coming!

School for Lay Ministry/Life-Long Learning at Luther Seminary - June 27-30, 2016
*  Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam w/ Mark Granquist
*  Come and See:  Discipleship According to the Gospel of 
    John w/Karoline Lewis
*  Martin Luther: A Grand Assortment of Insights - Part 1, 
Lectures include:
The Holy Spirit and Luther w/Lois Malcolm
Luther and Political Power w/Gary Simpson
Luther-Worship Disrupts Theology!
Tuition: $100 - Course begins on Monday 1:00 pm and concludes on Thursday 11:00 am.
For more detailed information or to register, visit or call 651-641-3416.
You do not need to be a current student in the Northeastern MN Synod's School of Lay Ministry program to participate in these Life-Long Learning classes.

"My Neighbor is Muslim"

Dear Minnesota Lutheran Pastor,
Here at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, we have been inspired by churches, community groups and secular organizations who have embraced the opportunity to build relationships and learn more about their Muslim neighbors. Because of courageous church leaders, the "My Neighbor is Muslim" small group study is now being used all over the country!

"My Neighbor is Muslim" has served as a beginning educational resource, but there is more to be done. In response to Christ's command to love our neighbors, we encourage you to consider engaging with your Muslim neighbors by following the links below:
We have also discovered a need for educational resources for young people in faith communities. In recent months, incidents of bullying based upon religious grounds has increased in schools throughout the country. We need strong messages of acceptance and Christ-like love to counter hate and discrimination in our communities.
We are so pleased to introduce a lesson plan and activity guide for youth directors and confirmation leaders called "Loving Our Muslim Neighbors," authored by Sarah Kretschmann of our Church Partnerships and Philanthropy Department. The curriculum is available for FREE download. The lesson plan includes education about Islam as well as an activity guide for a service project and a mosque visit. We encourage you to share it with youth leaders in your church!
We thank you for your heart for your neighbor, and we look forward to launching another resource discussing racial equity in time for your fall adult education. Thank you.
Jodi Harpstead
CEO of Lutheran Social Service of MN
Events Around the Synod

We have recently changed the policy regarding the inclusion of congregational fundraising events in the Online Reflections. If you would like to have your event included, please send a brief press release, including the Who, What, Where, When & Why of your event, in an email to [email protected] No PDF flyers please
. Only the text information will be included.

Kenwood Lutheran, Duluth - May 26, 2016
Kenwood Lutheran Grill-N-Thing - Kenwood Lutheran will host a Grill-N-Thing Thursday, May 26th. We'll be serving up either a hot dog or hamburger supper, with all the fixin's! Just $6.00 per person, or a family of four for $20.00. We'll start at 5:30 and go until 7:00 p.m. Kenwood Lutheran is located at 2720 Myers Ave in Duluth.
Employment Opportunities

Youth Ministry Position/Internship
French River Lutheran Church
Part-time: 5 hours per week plus Retreats and Events (Salaried Position) - 218-525-5659 - 5310 Ryan Road, Duluth MN 55804 - (10 miles from the UMD Campus, up the North Shore) - For more info and to apply, contact Pastor Greg Anderson - Cell: 218-234-7217;Home: 218-525-1034; [email protected]
Possible Position Highlights: * Building relationships with Jr. High and Sr. High Youth * Building leadership skills in youth * Developing music skills in youth * Developing and building a student leadership and service team * Teaching Peer Ministry skills * Fun events! * Small Groups and Bible Studies * Teaching Creation Care and possible outdoors ministry * Working with and being trained by a Pastor with over 25 years of experience * Having lots of fun!!! Do not apply without a great sense of humor!
French River Lutheran Church
Full-time - 218-525-5659 - 5310 Ryan Road, Duluth MN 55804
We are seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic person to be on our music/worship team at our rural church on the beautiful North Shore of Lake Superior. Our liturgy comes mainly from the ELW, and our organ is a Viscount Prestige Series with Genesis technology G505-505. Some opportunities include assisting the adult choir with rehearsal Wednesday evenings September through May,  providing accompaniment with children during programs and with special guest musicians, priority given for services provided at weddings and funerals, and flexible scheduling with back-up for time off. Please contact the church office for a complete job description and application.

Director of Faith Formation
Faith Lutheran and Journey in Faith, a two campus church, is seeking a full-time leader to join its staff as the Director of Faith Formation ministry program. This person will provide leadership and support to its well-established and highly successful program whose focus is on families and children from birth to senior high. Successful candidate will be grounded in ELCA Lutheran faith and theology; have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience; have knowledge of and experience with Faith Inkubators systems; ability to plan, organize and administer effectively and efficiently; and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. To apply please send cover letter and resume to David Hove, Parish Administrator, at [email protected] Applications will be taken until June 1.
Contact: David Hove, Parish Administrator, at [email protected] for full position description and/or have question.

Region 3 Camping Network Coordinator
What is the mission of the Region III Camping Network?
The mission of the Region III Camping Network is to support outdoor ministry professionals in Region III and its nine synods, and to serve the people and congregations working with them.
What is the role of the Region III Coordinator?
The purpose of the Region III Network Coordinator is to further the mission of Region III camping by providing logistic support for current and future actions.
Interested? Visit the Region III website to see the job description: Region III Coordinator Job Description.

Music & Worship Director
Full-Time Music and Worship Director wanted for Zion Lutheran Church of Grand Rapids. Searching for candidates with music degree and training/experience in pipe organ, piano, conducting and music writing software programs. Can you 'play well with others,' and enhance our faith journeys through exceptional music and worship experiences? Zion offers a competitive salary and benefits package. For position description and application information, contact Pastor Paul Leslie - [email protected]. May 23, 2016 application deadline.
Shepherds Wanted
Ever thought about serving those who serve?  The US Navy is looking for exceptional men and women for full time (active duty) or part time (reserve duty) in the Navy Chaplain Corps.  Training, travel, and mentoring provided, along with outstanding military benefits.  Navy Chaplains not only serve the sailors of the US Navy, but also the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard.  This is a rewarding mission, as the fields are white with harvest.  With max age recently changed to 58, you may now be eligible to apply. Sound interesting?  Then we should talk.   Call, text, or email at the contact info below, with no obligation or hard sell. LT Dayton Nelson, Officer Recruiting, US Navy 
5905 34th Ave S. - Minneapolis, MN 55450
[email protected] - Cell: 612-749-1545
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