Job opening at the Minnesota South District Office

The Minnesota South District Office in Burnsville is looking for a part-time office assistant. The position is up to 25 hours per week and includes reception and hospitality work, administrative duties, database maintenance, and other duties as assigned. Click here to access the job description. To apply, complete the employment application and submit to Rick Marko at rick.marko@mnsdistrict.org. Applications will be received through Friday, February 15, 2019.

Friday Fish Fry at Fish Lake Immanuel | Feb. 1

Join Fish Lake Immanuel Lutheran Church, 20200 Fairlawn Ave, Prior Lake, for a fish fry on February 1st from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Choice of baked cod, pan fried perch, or beer battered pollack, served with choice of potato, coleslaw, baked beans, and beverages. And—of course—Pastor Parrish’s homemade pies for dessert! Proceeds to benefit Immanuel youth who are attending the National Youth Gathering in July. Cost: $12 - Adults, $10 - Seniors 65+, $6 - Children 3 - 12, free for kids 3 and under. Take-outs available. Contact Kimberly in the church office with any questions at 952-492-6010.

Omega Plunge | Feb. 9

Camp Omega’s Polar Plunge fundraiser is Saturday, February 9th. Last year raised $38,000. This year, the goal is $80,000 to help build a new Adult and Family Retreat Center. They need your help! Gather your team of friends, family, and church family to plunge for a great cause in our District. Click for team registration, team details, and a donation form. And make sure you hang a flier at your church so everyone knows about it!

Questions? Contact Heather Dimmel at polarplunge@campomega.org or Russ Schwichtenberg at russ@campomega.org. More information also available on Camp Omega’s website.

And remember, the “best dressed” team gets $50 cash . . . be creative!

Friday Fish Fry Season Begins at Immanuel

Join Fish Lake Immanuel Lutheran Church, 20200 Fairlawn Ave, Prior Lake, for a fish fry on January 18th from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Choice of baked cod, pan fried perch, or beer battered pollack, served with choice of potato, coleslaw, baked beans, and beverages. And—of course—Pastor Parrish’s homemade pies for dessert! Proceeds to benefit Camp Restore, Detroit, MI. Cost: $12 - Adults, $10 - Seniors 65+, $6 - Children 3 - 12, free for kids 3 and under. Take-outs available. Contact Kimberly in the church office with any questions at 952-492-6010.

AM980 Presents: Prepare & Respond 2019 | Jan. 31

Does your church or school know what to do when disaster strikes? Do you need advice on building/property security, cyber security, physical security, or help putting together an action plan? Register today for the FREE Prepare & Respond 2019 to hear from experts to keep your congregation, faculty, and students protected.

This free event is designed for pastors, Christian school administrators and teachers, church security team members, ushers and greeters, IT and data security teams, and non-profit organizations.

When: Thursday, January 31, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Eisenhower Community Center | 1001 Highway 7, Hopkins, MN

Cost: Free (breakfast included)

Register here. Click here for a PDF flyer with more information.

Coming soon: Main Street Living TV Program

Sundays at 10 a.m. on Channel WFTC 29/9-2

Main Street Living is a TV program that has been airing in South Dakota for 17 years. Main Street Living offers a worship experience to the many who cannot, will not, or do not attend worship on a regular basis. Recently, they’ve started expanding the ministry to surrounding areas—including Minnesota South District! Main Street Living will air from 10 to 11 a.m. each Sunday on WFTC channel 29/9-2, starting January 6. The first half hour will be re-mastered episodes of the popular “This is the Life” TV series from Lutheran Hour Ministries. The second half hour will be a modified Lutheran worship service featuring a message from a different Minnesota pastor each week.

Congregations are encouraged to share information about the program leading up to its launch and once it launches. Click here for weekly bulletin announcements through February 17 that you can copy and paste into your weekly bulletin. Check out the Twin Cities tab of the Main Street Living website for additional information.

Although endorsed by the Minnesota South District, Main Street Living receives no financial backing from the District or Synod. Individuals and church groups finance the program through generous donations.

Christmas Dinner Party and Carol Sing - Maple Lake

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Maple Lake, MN, is hosting a Christmas dinner party and carol sing on Sunday, December 16. The ham dinner will be served from 5 to 6 p.m.. The carol sing will being in the sanctuary at 6:15 p.m. A suggested donation of $5 per adult is appreciated. Questions? Call the church office at 763-878-2820. The address for the church is 11390 Elliot Ave. NW, Maple Lake, MN 55358 (Silver Creek).

Board of Regents Announce National Search for CSP's 10th President

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Board of Regents of Concordia University, St. Paul has announced the launch of a national search for the University’s 10th president. The search is overseen by the Board and follows Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod bylaws.

The presidential search committee will accept nominations for Concordia’s next president through December 10, 2018. According to the LCMS Handbook, nominations may only be accepted from LCMS congregations, the Concordia University St. Paul faculty, the Concordia University St. Paul Board of Regents and the LCMS Board of Directors of Concordia University System.

Current CSP President Rev. Dr. Tom Ries announced in August he will retire at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year. Having served in this role since 2011, Rev. Dr. Ries has helped guide Concordia to incredible growth, including significant enrollment increases and academic program expansion.

“The accomplishments of Rev. Dr. Ries during his time as Concordia’s president are a testament to his effective leadership and full commitment to making Concordia St. Paul one of the best private institutions of higher learning in both Minnesota and the country,” said CSP Board Chair Mark Moksnes. “The Board is truly thankful for his service and unwavering professionalism each and every day he has guided this University.”

The Board expects to select Concordia’s next president at its May 2019 meeting.

For more information on the nomination and search process including timeline visit the presidential search website.

New Bible Study Resource for Churches: Crave

Crave is the first in a newly released series of three video-based Bible studies for churches. The study is great for high school and college students but will also be a good resource for adults. A 25-minute film accompanied by a four-part Bible study, Crave looks at the importance of being rooted in the word of God. Rev. Matthew Versemann and his son Micah from Trinity Lutheran in Decatur, IL, created the study.

Living Nativity at Bethel Lutheran Church in St. Paul

On Saturday, December 15th, Bethel Lutheran Church will host “A Living Nativity,” a night for everyone to experience the events surrounding the very first Christmas. For the sixth year, everyone is invited to journey to Bethlehem to witness the story unfold with a live reenactment of the first Christmas (including live animals!), music and caroling, and warm beverages and treats. All ages are welcome!

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.. The first skit begins at 6 p.m. The event will end at 8 p.m. No tickets necessary—the event is free!

Bethel Lutheran Church is at 670 West Wheelock Parkway, St. Paul, MN. There is a parking lot for the church on St. Albans Street on the west side of the church.

Click here for more information, including a map to Bethel.

Built on the Rock: Leadership Training for the Healthy Congregation

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mayville, Wisconsin, will be hosting an Ambassadors of Reconciliation (AoR) training on December 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The training will cover how to build spiritual leadership in a congregation and how to structure a healthy congregation. The training uses Ted Kober’s book Built on the Rock, as its foundation. Dwight Schettler, president of AoR, will lead the training event. It’s a great opportunity to look at congregational leadership from a spiritual perspective. It will also prepare congregations considering making changes to their constitutions and bylaws.

Due to the generosity of AoR and a donor from St. John’s, the cost of the training is just $15—the cost of materials and food for the day. You will need to bring your own copy of Built on the Rock for the day.

Anyone who has questions or who wants to register for the training should contact Pastor Bruce Zagel at St. John’s church office: 920-387-3568.