125th Anniversary at Trinity, Jasper | June 8-9

Trinity Lutheran Church in Jasper, MN, invites you to join in thanking God for 125 years of ministry in the Jasper area. The two-day celebration will include reflections, fellowship, worship, and food.

Saturday, June 8

1:30 to 4 p.m. // Coffee and treats with former pastors and the community.

5 p.m. // Dinner and program, featuring former pastor. Please contact to RSVP if you’d like to join us for dinner.

Sunday, June 9

10 a.m. // Worship service. If you would like to participate in the choir, please contact us.

11:30 a.m. // Picnic lunch at Jasper City Park. RSVP requested.

If you have any questions—or to RSVP for Saturday’s dinner or Sunday’s picnic lunch—please call 605-261-5320 or email keith@papik.com.

More details can be found at https://threestrandsparish.com/whats-new/

Mother's Day Buffet & Plant Sale | May 12

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Prior Lake invites all to join them on Sunday, May 12, for a Mother’s Day buffet and plant sale. The buffet will be available from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m and the plant sale from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

All proceeds from the day will go toward the youth groups.

Buffet tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Enjoy a wide assortment of food, including roast beef, baked chicken, baked ham, mashed potatoes, choice of vegetables, beverages, and—of course—Pastor Parrish’s famous pies.

The plant sale will have many different varieties of annuals, plants for pots, hanging plants, patio pots, and a selection of vegetables.

For more information, visit Immanuel’s website or call the church office at 952-492-6010 (M - F, 8 a.m - 2 p.m.).

Annual Spring Fair | May 4

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Trinity Lutheran Church in Farmington, MN, is having their annual spring fair this Saturday from 5 - 7 p.m.! Their hot roast beef sandwiches are legendary in the area. There will also be kids’ games and a bake sale / country store.

Tickets are $10 (ages 13+), $8 (seniors & youth), or free (children ages 6 and under). Large families don’t need to be afraid of a large bill! Take advantage of the $25 whole family price.

Trinity First Spring Musical | May 22-23

Everyone is invited to join Trinity First Lutheran School students at the E.M. Pearson Theatre at Concordia University, St. Paul for the annual Trinity First School Spring Musical.

The musical this year is Flocks, Rocks, and a Giant Who Mocks, written by Terri Bentz with music by Rev. Tom Gundermann.

Performances are Wednesday and Thursday, May 22 and 23, 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. each day. Note that the Wednesday morning performance is a dress rehearsal but guests are welcome. No tickets needed—freewill offering at the door.

Big Fish (spring musical) | selected dates May 2 - 12

St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights invites all to see its 26th annual spring Broadway musical, Big Fish. The musical follows traveling salesman Edward Bloom and his son Will, who’s trying to find the truth behind his father’s tall tales.

Performances:

  • Thursdays, May 2 & 9 @ 7 p.m.

  • Fridays, May 3 & 10 @ 7 p.m.

  • Saturdays, May 4 & 11 @ 7 p.m. (preceded by dinner / social hour at 5:45 p.m.)

  • May 5 & 12 @ 2 p.m.

Tickets:

$10 each. Call the church at 763-788-9427 or email Carol Blase to reserve tickets.

This event benefits the church’s drama department and youth mission trips.

Living with God Torah Lectures

Dr. Thomas Trapp, retired Concordia Professor of Old Testament and retired parish pastor, will be rerecording the first 10 lectures—Genesis to Deuteronomy—of his 50-lecture Living With God Old Testament series. The lectures will take place at Spirit of Christ Lutheran Church, Ham Lake, beginning Wednesday, April 24, and finishing at the end of June. The church is located about a half hour north of Saint Paul, between I-65 (to the west) and Lexington Ave. (to the east).

Each Wednesday lecture will be held at 1 - 3 p.m. All are welcome. So that he can plan for seating, please email Dr. Trapp or call (651-645-2223) to RSVP or ask any questions. 

Oberammergau Travel Opportunity | August 2020

Pastor Bob Gehrke of South Shore Trinity Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake will be leading a trip to Germany—including Oberammergau—with his wife, Lynn, August 11-21, 2020. Join them in visiting Berlin and Potsdam. Then, follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther, starting in Wittenberg and travelling to other Luther sites. (Many of them were recently renovated for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.) Next, we will visit Nürnberg and finally travel to Oberammergau for their Passion Play, which is only put on every 10 years.

This opportunity becomes for many attendees a once-in-a-lifetime travel event. Our travel company, Trans World Travel, Inc., knows their customers expect quality hotels in central locations, the services of an excellent tour manager, and some of the best seats for the Passion Play—all of which will be provided on this tour.

Contact Information: Why not join Pastor Gehrke and Lynn for a wonderful, memorable tour? For further information about this travel opportunity, the itinerary, and the cost, please contact Pastor Bob Gehrke by e-mail at pastorgehrke@gmail.com or by phone at 651-429-4293 (church) or 651-503-7032 (cell).

Coaching & Mediating People through Conflict Training | May 8-11

South Shore Trinity, White Bear Lake, will host the Ambassadors of Reconciliation practicums Coaching People through Conflict and Mediating People through Conflict. These practicums prepare anyone—reconcilers, pastors, elders, teachers, and parents—to guide people to reconcile through biblical counsel. Everyone can benefit from this training since we all, at times, give advice to others responding to conflict.

What: Coaching & Mediating People through Conflict training
When: May 8 - 11
Where: South Shore Trinity, White Bear Lake
Who: Anyone interested

Register here today!

Ephrathah Gallery ft. Artist Sarah Nelson | through May 31

The Ephrathah Gallery at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Minnetonka, invites you to see the work of artist Sarah Nelson. This show celebrates the wonder of spring and hints at the miracle of resurrection.

In “Golden,” Sarah takes us into the intimate world of bees and the living things that need them. Like many of God’s creatures, the bee reminds us of Jesus. It disappears for the months of winter and then returns to pollinate the earth, sparking the new growth of spring.

Sarah’s work draws us down to the intimate level of these precious creatures who have been imperiled by toxic elements in our environment. Her work is an affirmation of God’s ability to bring renewal again and again.

Sarah Nelson’s show will be up through the end of May. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Visitors are welcome to stop in anytime.

The High Cost of Free Love | April 24

Teens (grade 7+), parents, and leaders are invited to a free presentation by international speaker Pam Stenzel on the hot topic of dating and sex from a Christian and biblical perspective. Pam has counseled thousands of teens who have had to learn the consequences of sex the hard way. She wonderfully shares God’s wisdom and love with candor, humor, and the Gospel. It’s time that all our teens got all the information on the emotional, physical, and spiritual consequences or blessings of sex in today’s world.

Teens who are convinced God’s way is best often feel alone. At this event, they will be surrounded by hundreds who trust His way is best and be reminded that they are not alone. This presentation is for all who are grades 7 and up. Please come and bring your youth, parents, and leaders. Refreshments will be served after the presentation. Click here for an event flier.

Contact Pastor Jon Vollrath with any questions at 507-272-3104.

What: The High Cost of Free Love by Pam Stenzel
When: April 24, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Where: St. Charles Borromeo, St. Charles, MN
Who: Teens (grade 7+), parents, and leaders

Ladies' Spring Brunch | April 13

St. Paul's Lutheran Church and School in Prior Lake invites all women to attend their annual Ladies’ Spring Brunch from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Bring your mother, sisters, and friends for an inspiring morning of faith and fellowship featuring guest speaker Sarah Legband! We will focus on Job 33:4 – “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

Please bring a new or gently used purse for our mission project. Tickets are $15/person and can be purchased at the church. Questions? Contact Tamara Lamers by phone (612-877-0051) or email.

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.