1 SLICE OF BREAD Monthly Newsletter of Bread of Life Lutheran Church th Avenue Southwest, Minot ND (701) Web Site: breadoflifeminot.com ~~ May 2015 Pastor Taryn Montgomery Pastor Alex Hoops May 2 ~ Mothers and Others - Mom s, daughters, sisters, others - May 2, 9:30 am, you are invited to the annual Mothers and Others Brunch. Egg bake will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring a potluck food item to share if you can. If not, please come anyway. There will be plenty to eat. The program will be The Home of Well Loved Buttons. May 10 ~ Happy Mother s Day Fellowship donations on this day will be given to Kacie Hamm for her trip to Israel and Palestine at the end of May. She will be traveling with other young people and will be participating in a program called Peace Not Walls, a program of the ELCA, where she will learn about the conflict going on and what young people are doing to help establish peace between the two nations. If you would like to help fund Kacie on her pilgrimage, you can write a check out to Bread of Life Lutheran Church, and put "Kacie Hamm" in the memo line. May 16/17 ~ Summer worship schedule begins: Saturday worship 5:00 pm Sunday worship one service at 9:30 am May 17 ~ High School Senior Recognition Seniors will be recognized at the 9:30 am worship service and a fellowship time will follow. Best wishes to those who are graduating from colleges and high school. Bread of Life High School seniors are: Kendra Bercier Travis Berg Dustin Dahlien Ashley Flaten Reed McCarty Alexis Meyer Kyler Roteliuk Kristin Walker May 24 ~ Pentectost Weekend Geraniums will again be used to bring Pentecost red to the sanctuary. Those wishing to donate flowers can use forms available in the church narthex. June 4-6 ~ WND Synod Assembly in Minot at Grand Hotel June 17 ~ Community Carnival at Bread of Life June ~ Day Camp at Bread of Life for those entering 1st grade through 6th grade in the fall
2 From Pastor Alex Community Outreach With the grass growing in my front yard again and seeing all the birds and squirrels, it is feeling a bit more like spring. I remember when our family of three moved to Minot in June almost two years ago, we were so surprised by the changes that had occurred in Minot since the blizzard we witnessed on our visit only two months earlier in April. Change is a common factor in Minot. Everyone is talking about it. Some changes are exciting, others can feel intimidating. One thing, however, that has not changed since the very first day I got to meet you all, is your care for your neighbors. As a mission start congregation, outreach is in your very DNA! That is quite a blessing. Many times, organizations that are born out of a desire to reach out to others, grows to a point that they often need to re-organize their priorities and become an organization focused on maintenance or self service. Thankfully, that has not seemed to be the case with Bread of life. Your heart for outreach continues to grow! If you need evidence of that, check out our community playground project! I have thoroughly enjoyed watching families, day after day, pull up in our parking lot and unload a large group of kids to play on the new equipment! Last year s Trunk or Treat event brought neighborhood families together for fun, food, and fellowship. The fundraising for our community Pavilion is quickly moving toward reaching their goal. The Community Carnival is a ministry that people all over Minot speak about with great fondness. Add all that up with your support of the Minot Men s Winter refuge and the fundraising we did for the local YWCA through the Local and Global Craft sale, reveals a community that is committed to reaching out, in service, to our community. Currently our outreach team is looking for new faces, new ideas, and new gifts to add to their team. One of the things we have discussed is that the name Outreach Team doesn t really do an adequate job of describing what the team is all about. With that thought in mind, we have decided to re-name the Outreach Team to Community Outreach Team. This team is not just about bringing people into our church building. It is and has been for some time, a team that exists to find new and creative ways to reach out to our neighbors in our community. The community outreach team is about growing the good news in our community through service, support, and care. On May 10 th we are going to have a little Taster for anyone who may be interested in joining the Community Outreach Team. This meeting will be between services on Sunday morning in the fellowship hall. If there is something you have a passion for in terms of service or justice, PLEASE consider attending and adding your voice to our team. We are excited to add your voices to our mission planning. Change is taking place all over town, and Bread of life wants to help and be a part of any change in this community that grows life, love, grace, and hope. In abiding hope of the empty tomb, May Faith Formation Schedule!! Date Monday, May 11 Wednesday, May 13 ~6PM Wednesday, May 20 Schedule Family and Faith Game night at Edgewood Vista Hunger Meal with Metigoshe in Motion. StoryCore FINAL MEETING!
3 Pastoral Acts Baptisms Mikaya Nicole Wilber Leo Thomas Lambrecht Jarid Hedstrand Wedding Chris Reuer and Laura Wolla Memorial Gifts In Memory of Etlar Jacobson by Mark & Marcell Johnson, Elaine Jacobsen & Family, Janice Hewitt, Hazel Ostrom,Kevin & Tracey Lawson, In memory of Rod Officer by Kevin & Tracey Lawson, Lon & Sandy Drevecky, Ray & Judy Mock. J ane & Robert Shea, Janice Hewitt, Betty & Myron Brandt, Donna Erdman, Mark & Marcell Johnson, Hazel Ostrom. D. J. Walhood, Larry & Donna Herslip, Elaine Swanson In memory of Donald Lee by Kevin & Tracey Lawson In memory of Ann Hanson by Chris & Lori Hanson, Scott & Cheryl Newcomb, Ray Hanson In memory of Caryl Stromberg by MaryAnn Fitchner Building In Mission Isn t it great having this nice weather? I know we have enjoyed it. This past weekend (April 25) the Building In Mission Committee and Finance Committee met with ELCA Mission Builders and ELCA Mission Investment representatives to discuss the next steps that need to occur to move forward with a possible addition for our church. These committees were formed based on responses to surveys during the forums last fall, and members that the council called upon to serve. We obtained valuable information, and will be meeting again to start laying out the plans for the next steps. Please be watching for updates, either at services or in the newsletter. One of the biggest concerns during the forums was existing debt, With steps taken by the council the past couple of years, I am happy to report within the next 24 months our mortgage should be paid off. Oh, what a celebration that will be. Members of the 2 committees are listed below, please feel free to reach out to them, or the pastors, with questions or comments. Building In Mission Committee ~ Rusten Roteliuk, Cody Roteliuk, Phil Risbrudt, Bill Klimpel, Kevin Lawson, Lon Drevecky, Shannon Hanson, Tracey Lawson, Floyd Hanson, Denise Lindbo, Jody Hill (council), Troy Langmaack (council) Finance Committee ~ Erik Jacobson, chair, Diane Kersten, Tasha Jacobson, Peggy Quinlen, Mary Probst, Phil Lowe, Fred Beuchler, Linda Langmaack (council/treasurer) FFFF..Cody Roteliuk
4 May 10 th Community Outreach Taster Is there a fire in your belly for service? For justice? For advocacy? Are you looking for ways to serve your neighbor in intentional and meaningful ways? The Community Outreach team would love to hear about it! Your voice and talents are needed as we grow in faith through service to our neighbors! A Community Outreach Taster Meeting will be held between services (10:15am) on May 10 th in the Fellowship hall! Refreshments will be available! Corey and Kristin Carstens, Luke and Taylor Kelsey Fagerland Kiera Hardy Tom and Kayla Lambrecht and Leo Jared and Erin Loucks, and Bridger Kevin and Kristie Miller, Hannah and Jarin Jeff and Celina Mindt, Justice, Seth, and Collin Christoph Schmidt To The Bread of Life Family BOL Book Club May 18 th at Pastor Taryn s house (615 4th St SE), reading Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore ~~~ All are welcome Opportunities for Bible Study and Fellowship - Eve Circle - will meet Tuesday, May 5, 7 pm at the Home of Peggy Quinlen th St NE. Merry Circle - meets May 6, 1:30 pm in the fellowship hall. Study for both groups will be the monthly Bible study in the ELCA Women s Gather magazine. BOL Women & Bible Study Our next BOL Women gathering will be Monday, June 1 st at 7pm at the church. Along with bible study and conversation, we will price items for the fair trade sale we are hosting at the Western North Dakota Synod Assembly June 5-6. All proceeds will benefit the WND Ministry Fund and Lutheran Disaster Relief-Nepal. All women are welcome! Yoga & Breakfast Calling all young women! Join Pastor Taryn on Tuesday, May 5 th at 6am for yoga and breakfast. We will meet at YogifyU downtown for the early morning hot yoga class, then head to Sweet & Flour for breakfast. Join us for yoga, breakfast, or both. It s a beginner s class, so no experience necessary. Check out their website for more information and to sign up early:
5 April 21, 2015 Council Meeting Highlights March council meeting minutes and Financial Reports approved. Property ~ getting bids for carpet cleaning, toilet needs to be replaced in the women s bathroom, working on new outside doors for kitchen and Sunday School area. Outreach Pavilion fundraising continues, getting bids for construction. Carnival meeting soon, needing a second coordinator as Doug Berg will not be as available. Thank you to Doug for all his past dedication to the carnival. Worship and Music met last month on Holy Week preparation. Planning the summer worship service. Youth -- Continued fundraising for the LYO trip to Detroit. Stock sale has been successful. Great roast beef dinner also. Congregational Life Easter Hunt on Palm Sunday. Faith Formation Talking about going to Edgewood Vista to have a family game night in May. Coordinating with Metigoshe in Motion, for Hunger Meal. in May Pastors reports ~Welcome to the Table on Maundy Thursday, Metigoshe Friday Night Live 4 youth attended, securing folks to serve on finance and building committees. Great experience with Walking Faith with new members. Working with endowment committee to finalize details about our structure and method of taking in gifts. Detroit fund raising continues: stock sale, coffee cart, May 6, 5-9 pm fund raiser at Pizza Ranch. Preparing for Detroit working with Zion and First for some youth group events. Organizing a service project/family game nights with Family and Faith team. Old Business ~ Televisions and Camera for Fellowship Hall ~ working to improve. New Business Metigoshe in Motion ~ motion made and seconded to continue with the program next year. (same cost, same set up), Tammy seconded. Motion carried. Saturday April 25 ~ Mission Builders/Mission Investments at Christ Lutheran Church to meet with BOL council and the building and finance committees. Life Groups Pastor Alex is exploring possibilities for forming groups to bring different folks together within the church. Outreach Team discussion on re-naming the team as Community Outreach Team instead of just Outreach Team to make the purpose/mission of the team clearer. Youth Group formally invite the upcoming freshman class to participate in the high school youth group to generate more attendance and interest in youth activities. Possibly a special, fun event for potential new participants.. Reviewed May Calendar Next council meeting May 26, 6:30 Respectfully Submitted, Kara Haugenoe, Secretary Hunger Meal On Wednesday, May 13 th we will gather for a special Hunger Meal, hosted by Metigoshe Ministries, at Bread of Life. We will begin at 6pm and conclude by 8pm. This is a powerful dinner experience, highlighting the issue of hunger and how so many are affected. Everyone is welcome to attend families, seniors, individuals. We hope to make this an intergenerational event! Please bring a canned food item to be donated to the Lord s Cupboard food pantry.
6 Youth STOCK! National Youth Gathering in Detroit July Youth and 3 adults will be attending the National Youth Gathering. As you know they are raising funds to cover their expenses. Congregation support has been fantastic. Thank you for that!!! WE ARE LOOKING FOR INVESTORS! The phones have been busy as the youth have been making the calls to sell STOCK in our youth! And the response to those calls has been great. With the purchase of stock tickets you will be invited to our Stock Holder s Dinner upon our return from Detroit! Here you will hear stories of our adventures and service! Also, the more stock you purchase, the more perks you receive! T-Shirts, Postcards from our adventures, photos. A Successful Roast Beef Dinner was held and all the participation of the congregation is so appreciated. Another Opportunity is coming up on Wednesday May 6. The Youth Group will be at Pizza Ranch bussing tables and helping you have a Legendary Dining Experience. 20% of your purchase will be donated to the youth. Coupons are available at church on Sunday. April Birthdays 1 Tom Probst 3 Jacob Hanson, Andrew Bender, Darrell Olson, Betty Lu Ralph 4 Lindsay Lawson, Milo Sveet 5 Don Fricke, Taryn Warman 6 Arliss Radford 7 Kim Francis, Leslie Herslip-Stevens 8 Brynn Hanson 9 Justin Dupre 10 Kara Haugenoe 11 Dillan Dahlien, Amanda Kreutzbender 12 Kim Flaten 13 Jordan Dupre, Jocelyn Mosser 14 Brett Novlesky 15 Megan Bender, Kaden Reiter 16 Eileen Holm 17 Evan Hanson, Lila Striefel 18 Adam Melom 19 LouAnn Getzlaff, Alan Henning, Karen Erber 21 Nathan Branson, Renae Jesperson, Malenius Klimpel 22 Rondel Roteliuk, Hunter Kreutzbender Amelia Hoops, Erin Loucks 23 Kendra Bercier, Josh Weatherspoon, Aubrey Fylling 24 Tina Boyce, David Hovey, Kaitlyn Reiter 25 Kaleb Burnham, Krista Harju, Kelsey Fagerland 26 Mary Ann Fitchner 28 Jessica Kesler, Jerry Lawson 29 Janice Hewitt, DuWayne Glein, April Wilber, Celina Mindt 30 Tifany Hiller W EDDING ANNIVERSARIES 3 Bill & Dawndi Kesler 4 Brad & Renee Harju 12 Terry & Barb Ebach 16 Alex & Emily Hoops 19 Daren & Renae Jesperson 20 Rick & Pam Pierson 21 Leone Bolinski & Max Hurdelbrink 25 Ssteve & Deanna Engstrom 27 Robert & Jane Shea 29 Verle & Sandra Anderson Family and Faith Game Night at Edgewood Vista You are invited to come and be a part of this outreach night. Meet at the church at 6 pm, Monday May 11, and then we will car pool to Edgewood Vista for a time of games, conversation, fellowship. This is a great way for our church family to reach out to our brothers and sisters in the community.
7 to praise God around the campfire. to play in the lake and the woods. Summer Camp Registration! If the young folks in your family are planning for summer activities, How about you consider heading to camp! Camp is not ordinary. It s unusual, unconventional, incomparable, and unbelievable! You should expect: to grow in faith through meaningful worship and Bible study. to meet new friends from all over. to meet a really awesome counselor who loves to have fun. fun, goofy fun, crazy fun, wild fun! to be yourself and that people will love you just like that. to have the camp staff concerned about your safety. to have an adventure anchored in Christ. Bread of Life is fortunate to have two great camps in our area. Metigoshe Ministries and Camp of the Cross have camps for kids entering third grade through graduated seniors; there are camps for families and grandparents and their grandkids; there are camps for people with developmental and physical disabilities. Information folders are in the church narthex. Register on-line today! Metigoshe Ministries Camp of the Cross www,campofthecross.com REMINDER Bread of Life Women will pay 1/2 of the registration fee for a Bread of Life Youth attending summer camp Day Camp (at Bread of Life) The dates for Day Camp at Bread of Life with the Metigoshe staff are June There will be fun + worship + games + snacks + music + crafts. Keep those days on the calendar clear for a Adventure in Christ experience. Invite the friends and spread the word. Day Camp is for youth entering 1st through 6th grade. Registration health forms are in the church narthex. Pick one up and return to the church office as soon as possible. Camp staff and supplies is determined by the number of youth registering. Questions? Call the church office
8 Worship Assistants - May 2015 May 3 8am Ushers Kevin Hubers Worship Assistant Kristi Schlecht Fellowship Huber & Hanson 11:15 Ushers Rick Hubers Worship Assistant Troy Langmaack Fellowship Shirley Quigley May 10 9am Ushers Jim & Marvel Bakken Worship Assistant Leone Bolinske Fellowship Fundraiser for Kacie Hamm 11:15am Ushers Roteliuks Worship Assistant Tammy Hamm Fellowship Fundraiser for Kacie Hamm May 17 9:30am Ushers Dan & Sandy Gilbertson Worship Assistant Sandy Gilbertson Senior Recognition & Cake Monday Lunch Bunch Bible Study Come be a part!!!! The lunch bunch bible study group continues to work their way through the Bible. Feel free to stop by on Mondays at noon with your lunch (or without) and be a part of the story! May 24 9:30am Ushers Tammy Hamm Worship Assistant Susan Thompson Fellowship Henry & Mildred Aipperspach May 31 9:30am Ushers Troy & Linda Langmaack Worship Assistant Mara Roteliuk Fellowship Cody & Rondel Roteliuk If you cannot serve for some reason, please find someone to take your place. Your assistance in worship and fellowship is greatly appreciated! Exploring Spiritual Practices Are you feeling pulled in different directions? Hoping to feel more centered in your life and faith? Looking for some calm and a deeper connection with God? This June, Pastor Taryn is offering a weekly class on 4 different spiritual practices that offer new ways of experiencing God. We will meet on Mondays from 5:30-6:30pm at the Scandinavian Heritage Park, beginning June 1 st and concluding June 22 nd. Some of the practices we will cover are lectio divina (form of bible study), the Jesus Prayer, guided meditation, and the labyrinth. Everyone is welcome to attend, please let Pastor Taryn know if you have any questions.
9 June 5-6 ~ The 2015 WND Synod Assembly will be held at the Grand Hotel in Minot, ND. Congregations are allotted a specific number of voting members, but anyone can attend and participate as a visitor. (Visitor registration is $70 which includes lunch meals, and Friday night banquet.) This year will focus on the theme Living in God s Abundance. The worship, workshops, scripture, and special presentations will give an opportunity to consider how God has blessed you with the gifts of faith, relationships, the beauty of creation, time, talent and treasure. This abundance will be showcased throughout the Assembly including an art show featuring creative people from the WND Synod, gifts of music by young and old, the abundance of creativity within our congregations. Further Assembly Information and registration forms are available in the office. June 4 Pre-Assembly Workshop A pre-assembly workshops, 1-3:30 pm at Bread of Life Lutheran Church, will kick off the Assembly gathering with the following presentations: * Looking at Abundance in Scripture with Bishop Mark Narum * Living Thankfulness with Rev. Margaret Payne, Director for Mission Support, ELCA * Unleashing our Imagination with Diaconal Ministers Anna Dykeman and Shera Nesheim June 4 Mission Gala and Silent Auction The 5th Annual Mission Fest Gala Thursday evening, June 4 has a different format F. it will be a progressive dinner! Following the 2011 flood in Minot, many in the WND Synod contributed to recovery through volunteer labor and contribution to the Flood of Love Fund. The progressive Gala Dinner will take place in each of the flood affected congregations where members of the congregations will host a dinner course and share a brief story of recovery. A portion of the Live Auction will be held at each of the congregations with the Silent Auction available for bidding at the Grand Hotel during desserts. All proceeds from the Gala Dinner and Auction will support the WND Synod Mission Fund (75%) and ELCA Mission Builders (25%) Schedule at a Glance for the Gala Dinner. 5 pm board busses at the Grand Hotel (all individuals will be transported to ensure timely arrival at each course) Appetizers ~ Peace Lutheran Salad and Bread ~ First Lutheran Main Course ~ Christ Lutheran Augustana Hall Dessert ~ Grand Hotel The Assembly Art Show, Congregational Ministry Fair and other displays will be available for viewing during dessert. Tickets for the Gala Dinner are $30.. (limited number available ~ so order as soon as possible) This event is open to all who are interested in attending. It is not a part of the registration packet and you do not need to be a Assembly delegate to attend. Auction Items ~ Individuals wishing to contribute to the auction can let the church office know or leave items in the office (auction examples ~ can be varied ~ gift certificates, gift baskets, craft items, air plane ride, side of beef, etc. etc.) Fair Trade Sale at the Assembly will be hosted by the Bread of Life Women. Individuals will be needed to help. Please watch for time and place information and volunteer to help as you are able. All proceeds will benefit the WND Ministry Fund and Lutheran Disaster Relief-Nepal.
10 Gospel Seeds May 2015 A Monthly Update from the Western North Dakota Synod Office "Living in God's Abundance " What does the word abundance mean to you? What images come to mind? For me the first image is being a kid at harvest time, standing in the box of dad's truck as he unloaded the combine's hopper, the wheat cascading all around - a picture of abundance. Abundance is overflowing, heaped up, packed down, a full measure. God blesses each of us with abundance - first and foremost with the abundance of love, a free gift given through Christ's cross and resurrection, an abundance of grace, abundant mercy and much more. During the Pre-Assembly Workshop on June 4 and Synod Assembly on June 5& 6 we will explore "Abundance". Registration is open now - early bird discounts are available prior to May 15th. Registration information can be found at Here is how we will engage the gift of "Living in God's Abundance": *Pre-Assembly Workshop - June 4, 1:00PM We will explore Bible texts, which in surprising ways and times speak to abundance. Our ELCA Churchwide Rep, Rev. Margaret Payne will help us explore stories of time, talent and treasure and Diaconal Ministers Shera Nesheim and Anna Dykeman will lead us in hands on activities. *Mission Gala - June 4, 5:00PM We will board buses at the Grand Hotel to begin the journey of a Progressive Dinner to show off the rebuilding efforts that have happened at Peace Lutheran, Burlington (appetizers), First Lutheran, Minot (salad), Christ Lutheran, Minot (main course), and finally Grand Hotel (cheese cake and Mission Gala auction). These congregations have experienced abundance as people have given their time, talent and treasure to help recover from the devastating flood of *"I was wondering " During assembly we will have three short presentations from people from our synod talking about reframing our minds from scarcity thinking to abundance. *Bible Study sessions will unveil a new Bible Study written by pastors in our synod to help ponder the abundance which is all around us. *An art show, featuring fellow members of congregations within our synod, will showcase the abundance of gifted artists among us. *Special music will be provided, again showcasing the abundance of musical gifts. God has blessed us abundantly. Abram's encounter with God stands at the center of our planning of this assembly - we have been blessed to be a blessing. Come celebrate with us. A bit more on Assembly Our goal is that synod assembly be an educational event, where we engage what it means to be a follower of the risen Christ. Congregations are encouraged to bring as many people as possible - once your voting member slots are filled there is a reduced rate for others who would like to register as "Visitors". Mission Gala Tickets are also on sale now. There are 140 tickets available so get your tickets now. Extra tickets may also be purchased for the Friday evening banquet, you can purchase those tickets as you register online. Childcare staffed by our outdoor ministry staff and kid-friendly meals will also be offered. Purchase when you register for assembly. Assembly Business This year we will deal with two resolutions. The synod budget for 2016 is the first. The second is our Compensation Guidelines. Synod council has recommended a 4% increase in salaries - but they are hoping for open conversation at assembly. They have also approved a plan that over three years the salaries of pastors and lay rostered leaders (Diaconal Ministers, Deaconess and Associate in Ministry) be equalized. The resolutions will be available at wndsynod.org/synodassembly.. Blessings - Bishop Mark Narum
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