Hope Village Documents and Pictures

These pages contain some preliminary documents and pictures for the Hope Village planning team to use for the January 4-5 meeting in Minot.

 

On this page you will find:

  • Site Drawings
  • Some documents outlining preliminary Hope Village Concepts
  • Pictures of some of the units reserved for Hope Village Use

Site Drawings

Drawings from engineering firm, Kadermas, Lee and Jackson, showing the Hope Village site layout.

Drawing #1: The north and south sections of Hope Village in relationship to the Our Savior Lutheran Church property and parking lot

 

 

Drawing #2: The north section of Hope Village, includes shower facilities, dining tent, mobile kitchen unit, and gathering or leisure building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drawing #3: The south section of Hope Village, just below the OSLC parking lot.  This is where bunk units, offices, storage and camper pads are located.  Electricity and wireless internet cover this section.  There is however no water.  

 

 

There are two documents:

1. Hope Village Summary Plans – This document was used as a basic write-up in applying for grant money for infrastructure.  It also gives a brief picture of the proposed working relationships between each organization in the Hope Village partnership.

2. Objectives to Accomplish January 4-5

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Document #1. Hope Village Summary Plans

Hope Village  – “Creating a New Tomorrow” 

Volunteer Village and One-Stop Volunteer Service Center – Our Savior Lutheran Church

[Summary of Thoughts and Conversations 12-20-11]

 

I. Overview – Need and Opportunity

In the first months following the 2011 flood, Minot experienced a critical and uncharacteristically low number of volunteer teams from state, regional and national organizations.  The consistently cited reason for choosing to bypass Minot and travel to other disaster destinations, such as Joplin, MO, has been the lack of adequate accommodations for volunteer housing. The end result is that Minot families with critical need have not been served.

The summer of 2012 will see this change.  Beginning in May, approximately 150-250 flood relief volunteers per day, from numerous faith-based entities, will begin serving the people of Minot through a volunteer village at Our Savior Lutheran Church.  This labor force represents a gift of more than $3.2 million dollars worth of volunteer hours to the community of Minot (www.independenantsector.org/volunteer_time ) for the six month period, May to October 2012, and each succeeding summer.

Special use permits were approved unanimously by the City of Minot at the December 8th Minot City Council meeting.  By city designation, this volunteer village will be the centralized volunteer coordination and housing center for those providing volunteer labor to flood families.  In addition to LCMS World Relief and Human Care (LCMS WRHC), seven other national disaster relief organizations have indicated a desire for partnership in this unified flood relief effort.[i]

 

II. Overview – Organizational Premise

To organizational plan is to create a 501(c)(3) organization called Hope Village which will serve as an umbrella organization to provide job coordination and volunteer housing for faith-based volunteers serving Minot flood recovery.

Under this organizational premise, Hope Village will:

  • Serve as the central volunteer management point for the City of Minot and Ward County during the Flood Recovery and Rebuild.
  • Combine the organizational strengths of multiple faith-based disaster response organizations while allowing each to retain their unique corporate identity and disaster recovery specializations.
  • Provide housing for volunteers from multiple faith-based organizations travelling to Minot.  Hope Village housing will be provided through the Our Savior Lutheran Church location and satellite locations administered through Hope Village.
  • Maximize effectiveness and efficiency of faith-based volunteer labor by combining services and networking each organization’s strengths wherever possible in the recovery/rebuild process.
  • Serve to build disaster response expertise and capacity for the LCMS North Dakota District.   Serving in this lead role for the City of Minot will develop experienced LCMS disaster leadership and volunteers.

 

III. Initial Cost Estimates for the Development of Hope Village

1. Electrical Service

a. Our Savior Lutheran Church has completed a first phase of electrical service for Hope Village.

i.     Separate metered service, including initial trenching and 400 amp transformer to serve the north and south portions of the village – $10,200

ii.     Trench work and wiring to supply power to the village’s units.  (Halted this fall by weather) $8200

iii.     Pedestals for hook ups  – $3500  (14 pedestals @ approximately $250 each)

b. The on-going cost for electricity once the village begins operation will come from the daily fee charged per occupant.

2. Plumbing

 a. Since Hope Village will not be a year-round facility, the majority of the plumbing can remain above ground.  Wastewater, both black and grey, will be connected to the city sewer via a sewer cut out on the northeast corner of the property.  Only the units on the north section will have water.  Estimated plumbing costs are $9600.  Volunteer laborers from Our Savior Lutheran Church can be used to reduce a portion of these costs.

b.  The on-going monthly sewer costs will be covered in the daily use fees charged to participants.

c. There will be no water to the south portion of the village.  Volunteers who are bringing their own campers will be responsible for using their holding tanks for both water and sewer needs.

3. Communications

a. Wireless internet services will be provided to the volunteers housed at the village.  Initial hook-up has been provided gratis via Minot’s SRT Corporation.  The village will be responsible for basic equipment(roughly $380) and an estimated minimum monthly access expense of $65 to cover service to the entire village.  This will come from the daily fees.

b. LDR will cover telephone service to the office units.  This will be via cell phones.

4. Site Preparation for Campers

a. The drawings show an individual pad for each camper.  The actual design will have the camper units simply parking on the grass next to the electrical pedestals.   However, the far south portion of the property will have to have fill dirt and gravel hauled in to take care of some water issues.  The estimate for this work, $4200.

b. Miscellaneous items for the camper sites, such as picnic tables, etc.  $1200.00

5. Fence for the north east corner of the property

a. This fence is for aesthetic purposes only.  It is intended to serve as a visual barrier as a concession to the neighboring houses on the northeast corner of the lot.  This is a donation in kind from Dakota Fence in Minot.

 

 

IV. Village Management – Daily Management of the Village Site

1. Housing –

a. PDA (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance) has agreed to become the partner for the day to day village management.  PDA will carry the responsibility for coordinating the housing “reservation system”, handling everything from the initial phone calls to managing which group is in which unit for how long, etc.

b. Day to Day Management

c. PDA will hire and train a local person for handling the day to day tasks associated with running the village (housekeeping, linens, laundry, repairs, etc.)

2. Food

a. Baptist Disaster Response could be asked to consider shouldering the responsibility for the responsibilities surround food preparation.  This has

b. Some volunteers groups working within this system will provide their own housing.  It is agreed that the village will provide meals all volunteers.   It is recommended that those volunteers who are not housed at the site will be asked for a small meal fee.

c. The daily participant’s fee will also cover food.

3. Fiscal

a. Our Savior Lutheran Church will begin the initial process as the fiscal agent for Hope Village, with David Hance C.P.A. Inc., a member of Our Savior, providing the fiscal management on behalf of the church.

b. Since the time involved with managing the village’s day to day finances will rapidly expand as the village expands, this arrangement will be reviewed in early May.

 

 

V. Village Management – Daily Management of the Workforce and Jobs/Construction

1. Workforce and Rebuild

a. Lutheran Disaster Response of North Dakota has the lead role for the City of Minot for both volunteer management and volunteer reconstruction jobs.

b. LDR and the Mennonite Disaster Services are providing the onsite assessments of each property to be rebuilt by volunteer laborers.  The objective is to provide “essential living space” for those being served.

c. LDR has hired and will be providing the construction manager for this task.  Volunteers will be matched to sites according to skills and ability.  LDR will also supervise the site managers as they assist volunteers and/or troubleshoot difficulties.  This ensures a quality experience for the volunteers and provides a measure of quality control at the job sites.

d. Our Savior Lutheran Church and the North Dakota District are currently pursuing the involvement of Labors For Christ teams to serve in Minot.  We’re exploring LFC’s involvement in two ways:

i. Working in partnership with the LDR Construction Manager, to offer their services as the site managers.  Thus, LFC teams would serve a significant role in making sure that volunteer laborers are successful in their tasks.

ii.  LFC teams would also be available for special tasks with “at risk” LCMS member families as requested.

2. Jobs through Case Management

a. The Dakota United Methodist Conference has provided case management for the Minot Disaster.  Currently 650+ cases are in the system.  This is 20% of the affected homes in Ward County.  Work orders are drawn from the case management system in order to prioritize need, reduce duplication of services, maximize assistance, and to target those who are at greatest risk.

3. Special Focus Jobs

a. Under special circumstances, work groups will have the option of assisting those families from their own denominations.  For instance, LCMS teams who travel to Minot with the desire to serve LCMS families will have the opportunity to draw LCMS names from the case management system.  These names are identified through the area LCMS pastors.  Likewise, each partner retains the option to do the same (i.e. the Methodist assisting Methodists, Baptists assisting Baptists, etc.)

b. On occasion it has been discovered that a family with genuine need did not get included, for whatever reason, in the case management system.  In these cases, an area Pastor will have the ability to add the “at risk” family to the rebuild list where volunteers will be able to assist.

4. Additional Materials Acquisition for Families With Need

a. The Recovery Warehouse (www.recoverywarehouse.org) is gathering corporate donations (monetary and in kind) for building materials that will be used to supplement a homeowner’s construction budget.  These materials are accessed through the Hope Village Construction Manager and delivered on site for volunteer teams.

b. As the “committee of last resort” a homeowner may secure additional funds for rebuild from the Souris Valley Unmet Needs Committee.

5. Tools and Equipment

a. A central tool check service out will be manned by Our Savior Lutheran volunteers.  Many tools and equipment pieces are on site from the Orphan Grain Train.

b. In addition, each partner is supplying tools according to their ability.

c. Of special note is that arrangements might possibly be made for the use of the “Toolbank” program.  This option may be possible through through arrangements with the partners from Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.

 

 

VII.  Housing and Other Units for Hope Village

  1. LCMS WRHC (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod World Relief and Human Care) has supplied an office trailer that is serving as the operational hub for the rebuilding efforts. In addition, a second office trailer from Orphan Grain Train, now repaired, is ready to be used as the second office unit for the Construction Manager and the Volunteer Manager working side by side.
  1. The engineering and site plans for Hope Village were provided by the Minot engineering firm, Kadermas, Lee and Jackson as a donation and are serving as the basic format for the placement of housing and service units for the village.  These include the electrical and water runs for the north and south portions of the village.
  1.   Orphan Grain Train Units

a. The current drawings are based upon housing and service units from the Orphan Grain Train (OGT) that are reserved for our use.

b. In addition, grant dollars through LCMS WRHC have now been approved for securing new equipment for use in Minot which will then remain in North Dakota to increase our capacity to respond to future disasters.  These new units which are being designed and ordered are not incorporated into the current village drawings.

c. The box below contains a “cut-and-paste” from the request we submitted to OGT for units.  These units will be available as soon as we request them:

Mobile Kitchen Unit

Mobile Toilet Unit

Mobile Shower Unit

Four 20′ storage units.

An additional utility trailer if available.

Bunk Houses.  We are preparing room for up to seven mobile bunk units.  What OGT is unable to supply, we plan to draw from other partners and other resources as needed.

We have use right now of a 20′ refrigeration unit that was donated by a local grocery supplier.  This, however, may be unavailable when the spring arrives.  One of these could be helpful if available.

The Mobile Chapel is ready to go, we would be interested in having it here.  It will serve as one of the large group areas for staging in the morning and for volunteers to unwind in during the evening.

 We have a 40′ container filled with tools and supplies from OGT.   As we will be moving from muck out to rebuild in the spring, I believe we can rotate out the stock of muck out tools and supplies and rotate building tools and supplies as you have them.

4. Units From Other Partners

a. PDA has two bunk units that they are willing to make available to Hope Village.

b. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief could be the reserve unit and could be asked to supply a mobile kitchen unit should it become necessary.  SBDR could also be formally asked to consider accepting the meal preparation tasks for the village.  No formal requests have been pursued at this time.

c. LDR has a newly constructed mobile shower unit that will be placed on site.  This unit would be in addition to a shower requested from OGT.

5. LCMS WRHC Grant Assistance for Units

a. Using a newly acquired LCMS WRHC grant the following units are being developed and purchased for the village.  These units are new construction specifically designed for North Dakota and would be delivered on site.

b. These include:

i.     Three trailer-based bunk units. Each unit be North Dakota rated and will sleep 12 people.

ii.     One smaller trailer-based bunk unit, also North Dakota rated.  This unit would be capable of being transported behind a full sized pickup for quicker deployment.

iii.     A trailer-based mobile shower and toilet unit.  Also towable behind a full sized pickup for quick deployment.

iv.     A trailer-based food preparation unit.  This unit will be much smaller than the OGT unit slated to come to Minot.  Though nowhere near the capacity, this unit will be capable of serving volunteers when the OGT mobile kitchen is eventually deployed elsewhere.  It will also be available for future North Dakota disaster response uses.

c. At the conclusion of the Minot Flood, these units would then be available for use in future ND disasters, building disaster response capacity for the LCMS North Dakota District.  Their deployment would be complimented by volunteers and leaders who, after serving the Minot disaster, would be developed into a District-wide response team.

VIII.  Partnering Organizations and Areas of Responsibility in addition to LCMS WRHC

  1.   The City of Minot

a. Official sanction and support as the centralized volunteer entry point for the City of Minot

b. Umbrella insurance for volunteer workers through FEMA/Workman’s Comp, etc. dollars.  (Pending)

2. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

a. Responsible for handling volunteer registration
b. Daily village management
c. Volunteer recruitment through the Presbyterian Church networks.

3. Lutheran Disaster Response

a. Lead Agency for the management of Volunteer rebuild for Ward County, responsible for the coordination of efforts for rebuild.
b. Responsible for construction assessment and management
c. Daily work orders
d. Communication with Recovery Warehouse for supplemental supplies and the delivery of those supplies to job site as available.
e. Coordination with Case Management
f. Coordination with area Pastor’s for special need and “at-risk” situations.
g. Volunteer recruitment through ELCA and LCMS Church networks.

4. UMCOR

a. Funding and support for Case Management and hiring of Volunteer Coordinator for the Dakota Conference UMC and national recruitment.

5. Dakota Conference United Methodist Church

a. Case Management – Overall management including training, staffing, volunteer support and coordination with LDR.
b. Recruitment of volunteers through UMC networks.
c. Hiring a volunteer manager to assist at Hope Village

6. Mennonite Disaster Service

a. Home assessment and construction
b. Recruitment of volunteers through Mennonite networks.

7. Orphan Grain Train

a. Providing basic units, housing, shower, toilet, etc., for the Village use.
b. Recruitment of volunteers through OGT networks

8. Episcopal Disaster Relief

a. Supplying a volunteer manager for Episcopal volunteer response
b. Recruitment of volunteers through Episcopal networks.

9. CRWRC

a. Bringing volunteer teams for construction/rebuild.  CRWRC will not be housed at Hope Village ordinarily.  However, CRWRC will draw their construction cases from the Case Management System.

10. Souris Valley Unmet Needs Committee

a. Serves as the “committee of last resort” for families that have gone through all the application/funding processes and still are not safe, sanitary or secure with essential living space in their homes.
b. Fundraises to increase the funds available for the unmet needs fund.
c. Coordinates with Case Management and Construction Management.

11. Recovery Warehouse

a. Acquiring and storing corporate financial donations, and donations-in-kind, for materials to be used for rebuilding homes.
b. Accessible through the LDR construction manager in cooperation with the Site managers and supervisors.

IX. Financial Summary From These Initial Notes

  1. Electrical – $29,000
  2. Plumbing – $9600
  3. Communications – $380
  4. Site Preparation – $5400
  5. Fence – Donation-in-Kind

Total – $44,380


[i] Other participating organizations: Lutheran Disaster Response, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, UMCOR United Methodist Committee on Relief, Dakota Conference United Methodist Church, Episcopal Disaster Relief, Orphan Grain Train, Mennonite Disaster Service, CRWRC Disaster Response Services, Souris Valley Unmet Needs Committee, Recovery Warehouse – Minot

 

 

 

 

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Document #2. Objectives for January 4 & 5 Meeting

 

1. Put the volunteer registration pieces in place.  I’d like to see everything in place that would be necessary for volunteers and volunteer groups to pick up the phone/webpage and register for housing and work through Hope Village.

2. Determine what information is necessary to gather or create in order to publicize and promote the village, whether it’s promotion for recruiting volunteers, or promotion for recruiting donations, or both.

3. Table of Organization and Responsibilities, answering the questions: “Who is doing what?   What are they responsible for?  Who are they responsible to?   How are they interacting with others on the team(s)?”

4. Identification of what positions will be necessary to make things function at the village and on the job sites.

5. Job descriptions for those positions.

6. A rough initial budget based upon potential projections of necessary costs and related funding or income, along with the identification of fiscal responsibilities for the Village.

7. Identifying the equipment to which we have access and securing additional equipment that we will need.

8. Securing a 501(c)(3) status.

9. The development of MOU’s between each agency/entity, including the City of MInot.

Guiding Principles

I believe that we’ll need to focus very hard on creating the Village as an umbrella structure that provides a win-win for every entity involved.  Each group, whether it’s PDA, LDR, UMCOR, LCMS WRHC, OGT etc., will need to feel that they’ve had an opportunity to keep their brand identity, while still serving a significant role in the rebuilding of Minot.  The same thing will be true for volunteers.  I see Hope Village basically with it’s own brand identity as an organization committed to the service and success of its partner agencies and their volunteers.

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Pictures of Units Reserved for Hope Village

1. Pictures of the Mobile Kitchen Unit reserved for Hope Village

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Pictures of the OGT Shower trailer reserved for Hope Village

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Pictures of the “Container styled” bunk units reserved for Hope Village

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Pictures of the “Mobile Chapel” unit which will serve as a “leisure space” for volunteers.

“All Things New” – Pastor Krueger’s New Year’s Day Message

God is in the business of making all things new in our lives.  At the beginning of the New Year begins, hear Pastor Krueger’s message based upon 1 John 2:3-11.  God is at work making all things new – and the place he begins is with you.

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Thank You Notes From People…

Thank You Cards from Families Receiving

Gifts from the Minot LCMS Flood Relief Fund

 

To the Flood Relief Committee,

It helps to know that someone cares, thank you!  We so appreciate the money you sent and the fact that you included us even though we moved away – words cannot express the deep gratitude towards the people who donated money to the Minot LCMS flood relief committee. This money is a big help, as we have not found jobs yet.  Again, a BIG thank you to ALL!  Our hearts are with you.  Friends in Christ.  M & J

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Dear Pastor Krueger,

Sorry I’m late in getting this to you.  Your members were a Godsend to me installing insulation.  I’ll need you again next spring, hopefully.   Christmas blessings.  KK

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Dear Friends,

Thank you very much for the check for $865.95.  It was unexpected.  Peter and I will put every penny into the 100 year old home we love so much.  We can hardly wait to get our antiques back into the house.  Thank you very much.   P & C

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Dear Minot LCMS Flood Relief Committee,

Thank you so much for your thoughts, prayers and financial gift.  The rebuilding is going well and hope to be back in my home early spring 2012.  This has been an event that none of us ever thought we would have to face.  God will uphold us through this as he always has.  God’s blessings to all of you.  GA

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Dear Flood Relief Committee

Thank you so much for your generous gift of money towards our flood recovery.  It is greatly appreciated.  May the season of Christmas bring new reasons to thank Him for His love and faithfulness. G&R

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Dear Pastor Krueger,

Who do I thank for the generous gift from the church?  Man what a BLESSING and a huge surprise!  I am so thankful.  LW

OSLC Semi-Annual Meeting Results

The voting portion of the OSLC Semi-Annual meeting took place following each worship service on Sunday, November 13th.  Two items were in the ballot:   Item #1: The Adoption of the OSLC Board of Directors for 2012.  Item #2: The Adoption of the OSLC Mission and Ministry Budget for 2012.

Both measures passed.

Item #1: 121 ballots cast – 118 yes votes,  2 no votes,  1 non-vote.

Item #2: 121 ballots cast – 113 yes votes, 6 no votes, 2 non-votes.

 

This was second experiement for the stream-lined meeting process designed to involve as much of the OSLC membership as possible in the decision making processes.

A couple of the lessons learned so far in the experimental phase:

1. More time needs to be given to communicating the steps for an individual member to present their requests to the BOD for consideration.

2. Information, including reports and packets shared at the informational meetings, can be made available to the congregation members farther out from the meeting date.

3. A clearer nomination process can be communicated to the membership with more time to evaluate and question prior to the vote.

 

Information meetings were held for the congregation on Novemeber 7th and 8th for congregation discussion with the voting portion of the meeting taking place on November 13th.

If you are an OSLC member and missed the information meeting, or did not receive a packet with the semi-annual reports and the 2012 Mission and Ministry Budget, you may pick one up at the church office.

A New Kind of Greatness

Not everything that appears to be great really IS great!  That’s the reality of our present age … yet how many of us chase after the things that other people think are great, only to miss out on what God says is great?  Listen as Pastor Krueger shows how Jesus became great by serving – and discover that you can be great in God’s eyes too.

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“A New Kind of Greatness” – Matthew 18:1-4 – Pastor Krueger’s message, September 11, 2011.

Living Life God’s Way – Week #6 – 8:30 and 11:00

“LIVING LIFE GOD’S WAY”

Practical Words from the Book of 1st Peter

Pastor Krueger’s November-December 2011 preaching series.  The short book of 1 Peter is filled with valuable direction and practical guidance for the believer.  Join Pastor Krueger for the six week series, “Living Life God’s Way” to discover God’s answers to discouragement, living with integrity, the blessings of unselfish living, and so much more.  “Living Life God’s Way” – 8:30 and 11:00 Sunday morning worship services, November 13 to December 18th!

  WEEK ONE:  Good News for Discouraged Believers – 1 Peter 1:1-12 In changing times, the sin-broken world sometimes gets the best of us!  We’re not alone.  St. Peter writes to the early Christians at a time when they were facing great struggles and intense discouragement.  Peter’s words to the Christians long ago give hope and guidance for discouraged believers even today.  Listen to Pastor Krueger’s first message in the series, “Living Life God’s Way”, and discover the guidance and help for your life too!

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WEEK TWO: Choosing to Be Different – 1 Peter 1:13-2:2 St. Peter paints the picture well as he helps us see that the battle between good and evil plays out in this world on the stage of our daily choices.  What do your choices tell about you?  How have your choices in life delivered a crushing blow for your future?  Pastor Krueger’s message points to hope and help in the Lord Jesus and the wonderful blessing of choosing to be different!  

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WEEK THREE: Living With Integrity – 1 Peter 2:11-25 Do the words you speak and the life you live really match?  Perhaps there’s nothing more important in today’s world than to truly live the faith that you believe.  St. Peter calls this “integrity” – that is, to “integrate” faith with life in such a way that your own life and the lives of the people around you are impacted with blessing.  Listen to Pastor Krueger’s message and discover the blessings of integrity for your life today!   11-27-11

 

 

 

WEEK FOUR: The Blessings of Unselfish Living – 1 Peter 3:1-10 A simple act of unselfish can change the life of a total stranger – it can also change the lives of those YOU love.  If one act of unselfish living can do so much, imagine a lifetime lived for the benefit of others.  Using the relationship between husbands and wives as his platform, Pastor Krueger discusses how growing to become one’s very best  and then giving that best to someone else is the pathway to experience the life that each of us want.   Listen to Pastor Krueger’s message and discover the “Blessings of Unselfish Living” for yourself!

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WEEK FIVE: Defusing Conflict – 1 Peter 3:8-12 If you live around people for any length of time you’re going to have conflicts.  Peter’s words give us a handle on how to do something incredibly practical and incredibly important … they help us see how to diffuse conflict in our relationships.  Listen to Pastor Krueger’s application of these five short verses to discover some insight into making our homes better places to live, the environment for our families a more secure place for children to blossom, and our marriages ones of mutual support and encouragement.  Discover how to diffuse conflict!

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WEEK SIX: Healing Your Hidden Wounds – 1 Peter 4:1-11 There are things you carry around on the inside that nobody knows – but they hurt you deeply. How do you deal with those hurts?  How do you have hope when someone has ripped the hope right out of you?  Those are real questions – and in Jesus Christ, the healer of hearts, God has real answers.  In this message, the Bible talks to us about suffering and healing!  Discover the example and power of Jesus to find healing for our hidden wounds. Audio Post unavailable 

ALMOST Disciples

“I was ALMOST your person today, Lord…”  Isn’t that the way it often goes?  What if Jesus were ALMOST our Savior?  What if he ALMOST was born, of if he ALMOST died for our sins, or if he ALMOST was rasied from the grave?  Hear Pastor Krueger’s challenging message calling us to the place where real life begins – the place where ALMOST is not an option.  It’s the place where REAL life begins.

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“ALMOST Disciples” – Matthew 16:21-28 – Pastor Krueger’s Message – August 28, 2011

Who Do YOU Say I Am? – August 21, 2011

There are turning points in everyone’s life.  Listen to Pastor Krueger’s message as life’s turning points can become the opportunities for Jesus Christ  to transform our hurt and despair into help and comfort.  The disciples of Jesus where challenged to do so long ago.  The challenge is still set before us today.

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“Who Do YOU Say I Am?” – Matthew 16:13-20 – Pastor Krueger’s message – August 21, 2011

Strong in the Lord

Hear Pastor’s Krueger’s message, “Strong in the Lord”.  Grab ahold of the encouragement that St. Paul give to you in Ephesians 6 and discover the simple truths of faith in Christ that allow you to be strong even in times of greatest struggle.  Know Your Enemy.  Know Your Hope.  Take Your Stand.

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“Stong in Lord” – Ephesians 6:10-20 – Pastor Krueger’s message – August 7, 2011

OSLC Flood Response – July 15 Update

Recovery planning and steps beginning – Monday and Tuesday on the flood response have been days of planning and preparation. 

1. Grant applications were submitted to the Minot Community Foundation’s Flood Relief fund.  Both OSLC and LHLH have submitted applications.  

2. Registrations for damaged homes and volunteers travelling to Minot were received. OSLC staff members completed forms manually during the week and then submitted them by fax to the LDR offices for intake.  The LDR site (through RCC) is now online.  You can register directly through our web site or go through the Minot city web site. 

3. OSLC’s Flood Response Team met to organize the next steps that our congregation will be involved in as the recovery process begins in earnest.  Six areas of responsiblity were identified:

  • Coordinating tools, equipment, storage and supplies for OSLC members and friends to use.  Orphan Grain Train will be supplying storage pods and larger equipment.  OSLC volunteers will manage the usage. 
  • Managing OSLC’s Flood Relief Fund.  A team of members will be gathered to collect and assess needs, track dollars, submit reports as necessary, distribute gifts and generate additional Flood Relief Funds.  The church continues to receive donations to the flood relief fund.  Once again all donations through this fund will be distributed to families in need. 
  • “Move Team” Coordinator – The move team coordinator will manage the use of OSLC trailers and make them available for LDR mission team use and for moving OSLC members to their restored or to their new homes.  The move coordinator(s) will serve as contact points for members to telephone and arrange dates and times for OSLC moving assistance. 
  • Communications and Publicity – Members of this team will be contact points for communicating to the congregation.  When an LDR volunteer team is set up for assisting a family, that information will be communicated to the congregation at large.  Friends within the congregation are then able to assist as volunteers at large and help at the job site.  Communication’s team members will also communicate a family’s moving information to the congregation so that friends can assist and moving teams can be formed.  This would consist of weekly announcements within the OSLC bulletin and the maintaining of a web blog for pepole to access each week.
  • LDR Christian Care Line – This is a crisis hotline with distinctly Christian caring.  Bonnie Rennich has accepted the responsibility to make this happen as she works with LDR, Stephen Ministers from OSLC and Christ Lutheran Church, and volunteers from the congregation.  You may find out more at http://www.oslcnow.com/2011/07/11/can-you-help-ldr-christian-care-line/.
  • Grant Writers – These would be people who have a natural writing ability who might be able to assist Pastor Krueger in the writing and research of Grants. 

4. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans funded a $15,000 grant request written by Pastor Krueger to provide covered trailers to be used by LDR for the duration of the flood recovery and rebuilding.  These trailers will be available for volunteer teams to use as they work on Minot area homes. 

5. The Orphan Grain Train request has been submitted.  If approved, OGT will supply several storage units for OSLC members to use on short term basis while homes are being repaired.  Equipment for OSLC members (and others) to use has also been requested.  If things fall into place, these units should be available to OSLC use during the first week of August.

6. Bonnie Rennich, OSLC’s Director of Music and Congregational Ministries, has made contacts with Stephen leaders from other Minot congregations and has  begun recruiting servants for the LDR Christian Care line.  You might be the right person to serve in this important ministry.  Click here  – http://www.oslcnow.com/2011/07/11/can-you-help-ldr-christian-care-line/ – to find out more.

7. Pastor Krueger continues to serve on the ND Recovery Coordination Center team for the Minot flood disaster. 

8. Because of the risk factors to health and safety, we will be partnering with Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) for volunteer service and home owner registrations.  LDR has more than 14 years of experience in North Dakota and is serving as the Coordinating Agency for the Ward County Clean up. 

Here’s how it will work for OSLC members:   If you’re an OSLC member and you have lost your home and you’re looking for people who can help, our procedure at this point will be as follows:

  • We will share the information with our church family and encourage them to telephone the homeowner and offer their assistance should they desire.  Members certainly are free to work together to assist one another. 
  •  However, due to safety and health reasons, we will not create and organize teams through our church.  Instead, we will create and organize our teams within LDR’s systems which have been set up to do the maximum amount of good within a coordinated system of experience, safety, checks and balances, and effectiveness. 
  • Therefore if you’re a home owner, we ask that you be patient as the process unfolds.  When working with volunteer help, the systems are set up for the good of all.

 

              The water is beginning to receede and some work is ready to begin.  Please exercise patience during the processes. Remember that your recovery is a marathon, not a sprint.  Most importantly, in all that lays ahead for you and for your family, remember that Christ Jesus will carry you through both the easy and the difficult days that lay ahead.  Make it a point to stop and place your trust in Christ’s promised care – especially when things seem the most difficult.

From Matthew 6 we hear the words of Jesus:   

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

   28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.