Minot advocates recognized during LSSND centennial open house

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota celebrated 100 years of service through a series of open houses across the state this month, including an event in Minot Nov. 5.

CEO Jessica Thomasson presented “Dove Awards” to recognize individuals, churches, businesses and organizations who partner with LSSND to help the people in their communities. The dove is significant to LSSND’s history because it symbolizes God’s presence in the world as a source of peace, way-finding and guidance. Award recipients received a certificate and a hand-crafted glass dove ornament, made by North Dakota artist Joyce White.

Minot Dove Award recipients included:

– Individuals: Darlene Cvancara and Bob Sanderson.

– Church: Prairie Lutheran Parish, Stanley.

– Organizations: St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation and Ackerman-Estvold Architects.

Each celebration featured a screening of the LSSND historical documentary, which offered a glimpse of the agency’s earliest days to its current status as one of the state’s largest non-profits, delivering services to more than 15,000 North Dakotans annually.

Following the documentary, The event concluded with a sing-along to the original song, “Like a Dove,” which was written and performed for the centennial by Christine Lennon, annual giving officer at LSSND. The song echoes the Micah 6:8 verse to “act justly, love mercy, walk humbly,” which is one of the main guiding principles for the agency.


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