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January 2018

Dear Friends,

And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. (Rom. 16:20 KJV)
So we begin another year, about 1,960 years or so removed from the time St. Paul first sent his epistle to the church at Rome, still waiting. Satan seems to be very active, so what exactly does “shortly” mean? Where is the promise of His coming even as St. Peter says the scoffers will say?

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (2 Pet. 3:3-4 KJV)
The scoffers judge by appearance and think everything is going on without change, God doesn’t seem to be doing anything as far as they’re concerned. St. Peter states that it is their ignorance of God and not God Himself that is the problem. He says that God has already acted to resolve the problem.

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. (2 Pet. 3:5-7 KJV)

God once judged the earth and it perished, the reconstituted earth is only temporary, to be destroyed instantaneously when the wickedness of Satan and corrupted humanity reaches its fulness. However, God is not a destroyer but a savior, which the world doesn’t understand but Peter does.

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Pet. 3:8-9 KJV)

God is patient because He is kind and gracious, willing to wait for the completed gathering of all His children. We are not so patient, we just want an end to our difficulty, often not even considering what that might mean for many people on this temporal planet. The “shortly” above is God’s shortly not ours and it may mean thousands more years or tomorrow to Him who is unbound by time. Peter writes that God’s patience means salvation and says that Paul has written many such things that can be hard to understand that foolish people twist to their own destruction (maybe including Romans 16:20?). (2Peter 3:15-16)

So he concludes with a warning and exhortation.
Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. (2 Pet. 3:17-18 KJV)

Growing in grace with you and waiting patiently,
Jay Weidner


In memory of Gladys Wiitanen
From Dave Wiitanen

In memory of Kent & Kris Wolfe
From Ross & Fayth Wolfe

In memory of Rev. Andrew & Mrs. Mickelson
From Ross & Fayth Wolfe

In memory of Jack Bergstedt & his
brothers & sisters who went on before him
From Harold Bergstedt

In memory of Jack Munter
From Harold Bergstedt
John & Suzanne Sanregret

In memory of Adam Ostapenko
From Joan & Nicholas Ostapenko

In memory of Joyce Magner
From Joan & Nicholas Ostapenko

In memory of Earl & Taimi Lahti
From Michael & Margaret Laurin

Link to 2018 class schedule:

Winter Night of Music @ Zion Lutheran Church RESCHEDULED.

Unfortunately, due to some inclement weather, we had to cancel the night of music in December. But…we have rescheduled for Tuesday, January 30 at 7PM. Refreshments will be served with support from Thrivent Financial. A free will offering will benefit the seminary.

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The Thrivent Choice® program offers a way members can recommend where Thrivent Financial distributes some of its charitable outreach funds. As a benefit member, your ownership of Thrivent Financial products and services help make this support possible.

Remember….If you are an eligible member 16 and older you can recommend how to distribute Thrivent Financial charitable grant funds thought Choice Dollars®. Member eligibility and the Choice Dollars designated are based on:
• Holding a Thrivent Financial volunteer leadership position; or
• Having $750 or more in annual premiums of qualifying insurance products; or
• Having $20,000 or more in contract value of qualifying products.
For more information about Choice Dollars, visit or call 800-847-4836 or contact your local Thrivent Financial representative.


Several years ago, the Seminary board of directors established the Inter-Lutheran Seminary Endowment Fund. Funds contributed to the endowment are not used for current day to day operations. Only the annual earnings of the endowment will be used for the seminary’s needs thereby ensuring the continued existence of this funding source. This is the preferred method used by many non-profit entities, especially ongoing religiously focused organizations such as seminaries.

While this is an excellent strategy, it has proven a challenge for us to actually meet the minimum funding requirements. Until now, the fund has existed but remained unfunded. By the Lord’s grace we have been blessed with a large contribution to fund the Inter-Lutheran Seminary Endowment Fund. We would love to build on this generous contribution to grow our endowment into a major source of ongoing seminary support.

Although the seminary still needs the financial ongoing regular contributions of our supporters, please consider the endowment fund for your planned giving needs. The seminary has chosen the InFaith Community Endowment Fund (the renamed Lutheran Brotherhood Foundation) to administer our endowment fund. They will provide experienced legal advice to help guide you with any contribution questions done through estate planning in addition to lump sum contributions, IRAs, property and securities. For more additional information, please contact Kirk Otto, Jr. at (715) 294-4343 or Cheryl Hendrickson at (906)482-3337.


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James Weidner, President
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