Ministry in Context

More than a gateway to retreat

When Lutherans think of Chelan, Washington, most think of Lake Chelan and the entrance to Holden Village. But Chelan is also a community all its own, and home to Lake Chelan Lutheran Church, one of our internship congregations. Paul Palumbo is the pastor supervisor there, and Jeanette Clark the intern. We asked them to help us get acquainted with their ministry in Chelan.

First of all tell us something about yourselves; background, education, experience, family,

Lay Committee: Evaluation coming

Within the next two months most of our internships will reach the halfway mark. When six months of internship are completed, the Lay Committee is invited to join with the supervisor and the intern in completing an evaluation. Planning for that evaluation might well begin in January.

First of all, look up the evaluation questions here, on our website.

This will give you an overview of the task ahead. Review the questions together as a committee. If there are

Photo Album

Advent at Edmonds Lutheran Church: Intern John Simonson, NW Washington Synod Bishop Chris Boerger, Supervisor and CL Deployed Staff, Pr. Julie Josund

Internship in Minnesota's lake country

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

Lay Committee: Thinking about the holidays

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

Timely targets

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.


Photo Album

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.

A long-running internship in the pacific northwest

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?

Lay Committee: Role call

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?

1. Supporter

You provide counsel and encouragement for the intern and his/her spouse. You provide support and honest feedback - something that everyone needs.

2. Sponsor

You are able to acquaint the intern with the members of

One more cluster meeting

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)