Ministry in Context

Don't be late for church!

Daylight Savings Time begins the second Sunday in March, March 13, the first Sunday in Lent.

If you are one of our perfectionist interns, you will set your alarm clock for 2 a.m. when you go to bed on Saturday night, then wake up and push the proper buttons to set the clock ahead one hour.

If you are a normal productive intern, you will set the clock ahead before you go to bed on Saturday night.

If you are one of those I-do-my-best-work-at-the-last-minute (meaning I-only-work-at-the-last-minute)

Spring 2011 Cluster Meetings

Spring seems far away, past the end of January, but you should be marking your calendars now for Spring Cluster Meetings. The time does fill up!

Colorado Cluster: March 15, at Littleton, Colo. (Julie Josund)

Oregon Cluster: April 26-27, at Menucha Retreat Center, Corbett, Ore. (Julie Josund)

Twin Cities Metro West Cluster: May 3, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Peace Lutheran Church, Coon Rapids, Minn. (Steve McKinley)

Southwestern Minnesota-South Dakota Cluster: May

An intern's words to the community

Antonio Spargo, intern at Trinity, Owatonna, MN, wrote this article for the Owatonna People's Press just before Christmas. Good work, Antonio!

Save the trees!

The CL office is running out of file space—and you can help! Once you've submitted your mid-year and final evaluations online, all we need from you are the signed signature pages that accompany them. There's no need for you to print and submit the entire evaluation form; we can access that portion online ourselves. So please think of our files (and consider the trees) when you go to print your evaluations, and just go for the signature pages!

Spring 2011 Cluster Meetings

Spring seems far away, past the end of January, but you should be marking your calendars now for Spring Cluster Meetings. The time does fill up!

Colorado Cluster: March 15, at Littleton, Colo. (Julie Josund)

Oregon Cluster: April 26-27, at Menucha Retreat Center, Corbett, Ore. (Julie Josund)

Twin Cities Metro West Cluster: May 3, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Peace Lutheran Church, Coon Rapids, Minn. (Steve McKinley)

Southwestern Minnesota-South Dakota Cluster: May

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