Oktoberfest-Immanuel, Lakefield

You are invited to join Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lakefield, MN, for their 1st Annual Oktoberfest!  The event will take place on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the North City Park off Highway 86 from 11 am - 8 pm.   There will be Live Music, Authentic German food, The Narren Dancers from New Ulm, Kid's Games and Adult Competitions, Vendor and Craft Fair, and last, but not least, a Beer Garden with both German and Domestic beers!  Join the fun and fellowship!  For more information please email lakefieldoktoberfest@gmail.com  

Circuit Convocation Celebrating the Lutheran Reformation

The Northwest Suburban circuit will have a Circuit Convocation celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation on Saturday, September 30 at St. John Lutheran Church, 9141 County Road 101, Corcoran, MN. A service of thanks and praise will begin at 10:00 am, with Rev. Richard Resch preaching. A lecture on the Reformation and mission will be given by Rev. Richard Wokoma, professor at the Lutheran seminary in Obot Idim, Nigeria. Fellowship opportunities include a lunchtime meal at noon, a beer truck with other refreshments, youth/adult softball, kids' kickball, and dessert to round out our time together.

 Contact person: Rev. Matthew Johnson (circuit visitor) at church office number: 763-420-2426 (ext. 12) or via email pastor.johnson@stjlutheran.org

A Visit With Katharina Luther

Prepare for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation by attending "A Visit with Katharina Luther" on Thursday, September 14, at 10:00 am in the Black Box Theatre at Concordia University, St. Paul (312 Hamline Ave. N). This one-hour portrayal by Alicia Winget is free and open to the public. Reserve seating is available by contacting Jane at 651-641-8393 or jwilke@csp.edu. See a preview at http://www.katharinalutherpresentation.com/.

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 gae.ash@mnsdistrict.org or 952-223-2156.  Cost is $10 per person.  Morning refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

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!


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.

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.



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


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.