Northeastern Minnesota Synod
Online Reflections
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week of November 6, 2016
Prayer Petitions 

Each Wednesday morning the synod staff meets for devotions and prays for the congregations and people of our synod. You are invited to join us.

  • St. Peter Lutheran, Canyon
  • Bethesda Lutheran, Carlton
  • Pastor Craig Carlson
  • Pastor Earl Carlson, retired
  • Pastor David Carlson
  • Pastor Bruce Carlson
Bishop Aitken's Reflection
Yesterday I teamed up to lead worship with Pastor Jeannie Megorden, at Bethel Lutheran, Little Falls. (Pastor Megorden is actually pastor to a 3 point Parish: Bethel/Little Falls, Immanuel/Hillman, and Bethany/Cushing). I preached on the All Saints texts, presided at the Eucharist, and shared fun stories, anecdotes, faith conversation and jokes with folks at the Pot Luck afterward. There was unmistakable hospitality and joy all around. I also thanked the members for their mission support of the wider ministries we do in our synod and around the world. Pastor Megorden led the liturgy and Children's sermon. I love her creativity and her sense of the larger church we live together in!
Bethel Lutheran folks are spirited and fun, and do an amazing outreach out of their love for God, their discipleship in Christ and the call to gracious servanthood. One thing In particular: They host a "Fare For All" which is a Food Service, not totally unlike Ruby's Pantry. Fare For All Express comes once a week and sells, for a very reduced amount, packages of fruits, vegetables and frozen meats. It helps hundreds of folks stretch their grocery dollar, and is open to everyone! Bethel members shared with me that joy that comes from serving our neighbor, just as Jesus, the prophets, the early disciples of Jesus, men and women, and Martin Luther spoke so clearly about.
Love God, Love your neighbor,
+Bishop Thomas M. Aitken
Northeastern Minnesota Synod, ELCA

Bishop Aitken
Bible and Brew Study Retreats
Believing and Having Faith
Bishop Aitken is open to leading a Bible and Faith Study for men's, women's or mixed men and women's Retreats around the theme Belief and Faith. He uses the Gospels as well as other Biblical texts around the meanings of trust, fidelity, faith and believing. You could arrange with one of our Camps (where he has done these already) or at a location of your choosing. He presents a Biblical understanding of what faith and belief really are, and in particular, as a Lutheran Christian.
You may contact the synod office to make arrangements with him.
+Bishop Thomas M. Aitken
Northeastern Minnesota Synod, ELCA
Middle School Gathering
November 18-19 OR 19-20, 2016
Cragun's Resort
Last day to register is TODAY, November 7th!
All group registration and/or additions must be postmarked November 7th - NO EXCEPTIONS!
The SATURDAY event (Nov. 19-20) is full, and registration is CLOSED for NEW GROUPS. If you are already registered for the Saturday event, you may make additions as space allows. Please contact Marilyn Hull at [email protected] before sending in additional registrations.
The FRIDAY event (Nov. 18-19) is still OPEN to new groups and additions if postmarked by November 7!
If you have registration questions regarding your Group Registration, Housing, Additions/Cancellations/Changes or Forms, please contact our Middle School Gathering Registrar Marilyn Hull at [email protected] or 218-724-4424, ext. 120. Email is preferred and will get you a quicker response!

For more information and to download registration forms, go to
Lunch and Learn: "Staying Focused in a Distracting World"
November 10, 11:45am - 1:15pm
Lakeview Covenant Church, Duluth
Come be encouraged and equipped by Tiger McLuen, one of the best youth ministry speakers and equippers in the nation! With over 40+ years of ministry in various settings, Tiger brings a unique perspective on changes in ministry, cultures, families and churches and offers practical tips and words of wisdom you can take home and immediately use. Cost is $10 and includes lunch. Click here for more information, or register today at

(Bonus! Those who attend this Lunch and Learn will receive a secret discount code that will allow you to register for the February 11th Recharge at the Super Early Bird rate after the deadline!!)
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Online Reflections Editor

Anne Laechel

Online Reflections is a semi-weekly e-newsletter from the Northeastern Minnesota Synod.

Online Reflections Part 1 is published on Monday of each week and contains articles from Bishop Thomas Aitken, Synod Staff, and information from the ELCA.

Online Reflections Part 2 is published on Thursday of each week and contains late breaking news, information about events occurring in the congregations of the NE MN Synod, and job postings.

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