Monthly Archives: February 2015

Little Lightbulbs

by Rev. Lisa Ahlness, Assistant to the Bishop for Stewardship What if every Scripture passage is about stewardship? You might have heard this story before:  “In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1.  God does

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Minot Men’s Winter Refuge

“You shall love the stranger, for you were once strangers in the land of Egypt.” — Deuteronomy 10: 19 Minot has seen a LOT of changes in the past few years. One of those changes was a shortage of affordable

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ND proposed legislation regarding firearms and church property

We have received inquiries related to proposed legislation in the North Dakota House related to concealed firearms and churches.  Our synod attorney, Murray Sagsveen has provided the following summary of bills with links to the text of the proposed bills for information. House

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W.I.S.E. Scholars – Women in Seminary Education

At the 2003 Western North Dakota Synodical Women’s Organization Convention, the women of Western North Dakota voted to establish a fund to support those  women from Western North Dakota who are furthering their education  through seminary courses.  Throughout the year, the WND Synodical  Women’s

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Tables… As we gather ‘round…

by Sherie Heine, Assistant to the Bishop   –  2/16/2015 At this table – and so many others over the years, I have been and am being shaped into who I am and what I believe. I’ve been thinking about tables lately… 

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Your Synod Council At Work . . .

2/12/2015 –  Download a PDF version of The focus of synod staff’s work for the coming year, budgets and learning more about ministries associated with our church were highlights of the February Western North Dakota Synod Council meeting.  The council

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Our Chance for $23,000

Portico Benefit Services is again offering  the opportunity to earn a 2% discount on ELCA health contributions this year. Each congregation and organization in our synod will receive a 2% discount on all of this year’s health contributions if 65%

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Clergy Tax Information related to 2014 Health Coverage

2/4/2015 Attention Clergy:  Your tax preparer may request an IRS Form 1095C which is evidence of employer provided health care. Since Portico health coverage is not provided through the Health Insurance Marketplace, Portico is not issuing this form. In lieu of

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Freeing Youth Ministry from the Youth Room . . .

2/9/2015 – by Beth Anderson, DM, Synod Ministry Coordinator  “Youth ministry doesn’t exist; it is not a biblical or theological concept. Rather, youth ministry is simply ministry, ministry human person to human person in search of God.” – Andrew Root

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Composting Closes the Circle

When you bring your tray to the dish-room window in the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago’s cafeteria, you’ve got some sorting to do. Any leftover food, paper products, and even “to go” containers go into the green compost cart to

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