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week of November 27, 2016

On November 22, 2016, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant granted a preliminary injunction on the new overtime rules that were to take effect December 1, 2016.
U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III ruled in favor of the plaintiffs who argued that the new OT rules would have caused an increase in government costs in their states and would require businesses to pay millions in additional salaries.
Some business have argued that the new OT rules would have eventually led to staff reductions.
As of right now, the new law is currently on hold and will not go into law on December 1, 2016.
Learn about the current overtime laws in place and find out how this injunction will affect your church by visiting the Clergy Tax Law Blog.
Let's kickoff the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in style!

Mark your Calendars now: FREE EVENT!
Come One, Come All!

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.

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.

CHRISTmas Journey - Bethlehem Lutheran, Brainerd
We'd love to have you join us for CHRISTmas Journey. Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd invites you to CHRISTmas Journey at Bethlehem. CHRISTMAS Journey takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 13 and 14. The event is open from5:00-8:00 PM. It is a 30-minute outdoor experience walking through the Biblical history of God sending his Son, Jesus Christ into the world and climaxing at the nativity.  Afterward, come inside and warm up with chili, homemade cookies and a hot beverage. Bring your family or bring a group! Bethlehem Lutheran Church (418 8th Avenue NE, Brainerd, MN - located across from Caribou Coffee in east Brainerd)
This is an outdoor event; dress for the weather. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the local Salvation Army or Warrior Way Food Shelf.

O Antiphon's Worship Service - Duluth
Gloria Dei is co-planning a Lutheran-Catholic afternoon worship service to which you and your congregations are invited: Sunday, December 18, 3:00 p.m. at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 325 E 3rd Street in Duluth.
The seven "O" Antiphons from the beloved Advent hymn, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," form the structure of this service of Lessons and Carols for Advent. Each verse, originally written in Latin, evokes the Messiah under a different title derived from the Old Testament. Through verses, readings, anthems, and hymns, the service expands on each theme, highlighting Christ's salvation in various ways: O Sapientia (Wisdom), O Adonai (Lord of Might), O Radix Jesse (Root of Jesse), O Clavis David (Key of David), O Oriens (Dayspring), O Rex gentium (King of Nations), O Emmanuel (God with us).
Organists, choirs, and readers from both congregations will participate, and Fr. Peter Muhich and Pr. David Carlson will co-preside. A free-will offering will benefit Chum, and a light reception will follow.

Reformation Bus Trip
A one-day charter bus trip is being offered on Friday, January 6th to kick-off the 500th year of the Reformation.  The day will include a visit to the Minneapolis Institute of Art with a private tour of the exhibit "Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation."  A stop at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis will be next with a private organ/choir concert.  The day will finish up with the musical "Rise Up O Men" at the Plymouth Theater by the Church Basement Ladies.  The cost will be around $125 per person which includes the bus, tickets to all of the events, lunch at the MIA and a buffet dinner.  The bus will travel Hwy. 53 to Cloquet cut-off (Hwy. 33) and then on to I-35 so if you happen to live along the way, a pick-up site can be pre-arranged.  There are still about a dozen seats remaining.  Contact Bailey Conger at 218-666-2377 to reserve your spot.

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).

Employment Opportunities

Church Secretary - Our Savior's Lutheran, Duluth
Our Savior's Lutheran is accepting applications for church secretary. 15 hours per week at $12.50/hour. Contact Our Savior's at 218-624-3648 or send resume to [email protected]

Organist/Pianist - Zion Lutheran, Milaca
Zion Lutheran of Milaca is in search of a part time organist (pipe organ) and/or pianist (Kwai grand piano) to play every other Sunday alternating with our current organist/pianist. Contact Pastor Stephen Blenkush at 320-983-3368 for more information.
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