Sarah Hausken serves as our synod’s Youth Ministry Coordinator.   She made a short video for our Seminary Graduate Orientation last week.   As I watched it I decided that it would be helpful to share with others to see what God is up to through our youth leadership and Sarah’s shepherding. Click on the link below to see the video.



“Catch Up Sunday” An idea for a special offering


Article By Pr. Linda Pedersen

How are your congregation’s finances?

Has the winter been hard on your Sunday offerings, especially when worship was cancelled or only a few people could get to worship?

Here is a suggestion for a special offering to “Catch Up.” A Sunday in May would work well, maybe May 4 or 18. Just ask folks to help you catch up with your offerings. You could set a goal of an average Sunday offering.

Create some excitement:

  • Do a skit the week before with someone arriving at church with their Ketchup bottle and someone else in a running short trying to catch-up, because they heard you were having a “Catch Up Sunday.”
  • Plan to grill hot dogs/hamburgers and have a special picnic lunch.
  • Give out little ketchup packets attached to an envelope the week before to help people get excited or remember to bring their special offering.

Be creative and have fun! Here is a sample newsletter/bulletin announcement to get you started:

Summers Coming, Let’s Catch Up from Winter

We are having a “Catch Up Sunday.”No, we did not say Ketchup, like you put on your hot dog or hamburger. This catch-up is a special offering for the winter worship services that were lost to bad weather or low attendance because of cold, ice or snow.

Summer is finally coming, but like many congregations we are feeling the loss of offerings from a difficult winter. So on dates (suggested May 4 or 18) we are having a “Catch Up Sunday.”You are asked to pray about your offering for this Catch Up Sundayas we hope to receive or exceed an average Sunday offering in this special appeal.

See you Date for our “Catch Up Sunday!”

Catch-Up Sunday (sample newsletter found online)
Catch-Up Offering Graphics


Formation:Devotions_Pr. Eunice_Woodberry


Rocks are formed in many different ways.  The three basic ways are

Sedimentary Rocks – formed by layers of small particles

Igneous Rocks – formed as lava cools on the earth’s surface

Metamorphic Rocks – formed under extreme pressure or by extreme heat

Each type of rock is different and has multiple variations.


It is the same with Christians.  We are formed by the waters of baptism, and the wind and the flame of the Holy Spirit into a variety of shapes and forms. We are “one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6)  Yet we are not identical.


Each of us has a different calling.  Each of us is a distinct collection of talents, gifts, interests, and passions.  God has formed us into unique beings with a definite purpose. “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)




Thanks for sharing this Pr. Eunice Woodberry – Our Savior’s Montevideo.

Rural Chaplains and Clergy for Veterans

If you missed the live telecast of you can now view the educational webinar on demand for FREE.  Non-VA participation is welcome and encouraged.   If you don’t already have an account on My VeHU you will have to create an account.

Then you can log on to the My VeHU Campus and select the On Demand button as seen below.


Then type clergy in the search box and click the go button.

The list of the four rural clergy event related to Veterans is listed.  You can also select the download link below each title and download the PowerPoint presentation, bibliographic resources and CME certificate instructions.  (See below).

What an outstanding educational resource of our chaplains and pastors.  Please pass along to whomever you like.

Please share widely!   Non-VA participation is welcome and encouraged.    Participants need to enroll in the campus and register for the sessions.     Our help desk is open 8 A.M. – 5 P.M. EDT Monday – Friday  at (423) 979-4368 for assistance or questions.


Click here to view a short introduction featuring Dr. Jesse, Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health

Open to VA Employees, Chaplains and our Community Clergy partners!

Watch on a desktop or mobile device, from Home or Work

All sessions are streamed live!


March 18th, 2014


Military Culture and the
Wounds of War 

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Overview of military culture with an emphasis on its conflict with civilian culture.


Pastoral Care with Veterans and Their Families

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET

Learn the fundamentals of Pastoral Care with special attention given to the definition of “Spirituality” in relation to the development of meaning and purpose in life.



March 20, 2014


Mental Health Services &


1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

This session is designed to provide community clergy with an overview of mental health services available in many rural communities.

Building Community Partnerships

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET

This session looks at the responsibility and roles that communities have historically played in reintegration and how we can form community partnerships today.




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