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 …
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 Minnesota–North 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 …
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:
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 …
Contextual Learning Deployed Ambassador for Cuteness, Annalies Messner, 3 months old, in her great-great grandpa's baptism gown.
Intern Adam Butler got a cheerful send off from his congregation, Bethany Lutheran in Denver, Colo., with an in-gathering of breakfast cereal and other foodstuffs.
Bonus: Watch supervisor Pastor Ron Gluesenkamp's YouTube video, getting the word out about the plan to the good folks of Bethany.
Senior Launch Event, Sept. 5
Seniors returning …
The Contextual Learning staff will be welcoming you back from internship on Wednesday, Sept. 5, the second day of classes. The day’s chapel service will call attention to the fact that you and your intern colleagues have returned from internship to begin the "final launch phase" of your seminary training.
In the afternoon, we’ll host a reception in the NW Atrium at 1:30 p.m. Following that, we’ll move to NW 100 Auditorium for a plenary session and small group discussion from 2-5 …
Many of you are coming down to the wire on your internships. We trust that you are working to submit your final evaluations. Remember that, while all of the reports and evaluations can be done online, we need to have hard copies of the last pages of the evaluations with the proper signatures on them! Your internship is not complete until we have those signatures!
Weekly meetings with your supervisor are important for your formation. Don't let them slack toward the end of internship.
Supervisory session a la Puget Sound. Intern Ben Hilding with Pastor Julie Josund, Edmonds Lutheran Church.
By Amanda Highben
Amanda Highben recently completed her internship at University Lutheran Church in East Lansing, Michigan, with Pastor Fred Fritz as her supervisor. She graciously shared these observations.
When my husband Zeb and I still lived in Minnesota, I was often able to stay up late enough to catch the Top Ten List on the Late Show with David Letterman because it started at 10:30. But once we moved to Michigan I usually missed the Top Ten, as the Late Show doesn’t start until 11:30 …
The month of May saw two new arrivals within the internship network.
Nicolas Christoffels was born on May 5 to interns Stephanie and Anthony Christoffels. Nicolas was 7 pounds, 5 ounces at birth, 19 ½ inches long. Stephanie is interning at Christ Lutheran in Hartford, S.D, and Anthony at the Colton (S.D.) parish.
Annalies Messner was born to Sally and Josh Messner on May 10, weighing 8 pounds, 15 ounces and measuring 19 inches. Sally is Teaching Congregations Coordinator in the Contextual …