The Five Languages of Love Presentation-Bethlehem, Minnetonka

Join us for Stacia Christenson’s presentation of The Five Languages of Love—What’s Your Love Language?   Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 5701 Eden Prairie Road, Minnetonka, MN 55345 Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 pm.  Cost $5

As featured in Christian author Dr. Gary Chapman’s timeless book, The Five Love Languages, there are different ways to speak and understand emotional love.  Women of all ages are welcomed to join us as we further understand our “second language” and the language of our loved ones! Fun, interesting, engaging—you’ll be inspired, and encouraged! 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 4101 Washington Street NE, Columbia Heights, MN will present eight performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", April 16-May 6, 2018. Thursday-Saturday performances are at 7 pm, and Sunday performances are at 2 pm. (Both Saturday performances are preceded by a dinner (April 28) or social hour (May 6), $10 each, supporting two summer overseas mission trips.) All show tickets are $10 each, reserved seating, and are available by calling 763-788-9427 or carol.blase@stmatthew-ch.org.

Contact Information: Find out more info by calling Carol Blase or Ruth Petersen at 763-788-9427.

Spring Fair - Trinity Lutheran, Farmington, MN

 On Saturday, April 28, from 5-7 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, 600 Walnut Street, Farmington, MN is hosting their annual Spring Fair! Their famous hot roast beef sandwiches will be served (meal tickets prices are: Adult $10.00, Senior/Youth 7-18 $8.00, Families $25.00, and children under 6 are free). There will also be a bake sale, a country store with craft items for sale, and games for the kids!

Contact Information: For tickets or more information contact the church office at 651-463-7225 or secretary@trinityfarmington.org, Tickets will also be available at the door.

Reclaiming Family Virtue: Teaching Healthy Sexuality in Congregation, Home, and School

Marriage has been redefined, the transgender agenda presses down upon us, and countless people do not know their place in life, in marriage, in family, and in eternity. Knowing God's story gives us a clear purpose and much needed direction for these depraved and confusing times. It allows us to celebrate sexuality as a holy calling rooted in the relationship of Jesus and His church. Come hear and have a caring conversation led by Rev. Dr. Lucas Woodford at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church & School on Saturday, May 12 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Pastor Woodford serves on the Synod's task force on sexuality, is a Collegium Fellow for DOXOLOGY: The Lutheran Institute of Spiritual Care and Counsel, and is a Christian husband and father of six children. St. John's is located at:

9141 County Road 101
Corcoran, MN 55340
(the county road is also known as Brockton Lane)

Contact Information: For more information check out the church website: stjlutheranchurch.org

For questions or to register for the event contact the church office, either via email or phone:
secretary@stjlutheran.org / 763-420-2426

Yea, though I walk: A Forum on Hope in a Culture of Death

On Saturday, April 28th,  9am –12pm St. John’s Lutheran Church of Rich Valley, 14385 Blaine Ave. E., Rosemount, MN, is hosting A Forum on Hope in a Culture of Death. (Click here)
Everywhere we look we find death all around us: abortion, suicide, school shootings, other mass violence, and even physician assisted suicide. In order to help us find our bearings and live as those through whom the light of Christ shines in this darkness you are cordially invited to this half-day forum featuring two speakers. Rev. Dr. Lucas Woodford will present on the topic, “With Faith, Hope, and Love: Speaking Life into a Culture of Death,” which will address what lurks behind this culture of death and how to contrast it with the life that we have in Christ. Rev. Fred Hinz will present “Remembering Hope at Life’s End,” which will address efforts to legalize Physician Assisted Suicide.

Iowa West Symposium on Preaching

DATE: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 (8:30am-2:30pm) 

PLACE: St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge, Iowa 

TO: Preachers of Iowa District West and LCMS 

FROM: Rev. Dr. Steve Turner, President Iowa District West

Dear Brothers in Christ, 

The 2018 Kapfer Symposium on Preaching for pastors and vicars is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17 from 8:30am-2:30pm (8:30-9am fellowship, coffee, etc.) at St. Paul Lutheran Church (400 South 13th St., Fort Dodge). We are very excited about this year’s Symposium. The Rev. Dr. Robert Kolb will speak on the topic "The Living Voice of the Gospel, Luther's Understanding of Preaching," with three sections entitled "Luther, Wittenberg's Preacher," "Can the Distinction of Law and Gospel Work Today," and "Luther's Preaching the Christian Life." 

Rev. Dr. Robert Kolb, emeritus professor of systematic theology of Concordia Seminary, taught at Concordia College, Saint Paul, Minnesota, for sixteen years before coming to the Seminary in 1993. Former chairman of the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of the LCMS, he is the co-editor of the 2000 translation of the Book of Concord, and the author or co-author of several books, including Martin Luther and the Enduring Word of God, Luther and the Stories of God, the Genius of Luther's Theology (with Charles Arand), The Lutheran Confessions (with Chares Arand and James Nestingen), Martin Luther, Confessor of the Faith. He is co-editor, with Irene Dingel and L'ubomir Batka, of The Oxford Handbook to Martin Luther's Theology

The entire cost of the symposium (including registration and lunch) will be underwritten by the Richard G. Kapfer Memorial Fund and a grant from American Church Group/Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company. If your plan includes arriving Monday evening, the district has a corporate rate with: 

Sleep Inn & Suites – 110 Leah Lane (down the road from the district office) 
515-302-8508 website | Iowa District West rate: $89.99 (plus tax) for a double queen room $94.49 (plus tax) for a king room 

Another hotel option: AmericInn – 100 West Kenyon Rd (down the road from the district office) 515-576-2100 website l Rate: $98.91 (plus tax) for a double queen room 

To register please contact my assistant, Jill Davis (jill@iowadistrictwest.org) or (515.576.7666) no later than Thursday, April 12. I am looking forward to seeing you at the Symposium. 

Always in Grace, 

Pres. Steve Turner 

2018 Glory of Christ Liturgy Workshop

The Lord's Divine Service: A Matter of Life and Death

Saturday May 19th, 2018  

Office of Matins 8:30am  
Workshop begins at 9am  
Closing devotion at 3pm

The Lord's Divine Service to us prepares and equips us to die - to self, in service to the neighbor, and when our last hour comes. This workshop will consider how the gifts of Christ to us in the Divine Service strengthen us in faith toward God and love toward the neighbor both in our living and our dying. In God's giving and our receiving, we learn what it means to be truly human and, having seen the Lord's salvation, to depart in peace according to His Word.

Rev. Peter Brock is pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Decatur, IN and an adjunct instructor for Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. He teaches Theological Ethics at the seminary in Fort Wayne, and has taught courses on the Pentateuch, Prophets, and John at the seminaries in Tanzania and Ghana. Rev. Brock also serves as the Indiana District Secretary. 

Registration fee:  $25.00 per person.  You can register online at www.gloryofchrist.org and call 763-478-6031 with questions.

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/scholarships. Application and required attachments are due April 30, 2018. 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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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.