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December 2011/January 2012

Number 218

From the Bishop

Rev. Dr. Gerald Mansholt

Let’s call it Advent Advocacy. I write this column from Washington D.C. where I joined other ELCA bishops and our Washington staff to advocate for persons in poverty and immigrants to this country. I serve on the Immigration Ready Bench and am deeply grateful for the work of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) as well as the dedicated servants of our Washington staff. It is Advent when we pray “Come, Lord, Jesus” and light candles beseeching the fullness of God to come with peace and righteousness for all. We pray for the stirring of our hearts, that our trust be rightly placed in the Promise of God, that our hearts be warm with compassion and love for neighbors in need. My heart was stirred by the humble witness of two men who often have differing perspectives on major political issues. Repre-

sentative Frank Wolf, conservative Republican from Virginia, spoke passionately of the need for Christian people to pray for their country and make their voices heard in the halls of government. Moments earlier Ambassador Tony Hall, long time former member of Congress (moderate Democrat from Ohio) and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Agencies for Food and Hunger, spoke of his deep friendship and love for Representative Wolf. They are both Christians and prayer partners and they both spoke of the toxic atmosphere in Washington these days. They often disagree, but their friendship and love for country transcends their differences. They came together on this day in late November, along with Rev. David Beckman of Bread for the World, and Dayna Cade, President of D.C. Strategies, to encourage us to tell leaders to not balance the budget on the backs of the poor, the vulnerable, and the hungry. They told us that while there are differences, the degree of differences are not as great as the 10 second sound bites would have us believe. A way forward can be found when hearts are willing. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has joined with many allies to form a Circle of Protection. The message is clear: funding focused on reducing poverty should be made as effective as possible, but not cut. We in the Church know the

names and faces of people who have lost jobs, mortgages, health, partners and family and have turned to assistance as a last resort. On their behalf we advocate. “We have learned over the last couple of decades the value of advocacy,” said one of my colleagues. Direct assistance through local food pantries is needed and helps a lot of people. Likewise advocacy that leads to funding development assistance to countries mired in poverty or breakfast programs for school children provides food to millions. I was struck by the refrain coming from speakers and staffers alike, “these are hard days in the county and the atmosphere in Washington is toxic.” Several of my visits with congressional staffers felt like pastoral care visits as they voiced their deep frustration with the rigidity of positions and the harsh rhetoric, not only from elected officials across the aisles but from various constituents, powerful interest groups. The pressures on our elected leaders are enormous, and they need our prayer. Again and again I thought of our synod’s missional direction of building bridges across the differences that divide. Advent Advocacy begins in prayer, with intercessions for our country and its leaders, with fervent pleas for wisdom from above, courage to act, compassion for the poor and hungry, and strength to do what is just and right for the (Continued on page 2)

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Inside this issue: Peace, Joplin update ...... page 2 Bethany College, Fund Appeal ........................... page 3 Week of Prayer, “The Impact Of Hope” ....................... page 4 Leadership Training Events, LST Epiphany Courses .. page 5 Youth in Mission, “Season of Global Awareness” ....... page 6 Campus Ministry ............. page 7 St. Paul, Cole Camp, Model Constitution Amendments SA 2012 ....................... page 8 Women’s News, Camp Tomah Shinga ........................... page 9 Around the Synod ......... page 10 Parishes in Transition, Synod Calendar, Reports ....... page 11 Companion Synod Team, Global Links ........................... page 12 Inserts/Flyers: LPG; 2012 Prayer List; National Lutheran Choir; One Sabbath; Regional Institutes Brochure; Amendments to Model Constitution

MAKING CHRIST KNOWN — December 2011/January 2012 In the Synod Office … Bishop The Rev. Dr. Gerald Mansholt Bishop’s Associates Rev. Len Dale Rev. Dr. Janice Kibler Rev. John Kreidler Assistants to the Bishop Mr. Dan Glamann Support Staff Ms. Erin Morrison Ms. Sandy Van Tuyl Deployed Staff Ms. Joyce “JP” Palmer Director Lutheran Planned Giving 816-204-5181 Ms. Paula Kitt Mission Investment Fund, ELCA 913-486-4801

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common good. I invite and encourage us all to use this time of Advent to pray for our country, our elected leaders, and those most vulnerable. Advent, a season of expectation, longing and hope. Christmas, the incarnation of the love of God in Jesus Christ. Epiphany, the Light of the World for all the nations. This is the Christmas cycle proclaiming the Incarnation of God, the birth of Jesus Christ for the salvation of the world. God comes in Jesus with the forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. May that Love be born among us anew.


This has been Peace’s mantra during these days. As the six month milestone since the May 22nd tornado is marked, we can look around the community and count so many blessings. The sound of hammers has taken over from the earlier sound of chain saws and bulldozers. Extreme Makeover Home Edition built seven homes in seven days for families affected by the tornado. The Joplin and Tulsa chapters of Habitat for Humanity constructed ten homes in sixteen days. Businesses are rebuilding and re-opening. Numerous apartments and houses are under construction or being repaired; all of which are signs of new beginnings. Peace continues to support missions we identified prior to May 22nd. We have wholeheartedly supported NALA (Neighborhood Adult Literacy Action), Crop Walk, Oaks Indian Mission and Watered Gardens, a homeless center. At the dedication of the Habitat for Humanity homes, we were able to offer buckets full of cleaning supplies, gift cards and quilts to the families receiving their homes. It is through giving that we receive. The congregation of Peace continues to receive blessings from all over the state and the country. Every week brings another God-filled, humbling experience. Through it all we are learning the value of patience, discernment and anticipation. Peace Lutheran’s slate has been wiped clean and we have been given a rare opportunity. Through Pastor Kathy Redpath’s guiding spirit we have been given the gift of reassessing what God’s mission is for Peace in Joplin. We have revisited what our core values are and have begun to determine what we hold as motivating believes. And, at the end of this process, we pray that we will have discerned how best to carry out God’s mission. Then, accordingly, we will rebuild to carry out that mission. It would have been a very difficult undertaking without the help of Pr. Kathy, the Central States Synod and the generosity of Bethany Presbyterian Church, our current home. Nor would this have been less daunting without the leadership of our immediate past Congregational President, Judy Stiles, and the strong spirit of all our members. Just as we look forward in this Advent season to the birth of the Christ Child, we, too, look forward with glad anticipation of Peace’s future.

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Image at left: Youth from Christ and Trinity Lutheran Church in Sedalia constructed a lighted cross made from glass shards collected at Peace. For personal stories and more images, click HERE.


MAKING CHRIST KNOWN — December 2011/January 2012 Changed by Love, Sent in Love to Serve

Shaping the Church for God’s Mission The Central States Synod Mission Fund Appeal

Ceramics class donates to Empty Bowls Project New Bethany College art professor Anita Powell and her ceramic art students have donated handmade ceramic bowls to the Empty Bowls project, which took place on November 15 at Hutchinson High school. This is Powell's first year at Bethany but the third year Bethany has donated to Empty Bowls, an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. In addition to Powell, students Megan Gray of McPherson, Kan., Kris Boele of Mansfield, Ark., Michelle Pihl of Falun, Kan., Maggie Bogan of Rogers, Ark., Brianna Zimmerling of Waterville, Kan., Rachel Gardner of Lawrence, Kan., Alex DeLong of Admire, Kan., and Monica Ashdown of Eureka, Kan., and Art Department Administrative Assistant Jane Tubbs made bowls.

One out of eight Americans struggles with food insecurity every day. Empty Bowls collects handcrafted bowls from a community and uses them to serve a meal of soup and bread. Patrons offer a cash donation for the meal and take home their bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Money raised during Empty Bowls is donated to organizations working to end hunger and the fear of not being able to pro-

The Gifts of Isaiah: Isaiah 55:4 “Behold I have given him as a witness to the people and a leader…” and the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well: John 4:28 “The woman left her water pot and said, ‘Come and see’…”

The appeal has received over $833,565.66 to date in gifts and pledges. Thanks to this generosity it has allowed us, as a synod, to begin: ● Supporting Global connections that give expression to the faith we confess through the ELCA Malaria Campaign; ● Supporting local congregations through comprehensive stewardship education; ● Supporting campus ministry; and ● Supporting new congregational starts in partnership with the ELCA In 2012 we look forward to investing in more ways as we live into God’s preferred future for our synod. vide food, including Backpacks for Kids, the Reno County Food Bank, and the Heifer Project. In addition to Bethany students, bowls and artwork for the event were made by students in grade school and high school in USD 308 and Hutchinson Community College. Artistic bowls, twodimensional art, and welded items were showcased and over 200 pieces were available for silent auction.

over 60 exhibitions across the country and in numerous publications, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Ceramics Monthly magazine, and Ceramics: Art and Perception magazine. Powell has also published her own articles in the Newsletter and Journal of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). In addition, Powell has participated in a multitude of workshops and residencies in Florida, Kentucky, Indiana, Texas, Minnesota, and Oregon.

Powell began this fall as associate professor of art in art education and ceramics. She came to Bethany from Oakland City University, where she taught Beginning Drawing. Powell has most recently exhibited at the National Ceramics Invitational Exhibition at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind. Powell earned her Master of Fine Art in ceramics at Southern Illinois University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics and K-12 certification from the University of Nebraska.

This semester, Powell is teaching ceramics and art education courses. She led the ceramics instruction during Bethany's Art Studio Workshop Day for high school students and is observing four student teachers.

Powell brings over 20 years of experience, having taught at Gustavus Adolphus College, University of Southern Indiana, Lynchburg College, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Ball State University. Her work has been featured in 3

Powell said, "I am observing and mentoring four student teachers this semester so I have been able to work with and get to know members of the Education Department and area art teachers. All are highly invested in the students." For more information about Bethany College, please visit: For more information about the hunger project, “Empty Bowls” visit:

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I would like to thank everyone for the cards, phones, e-mails, hugs and especially the prayers that I received as I completed my position on the Central States Synod staff. God's continued blessings to all of you! If you would like to contact me you can e-mail me at or 14065 W. 88th, Lenexa, Kansas, 66215.

The Impact of Hope: Equipping churches to change the world by sharing God's gifts A GATHERING FOR SOCIAL CONCERNS MINISTRIES IN KANSAS CITY AREA CHURCHES

Featuring: Charles R. Lane, Author of "Ask, Thank, Tell: Improving Stewardship Ministry in Your Congregation" and Director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders, Luther Seminary.

Have a blessed Advent! Peace, Cynthia

Joan Dougherty, Volunteer Coordinator at Rose Brooks Center who will be talking about volunteer management for outreach/ service ministry coordinators in churches. There will also be time to network with one another and hear about the various ministries going on in churches all around the Greater Kansas City area! We want this to be a time of support, encouragement, ideas and gathering new skills for those in churches who do the work of outreach and mission. FROM THE REV. DR. DONALD J. MCCOID, ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDING BISHOP, ECUMENICAL AND INTER-RELIGIOUS RELATIONS

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a longstanding expression of the ecumenical movement – a worldwide movement among Christians to heal divisions within the Church. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity also promotes dialogue among churches and Christian communities and encourages Christians everywhere to better understand and reflect the implications of “one Lord, one faith, one baptism.” Each year from January 18 25, Christians are encouraged to pray together as a sign of the unity that is already theirs in Christ. To strengthen prayer and unity amongst your own congregations and communities during this time, we recommend learning more about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity by visiting the Week of Prayer website. Please also visit our Ecumenical and Inter-Religious website at for ecumenical events, news, resources, and other items of interest. In this reflective week of prayer, we hope that you will become informed and inspired about the strides in worldwide ecumenical activity, and likewise discover your place in this good work. [Resources and ordering information is also posted on the synod website. Click Worship Resources.]


When: March 24, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Registration and breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m.) Where: Children International, 2000 E. Red Bridge Rd., Kansas City, MO 64131 Cost: $30 which includes materials, continental breakfast and lunch To register: email Rev. Kelly Demo, Faith Partnerships Coordinator Children International 816.943.3794

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2012 Leadership Events The Center for Faith and Learning at Augsburg College and the ELCA Congregational and Synodical Mission unit are pleased to offer these events in Delray Beach, Florida: ●

Ministry Staff Seminar Jan. 28-31, 2012

Transition Seminar Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2012

Head of Staff Seminar Feb. 2-5, 2012

To register online and download informational brochure, visit http://

Epiphany Term Courses — LST Lutheran School of Theology (LST) in St. Louis offers biblical and theological courses for everyone, from interested lay persons wanting to learn more, to professional church workers and students. You are invited to enroll in the following upcoming Epiphany term courses which begin January 2012. THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS: Psalms, Discipleship and the American Dream by Dr. Clint McCann, Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Eden Theological Seminary, Webster Groves, Mo., and author several books and numerous articles in commentaries and study Bibles. The course will be offered at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 9 South Bompart Avenue (Bompart at Lockwood and Big Bend ), Webster Groves, Missouri 63119-3282 on six Wednesdays: 7:00 – 9:30 p.m., Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8 & 15. This class studies the massive contrast between the faith of the psalmists and the values of most North Americans, specifically how we define and pursue happiness and what gives meaning to our daily lives. The instructor will draw heavily upon the work of therapist and author Mary Pipher, especially on her book “The Shelter of Each Other: Rebuilding Our Families” and occasionally using contemporary songs and videos. Tuition is $81.00.

Regional Training Institutes Offered in 2012 Looking for a way to move your congregation from a paradigm of maintenance to one of mission, from membership to discipleship? “GO, BAPTIZE, MAKE DISCIPLES” is a new training institute for pastors, worship leaders, and educators (e.g. directors of spiritual formation) being offered in 2012 in Phoenix, Baltimore, and Minneapolis.

THIS IS WHAT WE BELIEVE!? How We Got the Creeds and Are They Still Necessary? by Rev. Dr. Warren Crews, Adjunct faculty, Eden Theological Seminary, retired associate rector, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, who holds a doctorate in American Church History. The course will be offered at St. George’s Episcopal/ St. Mark Lutheran Churches, 105 East “D” Street, Belleville, Illinois 62220 on six Tuesdays: 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, & 28 (no class Feb. 21). This course will explore what creeds are, what they do, and what intellectual challenges they present. The class will study the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds, the Reformation’s influence on them and contemporary credal restatements. Finally, the class will consider if creeds remain necessary and useful for worship and Christian formation. Tuition is $81.00.

As congregations seek to find ways to train and equip believers to live a life of discipleship, the catechumenate—an ancient/future process of faith formation and baptismal living practiced by Christians for centuries—is being reclaimed by today’s church. You are invited to bring a team from your congregation to explore this gift of the early church and how to introduce it to your faith community. A new congregational resource manual on the catechumenate soon to be published by Augsburg Fortress will be introduced and copies provided to all participants.

BEING THE CHURCH IN POLARIZED TIMES: Lessons From History, Part II by Dr. Mark Ruff, Professor of History at St. Louis University, focusing on modern European history.

Choose from three beautiful locations: Spirit in the Desert Conference Center in Carefree, AZ (Feb. 24-26), Bon Secours

Register for all courses online at, by phone at 314-725-9710, or by mail with payment to LST, 6325 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63117.

The course will be offered at Bethel Lutheran Church, 7001 Forsyth Blvd. (Forsyth at Big Bend), St. Louis, Missouri, 63105-2120 on six Tuesdays: 7:00 -- 9:30 p.m. Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, & 21. By popular demand, Dr. Ruff presents part two of his study of the Christian church in Nazi Germany. The class will consider the Protestant and Roman Catholic churches’ responses to National Socialism and why some churchmen offered resistance while others complied with Nazi ideology. This course will navigate this highly charged terrain to glean what lessons can be learned for the Church today in facing challenging conditions. Tuition is $81.00.

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Youth in Mission 2012 programs to open the hearts, minds of high school youth Youth planning committee. Call committee. Acolyte. Crucifer. Communion assistant. Vacation bible school helper. You name it, and Abby Snow was involved in it at her congregation, St. Stephen Martyr Lutheran Church, Canton, Ohio. This past summer, Abby aimed to broaden her horizons, and what she found was a life-transforming experience. “Through Serving Christ in the World, my eyes, ears, heart, and mind have been opened to the miracles and realities of God’s creation. I have found myself learning to question and think critically. I didn’t find God, God found me.” Abby used these words to describe her experience with Serving Christ in the World, a theological and vocational immersion program designed for current high school sophomores and juniors. In this Youth in Mission (YIM) program at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, students learn about God, themselves, and the world while exploring diversity, multiculturalism, ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, and local and global issues related to wealth and poverty. Recommend young leaders apply for Serving Christ in the World — Do you know a young person like Abby? Perhaps a young leader in your congregation might benefit from this program? If so, please encourage him or her to apply for YIM’s next Serving Christ in the World, scheduled for June 16-30, 2012. Participants will engage in theological discussions, workshops, site visits, and worship at LSTC and will also travel to Mexico City and Cuernavaca, Mexico for a six-day multicultural immersion experience. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in December 2011. The final application deadline is February 24, 2012. To learn more about the program, visit Youth groups go Beyond Belief — “I always knew that everyone was meant to do something in their life and it was all part of God’s plan but now I see it more clearly that God has a calling for all of us and we all have different journeys for our vocations.” That’s what Megan, a high school student from Iowa, told her congregation following her youth group’s participation in YIM’s Beyond Belief program. Beyond Belief connects church youth groups with Chicago area organizations for an urban service-learning experience that challenges youth to move “beyond belief” to faith in action. YIM provides low-cost housing in LSTC’s Youth Center, recommendations and contact information for organizations, and an opportunity to discuss vocation and seminary life with LSTC students. Youth group leaders and pastors can also design the program to fit their group’s spiritual and scheduling needs. Summer months fill up quickly. Youth group leaders are encouraged to contact LSTC’s Youth in Mission office as soon as possible to reserve Beyond Belief summer 2012 dates. Application and Registration Information — More information, including application and registration forms, is available on Youth in Mission’s website at: You may also call the Youth in Mission office at 800-635-1116, ext. 725, or send an email to for more information. Support Youth in Mission — More than 500 high school youth have participated in Youth in Mission programs, learning how God is calling them the serve in the world. Youth in Mission is made possible through a matching grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. If helping high school youth grow in their faith is important to you, please consider making a gift to Youth in Mission at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago today. For more information, please contact Kristin Johnson, Program Coordinator of Youth in Mission, at 800635-1116, ext.725.


A Season of Global Awareness The Epiphany Season is the season of Global Awareness in Central States Synod and we encourage all congregations to have a Global Mission Sunday or a Companion Synod Sunday or have a mission speaker during the Epiphany season to highlight the Global Church and our relationships to Christians around the world. Resources for Companion Synod Sundays are available on the synod website. Click “Companion Synod/Global Mission.”

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Spiritual Center near Baltimore, MD (April 13-15), or The Oak Ridge Conference Hotel near Minneapolis, MN (May 18-20). Music at all three venues will be provided by Bread for the Journey, a well-known ELCA music group. These three training institutes are offered by the North American Association for the Catechumenate (NAAC), an ecumenical organization serving mainline Protestant congregations in the US and Canada. It is made possible by a worship renewal grant from the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship with funds provided by the Lily Endowment Inc. For more information, and/or to register online please go to A brochure is provided at the end of this newsletter.

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Campus Ministry Month Donations Many thanks to those who made special contributions to Lutheran Campus Ministry in observance of the synod Campus Ministry Month. The following made donations through the synod office. Many others (not listed here) made direct contributions. Faith Lutheran Oberlin, Kan. Garfield Lutheran Garfield, Kan. New Hope Lutheran Onega, Kan.

Led by Bishop Jerry Mansholt, more than 50 students, alumni, members of Westwood Lutheran Church, Bishop Emeritus Charlie Maahs, and many other friends of Lutheran Campus Ministry at KU gathered Saturday November 19th for the ceremonial ground breaking for Westwood House, the future home of LCM in Lawrence. The Lutheran Campus Ministry community joined in singing, prayer, and breaking ground for the new ministry home. 106 years (and a day) after Carl Wilhelmsen, the first pastor of Westwood Lutheran Church preached his first sermon in Kansas City, his granddaughter, Norma Nielsen, turned over the first shovelful of earth for Westwood House. Architect Mike Myers joined in the celebration to present an initial set of drawings for the new ministry center. Construction is scheduled to begin early in 2012, with completion in time to start ministry in the fall. Located just across 19th Street from Oliver Hall, Westwood House will provide an ideal location for student outreach with the KU community. The front of the house will be used as a coffeehouse and gathering space, while a new chapel multipurpose space will be built at the rear. The Lutheran Campus Ministry community is grateful to all who have contributed time, energy, and financial resources to making this new beginning possible. You all are invited to the dedication of the new home on October 14th, 2012, as we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Lutheran Student Association of America in Lawrence, and 50 years of staffed ministry at KU.

Reformation Lutheran Wichita, Kan. St. John Lutheran Kensington, Kan. St. John Lutheran Russell, Kan. St. Mark Lutheran Clayton, Mo. St. Paul Lutheran Glasco, Kan. St. Paul Lutheran Valley Falls, Kan. Trinity Lutheran McPherson, Kan.

Symbolic ground-breaking at Westwood House on November 19.

Upper Wolf Lutheran Robinson, Kan. Zion Lutheran Everest, Kan.


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St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Cole Camp rejoiced with the community at our Open House and Dedication Service for our new Community Life Center on Sunday, October 16, 2011. This event was a celebration of the culmination of years of planning and months of construction; but was also a time to give thanks to God for our blessings and give thanks to those who helped the dream become a reality. On April 18, 2010, a ground breaking service was held for this new addition to our existing church, and in late summer, 2011, the finishing touches were done and the long awaited addition was completed. The celebration was a day full of fellowship, as St. Paul’s church members and guests worshiped together in the morning, dined together at noon, and embraced the community for the open house and dedication in the afternoon. For the dedication service, the fellowship hall was filled with area clergy, community members, and past and present congregation members who were treated to a video of St. Paul’s “Then and Now” which reminisced the past and celebrated the present and future of our congregation through pictures. During the service, we also gave thanks to God for His blessings to our congregation, and thanks to those that planned, built, worked, and generously gave their time, money, talents and prayers. We asked that the work done by so many hands in our new Center would bring praises to God for generations and that our work would always begin and end in God. To God’s glory we dedicated the facility for fellowship, service, consolation, education and praise--so the people of Cole Camp would have a place of fellowship—to laugh, to play, to study, and have a place of comfort. We dedicated the specific areas of the facility and also dedicated the stained glass window of The Lord’s Supper--thanking those involved in this gift and those who worked hard to install this majestic work of art. This window is the perfect symbol of fellowship and how this window came to St. Paul’s is a story that is “Spirit led and Spirit driven” as it had to be the Holy Spirit’s plan as the circumstances of the window came together so perfectly. St. Paul’s Church has been given much by God and we in turn want to be a blessing to others. With the addition of the Community Life Center, we will be “Blessed to be a Blessing” as we move forward to love and serve others in our community as this Center is “for the mission of God, for the people of Cole Camp.”


The 2011 Churchwide Assembly approved amendments to the Model Constitution for Congregations. The amendments to the required language, the sections in the model that are marked with an asterisk, must be incorporated into a congregation’s constitution if the congregation otherwise amends its constitution. A congregation may amend its constitution solely to include these amendments to the required language. A congregation will also want to consider the amendments to the nonrequired language of the model constitution. All of the amendments are posted within the Office of the Secretary on the ELCA website. The exact URL for the amendments made in 2011, a downloadable and editable copy of the complete 2011 Model Constitution for Congregations, and other materials related to amending a congregational constitution is: Office-of-the-Secretary/CongregationAdministration/Model-Constitution-forCongregations.aspx The Amendments are included at the end of this newsletter. You may also contact the Rev. John D. Kreidler, Bishop’s Associate for Administration, if you would like to receive a complete 2011 Model Constitution for Congregations as an e-mail attachment.

Save the Dates Central States Synod Assembly June 7-9, 2012 Bethany College Lindsborg, Kan.

“Shaping the Church for God’s Mission: Raising and Equipping Leaders for Life”


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Update From Camp Tomah Shinga

Central States Women’s news


As we start the new church year, the theme is: prepare, prepare, prepare. Prepare the celebration of the birth of our Lord, prepare for the second coming of our Lord, and prepare our hearts to be right with our Lord. Preparation always takes time and special effort on our part. We cannot take it for granted that someone else will take care of the responsibility of getting things done and magically, all the wonderful “things” that we as children came to love and cherish will just keep on happening. Somewhere in our lives we learned that as we watched others respond in love to work in the home and church we found ourselves saying, “I think that is worthwhile and I think I could do that.” Being willing to learn is the first part of preparing. What do I need to do to prepare for the Lord? I would like you to ponder on this and pray a bit about it.

Dear Friends, The trees of camp lost their leaves, and the deer prance freely through the property. Winter at camp shows a different beauty that isn't there in the summer. With a recent rain we now have a touch of water in the lake (see below), and we are very excited to see it get deeper.


As Women of the ELCA, we are preparing for the next convention in 2012. It will be at the Ramada Inn, in St. Joseph, Missouri, on July 27-29. The theme the officers and board have chosen is: “Sing to the Lord.” The rest of the information will be announced at the cluster leaders retreat at the Heartland Center on February 10 & 11. We always have good fellowship with each other as we share our ideas, our faith, and our love. Praying and preparing are what we do as we watch and wait for the Lord. The Lord wants us to be ready and open to serve. I would like to invite all the women of the ELCA to prepare for the new year by finding out more about your area cluster meeting and support the leaders and their work. Be active in your congregational unit and share the talents and gifts that The Lord so graciously gave you. Be safe, be well, be at peace with the Lord.

As we share holidays spirit, we are often reminded of the great times we have shared with friends at Camp Tomah Shinga. And we are looking to grow our family as well. We search for our staff in the winter months, if you know of college students that would make good staff members please let us know. Also, as you shop Christmas gifts, we'd like you to consider making the gift of camp to a child who wouldn't be able to go otherwise. We would like them to be part of our family, too.

New officers for the Central States Women of the ELCA, which were elected at the Convention this summer. From left: Carolyn Bauer (secretary), Jewell Swinney (treasurer), Susie Borgstrom (president), and Kathy Ouellette (vice president).

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Around the synod . . . The National Lutheran Choir presents Christmas Festival at Christ Church Cathedral Performances on December 17 at 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. November 7, 2011 (MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota) – The National Lutheran Choir returns to St. Louis for its fourth year presenting two Christmas Festival performances at Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday, December 17, 2011, at 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. The Cathedral is located at 1210 Locust Street, St. Louis, MO 63103. The 67-voice National Lutheran Choir, under the direction of Artistic Director David Cherwien, presents a program titled Gloria: And On Earth, Peace. In a world troubled with strife, the angels sing the song "Gloria" announcing the birth of the one who brings what we still need today: peace. In the beautiful ambience of Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, the Christmas Festival creates a journey – musically for the listener and literally for the choir itself as it moves all around the space during this powerful worship experience. Works by Clausen, Carey, Grundal, Gjeilo, Georg Schuman, carols and music from Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine as well as African American Spirituals combine to provide an eclectic choral offering to touch the heart with peace. [Please see flyer at the end of this newsletter.]

New Class Forming Soon Bethany House of Studies (BHS) is in the process of forming classes in Introduction to the New Testament. Times and location of classes will be determined after BHS knows who is interested in taking the class. No matter your location in the Central States Synod area, you are welcome to take this class. This class may be audited, that is, you may attend the class for lecture and discussion but not do any "homework." This class may be taken for credit which requires attendance at class (in person or via e-mail or other means) and assignments, including a 10-page summary paper. Taking a class for credit may be simply for your own personal growth OR as part of the Parish Ministry Associate Course of Study. If you are interested in taking this class, please e-mail Sharon Custer ( with your name, church home, and telephone number and whether you want to audit the class or take the class for credit. BHS will then contact you. (Showing interest does not obligate you to take the class.)

Congratulations to First Lutheran and Pr. Lenander First Lutheran Church of St. Joseph, Mo. has received a grant of $50,000 to enable its minister, Rev. Roger Lenander, to participate in the 2011 National Clergy Renewal Program funded by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. It is one of 158 congregations across the country that will support their ministers in the program, which allows pastors to step back from their busy lives and renew their spirits for the benefit of their ongoing ministries. Pastor Lenander will spend the time experiencing how community is shaped in a variety of cities in the U.S. He will be learning Spanish in a month long immersion, interview members of churches who were involved in the Civil rights events of the 60’s, touring New England coffeehouses to study music that shapes communities, and visit inner city congregations in Los Angeles that are effectively raising up healthy leaders in the neighborhoods where they reside. For the complete press release, please the Area Ministry 6 web page. 10

The Gospel-Given Life: Discipleship Revisited 4th International Conference January 22-25 — St. Louis What does it mean “to follow Jesus” today? That question is often answered in self-help therapeutic and moralistic tones, as though “to follow” means to “imitate Jesus,” as though he is a model of common sense behavior and sensibility, as though discipleship is rooted in the demands of law. But such a view of discipleship produces, at best, “anxious Christians” and, at worst, “presumptuous ones.” This conference revisits the theme of discipleship in order to recover both its biblical and gospel basis. “To follow Jesus” means first and foremost to trust him and what he promises to do to and for us as we make our way with him in church and world. For more information, see the flyer and brochure/registration at the end of this newsletter or visit

MAKING CHRIST KNOWN — December 2011/January 2012


Parishes in the Call Process (a) intentional interim/interim (b) developing congregational profile (c) interview phase (d) call pending Area Ministry 3 Belleville/Courtland/Norway/Scandia, Peace Parish (a) Beloit, Zion (c) Salina, St. John — lay rostered leader (c)

December 2-3 23-26 30

Candidacy Meetings — Synod Office Christmas Holiday — Synod Office Closed New Year’s Holiday — Synod Office Closed

January 2 16 20-21 25 31

New Year’s Holiday — Synod Office Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday — Synod Office Closed FaithPrints Retreat — Hollis Renewal Center Interim Pastors Meeting — Synod Office Area Ministry 7 Ministerium — Salem Lutheran, Lenexa KS

Area Ministry 5 Derby, Cross of Glory (c) Wichita, Good Shepherd (a) Area Ministry 6 Topeka, Trinity (b)

Reports and Forms Reminder

Area Ministry 7 Liberty, Hosanna! (a)

Thank you again for your partnership in mission and ministry!

Area Ministry 8 Nevada, St. Paul and Butler, St. Matthew (c)

2012 Congregation’s Mission Support – Due end of 2011

Area Ministry 9 Camdenton, Our Savior (a) Russellville, Trinity (a) Area Ministry 10 Manchester, Good Shepherd ― associate (c) St. Ann, Shepherd of the Hills (a) St. Charles, Hope — associate (a)

Save the Date PMA Convocation April 27-28, 2012 Kansas City Area

Facilitator: Sonja Sandquist This will be a time of spiritual renewal with the theme, “Claiming God’s/My Story.”


Below are reports due in the upcoming months:

Every congregation should have received an email with an electronic form attached. They can be filled out and email to Sandy Van Tuyl, or mailed to the office. If you have question or did not receive the email contact Dan Glamann .

Congregational Annual Reports (Parochial Reports) - Due Feb. 15, 2012 Passwords will be mailed out to congregations the end of Dec. 2011 After receiving password click here to complete the report or go to Forms.aspx . In the 2nd column (congregations) click on Congregational Report Forms A and C (password required) and Congregation Leadership Directory (Form B) (password required). If you have questions or need your password, contact Sandy Van Tuyl Completion of this report helps to provide accurate information on all congregations of the ELCA and is the constitutional responsibility of the called pastor of the congregation. Thanks for your participation.

Rostered Leaders Annual Reports to the Bishop - Due Feb. 15, 2012 All rostered leaders under active call, on leave from call, retired, or on disability are required to complete this report. Click here to complete this report online or go to https:// in the first column click on Rostered Leaders Report to the Bishop Forms and choose the appropriate status. Please send this report to rather than to Bishop Mansholt’s email. If you have questions, contact Sandy Van Tuyl


MAKING CHRIST KNOWN — December 2011/January 2012



Malakai was out early, scouring the area. His pile of colorful plastic and shiny foil had been growing all week. Today he was hoping for a few more silver liners from cigarette packets and foil wrappers from chocolate bars. He was finally old enough to join the youth in all the Christmas preparations at his church at Heldsbach. By mid-morning he had gathered up his treasures and joined the group outside the church. While the girls had been busy shredding the fronds on the sago palm branches, and picking red hibiscus and multi-colored croton leaves, the other boys had been gathering orange gourds and green limes. Now they had to tie their decorations to the strings of palm and then attach the branches to the walls and openings inside the church. Malakai knew his finds would shine in the lantern light during the service that would highlight night.

A nonviolent warrior for peace — "Every time the bold men rose up, they rose up with guns," says Liberian Lutheran Leymah Roberta Gbowee, winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Read Leymah's story by visiting "Living Lutheran"

at Madagascar: Standing on the success of past missionaries — Barbara Hinderlie recently completed service in Madagascar to begin service in Tanzania. She reflects on her missionary service and how previous generations of missionaries have walked alongside the church there as it prepares for a new era of ministry. Read the entire story at; click either the copy-ready bulletin insert or the Fall 2011 issue of the Hand in Hand newsletter.

Before the youth left the church, they practiced their song one more time. They (young and educated) were doing a song in English, a song sung by African Americans: “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” He was going to play his kundu drum and others had guitars. During the service, he would also join his grandmother’s group for a song in her language (Bel) from the Madang area. It was a song about Jesus coming to Earth to be our Savior. Usually about six language groups offered up special songs.

Russia: A new era of service — Bradn Burkle and his spouse, Natasha, served parishes of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia and Other States and its Novosaratovka Seminary in St. Petersburg from 2002-2011. He now begins a joint appointment between the ELCA and the Hermannsburg Mission (Germany) to serve in Siberia. Watch a short video at handinhand.

At dusk, the few youth with jobs joined the others at the high school. They divided the pieces of cloth that would serve as costumes, gathered makeshift props, and assigned roles. Malakai knew he was going to be a shepherd and had already found a crook-like stick. The tricky thing was going to be getting the pigs to behave like sheep. Usually they pressed some small boys into getting down on all fours and bleating “Mee-mee-mee,” but this year they had decided to try pigs since the small boys sometimes stole the show.

Sponsors needed for missionaries in Palestine — You can be a sponsor for Julie Rossate and Jeff VonWald, newly called missionaries to Palestine, where they mentor young adults serving ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. Sponsors from the New England Synod of the ELCA and the Iowa area are especially welcomed to minimize their travel time and maximize their effectiveness while on home assignment. For more information, write or call 800-638-3522, ext. 2657.

During the players’ preparations, the community had gathered. Seated on the ground, they would move as the action shifted from the church (Nazareth) to the grade school (Bethlehem). Malakai quietly made his way to the hill behind the school to the small pen they had built earlier for the pigs; the angels with their flashlights and white cloths climbed the nearby tree; the wisemen were waiting in the generator shed (The East); behind the clinic (Jerusalem) Herod’s soldiers were armed with cardboard swords and dried coconut spines they would light to search for the baby.

ELCA Malaria Campaign resources — Spread the word! New bulletin inserts, brochures, offering envelopes, videos and other resources can help you share the news of the ELCA Malaria Campaign with your congregation. Get resources at malaria.

Everyone was ready. Using a bullhorn, the narrator began the nativity story from Luke and Matthew: “Long dispela taim Emperor Augustus . . . .”

Global Links contains highlights from of ELCA ministry or connections in other countries. See a current issue, subscribe, or follow on Facebook or Twitter at Send your suggestions and comments to or to Pastor Lanny Westphal, ELCA Global Mission, 8765 W. Higgins Rd., Chicago, IL 60631.

Different though preparations might be in the churches of the Kotte District (our companion synod in Papua New Guinea), the message is the same. Together with Malakai and the other shepherds we sing praises to God for all we have heard and seen. P.S. If you are curious about Christmas in Russia, our other Companion Synod, click HERE and find the children's message for Epiphany 2012.

December 2011

The complete list of Global Links and other information may also be found on the synod Companion Synod/Global Missions page: http:// 12

Lutheran Planned Giving Arkansas-Oklahoma & Central States Synods December 2011


The Condo Mostly Stays Vacant Now If that sounds like a thought you have had, you are not alone. Mr. and Mrs. Hobson, individuals who have passion for ministry, have owned a waterfront condominium for a number of years. While this second home was once a busy place, the children and grandchildren rarely visit. Still, the Hobsons spend a couple of months there each year. Working with the ELCA regional gift planner, Joyce “JP” Palmer, the Hobsons learned that this condominium “problem” provided a unique opportunity for them. Here’s their example: Over the years they have owned it, the property increased in value even as they paid off the mortgage. Because the children do not want it, once the Hobsons are no longer able to visit the waterfront they want various ministry organizations to somehow have the benefit from the condo. The regional gift planner encouraged them to consider giving it now while retaining the right to use it for as long as they wish. The Hobson’s CPA confirmed that this was not only possible, but economically advantageous for them. Here’s why:

They can continue to use it as often and for as long as they want and have others visit, too.

By giving the condo, there will be no need to deal with the sale of it when the time comes, and capital gains tax is avoided. Retaining their “life estate” while deeding the house to the ELCA Foundation now will create a significant income tax deduction, offsetting much of their current tax bill.

The Hobsons continue to have responsibility for property taxes, insurance and upkeep of the property. Yet they also can be certain that the condo will someday provide ministry with a generous gift. Would you like to know more about giving a residence and retaining a life estate? Please contact Joyce “JP” Palmer, ELCA regional gift planner, to discuss this gifting option and review how a retained life estate gift might work for you.

Lutheran Planned Giving Joyce "JP" Palmer

Director/ELCA Regional Gift Planner 9911 N. Hawthorne Ave. Kansas City, MO 64157 Phone: 816-204-5181 E-mail: ELCA Lutheran Planned Giving is a service to ELCA congregations and individuals to help them plan for themselves, loved ones and the work of the Lord, by providing education and consultation in the area of stewardship of accumulated assets. All services are available without cost or obligation. ELCA congregations have permission to reproduce this insert for newsletters, bulletins or other congregational use.

Lutheran Planned Giving Arkansas-Oklahoma & Central States Synods January 2012


Five Reasons to Die Without a Will There must be powerful reasons to avoid having a will because so may people die without one. If you happen to be one of the seven out of ten who will die without a will, here are five reasons to support your position. You can use these to help you sleep at night. 1) 2) 3) 4) 5)

The court, in your state, surely can do a much better job deciding how to disperse your assets than you ever will! The court surely can choose a better personal representative to handle your estate during probate than you can. The court can choose a much more caring guardian for your minor children than you can. The government, of course, will more efficiently use your estate tax dollars than your favorite ministry/charity would use a charitable bequest. Your grieving loved ones will be better off looking after your affairs without your will.

Powerful reasons? Hardly! Nonetheless, people unwittingly (even members of our church) affirm these reasons year after year as they continue to do tomorrow what they should do today in drafting a will.

Like many people, you may be uneasy about seeing an attorney. Yet, an attorney who specializes in estate planning knows the right questions to ask and the best ways to assist you in accomplishing your goals. These professionals are well trained and, normally, well worth the time and the expense. In advance of meeting with your attorney, you may want to visit with Joyce “JP” Palmer, our ELCA Regional Gift Planner, to discuss various church ministries, gift vehicles and assistance in organizing your own thoughts – thus making the best use of your attorney’s time. Feel free to call her; there is no obligation nor cost.

Lutheran Planned Giving Joyce "JP" Palmer

Director/ELCA Regional Gift Planner 9911 N. Hawthorne Ave. Kansas City, MO 64157 Phone: 816-204-5181 E-mail: ELCA Lutheran Planned Giving is a service to ELCA congregations and individuals to help them plan for themselves, loved ones and the work of the Lord, by providing education and consultation in the area of stewardship of accumulated assets. All services are available without cost or obligation. ELCA congregations have permission to reproduce this insert for newsletters, bulletins or other congregational use.

PRAYING FOR ONE ANOTHER — CENTRAL STATES SYNOD Please include these congregations and ministries in your Sunday prayer petitions.

JANUARY 2012 January 1 St. Mark Lutheran Cape Girardeau, Mo. Trinity Lutheran Chesterfield, Mo. Chinese Ministry Creve Coeur, Mo. Hebron Lutheran Burdick, Kan. Bethany College Lindsborg, Kan. January 8 Peace Parish: Ada Lutheran Courtland, Kan.; Amana Lutheran Scandia, Kan.; American Lutheran Belleville, Kan.; & Our Savior Lutheran Norway, Kan. January 15 First Lutheran Dorrance, Kan. Everest -Robinson Parish: Zion Lutheran Everest, Kan. & Upper Wolf Lutheran Robinson, Kan. Zion Lutheran Ferguson, Mo. Kansas Ecumenical Ministries Topeka, Kan. January 22 St. Andrew Lutheran Columbia, Mo. Holy Cross Lutheran Creve Coeur, Mo. Redeemer Lutheran Desoto, Mo. Community Lutheran Eagle Rock, Mo. January 29 Reformation Lutheran Wichita, Kan. Prairie Winds Parish: Trinity Lutheran Abilene, Kan. & Faith Lutheran Junction City, Kan. Bethany House of Studies Kansas

FEBRUARY 2012 February 5 Seeds of Faith Parish: Peace Lutheran Albert, Kan.; Emmanuel Lutheran Hoisington, Kan.; First Lutheran LaCrosse, Kan.; & Hope Lutheran Rush Center, Kan. February 12 Trinity Lutheran Hays, Kan. Immanuel Lutheran Kansas City, Mo. Zion Lutheran Phillipsburg, Kan. Faith Lutheran Oberlin, Kan. Lutheran Senior Services St. Louis, Mo. February 19 Trinity Lutheran Topeka, Kan. Salem Lutheran Axtell, Kan. Greenleaf-Waterville Parish: Trinity Lutheran Greenleaf, Kan. & St. Mark Lutheran Waterville, Kan. February 26 Assaria Lutheran Assaria, Kan. Unity Lutheran Bel-Nor, Mo. Lord of Love Lutheran Belton, Mo. Hollis Renewal Center Bonner Springs, Kan. MARCH 2012 March 4 Garfield Lutheran Garfield, Kan. St. Martin Lutheran Kansas City, Kan. Zion Lutheran Hollenberg, Kan. New Hope Lutheran Onaga, Kan.

March 11 Bendena-Lancaster Parish: St. John Lutheran Bendena, Kan. & St. John Lutheran Lancaster, Kan. St. Mark Lutheran Atchinson, Kan. Zion Lutheran Beloit, Kan. March 18 Concordia Lutheran Concordia, Kan. Falun-Salemsborg Parish: Falun Lutheran Falun, Kan. & Salemsborg Lutheran Smolan, Kan. Peace Lutheran New Cambria, Kan. March 25 Our Savior Lutheran Jefferson City, Mo. Prince of Peace Lutheran Kansas City, Kan. St. John Lutheran Kensington, Kan. Lutheran Ecumenical Representative Network APRIL 2012 April 1 Grace Lutheran Osage City, Kan. St Andrew Lutheran Poplar Bluff, Mo. St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Kansas City, Mo. Kan. State Campus Ministry Manhattan, Kan. April 8 Advent Lutheran Olathe, Kan. Trinity Lutheran Otis, Kan. Hope Lutheran Rolla, Mo. Lutheran House of Studies Lawrence, Kan.

April 15 Laotian Ministry Olathe, Kan. Overland Park Lutheran Overland Park, Kan. St. John Lutheran Russell, Kan. April 22 St. Matthew Lutheran Butler, Mo. Our Savior Lutheran Camdenton, Mo. Cross of Glory Lutheran Derby, Kan. Christ Lutheran Eureka, Kan. Metro Lutheran Ministry Kansas City, Mo. April 29 St. Mark Lutheran Olathe, Kan. Atonement Lutheran Overland Park, Kan. St. John Lutheran Pittsburg, Kan. United Emmanuel Lutheran Russell (Milberger), Kan. MAY 2012 May 6 Trinity Lutheran Kirkwood, Mo. Hosanna! Lutheran Liberty, Mo. Messiah Lutheran Lindsborg, Kan. Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Oregon, IL May 13 Living Lord Lutheran Lake St. Louis, Mo. Olsburg-Walsburg Parish: Olsburg Lutheran Olsburg, Kan. & Walsburg Lutheran Leonardville, Kan. Denmark Lutheran Lincoln, Kan. St. Paul Lutheran Lohman, Mo.

PRAYING FOR ONE ANOTHER — CENTRAL STATES SYNOD Please include these congregations and ministries in your Sunday prayer petitions.

May 20 Good Shepherd Lutheran Lawrence, Kan. Bethany Lutheran Lindsborg, Kan. Gloria Dei Lutheran Lucas, Kan. First Lutheran Manhattan, Kan. Kansas University Campus Ministry Lawrence, Kan. May 27 Trinity Lutheran Lawrence, Kan. Good Shepherd Lutheran Manchester, Mo. Peace Lutheran Manhattan, Kan. JUNE 2012 June 3 For all of the participants in Synod Assembly in Lindsborg, Kan. this coming week June 10 New Gottland Lutheran McPherson, Kan. Elim Lutheran Marquette, Kan. St. Paul Lutheran Nevada, Mo. Missourians to Abolish the Death Penalty St. Louis, Mo. June 17 Peace Lutheran Joplin, Mo. Trinity Lutheran McPherson, Kan. Our Saviour Lutheran Mulvane, Kan. Peace Lutheran Washington, Mo. Blue Ridge Trinity Lutheran Raytown, Mo.

JULY 2012 July 1 Prairie Faith Parish: St. John Lutheran Ellis, Kan.; Our Redeemer Lutheran Ness City, Kan.; Bethlehem Lutheran WaKeeney, Kan.; Emanuel Lutheran WaKeeney, Kan.; Immanuel Lutheran WaKeeney, Kan.; & Zion Lutheran WaKeeney, Kan.

July 29 St. James Lutheran Kansas City, Mo. Our Savior Lutheran Topeka, Kan. St. Mark Lutheran Emporia, Kan. St. Louis Campus Ministry St. Louis, Mo. For all of the participants at the CSS Women’s Convention in St. Joseph, Mo.

AUGUST 2012 August 5 Children’s Memorial Lutheran July 8 Lutheran Church of the Living Christ Kansas City, Mo. Ruskin Heights Lutheran Florissant, Mo. Iglesia Luterana de la Resurrección Kansas City, Mo. St. John Lutheran Garden City, Kan. Bird City, Kan. Trinity Lutheran Lutheran School of Theology Great Bend, Kan. Metro Coalition St. Louis, Mo. St. Louis, Mo. July 15 St. Paul Lutheran Galatia, Kan. St. Paul Lutheran Glasco, Kan. Zion Lutheran Hanover, Kan. St. John Lutheran Hanover (Lanham), Kan. Good Shepherd Lutheran Hazelwood, Mo.

July 22 St. Mark Lutheran Great Bend, Kan. St. Paul Lutheran Herrington, Kan. Peace Lutheran Hollister, Mo. Lutheran School of Theology Chicago, IL. July 31 Resurrection Lutheran Haysville, Kan. June 24 Emanuel Lutheran Gloria Dei Lutheran Hutchinson, Kan. Kansas City, Mo. Zion Lutheran Lutheran Church of the Resurrection Hutchison, Kan. Prairie Village, Kan. Family of Christ Lutheran Salem Lutheran Imperial, Mo. Lenexa, Kan. Lutheran Church of the Atonement Florissant, Mo.

August 12 Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran St. Ann, Mo. All Saints Lutheran Blue Springs, Mo. Scherer Memorial Lutheran Chapman, Kan. Missouri Christian Leadership Forum Jefferson City, Mo. August 19 Martin Luther Lutheran Lee’s Summit, Mo. Messiah Lutheran Lindsborg, Kan. Bethany Home Lindsborg, Kan.

SEPTEMBER 2012 September 2 For all Lutheran Campus Ministry Sites in CSS — Lawrence & Manhattan, Kan. & St. Louis, Mo. September 9 Christ Lutheran Wichita, Kan. Excelsior Lutheran Wilson, Kan. American Lutheran Smith Center, Kan. September 16 Lord of Life Lutheran Wichita, Kan. Andover Lutheran Windom, Kan. Wartburg Seminary Dubuque, Iowa September 23 Good Shepherd Lutheran Wichita, Kan. Christ the King Lutheran St. Peters, Mo. Immanuel Lutheran Wilson, Kan. MOSAIC Omaha, Nebr. OCTOBER 2012 October 7 Christ Lutheran Webster Groves, Mo. Marion Hill Lutheran White City, Kan. Gloria Dei Lutheran Wichita, Kan. October 14 St. John Lutheran Wellington, Kan. St. Paul Lutheran West Plains, Mo. St. John Lutheran Westboro, Mo. Interfaith Partnership St. Louis, Mo.

August 26 Bethany Lutheran Webster Groves, Mo. Kent Memorial Lutheran Sunrise Beach, Mo. First Lutheran October 21 Topeka, Kan. Hillside Community Lutheran (AWC) Kaw Prairie Community Shawnee Mission, Kan. Spring Hill, Kan. Bethel Lutheran St. Louis (University City), Mo. Peace Lutheran Sullivan, Mo.

PRAYING FOR ONE ANOTHER — CENTRAL STATES SYNOD Please include these congregations and ministries in your Sunday prayer petitions.

October 28 First Lutheran St. Joseph, Mo. St. Philip Lutheran St. Louis, Mo. Emmanuel Lutheran Stuttgart, Kan. St. Paul Lutheran Tescott, Kan. Missouri Churches United in Christ Springfield, Mo. NOVEMBER 2012 November 4 St. Paul Lutheran Valley Falls, Kan. Good Shepherd Lutheran Washington, Kan. St. Paul Lutheran Wichita, Kan. Humanitri St. Louis, Mo. November 11 Salem Lutheran St. Francis, Kan. Holy Trinity Lutheran St. Louis, Mo. November 18 First Lutheran Shawnee Mission, Kan. Messiah Lutheran Springfield, Mo. St. Thomas-Holy Spirit Lutheran St. Louis, Mo. Resurrection Lutheran St. Louis, Mo. Oaks Indian Mission Oaks, Okla. November 25 Sedgewickville Parish: Sargent’s Chapel & Sedgewickville Lutheran Sedgewickville, Mo. Lutherans on the Plains Parish: Sharon Lutheran Sharon Springs, Kan.; Bethany Lutheran Weskan, Kan.; Our Savior Lutheran Brewster, Kan.; and Bethesda Lutheran Winona, Kan. (Page City)

DECEMBER 2012 December 2 Faith Lutheran Prairie Village, Kan. Immanuel Lutheran Salina, Kan. Peace Lutheran Salisbury, Kan. Hope Lutheran St. Charles, Mo. Lutheran Family and Children’s Services St. Louis, Mo. December 9 Holy Cross Lutheran Overland Park, Kan. St. Paul Lutheran Peabody, Kan. Redeemer Lutheran Salina, Kan. Friends Home Lutheran Savonburg, Kan. December 16 Atonement Lutheran Overland Park, Kan. St. John Lutheran Salina, Kan. Christ & Trinity Lutheran Sedalia, Mo. Our Savior Lutheran Salem, Mo. Camp Tomah Shinga Junction City, Kan. December 23 Prince of Peace Lutheran Springfield, Mo. Gethsemane Lutheran St. Louis, Mo. Zion Lutheran Hollenberg, Kan. December 30 For all the ministries of Central States Synod, ELCA

2:00 and 5:00 p.m. Saturday, December 17 Christ Church Cathedral

1210 Locust Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103 In a world troubled with strife, the angels sing the song “Gloria� announcing the birth of the one who brings what we still need today: peace. This Christmas concert is an eclectic offering that will touch your heart with peace. O R D E R YO U R T I C K E T S N O W !


ONE Sabbath fight the famine, feed the future Fall is probably my favorite time of year. Whether it was the start of the soccer season as a kid, changing leaves, college football rivalries, neighborhood block parties, harvest festivals, family, friends or especially food, the fall evokes all sorts of memories and feelings for me. For each of us, I believe an autumn well-lived is made up of gathering together, and sharing food and stories. Growing up, around Thanksgiving my family did a radical thing: they ditched the kiddy-table. My sister and I, and later my young cousins, all sat around the table with grandma and grandpa, aunts and uncles, and sometimes neighbors or friends with no where else to go, and we all gave thanks and ate together. I don’t know why we weren’t banished to a children’s side table, to be honest. I haven’t asked my mom and dad why, but I like to think that they just didn’t believe it made sense to have separate tables and separate shared stories at Thanksgiving. Here in the US, we come upon a Thanksgiving and fall season with new stories to share, new and old family and friends to gather. It seems all around us life has been challenging these days – with continued economic stress as the new normal for many. It’s good for us to remember what it is we have and give thanks. Around this season, it is important to not only give thanks, but also to take action for those of us in our communities and around the world in great need. This past summer, a silent and deadly famine was declared in the Horn of Africa. You probably haven’t heard much about it, or if you have seen photos, you haven’t quite known what to do about it. In parts of Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti over 13 million people severely lack access to food and water. It’s being reported that every six minutes a child dies from starvation. Drought has crept in, and left a trail of decimated farms, communities and families - famine has set in.

We believe that drought may be an act of nature, but famines are man-made. At ONE we’re mobilizing communities to fight the famine and feed the future. Many communities in East Africa have survived, even flourished, because of access to agricultural resources, tools and development. We need to not only send food aid and charity to our sister and brothers in the Horn of Africa, we need to go to the root causes and seek long-term, sustainable agricultural development. We can do this! We can partner with our African sisters and brothers to “feed the future.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu has recently called people in Africa and around the world to take action. “The images of starving children are an indictment on a world of skewed priorities and resources.” Tutu, ONE’s international patron, went on to say, “no matter where we come from…. We are all members of one family, God’s family. We depend on each other, we care for one another – that is what it is to be human. Our brothers and sisters in the Horn of Africa are in dire need!” Let us say Amen to the Arch’s call to action. So, to this end, we’ve put together this ONE Sabbath action kit for churches to not only raise awareness about the famine and its immediate needs, but to also take action together to end famine from happening again. ONE and its more than 2.5 million members are committed to a multi-year campaign that will spark a more urgent global response to the immediate needs in the Horn of Africa, while also building support for long-term strategies that will help end the cycle of famine once and for all.

The ONE Sabbath action kit includes: 1) Lectionary resource, sermon starters, prayers, and children’s message from Rev. Paul Klitzge, vicar of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Kapolei, Hawaii.

In the fight against extreme poverty, hunger and treatable, preventable disease we continue to ask you to lift up your voice and “speak out” for those whose voices are too little heard.

3)Thoughts on the role of advocacy in the fight against hunger, by ONE member Joel Griffith in Nashville, Tennessee.

This fall and Thanksgiving season, as you gather together to share food and share stories, remember that our tables and stories are not as separate or disconnected as we may think. In a way, we all sit at one global table. Being mindful of the needs of others, let’s not only pray and work to mend immediate needs, but finally seek that “welcome table” where all will have enough and no one shall go hungry anymore.

4) “Living Proof: Sweet Potatoes,” a 3 minute video clip highlighting the success story of Maria Mchele, a mother and farmer in Mwasonge, Tanzania.

Join us!

2) A sermon reflection from Pastor Bob Flayhart, founding pastor of Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

5) Postcard petitions and sample letters to urge Congress to fully support the Feed the Future initiative. 6) Bulletin inserts to use in your worship service. 7) Further resources, maps, facts and figures at We hope these resources are helpful in your work to raise awareness and mobilize your community to take action against this famine and many of its root causes. If you are looking for ways to give financially to this crisis, we urge you to support your church’s mission work or relief and development agency. If you are looking for other ways to give, you can see a list of ONE’s partners at

Rev. Adam Phillips is the Senior Manager of Faith Mobilization at ONE. An ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church, Adam has served churches in Chicago and Washington, DC. In 2010 he was a US delegate to the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, Sarah.

3 beautiful locations to choose from and all featuring music by Bread for the Journey ! Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center is a resort destination located in the high desert country of Carefree, AZ, about 30 miles north of Phoenix. Featuring hotel-like accommodations, lovely grounds with a labyrinth for spiritual meditation, and a first class conference center. Check out their website at Bon Secours Spiritual Center claims to be a place of peace, healing, and hope. Located 15 minutes outside of Baltimore, it boasts spectacular views of Maryland’s beautiful countryside. Situated on 313 acres, the center offers spacious meeting rooms and lodging with private bath. Go to The Oak Ridge Conference Hotel is nestled in 130 wooded acres on Lake McKnight and only 30 minutes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport. Besides first-class conference facilities, the hotel offers a variety of recreational activities including a gym, fitness center, and spa. Discover more on their website at:

Institute Dates:

GO. BAPTIZE. MAKE DISCIPLES. A Training Institute for the Catechumenate For Newcomers & Experienced Practitioners West—Phoenix Area: Feb. 24-26, 2012 East—Baltimore Area: Apr. 13-15, 2012 Midwest—Minneapolis: May 18-20, 2012 Offered by the North American Association for the Catechumenate

Feb. 24-26,’12 at Spirit in the Desert, Carefree, AZ Apr. 13-15, ‘12 at Bon Secours in Marriotsville, MD May 18-20, ‘12 at Oak Ridge Conference Hotel, Minneapolis

This program is made possible through a Worship Renewal Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, MI. with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.

Why the Catechumenate? We live in an age when Christianity appears to be in decline and many church members are no longer sure what it means to live out their faith in daily life. What is needed is a paradigm shift from members to disciples—to train and equip believers for a life of discipleship. Now is the time for the Church to reclaim the gift of the catechumenate, an ancient/future process of faith formation that prepares people for baptism and/or living out their baptism.

GO. BAPTIZE. MAKE DISCIPLES. A Training Institute for the Catechumenate For Newcomers & Experienced Practitioners REGISTRATION FORM Name:_________________________________________ Mailing Address:__________________________________

WHAT? An experiential training event in the faith formation process and worship rites of the catechumenate including a Saturday night Easter Vigil. Participants will be invited into their own spiritual journey for the weekend. WHO FOR? Pastors, worship leaders, educators, catechetical teams, and students are invited. Congregations are encouraged to send a whole team. All participants receive a free, new catechumenate manual for congregations. WHEN? Each institute is a three-day event beginning with lunch at noon on Friday and concluding around 3 pm on Sunday afternoon. Registration and check-in is available on Friday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. WHERE? NAAC is offering three institute venues in 2012—one in the West (Phoenix area), one in the East (Baltimore area), and one in the midwest (Minneapolis). See back of brochure for info. on specific sites and dates. TO REGISTER: Either mail the attached registration form or register online at Registration refundable ‘til 30 days before event.

What is The North American Association for the Catechumenate? The North American Association for the Catechumenate is an ecumenical organization that seeks to promote and nurture the catechumenal process in order that the whole faith community might fulfill Christ’s commission to make disciples, baptizing and teaching all people. Member denominations include the Anglican Church of Canada, the Episcopal Church (USA), Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), Presbyterian Church—USA, Reformed Church in America, the United Church of Canada, and the United Methodist Church.

City/State/Zip:___________________________________ Email Address:____________________________________ Congregation:_____________________________________ I am a: ___lay person ___pastor/deacon ___student Site: ___Phoenix, AZ ___Baltimore, MD ___Minneapolis, MN Select One: $330 All-inclusive fee (single room, all meals, program)* $280 All-inclusive fee (double room, all meals, program) $200 Commuter fee (lunches, dinners, program) Enclose a check payable to NAAC and mail to: Devra Betts, Registrar 9409 Forest Edge Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89149 Email: Cell: 702-232-8383 Registration deadline is one month prior to each institute. * Please note: At the Bon Secours Spiritual Center (Baltimore)

only two options are available: single room or commuter fee.

Each individual should fill out a form. Congregational Teams can submit forms together and send one check for total amount. Online registration is also available at

AMENDMENTS TO THE MODEL CONSTITUTION FOR CONGREGATIONS AS APPROVED BY THE 2011 CHURCHWIDE ASSEMBLY Prepared by the Office of the Secretary Evangelical Lutheran Church in America September 1, 2011

Additions are underlined. Deletions are struck through in the text. *C3.03.





The name Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA or “this church”) as used herein refers in general references to this whole church, including its three expressions—congregations, synods, and the churchwide organization. The name Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is also the name of the corporation of the churchwide organization to which specific references may be made herein. References herein to the nature of the relationship between the three expressions of this church—congregations, synods, and the churchwide organization—as being interdependent or as being in a partnership relationship describe the mutual responsibility of these expressions in God’s mission and the fulfillment of the purposes of this church as described in this chapter, and do not imply or describe the creation of partnerships, co-ventures, agencies, or other legal relationships recognized in civil law. Only such authority as is delegated to the Congregation Council or other organizational units in this congregation’s governing documents is recognized. All remaining authority is retained by the congregation. The congregation is authorized to: ... d. adopt amendments to the constitution, as provided in Chapter 17, and amendments to the bylaws, as specified in Chapter 16, and continuing resolutions, as provided in Chapter 18. This congregation acknowledges its relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in which: a. This congregation agrees to be responsible for its life as a Christian community. b. This congregation pledges its financial support and participation in the life and mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. c. This congregation agrees to call pastoral leadership from the clergy roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in accordance with its call procedures except in special circumstances and with the approval of the bishop of the synod. These special circumstances are limited either to calling a candidate approved for the roster of ordained ministers of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America or to contracting for pastoral services with an ordained minister of a church body with which the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America officially has established a relationship of full communion. This congregation may terminate its relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by the following procedure: a. A resolution indicating the desire of this congregation to terminate its relationship must be adopted at a legally called and conducted special meeting of this congregation by a two-thirds majority of the voting members present. b. The secretary of this congregation shall submit a copy of the resolution to the synodical bishop and shall mail a copy of the resolution to voting members of this congregation. This notice shall be submitted within 10 days after the resolution has been adopted. c. The bishop of the synod shall consult with this congregation during a period of at least 90 days. d. If this congregation, after consultation, still desires to terminate its relationship, such action may be taken at a legally called and conducted special meeting by a two-thirds majority of the voting members present, at which meeting the bishop of the synod or an authorized representative shall be present. Notice of the meeting shall be mailed to all voting members at least 10 days in advance of the meeting. e. A certified copy of the resolution to terminate its relationship shall be sent to the synodical bishop, 2011 Amendments to the Model Constitution for Congregations + Page 1



at which time the relationship between this congregation and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America shall be terminated. f. Notice of termination shall be forwarded by the synodical bishop to the secretary of this church and published in the periodical of this church. g.1 Since this congregation was a member of the Lutheran Church in America, it shall be required, in addition to the foregoing provisions in *C6.05., to receive synodical approval before terminating its membership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. h.2 Since this congregation was established by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, it shall be required, in addition to the foregoing provisions in *C6.05., to receive synodical approval before terminating its membership in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A congregation may terminate its relationship with this church by the following procedure: a. A resolution indicating the intent to terminate its relationship must be adopted at a legally called and conducted special meeting of the congregation by a two-thirds vote of the voting members present. Such meeting may be held no sooner than 30 days after written notice of the meeting is received by the bishop of the synod, during which time the congregation shall consult with the bishop and the bishop’s designees, if any. The times and manner of the consultation shall be determined by the bishop in consultation with the congregation council. Unless he or she is a voting member of the congregation, the bishop, and the bishop’s designees, if any, shall have voice but not vote at the meeting. b. The secretary of the congregation shall submit a copy of the resolution to the bishop, attesting that the special meeting was legally called and conducted and certifying the outcome of the vote, and shall mail a copy of the resolution to voting members of the congregation. This notice shall be submitted within 10 days after the resolution has been adopted. c. The bishop of the synod and the congregation shall continue in consultation, as specified in paragraph a. above, during a period of at least 90 days after receipt by the synod of the notice as specified in paragraph b. above. d. If the congregation, after such consultation, still seeks to terminate its relationship, such action may be taken at a legally called and conducted special meeting by a two-thirds vote of the voting members present. Notice of the meeting shall be mailed to all voting members and to the bishop at least 10 days in advance of the meeting. Unless he or she is voting member of the congregation, the bishop, and the bishop’s designees, if any, shall have voice but not vote at the meeting. e. A copy of the resolution, attesting that the special meeting was legally called and conducted and certifying the outcome of the vote, shall be sent to the bishop within 10 days after the resolution has been adopted, at which time the relationship between the congregation and this church shall be terminated subject to paragraphs g., h., and i. below. Unless this notification to the bishop also certifies that the congregation has voted by a two-thirds vote to affiliate with another Lutheran denomination, the congregation will be conclusively presumed to be an independent or nonLutheran church. f. Notice of termination shall be forwarded by the bishop to the secretary of this church, who shall report the termination to the churchwide assembly. g. Congregations seeking to terminate their relationship with this church which fail or refuse to comply with each of the foregoing provisions in *C6.05., shall be required to receive synod council approval before terminating their membership in this church. h. Congregations which had been members of the Lutheran Church in America shall be required, in addition to complying with the foregoing provisions in *C6.05., to receive synodical approval


This provision is to be used in the constitutions of all congregations that formerly were a part of the Lutheran Church in America, in accord with provision 9.62.g. in the Constitution, Bylaws, and Continuing Resolutions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


This provision is to be used in the constitutions of all congregations that have been established by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, in accord with provision 9.62.h. in the Constitution, Bylaws, and Continuing Resolutions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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before terminating their membership in this church. Congregations established by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America shall be required, in addition to complying with the foregoing provisions in *C6.05, to satisfy all financial obligations to this church and receive synod council approval before terminating their membership in this church. j. If a congregation fails to achieve the required two-thirds vote of voting members present at the congregation’s first meeting as specified in paragraph a. above, another special meeting to consider termination of relationship with this church may be called no sooner than six months after that first meeting. If a congregation fails to achieve the required two-thirds vote of voting members present at the congregation’s second meeting as specified in paragraph d. above, another attempt to consider termination of relationship with this church must follow all requirements of *C6.05. and may begin no sooner than six months after that second meeting. If a two-thirds majority of the voting members of this congregation present at a legally called and conducted special meeting of this congregation vote to transfer to another Lutheran church body, title to property shall continue to reside in this congregation, provided the process for termination of relationship in*C6.05. has been followed. Before this congregation takes action to transfer to another Lutheran church body, it shall consult with representatives of the (insert name of synod) Synod. If a two-thirds majority of the voting members of this congregation present at a legally called and conducted special meeting of this congregation vote to become independent or relate to a non-Lutheran church body and have followed the process for termination of relationship in *C6.05., title to property of this congregation shall continue to reside in this congregation only with the consent of the Synod Council. The Synod Council, after consultation with this congregation by the established synodical process, may give approval to the request to become independent or to relate to a non-Lutheran church body, in which case title shall remain with the majority of this congregation. If the Synod Council fails to give such approval, title shall remain with those members who desire to continue as a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. During the period of service, an interim pastor shall have the rights and duties in the congregation of a regularly called pastor and may delegate the same in part to a supply pastor with the consent of the bishop of the synod and this congregation or Congregation Council. The interim pastor and any ordained pastor providing assistance shall refrain from exerting influence in the selection of a pastor. Unless previously agreed upon by the Synod Council, an interim pastor is not available for a regular call to the congregation served. Notice of all meetings of this congregation shall be given at the services of worship on the preceding two consecutive Sundays and by mail to all [voting] members at least 10 days in advance of the date of the meeting. The posting of such notice in the regular mail, with the regular postage affixed or paid, sent to the last known address of such members shall be sufficient. Electronic notice of meetings may be provided in addition to notice by regular mail. The Congregation Council shall be responsible for the employment and supervision of the salaried lay workers staff of this congregation. Nothing in this provision shall be deemed to affect the congregation’s responsibility for the call, terms of call, or termination of call of any employees who are on a roster of this church. Changes to the bylaws may be proposed by any voting member provided, however, that such additions or amendments be submitted in writing to the Congregation Council at least 60 days before a regular or special Congregation Meeting called for that purpose. and that the The Congregation Council shall notify the congregation’s members by mail of the proposal with the council’s recommendations at least 30 days in advance of the Congregation Meeting. This constitution may be amended to bring any section into conformity with a section or sections, either required or not required, of the Model Constitution for Congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as most recently amended by the Churchwide Assembly. Such amendments may be approved by a simple majority vote of those voting members present and voting at any legally called meeting of the congregation without presentation at a prior meeting of the congregation, provided that the Congregation Council has submitted by mail notice to the congregation of such an amendment or amendments, together with the council’s recommendations, at least 30 days i.








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prior to the meeting. Upon the request of voting members of the congregation, the Congregation Council shall submit such notice and call such a meeting. Following the adoption of an amendment, the secretary of the congregation shall submit a copy thereof to the synod. Such provisions shall become effective immediately following a vote of approval.

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Number 218. A publication of the Central States Synod. Published monthly by the Central States Synod, ELCA. Deadline for submission of mater...