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July 2012

Number 223

From the Bishop together.

Rev. Dr. Gerald Mansholt

Over 650 youth and adult counselors from all across the Central States Synod are in the final days of preparation for the 2012 Youth Gathering in New Orleans. Our youth from Missouri and Kansas will meet up with over 35,000 other youth and adult counselors from all across this Church and the global Lutheran communion under the theme Citizens with the Saints, based on the words of Ephesians 2:1420: Jesus is our peace. In his life and death on the cross, Jesus broke down the dividing walls so that we are no longer strangers and outsiders, but we are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God. The foundation of God’s house was built of apostles and prophets, and Jesus, the cornerstone, holds it all

New Orleans is a city with a diverse culture, rich in religious history including the witness of the Christian Church. Along with other bishops of Region 4, I was in New Orleans in the months following Hurricane Katrina and met a number of the pastors and lay leaders of local congregations. I was moved by their faith and witness in the midst of the most trying of times. In 2009 ELCA youth made an enormous impact upon the people of New Orleans with their tens of thousands of hours of service work all across the city, as well as with their joyous song and praise. We are returning to New Orleans this year to stand with the people of this city and culture, partly to give our witness and service but also to hear the testimonies of others, to hear what the Holy Spirit has been doing in brothers and sisters.

I look forward to being with the youth of the Central States Synod especially on Thursday, July 19, our Practice Discipleship Day. On that day we will all be together as a synod. We’ll begin our day gathering for a service of Holy Communion, talking about what discipleship means and looks like, and then taking off to service projects all around the city of New Orleans. I have attended many large youth gatherings over 4 nearly decades of ministry. I know what an impact these gatherings can have on the faith and life of young people, as well as on those of us who witness their growing faith, youthful zeal, and honest questions. The Holy Spirit keeps calling, gathering and uniting us in the Good News of Jesus. The One who is our peace claims us all as citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.

2009 ELCA Youth Gathering

Opening celebration at the Superdome in New Orleans.

CENTRAL STATES SYNOD, ELCA 21 N. 12th St., Suite 210 Kansas City, KS 66102 Voice: 913-948-9701 Toll-free: 866-915-3548 Fax: 913-948-9707

Inside this issue: Peace, Joplin update ...... page 2 Bethany College, Fund Appeal ........................... page 3 Missional Church, BC ..... page 4 GMG, LSTC, Leadership Events .......................... page 5 Assembly, Tomah Shinga .......................... page 6 Lutheran Campus Min., LSTC “The Plunge”................. page 7 Wildfires, Hunger ............ page 8 Women’s News, ELCA Youth Gathering ..................... page 9 Around the Synod ......... page 10 Parishes in Transition, Synod Calendar ...................... page 11 Companion Synod Team, Global Links ........................... page 12 Inserts/Flyers: LPG; Bethany College Grads; Kansas Ecumenical Ministries Brochure

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


Summertime in Joplin comes with a new face. We know it’s summertime in Joplin not only because it’s hot, not only because construction is going on fast and furious, but because of the new faces in town. It’s the faces of fresh, excited youth on mission trips. They come to volunteer, pray and make a difference in whatever way they can. They show up in our churches for worship and at our houses for repairs. They are the new face of Joplin in the summertime and will be for the next many summers. It is good to see them and be uplifted by their presence. Make them feel welcome, because they certainly are. Rejoice in their enthusiasm and pray for their experiences and safe trips home. Peace’s Building Committee is Members of the University of Notre Dame drumline and also on an enthusiastic jourtrombone section embarked on a service trip to assist ney. They are working diliCatholic Charities in the rebuilding of Joplin, Mo. gently in bringing information to the congregation that will allow us to make a decision as to where to build. They know that the news received by the City of Joplin of federal assistance to improve infrastructure means the impeding construction of a 20th Street overpass of the railroad and another compromise to the Peace lot at 20th and Wisconsin. The Building Committee, too, needs our prayers, our support and our willingness to meet them with enthusiasm during Peace’s incredible journey.

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MAKING CHRIST KNOWN — July 2012 Changed by Love, Sent in Love to Serve

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


Bethany College Welcomes Kenneth Macur as new provost and dean of the college Macur comes to Bethany from Edgewood College, Wis., where he is the associate vice president for academic affairs and online learning. He will succeed Eugene Bales, Ph.D., who will retire at the end of the semester. “Ken has broad experience in areas of higher education that will be invaluable to Bethany. From leading both academic and co-curricular programs to assessing and launching academic programs to building student engagement and satisfaction, Ken is well-prepared to help Bethany Kenneth Macur reach our 20-year Engage the Future goals,” says President Edward F. Leonard III. Macur earned his Doctor of Philosophy in accountancy, Master of Business Administration in finance, and Bachelor of Science in accountancy from the University of Illinois. He has been at Edgewood since 2003, where he most recently created the academic and financial business plan for Edgewood College Online and served as the program’s CEO. He implemented the program, managed personnel, and oversaw all aspects of the curriculum, policies, faculty, and marketing.

The Gifts of the Widow: Mark 12:43 “…this poor widow has given more than all others…” and The Macedonian Churches: II Corinthians 8:3 “… they gave not only what they could afford but far more. And they did it of their own free will.”

The appeal has received over $865,862.19 to date in gifts and pledges. Thanks to this generosity the Changed by Love, Sent in Love, to Serve: Shaping the Church for God’s Mission Fund Appeal is already at work providing support to:      

Lutheran Campus Ministries; Iglesia Luterana de La Resurrecćion in Garden City, Kan.; Oromo worshipping community in Kansas City, Mo.; Laotian Worshipping Community in Olathe, Kan.; The ELCA Malaria Campaign; and A new cluster of congregations in Partnership for Missional Church.

Clark exhibits Abstract Insights Retired part-time professor and part-time men's basketball coach Randy Clark is exhibiting Abstract Insights in June and July at the McPherson Opera House's Heritage Gallery at 221 S. Main St. in McPherson. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 3

5 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday with entry from the VAAM Gallery. The exhibit is free of charge. View selected works or visit the McPherson Opera House.

For more information about Bethany College, please visit:


Missional Church Convocation 2012

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July 26-28, 2012 — Chicago What is desperately needed in today’s world is not new worship, but a rediscovery of the rich meaning and formative power of Christian worship. The fellowship of praise and thanksgiving to the creator, savior, and sustainer of all that exists has the potential to shape faith communities in ways that are life-giving and transformative -- in redemptive contrast to the attitudes and behaviors of current culture. Debra Dean Murphy will stimulate lively reflection and learning in community as participants worship, learn, discuss, reflect on Scripture in context, share meals and conversation for two days. Bible study of the Psalms, the church’s “school of prayer,” will reinforce the vision of worship as a vigorous engagement with God’s redemptive mission in a rebellious world. For more information:

Alumni and friends invited on Bethany College’s Rockar Stockar Road Trip LINDSBORG, KAN., June 25, 2012— Bethany College alumni and friends are invited to join members of the Alumni Office for the third Rockar Stockar Road Trip across Kansas. Alumni and friends are invited to each of the following stops for appetizers. There are no admission charges. Contact Director of Alumni Relations Molly Johnson at 785-227-3380, ext. 8286, or with questions. July 6, 2012 Ol’ Stuga, 119 S. Main, Lindsborg, Kan. 5:30-7 p.m. July 7, 2012 Fox and Hound, 1421 N. Waterfront Parkway, Wichita, Kan. 7-8:30 p.m. July 9, 2012 Samy’s at Clarion Inn, 1911 E. Kansas Ave., Garden City, Kan. 5:30-7 p.m. July 10, 2012 Waudby’s, 719 N Main St., Russell, Kan. 5:30-7 p.m.

As Christians living in the 21st century, we are truly on a road to Emmaus. Change is all around us—much of it upending all that we have known and held dear. Where are we meeting Jesus in our daily lives? How are media reshaping our relationships, our world and our commitments to reaching out in love and justice to share the Good News? Can we trust our “hearts burning within us?” This consultation will explore the latest research and theological engagement with these questions, using a variety of media. In addition, a series of workshops will provide pragmatic approaches to walking the road to Emmaus with our congregations and in our world.

join us Nov. 9-10 for the Eighth Annual Missional Church Consultation, sponsored by the Center for Missional Leadership at Luther Seminary

speakers: J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu; Elizabeth Drescher; Mary Hess; Rex Miller; Jolyon Mitchell who should attend? pastoral leaders; scholars and professors interested in media, religion and culture; mission directors and outreach staff; social media mavens; communication professionals; Christian educators and anyone involved in faith formation


July 11, 2012 City Limits, 2227 S. Range, Colby, Kan. 5:30-7 p.m. July 12, 2012 Airport Steak House, 1100 Airport Rd., Hutchinson, Kan. 5:30-7 p.m. July 13, 2012 della Voce, 405 Poyntz, Manhattan, Kan. 5:30-7 p.m. July 14, 2012 Blind Tiger, 417 SW 37th St., Topeka, Kan. 7:30-9 p.m. July 15, 2012 Boulevard Brewing Company. 2501 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. 6-9 p.m.

MAKING CHRIST KNOWN — July 2012 Registration is now open for

Lutheran School of Theology Summer 2012 Term A Course for the Laity and Clergy “Come Away to the Skies: Encounter with the Letter to the Hebrews” In this Bible Study of the New Testament “Letter to the Hebrews” encounter the pastoral care ministry of “Pastor Hebrews,” who engaged an early Christian congregation which was so discouraged that it was ready to give up, disband, and return to the old ways. Through sensitive and innovative encouragement “Pastor Hebrews” sought to help their “lame legs,” receive the renewal of their faith, and resume their pilgrimage in the footsteps of Jesus, “the pioneer and perfecter” of our faith. This class connects current creative trends in Bible Study to the practical needs and hopes of today’s Christian congregations. Class activities will include the classroom recreation of the atmosphere and activities of the renewal of this early Christian congregation, so that the words on the biblical page may come alive in a new way for participants to use today. The class will be offered two times at two locations: Both classes will meet four times: four Tuesdays, July 24 – August 14, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. at St. George’s Episcopal/St. Mark Lutheran Churches, 105 E. D Street in Belleville, Illinois 62220 and four Thursdays, July 26 – August 16, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Living Christ, 2725 Concord Drive, in Florissant, Missouri 63033. Both classes will be taught by the Reverend Bill Veith. Pastor Veith is an ordained ELCA pastor who draws for this course on his biblical studies, experience as parish pastor, previous career in Emergency Medical Services, and Clinical Pastoral Education in a hospital setting. Tuition is $54. For information or to register online go to, or call LST at 314-725-9710, or mail name, address, phone number and email address with payment to: Lutheran School of Theology, 6325 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63117.

Leadership Events coming in November! November 12-15: Staff Formation Event November 15-18: Head of Staff Event WHO should attend the Staff Formation Event?  Pastors and lay staff who are dedicated to the formation of healthy staff teams. WHO should attend the Head of Staff Event?  Senior/Head of Staff pastors--those called to lead a ministry staff. WHAT can you expect from this event?  Community Building, Presentations, Discussions, Worship, Fellowship & Free Time for Rest & Renewal WHY should you and your staff attend? ● To learn and share how to develop healthy ministry teams ● To discover one another’s gifts. ● To explore ministry contexts ● To learn how to manage conflict and nurture one another WHERE are these events being held? ● Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, Arizona! ● About an hour north of Phoenix Int’l Airport at an elevation of 2690’, we’re cooler up here with plenty of fresh clean air and starlit night skies! ● Our entire campus offers you spectacular Sonoran desert and mountain views, incredible sunrise/sunsets and so much more... ● Delicious home-made meals, a soak in the Jacuzzi or a lap in the pool, walks on our Labyrinth or Islands of Silence for spiritual renewal and prayer ● PLUS...our “ministry of hospitality Staff” will make your stay here a true “desert experience!” WANT to know more details and register? Go to our website: for up-to-date schedules, leaders, and to register; See the brochure at the end of this newsletter; Or call Cyndy Warnier at: (480) 488-5218 x430 or email:

2012 ELCA Glocal Mission Gathering in The Southeastern Iowa Synod November 2-3, 2012 at Faith Lutheran Church — Clive, Iowa God's work in mission always propels us to encounter the neighbor, particularly in the stranger. ELCA Glocal Mission Gatherings equip us for God's work in today's global and local realities and their "glocal" intersections. More information will be sent to congregations in the coming weeks. For now, save the date. You will want to select a team to attend this event that will bring back tools and resources for local congregations. Visit for more information. 5


Central States Synod Assembly

June 7-9, 2012 — Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kan. Assembly 2012 is now history! Our time in Lindsborg was well spent taking care of synod business, worship, prayer, learning and fellowship. Over 450 participated in the Assembly, this year held on the beautiful campus of Bethany College. For election and voting results, a photo album, and additional Assembly documents, please visit synod-assembly/ It takes a village (and then some) to put on an Assembly and thanks are in order to so many. To mention just a few, special thanks go to:                         

Bishop Gerald Mansholt and Vice-President, Melba Bangert for leading the Assembly Secretary, Loren Mai; Treasurer, Scott Schulte; and all Synod Council members Evelyn Wilson, Parliamentarian Harry Grinstad, Display Table Coordinator and Bethany Lutheran Church, Lindsborg, Kan. for use of their tables Nominations Committee Chair, Alice Boschek, and the Nominations Committee Austin Krug and Brenna Truhe, Credentials Reporting Larry Ehrlich, Elections Reporting Nate Haaland, Compensation Guidelines Chair and the Committee Sharon Custer, Assembly Floor Chair and all the pages who served on the floor Bethany College Art Department and Ed Pogue for creation of this years’ anniversary crosses Bethany Home for hosting the Bishop’s Reception Members of Redeemer, Salina, Kan. who chaired the Hospitality Team, and the members of Area Ministry 3 & 5 congregations that provided beverages and snacks Donna Simon, Assembly Newspaper Editor and all those who contributed Adam Wutka, Resolutions Chair and the Resolutions Committee Local arrangements committee – Mary Bridges, Loren Mai, Roxie Sjögren, Noni Strand, Delvin Strecker, Chris Hawkins, Katy Harder, Amy Truhe, Harry Grinstad, and Dean Apel Noni Strand, Chaplain assisted by (Bethany Grads) Katy Harder, John Gerike, Bill Peterson Those who organized worship services -- board of Camp Tomah Shinga, Junction City, Kan. Harry Grinstad, New Gottland, McPherson, Kan., all the musicians and volunteers, and to Pr. Ed Foster (St. John) for making the very cool altar Mary Bridges for organizing the Prayer Room and the Assembly Hall Environment Mission Investment Funds, ELCA and Paula Kitt for lanyards and name tag holders Angie Sundell who volunteered to be available at Assembly as an on-site nurse. St. John, Salina, Kan. for storing, printing and collating items for the Assembly Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for assisting with the cost of voting keypads Local congregations for taking care of so many other details to welcome us to this Assembly The Assembly Office staff — Mary Bridges, Rhonda Templing, Dawne Bockelman and Sandra Van Tuyl Technical Staff — Dan Glamann, Dave Mareske, Shawn Norris, Pete Veenstra, Eric Bodenstab, Jim Williams, Keith Hohly and numerous volunteers; and the Southwest Audio Visual staff



Dear Friends, What a blast we have been having at Camp 2012! As I write this there are campers hiking, reading their bibles and playing games. We are sending campers home to their families excited about God! Thank you to everyone who has supported us in the ministry to make this summer possible! We are about half way through and there are still open beds in the month of July if you know someone who would like to attend camp please email us at

Camper Scholarships Available

Thanks to a generous pledge from a donor we are able to offer half-price weeks to 20 campers in the month of July. This is a designated gift – use it or lose it – so let's send 20 more kids to camp this summer! Instructions... 1. Register at http:// and pay the full balance of the registration ($100 for July 1 -3; $150 for other three weeks in July). 2. Send an E-mail to to confirm that your registration and payment has been received. 3. There are only 20 spots... they will be distributed in order of registration & payment. If you have questions E-mail me at or call at 507.383.1803.


What’s UP with Campus Ministry? THIS MONTH BY PR. SHAWN NORRIS, LCM AT KANSAS UNIVERSITY It’s not too late to register for classes this fall at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago! Have you ever wanted to deepen your understanding of the Bible? Did you ever wish you knew more about what Luther really believed? Would you like to understand more clearly the teachings of Islam? If you answered yes to any of these questions, there are classes at LSTC for you. If you cannot travel to the Chicago campus our online classes may be the thing for you. This fall we are offering two courses: Pentateuch and Wisdom Literature and Greek I. Online courses are a wonderful way to not only immerse yourself in theological study but they also provide a wonderful forum for the exchange of ideas between faculty and students. The fastest growing program at LSTC is the Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS), a really flexible program that lets students take classes in Bible, history, theology and a variety of other disciplines. This program is designed primarily for those who seek continuing education, professional development or simply want to understand their faith on a deeper level. Unlike the Master of Divinity, this degree does not lead to ordained ministry, so the application process can be completed in a much shorter time. If you are interested in registering for classes this fall, or have any questions about online education, please contact Dr. R. Scott Chalmers, Director of Admissions,, 773 -256-0727.

‘Feed Your Faith’ Several years ago two students at KU started a Wednesday discussion called “Feed Your Faith”. After a dinner (usually pasta, salad, and ice cream) students would talk about a topic. Discussion topics included Islam, World Religions, Hell, Heaven, the Bible, and more. Feed Your Faith became a chance for students to grow in their own understanding of God and the world, and to talk, listen, and share their beliefs with others. Lutheran Campus Ministry throughout the Central States Synod is here to Feed Your Faith. Congregational pastors in university cities (like Columbia) and campus pastors, (like Kevin Clark at Kansas State) are called to feed the faith of students. Sometimes these students are Lutherans who have been active in their home congregations. Many, many times, students are from other faith backgrounds or no particular faith tradition. We do this in many ways. Creative worship services are centered in word and sacrament, but the sermon may be more discussion than “traditional” proclamation. Movie nights are a chance to discuss vampires and evil, or the role of the traditional church (The Golden Compass). Mission trips to places like Guatemala and New York City develop leadership skills in students, and challenge them to think more deeply about issues of poverty. In all of these and other events students develop lifetime friendships, and these friends (and campus ministry staff) are valuable resources as students seek to discover their gifts (and find jobs!). Students and recent graduates have great stories of their faith and their service that they would be happy to share. You can get to know them better by inviting them to speak to your congregation on a Sunday morning, or bringing a dinner to a campus ministry site near you. Or, arrange a visit of a few students or your youth group to a campus ministry. We’re happy to Feed Your Faith too!

Young Adults to take The Plunge Next spring, a group of young adults will take part in a new initiative to deepen their spirituality and global awareness through a visit to the ecumenical centers in Geneva, Switzerland, and Taize, France. It's called the Plunge, and it will happen on May 29-June 9, 2013. For four days, young adults from Canada and the United States will visit the Lutheran World Federation and World Council of Churches in Geneva to learn how we are connected across the globe through the church. Then they will travel to the Taize community in southern France for a retreat week. There they will experience firsthand the unique style of worship and music that arises from that community as it welcomes youth from across the globe. More information will be out soon, please direct immediate questions to Pr. Mark Anderson at or Pr. Lanny Westphal at 7


Western Fires Update ROCKY MOUNTAIN SYNOD, ELCA — JUNE 27, 2012

Our prayers continue … Prayers from throughout this Rocky Mountain Synod and from the wider church are united as our hearts are broken with the continuing news of devastating fires that burn in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico. We have received no additional specific information from those affected by the fires. However, the most recent reports are that 300 homes may have burned in Colorado Springs area alone, and hundreds more in the other fires. We pray: God our comforter, you are a refuge and a strength for us, a helper close at hand in times of distress. Enable us so to hear the words of faith that our fear is dispelled, our loneliness eased, our anxiety calmed, and our hope reawakened. May your Holy Spirit lift us above our sorrow to the peace and light of your constant love; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. (ELW Pastoral Care, page 360-361)

Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp remains evacuated; camp weeks at Highlands Presbyterian Camp While many near the High Park fire have been allowed back in their homes, Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp remains in the evacuation zone. The hottest part of the fire is on the southwest corner, the area closest to camp about 7 miles from Sky Ranch. Authorities believe current fire lines should hold and protect Sky Ranch. Camp Director Brad Abbott writes, “We are now in our third week of being evacuated and getting used to life on the road. We still have not been allowed to get back to Sky Ranch for personal items, equipment, or staff vehicles. I am amazed at the passion and servanthood shown by this year’s summer staff. They have literally left everything behind (at camp) to go and embody the Gospel wherever that might be.” Read the full update from Brad Abbott including his invitation for donations, since the camp has incurred over $30,000 is unexpected expenses because of the fire.

Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains now coordinating disaster response

Today, Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains formally reinstated its Disaster Response program to address the needs of victims of wildfires currently burning in Rocky Mountain Synod states and are impacting hundreds of square miles. Hundreds of homes, structures, churches and businesses have been affected; and thousands of our neighbors, families, and friends are displaced. The LFSRM staff are checking in with churches in the immediately impacted areas to ascertain the scope of the losses, needs and outreach already occurring in and through our partner churches and developing a needs and resource matrix that we can begin to address in the coming weeks, months and years, as we come alongside church and community victims with services that heal, strengthen and provide hope. How you can help: Disaster Response ministries are funded by contributions to the Lutheran Disaster Response. No church-wide funds are budgeted to support disaster responses. The financial resources needed to give life to our Lutheran Disaster Response will require considerable support from individuals and congregations throughout the Rocky Mountain Synod and across the country. If you would like to make a financial contribution to help provide the spiritual, emotional, physical and financial support necessary for the longterm recovery of thousands of families, children and special needs populations, please send a check made out to the Rocky Mountain Synod marked “Rocky Mountain Area Wildfires” to: Or, you may give a credit card donaRocky Mountain Synod tion through PayPal. You do not need 455 Sherman Street, Suite 160 a PayPal account. Click on “use credit Denver, CO 80203 card” when given that option. 8


GOOD NEWS! Once again the ELCA exceeded its goal of 18.5 million dollars for World Hunger. (The Lutheran, May, p. 8). At a time when churches are trying hard to increase attendance and membership it's good to know that we still care very much about those suffering. Congregations continue to receive Hunger Packets listing materials such as hunger boxes and envelopes as well as bulletin inserts that can be ordered. We have a few hunger boxes in different rooms at our house for loose change. When we have enough we count it, take it to the bank and then write a check to the church for the amount. Education is going to have to play a part if all who are able are going to get a pay check. Schools, families and the Church are going to have to help in the matter. The Church can only help those who come and only in certain ways. The school helps in other ways and the family is behind it all. I recently read a book by a doctor who gave one of the Dillon Lectures in Hutchinson. The name of the book is "America The Beautiful," and the man's name is Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He connects hunger and poverty and says that everyone in the United States has an opportunity to rise above it and get out of it. He grew up in the ghettos of Detroit and Boston in a one parent family. His mother who couldn't read made him and his brother read two books per week. He gives credit to his reading and hard work to rise from the last in the class to the first in the class and today is one of the most prominent people in our country. His point is that he believes that anybody can do this through hard work and reading. They were also very active in their church. We need every person and every tool we have to bring God's happiness to all. Keep up the good work!


Central States Women’s news BY SUSIE BORGSTROM, PRESIDENT

Greetings from the Central States Synod Women of the ELCA:

Stay connected! Synod Coordinator: Mindy Tillberg, ELCA Youth Gathering Website: http:// CSS webpage: ministries/youth/ ELCA Youth Gathering—Facebook Central States Synod - 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering on Facebook Your Schedule & Confirmation Letter As of June 15, your final confirmation letter is available in your online congregational account. PRINT AND BRING THIS LETTER WITH YOU TO REGISTRATION AT THE MORIAL CONVENTION CENTER IT IS YOUR TICKET INTO THE EVENT! You will see on the letter your launch times for each day (and your Practice Justice Project Area). Daily Schedule Once you have your daily 'launch' times (see above) you can fill in the Youth Gathering schedule with your group's details! Practice Justice Day When you log into your account, you will see links to Practice Justice project information that pertains to your assignment. Please read these pages thoroughly to help your young people and adults enter the experience with open hearts and minds. All of the projects grew out of a long process of listening to local voices. Your project is our response to serving real needs expressed by people in New Orleans. Remember, responsible service requires preparation!

Sometimes it is good to just get “connected “ to the larger church and find out what is going on and maybe interact with the social network that is available to us today. The key to find all the Women of the ELCA subject matter is On that site you can get connected to about anything that you want to know about Women of the ELCA. My favorite resource is the printed magazine that comes regular mail called “Gather.” It has Bible studies, devotions, and many articles that enrich and encourage us all in our Christian walk through life. Our churchwide women’s organization also has another printed newsletter called “Interchange”. This newsletter has articles from the executive churchwide women’s organization and shares what we as a group have accomplished and what lies ahead. Recently we learned that as part of a 25th anniversary celebration, a trip is being planned for December to Liberia to share with the women there and see the work that is being done. Social networking is a powerful tool for reaching anyone who likes reaching out over the internet. Women of the ELCA have been active and have several sites to visit. Café is one of my favorite places to visit. It is geared toward the younger age women, and the subscription is free. Bold connections is out every month and as more and different information than Café or Gather magazines. On the website for Women of the Women of the ELCA, you will be given access to our site at Facebook, our Twitter address, our Blog pages, our Café podcast, and our Pinterest info. Recently our entire website has been taken and rebuilt and the Women of the ELCA has an entire new look. The resources have been listed in alphabetical order and there are over 200 listed. Many of them are downloadable at no cost to you and can be printed as needed. I scanned over the list, and all the resources from the retreats and workshops I have done in the past are there, plus a lot of them that I had not seen before. I invite you to check out the “new improved” website and find out how easy it is to put together devotions, programs, meetings, Bible studies, workshops, and retreats. One of our goals as synod leaders is to inspire and encourage those who wish to get involved in our organization. The information that is available for us all is massive and a little overwhelming, however, we only have to ask ourselves a “what do we want?” Do we want a new perspective? Do we want a way to help our neighbors? Do we want to know how our church is helping in other places in the world? BE BOLD…..ASK QUESTION….FIND ANSWERS… EXPLORE THE WEB SITES OF WOMEN OF THE ELCA AND ALL OUR RESOURCES!

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Around the synod . . .

Study Guide for Discover Islam DVD Series

Kansas Ecumenical Ministries Growing faith, building hope, uniting in love

Living Together as the One Body of Christ: Bringing Hope and Healing to Kansas You are invited to join Kansas Ecumenical Ministries for a strategic planning retreat, to be part of building a grassroots movement that seeks to empower Kansas Christians to stand in faith for what they believe, live with hope that God’s kingdom of justice and peace will be realized on earth, and unite in love to make it happen. We’ve been listening to the voices of Christians across the state, building a common vision to advance Christ’s mission together in Kansas. At this critical time for the church and our state, we are ready to live into God’s call to be one body, ready to bring hope to Kansas with a strong witness for justice. God is calling the faithful to action. Come be a part of it on August 10-11 in Wichita, Kan. Register at or see the flyer at the end of this newsletter.

We at the Saint Luke’s Spiritual Wellness Department are thrilled to announce the inaugural issue of our very own e-newsletter,

ELCA synod offices, seminaries and members of our nationwide Lutheran Ecumenical and InterReligious Representatives Network recently received a generous gift from Discover Islam – USA: complimentary copies of a six-disc DVD series titled Discover Islam. This series, endorsed by the Islamic Society of North America, can also be previewed and purchased at | Read more Download study guides | DVD Series information Complementary copies of the DVD set have been distributed throughout the synod. Please check with your Area Ministry Dean if you would like to use the resource. Additional related resources:

The Presence of Care:

The Ministry of Integrating Parish and Pastoral Care to Patients in Need.

ELCA Judaism and Islam Resources 2012 Cover letter for Discover Islam

Tell your friends about our e-newsletter by sharing with them this link:


Opening Gates, Opening Hearts: Christian Responses to Offender Reentry Mark Your Calendar!!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012 Christian Fellowship Church 4600 Christian Fellowship Road, Columbia, Missouri Breakout Sessions will focus on:   

Sex Offenders in Your Church Family Programs Mentoring More information will be available soon, but please mark your calendar with this important date! Sponsored by Missouri School of Religion. 10

Administrative Assistant Redeemer Lutheran Church in Salina is searching for an Administrative Assistant to support and assist in managing the operations of the church under the direction of the Pastor. Applicants must possess strong communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to cooperate positively in a team environment. Expected qualifications include, solid receptionist skills, excellent computer and media skills, and the ability to organize records and prioritize projects. Compensation will be $10 to $12 per hour, commensurate with experience. Please send resume, cover letter, and references to: Rev. Christopher Hawkins, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 743 E. Magnolia Road, Salina, KS 67401.

MAKING CHRIST KNOWN — July 2012 Parishes in the Call Process (a) intentional interim/interim (b) developing congregational profile (c) interview phase (d) call pending Area Ministry 3 Peace Parish: Belleville/Courtland/ Norway/Scandia, (b) Salina, St. John — lay rostered leader (c)

SYNOD CALENDAR July 4 12 18-22 27-29

Independence Day — Synod Office closed Resource Center Advisory Board — Synod Office ELCA National Youth Gathering — New Orleans LA CSS Women of the ELCA Convention — St. Joseph MO

August 10 17-18

Synod Council Executive Committee — Synod Office Candidacy Committee — Synod Office

Area Ministry 4 Axtell, Salem and Onaga, New Hope (a) Area Ministry 5 Derby, Cross of Glory (c) Eureka, Christ (a) Wichita, Good Shepherd (a) Area Ministry 6 Topeka, Trinity (c) Area Ministry 7 Belton, Lord of Love (a) Liberty, Hosanna! (c) Area Ministry 9 Camdenton, Our Savior (a) Russellville, Trinity (a) Area Ministry 10 St. Ann, Shepherd of the Hills (c) St. Charles, Hope — associate (c) St. Louis, St. Thomas-Holy Spirit (a) Sullivan, Peace — part-time (a) Calls Accepted: Jocelyn Mamy Ranaivoson from seminary (Wartburg) to Trinity, Topeka, KS Gordon Sandquist from seminary (Luther) to Olsburg-Walsburg Parish, KS





July 2012

ELCA experiencing growth in the number of missionaries — Fifteen new missionaries will begin service this July, and a number of ELCA pastors and lay members will return as missionaries as well. See (click on News Releases in the left-hand column). To learn about new opportunities for service, see

Blessed to Be a Blessing This theme runs through the Old Testament from Abraham to the prophets. For two weeks in June Pastor Walter Teunzac of the Kotte District of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea traveled throughout Missouri and Kansas, getting to know us. He is the newly appointed communicator for our companion synod and needs to know who we are so he can communicate with us effectively. He visited congregations small and large, churches old and new, youth groups and senior gatherings, urban and rural parishes. He met with individuals in their homes, campers at Tomah Shinga, leaders in the Synod office, and the church as a whole at the Synod Assembly.

Papua New Guinea: Another day, a new day! — Walk with missionary Nancy Anderson as she begins her day in the equatorial country of Papua New Guinea. See; click either the copy-ready bulletin insert or the Summer 2012 issue of the Hand in Hand newsletter.

His last Sunday here he worshipped with Hillside Community Lutheran Church in Spring Hill, Kansas, where he assisted with a baptism. Pastor Walter welcomed the newly baptized young boy not just into the local church, but into the worldwide church of God. Even from Papua New Guinea, Pastor Walter promised, he too would help the young boy to live out his Christian calling.

South Sudan: Resilience amid uncertainty — “But what do you do to cope?” I asked my new friend, Anne, who coordinates Lutheran World Federation refugee programs. With a sparkle in her eye, she said “Every night, we dance.” Read more. Japan: What does faith mean? — Learn what ELCA missionary Christine Eige learned from the Japanese language and a Japanese colleague about the meaning of faith. See http:// Japan: Sponsors sought for missionary — You can sponsor Christine Eige, ELCA missionary teacher serving in Japan (and author of the blog entry noted above). Sponsors from the Northern Illinois and Central/Southern Illinois Synods are especially welcomed to minimize her travel time and maximize her impact while on home assignment. Contact or call 800-638-3522, ext. 2657.

At the close of worship, after Pastor Walter had shared how the PNG church had persevered during wartime persecution, how he himself was the answer to his grandfather’s prayer for a family member to become an ordained minister, and how the ELC-PNG is raising up village Pr. Walter introduced at Assembly. church leaders from among the young people who have been left behind by the education system, a congregation member asked to speak. She reminded the others of how they—the newest congregation in the Central States Synod—had been richly blessed by the gifts of others. She asked them if it wasn’t time that they honor these gifts by making a gift to Pastor Walter’s ministry with the youth of Papua New Guinea. A plastic bowl was found and concerns about meeting the budget gave way to an outpouring of love as Hillside Community Lutheran gave so they could bless Christians halfway around the world.

From Minnesota to South Africa — When Tessa Moon Leiseth, campus pastor at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., saw a notice on Facebook, she and her family began a journey that led them to South Africa. See 'Startled' by the good fit. ELCA cultivates students' passion into action to help end malaria — Next year college students plan to play flag football, educate one another, and use a variety of creative ways to raise money for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. See (click on News Releases in the left-hand column). Take the 100 Wells Challenge! — Youth are helping to raise $250,000 for water projects of ELCA World Hunger in many different ways, including dunk tanks, water pledges, balloon tosses, water bottle sales and noisy offerings. See Global Links shares highlights from, and other churchwide websites of ELCA ministry and connections in other countries.

Definitely blessed to be a blessing. 12

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


Life Insurance Beneficiary Newsletter Editor - Lutheran Planned Giving authorizes you to copy any of the following paragraphs in congregation publication(s).

Life Insurance protects your family against a calamity. Your family includes our congregation and other ELCA ministries. Shouldn’t they be included in your protection? Adding a ministry as a beneficiary of your policy is easy. Simply contact your life insurance company and request a change in beneficiary form. Contact Joyce “JP” Palmer at ELCA Lutheran Planned Giving, 816-204-5181 or, for information on this and other planned giving opportunities. Legacies. We all want to do our part to leave legacies for loved ones and ministry. Life insurance proceeds can establish our legacy by providing for the various ministries that are important to us. Call your life insurance company to request a beneficiary form. With on easy change you can plan a gift for ministry. For information on this and other planned giving opportunities, contact our ELCA Lutheran Planned Giving regional gift planner, Joyce “JP” Palmer, at 816-204-5181 or You raised your children, paid for their education, and now they hold successful jobs. Our congregation and other ELCA ministries are important to you. Your family may no longer need the proceeds from your life insurance. Change the beneficiary designation partially or wholly to benefit the

ministries that are important to you. For information on this and other planned giving opportunities, contact our ELCA Lutheran Planned Giving regional gift planner, Joyce “JP” Palmer, at 816-204 -5181 or Be a tither! By changing your beneficiary designation to distribute 10% to our congregational mission endowment fund, you can be a tither. Of course you can give more. The mission endowment fund, or any other ministry of the church, greatly appreciates any and all planned gifts. . For information on this and other planned giving opportunities, contact our ELCA Lutheran Planned Giving regional gift planner, Joyce “JP” Palmer, at 816-204-5181 or Giving to our congregational mission endowment fund is easy. By contacting your life insurance company you can change the beneficiary designation to give a percent to ministry. For information on this and other planned giving opportunities, contact our ELCA Lutheran Planned Giving regional gift planner, Joyce “JP” Palmer, at 816-204-5181 or

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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Bethany College graduates class of 2012 LINDSBORG, KAN., May 22, 2012— On May 20, Bethany College honored 98 students who earned Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from the college during the 2011-2012 academic year. Summer, fall, interterm, and spring graduates participated in baccalaureate worship and commencement ceremonies on campus. Bethany’s retiring Provost and Dean of the College Eugene Bales addressed the graduating class of 2011 during the commencement ceremony. Bales began at Bethany in 1990 and has served as a professor and administrator. The Rev. Bill Peterson, who graduated from Bethany in 1972, preached during baccalaureate worship. Peterson currently serves The Good Neighbor Parish consisting of St. Paul Lutheran church in Herington and Hebron Lutheran in Burdick. Graduating senior Chelsea Kenyon, Iola Kan., provided the special music during commencement, and graduating senior Jordan Johnson, Smithville, Mo., gave the senior address. Graduates, their majors, and their hometowns are as follows. Graduates earned Bachelor of Arts degrees unless noted as Bachelor of Music (B.M) or Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.). Anchorage, Alaska.: Quenton Rashad Jennings, Theatre and Communication Arts Glendale, Ariz.: Stephanie Brooke Tyler, Elementary Education Phoenix, Ariz.: Rebecca Telleen, Management Willcox, Ariz.: Jamie Nicole Franco, Biology Rogers, Ark.: Maggie Elizabeth Bogan, Contract Major: Graphic Design Springdale, Ark.: Montana W. Prim, History-Political Science Camarillo, Calif.: Michael Allen Yingling, Physical Health and Wellness Costa Mesa, Calif.: Matthew William Redding, Elementary Education Hesperia, Calif.: Anita Estella Espinoza, Athletic Training Monrovia, Calif.: Evan Richard Bloem, Sports Management Pacifica, Calif.: Kristofor A. Boele, Physical Health and Wellness San Diego, Calif.: Courtney Lee Braddock, Criminal Justice San Pedro, Calif.: Logan Adams, Health and Physical Education Teaching K-12 Valencia, Calif.: Phillip Edward Francis Rowland, Theatre & Communication Arts Ventura, Calif.: Reynaldo Cordova Garcia, Criminal Justice Anton, Colo.: Ryan John Herron, Biology, Cum Laude, member of the Bethany College Honors Program Arvada, Colo.: Ashley Marie Pfenninger, Elementary Education, Magna Cum Laude Aurora, Colo.: Brandi Nicole Patrick, Music

Denver, Colo.: Megan M. Xavier, Management Lakewood, Colo.: Jeffrey Donald Aspegren, Biology and Chemistry, Magna Cum Laude Longmont, Colo.: Darren Scott Gillmore, Mathematics; Taylor M. Hall, Psychology Pueblo West, Colo.: Courtney Rae Gallardo, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Cum Laude Strasburg, Colo.: Jessica Nichole Thelen, Psychology, Magna Cum Laude Wilmington, Del.: April Renee Oriade, Management Miami, Fla.: Roger Karl Courtney Grant, Management Miramar, Fla.: Oshane O. Malcolm, Criminal Justice Pensacola, Fla.: Rebecka Eunice Hileman, English Teaching 6-12 Wailuku, Hawaii: Logan K.Y. Kanamu, Criminal Justice Coeur d'Alene, Idaho: Nicholas Duman, Theatre and Communications Danville, Ill.: Durrell Loron Robinson, Health and Physical Education PreK-12 Abilene, Kan.: Cory Emilio Ward, Criminal Justice, Magna Cum Laude Andale, Kan.: Joshua Andrew Weninger, Biology Benton, Kan.: Tasha Jean Dugan , Mathematics, Cum Laude Beverly, Kan.: Seth Lee Bell, Athletic Training Canton, Kan.: Andrew John Westbrook, Athletic Training, Biology, Summa Cum Laude Clay Center, Kan.: Derek A. Moos, Biology, Magna Cum Laude Clyde, Kan.: Jodi Nicole Bachand, Instrumental Music Teaching PreK-12, Magna Cum Laude Concordia, Kan.: Sharla Faye Stokes, Psychology Ellinwood, Kan.: Katelin Delynn Clawson, Elementary Education, Magna Cum Laude Fort Scott, Kan.: Rachel Maechelle French, Management, Management: International Frankfort, Kan.: Emily Marie Dwerlkotte, Management, Sports Management, Magna Cum Laude Garden Plain, Kan.: Whitney Renee Milford, Accounting, Business Administration, Finance Great Bend, Kan.: Amanda Sue Wyatt, Elementary Education, Summa Cum Laude Gypsum, Kan.: Elissa Adriane Stein, Athletic Training, Cum Laude, recipient of Swede Certificate in Leadership Achievement Hillsboro, Kan.: Suzanne Amelia Lindsay, Studio Art: Drawing Hutchinson, Kan.: Julie Andrea Weston, Biology; Molly Marie McElgunn, Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Magna Cum Laude Iola, Kan.: Chelsea Kay Kenyon, Music Performance, B.M. Leonardville, Kan.: Katie Suzann Wendland, Elementary Education Leoti, Kan.: John Zamora, Health and Physical Education Teaching PreK-12, Cum Laude Lincoln, Kan.: Emeryld Diane Wills, Elementary Education, Magna Cum Laude Lindsborg, Kan.: Nadia Lucia Armbruster, Biology, Cum Laude; Michael David Broome, Contract Major: Social Wellness and Human Services; Craig Travis Hull, Instrumental Music Teaching PreK-12; Vanessa Hull, Contract Major: Psychology, Religion, Summa Cum Laude with 4.0 Bethany College GPA; Jenna Christine Koch, Elementary Education, Cum Laude; Erika Marie Peterson, Biology, Psychology Lyndon, Kan.: Hannah Michelle Wilson, Art Teaching PreK12, Studio Art: Painting, Cum Laude Lyons, Kan.: Tomas Ortiz, Psychology Marquette, Kan.: Kenneth Turner, Music McPherson, Kan.: Heather Peterson, English Teaching 6-12, Summa Cum Laude with 4.0 Bethany College GPA Meade, Kan.: Nicole Rena Holsted, Elementary Education, Magna Cum Laude; Abigail J. Nelson, Psychology Oakley, Kan.: Katherine Mannebach, Theatre and Communication Arts Overland Park, Kan.: Emily Claire Taggart, Elementary Education, Cum Laude Palmer, Kan.: Kellyn Nicole Peters, Biology Salina, Kan.: Lisa A. Burnett, Operations Management; Danielle Nadine Kieffer, Elementary Education, Magna Cum Laude; Abigail Lane Koch, Studio Art: Ceramics, Painting; Sara Elizabeth Norwood,

Management, Marketing; Jordan Paul Schwartz, Art Teaching PreK12, Magna Cum Laude; Cassandra L. Smith, Art Teaching PreK12, Cum Laude; Michael Gary Ziegler, Biology, Chemistry Sharon Springs, Kan.: Ty Bieker, Biology, Cum Laude Sublette, Kan.: Marlene Helena Boschman, Instrumental Music Teaching PreK-12, B.M.E., Summa Cum Laude Tipton, Kan.: Nicole Joyce Ohnsat, Elementary Education Waterville, Kan.: Lana Raye Berger, Elementary Education, Summa Cum Laude; Briana Zimmerling, Studio Art: Ceramics, Painting, Cum Laude Wichita, Kan.: Matthew Allen, Theatre and Communication Arts; Michelle L. Boyer, Biology, Cum Laude; Rebekah Stoddard, Psychology, Magna Cum Laude Smithville, Mo.: Jordan Louise Johnson, Theatre and Communcation Arts Tipton, Mo.: Sarah Rachel Bennett, Contract Major: Communications Management, recipient of Swede Certificate in Leadership Achievement Bassett, Neb.: Jaci Lynn Kepler, Health and Physical Education Teaching Pre-K-12 Warren, Ohio: Allan Robert Harris, Management Drumright, Okla.: Courtney Da'nae Chandler, Biology Little Axe, Okla.: Jonathan C. Followill, Athletic Training Oklahoma City, Okla.: Robert Allen Lopez, Health and Physical Education Teaching PreK-12 Dickinson, Texas: Jorge Rene Monzon, Management, Marketing, recipient of Swede Certificate in Leadership Achievement Houston, Texas: Christopher Ryan Jackson, Psychology Humble, Texas: Joseph King II, Health and Physical Education Teaching Pre K-12 Olympia, Wash.: Tamara Nicole Fogel, Sports Management Casper, Wyo.: Catherine K. Washut, Music, Magna Cum Laude Torrington, Wyo.: Bruce B. Schmidt, Elementary Education, Magna Cum Laude International: Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Nyska Etienne, Elementary Education Bloemfontein, South Africa: Abel Jacobus Schoeman, Finance, Management, Marketing: Network Marketing

Information Technology Solutions Kansas Ecumenical Ministries Growing faith, building hope, uniting in love

Living Together as the One Body of Christ: WHEN:

Begins with dinner at 6pm on Friday, August 10th Ends 4pm Saturday, August 11th


West Heights United Methodist Church 745 N Westlink Wichita, KS 67212


Bringing Hope and Healing to Kansas You are invited to join Kansas Ecumenical Ministries for a strategic planning retreat, to be part of building a grassroots movement that seeks to empower Kansas Christians to stand in faith for what they believe, live with hope that God’s kingdom of justice and peace will be realized on earth, and unite in love to make it happen. We’ve been listening to the voices of Christians across the state, building a common vision to advance Christ’s mission together in Kansas. At this critical time for the church and our state, we are ready to live into God’s call to be one body, ready to bring hope to Kansas with a strong witness for justice.

God is calling the faithful to action. Come be a part of it.

All Kansas Christians are invited. Pastors, please consider bringing an interested layperson from your congregation.

Our program will include presentation and conversation on:


with Ammon S. Ripple, Liaison for Local and Regional

Meals are included in the $15 registration fee. Early registration deadline is July 31st. After July 31st, a $5 late fee applies and space is not guaranteed Register online at www.kansasecumen, or mail in the attached form.

‘Something New’ in Christian Ecumenism How a Kansas Ecumenical Ministries Matters to all Kansans and to the Whole Christian Community Ecumenism with the National Council of Churches Ammon works to support local and state ecumenical bodies throughout the country, and has consulted closely with KEM since we began our renewal process in 2011.

Assessing the Landscape Demographics and Trends in Kansas Christianity with Dr. Dale Jones, Director of Research Services for the Church of the Nazarene Dr. Jones works from the Church of the Nazarene’s Global Ministry Center in Lenexa. As Secretary of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, he was a primary data collector for the 1990, 2000, and 2010 U.S. Religion Census.

Kansas Ecumenical Ministries ● 1204 Oread Avenue ● Lawrence, KS 66044 ● (785) 274-9440 ● ●

Making Christ Known -- July 2012  

Number 222. A publication of the Central States Synod. Published monthly by the Central States Synod, ELCA. Deadline for submission of mater...

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