Main Street Living Media Ministry – October Update

ELECTION DAY WILL SOON BE HERE, and because God has established Civil Government for the good of our fallen world (see Romans 13), it is very important that we as Christians actively participate in the structure of government under which we live. Therefore, we are to work for laws and elect civil representatives that will best represent God’s revealed will and the good of our neighbor. While there are hundreds of issues to consider, let us remember that a person needs to be alive to enjoy any of the benefits of civil government’s laws and provisions. Therefore, the sanctity of human life naturally rises to the top of issues – both from a biblical view and as declared in the Declaration of Independence, which rightly lists “life” first among the unalienable rights endowed by our Creator! We, therefore, have a high responsibility to know the positions held by the various candidates for civil government before we vote. Let us do our homework carefully.

Please continue to share information about our LCMS “Main Street Living” media ministry with others. In addition to being broadcast each Sunday morning, you can view archived programs anytime at – then click on the link under the picture identified as “Fargo.”

Thank you for your 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 on the website. God’s blessing in Christ!    

-Ken Koehler / MSL North Volunteer Coordinator

MSL North” Programs for October 2022:

October 2:  Rev. Brett Hartwig, Trinity Lutheran Church, Sabin, MN, presents the message: “Increase Our Faith” based on Luke 17:1-10. This Is The Life” program: “The Sound of Closing Doors” – A man in mid-life crisis and the effect it has on his family.

October 9:  Rev. Rick Jones, Dakota Boys & Girls Ranch, Minot, ND, presents the message: “Word Unbound, Life Unbroken” based on 2 Timothy 2:1-13. “This Is The Life” program: “Tina” – Two lonely people, a woman, and a child, come together through Jesus.

October 16:  Rev. Arie Bertsch, ND District President, presents the message: (to be announced). “This Is The Life” program: “Look to the Mountain” – A hopeless situation becomes more hopeless when a down-and-out man kidnaps a young girl for ransom money.

October 23:  Rev. Brian Dole, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Minot, ND, presents the message: (to be announced) based on Luke 18:9-17. “This Is The Life program: “Home Free” – A family learns the real meaning of love and that it comes free.

October 30:  Rev. Mark Moss, Lutheran Heritage Foundation, presents a Reformation message: “Hang in there, baby!” based on John 8:31-36. “This Is The Life program: “The Sexton” – A pastor and a sexton (church caretaker) with magical powers fight an eerie duel in a church.

“MAIN STREET LIVING” is a locally produced TV program that includes a 30-minute worship service led by participating pastors of the Minnesota North and North Dakota Districts of our LCMS, along with a 30-minute Lutheran Hour program (usually “This Is The Life,” along with occasional church-season specials).

Programs are broadcast starting at 9:00 am Central time on the following FOX stations:

Fargo-Moorhead:                                KVRR Channel 15.1

Thief River Falls-Grand Forks           KBRR Channel 10.1

Jamestown                                          KJRR Channel 7.1

Pembina                                              KNRR Channel 12.1

Programs are broadcast starting at 10:00 am Central Time / 9:00 am Mountain time on the following WDAY XTRA Channels:

Fargo-Moorhead                                 WDAY Xtra Channel 6.3

Grand Forks                                        WDAZ Xtra Channel 8.3

Bismarck/Dickinson                            KBMY Xtra Channel 17.3

Minot/Williston                                   KMCY Xtra Channel 14.3

Please check your cable and satellite providers for the corresponding channel on your system. MSLN programs are archived for one year and can be viewed at any time on, then click on “(Fargo).”

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Five Ways to Manage your Emotions

It’s more than a feeling. Or is it?

Exploring emotions is the bread-and-butter work in my role as a therapist. Emotions are neither good nor bad. They just are. Emotions are a creation and gift of God. Pastors and other church workers face emotions every day. How you respond externally and internally can be critical to the success of your ministry.

Whitney Hopler, in her article “Five Ways to Win Spiritual Battles in Your Emotions,” printed in, provided this guidance:

  1. Fill your mind with timeless truths so you can focus on that despite changing emotions.

“Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect Will of God.” – Romans 12:2

She suggests that daily meditation on scripture can help temper emotions and allow us to ferret out a truthful interpretation of how we should manage emotions that arise that can potentially disrupt our ministries and our relationships.

  • Give yourself a time-out when you notice your emotions are spiraling out of control.

“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” – Mark 6:31

We may need to step away from situations that are fostering strong emotions. That step away might consist of just a few minutes, or longer, depending on the situation. Use that time to identify the source of that emotion, which may likely not be related only to the current situation but previous events as well. Stepping away gives the opportunity to defuse and prepare a manner of responding that can be more appropriate.

  • Deal honestly with the uncomfortable emotions you feel.

“Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.”- Psalm 112:5

Hopler writes, “Keep in mind that it is normal to experience lots of uncomfortable emotions in this fallen world, and that your emotions themselves aren’t necessarily wrong. What’s sinful is choosing to respond to the emotions you feel in the wrong ways. So if you feel jealous of another person, you can feel that way and still be right with God if you confess how you feel to God and rely on his help to respond faithfully. But if you do not intentionally deal with how you feel, your jealousy will make you vulnerable to temptations from Satan to say or do something wrong when relating to the person of whom you’re envious.”

  • Take care of your physical health, which is connected to your emotional health.

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” – Corinthians 6:19-20

 Most are familiar with the term feeling “hangry.” It refers to being irritable or angry as a result simply of being hungry. Physical self-care is a critical foundation for stable mental health. Acting inappropriately on emotion may be related to dehydration, hunger, physical illness, or fatigue.

  • Learn lessons God wants to teach you through your emotions.

“Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered” – Hebrews 5:8

Hopler shares, “Think of your emotions as school bells ringing for you to pay attention, and the Holy Spirit as your teacher who communicates with you once you come to class. Rather than just reacting to your emotions (as Satan tempts you to do), respond to them with the purpose of learning and growing closer to God in the process.”

If you are a pastor or church worker struggling with emotions and the impact these emotions are having on your personal life and/or ministry, consider making an appointment with a counselor from Lutheran Family Service. Our counselors offer a safe, faith-based place to explore and grow in your relationship with God and others. Reach out anytime through our online web form at:

Toni Larson, LISW

Director of Church Worker Wellness

Lutheran Family Service

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Homeschool Retreat

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LWML North Dakota Fall Retreat

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ND District Middle School Gathering

October 20-22, 2022 • Ramada Inn, Bismarck

Four Bible studies • interest sessions • worship •devotions •variety show •music •packing 10,000+ Mercy Meals •intergenerational time making washcloth teddy bears for Operation Christmas Child boxes • and much more!!!

Visit for more information.

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Trinity, Adrian Celebrates 125 years with a special service!

Simply put, this year is Trinity’s 125th anniversary. There will be a special Service on Sunday, September 18th, at 4:00 PM. A catered meal will follow. We’d love for you to attend if you are able.

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NDSU/UND Campus Ministry

Just a short reminder! If you or anyone you know will be attending NDSU in Fargo, or UND in Grand Forks this coming fall, we would love to meet them and introduce them to our campus ministries. We will provide them with Word and Sacrament ministry while they are at college, and we will endeavor to be their “home away from home” congregation. Encourage them to get involved with Bible study and other events throughout the year. Please send their names and, if possible, their contact information (address and cell number), and we will make every effort to get in touch with them and provide them with pastoral care.

Serving with you in the Savior’s service,

Rev. Steve Schulz, Immanuel, Fargo, NDSU Campus Pastor | 701-293-7979 |

Rev. Daniel Suelzle, Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel, UND, Grand Forks | 701-215-2592 |

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Main Street Living Media Ministry – August

“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction” 2 Timothy 4:2

What a tremendously important directive for all times, and even more so in these days when the pressure is increasing to change and/or totally disregard what God has revealed regarding the sanctity of human life and His creation of male and female in the image of God!

Thank you for 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 on the website. God’s blessing in Christ!

-Ken Koehler, Volunteer Coordinator

“Main Street Living North” Programs for August 2022:

August 7: Rev. Matthew Tooman, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton, ND, presents the message: “Myopia Gives Way to Faith in Jesus” based on Luke 12:22-40. This Is The Life” program: “No Laughing Matter” – A woman must learn to deal with her past to help someone else in her present.

August 14: Rev. Daniel Larsen, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Wabasso, MN, presents the message: “Heresy” based on Jeremiah 23:16-29. This Is The Life” program: “My Husband, My Sorrow” – A man and woman must deal with whether they should consummate an adulterous affair.

August 21: Rev. Christopher Brademeyer, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Oakes, ND, presents the message: “The Offices Christ Bestows” based on I Corinthians 12:1-11. “This Is The Life” program: “The Cup” – The dilemma a trucker must face when a good friend dies trying to protect him.

August 28: Rev. Kent Borglum, St. John Lutheran Church, Montevideo, MN, presents the message: “Angels Unaware” based on Hebrews 13:1-2. “This Is The Life program: “Stranger at the Door” – Having given up a baby for adoption 22 years before, a man shows up on her steps saying he is looking for his mother.

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Navigating the Boundary Waters

The boundary waters of northern Minnesota and southern Canada is a one million-acre protected wilderness that is explored by outdoor adventurers of all skill levels every year. 

The pristine ancient setting, the beauty of the surroundings, and the peaceful trek by foot or canoe lure families, friends, and adventure groups to test their abilities to survive with few modern conveniences.

Though referred to as boundary waters, there is no clear demarcation of one nation from the other that is easily visible at all times. What is clear is that Canada and the United States have different laws and rules that govern their sovereignty and carry great importance to each nation. To coexist peacefully, it is important for each to understand the other. And so it is with church workers and their congregations.

Maintaining healthy boundaries is a challenging but vital task for pastors and other church workers. Without healthy boundaries, workers run the risk of compassion fatigue, interpersonal conflict and role confusion.

Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend in their book “Boundaries” noted:

“Made in the image of God, we were created to take responsibility for certain tasks. Part of taking responsibility, or ownership, is knowing what is our job, and what isn’t. Workers who continually take on duties that aren’t theirs will eventually burn out. It takes wisdom to know what we should be doing and what we shouldn’t. We can’t do everything.”

Cloud and Townsend go on to describe the following types of boundaries:

  • Physical, bodily boundaries relate to being touched physically.  Handshakes, hugs, and pats on the back, fall within this category.
  • Words, with the most basic boundary-setting word being “no”. The word “no” and other words help to delineate for others where you stand and help to define your personal boundaries in a way that can be clear.
  • Truth, God’s truth, versus Satan’s truth sets personal boundaries for behavior and thought as a Christian.
  • Geographical distance may be a necessary move when boundaries are being violated until such time as the issue can be dealt with in a safer manner. This can relate to needing to take time out from a discussion in order to calm down and/or gather thoughts to continue.
  • Time can be a necessary boundary to assist in defining and strengthening boundaries between people or entities. Taking a break in whatever form can be helpful, especially with thoughtful purpose to establish or correct boundary violations.
  • Consequences are the result of boundaries being violated. The consequences may include difficult conversations to address the violation or possibly a decrease in trust in a relationship for a time.

A useful exercise for pastors and church workers is to do a “boundary check”.  Ask yourself questions similar to these.

  • Am I feeling uncomfortable with physical touch from someone such as hugs that last too long or personal space encroached?
  • Are tasks being given to me or am I volunteering for tasks that don’t fall within my ministry expectations? Tasks that could be done by others? Tasks that I don’t have time to do, that feel burdensome or that I find myself getting angry about?
  • Am I being asked to or being nudged in the direction of violating God’s truth for the sake of (you fill in the blank)?
  • Is my families’ privacy being compromised? Is my family time being compromised?
  • Am I taking on the responsibility to “fix” that which is not mine to fix? Am I absorbing secondary trauma from situations that occur that I have no control over to prevent or solve? Are my moods and emotions being swayed by the moods and emotions of those around me on a regular basis?

Looking at the biblical implications of boundaries, this website offered the following:

“Boundaries teach us to accept one another as being different yet still valuable. God uses boundaries to help us appreciate the differences in people rather than be upset by them. A godly friend tells us what we need to hear, not necessarily what we want to hear (Proverbs 27:6). We are free to be ourselves with others if we control ourselves. Boundaries are not selfish when we use our freedom to serve and love one another because we are keeping our own flesh under control (Galatians 5:13). In a godly relationship, both people are free to love each other and to be themselves because neither is using or manipulating the other.”

Navigating the boundary waters may take an experienced guide or a detailed map. If you are struggling with boundary issues, a Lutheran Family Service counselor can assist with sorting through the wilderness and getting on the right trail. The journey may take some effort, but the end result is worth it for yourself, your family, and your ministry.

Toni Larson, LISW
Director of Counseling
Lutheran Family Service

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You are invited to the Concordia Seminary, St. Louis’ Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop, August 1-3 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in West Fargo! It is designed for laypeople, pastors, and other church workers.

The workshop, PROVOKING PROVERBS: WISDOM AND THE 10 COMMANDMENTS, is presented by Dr. David Coe, Associate Professor of Theology at Concordia University, Seward, NE, and author of a book of the same title.

The local contact for this workshop is Rev. Clark Jahnke who can be reached at

The cost for each workshop is $140. Registration is to be made no later than 14 days before the beginning of the workshop. The deadline is July 18th. Registration must be done through Concordia Seminary.

For the registration details go to For more information, contact Concordia Seminary Continuing Education at 314-505-7286 or

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+Rev. Edward J. Rutter April 19, 1921—June 16, 2022+

The funeral service for both Edward and Marian Rutter will be on Thursday, July 14, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Alexandria, Minnesota.

The committal service and burial for both Edward and Marian will be on Friday, July 15, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at Prairie View Cemetery, Wimbledon, North Dakota where their twins, David and Daniel, are buried, and where they will await the Coming of the Lord Jesus.

Edward John Rutter was born on April 19, 1921, on a farm in China Township, St. Clair County, Michigan. He was the firstborn child of his parents, Allan Edward Rutter and Emma Marie (Alexy) Rutter. He was brought to baptism and became a member of God’s family on June 12, 1921, baptized by Pastor M. L. Baseler of St. Peter Lutheran Church in St. Clair. Edward lived the first nine years of his life in and around the city of Detroit, Michigan. In 1930, his family moved to a small farm near North Branch, Michigan, where he continued his education in a one-room country school, and at North Branch High School where he graduated in 1939. He and his brother, Allan, were confirmed in St. Paul Lutheran Church of Lapeer, Michigan, on June 5, 1938. In 1940, Edward and his brother, Allan, entered Lawrence Tech in Detroit, pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering.

In June 1942, Ed and his brother, Allan, enlisted in the US Army Air Force, and were called to active duty in March of 1943. They were commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants and became pilots, Ed of B-24 and Al of B-29 heavy bombers.
Ed served in Europe, completing 33 combat missions over Germany. Al served in the Pacific theater, completing 15 combat missions over Japan. His brother, Allan, and his crew were shot down over Tokyo on a low-level mission on May
25, 1945.

Ed married Marian E. Jagow, a member of the same 1938 confirmation class, on June 8, 1946, in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Lapeer, Michigan, by Pastors O. Graesser and A. Jehn. Ed began working for J.O. Ross Engineering in Detroit. He completed his engineering studies in night school where he earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree.

In September of 1949, Ed and Marian decided to heed the call to the Holy Ministry. They moved with their firstborn son, Allan, to Springfield, Illinois, where he attended Concordia Theological Seminary, graduating in June 1954 with a
Bachelor of Theology degree. A second son, Mark, and a daughter, Janet, were born there in Springfield.

Ed and Marian and their family moved to Wimbledon, North Dakota, where on July 25, 1954, he was ordained into the pastoral ministry of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and installed as the pastor of his first parish, St. Paul Lutheran Church of Wimbledon, and Zion Lutheran Church of Courtenay, North Dakota. In 1957, Pastor Rutter began serving St. Paul Lutheran Church, of Kensal as vacancy pastor. This congregation then called him as pastor, and he continued to serve the three congregations until 1964. Four more sons were added to Pastor Ed and Marian’s family while they were at Wimbledon, Steven in 1957, stillborn twins, David and Daniel, in 1960, and Robert, in 1962.

In September of 1964, Pastor Rutter accepted the call to Immanuel Lutheran Church of Wahpeton, North Dakota, where he served for 12 years. Their daughter, Laurie, was born into their family in 1968. In 1976, Pastor Rutter accepted the call to Lynch Immanuel Lutheran Church, next to the Minot Air Force Base, where he served as pastor for 9 years. In 1985, he accepted the call to serve Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Lidgerwood, North Dakota, where he served as pastor for 6 years.

During his ministry, Pastor Rutter also served the North Dakota District of the Synod as District Secretary, District Youth Pastoral Advisor, 1957-1967, Circuit Counselor of the New Rockford and the Southeast Circuits, Chairman of the District Board of Education, 2nd and 1st Vice President, several district camp staff positions, and Dean of LSV Encounter 1965 to 1979. He was a pastoral delegate to synodical conventions in New York in 1967, New Orleans in 1973, St. Louis in 1981, and Wichita in 1989, and on the Synodical Nominating Committee in 1995.

Ed and Marian retired in June 1991, and they moved to Wahpeton, North Dakota, where they lived for 26 years until April 2017 when they moved to Ortonville, Minnesota. Ed and Marian eventually moved into Fairway View
Neighborhoods — Marian in February 2018 and Ed in November 2018 — where they resided until their deaths. Marian died on March 21, 2020, during the Covid closures of the nursing home and Edward died on June 16, 2022.

Edward J. Rutter is survived by his children: Allan (Julie) of Cyrus, Minnesota, Mark (Judy) of Yankton, South Dakota, Janet O’Neill (Dennis) of Ortonville, Minnesota, Steven (Sandra) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Robert (Jennifer) of Zumbrota, Minnesota, and Laurie Krueger (Jim) of Alexandria, Minnesota; 17 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren (with one more due in November).

Preceding him in death are his wife, Marian, his parents, his brother, Allan, his sister, Shirley Klein, his sons, David and Daniel, and his first grandchild, Rebecca Faith Rutter.

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Love Abounds – Family Convocation

October 21-22, 2022

Bethel Lutheran Church & Ramada Inn, Bismarck

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:18


Friday               1:00 & 2:00 pm  Optional Mercy Meals

                             7:00 pm Opening Worship 

                             7:45 pm  Fellowship and Service Project with youth 

Saturday 8 am – 3:15 pm

Rev. Dr. Mark Wood

Lutheran Family Services

Comfort Dog Gideon

Lunch Provided


La Quinta Inn & Suites, 2240 N 12th St., Bismarck, ND, 701-751-3313

Ramada Inn, 1400 E Interchange Ave., Bismarck, ND, 701-258-7000

Rev. Dr. Mark Wood

Presenting on revitalization: for the love of our neighbors.

Pastor Mark Wood serves in the LCMS Office of National Mission as the director of Witness & Outreach and Revitalization and as the Making Disciples for Life Team Leader. He is the creator of the Everyone His Witness and Re:Vitality resources and the author of Connected to Christ: Witnessing in Everyday Life (CPH 2021) and Meaningful Outreach: An Essential Guide for Churches (CPH 2022).

Lutheran Family Service

Rev. Max Philips is the executive director for Lutheran Family Service in Iowa. He will share an overview of the services offered to both pastors and the church through LFS.

Toni Larson is the director of Worker Wellness for LFS. She will reveal the unique challenges pastors and other church workers and their families face and how LFS assists workers to overcome these challenges in a compassionate, Christ-centered manner.

Comfort Dog Gideon

Judges 6:12 “When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior”. Gideon is a trained LCC K-9 Comfort Dog at St Michael’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minnesota. He serves every day in the community in which he is placed and is deployed in times of disaster and crisis to bring comfort to all those affected, including first responders and the volunteers who serve them. Gideon is a friend who brings a calming influence and allows people to open up their hearts and receive help for what is affecting them. Comfort Dogs are available to visit your church or group.

Register Here or send an email to

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