Summer Music Camp - St. John's, Woodbury

 Registration is now open for the 6th annual Summer Music Camp for kids at St. John Lutheran Church, located at 1975 St. Johns Drive in Woodbury, MN. Camp dates are August 7 - 10, (Mon. - Thurs.) from 9:00 in the morning until 12 noon. During this time, we will be learning all the songs, acting and speaking the musical story titled "IN THE BEGINNING", created by Cyndi Nine, Rob Howard and David Guthrie. Performances will be August 10 at 6:30 p.m. and August 13 at 9:30 a.m. The performances are free and open to the public. This camp opportunity is available to all kids who have completed grades 1 - 7. Deadline to register is July 15.

With the theme of baseball, this is a musical that everyone will enjoy! Each registered participant will receive a baseball shirt and every registered family will receive a professional recording of the entire musical. Please visit http://www.stjohnwoodbury.org/ to register or for more information. Payment can also be made online by clicking on the link. ($40.00 per person, $30.00 for each additional child from the same family.)

Step up to the plate and swing for the fences for a ton of fun and inspiration! Come and join us!

Contact Information: Mary Jo Mehrl
maryjo@stjohnwoodbury.org
http://www.stjohnwoodbury.org/

Lutheran Night at the Twins!

Lutheran Night at the Twins vs. Brewers is August 8th at 7:10 pm.  Plan to join other Lutherans as we cheer the Twins to victory.  A special treat will be an appearance of "Marty and Katie" if you arrive before 7:00!  Get there early!  Designate choir members to join the National Anthem Choir (arrive at 6:00 pm at Gate 6)

Groups of 25 or more can contact Landon Oldenburger for tickets - 612-659-3583 or landonoldenburger@twinsbaseball.com

 Smaller groups can also purchase Lutheran Night discounted tickets through this weblink: www.twinsbaseball.com/lutheran

Let's celebrate the 500th!
Mel Ott
651-332-9113

Trinity Lutheran Church, Rochester, Celebrates 150 Years

Trinity Lutheran Church, Rochester, MN will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary with two events. On Sunday, June 4 after the 8:00 and 9:30 AM services, there will be a congregational picnic at Trinity with fun for the whole family.

On the weekend of September 9 and 10, special services will be held on September 9 at 5:30 PM and September 10 at 8:00 and 10:30 AM. Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer, president of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, will be preaching at the Sunday services. A luncheon will be held on Sunday, September 10 after the 10:30 AM service. RSVP's for the luncheon are requested to barb@trinitylutheranchurch.org or (507)289-1531.

Bethlehem Lutheran's Art Gallery Presents Robyn Sand Anderson

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Minnetonka, MN (5701 Eden Prairie Road 55345) , is very excited to invite you to experience the interactive interpretation of sacred choral music by Robyn Sand Anderson now showing at the Ephrathah Gallery at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  Robyn's exhibit is a visual exploration of Arvo Pärt's Magnificat Sieben Antiphonen & Nunc Dimittis. With your Smartphone, listen to the music that inspired each of the nine paintings.

Her hope is that as you stand before each work, you will be able to listen to the music that inspired it. By going to her website, you can use your smartphone and earphones/blue tooth to listen to each piece as you view the work. If you don't have a smartphone, view the artwork and then go home to see the paintings online and listen to the music under "The Magnificat" tab on her website www.RobynSandAnderson.com.

Hopefully you can come see her work and use the attached poster to let others know about the show, which will be up through May 2017. The gallery is open during the week.  Call the church office for hours 952-934-9633.

Biblical Parenting Conference- Trinity, St. Francis

Trinity Lutheran Church and School, St. Francis, MN, is hosting a Biblical Parenting Conference on Saturday, May 13, 2017.  The seminar runs from 8:45 am until noon.  Cost is $25 per adult; $35 per couple.  Dr. Jennifer Wosmek, Associate Professor of Psychology at Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, will help parents, teachers and others to reflect on their various vocations and examine how they may apply Biblical teaching in their lives and communities to promote the Christian world-view.  To register or for more information contact the church office at 763-753-1234.

Concordia Seminary Summer Workshop

On May 22-24, Glory of Christ, Plymouth will be hosting a Concordia Seminary Summer Workshop entitled, “The Present God: Exploring a Major Biblical Theme.” In this presentation Dr. David Adams will explore the major theological motif of the presence of God and show how it shapes the faith of the Old Testament and the fulfillment of that faith in the person and ministry of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. For more information or to register, contact their website, http://www.csl.edu/resources/continuinged/summer-workshop-series/.

2017 Grace Place Wellness Church Worker Retreat-MNS District

Grace Place Wellness Ministries will be holding a Minnesota South District Church Worker retreat at the Heartwood Conference Center in Trego, WI from June 19 to 23. This retreat is for active church workers only. There is a $300 registration fee. Scholarships are available to offset that cost. Please contact Beth McAnallen at 314-842-3077 or bmcanallen@graceplacewellness.org for more information. Please secure your spot and register at http://www.graceplacewellness.org/ and go to "Calendars".

LCMS Worship's Institute on Liturgy, Preaching and Church Music

LCMS Worship's Institute on Liturgy, Preaching and Church Music will be held this year July 25–28, 2017 at Concordia University Chicago. This triennial event offers pastors, church musicians, and all who are passionate about the Church's worship an opportunity to be refreshed in Word, song, and prayer together with opportunities to grow in skills that enhance the joy of the people of God in the reception of His gifts. This year's Institute takes its cue from the upcoming Reformation anniversary with the theme: The Just Live by Faith—Make This Plain in Sermon, Service, Song.

In addition to three keynote addresses, we'll have opportunity for daily study of the Word (featuring CUC President Dr. Daniel Gard), daily prayer services, two Divine Services (with new arrangements of Setting Five by Jacob Weber and Jonathan Kohrs with LCMS President Matthew Harrison preaching the opening service and Dr. Gard the final one), a concert by the National Lutheran Choir from Minneapolis, a hymn festival featuring the hymns of Martin Luther, numerous breakout sessions for pastors and church musicians plus many others on general worship topics, and exhibitors with all kinds of wares and services.

Registration will open mid-March via the Synod's website. Meanwhile, for more information, contact the LCMS at 888.the.lcms (843-5267) or infocenter@lcms.org

Unique Reformation Choral Opportunity

Mark October 29 2017, 4:00 pm as the date for a MN South/MN North Joint Reformation 500 Celebration at Concordia University St. Paul MN.

There are no less than three unique choral opportunities for many LCMS members during this event. Three mass choirs will be assembled to enhance the worship experience on the day of the celebration. One choir will feature membership for children in grades 4-8, another choir for youth grades 9-12 and yet another choir for adults. 

Look for detailed information by April 1, 2017.  

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.

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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

To: ALL COMMISSIONED MINISTERS

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.