2018 Youth Bible Bowl

Register now for the 2018 Youth Bible Bowl !  The Double Elimination Team Tournament will be held Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Concordia University, St. Paul. Cost is $40.00 per team.  Deadline for registration is April 2, 2018.  Click on 2018 Youth Bible Bowl for more information.

Contact Rev. Rudy Maurer, St. John, Good Thunder, 507-278-3169 or rudymaurer@aol.com

Or Rev. Steve Breitbarth, Hibbing, MN, 218-929-1110 or s.breitbarth@mchsi.com

Lutherans for Life Essay Contest

This year Lutherans for Life is again sponsoring an essay contest at the state level for students in Lutheran schools in two categories, grades 6-8 and 9-12. Winners at the state level are sent on for inclusion in the national essay contest. Teachers for these grades are encouraged to use the essay contest as a classroom assignment, picking one winner per school for each category.

In the past, there have been some local contests that your school may have participated in to qualify for the state contest. This year the winner from each school will come directly to the state contest.  Copies of the MN state essay contest rules and grading rubric are attached. If you have any questions please contact me at vflo@lutheransforlife.org or call me at 651-333-0337. Your winning entries should also be sent to me to be included in the state contest.

We look forward to having many students participating at your school. Please forward this to the appropriate teacher in order to give them what they need to get this activity underway. All winning entries must come to me by March 15, 2018 in order to qualify. 

 Please send entries to Virginia Flo, Regional Director of Minnesota & National Conference Director, Lutherans for Life, 3243 Evergreen Drive, Eagan, MN  55121

Click below for Rules and more information.

2018 Lutherans for Life Essay Contest Rules

Living as a Christian: Wittenberg Style: Reformation Heritage Lecture

The Rev. Dr. Robert Kolb, world-renowned scholar of the Reformation, will discuss one of the most powerful changes rendered during the time of Martin Luther: redefining what it means to live as a Christian and its impact for today. This lecture will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 8, in the Graebner Memorial Chapel at Concordia University, St. Paul. The event is free and open to the public.

January 22 March for Life

Concordia University St Paul will host a Chapel service on Monday, Jan. 22, beginning at 10:30am, at Graebner Memorial Chapel. Come to worship the Author and Perfecter of Life and pray that people everywhere will uphold the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death, and turn their hearts toward the children.

After chapel, we will then travel to the Capitol Mall for the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) March For Life which begins at 12:00pm south of the Capitol building. It will be followed by a brief program on the Capitol steps at 12:30. MCCL will introduce its legislative agenda for the upcoming session during the program. Many pro-life elected officials are expected to attend the March and will be introduced to the crowd

Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” — John 10:10 ESV. On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalized abortion-on-demand nationwide. Each year, pro-life Minnesotans mark the anniversary of Roe and Doe with the MCCL March for Life at the State Capitol in St. Paul. 

The purpose of the March is to commemorate the lives lost to abortion (and the women and men who have been hurt as a result) and to call for renewed respect and protection for all members of the human family, including unborn children and their mothers

For further information on the MCCL March For Life or to download the March flyer visit: https://www.mccl.org/march or contact Pastor James Kroonblawd, MNS District Life Coordinator, at 651-454-7235.

GriefShare Grief Support Group

 GRIEFSHARE - This Grief Support Group is being offered at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 4101 Washington Street NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421.
This class is open to anyone that has experienced the death of a loved one.
We meet every Wednesday evening for 12 weeks from 6:30-8:30pm, beginning January 10 and running through March 28, 2018.
Each topic is self contained so you do not have to attend in sequence and includes a brief video seminar, followed by supportive group discussion.
Cost is free, but pre-registration is required by contacting the church office at 763-788-9427 or you can email Kathy Rosenberg, Parish Nurse at kathy.rosenberg@stmatthew-ch.org for registration or any questions as well. We look forward to offering our support in your journey of Grief.


Financial Peace University

Financial Peace University is a 9 week course designed to help individuals and families get out of debt, build wealth, live...and GIVE...like no one else! If you're tired of living paycheck to paycheck, this will provide a step by step plan to make things different.

Considering bringing it to your church? You are invited to a complimentary session to experience what it's all about. If you'd like to coordinate it at your church, it's a good idea to have gone through it once yourself.

St. Peter's, Edina (5421 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55410) will be hosting a new class beginning on Thursday, January 11 from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Contact Information: For more information or to register, visit www.bit.ly/fpuwinter2018

Questions? Contact Faith Rattei at frattei@stpetersedina.org or 952.927.8400 x109

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.

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.



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.