Holly Newton Swift - Bethlehem Art Gallery, Minnetonka

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Minnetonka, MN, is  thrilled to be showing the work of artist Holly Newton Swift. Holly's pictures immerse us in the still beauty of nature, making us feel as if we are the first to ever see this place.

She writes, "Place is the starting point for my art. Through an understanding of our environment we define who we are as individuals and begin to look at life’s mysteries and meaning. I have moved several times throughout the US, each time immersing myself in the landscape and becoming an explorer, recording my discoveries in sketchbook, camera, and memory.  I have felt such intimacy with a place as I work over the course of a day - following paths of light, clarifying a chaotic tangle of branches, or dissolving highly textured rock into sensuous surfaces. This has led me to using different techniques and materials in translating the same subject to elicit different aspects of the subject.  These approaches led me away from the idea of depiction and resulted in a more experiential exploration of the place. "

We invite you to come see her work and use the attached poster to let others know about the show, which will be up through January 2018.

The gallery is open during the week.  Call the church office for hours 952-934-9633.

Christmas at Immanuel, Prior Lake

Christmas at Immanuel presents "A Noel Celebration: Sounds and Stories of Christmas". We hope that you can join us on Sunday, December 17th at 3:30 pm as we revisit and celebrate Christ's story: the prophecies which pointed to His coming, His birth, and His life. Come and listen to the other stories within the bigger story: the stories of Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, aged Simeon, and the Wise Men. A Noel Celebration, in part, tells their stories as we see them reflect on their own place in the unfolding narrative of God's miraculous plan. Stay afterwards for a Christmas Dinner! Immanuel is located at 20200 Fairlawn Ave, Prior Lake, MN.

 Contact the church office at 952-492-6010 or www.immanuel-fishlake.org for more information.

CrecheFest and HymnFest - Immanuel, Prior Lake

On Saturday, December 9th, 1:00 - 5:30 pm, Fish Lake Immanuel Lutheran Church, 20200 Fairlawn Ave, Prior Lake MN will be hosting its first ever CrecheFest. Members of Immanuel will have their Nativities on display for all to see! Come and enjoy the different kinds of Nativities and Nativity ornaments while you listen to Christmas music and munch on some sweet treats. Stay afterwards for a Christmas HymnFest led by Dr. Jeffrey Burkart and Professor Theresa FitzPatrick from Concordia University beginning at 5:30 pm. We hope that you can join us!

 Contact the church office at 952-492-6010 or go to www.immanuel-fishlake.org for more information

Bethel Lutheran Church, St. Paul, to Host Living Nativity

On December 16th, come to the Living Nativity at Bethel Lutheran Church in Saint Paul and experience events surrounding the very first Christmas. For the fifth annual year, families will have the opportunity to journey to Bethlehem to witness the story unfold with a live reenactment of the first Christmas, including live animals! Visitors also can stroll through a first-century Bethlehem Marketplace, and enjoy warm beverages and treats. Doors open for the marketplace at 5:30 pm, with periodic live shows starting at 6:00 pm, concluding at 8:00. This event is for everyone of all ages! You can find Bethel at 670 W Wheelock Pkwy (on the corner of Maywood and Wheelock), Saint Paul, MN. Church parking lot on St Albans Street (on the west side of the church). No tickets necessary and the event is free! Come, experience the true Christmas story.

For everyone! This event is very family friendly.

Saturday, December 16th from 5:30-8:00pm.

670 W Wheelock Pkwy (on the corner of Maywood and Wheelock), Saint Paul, MN. Church parking lot on St Albans Street (on the west side of the church)

This is a free event, but some vendors will be selling products in our Bethlehem marketplace (different craft goods). Free will donations are accepted!

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Trinity First Tours

You are invited to come for a special time to tour Trinity First School, meet the children, share a light meal and hear a special message from Principal Sarah Wippich.  Stay for volunteer training if you'd like to learn more! This event will be on Tuesday, November 14, 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm. To RSVP, contact Anna VanVleet, Volunteer Coordinator, at 612-314-6773 or vanvleet.tfl@gmail.com  

Paintings and Prints Available in Honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Gifted Christ Lutheran, Eagan, MN,  member Larry Landis is making two of his art works available, either as a canvas or a print.  The proceeds from these sales will be donated to the CLC organ fund.

The two paintings available are:  “The Flagellation of Our Lord Jesus Christ “ and “Gethsemane.”  We will be happy to mail you a full color brochure concerning ordering these art works, with interesting detail about how they were painted and more details about the art work you would be ordering.  Please contact Christ Lutheran at 651-454-4091 or christlutheraneagan@outlook.com .  

This is a great opportunity to have some beautiful art work for you or to give as a gift and also support the church. 

InFaith Community Foundation Scholarships Available

InFaith Community Foundation, formerly The Lutheran Community Foundation, is pleased to announce the availability of scholarship awards from The Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of North Minneapolis Scholarship Program. These scholarship opportunities are made possible through a permanently endowed, charitable fund held at InFaith Community Foundation, established by the former congregation of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis.  Founded in 1888, Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church maintained a strong commitment to education. A school affiliated with the church was founded in the same year to provide English language and religious instruction to immigrant families. The school remained a part of the Church’s mission for nearly 100 years. At the time of the Church’s closing in November of 2001, the congregation established this Fund to provide benefit to Lutheran students who are members of the congregations within the Minnesota South District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS).   InFaith now offers this scholarship annually,

Candidates for the scholarship awards must be 1) members of a congregation in the Minnesota South District of the LCMS; 2) in their third or fourth year of full-time study at an undergraduate college or university of the LCMS, or enrolled in a full-time post-baccalaureate program at an LCMS college, university, or seminary; and 3) pursuing a career in professional ministry or lay ministry. 4) Candidates must have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Applicants and past recipients may reapply for these scholarships on an annual basis

Application Information

Students who wish to apply to the scholarship program must complete an online application, available on the InFaith Community Foundation website at infaithfound.org/newsgrants/scholarships.  Application and required attachments are due April 30, 2017. Additional questions about this scholarship program may be directed to Nikki Johnson, Donor Services Associate, at scholarships@infaithfound.org or calling (800) 365-4172.



St. John Lutheran Church, Luverne, Celebrates 125 Years

This rock was donated to the church for the anniversary and dedicated for the 125th Anniversary of St. John Lutheran in Luverne!

This rock was donated to the church for the anniversary and dedicated for the 125th Anniversary of St. John Lutheran in Luverne!

St John Lutheran Church, Luverne, will celebrate its year long 125th anniversary celebrations in 2017 beginning on January 29th with the theme, “ On Christ the Solid Rock We Stand” based on Psalm 18:2, The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer, my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.   Divine worship at 9:00 a.m. with complimentary brunch following.  The Rev Daniel Schmalz, son of the congregation, will be the guest speaker.  Other special dates will be June 11th, August 13th, and November 12th.  Contact 507-283-2316 or stjohn@iw.net for information.

Commissioned Church Worker Update Website


The LCMS Rosters and Statistics and School Ministry offices are pleased to announce major enhancements to the Church Worker Update https://cwu.lcms.org/ website.  While rostered workers may have logged in last year to update personal and professional information, the forms have drastically changed to accommodate all Commissioned Ministers and also to address the discontinuation of the Lutheran School Portal Lutheran Educator Information Form (LEIF).

Many of those involved with LCMS educational ministries were previously asked to complete nearly identical online forms with both LCMS School Ministry and LCMS Rosters and Statistics. Under the guidance of the Council of Presidents’ Clergy Call and Roster Committee, these two methods have been combined into one website with one login. With this newly developed tool district offices will be able to manage the call process for commissioned ministers and assist call committees with finding suitable candidates for open positions.

Commissioned church workers, at any time throughout the year you are now able to:

  • Complete Sections and Questions Designed for All Commissioned Minister Classifications
  • Update Information Previously Only Found in the Lutheran Educator Information Form (LEIF)
  • Ensure that Your Information on Record is Up-To-Date So That Your Profile on the Commissioned Minister Information Form (CMIF) is Accurate for Searching and Calling Bodies

It is imperative that all commissioned ministers keep their records up-to-date by logging in at least once a year and anytime throughout the year as they have changes. An annual reminder will be emailed, or in limited cases mailed, from LCMS Rosters and Statistics. Any church worker who may have lost or forgotten his or her login information can follow the online helps at cwu.lcms.org. They also may contact the Rosters and Statistics office at 888-843-5267 or rosters.stats@lcms.org.


Genesis Virtual Academy

If you do not have a Lutheran School available to serve the students in your church, please let your families know that Genesis Virtual Academy is ready to serve.

Since 2010, Genesis Virtual Academy, a program of Mayer Lutheran High School in Mayer MN, has been serving students, grades 3-12 nationwide. Genesis Virtual Academy is available anywhere there is an internet connection. Students can enroll in a single class, or full-time with the option to earn a diploma from Mayer Lutheran High School.  

For more information contact kross@genesisva.org or view more about the program at www.genesisva.org.

Lutheran Blind Center

A Lutheran Blind Center will be started Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Faith Lutheran Church, 3430 E 51st Street, Minneapolis. Please read the attached letter regarding this special monthly event for the Blind in the Minneapolis area. We need help. It will be at Faith Lutheran each month, but help is needed with people to bring food, serve it, clean up after, help with the people as they have Bible Study each time, presented by Pastor David. It is a great way to bring the joy to the blind, who do not attend church on their own. Please read the flyer and call me if youare interested for your church or several friends that might like to help with this project. It could be only 2 hours out of you time one month or you can come as many times as you would like.  We need to fill the monthly dates so call and let me know or ask me questions about it.

Carol M. Zemke612.799.5782