Council Meeting Cancelled

The Minkota Distruct Council meeting scheduled for October 17th has been cancelled. Look for information to come on our cooperative gathering between Minkota and Eastern SD districts coming soon.

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Minkota District Council Meeting

Our next meeting of the Minkota district council will be held on Thursday, 17 October, at Peace Lutheran Church in Devils Lake, North Dakota.  Our agenda will parallel previous meetings.  If you have issues you would like to include on the agenda, please let me know.

10 am      Coffee and conversation
11 am       Worship
Noon        Lunch
1-3            District Meeting and more discussion…
3 pm        Departure

There will be a meeting of the Women of the NALC meeting at the same time.  Jill Nesheim, a member of the national board of the WNALC, will be following up with more information.

Many of you know that Pastor James Puotyual had returned to the United States from his service in Ethiopia due to medical reasons.   His health has deteriorated significantly in recent weeks and is presently hospitalized.  While he is receiving care and medical support, prayers for healing are very much needed.

Grace Lutheran in Erskine is still in the call process. First Lutheran Church of Washburn, North Dakota has begun the process to call a new pastor as Pastor Erik Johnson has now retired.

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A Note from Our Dean

Greetings! Time for an update before we head to the NALC Convocation in Indianapolis next week.

I’ll begin by thanking Pastor Erik Johnson for his many years of faithful service to the church as he enters retirement.  This Sunday will be his last at First Lutheran in Washburn.  May God bless him and his family in this new stage in their lives. I am also happy to share that we have had a new pastor join us.  Pastor Angel Scott has completed the process to join the NALC.  She currently is a pastor in LCMC and will be a member of both denominations.  She and her family live in the Twin Cities where she serves as a chaplain.

We welcomed Mark Chavez to our district a week ago.  He came to help Wannaska (Minnesota) Lutheran parish celebrate a congregational anniversary.  As part of the trip he also was able to lead an information session about the NALC hosted by our newest congregation, Ness Lutheran in Mekinock, North Dakota.

In June I received a note from our bishop concerning our missionary James Puotyual which read in part: “While serving in Gambella, Pastor Puotyual has experienced some health challenges and will be returning to the United States where he will be able to receive the needed care. At this time, we ask you to withhold sending any direct support to Pastor Puotyual. Please direct any questions to the NALC’s Mission Office at missions@thenalc.org or to myself.”

For those attending the NALC gathering: There will be time designated in the schedule for the district to meet together at the convocation next week.  There is also a recommendation that we again spend time sharing “opportunities and challenges” in a manner similar to past years.  We may do just that, but if you have ideas how we might best spend our time together please reply back to this email.

In Christ, Pastor Lyle A. Belleque, Dean

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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions

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Hebrews 13:17

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Fourth Commandment

Honor your father and your mother, (that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not show contempt for our parents and others in authority, nor provoke them to anger, but respect, obey, serve, love, and honor them.

Pulling It Together

God has set others over you, besides your parents. They too, are in their positions for your benefit. Before we move on to civil authorities, let us consider a few others. Growing up, we are expected by our own parents to respect the adults in our neighborhood. They look out for us and keep watch over us, protecting us as we walk to school or play. At church, we are to respect and learn from our Sunday School teachers, Catechism instructors, pastors, and all of the adults there. We ought to allow them to raise us in the faith joyfully. Exasperating them brings us no advantage. This attitude should not change when we have ourselves become adults. There remain those in congregational leadership whom we should value so that they are able to watch over our sould with gladness.

Prayer: Lord, bless and prosper the work of those you have given leadership in your church. Amen.

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Full-Color Catechism Posters (Set of Seven)  These glossy full-color 11"x 17" posters feature the main texts from the six parts of Luther's Small Catechism, and are designed for use in homes and churches to help children memorize these important and timeless words. Posters include: Holy Baptism, The Lord's Prayer, The Ten Commandments (standard), The Ten Commandments (simplified),The Apostles' Creed, Holy Communion, and Confession & Forgiveness. Each poster features a picture of "Luther's Small Cat" and matches the colors of the corresponding booklet from Sola's Luther's Small Cat Series.

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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions

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Hebrews 13:17

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Fourth Commandment

Honor your father and your mother, (that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not show contempt for our parents and others in authority, nor provoke them to anger, but respect, obey, serve, love, and honor them.

Pulling It Together

God has set others over you, besides your parents. They too, are in their positions for your benefit. Before we move on to civil authorities, let us consider a few others. Growing up, we are expected by our own parents to respect the adults in our neighborhood. They look out for us and keep watch over us, protecting us as we walk to school or play. At church, we are to respect and learn from our Sunday School teachers, Catechism instructors, pastors, and all of the adults there. We ought to allow them to raise us in the faith joyfully. Exasperating them brings us no advantage. This attitude should not change when we have ourselves become adults. There remain those in congregational leadership whom we should value so that they are able to watch over our sould with gladness.

Prayer: Lord, bless and prosper the work of those you have given leadership in your church. Amen.

Click here for resources to learn the Ten Commandments.

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Full-Color Catechism Posters (Set of Seven)  These glossy full-color 11"x 17" posters feature the main texts from the six parts of Luther's Small Catechism, and are designed for use in homes and churches to help children memorize these important and timeless words. Posters include: Holy Baptism, The Lord's Prayer, The Ten Commandments (standard), The Ten Commandments (simplified),The Apostles' Creed, Holy Communion, and Confession & Forgiveness. Each poster features a picture of "Luther's Small Cat" and matches the colors of the corresponding booklet from Sola's Luther's Small Cat Series.

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Luke 18:20

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Fourth Commandment

Honor your father and your mother, (that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not show contempt for our parents and others in authority, nor provoke them to anger, but respect, obey, serve, love, and honor them.

Pulling It Together

Honoring parents is not the privilege of young children alone. Children who still live at home with their parents are of course, expected to love them, be obedient, and esteem them as blessed gifts of God. Adult children, even more, ought to have learned to honor their parents. They should not mock their mother or father, but instead, look to their needs, and care for them as they would have their own children care for themselves. We know these things, and are duty-bound both to our parents and to God to do them.

Prayer: Raise me up in your grace, O God, that I may keep your commandments. Amen.

Click here for resources to learn the Ten Commandments.

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? is a six-week Bible Study that examines the most profound event of salvation history — the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ — exploring from a biblical perspective what is known as the doctrine of the Atonement.

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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions

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Luke 18:20

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Fourth Commandment

Honor your father and your mother, (that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not show contempt for our parents and others in authority, nor provoke them to anger, but respect, obey, serve, love, and honor them.

Pulling It Together

Honoring parents is not the privilege of young children alone. Children who still live at home with their parents are of course, expected to love them, be obedient, and esteem them as blessed gifts of God. Adult children, even more, ought to have learned to honor their parents. They should not mock their mother or father, but instead, look to their needs, and care for them as they would have their own children care for themselves. We know these things, and are duty-bound both to our parents and to God to do them.

Prayer: Raise me up in your grace, O God, that I may keep your commandments. Amen.

Click here for resources to learn the Ten Commandments.

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die? is a six-week Bible Study that examines the most profound event of salvation history — the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ — exploring from a biblical perspective what is known as the doctrine of the Atonement.

• Participant's Book    • Leader's Guide

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Philippians 2:14–15

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Fourth Commandment

Honor your father and your mother, (that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not show contempt for our parents and others in authority, nor provoke them to anger, but respect, obey, serve, love, and honor them.

Pulling It Together

God expects us to behave for our parents the way we would act in his presence. Therefore, we are to obey our parents as we would obey God: without complaining or asking why. Grumbling disobedience shows a lack of love. Moreover, it would be an indication that we are no different from the stubborn, rebellious, and wicked children around us. We are to esteem our parents more highly than this, and in doing so, we shine so brightly that we bring honor to God as well.

Prayer: Lord, work your salvation out of me in good works that bring glory to you and honor to my parents’ name. Amen.

Click here for resources to learn the Ten Commandments.

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The Ten Commandments book is a ten-week unit, which includes one session on each of the Commandments. The Scripture focus in the Ten Commandment series is on Moses and the Exodus Cycle, with Bible Study lessons taken primarily from the Pentateuch.

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Philippians 2:14–15

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Fourth Commandment

Honor your father and your mother, (that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not show contempt for our parents and others in authority, nor provoke them to anger, but respect, obey, serve, love, and honor them.

Pulling It Together

God expects us to behave for our parents the way we would act in his presence. Therefore, we are to obey our parents as we would obey God: without complaining or asking why. Grumbling disobedience shows a lack of love. Moreover, it would be an indication that we are no different from the stubborn, rebellious, and wicked children around us. We are to esteem our parents more highly than this, and in doing so, we shine so brightly that we bring honor to God as well.

Prayer: Lord, work your salvation out of me in good works that bring glory to you and honor to my parents’ name. Amen.

Click here for resources to learn the Ten Commandments.

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The Ten Commandments book is a ten-week unit, which includes one session on each of the Commandments. The Scripture focus in the Ten Commandment series is on Moses and the Exodus Cycle, with Bible Study lessons taken primarily from the Pentateuch.

• Student Workbook   • Leader's Guide

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Proverbs 23:20

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Fourth Commandment

Honor your father and your mother, (that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you).

What does this mean?

Answer: We should fear and love God so that we do not show contempt for our parents and others in authority, nor provoke them to anger, but respect, obey, serve, love, and honor them.

Pulling It Together

Our parents are God’s agents to and for us. They are meant to be his blessed envoys, graciously given to us by God so that we may begin our education in the catechism. Through these emissaries, we learn to be obedient, to protect the lives of others, to be faithful, to respect the property of others, to tell the truth, and to be content with what has been provided. We begin to honor our parents when we regard them as God’s representatives to and for us. And by honoring our parents in this way, we begin to honor God as well.

Prayer: I give you thanks, Lord, for my parents. Amen.

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Five VBS Class Posters & Five Sticker Sheets

These glossy full-color 11"x 17" posters with the title "Welcome to VBS!" are designed for use in recording attendance for Vacation Bible School.  Five posters are included in each set, along with five color sticker sheets.  Days are numbered 1-5, to correspond to the standard weekday VBS schedule.

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