January 13 – Transition Team – Bishop Lull
January 20 – No Faith Formation
January 27 – Meet the people from our companion congregation in Zaculeu, Guatemala, and learn about their community and our relationship with them as Becky Maier and Sandy Fabio share their experience in that community.
February 3 – All Worship Sunday
February 10 – Marc Prokosch, Attorney with Karam Law, Bloomington. His forum will be on Immigration and Asylum Law (he is former chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter).
February 17 – No Faith Formation
February 24 – When to Worry? Dementia Education. Jenny West from Family Means in Stillwater will lead a conversation to help us better understand what may be “normal” memory loss verses signs of early dementia. Join us to build your knowledge and awareness around dementia diagnosis. Learn effective communication techniques and generate ideas to manage behaviors and various approaches that can be tried. Resources will be provided for maintaining the dignity and respect of our members and making our community more informed, safe, and respectful of people living with dementia, their families and supporters.
March 3 – All Worship Sunday
March 10 – No Faith Formation
In March, the Adult Education hour will be dedicated to a series on Legal Immigration. There is great political controversy regarding the control of immigration, both legal and illegal, worldwide today. Few people understand how the legal process in the USA works. Through this series, we hope to provide some clarity to the legal process for both refugees and asylees.
March 17: Yusuf Abdi, Sr. Director of Refugee Services, at Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota (LSSMN) and Margaret Yapp, the Volunteer Coordinator for Refugee Services at LSSMN, will describe the process for refugees coming to Minnesota as well as the process for Asylees. Refugees have been vetted by several US government agencies for immigrants coming to the USA and then are cleared by Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services to come to Minnesota. Margaret will describe how LSSMN then assures these legal refugee(s) a safe and warm welcome in Minnesota through the “Circle of Welcome” program. Margaret has been working at LSSMN 3 years and is a graduate of Luther College where she majored in English and Religion. Yusuf will talk about the Asylee process.
March 24: Pastor Gilo Agwa will share with us how the Asylee process works. Gilo came to this country as an Asylee in 2011 and his family arrived as Asylees in 2014. To be an asylee, a person has to show proof that his life is in danger if he returns to his home country and then must go through the legal process and wait for clearance to stay in the USA until his application for Asylum is granted. Pastor Agwa will share how difficult it was for his family while waiting for approval to join him here in the USA. Pastor Agwa has a Masters of Divinity degree from Dubuque University Seminary in Iowa. Pastor Gilo is employed as a part-time Chaplain at Good Samaritan in Stillwater and also as a part-time leader of the joint Ministry for the Ethopian immigrants and refugees in Minnesota sponsored by the SPAS of the ELCA and the Presbyteria of the Twin Cities Area.
March 31: Pastor Kathryn Tiede, Senior Director of Church Partnerships and Philanthropy for Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota (LSSMN) will share how Refugee Resettlement is financed and will describe the services that LSSMN provides for immigrants as well how LSSMN touches the lives of people in nearly every county in Minnesota. Pastor Tiede, who has served in parish ministry both in the ELCA and The Episcopal Church will be preaching at both services. She is passionate about the work of the Gospel as it is lived out in congregations and communities, and is excited about the opportunity to be with us.
April 7 – All Worship Sunday
April 14 – Palm Sunday
April 21 – Easter Sunday