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week of January 22, 2017
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What Would Luther Do Today?
Join Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton in a FREE "Big Class" offered by ChurchNext
Have you ever wondered what Martin Luther would do if he were here today? Join Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and thousands of learners around the world in a free course where you will learn how to apply Luther's thoughts and writings to contemporary issues.
Offered by ChurchNext in partnership with Augsburg Fortress and United Lutheran Seminary, this course or "Big Class" provides a rich learning environment for those seeking to gain a better understanding of how Lutheranism might address current affairs.
The course opens January 16 and is free through January 30. Because you can watch the course anytime, it's perfect for individuals, as well as small and large groups. (Group resources are available here.)
Secure your spot and learn in community with those around the world and with Presiding Bishop Eaton how Martin Luther might deal with the pressing issues of today.


Update on Solar Panels, PV for Phebe Project!
(Jan 13, 2017)
Greetings! Please know a 40' hi-cube container with SOLAR PANELS is on-route to beautiful Liberia! With much praises to God, we celebrate this partnership with RREAL and the Women of the ELCA, who have been so faithful and generous in supporting the solar project at Phebe Hospital, and who have tirelessly worked hard to make this project and shipment a reality. Praise God!

Note: This shipment is the first half of the solar project. A second 40' container will be loaded in early January and will include the balance of the equipment. As with GHM (Global Health Ministries) shipments, we love to fill empty space and so we packed medical supplies around the crates of solar panels and inside the concrete forms. We pray this will prevent the load from shifting and any potential damage. Please know the 40' hi-cube container is purchased (SOC - Shipper Owned Container) and is included in the donation to the LCL. The 40' container is to be used as storage of the solar equipment until a team from RREAL arrives in March to assist with installation. You may need to rent a crane to offload the container at Phebe, and to prevent any damage to the solar panels inside. Please confirm if this is possible, and you can make arrangements before the container arrives.
In Christ,
Scott Lien
Director of Operations
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

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Annual Chili Feed - Our Savior's Lutheran, Duluth
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017-4:30-6:30 pm.
Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 4831 Grand Ave., Duluth, MN 218-624-3648
Come and enjoy a variety of chili, dessert and beverage Vote for your favorite chili. Individuals and/or groups are invited to enter their best tasting chili. The entry fee is $20.00 and must be submitted to the church office by Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. Please make approx. 3 crock pots of chili. Total prize money is dependent on the number of entrants. The best tasting chili will be determined by a vote of all people attending the event. Cost: A free will offering to benefit the local Food Shelf will be collected.

Employment Opportunities

Worship Accompanist - Grace Lutheran, McGregor
Grace Lutheran Church of Big Sandy, near McGregor, MN is looking for a worship accompanist for our 9:00 am service and other worship services throughout the church year. For more information, please contact Pastor Erika Foss at 218-426-3343 or

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 To apply for this position, submit a written letter of interest, together with a resume, addressed to Pastor Kari Williamson at Lutheran of the Cross, P.O. Box 29, Nisswa, MN 56468. The position will remain open until filled.
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