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week of November 13, 2016
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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.
Confirmation Visit Princeton MN
Confirmation Visit to Trinity in Princeton - Nov 9th

Confirmation Visit Princeton MN
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.
Events Around the Synod

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One Voice Mixed Chorus' Hand in Hand Tour Rolls Into Northeast Minnesota!
Who: One Voice Mixed Chorus: Minnesota's LGBTQA Community Chorus
What: One Voice, in conjunction with Minnesota Public Radio, is excited to announce that its 14th annual outreach tour, Hand in Hand, is making stops in Ely, Mountain Iron, and Duluth this November. This year's program includes selections from our upcoming winter concert, Out of the Shadows, a tribute to African-American artists and activists. We'll also share a sneak preview of our brand-new commission, The Man Behind the Dream, which tells the story of openly gay civil rights activist, Bayard Rustin.
Where: Ely, Mountain Iron, and Duluth, Minnesota
When: Friday, November 18 - Sunday, November 20, 2016
Tickets: Concerts are FREE and open to the public. Call 651.298.1954 or visit for more information.

Advent Spiral Service - Messiah Lutheran, Mountain Iron
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
An Ecumenical Advent Spiral Service will take place on November 30 at 6:30 p.m., the first Wednesday in the season of Advent. Hosted by Messiah Lutheran Church in Mountain Iron (8590 Enterprise Drive South on Highway 169), the Advent Spiral Service is a meditative service that invites children and adults alike into the mystery of this season in which darkness grows as we await the coming of the light. Music that evening will feature student musicians, Messiah's Bell Fire Choir, and musicians from the Messiah Choir. The event is free and open to all.
Christmas Bazaar. A "Touch of Scandinavia" - Bethesda Lutheran, Carlton, MN
204 Fifth St., Carlton, MN - December 3, 2016 - 9:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M. - Three meal selections: Sloppy Joes with Chips, Stew with Crackers, Corn Chowder; Bars and Rice Pudding with Raisins, Crispy Rosettes, Lefse, packaged, or "Hot" and ready to eat, Christmas Cookies and Candy, Baked and Canned goods, Craft table, "Next to New" Items, Victorian Christmas Ornaments

Lessons & Carols Festival 2016 - Gethsemane Lutheran, Virginia
Sunday, December 4th, at 6 pm, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Virginia. Begin your Christmas season with an evening of glorious music and scripture performed by local choirs and music groups, followed by Christmas Cookies, Coffee & Conversation for everyone in the fellowship hall.
Lutefisk/Meatball Dinner - Gethsemane Lutheran, Virginia
Tuesday, December 6th, 3:00 pm-7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are free.

Annual Lutefisk/Meatball Dinner - Grace Lutheran, Hermantown
Friday, December 9th, 4:00 pm-7:00 pm. Tickets are $14 for adults and $5 for children.
Superior Singers will be presenting their Christmas Cantata following the dinner in our Sanctuary at 7:00 pm.
Greece: In the Footsteps of Paul the Apostle - Gethsemane Lutheran, Virginia
Sep. 27-Oct. 7, 2017 - Next year, you are invited to join a handful of people from the Iron Range on a visit to Greece!  We will visit cities that Saint Paul visited, including: Athens, Corinth, Thessaloniki, Philippi, Ephesus (in Turkey) and the island of Crete. If you would like a brochure that details the trip, please ask Pastor Nathan Sager ([email protected], 218-741-4961).

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