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week of September 11, 2016
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Strong Center Open Door: Engaging Lutheran Worship Today

In this 10th anniversary year of the publication of "Evangelical Lutheran Worship," you are invited to attend an event focusing on Lutheran worship in our current context. Pastors, musicians, lay leaders, and worship committees: whether you have extensive experience with ELW, are exploring it for the first time, or use other materials for your community's worship, you will find a place at these gatherings. We will open anew the gifts of God at the strong center of worship in word and sacrament. We will explore how to open more widely the doors that welcome the world to these gifts and the doors that send us with these gifts into God's beloved and needy world.
The nearest event will be held October 14-15, 2016 at Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester, Minnesota. Click here for the schedule and detailed description of the program.
Registration for this event is only $40.00 per person (includes lunches) or $100.00 max per congregation. Participants will be responsible for their own hotel accommodations and other meals.
Events will include:
  • Introduction - for those engaging ELW for the first time.
  • Deeper Exploration - for those who know the treasures well, but long for renewed energy or a deeper understanding.
  • Newer Resources - for those interested in the many print and online resources in the ELW family that have been produced since 2006.
  • Foundations - for those who want to connect with the core principles of worship in the ELCA while engaging the culture, gifts, and practices of a local community.
  • Synodical Leadership - for those who want to offer ELW introductions and/or refreshers in their synod.
  • worship, singing, networking, creative brain-sailing, and more.
Presenters include:
  • Susan Briehl, a pastor, teacher and writer; Matt James, a member of the planning team for the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering and continues to serve as a leader for youth ministry events in the New England Synod; 
  • Daniel Schwandt, former cantor of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago; 
  • Kevin Strickland, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop and Executive for Worship of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; 
  • Scott Weidler, ELCA Program Director for Worship and Music. 
  • Click here to read more about the presenters. 
Bulletin Board
Politics in the Church
As we head into another hotly-contested election season, we tend to see a rise in questions about permissible versus impermissible political activities.  We have some helpful resources available through our resources page:

In addition, as always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Tom Cunniff
Associate General Counsel
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Bishop's Visitation to Confirmation Students and their parents

Bishop Aitken invites you to request him for a Bishop's Visitation to your Confirmation Class.  What works best for his schedule is to do these Visitations to clusters of congregations. He encourages parents to come that night as well so he can meet them and include them in the teaching time. He will teach the gospel, talk 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.
Does your congregation have a LSS Ambassador?
Lutheran Social Service of MN will host a meeting to kick off this LSS Ambassador year October 8th at First Lutheran Church in Duluth, from 10:00am-noon.
The purpose of our meeting will be to define the Ambassador role with continuing and new Ambassador members, as well as share LSS updates and hear from Ambassadors. We will take some time to look ahead into the next year to see what service projects/programs the group is interested in engaging their congregations to support and learn about.
With program needs in mind, we hope partnering congregations will participate in our diaper drive for the Crisis Nursery in November and December 2016. At our meeting we will come up with ideas for service projects for February-March. Our NE MN Youth Services luncheon will be May 11th, 2017. And, in June/July we will have a grand opening/service project focusing on the Center for Changing Lives, Duluth.
We would love for all NE MN Ambassadors to attend the October training, and we welcome a second or third Ambassador from each congregation to join us as well!
Please contact [email protected]org to RSVP, or by phone at 218-302-6837.
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.

RREAL Benefit- PV for Phebe
45,000 rural Liberians rely on Phebe Hospital for their healthcare. Phebe spends almost half a million dollars annually on diesel fuel for needed electricity. We can do better. PV for Phebe will use solar power to help meet the hospital's electricity needs with clean, renewable energy. Join us September 17th, from 5 to 8 pm at the Farm on St. Mathias (7579 St. Mathias Rd, Brainerd). Ticket options: sponsor a table-8 tickets $800; sponsor half a table-4tickets $400; individual dinner tickets $100. The evening includes: cash bar, corn maze, dinner, program and auction.  RSVP to [email protected] or click the link below to get tickets, buy raffle tickets or to simply make a donation.

Via de Cristo - Ultreya at Grace, Hermantown
Sunday, September 18, 2016 4 pm - 8 pm
Grace Lutheran Church, 5454 Miller Trunk Hwy, Hermantown, MN - Necessities: bring a dish to share, yellow book, songbook, name tag and cross. Come and experience this time to gather and worship. If you have not attended a Via de Cristo weekend, we encourage you to join us.

Our Savior's, Pequot Lakes Annual Lutefisk & Meatball Supper
Saturday, September 24th, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Traditional Dinner with Lefse and all the trimmings. Everyone is welcome and cordially invited. Adults: $15, Children 5-12: $6, Children 4 and under: Free. No Advance Sales. Our Savior's is located at Main and Brown Streets in Pequot Lakes, MN

Concerts with Hans Peterson
Saturday, September 24, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Elim Lutheran Church of Blackhoof
2077 County Rd 6, Barnum MN 55707
With a soothing voice like John Denver, driving acoustic guitar, and creative piano playing, Hans draws an audience in with honest story telling in his songs. Come and enjoy listening and singing along with singer/songwriter Hans Peterson. A free-will offering will be received.
Sunday, September 25, 9:00am
Elim Lutheran Church of Blackhoof
2077 County Rd 6, Barnum MN 55707
Hans will lead our Sunday worship, followed by a meet and greet during coffee hour.

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.

Bethany Lutheran, Cushing to host Chicken Dinner
The annual chicken dinner at Bethany Lutheran Church of Cushing will be Saturday, Oct. 1, with serving from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Dinner will include baked chicken with all the fixings, vegetables, beverages and dessert. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Bethany is located at 25430 Bison Road (County Road 11) just south of Highway 10 at Cushing.
Entertainment throughout the night will be provided by The Woodland Strings with folk, bluegrass and spiritual music in the church sanctuary.
"Grandma's Pantry" will be back this year, with the Women of Bethany bringing baked goods and many other items for sale. There will be raffle tickets also with prizes including the Grand Prize of an "Up North" 85 by 90 inch professionally quilted quilt, plus two walking sticks, a wooden stool with handle and many other prizes.

50 SHADES ON THE RANGE: Getting Excited about Mental Illness/Mental Health Diversity Informational Forum - Sunday, October 2nd. 1:30 p.m., Messiah Lutheran Church, Mountain Iron, MN
Did you know that one out of every one hundred people has schizophrenia or that three to five percent of all adults have depression? Chances are that you or someone you know has a mental illness. Oftentimes we don't know how to react or what to say to someone when they have a mental illness. The first step in helping others is with education and respectful listening, which lead to understanding and compassion. The guest speaker will be Sue Abderholden, Executive Director for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), Minnesota. The forum will also include a panel of people sharing their own experience of mental illness. The forum is sponsored by Messiah Lutheran Church's Health Ministry Team, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), Range Mental Health Center, Essentia Health, and S.A.F.E (Supporting Allies, Families, Friends + LGBTQ for Equality). This free two-hour event is open to everyone.  Come get excited along with us! Refreshments will be served. Messiah Lutheran Church, ELCA, is located south of Highway 169 on 8590 Enterprise Drive South in Mountain Iron.  For more information, call 218-741-7057.

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.
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