Nov 16 2017

Main Street Living North – December Update




We CELEBRATE our first year of Sunday forenoon broadcasting the Good News of Jesus Christ through our MSLN TV ministry program! During this time, nearly all of our LCMS pastors within the broadcast area of our ND & MN North Districts have led a 30-minute worship service which has aired at 10:00 am on the FOX TV and cable stations in the eastern half of ND and the western half of northern Minnesota!


As this update is being written in mid-November, we currently have funds to cover broadcasting fees only through the first Sunday in December – and therefore any special CHRISTmas gifts received would be greatly appreciated and needed! It is our hope and prayer that viewership and donations will continue to increase during our upcoming second year of broadcasting; however the next several months will be crucial for the financial support of our relatively new LCMS TV ministry!


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 on line 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 Program Upcoming Broadcasts:

“MAIN STREET LIVING NORTH is a locally produced TV program that includes a 30minute 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

December 3, 2017:     Rev. Tom Eckstein of Concordia Lutheran Church, Jamestown, ND, presents todays message: Eve: Waiting for Jesusbased on Genesis 3:8-15.

December 10, 2017:     Rev. Jonathan Durkoop of Trinity English Lutheran, LaMoure, ND, and Trinity Lutheran Church, Adrian, ND, presents the message: “Patiently Waiting”  based on 2 Peter 3: 8-14.

December 17, 2017:     Rev. Chris Brademeyer of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Oakes, ND, presents the message: “What You Hear and See” based on Matthew 11:2-11.

December 24, 2017:     Rev. Matthew Harrison, President of the LCMS presents the message.

December 31, 2017:     Rev. Jamison Hardy, Vice President of the LCMS presents the message.


Please see the full update here for the bulletin announcements.


Thank you! / Ken Koehler / Main Street Living North / 11.14.17

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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 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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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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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 or call 800-843-5233.

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Jun 08 2017

DBGR Youth Sharing a Sweet Act of Love!

Youth at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch in Minot helping a 10-year-old girl they have never met!

On Saturday, March 4th as part of a Spiritual Life Event, youth at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch baked and packaged over 450 caramel and frosted cinnamon rolls as a fundraiser for Jurnee Rust. Jurnee is a 4th grader from Minot who has an inoperable brain tumor and has been undergoing treatment at the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. One female Ranch resident said, “No matter how much I help, even if it is just packaging a few caramel rolls, I know I help.” Another shared, “[the] best thing was knowing I was helping a little girl that needs help.” Ranch staff placed orders for the rolls and generously donated toward the cause.

The Ranch youth also made beautiful and powerful posters and cards for Jurnee. Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Chaplain, Rick Jones, shares, “The youth at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch have been through a lot so they know what it is like to go through a struggle like this. When they see an opportunity to connect with someone else who is going through something similar, it is a powerful thing. They are so gracious and supportive. They don’t want to see anybody hurting or in pain. It was incredibly humbling to see our residents reach out with compassion and mercy to this girl that they have never met.”

This was the second of two roll sale fundraisers for Jurnee Rust. The first, in February, was led by Erin Dodd and friends at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Minot (where Jurnee and her family are members), baking and selling over 1300 rolls! Thrivent Financial generously issued a grant to get things started with the purchase of some supplies and feeding volunteers. Erin Dodd shares, “When we learned of Jurnee’s tumor, I immediately wanted to do something to help in a financial way. I am a mom of three girls and my oldest is the same age as Jurnee. So, it hits close to home. The support we have received has been overwhelming and incredibly humbling.”

Pictured Left to Right: Volunteers Erin Dodd, Betsy Jones, Chaplain Rick Jones

If you are interested in learning more about Jurnee Rust, visit her Facebook page “Healing for Jurnee”. Cards can be mailed to Jurnee:
Jurnee Rust
Ronald McDonald House
621 Oak Street
Minneapolis, MN 5541

Please pray for Jurnee’s healing!

To learn more about Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch and the work they do for at-risk youth, go to or call 1-800-344-0957.

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Apr 19 2017

Our Savior Lutheran, Minot’s Mission Trip to Mexico!

From February 25th through March 4th, a group of 16 members from Our Savior Lutheran Church in Minot, ND traveled down to Juarez, Mexico for a mission trip. Together with Ysleta Lutheran Mission out of El Paso, TX, they built two homes for families in great need!

High school student, Ashley Davis, shares this about her experience, “This trip tested me; it tested my patience, trust, and level 1 Spanish skills. It also overwhelmed me.

Mark Haugen said this at the first meeting: there’s so much hurt in the world- so much hurt in Juárez and in Kilometer 30- and you can either do a little, or you can do nothing. And I want to do a little. For me, that looked like making bracelets, hanging laundry, and chasing kids. It also looked like spreading tar, hammering nails, and carrying sheetrock. It can look like so many different things, but there’s one thing I know for certain: I want to keep doing what I can. I want to keep doing a little.”

A little becomes A LOT when Jesus is in it! Though sponsored by Our Savior Lutheran Church, this yearly mission trip is open to anyone in the district.

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