NALC – Marriage Law and Protection of Religious Liberty Guidelines

The NALC published “Marriage Law and the Protection of Religious Liberty” following the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage.
The announcement on the NALC site can be found here.
The PDF of the document is here.

On Sunday, April 21 the NALC Eastern SD Mission District Gathering was held in Brookings.  Some LCMC churches were also represented.  The meeting was hosted by Pastor Patterson and the Pioneer Lutheran  Church of White.  He is also on staff at the Institute of Lutheran Theology (ILT), the online seminary based in Brookings. 

Theme was “Mission in our Midst.”  One of the agenda items was “Mission Congregation Development and Campus Ministry.”   There is no NALC or LCMC Church in Brookings; the closest one is Pioneer Lutheran Church.   Pastor Bob Chell of the Lutheran Campus Ministry at SDSU has resigned, and the future of that ELCA ministry is uncertain.   Pioneer Lutheran Church of White, South Dakota would like to see a new mission congregation formed in Brookings.  The Old Sanctuary facility where the meeting was held, would be available for use as a worship center, and also for a new campus ministry. Pioneer would like other congregations to join them in a NALC / LCMC partnership to form a new congregation in Brookings.  Those in attendance were encouraged to bring the information back to their congregations.

ILT continues to do a great job of providing theological education to its students wherever they live. In the future, it is hoped that the direction of ILT may be expanded  to include “pastoral formation”, perhaps some opportunities for internship ministry, etc. in the area.  It would be seen as an “embedded ministry” within the ILT.  Continued financial support is needed and encouraged.

Representatives of the South Sudanese Lutheran Church were present. They formed a new nation in 2011, when they broke away from Sudan.   Needs were highlighted, including financial support to finish their  church building, provide adequate health care, education, etc.  People come to worship and sit on the floor, since there are no chairs or pews in the church.   Most churches there are built as huts.  There are about 32 congregations in South Sudan; only about 130 medical doctors; about 100 miles of paved roads in the country; and lack of education is a big issue, with only about 16% of girls enrolled in school.  The Lutheran Church in South Sudan is part of the global mission outreach of the NALC.
Pastor Randy Eisenbeisz, Dean of the Eastern SD Mission District, conducted the NALC business meeting.  The treasurer’s report was given by Pastor Gene Peterson.
The meeting began and ended with times of worship.  In his concluding message, Pastor Patterson spoke of our terminal illness today of selective hearing  and hearing loss, especially in terms of not wanting to hear the call of Jesus to “feed my sheep” in whatever way he calls us to do so.

–Shirley Skoglund

Good morning!

We made it through another week-end of “weather issues,” and continue to keep hope alive for sunshine, warm temps, and a good spring planting season for our farmers, along with better weather for the birth of new calves on the farms!

Since there was no worship service yesterday at either Trinity or Badger, printed below are a few of the announcements from the bulletin yesterday. If you have questions, please feel free to call the church office at 785-3277.

Our sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Shirley Thue who died Saturday morning.   Shirley was the daughter of Buelah Hofer who was a long-time member of Trinity. Funeral services will be held at the Geise Funeral Chapel in Lake Norden on Wednesday morning, 11 a.m., with Pastor Bill Hammill from Castlewood officiating.

Monday: 1:00-5:00 P.M. Food Pantry
Tuesday: 1:30 P.M. Mending at LNCC
Wednesday: 1:00 P.M. Quilting
Sunday: 9:45 A.M. Sunday School
10:00 A.M. Adult Bible Study
10:45 A.M. Worship – Communion

CONFIRMATION CLASSES for April 17 have been canceled since Pastor Ricke will be gone that week. Next classes: April 24.

A LETTER OF CALL has been issued to Pastor Mark Jamison following the congregational meetings on April 7. Please keep him and Cindy in your prayers. Thank you for your strong vote of support for calling him as a full-time pastor for Trinity and Badger!

“THE LIFE OF A PASTOR’S SPOUSE” is a booklet written by Cindy Jamsion. A copy of it is available in the narthex. Please feel free to take it home to read, and then return it to the church so others may also read it.

THE DANISH CEMETERY ASSOCIATION MEETING was rescheduled for Tuesday, April 16, 7 p.m. here at Trinity

REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS Dick Nicolai who left yesterday for Gideon work in Portugal for 2 weeks. He will return home April 28.

LOOKING AHEAD, the May newsletter deadline will be April 22. Information received after that will be printed in the next Sunday bulletin, or in the newsletter for the following month.

THE NEW HOPE GUEST DAY has been rescheduled to this coming Friday, April 19, beginning at noon with a salad luncheon. Speaker will be the pastor from Hosanna Lutheran Church in Watertown. If you would like a ride, please call the church office.


Dear Friends,

It is with tremendous sadness and grief that I write to inform you of the tragic death of Kevin Chavez, the youngest son of Pastor Mark Chavez and Jocelyn. Kevin was 19 years old and was on his way home from a college course. It appears that he stopped not far from their home and was out of the car when he was struck by a car. (The driver of that car did not stop.) He died from those injuries. Please pray for them, encourage your family and congregation to do the same.
~ Bishop John Bradosky, NALC

Note: Pastor Mark Chavez is the General Secretary for the NALC. At the time of the accident, Pastor Chavez was at a conference in Canada. Funeral services were held in Pennsylvania on Saturday, April 13.


Around the Dining Room Table With the Whitewood Rough Writers (Edited by Phyllis Nelson and Barbara Jessen)

Phyllis Nelson is the grandmother of Amber Steffensen. If you want your own copy of this book, contact Amber and she will make sure you get one!

THE NALC / LCMC ANNUAL GATHERING will be held next Sunday, April 21, 3-6 p.m. at the Old Sanctuary, 924 4th St., Brookings. Pioneer Lutheran Church will host the event. Printed below is the schedule for the afternoon, using the theme “Mission in our Midst.”
3:00 – Opening Worship
3:30 – Mission Congregation/Campus Ministry (Brkgs)
3:50 – ESD Lutheran Seminary
4:10 – South Sudanese Lutheran Outreach (Sioux
Falls & the Lutheran Church of South Sudan)
4:30 – NALC Business
5:00 – Closing Worship/Communion
6:00 – Dismissal

The Festival of Easter has recently been celebrated, and we continue to live in that Easter joy!  May the Easter message fill each one of you with new hope in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
April is a month of anticipation as we await the sight of plants coming to life again, green grass, and the sight of farmers working their fields. This truly is “My Father’s World!”

Greetings to you on a sunny day!! It is helpful to be positive and forward-looking, both in terms of spring actually coming soon, not just a day on the calendar, and also in terms of our pulpits being filled again by a full-time pastor.

This week-end you have the opportunity to meet Pastor and Mrs. Mark Jamison from Sterling, Nebraska. As a reminder, the schedule for Sunday is as follows:

He will lead worship, give the sermon, and provide special music along with his wife at Badger – 9:00; and Trinity – 10:45. The service at Trinity will be followed by an interview of Pastor Jamison, with Badger members invited and encouraged to come to Lake Norden and be part of that interview. A pot-luck dinner will follow; please stay for that time of fellowship.

The newsletter deadline will be Monday, March 18; please email your information to:; or bring it to Trinity on Sunday when you come for the interview and dinner.

We extend our sympathy to the family of Don Wilson. His funeral service is set for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Badger Lutheran Church.

Confirmation students are reminded that in place of class during Lent, they are expected to attend Lenten services, take sermon notes and assist with the service. A reminder and encouragement from their parents would be much appreciated!

“This IS the day that the Lord has made; let us REJOICE and be glad in it!”

God’s blessings to all of you as you complete your walk through the Lenten season.

Shirley, TLC / BLC Sec.

Pictures from Pastor Pete’s last day at Trinity and Badger can be found here.