Mar 11 2017

Confessing Sin; Confessing Jesus A Higher Things® Youth Retreat

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton, ND
April 28th and 29th

Click here for registration and more event information.

“With the heart, one believes and is justified; with the mouth, one confesses and is saved.”

Friday, April 28th
6:00 PM Registration and Pizza
7:30 PM Evening Prayer
8:00 PM Welcome and Introductions
8:15 PM Plenary 1: Confessing Sin – Part 1 (Rev. Daenzer)
9:15 PM Icebreaker: Whoopie
10:00 PM Compline
10:30 PM Evening snacks
11:00 PM Optional Movie
1:00 AM Lights out

Saturday, April 29th
7:30 AM  Breakfast
8:30 AM Matins
9:00 AM Plenary II Confessing Jesus – Part 1 (Rev. Richard)
10:00 AM Icebreaker: Straw tower
11:00 AM Plenary III Confessing Jesus – Part 2 (Rev. Richard)
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Plenary IV: Confessing Sin – Part 2 (Rev. Daenzer)

2:00 PM Closing Divine Service
3:00 PM Dismissal

How to Register, Contact:

Tana McKenna
(701) 308-0411

RSVP: via online registration at
or Patrick Sturdivant
Higher Things Retreat Coordinator (888) 482-6630 or

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Aug 03 2017

Grace Lutheran School 2017-2018 Preparations

2017-2018 School Theme:

The Fruits of the Spirit


The Fruits of the Spirit

will be highlighted this coming school year. Each month, we will dedicate lessons to one of the Fruits of the Spirit and really dive into their meanings. Just imagine, one full month each to focus on Love, Joy, Peace, Self Control, Goodness, Patience, Kindness, Faithfulness and Gentleness.

It’s going to be a fruitful year!


Don’t forget!
School activities start Aug. 21st, with our new and improved “Back to School” night, held from 6 pm till 8 pm. Open sessions with valuable information as well as 3 sessions to meet your teachers and bring school supplies for your child’s desk..
First day of school is Wednesday Aug. 23 at 8:15 am!
Want to learn more about Grace Lutheran School enrollment or our new Financial Aid program? Just contact our school Principal, John Hagge at 701-232-7747
We never want financial situations to stand in the way of a great education and character building experience.
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Aug 03 2017

Martin Luther School prepares for school to begin!

We are excited to get ready for the 2017-2018 school year!

There have been quite a few changes that have taken place at MLS over the summer that we would like to share with the district.  Principal Kathryn Jones has accepted a call to serve at Trinity Lone Oak Lutheran School in Eagan, MN.  Serving as Interim Principal will be Denise Wolfgram, along side Josh Douglas, Assistant Principal and Director of Development. We are  also adding an all-day preschool this year.

Feel free to come and take part in the Opening Chapel, August 24th at 9:00. We have three new teachers being installed, Tarren Pfennig, preschool teacher, Michelle Sletvold, kindergarten and preschool director, and Quincy Wyatt, first grade. Samantha Henke is also on staff as our new instrumental music instructor.

Come and be a part of the first day excitement!
413 East Avenue D
Bismarck, ND 58501
(701) 224-9070

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Aug 02 2017

Main Street Living North Update

Dear Pastors and Congregations of the Minnesota North & North Dakota Districts:


As you are aware by now, our two districts are jointly participating in a new venture called “MAIN STREET LIVING NORTH”, a locally produced TV ministry that began airing in January of this year on Sunday forenoons at 10:00 am in the eastern half of ND and northern MN.


The hour-long program includes 30 minutes of an abbreviated worship service led by the pastors of our LCMS district congregations. The service is followed by a 30-minute Sunday School style children’s portion called “Kid’s Crossing”.


The program is specifically designed for the home bound, assisted living and nursing homes, and all other individuals who are at their homes Sunday mornings. It is also our hope that some of these viewers may also be drawn to our churches through this outreach.


Financial Support Is Needed: The purchase of TV broadcast time is $925/Sunday. We believe this is well worth the cost due to the large viewing area of the four FOX affiliated stations carrying this program: (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, PLUS the cable and satellite systems carrying these stations). All programs are also archived for viewing at any time online at


This program receives its financial support from three main sources: congregational budgets, members of our congregations, and other viewers. While it is our hope that an increased amount of financial support will eventually come from “viewers”, we realize that building viewership is going to take time; therefore we will need to rely on our own congregations – at least to start with.


We are therefore asking that each of our district congregations (and/or multi-site parish agreements) would prayerfully consider sponsoring the cost of at least one Sunday’s broadcast each year. Some may be able to sponsor more than one.


As of May 22nd, MSLN has received enough contributions to cover the cost of air time to broadcast only through the end of this July. We realize that 2017 budgets are already set; nevertheless, we are hopeful that some funding might be able to be found or approved to assist MSLN for this year yet, as well as for future budgets. Checks may be sent to “Main Street Living North”, 821-5th Ave. S., Fargo, ND 58103.


Sincerely in Christ,

Ken Koehler / Main Street Living North

Rev. Arie Bertsch / LCMS North Dakota District President



NOTE: Although the viewing area of this TV program covers approximately the eastern half of ND and the western half of northern Minnesota, all programs can also be viewed at

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Aug 02 2017

“More than Giving” INSIGHT Conference 2017

A Conference on Stewardship Sponsored by:

The LCMS Office of National Mission and DOXOLOGY:  The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel

September 1516, 2017 in Buffalo, MN


Consider gathering a carload of your leaders to attend the “More than Giving” INSIGHT Conference in 2017.


Led by synod’s Stewardship Director Rev. Heath Curtis and Assistant Director Rev. Nathan Meador, this conference will equip pastors and laity to think Biblically and “Lutheranly” about financial stewardship in its broader context.


Your team or committee from your church will bring home:


  1. a fresh view of the undergirding theology of stewardship
  2. a candid overview of the financial challenges facing most churches large and small
  3. a preview of quality resources available
  4. practical tools for stewardship flowing from the presence of Christ through His means of grace.


Each “More Than Giving” Insight concludes with a planning session in which each congregational team will return home, having designed a year-round stewardship action plan and strategies tailored to its own unique setting.


This conference will equip you to develop healthy stewardship lifestyles among your member households and in your congregation as a whole.


We recommend that congregations send a group of individuals which can work together on reviewing an Action Plan for Stewardship.


Who should attend?  Pastors, church administrators, Stewardship Board Members, church leaders and interested laity.

Click here for complete information and registration

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Aug 02 2017

Save the Date! Reformation Mission Festival Service

Sunday, October 29, 2017

4:00 pm

In honor of the 500th Anniversary of the posting of the 95 Theses on the church door of Wittenberg, the Crookston Circuit of MN North and the NE Circuit of ND are hosting a dual district Reformation Mission Festival Service to be held in the Grand Forks communities.

  • Further details will be announced regarding a mass choir and special music
  • The Rev. Doug Thompson, missionary pastor to Sierra Leone Africa, will be our guest preacher.
  • A free-will offering will be received to support his work overseas.
  • The remainder of the details are in the works and will be shared when they are finalized.


Please mark your calendars, set up a carpool to attend and plan on joining us. If you have any questions please feel free to contact David Laue at

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Aug 02 2017

Lutheran World Relief Fall Drive 2017

We are having a fall drive as there is a shortage of the below listed items. The dates for the drive are October 16th – October 20th.   Please inform your congregation of these dates and times.
Have you ever wondered where in the world you’re Quilts and Kits travel? With the new Quilt and Kit tracker, you can find out! Visit for more information. For the most recent Quilt and Kit guidelines, visit, call 800-597-5972, or email
October 16-20
9 AM – 6 PM
Midwest Motor Express
314 27th St. N., Fargo ND
October 16-17
9 AM – 6 PM
Midwest Motor Express
77 9th Ave. E., Dickinson, ND
October 17-18
9 AM – 5 PM
Please Note
First Lutheran Church
New Location!
916 Main St Williston ND
October 19-20
9 AM – 6 PM
Midwest Motor Express
5015 Main Ave. E, Bismark ND
October 19-20
9 AM – 5 PM
Midwest Motor Express
1900 22nd Ave. SE, Minot ND
October 19-20
9 AM – 6 PM
Midwest Motor Express
2215 N. Washington, Grand Forks ND
Packaging Instructions from Lutheran World Relief:
  1. Please DO NOT use plastic or paper bags to pack donations.
  2. Donations should be sorted by category and packed in separate boxes.
  3. Use strong cartons secured with packing tape.
  4. Do not allow box weight to exceed forty (40) pounds.
  5. Label each box as follows:
  • Name and address of congregation
  • Contents of box
Please be prepared to load boxes into the trucks; assistance will not be available at the drop off sites.
NEEDS LIST (there is an equal need for all items):
  • Quilts
  • Blankets
  • School Kits
  • Personal Care Kits
  • Fabric Kits
  • Baby Care Kits
  • New commercial bar soap
Thank you for your commitment and assistance in making the Lutheran World Relief Fall Drive a success!
Matt Tuneberg
Midwest Warehouse
Agent for Lutheran World Relief
South St. Paul, MN 55075

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Aug 02 2017

Golfers needed!!!

Martin Luther School will host their annual golf scramble on Saturday, September 9, 2017. The shot gun start will be at 1:00pm at the Tom O’Leary Golf Course. A meal and awards will be provided after at Bethel Lutheran Church. Consider getting your team together and support Martin Luther School. For more information call 701-224-9070.

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Aug 02 2017


January 12-13, 2018

Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads, St. John, ND

Beyond 500: Why the Heart and Sola of the Reformation still Matters!

A presentation focusing on the Four Solas of our Lutheran Heritage…

Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Fides, and Solus Christus.


Rev. Dr. Jim Gimbel
President of Concordia Lutheran Seminary Edmonton, Alberta

Pastor Gimbel, a native Minnesotan, began ministry at Zion Kramer and Gardena, ND in 1985. During that time he helped Faith, Towner organize before moving to serve as Campus Pastor at NDSU and youth pastor at Immanuel, Fargo, then becoming Sr. Pastor at Immanuel. During that time he was heavily involved in ND District youth ministry, including servant events at the prior Shepherd’s Hill location. In 1996 he accepted the call to serve as Sr. Editor of Youth, Family, and Sunday School Materials at CPH. In 2002 he accepted the call to be Professor of Leadership and Ministry at Concordia, St. Paul. During those years at CPH and CSP, out of a deep love for parish ministry, he served seven vacancy and interim ministries. In 2014 he was elected President of Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton, Alberta, the western seminary of Lutheran Church–Canada. He and Jill have been married 39 years, and have three grown, married children: Andy, Abby, and Jo, and five living grandchildren.

For over 25 years men have enjoyed the camaraderie of these retreats – thought-provoking Scripture-based presentations, fellowship, music, good food, card games, skeet shooting, etc.

Father & son duos are encouraged to come.

Begins with 6 P.M. Supper Friday, January 12th – ends 3:30 P.M. Saturday

Cost – $80.

Includes: 3 meals, lodging, speaker, snacks, games, fireside chats, etc.

Bring: Bible, bed roll, personal items, warm clothing, & friends


Contact Corey Isaak to register:

Call 701-281-0240 or E-mail:

Click here for the printable 2018 ND District Mens Winter Retreat flier

to share with your congregation and friends.

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Aug 01 2017

Adding to the Archives


As congregations celebrate their anniversaries, remember to send a copy of the publications that they make for these events to ND LCMS Archives located in Fargo. Lutheran Annuals from 2004 to 2014, would be greatly appreciated, as well.

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Aug 01 2017

Planning an event? Let us know!

District Planning Council will be meeting soon (August 17-18)!

The purpose of this meeting is to bring event dates for the District Calendar from each congregation or group. This is also a great time to see if there would be conflict with events planned by others.

Please let your Circuit Visitor know about any events your congregation is planning for the coming year!

Also on the agenda: overtures for the District Convention (January 21-24, Dickinson).


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Aug 01 2017

LWML Retreat

Women of all ages are invited, yes, even encouraged, to attend the annual Lutheran Women’s Missionary League retreat in the central North Dakota city of Carrington.

September 15 – 17, 2017

“Bearing Their Burden” led by Rev. Tom Eckstein of Concordia Lutheran Church, Jamestown

Topics of discussion will include:
  • Same-sex attraction and the hot button issues that accompany it such as same-sex marriage.
  • Burdens of sexual sin such as pornography and its impact on marriage.
  • There will also be other activities along with the Bible study and topic discussions.
Other events include:
  • Friday evening will feature a meet and greet with activities
  • Mercy Meals will be packed as a servant event
  • Saturday evening banquet will be held, followed by a “No Talent” Talent show
  • The weekend concludes with a worship service on Sunday morning.
Plan now to join your sisters in Christ the weekend of September 15-17, 2017. If it is a challenge to attend for the full weekend you are welcome to join us for just one day on Saturday. Your LWML president will gladly share registration material with you or you can find it on the website at What was that you asked? What if you’re not a member of the LWML? Please join us anyway! This is open to all women.
Make your reservations today!

**NOTE** The block of rooms for Retreat will be released on August 25th! Be sure to make your reservation before then!!!

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Jun 26 2017

Little Free Pantry

You might have heard of Little Free Libraries, that you can put books in and out of, but have you heard of a Little Free Pantry? It’s the same concept as the library, but this box holds food instead of books.
After months of building six pantries for the community, students who go to Career Academy in Bismarck finally got to see their hard work pay off. Boxes were placed at Shepherd of the Valley Church, Bismarck, and Pioneer Elementary School. People who walk by can either take or place a food item in the pantry.

“It’s one of those acts of mercy as Christ cares for us. He cared for us so much that he died and rose again for us, and he wants us to care for those in need. This is just one simple way that we can be caring for people in need,” said Pastor Les Wolfgram.

Click on the link below to see the video in its entirety as it was reported by KFYR TV news.

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