Have No Fear


More than 170 pastors and lay leaders gathered Nov. 8–10 at the Hilton Kansas City Airport in Kansas City, Mo., for the 2018 National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference. The Rev. Dr. Keith Schweitzer, a dual-parish pastor in Iowa who also serves as a bi-vocational pastor via substitute teach¬ing, attended with his wife, Susan. This was the fifth time he has attended the RSTM Conference.
Schweitzer said, “This conference is a joy, primarily for the reason that there previously wasn’t anything in the Synod like this for ru¬ral and small-town [areas]. You can come here and receive a program full of resources that are specifically suited for our context and spend time with others in similar situations and share experiences. Plus, it’s a little bit of a vacation!”
Congregational leaders from coast to coast and everywhere in between were in attendance. Over the course of three days, the attendees were impacted by inspira¬tional plenary speakers, practical sectionals, time together in worship and study of the Scriptures and time for attendees to encourage and support each other.
In keeping with the theme of “Have No Fear,” those in attendance considered things such as Christ’s presence in rural and small-town areas, the pastor and congregation’s role together and within the community and carrying our ministry with patient perseverance in an impatient world. The Rev. Dr. Roosevelt Gray led the daily Bible study for the conference, speaking about the eternal gifts of Word and Sacrament for serving in any setting into which God places us. The Rev. Timothy Koch meditated on the blessings of ministry in rural and small-town ministry in the opening plenary. The Rev. Dr. Robert Bennett discussed spiritual warfare and how we must always be on our guard, as we are warned in 1 Peter 5:8. The Rev. Tom Schlund and congregation members talked about the many possibilities that are opened up when congregations partner together for the sake of the Gospel. Finally, Chaplain Craig Muehler encouraged congregations to reach out and engage their military mem¬bers and their families with encouragement and the Gospel in action.
On the heels of this wonderful conference, plans are now in the works for the 2019 National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference, to be held in Minneapolis, Minn., near the Mall of America. Its theme will be “Running with Endurance: Eyes Fixed on Jesus,” based on Hebrews 12:1b–2a. Make plans to join us and bring your family!
Rev. Todd Kollbaum, director, LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission

Contributed through the LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission monthly newsletter by the Rev. Todd Kollbaum, director, LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission

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Introducing New Hymns in Small Churches

One of the huge challenges facing any smaller congregation (whether rural or urban or small town) is how to expand the base hymnody and liturgy of the group, enabling the worshipers to encounter, become familiar with and maybe even just learn to love and appreciate a growing repertoire of fresh and new (or at least new to them!) music.

We’ll be exploring this topic in a webinar on Nov. 15 with the Rev. William Weedon, the Director of LCMS Worship Ministry and the chaplain at The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s International Center. Weedon plans to cover a variety of simple ways to help pas­tors and musicians move the bar.

Carl Schalk, arguably one of the great­est Lutheran musicians of our time, perceptively observed that people may not know what they like, but they all like what they know. One big key to introduc­ing new music is to have it played early and often in the congregation’s ears before ever asking them to sing it.

Say the desire was to introduce 941 to the congregation: Steven Starke’s now famous paraphrase of the great Te Deum Laudamus. The organist or pianist could begin a month or two out, using that melody as her or his prelude one week, a postlude the next week, the piece during the offering or a musical offering during distribution on yet the following week. Putting the piece into the ears of the congregation well in advance and repeat­ing the tune often is an effective (and sneaky!) way to having the congregation “know” the music even without having been taught it. Your radio works like that! You hear a song for the first time, and then again, and again and again. Finally, it has become one of those privileged songs known as “that’s an old favorite!”

Another effective technique is to have the piece partially sung by a solo or small ensemble. And if that ensemble is made up of kids, all the better! Once the kids know it, the nonsense about “no one could ever sing that!” is silenced for good. Weedon actually did this with the song just men­tioned. A teacher in his parish school confi­dently told him that the kids couldn’t learn to sing it. Ha! Just the challenge he needed. He sang it in the school several times a week and it became one of the hymns the kids themselves would ask for in the con­gregational hymn sings that preceded the midweek Advent or Lenten liturgies.

And there’s another technique: use hymn sings! Weedon will explore those and a bunch more options in the webinar. Join us for a lively discussion of expand­ing the musical life of smaller congrega­tions without risking life or limb.

Rev. William Weedon, director, LCMS Worship Ministry and the chaplain at The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s International Center

 

Contributed through the LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission monthly newsletter by the Rev. William Weedon, the Director of LCMS Worship Ministry and the chaplain at The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s International Center.

 

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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“Main Street Living” Media Ministry – November Update

Hopefully, the expansion to the western half of North Dakota went smoothly in your viewing area! You should be now receiving the broadcasts at 10:00 AM Central (9:00 Mountain) on KBMY Xtra Channel 17.3 Bismarck/Dickinson and KMCY Xtra Channel 14.3 Minot/Williston, WDAY Xtra Channel 6.3 Fargo-Moorhead and WDAZ Xtra Channel 8.3 Grand Forks. (Note: Some High Definition cable channel numbers may be different in your area). All programming will also continue on the FOX stations at 9:00 AM Central in the eastern half of ND and western Minnesota. Several pastors from our western region congregations will be recording on November 3rd for MSL worship services airing during January and February.

 

Another change to watch for is that to reach the website for archived programs, you may soon need to go first to the MSL Network site at www.mainstreetliving.com and then click on “Fargo” or “North” to reach our North Dakota and Minnesota North broadcast area website. 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 archived programs at any time online.

 

To help with the cost of expanding to the western half of North Dakota, the Main Street Living NETWORK has also announced that they will provide matching funds up to $16,000 for any new donations made. 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. Thank you and God’s blessing in Christ!

 

“Main Street Living North” & This Is The Life” TV Programs for November 2018:

November 4:              Rev. William Moeller, Jr., Bethlehem Lutheran Churches of Baudette and Warroad, MN, presents the message: “The Blessed” based on Matthew 5:11-12. “This Is The Life” program: “Cell of Hope.”

November 11:            Rev. Mark Chepulis, Our Savior Lutheran / Cavalier, ND, St. Paul Lutheran / St. Thomas, ND, and Redeemer Lutheran Church / Langdon, ND, presents the message: “The Sleep of Death” based on Matthew 9. “This Is The Life” program: “Undertow.”

November 18:            Rev. Thomas Puffe, St. John’s Lutheran /  Thief River Falls, MN., and Zion Lutheran / Warren, MN., presents the message: “Hebrews 10:11-25” based on Hebrews 10:11-25. “This Is The Life” program: “The Healer.”

November 25:            Rev. Craig Fenske, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Grand Forks, ND, presents the message: “Be Ready for His Return.” based on Mark 13:24-37. “This Is The Life” program: “Flames of Hate.”

 

“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 the 30 minutes This Is The Lifeprogram. 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 10:00am Central (9:00am 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, and archived on www.mainstreetlivingnorth.com.

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District Pew Message and Financials – October 2018

Greetings and blessings to you in our risen Lord Jesus!

Missions are found in the heart of God.  Mission begins with the beating of God’s heart, because it is who God is.  God’s  desire is for “all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4).  In His mercy and wisdom, God has called you, His children, to participate in His mission.  The mission is never ours, it belongs to God alone (Rev. 7:10).

Join us at the Faith in Action Mercy Conference, on October 27, at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, 7151 15th St. S.,  Fargo. Hear what Synod President Matthew    Harrison, who truly has a heart for mission, has to say about mercy work in your congregation.

Congregation’s Status

  • Zion, Gwinner: Rev. Aaron Filipek, Newton, KS. has accepted the call (served by Rev. Aaron Hambleton).
  • St. John’s, Underwood/Trinity, Rural Hazen: has extended a call to Rev. Nathan Schieber, Frankfort, IL. (served by Rev. Brandon Woodruff, Rev. Russell Fitch and Rev. Kirk Peters).
  • St. Andrew, Niagara/Grace, Lakota/St. Peter, Devils Lake: Rev. Michael Suelzle has accepted the call (installation will be October 14).
  • St. Peter’s, Sawyer: in vacancy (served by Rev. Tim Stout).
  • St. Mark’s, Minot, in vacancy and they have a call list (served by Rev. Tim Stout).
  • Our Savior’s, Minot: in vacancy (served by Intentional Interim Minister, Rev. Richard Davis).
  • Trinity, Tolley: in vacancy (served by Rev. Joel Brandvold).
  • Zion, Claire City: in vacancy.
  • St. John, Hillsboro and Trinity, Hope: in vacancy (served by Rev. Leo Deitemeyer and Rev. Dan Suelzle).
  • St. John, Belford and Immanuel, Hankinson: in vacancy (served by Rev. Pat  O’Brien and Rev. Sean Daenzer).

Pastors

  • Rev. Mike Giddings has received and is considering a call to Mount Calvary in Redfield, MN.

Your servant in Christ,
ND District President

Rev. Arie Bertsch

Financial Information — September 2018

INCOME

Congregational Mission Giving $63,114.19
Synodical Pledge (35%) (22,089.97)
Other Gifts 1220.95
Total left for District Missions, Expenses $42,245.17

EXPENSES:

Local Missions and Committee Activities: $15,650.60
(Includes UND – Wittenberg Chapel, Life Skills &
Transition Center, Deaf Ministry, Watford City)
Congregational Support 32,551.20
(Includes General Operations, District President,
Business Manager, Board of Directors)
Current gifts given for these missions (3,878.91)
International Missions
Christ’s Care for Children – Kenya 0.00
Chile Mission 0.00
(These missions were voted on by the District Convention.
They will be paid quarterly as funds are available)
Net Expenses $44,322.89

NET LOSS FOR SEPTEMBER 2018 ($2,077.72)
YTD NET LOSS ($84,278.08)

Funds Given in the Past used for Current Expenses $2,896.41

Current mission giving does not allow for any additional payment of the international missions adopted at convention. Gifts from congregations and individuals designated for these specific missions are sent on at the end of each fiscal quarter. Those amounts are not included in income or expense totals.

For a more detailed look into September’s finances, please contact Tami Ulland, Business Manager at 701-293-9001 or lcms.nd.busman@gmail.com.

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Inactive Ministry -It’s a Matter of Perspective

I have, in my years of ministry and in business, that we humans are often very focused on the “how” and for some reason fail to recognize the importance of the “why.” Why we are doing something oftentimes has as much or more impact on the thing we found are do­ing as the steps taken to accomplish it. In fact, without ascertaining the proper understanding of the motivation to undergo a certain project or activity, you are often setting yourself up for failure. Miles and miles of print have been produced to tell you how you ought to lose weight, be financially prudent, have better relationships and on and on and on — yet we spend little time getting to know the motivation behind these activities. We fail to determine the perspective a person has under which these actions take place.

So, instead of enumerating “how” today, we are going to talk about per­spective and motivation. These two key components of ministry are often left undiscovered and, when ignored, can have detrimental effects on ministry itself. Specifically, today we are talking about why we should undergo a ministry specifi­cally to inactive members of our congre­gations. Almost everyone agrees that we should do this and that it is a very impor­tant part of the outreach work of the local congregation. Since everyone agrees, most folks just dig in and try to figure out how to do it. However, it is of vital importance that we try to get everyone on the same page as to why we should conduct this type of ministry.

For most, if we are being honest, the motivation for a ministry to inactive members would be numbers. If we can just get them back in the pews, they will start contributing their “fair share” and we can have a balanced budget again. While we might not want to admit it, this is an unfortunately accurate assessment. It is proven out in conversations about “giving units” and line items, dead wood and finances. This should not come as much of a surprise. An unfortunate ma­jority of our congregational conversations take place at the level of budget and finance and personal preference. (I’m not talking about all people in all places here but a significant reality that does exist). This perspective and motivation limits our ministry to the realm of conquests and sales rather than wandering and lost souls in need of the healing Gospel.

It is with this in mind that we have an opportunity to change hearts and minds, both inside and outside the church. From within, all ministry endeavors will oper­ate more smoothly when the majority of the congregation is of one mindset. With ministry to wandering sheep, it is imperative. When we keep as our goal the sharing of Christ’s love instead of getting seats in the pews filled, things will go much more smoothly. With budget and finance fixes as our goal, we will only be disappointed and never hit the mark. Yet, regardless of outcome, when we are faith­ful to Christ’s mission for the Church to share His Gospel, we will always find that we are meeting our intended outcome.

Think, too, from the mind of the one to whom we minister. How valued and loved are you going to feel if you sense that you are nothing more than a conquest, a means to an end? This is often the case even with the best of motives since the Law is working hard upon the heart of the wandering. Their guilt often manifests itself in resistance and opposition. How comforting, then, would it be to under­stand that to the local congregation, as to Christ Himself, this person is not just a giving unit but a child of God for whom Christ died and to whom He is reaching out through His Church? What a major perspective change on both accounts.

For more information and assistance in these endeavors, please check out our website or give us at LCMS RSTM a call! May God bless you in all of your endeav­ors in reaching out to the lost, especially those who have wandered away from the church.

Pastor Todd Kollbaum, director, LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission

 

Contributed through the LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission monthly newsletter by Todd Kollbaum, RSTM Director.

 

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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“Main Street Living” Media Ministry – October Update

WOW! There’s a lot happening in October!

First, beginning Sunday, October 7th, MSLN is expanding to the western half of North Dakota through broadcasts on KBMY WDAY-Xtra Channel 17.3 Bismarck/Dickinson and KMCY WDAY-Xtra Channel 14.3 Minot/Williston at 10:00 AM Central (9:00 Mountain). Plans are being made to begin recording pastors from our western congregations this fall! In the Eastern half of the state, the program will be also be aired on WDAY-Xtra Channel 6.3 Fargo-Moorhead and WDAZ-Xtra Channel 8.3 Grand Forks. (Note that some High Definition cable channel numbers may be different in your area). All MSLN programming will also continue on the FOX stations at 9:00 AM as before. Also, as announced previously, the Sioux City, Iowa, and Lincoln, Nebraska broadcasting areas are also being welcomed to the Main Street Living Network that Sunday!

 

Also beginning October 7th, we will be premiering the re-mastered re-runs of the well-known This Is The Life” series of programs from Lutheran Hour Ministries! These will take the place of the current “Kid’s Corner” half-hour programs which we have been showing following the MSL worship services. Then Sunday, October 14th, we will be celebrating our annual MAIN STREET LIVING SUNDAY! (Please watch for a special bulletin insert!)

 

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 help with the cost of expanding to the western half of North Dakota, the Main Street Living NETWORK has also announced that they will provide matching funds up to $16,000 for any new donations made! 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 October 2018:

October 7:     Rev. Scott Sailer, President, LCMS South Dakota District presents the message:  “Small Words Are The Big Words” based on Mark 10:2-16.

October 14:   Rev. Arie Bertsch, President, LCMS North Dakota District presents the message: “God Knows & Sees Everything” based on Isaiah 55:1-9.

October 21:   Rev. Don Fondow, President, LCMS Minnesota North District presents the message: “Rest Only God Can Give” based on Hebrews 4:1-13

October 28:    Rev. Robert Franck, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Duluth, MN, presents the message: “The Truth Will Set You Free”.

 

“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 the 30 minute This Is The Lifeprogram. 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 10:00am 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, and archived on www.mainstreetlivingnorth.com.

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Lutherans for Life Essay Contest

Dear ND Lutheran Pastor, DCE, Principal, Teacher, Administrator:

On behalf of the Board of Directors for North Dakota Lutherans for Life, we invite your Lutheran School or Church to participate in an Essay Contest in support of life. The theme for this year’s essay contest is “Did God Really Say?…” and “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” from John 6:68. Details for the Essay Contest and the Rubric for evaluating the essays in your school or church are attached below.

Schools, we ask that you would include this Essay Contest in your curriculum or make it an extra credit assignment. Churches, we ask that you would include this Essay Contest in your Confirmation or Sunday School classes or as part of your Youth Group program.

Each school or church should select the best essay from their church or school from each of the two Grade Levels: Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12 and submit them to dakotapastor@gmail.com by March 15, 2019.

A first place prize of $100 and second place prize of $50 will be awarded by North Dakota Lutherans for Life to the best essay from each Grade Level. All first place winners will have their essays submitted to LFL’s National Essay Contest with a chance to win $250, plus free Conference Registration to the 2019 Regional Conference of their choice, plus a one night stay at the Conference Hotel.

Please see the attached documents for details and a rubric for evaluating the essays in your church or school.
Lutherans for Life Essay Guidelines 2019
Lutherans for Life Essay Contest Evaluation Rubric

God’s blessings to your church or school as you join with Christ in defending human life. And please contact me with any questions.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Matt Thompson

ND State Lutherans for Life Essay Contest Committee

dakotapastor@gmail.com

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Guthmiller 2018 Recipient of LCEF North Dakota District Scholarship

Allison Guthmiller was awarded the 2018 LCEF North Dakota District scholarship. A member of Bethel Lutheran Church, Bismarck, N.D., Allison is a 2018 graduate of Legacy High School, Bismarck, and currently attending the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

“What I admire about the mission of LCEF is that it gives churches and individuals the support it needs in order to go out in the world fearless and make disciples just as God intended us to do, “wrote Allison Guthmiller, Bethel Lutheran Church, Bismarck, North Dakota. “The financial aspect of keeping a ministry running is often forgotten or overlooked and yet it remains such a vital part of a functioning congregation.”

 

Allison is the recipient of a $1,000 Lutheran Church Extension Fund North Dakota District scholarship, one of nineteen 2018 LCEF district awards. A member of Bethel Lutheran Church, Bismarck, North Dakota, she is a 2018 graduate of Legacy High School, Bismarck. Allison is currently attending the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Her parents are Bryan and Tanya Guthmiller.

In her letter of recommendation for Allison, Bethel Lutheran Youth Fellowship Advisor Patricia Sebastian wrote,

“Allison’s academic performance is superior as evidenced by her grade point average and advanced course work. Her intelligence and work ethic in academics does not manifest itself in an arrogant know-it-all way. She realized early that academics are crucial to being the most competent nurse anesthetist she can be to best serve patients.

She excels in music and athletics and has been chosen for leadership roles as drum major, student council, Bismarck Public School Foundation Advisory Committee and volleyball team captain. Allison is a leader who others want to follow! I can hardly wait to see what God has in store for Allison beyond high school.”

In her scholarship essay, Allison wrote,

“I have seen firsthand what blessings LCEF can help bring. I have grown up in the same Missouri Synod Lutheran Church my whole life and since I was baptized the church has consistently grown. Unfortunately, several years previous our church reached a standstill because we no longer had the room for our growing population, that was until LCEF stepped in and helped us with a loan to expand our education wing.

… [since the addition,] our church has grown exponentially and the mission to spread God’s word remains relentless. I [have been] a Sunday School Teacher in that very education wing teaching the precious gift of God’s word that was made possible by the generosity of the LCEF loan our church was granted.”

In his letter of recommendation for Allison, Advanced Placement Senior English Teacher John Tufte, Ed.D. wrote,

“…I have come across strikingly few students with the capabilities [that] Allison Guthmiller displays on a daily basis. Academically, she separates herself with relative ease. She carries a 4.5 GPA and is ranked #1 out of 267 students at Legacy High School.

Academic prowess acknowledged, the real strength of Allison is to be found in her character and demeanor…. At a time when the make-up of today’s youth is often questioned for substance, Allison reminds that there are indeed fantastic young people headed toward higher education. Classmates and teachers alike find themselves comfortable in Allison’s presence; this is a priceless reality few students possess and will serve her well for years to come.”

LCEF is blessed to provide annual district scholarships for active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod students just like Allison. The 2019 scholarship application will be available beginning in September 2018 at lcefcentral.org/scholarships. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2019.

Learn how you can become a partner in ministry via LCEF investments, loans and ministry support at lcef.org.

August 28, 2018
Maria.Hendrickson@lcef.org | 612-802-9731

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Planning a Weekend Trip?

Are you going to be away from your home congregation for one reason or another?

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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“Main Street Living” North – September 2018 Update

Beginning Sunday, October 7th, we will be premiering the re-mastered re-runs of the well-known This Is The Life” series of programs from Lutheran Hour Ministries!  These will take the place of the current “Kid’s Corner” half-hour programs which we have been showing following the MSL worship services. Also, beginning October 7th, we are pleased to welcome the broadcasting areas of both Lincoln, Nebraska and Sioux City, Iowa to the Main Street Living Network! Then on Sunday, October 14th, we will be celebrating our annual MAIN STREET LIVING SUNDAY! (Please watch for a special bulletin insert!)

 

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.

 

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 September 2018:

 

September 2:     Rev. Jared Nies, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Perham, MN, presents the message: “Dressed For Battle” based on Ephesians 6:10-20.

 

September 9:     Rev. Alan Eppen, Zion Lutheran Church, Edgeley, ND and Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Forbs, ND, presents the message: “Be Strong and Fear Not!” based on Isaiah 35: 4-71.

 

September 16:   Rev. Ross Fritz, Grace Lutheran Church, Breckenridge, MN, presents the message: “He Hung Around” based on Mark 9:14-29.

 

September 23:     Rev. Paul Preus, Zion Lutheran Church, Ellendale, ND, presents the message: “Friend, Go Up Higher” based on Luke 14:1-11.

 

September 30:     Rev. David Walsh, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Menahga, MN, presents the message: “Acting in the Name of Christ” based on Mark 9:38-41.

 

“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” (switching to “This Is The Life” programs in October 2018). Programs are broadcast at a 9:00am 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.

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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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