*Cancelled* District Convention 2021

CANCELLED!

     President Bertsch has cancelled the District Convention that was scheduled for January 24-27, 2021, in Fargo.  An explanation is in the letter posted below.
Blessings and stay safe and healthy.

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Main Street Living Media Ministry

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.” And because God has established the Civil Government for the good of our fallen world (see Romans 13), it is vital 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. If you have not yet voted, you are encouraged first to be informed as a Christian citizen, then vote, and then continue to pray for those elected to serve as our civil representatives.

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 www.mainstreetliving.com – then click on the link under the picture identified as “North (Fargo).”

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 / MSL North Volunteer Coordinator

“Main Street Living North” Programs for November 2020:

Nov. 1: Rev. Jim Meyer, a member at St. John, Thief River Falls, presents the message: “Lavished With Love” based on I John 3:1-3. This Is The Life program: “Cell of Hope” – Flag Washington (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs) gets a new cellmate Jimmy Stricklin (Richard Dinitri), who is obnoxious. Washington, who came to Christ while in prison, is tested, and they come to blows.

Nov. 8: Rev. Jon Walla, Bethel, Bismarck, ND, presents the message: “Ready or Not, Here He Comes,” based on Matthew 25:1-13. This is The Life program: “Undertow” – Harry (David Ogden Stiers) loses his daughter to drowning. In his grief, he blames the lifeguard, Jim (Gil Perterson). The loss turns to anger towards Jim, who also struggles with the loss of his wife, just a year earlier.

Nov. 15: Vicar Benjamin Ramthun, Zion, Bismarck, ND, presents the message: “Our Certain Future,” based on I Thessalonians 5:1-11. This Is The Life program: “The Healer” -Dave Forman (Gary Collins) is a dynamic “faith healer” who becomes angered by the drowning death of his daughter. His grief becomes too great when a father asks him to heal his diabetic daughter.

Nov. 22: Rev. Arie Bertsch, ND District President, presents the message: “Thanks for Nothing,” based on 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24. This Is The Life program: “Flames of Hate” – Betty Blackwood (Angie Dickinson) is stuck between the man she loves, Art (Ed Kemmer), and her obsessive father Nate (Edger Dearing), who disapproves of Art. But when they elope, her father cuts them off completely.

Nov. 29: Rev. Toby Heller, Concordia, Beulah, ND, presents the message: “Appearances Can Be Deceiving,” based on Mark 11:1-10. Lutheran Hour Animated Series-The City that Forgot About Christmas” – Benji thinks the hustle and bustle of Christmas only makes people more grouchy, but Grandfather has a different view.

“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 (typically This Is The Life, along with occasional church-season specials).  

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Main Street Living Media Ministry – October 2020

WHAT IS THE ANSWER?! Night after night, there are riots in the streets of America. As I write this article, looting and burning in at least one of our cities for over 100 consecutive nights. WHAT IS THE ANSWER?! Americans are blaming and hating other Americans! WHAT IS THE ANSWER?! While there are differing views on the causes and remedies for this, we know that there is only One ultimate answer that can change hearts – and that answer is found in the person and message of Jesus! This is also the message of Main Street Living.

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 www.mainstreetliving.com – then click on the link under the picture identified as “North (Fargo).”

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 / MSL North Volunteer Coordinator

Main Street Living North” Programs for October 2020

Oct. 4: Rev. Mike Suelzle, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Niagara, ND, Grace Lutheran Church, Lakota, ND, and St. Peter Lutheran Church, Devils Lake, ND, presents the message: “Made His Own,” based on Philippians 3:12. This Is The Life program: “The Missing Ingredient”Bob (Jack Nicholson) and his fiancee Lynn (Susan Crane) are planning their wedding when she overhears her parents planning to separate after the wedding. Suddenly, Lynn has some reservations.

Oct. 11: Rev. Bruce Blocker,  Immanuel Lutheran Church, McIntosh, MN, presents the message: “Rejoice in the Lord Always,” based on Philippians 4:4. This is The Life program: “The Visitation” – Pastor Andrew Burdick (Dick Sargent) is having problems keeping his congregation together. Bishop Smith (Parley Baer) visits him to identify some troubling leadership spots and to renew faith in his ability to get things done.

Oct. 18: Rev. Bernhard Seter, Zion English Lutheran Church, Grafton, ND, presents the message: “Celebrating Luke,” based on Luke 1:1-4. This Is The Life program: “Happiness is Dirty Hands” – School teacher Kent (Daniel Travanti) lives and teaches High School in a troubled metro area. The decision for him and his wife (Ann Whitfield) to live in a poverty area is troubling their marriage. Kent’s friend Art (Mike Farrell) offers some help.

Oct. 25: Rev. Michael Zeigler, Lutheran Hour Speaker, presents the message: “No Boasting, Just Belonging,” based on Romans 3:19-28. This Is The Life program:  (to be determined)

“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 (typically This Is The Life, along with occasional church-season specials).  

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Main Street Living Media Ministry – September 2020 Update

WHAT AN IMPORTANT THING it is that we may sometimes take for granted! I am referring to the study, and prayer, and effort, and time that our pastors put in week after week (and several times a week during certain times of the church year) to craft a sermon message for us! As I prepare these monthly newsletter articles, I see the various sermon titles listed by the pastors. This causes me to anticipate what the message will be; but should also cause us all to remember to continually lift our pastors up in prayer, with thanksgiving!

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 mainstreetliving.com/North

 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 / MSL North Volunteer Coordinator

“Main Street Living North” Programs for September 2020:

Sept. 6: Rev. Dan Voth, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Grand Forks, presents the message: “You Think of Sin But Lightly?”, based on Matthew 18:1-20. This Is The Life program: “The Sin of Sue Bradley” -Misguided meddling leads to jealousy, threatening a loving relationship.

Sept. 13: Rev. Thomas Puffe, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, and Zion Lutheran Church, Warren, MN, presents the message: “Matthew 18:21-35” based on Matthew 18:21-35. This is The Life program: “Old Smiley” -For over 40 plus years, Charlie Grebs was certain that his “Happiness God” from the Orient brought him good luck. In less than one day, he fully realizes that things are not always what they seem to be.

Sept. 20: Rev. Craig Fenske, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Grand Forks, ND, presents the message: “Shocking Good News!”, based on Matthew 20:1-16. This Is The Life program: “To Take a Life” -A devoted son’s loving father is terminally ill, suffering severely and pleading to die.

Sept. 27: Rev. Chris Rosebrough, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Warren, MN, presents the message: “By Whose Authority?”, based on Matthew 21:23-27. This Is The Life program: “Sharing the Gospel” -Sharing the Gospel is neither swift nor easy, but truly rewarding in the end.

“MAIN STREET LIVING” is a locally-produced TV program that includes a 30-minute worship service led by participating pastors of the LCMS Minnesota North and North Dakota Districts, along with a 30-minute Lutheran Hour program.  Programs are broadcast at 9:00 am and 10:00 am CST (For a list of cable & satellite stations and their channel assignments in your area, please contact your church office.) MSLN programs are also archived for one year and can be viewed at any time on www.mainstreetliving.com/north

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Main Street Living Media Ministry – August 2020

JUST WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN? And, how does being one really differ from the other religions and moral codes of the world? This is the question that Mr. Brownly is struggling with – and which was keeping him from openly sharing his faith with others. My guess is that many within our churches will be able to identify with him. The “THIS IS THE LIFE” episode entitled “House of Sand” does an excellent job of answering this question! I encourage everyone who may have missed this episode to go to “mainstreetliving.com” and click on “Watch This Is The Life,” then scroll down to the “House of Sand” episode – posted June 26, 2020 – to watch this program! (You may wish to keep scrolling and watch other episodes too sometimes.)

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 www.mainstreetliving.com/North

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 / MSL North Volunteer Coordinator 

Main Street Living North” Programs for August 2020

August 2:    Rev. Jonathan Durkopp, Trinity Lutheran Church, LaMoure, ND, & Trinity Lutheran Church, Adrian, ND, presents the message: “God’s Care,” based on Matthew 14:13-21. This Is The Life program is: “The Visit” – During wartime, a Christian’s response to tragedy becomes a witness to others.

August 9:   Rev. Ron Hobbie, Zion Lutheran Church & St. John’s Lutheran Church, Ada, MN, presents the message: “Have You Comprehended?” based on Job 38:18. This is The Life program is: “One Hour to Live” – Divine forgiveness for the truly penitent assures a man –and in the nick of time.

August 16:   Rev. Richard Biberdorf, Grace Lutheran Church, Carrington, ND, Zion Lutheran Church, Binford, ND, & Grace Lutheran Church, Cooperstown, ND, presents the message: “Choking Us with Cream,” based on Romans 11:1-2a, 13-15, 28-32. This Is The Life program is: “Trial By Fire” – When an unexpected tragedy strikes…pray, forgive, and move forward.  Do not allow the past to embitter the future. When one door closes, another will open.

August 23:   Rev. Andrew Ratcliffe, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & School, Perham, MN, presents the message: “What’s the Point,” based on Romans 11:33. This Is The Life program is: “Red Trap” – A loving father’s son became conflicted and lost.  Fortunately, he was surrounded by people who cared.

August 30:   Rev. Paul Preus, Zion Lutheran Church, Ellendale, ND, presents the message: “In the Likeness of Our Father,” based on Matthew 5:38-39. This Is The Life program is: “Run Away” – Away we go, back to where we started.


“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 (typically 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 also archived for one year and can be viewed at any time on www.mainstreetliving.com/North

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Main Street Living Media Ministry Update July 2020

IN THE WAKE of the death of George Floyd, we hear many reasons as to what is wrong with our society and how to fix it. Why such hate, racism, and even murder – and not only here in America but all around the world, and throughout all of history? Where is this all coming from? There is no need for speculation here as God’s revealed Word provides the answer: “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.” (Matthew 15:19)  

While there is much that we can do to help make practical and preventive reforms where needed, what is most needed is a change in the attitude of the heart and mind. Again, God’s revealed Word informs us how this transformation takes place – that being as His Holy Spirit works to make our hearts and minds new in relationship to Christ!

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 all archived programs anytime at www.mainstreetliving.com/north.  

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 / MSL North Volunteer Coordinator

Main Street Living North” Programs for July 2020:

July 5:    Rev. Brian Shane, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND, presents the message: “Yoked to Christ by the Mighty Works of God,” based on Matthew 11:25-30. This Is The Life program is: “The Reluctant Witness.” An angler’s well-planned fishing trip is interrupted when he becomes a witness to crime and struggles with the aftermath.

July 12:   Rev. Matthew Meyer, Beautiful Savior, Callaway, MN, presents the message: “Sowing the Seed In Season,” based on Isaiah 55:10-13. This is The Life program is: “Harriett’s Wedding Day.” The storm precedes the calm when a groom nearly cancels wedding plans due to the fear of the unknown.

July 19:   Rev. Robert Hill, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Wimbledon, ND, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Woodworth, ND, and Our Savior Lutheran Church, Pettibone, ND, presents the message: “The Good Seed,” based on Matthew 13:38. This Is The Life program is: “Tragedy Near a Small Town-Justice or Mercy?” Tragedy in a small town results in a loving father holding a grudge rather than forgiving as our Father has forgiven us.

July 26:   Rev. Ross Fritz, Grace Lutheran Church, Breckenridge, MN, presents the message: The Fantastic Non-Fictional Fable of the Foolish Farmer Who Wouldn’t Whack His Weeds,based on Matthew 13:44-52. This Is The Life program is Spite.” Negative emotions and grudges are destructive, but forgiveness allows people to move forward.

“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 (typically 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 also archived for one year and can be viewed at any time on

www.mainstreetliving.com/north.

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Seven Ways to Help a Friend or Loved One Through a Challenging Time

Mental health is essential to overall health and well-being and mental illnesses can be treated. One in five people, including adults and children, experiences a mental illness in any given year. Those problems can contribute to the onset of more serious long-term conditions such as major depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.

Approximately one-half of chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14. Unfortunately, long delays—sometimes decades—often occur between the time symptoms first appear and when people get help. These delays lead to problems at home, at work, in school, and in forming relationships.

If someone in your life is going through a challenging time that affects their mental health, Mental Health America, and the mental health professionals at Dakota Family Services, give the following tips for being helpful.

1. Practice active listening. Active listening is diff­erent than just hearing what a person has to say. A good active listener puts everything aside and gives their complete attention to the person who is talking; asks open-ended questions to get more details about the topic being discussed (ex. “And how did that make you feel?”); and takes moments throughout the conversation to summarize what they’ve been told to make sure they understand.

  2. Ask what you can do. It can be tempting to assume what would be helpful to someone who is struggling, but it’s always better to ask them what they need from you. If you ask and get a response like, “nothing, I’m fine,” off­er a few suggestions for things you would be willing to do (without being pushy). For instance, you could off­er to sit with them and watch a movie, cook them a meal, or pick up a few things for them at the store.

  3. Don’t compare. If a friend or loved one is going through a tough situation and they come to you for support, you might feel tempted to tell them about something that happened to you and how you were able to get through it. It’s okay to share about similar experiences, but be careful not to compare, because it can make someone feel like their pain isn’t valid. For instance, if they are telling you about a breakup, don’t mention how you had a much harder divorce. Focus on what you did to cope with feelings of loss or loneliness.

4. Don’t judge. To be genuinely supportive of someone, you need to put your personal opinions and biases aside. They may be struggling because of a mistake they made, or you may think they are overreacting, but you will never know what it is truly like to be that person at this moment, and criticism is not helpful to their recovery.

5. Offer to join them. When someone is going through a time of sadness or uncertainty, their emotions can take over and leave them feeling paralyzed and unable to take care of life’s obligations. Off­ering to go with someone to help them take care of responsibilities like walking the dog, going to the grocery store, or attending doctor appointments can give them a sense of accomplishment and lift their spirits.

  6. Keep your word. If you have off­ered your support to someone, keep your word. When a person is struggling, the last thing they need is to feel abandoned by someone else. If you absolutely can’t honor your promise, make a sincere apology, and find another time, you can do what you said you would.

  7. Know when more serious help is needed. Sometimes the support you can offer won’t be enough. If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health issues, contact Dakota Family Services. Our experienced and compassionate providers are trained to help.


 Dakota Family Services is an outpatient behavioral health clinic founded by Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch with locations in Minot, Bismarck, and Fargo. Our compassionate, practiced experts provide comprehensive psychological and psychiatric services to individuals of all ages, including assessment and evaluation, therapy, medication management, and psychological testing.

For more information, go to DakotaFamilyServices.org or call 1-800-201-6495.

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No Better Story

by Dr. Mike Rodewald, Executive Director, Lutheran Bible Translators

My wife and I visited Liberia in March. This was just before the COVID-19 virus was making its impact known on travel. The purpose was to attend the dedication of yet another New Testament – the Gola language community celebrating the Bible in their hands in their own language for the first time!

The joy of that moment was built upon a string of tragedies. The Gola translation effort began with linguistic work to build a writing system in the late 1960s, but it was a tough tropical context. The first two Lutheran Bible Translator missionary families had to leave due to illness. There was a turnover of local translators.

Another missionary family came and restarted with new translators. Portions of Scripture were published. Then a civil war broke out. And everything came to a stop.

After the war, Father Garry, an elderly Catholic priest who had remained in Liberia through the unrest, insisted (and persisted) that the Gola language community still needed God’s Word in a form they could understand. He asked Lutheran Bible Translators to pick up the translation again. Testing and surveys through the Bible Society determined continued viability for the Gola language. Translation began again. This time, because of technology and previous history, the New Testament was completed in less than four years. It was time to celebrate!

The reader probably can’t help but notice that this New Testament was a long time in the making. Did you notice how many people played a part in the story of this New Testament? And that is how God works. He uses many together that His Word might reach others.

I brought back several copies of the New Testament. We sent one to each of the early missionary families to acknowledge the parts they played so many years ago. A member of one family replied that her father received the Gola New Testament and wept for joy! Two days later, he passed away from leukemia.

  “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jer 29:11

God uses each of us that His Word might go forth – whether in the jungles of Liberia or here in mid-Missouri. We are serving together in the story of God’s salvation through Jesus. It is a wonderful purpose that God gives us one with a certain future and a certain hope.

The Gola New Testament took more than 40 years start to finish. But even through sickness and war, God was faithful. The future was coming. In March, it arrived in the Gola language community. The Gola people now have hope through Jesus.  

God uses us all in this story – for His purpose. There is no better story.

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Orphan Grain Train sends shipment to Moldova

“On Monday, May 18th, various volunteers at the Orphan Grain Train warehouse in Jamestown, ND, helped load a shipment of clothing, bibles, books and medical supplies which will be sent to Moldova.  Praise the Lord!”

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Main Street Living Media Ministry

HAVE YOU been watching the “This Is The Life” programs along with the MSL Divine Services each Sunday? As our LCMS President Matthew Harrison states during his introduction of these programs, though they were recorded in the 1960s and 70s, the subject matter is still very relevant! I look forward to watching each week’s episode – and often find my emotions welling up as the storyline develops. These critically acclaimed dramas still do a fantastic job of “bringing Christ to the nations”!

  Although many congregations have either started meeting face to face again – or are discussing doing so soon – there are likely those within our viewing area who will still be staying close to home. Therefore, this remains an excellent time to make a list of friends and neighbors to check with whom may not yet know about the TV and internet ministry of MAIN STREET LIVING! In addition to being broadcast each Sunday morning, you can view all archived programs at any time for a year at www.mainstreetliving.com/north. God’s blessing in Christ!    

-Ken Koehler / MSL North Volunteer Coordinator

“Main Street Living North” Programs for June 2020:

June 7th: Rev. Jared Nies, St. John’s Lutheran Church – Corliss, MN, presents the message: “In the beginning, God … Who Is That?” based on Genesis 1:1-2:4a. This Is The Life program is “Give and Take” – A young Christian advertising agency representative navigates a situation with an overly attentive married man.

June 14th: Rev. Craig Fenske, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Grand Forks, ND, presents the message: “What Jesus Sees in Us,” based on Matthew 9:35–10:20. This is The Life program is: “No Tears for Bill” – A widow struggles with her past and upcoming marriage.

June 21st: Rev. Eli Voigt, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bagley, MN, presents the message: “God of Joy” based on Hebrews 12:2. This Is The Life program is: “Two Weeks to Eternity.”

June 28th: Rev. Thomas Clark, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hankinson, ND & St. John’s Lutheran Church, Belford, ND, presents the message: “The Cost of Peace,” based on Matthew 10:34-42. This Is The Life program is: “The House of Sand.” This classic Fisher Family episode explores the difference between a moral and Christian life.

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Congratulations candidates, vicars

Call Day 2020 was one for the record books. Everything was different, yet still the same. The Word of God was preached, hymns were sung, vicarages and deaconess internships were assigned, pastoral candidates were given their first calls. Each of the two seminaries had their own way of making the virtual service work. Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (CSL), held Call Day on April 28; Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. (CTSFW) held its service one night later. Call Day services have been live-streamed for the past few years, however this year, the pews were not filled. Here you will find not only the men/families coming to the North Dakota District but also the men/families that have ties to the district. If you were unable to watch the services, you may access them at each seminary website:

  • CSL – csl.edu/callday
  • CTSFW – callday.ctsfw.edu

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Main Street Living Media Ministry – May Update

“Coronavirus” andCOVID-19” are likely the two most often heard words during the past month or two! My hope is that you and your loved ones have been and will continue to be spared from this pandemic. Perhaps these times have already or will provide special opportunities to minister to others in the name of Christ!

Also during this time of social distancing, we hope that in addition to your own congregation’s live-streaming and podcasts of worship services, that you’re included the TV and internet ministry of MAIN STREET LIVING TV to hear God’s faith-strengthening word! 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 all archived programs anytime at www.mainstreetliving.com – then click on the link under the picture identified as “North (Fargo)”. God’s blessings in Christ!

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!

Main Street Living North” Programs for May 2020:

May 3: Rev. Chris Waldvogel, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND, presents the message: “Our Suffering Shepherd” based on 1 Peter 2:18-25. This Is The Life program is “The Big Little Lie”. Curiosity and a little “white lie” results in very serious unintended developments for the Fisher family.

May 10: Rev. Andrew Ratcliffe, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Perham, MN, presents the message: “A Life of Worship” based on 1 Peter 2:2-10. This is the Life program is: “To the End of Time”. A physicist working on nuclear weapon development is confronted with the reality of the weapon, the utility of radiation, and the blessing of Christian hope.

May 17: Rev. Matt Tooman, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton, ND, presents the message: “You Need the Holy Spirit,” based on John 14:15-21. This Is The Life program is: “A Face from the Past”. A man struggles to come to terms with the memory and feelings of guilt with his estranged father.

May 24: Rev. Jim Meyer (CRM), St. John’s Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, MN, presents the message: “Are You In?” based on John 17:1-11. This Is The Life program is: “Love is Not Enough”. A young couple struggles mightily with the decision to marry, exploring is what truly is important.

May 31: Rev. Allen Kramp, Trinity Lutheran Church, Hope, ND, and St. John Lutheran Church, Hillsboro, ND, presents the message: “Rejoice in the Spirit of God’s outpouring in Jesus!” based on Acts 2:1-21. This Is The Life program is: “A Different Way”. In this Fisher Family episode, Cousin Stanley visits and creates a difficult situation with a neighbor.

“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 (normally This Is The Life, along with occasional church-season specials).  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 10:00 am 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. (For a list of cable & satellite stations and their channel assignments in your area, please contact your church office.) MSLN programs are also archived and can be viewed at any time on www.mainstreetliving.com then click on “North (Fargo)”.

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