Northeastern Minnesota Synod
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week of June 19, 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.


The NE MN Synodical Women's Organization held their 29th Annual Convention/Gathering at Ruttger's Sugar Lake Lodge just outside of Grand Rapids 6/9-6/10, 2016. Ms. Robin Maxwell Pestalozzi from LSSMN, presented several workshops on LSS Church Partnerships Resources and an update on the Center for Changing Lives, Duluth.
In 2015, there were 19.5 million refugees in the world. The United States resettled 1/2 of 1% of all refugees which amounted to 85,000 people in 2015. The amount of refugees admitted per year is a decision made by the President in consultation with Congress. Refugees go through an intensive government screening and security clearance process. Refugee status requests go out to 9 national organizations to determine placements. LIRS (Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Services) who partners with LSSMN, is one of those 9 agencies.

Other important information shared in the workshop in addition to the immigration work LSS is involved with revolved around the 7-week study and discussion guide "My Neighbor is Muslim." Designed by LSS in partnership with Dr Todd Green at Luther College, Imam Hassan Ali Mohamud with the Islamic Dawah Center in St. Paul and faculty of Luther Seminary, the intent is to provide an introduction to Islam, dispel stereotypes and myths, promote cultural understanding and encourage interfaith dialogue. Muslims make up approximately 1% of MN's population, or 16th in the nation. Several of our congregations have used this study and found it to be informational as well as helpful.
A free download is available at:

The Center for Changing Lives shared exciting news that an anonymous donor gift of $500,000 was received for the building project which has now met its goal to break ground. This leaves $250,000 needing to be raised for the Center's Sustainability Fund. If you would like more info regarding this important project, contact [email protected]
Ms. Maxwell-Pestalozzi thanked the NE MN Synodical Women of the ELCA as well as the NE MN Synod's congregations who participated in making this happen. Thank you to our congregations who together gave a total $100,000 for the Center for Changing Lives!
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
    - Caulking, Finishing Bunk Beds and floor transitions
    - Finishing the Bathrooms
    - General Clean Up
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 Walls
    - 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
*  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

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.

"Viva la Justicia"- Witness for Peace summer fundraiser, July 28th - 
The annual Witness for Peace fundraiser will be held this year on Thursday evening, July 28th, at the Red Herring Lounge, 208 E. First St., Duluth. From 6:30 - 8:30 pm there will be light refreshments and a cash bar available, along with music, presentations about Witness for Peace with a focus on our work in Honduras, a display of art produced by local artists inspired by the movement for eco-justice and indigenous land rights in Honduras, and a silent auction. Donations to support WFP's work with our partners in Latin America are gratefully appreciated. - After 8:30 pm, there will be a concert performance by the popular local music group "Chase Down Blue," with a cover charge for those coming only for the concert. Please come and support the work of Witness for Peace as we celebrate the struggle for justice and human rights in the Americas. - For more information, contact Lyn Clark Pegg at [email protected]

Employment Opportunities

Director of Youth, Families & Christian Education
Faith Lutheran Church in Staples, Minnesota is seeking a full time position as Director of Youth, Families and Christian Education. The position includes coordinating high school, middle school (including participation in Confirmation) and elementary school groups and vacation Bible school and Sunday school as well as providing intergenerational opportunities for the entire congregation. It is desired that the applicant be prepared to take initiative, become involved in sharing the faith with youth and their families at church, school and in the community, and be a vital participant in the life of the congregation. Support and mentoring will be available for a person filling this position. For a complete job description and application form you may contact our church office at: Faith Lutheran main office (218-894-1546); [email protected]. For other question or more information about the job and compensation, please contact: Joyce Anderson (218-894-1574); [email protected]

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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