Northern Lights
NWMN Synod Email Newsletter
November 10, 2010
In This Issue
Middle School Youth Gathering
Building Men for Christ Retreats: Save the date!
Lutheran Campus Ministry Update
ELCA Online Town Forum this month
Saint John's Bible Exhibit in Moorhead
Quick Links
Pulpit Supply List [pdf]
Roster Updates [pdf]
ELCA World Hunger
The November eNews from ELCA World Hunger includes:

 + ELCA Funds Water Purification Equipment for Guatemala Families

 + ELCA Sends Relief Funds in Response to Indonesia Tsunami

 + Read personal stories from people impacted by the work of ELCA World Hunger

 + God's Global Barnyard Poster

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ELCA Good Gifts
Meaning filled gifts
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projects around the world

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 + God's Global Barnyard...
 + More ideas for a Christ-Centered holiday....

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ELCA Good Gifts Fair 

The free ELCA Good Gifts Fair Planning Guide [PDF] has everything you need to host an event at your congregation.
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Synod Office Closed:

November 25 and 26

December 23 and 24

New Year's
December 31
Resource Library Closed
Operation of the Synod Resource Library has been suspended until further notice.
Middle School Youth Gathering

Alerus Center - Grand Forks, ND

November 19 - 2, 2010

Conferences 1-5

November 20 - 21, 2010
Conferences 6-10

Sign up today!

Registration is still open for the Synod Middle School Youth Gathering. Registration is $90 and need to be in by November 16 to be included in the t-shirt order. You (and your youth) don't want to miss out on this great experience!

Worship led by our synod-son, Peder Eide and his band.

Pastor Caleb Lucien from Pignon, Haiti is our keynote speaker. He will be sharing about having a solid faith in hard times, talking about the earthquake in January. You will hear firsthand accounts about what life is like in a country that has gone through so much (including his relief efforts in the current cholera outbreak) and how they still have incredible faith.

You don't want to miss out on the fun nightlife including an awesome water park party and dance and the great breakout sessions!

Also a reminder, you can pre-order pizza (large 2 topping pizza for $9.99) with the Canad Inn for your group!

Have all that fun and you can make a difference too.
Offering money will go towards building a relief storage building in Haiti. We will also be putting together Lutheran World Relief kits.

Get information or register now!
If you have any questions, please contact Kristina Johnson or Bob Larson
Building Men for Christ Retreats
Lutheran Men in Mission: Building for the futureTwo Building Men for Christ Retreats, sponsored by the Lutheran Men in Mission Team of the Northwestern Minnesota and Eastern North Dakota Synods, will be offered in early 2011:

Save the date!

January 28-30, 2010
Luther Crest Bible Camp - near Alexandria, MN

February 4-6, 2010
Red Willow Bible Camp - near Binford, ND

More information...
Download flyer [PDF]
Lutheran Campus Ministry Update
from Pr. Jim Holthus, Lutheran Campus Pastor - Bemidji, MN

Lutheran Campus Ministry in Bemidji is alive and well! LCM has a presence at both Northwest Technical College and Bemidji State University as well as reaching out to the community.

Lutheran Campus Ministry - Bemidji, MN
The most recent event LCM hosted was the 7th annual "Haunted House" where the entire Lutheran Campus Center was turned into a spooky site for Halloween. Over 350 students and community members walked and screamed their way thru the Haunted House. Bags of canned food were collected for the local food shelf and over a thousand dollars was raised for the LCM student group to help subsidize the costs of students attending the spring retreat! Around 30 people helped make the event a success! Pastor Jim Holthus is present in this photo if you can pick him out.

Over a 14-week semester of programming at BSU Lutheran Campus Ministry makes contact with over 2,000 students!
  • Monday night Bible study averages 10 people per week: 140/semester
  • Tuesday noon "Food for Thought" meal averages 15 people per week: 210/semester
  • Wednesday evening worship averages 40 students per week: 560/semester
  • Thursday evening "Supper for a Buck" averages 50 students per week: 700/semester
That total for students attending our regular weekly event is just over 1,600 students. If you add in our special events which are attended by students you get the following results: Backyard Bash/fall picnic with 200 students attending; Haunted House with over 350 people attending -- you now have a total of over 2,000 student contacts! Yes, some students attend more than once, but with a university of around 5,000 enrollment, having over 2,000 student contacts isn't a bad thing!

Feel free to use any of this information for publication.
Don't Miss the Next ELCA Town Hall Forum
from Scott J. Hendrickson,
Director for Marketing and Public Relations, ELCA

Spend an hour with Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson and learn how the 4.5 million members of the ELCA make a difference in the world at the

Online Town Hall Forum
 Sunday, November 21, 2010
4:00 pm Central Time

Be an active participant! Post a question for the presiding bishop and engage in thought-provoking, inspiring conversation. Make the experience even more enjoyable by gathering members of your congregation for a viewing party.
Participation is easy:
  • Use the online tool kit to plan a viewing party
  • Watch the event live and submit your question
  • Post comments using Facebook Connect
  • Tweet about the event using hashtag #ELCA
  • View open captioning
Whether or not you have a question to ask the presiding bishop, you will be part of building community with the more than 10,000 congregations across this church.

More information...
Promotion resources...

The Saint John's Bible Exhibit

The Saint John's Bible:

An exhibition of fine art prints
October 9 - December 27, 2010
4th Floor Gallery, Hjemkomst Center - Moorhead, MN

Guided tour with free admission
November 16, 2010 - 6:30 pm

Presentation and guided tour with paid admission
November 26, 2010 - 1:30 pm

The Saint John's Bible is the first handwritten, illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey in over 500 years. Its hand written lettering and stunning artworks truly present the Word of God in an engaging and inspirational way.

iscover the beauty and splendor of The Saint John's Bible at an exhibition consisting of 25 beautiful reproduction prints showcasing some of the many artworks in this once in a millennium project.

Local calligrapher Anne Kaese will give presentations on the history of The Saint John's Bible project, people, places and materials complementing The Saint John's Bible exhibit. 

More information...
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