News & Notes

August 2020 Update

August 01, 2020

The motto chosen for the 2020 LLC Online Summer Services, “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God” (Isa. 40:1), promises that God will always care for His own. Although we were unable to gather at Summer Services in Marquette Michigan, as previously planned, God provided a way that we ..

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Statement on HLC & SLC Youth Camps, Pre-Confirmation Camps

July 07, 2020

We continue to monitor how the COVID-19 pandemic affects LLC activities. States and provinces have differing schedules and parameters as they reopen for various activities. Per membership request the primary focus has been on LLC Confirmation schools, which are now scheduled in July and August. ..

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June/July 2020 Update

June 01, 2020

The impact of COVID-19 is being felt around the world. It continues to create challenges and hurdles that young and old alike need to navigate. I wish to offer congratulations to all 2020 high school, college and university graduates. Even though many of you haven’t been able to celebrate with f..

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Statement on LLC Camp Activities, LLC Confirmation Schools

May 21, 2020

LLC Camp Activities We continue to monitor how the COVID-19 pandemic affects LLC activities. States and provinces have differing schedules and parameters as they reopen for various activities. Camp boards will continue to monitor the regional situation with the goal of opening camp facilities an..

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The Impact of COVID-19

May 11, 2020

The situation that we are experiencing in our countries, and throughout the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic is something that we have never previously experienced. It is also new to those in positions of leadership in our governments. Many restrictions have been put in place to try to prevent..

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May 2020 Update

May 01, 2020

Motherhood is a labor of love and a gift to each of us. It may seem that mother’s work goes unnoticed and is unappreciated. This Mother’s Day – and all days of the year – we can take time to celebrate and remember our mother’s selfless acts of love, show her our appreciation and thank her for al..

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2020 LLC Summer Services Announcement

April 30, 2020

May 1, 2020 Change in Plans for 2020 LLC Summer Services, July 2–5 The 2020 LLC Summer Services will not be held in Marquette, Michigan. Due to the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Summer Services this year will be changed from a large, in-person assembly of ser..

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Statement on LLC Camps

April 08, 2020

We continue to monitor how the COVID-19 pandemic affects LLC activities. With the current situation, including schools in various regions closed to in-person learning for the duration of the school year, we have canceled all our camp activities at LLC facilities through the end of May. The situa..

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Statement on LLC Summer Services

April 08, 2020

We continue to monitor how the COVID-19 situation may affect our LLC Summer Services and Annual Meeting scheduled for July 2-5 this year in Marquette, Michigan. As the situation remains fluid, we are making contingency plans if physical services are indeed canceled and we move to holding Su..

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Update on Evening Devotions

April 08, 2020

The evening devotions have been warmly received and will continue as an LLC effort. We thank the Phoenix and Menahga congregations for the work they have done. In the next few weeks, we will add additional ministers to this work and also consolidate the broadcasts under a single LLC-based f..

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Update on Sunday Schiool

April 08, 2020

Preparations are being made to post a Sunday School video Easter morning. You may view this video with your loved ones as part of your Easter celebration at home. Details about when and where this video will be posted will be available before Sunday on LLC social media and website. A notice..

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April 2020 Update

April 01, 2020

As I write this, I feel regret that festivities of Lent and Easter take a backseat to the impact of COVID-19. Normally at this time of year we would be preparing for Easter, planning to attend Easter services and to gather with loved ones. Instead, the COVID-19 pandemic has had significa..

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Limiting Our Social Gatherings

March 26, 2020

While we understand the vital importance of fellowship in the life of our believing young, we feel a need to remind them that it is also their duty to obey the recommendations and regulations set forth by local and national authorities with regards to gathering at this time. Please remind your y..

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LLC Office Closed, Staff Working Remotely

March 26, 2020

We continue to monitor and react to changes that arise from the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Wednesday, March 25 the LLC office has closed through Friday, April 10 as the MN Governor has issued an order to stay home except for essential needs. Though the office is closed, our work goes on. Office st..

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Online Broadcasts

March 26, 2020

Listen to a Worship Service (/listen) We have all felt the impact of the restrictions on gathering due to the concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic. The opportunity to listen to God’s Word online is truly a blessing under these circumstances. Many congregations that already webcast their ser..

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Statement on LLC Camps

March 26, 2020

At the March 20 LLC Board meeting, a decision was reached to suspend all camp activities until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was not easily made but it was felt to be the correct action at this time. We continue to monitor the situation and will resume camp activitie..

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LLC Board: Winter Services Announcment

March 20, 2020

Winter Services Opening Announcement in Phoenix, March 20-22, 2020 Dear brothers and sisters in faith and all who are joining these services via this broadcast, We warmly greet all of you and welcome you to these online broadcasts from the Phoenix Laestadian Lutheran Church on behal..

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Cancellation of 2020 LLC Phoenix Winter Services

March 12, 2020

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) authorities have issued guidelines to help prevent the spread of coronavirus that has spread globally. Instructions have been given for both traveling and organizing events. The spread of the virus remains a fluid situation as we continue to monit..

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March 2020 Update

March 01, 2020

In the middle of a long, cold midwestern winter I personally look forward to the LLC Winter Services held annually in Phoenix. Due to continued growth of the event, the services this year will be held at Desert Mountain School instead of at the Phoenix congregation’s church. Though it will ..

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February 2020 Update

February 01, 2020

One of the many joys in working at the LLC office is reflecting on how God has blessed the work from year to year and given willing hearts to serve. In making plans for yet another year we rejoice how God continues to guide and direct the work. This year there will be significant changes in LLC ..

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January 2020 Update

January 01, 2020

Happy New Year! As we turn our calendars to a new year, we reflect on the happenings of the previous year. Though there may have been sorrows and trials, we can still see God’s blessings. God has guided us through the past year and has blessed the work of His kingdom. The greatest blessing i..

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December 2019 Update

December 01, 2019

An angel came from God above / to tell of Jesus’ birth. / The fearful shepherds saw the light / that shone from heaven to earth. The angels said: “Be not afraid, / there’s joyful news for men. / The promised Savior has been born / this night in Bethlehem.” “For this shall be a sign to..

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Alternating Periods of Struggle and Peace

November 01, 2019

Editorial from Päivämies issue 43, Oct. 23, 2019 “It is good to discuss these matters listening with a tender ear and trusting in God’s care.” Next Sunday the SRK will release the third volume of its history Myrskyjen keskellä, Suomen Rauhanyhdistysten Keskusyhdistyksen historia..

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November 2019 Update

November 01, 2019

As another calendar year nears its end, many congregations gather around special fall services to pause in thanksgiving for God’s abundant blessings and protection that He alone has granted again this year. November marks the end of the Church calendar year and the approach of Advent. Ma..

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October 2019 Update

October 01, 2019

As summer fades and turns to fall, we are reminded again how our life is in God’s hands. We can feel secure remembering how God blessed our Summer Services and meetings. At the Annual Meeting congregation delegates gave clear support to the work of the LLC Board and staff here at the office..

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September 2019 Update

September 01, 2019

Another successful camp season is coming to an end. A heartfelt thanks to all who have volunteered their time this year to serve. With nearly 3500 participants registered for camp in 2019 (note that this number does not include those who attended camp at Prairie Shores Camp), it takes many hands..

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August 2019 Update

August 01, 2019

An estimated 6,000 guests gathered at Summer Services held for the first time on LLC property at Silver Springs. Over 20,000 meals were served. Hours of labor went into making the property ready. We hoped for dry weather, but God had other plans. Heavy rain prior to services posed challenges for..

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June/July 2019 Sister Organizations Meet to Discuss Cooperative Work

June 01, 2019

Consistent with our current practice of holding biennial cooperative work meetings, representatives of the LLC, SFC and SRK met May 3–4, 2019, for the third time. The SFC hosted this year’s meeting at Dalarnas fridsförening (Dalarna Association of Peace) in Gagnef, Sweden. At the meeting we..

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June/July 2019 Update

June 01, 2019

I wish to offer congratulations to all 2019 high school and college graduates – you have achieved a milestone in life! In June each year we celebrate Father’s Day. May our Heavenly Father bless and protect you dear fathers for the love and care that you extend to your families and loved..

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May 2019 LLC, SFC and SRK Joint Meeting

May 10, 2019

Shared Vision, Shared Work Cooperation that extends across the ocean has a long history in Christianity. As was noted at the joint meeting of sister organizations LLC, SFC and SRK at Dalarnas fridsförening (Dalarna Association of Peace) last weekend, it feels important to clarify the common..

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May 2019 Update

May 01, 2019

In May, we observe the special occasion of Mother’s Day. It is the day of the year set aside in honor of our mothers. Too often a mother’s work is minimized, or worse, forgotten. May God protect and keep each of you dear mothers as His own, and may He richly repay you for the care you selflessly..

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April 2019 Board Members Workshop

April 16, 2019

Presentation: The Holy Spirit and the Congregation of God - Harri Vahajylkka (/_assets/resources/HolySpirit_Congregation_LLC2019_Vahajylkka.pdf) The Holy Spirit Teaches, Guides and Unites The LLC’s biennial Board Members Workshop was held in Monticello, Minn., on April 13, 2019. ..

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April 2019 Update

April 01, 2019

As the heav’nly angels do, we can be rejoicing. We can run to tell the news: “Our Jesus now is living!” (SHZ 111:4). The message of Easter, “Jesus has risen,” gives hope! Through the redemption work of Christ, the child of God will make it to heaven. Rejoice, O flock of children! Your fa..

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March 2019 Update

March 01, 2019

With the festive 2019 LLC Winter Services in Phoenix behind us, we look forward to gathering for LLC Summer Services at Silver Springs July 4–7, 2019. Services are always a time of refreshment and the child of God rejoices for such opportunities. In preparation for Summer Services in an ..

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February 2019 Update

February 01, 2019

One of the many joys of working at the LLC office is taking time to reflect on how God blesses the work from generation to generation. In planning for yet another year, we rejoice over how God continues to guide and direct the work. He has given willing hearts to serve. One matter worth noting i..

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January 2019 Update

January 01, 2019

Happy New Year! As we begin this new year our prayers arise to Thee; oh, may we walk before Thee in love and unity. How time so quickly flees! Oh, bind our hearts forever with bonds that none can sever to Thee, O Prince of Peace. The Spirit’s wisdom grant us, tha..

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December 2018 Update

December 01, 2018

The angels once sang of the triumph of heaven on Christmas night. They sowed into mother earth’s sorrow a radiant star-filled night. That glorious hymn is resounding from each generation on (SHZ 28). Heavenly angels brought glad tidings of joy on the first Christmas night (Luke 2:10). Th..

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November 2018 Update

November 01, 2018

As another calendar year quickly comes to an end, we are thankful for God’s goodness and protection that He has granted us this year. November marks the end of the Church calendar year and the approach of Advent. November 1, All Saints’ Day, is the day we remember those who have gone before us a..

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October 2018 Update

October 01, 2018

As summer fades into fall we can reflect on the many blessings God has given His children. God blessed our Summer Services and meetings. At the LLC Annual Meeting, congregation delegates offered support and gave clear direction to our work here at the office. Another season of camps has passed a..

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September 2018 Update

September 01, 2018

With fall in the air, another year of camps is winding down, summer is almost over and children are heading back to school. May God give growth to the seed of faith planted at the many camps this summer. I’m especially mindful of the confirmation students, as they’ve returned home from their res..

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August 2018 Update

August 01, 2018

Around 3500 guests gathered for LLC Summer Services this year at the Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Washington. The weather was beautiful, and the school is in a wonderful setting with views of the Cascade Mountains in the distance. Many families were able to camp within walking distance..

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June/July 2018 Update

June 01, 2018

June and July are often busy months with graduations, family trips, and the many activities at our LLC camp centers. Congratulations to all 2018 high school and college graduates – you have achieved a milestone in life! In June, we also celebrate Father’s Day. Dear Fathers, may the Heavenly Fath..

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May 2018 Update

May 01, 2018

In May, we mark the special occasion of Mother’s Day. It is the one day of the year that is set aside to honor our mothers. Too often, it seems, a mother’s work is minimized, or worse, forgotten. Dear mothers, please don’t tire in the endeavor, and may God richly repay you for the care you ..

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April 2018 Update

April 01, 2018

Easter dawns, our day of vict’ry; mercy’s morn is shining bright! Now the chains of hell are broken; lonely captives rise to light; fears of night and wrath are vanished—ev’ry cloud our Sun has banished. Death, where is your stinging scepter? Where, O grave, your victory? Satan, ..

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March 2018 Update

March 01, 2018

With the festive 2018 LLC Winter Services in Phoenix behind us, we look forward as “birds of heaven” to gather near Seattle, July 5–8, for 2018 LLC Summer Services. The child of God rejoices at such opportunities. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but..

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February 2018 Update

February 01, 2018

My wife Maggie and I returned recently from a month-long mission trip to Finland and Sweden. The trip took us to many congregations and we stayed in many believing homes. Believers there sent many greetings of love and God’s peace. We were also able to visit the opistos and witness the joy of be..

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January 2018 Update

January 01, 2018

Happy New Year! As we begin this new year our prayers arise to Thee; Oh, may we walk before Thee in love and unity. How time so quickly flees! Oh, bind our hearts forever With bonds that none can sever to Thee, O prince of Peace. The Spirit’s wisdom grant us, that in the fu..

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December 2017 Update

December 01, 2017

The angels once sang of the triumph of heaven on Christmas night. They sowed into mother earth’s sorrow a radiant star-filled night. That glorious hymn is resounding from each generation on. It causes the heart-frost to crumble, my forefather’s as my own. You hear it, O children, eac..

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November 2017 Update

November 02, 2017

Another calendar year is quickly coming to an end. We can pause to reflect on the goodness and protection that God has granted this year. November also marks the end of the church calendar year, and the approach of Advent. November 1, All Saints’ Day, is when we remember those who have gone befo..

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October 2017 Update

October 01, 2017

As summer fades into fall we can reflect on the many blessings God has gifted to His children. God blessed our Summer Services and meetings, and our camp season went very well. Congregations are experiencing growth, and God is blessing them with new church buildings. With the added growth a..

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September 2017 Update

September 01, 2017

September brings with it a hint of fall weather and the beginning of the school year. It also marks the end of another busy camp season. My heart joins with the songwriter in prayer for our children: “Dearest Jesus, help Thy children as Thine own e’er to remain, so that none would fall ..

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August 2017 Update

August 01, 2017

In visiting the Wright County Fairgrounds last fall, I remembered the 2016 LLC Summer Services in Essa, Ontario, and I wondered how God would bless in 2017. The facilities were similar in that both are outdoor airy venues. But, of course, one worries—what will the weather be like? We know ..

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June/July 2017 Update

June 01, 2017

June and July can be busy months with graduations, family trips, and the many activities at our LLC camp centers. I want to congratulate all 2017 high school and college graduates—you have received a milestone in life! June also marks Father’s Day. Dear Fathers, may our good God continue t..

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May 2017 Update

May 01, 2017

May marks the special occasion of Mother’s Day. Too often, it seems, a mother’s work is minimized, or worse, forgotten. Dear mothers, may God richly repay you for the care you unselfishly provide for your families. We wish for you God’s abundant blessings! O Jesus, bless our mothers dear. Wh..

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April 2017 Update

April 01, 2017

Rejoice, O flock of children! Your faith is not in vain. The sepulcher is empty. The enemy is slain. Since Jesus won the battle with death and sin and hell, where clouds and fear were reigning, there light and gladness dwell. So, keep the feast of Easter! O flock of children, sing! To Christ, th..

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March 2017 Update

March 01, 2017

With the festive 2017 Winter Services in Phoenix behind us, we look forward as “birds of heaven” to gather in Howard Lake, June 30–July 3, for 2017 LLC Summer Services. The child of God rejoices at such opportunities. May God continue to refresh each of us with His Word of grace as we journey ho..

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February 2017 Update

February 01, 2017

As we make plans for the upcoming camp season my thoughts often turn to our children and youth, and join in the words of the songwriter, “The youth of Jesus journey as morning dew, so pure in light and grace so holy, on Zion’s Mount so fair. The sea of grace is found there, and all who there abi..

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