Ministry in Context

Ready for some bread-breaking?

Want to bake some fine communion bread for the holidays? Or show other folks in the congregation how to do it? Or, to tell the truth…just some good eating bread for yourself or your family or your guests?

Using the official “Luther Seminary Recipe,” one of our fine internship supervisors, Pastor Ron Glusenkamp of Bethany Lutheran, Cherry Hills, Colorado, shows you how in this video:

http://vimeo.com/48145113

Thanks for sharing this, Ron!

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For the lay committee: Thinking about the holidays

Here we are in Advent, that hectic and joyous 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 going through

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Photo Album

Photos from the Nov. 6 cluster meeting of interns in the Pacific Northwest.

 

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Documents due

As October becomes November, certain pertinent documents pertaining to internship are either due for completion or soon will be.

Learning Goals are due by the end of the second month of internship which, for most interns, means the end of October. Learning Goals are broad summary statements which are inclusive, far-reaching, and visionary. These goals (ideally 3-5) are then joined to objectives which are mini-goals which focus upon specific aspects of the overall goal.  Those objectives should

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Lay committee roles

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 Guide found on-line.

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 the congregation

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Photo Album

Intern Neal Cannon, Intern Kayla Monson, Pastor Joel Quie, Pastor Bob Linstrand, and intern LisaMarie Doerrmann at the West Metro Cluster Meeting.

 

Interns Kristine Isder, Gwen Powell, Amy Swenson and Amanda Ullrich at the Southwestern Minnesota-South Dakota Cluster.

 

Interns Jeremy Ullrich, William Johnson, Josh Toufar and Michael Buller enjoy a little cribbage during a lunch break at the Southwestern Minnesota-South Dakota Cluster.

 

Pastor Rick Hoyme, Intern Aaron

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Sally's new call

Our colleague Sally Messner left her position in Contextual Learning at the end of September. This is bittersweet news. The "bitter" part is that we will dearly miss a delightful and skilled colleague. The "sweet" part is that she plans to spend more time at home with her 4-month old daughter, Annalies, and expand her freelance work as a musician and editor. We wish Sally, Josh and Annalies all the best and are grateful for her time with us.

Part of Sally's work with Contextual Learning has been

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Fall Cluster Meetings

As new internships get underway, interns and pastors should be planning to attend the appropriate cluster meeting. They are as follows:

Oregon–Vancouver, Wash.: Oct. 2-3, Menucha Retreat Center, Corbett, Ore. (Julie Josund)

Northern MinnesotaNorth Dakota: Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Elim Lutheran Church, Fargo, N.D. (Rick Foss) NOTE DATE CHANGE

Twin Cities West: Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minn. (Steve McKinley)

Southeastern Minnesota: Oct. 30, 10

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Facebook and the pastor/intern

Pastors and interns regularly deal with the question of how to make the best possible use of social media and defining the proper limits of the use of Facebook, Twitter, etc. Recently Pastor Keith Anderson of Upper Dublin Lutheran Church in Ambler, Penn., shared some good thoughts on this subject in his blog. Pastor Anderson is a good thinker on electronic media and ministry; we encourage you to check out this entry:

http://pastorkeithanderson.net/item/you-re-not-my-pastor

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Swimming in the deep

By Ingrid C.A. Rasmussen

During the 2011-12 year, Ingrid Rasmussen served her internship at Augustana in West St. Paul, Minn. Following the end of the internship she attended a writing workshop at St. John’s University and during that workshop she wrote the following reflection on internship:

Eleven months, two weeks, and six days ago, I parked my car, checked my fly, folded my alb over my arm, strolled into the building, greeted the caretaker, inquired about the secretary's weekend, prepared

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