Northeastern Minnesota Synod
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week of January 29, 2017
Prayer Petitions 

Each Wednesday morning the synod staff meets for devotions and prays for the congregations and people of our synod. You are invited to join us.

  • Spirit of God Lutheran, Duluth
  • Trinity Lutheran, Duluth
  • Pastor John Hanson, retired
  • Pastor Debra Hanson-Carlson
  • Pastor Catherine Hedmark
  • Pastor Alan Hendrickson, retired
Reformation, Transformation and Re-Formation
Reflections from Deacon Brenda Tibbetts, Assistant to the Bishop
"For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery...For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" - Galatians 5:1, 13-14
Reformation: This is the year we observe the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. It is also the year we are embarking into unchartered waters with the Inauguration of a new president. Bishop Tom asked us to reflect on the Reformation and what it means to us personally to follow Christ from an ELCA Lutheran perspective.

Many of us took advantage to travel to the Minneapolis Institute of Art where we had the opportunity to see up close and first hand artwork as well as many other pieces of clothing, furniture, relics etc. from the Reformation period. Actual letters written by Martin Luther, choir books written in beautiful script, amazing craftsmanship brought to life the medieval rhythm of daily life both in and outside of the church. Great economic and great educational gaps between wealthy landowners and peasantry certainly formed a volatile backdrop for reform.
Freedom was no longer just a privilege of the wealthy, educated and titled aristocracy. The dawning of the age of the printing press coupled with Luther's reforms, changed the world.

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Ministry Recharge! - February 11, 2017

LYO Board Applications Due - February 15, 2017

Cardia Deo Retreat - March 3-5, 2017

Discipleship Challenge

School of Lay Ministry

Plans are now set for the March School of Lay Ministry course at Luther Seminary.
The next session is scheduled for Mon., Mar. 6-Tues., Mar. 7, 2017. These sessions are open to anyone interested in Life-Long Learning.
Tuition is $70.
Topics are: 
* Learning to Pray with Martin Luther: Martin Luther changed both the theology and practice of prayer in the sixteenth century. This course will examine Luther's teaching on prayer, examining a broad range of writings and thinking about their implications for today.  Presenters are Steve Bonesho and Mary Jane Haemig. 
* Developing Intercultural Competence: The Impact of Lay Leaders in the Church: Building "Beloved Community" among persons who are culturally and racially different continues to be challenging in church. This set of class sessions will examine how developing intercultural competence utilizing a prescriptive set of tools can yield effective outcomes that support lay ministries in an ever-changing church community; Presenter- Richard Webb.


Bishop Aitken
Bible and Brew Study Retreats
Believing and Having Faith
Bishop Aitken is open to leading a Bible and Faith Study for men's, women's or mixed men and women's Retreats around the theme Belief and Faith. He uses the Gospels as well as other Biblical texts around the meanings of trust, fidelity, faith and believing. You could arrange with one of our Camps (where he has done these already) or at a location of your choosing. He presents a Biblical understanding of what faith and belief really are, and in particular, as a Lutheran Christian.
You may contact the synod office to make arrangements with him.
+Bishop Thomas M. Aitken
Northeastern Minnesota Synod, ELCA
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Online Reflections Editor

Anne Laechel

Online Reflections is a semi-weekly e-newsletter from the Northeastern Minnesota Synod.

Online Reflections Part 1 is published on Monday of each week and contains articles from Bishop Thomas Aitken, Synod Staff, and information from the ELCA.

Online Reflections Part 2 is published on Thursday of each week and contains late breaking news, information about events occurring in the congregations of the NE MN Synod, and job postings.

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