Zion Lutheran Church of Amor, Battle Lake, Minn., has been in mission in Otter Tail County, part of "Minnesota Lake Country" in the northwestern part of the state, for nearly 130 years. It hasn't been welcoming interns for quite that long, but it is definitely an experienced internship congregation. Those privileged to serve their internship at Zion always come back knowing that they were blessed by being in this supportive congregation. We tried to get to know …
Here we are in Advent, that hectic and joyous period time. We'll celebrate Christmas as families gather for gala celebrations, great meals and traditional activities. That's great.
But for some interns, this could be a hard time. Some interns might not be going home for Christmas for the first time. They'll be missing out on things they've always done and the people they have always enjoyed these holidays with. If the intern has a family, the intern's spouse will be …
It's time to be thinking about some time targets pertaining to internship. You don't want to get behind early in the year; makes it hard to catch up later. Take these reminders in a good spirit as they apply to those internships that began during the summer.
The Confirmation of Internship Placement should have been completed during the first two weeks of internship.
Learning Goals should have been completed during the first two months of internship.
Interns and supervisors from Washington, Idaho and Alaska. November 10, 2010: Barbara Gwynn, John and Rachel Simonson, Jeff Russell, Scott Fuller, Katie Emery, Carol Jensen, Ryan Cosgrove, Stephanie Vos, Kathy Hawks, Paul Sundberg, Jeanette Clark, Ethan Hulme, John Bjorge, Justin Mootz, Paul Palumbo, Ann Frerks.
Central Lutheran Church in Everett, Wash., is one of those marvelous churches with a long-term investment in the internship program. Katie Emery, who now serves there, is the congregation's 18th intern. Pastor Jeff Russell of Central and Intern Emery were good enough to answer a few questions for us.
1. Jeff, how about a quick picture of the Everett community and the nature of Central’s mission there, and a snapshot of what makes you as a person unique?
The Internship Committee should be meeting regularly by now. You may be wondering what role you play in the internship besides meeting once a month. The text below comes from the Lay Committee Handbook (PDF).
What roles do committee members play?
You provide counsel and encouragement for the intern and his/her spouse. You provide support and honest feedback - something that everyone needs.
You are able to acquaint the intern with the members of …
There's still one more fall cluster meeting in the autumn cycle:
Northwestern Washington/Eastern Washington/Idaho: Wed.-Thurs., Nov. 10-11, at Palisades Retreat Center, Federal Way, Wash. (Julie Josund)
A sampling of photos from this fall's cluster meetings.
Interns and Supervisors at the Oregon-Vancouver, Washington Cluster Meeting. Interns from Luther, PLTS, LSTC, Wartburg and United Methodist - St. Paul Seminary, Kansas City, MO.
If you were an intern in Oregon, you could visit the breathtaking Multnomah Falls on the way to the cluster retreat.
Interns Mike Carlson (left), Keith Long, and Paul Shumaker visit at the Southwestern …