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Sep
22
Fri
“LifeKeys” – Western ND Synod GIFTS Event @ Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Sep 22 @ 6:30 pm – Sep 23 @ 3:00 pm

Western ND GIFTS (Growing In Faith To Serve) Event focusing on giftedness.  This “LifeKeys” event will be led by Deacon Beth Anderson of the Western ND Synod Staff.

Event Information and Registration

Sep
23
Sat
Upper Missouri Cluster Meeting @ Wilmington Lutheran Church
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am

Theme is: Angles Among Us   Psalm 91:11
Coffee & Registration at 9 AM
Speaker: Pam Moen, Kindergarten Teacher in Watford City at 1 PM
Love Offering: School Supplies
Regular Offering: SWO Cluster & McKenzie #1 lunch program
Book Exchange
Officer training & Communion Service in the AM

Oct
1
Sun
Fair Trade Sunday @ All Congregations
Oct 1 all-day
Sending Team Worship Resources

Fair Trade Sunday –

As people of faith, we have the opportunity to live our values in all that we do, including our consumer choices. Acknowledging that the money we spend every day affects the lives of our brothers and sisters around the world and the planet we steward, the Sending Team has designated Sunday, October 1 as Fair Trade Sunday. Businesses that employ Fair Trade practices empower disadvantaged producers, promote community development, promote safe working conditions, prohibit child and forced labor, and respect the environment.

 

­­­Congregations are especially encouraged to serve Fair Trade coffee during fellowship on this Sunday and report how many cups were served to the Sending Team: wndcoffee@gmail.com.

Additional ideas to observe Fair Trade Sunday and promote Fair Trade in your congregation:

  1. Offer a special prayer for harvest, vocation, and Fair Trade relationships
  2. Make Fair Trade products available for purchase by your congregation
  3. Host a Fair Trade coffee or chocolate tasting
  4. Host a Fair Trade handicrafts bazaar
  5. Have a Fair Trade handicrafts catalog party

 

Resource links:

-Prayers for Fair Trade Sunday

Lutheran World Relief Farmers’ Market Coffee – order farmer direct trade coffee & promotional materials

Equal Exchange – order fair trade chocolates, teas, nuts, and promotional materials

SERRV – order fair trade handicrafts

World Fair Trade Organization – information on Fair Trade

Oct
10
Tue
Women in Ministry Conversation – Bismarck @ Barnes and Noble Cafe'
Oct 10 @ 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.

Oct
14
Sat
“Embracing Stewardship” @ Zion Lutheran Church
Oct 14 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Presenters, Charles R. (Chick) Lane and Grace Duddy Pomroy, together have authored “Embracing Stewardship: How to Put Stewardship at the HEART of Your Congregation’s LIFE.” Chick and Grace will ground the stewardship conversation in scripture, explore important generational differences, and then provide practical steps you can take to help every member of your congregation become a more faithful steward of all God’s gifts.

Mindful of generational perspectives and attuned to the world in which congregations live, this presentation will provide pathways your congregation can follow to deepen your members’ understanding of themselves as stewards of the bounty of God.

You are encouraged to bring a team from your congregation for a day that will provide tools to strengthen your congregation’s stewardship ministry.

Event Details and Registration

Oct
15
Sun
“Embracing Stewardship” @ St. John Lutheran Church
Oct 15 @ 1:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Charles R. (Chick) Lane and Grace Duddy Pomroy, together have authored “Embracing Stewardship: How to Put Stewardship at the HEART of Your Congregation’s LIFE.” Chick will present at the Dickinson event and will ground the stewardship conversation in scripture, explore important generational differences, and then provide practical steps you can take to help every member of your congregation become a more faithful steward of all God’s gifts.

Mindful of generational perspectives and attuned to the world in which congregations live, this presentation will provide pathways your congregation can follow to deepen your members’ understanding of themselves as stewards of the bounty of God.

You are encouraged to bring a team from your congregation for a day that will provide tools to strengthen your congregation’s stewardship ministry.

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Oct
29
Sun
Synod Wide Worship Service commemorating 500 years of ministry since the Protestant Reformation @ Bismarck Event Center
Oct 29 @ 11:00 am

Christians from across Western North Dakota are invited to gather at the Bismarck Civic Center Sunday, October 29, 2017 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation.  A Festival Worship is planned for 11:00AM at the Bismarck Civic Center to commemorate this historic event and pray for God’s guidance as we seek to be faithful, Christ centered witnesses into the future.

Rev. Mark Narum, who serves as Bishop of the Western North Dakota Synod says, “This is a once in a life time event for most of us.  I encourage all congregations across the synod to consider making this their Sunday morning worship for this one Sunday.”  Bishop Narum went on to say, “It is not often that we get a chance to come together and provide a united Lutheran witness to God’s grace, love and mercy which comes to us through the risen Christ.”

Teams are at work now planning the festival worship service.  Included in the day will be choirs and bells performing glorious music.  Holy Communion will be celebrated this day.  Plan now for your congregation to attend and participate.

Nov
14
Tue
Women in Ministry Conversation – Bismarck @ Barnes and Noble Cafe'
Nov 14 @ 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.

Dec
12
Tue
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.

Apr
21
Sat
“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.