By Barb Damlo


Your financial and prayerful support of education for the students of Mlowa continues to amaze us! God is working through your gifts and changing the lives of students and families living in Tanzania.

We reported last year that the government of Tanzania has opened a secondary school in Mlowa. Having a local school provides our partner families the choice to educate their children in a local secondary public school and to have their children live at home for their entire high school education. What a gift it is to have a choice of where and how your children should be educated.

Even with this new local school option, there is still great need for our educational dollars. The educational system of Tanzania and the Iringa diocese still need your support. Your donations will be used where the need is greatest:

  • Scholarship Equity Fund supports students from non-partnered congregations in the Iringa diocese. Not every community in the Iringa diocese is fortunate enough to have a government school in their neighborhood or a St. Paul Area Lutheran Church as a partner. A year of education costs a family $400.
  • Infrastructure Fund supports educational building projects like the science labs at secondary schools. Any amount can help build the infrastructure needed to educate kids in the Iringa Diocese.
  • Teacher Training Fund supports the professional development of educators at diocese’s secondary schools. Teachers need education too.
  • Boarding School Scholarships allow families the option of having their children educated in an Iringa Diocese school outside of Mlowa.

Please respond by November 6, 2017 using this Student Sponsorship Form 2017. If you have any questions, please contact a member of the Mission Committee. Thank you for your past and continued generosity!


CHRISTMAS IS COMING…. Once again we will have Poinsettias to decorate the Sanctuary for the Christmas season and the order season has begun.  When you purchase a Poinsettia to decorate the sanctuary part of the cost will go toward support of the 2018 Dominican Republic Mission Trip.  There are 2 sizes and 3 colors of Poinsettias to choose from.  Order forms can be found at CV in the narthex and or one can be downloaded HERE.  AND Gertens Plant Cards are also available for your own decorating needs.  The order deadline is Nov 5th, so get your order in NOW.


GET YOUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY SHIRTS: On sale through Sunday, October 1st
Short Sleeve T-Shirts will be priced at $15 each and Long Sleeve T-shirts will be priced at $20 each (add $2 for XXL sizes).  Youth, Women’s cut, and Unisex sizes are all available.
Order forms and sample sizes will be available in the Narthex on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings.

Order forms also available here:  CV TShirt Order Form

The first order has arrived and another order will be placed on October 2nd.
Contact Cassi McMayer with any questions at 612-845-6562 or


LifeTouch Family Photography is coming to Christus Victor for Photo Sessions for a new CV Picture Directory.  The photography dates and times will be:

Thursday, October 12th   2:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday, October 13th        2:00pm to 9:00pm

Saturday, October 14th   10:00am to 5:00pm

Sunday, October 15th      12:00pm to 7:00pm

Monday, October 16th    2:00pm to 9:00pm

Online registration can be done here:

There will be an opportunity to sign up on a paper schedule on Sunday mornings beginning in September.

If there are any questions or are unable to sign-up online, please contact Sharilyn DeGrand, Janice Johnston, or Deanna Luke and they would be happy to set-up your appointment.

AND volunteers are needed to host during the Photo Sessions.  If you can volunteer please sign up HERE.


Your attendance is requested for a Congregational Meeting. The Church Council has called a Congregational meeting for Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 9:45am in the Sanctuary for the purpose of determining whether or not to move forward with hiring an Architectural firm and a Capital Fundraising firm to help us with the next steps toward improving and expanding our church facilities. Click this link for a copy of the letter that was mailed to congregation:  Congregational Meeting Sept 24


Christus Victor Garage Sale

FRIDAY AUGUST 11th from 10am-8pm
SATURDAY AUGUST 12th 9am-2pm

Early Bird Special – Pay $3/family and shop from 9am to 10am before the official opening on Friday.
Volunteers – Volunteers who have worked two hours or more are invited to shop Thursday evening from 6pm to 8pm.
Silent Auction – A Silent Auction featuring unique items will operate from Friday at 9am until Sunday morning at 11am.

When can I drop off my items?  What can I donate?  How can I help?  You have questions?  We have answers….




The CV Green Team has been hard at work coming up with a slate of unbelievable programming for the summer months and beyond.  Check out all these awesome things that we want you to be a part of!

Green Team Hike, Sunday, June 11 – Join us on June 11 for a fabulous hike through Lebanon Hills Regional Park!  We’ll meet right after church, coordinate our strategy, and carpool all the way over to the mystical land of Eagan to hit the trails.  All abilities are welcome, but please be sure to wear appropriate footwear, and bring your water receptacle and a sense of adventure!

CV Camping Trip, August 18-20 – You read that correct – we’re hard at work finding a Minnesota state park for the freshest Lutheran camping trip this side of 40 days spent in the wilderness, no locust eating required (but you can if you want).  Come with your tents, your RV’s, your camping gear you haven’t pulled out in 30 years, we’ve got your back and are ready to have a great time.  Stay tuned for the extremely rad particulars!