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The Blessing of a Thankful Spirit

Thanksgiving is a holiday with an interesting history. We usually think of the Pilgrims and Native Americans sitting down at a table together to celebrate weathering a season of hardship.

Preparing for Advent with Sunday Sermon

Pastors: Don’t panic, but Advent season is just around the corner. If you aren’t quite ready for the extra amount of preaching, services, lesson plans, etc. that come with this

Encouraging, Growing, Learning, Leading

Lutheran Latino Ministries is an important partner of the NOW District. They work to connect people and resources for gospel outreach, train leaders, and provide culturally and linguistically accessible Word

Introducing Our Brand-new Website!

It’s finally here! We are so excited to debut a redesigned and more modern nowlcms.org. But first: What does a new website mean? It means easier access to our resources.

NOW Start Network: Gerod Bass shares

NOW Start Network:  Gerod Bass shares “Connecting with Your Community Through the Arts and Theater” Mike Von Behren (NOW Start Network Cultivator) interviews Gerod Bass, DCE, Worship Arts Director of

The NOW L.I. A Q&A with the District President

The NOW Leadership Initiative (NOW L.I.) launched this past year as a way to identify and prepare God’s people to be workers of his harvest — and it’s finally time to take

Fall 2022 MTC Schedule of Online Classes

Mission Training Center is an important partner to the NOW District in our ministry efforts. This robust lay leadership training platform helps develop women and men for mission with a

2022 NOW District Catalyst Grants

It’s time to announce the next round of our Catalyst Grant Award recipients. Congratulations to Anchor Lutheran School(Anchorage, Alaska); Hope Lutheran School (Idaho Falls, Idaho); St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and

Post-Convention Thoughts from the President

July 2022 Dear Friends in Jesus, It’s been nearly a month since we gathered for our convention in Portland. We set our sights on some important issues, and I wanted

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A Tribute to Concordia-Portland

Concordia University-Portland will always hold a special place in the hearts of so many. It was a treasure for more than 100 years before it closed in 2020, leading countless

2022 NOW District Convention: A Quick Look

Contributed by Rev. Steve Heinsen Northwest District Secretary Northwest District June 9-11, 2022 Portland, Oregon 66th Convention Theme: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” –Hebrews 13:8 The

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2022 NOW District Convention – Day 3

The 2022 NOW District finished strong with a productive final day of business on June 11. Though time was limited, delegates were able to work together to adopt the following

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2022 NOW District Convention – Day 1

The 66th NOW District Convention kicked off in Portland, Oregon on June 9, 2022. During the opening session, Rev. Dr. Paul Linnemann was re-elected to his fifth term as NOW

Bracelet Project Spreads from Portland

On April 28, 2022, two ladies from Ascension Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon, along with Pastor Jim Sprengle, delivered 11,000 Evangelism Bracelets to the LCMS Mission office in St. Louis.

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Imagine. Encounter. Transform.

Alaska Mission for Christ works to build ministry bridges and equip volunteers to be involved in sharing the Gospel through various servant event opportunities. They also partner with the LCMS

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Submit Your Concordia-Portland Remembrances by May 15

Concordia University-Portland holds a special place in the hearts of people across the Northwest – including President Linnemann and Dust Kunkel, who graduated in 1980 and 1996 respectively. As they

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Answering God’s Call to Serve Refugees

Some of our NOW District congregations continue to work with partner ministries to help the oppressed and dispossessed – in a word, the refugee. One of these partners is Lutheran

A Special Easter Message from the President

“If only I had known…” Have you ever had this thought? Have you ever wished you had known something difficult was going to happen so you could have been prepared

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2022 NOW District Convention

God’s richest blessings to each of you in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. This is your invitation to attend the 66th Northwest District convention to be held at

NOW District Wellness Wheel: A Tool for YOU

Does your day-to-day ministry work include a word or phrase to type that used to be a challenge but has now become second nature? Maybe it’s the domain name for

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The Bethany Center: A Story of Resurrection

“To live is Christ; to die is gain” said a joyful Apostle Paul in the first chapter of Philippians. Yet what applies joyfully to Paul we avoid at all costs

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MTC’s Spring 2022 Schedule of Online Classes

WINTER 2022 MTC Schedule of Online Classes Mission Training Center is an important partner to the NOW District in our ministry efforts. This robust lay leadership training platform helps develop

Help for Ukraine

The crisis in Ukraine continues. There are a number of ways we can help our neighbors impacted by these devastating events: Donate to Lutheran World Relief The previous gift matching

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L.E.S.T. Northwest Celebrates The Big 6-0

L.E.ST. Northwest was back and better than ever for a milestone 60th year in 2022! After moving to a virtual event in 2021, the wildly popular tournament resumed in-person (mostly)

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Compassion Kitchen Launches in Richland

Last week, Compassion Kitchen in Richland, Washington offered its first meal service to the community. Compassion Kitchen is a new project that was fueled by the desire to assist those

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Kick off 2022 with a NOW District Toolkit

The NOW District offers many training options through special toolkits available on nowlcms.org. The newest include the NOW Leadership Initiative (NOW L.I.), The Reflecting Christ Toolkit, and Gospel DNA Toolkit.

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“I See In You” Story: Dr. Linda Borecki

An “I See In You” story is when someone identifies a ministry giftof quality in a person and speaks encouragingly to him or herabout it. These “I See In You”

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MTC’s Winter 2022 Schedule of Online Classes

WINTER 2022 MTC Schedule of Online Classes Mission Training Center is an important partner to the NOWDistrict in our ministry efforts. This robust lay leadership trainingplatform helps develop women and

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Sunday Sermon Continues to Grow, Develop

Where do pastors go to find ideas and inspiration for theirsermons? It can be hard to always come up with a fresh newtopic… and sometimes a little help is needed.

A Thankful Spirit

Thanksgiving is almost here, and I’ve been getting my heart readyfor the celebration. While I believe that it is good and blessed tohave a list of things for which I

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Serving Military Families in Alaska

Here at AMC, we believe that ALL Alaskans need the love and support offered by the life-changing movement of the Gospel. That is why both of our career missionaries are engaging military personnel and their families in cooperation with the local chaplaincy in Southeast and Interior Alaska.

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Reflections on the 2022 LCMS Youth Gathering- Part 1

In all things – this was both the theme of the 2022 LCMS Youth Gathering, which took place earlier this July in Houston, and the lived experience of many of our congregations as they undertook all that goes into traveling across the country with high school youth for the meet-up of a lifetime with 20,000 friends in Christ.

Beautiful Savior Takes Action After Asking: ‘How Can the Church Help?’

The following is a story of what happens when a congregation asks: “What can we do to help?” — and the community answers. Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Happy Valley, Oregon hosted a “Fentanyl Awareness Fair” on July 23 after seeing a need and deciding to actively work to meet it.

Compassion Kitchen Launches in Richland

Last week, Compassion Kitchen in Richland, Washington offeredits first meal service to the community. Compassion Kitchen is anew project that was fueled by the desire to assist those in thecommunity

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