From Your Seminary Guild By Joyce West
ow the Bible came to us is best described by learned theologians. It is that the Bible did come to us that is most important and receiving the treasures in it—a gift from the Holy Spirit. Using the Words of the Bible directs our lives. The directions from Jesus in Matthew 28:19 are “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Using these directions, Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS) is training students to do this work. The Seminary Guild is in place to aid and encourage the students on their journey. The dictionary says that a guild is an association for mutual aid and promotion of common interests. Following the directions from the Bible in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing,” the Concordia Theological Seminary Guild offers monetary support for seminary needs and projects to encourage and
sustain the students in the common interest of promoting the spreading of the Word of the Bible. New project ideas are presented to the membership as requests and needs arise. The Guild also nurtures its members with fellowship and enlightenment from the Word at the regular meetings, held on the second Tuesday of September, October, November, December, February, March and April. Of special note is the meeting in October, Donation Day. On that day, October 14, special emphasis is placed on donations to the Food and Clothing Co-op, which is used by seminary students and their families. To date, the schedule for 2014-15 includes CTS Prof. Jeffrey Pulse speaking about the inner city work at Shepherd of the City, Fort Wayne; Cynthia Kahn speaking at Donation Day about People of the Book Lutheran Outreach (POBLO); a military retiree telling of his experiences; and at the Christmas meeting, the Guild will hear the Kantorei sing and a cookie exchange is being planned. As the 2014-15 seminary classes begin, I quote Philippians 1:9-10: “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.” Mrs. Joyce West (email@example.com) serves as president of the Concordia Theological Seminary Guild, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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