Blog Archives

Stories of how congregations and ministries in our synod are reaching out in their community to share God’s love and grace.

Invitation to A Season of Listening. . .

Over the next few months, we invite congregations and members of this synod to enter into “A Season of Listening. . .” – a time of intentional conversation about engaging racial diversity across the synod and how we strengthen bonds

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ELCA Members Support Those Impacted by Flint Water Crisis

​           CHICAGO (ELCA) – In response to the water crisis in Flint, Mich., members from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Livonia, Mich., delivered more than 3,000 gallons of donated water Jan. 31 to the congregation of Salem Lutheran Church in

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Much More than a Summer Job

The Lutherdale camp counselors are a serious bunch. By Amanda StrawCozy, rustic cabins filled with bunk beds from one corner to the other. Rolling green fields scavenged by bees and mosquitoes. A dining hall filled with laughter and the aroma

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Resources for C.A.R. Sunday and SweetDeal for C.A.R.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The first Sunday in Lent is designated as C.A.R. (Central African Republic) Sunday in the Western North Dakota Synod.  You can find resources below, including a bulletin insert with a Litany, that can be used during your worship

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Women from Western ND Supporting Women in Seminary

The Western North Dakota Synodical Women’s organization and the WND SWO Board is pleased to give nine women from Western North Dakota who are currently enrolled in an ELCA seminary programs a monetary gift from the W.I.S.E. (Women in Seminary

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See the Face of God

GOD’S WORK OUR HANDS, gave our congregation, First Lutheran in Bismarck, ND, a unique way to “See the face of God.” Leslee Webb, LSW and School Social Worker at South Central High School in Bismarck spoke to our congregation about

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Growing in Faith and Service

All of the cabins are shuttered, the wood piles refilled, the canoes and pontoons put away.  Camp season in Western North Dakota is over for another year.  This year, your four outdoor ministry sites, Badlands Ministries in Medora, Camp of

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Relationships Flourish Amid the Slowdown

  Relationships created during the Bakken Oil Boom continue to flourish despite the oil slowdown and departure of people.  Wilmington Lutheran Church in Arnegard welcomed new faces during those times, one of them Manuel Cabrera from a village northwest of Mexico

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Food for Body and Soul

When Paul Holje and George Kelley talk about how they changed careers midlife to start a business, they joke that their story is the one about the architect and air traffic controller who opened a bakery. Self-proclaimed “foodies,” Paul and

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When his dad, Pastor Robert Schmidt, received a letter about a contingency meeting at Camp of the Cross to approve an increase in the building project budget, Levi Schmidt wanted to do something to help! He attended the meeting and

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