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week of May 29, 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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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.

Peer Ministry Leadership Training Camp 
August 26-28th
Camp Vanasek, Baxter, MN

We will be trained by Lyle Griner of Peer Ministry Leadership.


Peer Ministry Training

A 12-hour training, plus four coaching sessions with a key leader, for adults responsible for equipping and supporting student leaders, plus key high school youth who help build enthusiasm and an infrastructure for continuing PML leadership groups. Plus one pre and three post coaching sessions.
  • KICKSTART pre-training - One-hour phone or Skype session. Remove yourself from being the middle-person, allowing others to hear and ask questions first hand. Get your team together! Your inside fan club, a few key adults and youth who want to know, and who will help others to be in the know! Our experience? Participation at trainings has gone way up.
  • TRACTION COACHING post-training. - Training continues in three phone or Skype sessions with key leader(s) spread over three to six months. This is your insurance that PML does not become another dusty three ring binder on a shelf! We will work on sharpening your training skills, plus help you put successful strategies together that fit your student leaders in your ministry plus, help you manage your new adult and youth leaders.
  • COST: $2,600 Share your training and the costs with one or more other churches! (Includes housing and food at Camp Vanasek) The more participants we have the less it works out to be per/person (25 participants = $160)
No lectures. No power points. No white boards. No smoke machines or laser lights. This is a face-to- face, learn-by-doing, skill-by-skill experience. You learn PML skills by entering into life and faith experiences with everyone in the room.
A circle of chairs, engaging exercises, working in pairs, a series of life sharing conversations as you use the skills you are learning, deepening faith, and yes... always fun.
We work through at least seven of the sessions in the curriculum. We also work on facilitating skills, planning, practical uses, and next steps for your ministry.
You and your adults who train and mentor high school Peer Ministry Leaders. Your key youth, who will leave excited, wanting to motivate others, ready to serve!
You can only teach what you live. People learn from people, modeling and mentoring these skills. That is why we work with adults and kids. The curriculum and training is amazing, but the real learning will come when you and your leaders live what you teach!
More information:
Events Around the Synod

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Earth Care Fair - June 18-19, 2016
Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa's "Earth Care Fair" will be held Saturday, June 18, 9am-3pm. The event is free and open to the public.  We feel that this is an opportunity to learn practical ideas and information to help all of us care for the Earth, our home. Sunday, June 19th, Dr. Barbara Rossing, professor at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and noted scholar on the Christian view of Earth care, will be our guest preacher at both services (8:15 and 10:30) and will be forum presenter at 9:30. Following the 10:30 service our newly installed solar panels will be dedicated.
Employment Opportunities

First Lutheran Church, Brainerd
Full-time (40 hrs/wk), Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Must be proficient in desktop publishing, interpersonal and organizational skills. Simple IRA at 3%, $13-$15/hour based on experience. Contact Pastor John Stiles for details ([email protected]) or visit

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.

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.
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