Disaster Response

In the wake of the recent storms and floods in Nebraska and throughout the Midwest, LCMS Disaster Response is working to organize relief efforts. The Nebraska District is also coordinating relief efforts. Trained LERT (Lutheran Early Response Training) volunteers should register with the new national database of LERT trained volunteers using the registration code of ‘9999.’

Additionally, the Minnesota South District is collecting information on any local congregations, schools, day cares, and communities that have been affected by flooding so we can inform LCMS Disaster Response of any needs. We're also collecting information from anyone who has resources to help with disaster relief in Minnesota and other areas. Please contact Rev. Schulze at the District office if you have a need or are able to assist: 952-223-2154 or bob.schulze@mnsdistrict.org.

The Nebraska District shared the following prayer for use during worship:

Gracious Lord, Creator of the heavens and the earth, the sea and the sky, and all that lives and breathes within them: we thank you for all these good gifts and how they have benefited us in our lives. Because of the curse that you so rightly leveled against us on account of sin, frustration and calamity befalls us. Be with us through these storms, help us to weather them while faithfully turning to You for all that we need. Raise up your people to respond with generosity, love, and support. Sustain those who have been displaced by storm or flood and give them hope in the reminder that though they suffer in this present time, their troubles are not worth comparing with the glory that will yet be revealed in us because of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. In His name we pray, amen.

Fusion Conference | May 18

LINC Twin Cities invites all to attend the Fusion Conference this spring. It will be at Cross View, Edina, on May 18, from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. This one-day event will provide training from expert speakers on strategies to best reach the second generation immigrants and others in our ministries.

Speakers include:

  • Paul & Christina Hanfere from Overflow Church in Silver Springs, MD

  • Lincon Guerra from Iglesia Luterana El Pastor del Vale in Des Moines, IA

  • Kou Seying from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO

  • Tesfai Tesema from Addis Kidan Church in San Francisco, CA

Meals will be provided, and the evening will conclude with a multi-cultural worship experience that all are invited to (whether they registered or not). Cost for the whole day is just $10. Register here or view on Facebook here.

Parent Prepare | April 6

Parent Prepare is coming to St. Peter’s, Edina, on Saturday, April 6, from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Parent Prepare is a new event series designed to provide encouraging education to help boost parenting skills. It’s free and open to all parents. . . So invite your friends and family to grow with you!

Karen McDonald, St. Peter’s ECEC assistant director, will be the Love and Logic trainer. To enjoy this FREE event, a light brunch, and free child care, please RSVP to Tosca Grimm.

inFaith Community Foundation Scholarship Awards

The Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of North Minneapolis Scholarship Awards were established to provide scholarship awards to eligible candidates pursuing a career in professional ministry or professional lay ministry.

The scholarship program is made possible through a permanently endowed charitable fund at inFaith Community Foundation, established by the former congregation of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of North Minneapolis. Founded in 1888, Immanuel maintained a strong commitement to education. A school affiliated with the church was founed in the same year to provide English language and religious instruction to immigrant families. The school remained part of the Immanuel’s mission for nearly 100 years. At the time of the church’s closing, the congergation established this fund to provide benefit to Lutheran students who are members of congregations within the Minnesota South District of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). The scholarship program is administered by inFaith Community Foundation, a national charity with a mission to serve donors, spread joy, and change lives.

Eligible candidates for the scholarship should meet the following criteria:

  1. Candidates must be members of congregations within the Minnesota South District of the LCMS;

  2. Candidates must be in their third of fourth year of study at an undergraduate college or university of the LCMS, or enrolled in a post-baccalaureate program at an LCMS college, university, or seminary. Candidates must be enrolled on a full-time basis, based upon the respective institution’s definition of full-time status. Students are not eligible to apply for their vicarage year;

  3. Candidates must be pursuing a career in professional ministry or professional 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, 2019. Additional questions about this scholarship program may be directed to Nikki Johnson, Donor Services Associate, by emailing scholarships@infaithfound.org or calling 800-365-4172.

Adoption Search

Rev. Larry Yaw of St. John Lutheran Church in Pulski, WI, and his family are hoping to welcome another child into their family through adoption. The best way to get matched is through family and friends who may know someone. This is where you come into play. If you know someone who is considering adoption for their child, and they are looking for a loving and caring family, please share their name and story. See below for a blurb churches can add to their bulletins and newsletters.

Bulletin Board, Worship Bulletins, & Newsletter Blurb

Are you or someone you know considering adoption?

We are a loving Christian family in Wisconsin. Larry is a Lutheran pastor, and Heidi is a special education teacher.

We currently have two energetic children who are excited about welcoming another child into our family through adoption.

If you would prayerfully consider sharing our family name and profile with anyone who is considering adoption for their child, we would be extremely grateful.

To learn more about our family, please check out our profile video here. Contact information can be found at the end of the video. Thank you!

Thank you,
Pastor Larry & Heidi

Spiritual Lay Leadership Training | April 6

Minnesota North District is hosting an interactive spiritual lay leadership training event at Trinity Lutheran Church, New York Mills, on Saturday, April 6. It will be led by Ted Kober of Ambassadors of Reconciliation.

In his invitation letter, President Fondow says, “Both persecution within our society and apathy within our congregations are causing a falling away from Christ and His Word. Now is the time for leaders in the church to step up and seek to be faithful. . . . This is an excellent opportunity for congregational leaders to be equipped to carry out their roles and responsibilities.”

Anyone who wishes to attend is welcome—and lay leaders in any congregation are especially encouraged to register and attend. Find out more about this training event here. Register online here. Questions can be directed to mnndist@mnnlcms.org or call 218-829-1781.

Oh! What a Knight! Dinner Auction | March 23

Martin Luther High School, Northop, will hold the Oh! What a Knight! dinner auction on Saturday, March 23rd. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for an auction preview. At 6 p.m., a dinner of pork loin with cranberry sauce, party potatoes, green beans with almonds, lettuce salad, fresh bread, assorted desserts, and coffee will be served.

The live auction will be hosted by Allen Kahler, with some auction items being Adirondack chairs, a live-edge child’s bench, and a fish finder. Sean Martens, District Education Executive, will present the National Lutheran Schools Accreditation certificate. Several alumni will send video greetings.

Valet parking will be provided. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased by March 18. You can purchase tickets and view auction items here. Poster available here. Questions? Contact MLHS by calling 507-436-5249.

Poehler Lecture on Faith & Learning | March 19

Dr. Mark Schuler, Professor of Theology, will deliver the Poehler Lecture on Faith and Learning on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 7 p.m. in Buetow Music Center Auditorium at Concordia University, Saint Paul. The title of his presentation is "ἐξ... δι᾿... εἰς... (Romans 11:36): The Life of the Mind and the Multiversity."

An accomplished and highly respected member of the faculty since 1994, Dr. Mark Schuler's passion for Biblical Greek, the New Testament, and archaeology has inspired a generation of students. Dr. Schuler is co-founder of the university's Honors Program in litteris fideque. Between 2001 and 2016, he led annual trips to the Hippos Excavations, allowing students, faculty, staff, and community members to work alongside partners from the University of Haifa to uncover the ancient city of Hippos.

Among his publications is Called by the Gospel: An Introduction to the New Testament, with Michael Middendorf. Dr. Schuler is a member of the American Schools of Oriental Research, the American Institute of Archaeology, and the Society of Biblical Literature. His transition to collegiate education came after eight years of experience as a pastor at Lutheran congregations in Iowa and Missouri.

This event is free and open to the public. Reception to follow. More information here.

Greece and Oberammergau Travel Opportunity

Pastor Mark Tewes of Living Christ Lutheran Church in Chanhassen will be leading a trip to Greece and Oberammergau, Germany, with his wife, Deb, in August of 2020. Join them in visiting—both by cruise ship and by land travel—sites in Greece where the Apostle Paul traveled, began, or nurtured churches. Next will be a short stay in Ephesus, which is located in modern day Turkey. The visits to Greece and Turkey will give travelers a better perspective and unique insights about the circumstances and challenges that people faced at the time of the writing of Scripture.

The trip will end in Germany with the Oberammergau passion play, which is offered only one summer season every 10 years. The passion play is known around the world for the dedication of the people of Oberammergau. This opportunity becomes for many attendees a once-in-a-lifetime travel event. Our travel company, Jerusalem Tours, provides excellent service to those involved on their tours both to the Holy Land as well as other destinations.

Join Pastor Tewes and Deb for a wonderful tour which will give you a greater perspective and understanding of the Bible. For further information about this travel opportunity, the itinerary, and the cost, please contact Pastor Mark Tewes by e-mail at pmt@livingchrist.org or by phone at 952-934-5110 (church) or 952-200-2954 (cell).

Tiger Gala | March 9

Trinity Lone Oak Lutheran School warmly invites you to their annual gala/auction event in Eagan. This annual night of fellowship, fun, and fundraising helps keep tuition low for all students and families at the school. There are three ways you can be involved:

  1. Attend the gala.

  2. Sponsor a table.

  3. Make a donation for the silent auction.

More information, including tickets and donation registration, can be found here.

Main Street Living - update

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

Main Street Living offers a worship experience to the many who cannot, will not, or do not attend worship on a regular basis. Main Street Living airs from 10 to 11 a.m. each Sunday on WFTC channel 29/9-2. The first half hour is re-mastered episodes of the popular “This is the Life” TV series from Lutheran Hour Ministries. The second half hour is a modified Lutheran worship service featuring a message from a different Minnesota pastor each week.

Congregations are encouraged to share information about the program in their weekly bulletins and newsletters. Click here to download the bulletin announcements for February 24 - March 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.

If you want more information about this new ministry, please contact Pr. Schulze at the District office. The ministry is looking for lay leaders—and there’s an ongoing search for pastors to preach each Sunday.

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.

POBLO Presents "Epic Oud" with Ramy Adly | March 10

POBLO International Friendship Center welcomes you to enjoy Epic Oud, where sounds of epic music hit rock beats, a live performance with Ramy Adly. The oud is an ancient 11-stringed instrument central to Middle Eastern music tradition—even King David played one! Martin Luther played its cousin, the European lute.

There are two opportunities to attend this performance:

  1. Saturday, March 9 at 3 p.m. at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Bloomington. Click here for a flier.

  2. Sunday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Rochester. Click here for a flier.

A free will offering will be taken to support POBLO Rochester, with refreshments served after the concert.