Coming soon: Main Street Living TV Program

Main Street Living is a TV program that has been airing in South Dakota for 17 years. Main Street Living offers a worship experience to the many who cannot, will not, or do not attend worship on a regular basis. Recently, they’ve started expanding the ministry to surrounding areas—including Minnesota South District! Main Street Living will air from 10 to 11 a.m. each Sunday on WFTC channel 29/9-2, starting January 6. The first half hour will be re-mastered episodes of the popular “This is the Life” TV series from Lutheran Hour Ministries. The second half hour will be a modified Lutheran worship service featuring a message from a different Minnesota pastor each week.

Congregations are encouraged to share information about the program leading up to its launch and once it launches. Click here for weekly bulletin announcements through January 27 that you can copy and paste into your weekly bulletin. Check out the Twin Cities tab of the Main Street Living website for additional information.

Although endorsed by the Minnesota South District, Main Street Living receives no financial backing from the District or Synod. Individuals and church groups finance the program through generous donations.

Christmas Dinner Party and Carol Sing - Maple Lake

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Maple Lake, MN, is hosting a Christmas dinner party and carol sing on Sunday, December 16. The ham dinner will be served from 5 to 6 p.m.. The carol sing will being in the sanctuary at 6:15 p.m. A suggested donation of $5 per adult is appreciated. Questions? Call the church office at 763-878-2820. The address for the church is 11390 Elliot Ave. NW, Maple Lake, MN 55358 (Silver Creek).

Board of Regents Announce National Search for CSP's 10th President

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Board of Regents of Concordia University, St. Paul has announced the launch of a national search for the University’s 10th president. The search is overseen by the Board and follows Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod bylaws.

The presidential search committee will accept nominations for Concordia’s next president through December 10, 2018. According to the LCMS Handbook, nominations may only be accepted from LCMS congregations, the Concordia University St. Paul faculty, the Concordia University St. Paul Board of Regents and the LCMS Board of Directors of Concordia University System.

Current CSP President Rev. Dr. Tom Ries announced in August he will retire at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year. Having served in this role since 2011, Rev. Dr. Ries has helped guide Concordia to incredible growth, including significant enrollment increases and academic program expansion.

“The accomplishments of Rev. Dr. Ries during his time as Concordia’s president are a testament to his effective leadership and full commitment to making Concordia St. Paul one of the best private institutions of higher learning in both Minnesota and the country,” said CSP Board Chair Mark Moksnes. “The Board is truly thankful for his service and unwavering professionalism each and every day he has guided this University.”

The Board expects to select Concordia’s next president at its May 2019 meeting.

For more information on the nomination and search process including timeline visit the presidential search website.

New Bible Study Resource for Churches: Crave

Crave is the first in a newly released series of three video-based Bible studies for churches. The study is great for high school and college students but will also be a good resource for adults. A 25-minute film accompanied by a four-part Bible study, Crave looks at the importance of being rooted in the word of God. Rev. Matthew Versemann and his son Micah from Trinity Lutheran in Decatur, IL, created the study.

Living Nativity at Bethel Lutheran Church in St. Paul

On Saturday, December 15th, Bethel Lutheran Church will host “A Living Nativity,” a night for everyone to experience the events surrounding the very first Christmas. For the sixth year, everyone is invited to journey to Bethlehem to witness the story unfold with a live reenactment of the first Christmas (including live animals!), music and caroling, and warm beverages and treats. All ages are welcome!

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.. The first skit begins at 6 p.m. The event will end at 8 p.m. No tickets necessary—the event is free!

Bethel Lutheran Church is at 670 West Wheelock Parkway, St. Paul, MN. There is a parking lot for the church on St. Albans Street on the west side of the church.

Click here for more information, including a map to Bethel.

Built on the Rock: Leadership Training for the Healthy Congregation

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mayville, Wisconsin, will be hosting an Ambassadors of Reconciliation (AoR) training on December 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The training will cover how to build spiritual leadership in a congregation and how to structure a healthy congregation. The training uses Ted Kober’s book Built on the Rock, as its foundation. Dwight Schettler, president of AoR, will lead the training event. It’s a great opportunity to look at congregational leadership from a spiritual perspective. It will also prepare congregations considering making changes to their constitutions and bylaws.

Due to the generosity of AoR and a donor from St. John’s, the cost of the training is just $15—the cost of materials and food for the day. You will need to bring your own copy of Built on the Rock for the day.

Anyone who has questions or who wants to register for the training should contact Pastor Bruce Zagel at St. John’s church office: 920-387-3568.

Turkey Dinner at Fish Lake Immanuel Lutheran Church

Join Fish Lake Immanuel Lutheran Church, 20200 Fairlawn Ave, Prior Lake, for a Turkey Dinner on Friday, November 9th, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dinner will include roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean hotdish, baked squash, dressing, cranberries, dinner rolls, beverages, and Pastor P's homemade pie! $12 - adults, $10 - seniors, $6 - children 12 and under. In honor of Veterans Day, all veterans’ meals will be half price! Thank you for your service! Tickets for may be purchased at the door. For more information, check out the church website or call Kimberly in the church office at 952-492-6010.

Trinity Lone Oak Annual Craft Fair--and Bake Sale

Trinity Lone Oak will be having their annual craft fair and bake sale on Saturday, November 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There’s something for everyone at TLO’s craft fair! There will be vendors, crafters, gifts, home-baked goods, and hot lunch. Bring a food shelf donation to receive a free beverage! Trinity Lone Oak is located at 2950 Hwy 55, Eagan, MN. You can find more information on their website.

Live Nativity by Immanuel Lutheran School

Immanuel Lutheran School's Live Nativity is on Saturday, November 24, from 3:30-7:00 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Activity Center. Come and watch as the promise of salvation is revealed through Bible scenes from Adam and Eve to the birth and life of Jesus. Musical entertainment throughout the event. BBQs, chips, and cookies will be served. Freewill donation accepted to support the Teacher Salary Fund. The Immanuel Activity Center is located at 620 Bush Street in Lakefield.   

ILS Shopping Night by Immanuel Lutheran School

Immanuel Lutheran School's ILS Shopping Night is on Friday, November 16, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Activity Center. Come and shop the wares of 30+ home-based businesses, bid on silent auction baskets, and enjoy a meal of chili/soup for a freewill donation. Door prizes given on the hour! Proceeds benefit the students of Immanuel Lutheran School. What a great way to kick off your Christmas shopping! The Immanuel Activity Center is located at 620 Bush Street in Lakefield.  

Annual German Service and Polka Dinner

Join Fish Lake Immanuel Lutheran Church, 20200 Fairlawn Ave, Prior Lake, on Sunday, October 28th for our Annual Polka Service and German Dinner. The Polka Service begins at 10:30 am and will be led by Chuck Thiel and the Jolly Ramblers. Immediately after the service will be our German dinner featuring sauerkraut with pork, meatballs and gravy, mashed potatoes, German potato salad, corn, and Pastor Parrish's famous homemade pies for dessert. Dinner is $10 - Adults, $8 - Seniors, and $6 for children 12 and under. Call 952-492-6010 or go to for more information.

2019 Bible Bowl

2019 Bible Bowl

Saturday, April 6, 2019

WHY DO IT? It is one great way for youth to study the Word of God on their own and in groups.

BIBLE BOWL: Competition of teams (3 or 4 players) in verbal quiz format.  Also an individual, written competition.

TOPIC: “The Gospel of Mark” (The English Standard Version will be used.)

WHO: 7th through 12th graders from churches throughout Minnesota North and South Districts.
Form teams in your church:-no limit of (4) person teams per church; limit of three (3) person teams per church

COMPETITION: One Double Elimination TEAM Tournament. Saturday, April 6, 2019 at CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, ST. PAUL. Registration at 8:30 - 9:00 A.M. Bowl begins at 9:00 A.M., break for lunch, and end in afternoon.

Also INDIVIDUAL competition on a 50 question written test.

COST: $40.00 Per team.

REGISTRATION: Send $40.00 per team, with names of each participant to:

                                    Rev. Rudy Maurer, c/o St. John Lutheran Church,

                                    P.O. Box 37 Good Thunder, Minnesota 56037-0037

                                    Checks may be made payable to “MN State Bible Bowl.” 

Deadline for registration is March 15, 2019.

ONGOING: Lord willing, the Bible Bowl will continue to be an annual event.

Rev. Rudy Maurer, c/o St. John Lutheran Church, PO Box 37, Good Thunder, MN 56037-0037 Phone: (507) 278-3169
Fax: 507-278-3966


Rev. Steve Breitbarth, 3535 7th AVE East, Hibbing, MN 55746
Phone: (218) 929-1110

RULES: Check our website or contact one of the above.

*It could be a good time for youth, counselors, families to have an overnighter.

Rev. Rudy Maurer - Youth Bible Bowl Contact Person for MN South District
Rev. Steve Breitbarth - Youth Bible Bowl Contact Person for MN North District

We thank Concordia University, St. Paul for hosting and helping sponsor the 2019 Minnesota State Bible Bowl.

May God be glorified in all we do!