Are you looking for your next winter adventure?

Needing a place to get away? Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads has cabins for rent during the winter and spring season. Whether it is a ski trip or ice fishing on the local lakes, we have cabins for your Turtle Mountains winter adventure. Call us at 701-244 5225 for more information or to book your stay.

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Thank You and Merry Christmas from Grace Lutheran School!

A Celebration of Grace took place on November 11 at the Sanctuary Events Center. We had 293 item donations, 174 unique bidders, 110 dinner guests, 16 cheesecakes, 13 live auctions, 2 emcees, and one lovely evening. Thank you to ALL who donated, promoted, participated, and organized this celebratory event. Together with all of you, we raised $52,500, with almost 90% of that amount directly benefiting students through curriculum updates and scholarships, ensuring that every child has access to Lutheran education. We are humbled and we are thankful for every one of you. Thank you.

The Christmas Musical will take place on Friday, December 16, with performances at 1:30 and 7:00 pm. Please note the date change. All are invited to enjoy the Christmas message shared by our student body.

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Chili for Chilé

Brothers and sisters of the North Dakota District,

Peace be with you. Our brothers and sisters in Chilé need our support. The Chilé mission that we have supported for years needs more than we had resolved in the District Convention due to a change in how the government in Chilé is handling and challenging the work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by obtaining church property and restricting the Chile church’s schools. To aid the congregations of Chilé, St. Matthew Lutheran, Hazen challenges our sister congregations to a fund-raising effort, Chili for Chilé. Chilé named for Chili. Rather, Chilé comes from an Aztec Word for “Where the land ends.” If you look at a map, Chilé is a long narrow country that borders the Pacific Ocean in South America. So, the Aztec word for “where the land ends” is very descriptive. Chili is also from an Aztec word describing a type of pepper plant. This plant was unknown in Europe before Columbus brought them back from the Americas.

We will connect the two to help us remember and have a soup supper called “Chili for Chilé.” The proceeds will be sent to the North Dakota District to assist the important ministry in Chilé. (The plans are for a later event called “Chilly for Chilé,” where we host an ice cream Sunday to collect a gift for our Lutheran brothers and sisters in Chilé.) We would offer the challenge of raising 5,000 dollars through participating congregations. This matches their need, but what a blessing it would be if we were able to raise more! So start choppin’ the onions and diggin’ out the Chili recipes. May the Lord bless our efforts.

Yours in Christ, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Hazen, ND

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November Installation

On Sunday, November 6, 2022, Rev. Brandon Woodruff was installed as Pastor of Bethlehem, Forbes & Zion, Edgeley.

(From L to R: Rev. Chris Brademeyer, Rev. Steve Schulz, Rev. Robert Hill, Rev. Woodruff, Rev. Brock Schmelling, Rev. Paul Preus, Rev. Tom Eckstein

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“Tell the Good News about Jesus” convocation on February 10th and 11th in 2023

Have you ever wanted to reach out to others with the Gospel of Jesus Christ but did not? Have you ever wanted to encourage family members with the Good News of salvation by grace through faith, but struggled with how to accomplish it? Have you been concerned about the future of your loved ones concerning eternal life? Have you been concerned about the future of your congregation or the church throughout the world? Do you want others to share the joy and peace of God’s grace and mercy in His Son, Jesus Christ? If your answer to any of these questions is “Yes,” join us for the “Tell the Good News about Jesus” convocation on February 10 and 11, 2023, at the Ramada Inn in Bismarck, North Dakota!

Our theme for the conference is Psalm 51 and the Joy of our Salvation. We will begin at 1:00 pm on Friday, February 10th, with worship and opening remarks. Planned for that day are speakers:

  • Rev. Zelwyn Heide, Hannover and New Salem, ND – History of outreach and word and Sacrament ministry in ND.
  • Rev. Dr. Christian Preus, Casper, WY – The concerns of modern education with regard to the Christian Faith.
  • Rev. Jon Walla, Bismarck, ND – Faith instruction in the Lutheran Home.
  • Rev. Dennis Voss, Mandan, ND – Supporting the proclamation of the Gospel through whole-life stewardship.
  • District Leadership presenting recent and current evangelism efforts in our North Dakota District.

An evening meal will be provided a 7:00 pm, followed by entertainment by Milo Hatzenbuhler.

Day Two speakers will include:

  • Rev. Dr. Roger Paavola, LCMS Mid-South District president – “Generation to Generation”; a study and strategy for retaining our members, children, and others in faith and active discipleship. Dr. Paavola will be our keynote speaker.
  • Rev. Dr. Heath Trampe, Minot, ND – two sessions about Rural Ministry and Outreach.
  • Rev. Dr. Christian Preus, Casper, WY – The classical model in higher education. In particular, he will discuss opportunities at Luther Classical College which will open in Casper, WY.
  • Mrs. Denise Wolfgram, Bismarck, ND – Classical education at Martin Luther Grammar School in Bismarck, ND.

On Saturday, we will begin at 8:30 am and conclude by 4:45 pm.

A block of rooms is currently set aside at the Ramada Inn, if you would like to stay in Bismarck.

Registration information will be available toward the end of December at

Please plan to attend as we pursue our vocation as members of Jesus Christ our Savior.

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Grace Lutheran Church, Fargo to celebrate 125 years in January

Grace Lutheran Church of Fargo, North Dakota, is celebrating its 125th anniversary. First established in 1889, the original services led by Rev. A. Wihlborg were conducted in German and held in the local Swedish Baptist Church and the Norwegian Lutheran Free Church on Fourth Street North in Fargo. The congregation built their own church in 1905 on Fourth Street and First Avenue, and the current site at 821 5th Avenue South was constructed in 1930.

Please join us on Sunday, January 22, at 2:00 P.M. as we celebrate the “Generations of Praise” that have come before and will continue to be part of Grace Lutheran Church. Refreshments will be served after the service. Other events are planned throughout the year.

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North Dakota District Disaster Response

The LCMS is encouraging each district to have a Disaster Response group. We are organizing this under the Local Mercy committee. This will be an effort and opportunity for the local congregations to show mercy in their communities and congregations. This is an opportunity for our congregations to make themselves visible in the community.

Each congregation would have two people involved with disaster preparedness. One person would be the liaison, somebody from the congregation who knows the congregation well and would know the people that may sustain disasters or need help. The other person would be a construction-type, handyman-type person who would understand working in repairs/construction. If you are interested in being involved or would like to recommend or nominate someone from your congregation, you may contact Kirk Rosin at 701-347-5279 or email at

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A Christmas Cantata – Messiah, Mandan

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“GLORY TO GOD in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14 There doesn’t seem to be much peace on earth these days. As I write this article in mid-November, Russia continues to rain down missiles throughout Ukraine, tensions are growing with North Korea and China, and the recent mid-term elections seem to indicate an ever-deepening split in our own nation regarding who should govern. And sadly, I could list many more examples of a lack of peace. BUT there IS PEACE between God and those of us who believe in Him! This PEACE has been made possible by the Jesus we celebrate especially at this time of the year we call CHRISTmas!

Please continue to share information about our LCMS “Main Street Living” media ministry with others. In addition to being broadcast each Sunday morning, you can view archived programs anytime at

-Ken Koehler,Volunteer Coordinator

“Main Street Living North” Programs for December 2022:

Dec 4th: Rev. Heath Trampe, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Minot, ND, presents the message: “Peace? Are you kidding me?” based on Matthew 3:1-12. Lutheran Hour seasonal program: “Stable Boy” – A manger scene comes to life and tells the story of the first Christmas.

Dec 11th: Rev. Philip Beyersdorf, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Minot, ND, presents the message: “The Work of the Great Physician” based on Matthew 11:2-11. Lutheran Hours seasonal program: “Red Boots for Christmas” – A shoemaker learns the true meaning of Christmas.

Dec 18th: Rev. Craig Fenske, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Grand Forks, ND, (message to be announced). Lutheran Hour seasonal program: “Christmas Is” – The shepherd in a Christmas play learns the importance of Christmas.

Dec 25th: Rev. Matthew Harrison, LCMS President, presents the Christmas message. Lutheran Hour seasonal program: “Christmas on Main Street” – The Christmas message at a mission brings a grandson and his grandfather together.

“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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North Dakota District Lutheran Youth Fellowship Spring Retreat

Save the Date!

Friday, March 3rd, 7 PM – Saturday, March 4th, 4 PM
Chieftain Conference Center Carrington, ND
For grades 8 & up & adults!
My Unique Vocation • Perspective, Not Plans • Step Boldly • Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Lead Now and Later • Bible study led by Pastor Adam Harvala, ND District LYF pastoral advisor

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Who Am I? – Higher Things Retreat

The Christian’s Identity in a World Full of Labels
A Higher Things Retreat at St. Paul’s Lutheran, Minot

Save the Date!

March 24-25, 2023

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LCMS ND Men’s Retreat

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