Big Fish (spring musical) | selected dates May 2 - 12

St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights invites all to see its 26th annual spring Broadway musical, Big Fish. The musical follows traveling salesman Edward Bloom and his son Will, who’s trying to find the truth behind his father’s tall tales.

Performances:

  • Thursdays, May 2 & 9 @ 7 p.m.

  • Fridays, May 3 & 10 @ 7 p.m.

  • Saturdays, May 4 & 11 @ 7 p.m. (preceded by dinner / social hour at 5:45 p.m.)

  • May 5 & 12 @ 2 p.m.

Tickets:

$10 each. Call the church at 763-788-9427 or email Carol Blase to reserve tickets.

This event benefits the church’s drama department and youth mission trips.

Living with God Torah Lectures

Dr. Thomas Trapp, retired Concordia Professor of Old Testament and retired parish pastor, will be rerecording the first 10 lectures—Genesis to Deuteronomy—of his 50-lecture Living With God Old Testament series. The lectures will take place at Spirit of Christ Lutheran Church, Ham Lake, beginning Wednesday, April 24, and finishing at the end of June. The church is located about a half hour north of Saint Paul, between I-65 (to the west) and Lexington Ave. (to the east).

Each Wednesday lecture will be held at 1 - 3 p.m. All are welcome. So that he can plan for seating, please email Dr. Trapp or call (651-645-2223) to RSVP or ask any questions. 

Oberammergau Travel Opportunity | August 2020

Pastor Bob Gehrke of South Shore Trinity Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake will be leading a trip to Germany—including Oberammergau—with his wife, Lynn, August 11-21, 2020. Join them in visiting Berlin and Potsdam. Then, follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther, starting in Wittenberg and travelling to other Luther sites. (Many of them were recently renovated for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.) Next, we will visit Nürnberg and finally travel to Oberammergau for their Passion Play, which is only put on every 10 years.

This opportunity becomes for many attendees a once-in-a-lifetime travel event. Our travel company, Trans World Travel, Inc., knows their customers expect quality hotels in central locations, the services of an excellent tour manager, and some of the best seats for the Passion Play—all of which will be provided on this tour.

Contact Information: Why not join Pastor Gehrke and Lynn for a wonderful, memorable tour? For further information about this travel opportunity, the itinerary, and the cost, please contact Pastor Bob Gehrke by e-mail at pastorgehrke@gmail.com or by phone at 651-429-4293 (church) or 651-503-7032 (cell).

Coaching & Mediating People through Conflict Training | May 8-11

South Shore Trinity, White Bear Lake, will host the Ambassadors of Reconciliation practicums Coaching People through Conflict and Mediating People through Conflict. These practicums prepare anyone—reconcilers, pastors, elders, teachers, and parents—to guide people to reconcile through biblical counsel. Everyone can benefit from this training since we all, at times, give advice to others responding to conflict.

What: Coaching & Mediating People through Conflict training
When: May 8 - 11
Where: South Shore Trinity, White Bear Lake
Who: Anyone interested

Register here today!

Ephrathah Gallery ft. Artist Sarah Nelson | through May 31

The Ephrathah Gallery at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Minnetonka, invites you to see the work of artist Sarah Nelson. This show celebrates the wonder of spring and hints at the miracle of resurrection.

In “Golden,” Sarah takes us into the intimate world of bees and the living things that need them. Like many of God’s creatures, the bee reminds us of Jesus. It disappears for the months of winter and then returns to pollinate the earth, sparking the new growth of spring.

Sarah’s work draws us down to the intimate level of these precious creatures who have been imperiled by toxic elements in our environment. Her work is an affirmation of God’s ability to bring renewal again and again.

Sarah Nelson’s show will be up through the end of May. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Visitors are welcome to stop in anytime.

The High Cost of Free Love | April 24

Teens (grade 7+), parents, and leaders are invited to a free presentation by international speaker Pam Stenzel on the hot topic of dating and sex from a Christian and biblical perspective. Pam has counseled thousands of teens who have had to learn the consequences of sex the hard way. She wonderfully shares God’s wisdom and love with candor, humor, and the Gospel. It’s time that all our teens got all the information on the emotional, physical, and spiritual consequences or blessings of sex in today’s world.

Teens who are convinced God’s way is best often feel alone. At this event, they will be surrounded by hundreds who trust His way is best and be reminded that they are not alone. This presentation is for all who are grades 7 and up. Please come and bring your youth, parents, and leaders. Refreshments will be served after the presentation. Click here for an event flier.

Contact Pastor Jon Vollrath with any questions at 507-272-3104.

What: The High Cost of Free Love by Pam Stenzel
When: April 24, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Where: St. Charles Borromeo, St. Charles, MN
Who: Teens (grade 7+), parents, and leaders

Ladies' Spring Brunch | April 13

St. Paul's Lutheran Church and School in Prior Lake invites all women to attend their annual Ladies’ Spring Brunch from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Bring your mother, sisters, and friends for an inspiring morning of faith and fellowship featuring guest speaker Sarah Legband! We will focus on Job 33:4 – “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

Please bring a new or gently used purse for our mission project. Tickets are $15/person and can be purchased at the church. Questions? Contact Tamara Lamers by phone (612-877-0051) or email.

Disaster Response

In the wake of the recent storms and floods in Nebraska and throughout the Midwest, LCMS Disaster Response is working to organize relief efforts. The Nebraska District is also coordinating relief efforts. Trained LERT (Lutheran Early Response Training) volunteers should register with the new national database of LERT trained volunteers using the registration code of ‘9999.’

Additionally, the Minnesota South District is collecting information on any local congregations, schools, day cares, and communities that have been affected by flooding so we can inform LCMS Disaster Response of any needs. We're also collecting information from anyone who has resources to help with disaster relief in Minnesota and other areas. Please contact Rev. Schulze at the District office if you have a need or are able to assist: 952-223-2154 or bob.schulze@mnsdistrict.org.

The Nebraska District shared the following prayer for use during worship:

Gracious Lord, Creator of the heavens and the earth, the sea and the sky, and all that lives and breathes within them: we thank you for all these good gifts and how they have benefited us in our lives. Because of the curse that you so rightly leveled against us on account of sin, frustration and calamity befalls us. Be with us through these storms, help us to weather them while faithfully turning to You for all that we need. Raise up your people to respond with generosity, love, and support. Sustain those who have been displaced by storm or flood and give them hope in the reminder that though they suffer in this present time, their troubles are not worth comparing with the glory that will yet be revealed in us because of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. In His name we pray, amen.

Fusion Conference | May 18

LINC Twin Cities invites all to attend the Fusion Conference this spring. It will be at Cross View, Edina, on May 18, from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. This one-day event will provide training from expert speakers on strategies to best reach the second generation immigrants and others in our ministries.

Speakers include:

  • Paul & Christina Hanfere from Overflow Church in Silver Springs, MD

  • Lincon Guerra from Iglesia Luterana El Pastor del Vale in Des Moines, IA

  • Kou Seying from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO

  • Tesfai Tesema from Addis Kidan Church in San Francisco, CA

Meals will be provided, and the evening will conclude with a multi-cultural worship experience that all are invited to (whether they registered or not). Cost for the whole day is just $10. Register here or view on Facebook here.

Parent Prepare | April 6

Parent Prepare is coming to St. Peter’s, Edina, on Saturday, April 6, from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Parent Prepare is a new event series designed to provide encouraging education to help boost parenting skills. It’s free and open to all parents. . . So invite your friends and family to grow with you!

Karen McDonald, St. Peter’s ECEC assistant director, will be the Love and Logic trainer. To enjoy this FREE event, a light brunch, and free child care, please RSVP to Tosca Grimm.

inFaith Community Foundation Scholarship Awards

The Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of North Minneapolis Scholarship Awards were established to provide scholarship awards to eligible candidates pursuing a career in professional ministry or professional lay ministry.

The scholarship program is made possible through a permanently endowed charitable fund at inFaith Community Foundation, established by the former congregation of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of North Minneapolis. Founded in 1888, Immanuel maintained a strong commitement to education. A school affiliated with the church was founed in the same year to provide English language and religious instruction to immigrant families. The school remained part of the Immanuel’s mission for nearly 100 years. At the time of the church’s closing, the congergation established this fund to provide benefit to Lutheran students who are members of congregations within the Minnesota South District of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). The scholarship program is administered by inFaith Community Foundation, a national charity with a mission to serve donors, spread joy, and change lives.

Eligibility
Eligible candidates for the scholarship should meet the following criteria:

  1. Candidates must be members of congregations within the Minnesota South District of the LCMS;

  2. Candidates must be in their third of fourth year of study at an undergraduate college or university of the LCMS, or enrolled in a post-baccalaureate program at an LCMS college, university, or seminary. Candidates must be enrolled on a full-time basis, based upon the respective institution’s definition of full-time status. Students are not eligible to apply for their vicarage year;

  3. Candidates must be pursuing a career in professional ministry or professional 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/scholarships. Application and required attachments are due April 30, 2019. Additional questions about this scholarship program may be directed to Nikki Johnson, Donor Services Associate, by emailing scholarships@infaithfound.org or calling 800-365-4172.

Adoption Search

Rev. Larry Yaw of St. John Lutheran Church in Pulski, WI, and his family are hoping to welcome another child into their family through adoption. The best way to get matched is through family and friends who may know someone. This is where you come into play. If you know someone who is considering adoption for their child, and they are looking for a loving and caring family, please share their name and story. See below for a blurb churches can add to their bulletins and newsletters.

Bulletin Board, Worship Bulletins, & Newsletter Blurb

Are you or someone you know considering adoption?

We are a loving Christian family in Wisconsin. Larry is a Lutheran pastor, and Heidi is a special education teacher.

We currently have two energetic children who are excited about welcoming another child into our family through adoption.

If you would prayerfully consider sharing our family name and profile with anyone who is considering adoption for their child, we would be extremely grateful.

To learn more about our family, please check out our profile video here. Contact information can be found at the end of the video. Thank you!

Thank you,
Pastor Larry & Heidi