|Posted by ummlcm on May 7, 2014 at 11:15 AM||comments (0)|
Anyone who is to find Christ must first find the church. How could anyone know where Christ is and what faith is in him unless he knew where his believers are? ~Martin Luther
Our life as a community of faith matters. It is the place where God gathers and send us into the world to share the gospel in our daily lives. If we are God’s gathered and sent people, perhaps we should ask ourselves how we are living that out in our daily lives. Below this cartoon (that I also hope will challenge you to think about our faith life outside of church) are two questions from Dr. David Lose’s; Making Sense of the Cross, that I asked on our last Wednesday Lenten worship service. I hope you are willing to think about these questions and even if you wish, please share your thoughts with me as we continue to root around at what our faith life is all about.
1. If we take seriously the cross, the resurrection, and atonement as actual events and experiences, how might that shape our lives?
2. How might it shape the life of our congregation?
In Christ, +Pr. Mike V
|Posted by ummlcm on March 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM||comments (0)|
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9: 6-7)
One of the questions that I am often asked when I have the pleasure to visit congregations is, “Where are all the young adults at”? My answer is often to say “everywhere”, but I know at the root of this question is that young adults graduate from High School and many leave their home to go to college or find work elsewhere. They are not very visible in our congregational settings. My answer to this is every congregation has an active young adult ministry when they support a Lutheran Campus Ministry site! Lutheran Campus Ministry- Morris (LCMM) engages young adults away from their home congregations in Worship, Fellowship, Bible Study, Book Study, and Service.
Young Adults that have engaged with LCMM continue to grow in the faith and within the UMM learning environment also engage their faith in a setting that is safe to ask big questions and wonder about, what is God’s preferred future for their life and that of the life of the church.
Your Young Adult ministry needs support in many different ways; the first is to actively pray for LCMM and the young adults that connect with your young adult ministry. The second is to be active in the life of what is happening with LCMM. One congregation holds a women’s bible study at the LCMM, while another has had a council meeting… This is your ministry “outpost” at the UMM Campus. As always your continued financial support is needed now more than ever. Congregations and individual Stewards are being called upon in a big way to finically support their young adult ministry that happening in the setting of LCMM. So as you go into this Spring season, I on behalf of LCMM ask you to be in deep prayer on how you can support LCMM and your ministry with young adults. Blessings and I thank you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ!
In Christ, +Pr. Michael Vinson
|Posted by ummlcm on January 21, 2014 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
Lutheran Campus Ministry at University of
Minnesota-Morris Congregational report 2013
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Mail: 110 Columbia Morris, MN 56267 Phone: 320-589-4554
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Notes from Pastor Mike...
Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Minnesota Morris (LCM Morris) has made three big moves over the past year in your young adult ministry that you faithfully support.
The first is to move the worship service from Thursday nights to Sunday nights. This has turned out to be a great move as the Sunday night worship while growing slowing is serving the campus community as an alternative worship time for students. This worship service is also totally student lead outside of the items Pastor Mike is required to do by the ELCA. We see the promise for this service and the fact that it is all driven by the student body.
The second is to turn the Thursday night meal into a time of safe and open conversation. We did this because it became ob-vious to us that the transition from the meal to worship was a barrier to those that may want to engage in conversation but not be in a place to “worship” yet. This change has had a pro-found effect on the ministry done at this time as the attendance of the Thursday Dollar Dinner event has doubled in weekly attendance.
The third would be the recognition of the LCM Morris site (Christus House) as not a personal residents but rather a minis-try site open to the whole student population. This was done by a heightened word of mouth campaign by Student Leaders, Board Members and Pastor Mike along with taking care of some visibility issue like updating signage.
Focusing on these three points has helped to strengthen the ministry of LCM Morris (Your supported young adult minis-try) and to make the ministry more accessible and visible to the larger campus community. LCM-Morris has seen an increase in interaction with young adults in the past year from previous years and for this we have been blessed.
+Pr. Mike Vinson
|Posted by ummlcm on July 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM||comments (0)|
Sunday, July 1, 2012 was the installation of Pastor Michael Vinson at Trinity Lutheran Church of Alberta, MN. Pastor Mike will be serving as pastor for Trinity Lutheran Church of Alberta and also for Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Minnesota-Morris.
The first picture from left to right are: Pastor Paul Baglyos, ELCA Region 3 Campus Ministry Coordinator; Pastor Larry Strenge, ELCA Southwestern Minnesota Synod Dircetor of evangelical Mission; and Pastor Mike Vinson.
The second picture from left to right are: Lyle Hettver, President of Trinity Lutheran Church; Pastor Larry Strenge; Pastor Mike Vinson; Jerry Wright, President of Lutheran Campus Ministry at UMM.
Please take time to welcome Pastor Mike and his family (wife Jasmine (also our Office Corrdinator and House Manager) and children; Matthew, Emma and, Skye) into the community.