Easter Sunday is fast approaching

Every Easter Sunday growing up we ate lunch at my Grandma M’s house. As long as I can remember, all my aunts, uncles, and cousins were there.   Then of course there was the Easter egg hunt! The adults would hide the Easter eggs in various places around the house and set a gang of kids loose to find them….READ MORE

 

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Ordinary, Yet Sacred

As I speak of the seasons of nature, I lift up for you the church season of Lent which will arrive on Wednesday, March 1st with the observance of Ash Wednesday. We will be entering a season of 40 days, not including Sundays, leading up to the celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday, April 16th. This year we are trying something new!….READ MORE

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God Loves You!

“He loves me. He loves me not.” or “She loves me. She loves me not.” Who among us hasn’t plucked the petals of a flower saying those exact words with each tug? Each of us hoping the last petal might reveal the answer we are longing for. I certainly did as a child….READ MORE

 

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The season of Epiphany

Most of us probably don’t spend too much time focusing on the season of Epiphany. After the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, we probably would like to settle down for ‘a long winter’s nap.’ I thought I would share with you some traditions from other parts of the United States that were rooted in our nation’s history and some that are still practiced today. Perhaps we can start a tradition of our own for this season of Epiphany. We will probably stay away from the fruitcake ideas however. This material is from Wikipedia….READ MORE

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Preparing for Christmas!

Advent is a time when God’s people are asked to wait; to wait to celebrate the birth of Christ; to wait for light to come into a dark world. Wait….READ MORE

 

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Stewardship

Lisa Ahlness, an Assistant to Bishop Mark Narum of the Western North Dakota Synod has been leading an ongoing workshop entitled “Ventures in Growing Stewards” for congregations. In doing some additional reading and ‘ingathering’ of material for our own stewardship education, I came upon some material from Rev. Scott Jacob, who serves as Assistant to the Bishop for the Northeastern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA. He lives in Two Harbors, MN, a logging and mining community in the Iron Range of that state. His insight comes under the theme of “How Much is Enough?” His primary emphasis is this: “Is Faithful Stewardship Possible in a Consumer Culture?”….READ MORE

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It was an amazing experience!

This summer I had the great pleasure to take an amazing group of our young people to Hollywood. It was an amazing experience! Our group left on Sunday. We spent more than a couple of long hours at the airport and a few more at the rental place before we were finally there. We served at different service organizations Monday – Thursday. Friday we hit the beach for a day of fun. On Saturday we flew back….READ MORE

 

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The world we live in today

This week our security/surveillance system installation has been completed. The necessity for a system has been surfacing over the past couple of years with the ‘disappearance’ of inventory from our kitchen, repeated vandalism in the parking lot and in Education Unit rooms, and the greater presence of transients in the neighborhood. Jackie Schulz, our Administrative Assistant, attended a workshop in Bismarck last August in which participants were told “it is not a question of if it happens, but rather a question of when it happens.”…..READ MORE

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Go and Do Likewise!

As I sit here writing this I am with 15 youth and 2 other adults.  I am sitting on my bed (a sleeping bag on the church basement floor).  We have only been here for 2 days and a powerful 2 days they have been. Every time we hear someone’s story, every time we have emotional difficult conversations about what we see and hear, the gospel reading a few weeks ago goes through my mind….READ MORE

 

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For Everything There Is A Season!

As a child, I can remember singing ‘kiddie’ songs along with other kids at the playground at Webster Elementary School in Williston. We sang songs like “London Bridge Is Falling Down” and “Baa Baa Black Sheep”. I don’t know if little kids sing songs like that at school playgrounds anymore. One ‘kiddie song’ came back into my head last Tuesday when we had our first Task Force meeting with Randy Askvig, P.E., who is President of Prairie Engineering. The song that came to mind was “The Old Gray Mare”….READ MORE

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