WE ALL BELONG RALLY DAY!
We all belong! A Rally day for families with children (3-21) who experience disabilities on Sunday
April 11, 2010 from 1:30-5:00pm at the Concordia University Gym, 6430 NE 27th Portland, OR
You are invited to this celebration of the unique gifts in the body of Christ. The activities of the day
Provide an opportunity and forum for parents of children with disabilities to network,
connect, and provide encouragement and support to each other.
Engage the families in a "day" of fun activities, fellowship, and worship.
Conduct a needs assessment and utilize the results for further support and programming.
Sponsors: Northwest District LCMS (Disabilities Awareness Task Force) and Center for Applied
Lutheran Leadership at Concordia University; Beloved Son Ministry.
Registration and more information is available online at:
http://www.nowlcms.org/congregational_services/Disabilities.aspx or call (360) 624-3847
TRACKING THE SPIRIT
Our district Tracking the Spirit team is now booked through June 2010. If you would like to schedule
a session at your church to see what the Holy Spirit might have in mind for reaching the lost in your
area, have a few possible dates in mind and contact Patti Maggiora at the District Office –
email@example.com or by phone at 888-693-5267 or in the Portland area at 503-288-8383, x123
Now is a good time to start planning for this year‘s bounty. If you have a garden on your church
property as an outreach to your surrounding community or if you would like one, please contact Patti
Maggiora in Expanding Ministries firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-288-8383, x 123 or toll free 888-
693-5267. We‘d love to hear about your project and connect you with others who may be able to
guide your efforts
CONCORDIA PLAN SERVICES - HEALTH PLAN INSURANCE GATHERINGS
The economic reality today encourages us that as good stewards we must examine every option
available to us to manage our limited resources. When budgets are being prepared in a few months,
congregations will most likely take a look at reducing health costs to their organizations. How
would a change effect your workers? The window of opportunity to make any changes to an
organization‘s health coverage is during October. Ralph Simon, Benefit Consultant, Concordia Plan
Services, St. Louis, will be in the Northwest District during the third week of April, 2010, to host
regional gatherings in an effort to provide congregations and workers with up-to-date information
and available options as it relates to health plan coverage. Our goal is to equip congregations and
workers with enough information to enable them to make informed decisions when they enter the
budgeting process later this year.
Gatherings will be held in the evening and we currently have two gatherings confirmed –
Trinity Lutheran Church, 5520 NE Killingworth Street, Portland, OR (Tuesday, April 20, 2010)
St. John Lutheran Church, 1350 Court Street NE, Salem, OR (Thursday, April 22, 2010)
In addition, Ralph will be available to meet with individuals or congregations during the day and
address issues and/or answer questions as it might relate to a specific topic. It is important that you
contact our office no later than April 1, 2010, if you are interested in attending either of the two
gatherings listed above or would like to make an appointment with Ralph Simon for an individual
If interest is expressed in having additional gatherings in other areas of our District (i.e.,
Seattle/Tacoma, Boise, etc.), please contact Martha Conboy at (503) 288-8383 or 888-693-5267 (toll
free) or e-mail MarthaC@nowlcms.org.
DISTRICT MILITARY MINISTRY WORKSHOP - OPERATION BARNABAS
Operation Barnabas is an LCMS program designed to support Lutheran chaplains and reserve
soldiers who are called to wartime duty. Today‘s soldiers need our prayers and our support as well
as their families. The Northwest District provides resources to make congregations more aware of
soldiers‘ and their families needs before deployment, during deployment and after deployment.
On April 17, 2010, the Northwest District will be hosting a workshop at Prince of Peace,
Lakewood, WA which will lead participants through a deployment process. The workshop will
begin at 8:30 AM and conclude at 4:30 PM. Lunch will be provided. You will receive a workbook, a
great learning experience, and have the opportunity to meet others like you who have a heart for our
military families. A free will offering will be taken to help defray costs.
Rev. Richard Flath and Rev. Bruce Rumsch have been trained as District Counselors in this area and
will be available to consult with pastors and congregational members who are dealing with military
issues among their members.
Registration is online at the Operation Barnabas site along with information for this important
workshop - http://barnabas.lcmsworldmission.org/?p=502 Be sure to click on the District Workshop
registration link and indicate your participation in the Lakewood, Washington workshop. If you have
questions or need more information, please e-mail Rev. Richard Flath at email@example.com or
PASTOR COACHING MINISTRY
Bringing together experience, reflection, and knowledge, the Pastor Coach Ministry of the Lutheran
Church Extension Fund (LCEF) provides LCMS church leaders a way to focus their faith and energy
to accomplish what they seek. LCEF is pleased to announce the addition of Rev. Karl Galik to the
Pastor Coach Ministry. Galik joins LCEF‘s other insightful pastor coaches Rev. John Kieschnick and
Rev. Vic Hippe, who each bring a unique and relevant set of skills to this coaching ministry. For
more about the coaches and what they can provide go to this
LCEF OFFERS FUNDS FOR PLANTING CONGREGATIONS
The LCMS Ablaze Initiative created Covenant Congregations; those who have the intention of
planting new congregations. To support these efforts, the Lutheran Church Extension Fund has
established a Mission Planting Revolving Fund (MPRF) which provides low cost loans to support
church planters and mission plants. If you are a already an Ablaze Covenant Congregation within the
Northwest District and would like more information concerning the MPRF, contact Ryan McIvor,
Northwest District LCEF Vice-President firstname.lastname@example.org If you would like more information
about becoming an Ablaze Covenant Congegration, contact Patti Maggoria email@example.com or
either contact can be reached by calling 1-888-693-5267 or 503-288-83838 from the Portland-Metro
LCMS NATIONAL LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK IS March 7-13, 2010
The theme is ―Securing Each Child‘s Future — For A Life of Service‖ based on 1 Cor. 12:5. The
2010 Worship and Resource Manual is $20.00 and available as an electronic PDF file only. The
book will be available after January 1, 2010. To order, go to www.cph.org/dcsstore. Other
promotional information is available at www.cph.org. All preschools, elementary schools and high
schools have been sent a sample mailing.
Those young people eligible to apply include confirmed high school youth beginning with those
entering 10th grade in the fall of ‗2010‘ through the class of ‗2010‘ graduates. Enrollment is limited
to 35 youth and no more than four per congregations. The dates for Kaleidoscope 2010 are August
1-6 and will be at Delano Bay Christian Camp, Lakebay, WA. Go online at our website:
www.nowlcms.org/education_services/youth and check it out for more information.
SAVE THE DATE:
Administrators Conference- May 5-7, 2010, Clarion Hotel-Portland Airport
EARLY CHILDHOOD DIRECTORS CONFERENCE - April 9-10, 2010
We will all meet at the Clarion-Portland for our Early Childhood Directors Conference. Registration
will begin in the afternoon of April 9th, followed with a tour of the George R. White Library at
Concordia University. Our guest speaker on Saturday will be Angela Westphal, Admissions
Counselor, Savior Lutheran School, in Livermore, CA. Contact Laurie Bredehoft for more
2009-2010 EARLY CHILDHOOD LEADERSHIP SERIES WEBINAR SCHEDULE
March 16, 2010 "How to be a Board for The Early Childhood Center"- Dick Weniger
April 13, 2010 "Working With Sensory Development"- Sarah Hadley
All of the Early Childhood Leadership Series Webinar‘s have been recorded. To access the Early
Childhood Webinar Library go to our website:
ANNUAL REPORTING FORMS FOR COMMISSIONED MINISTERS
The second letter has gone out for those who have yet to return the annual reporting forms. These
forms went to Commissioned Ministers of the Candidate, Non-Candidate and Emeritus status. Please
remember that this form makes it possible for you to remain rostered.
NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING UPDATE
The t-shirt design has been chosen and the details are being worked out for printing. Notification will
be sent to each church that has registered with an order form when the T-Shirts are ready. We thank
LCEF for helping defray a portion of the t-shirt cost as a gift to our youth.
The dates for the National Youth Gathering are July 17-21, 2010, and will be held in New Orleans. It
is not too late to register and you can only register online. Information is available on our website:
The National Youth Gathering 2010: Northwest District BLOG: http://nyg2010nwd.blogspot.com
will be the main source of communication in the future months.
Jamie Walters, NYG Northwest District Coordinator can be reached at: St John Lutheran Church•
PO Box 774 • Palmer, AK 99645 •Office: 907.745.3338 or Cell: 907.355.1456 • DCE@ST-JOHN-
CU SPRING LENTEN CONCERT
The Concordia University Choirs and Instrumental Ensembles will present their annual Spring
Lenten Concert on Sunday afternoon, March 14 at 3:30 pm at St. Michael‘s Lutheran Church, 6700
NE 29th Avenue adjacent to Concordia‘s campus. All are invited to attend this free concert of sacred
music. An offering will be received.
CU PORTLAND CHOIRS PRESENT SPRING "RE.CREATION" TOUR
The Concordia University Choirs will travel to Washington, Idaho, Utah and Montana March 19-26.
Concert Locations include:
• March 19, 7:00 pm: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Kennewick, WA
• March 20, 7:00 pm: Friendship Celebration Lutheran Church, Meridian, ID
• March 21, 10:30 am: Grace Lutheran Church, Caldwell, ID
• March 21, 7:00 pm: Trinity Clover Lutheran Church, Buhl, ID
• March 22, 9:00 am: Immanuel Lutheran School, Twin Falls, ID
• March 22, 7:00 pm: Grace Lutheran Church, Sandy, UT
• March 23, 8:30 am: Salt Lake City Lutheran High School, Salt Lake City, UT
• March 23, 7:00 pm: Grace Lutheran Church, Pocatello, ID
• March 24, 7:00 pm: First Lutheran Church, Missoula, MT
• March 25, 7:00 pm: Trinity Lutheran Church, Kalispell, MT
• March 26. 8:45 am: Trinity Lutheran School, Kalispell, MT
• March 26, 7:00 pm: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Spokane, WA
All are invited to attend these free concerts of sacred music. An offering will be received at each
JUNIOR PREVIEW - CU, PORTLAND, OR
Join us Saturday March 13 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. This event is for all High School Juniors to
come and see what Concordia is all about! This is a chance for interested juniors to spend a day on
the CU campus and do the following: ~Learn more about financial aid, scholarships, grants and loans
~Meet our students and faculty ~Audition for Choir or meet a coach ~Get comfortable with our
campus ~Learn how easy it is to apply ~Tour the CU Campus and see our residence halls,
classrooms, new library and much more! Please RSVP at: http://www.cu-
Are your parents interested in attending Preview? We have a special Parent Track that will let them
experience CU as well!
CU SUNDAY WITH THE CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY BRASS ENSEMBLE
On March 7, Concordia University‘s Brass Ensemble will participate in both the 8:30 am and 11:00
am worship services at Grace Lutheran Church (360. 892.7850), 9900 SE Mill Plain Blvd,
Vancouver, WA 98664.
Camp Lutherwood in Oregon is preparing for summer of 2010. The summer camp schedule is
available at www.lutherwood.org and online registration will begin after March 1st. The printed
brochure will be mailed in early March. Please plan to join in confirmation camp, day camp, family
camp, women's retreat or any other camp experiences.
Day Camp registrations are available on the website. Lutherwood provides one week of day camp
programming at congregations.
Lutherwood is looking for exceptional young adults to lead the community of campers for ten weeks
this summer. Applications can be found on our website.
For additional information regarding the ministry at Camp Lutherwood and to host a Camp
Lutherwood Sunday at your church, please contact Andrea Scofield, Camp Director at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-679-6625.
75th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION - REDEEMER, GRESHAM, OR
On March 24, 1935, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church was established in Gresham, Oregon.
During the entire month of March there will be several special events going on to celebrate the 75th
Anniversary of our congregation. Come join us! Click here for more information:
JEWISH MISSION MOMENT
Have you ever considered what the world would have been like if there had been no Jews? This was
Hitler‘s goal in the last century, and he did exterminate 1/3 of world Jewry. Today there are many
in the Muslim world who seek that same goal. But just think. If there had been no Jews, there would
have been no Mendelssohn, no Einstein, no doctors Sauk and Sabin to eliminate polio. And no
Jesus, which means no church, no salvation, no forgiveness, no eternal life, no heaven. Remember to
share Jesus, the Jew, with your Jewish friends. Call us at 314-645-4456 314-645-4456 or see us at
www.lije.org, or email us at email@example.com for tips on how to share Jesus with Jews.
DO YOU SERVE SPANISH SPEAKING PEOPLE?
Do you serve, or would you like to serve, Spanish-speaking people in your community with the
Gospel? Or are you planning a mission trip to Central or South America? If so, the Lutheran Heritage
Foundation (LHF) has a free resource that will soon be available to you: the Spanish edition of the
Holy Bible, bound with Luther's Small Catechism. To pre-order copies, visit the LHF website at
www.LHFmissions.org/Spanish_Bible_Poll, where you can also take a poll to help LHF decide how
many copies of the Bible/catechism to print, in what version, in hardcover or soft cover. LHF's
materials are provided at no charge to those who need them.
Pam Bridgehouse of Lutheran Latino Ministries shares: I have a template for Bible labels for guided
reading. I sent a copy to Dr. Wallace Schulz of the Lutheran Heritage Foundation after the Hispanic
Ministry Convention last summer - he was very interested in using them. I can email the template
and label size information to anyone who is interested - email Pam for the template at
2010 PEACEMAKERS CONFERENCE
The 2010 Peacemaker Conference registration is open!
This year the conference is all about options. Register today for the track
of your choice:
1. There is the traditional conference that combines the general sessions
and 8 workshop sessions. Register here.
2. Register for Conflict Coaching & Mediation while still getting to attend all of the general sessions.
3. Register for Conflict Coaching only and attend all of the general sessions.
NETWORKING WITH CONGREGATIONS RE SOFTWARE USE
What software are you using for Accounting and Database functions in your church? Do they work?
We would like to develop a list of different softwares being used by congregations, so we can
network churches that might have insights or need help on how certain softwares work. Would you
be willing to share information with us? What you are using and how well does it works - or how
well it does not work? If you are willing to share this information - fill out a survey at this link:
MY WILL, GOD'S RESPONSE: GOD'S WILL, MY RESPONSE
Where is God when life seems to be falling apart? Is he listening to our cries for help? How does
one trust a God who seems silent? Worse yet, how does one trust when God says no to our
requests? In My Will, God's Response: God's Will, My Response, Aletha C. Voges shares insights
learned and blessings received as she grappled with issues of faith while her husband battled
pancreatic cancer. In devotional thoughts, Aletha shares her soul as she cried out to God for answers
to her prayers. You will be led through a trail of amazing events orchestrated by God to accomplish
his purpose. Are you struggling with faith issues in your life today? Take your own faith journey
with Aletha as she shares how God makes himself known to her through her trials. Email Aletha for
more information at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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