welcome

We. Are. Fam-i-ly.

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen “My church is like a family!” It’s the most frequent answer I get when I ask what people like about their congregation. “We feel like a family.” There’s much to celebrate in that statement. We imagine families as places of care, deep and ongoing relationships, loving acceptance. “Family is a life [...]

2019-02-04T17:38:25+00:00February 4th, 2019|Categories: From the Bishop|Tags: , , , , , , |

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By Bishop Ann Svennungsen A few weeks ago, I was humbled to preach at the funeral of Erik Flom, the 25 year-old-son of Pastor Matt and Nora Flom. In learning more about his life, I found this story from a classmate. She wrote, “Erik was an indescribably magnetic person. People practically orbited around him. He [...]

2018-01-30T19:34:25+00:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: From the Bishop|Tags: , , , , , |

Welcomed by God’s Grace, Are We Ready to So Welcome?

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen What joy I felt to see the Star Tribune’s picture of the Somali family reunited last Thursday. Peeking behind a teddy bear as big as she, a four-year-old girl stands embraced by her sisters and mother – together after more than three years of separation. Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota (LSS) [...]

2017-07-18T20:01:53+00:00February 7th, 2017|Categories: From the Bishop|Tags: , , , |