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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Blessed are the available

“Blessed are the available. Blessed are the conduits, the tunnels, the tools. Deliriously joyful are the ones who believe that if God has used sticks and rocks to do His will, then He can use us.” – Max Lucado….READ MORE

 

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Let’s go green with God!

There seems to be a lot of new interest in the color ‘green’ lately.  The city of Mandan implemented recycling this past January to have its citizens embrace recycling as a lifestyle. For myself, I can’t believe how much less garbage I now put out to the curb Thursday mornings. Now every other Thursday, I wheel my green recycling container out and its usually full! As a society, we are being called to ‘go green’  Maybe this spring we could also try and ‘go green with God’. ….READ MORE

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Easter is a time when darkness and light seem to collide

Easter is a time when darkness and light seem to collide. Easter is a time that carries all the cold and bitterness of winter and at the same time the hope and promise of spring. The pinnacle for me is always that night before Easter. For you see, it was that night before Easter, sixteen years ago, when I had a life altering experience. I heard the words, “Christina Atherean, child of God, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever.” My head wet, my hair still damp from water, an oily cross was marked on my head….READ MORE

 

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Please join us for Lenten Worship!

In this month of February, we will come again to the journey and discipline of Lent. We will ‘return to Lord, your God’ for sustenance and strength. We will be reminded again that God is in control of this creation and will bring it to it’s fulfillment. We will be brought again to the foot of the cross to see a loving God who in Christ has redeemed us and given us new life. This new life for all of us is to be the freshness of spring, no matter what the season. Spring will come, seeds will be planted, we will be warm again….READ MORE

 

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Looking forward to Epiphany

January 6th marks the beginning of the season of Epiphany. Epiphany is always a quiet season, a time in the church where things have not yet picked up. The afterglow of Christmas is still fresh, and a new year has just begun. …READ MORE

 

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