LWML North Dakota District Convention


Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24, 2018

Clarion Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn), Minot, ND

Lift High the Name of Jesus

 

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, – Philippians 2:9-10 (ESV)

 

Keynote speaker:

Jan Wendorf

Mission speaker:

Rev. Bernie Seter

 

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the LWML!

 

Visit the Convention 2018 page for more information.

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Click here to find an LCMS church near your destination or along your route.

 

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LWML Summer Potluck & Mission Speaker at Holy Cross, Bismarck

Please join the LWML at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Bismarck, for a Summer Potluck and Mission Speaker on Wednesday, June 13, 6:00 p.m. All ages, men and women, are welcome. Our guest speaker will be North Dakota District President Rev. Arie Bertsch who will speak on local missions in North Dakota and the international mission projects our District supports.

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“Main Street Living North” June Update

This month we introduce Mark Jones, our MSLN Treasurer. Mark and wife Sheryl have been married for 34 years and have two grown daughters, Brianna and Andrea. They enjoy spending time with family, and course spoiling their granddaughters, Gwen and Evie. They attend Grace Lutheran Church in Fargo. Mark is an electronics engineer at John Deere in Fargo.

 One last reminder that the broadcast time for the Fargobased FOX television stations has now changed from 10:00am to 9:00am. (The Duluth based station will continue to broadcast their programs starting at 10:00am.)

 Please continue to help spread the word to your extended family and friends! In addition to viewing the TV programs Sunday mornings, please also let them know that they can watch all of the Fargobased archived programs at any time on line at www.mainstreetlivingnorth.com.

 To add your much needed financial support, checks may be sent to “Main Street Living North”, 821-5th Ave. S., Fargo, ND 58103, or donate by Credit Card or your PayPal account at: www.mainstreetlivingnorth.com.  Thank you and God’s blessing in Christ!

 “Main Street Living North” TV Programs for June 2018:

 June 3:      Rev. Chris Waldvogel, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND, presents today’s message: “Thank God it’s the Sabbath!” based on Mark 2:23-3:6. Hymns are: “Come,

      Thou Almighty King”, “Lord, take My Hand and Lead Me”, and “Go, My Children, with My Blessing”.

 

June 10:     Rev. Karl Weber, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Ottertail, MN, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Richville, MN, presents today’s message: “Jesus’ House Divided Speech!”

                   based on Mark 3:20-35. Hymns are: “Christ Be My Leader”, “All Hail The Power of Jesus Name”, and “The People That In darkness Sat”.

 

June 17:     Rev. Sean Daenzer, Trinity Lutheran Church, Great Bend, ND, presents today’s message: “A Church Full of Hypocrites”  based on Luke 15:1-32. Hymns are: “King of Love

                   My Shepherd Is”, A Mighty Fortress is our God”, and “The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want”.

 

June 24:     Rev. Guy Roberts, Zion Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, MN, p presents today’s message: “He is God, We are not.” based on the Book of Job. Hymns are: “Angels From the

                   Realms of Glory”, “Abide with Me”, and “Jesus Christ is Risen Today”.  

 

“MAIN STREET LIVING is a locally produced TV program that includes a 30 minute worship service led by participating pastors of the North Dakota and Minnesota North Districts of our LCMS, along with a 30 minute children’s program called “Kid’s Crossing”. Programs are broadcast at 9:00am Central time on the following FOX stations: 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, and cable and satellite systems carrying these stations, and archived on www.mainstreetlivingnorth.com.

 

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Recap of the Ark Encounter Bus Trip

Immanuel, Fargo’s third annual bus trip took 48 people to Kentucky to see the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter. This year, the bus originated in Bismarck, picking up people in Jamestown and Fargo. The weather was spring-like in North Dakota but we experienced snow from Fergus Falls all the way to Chicago. The accumulated snow was heaviest from Alexandria through Madison, Wisconsin. Our bus driver did a super job to get us to our destination!
Watch for future trips! People are interested in going to see a Minnesota Twins baseball game maybe in late August or September.  Also, there are lots of requests to see Christmas in Branson in 2019. Those two trips will fill a tour bus very quickly! Dates will be announced upon finalization of cost.
Ed Bean, Coordinator

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Higher Things Retreat

On April 20-21st, the Southeast Circuit hosted its Second Annual Higher Things Retreat. This year’s theme was, “The Christian Conscience,” which was taught by Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller. There were about 80 registrants at this year’s retreat, which was held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hankinson. The individuals, from approximately a dozen churches, attended 4 Services and 4 Sessions, along with games, a movie, and snacks.

 

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New Clavinova at St. John’s, McClusky

For many years the services at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McClusky, ND were faithfully accompanied by member organist, Shirley Jorgensen. Following her passing the congregation was left without an organist to take her place. Church member, Deb Sparrow, graciously stepped forward to provide piano music for the congregation, but the organ music was missed. Thoughts o purchasing an electronic piano which would allow us to switch between piano and organ music for church services began to emerge.
A committee was formed to research electronic keyboard brands, features, versatility, and connectivity to the sound system already in the church. In February 2018, the congregation voted to purchase a CP 405 Yamaha Clavinova, using money from the Church memorial fund.
Several church members dismantled and moved the large Baldwin organ in preparation for the Clavinova delivery and installation.
Psalm 95:1 says: “O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King.”
The ability to layer “voices” (additional instruments) to the piano or organ feature adds beauty to the service which would not be available in a small rural congregation such as ours. The voice of a trumpet and a clarinet was added to LSB hymn #457, Christ the Lord is Risen Today, for Easter service.
As we gather for worship at our Sunday services, along with the saints who have gone before us, we at St. John’s are thankful to those families who donated in memory of their loved ones, to use for the enhancement of our worship service.

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Women’s Coffee Retreat – Redeemer, Dickinson

A Women’s Coffee Retreat held on April 21 at Redeemer, Dickinson, with the theme, “Sip, Savor, and Drink Deeply” was a great success with almost 35 in attendance! What a wonderful “coffee party” around God’s Word and author Deb Burma’s devotional materials.  Enjoyed food, fun, and fellowship and six women went home with a door prize, a beautiful coffee mug, designed by Kari Morast, owner of Mama Bear Creations and member of Redeemer.  Everyone received a purple keychain created by Megan Fair, LWML Young Woman Enthusiast, and owner of Meg-nif-o-cent Creations. Everyone also had the opportunity to mix and take home a vanilla latte mix with a special attached label “Sending You a Latte Love” and Bible verse.

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“Main Street Living” TV Program – May Update


This month we introduce Douglas Schmitz, the Vice President of our Main Street Living North Board of Directors. Douglas grew up on a farm near Red Lake Falls, Minnesota. He graduated from UMC, Crookston and NDSU, Fargo, with a degree in agricultural economics and finance. He farmed with his father for a year between colleges. He then worked for an insurance holding company for four years before starting his career as a financial advisor. Over the past thirty years, Douglas has been able to help many people answer complex financial questions. Douglas met his wonderful wife, Rebekah, in college at NDSU. Rebekah has a childcare business in their home in North Fargo. They have four adult children, two of which are teachers, one is a DCE, and one is a chemical engineer. Douglas and Rebekah have been blessed with three grandchildren, and a fourth one on the way. They have spent more than thirty years as active members of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Moorhead. Thank you, Douglas, for your many hours of volunteer work for MSLN!

Also, just a quick reminder that the broadcast time for the Fargo based FOX television stations has now changed from 10:00 am to 9:00 am. (The Duluth based station will continue to broadcast their programs starting at 10:00 am.)

Please continue to help spread the word to your extended family and friends! In addition to viewing the TV programs Sunday mornings, please also let them know that they can watch all of the Fargo based archived programs at any time on line at www.mainstreetlivingnorth.com.

To add your much needed financial support, checks may be sent to “Main Street Living North,” 821-5th Ave. S., Fargo, ND 58103, or donate by Credit Card or your PayPal account at www.mainstreetlivingnorth.com. Thank you and God’s blessing in Christ!

“Main Street Living North” TV Programs for May 2018:

May 6: Rev. Tim Schilller, Good Shepherd Lutheran, Alexandria, MN, presents today’s message: “God Will Wipe Away Every Tear” based on Revelation 21:4. Hymns are: “O Bless the Lord My Soul,” “King of Love My Shepherd Is,” and “Alas and Did My Savior Bleed.”

May 13: Rev. Adam Moline, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hankinson, ND, and St. John’s Lutheran Church, Belford, ND, presents today’s message: “Exaudi” based on John 15:26- 16:4 Hymns are: “Christ Be My Leader” and “The Day of Resurrection”.

May 20: Rev. John M. Christensen, Trinity Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls, MN, presents today’s message: “A Lasting Pentecost Miracle” based on Genesis 11:1-9. Hymns are: “Alleluia, Alleluia! Hearts to Heaven”, “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,” and “Go My Children with My Blessing.”

May 27: Rev. Larry Harvala, Congregational Care Counselor for MN North District LCMS, presents today’s message: “God So Loved You” based on John 3:16. Hymns are: “Come Thou Almighty King,” “The Church’s One Foundation,” and “Go My Children With My Blessing.”

“MAIN STREET LIVING” is a locally produced TV program that includes a 30-minute worship service led by participating pastors of the North Dakota and Minnesota North Districts of our LCMS, along with a 30-minute children’s program called “Kid’s Crossing.” Programs are broadcast at 9:00 am Central time on the following FOX stations: 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, and cable and satellite systems carrying these stations, and archived on www.mainstreetlivingnorth.com.

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Church Workers Scholarship Deadline Quickly Approaches

The deadline for applications for a scholarship from the North Dakota District for the 2018-19 school year is June 1. The scholarship is for students enrolled in an LCMS college/university or seminary preparing for full-time church work. For an application, please contact your financial aid office.

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Called to Glory – Rev. Charles Johnson 1948-2018

On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, the gracious and merciful Lord Jesus Christ called home His faithful servant Reverend Charles Earl Johnson to be with Him in heaven.

Arrangements are as follows:
Visitation from 5-7 p.m. with prayer service at 7 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Beautiful Savior, 2601 23rd Ave. S Fargo, ND 58103

Funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at Beautiful Savior.

Pastors should bring their red stoles for funeral service.

Click here to read Pastor Johnson’s obituary.

Heavenly Father, into whose keeping we entrust our loved ones, help us to look to You in our time of sorrow, remembering the cloud of faithful witnesses with which we are surrounded. Grant that we may one day share in the joys of those who now rest in your presence; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. (LSB p.316)

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Rural Church Experiences Blessings Working Together

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, organized in 1902, has shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people of the Upham, Newburg, Deering, and Towner communities for 116 years. In 1907 it became a two-point parish with St. John’s; in 1999, Bethlehem/St. John became one congregation with Rev. Daryl Rothchild, Pastor.  The present edifice was built in 1950.
             The winter of 2017 saw record snowfall in this north central area of the state and when it melted Bethlehem’s basement was covered with a foot of water. At the July 5, 2017 voter’s meeting, it was decided to abandon the basement and build a 2700 sq. ft. addition to the west of the present structure including parish hall, kitchen, office, and storage room. The front entrance would also be extended allowing ground-level access and a “lift” installed for handicap accessibility. Work began immediately with members using their talents, skills, and resources, giving glory to God. Working together was a time of fellowship and growth among members. The present sanctuary was also painted, and new carpet was installed, giving the entire building a unified appearance and face-lift.
             The record snowfall also became a blessing to this farming community. With very limited rainfall in the spring and summer of 2017, the sub-soil moisture sustained the crops and resulted in a good harvest.  Members were able to make generous contributions to this project, and all the bills have been paid.
             Our first Worship Service was December 17, 2017, five months after starting this project. The parish hall has excellent facilities for bible class with a pull-down screen and all-around sound system. It is great for large gatherings. The kitchen cabinets were cleaned, sanitized, and placed in the new kitchen where they are being used once again. It is a joy to worship and work together with fellow saints in these pleasant surroundings.
             During the summer of 2018, plans are to remodel the present washrooms, making them handicap accessible, also.
All Glory be to God!

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