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week of December 4, 2016
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 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.

Scandinavian Christmas on the Shore & Old World Baked Goods - French River Lutheran, Duluth
5310 Ryan Rd., Duluth - December 10, 9AM-2PM
Fancy baked goods, demonstrations, music, lefse, artisans & crafters, raffle, gift baskets, pantry, glassware, candy...a one-stop Christmas shop! Swedish Smorgasbord11AM-1PM - Questions? 218.525.5659

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 from 5:00-8:00 PM. It is a 30-minute experience walking through the Biblical history of God sending his Son, Jesus Christ into the world and climaxing at the nativity.  Bring your family or bring a group! Bethlehem Lutheran Church (418 8th Avenue NE, Brainerd, MN - located across from Caribou Coffee in east Brainerd)
Please bring a non-perishable food item for the local Salvation Army or Warrior Way Food Shelf. - UPDATE - Although Bethlehem Lutheran in Brainerd typically holds CHRISTmas Journey outdoors, due to the inclement weather forecast for next week, the decision has been made to move the entire Journey indoors for everyone's safety. You are encouraged to bring a friend and visit between 5:00 and 8:00 PM on either Tuesday, December 13 or Wednesday, December 14. You will visit four different dramatic stations that retell the Christmas story.  Join us downstairs for chili and hot chocolate along with a host of Lutheran-baked Christmas cookies and bars.

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.

Longest Night Service - Bethesda Lutheran, Malmo
Bethesda Lutheran Church in Malmo will be holding a Longest Night - A Blue Christmas Evenings Prayers Service on Wednesday, December, 21 at 7:00 PM. While Advent is a season of hope and Christmas is a season of joy, not everyone feels hopeful or like celebrating. Grief, illness, aging, depression, loneliness, unemployment and loss are magnified. Even those who are not struggling with losses may feel the stress of preparations and expectations around Christmas time. A Longest Night/Blue Christmas service may provide a time and place of solace during the often-frenetic days surrounding the celebration of Christmas. We will come together seeking healing and room to share grief, sadness, loneliness, or confusion when these emotions often feel out of place during the holidays. December 21 is also the longest night, our winter solstice. On this darkest day of the year, we will come together seeking the return of light, hope and the joy of Christmas. There will be time for Fellowship and refreshments after the service.  All are welcome!

Reformation Bus Trip - January 6th
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.

Reformation Bus Trip - January 7th
In 2017 Lutherans all over the world celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  The Minneapolis Institute of Art has an exhibit Martin Luther, Art and the he Reformation from October 31, 2016 through January 15, 2017. The story of Martin Luther and the Reformation will be brought to life through artworks and historical objects, traveling outside Germany for the first time ever.   Tickets are going fast. Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is organizing a day trip to the MIA on Saturday, January 7, 2017. In order to get tickets, we need to know how many can commit to joining the group. Tickets for the show would cost $16 plus another $5 for audio, if desired. A round trip ride in a 52 passenger motor coach would cost $20. We are hoping to cover the cost of the bus by a grant. We are inviting other ELCA churches in the community to join us. If you are interested or want more information, contact Rosemary Guttormsson [email protected] or call her 218-728-4037.  She needs a commitment to get tickets by December 15. 

Lake Superior Conference Gathering
Friday, January 13 - Epiphany Service and Dinner, at Lakeshore. No Tuesday gathering.
6 PM - Epiphany Service of Lights Planning Team: Pr. Peter Kowitz and team. Please contact Pr. Peter ([email protected]) or Lyle with names of pastors or spouses who have been commended to God since the 2015 service.
7 PM - Epiphany Dinner: Lyle Northey ([email protected]) - Menu below. Reservations to Lyle after Christmas and by January 9th, 2017. Dinner Menu ($23/plate includes meal, tax and gratuity): Salad bar, Maple glazed pork loin, Chicken Marsala, Vegetable, Wild Rice pilaf, Assorted Rolls, Velvet Cake dessert, Vegetarian dish available

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

Director of Children & Family Ministry - Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa
Lutheran Church of the Cross (LCC), a vibrant congregation in the heart of the Brainerd Lakes area, is seeking a Director of Children and Family Ministry. The Director that we seek has a passion for Children's Ministry, experience in this area, education degree and is excited to be a part of dynamic staff and team that works with Children and Youth ministry. Our Director will be responsible for leadership, development, and implementation of ministry for the growing number of children and families at LCC, targeting children from birth to sixth grade and their families. Compensation rate for this position is commensurate with experience. This position is 32 hours a week.  If you have questions about this position please contact Pastor Kari Williamson (218-963-2564 or [email protected]) To apply for this position, submit a written letter of interest, together with a resume, no later than Friday, December 16, 2016, address to Pastor Kari Williamson at Lutheran of the Cross, P.O. Box 29, Nisswa, MN 56468. The position will remain open until filled.

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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