Aug 01 2017
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Jun 26 2017
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.
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Jun 08 2017
Austin is the 2017 North Dakota District (NDD) Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) $1,000 Scholarship winner.
A member of Concordia Lutheran Church, Jamestown, North Dakota, Austin will graduate from Jamestown High School (JHS) this spring. He plans on attending Minnesota State University of Moorhead in the fall.
“The points I like most [about] LCEF’s mission are ‘sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ’ and ‘ensuring that funds and services are available now and in the future,'” wrote Austin in his scholarship essay. “I have served on North Dakota’s LCMS youth council for three years now, and I know firsthand how incredibly pleasing it is to share God’s Word . . . and how difficult and expensive it can be. …It’s comforting to know that a Christ-centered organization is out there and willing to help.”
Both Austin’s pastor, Rev. Tom Eckstein, and his JHS English Teacher and National Honor Society Advisor Tammy Mullowney wrote about Austin’s involvement at church, his extensive leadership skills and a willingness to serve in their letters of recommendation.
“Most notably, Austin is the President of North Dakota Lutheran Youth Fellowship. …Austin’s ability to successfully juggle school, work and a state office is a testament to his responsible and serving nature,” wrote Mullowney.
North Dakota District LCEF is blessed to provide annual scholarships to active, faith-filled Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) students such as Austin. A total of 16 scholarships were chosen this spring. There are seven scholarships remaining to be announced; three from Minnesota South District and four from North Wisconsin District. Follow our newsfeed and Facebook page for the most current awards.
For more information on how you can become an investment or loan partner with the ministry of church extension, visit lcef.org or call 800-843-5233.
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Jun 08 2017
Youth at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch in Minot helping a 10-year-old girl they have never met!
On Saturday, March 4th as part of a Spiritual Life Event, youth at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch baked and packaged over 450 caramel and frosted cinnamon rolls as a fundraiser for Jurnee Rust. Jurnee is a 4th grader from Minot who has an inoperable brain tumor and has been undergoing treatment at the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. One female Ranch resident said, “No matter how much I help, even if it is just packaging a few caramel rolls, I know I help.” Another shared, “[the] best thing was knowing I was helping a little girl that needs help.” Ranch staff placed orders for the rolls and generously donated toward the cause.
The Ranch youth also made beautiful and powerful posters and cards for Jurnee. Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Chaplain, Rick Jones, shares, “The youth at Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch have been through a lot so they know what it is like to go through a struggle like this. When they see an opportunity to connect with someone else who is going through something similar, it is a powerful thing. They are so gracious and supportive. They don’t want to see anybody hurting or in pain. It was incredibly humbling to see our residents reach out with compassion and mercy to this girl that they have never met.”
This was the second of two roll sale fundraisers for Jurnee Rust. The first, in February, was led by Erin Dodd and friends at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Minot (where Jurnee and her family are members), baking and selling over 1300 rolls! Thrivent Financial generously issued a grant to get things started with the purchase of some supplies and feeding volunteers. Erin Dodd shares, “When we learned of Jurnee’s tumor, I immediately wanted to do something to help in a financial way. I am a mom of three girls and my oldest is the same age as Jurnee. So, it hits close to home. The support we have received has been overwhelming and incredibly humbling.”
Pictured Left to Right: Volunteers Erin Dodd, Betsy Jones, Chaplain Rick Jones
If you are interested in learning more about Jurnee Rust, visit her Facebook page “Healing for Jurnee”. Cards can be mailed to Jurnee:
Ronald McDonald House
621 Oak Street
Minneapolis, MN 5541
Please pray for Jurnee’s healing!
To learn more about Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch and the work they do for at-risk youth, go to www.dakotaranch.org or call 1-800-344-0957.
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Apr 19 2017
From February 25th through March 4th, a group of 16 members from Our Savior Lutheran Church in Minot, ND traveled down to Juarez, Mexico for a mission trip. Together with Ysleta Lutheran Mission out of El Paso, TX, they built two homes for families in great need!
High school student, Ashley Davis, shares this about her experience, “This trip tested me; it tested my patience, trust, and level 1 Spanish skills. It also overwhelmed me.
Mark Haugen said this at the first meeting: there’s so much hurt in the world- so much hurt in Juárez and in Kilometer 30- and you can either do a little, or you can do nothing. And I want to do a little. For me, that looked like making bracelets, hanging laundry, and chasing kids. It also looked like spreading tar, hammering nails, and carrying sheetrock. It can look like so many different things, but there’s one thing I know for certain: I want to keep doing what I can. I want to keep doing a little.”
A little becomes A LOT when Jesus is in it! Though sponsored by Our Savior Lutheran Church, this yearly mission trip is open to anyone in the district.
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Apr 17 2017
New book exposes twelve false christs of modern culture
In our world, there is no shortage of false christs. Like the Elvises who roam the streets of Vegas, these counterfeit christs look and sound like Jesus, but they couldn’t be further from the real deal.
In Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? 12 False Christs, author Matthew Richard exposes these false christs for what they are . . . mere impostors. Richard reveals to readers who the real Jesus of the Bible is, but also reveals to us twelve false christs who are embraced, loved, promoted, and revered, even by well-meaning Christians.
“My hope is that readers will connect with the different stories in this book, but will do so in a way that they can see how people’s false theology and bad presuppositions lead to taking up false christs,” says Richard. “In other words, this book attempts to combine the art of story and the discipline of theology, so that the reader can see flesh-and-blood examples of how easy false theology can lead someone into idolatry.”
Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? exposes the following false christs: The Mascot, The Option among Many, The Good Teacher, The Therapist, The Giver of Bling, The National Patriot, The Social Justice Warrior, The Moral Example, The New Moses, The Mystical Friend, The Feminized, The Teddy Bear. Beyond merely exposing these false christs, Richard provides a framework for responding to them.
“I believe this topic is of utmost importance,” says Richard, “for if we misunderstand the person and work of Jesus Christ, we will misunderstand Christianity. Everything hinges on Jesus-forgiveness, life, and salvation.”
Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? will be available for purchase in June. For more information on the author or to request a review copy, please contact Lindsey Martie, Public Relations, by phone at 314-268-1303 or by email at Lindsey.Martie@cph.org.
Check the following link for more information and reviews regarding Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? Click HERE!
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Apr 09 2017
To read more about Bill’s cancer journey, visit Bill’s Caring Bridge (click here)
It has pleased almighty God in his good and wise providence to call the soul of our brother in Christ and District Business Manager, Bill Sharpe, to himself in heaven in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Bill was to begin his radiation treatment April 7th at 12 PM. But God called him home before all this (4-6-17)and spared his life a difficult road. Now we must follow in his way trusting in the same promises that have been delivered to us in the gospel. We commend his soul to God and so too ourselves as we now live in the promises of God every day of our lives.
Bill’s Celebration of Life Arrangements
Sunday, April 9 Brief Prayer Service at 6:00 pm with visitation from 5:00-6:00 pm
2601 23rd Ave. SW
Celebration of Life Service
Immanuel Lutheran Church
1258 Broadway N
Memorials may be sent to:
Project 24 Christ Care for Children Kenya
St. Louis MO, 63122
Alms at Immanuel Church
Fargo, ND 58102
Fargo, ND 58103
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Mar 13 2017
We have found students are much more engaged in the summer and enjoy getting to see their friends again. We offer our “Basics Camp” on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. and then from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This gives us a large chunk of uninterrupted time to teach. As an added bonus, we have found children with attention disorders have an easier time engaging during the daytime hours.
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Mar 13 2017
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Mar 13 2017
Cynthia Arndt, a member of Immanuel Lutheran, Hankinson, earned statewide recognition as a Title I Educator of Excellence!
What a blessing to see Cynthia use her gifts to the glory of God in her vocation as teacher!
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Mar 13 2017
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