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Thoughts on Standing Rock – Nov. 1, 2016

November 1, 2016 – by Bishop Mark Narum We stand witness to historic events.  A gathering of native peoples from around the world gather along the flood plain of an ancestral home.  Historic in that, for the first time in

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News from the Our Companion Synod in the Central African Republic

Former missionary Jim Noss, recently returned from a visit to the Central African Republic, which is the international companion synod partner for the Western North Dakota Synod.  Among his stops was the Emmanuel Health Center at Gallo, a ministry that

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The Good News Matters!

by Bishop Mark Narum – 4/12/2016 Can we lay aside whatever it is that prevents us from living, being and speaking about the hope we have? We are just coming off the “Tilling the Soil: Stirring Christ-centered Imagination” event. About 75

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My Redeemer Lives!

by Beth Anderson, Synod Ministry Coordinator – 3/28/2016 Her pure unbridled enthusiasm in worship moved me. . . It was the end of worship a few weeks ago, and as our pastor announced the final song, my daughter couldn’t contain

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To Make a Meaningful Contribution

by Faith Simonieg, ELCA Regional Gift Planner for Western North Dakota Synod 3/9/2016 We each have an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution. No matter what age you are, whether you have a full schedule or an empty calendar, too

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A gold mine for mission in an unexpected place

by Bishop Mark Narum 3/1/2015 Raise your hand if you like to read instructions? Do you find great joy in perusing an owner’s manual? If you, like many people were vigorously shaking your head, no – then you probably would

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Living, Speaking, Being the Good News of Jesus Christ

by Bishop Mark Narum – 1/7/2016 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son ad of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have

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Be not afraid

by Bishop Mark Narum 12/1/2015 Fear can be a crippling emotion.  Fear can make you freeze – unable to move, speak or even think.  Fear can also create panic leading a person to say or do things they would otherwise

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Called, Gathered, Enlightened & Sanctified

by Beth Anderson, Synod Ministry Coordinator 10/29/2015 “He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.” -Luther’s Small Catechism I’m still emerging from a blessed 3 days with

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All the news that’s news!

by Rev. Lisa Ahlness, Assistant to the Bishop, Stewardship Every time I think of you, I give thanks to God. Phil 1:3 True confessions time: I love church newsletters. (Do you read yours?) As I write, it is the beginning

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