If you are completing your internship, please remember that you are not officially finished until all of your evaluations with signature pages have been turned in. The evaluations themselves can be completed and submitted online. The signature pages, however, must be in hard copy and turned in to the Contextual Learning office.
Our vacation on the Maine coast was coming to an end, and we were planning our trip back to the Manchester, N.H., airport. After gorging ourselves for a few days on seafood we were ready for something different and settled on Friendly's, a chain of ice cream and sandwich shops that was a favorite of ours when we lived in that part of the country. I looked up Friendly's in the phone book, found one in Portsmouth, N.H., and plugged the address into the GPS.
Sure enough, the GPS ("Garmanda," we call
"Follow me." - Jesus
Every summer, many interns are literally on the move.
You are coming or going, heading out from seminary to your internship site, or back again to campus. It's a hassle, but it's worth it.
I'm always a little bit sympathetic to the logistical demands of these moves, remembering similar ones of my own. I remember when Nancy and I, newly married, left St. Paul for internship in Kalispell, Montana. That was the first of many moves in response to the call to ministry. When we
You in the back row…when is internship over?
When you give your last sermon in the internship congregation.
Wrong. Over by the windows, what do you think?
When the congregation has its farewell party.
Sorry. You in the front, sticking your hand up and jumping up and down.
When you move back to campus.
Wrong. Anybody else want to try?
I didn’t think so. Here is the correct answer. Internship is over when all of your evaluation forms have
At the closing cluster meetings each year, we discuss saying goodbye. This is the advice given to interns at that time. Supervisors hear all of this, but lay committees might find this advice helpful.
1. Talk openly about leaving and your feelings about it.
2. Accept invitations out, even if they were not offered before.
3. Pay outstanding debts in the community.
4. Have a farewell celebration -- accept gifts graciously.
5. Take time to say individual good-byes to special people, one-on-one, before the
On the 4th of July I put on the white golf shirt with the American flags and blue stars on it my family bought for me a few years ago when I was riding on a float in a parade on the big day. I’ve had memorable moments in that shirt. Riding in the parade was a unique experience. Another year I was in a sour mood because I had to travel on business on the 4th of July but I put the shirt on anyway. My mood brightened as the flight attendants and car rental agents and toll takers I met that day
Last Cluster of the year - Washington/Idaho group overlooking Puget Sound.
Ryan Cosgrove, Pr. Jeff Russell, Pr. Julie Josund, LS; Rick Foss, LS; Justin
Mootz, Pr. Paul Paumbo, Bishop Chris Boerger, Barb Gwynn, Jeanette Clark,
Ethan Hulme (behind Jeanette), Pr. Kathy Hawks, Katie Emery, John Simonson.
We live in a “connected” world. CNN has “breaking news” all day and all night. Compared to the social media activity, that’s slow. I’m not aware of any intern who doesn’t have email and a cellphone, and very few without mobile connectivity 24/7.
It’s good to be connected. I hope you stay connected to friends and family, to parishioners and colleagues, and to community and global events. And I trust you are staying connected to God, as you pray, dwell
by Michelle de Beauchamp
Our Savior's Lutheran Church is a 900 member church located in Owatonna, Minnesota, which has a population of about 25,000 people. The members of the congregation vary in occupations from farmers, factory workers, teachers, nurses, small business owners to construction workers. It is a congregation that is slowly growing (especially with younger families), and this year the building is being expanded because there is not enough education space for the kids.
When I arrived
Most internships are now in their final few months. Final evaluations will be completed during the summer. Committees will sit down with the intern to talk about how the internship has gone, what they have particularly appreciated about the intern, and areas for future growth. It is an important conversation at a significant intersection in the path toward ordained ministry.
It well might be a time to make the conversation two-way: not just about the committee’s insights