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:

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

to share with your congregation and friends.

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Jan 11 2018

Mercy Meals Report

Report for LLL Quarterly meeting of 1/9/2018

*Activity this past quarter:

Three events held for Mercy Meals packing

October 21, 2017   –  ND Jr. High Youth Gathering, Bismarck     10,368  meals packed by 124 volunteers

November 15, 2017  –  Zion Lutheran Church, Bismarck              40,626  meals packed by 130 volunteers

December 10, 2017   –   Concordia Lutheran Church, Jamestown       231 meals packed by 6 volunteers

Running total since our first event in 2015 = 230,272 meals packed


Current total in account = $12,612.43

Planned spending for next quarter (approximate):   $10,000. for supplies/product

$150. for new sealers

$130. for gas

*Activities on the calendar

One Mercy Meals event on schedule in March (date TBD) for Grace Point church in Bismarck.  Planning to pack 50,000 meals this time (26,089 last year). Also on the calendar, the ND LWML District Convention on June 22-23 in Minot.

Other groups that have expressed an interest for a date sometime this Spring are Our Savior Lutheran Church in Minot and a Mayville college/community group.


Planning to ship to Liberia (hopefully this month) 96,768 meals.  Waiting for final paperwork before a shipping date is determined.


Respectfully submitted by Andrea Eckstein, President of Mercy Meals of North Dakota

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Jan 07 2018

Scholarship Deadline Approaching!

CLARIFICATION: Any LCMS students in the ND District who are graduating seniors ‘or current college students with at least one full semester remaining’ can apply. Applications for the LCEF scholarship are now being accepted.

Deadline is January 31, 2018.

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Jan 07 2018

“Main Street Living North” TV Program



Introducing our Production Staff:

This month we introduce our webmaster, Dallas Rosin. Dallas built and hosts our website. He also updates the site every week to include the MSLN Worship Services. All programs are also all archived, and so can be viewed at any time by going to


Dallas and his wife Elissa and children Elijah, Lydia, Evelyn and James are members of Concordia Lutheran Church in Jamestown, where he previously served as their youth worker for many years. Dallas currently works at the University of Jamestown as their web coordinator and has been teaching a few courses in web design. Thank you, Dallas for all of your volunteer hours given to Main Street Living North!


Please also continue to help spread the word to your extended family and friends! In addition to viewing the TV program at 10:00 am each Sunday morning (on the FOX TV and/or cable station in their area), please let them know that they can watch all of the archived programs at any time online at


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:

Thank you and God’s blessing in Christ!


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

January 7:       Special Guest, Rev. Scott Sailer, S.D. District President, LCMS, presents today’s message.

January 14:      Rev. Matthew Meyer, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Calloway, MN, presents today’s message: “Faith Like Samuel” based on I Samuel 3:1-10. Hymns are: “Seek Ye First”, “Christ Be My Leader”, and “Be Still My Soul”.

January 21:      Rev. Jeffrey Ross, St. John Lutheran Church, Garfield, MN, presents today’s message: “God Relented” based on Jonah 3:10. Hymns are: “Today Your Mercy Calls Us”, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”, and “Now Thank We All Our God”.

January 28:      Rev. Dean Bell, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Ada, MN, presents today’s message: “More Than Expected!” based on St. Mark 1:21-28. Hymns are: “Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me” and “Go, My Children, With My Blessing”.


“MAIN STREET LIVING NORTH” 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”. It is broadcast each Sunday at 10:00 am Central time on 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


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Jan 07 2018

Book Discussion in Fargo

Join the people of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Fargo for a new book discussion.
January 20, 2018 from 9 am to 1 pm.
Immanuel Lutheran Church is located at 1258 Broadway St. N, Fargo, ND

Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? by Matthew Richard
When’s the last time you stepped up to the counter and ordered one medium-size Jesus, extra generous, and heavy on the bling? Wait. What?
Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? not only reminds us who the real Jesus of the Bible is, but also reveals to us twelve false christs who are embraced, loved, promoted, and revered, even by well-meaning Christians.

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Nov 13 2017

Do you want something published in the eNews?

Attention!! We have a new editor for the eNews!

Is there something you want published in the eNews and/or Please send your submissions to our Webmaster, Marie, at
The eNews is send it out on or around the first week of every month to people all around our District and beyond.

We’d be more than happy to share information like…

  • A congregational event, celebration, or milestone(including photos!)
  • A family event of one of our called workers (marriage of children, child’s graduation or military service, death of a loved one, etc)
  • A special speaker at your congregation and you want the members of the district invited to join with you.
  • A historical tidbit about your congregation
  • An event or announcement from your District’s task force, committee, auxiliary, or circuit
  • Well, you get the idea…

While you may think the district office knows all this stuff, we probably don’t, and we need you to tell us!


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Nov 08 2017

Orphan Grain Train – North Dakota Branch Newsletter

Check out the October, November, December Newsletter here:

OGT North Dakota Newsletter

Minor correction to the newsletter: The number of Mercy Meals boxes ready to go in the warehouse is 448 (the bigger number included boxes that have already been sent).

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Nov 08 2017

Southeast Circuit Reformation Divine Service

400 members of the congregations of the Southeast Circuit of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod gathered at Trinity Lutheran Church Great Bend on Sunday October 29th to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The service was well appreciated. The pastors processed into together and jointly led Divine Service Setting Three with great dignity and reverence. The Sunday School students from the circuit all gathered to sing in unison “Lord Keep us Steadfast in Your Word.” A Circuit Adult Choir sang a motet as well the propers of the day. Holy Communion was received for the forgiveness of all who attended.

Following the worship service, the circuit took a joint photo and then headed to Hankinson for a giant potluck at the local Community Center. An offering totaling over $2500 was collected to support our campus ministry at UND and a new church plant in Watford City, ND.

Attendees came from the following churches – Immanuel Wahpeton, Immanuel Hankinson, St. John’s Belford, Peace, Barney, Trinity Great Bend, Immanuel Lidgerwood, Holy Cross Lidgerwood, Zion Gwinner, Redeemer Lisbon.


Pictures by Serenity Richard Photography. To view more pictures visit:

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Oct 25 2017

Introducing New Business Manager – Tami Ulland

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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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Aug 01 2017

Salary Guidelines

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

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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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