Northeastern Minnesota Synod
Online Reflections
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week of May 29, 2016  
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.
  • Lord of Life Lutheran, Baxter, and Pastor Steven Rye and Pastor Erika Nilsen
  • Gethsemane Lutheran, Virginia and Pastor Nathan Sager
  • Pastor Dorothy Sand, retired in Ely
  • Bethel Lutheran, Palisade, and Pastor William Sass
  • Immanuel Lutheran, Mora, and Pastor Del Schnaidt, Interim
Bishop Aitken's Reflections
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
On May 1st, 2016, Faith Lutheran Church in Duluth voted to deed their property to our synod. There are some title issues to work through as of yet. Faith Lutheran had been discerning their closure for some time and voted to close back in February. You already know that they graciously invited Gloria Dei Lutheran (whose Sanctuary was ruined by fire) to move in with them for worship. Leadership at Faith began to work with us, their synod, to find faithful use of the property down the road. I, along with others from the Synod Council, have been working with them during this process and we are deeply grateful for their pastor, Rev. Carolyn Mowchan who led them through this part of their congregational journey. We are grateful for the gospel proclamation in word and deed over the years and grateful again for the way in which they graciously have gifted our synod. Below is a link to my letter and the letter of the Synod Council. 

+Bishop Thomas M. Aitken
Northeastern Minnesota Synod, ELCA
Called Together in Christ

Called Forward Together in Christ
Evangelical Mission
Summertime is a good time for rest and relaxation ... and continuing education! Consider using some of your continuing education time and funds to attend a seminar, engage with colleagues, read some books, or do some planning for the academic year.
For rostered leaders looking for continuing education options, one great resource is nearby and all of their information is available online: Luther Seminary in Saint Paul. Among their many offerings this year, I am recommending this one: Rethinking Sunday Morning. Below is a description of the event and and online link to register. This event will help you have meaningful conversations around the topic of evangelical mission, and particularly how we can be agents of renewal in our own congregations.
Pastor John Dietz
Assistant to the Bishop
Director for Evangelical Mission

Please join us July 27-29 for Rethinking Sunday Morning!

For many, it's already happening. Whether Sunday morning finds them seated at work or at a coffee shop, in the bleachers or on a pew, they're already rethinking churchgoing. And perhaps you are, too.

But what is God up to in all of this? And to what more faithful future are Christian communities now being called? What are the practices of discipleship for a post-churchgoing world?

Join the conversation and discover the courage to ask some fresh questions and engage them more boldly. Speakers include Rich Melheim, Kathryn Schifferdecker, Theresa Cho and Rolf Jacobson.

Please visit us online to register and learn more. 

"It was helpful to see that our church is not struggling in the process alone. I felt it gave me license to think outside of the programming box towards the larger, most basic, central goal of any church work-to create missionaries for the world in a quickly changing cultural climate." -Past Rethinking participant

As you start planning for the 2016-2017 program year (and beyond!), make sure these dates for synod events are on your calendar!
Events for Youth:
November 18-19 or 19-20, 2016
Grades 6-9
March 3-5, 2017
Grades 9-12
June 22 - July 2, 2018
Grades 9-12
(Registration/Info meetings will be held spring 2017)
And there is still time to register for the EcoFaith Youth Camp!
June 26-30, 2016
Grades 9-12
Events for Adults who work with Youth:
January 20-23, 2017
Louisville, KY
February 11, 2017
Duluth, MN

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Online Reflections Editor

Anne Laechel

Online Reflections is a semi-weekly e-newsletter from the Northeastern Minnesota Synod.

Online Reflections Part 1 is published on Monday of each week and contains articles from Bishop Thomas Aitken, Synod Staff, and information from the ELCA.

Online Reflections Part 2 is published on Thursday of each week and contains late breaking news, information about events occurring in the congregations of the NE MN Synod, and job postings.

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