The Rev. Roger Grafenstein is the new pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Moorhead. He most recently served as pastor of Hope United Methodist Church in Faribault, Minn., for 11 years.
During the past decade, Grafenstein has served as an adjunct philosophy instructor, chaired the River Valley District Committee on Ministry and served the Faribault Area Chaplains for Emergency Services program.
Grafenstein finished his undergraduate degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead in 1986 and earned his master of divinity degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio in 1989.Â
Grafenstein and his wife, Chele, have two children, Amanda, 20, and Anthony, 15.
The European American Lutheran Association (EALA) will hold its first biennial meeting Oct. 28-30 at the Wyndham Milwaukee Hotel and Conference Center, Milwaukee. The EALA is the newest and one of six ethnic associations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
“The purpose of the EALA is to dismantle racism, white privilege and white power by recognizing and confessing our individual and corporate sin and addressing institutional racism in the church,” said Kathy B. Long, EALA president, Redmond, Wash. “We want to walk with our brothers and sisters of color together.”
A mid-year budget reduction of $4.2 million in current fund spending by the Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has helped the churchwide organization maintain a balance of income and spending for 2010 through Aug. 31, said Christina Jackson-Skelton, ELCA treasurer.Â However, in a report to ELCA leaders, she expressed concern about continuing declines in mission support income to the churchwide organization, down $5 million so far this year.
Ballet Magnificat! tells the story of the Israelitesâ€™ deliverance from bondage in Egypt through dance in their production of â€œDeliver Us!â€ It also offers a â€œglimpse of another deliverer: Jesus Christ.â€
The performance is 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Bethel Church, 2702 30th Ave. S. in Fargo. Tickets are $10. Children 5 and under are admitted free.
“What we have here is a classic case of schism â€” a formal division or separation in the Christian church …
“So now the NALC becomes, in the eyes of this magazine, one more Lutheran denomination. Just as the staff follows major events in the life of the LCMS, the same will be true with the NALC. The Lutheran won’t give it any special coverage just because of its heritage. This group, like Elvis, has left the building.”
Rev. Charles LaCroix, chaplain at Fargo’sÂ Shanley/Sullivan Catholic schools, recently appeared on the program “Life on the Rock” onÂ Eternal Word Television Network. He spoke about the “40 Days for Life” anti-abortion campaign. If the video doesn’t appear below, you can watch it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfqs1P8ghxM