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  • Foreign Facilities | Laestadian Lutheran

    Foreign Facilities To make a donation for the benefit of these project, click "Make a Donation" and select "Foreign Mission Special Project Fund" from the drop-down menu. Thank you for your donation! Make a Donation When the gospel takes root in a new area, the new congregation soon needs a place to gather for service activities and fellowship. The establishment of a regular meeting location creates a sense of stability, commitment, and home. The meeting place also provides a constant visible sign of the congregation’s presence to both believers and unbelievers. Our experience has shown us that congregations need assistance with funding, building planning, and construction management. The MW3 Facilities Committee works with believers in foreign mission fields to identify service facility needs and find workable and affordable solutions to those needs. Each of the MW3 organizations makes an annual contribution to a foreign facilities fund that is used to pay for approved facility projects. The LLC raises money for its annual contribution to the fund by special donations. Every donation, small or large, is welcome. This web page includes descriptions and photos of pending, in-progress, and completed facility projects. Please take a look. We hope that you will consider supporting the work of the gospel with a contribution to this fund. Every donation, small and large, will help us provide places of worship for our brothers and sisters in foreign lands. If you would like to make a contribution click on the "donate" tab above. Pending Projects Taligbo, Togo The congregation in Taligbo, Togo is about four years old, and comprised of around 25 adults and 70 children. The believers have been meeting outside under a mango tree. They have oven shared their need a request for a facility of their own to call home. There are not any rental possibilities in Tabligbo at this time, and plans are being made to consider buying property to build a church of their own. Mukuma, Rwanda The Rwandan government has established rather strict building code requirements in recent years. This is, at least in part, an effort to eliminate so-called shanty churches, which are often unsafe. The restrictions appear to be quite demanding by African standards. This has significantly affected the operations of the Reformed Lutheran Church of Rwanda(RLCR). RLCR church facilities in Mukama, Cyabayaga, Rukomo, and Karama have been shut down or lost all together. The only facility that is still usable is in Bufunda. ​ The church in Mukama was the site of our seminar during the first mission trip to Rwanda in July 2019. It was closed a few months later because the roof and foundation, the outdoor toilets, and the lot size were all deemed inadequate. There was no possibility to add property to bring the lot up to the required size. In addition, they would have had to tear down the existing facility and rebuild from the ground up. As a result, they sold the property and used the funds purchase an additional land parcel required by code at Bufunda and to complete construction of the Bufunda church. ​ RLCR prefers Mukama as a site for its headquarters because it is centrally located among their congregations. The MW3 Facilities committee and the RLCR are working together to develop a building design, a building committee, and a construction management model, along with locating a suitable property. RLCR had initially provided an estimate for a typical stone foundation and adobe wall facility. These have an estimated life span of 10years. We will develop and estimate for construction using the MW3 model being used for the Atimé facility. ​ The first two images show the former facility in Mukama. The following pictures show some of the new property options that are being being considered. In Progress Projects Bufunda, Rwanda In recent years, the Rwandan government has established rather strict building code requirements. Part of the reason for this is an effort to eliminate what are called shanty churches, which are often unsafe. ByAfrican standards, these restrictions are quite demanding. Right now, theReformed Lutheran Church of Rwanda (RLCR) has only one facility in operation, the Bufunda church. This facility was also in danger of being shut down for failing to meet property size requirements and run-off water requirements.Local officials gave them some time to address the problem, and MW3 approved funds for the purchase of two adjoining parcels of land that allowed them to meet the boundary requirements and for the addition of gutters and cisterns for the collection of run-off water. A recent storm also caused some damage to the roof on an outbuilding used for storage and food preparation, and funds were also provided to repair the damaged building. Atimé, Togo The believers in Atimé, Togo waited many years to begin building a church. Plans were made to begin the project in March of 2020. The proposed building size would be 28ft x 50ft, and the funds for the first phase were sent on March 10th, 2020. However, project has been at a standstill past initial site preparations. Emmanuel Ametsifé, the ELLT Board project contact, departed for an MW3mission trip to Sierra Leone on March 18th and ended up being stranded through August 11th. During his absence, here was no action on the project. With Emmanuel back in Togo, the project resumed on November 22nd. The original time estimated for construction was 5 months. The hope is to complete the project early in this year, but restrictions due to the Covid pandemic may hinder progress Completed Projects Kessibo, Togo The congregation of Kessibo is comprised of about 50 adults and 35 children (as the the last data census in 2019). The project of building a church facility for the congregation was completed in December 2018, and a dedication service was held on January 27, 2019. Kwasi, Tenten The congregation in Kwasi Tenten numbers around 50, 20 adults and 30 children. Busumbala, Gambia The newly constructed church in Busumbala, Gambia is the believers first church in Gambia, and is an important step in helping them to organize and develop a sense of identity. The project began somewhat unexpectedly in late April due to the Covid pandemic. During the initial period, many Gambians were not able to work at their normal jobs but could work on this project. Thus, there was a great deal of volunteer labor, allowing costs to be kept down. The project is now completed. Dedication services were held January 8–10, 2021. Peki, Ghana The believers in Peki, Ghana were having difficulty finding a facility to rent, so when they found a lot for rent, they decided to rent and begin building a facility using their own resources. However, they did not have adequate resources to complete the facility. MW3 provided funds to complete the project. The facility is similar to facilities in Accra and Kwasitenten and should provide a home for the Peki congregation for the foreseeable future.

  • The Kingdom of Heaven

    The Kingdom of Heaven ​TREASURE HIDDEN IN A FIELD "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth,and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field." Matt. 13:44 ​ ​THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN There is no subject which was more prevalent in Jesus' preaching than the kingdom of heaven, that is, the kingdom of God. It was the most common subject of His parables and was the theme of His preaching.(1) In fact, Jesus said that the first thing that a man should search for in life is God's kingdom and His righteousness.(2) ​ It is important to find God's righteousness, for He has declared man's righteousness, or our very best deeds, impure and unacceptable in His sight.(3)The righteousness which is acceptable before God is found in His kingdom. ​ Jesus was once asked to explain when the kingdom of God would come. In His reply, He reveals two essential points: first, the kingdom of God is not visible to the human eye, and, second, it is present in the midst of men.(4) ​ ​A HIDDEN KINGDOM It might seem impossible to find a kingdom that cannot be seen, but with God's help it can be found. Jesus said, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you" (Matt. 7:7). In the parable at the top of the page, Jesus shows us that while the kingdom is hidden, it can indeed be found. ​ The parable illustrates why the kingdom of God cannot be seen. It is like treasure buried in the dust and dirt of a field, hidden from man's sight. It is certainly an apt picture. In this world God's kingdom is hidden beneath the flaws and faults of believing people, people whom God has made from the dust of the earth.(5) ​ ​A GREAT TREASURE The parable also illustrates what happens when a man finds God's kingdom. He hides its treasure, sells all that he has, and buys it. Simply said, God's kingdom becomes the most important matter in his life. He wants, above all else, to protect and preserve his new-found treasure and follow the people of God and the Lord Jesus.(6) ​ Like the man in the parable, we have found the kingdom of God and obtained its treasure. We now carry this treasure in our sin-corrupt bodies. We wish to share it with you. ​ ​YOU CAN HAVE THIS TREASURE What we can offer you is God's forgiveness in Jesus Christ. This forgiveness is the very essence of the gospel and the essence of God's kingdom. Martin Luther said: "Forgiveness of sins is nothing more than two words in which the whole kingdom of Christ consists...This word of consolation shall not cease among Christians until the last day: 'Thy sins are forgiven, be of good cheer.' Such language a Christian always uses and openly declares the forgiveness of sins."(7) ​ Luther was right. This word of consolation has not ceased. God's children live of it and use it constantly. We declare it to any sinner who longs for God's forgiveness. ​ We can give you this treasure because Jesus has given us the power to forgive men their sins. He said that what we forgive on earth is also forgiven in heaven, that is, it is forgiven before God.(8) Belief in this gospel of forgiveness obtains what it promises, namely, God's forgiveness and the righteousness of Jesus Christ, the righteousness that is acceptable to God. You can have it too. ​ ​END NOTES 1 "Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." (Mark 1:14­15) "And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people." (Matt. 9:35) ​ "Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick." (Luk 9:1, 2) ​ 2 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matt. 6:33 ) ​ 3 "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." (Isa. 64:6) ​ "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one." (Rom. 3:10­12) ​ 4 "And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:20, 21) ​ 5 "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." (2 Cor. 4:7 ) 6 "And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost." (1 Thess. 1:6) ​ 7 Luther, Martin, "Sermon for the 19th Sunday after Trinity" in Luther's Church Postil, Vol.V, trans. John Nicholas Lenker (Minneapolis: Lutherans In All Lands Co. : 1905) 201, 202, 209 ​ 8 "Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained." (John 20:21­23) ​ "Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Matt. 18:18) ​ "And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." (2 Cor. 5:18­20)

  • WATCH | Laestadian Lutheran

    Watch Videos shared on LLC YouTube channel LLC Phoenix Winter Services 2024 - Sunday 3/17 Play Video LLC Phoenix Winter Services 2024 - Saturday 3/16 Play Video LLC Phoenix Winter Services 2024 - Friday 3/15 Play Video LLC Phoenix Winter Services 2024 - Thursday 3/14 Play Video LLC Summer Services 2023 -Sunday, July 9th Play Video LLC Summer Services 2023 -Saturday, July 8th Play Video LLC Summer Services 2023 - Friday, July 7th Play Video LLC Summer Services 2023 - Thursday, July 6th Play Video Watch Now Play Video Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Copy Link Link Copied Close Videos not on LLC's YouTube channel Hearken promo video 1 Play Video Watch Now Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Copy Link Link Copied Close Devotional Writing Seminar Songbird - Illustrated Song Videos Songbird is a collection of artists' interpretations of some of the Songs and Hymns of Zion. These videos are available with a one-time purchase. After purchasing, you will need to be logged in on the LLC website to stream the videos. These videos are also available on the Hearken app to those who subscribe to Hearken. To purchase, 1. Click the button below, or click this link 2. Login or create an account 3. Follow the steps to complete the purchase 4. Return here to this webpage llchurch.org/watch ​ You can also view the videos here: llchurch.org/songbird SHZ 136 O Lord Of Earth and Heaven $ Subscribe SHZ 341 Oh, Look at the Bird $ Subscribe SHZ 395 Children Of the Heavenly Father $ Subscribe SHZ 429 Gracious God, We Pray to You $ Subscribe SHZ 460 When He Cometh $ Subscribe SHZ 461 When You With a Believing Heart $ Subscribe SHZ 462a Hear the Little Songbird Sing $ Subscribe SHZ 463 All Gifts From God, Our Father, Come $ Subscribe Songbird Watch Now $ Subscribe SHZ 341 Oh, Look at the Bird $ Subscribe Share Whole Channel This Video Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Copy Link Link Copied Share Subscribe $ Close

  • Day 4, Lesson 4: Death and Resurrection

    < Back Confirmation Day 4: The Holy Spirit, The Spirit of God Day 4, Lesson 4: Death and Resurrection Objective Temporal, spiritual, and eternal death are the consequences of sin; There will be a resurrection of all people unto eternal life or eternal death Learning Outcome Compare, and contrast temporal, spiritual and eternal death and give examples of each. Confirmation Exercise Questions None Reference Material Booklet Song: When I heard Him, I was joyful, / And no more of death afraid, / Since I knew my debts were paid. / He forgave ten thousand talents, / He remitted all my sin, / Gave me endless life with Him. (SHZ 315 v.2) ​ Booklet Text: “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) Additional Reference Material SCRIPTURE 1 Thess. 4:13-17; 1 Cor. 15:12-20; Rom. 6:23 CURRICULUM Lessons 3.7, 9.16 ADDITIONAL LESSON POINTS Everlasting life is fellowship with God, that it begins in faith already in temporal life and that everlasting condemnation is final separation from God. Those that believe in Christ do not need to fear Christ's second coming, for it is a day of joy and victory for His own. On the Last Day all will be gathered before God’s judgement seat RESOURCES By Faith 29, 30; Christian Doctrine 107-110; Crossing the Current: God is Lord Over Life and Death,J. Frantti, Pages 34-37; Euthanasia and Its Acceptance (Pages 112-113); Suffering and Doctor Assisted Death, W. Lampi, Pages 114-116 ; LLC Website: God is Lord over Life and Death, J. Bloomquist, Summer Services Ministers and Board Meeting, 2010. Previous Next

  • Lethbridge Laestadian Lutheran Church

    Lethbridge Laestadian Lutheran Church Contacts Pastor Hannu Janhunen Phone: 403-327-7795 Email: hannu@netisus.ca Chairman Matthew Ylioja Phone: 403-332-2035 Service Schedule June–August Sunday Service 11:00 a.m. September–May Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Sunday Service 11:00 a.m. Communion Service 1st Sunday Monthly Evening Service 3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m. Friday Bible Class 7:30 p.m. Song Services 1st Friday

  • CONTACT | Laestadian Lutheran

    Contact Office Location and Mailing Address: 212 West 3rd Street Monticello, MN 55362 763-479-2422 info@llchurch.org General Inquiries First Name Last Name Email Message Thank you for submitting! Send Change of Address Form Question Box Birth Announcement Engagement Announcement Wedding Announcement Death Announcement Voice of Zion Ad Opisto Scholarship Program Administrative Department ARVIN PIRNESS Executive Director arvin.pirness@llchurch.org ​ ​ MARIA FREDRICKSON Receptionist, Administrative Assistant mfredrickson@llchurch.org Bookstore shipping Camp enrollment Christmas greetings contact Congregation communication Online bookstore orders ​ ELIZABETH JUNTUNEN Finance Manager ejuntunen@llchurch.org Finance & Budgeting ​ KEITH WAARANIEMI History Book Project kwaaraniemi@llchurch.org PHIL JURMU Facilities Manager pjurmu@llchurch.org Camp scheduling Christian education & support Facility use & rental LLC facilities maintenance & operations Silver Springs development Mission Department JON BLOOMQUIST Mission Director jbloomquist@llchurch.org Bible class Confirmation school Domestic mission work Foreign mission work & facilities Home & family Support & training for congregation pastors ​ ADRIAN PIRNESS Mission & Technology Director adrian.pirness@llchurch.org Bible class Confirmation school Domestic mission work Foreign mission work & facilities Home & family Support & training for congregation pastors ​ ​ Mission Work Assistant ​ Mission work scheduling Pastoral work communication Service & event scheduling Summer & Winter Services planning coordinator Communications Department MATTHEW KERANEN Communications Director mkeranen@llchurch.org Digital publications Opisto program Print publications Social media coordinator ​ ​ ​ RUTH DeLACEY Communications Assistant rdelacey@llchurch.org Bookstore congregation contact Change of address contact Opisto program Shepherd's Voice content coordinator Subscriptions management Voice of Zion content coordinator ​ SANDRA PYLVAINEN Editor spylvainen@llchurch.org Books Print & digital publications editing Shepherd's Voice Voice of Zion ​ ​ ​ LIISA KERANEN Music Coordinator lkeranen@llchurch.org Church music Music copyright Music production Music training ​ ANNETTE JOHNSON Layout Artist ajohnson@llchurch.org Overall graphic design Print publications layout Services logo & designs support Voice of Zion announcements Voice of Zion layout Website oversight ​ SHANNA PIRNESS Digital Media Specialist spirness@llchurch.org Digital publications creation & coordination Hearken app management Services programming support Shepherd's Voice layout ​ ​

  • LLC Music History | Laestadian Lutheran

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  • Death Recognition | Laestadian Lutheran

    Death Recognition Form Death Annoucement Samples Many LLC congregations have adopted the practice of announcing deaths and singing in memory of the deceased. The LLC has developed a death notification form to provide a reliable and convenient way to share the news of an individual’s death with member congregations. The form includes relevant information about the deceased and his or her funeral. Guidelines for use: We recommend that the pastor that will officiate at the deceased’s funeral completes and submits the form or assigns someone to complete and submit the form. Once the form has been submitted it will be sent to LLC member congregations. When possible, submit the form at least one or two days before the Sunday preceding the deceased’s funeral. If that is not possible, submit the form as soon as possible following the death. Each congregation may use this information in accord with its own death notification practice. We have also included sample death announcements for reference. Death Recognition Form Full Name Age Date of Death Congregation Survivied By Brief Biographical Sketch (Optional) Funeral Date and Time Funeral Location Funeral Home Funeral Home Webpage Form submitted by Submit Thank you for submitting

  • EVENTS | Laestadian Lutheran

    Events Annual Services Camps & Courses Member Congregations

  • Confirmation Resources | Laestadian Lutheran

    Confirmation Resources Download Curriculum Confirmation Lessons Teacher Manual 2010 Curriculum Christian Doctrine Student Booklet Schedule Template Schedule, One-page Exercise, Examination Videos Confirmation Lesson Videos Reference Check Email Template LLC Conduct and Sexual Misconduct Program

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