Poehler Lecture on Faith and Learning

Prof. Tom Hanson will deliver the Poehler Lecture on Faith and Learning on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7 p.m. in Buetow Music Center Auditorium at Concordia University Saint Paul (300 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55104). His presentation is titled, "Labels and the death of free speech: What does this mean?"
During his more than 30 years of service to Concordia, Prof. Hanson has held positions as chair of the MBA program, Associate College Dean, and Dean of Enrollment Management, among others. He was instrumental in developing the University's first accelerated adult undergraduate and graduate business programs, and, as a certified Christian Reconciler, he has helped congregations and other church entities manage times of crisis.
This event is free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

Contact Information: https://www.csp.edu/event/2018-poehler-lecture-prof-tom-hanson/

Glimpses of Eternity: Icons in the Orthodox World

“Glimpses of Eternity: Icons in the Orthodox World” is an exhibit of icons and other religious objects gathered from Russian, Greek, Ethiopian, and Coptic religious traditions. These objects date from the 16th to the 20th Century. Through their imagery, icons open visible doorways to religious faith, the historic past, and the future glory of heaven. This exhibit is at the Perlman Teaching Museum in the Weitz Center on the campus of Carleton College in Northfield, MN. 

Icons are most commonly a painting of God, or a holy person or persons. Generally they are associated with the Orthodox branch of the Christian faith. Icons are religious objects rather than art objects. They have a unique place the private and public piety in the life of Orthodox Christians. They give a very visible dimension to the Christian faith. Because they are religious objects, most of the artists who crafted them are unknown. This exhibit gives a visual dimension to the Christian faith during the Lenten season.

Hours for the exhibit are Monday-Wednesday 11-6; Thursday-Friday 11-9; Saturday & Sunday Noon-4.

There is another exhibit entitled “Contemporary American Painting” which can also be viewed at the Perlman Teaching Museum in the Weitz Center. Both are free. These exhibits are on display through March 12.

Friday Fish Frys - Immanuel, Prior Lake

 Immanuel Lutheran Church, 20200 Fairlawn Ave, Prior Lake, MN is holding three Fish Frys this lenten season: February 16, March 2nd and March 23rd, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm. We offer three kinds of fish, a choice of potatoes, coleslaw, baked beans and Pastor P's homemade pie for dessert! $12 for Adults, $10 for Seniors 65+, $6 for kids 3-12, free for kids under 3. Take-outs available. All you can eat! Proceeds will support our middle school and high school youth.

Contact Information: For more information contact the church office at 952-492-6010 or go to our website - www.immanuel-fishlake.org.

Germany Tour December 2018

The Reformation continues! Join Immanuel and St. Paul Lutheran Churches of Blue Earth as we travel to Germany November 30-December 9, 2018. We will see many Luther sites in Wittenberg, Erfurt, Eisleben, Mansfeld, Coburg, and Heidelberg. Experience the Advent culture as you shop the Christmas markets of Berlin, Erfurt, and Heidelberg. Worship with our brothers and sisters in Christ at Trinity Lutheran Church in Berlin-Steiglitz. For more information and to sign up go to https://www.mattlorfeld.com/travel/.

Holy Land Trip January 2019

Rev. Dr. Peter and Kathy Meier (Center for U.S. Missions) and Rev. David and Cynthia Hormann (St. John, Winsted) are co-hosting a 10-Day Biblical Tour of Israel from January 25 to February 3, 2019. The tour will connect Biblical events (the ‘what’) to the places they occurred (the ‘where’). Pastor Meier and Pastor Hormann will also lead us in devotional Bible Studies at many of the sites we will visit. We will follow Jesus as His disciples, walking where He walked, and visiting sites of the prophets and kings of the Old Testament.

Some highlights include: The Galilee where we will visit Capernaum (Jesus’ base for His early ministry), Mt. of Beatitudes, Caeserea Philippi (where Peter confessed ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God’), Magdala, Megiddo and Mt. Carmel (where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal), Nazareth, Caeserea Maritima (where Peter proclaimed the Good News to the Roman Centurion). Descending to the Dead Sea, we visit Masada, Ein Gedi and Qumran. Also included is time at Bethsaida, the Jordan River, Gideon Springs and Beit Shean. We will visit Bethlehem and Christmas Lutheran Church to learn about their ministry. No trip is complete without visiting the city of Jerusalem, including the Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, the Jewish Quarter, Temple Mount, Pool of Bethesda, and many more sites.

For more information, you may view our brochure here, and the registration form here, or contact us at: peter.meier@cui.edu or revdaveh@gmail.com

Pastor Meier and Pastor Hormann will be hosting a Holy Land Open House and sharing an overview of the trip. Join them on Tuesday, March 13 at Mayer Lutheran High School beginning at 7 PM in classroom 304. Mayer Lutheran High School is located at 305 5th St. NE, Mayer. Please call Kathy Meier at (952) 994-7021 if you have any questions.

South Shore Trinity Hosts Joining Jesus On His Mission Event

Join us at a “Kick-the-Tires” Mission Conference on Saturday, February 17, hosted by South Shore Trinity in partnership with Greg Finke and Dwelling 1:14. This event is an effective way to advance the mission-conversation in your congregation, and is designed to be a low-risk way to introduce the congregation to missional living and advance the leadership's discussion about participation in the Missional Lifestyle Training Process (MLTP). When signing up at https://sstwbl.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/109849, please be sure to select “Guest from another Church” as this is also being offered primarily to the members of South Shore Trinity Lutheran Church. The cost is $10, which includes lunch and other refreshments. An optional discounted-rate copy of Greg Finke’s book “Joining Jesus on His Mission” can also be purchased when signing up and paying online. For more information, please check out https://dwelling114.org/kick-the-tires-conference/or http://sstwbl.org/joiningjesus/

Forum on Virtue and Integrity in Families of Faith, St. Paul, Chatfield

Forum on Virtue and Integrity in Families of Faith at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chatfield, MN, from 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018 

Having a family is hard work. Let’s be honest. Being a parent is hard work, especially in an age of moral revolution that calls evil good and good evil. Now more than ever, Christians stand in a profound position to reclaim family virtue--most especially to celebrate the roles of Christian mothers and fathers, the importance of our children, and the joy of teaching biblical virtues and Christian integrity in our daily living. This forum will explore the role of the classic virtues (i.e. wisdom, justice, courage, temperance, along with faith, hope, and love) in sustaining families of faith and integrity in a virtue-less age. We will explore such questions as “What does it mean to be a godly woman and a godly man? What does it mean to be a Christian parent or grandparent? How do I teach this to my children and grandchildren? How do I not only inform them, but form them to be a man and a woman of God?” Come join us as we discuss how passing on these virtues to our children is not only helpful for Christian formation, but for the good of our society. A complimentary lunch will be provided.

Rev. Dr. Lucas V. Woodford will serve as presenter and is the Sr. Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church and School in Mayer, MN (since 2005). He is the author of the book Great Commission, Great Confusion, or Great Confession? The Mission of the Holy Christian Church, along with other professional journal articles, and is a regular contributor to The Lutheran Witness

If you have questions feel free to contact Pastor Haugen at pastorhaugen@stpaulchatfield.org or 507-867-4604.

Financial Peace University/Legacy Journey Classes - Eyota, MN

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY / LEGACY JOURNEY CLASSES.  Financial concerns are one of the chief causes of stress.  It need not be.  Many have found Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University to be liberating and empowering.  Many members of Our Savior's and residents of Eyota have taken these classes and all (every one) sings their praises.  If you have taken the classes, these can also serve as a great refresher.  These classes are led by Peter and Jessica Desens who do an absolutely amazing job.  If you have questions feel free to contact them:  jessica.desens@gmail.com or 507-993-5731.

Financial Peace University Classes:  March 11 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Our Saviors Lutheran Church (the new church) 770 Robert Ave SW, Eyota, MN 55934  *There will be no class on Easter Sunday or Mother's Day Sunday*

The link will provide a special discount: http://www.fpu.com/1060812

We are also coordinating the follow up class the Legacy Journey, which talks much more about Baby Steps 4, 5, 6, & 7. You do not have to have taken Financial Peace University before taking this class, but it is recommended.

Legacy Journey Classes: March 11 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Our Saviors Lutheran Church (the new church) 770 Robert Ave SW, Eyota, MN 55934 *There will be no class on Easter Sunday*

The link will provide a special discount: http://www.daveramsey.com/ legacy/classes/1060847


2018 Youth Bible Bowl

Register now for the 2018 Youth Bible Bowl !  The Double Elimination Team Tournament will be held Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Concordia University, St. Paul. Cost is $40.00 per team.  Deadline for registration is April 2, 2018.  Click on 2018 Youth Bible Bowl for more information.

Contact Rev. Rudy Maurer, St. John, Good Thunder, 507-278-3169 or rudymaurer@aol.com

Or Rev. Steve Breitbarth, Hibbing, MN, 218-929-1110 or s.breitbarth@mchsi.com

Lutherans for Life Essay Contest

This year Lutherans for Life is again sponsoring an essay contest at the state level for students in Lutheran schools in two categories, grades 6-8 and 9-12. Winners at the state level are sent on for inclusion in the national essay contest. Teachers for these grades are encouraged to use the essay contest as a classroom assignment, picking one winner per school for each category.

In the past, there have been some local contests that your school may have participated in to qualify for the state contest. This year the winner from each school will come directly to the state contest.  Copies of the MN state essay contest rules and grading rubric are attached. If you have any questions please contact me at vflo@lutheransforlife.org or call me at 651-333-0337. Your winning entries should also be sent to me to be included in the state contest.

We look forward to having many students participating at your school. Please forward this to the appropriate teacher in order to give them what they need to get this activity underway. All winning entries must come to me by March 15, 2018 in order to qualify. 

 Please send entries to Virginia Flo, Regional Director of Minnesota & National Conference Director, Lutherans for Life, 3243 Evergreen Drive, Eagan, MN  55121

Click below for Rules and more information.

2018 Lutherans for Life Essay Contest Rules

Living as a Christian: Wittenberg Style: Reformation Heritage Lecture

The Rev. Dr. Robert Kolb, world-renowned scholar of the Reformation, will discuss one of the most powerful changes rendered during the time of Martin Luther: redefining what it means to live as a Christian and its impact for today. This lecture will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 8, in the Graebner Memorial Chapel at Concordia University, St. Paul. The event is free and open to the public.