Hettinger Lutheran Church

Hettinger Lutheran Church

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Saturday night, July 9th

there will be no church service

Welcome to Hettinger Lutheran Church! Here is what is happening!

Trying to find a home for the old piano in the fellowship hall. It does still play but is a bit out of tune right now, cabinet has dings and scratches, bench comes with, there is a board missing from the top when the key cover is down. Call the office if interested!

The following is an email we were sent by Jeff and placed here with permission, as so many have asked how things are going for him. If you would like to contact Jeff, please call the office for the information.

To my friends at Hettinger Lutheran Church:

      I understand that I have been on the prayer list at HLC since I travelled to Juba, South Sudan, in July for a one-year unaccompanied assignment as the consular officer at the U.S. Embassy. Thank you for your support and prayers.  I believe in the power of prayer and I feel your support daily. 

      My priority, as consular officer, is providing services for U.S. citizens in South Sudan.  I, and Gio, the South Sudanese employee who works with me in the consular section, visit U.S. citizen prisoners and work to make certain they are treated no worse than South Sudanese prisoners; we replace lost, stolen, and expired U.S. passports; I notarize documents that will be used in the United States; we help destitute Americans get back home by lending them money for return flights to their homes in the U.S.; and we assist U.S. citizens who become victims of crime or disease. We spend a significant amount of time and energy preparing for the possible evacuation of U.S. citizens from South Sudan in the event that war again breaks out. Hundreds of Americans work here for some of the 200+ international organizations that are trying to help this struggling new country achieve success.

      South Sudan was engaged in a war with Sudan for decades, finally achieving independence from Sudan in 2011.  Then in 2013 the vice-president was fired by the president, and a civil war began.  A peace agreement was signed in August, but true peace seems elusive.  Bloodshed continues, hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese remain in “Protection of Civilian” camps, and violent crime is on the increase at least in part because of the failing economy. Much of the country’s infrastructure was destroyed during the decades of war. Agricultural produce, what little there is because of the current drought, can’t get to markets because roads are poor to non-existent. Even though South Sudan has some of the richest farmland in Africa, the threat of famine in South Sudan is real.

      In this often difficult environment, I have many more good days than bad. The people with whom I work at the Embassy, Americans as well as South Sudanese, are mostly positive, pleasant, and hard-working. Many of the U.S. citizens for whom I provide services are upbeat, in spite of their challenging circumstances. In late December I met a young man, a U.S. citizen. He was born in Sudan, moved to the northern United States as a child, earned a university degree, and is now gainfully employed in Juba.  He travelled to the United States for vacation in January because he misses the snow. I have met other former Sudanese, now U.S. citizens, who have come to Juba to help build the country, but experience only frustration and disappointment with the current state of affairs. Nevertheless, many persist.

        My life in Juba is much more positive than negative.  I receive positive feedback from U.S. citizens who appreciate that the embassy is concerned with their well-being. Those of us who work at the U.S. Embassy live in cozy modular apartments in a secure walled compound.  We have opportunities to leave the compound to visit markets and enjoy good restaurants in Juba, some overlooking the Nile River. The Ethiopian food is great! Some of us spend a couple hours most Friday afternoons reading to and playing with children at an orphanage, always an uplifting experience. The most difficult aspect of being in Juba is the absence of Claire, who is living with Cara and her family in Longmont, Colorado, and enjoying our four grandchildren for the duration of my assignment to Juba.

      Again, thank you for your ongoing prayers and support.



An Update from Katie Narum Miyamoto - ELCA Missionary in Japan

 April 18, 2016  5:00pm

The peace of Christ be with you all.  I apologize for not being in contact earlier.  I usually bring my computer home from school, but not my battery pack.  On April 14, it would prove to be the wrong decision.


April 14, 2016 9:26pm  I was half asleep in the master bedroom of our new home. Kazu and Jun were sitting on Jun’s bed in the next room reading books, preparing to sleep.   When the earthquake, 6.4 on the Richter scale, struck I was able to make it into the hallway, but then fell to my knees and crawled the rest of the way to his bed and threw myself over both Jun and Kazu.  We immediately called other missionaries and confirmed at least some of them were safe.  We spent the rest of the night basically under the table, watching TV and using the end of my computer battery.  We did not lose electricity at all.  Friday, constant aftershocks, classes were cancelled at Luther and everyone stayed put with frequent communication between missionaries, pastors and various students.

Night of April 15-16, 2016 Many families slept in their cars that night.  Buildings had been compromised and we knew aftershocks could be big.  But the largest 7.5 shock came at 1:30am.  This time, our family was in bed, but we quickly left our home and joined a few families who had not already gone to shelters outside.  We sat in our small Honda Nbox and rocked out aftershocks of above 6.0, being shaken to and fro. 

 There have been over 160 aftershocks some more than 6.0 on the Richter scale.  We continue to be vigilant and sleep with cell phones and flash lights in our pockets.   During the day, we keep shoes ready by the door.  A bag and blankets are already in the car.  Our house continues to be structurally sound and a safe haven for our family as well as a family from Tanzania with an 8-month old baby.

Luther Gakuin.  There has been major damage to our high school building.  Our 90th anniversary is this year and the building has withstood these 90 years including WWII, until now.  There is major structural damage to the chapel which holds our beautiful new pipe organ. The junior high building, considerably smaller than the high school and newer, is structurally sound and has become the school’s new base.   The sports field in the middle of campus is a safe parking area for those who have been sleeping in cars. Our new 2-story bicycle parking lot is an evacuation center, serving as protection from the elements, with people sleeping on the cement on the 2nd and 3rd nights, serving meals and distributing water.  There will be no classes until at least April 30th.  We have only begun the new school year on April 1st. 

Lutheran Churches in Kumamoto. Many of the church buildings sustained damage.  The churches that didn’t are serving as evacuation centers.  Kengun Lutheran Church, where I serve is the latter. About 20 people are getting meals, and sleeping in the sanctuary on the floor.  It also serves as an information center for those without internet.  Supplies from Tokyo and the JELC have already been arriving. 

 Kumamoto Castle Our castle has not faired well.  More info available on 熊本城 Facebook page and at http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160417/p2a/00m/0na/006000c

  Link for NBC Nightly News (English information):


Various links in Japanese but with pictures:

Kengun Lutheran Church: http://kengunlutheranchurch.blogspot.jp/

 Open (or limited open) Facebook pages with pics:

Daebum Choi

Hannah Luise (if you are my Friend you can see her pics of the school buildings)

 Please continue to pray for:

·       the 41 families who have lost loved ones in the last few days

·       the thousands of injured and/or hospitalized

·       those who are living in their cars because of fears their homes are not stable

·       all who now are afraid of night (both having happened in the dark)

·       children afraid to return to their own homes even though they are safe

·       all in Ecuador dealing with even more dire circumstances.

 Christ’s Peace&Prayers,

Katie S. Narum Miyamoto

Please pass this on to anyone and everyone who you think would benefit from the information.  Thank you.  Peace, KSNM    



2016 Radio Broadcasts

If you would like to sponsor a broadcast, please call the church office. $75 is the cost per broadcast, any gift is greatly appreciated toward the radio fund. We appreciate your help in keeping this important outreach ministry available!


3: In memory of Gene, Virginia & Debbie Doerr

10: In celebration of Brantley Jon Ross Loll born 12/30/15

17: radio fund

24: radio fund

31: radio fund


7: radio fund

14: radio fund

21: radio fund

28: To the Glory of God from Avis Howe


6:In Celebration of Jerry Sailer's 80th Birthday on March 7th from his family Jan, Jill and Ted

13:From the Family of Floyd & Sylvia Howe

20: In Memory of Wayne Engraf from Shawn & Bob Hoffer

27: In celebration of Easter resurrection and Holy Baptism of Levi Lonuld Knuth sponsored by Mike, Etta and Garrett Knuth.


3: In memory of Fawn, from her family

10: In loving memory of Gordon & Ava Hersrud from the Lindquist Families

17: In memory of Matt Korang whose birthday would have been the 10th, from Marvel

24:In thankfulness for God's gracious Glory from an anonymous donor


1: In honor of Bertha E. Nelson's 88th birthday April 30th and in memory of Raymond J. Nelson

8: By the radio fund at Hettinger Lutheran

15: In celebration of Pentecost by an anonymous donor

22: In honor of HaLea's graduation from her family


5: radio fund

12: radio fund

19: In celebration of the birth of Kimber Lyn Jahner, daughter of Christina & Alex, by Linda


June Events

19: Baby Shower

July Events

14: Church council, 5:30, Gathering Space

By popular demand we have added the eGive button to our website to quickly sign up for this electronic service we have used for several years here at Hettinger Lutheran. You can give one time, weekly, monthly or annually. Call the office if you have questions!