Snippets – November 2011

News, events, tips, and tricks from your synod ministry partners

Lutheran Campus Ministry: Busy in Winona

The Lutheran Campus Center (LCC) in Winona has welcomed many new students to campus ministry this year. In addition to Sunday night supper and worship, student leaders and ministers have been leading/planning:

  • Weekly Bible studies on the Parables
  • Service opportunities – helping with a community meal and Trick or Treating for the Food Shelf
  • Fellowship events like weekly “Coffee Social Hour”
  • Fundraising events to support their Service Trip to Harvest of Hope Mission Work Camp
  • A Fall Retreat for a time of reflection

If you know college students in the synod at Winona or Mankato, send their names and emails/phone numbers to: (Winona) or (Mankato).

CYF Ministry: Volunteer Background Checks

Volunteer background checks and best practices regarding safety are important to all congregations. Caring-well for children, youth, families, and vulnerable adults is part of our call as God’s children.

If you and your congregation would like to explore this topic and begin gathering information, schedule training, and/or set up a volunteer background check process, please contact the synod office.

The synod office now has available “Safeguarding God’s Children,” a resource and tool created by the Church Pension Group, to facilitate your congregation’s process. Karen Gieseke, the synod Children, Youth, and Family Ministry Coordinator, can assist your congregation and respond to your questions.

Contact, 507-280-9547, ext 104, or 800-426-6376 in Minnesota for more information.

Global Mission: From Austin to Tanzania

St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Austin, Minn., recently sent 12 members ages 14 to 74 to Tanzania. Travellers included a mother/daughter, grandmother/granddaughter, father/son, high school graduate, husband/wife, two single women, and Rev. Kristi Koppel.

The highlight of the trip was working side by side with their companion synod brothers and sisters on the Agape Social Center, which provides guest housing and meeting space at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Singida. They also did three days of safari, visited the Dodoma Christian Medical Center, and the Slave Trade Museum in Bagamoya, and the beach.

Bishop Sima of the Central Dioceses believes the relationships built during these trips is the key purpose for our visits. To learn how you can make a difference in Tanzania contact Kathy Bolin at the synod office.


Hunger Task Force: End Malaria This Christmas

The Christmas offering is an excellent opportunity to support one of our ELCA Hunger emphases. Why not consider the ELCA Malaria Campaign this year? Malaria is a leading cause of death in Africa. Malaria is preventable and treatable. Your financial gift will give the gift of life. A gift of $10 provides an insecticide-treated mosquito net and educational material, $50 provides enough medicine to treat 25 people infected with malaria, and $100 trains a village health team to help treat and prevent malaria in their community. The goal of the ELCA Malaria Campaign is to raise $15 million to contain malaria by 2015.

Materials were included in the latest ELCA World Hunger packet mailed to congregations or can be ordered online at and click on “Resources” on the left-side menu.

Mission Support: Video Contest

What does it mean to be a generous steward? Congregations of the Southeastern Minnesota Synod are invited to submit a short video (maximum of three minutes) that interprets 2 Corinthians 8:1-7 in your setting. Be creative, make us smile, laugh or want to join in the fun. Begin your video with the Phrase: “ We are ______________ Lutheran Church from ___________ (city), and we are stewards on the Journey to Macedonia.”

To enter, upload your video to (you’ll need to have or set up a free account). Tag the video with “semnsynod” and “Journey to Macedonia” (no quotes, you may also use other tags if desired). Videos must be submitted by March 29. One submission per congregation. More information and the submission form are online at

Worship: The Liturgical Journey in November

The month of November is a month of great riches in our liturgical journey together. We begin with All Saints Sunday when we remember and reflect on the lives of the saints who have gone before us and who dwell among us. We conclude the green season with a celebration of Christ the King, a preview of his promised return “to judge the living and the dead” and his assumption of the heavenly throne. Many of us will gather together to give thanks in worship before sharing the Thanksgiving meal in our homes. As November comes to a close, we begin a new church year together with the first Sunday of Advent, and the beginning of our journey through the Gospel of Mark.

May this time of remembrance, reflection, and rejoicing be a blessing to each of you again this year.

– Bob Tewes, AIM, Synod Partner in Evangelical Worship


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