Summer Women's Mini-Retreat-Our Savior, Excelsior

Women of all ages are encouraged to invite a friend and take a break at a special Women’s Mini-Retreat at Our Savior Lutheran Church 23290 Highway 7, Excelsior on Friday, August 18 from 6:30-9:00pm, and Saturday, August 19 from 9:00am-3:00 pm. Relax, meet new friends, and enjoy a time of fun and fellowship while learning to lean on God through the tough times in your life, with messages especially tailored for women. Friday night’s session will feature sweet treats, an inspirational video by Lysa TerKeurst, author, speaker, and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, followed by discussion, and three special service project activities to benefit women in need – quilt tying, cru bead bracelets, and women’s shelter packets. Saturday will start with a fresh breakfast, followed by guest speaker Jane Wilke, presenting “Do My Shoes Match This Stress,?” followed by a special meditation, and delicious lunch. Jane will then complete her message, along with a time of sharing and discussion, followed by second guest speaker Amy Luetke, presenting “Turning Worry Into Wonder.” Come for one, or both days, and leave refreshed and invigorated on your walk with the Lord. Fee for the weekend is $20, which includes all meals, and participant resource packet. Scholarships funds are available to attend for free.

Contact Information: RSVP to Lori Kroll at 805-428-1844, or

Pre-Retirement Workshop Registration-September 22, 2017

The Minnesota South District and Concordia Plan Services are offering a pre-retirement workshop to help you as you plan for that very important time in your life: RETIREMENT!.  Start learning what you need to know about making plans for your future! Click HERE for more info.

Please join us on Friday, September 22, 2017 beginning at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at the District Office.  Please register by September 1, 2017 by contacting Gae Ash at or 952-223-2156.  Cost is $10 per person.  Morning refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

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

 Smaller groups can also purchase Lutheran Night discounted tickets through this weblink:

Let's celebrate the 500th!
Mel Ott

Community Health Education/Evangelism Training Workshop

Calling all health care professionals and others involved with mission work both at home and abroad, who want to make a lasting impact upon the lives and communities of those whom they serve: We are excited to announce a five day Community Health Education/Evangelism (CHE) Train the Trainer Workshop, October 20-24, at Camp Wartburg, Waterloo, IL.The workshop is presented by Lutherans in Medical Missions, in partnership with LCMS Mercy Medical Teams, LCMS Office of International Mission, LCMS Office of National Mission and Concordia Lutheran Ministries/Angel Tear Ministries. Leading the training are Stephanie Schulte, medical missionary serving in West Africa, Rev. Gary Schulte, West Africa Area Director, Marguerite Nickel, former medical missionary to Central Asia, and Sharon Thomas, frequent medical team mission member and leader. Due to the participatory teaching technique of CHE, space is limited.

Register soon!


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 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

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 or (507)289-1531.

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

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  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 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 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 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 They also may contact the Rosters and Statistics office at 888-843-5267 or


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 or view more about the program at