LWML ND District Convention

The official Call to Convention is available in The Messenger – Winter 2022. Find it on the Convention page or The Messenger page at ndlwml.org.

Official Call To Convention: Members of the LWML ND District, this is your official Call to Convention, “Cross-Eyed…Focused on Jesus.” And we have been called to share our God’s greatness, especially in the person of our Savior Jesus Christ. You are invited and encouraged to come to Fargo on June 24–26, 2022, as we rejoice with our sisters and brothers in Christ and celebrate the awesomeness of our God. You will be inspired and uplifted by worship, Bible study, special speakers and so much more! Delegates to the convention will have a voice and vote and be making decisions on mission grants and new officers for the 2022–2024 Biennium.

You are cordially invited to come and be energized as Lutheran Women in Mission. Please join me and the women and men of the Eastern Zone who will welcome you to Fargo on June 24–26, 2022. “Cross-Eyed…Focused on Jesus”

LaurieAnn Totenhagen, LWML ND District President

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Pasta with a Purpose

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Main Street Living Media Ministry – April 2022

“And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom He did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile, and you are still in your sins … But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” 1 Corinthians 15:14-20. This is the primary message of our MSLN ministry! He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! -Ken Koehler,Volunteer Coordinator

“Main Street Living North” Programs for April 2022:

Apr 3rd: Rev. Adam Welton, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Wentworth, SD, presents the message: “Conscience Cleansed,” based on Hebrews 9:13-14. “This Is The Life” segment special program: “Holy Land Tour pt. 1” – A video tour of locations in Jesus’ earthly ministry, led by SD pastor Nabil Nour, who grew up in Israel.

Apr 10th: Rev. Robert Hill, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wimbledon, ND, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Pettibone, ND, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Woodworth, ND, and St. Paul Lutheran Church, Kensal, ND, presents the message: “The Sacrifice is Made,” based on Luke 23:18, 32, 44-45. This Is The Life” segment special program: “Holy Land Tour pt. 2” – A video tour of locations in Jesus’ earthly ministry, led by SD pastor Nabil Nour, who grew up in Israel.

Apr 17th: Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler, Speaker of the Lutheran Hour, presents an Easter message titled: “With.” This sermon is based on John 20:1-18. Visit mainstreetliving.com for more information. “This Is The Life” segment special Lenten program: “Three Days” – The disciples’ reactions and interaction in the days between Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Apr 24th: Rev. Matthew Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, presents a message celebrating the 175th anniversary of the LCMS. Visit mainstreetliving.com for more information. “This Is The Life” program: “Gates of Glory” – Thomas recounts his experience with doubt and belief as he meets the risen Jesus.

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

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+ Rev. Bernhard M. Seter + November 12, 1952-March 22, 2022 +

Rev. Bernie Seter

The Rev. Bernhard M. Seter, Zion English, Grafton; Trinity, Drayton; and St. John, Crystal, died on March 22 in Grafton, N.D. He was 69.

Seter was born Nov. 12, 1952, in Bottineau, N.D., to the late Marvin Calvin Seter and Myra Mae (Hahn) Seter. He attended Concordia University, St Paul, St. Paul, Minn.; Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne; and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (CSL), receiving his Master of Divinity from CSL in 1978.

Seter married Faye Freeman on Aug. 10, 1974. In 1978, he was called as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Drayton, N.D., and Zion English Lutheran, Grafton. In 1987, he began serving as chaplain for the North Dakota Life Skills and Transition Center in Grafton, an agency that serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 1995, he also began serving as pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, Crystal, N.D.

Seter served on the LCMS North Dakota District Board of Directors from 1997 until 2001, when he was elected to the LCMS Board for Human Care, serving as chairman. In 2010, he was elected chairman of the BIM. He was instrumental in the creation of Project 24, part of an LCMS child sponsorship program that provides schooling, residential care, and the Word of God for children in Kenya. He made several trips to Kenya as part of his work on the program.

Seter served the church in a variety of ways, including through his work with Lutheran Church Extension Fund and as a counselor and reconciler for the North Dakota District. He served as district counselor for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) from 1998 to 2002 and authored an LWML prayer service. For many years, he wrote the widely read blog “Northern Crossings, a Lutheran Mercy Blog From North Dakota and Northern Minnesota.” (northerncrossingsmercy.org) He loved music and enjoyed composing, performing, and sharing his love of music with others.

The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of the LCMS, called Seter “a rare gift.”

“I recall traveling to Kenya with him almost 20 years ago,” Harrison said. “After a visit to the great Kibera slums, he delivered a profound devotion on our Savior’s cross, suffering, and Christian mercy. I’ll never forget it. He never ceased to amaze as he proclaimed Jesus with passion, loved those in his path, rarely talked about himself, discoursed on every manner of humorous observations and topics, read everything he put his hands on and delighted in life. Our love to Faye and to his congregations, who loved him dearly.”

Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at 2:00 PM at Zion English Lutheran Church of Grafton, ND. Visitation will be Monday, April 4, 2022, from 4-7 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at Zion English Lutheran Church, Grafton. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred for one of Bernie’s favorite missions.

The funeral will be live-streamed on the Zion English Lutheran Church – Grafton ND, Facebook page. A video of the funeral will be posted to the Tollefson Funeral Home Website following the service. An online guest book is available at: www.tollefsonfuneralhome.com

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The Living Last Supper – Bethel, Bismarck

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LYF Spring Retreat – A Walk Made Worthy

  Friday, March 4 – Saturday, March 5

Chieftain Conference Center

 Highway 281, Carrington, ND

For grades 8 & up & adults!

Registration begins at 7 PM.  Activities begin at 7:30 PM.

Get there when you can!

The Retreat concludes about 4 PM Saturday.

Registration deadline:  Sunday, Feb 27

Registration form can be found on the youth page.

TO REGISTER: call, text, email, or mail this registration form to Pat Sebastian | (701) 471-3289 | patsebbis@aol.com | 3000 Bernell Drive, Bismarck, ND  58503

 For more information: LYF Pastor Advisor Pastor Adam Harvala | (701) 936-1156 | pastorharvala@standrewlcms.org  

A Walk Made Worthy will be led by students trained to facilitate these five sessions and Pastor Adam Harvala, ND District LYF pastoral advisor. Participants will explore how young people can remain confident in their faith through times of struggle, times of joy, and times of temptation. A resilient identity in Christ helps young people to navigate times of stress, experience new things and people, and move through life while holding fast to their Christian faith.  

The Retreat will also include devotions • music  • morning run/walk (optional) • snacks • breakfast • noon buffet at Pizza Ranch • and MORE!

Please bring: your Bible • shoes/clothing for an optional  morning run/walk • offering for the ND District LYF mission project – Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads

Registration Fee:  $50 + housing Includes: Program costs, Saturday breakfast & Pizza Ranch buffet and snacks

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The 59th Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod North Dakota District Results

More convention results can be found on the convention page.

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Milestones

Rosella (Gust) Debele has been a faithful organist at Zion Lutheran, Kramer, since her teenage years. We praise & thank God for her and wish her a Happy 85th Birthday! (1-21-22)


We would love to recognize birthdays of our congregation members who are 90 years or older and wedding anniversaries of 50 years or more. We need your help. Please let us know if anyone in your congregation has a milestone coming up. The articles need to be submitted about five weeks ahead of time to allow for preparations and printing. (Articles have to be submitted to us by February 25th for publication in April) Pictures are optional and would depend on available space. If you have any other articles or ideas for the district publications, please contact district communications manager, Marie at news@nodaklcms.org. Thank you!

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Higher Things Retreat

When we hear the word ‘idolatry,’ it’s easy to imagine primitive people bowing down to gods made of carved stone. But we’d be naive to think that idolatry only happened with primitive people long ago. What are the idols of America? What are your idols? Ask yourself “What do I find security in, and what do I boast about and defend the most?” The answers – those are your idols – anything from money, sports, fame, even ourselves.

Maybe you think that idols aren’t that big of a deal. Join us at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Minot, ND as Rev. Justin Woodside (Assisting Pastor of Bethel and Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Churches in Bismarck) helps us understand why idols cannot love us, pursue us, or bleed for us. They cannot protect us from the grave. Only Christ can – that’s a big deal.

Registration is open! Go to: https://leader.higherthings.org/events/retreats/

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Thank you from Grace Lutheran School

Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year to all friends of Grace.

On Friday, November 12, Grace Lutheran School held A Celebration of Grace at the Sanctuary Events Center. Over 100 celebrants attended the in-person event and many more participated online. We thank all who supported our event as attendees, volunteers, donors, bidders, committee members, and those who prayed for our event’s success. In an incredible outpouring of love, we raised $58,370 for our school, our students, and a brand new math curriculum. We easily raised the amount needed to fully fund the new math curriculum and extend into future textbook updates with budgeted funds. We are humbled by this outpouring and pray continually that we use the resources provided to us in a God-pleasing way that all children may come to know and love Christ Jesus. Thank you all.

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North Dakota $1,000 Scholarship

Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) wants to help YOU pay for school! LCMS high school seniors and college students (with at least a year of school left) from the LCMS North Dakota district have the opportunity to apply for a chance to win a LCEF $1,000 Scholarship.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is January 31st, 2022. The winner will be announced on March 15th, 2022.

Apply Today! https://zfrmz.com/j8m9YHsoV8drYIUxStEo.

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Main Street Living Media Ministry- January 2022

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:13-14). During January, many of our Lutheran congregations celebrate LIFE SUNDAY because we believe in the God-declared sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. Our United States Supreme Court recently heard arguments regarding the “life issue”, and we pray that they, as a part of the “civil government” established by God for our fallen world, may also rule to once again provide protection for our not-yet-born brothers and sisters created in the image of God. May we also do what we can to support the sanctity of human life!

-Ken Koehler,Volunteer Coordinator

“Main Street Living North” Programs for January 2022:

Jan 2: Rev. Brian Shane, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND, presents the message: “The Little Solomon in Us All,” based on I Kings 3:4-15. Lutheran Television Special: “The Other Wiseman” – Another Magi, making his journey to the Christ child, encounters others and shows kindness along the way.

Jan 9: Rev. Bruce Noennig, Zion Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, MN, presents the message: “Who Are the Wisemen?”, based on Matthew 2:1-12. “This Is The Life” program: “Money for Marriage” – A woman’s decisions at work put strain on the new couple’s marriage.

Jan 16: Rev. Adam Harvala, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, West Fargo, ND, presents the message: “In the Eye of the Beholder”, based on Isaiah 62:1-5. “This Is The Life” program: “Burden Made Light” – The housekeeper helps a family through the struggle of an increasingly sick child.

Jan 23: Rev. Michael Salemink, Executive Director, Lutherans for Life, presents this year’s “Life Sunday Message”, based on John 15:12-17. “This Is The Life” program: “Like Father Like Son” – A father’s example leads to his son making questionable choices at school.

Jan 30: Rev. Jacob Wagner, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Vergas, MN, presents the message: “Love as We Have Been Loved,” based on 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13:13 and Jeremiah 1:4-10. “This Is The Life: program: “Twisting Road” – A young man and his wife deal with life, the future, and regrets of things left unspoken.

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