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Faith Ministry Stories

Happy Birthday Hugo Family Shelter!

Posted by Deacon Nina Joygaard on

This week marks the 1 year anniversary of the opening of the St. Andrew’s Family Shelter in Hugo.  Faith Lutheran has been a partner on the journey in developing this ministry and providing volunteers over the last year.  The “Hugo House” hosted a birthday party to...

Just Who Do You Think You Are?

Posted by Deacon Nina Joygaard on

Sometimes we know certain things about ourselves based on life experiences, reflection, or lessons we’ve had to learn the hard way.  Other times we are kind of oblivious to our tendencies, giftedness, or abilities that are pretty rare in the world. The Holy Spirit has given each of us...

Deacons and Pastors Together

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Posted by Deacon Nina Joygaard on

Each spring, the Saint Paul Area Synod holds a gathering called a ministerium for its pastors, deacons, interns, and those going through seminary to attend.  Often there is a guest speaker to share about a particular topic, but this spring the Saint Paul Area Synod did things a bit...

In the Bosom

Posted by Deacon Nina Joygaard on

“No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.” John 1:18 ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Easton speaks of this passage and its deep meaning to her.  The Greek word translated “heart” is not the...

Lives were truly changed

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Posted by Deacon Nina Joygaard on

This summer, our church council had a two night retreat led by Rev. Justin Grimm from the Saint Paul Area Synod to learn about our spiritual gifts. Our council spends a lot of our time working on “business” during regular meetings—trying to be efficient and make wise decisions...

That's a Lot of Lutherans

Posted by Deacon Nina Joygaard on

Earlier this month, I attended a Saint Paul Area Synod Event featuring Rev. Dr. Martin Junge, General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF).  The LWF is a coalition of 148 different church bodies, 99 countries, and 75 million Lutherans around the world. That’s a lot of...

More Than Can Be Told

Posted by Deacon Nina Joygaard on

For 2 days in October, leaders from across the Saint Paul Area Synod gathered for the annual Bishop’s Theological Conference.  This year’s theme, “More Than Can Be Told” featured the ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton as our keynote and guest.  The conference...

It's What You Need

Posted by Deacon Nina Joygaard on

We all engage the world in different ways.  We have different life rhythms. Different types of families.  Different cares and struggles and challenges.  We find joy and hope in different places.  We’re old and young, lonely and desperate for solitude.  We span the...

Practice isn't perfect but it helps

Posted by Deacon Nina Joygaard on

It is no secret that anxiety is on the rise in our culture.  Turn to almost any media form, outlet or medical report and you will find reference to rising rates of mental health problems, diagnoses, and symptoms of anxiety rampant all around us.  We live in a fast-paced...

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