August 19-22 2019


“Building Bridges: Faith’s Impact on Politics”

Thomas Jefferson’s phrase “Separation of Church and State” raises our partisan blood pressure as it relates to various social and political issues of our day. Faith was vital in the formation of our nation, from the Puritans to the Enlightenment Deism of the Founding Fathers.

How should Bible-centered Christians respond? Do Christians have some resources to help build bridges between people of opposite political persuasions?

We will look at how our nation has become so polarized and seek to find ways faithful to our Christian heritage to help Americans be more understanding of one another.

About our Guest Teacher, Mark Mattes

Mark Mattes serves as Chair of the Department of Theology at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa where he has served for over 22 years. Prior to this call, he served parishes in Gardner, Illinois and Antigo, Wisconsin.  He holds the Ph.D. from The University of Chicago and is responsible for authoring or editing thirteen books, including, most recently, Luther’s Theology of Beauty: A Reappraisal.  He has taught at Mt. Carmel numerous times over the last 16 years.  His wife Carol teaches with Des Moines Public Schools and his three adult children live in central Iowa.  He loves the outdoors and singing in choirs.

About our Guest Preacher: Laurie Neill

Laurie was born and raised in Montana and came to Moorhead to attend Concordia College, where she graduated with a communications, theatre and art degree. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul and was ordained and installed at First Lutheran, Fargo, ND in June, 2013.

Before working in the church, Laurie worked as the art director at a printing company in downtown Fargo; owned her own graphic design business; and was the founder and editor-in-chief of The Village Family Magazine.

Her first church job—and the one that led her to seminary—was as the Director of Lay Ministries at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Moorhead, where she served for over 10 years. She is married to Doug and has four boys and feels blessed to be called by God to be at First Lutheran and to work with the amazing families in this community.

About our Worship Leader: Patricia (Patsy) Baglien

Patsy has been a songwriter and song leader for over 40 years, including recording 3 CDs of original music. She has served in both lay and ordained ministries with youth, women, parishes, camps, and chaplain for senior adults.

Patsy is married to Tim, also an ordained minister. They served in various parishes in Minnesota before retiring to Carrollton, Missouri a few years ago.

Patsy and her family have been regular campers at Mount Carmel for over 20 years. She loves the Lord and being able to share the Lord with others through Mount Carmel.

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