Ministry in Context

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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To be content

Call me an old softie and a slob. I love Christmas. I love the whole month of December.

I love the scripture and hymns of Advent. I love the “stir up” prayers. (God knows, we need to get stirred up.) I love the candles. I love the concerts. The late service on Christmas Eve has always been one of my two favorite worship services of the whole year. (You didn’t ask, but the answer is the sunrise service on Easter Day.) I love the Sundays after Christmas, with relatively small congregations

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Photo Album

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

 

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Stop the presses!

I wrote an article for this newsletter a few days ago. It seemed good at the time. I am grateful that we didn’t go to press right then, because it soon became a totally inappropriate article–and I pulled it. Why?

I was using the then-forming Hurricane Sandy and as illustrative material for a point I wanted to make. The point doesn’t matter now, but had Sandy been a typical storm, it would have been an okay article.

However, Sandy grew beyond all expectations. As it became clear

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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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The best laid plans and all that

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

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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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A few questions

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

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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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