Messiah, Mandan Joins St. Paul’s, Minot to get work done at Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads

–And issues a Challenge to other congregations to help too!

We are super excited about the Shepherd’s Hill Work Weekend this summer! What is this Work Weekend, though?

Last year, St. Paul’s, Minot took around 40-50 volunteers to Shepherd’s Hill to tackle many projects. Using Thrivent Dollars and Special Funds from St. Paul’s, plus manual labor from the volunteers, we shingled a cabin, trimmed trees, painted, etc. We estimate that it was a $25,000 equity improvement to the camp with all the labor and supplies in just three days.

Messiah, Mandan also brought a group up to finish some projects last year and are poised to bring more people along to get even more done this year.

This year St. Paul’s, Minot and Messiah, Mandan are planning to do the same thing but would LOVE to have more churches involved. St. Paul’s has set up a special page on their website for project details and ways to get registered.

Messiah, Mandan will be bringing their group up on June 10-12.

Either of these congregation groups would love for you to join them! Or Let Rev. Jon Bonine know that you would like to set up a date for your group. ( | 701-244-5225 | 701-389-9033)

Our goal is for this not to be a huge burden to the camp but for us to come in, work hard, make improvements, and then clean up.

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Confronting your Addiction

Ever wonder how much is too much?

This is a great question for all of us to ask ourselves as we examine our coping strategies for our lives. Learning how to cope and adapt to life’s stressors is a good thing, but sometimes our choices for coping can become problematic and lead to addiction.

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” Corinthians 10:13

For questions to ask to assess your situation, read the entire article at:

Toni Larson, LISW | Director of Church Worker Wellness | Lutheran Family Service

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ND Lutherans for Life Essay Contest Winners

North Dakota Lutherans for Life held their Essay Contest in support of life in March. The theme for this year’s essay contest was Blessed for Life from Psalm 41:2: “The Lord protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.”

In the 6-8th Grade age group, our 1st Place winner is Connor Olson of Zion Lutheran Church, Gwinner; and our 2nd Place winner is Audrey Weidner of Grace Lutheran School, Fargo and a member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, West Fargo.

Yours in Christ, Rev. Matt Thompson | Board Member, ND Lutherans for Life |

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St. Paul Lutheran Church, St. Thomas, to celebrate 140 years!

The 140th anniversary of St. Paul Lutheran Church – St. Thomas, ND, will be celebrated on June 26, 2022. There will be a Divine Service at 11:15 am followed by a meal. The 140th Anniversary Service begins at 2:30 pm with bars and coffee served following the anniversary service. Please come join the faithful to celebrate God’s mercy in St. Thomas, ND.

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Bismarck-Mandan LCMS Ascension Day Service

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Call Day 2022

The Seminaries held their call days at the end of April. The call day ceremonies are where the pastoral candidates get their first calls and vicarage/deaconess intern placements.

The North Dakota District will be receiving one candidate and one vicar this year.

<– Candidate Christopher Durham

Pastor – Redeemer Lutheran Church Lisbon, ND

(Candidate Durham served his vicarage year 2019-2020 at Zion, Bismarck)

Ordination and Installation Service for Christopher Durham at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 801 Forest, Lisbon, North Dakota on Saturday, June 25, 2022, At 2:00 p.m. Central Time. Reception to follow.

Vicar-elect Jason Kohm –>

Zion, Bismarck

Vicar-elect Kohm is standing with Rev. Arie Bertsch, district president on call day.

These candidates and vicars-elect also have ties to the North Dakota District.

<– Candidate Caleb Worral

Pastor – Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, Garrison, MN

Minnesota North District

(Caleb is the son of Rev. Bernie and Carolyn Worral, Immanuel, Fargo)

Ordination Service for Caleb Worral at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1258 N. Broadway Fargo, North Dakota on Sunday, June 19, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. Central Time. Potluck to follow ordination service.

Candidate Benjamin Ramthun –>

Pastor Our Savior Lutheran Church, Escanaba, MI

North Wisconsin District

(Candidate Ramthun served his vicarage year 2020-2021 at Zion, Bismarck)

<– Candidate Charles Nemec

Pastor – Redeemer Lutheran Church Lubbock, TX

Texas District

(Candidate Nemec is married to Christianna, daughter of Tom and Andrea Eckstein, Concordia, Jamestown).

Candidate Eric Souer –>

Pastor – St. John’s Lutheran Church Barnesville, MN

Minnesota North District

(Candidate Souer is married to Becca (Trautman) from Immanuel, Fargo)

<– Vicar-elect Joseph Greenmyer

Zion Lutheran Church Mitchell, SD

South Dakota District

(Joseph is from Stirum, ND)

Vicar-elect Owen Duncan –>

Hope Lutheran Church Plant City FL Florida-Georgia District

(Owen is from Immanuel, Fargo)

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Turtle Mountain Outdoor Archery Shoot to benefit Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads

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Main Street Living North Media Ministry – May 2022

EYEWITNESS TESTIMONY is of course the strongest of testimonies! The New Testament Church grew as the Holy Spirit used the eyewitness testimonies of those who had SEEN JESUS ALIVE after having personally seen him crucified and dead. This is what motived the disciples and apostles to preach the resurrection of Jesus – even to their own imprisonment and death! And so, we too have the privilege and responsibility to pass along these testimonies of Jesus’ death and resurrection – for the forgiveness of our sins and the salvation of our souls!

-Ken Koehler, Volunteer Coordinator

“Main Street Living North” Programs for May 2022:

May 1st: Rev. Thomas Marcis, Zion Lutheran Church, Bismarck, ND, presents the message: “Fishing With Jesus,” based on John 21:1-3. “This Is The Life” program: “No Place to Hide” – A pastor, who has to face the death of his wife, cannot find comfort.

May 8th: Rev. Zelwyn Heide, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Hannover, ND, and Zion Lutheran Church, New Salem, ND, presents the message: “Sheep Listen to the Shepherd,” based on John 10:22-30. This Is The Life” program: “Dead Wrong” – Because of frustration with his life, a man turns to drinking and another woman.

May 15th: Vicar Aidan Moon, Zion Lutheran Church, Bismarck, ND, presents the message: “Joy Comes in the Morning,” based on John 16:12-22. “This Is The Life” program: “The Main Event” – A boxer who is hit by a car becomes embittered until he meets a cheerful 8-year-old girl.

May 22nd: Rev. Lester Wolfgram, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Bismarck, ND, presents the message: “Keys To The Throne Room,” based on John 16:23-24. “This Is The Life program: “The Prisoners” – An elderly woman is attacked by a teenage gang.

May 29th: Rev. Jonathan Walla, Bethel Lutheran Church, Bismarck, ND, presents the message: “A Prayer for Unity,” based on John 17:20-26. “This Is The Life” program: “A Dream of His Own” – A father and son are at odds when the construction company will evict an Indian family.

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The LCMS ND District Office is hiring!

The Office Manager will coordinate office administration and procedures to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency. The Office Manager is an energetic professional who doesn’t mind wearing multiple hats. Experienced in handling a wide range of administrative and executive support-related tasks and able to work independently with little or no supervision. Well organized, flexible, and enjoy the administrative challenges of supporting multiple programs. Essential job duties include customer service, relationship building, accounts receivable, accounts payable, writing, publishing, and file management. The position is located in Fargo and is 20-25 hours/week.

Contact Tami Ulland at or 701-360-1469 for more information.

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LWML ND District Convention

The official Call to Convention is available in The Messenger – Winter 2022. Find it on the Convention page or The Messenger page at

Official Call To Convention: Members of the LWML ND District, this is your official Call to Convention, “Cross-Eyed…Focused on Jesus.” And we have been called to share our God’s greatness, especially in the person of our Savior Jesus Christ. You are invited and encouraged to come to Fargo on June 24–26, 2022, as we rejoice with our sisters and brothers in Christ and celebrate the awesomeness of our God. You will be inspired and uplifted by worship, Bible study, special speakers and so much more! Delegates to the convention will have a voice and vote and be making decisions on mission grants and new officers for the 2022–2024 Biennium.

You are cordially invited to come and be energized as Lutheran Women in Mission. Please join me and the women and men of the Eastern Zone who will welcome you to Fargo on June 24–26, 2022. “Cross-Eyed…Focused on Jesus”

LaurieAnn Totenhagen, LWML ND District President

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Pasta with a Purpose

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Main Street Living Media Ministry – April 2022

“And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom He did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, and you are still in your sins … But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” 1 Corinthians 15:14-20. This is the primary message of our MSLN ministry! He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! -Ken Koehler,Volunteer Coordinator

“Main Street Living North” Programs for April 2022:

Apr 3rd: Rev. Adam Welton, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Wentworth, SD, presents the message: “Conscience Cleansed,” based on Hebrews 9:13-14. “This Is The Life” segment special program: “Holy Land Tour pt. 1” – A video tour of locations in Jesus’ earthly ministry, led by SD pastor Nabil Nour, who grew up in Israel.

Apr 10th: Rev. Robert Hill, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wimbledon, ND, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Pettibone, ND, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Woodworth, ND, and St. Paul Lutheran Church, Kensal, ND, presents the message: “The Sacrifice is Made,” based on Luke 23:18, 32, 44-45. This Is The Life” segment special program: “Holy Land Tour pt. 2” – A video tour of locations in Jesus’ earthly ministry, led by SD pastor Nabil Nour, who grew up in Israel.

Apr 17th: Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler, Speaker of the Lutheran Hour, presents an Easter message titled: “With.” This sermon is based on John 20:1-18. Visit for more information. “This Is The Life” segment special Lenten program: “Three Days” – The disciples’ reactions and interaction in the days between Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Apr 24th: Rev. Matthew Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, presents a message celebrating the 175th anniversary of the LCMS. Visit for more information. “This Is The Life” program: “Gates of Glory” – Thomas recounts his experience with doubt and belief as he meets the risen Jesus.

“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).

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