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week of November 20, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving!

Reformation 500 Kickoff!
The 500th Anniversary year is coming soon!

The Northeastern Minnesota Synod is hosting a Bishop's Convocation to commemorate this special anniversary year: on Saturday January 21st from 1:00-4:00 pm at Our Savior's in Hibbing and on Sunday January 22nd from 2:00-5:00 pm at First Lutheran in Aitkin.
We will offer several options for workshops (pick 2) and Bishop David Zellmer from the South Dakota Synod will speak about "How the Heck Did We Get to the Reformation?"

It promises to be a great time! The event is free and all are welcome. We do require registration to allow for the number of materials and refreshments needed. Please sign up at: or call the Synod office to register. 218.724.4424 x127
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Diapers are a critical need for families!

The LSS Family Supportive Housing program serves homeless families 18-24. These families often have young children and essential items like strollers, car seats and diapers can be a hardship. Diapers have become a critical need for families! We welcome donations of all diapers - generic and name brand. Especially looking for sizes 1, 3, 5 and toddler pull up. Diaper wipes would also be appreciated!

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.
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.

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.

Annual Christmas Bazaar - Kenwood Lutheran, Duluth
Kenwood Lutheran Church will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 3, 9AM-2PM. There will be a quilt raffle, cookies, lefse, Krumkake, crafts, books, and a lunch will be served. 2720 Myers Ave., Duluth, MN 218-724-9291
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

 Annual Lutefisk/Meatball Dinner - Trinity Lutheran Church, Cook, MN
Saturday, December 3rd, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $6.00 for children under 10. Take-out meals available.

25th Annual Bethlehem Inn Dinner Theater - Oak Lake Lutheran Church, Kerrick
53131 Shadow Oak Road, Kerrick, MN 55756
December 3, 2016.  5:00 pm and 6:30 pm.  $10-adults, $5-12 and under. Ticket prices include Ham Dinner & Performance. For reservations call David & Sandra Koecher at

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.
Cookie Walk & Mini Bazaar Fundraiser - First Lutheran, Brainerd
First Lutheran Church in Brainerd is hosting an annual Cookie Walk and Mini Bazaar Fundraiser on December 10th from 10 am to 2 pm. The Cookie Walk features dozens and dozens of different homemade Christmas cookies to choose from as well as all sorts of candy and specialty treats. The First Lutheran Youth will be making lefse for sale that day also. A soup and bread lunch will be served from 10:30 until 1:30pm. All proceeds from the event benefit local and world hunger organizations. First Lutheran Church in Brainerd is located in beautiful downtown Brainerd at 424 South 8th Street. Sale will be held in the Koinonia Hall located off the Norwood Street entrance. - For more information, please contact First Lutheran Church, 218-829-9552 or email at [email protected]. Information can also be found on the church Facebook page.

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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