Northern Lights
NWMN Synod Email Newsletter
June 5, 2013

In This Issue
Employment Opportunities
Synod Assembly Reminders
Voting Member Materials
Bishop Election Information
Pathways at the Park
Preparing Your Youth to Be Safe
What is an intervention?
Synod-Wide Weekly Prayer
Companion Synod Prayer
Office Hours 


Monday, June 10

Tuesday, June 11



8:00am- Noon






Quick Links

Pulpit Supply List [PDF]

Roster Updates

Call Process Updates



Full time Director of Youth, Education and Family Ministry

Trinity Lutheran Church

Pelican Rapids, MN 


Trinity Lutheran in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota is seeking a Director of Youth, Education and Family ministry. Our purpose is to help kids come to know and love Jesus. The successful candidate will have vital personal faith, experience working with youth, and a desire to share the good news of Jesus with this generation.


Application dead line is July 1, 2013.  


More information... 


Temporary Full-time Site Director

Trinity Point / Trinity Lutheran Church

Crookston, MN 


Temporary full-time position for maintenance and management of a church summer ministry on Maple Lake south of Mentor, MN. Position time May 23 - Sep 3, 2013; requires weekend 


More information...


Full-time Youth and Family Ministry Director

Faith Lutheran Church

Staples, MN


Seeking full time director of an active Youth and Family Ministry, beginning in August 2013. The director facilitates and coordinates high school, middle school (including participation in confirmation) and elementary school groups and vacation bible school and Sunday school.

More information...


Lutheran Campus Ministry Moorhead State University (MSUM)

Moorhead, MN


Seeking individual to provide support for Lutheran Campus Ministry by maintaining finances, office duties, newsletter preparation, and communication.

More information...


Assistant Director for Church Relations

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, MN


Responsibilities include: managing the implementation of the Church Relations outreach programs of the Center for Servant Leadership and the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations; managing special event planning and constituent communications; providing office management; nurturing collaborative relationships; and providing support for the Director for Church Relations. 

More information...

Upcoming Events


Pathways at the Park Fundraiser

June 5, 2013 

5:30 - 8:00 pm 

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

Moorhead, MN 


2013 Northwestern Minnesota Synod Assembly

June 7 - 9, 2013

Concordia College

Moorhead, MN


Luther Academy of the Rockies

June 17 - 27, 2013

Meeker Park Lodge

Allenspark, CO


Holden on the Road

June 21 - 23, 2013
ARC Retreat Center

Stanchfield, MN  


Lost and Found Ministry Golf Tournament

June 21, 2013 

The Meadows Golf Course

Moorhead, MN

June 21 - 22, 2013 
Fargo, ND 
Holden On the Road
June 23 - 28, 2013
Brimson, MN 


Looking Ahead: 


2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly

August 12 - 18, 2013  

Pittsburgh, PA


Fall SWO Convention 

September 6 - 7, 2013 

Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Fergus Falls, MN


Theology for Ministry Conference

September 15-17, 2013
Fair Hills Resort
Detroit Lakes, MN 


News for the 
Common Good



 MCC Sponsors Native American Youth
 In the Footsteps of Francis and the Sultan
 Vigils for Immigration and Reconciliation
 Holding Your Family Together Seminar
 Ashoka Solutions Forum: The Making of Inclusive Economies
 Spring Cleaning? Household Goods Needed for Refugees
 Volunteers needed for Cornerstone Thrift Store
 Religion on the Internet: A Collection
 Free sets of The Journal of Law and Religion
 Learn about Homelessness with People Serving People
 Minnesota Council of Churches Custodian Opening
 Refugee Immigration Intern, Save the Date for Day on the Grill
ELCA Global Links

Monthly e-newsletter from ELCA Global Mission


June 2013


* Syria: Letter to Obama urges diplomacy
* Young adults prepare for year of global service
* Haiti: ELCA contributions were vital to relief work  
* Zambia: Malaria prevention reduces maternity deaths
* Uganda: The lifesaving power of goats
* Peru: Ministry is a family affair
* Jerusalem: Support new missionaries! 
* Historical photos of missionaries
* Spring newsletter now available in Spanish
* Mexico: Immersion trip, Oct. 24-28
* In our prayers 
Contact Us
Phone: (218) 299-3019
Toll-free: (800) 452-3692
Fax: (218) 299-3363

All submissions should be sent to by 10:00 AM the Friday before the publication date.

Synod Assembly Reminders

 Always Being Made New!

 2013 Synod Assembly

This Friday through Sunday!


Dormitory Check-in: All campus housing will be in Park Region - Fjelstad will not be used this year. If you signed up for Fjelstad, you will now be staying in Park Region. Friday night check-in will be at the registration area in Memorial Auditorium. Check-in on Saturday will be at Park Region from 7 am until 12:00 Noon only. You must check in by Noon. If you are staying in the residence hall only on Friday night, you must check out and turn your key in by 12:00 Noon on Saturday. All keys must be turned in to the front desk at Park Region between 7 - 10:30 am on Sunday.
Youth voting members will be staying at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Moorhead - this is a change in what was posted earlier. Showers will be available Saturday and Sunday morning at Park Region.  


Assembly Registration: Please be aware that registration will be closed between 8:15 and 9:15 pm on Friday night to allow the Credentials Committee to prepare the first report for the bishop election. No one will be allowed to register and/or check in during this time. When registration reopens you will be able to register and receive your name tag and voting cards for the next ballot(s). The Registrar reserves the right to close registrations for subsequent ballots, should the need arise.


Break Time: Again this year there will be no "official" break times. Our expectation is that you will take breaks as needed. We will not be providing snacks during the Assembly other than popcorn. There will be a refreshment table with beverages available. Concordia will have soft drinks and a few snacks available for purchase.


Seating will be assigned by conference, but feel free to sit where you choose if you need to see the screen better, etc. During plenary sessions voting members must be seated at the tables and not in the permanent seating. Only voting members seated at tables will receive ballots. Visitors are not allowed to be seated at the tables during plenary time. Seating charts will be available at registration. The chairs get hard - feel free to bring a cushion if you need one. We look forward to you joining us at this year's Assembly. 


Offerings: All offerings collected will be split 50% to the ELCA Malaria Campaign, and 50% to the NWMN Synod Seminary Scholarship fund. Checks should be made payable to NWMN Synod.


Rostered leader photos will be taken in Birkeland Lounge, next to Melberg's Christian Bookstore, on Saturday between 7 am and 4 pm and on Sunday between 9:30 am and 1 pm. Book signings. Prs. Dan Wolpert and Trey Everett will be in Birkeland Lounge for a book signing between Noon and 1 pm on Saturday at the Melberg's Christian Bookstore location.


Door Prizes: Be sure to sign up for the door prizes that will be given away. Sign-up will be in the Bookstore in Birkeland Lounge. We have a lot of goodies to give away. You must be present to win.


More information and schedule...


Pre-Assembly Materials Available for Download


Assembly materials will not be available at the Assembly.

You must provide your own copies. If you registered other individuals under your name, this email is coming to you and not to them. Please pass this information on to them and/or provide the documents they will need.

Voting members are responsible for reading the Synod Assembly materials either by downloading documents to your digital device/laptop or printing copies.


New materials will be posted as we approach Synod Assembly. Please check the synod website for updates as you compile your voting member materials. 


Get Synod Assembly materials...


Bishop Election Information

The Northwestern Minnesota Synod will be holding a bishop election at this year's Synod Assembly. Pr. Robert Dahlen, Goodridge has chosen to remove himself from further consideration as a pre-nominee. Although there is only one potential nominee for bishop prior to the Synod Assembly, Bishop Lawrence Wohlrabe, it is important to know that the bishop election process in our synod is still by an ecclesiastical ballot. Just as in previous bishop elections, on Friday evening of the assembly all registered voting members may place on the first ballot the name of any ordained clergy who is in good standing on the roster of the ELCA. The balloting process will continue until an election occurs. In the coming weeks please be in discernment and prayer for the guidance of the Holy Spirit to raise up candidates for bishop who possess gifts and leadership qualities for leading God's people.


For more information regarding the responsibilities of a synod bishop see Exhibit J: Bishops' Relational Agreement on


More election information and resources...

Pathways Outdoor Ministry Fundraiser


Pathways at the Park

June 5, 2013 

5:30 pm

Pathways Come and enjoy "a night of camp" at our 6th annual fundraiser for Pathways Outdoor Ministry camp scholarships.
  • Silent Auction
  • Camp Worship
  • Crafts and Games
  • Meet the 2013 Pathways Summer Ministry Team

$5/individual; $20/family. Bring along a T-shirt to tie die or buy a Pathway's T for $5.


Please print and share the Pathways at the Park event poster [PDF] and bring along friends!

Parent's Arise! Event


Preparing Your Treasured Youth to Be Safe

June 21 - 22, 2013

What will it take of parents and grandparents to have their offspring be ready for today's world, to be equipped and stay whole? Parents are their children's protectors. In today's world preparing and equipping our young people for the situations they will face becomes that more important. This seminar will help parents, grandparents, mentors and other caring adults see how they can help their kids be safe in today's world.
  • Seminar is free for those register ahead by June 16. Otherwise it is $100.00. A brief assignment will be given to those who register ahead of time.
  • The cost of the Saturday lunch from Subway and a cost of $3.00 a piece for snacks and beverages will be paid for by each participant.
  • Every participant or family must have or buy the two Parents Arise! books which are $26.70 including tax for the two.
How to register:

Call Parents Arise! at (612) 869-5450 or email with your name, phone number, email address and mailing address.


Download: Parents Arise Workshop Information Packet [PDF] 


More information...

What is an intervention?  

from Lost and Found Ministry


An intervention is the time when family members come together to engage an outside expert to intervene with them in the life of their loved one who is struggling with an addiction. 
An intervention usually has several parts. The first visit with the interventionist is to assess the situation and figure out what to do next. You go home, write a letter to your loved one, and gather the right people to join you in the intervention. 
Next, you practice what you want to say during the intervention and who should say it. The third visit is the actual intervention and may take place at our office, in your home, or in another location. And the fourth visit is to debrief about how things went. Once your loved one accepts treatment and wants to get better, we encourage the family to continue their own counseling and healing after the intervention. 
The Lost and Found Ministry
Lost and Found Ministry offers respectful, confidential interventions and family counseling. Call 218-287-2089 for more information or email us at Lost and Found Ministry, a program of Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead, is a Christian ministry for those who struggle with addictions. 
Visit the Lost and Found library for helpful resources on addictions, family life situations, raising children, confronting bullying, and many other topics related to being human. It is located at 111 7th St. So. in Moorhead and is open M-F from 8-5 pm and M-Th evenings from 7-9 pm.  

Synod-Wide Weekly Prayer 

Each week, we lift up rostered leaders, congregations, and specialized ministries. The synod  staff prays for them in their weekly staff meeting and asks that you remember these rostered  leaders, congregations, and ministries in your own daily prayer.



  • Fridhem Lutheran Church in Lengby
  • Gary Lutheran Church in Gary
  • Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Felton
  • Glyndon Lutheran Church in Glyndon
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Clearbrook
Rostered Leaders: 
  • Pr. Daniel Heath
  • Pr. Mark & Pauline Helgeland
  • Pr. Karol Hendricks-McCracken & Jim McCracken
  • Pr. Louis & Annette Hermansen
  • Pr. Arlen & Marilyn Hermodson
  • Pr. Lloyd & Doris Heroff
  • Pr. Steven and Leilin Hilde 
Partners in Ministry:
  • Pathways Lutheran Outdoor Ministry

Companion Synod Prayer 

This is part of a series of regular prayers for the people, congregations, and ministries of our companion synod, the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church. Use these prayers in your personal devotions, with church councils or leadership groups, or during the prayers of intercession in your congregation's weekly worship.
Bp. Fredrick Paradesi Babu and his family with Bp. Larry and Joy Wohlrabe
Bp. Fredrick Paradesi Babu and his family
with Bp. Larry and Joy Wohlrabe

This week we remember in prayer our companion synod as they have just completed the AELC Convention, which is the similar to our Synod Assembly. At this Convention, our brothers and sisters elected a new bishop to lead their growing church. Bishop Frederick Paradesi Babu of Bhimavaram of West Godavari Synod has been called to lead the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church as their Moderator Bishop. Bp. Larry Wohlrabe shared this information about the Bp. Frederick, "It so happens that Bishop Frederick and his wife are among a small handful of persons with whom I have had multiple, happy encounters during my two trips to India in 2009 and 2012, so I'm glad that the new Moderator Bishop is someone I know and like. This photo is from our November 2012 trip, in Frederick's home (with his wife, daughter and her husband) after I preached in the congregation he has served in Bhimavaram." Please join us as we pray for Bishop Fredrick, his family, and the people of the AELC. We ask that you use this prayer on Sunday, June 9.


Dear Lord, thank you for your presence and wisdom in the election of Bishop Frederick Paradesi Babu. May you continue to hold fast to him and give him strength, courage, understanding, and diplomacy as he begins his calling as Moderator Bishop of the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church in India. Help him and the other leaders of the church to follow your will and to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to the people of Andhra Pradesh and the world.


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