Parish News & Views – May 2018

        While I was at work during my second year in college, a friend asked me why I thought Christians should engage in youth ministry. Nowhere in the Bible do the writers ever explicitly say the words “youth ministry.” Paul never prescribes the perfect layout for youth group and Jesus never talks to His disciples about lock-ins with middle school students (although He gets close when He mentions “weeping and gnashing of teeth”). The fact of the matter is that youth ministry in its current form has only existed for a few decades, coming more out of cultural trends of segregating by age than out of an actual theological need. That doesn’t mean that youth ministry isn’t Biblical at its foundation, though.

                As I consider what principles are in practice as a church engages in youth ministry, there is an abundance of Scriptural support. Some of these principles include discipleship (Matt. 28:18-20), mentoring (Paul and Timothy, Elijah and Elisha, Eli and Samuel), engaging younger generations (Psalm 78, Deuteronomy 6), prayer (1 Thess. 5:17, Col. 4:2), charity (Is. 58:7, Matt. 5:42,Gal. 2:10), hospitality (Titus 1:8, 1 Tim. 3:2), accountability (Gal 6:1-5, Rom. 14:12, Pro. 27:17) and community (Acts 2:42, Heb. 10:24-25).

                Take some time and read Proverbs 22:6 and Deuteronomy 6:4-9. As you study these two passages, you may notice a few common themes emerge. Personally, the major theme that comes to my attention is how much we need each other. Parents may feel that bringing (or sending) their children to church is enough to build a lasting faith in their lives, but numerous and extensive studies are showing us that that is simply not the case as teens neglect or leave the faith of their parents as they leave high school and enter college or the work field. I propose that a better way to go about this is for the church (as a whole) to find ways to partner with its families when it comes to passing on the faith. Parents are the primary disciple-makers of their children and the church should serve as moral, emotional, and even physical support in that endeavor.

                As we consider what it means to make disciples, we have the best example imaginable to look to: Jesus Christ. He is the one who took every opportunity possible to teach, train, equip, and send His disciples to further the Kingdom of God during His earthly ministry. His teaching style wasn’t overly dogmatic. Instead, He plainly presented the facts to His followers, He allowed people to think for themselves, and He lived out His teaching. Jesus was accessible by everyone He came across – from the rich young ruler to the woman caught in adultery; from the lepers, lame, and blind to the people of Samaria. I often use the phrase “doing life with someone” when describing how ministry is fundamentally done because that is exactly what Jesus did. You may believe that you have nothing much to offer those in younger generations because you’re not a gifted teacher or leader, but that is not the case. Jesus ministry of teaching was articulated by His presence with other people. Consistently investing your time (even when it’s not easy or convenient) is far more meaningful that you can imagine.

                Ministry to children and youth are too important to not be invested in. Too much is at stake for us to sit idly by and hope for others to take on what is often a messy, confusing and frustrating task. With the exception of God Himself, you are an expert when it comes to your children – no one knows them better than you. Being an expert doesn’t mean that you’re beyond needing help or support. We ought to find strength and support in one another as we continue to accomplish the task God has given to us so that they might know the great and glorious deeds of the Lord (Psalm 78:1-4)

                Ministry to children and youth are too important to not be invested in. Too much is at stake for us to sit idly by and hope for others to take on what is often a messy, confusing and frustrating task. With the exception of God Himself, you are an expert when it comes to your children – no one knows them better than you. Being an expert doesn’t mean that you’re beyond needing help or support. We ought to find strength and support in one another as we continue to accomplish the task God has given to us so that they might know the great and glorious deeds of the Lord (Psalm 78:1-4).

                                                                                                                Pastor Dan

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Ministerial Acts

Baptism

Aubree Ann

daughter of Joseph Kirchner &  Erica Bergerud

Zion-Sarpsborg -  April 8, 2018

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We welcome Matt & Kasey  Brandenburger, who were received into membership at Kvam  on April 22.

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Confirmation Sundays

Praise God for our Confirmation students and for the year that we have shared together!  Thanks to Pastor Dan for leading our first year students.  Four second year students will confirm their faith in Jesus Christ after spending this year studying the Lord’s Prayer, Baptism, the Lord’s Super and living out our faith in our daily lives.  Please pray for our students as they take this step in their walk with Jesus.

Tordenskjold  - May 6

Krosby Aasness, Slade Moore

Kvam     - May 13

Ashton Ecker, Deven Rocholl

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Spring Cleaning Days

  • Tordenskjold – Sat., May 5 at 8 a.m.
  • Kvam – Wednesday, May 9 at 9 a.m.
  • Zion-Sarpsborg – Date will be set after the various projects are complete.

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Preaching Rotation  & Worship Texts

May 6 - Tordenskjold Confirmation

9:00 a.m. - Kvam (Pr. Dan) - Mark 2:1-12

10:30 a.m. - Tordenskjold (Pr. Mark) - Mark 2:13-17

10:30 a.m. - Zion-Sarpsborg (Pr. Dan) - Mark 2:1-12

May 13 - Kvam Confirmation

9:00 a.m. - Kvam (Pr. Mark)  - Mark 2:13-17

10:30 a.m. -  Tordenskjold (Pr. Dan) - Mark 2:1-12

10:30 a.m. - Zion-Sarpsborg (Pr. Mark) - Mark 2:13-17

May 20

9:00 a.m.  - Kvam (Pr. Dan) - Mark 2:18 - 3:6

10:30 a.m. - Tordenskjold (Pr. Mark) - Mark 3:20-30

10:30 a.m. - Zion-Sarpsborg (Pr. Dan) = Mark 2:18 - 3:6

May 27

9:00 a.m. - Kvam (Pr. Mark) - Mark 3:20-30

10:30 a.m. - Tordenskjold (Pr. Dan) - Mark 2:18 - 3:6

10:30 a.m. - Zion-Sarpsborg (Pr. Mark) - Mark 3:20-30

Holy Communion in May

Tordenskjold - May 6

Zion-Sarpsborg - May 6

Kvam - May 13

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Parish Bible Study Series

May 2nd, 9th , 16th  & 30th

7:00 p.m. at Zion-Sarpsborg

On May 2, Pastor Dan will be leading a discussion based on  his recent research project from his studies at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.  The discussion will focus on inter-generational ministry as well as the Scriptural support for passing on the faith to the next generation.  Please plan on coming!

Following Pr. Dan’s presentation on May 2 from his doctoral studies I will be leading us through a three week study of Acts 2:42, “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”  During this time we will look at the core values of the early church and how we can fulfill God’s plan for the church in these areas, looking at our where our culture is today and how we can better reach and grow people for Christ.  We will also discuss how we can apply this principals to our mission statement of, “growing together as Spirit-filled disciples of Jesus Christ.” 

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National Day of Prayer May 3

Tordenskjold, Kvam and Zion-Sarps will all be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. for you to come and spend time in prayer for our families, churches, community and nation.  Prayer lists will be available at each of our churches.  Below is a statement from the Nation Day of Prayer task force giving history, theme and outlining this year’s prayer time:

The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Thursday, May 5, 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.

Prayer brings people together. Prayer builds bridges between opposing persons and even political parties. Prayer reminds us that we are created in God's image and He desires for us to represent Him everywhere we go. Prayer brings UNITY. In 2018, our theme will be Pray for America - UNITY, based upon Ephesians 4:3 which challenges us to mobilize unified public prayer for America, "Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."

Our hope is that individuals, churches, and spiritual leaders in America, will humble ourselves and unify in prevailing prayer for the next great move of God in America. We can come together in clear agreement that this is our greatest need. We can become a visible union, standing together in prayer. We can pray more than ever before, and practice extraordinary prayer for the next great move of God in America that will catapult the message of the gospel nationally and internationally.

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50th AFLC Annual Conference

June 12-15, 2018

Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge

Dickinson, North Dakota

Theme:  “That You May Know” (I John 5:13)

WMF Day – June 12, 9:00 am

Opening service & ordination, 7:00 pm, June 12 

For more information or to register online:

www.aflc.org

You may also register by phone:

763-545-6731

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SWCMD WMF Spring Rally is Saturday, May 5 at Ortonville.  Registration at 9:00 a.m.

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Vacation Bible School 2018

We are excited to host VBS June 17-22 this year!  The theme this year is Splash Canyon: God’s promise on life’s wild ride, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him.” (II Cor. 1:20)

Each day our students will dive into God’s Word and grow in His promises…

 God is with us, Yes, He is!

God gives us life! Yes, He does!

  God is faithful!, Yes, He is!

God gives hope! Yes, He does!

 Jesus is our Savior! Yes, He is!

Let’s pray for God to be at work in mighty way during this week.  Please begin to pray for our volunteers and let’s begin to invite kids!  If you are interested in helping in any way please contact Deveny Vukonich, Pr. Mark or Pr. Dan.

*Please visit the Parish website to register your children www.daltonfreelutheran.org

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Graduation

Those graduating from High School this spring from our parish

Zion-Sarps.                                          Tordenskjold

Hannah Fietek                                     Justin Mark

Linnea Fronning                                  Montana Evavold

Hope Haarstad                                   Drake Moore

Dakota Oksness                                  Noah Wendland

Micah Rieken                                       Corina Mark

Nate Toennes

Brenna Tinjum                                    

Kvam

Alyssa Malecha     

Underwood Baccalaureate is May 13, 7 p.m. at Zion-Sarpsborg.  Graduation is May 19th at 2 p.m.

Ashby Baccalaureate is May 23, 7 p.m. at the school. Graduation is May 27 at 2 p.m.                              

Fergus Falls Baccalaureate is May 20 at 7:00 p.m.; graduation is June 1.

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FLY is heading to Duluth/Cloquet this summer (July 9-11) for a mission trip! You will need to sign up by the end of May if you'd like to go. Details are still being worked out, but the cost will be around $50-$60 a person. Get a hold of Pastor Dan for more information or to sign up.

***There is no youth group on June 6th, 13th, or the 20th (VBS). We will meet on the 27th for a trip to Granny's Pantry. Keep an eye on the Facebook Group for a more detailed summer schedule. 

Parish Softball – Sign-up sheets are located at each church, schedule included