Women in Ministry Conversation – Bismarck @ Barnes and Noble Cafe'
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This monthly gathering is intended to be a place of encouragement and support for women in ministry to meet one another and connect as we walk this walk in ministry.  Clergy, Program Staff, Diaconal Ministers, Associates In Ministry, and Deaconesses are all welcome to attend.

We meet in the Café at Barnes and Noble on the second Tuesday of every month.  We hope to meet you there.

Men’s Retreat – Lament and Laughter @ Camp of the Cross Ministries
Jan 26 – Jan 28 all-day

The first two verses of Psalm 100 in “The Message” reads: “On your feet now — applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence!” The Merriam Webster dictionary defines Lament as a way to,”express sadness or regret” and Laughter as “a cause of merriment.” 

On January 26th – 28th Camp of the Cross ministries is hosting a men’s weekend retreat that will bring together the prayers of lament and the merriment of laughter to participants as they laugh and sing themselves into God’s presence. 

Through lectures and Bible study participants will follow Jesus on his journey from the betrayal following his final meal with his disciples to the lament of Good Friday and the triumph of Easter morning. 

The weekend 
begins at 5:30 PM Friday as participants gather at Ye Olde Malt Shop in Garrison ND for an evening meal before heading to Camp of the Cross. The retreat concludes with Sunday morning worship followed by brunch, before leaving by noon. Saturday afternoon 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM is designated free time. There will be a work project at the camp or simply time to relax.  

The retreat format is an abbreviated form of the “Lament and Laughter” curriculum, using lectures and bible studies developed for Kogudus International Ministries for use in their prison retreats. Used by permission of Kogudus International Ministries. 

The cost of the retreat is $85 and includes 2 nights lodging at the camp, 3 meals on Saturday and 
Sunday brunch. Contact Rev. Gary Heaton at for more information. To register go to the website  Registration is limited to 20

Financial Wellness Retreat @ Camp of the Cross Ministries
Apr 6 – Apr 7 all-day

Improve Your Financial Wellness Through Increased Financial Knowledge and Literacy 

Learning about managing finances and generous giving does not happen by accident.  Therefore, as a synod, we want to provide resources that will improve financial literacy and subsequent financial practices of leaders and congregations. 

In 2018, WND Synod will focus on this concept as we embark on a Financial Wellness Initiative to encourage habits that strengthen and sustain individual and congregational financial wellness and growth.  

April 6-7, 2018. SAVE THE DATES!  To improve financial literacy and competency, we are hosting a “Financial Wellness Retreat” April 6-7, 2018 presented by Deacon Terri Endres, Regional Representative for Portico Benefit Services. Topics may include reducing debt, optimizing assets, budgeting for current situations and strategizing for multiple financial goals. (Location: Camp of the Cross Ministries, Garrison.) 

In the months following the retreat, attendees and leaders will form cohorts to provide ongoing accountability. Cohorts will meet at least three times in twelve months.  A mentor will be provided. Participation incentives will be included for attendance at both the retreat and cohort meetings. 

Also look for in June 2018 Training will be provided on congregational healthy financial behaviors for financial stability to congregation leaders, treasurers, financial committees, etc. 

“A People for God’s Name” Believing and Belonging in Luke-Acts @ Christ Lutheran Church
Apr 21 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
You are invited to join the Western ND Synod GIFTS Committee and Rev. Dr. Eric Barreto for a day exploring diversity through the books of Luke and Acts.
Survey after survey demonstrates that ethnic diversity is only increasing in recent days and yet many of our churches remain culturally homogeneous. What might a church that invites diversity look like? We will turn to the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles to wonder together how God’s gift of diversity might take root in our lives together. Too ofter, our tendency has been to imagine that our faith “solves” the “problems” of diversity by making us all one, the same. In contrast, the author of Luke-Acts views our differences as a gift to be treasured not a difficulty to be overcome.
WND Synod Assembly @ Ramkota Inn
May 31 – Jun 2 all-day