While I have spent most of my life in and around cities, I grew up in southeastern Iowa, never far from farmland, and one of my first jobs involved driving various trucks around Iowa and Illinois, so there is something about farm fields embedded firmly in my soul. I find it relaxing and renewing to drive across the southern Minnesota countryside.
So I was cheerful and anxious in a positive way the other day when I looked forward to driving to Shalom Hill Farm outside Windom to meet with the Southwestern
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
I imagine you are busy about now. October calendars have a way of filling up fast for congregational servant leaders. And for many of you interns, if you began your internship in August or September, you may be just entering that phase where "I don’t know, I just got here" doesn't work anymore.
Not only that, but the people who were absolutely impressed that you remembered their names in those first few weeks (we all remember a few), are now surprised and disappointed that you don't remember
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
Most interns should be at work now on their
These are forms due to be submitted by the end of the second month of internship. Supervisors and Lay Committee should be expecting to talk with the intern about the forms.
are broad summary statements which are inclusive, far-reaching, and visionary. These goals (ideally 3-5) are then joined to
which are mini-goals which focus upon specific aspects of the overall goal. Those objectives should
Feedback is a constant aspect of internship. Feedback from supervisor to intern, from intern to supervisor, from lay committee to intern, from intern to lay committee. Sometimes, unfortunately, feedback leads to hard feelings. Sometimes, even more unfortunately, the fear of hard feelings leads people to withhold important feedback.
In a “Corner Office” column from the Sunday
New York Times
business section, Adam Bryant interviewed Andrew Thompson, the CEO of Proteus, a biomedical
Pat and I are not huge movie-goers, but I had read a number of enthusiastic reviews for “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and the trailer caught my interest, so one day this summer we packed ourselves off to a matinee. I am admittedly obsessive about getting places on time or, ideally, early, so we were there to see all the pre-movie ads that flash up on the screen while you are finding your seat and opening the popcorn. As a matter of fact, we saw several of them twice. Then the standard
As new internships get underway, interns and pastors should be planning to attend the appropriate cluster meeting. They are as follows:
: Oct. 2-3, Menucha Retreat Center, Corbett, Ore. (Julie Josund)
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)
Oct. 30, 10
It may be an apocryphal story, but I have loved it for so long that I don’t care. The story goes that Albert Einstein, teaching advanced mathematical concepts, would cover the classroom blackboard with arcane equations of all sorts. Each night the janitorial staff would clean the blackboard, except for one little corner. In that corner, Einstein had written “2+2=4” and then added the instruction, “Do not erase.”
It’s a simple image. But it is also a reminder that
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: