Ministry in Context

Is my call important to you?

I had some business to transact with a large corporation and, reverting to my dinosaur ways, chose to do it by telephone rather than on-line.  While I had dealt with this business for several years, I had never created an electronic relationship with them, and doing so at this time—when I was dropping their service—seemed like more trouble than it was worth. So I called.

You know the drill. “Please listen carefully, for the options have changed.” So I listened. And pushed

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Fall cluster meetings

Northern Minnesota: Tues., Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, Brainerd, Minn. (Rick Foss)

Washington State: Tues., Oct. 4-5, Rainbow Lodge, North Bend, Wash. (Julie Josund)

North Dakota: Thurs., Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church, Grand Forks, N. D. (Rick Foss)

Twin Cities East: Tues., Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Como Park  Lutheran Church, St. Paul, Minn. (Steve McKinley)

Oregon/Vancouver, Wash.: Oct. 11-12, Menucha Retreat Center, Corbett, Ore. (Julie Josund)

Twin Cities West:

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Photo Album

Former Deployed Internship Associate Sherwood Glover (right) and his wife Jeanne paid a recent visit to the Contextual Learning office during a driving tour around the country. They are pictured with CL Director Rick Foss.

 

Brad Doty, Chase Smith, Courtney Young and Beth Krolak talk about their internship experiences during the senior de-briefing and launch event in early September.

 

Scott Simmons, Michelle deBeauchamp, and Mary Sue Dreier share a laugh during the de-briefing

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A good word for hope

September! For many, September marks the beginning of a new academic year or a new internship adventure. It is a time of some trepidation and a time of great excitement and hope.

Hope. Hope is one of those words that can be understood in so many ways. Some confuse it with wishful thinking. But for a Christian, hope is the response to God’s promises in Jesus Christ. Hope is our response to a God who loves us, wants us to experience deep and abundant life and claims us as beloved children. Hope

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The excitement of an intern/vicar

It’s the point in the year at which many internships are starting up. This is thrilling for the intern, the supervisor, and the congregation. That excitement is reflected in a letter we received recently from Pastor Phil Gardner at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sandusky, Ohio.

"I am pleased to report that Sharon Brown is on board and getting much more than just her feet wet. Her first official responsibility among us was on Sunday when she participated in the annual blessing of book bags as

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For interns returning to campus

The Contextual Learning staff will be welcoming you back from internship on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 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 will host a reception in the NW Atrium at 1:30 p.m. Following that, we will move to NW 100 Auditorium for a plenary session and small group discussion from 2-5 p.m.

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Lay Committee: Welcoming the new intern

It's time to welcome a new intern in your congregation, and you're looking at the guidelines for the Lay Committee's work. There are a lot of things you can be doing to help your new intern (possibly with a family) feel at home and prepare for the coming year.

Take a look online at our Lay Committee Guide. You will find suggestions for welcoming your intern, as well as ideas for working with your intern from month to month, enabling you to help the intern be successful during the upcoming year.

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Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines

Like it or not, deadlines just keep following you around!

If you have completed your internship, well, you have not really completed it until we have your Project Report, your final evaluations and your signature pages. The Project Report and evaluations can all be done online, but we need to have hard copies of the final evaluations from yourself, your supervisor and your lay committee.

If, on the other hand, you are just getting started on internship, it is not too soon to be thinking about your

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Appreciate the moment!

Funny how things sometimes flow together.

There I was at my desk. I had just read a review of a local performance of one of the great old classic plays of the American theater, Our Town by Thornton Wilder. The dramatic nexus of that play comes when Emily Webb, dead far too soon after her marriage, is given the chance to return to earth to relive one day of the life now ended. She chooses her 12th birthday, but is quickly frustrated by her inability to break through the routine-ness of everyday life

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Good words from a bishop

 “We are really feeling good about the recent seminary grads; you should know that.”

Such a comment is always welcome, of course. But the context of the comment was particularly encouraging. It came in the midst of a lengthy conversation I was having with one of our ELCA bishops, and the “we” he referenced was his bishop colleagues.

That does not mean everything is perfect. There may well be “other opinions.” Our conversation covered a lot of ground, including

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