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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Called to Glory – Rev. Charles Johnson 1948-2018

On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, the gracious and merciful Lord Jesus Christ called home His faithful servant Reverend Charles Earl Johnson to be with Him in heaven.

Arrangements are as follows:
Visitation from 5-7 p.m. with prayer service at 7 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Beautiful Savior, 2601 23rd Ave. S Fargo, ND 58103

Funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at Beautiful Savior.

Pastors should bring their red stoles for funeral service.

Click here to read Pastor Johnson’s obituary.

Heavenly Father, into whose keeping we entrust our loved ones, help us to look to You in our time of sorrow, remembering the cloud of faithful witnesses with which we are surrounded. Grant that we may one day share in the joys of those who now rest in your presence; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. (LSB p.316)

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Rural Church Experiences Blessings Working Together

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, organized in 1902, has shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people of the Upham, Newburg, Deering, and Towner communities for 116 years. In 1907 it became a two-point parish with St. John’s; in 1999, Bethlehem/St. John became one congregation with Rev. Daryl Rothchild, Pastor.  The present edifice was built in 1950.
             The winter of 2017 saw record snowfall in this north central area of the state and when it melted Bethlehem’s basement was covered with a foot of water. At the July 5, 2017 voter’s meeting, it was decided to abandon the basement and build a 2700 sq. ft. addition to the west of the present structure including parish hall, kitchen, office, and storage room. The front entrance would also be extended allowing ground-level access and a “lift” installed for handicap accessibility. Work began immediately with members using their talents, skills, and resources, giving glory to God. Working together was a time of fellowship and growth among members. The present sanctuary was also painted, and new carpet was installed, giving the entire building a unified appearance and face-lift.
             The record snowfall also became a blessing to this farming community. With very limited rainfall in the spring and summer of 2017, the sub-soil moisture sustained the crops and resulted in a good harvest.  Members were able to make generous contributions to this project, and all the bills have been paid.
             Our first Worship Service was December 17, 2017, five months after starting this project. The parish hall has excellent facilities for bible class with a pull-down screen and all-around sound system. It is great for large gatherings. The kitchen cabinets were cleaned, sanitized, and placed in the new kitchen where they are being used once again. It is a joy to worship and work together with fellow saints in these pleasant surroundings.
             During the summer of 2018, plans are to remodel the present washrooms, making them handicap accessible, also.
All Glory be to God!

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Convention Results

Convention election results are available on the convention page.

Updated after Tuesday’s sessions.

We will be live on Facebook at about 10:30 am (Mountain Time) to hear about “Unity in Mission” by Rev. Zelwyn Heide and at about noon for Installation of all elected officers and close of the convention.

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Mercy Meals Report

Report for LLL Quarterly meeting of 1/9/2018

*Activity this past quarter:

Three events held for Mercy Meals packing

October 21, 2017   –  ND Jr. High Youth Gathering, Bismarck     10,368  meals packed by 124 volunteers

November 15, 2017  –  Zion Lutheran Church, Bismarck              40,626  meals packed by 130 volunteers

December 10, 2017   –   Concordia Lutheran Church, Jamestown       231 meals packed by 6 volunteers

Running total since our first event in 2015 = 230,272 meals packed


Current total in account = $12,612.43

Planned spending for next quarter (approximate):   $10,000. for supplies/product

$150. for new sealers

$130. for gas

*Activities on the calendar

One Mercy Meals event on schedule in March (date TBD) for Grace Point church in Bismarck.  Planning to pack 50,000 meals this time (26,089 last year). Also on the calendar, the ND LWML District Convention on June 22-23 in Minot.

Other groups that have expressed an interest for a date sometime this Spring are Our Savior Lutheran Church in Minot and a Mayville college/community group.


Planning to ship to Liberia (hopefully this month) 96,768 meals.  Waiting for final paperwork before a shipping date is determined.


Respectfully submitted by Andrea Eckstein, President of Mercy Meals of North Dakota

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Do you want something published in the eNews?

Attention!! We have a new editor for the eNews!

Is there something you want published in the eNews and/or NodakLCMS.org? Please send your submissions to our Webmaster, Marie, at News@NodakLCMS.org.
The eNews is send it out on or around the first week of every month to people all around our District and beyond.

We’d be more than happy to share information like…

  • A congregational event, celebration, or milestone(including photos!)
  • A family event of one of our called workers (marriage of children, child’s graduation or military service, death of a loved one, etc)
  • A special speaker at your congregation and you want the members of the district invited to join with you.
  • A historical tidbit about your congregation
  • An event or announcement from your District’s task force, committee, auxiliary, or circuit
  • Well, you get the idea…

While you may think the district office knows all this stuff, we probably don’t, and we need you to tell us!


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Orphan Grain Train – North Dakota Branch Newsletter

Check out the October, November, December Newsletter here:

OGT North Dakota Newsletter

Minor correction to the newsletter: The number of Mercy Meals boxes ready to go in the warehouse is 448 (the bigger number included boxes that have already been sent).

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Southeast Circuit Reformation Divine Service

400 members of the congregations of the Southeast Circuit of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod gathered at Trinity Lutheran Church Great Bend on Sunday October 29th to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The service was well appreciated. The pastors processed into together and jointly led Divine Service Setting Three with great dignity and reverence. The Sunday School students from the circuit all gathered to sing in unison “Lord Keep us Steadfast in Your Word.” A Circuit Adult Choir sang a motet as well the propers of the day. Holy Communion was received for the forgiveness of all who attended.

Following the worship service, the circuit took a joint photo and then headed to Hankinson for a giant potluck at the local Community Center. An offering totaling over $2500 was collected to support our campus ministry at UND and a new church plant in Watford City, ND.

Attendees came from the following churches – Immanuel Wahpeton, Immanuel Hankinson, St. John’s Belford, Peace, Barney, Trinity Great Bend, Immanuel Lidgerwood, Holy Cross Lidgerwood, Zion Gwinner, Redeemer Lisbon.


Pictures by Serenity Richard Photography. To view more pictures visit: http://www.serenityrichard.com/reformation500

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Introducing New Business Manager – Tami Ulland

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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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