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week of October 23, 2016
A Note from the Editor -
Contact Information Change
Due to upcoming changes in employment law, I will no longer be checking my [email protected] email address on evenings and/or weekends. Because I do the work of editing these Online Reflections during those off-hours, I have created a new email address to be used for correspondence that is not related to my primary job at Lord of Life Lutheran in Baxter.
Beginning immediately, please contact me at [email protected] with items related to the weekly Online Reflections, NE MN Synod Assembly and/or WELCA Summer Gathering.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Anne Laechel
Online Reflections Editor

Bulletin Board
New Study Available from LSS

LSS has just released a new study on racial equity called "And Who Is My Neighbor?". It is a 5-part study designed to help congregations begin intentional conversations about this topic.
The study is available for free download at
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.
Synod Creation Care Study Available
Earth Stewardship and the Missio Dei: Participating in the Care and Redemption of All God Has Madeis the title of Pastor David Carlson's Doctor of Ministry dissertation, which he defended at Luther Seminary in March 2016 and is making available to more readers. In it, he reports findings from a synod-wide survey and four congregational interviews and evaluates their earthkeeping practices and perceptions using eight conceptual lenses: (1) sustainability, (2) globalization, (3) global civil society, (4) nature as an active subject in scripture and liturgy, (5) biblical stewardship as participating in God's mission, (6) perichoresis as modeling reciprocal relationships with nature, (7) eschatological themes of redemption and reformation, and (8) sacramental imagination.
The church in general and Lutherans in particular are well-suited to help society address ecological needs and the problems of climate change, and congregations are ideal settings for modeling the kind of earth stewardship needed for a more sustainable world. This timely resource invites clergy and lay leaders to grow in understanding their local earth stewardship as a component of participating in God's mission, and take steps to integrate creation care practically in ministry areas of worship, education, congregational life, building and grounds, and community engagement.
Signed copies are available in paperback (243 pp.) for $10 payable to Pastor Carlson at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church office located at the synod office building, lower level, or at mailing address 219 N. 6thAve. E., Duluth, MN 55805. To ship in the U.S., add $4.

Join leaders from across this church for the Rostered Ministers Gathering - the first of its kind. This event will be an opportunity for all rostered ministers from across this church to assemble for worship, education and fellowship under the theme "On the Way...Together."
Two pre-events will allow time for federal chaplains and young rostered ministers (20s and 30s) to gather and network.
Registration will open on March 1, 2017. 
Please visit in the coming months for details, speakers and more.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].

Events Around the Synod

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.

Free Community Breakfast at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Duluth
A free community breakfast will be held on Saturday, October 29 from 9-11 am at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 4831 Grand Ave. Duluth. - Breakfast will include an egg bake, muffins, fruit, juice, coffee and milk. Participate in Wellness Activities: blood pressure check & cardio/strength handgrip analysis by Carol Marsh, DNP, APRN, CNP, who works at St. Luke's Cardiology Associates, Lake Superior College Nursing students. Age Well Arrowhead consultants will provide information to connect area seniors to services for healthier living. The event is sponsored by a Parish Nurse Medica Foundation Grant. Please bring a Food Shelf donation.

Scandinavian Food & Craft Festival, First Lutheran Church, Duluth, MN
Sat., October 29, 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
First Lutheran Church in Duluth (1100 E. Superior St.,) will be filled with wonderful fragrances, interesting demonstrations, delicious Scandinavian foods, baked goods, crafts, books, plants, wooden treasurers, jewelry and much more during the Scandinavian Food and Craft Festival on Saturday, October 29. Be sure to put this on your calendar and attend.
Book, Bake & Lefse Salem, Zion, Grand Rapids
Sat., Oct. 29, 10:00am-5:30pm, at Zion Lutheran in Grand Rapids. Browse for books of all kinds, buy baked goods and enjoy coffee or tea with treats at the Sidewalk Café. All proceeds for WELCA outreach programs.
Swedish Meatball & Lefse Dinner, Zion, Grand Rapids
Sat., Oct. 29, 4:00-6:30pm, at Zion Lutheran in Grand Rapids, Christian Life Center. Sponsored by the Zion churchmen. Tickets at the door-adults-$10, children under 12-$5, family-$25. All proceeds for Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry camperships and Camp Hiawatha work projects.

Swedish Meatball Dinner - Trinity, Duluth
Thurs. Nov. 3rd - 4:00-6:30 pm
Take-outs available - $10-Adults, $5-Children 10 & Under, Family of 4 - $30
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1108 East 8th Street, Duluth, MN

Women's Refresh:  An Overnight Retreat at Camp Onomia - Balance & Boundaries
Nov 4-5, 2016
Our annual women's retreat begins at 6 pm on Friday and runs through 4 pm on Saturday. Lodging will be in our year-round retreat center, double occupancy rooms with private bathrooms. Please bring your own bedding and toiletries. Cost: $60 one night, 2 meals Register Online at by Oct. 30th or mail your registration with name, address, phone number, fee, and email to Camp Onomia, 14202 Shakopee Lake Road, Onamia, MN 56359

Employment Opportunities

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Duluth, MN seeks a full-time custodian.  Successful candidates will be enthusiastic, energetic, detail oriented, and will support the mission and service of the church by providing professional assistance to staff, volunteers, and church members, and visitors. The custodian is responsible for providing and insuring overall cleanliness of the building and grounds, and maintaining safety and security. Responsibilities include janitorial work, grass cutting and snow removal, set up and take down, building and equipment maintenance, etc. Flexible schedule, including some weekend hours.  Apply in person or submit resume, [email protected] 1325 N. 45th Avenue East, Duluth, MN 55804 (218-525-1922). Deadline 10.28.16.

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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