District Pew Message and Financials – October 2018

Greetings and blessings to you in our risen Lord Jesus!

Missions are found in the heart of God.  Mission begins with the beating of God’s heart, because it is who God is.  God’s  desire is for “all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4).  In His mercy and wisdom, God has called you, His children, to participate in His mission.  The mission is never ours, it belongs to God alone (Rev. 7:10).

Join us at the Faith in Action Mercy Conference, on October 27, at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, 7151 15th St. S.,  Fargo. Hear what Synod President Matthew    Harrison, who truly has a heart for mission, has to say about mercy work in your congregation.

Congregation’s Status

  • Zion, Gwinner: Rev. Aaron Filipek, Newton, KS. has accepted the call (served by Rev. Aaron Hambleton).
  • St. John’s, Underwood/Trinity, Rural Hazen: has extended a call to Rev. Nathan Schieber, Frankfort, IL. (served by Rev. Brandon Woodruff, Rev. Russell Fitch and Rev. Kirk Peters).
  • St. Andrew, Niagara/Grace, Lakota/St. Peter, Devils Lake: Rev. Michael Suelzle has accepted the call (installation will be October 14).
  • St. Peter’s, Sawyer: in vacancy (served by Rev. Tim Stout).
  • St. Mark’s, Minot, in vacancy and they have a call list (served by Rev. Tim Stout).
  • Our Savior’s, Minot: in vacancy (served by Intentional Interim Minister, Rev. Richard Davis).
  • Trinity, Tolley: in vacancy (served by Rev. Joel Brandvold).
  • Zion, Claire City: in vacancy.
  • St. John, Hillsboro and Trinity, Hope: in vacancy (served by Rev. Leo Deitemeyer and Rev. Dan Suelzle).
  • St. John, Belford and Immanuel, Hankinson: in vacancy (served by Rev. Pat  O’Brien and Rev. Sean Daenzer).


  • Rev. Mike Giddings has received and is considering a call to Mount Calvary in Redfield, MN.

Your servant in Christ,
ND District President

Rev. Arie Bertsch

Financial Information — September 2018


Congregational Mission Giving $63,114.19
Synodical Pledge (35%) (22,089.97)
Other Gifts 1220.95
Total left for District Missions, Expenses $42,245.17


Local Missions and Committee Activities: $15,650.60
(Includes UND – Wittenberg Chapel, Life Skills &
Transition Center, Deaf Ministry, Watford City)
Congregational Support 32,551.20
(Includes General Operations, District President,
Business Manager, Board of Directors)
Current gifts given for these missions (3,878.91)
International Missions
Christ’s Care for Children – Kenya 0.00
Chile Mission 0.00
(These missions were voted on by the District Convention.
They will be paid quarterly as funds are available)
Net Expenses $44,322.89

NET LOSS FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 ($2,077.72)
YTD NET LOSS ($84,278.08)

Funds Given in the Past used for Current Expenses $2,896.41

Current mission giving does not allow for any additional payment of the international missions adopted at convention. Gifts from congregations and individuals designated for these specific missions are sent on at the end of each fiscal quarter. Those amounts are not included in income or expense totals.

For a more detailed look into September’s finances, please contact Tami Ulland, Business Manager at 701-293-9001 or lcms.nd.busman@gmail.com.

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Popple Ridge Pickers in Concert

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There’s less than two weeks left!

Join church leaders from across the region for Faith in Action, a one-of-its-kind mercy conference featuring Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, President of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Sponsored by the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, the conference is designed to equip and energize caring Christians, just like you, for service to people in need! Featured presenters also include Dr. Robert Stadler, the ministries of Orphan Grain Train, Mercy Meals, the Comfort Dog Ministry of Lutheran Church Charities, Tentmakers, LCMS International ministries of mercy and much more! You won’t want to miss it! Go to https://www.dakotaranch.org/mercy/registration-form/ to register for the October 27th event today! More information is available at www.dakotaranch.org/mercy

Featured Speakers

Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison
President, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison is the 13th man to serve as president of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod since its founding in 1847. Harrison is the author of many books, including Christ Have Mercy: How to Put Your Faith in Action, and A Little Book on Joy. “Mercy is part of the DNA of the church,” says Harrison. “It was part of Jesus’ life. He cared for people in need. He spoke the word of forgiveness and cared. To be intentional about mercy in your congregation is very significant, because there are a lot of hurting people in the world.”

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“Orphan Grain Train” Hurricane Relief

The Jamestown “Orphan Grain Train” branch is collecting items to help with relief for those affected by the recent hurricanes. The items listed below are what is needed and can be dropped off at the Jamestown “Orphan Grain Train” warehouse (103 4th Ave SE) on Mondays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM:

  • Cleaning supplies: 5-gallon buckets, brooms, mops, cleaners (i.e., ammonia, Pinesol, bleach, etc.), scrub brushes, paper towels
  • Non-perishable food items: canned food, boxed food mixes (i.e., macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, soup mixes, etc.), bottled water, bottled drinks
  • Baby things: diapers, bottles, burp cloths, pacifiers, onesies, receiving blankets, baby blankets, baby wipes
  • Hygiene supplies: adult diapers, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, brushes, bars of soap, toilet paper, disposable razors, shaving cream, wet wipes.

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Inactive Ministry -It’s a Matter of Perspective

I have, in my years of ministry and in business, that we humans are often very focused on the “how” and for some reason fail to recognize the importance of the “why.” Why we are doing something oftentimes has as much or more impact on the thing we found are do­ing as the steps taken to accomplish it. In fact, without ascertaining the proper understanding of the motivation to undergo a certain project or activity, you are often setting yourself up for failure. Miles and miles of print have been produced to tell you how you ought to lose weight, be financially prudent, have better relationships and on and on and on — yet we spend little time getting to know the motivation behind these activities. We fail to determine the perspective a person has under which these actions take place.

So, instead of enumerating “how” today, we are going to talk about per­spective and motivation. These two key components of ministry are often left undiscovered and, when ignored, can have detrimental effects on ministry itself. Specifically, today we are talking about why we should undergo a ministry specifi­cally to inactive members of our congre­gations. Almost everyone agrees that we should do this and that it is a very impor­tant part of the outreach work of the local congregation. Since everyone agrees, most folks just dig in and try to figure out how to do it. However, it is of vital importance that we try to get everyone on the same page as to why we should conduct this type of ministry.

For most, if we are being honest, the motivation for a ministry to inactive members would be numbers. If we can just get them back in the pews, they will start contributing their “fair share” and we can have a balanced budget again. While we might not want to admit it, this is an unfortunately accurate assessment. It is proven out in conversations about “giving units” and line items, dead wood and finances. This should not come as much of a surprise. An unfortunate ma­jority of our congregational conversations take place at the level of budget and finance and personal preference. (I’m not talking about all people in all places here but a significant reality that does exist). This perspective and motivation limits our ministry to the realm of conquests and sales rather than wandering and lost souls in need of the healing Gospel.

It is with this in mind that we have an opportunity to change hearts and minds, both inside and outside the church. From within, all ministry endeavors will oper­ate more smoothly when the majority of the congregation is of one mindset. With ministry to wandering sheep, it is imperative. When we keep as our goal the sharing of Christ’s love instead of getting seats in the pews filled, things will go much more smoothly. With budget and finance fixes as our goal, we will only be disappointed and never hit the mark. Yet, regardless of outcome, when we are faith­ful to Christ’s mission for the Church to share His Gospel, we will always find that we are meeting our intended outcome.

Think, too, from the mind of the one to whom we minister. How valued and loved are you going to feel if you sense that you are nothing more than a conquest, a means to an end? This is often the case even with the best of motives since the Law is working hard upon the heart of the wandering. Their guilt often manifests itself in resistance and opposition. How comforting, then, would it be to under­stand that to the local congregation, as to Christ Himself, this person is not just a giving unit but a child of God for whom Christ died and to whom He is reaching out through His Church? What a major perspective change on both accounts.

For more information and assistance in these endeavors, please check out our website or give us at LCMS RSTM a call! May God bless you in all of your endeav­ors in reaching out to the lost, especially those who have wandered away from the church.

Pastor Todd Kollbaum, director, LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission


Contributed through the LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission monthly newsletter by Todd Kollbaum, RSTM Director.


LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission supports and encourages rural and small-town congregations in engaging their communities and growing together in Christ through Word and Sacrament. Learn more about RSTM at lcms.org/rstm or by calling 888-463-5127. “Like” us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/lcmsrstm



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“Main Street Living” Media Ministry – October Update

WOW! There’s a lot happening in October!

First, beginning Sunday, October 7th, MSLN is expanding to the western half of North Dakota through broadcasts on KBMY WDAY-Xtra Channel 17.3 Bismarck/Dickinson and KMCY WDAY-Xtra Channel 14.3 Minot/Williston at 10:00 AM Central (9:00 Mountain). Plans are being made to begin recording pastors from our western congregations this fall! In the Eastern half of the state, the program will be also be aired on WDAY-Xtra Channel 6.3 Fargo-Moorhead and WDAZ-Xtra Channel 8.3 Grand Forks. (Note that some High Definition cable channel numbers may be different in your area). All MSLN programming will also continue on the FOX stations at 9:00 AM as before. Also, as announced previously, the Sioux City, Iowa, and Lincoln, Nebraska broadcasting areas are also being welcomed to the Main Street Living Network that Sunday!


Also beginning October 7th, we will be premiering the re-mastered re-runs of the well-known This Is The Life” series of programs from Lutheran Hour Ministries! These will take the place of the current “Kid’s Corner” half-hour programs which we have been showing following the MSL worship services. Then Sunday, October 14th, we will be celebrating our annual MAIN STREET LIVING SUNDAY! (Please watch for a special bulletin insert!)


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 online at www.mainstreetlivingnorth.com.


To help with the cost of expanding to the western half of North Dakota, the Main Street Living NETWORK has also announced that they will provide matching funds up to $16,000 for any new donations made! 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 October 2018:

October 7:     Rev. Scott Sailer, President, LCMS South Dakota District presents the message:  “Small Words Are The Big Words” based on Mark 10:2-16.

October 14:   Rev. Arie Bertsch, President, LCMS North Dakota District presents the message: “God Knows & Sees Everything” based on Isaiah 55:1-9.

October 21:   Rev. Don Fondow, President, LCMS Minnesota North District presents the message: “Rest Only God Can Give” based on Hebrews 4:1-13

October 28:    Rev. Robert Franck, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Duluth, MN, presents the message: “The Truth Will Set You Free”.


“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 the 30 minute This Is The Lifeprogram. 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 at 10:00am Central (9:00 am Mountain) on the following WDAY & affiliate Xtra Channels: WDAY-Xtra Channel 6.3 Fargo-Moorhead, WDAZ-Xtra Channel 8.3 Grand Forks, KBMY Xtra Channel 17.3 Bismarck/Dickinson, and KMCY Xtra Channel 14.3 Minot/Williston – as well as the cable and satellite systems carrying these stations, and archived on www.mainstreetlivingnorth.com.

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Author of “The Scientific Approach to Evolution” to Speak at Faith in Action Mercy Conference in Fargo

Rob Stadler, author of “The Scientific Approach to Evolution,” will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Faith in Action Mercy Conference on October 27 in Fargo. This one-day event, held at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, 7151 15th St. S., Fargo, will bring Lutherans together to re-imagine the work of the mercy in the church.

Stadler describes himself a devoted Christian, passionate scientist, and author. In his keynote presentation, “Resolving the Conflict Between Faith and Science,” Stadler will address the apparent conflict between science and faith.

“Science has offered many benefits to society, but we must remember that science has limitations,” Stadler says. “The conflicts between science and faith occur when science is stretched beyond its limitations, conveying a false sense of confidence in areas where it has little power to discern.”

In addition to Stadler, featured presenters include Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, International President of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod; and representatives from Orphan Grain Train, the Comfort Dog Ministry of Lutheran Church Charities, Tentmakers, LCMS International Ministries of Mercy, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, and much more!

Sponsored by Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, the conference is designed to equip and energize caring Christians for service to people in need. Learn and experience, first-hand, many of the ministries of mercy impacting our community, region, and the world.

For a conference schedule, registration form, and materials churches can use to promote the event, go to DakotaRanch.org/mercy.


For more information or to schedule an interview, contact:

Rev. Rick Jones, Chaplain, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, 701-857-4213, r.jones@DakotaRanch.org

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Mercy Conference – October 27th


Breakout sessions include:
  • Orphan Grain Train and Mercy Meals (Andrea Eckstein, Mercy Meals of North Dakota)
  • LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministries (Don “Moe” Moeller, Lutheran Church Charities)
  • Transforming Public Schools with God’s Love and Truth (Richard Amundson, Tentmakers)
  • Presence in Learning: Trauma-Sensitive Schools (Marcia Bartok, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch)
  • Mercy and the Glory of God (Bernie Seter, Board of International Missions)
  • A Merciful Response to Childhood Trauma (Christina Hemmer, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch)
  • Understanding Recognized Service Organizations (Dorothy Krans, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod)
  • What is Deaconess Ministry? (Deaconess Kelly Jacob, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch)
  • Children with No One (Rev. Mike Giddings/Bob Wurl, Project 24/Christ’s Care for Children, Kenya)
Registration is limited!
Go to DakotaRanch.org/mercy for the registration form, speaker bios, breakout session descriptions, directions, and hotel information.

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ND District Annual Men’s Winter Retreat

**Notice the date has been changed**

Click the image above for a printable flyer to share with your family, friends and congregation.

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LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission (RSTM)

Kansas City, Here We Come!

As I go about my work with LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission, I often hear from both congregation members and church workers how impor­tant it is to prepare and equip our church workers and lay leaders to live and serve in the communities God has placed them. This preparation work allows the church workers, congregations and communi­ties to build strong, healthy relationships that lead to many opportunities to share God’s Word.

The Rural & Small Town Mission National Conference offers an incredible opportunity to serve participants. This single event is the culmination of our work each year and allows us to share the biggest selection resources suited to town and country settings. Every year the conference offers area-specific support, training and networking to those called and living in these unique communities across the country. Often, it seems that many programs and resources available on the market are geared toward suburban church settings. RSTM recognizes that while the work to which God has called congregations is the same, the context in which that work is carried out can be very different —even in rural America. RSTM seeks and shares the expertise and experi­ence of ministry leaders who know and understand rural and small-town minis­try challenges. It is always a pleasure for me to see all these people gathered in one place, excited about rural and small-town congregations, sharing their knowledge and building relationships that will be used to support God’s kingdom.

Over the years, some of my favorite mo­ments at the RSTM National Conference have included talking with people from all over the country and sharing ministry ideas that have worked, and sometimes haven’t worked, so that another congre­gation can learn. Nothing beats the joy and excitement of a heart on fire for the mission field out their own front door! I’ve had the opportunity to work with con­gregations that have seen their numbers go from 12 to 24, doubling their atten­dance! I’ve been privileged to watch new partnerships establish between congrega­tions. The conference has also offered the chance to learn from incredible teach­ers; establish new skills in areas such as stewardship, outreach, witnessing, youth, family and older adult ministry; and the opportunities to make new friendships, all of which are rooted in the common ground of rural/small town congregations.

I’m often asked which resource RSTM offers that would be the most helpful. While there are many things, such as our webinars and Engaging Your Communities and Engaging the Wandering events, in my opinion, the RSTM National Conference offers the most “bang for your buck.” Over the course of three days, you have the chance to immerse yourself in all things rural and small town, explore both the blessings and challenges and perhaps most importantly, connect with others in simi­lar situations. So, come and join us! Bring your pastor, your wife, your friend. We look forward to seeing you in November!

Amy Gerdts RSTM Coordinator


Contributed through the LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission monthly newsletter by Amy Gerdts, RSTM Coordinator


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2018 National RSTM Conference


The 2018 National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference will be

held Nov. 8–10 in Kansas City, Mo., at the Hilton Kansas City Airport.


LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission hopes you’ll join in by registering now and reserving your spot! And did you know you can earn Continuing Education credits by attending the 2018 National RSTM Conference?

Keynote speakers will include:

  • the Rev. Timothy Koch, pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church in Cresbard, S.D., and Immanuel Lutheran in Wecota, S.D.;
  • the Rev. Dr. Robert H. Bennett of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind.;
  • Rev. Tom Schlund, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona, Iowa; and
  • Chaplain Craig Muehler, director of the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces.

The conference will address blessings and challenges facing rural and small town congregations today. Congregations will be encouraged in becoming healthy churches, eager to bear witness for Christ and able to show mercy to those in need in communities and develop a robust life together with fellow members. This conference is meant for anyone living, serving or interested in rural or small-town areas, with topics and resources   specifically suited for this unique

mission field. Breakout topics include:

  • ministry to inactive members,
  • stewardship,
  • family ministry and outreach,
  • hope during grief,
  • opportunities with Recognized Service Organizations and
  • many other topics affecting our rural and small-town congregations.

New this year will be a special track for LERT Disaster Training and one for Youth Ministry; these options will have a limited number of seats and require attendance in all six sessions. There is something planned for everyone, from lay person to pastor and from student to teacher!


RSTM Shirts

RSTM is also making the snazzy Reaching Rural America for Christ logo shirts available for purchase! Wouldn’t you like to sport one of the stylish RSTM Reaching Rural America for Christ shirts? Order online when registering or by contacting our office by Oct. 15, and you can pick up your shirt at the RSTM National Conference. They are available in gray or white; men’s and women’s polos sizes S–XL are $19 each, and sizes 2XL–6XL are $21 each. (Other styles have

different prices.)

Registration and Lodging

Adult registration for the conference is $215 per person and includes all plenary and breakout sessions, materials, Thursday dinner, Friday lunch and dinner and more. Special rates are available for couples, meals only and groups. Contact our office with questions or bout group rates.

Hotel reservations must be made separately from conference registration. The Hilton Kansas City Airport is offering a rate of $106 for a single or $114 for a double (plus applicable taxes) for our group, including breakfast buffet per day per occupancy level, complimentary self-parking and complimentary airport transportation on request. More information and online registration are available at lcms.org/rstm/conference.


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Lutherans for Life Essay Contest

Dear ND Lutheran Pastor, DCE, Principal, Teacher, Administrator:

On behalf of the Board of Directors for North Dakota Lutherans for Life, we invite your Lutheran School or Church to participate in an Essay Contest in support of life. The theme for this year’s essay contest is “Did God Really Say?…” and “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” from John 6:68. Details for the Essay Contest and the Rubric for evaluating the essays in your school or church are attached below.

Schools, we ask that you would include this Essay Contest in your curriculum or make it an extra credit assignment. Churches, we ask that you would include this Essay Contest in your Confirmation or Sunday School classes or as part of your Youth Group program.

Each school or church should select the best essay from their church or school from each of the two Grade Levels: Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12 and submit them to dakotapastor@gmail.com by March 15, 2019.

A first place prize of $100 and second place prize of $50 will be awarded by North Dakota Lutherans for Life to the best essay from each Grade Level. All first place winners will have their essays submitted to LFL’s National Essay Contest with a chance to win $250, plus free Conference Registration to the 2019 Regional Conference of their choice, plus a one night stay at the Conference Hotel.

Please see the attached documents for details and a rubric for evaluating the essays in your church or school.
Lutherans for Life Essay Guidelines 2019
Lutherans for Life Essay Contest Evaluation Rubric

God’s blessings to your church or school as you join with Christ in defending human life. And please contact me with any questions.


Yours in Christ,

Rev. Matt Thompson

ND State Lutherans for Life Essay Contest Committee


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Guthmiller 2018 Recipient of LCEF North Dakota District Scholarship

Allison Guthmiller was awarded the 2018 LCEF North Dakota District scholarship. A member of Bethel Lutheran Church, Bismarck, N.D., Allison is a 2018 graduate of Legacy High School, Bismarck, and currently attending the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

“What I admire about the mission of LCEF is that it gives churches and individuals the support it needs in order to go out in the world fearless and make disciples just as God intended us to do, “wrote Allison Guthmiller, Bethel Lutheran Church, Bismarck, North Dakota. “The financial aspect of keeping a ministry running is often forgotten or overlooked and yet it remains such a vital part of a functioning congregation.”


Allison is the recipient of a $1,000 Lutheran Church Extension Fund North Dakota District scholarship, one of nineteen 2018 LCEF district awards. A member of Bethel Lutheran Church, Bismarck, North Dakota, she is a 2018 graduate of Legacy High School, Bismarck. Allison is currently attending the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Her parents are Bryan and Tanya Guthmiller.

In her letter of recommendation for Allison, Bethel Lutheran Youth Fellowship Advisor Patricia Sebastian wrote,

“Allison’s academic performance is superior as evidenced by her grade point average and advanced course work. Her intelligence and work ethic in academics does not manifest itself in an arrogant know-it-all way. She realized early that academics are crucial to being the most competent nurse anesthetist she can be to best serve patients.

She excels in music and athletics and has been chosen for leadership roles as drum major, student council, Bismarck Public School Foundation Advisory Committee and volleyball team captain. Allison is a leader who others want to follow! I can hardly wait to see what God has in store for Allison beyond high school.”

In her scholarship essay, Allison wrote,

“I have seen firsthand what blessings LCEF can help bring. I have grown up in the same Missouri Synod Lutheran Church my whole life and since I was baptized the church has consistently grown. Unfortunately, several years previous our church reached a standstill because we no longer had the room for our growing population, that was until LCEF stepped in and helped us with a loan to expand our education wing.

… [since the addition,] our church has grown exponentially and the mission to spread God’s word remains relentless. I [have been] a Sunday School Teacher in that very education wing teaching the precious gift of God’s word that was made possible by the generosity of the LCEF loan our church was granted.”

In his letter of recommendation for Allison, Advanced Placement Senior English Teacher John Tufte, Ed.D. wrote,

“…I have come across strikingly few students with the capabilities [that] Allison Guthmiller displays on a daily basis. Academically, she separates herself with relative ease. She carries a 4.5 GPA and is ranked #1 out of 267 students at Legacy High School.

Academic prowess acknowledged, the real strength of Allison is to be found in her character and demeanor…. At a time when the make-up of today’s youth is often questioned for substance, Allison reminds that there are indeed fantastic young people headed toward higher education. Classmates and teachers alike find themselves comfortable in Allison’s presence; this is a priceless reality few students possess and will serve her well for years to come.”

LCEF is blessed to provide annual district scholarships for active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod students just like Allison. The 2019 scholarship application will be available beginning in September 2018 at lcefcentral.org/scholarships. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2019.

Learn how you can become a partner in ministry via LCEF investments, loans and ministry support at lcef.org.

August 28, 2018
Maria.Hendrickson@lcef.org | 612-802-9731

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