LYF ND Lock-in!!


August 3 – 4,
Fri. 5 PM – Sat. 3 PM
St. Andrew Lutheran Church
 1005 1st St East, West Fargo, ND
For students entering grades 8 & up & adults!
Read the August Lock-in Registration brochure for more information!

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“Main Street Living” TV Program – August Update

With this update, we can give you a sneak preview of some exciting changes coming up for the Main Street Living TV & Online Ministry! In addition to MSLN having begun broadcast in the Duluth area earlier this year, both Lincoln, Nebraska and Sioux City, Iowa are scheduled to join the Main Street Living Network in October! Also in October, we will be premiering the return of the well-known “This Is The Life” series of programs from Lutheran Hour Ministries, which have been re-mastered! These will take the place of the current “Kid’s Corner” half-hour programs which we have been showing following the MSL worship services.

 

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 Fargobased archived programs at any time online at www.mainstreetlivingnorth.com.

 

A special THANK YOU to both the LWMLs of both the ND & MN North District who have approved our grant requests (for the 2018-2020 biennium as funds become available)! 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 August 2018:

 

August 5:     Rev. Joel Newton, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Park Rapids, MN, presents the message: “One In Christ” based on Ephesians 4:1-16.

 

August 12:   Rev. Dave Suelzle, Grace Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND, presents the message: “Us – Imitators of God?” based on Ephesians 4:32-5:2.

 

August 19:   Rev. Dr. Larry Harvala, Congregational Care Counselor, MN North District, presents the message: “Wisdom’s Inner Invitation” based on Proverbs 9:1-10.

 

August 26:   Rev. Matthew Tooman, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton, ND, presents the message: The Bridegroom and His Bride” based on Ephesians 5:21-33.

 

“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 a 30-minute children’s program called “Kid’s Crossing.” 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 cable and satellite systems carrying these stations, and archived on www.mainstreetlivingnorth.com.

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Pastors Leading Churches with Schools


A congregation with a school is truly a blessed place. With generations of students formed for faith and life in the world as servants of God, these congre¬gations are inextricably linked to their school ministry. However, as those generations have passed, there are increasing pressures placed upon congregations with schools. It costs more today to teach each student than ever before. Staffing costs including salary and benefits, curriculum costs and the inclusion of and maintenance for ever-changing technology have raised the cost to alarming levels. It is critical that congregational leaders take a serious look at their education ministry.
As the challenges arise, there is a temptation to cut corners. There are those who hire teachers not trained in the Synod. Others simply balance the ever-challenging budget on the backs of the faithful workers by freez¬ing salary, increasing benefit contributions and the like. When this happens, there is a rise in “institutional survival” mode. This is a mentality that says that the institution must be preserved at all cost. This makes most congregations adverse to even considering other options for educational ministry.
For educational ministry to survive and thrive, corners must not be cut. Aggressive, out-of-the-box ideas must be pursued if the local Lutheran school is going to be the ministry that the Lord has given it to be. We will explore some of those options in the upcoming webinar on this topic on Aug. 16, 2018. Join us to add to the conversation. (Or if you can’t join us for the live event, watch the recording in the RSTM archive at a time that’s convenient for you.) We will likely raise more questions than provide answers. But this is a critical conversation to be had!

Contributed through the LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission monthly newsletter by Rev. Dr. Nathan Meador.
Rev. Dr. Nathan Meador is senior pastor at St. John Lutheran Church and School in Plymouth, Wis. He also serves as assistant coordinator for LCMS Stewardship Ministry.

Click here to read and/or print the August 2018 LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission monthly newsletter.

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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Churches in Chile prove insightful

The congregation at Mision Maule in Talca, Chile presented hand-stitched bags to Haley Ulland, Tami Ulland and Doris Bertsch during a recent trip the women took to the Latin American country with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Tami Ulland, North Dakota District Business Manager for the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, recently spent time in Chile visiting partner churches. It was a chance to visit with local ministries and see how they’re developing, what problems they may have and how to fix them, as well as address funding issues. But for Ulland it was also a journey of faith.
“It was such a re-energization, a re-invigoration,” Ulland said of being immersed in a different culture and witnessing how the people of Chile approach their faith.
Since they are partner churches, they do follow the same theology and practices of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, but what’s different is that a lot of Chile’s churches are mission-based.
“The mindset is so different,” Ulland said. “They’re true missionaries. They try to do something to give back to that community, and to provide a service where they can with an act of mercy. And the church grows out of that act of mercy, or that service that they’re able to provide to the community.”
One of the churches is attached to Bethesda Lutheran Home, which provides therapy services to people with disabilities. There are also churches with immigrant ministries and two attached to schools, one with around 200 children and one with 800.
Ulland said that the city of Constitución had a tsunami wipe out a large area in 2010 and the church went in to help by talking to people in camps. A church was started there and now there’s an after-school program at that location as well.
Ulland traveled with her daughter, Haley, who is a teacher in Park River. North Dakota District President Rev. Arie Bertsch and his wife, Doris, from Minot, joined them. The four attended a pastor’s conference in Santiago and Pastor Bertsch preached at a few local churches they traveled as well.
“We got to visit every single church that’s part of the Chile partnership with us,” Ulland said. “Their faith is so different, it’s hard to explain to people exactly what it is. There’s always such a joy coming through them of being able to confess and share their faith. And none of the churches are self-supporting, and that’s why we help.”

(This article was written by Brittany Brevik and was first published in The Walsh County Record.)

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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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Regional Youth Partnerships

“not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near (Heb. 10:25).

A recent article in Reporter highlighted the importance of relationships when working with youth. Western Kansas churches have been providing opportuni­ties for collaborative youth events, with the hope of creating stronger friendships and stronger faith among the participants, for over 40 years.

One such event is the winter Confirmation Retreat, hosted by Circuits 15 and 16, which draws participants from the western side of Kansas. This is an annual event, and not only do the youth learn about the Catechism, but they also learn that the Body of Christ is larger than their rural congregation.

Larger churches with multiple staff are often able to invite smaller churches to participate in their events. For instance, Trinity Lutheran Church in Garden City invited churches within the circuit/dis­trict to their annual Mexico mission trip and annual canoe trip. Other events have included the Fall Junior High Rally; the Wild, Wild West Paintball event; Youth Quake and the Mystery Bus Tour, an all-night event.

The LCMS Kansas District also spon­sors events for youth, such as Senior High Summer Camp at Lutheran Valley Retreat near Divide, Colo. and District Youth Gathering. Often, one key person receives information of such events and forwards it to the smaller churches. Usually, a bus is used for transportation and picks up youth along the way to the event. Sharing trans­portation is another way for youth to gather and build friendships.

When churches collaborate, several outcomes occur: First, the workload can be spread among a larger group of people. If there are 13 pastors and two directors of Christian education (DCEs) represented in the circuit, then each can take a part of the planning process. Secondly, smaller churches that don’t have resources to do events on their own can join an event that has already been created. Also, youth have an opportunity to interact with a variety of their peers and adults.

One key factor in collaborative events is the involvement of parents in the local congregation. Youth need to be encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and par­ticipate with others, and parents can serve as the contact person within that congrega­tion rather than the pastors all the time.

As a DCE of 35 years, 25 of those spent in Western Kansas, it has been encourag­ing to see youth make new friends from a different part of the state. Youth friend each other on Facebook and encourage one another to participate with the next district or circuit event. I heard a story told of col­lege students who met on a college campus and recognized one another as past partici­pants of a circuit youth event.

In Western Kansas, we have worked hard to build relationships with one another and with Christ, who empowers us to live lives that make a difference in our churches and in our community. Our chief aim is to bring glory to God through collaborative youth events.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven (Matt. 5:16).

 

Contributed through the LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission monthly newsletter by Leland Jackson.

Leland Jackson is a director of Christian educa­tion in Garden City, Kan.

 

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“MAIN STREET LIVING” TV MINISTRY – JULY UPDATE

This month we introduce Carole Borchers, our MSLN Secretary. Carole and her husband (Glenn), are retired and have lived in Moorhead the past 18 years. Carole states: “God has blessed us with a wonderful family of 3 children spread out through the US, all 3 in varying educational jobs. God has blessed me with many experiences in life that prepared me for my role as Director of Christian Outreach at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Moorhead for eight years, retiring in 2012. My husband and I lived in West Africa as volunteer agricultural missionaries for one year and have gone on numerous mission trips to many parts of the world. It is a joy to share the Good News and serve people wherever; thus my interest in Main Street Living North. My passion is encouraging people, especially women of all ages, in their walk with the Lord. I enjoy facilitating small group Bible studies and working in the LWML. Thank you, Carole!

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 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 July 2018:

July 1: Rev. Leo Deitemeyer, First American Lutheran Church, Mayville, ND, presents today’s message: “The Steadfast Love of the Lord” based on Lamentations 3:22-33.

July 8: Rev. Scott Muehlberg, St. John Lutheran Church, Frazee, MN, and Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Osage, MN, presents today’s message: “Offensive and Weakness: Acceptance and Strength” based on 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 and Mark 6:1-13.

July 15: Rev. Robert Hill, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Wimbledon, ND, presents today’s message: “More Than a Prophet” based on Mark 6:14-16.

July 22: Rev. Jacob Wagner, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Vergas, MN, presents today’s message: “One In Christ” based on Ephesians 2:11-22.

July 29: Rev. Richard Biberdorf, Grace Lutheran Church, Carrington, ND, presents today’s message: “Remember the Rainbow!” based on Genesis 9:8-17.

“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 a 30-minute children’s program called “Kid’s Crossing.” 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 cable and satellite systems carrying these stations, and archived on www.mainstreetlivingnorth.com.

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Planning a Summer Trip?

 

Click here to find an LCMS church near your destination or along your route.

 

(The church locator can also be found at lcms.org)

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Recap of the Ark Encounter Bus Trip

Immanuel, Fargo’s third annual bus trip took 48 people to Kentucky to see the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter. This year, the bus originated in Bismarck, picking up people in Jamestown and Fargo. The weather was spring-like in North Dakota but we experienced snow from Fergus Falls all the way to Chicago. The accumulated snow was heaviest from Alexandria through Madison, Wisconsin. Our bus driver did a super job to get us to our destination!
Watch for future trips! People are interested in going to see a Minnesota Twins baseball game maybe in late August or September.  Also, there are lots of requests to see Christmas in Branson in 2019. Those two trips will fill a tour bus very quickly! Dates will be announced upon finalization of cost.
Ed Bean, Coordinator

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Higher Things Retreat

On April 20-21st, the Southeast Circuit hosted its Second Annual Higher Things Retreat. This year’s theme was, “The Christian Conscience,” which was taught by Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller. There were about 80 registrants at this year’s retreat, which was held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hankinson. The individuals, from approximately a dozen churches, attended 4 Services and 4 Sessions, along with games, a movie, and snacks.

 

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New Clavinova at St. John’s, McClusky

For many years the services at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McClusky, ND were faithfully accompanied by member organist, Shirley Jorgensen. Following her passing the congregation was left without an organist to take her place. Church member, Deb Sparrow, graciously stepped forward to provide piano music for the congregation, but the organ music was missed. Thoughts o purchasing an electronic piano which would allow us to switch between piano and organ music for church services began to emerge.
A committee was formed to research electronic keyboard brands, features, versatility, and connectivity to the sound system already in the church. In February 2018, the congregation voted to purchase a CP 405 Yamaha Clavinova, using money from the Church memorial fund.
Several church members dismantled and moved the large Baldwin organ in preparation for the Clavinova delivery and installation.
Psalm 95:1 says: “O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King.”
The ability to layer “voices” (additional instruments) to the piano or organ feature adds beauty to the service which would not be available in a small rural congregation such as ours. The voice of a trumpet and a clarinet was added to LSB hymn #457, Christ the Lord is Risen Today, for Easter service.
As we gather for worship at our Sunday services, along with the saints who have gone before us, we at St. John’s are thankful to those families who donated in memory of their loved ones, to use for the enhancement of our worship service.

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Women’s Coffee Retreat – Redeemer, Dickinson

A Women’s Coffee Retreat held on April 21 at Redeemer, Dickinson, with the theme, “Sip, Savor, and Drink Deeply” was a great success with almost 35 in attendance! What a wonderful “coffee party” around God’s Word and author Deb Burma’s devotional materials.  Enjoyed food, fun, and fellowship and six women went home with a door prize, a beautiful coffee mug, designed by Kari Morast, owner of Mama Bear Creations and member of Redeemer.  Everyone received a purple keychain created by Megan Fair, LWML Young Woman Enthusiast, and owner of Meg-nif-o-cent Creations. Everyone also had the opportunity to mix and take home a vanilla latte mix with a special attached label “Sending You a Latte Love” and Bible verse.

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