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Home: Welcome

Love.
Compassion.
Empathy.
Inclusion.
Justice.
Kindness.

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Be a part of something bigger

Connecting to the Divine, to each other & to the world

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Connect
with Each Other

When we say all are welcome, we mean it. You have a place here no matter your background, unique quirks, political beliefs, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sense of spirituality, faith background (or lack thereof), or whatever else you may be worried about.

We just ask that you be open-hearted to the others at the table and be willing to have open-minded conversations rather than polarizing debates.

Rock Balancing

Engage
with Faith Questions

We may not always have all the answers, but we love the questions and the conversations that can come from them! 

Faith can be a struggle. At LCM we get that and honor your journey, walking with you wherever you are at today.

We believe that growing in our connection with God leads us to greater love and connection to the world around us. 

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Respond
with Love in Action

Faith drives us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus says that all of the laws and the prophets (or in other words, the big stuff of the Bible) teach us how to love God and love other people.

We are Called by God to move through our lives from a place of love, especially for those who are struggling and oppressed (and to accept help when it's us!), as well as for those who we may consider our enemies. 

Lead with love

Faith & Career Internship

LCM offers paid internships to explore how your faith may be speaking to your possible career choices. We have regular group discernment conversations in the fall and placements in local churches and non-profits in the spring.

Discernment conversations will be held twice a month in the fall. You'll be paid $10 for each meeting and you must attend these conversations to be placed at a site in the spring. Once you are placed at a site, you'll be expected to work 4-6 hours per week for 15 weeks, paid $1,125 for the semester. 

Make sure to mark you calendar to hear more information about it on Tuesday, September 19th at 6 PM in the LCM office (2nd floor of the Wellness Center, near the Swain walkway). 

Free Tuesday Soup

All students, faculty, and staff are always invited to have some free soup-to-go on Tuesdays during the school year, hosted by LCM. You'll have three different choices of soup to choose from. Feel free to pick one up for a friend on your way through. 

 

We begin serving at 10:30 AM in the atrium of the Student Center. We continue until it is gone. 

We will not be serving soup on November 21st (Thanksgiving) or December 12th (finals week).

Art & Dinner Church

Once a month we will be gathering in the Beaver Dam to relax together, start out with a fun project, eat a free dinner, talk about a Bible story, pray, and have communion.

The conversations around the Bible story are based on all of our input and is a safe space to ask all the questions (on or off the specific topic), give your input on how the stories speak to you, or just listen to the thoughts of those around you. 

Come if you love theological conversations, come if you've never heard a single story from the Bible in your life, and come if you're anywhere in between!

Church Leader Coaching

 

We'll meet regularly to get you ready to be a leader in a mainline protestant congregation, in either paid or volunteer positions. Our conversations will be a deep dive into Bible and theology so that you feel comfortable as a ministry leader.

There are several area congregations who would be interested in paying between $100-175 per Sunday for lay preachers/worship leaders. This is a week by week agreement. 

 

You are also welcome to join the conversation just because it's fun. There's no commitment to preaching, leading worship, or leading faith formation groups. 

Hear more at our info meeting on Tuesday, October 3rd at 6 PM in the LCM office (2nd floor of the Wellness Center).

MSU Food Pantry

LCM partners with the MSU Wellness Center to operate the MSU Food Pantry. The pantry is available to the MSU community and is located in the Wellness Center. 

To access the pantry, check in with the friendly folks at the front desk who will unlock the door for you. 

Both non-perishable foods and frozen foods are available, as well as some toiletries and baby supplies.

Bags are available. If you take a reusable bag, please try to remember to bring it back on your next trip.

Community & Service

COMMUNITY:

Come and connect to other students through fun and meaningful events throughout the semester. We host certain events (like baking Christmas cookies with area grandparents) that are purely social, but all of our events are an opportunity to connect with each other.

SERVICE:

Loving service is central to LCM. In addition to the food pantry and providing free soup on Tuesdays, we also have smaller service events that we host throughout the year.

Check out our schedule of events to see what's happening for both community and service this semester!

Fall 2023 Events

Aug
19
Free Ice Cream
Saturday, August 19
1-3 PM 

Outside the Student Center
 
Aug
25
Free Plant Event with MLife
Friday, August 25
12:00-1:30 PM
Outside the Student Center

Come and grab a free plant for your new digs. Welcome to MSU!

 
Sept
05
Kick-off Picnic & Lawn Games
Tuesday, September 5
6-7 PM
Old Main Lawn

Meet some new people, play some lawn games, eat some free dinner, and maybe even win some prizes! 

 
Sept
19
Faith & Career Internships Info Meeting
Tuesday, September 19
6 PM
LCM Office: 2nd floor of the Wellness Center, near the Swain Walkway and the dome.

Learn more about the Faith & Career Internship is all about and if it's something that would benefit you.

 
Sept
26
Art & Dinner Church
Tuesday, September 26
6:00-7:15 PM
Beaver Dam

We'll first make conversation and prayer beads, then sit down for a free dinner as we read a story from the Bible, have an honest conversation about it, then pray and have communion at the end. 

 
Oct
24-31
Winter Gear Give-away
Winter gear will be available in the MSU Food Pantry for anyone who could use it! Just ask the friendly folks at the front desk for access.
 
Oct
03
Church Leader Coaching Info Meeting
Tuesday, October 3
6 PM
LCM Office: 2nd floor of the Wellness Center, near the Swain Walkway and the dome.

Learn more about church leader coaching and the possibilities that can come from it. Anyone is welcome to our gatherings, whether or not you'd like to be any kind of church leader in mainline protestant congregations. Conversations will be a deeper dive into the Bible and theology. 

 
Oct
24
Art & Dinner Church
Tuesday, October 24
6:00-7:15 PM
Beaver Dam

We'll first make conversation and paint pumpkins, then sit down for a free dinner as we read a story from the Bible, have an honest conversation about it, then pray and have communion at the end. 

 
Nov
12
Worship at Prairie Sky Bread
Sunday, November 12
5:00 PM Coffee and Fellowship
5:30 PM Worship 

This event is an after-hours coffee shop accoustic worship experience for all young adults (18-35) in the Minot area.

 
Nov
28
Art & Dinner Church
Tuesday, November 28
6:00-7:15 PM
Beaver Dam

We'll first make conversation and paint rocks, then sit down for a free dinner as we read a story from the Bible, have an honest conversation about it, then pray and have communion at the end. 

 
Dec
03
Christmas Cookie Baking with Grandparents
Sunday, December 3
4:30 PM
Prairie Sky Bread

Come and bake Christmas cookies with local grandparents from our area churches!

 
Dec
05
Angel Donation Box for MSU Food Pantry
Tuesday, December 5th
10:30 AM - Noon
Student Center Atrium

While you stop by for the last free soup of the semester, you may also drop off items for our food pantry: non-perishable food, toiletries, diapers and/or wipes, and as a Christmas bonus: Kids books for our MSU families.

 
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Come on in

My office is also a great resource for you!

Whether you just want to come and grab a coffee, a snack, and sit on my couch between classes, or if you want to chat with Rachel one-on-one about anything - this space is here for you.

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Find us on campus

The LCM office is located on the 2nd floor in the Wellness Center. 


Swing by and say hi to Pastor Rachel! Grab some coffee
as well as a listening ear and a comfy place to relax between classes.

 

If you'd like to make an appointment, you're welcome to call/text 701.261.7318

or email rachel.simonson@minotstateu.edu

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Land Acknowledgement

LCM exists on the MSU campus and as such we join their voice in acknowledging the Native Peoples on whose ancestral lands we do this work:

Minot State University gratefully acknowledges the Native Peoples on whose ancestral lands we sit. We praise the Anishinaabe and Assiniboine Peoples, as well as the other sovereign nations of the northern plains whose lands encompass North Dakota today: the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, the Spirit Lake Nation, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate.

Minot State University is proud that Native men and women have chosen to attend our University and enrich it with their knowledge and achievements.

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