Correction – Food Insufficiency – Deepening Hunger Awareness – Packing the Pews in March Campaign

March is the month we want to lift up the ministry of fighting hunger or food insufficiency. Thanks to all who are a part of this effort. You may want to have a Pack the Pews Sunday at your congregation.

I have learned some more about how this work fighting hunger happens in our state.  The Minnesota Council of Churches maintains a partnership with Minnesota FoodShare – a program housed in the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches but which has a statewide ecumenical reach.  Minnesota FoodShare organizes the March Campaign, which has statewide participation and which benefits all statewide hunger organizations.

Here is the link to learn more about their work and the March Campaign.

Minnesota FoodShare works with Second Harvest Heartland. Here is a video that explains their work.–how…/the-face-of-hunger-today/…

I recently received these statistics about childhood hunger in the counties of southwestern Minnesota.


  Number and % of population Number and % of children
World 805,000,000 (11%)
United States 49,000,000 (16%) 16,000,000 (22%)
Minnesota 580,000 (11%) 205,000 (16%)
SW MN Synod 76,300 (9.4%) 31,500 (16.1%)
Benton MN 4,000 (11%) 2,000 (18%)
Big Stone MN 500 (10%) 200 (18%)
Brown MN 2,000 (9%) 800 (15%)
Chippewa MN 1,000 (10%) 500 (15%)
Cottonwood MN 1,000 (10%) 500 (17%)
Jackson MN 1,000 (9%) 400 (17%)
Kandiyohi MN 4,000 (10%) 2,000 (18%)
Lac qui Parle MN 600 (8%) 200 (13%)
Lincoln MN 500 (8%) 200 (12%)
Lyon MN 3,000 (11%) 1,000 (16%)
Martin MN 2,000 (10%) 800 (16%)
McLeod MN 3,000 (10%) 1,000 (15%)
Meeker MN 2,000 (10%) 1,000 (18%)
Murray MN 700 (8%) 300 (16%)
Nicollet MN 3,000 (9%) 1,000 (14%)
Nobles MN 2,000 (10%) 1,000 (18%)
Pipestone MN 1,000 (9%) 300 (15%)
Pope MN 1,000 (8%) 300 (14%)
Redwood MN 2,000 (10%) 700 (17%)
Renville MN 2,000 (10%) 600 (17%)
Rock MN 1,000 (9%) 400 (16%)
Sherburne MN 8,000 (9%) 4,000 (14%)
Sibley MN 1,000 (9%) 700 (18%)
Stearns MN 16,000 (11%) 5,000 (15%)
Stevens MN 1,000 (10%) 300 (14%)
Swift MN 1,000 (10%) 400 (17%)
Watonwan MN 1,000 (9%) 500 (18%)
Wright MN 10,000 (8%) 5,000 (19%)
Yellow Medicine MN 1,000 (9%) 400 (18%)
Average County 2,631 (9.4%) 1,086 (16.1%)

Capture1 out of every 9 people on the planet is hungry.

In America, it’s 1 out of every 6.

1 out of every 4 or 5 American children goes to bed hungry.

Thanks for all you do to fight hunger.

Our Recent Visitors – A Delegation from The Skara Diocese of the Church of Sweden – A Brochure

A few weeks ago we had a delegation of rural deans and Bishop Ake Bonnier come to visit our synod from the Skara Diocese of Sweden. Thanks to the hospitality of Gustavus Adolphus College and Shalom Hill Farm we were able to offer them a great experience. I also want to thank all the congregations, pastors and people who shared our story with our guests from Sweden.  We all learned from one another.

Here is the link to download a four page brochure.



Camp Sunday – March 8th – We are blessed to have these camps in or near our synod. Insert

The Southwest MN Synod is very fortunate to have two Bible camps within the synod and two other camps that serve member congregations within the synod.  Green Lake Lutheran Ministries and Shetek Lutheran Ministries are located in the synod and Luther Crest Bible Camp and Camp Onomia also serve congregations within the synod.  Bible camps have evolved into broad ministries for all ages and offer beautiful places set apart for renewal and spiritual growth.  March 8th is Camp Sunday in the SW MN Synod.  The half page insert here (link to insert) can be printed and included in your bulletin/announcements for March 8th.  Please check out the unique opportunities for all ages available at your camps! 

Camp Sunday March 8, 2015 Insert  – Click here to download the insert. Please post in your newsletters, enews and bulletins.


March 9-10, 2015 School for Lay Ministry program – Barreto and Chan

Plans are now set for the March 9-10, 2015 School for Lay Ministry program. Register online at: or use the attached form.  The class begins at 12:30 p.m. on March 9 and ends at 2:45 p.m. on March 10. Tuition is $70.

Our topics and instructors for this course are:
Eric Barreto, Associate Professor of New Testament
A People for God’s Name: Believing and Belonging in Luke and Acts
Survey after survey demonstrates that ethnic diversity is only increasing in recent days, yet many of our churches remain culturally homogeneous. What might a church that invites diversity look like? We will turn to the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the apostles to wonder together how God’s gift of diversity might take root in our lives together. Too often, our tendency has been to imagine that our faith solves the “problems” of diversity by making us all one, the same. In contrast, the author of Luke and Acts views our differences as a gift to be treasured, not a difficulty to be overcome.
Recommended Reading:
Miroslav Volf, Exclusion and Embrace
Justo González, Luke (commentary in the Belief series by WJK)
Luke Timothy Johnson, Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church
Beverly Gaventa, Acts

Jeremiah—Judgment, Trauma and Hope
Michael Chan, Assistant Professor of Old Testament
The potency of Jeremiah’s rhetoric matches the severity of the judgment Judah experienced at the hands of the Babylonian army. Left without temple, land or king, the book makes the astonishing claim that God has uprooted God’s chosen people. But this word of judgment is not final. Restoration will come, but only after judgment has fallen. This class explores this critical moment in Israel’s life and considers how the book of Jeremiah can inform Christianity identity and vocation.
Recommended Reading:
Walter Brueggemann, A Commentary on Jeremiah: Exile and Homecoming, 1998.
Terence E. Fretheim, Jeremiah, 2002.
Kathleen O’Connor, Jeremiah: Pain and Promise, 2011.

Books can be ordered from the Luther Seminary Bookstore by calling 800-541-4187 or emailing


Local Hotels and Housing

Below are possibilities for housing near Luther Seminary. This list of accommodations was compiled for your information and does not reflect recommendations by Luther Seminary.

Attendees to Luther Seminary events make their own housing arrangements.

Stub Hall guest rooms, Luther Seminary
Contact the Stub Hall Reservation Line at 651-641-3237 or email

Best Western Bandana Square (651) 647-1637
Courtyard by Marriott  (651) 746-8000
(Located off 35W and County Road D)
Days Inn  (651) 636-7939
Roseville, MN 55113
Holiday Inn Express Roseville (651) 636-5800
(Located off I-35W and Cty Rd C)
Marriott’s Fairfield Inn (651) 636-7869
Located off 35W and County Road D
Marriott’s Residence Inn  (651) 636-0680)
(Located off 35W and County Road D)
The Radisson (651) 636-4567
(Located off I-35W and Cty Rd C)

Please ask for a Luther Seminary rate or college/university rate at these hotels.

If you have questions, please call us at 651.641.3416 or e-mail

We look forward to seeing you in March!

Luther Seminary
2481 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55108