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Hello Everyone,

We have taken the time to dissect this weeks Pastoral video message from Bishop Thomas Aitken. It is a seven minute video outlining Bishop Thomas's specific recommendations from the ELCA for our congregations.

We encourage our congregations to follow the steps listed in the video and carefully read the three documents provided, in order to ensure safe gathering spaces as we being to think about entering the first phase of life after COVID-19.
Don't Forget!
We would love to feature your congregation in our Bright Spots!

We ask that you share things that have worked well for your congregation during this time. Email your story to

As always, we are thankful for you for your continued support during these times.

Bishop Election
At the nominee forum held in Hermantown on March 14, the Bishop Election Committee recorded video interviews with each nominee. 

Due to social distancing and the postponement of the 2020 Synod Assembly, the BEC wanted to make these available to voting members of the synod. Our thanks to BEC member Pastor James Muske for recording and editing these videos.

​Click here to access the interviews, or to access individual interviews click here to view the Bishop Election Nominee Page.
Faith Formation Resources in Response to COVID-19
New Resources Added at the link above:
    More graduation resources , including a toolkit from the Nebraska Synod and the Episcopal Church.
    More VBS resources , including webinars to help congregations discern plans for this summer.
    Video and PowerPoint links to the " Reframing Youth Ministry " event on May 14.
    Resources to help you lead discussions on racism during COVID-19. Young people are eager to have these conversations and learn how they can respond to make a difference in their peer groups and communities. These resources are intended to equip and support you in leaading those conversations.
    Tiger McLuen and "Youth Ministry Consultants" videos on leading through COVID-19. Last week's video: " What's Next in Ministry "?
    Milestone Ministry resources and discussion guides for social distancing and end of year milestones.
Featured Resources at the link above:
         Discussion Guides related to COVID-19, to to use with youth and adults. Topics include anxiety, grief, coping skills, anger, stress/distress, and mindfulness.
Synod Journey/ELCA Youth Gathering Overview
June 9, 1pm, Zoom
Join the Synod Journey planning team to learn more about the new plans for this year’s Synod Journey . We will also share a brief overview of the ELCA Youth Gathering. A detailed online training for the ELCA Youth Gathering (how to register, housing and other logistics) will be held later this summer. This Zoom event will be recorded for those not able to attend. Click here to submit questions you would like answered. The link to this meeting will be posted at by June 1.
Youth E-Chat
Youth E-Chat includes a message from Catherine Anderson, Coordinator of Youth Ministry, along with updates and resources for faith formation and leadership development for youth and adults
Click here for the May 19, 2020 Youth E-Chat newsletter.
Click here to be added to the Youth E-Chat newsletter list.

Stay Informed.
Be Safe.
Wash your hands!

Use the links provided below
for the most reliable information
on COVID-19:

Calendar of Events

  • EcoFaith Summit 2021:
April 17, 2021
Event Postponements

  • Bishop Election- TBD
Event Cancellations

  • EcoFaith Summit 2020
  • Together Here Workshops
  • Bible & Brew at the Lake
  • Synod WELCA Convention
Stay in Touch!

Make sure to check out our website for weekly updates under the Pastoral Resources Tab (COVID-19 section) click here!

Or here under COVID-19 Updates tab for more information!

Even during this pandemic, green blades are rising to repair our relationship with the whole web of creation!
Moments of Arising
A Video Conversation Series for the Jubilee Year of Earth Day
Moments of Arising is a video conversation series produced by our synod's EcoFaith Network to nurture those green blades in the biblical vision of the Jubilee Year– a Sabbath year of coming home, of restoration and renewal for the land itself and for the neighbor. 
Promise is the first in a series of eight 10-minute videos, each one flowing from one of the stanzas of the Easter hymn,  Now the Green Blade Rises,  four original stanzas and four newly composed, environmentally focused stanzas. Filming is done on location in communities and congregations throughout northeastern Minnesota and beyond.

Promise, with a message by Nate Anderson, pastoral minister in rural Kerrick, Minnesota, at Oak Lake Lutheran Church, flows from stanza 1 of Now the Green Blade Rises.

The first three Moments of Arising videos are now available - Moments of Arising : An Invitation ; Earth Day’s Jubilee Year ; and Earth Day, Our Moment to Arise.
All  Moments of Arising  videos will be available at  as they are released.
Presiding Bishop's sermon for Trinity Sunday;

The sermon will use the texts for Trinity Sunday, June 7th, Year A, with a focus on II Corinthians 13:11-13 and Matthew 28: 16-20. It will be ready for release on May 31 st
ELCA Leadership Coaching!
Every Wednesday at 1:00 pm Central Time, the ELCA Coaching Network gathers together on Zoom to offer support and accompaniment to any rostered minister. 

The ELCA has a network of trained coaches who accompany leaders in a variety of ministry areas including stewardship. During this unprecedented time, coaching is offered at no cost. For more information, contact .
The Generosity Project (TGP) - ELCA is providing the 5G: Live It Out! resource to you and your households for free. This resource is intended to encourage conversation and support households in their role as God’s stewards and financial managers during this time of economic crisis and fear.

Please encourage your households to use this resource to find hope in God’s Story and engage in these faithful conversations.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the ELCA churchwide organization is here to support our members, congregations, synods and partners. Call 800-638-3522 and press #4 or email for prayer, support and to ask your questions.
Contact us!


Pastor Amy Odgren - Ext. 125
Director for Evangelical Mission
Assistant to the Bishop

Call Process
Assistant to the Bishop

Catherine Anderson - Ext. 124
Coordinator of Youth Ministry

Kathy Wimer - Ext. 126
Office Administrator

Sarah Roe - Ext. 127
Executive Administrative Assistant

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