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Thursday, February 17, 2011


Living Word Lutheran Church, Milbank, SD, a new mission work associated with the LCMC, reports a baptized membership of 249.

A new LCMC congregation, Hosanna Lutheran Church, is being organized in Watertown, SD.

Peace Lutheran Church, Sioux Center Iowa, first vote in October 2010 to leave the ELCA was passed with 95%. A second vote was taken January 2011 and passed with 92%. The congregation has joined LCMC.

A new NALC congregation is being organized by Pastor Thomas Beam, a stand-up pastor in Smethport, PA. They are meeting temporarily at the Evangelical Free Church in town. First service will be Feb. 20 at 9:00 am.

What: We will be sharing information about the NALC, and discussing a possible NALC Mission Congregation in the Asheville, NC area.
When: Thursday, February 24, 2011
Time: 3:00pm & 7:00pm – There will be two meetings to accommodate work schedules; feel free to attend the meeting that works best for you.
Where: Ridgecrest Conference Center – Ridgecrest/Black Mountain, North Carolina. We will meet in the Mtn. Laurel East Building room #1 & 2 (please see accompanying map).
Join us February 24th at either 3:00pm or 7:00pm to learn more about the North American Lutheran Church and the possibility of an NALC Mission Development Congregation in the greater Asheville area. Pastor Jason Sigmon, NALC provisional Dean for North Carolina will be the presenter.
If you have any questions prior to the meeting feel free to contact us at (828) 357-4068 or for email:
If you live in the Asheville area we'd love to see you for this important event. If you don't live in that area but you know someone who does please share this information with them.

Driving Directions to the Ridgecrest Conference Center

1. From Interstate 40, take Exit 66 (Ridgecrest).
2. Turn left (if traveling east) or right (if traveling west)on Dunsmore Ave. .2 mi
3. Turn right onto Old U.S. 70 1 mi
4. Ridgecrest is on the Left
Ridgecrest is located 17 miles east of Asheville, North Carolina, on Interstate 40, Exit 66.
*Please note: The GPS Coordinates of Ridgecrest are 35 degrees 37’16.36” N. by 82 degrees 16’38.03” W.

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