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week of August 14, 2016
Life-Long Learning at Luther Seminary

Life-Long Learners from the Northeastern MN Synod gathered at Luther Seminary June 27-30 to participate in the wonderful Lay School sessions offered there. Of the 38 persons registered, sixteen were from the NE MN Synod! Always a favorite for us, Karoline Lewis presented, "Come and See: Discipleship According to the Gospel of John". Adult learners also enjoyed the other presenters and topics included: Mark Granquist w/"Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam"; Gary Simpson w/"Luther and Politics" and Lois Malcolm w/"Luther and the Holy Spirit."  Anyone interested in learning are welcome to register/attend these classes - you do not need to be an enrolled student in the School of Lay Ministry to come and learn!  
The Life-Long Learning session at Luther Sem will be Nov. 28-30. Topics include: "Congregational w/Dwight Zscheile; and "Martin Luther-A Grand Assortment of Insights: Luther's Understanding of Jesus Christ, Luther Around the World Today and Luther and Ordinary Life (vocation)" taught by Mary Jane Haemig, Guillermo Hansen and Steve Paulson. Tuition: $100.
For more detailed info, visit or call 651-641-3416.

Karoline Lewis

June 2016 Life-Long Learners

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October Honduras Trip Openings
There are still a few openings on the synod's October trip to our Companion Synod, the Honduras Lutheran Church. The trip will be October 11-20, 2016 and the cost is $1700 which includes airfare, lodging, and all meals in the country. The team will be hosting a Worship & Learning Workshop for the lay leaders of the Iglesia Cristiana Luterana de Honduras (ICLH), the Honduran Lutheran Church. The team will also visit the Lutheran Pre-Kindergarten in La Canada as well as visit congregations and accompany Honduran church leaders on home visits to parishioners. Knowledge of Spanish is not necessary as there will be translators with the group. For more information or an application, contact Pastor Dave Mesner at [email protected]. Our Honduran brothers and sisters are Spirit-filled and welcoming ... you are invited to walk together with them and the rest of the team in faith!
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.

Dave Anderson & Roger Walck at Lord of Life, Baxter
Mark your calendar for Sunday, August 21 at 6:00 p.m. That's when Dave Anderson and Roger Walck will be presenting a concert of gospel music at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 6190 Fairview Road, Baxter, MN. The program will include gospel songs, hymns, old Sunday School songs, some contemporary praise and worship music plus some of what Dave calls, "message songs". Dave will also tell The Rescue Story, the story of he and his wife Barb and five others surviving a plane crash in the Bering Sea. Visit This is an evening you will enjoy. Come, and invite your family, friends, and neighbors.

Fall Festival at First, Brainerd
First Lutheran Church of Brainerd is having a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 1, 5 -7 pm. Menu: Beef stew, homemade dinner rolls, coleslaw, apple crisp, ice cream and beverage. Entertainment by Shaffer's Lost 40 Blue Grass Band. There will be a silent auction, marketplace table and face painting. Tickets: $10.00/adults and $5.00/children 5-12. Nursery care will be provided. Proceeds will benefit ELCA World Hunger and Lutheran Social Services. Sponsored by Thrivent.
Employment Opportunities

NE MN Synod's School of Lay Ministry Coordinator
The Northeastern MN Synod's School of Lay Ministry Advisory Board is now accepting applications for the position of SLM Coordinator. Requirements: Must have completed the 2 year SLM program, good organizational & communication skills,work with the Advisory Board and attend 2 Advisory Board meetings, plan & host 2 yearly retreats, keep track of student progress & payments, order materials, promote & recruit students for the School of Lay Ministry at various Synod events. Modest stipend. Interested persons may send a Letter of Intent along with a resume to Brenda Tibbetts, Assistant to the Bishop, 1105 E. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802. Please include the date of completion of the SLM program. Deadline for applicants is August 31, 2016.

Youth and Family Minister
First Lutheran Church in Little Falls, MN is looking to fill a position for a full time Youth and Family Minister. The Youth and Family Minister of First Lutheran Church will develop and carry out ministries of faith formation for children, youth and families to live a life centered in Christ.The Youth and Family Minister will lead by example, work creatively and collaboratively, and provide dynamic leadership, vision and organization. Experience in youth ministry is preferred but not required. Previous experience in a similar role could apply. Intended start date is September 1, 2016. For more information, contact Pastor Jake Dyrhaug at [email protected]
or (320) 632-6667.

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]
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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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