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September 2017

Dear Friends,

The only good thing about seeing Summer fade away is that we begin a new school year and classes resume. Every year I look forward with great anticipation to teaching the classes on our schedule and the opportunity to encounter new information and revisit old information in preparation to share that material with others. This year I am especially excited to be teaching Romans again as I have had the opportunity to preach a series on its texts at Laurium. Martin Luther wrote often on the profound effect this book had on his understanding of the faith and many church people throughout history have shared his enthusiasm for its deep influence upon their lives. One need only cite a few passages to see what caused their zeal for the book.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (Rom. 1:16-17 KJV)

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: (Rom. 3:23-24 KJV)

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Rom. 5:1-2 KJV)

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (Rom. 8:1-2 KJV)

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 8:37-39 KJV)

What wonderful things our God has to say and how marvelous it is to study them and understand the great love and grace our Father has shown us through His Son Jesus by His Word and Spirit. If this study is of interest to you, or any of our classes capture your attention, please feel free to join us as we mature in the understanding of these great and awesome things. May God richly bless you and thank you for all your support.

God’s Peace,
Jay Weidner


In memory of Luella Bergstedt
From Edwin Jr. & Kathleen Bergstedt

In memory of Rebekka Wahala
From Larry & Sharon Wahala

hosted by the Inter-Lutheran Seminary

You are invited to our Fall Songfest service at the seminary on Sunday, September 10 at 7PM. The service will include singing by the students, staff and local musicians. The service will take place in the sanctuary which is located at 916 Pine Street in Hancock. Refreshments will be served afterwards. A free will offering will be collected and used to carry on the work of teaching and preparing our students for ministry. Hope to see you there!

Just a reminder…
1967 - 2017


The seminary announces plans for a 50th Anniversary celebration which will take place at the Plymouth Apostolic Lutheran Church on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 3:00PM with dinner to follow. Plymouth, Minnesota is where the seminary was founded and we would like to celebrate the anniversary as part of our annual Seminary Rally.

If you have pictures you would like to display in honor and in memory of the last 50 years, please feel free to bring them to the Plymouth church the day of the celebration. Looking forward to seeing you at this special occasion.


The fall semester for daily classes will begin on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Below is the list of classes being offered. Go to the Academic Information tab/Class Schedule for a complete class schedule.

Thursday night class in Negaunee begins August 31 at 7PM.
Monday night class in Hancock begins September 11 at 7PM.

AmazonSmile Program
THANK YOU for supporting the Inter-Lutheran Seminary by making your Amazon purchases through AmazonSmile. The seminary recently received $42.66 as a result of AmazonSmile program activity between October 1 and December 31, 2016.

Have you ever have used to do your shopping? Now AmazonSmile offers the same products, same prices and same service and will also donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Inter-Lutheran Theological Seminary whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
Simply log use in by using this link….
which will bring you directly to in support of our organization.

InFaith Community Foundation

The Inter-Lutheran Seminary has created an endowment fund so that our supporters may make gifts that will provide ongoing support.  Our Endowment Fund is designed to preserve the principal and a portion of the earnings, and use the remainder of the earnings to fulfill our mission. Because only a portion of the annual earnings on our Fund is used each year, the Fund continues to grow, buffering the Fund against inflation and providing a permanent source of support to our mission.
The Fund is located at the InFaith Community Foundation (formerly Lutheran Community Foundation), based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting the charitable, religious and educational
We invite you to participate in supporting the endowment.  You may make gifts during life or at death.  If you would like to learn more about the purpose of the endowment and ways you may give, please visit



Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is encouraging members to participate in a new program offered called THRIVENT ACTION TEAMS. If you are a Thrivent Financial member, you can lead a THRIVENT ACTION TEAM to bring people together for a one-time project to help others be wise with money and live generously.

If you organize a fundraiser to benefit the Inter-Lutheran Theological Seminary:
Thrivent will provide:
⦁ Resources to help you plan the event.
⦁ Promotional items, including Thrivent t-shirts.
⦁ Community Impact Card with $250 of seed money.
Learn more at team and apply online. Each member is eligible to lead two Thrivent Action Teams per calendar year. If you have questions, please contact a representative from the Member Connection Center at 800-847-4836 and say “Fraternal” when promoted, or send an email to

The students and staff at the Inter-Lutheran Seminary appreciate your continued support!


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Inter-Lutheran Theological Seminary
James Weidner, President
P.O. Box 449
Hancock, MI 49930
Phone: 906-482-3337
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