Northeastern Minnesota Synod
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week of June 12, 2016  
Synod Office Summer Hours

This summer the synod office will have amended hours to accommodate the overlap of staff vacations. Staff will still fulfill their designated hours June-August, however, the phone will be answered by voicemail, and the office will be closed to meetings and drop-in visits on Fridays.

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Choir Robes
Faith Lutheran, Duluth has 30 blue choir robes available for free. If interested, contact Kathy Wimer at [email protected] or 218-724-4424.

ELCA World Hunger
Fathers' Day is a good day to give a gift of a fish farm (or a share of the fish farm) to the wonderful Dads who would like to help someone in a third world country grow enough fish to provide healthy meals for themselves and for families in their community. Give through ELCA World Hunger.  Download the card to give to Dads.

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:

You're invited to help build the cabins at Luther Crest!

Cabin 1 Interior Work
    - Finish Mudding, Sanding and Preparing for Primer
    - Bathroom Poly Wall Board
    - General Clean Up and Floor Preparing
Cabin 1 Exterior Work
    - Soffit and Fascia
    - Siding - LP Smart Siding
MOVING ON TO CABIN 2!!!  Yes we are getting close to being done with Cabin 1!  Join us!
Cabin 2 Interior Work
    - Batt Insulation in Bathrooms and Interior Wals
    - Sheetrock Bathrooms
    - Pine Wall Coverings - Beautiful 1x8 Rough Sawn Pine
Cabin 2 Exterior Work
    - Ripping Rough Sawn Pine
    - Begin Siding, Soffit and Fascia
What to Bring
*  Excitement!  Skill!  Desire to Work and Learn!
*  Tool belt, small tools, measuring tool

What Time
*  Tuesday - Saturdays
o  8 am - 4:30 pm - With the Mission Builders of the ELCA
o  Times can be adjusted based on your schedules
*  Evenings, Sundays and Mondays - Make Appointment with      Troy and Dave

Who is Invite?
*  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
Please Call Dave or Troy - 320.846.2431 or
Let us know you are coming!
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.

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.

Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir - June 22, 2016
Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 6190 Fairview Rd, Baxter
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.
The 2016 Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir (MASLC) has been chosen and 39 high school students from around the state are getting ready for the experience of a lifetime! Don't miss this opportunity to hear this uplifting choral program and to say farewell to Dr. Tom Rossin on retiring after 26 years with MASLC. For more information and other concert locations, visit
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

High School Ministry Leader
St. Mark's Lutheran Church in North St. Paul, MN is looking for a High School Ministry Leader! This position encompasses leading a ministry of accompaniment, compassionate action, and faith formation with high school youth. You must be able to coordinate a year round ministry to foster an atmosphere of faith and learning with a diverse group of young people and dedicated adult leaders as well as collaborate with other staff on inter-generational events. Part-time-25 hours/week. For more information contact Pastor Ivy Huston at 
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Phone: 218.724.4424
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 Kathy Wimer - 126
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