Oct 11 2017

Reformation Walk

Martin Luther School
Bismarck, ND

October 28, 2017

Click here for the 11×17 Printable Reformation Walk Poster

More information below.

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Oct 11 2017

LCMS ND District 22nd Annual Youth Gathering

For grades 6 and up!

Ramada Inn, 1400 East Interchange Ave, Bismarck, ND

October 19 (7pm) – October 21 (noon)
Sponsored by Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod Life Together Standing Committee

Check the Downloads page for all the forms needed for the Gathering.

Plan for loads of fun!
Including, but not limited to:

  • Bible Study by Rev. Travis Hartjen
  • Mercy Meals Packing
  • Interest Sessions
  • Small Group Devotions
  • Games your Mom won’t let you play in the living room
  • Worship Service at Bethel
  • Guest Musicians: 100 White Flags
  • Master Chalk Artist: Bob Upgren, Bismarck

Don’t delay! Register today! Forms are located on the Downloads page!

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Oct 01 2017

Reformation Mission Festival Service

Sunday, October 29, 2017

4:00 pm

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Grand Forks

In honor of the 500th Anniversary of the posting of the 95 Theses on the church door of Wittenberg, the Crookston Circuit of MN North and the NE Circuit of ND are hosting a dual district Reformation Mission Festival Service to be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Grand Forks, ND.

  • The Rev. Doug Thompson, missionary pastor to Sierra Leone Africa, will be our guest preacher.
  • A free-will offering will be received to support his work overseas.
  • A Potluck Meal will be served following the service.


Please mark your calendars, set up a carpool to attend and plan on joining us. If you have any questions please feel free to contact David Laue at  dlegfmn@gmail.com

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Sep 23 2017

New Business Manager for the North Dakota District!

The North Dakota District LCMS Board of Directors has hired a new Business Manager, Tama (Tami) Ulland. Tami will also be representing Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) in North Dakota.

Tami is a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management. For the past 23 years, she has worked for the city of Minto as the city auditor where she handled all aspects of city government as the only office employee. She has also worked for Harriston Industries, Life Skills, and Transition Center, Grand Forks County and Midwest Federal Savings Bank.

Tami lives in Minto with her husband, Doug. They have three grown children, Ryan, Haley, and Brock. The Ullands are members at Zion English Lutheran Church in Grafton where Tami is the youth director and the LWML president. She served the North Dakota District this past triennium on the District Board of Directors. Tami also serves as the vice president for the Northeast Zone LWML. Tami grew into her faith at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Willow Creek which is still “home.”

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Sep 15 2017

Lutheran World Relief Fall Drive 2017

We are having a fall drive as there is a shortage of the below listed items. The dates for the drive are October 16th – October 20th.   Please inform your congregation of these dates and times.
Have you ever wondered where in the world you’re Quilts and Kits travel? With the new Quilt and Kit tracker, you can find out! Visit lwr.org/tracker for more information. For the most recent Quilt and Kit guidelines, visit lwr.org/kits, call 800-597-5972, or email lwr@lwr.org.
October 16-20
9 AM – 6 PM
Midwest Motor Express
314 27th St. N., Fargo ND
October 16-17
9 AM – 6 PM
Midwest Motor Express
77 9th Ave. E., Dickinson, ND
October 17-18
9 AM – 5 PM
Please Note
First Lutheran Church
New Location!
916 Main St Williston ND
October 19-20
9 AM – 6 PM
Midwest Motor Express
5015 Main Ave. E, Bismark ND
October 19-20
9 AM – 5 PM
Midwest Motor Express
1900 22nd Ave. SE, Minot ND
October 19-20
9 AM – 6 PM
Midwest Motor Express
2215 N. Washington, Grand Forks ND
Packaging Instructions from Lutheran World Relief:
  1. Please DO NOT use plastic or paper bags to pack donations.
  2. Donations should be sorted by category and packed in separate boxes.
  3. Use strong cartons secured with packing tape.
  4. Do not allow box weight to exceed forty (40) pounds.
  5. Label each box as follows:
  • Name and address of congregation
  • Contents of box
Please be prepared to load boxes into the trucks; assistance will not be available at the drop off sites.
NEEDS LIST (there is an equal need for all items):
  • Quilts
  • Blankets
  • School Kits
  • Personal Care Kits
  • Fabric Kits
  • Baby Care Kits
  • New commercial bar soap
Thank you for your commitment and assistance in making the Lutheran World Relief Fall Drive a success!
Matt Tuneberg
Midwest Warehouse
Agent for Lutheran World Relief
South St. Paul, MN 55075

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Aug 29 2017

Salary Guidelines

The 2018 Ordained Salary Guidelines are here and ready for your congregation planning.

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Aug 02 2017

Main Street Living North Update

Dear Pastors and Congregations of the Minnesota North & North Dakota Districts:


As you are aware by now, our two districts are jointly participating in a new venture called “MAIN STREET LIVING NORTH”, a locally produced TV ministry that began airing in January of this year on Sunday forenoons at 10:00 am in the eastern half of ND and northern MN.


The hour-long program includes 30 minutes of an abbreviated worship service led by the pastors of our LCMS district congregations. The service is followed by a 30-minute Sunday School style children’s portion called “Kid’s Crossing”.


The program is specifically designed for the home bound, assisted living and nursing homes, and all other individuals who are at their homes Sunday mornings. It is also our hope that some of these viewers may also be drawn to our churches through this outreach.


Financial Support Is Needed: The purchase of TV broadcast time is $925/Sunday. We believe this is well worth the cost due to the large viewing area of the four FOX affiliated stations carrying this program: (KVRR Fargo-Moorhead Channel 15.1, KBRR Thief River Falls-Grand Forks Channel 10.1, KJRR Jamestown Channel 7.1, KNRR Pembina Channel 12.1, PLUS the cable and satellite systems carrying these stations). All programs are also archived for viewing at any time online at www.mainstreetlivingnorth.com.


This program receives its financial support from three main sources: congregational budgets, members of our congregations, and other viewers. While it is our hope that an increased amount of financial support will eventually come from “viewers”, we realize that building viewership is going to take time; therefore we will need to rely on our own congregations – at least to start with.


We are therefore asking that each of our district congregations (and/or multi-site parish agreements) would prayerfully consider sponsoring the cost of at least one Sunday’s broadcast each year. Some may be able to sponsor more than one.


As of May 22nd, MSLN has received enough contributions to cover the cost of air time to broadcast only through the end of this July. We realize that 2017 budgets are already set; nevertheless, we are hopeful that some funding might be able to be found or approved to assist MSLN for this year yet, as well as for future budgets. Checks may be sent to “Main Street Living North”, 821-5th Ave. S., Fargo, ND 58103.


Sincerely in Christ,

Ken Koehler / Main Street Living North

Rev. Arie Bertsch / LCMS North Dakota District President



NOTE: Although the viewing area of this TV program covers approximately the eastern half of ND and the western half of northern Minnesota, all programs can also be viewed at www.mainstreetlivingnorth.com.

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Aug 02 2017


January 12-13, 2018

Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads, St. John, ND

Beyond 500: Why the Heart and Sola of the Reformation still Matters!

A presentation focusing on the Four Solas of our Lutheran Heritage…

Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Fides, and Solus Christus.


Rev. Dr. Jim Gimbel
President of Concordia Lutheran Seminary Edmonton, Alberta

Pastor Gimbel, a native Minnesotan, began ministry at Zion Kramer and Gardena, ND in 1985. During that time he helped Faith, Towner organize before moving to serve as Campus Pastor at NDSU and youth pastor at Immanuel, Fargo, then becoming Sr. Pastor at Immanuel. During that time he was heavily involved in ND District youth ministry, including servant events at the prior Shepherd’s Hill location. In 1996 he accepted the call to serve as Sr. Editor of Youth, Family, and Sunday School Materials at CPH. In 2002 he accepted the call to be Professor of Leadership and Ministry at Concordia, St. Paul. During those years at CPH and CSP, out of a deep love for parish ministry, he served seven vacancy and interim ministries. In 2014 he was elected President of Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton, Alberta, the western seminary of Lutheran Church–Canada. He and Jill have been married 39 years, and have three grown, married children: Andy, Abby, and Jo, and five living grandchildren.

For over 25 years men have enjoyed the camaraderie of these retreats – thought-provoking Scripture-based presentations, fellowship, music, good food, card games, skeet shooting, etc.

Father & son duos are encouraged to come.

Begins with 6 P.M. Supper Friday, January 12th – ends 3:30 P.M. Saturday

Cost – $80.

Includes: 3 meals, lodging, speaker, snacks, games, fireside chats, etc.

Bring: Bible, bed roll, personal items, warm clothing, & friends


Contact Corey Isaak to register:

Call 701-281-0240 or E-mail: corey.isaak@gracefargo.org

Click here for the printable 2018 ND District Mens Winter Retreat flier

to share with your congregation and friends.

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Aug 01 2017

Adding to the Archives


As congregations celebrate their anniversaries, remember to send a copy of the publications that they make for these events to ND LCMS Archives located in Fargo. Lutheran Annuals from 2004 to 2014, would be greatly appreciated, as well.

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Jun 26 2017

Little Free Pantry

You might have heard of Little Free Libraries, that you can put books in and out of, but have you heard of a Little Free Pantry? It’s the same concept as the library, but this box holds food instead of books.
After months of building six pantries for the community, students who go to Career Academy in Bismarck finally got to see their hard work pay off. Boxes were placed at Shepherd of the Valley Church, Bismarck, and Pioneer Elementary School. People who walk by can either take or place a food item in the pantry.

“It’s one of those acts of mercy as Christ cares for us. He cared for us so much that he died and rose again for us, and he wants us to care for those in need. This is just one simple way that we can be caring for people in need,” said Pastor Les Wolfgram.

Click on the link below to see the video in its entirety as it was reported by KFYR TV news.


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Jun 26 2017

LWML ND Mission Grant Applications Due SOON!!

Do you know of an organization who could benefit from the prayers and mites of LWML North Dakota District?

There is not much time left to apply, and the LWML ND District Mission Grants Committee is eagerly awaiting your grant application for the next biennium. Applications are due by Sept. 30, 2017 and available here.
We are looking for recipients who are Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod entities or who have Recognized Service Organization Status with the LCMS.

Our bylaws state: Ministries seeking funding should

(1) be mission in emphasis, extending the ministry of the Word;
(2) fit into the plans and projections of the LCMS;
(3) be current and ready for implementation;
(4) be on-going in nature, continuing after the grant money has been expended.

For more information contact Bonnie Krenz, Vice President of Mission Grants at missiongrants@ndlwml.org.

See the District Grant Proposal Form for more details.

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Jun 08 2017

Austin Bieri Awarded 2017 North Dakota LCEF Scholarship

Austin is the 2017 North Dakota District (NDD) Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) $1,000 Scholarship winner.

A member of Concordia Lutheran Church, Jamestown, North Dakota, Austin will graduate from Jamestown High School (JHS) this spring. He plans on attending Minnesota State University of Moorhead in the fall.

“The points I like most [about] LCEF’s mission are ‘sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ’ and ‘ensuring that funds and services are available now and in the future,'” wrote Austin in his scholarship essay. “I have served on North Dakota’s LCMS youth council for three years now, and I know firsthand how incredibly pleasing it is to share God’s Word . . . and how difficult and expensive it can be. …It’s comforting to know that a Christ-centered organization is out there and willing to help.”

Both Austin’s pastor, Rev. Tom Eckstein, and his JHS English Teacher and National Honor Society Advisor Tammy Mullowney wrote about Austin’s involvement at church, his extensive leadership skills and a willingness to serve in their letters of recommendation.

“Most notably, Austin is the President of North Dakota Lutheran Youth Fellowship. …Austin’s ability to successfully juggle school, work and a state office is a testament to his responsible and serving nature,” wrote Mullowney.

North Dakota District LCEF is blessed to provide annual scholarships to active, faith-filled Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) students such as Austin. A total of 16 scholarships were chosen this spring. There are seven scholarships remaining to be announced; three from Minnesota South District and four from North Wisconsin District. Follow our newsfeed and Facebook page for the most current awards.

For more information on how you can become an investment or loan partner with the ministry of church extension, visit lcef.org or call 800-843-5233.

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