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2012 MISSOURI DISTRICT CONVENTION - YOUR NOMINEES FOR PRESIDENT Nominations in alphabetical order. Position followed by number of nominations received:

For District President: Rev. Dr. Kevin Golden / 13 Rev. Dr. Robert Lee Hagan / 13 Rev. Dr. Ray Mirly* / 74 Rev. Alan Wollenburg / 26

Rev. Dr. Kevin Golden

Question 1:

We would do well to take hold of the same blessings which Christ brought upon the Synod in our first century. First, the Synod What can be done to grew through immigrants. The background of today’s immigrants rekindle is different, but the Gospel remains the the same. Thanks be to Christ for historic the work already being done among mission immigrants, which can and should zeal that shaped the be magnified. Second, families and Missouri the Church rejoiced in the next Synod in generation. Recovering a Biblical its fi rst 100 view of children as a blessing from years? the Lord is critical. Knowing the manifold blessings of Christ, how can we not rejoice to see more and more children born and baptized into those blessings? Third, great attention was given to grounding young and old in the teachings of Scripture. A similar focus today would give young and old reason to be dedicated to the Church all the days of their lives. Christ’s Word is the glue which binds the family and the Church to Him and one another.

For First Vice President: Rev. Dr. Kevin Golden / 14 Rev. Dr. Robert Lee Hagan / 16 Rev. Dr. Ron Rall / 13 Rev. Alan Wollenburg* / 35

Nominees for president were asked three questions. Following are their responses for your consideration: *denotes incumbent

Rev. Dr. Robert Lee Hagan

Rev. Dr. Ray Mirly*

Rev. Alan Wollenburg

We need a return to planting congregations that was characteristic of the Missouri Synod’s early years. During the Synod’s fi rst 100 years, there were 20 congregations planted in the area surrounding Concordia, Mo. Those early years were marked by a mission zeal to reach lost souls by providing faithful, Lutheran congregations in which the Gospel was preached, the sacraments administered and flocks were tended. In this area, there has not been a new congregation planted in nearly 30 years. St. Paul writes in Romans 10, “How, then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And now how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?” While the world has changed, there is still the need for congregations where the saints are fed by Word and Sacrament and reaching out. We can be genuinely Lutheran, while planting new congregations and seeking the lost.

A person cannot give to another what they do not have themselves. Before the LCMS recaptures its mission zeal for those outside of our faith community, we need to recapture our zeal for worship, Bible study, home devotions and personal prayer. Less than half of the adult membership of Missouri District congregations attend church on a given Sunday. Less than 20 percent attend Bible class. Pastors report that they believe few of their members have daily personal or family devotions. Parents permit children to decide whether they will attend Sunday school or confi rmation class. Many who do not believe in Jesus Christ are not as convinced by what we tell them as they are by what we show them through our words and personal conduct.

Zeal will only be rekindled by the Gospel given to us in God’s Word and the Sacraments, for this is the way that God truly changes our hearts. We faithfully receive God’s Word and Sacraments, and then continue to faithfully proclaim the Word, faithfully administer the Sacraments and faithfully call God’s faithful people to faithful acts of service. It must be clearly understood by us all that those who do not trust in Christ as their Savior will suffer in hell for all of eternity, and that it is only through our beloved Christ that we and others will live forever in heaven. Though they sometimes glean immediate results, gimmicks do not work in the long run. It would be wonderful if we could afford a sustained media advertising campaign which would emphasize the historic nature of the Lutheran Church and her Biblical understanding of worship as where God descends to us to feed us with His gift s, and we respond to His mercy.

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IT DOES M ATTER! I received a number of emails and letters in response to my February-March President’s column on “Church Hopping and Church Shopping.” One writer felt that my message was that only Lutherans will go to heaven. Another stated that, although he attends his LCMS congregation every week and has excellent LCMS pastors, the nonLutheran church he attends has an awesome President Ray Mirly pastor who uses the Bible when he preaches. Another individual could not understand why I found it “unfathomable” that a Lutheran would attend or join a church that does not baptize infants. Let me be very clear regarding who will go to heaven. John 3:16 does not say, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him – and is a member of an LCMS congregation – should not perish but have eternal life.” This passage, along with Eph. 2:8-9, tells us that our salvation is God’s gift to us through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. And Rom. 1:16 tells us “the gospel is the power of God for salvation.” Does it matter which church you attend? Yes, it does matter! It matters what is taught and practiced in the church. Some questions to ask: Does the church practice infant baptism? Infant baptism is included in Christ’s command to “baptize all nations” (Matt. 28:18-19). The word “nations” in the original refers to people, not countries. What does the church teach regarding the Lord’s Supper? Does the church teach what Jesus said, “This is my body ... this is my blood, given and shed for you for the remission of sins?” How frequently does the church include reception of the Lord’s Supper in its worship services? “Whose work is it?” This question asks whether faith is something that I do, God and I do together, or whether it is solely God’s work in me. Many churches teach that a person must “make a decision for Christ.” This would mean that my coming to faith in Jesus is based upon what I do. Read the following Bible passages that address this issue of “whose work is it:” “He (God) saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5 NIV ’84). “For by grace (undeserved love) you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God...” (Eph. 2:8). [emphasis mine] What does the Bible teach about how I am personally saved? It teaches that salvation is by Grace through faith in Jesus Christ. It matters that the church makes it clear through its sermons, worship services and practices that “all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one’” (Rom. 3:9-12). “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation (payment) for our sins ... ” (1 John 4:10). It is not what we do for God but what God does for us that matters.

Many churches teach that a person must “make a decision for Christ.”

It matters what is taught and practiced in the church.

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PRESIDENT’S PRAYER LIST Please join me in prayer this month. Pray that the Holy Spirit works mightily through the proclamation of the Easter Gospel. Pray that the Holy Spirit will work through your witness and invitation, that at least one person will attend a worship service with you on both Good Friday and Easter. Pray that God will bless the many young men and women who will be confirmed this spring. Ask God to give insight, wisdom, discernment and a pastoral heart to President Matthew Harrison. Pray God to bless the United States with faithful and wise elected leaders at all levels of government. Pray that God will assign His angels to protect the men and women of the United States military. Praise and thank God for the congregations in the Missouri District that are in the process of starting new worshipping communities. Ask the Holy Spirit to be with the placement officers of our two seminaries and the Council of Presidents placement committee as spring placement candidates are being considered for their first pastoral assignments Tuesday, May 1, at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and Wednesday, May 2, at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. Pray God to bless all the students, instructors and administrators in all public, private and Lutheran preschools, elementary schools and high schools in the state of Missouri. Pray God to bless Missouri District congregations currently involved in the calling of Ordained and Commissioned Ministers of Religion. Pray God to bring about reconciliation and healing to congregations currently experiencing serious conflict. Pray God to bless the preparations for the upcoming Missouri District Convention.

MISSOURI DISTRICT CONVENTION CALENDAR AND UPDATES Thank you for preparing for the 2012 Missouri District Convention. The convention is June 3-5 at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield, Mo. The convention theme is “Life Together.” Delegates should have registered online. Registrations received after April 1 are not guaranteed hotel accommodations. You will have to make your own lodging arrangements. Voting delegates will receive a form in the mail from the Synod that must be brought to the convention. Without this form, delegates cannot vote at the district convention, nor can they vote at the next synodical convention. Check your email or visit the district website for registration information.


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Question 2: What are the greatest doctrinal issues confronting the Christian church in our world today?

Question 3: What have you enjoyed most in your years of parish ministry that you would like to instill throughout the district?

Rev. Dr. Kevin Golden

Rev. Dr. Robert Lee Hagan

Rev. Dr. Ray Mirly*

Rev. Alan Wollenburg

The issues which face the Church today are the same as the Church has faced in the past – there is nothing new under the sun. Concern rightly arises regarding the increasing anti-Christian posture of our society (the same challenge faced by Daniel, the apostles, and many other generations of believers). As the values of society become increasingly different from the Biblical worldview, it is all the more imperative that the Church not conform itself to this age, but be transformed by Christ through His word. Fidelity to the clear teaching of Scripture and to our confessional subscription is all the more critical for faithful witness. Lives which are holy unto the Lord will be seen as such in both how we live and what we teach, as we are bound to Christ in His word, His Holy Baptism and His Supper.

The greatest issue confronting the Christian church continues to be the assaults on the authority of the Word of God. Biblical teachings on subjects from justification, baptism and Lord’s Supper to sexuality, marriage and the sanctity of life are being ignored by many in favor of their own desires. As young people are confronted by a host of different teachings about these subjects on college campuses and in all forms of media, we need to continually return to the Scriptures so that we can provide answers based on the solid rock of God’s Word rather than the shift ing sands of the world. We see the errors that have plagued other church bodies when the Word of God is set aside to accommodate the culture. It is our prayer that God would keep us steadfast in His Word now and always.

Universalism — Although the Bible clearly teaches that “salvation is by Grace through faith in Jesus Christ” (Eph. 2:8-9) and “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12), I hear LCMS members make statements such as “even though they are not attending our church at least they are going to church.” Then I fi nd out that they are attending a non-Christian church. Justification by grace through faith in Jesus Christ — The devil and the world want us to believe that we will be saved by living a good life. “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins” (Eccl. 7:20) and “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23 ESV). See Eph. 2:8-9!

There is one doctrinal issue which always has and always will be the greatest doctrinal issue: the authority and inspiration of the Bible. We expect that unbelievers will continually question the authority and inspiration of God’s Word, but the real and genuine problem is the number of those who confess the Christian faith but still believe that the Word and its teachings may be changed according to our and the world’s whims. There are many doctrinal issues confronting Christendom (abortion and other life-related issues, the ordination of women, the right teaching on marriage, the right understanding of the family, ...) but all of them stem from the (mis)understandings about, and the denials of the authority of the Word of God.

I have been blessed to serve in two congregations whose members have invited me into their homes and lives. Trust was engendered through those personal conversations, salted with the Word of Christ. As a result, when critical decisions were to be made, fear of another’s ulterior motives did not prevail. Instead, mutual concern for Christ’s Word held sway. Fear all too often (only once would be too often) controls conversations within congregations, between congregations and in other sett ings. Christ unseats such fear by turning us away from ourselves and to Him. When fraternal discussions, centered upon Christ in His word, precede disagreements, then fear is tempered so that it does not distract from Christ’s Word. When disagreements arise prior to such fraternal discussions, then fear can only be overcome by mutual confession and absolution, unseating fear by the grace of God in Christ.

Pastoral care is one element of parish ministry that I enjoyed and is needed even among the pastors of the district. There are many pastors and called servants who are facing great pressures in their calls. We cannot overlook the needs of these servants of the church. In my years at St. Paul’s, Concordia, I have tried to emphasize the importance of the saints of God being “In the Word and in the World.” My prayer for the people of the Missouri District is that they would be in God’s Word and be strengthened so that they can be out in the world. As Jesus prays in John 17, “I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world … I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” As God’s people are in the Word, they are ready and equipped to be sent into the world.

The greatest joy in my ministry has been teaching adult confi rmation classes. It is difficult to put into words the awesome experiences I have had witnessing the power of God’s Word and His Spirit at work in the hearts and lives of participants. There was the young woman who came to such a class after several members of her family attended an earlier one. She saw the positive changes that occurred in her family members. She told me that she wanted what they had received. The real joy is that I was able to conduct a Christian funeral service for her when she died in a tragic auto accident less than two years after her confi rmation. The other vivid image indelibly etched in my memory is of an adult, middle-aged male, standing at the baptismal font with tears streaming down his face. He was tightly holding his wife’s hand. His baptism caused me to think about the passage, “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool” (Isa. 1:18).

My greatest joy is seeing how the Holy Spirit brings people to the certainty of the faith so that they enjoy a genuine rest and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ. They are not constantly upset. They do not require constant change in the Church. They rejoice in the Gospel, to be fed by God’s Word and Sacraments, to participate in the life of the local congregation, and to be taken home to heaven in the peace of the forgiveness of sins. Th is is the gift of God’s Spirit.


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Imagine being 8,657 miles from home. You are in a strange land and surrounded by a strange culture. You are away from family and friends. You left everything you knew for the opportunities an American education could provide. Now that you are here, you wonder, “will I fit in? Will Americans, not just students, welcome me?” Two students from Harare, Zimbabwe, are asking questions like these. They are asking these questions and wondering where the answers will come from. For these and other students, the answers to their concerns came from members of Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in St. Charles. As a result of Immanuel’s international student ministry to Lindenwood University students, many other relationships have been established: Relationships founded on the love of Jesus and committed to being His witnesses to the end of the earth (Acts 1:8). The exciting aspect of international student ministry is that the ends of the earth are three blocks from Immanuel. Lindenwood University has

approximately 900 international students from all over the world. Immanuel has established friendships with students from more than 20 countries around the world including China, India, Mongolia, as well as numerous countries in Central and South America, Southern Africa and the former Soviet Union. As with any ministry, relationships take time to develop. But with every relationship comes another opportunity to learn and grow. Immanuel continues to focus on one-on-one relationships. Some of these relationships include trips taking students to Walmart, having them over for dinner, providing a place to stay during breaks and prayer. We pray that God would richly bless Immanuel’s outreach to Lindenwood students. While many students share in faith toward Christ, still many others do not confess Christ. Immanuel’s international student ministry seeks to share the love of Jesus with students from every country and culture.

LUTHERAN HERITAGE FOUNDATION OFFERS FREE RESOURCES FOR CHINESE MINISTRY In every state, in every city, there are people for whom Chinese is their first language. In fact, more than 2 million Chinese currently live in the United States, making them the third largest immigrant group in the country. Most Chinese come from Buddhist backgrounds; many practice some form of ancestor worship. American pastors and congregations have recognized the need to reach out to them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but the language barrier has often hindered their ability to do so. Now, the Lutheran Heritage Foundation (LHF) has produced three new catechisms that can help explain the Lutheran faith to our Chinese neighbors: a pocket-sized edition that contains only the six chief parts of the catechism; the complete Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation; and a revised version of the Chinese-English side-by-side catechism first printed five years ago. The Chinese-English side-by-side edition has proven to be especially useful in the United States, helping pastors and laypeople who do not speak Chinese to better explain the Christian faith. The book also helps Chinese who are learning English to practice the language while learning the principles of the faith. In China, where the Christian faith is gaining ground, the catechisms will spell out, in a simple way, the mercy and grace that is offered through Jesus Christ. “There is so much potential for this catechism to help the Chinese people and pastors understand the Bible and God’s plan of salvation for all people, through His Son, Jesus Christ,” said Rev. Ted NaThalang, LHF’s coordinator for Southeast Asia projects. Rev. James Fandrey, LHF’s executive director, also sees the potential. “Very exciting opportunities are arising in the area of Chinese missions,” he said. “This will be an excellent resource both in the United States and abroad. Pastors, international students, caring neighbors, co-workers and travelers are all encouraged to share this important book.” To order Chinese catechisms, call the LHF office at 800554-0723, or e-mail As always, there is no charge for the books. For those who are able, a gift to LHF of $5-10 per book helps defray the costs of shipping and allows LHF to continue its work around the world. The Lutheran Heritage Foundation is a recognized service organization of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. For nearly 20 years, LHF has been translating, publishing, distributing and introducing Lutheran books for churches around the world. LHF is at work in more than 70 countries and 80 languages.

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50 YEARS OF FAITH Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Robert, Mo., is celebrating 50 years during 2012. The congregation has been serving military and civilian families surrounding Fort Leonard Wood through the years. The first worship service was held in the Fort Wood Theatre in downtown Waynesville on April 29, 1962. For nearly two years, services were held in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Being part of the Western District of the LCMS, Faith requested financial assistance for building a new church. By 1975 it became self-supporting. Christian education has always been a major endeavor of Faith in serving the Lord. The first vacation Bible school was held in June 1963. Sunday school has always been a high priority. Due to a shortage of space, an addition was built and dedicated in 1978. A preschool opened in 1990, which continued for the next eight years. During the past 50 years, four pastors have served Faith: Rev. Rudolph Prange, Rev. Richard Thur, Rev. Robert Wahl and Rev. Richard Anderegg, the current shepherd. On Saturday evening, April 28, the congregation will host a reunion picnic at the church. The next morning at 10:30 a.m., a service of celebration will be held with Rev. Dr. Peter Kurowski serving as the guest preacher. After the service, members and guests will gather for a special dinner held at the Community Center in St. Robert followed by a short program highlighting significant events in the life of the congregation.


Distr ict News EXCITING GROWTH FOR ST. STEPHEN, LIBERTY St. Stephen Lutheran Church was formed in 1960 by a small group of missionminded visionaries who dreamed of a place where they could minister to the Lutheran residents and unchurched population of Liberty, Mo. Land was purchased, blueprints drawn, and a sanctuary was built overlooking the city. In 50 years, a handful of families has grown to nearly 500 members and the original sanctuary is now bursting at the seams. The issue of space isn’t new. “For 40 years or more it would rise out of the waters and look around and say, ‘We need to grow,’” said long-time member Kathy Roberts. “And then it would go back down again.” “It’s always been in the back of our minds,” iterated member Kathy Chelton, “just not on the forefront.” “For a long time things were pretty stable,” said member Brian Yonke. “For years attendance hovered around 210 in spite of growth in the community.” Recently, though, attendance has soared during what elder Rich Hill refers to as “the growth explosion.” But the changes at St. Stephen go beyond an increase in membership. “We have become a much younger congregation,” said 20-year-member Robert Brinser.  “The leadership of the church seems to be much stronger now; and programs have grown considerably.” “We have become a congregation focused on the positive things God can do in our community and lives,” reflected preschool director and 13-yearmember Beth Backhaus. Trustee Matt Rearick agreed. He has seen the people of St. Stephen “step-up and help organize events not just for themselves, but for the community.” “The people here are gradually becoming more open all the time,” Roberts affirmed. And as a result, change is happening. After 50 years of faithful stewardship to the Recently, though, first sanctuary, the congregation is building attendance has soared. another. In November 2010, they unanimously passed a motion to build. “I was very pleased,” said member Jim Smith, “especially when it was approved 100 percent.” Past discussions about building had been divisive. This time it was just the opposite. “Th is is God’s plan,” said Chelton. In March 2011, the results of a capital campaign were announced. In just four weeks nearly the entire estimated budget for the building had been pledged. “It is awesome to see God providing for the growth of the mission,” said Congregation President Scott Chelton. “When God was ready (or maybe when He thought we were ready), He provided funding and building expertise,” said Yonke. Even as major changes have been made to the project, the people support the decisions of a talented building committee. Ground-breaking was April 1, and the people are excited. “I can hardly wait,” said Roberts. “I envision it and I think, ‘Oh, wow!’ All I can see is pure sunlight coming through those windows with lots of people seated there.” “We have been so blessed by the relationships in this congregation,” added Backhaus. “To have a space that allows us to worship together and invite so many others to join us is monumental.” The congregation hopes to hold its first service in the new space Christmas of 2012. “The one word that really hits my mind is a feeling of awe,” said Scott Chelton. “It is truly amazing to see God’s work.”

1912-2012; ST. PAUL’S LADIES A ID PLANS CELEBRATION YEAR Membership dues were 10 cents a month, payable at each meeting. Meetings were held in the homes of the nine members, according to their lastname alphabetical order. Children came to the meetings, too, along with the mothers, who brought extra crackers from home for their children. And into the record book, the secretary of the newly formed 1912 Frauen-Verein dutifully recorded in the German language the minutes of each monthly meeting. That was nearly a century ago. Today the members of the group, organized on Dec. 6, 1912, as the second women’s group to form at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Concordia, Mo., and now known as the 1912 Ladies Aid (LWML), are celebrating the organization’s 100th year. The celebration theme, “Celebrating 100 Years of God’s Blessings, 1912-2012,” is based on Psalm 145:7, “They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.” In thankfulness to God, the Ladies Aid plans to provide new green paraments for St. Paul’s Church. Celebration events include a thank offering in June by each member; a repeat of the two-act comedy play, “The Strike of the Ladies Aid,” first presented by the 1912 Ladies Aid in 1928; participating with a float in the Concordia Fall Festival Religious and Decorated Floats Parade; and a Dec. 2 celebration dinner with members of the congregation’s other two ladies aids. The Ladies Aid currently has 37 members and is led by Kathy Schnakenberg, president.

"Photo by The Concordian Members of St. Paul's 1912 Ladies Aid at Concordia are, from left front: Regina Wesemann, Ellsbeth Kammeyer, Evelyn McKnight, Rose Ann Steitz, Phyllis Baacke and Norine Block; second row: Judy Loeber, Carol Frerking, Earline Inman, Juanita Trigg, Marie Rehkop, Marian Borchardt and Ruth Rodewald; third row, Debbie Kirchhoff, Dianne Rinehart, Lavona Larimore, Dorothy Bushman, Susan Foster, Annette Rohr and Kathy Schnakenberg; back row: Jon Bacon, Carolyn Flandermeyer, Judy Beissenherz, Judy Marshall, Marti Cowherd and Luci Mehl. Not pictured: Mary Ann Bartel, Christina Gates, Elizabeth Gower, Aurella Heine, Beth Kruse, Frances Meyer, Tami Myers, Gretchen Oett ing, Melba Schlimpert, Andrea Schmidt and Joan Werths.

LUTHERAN SUMMER MUSIC BENEFITS MUSICIANS AND CONGREGATIONS For 31 years, Lutheran Music Program has produced the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival (LSM), a four-week residential training and performance program for gifted high school students. The 2012 academy is on the campus of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, June 24 to July 22, where more than 150 students in grades 8-12 will live together in a supportive community focused on musical excellence, faith formation and personal growth. Both the youth who attend LSM and the congregations from which these students come benefit from investment and participation, as evidenced by recently released results of a comprehensive national research study and the rapid growth of partnerships with Lutheran colleges nationwide.* Applications for LSM 2012 are being accepted. For more information visit, email or call 888-635-6583. * Survey conducted by the University of South Carolina in winter 2011 with generous support from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. For a complete summary of survey results and methodology, contact

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ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH, MOBERLY, A NNIVERSARY Zion Lutheran Church, Moberly, Mo., will celebrate its 125th anniversary on April 15 with a dinner (reservations needed) following the 10 a.m. Divine Service, and Anniversary Celebration Worship at 2 p.m., with former pastor Rev. Gary Hoffstetter Jr. serving as guest preacher. Call (660) 263-3256 or contact for more information.

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June 3 - 8 Trailblazers (High School) June 10 - 13 Mini Quest 1 (3rd and 4th) June 10 - 15 Outpost (5th - 8th)

Do you and your youth group or family have the desire to serve God in creation? Then sign up for our LCMS National Servant Event July 8-13 by calling us today! You will have the opportunity to serve alongside other groups and bring your family!

June 15 - 17 Little Adventurers (3-6 year olds with parent) June 17 - 22 Quest 1 (3rd and 4th) June 24 - 29 Journey 1 / Expedition 1 (5th - 8th) July 8 - 13 Journey 2 / Expedition 2 /Scrapbook July 15 - 17 Discovery (1st and 2nd) July 15 - 20 Quest 2 July 20 - 22 Family Camp (all ages) July 22 - 25 Mini Quest 2 July 22 - 27 Journey 3 / Expedition 3-Sports Camp July 29 - Aug 4 Journey 4/Expedition 4



LHM News LHM is moving forward with a one hour TV special on the doctrine of the two kingdoms, inspired by the Men’s NetWork “We the People� Bible study. It is to be aired in the fall of 2012 to coincide with the presidential election. The goal is to air the program on a major cable network with advertising on other networks to drive viewers to the program. The new title will be “The Intersection of Church and State.� The program will explain both church and state have their unique and separate function. The purpose of the state is to “promote the general welfare� of its citizens on this earth. The purpose of the church is to deal with spiritual issues and truth as people live out their lives in this world with an eye to the next. Most often these purposes run on parallel tracks; both performing their God given functions while respecting the role of the other. However, the intersection of these two “kingdoms� is not only unavoidable, but necessary and beneficial. It can be compared to the intersections of highways. Following a road moves you from one place to another, but you probably will not reach your destination without intersecting with other roads. Where roads intersect is also where the most collisions take place. “The Intersection of Church and State� will examine how these two institutions can interact in appropriate and beneficial ways. In other TV news, the final count on the “Bible on Trial� airing came in at 465 local television stations around the country; these stations are a mix of both independent and network affiliates. These included the initial run and a second run during the Christmas season. This is in addition to the national airing on Inspiration Satellite Network (ISN). The Christmas syndication season focused the three most popular specials from Lutheran Hour Ministries: “Red Boots,� “Christmas Is� and the “City that Forgot about Christmas.� The station count respectively was 291, 298 and 287. This season covered about 91 percent of U.S. households. That contrasted with the syndication results from the previous year where the total covered households ranged in the low 60s.

By Rev. Alfred Rodewald, OGT Coordinator This annual report indicates that it was the donors of goods, volunteers who sorted and packed the goods, and Thrivent Financial members who directed Choice Dollars to the Missouri West Division that made 2011 a year of helping people in need through Orphan Grain Train. New and used goods were brought to the division in Concordia by people in western Missouri and eastern Kansas. Volunteers who sorted and packed the goods came from Alma, Concordia, Jefferson City, Lone Elm, Marshall, Norborne and Warrensburg, Mo. The donors of Thrivent Choice Dollars were from the local area as well as from throughout Missouri and numerous locations throughout the United States. Choice Dollars contributed $12,741 to the Missouri West Division. These funds were used to ship four loads of packed goods in 2011 to Cornerstone Childrens Ranch, Quemado, Texas, by way of Schelp Trucking LLC, Emma, Mo. Each load contained 1,080 recycled McFries boxes filled with clothing and assorted goods and was shipped at a cost of $1,227.50. The four loads were shipped for $4,910. Local records show that a total of 437 volunteers came together to sort and box goods during the year. Thirty members came from Trinity, Alma; 19 from St. Matthew, Concordia; 248 from St. Paul’s, Concordia; 65 from Trinity, Jefferson City; 11 from Our Redeemer, Marshall; 36 from Trinity, Norborne; 15 from Bethlehem, Warrensburg; and 13 students from Saint Paul Lutheran High School, Concordia.



STUDENT GRANTS AVAILABLE By Cleo Steffens, Missouri District Student Assistance Chairman Student grants are available to students planning to enter full-time church work, and who will attend one of the Concordia colleges or universities. Grant applications are available on our website: or contact Cleo Steffens at


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“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

Rev. Paul Stark

(1 Peter 5:10 ESV)

Jason Glaskey, DCE at Immanuel, Joplin.

Billingsly Student Center, MSSU

Damaged housing in Joplin. Rec. center and dining hall at MSSU.

Registration information is available online at: It’s a new place, it’s more time in service – it’s the Senior High Youth Gathering! This year’s gathering will bring together congregations from all across Missouri in service to the Joplin, Mo., area. Two full days of service, daily presentations, exciting Christian music, free time fun and fellowship and worship at Missouri Southern State University present an outstanding opportunity for mission outreach. This year’s gathering features two full days of servant events to the entire Joplin area whether they were hit by the storm or not. We are excited to have Rev. Paul Stark as our main presenter. Pastor Stark is the Ozark Mission Planter for the Missouri District. He is a native of southern California who loves life as a pastor, online Bible teacher and mission developer. He and his family moved to Missouri almost seven years ago, and he is currently planting a new mission church in the city of Ozark. Parallax View will provide music for the weekend. Many youth in Missouri may have heard them at various district junior high retreats and in the Farmington, Mo., area. They have a great heart for ministry and love to share Jesus through music. They have also spent time volunteering in the Joplin area during this past year. The registration fee is $195 per person, which includes housing (3 nights), seven meals (3 on Friday, 3 on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday), servant events, program, evening free time choices and T-shirt. Registrations will be entered online in groups. At the end of the registration process, please print the confirmation page and mail it with your check to the Missouri District office by Friday, June 1. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible. A $50 deposit per person is required with registration, and balance due checks are to be brought to registration at the gathering. No refunds will be given for cancellations after June 1. We are working closely with Trent Davis, director of disaster response at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Joplin. To best place volunteers, Davis requests that each congregation fill out a Skills Assessment sheet. The Skills Assessment sheets can be sent in early (before you’re done registering) so he can assess where groups will be placed for service. Please pray for the ministry to Joplin, the youth of the Missouri District and the gathering. We hope to see you there!

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Fa m i ly Li fe a nd Yout h LUTHERAN YOUTH FELLOWSHIP TEAM (LYF) NOMINATIONS The Missouri District Lutheran Youth Fellowship (LYF) Committee gives 12 youth in our district the opportunity to grow in their service to the church and in leadership in youth ministry. You are invited to nominate a youth from your congregation to serve in this important capacity. Nomination forms and three letters of reference are due no later than May 1 by mail to Sue Stiegemeyer at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 223 W. Adams, Jackson, MO 63755 or email to In an effort to keep costs down, 2012 nomination forms are only available on our Missouri District website on the Youth and Family page found here: The LYF Committee meets with the District Youth Ministry Committee and serves as a youth advisory panel. Positions on the committee are open for four current freshmen who will serve during their sophomore, junior and senior years, beginning this fall. The LYF Committee serves as the teen leadership team at several district ministry events: a team-building welcome weekend in early August, a spring and fall junior high youth retreat, a senior high gathering, help lead a teen leadership training weekend, and other youth events as necessary. These events are weekend-long and the LYF team provides the leadership with the help of the youth ministry committee. Attendance at these events and their planning meetings is expected.

Priority in selection will go to those youth who exhibit maturity in Christian character, exhibit leadership qualities, and are able to attend District Youth Ministry Committee meetings and ministry event weekends. The committee meets one weekday in the months of October, November, January, March and June – most of the time, these meetings are combined with ministry event weekends. A youth's ability to have a flexible schedule and occasionally miss a day of school is considered an asset by the selection committee. Other personal qualities highly sought are a growing faith in Jesus Christ, a lifestyle that reflects the teachings and beliefs of our Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, a passion to be involved in youth ministry, the demonstrated ability to work with other youth and adults, and a positive, enthusiastic spirit. Benefits of selection to the committee are wide-ranging, and include exposure to and participation in the work of the church at large, growth in leadership skills and opportunities to share Christ with other youth. If you have any questions about the nomination process, please contact Sue Stiegemeyer at 573-243-2236.

WALTHER LEAGUE R EUNION On a beautiful Sunday in September, the sounds of celebration were heard as Walther Leaguers, 103 strong, met at Meramac Bluffs in St. Louis. They came together to greet old friends, reminisce and thank God for the impact of the Walther League ministry in their lives. Emcee Rev. Walt Schoedel led with a time of devotion, reflection and the singing of timeless Walther League songs. He challenged the group with Walther League trivia and gave the participants opportunity to share special Walther League memories. It was a heartwarming time as participants shared memorabilia, stories and sang together: “Walther Leaguers, Walther Leaguers, one and all are we, Serving Jesus Christ our Savior who has made us free.” To learn more about Walther League reunions, contact Sue Thompson at 314-590-6217. Special thanks to Lutheran Senior Services for hosting this gathering.


Connecting with Our Neighbors Understanding and Reaching Out April 13-15 Concordia, Mo. This year’s presenter is Rev. Bill Marler, senior pastor at Trinity Lutheran, Springfield, Mo. Connecting Singles in Ministry will focus on connecting and witnessing to neighbors and friends of other faiths. How you can put this model into practice and organize activities in your community is what this retreat is all about! Join us for interesting discussion, Bible study and fellowship as we learn how to connect with our neighbors—understanding and reaching out! More information at

Registration Form ~ Missouri District Singles Ministry Retreat ~ April 13-15 Name: Phone: Address: City, State, ZIP: Congregation/City: Email: Please check appropriate response:  M  F If you have a roommate preference, please list his or her name here: Cost of $120 per person is based on double occupancy in rooms or $180 per person for single occupancy. I am enclosing a deposit for the following option:  Deposit of $70 or full amount of $120 is enclosed for double occupancy.  Deposit of $70 or full amount of $180 is enclosed for single occupancy.  Full amount of $57 for program and meals Friday thrrough Sunday – no lodging.  Full amount of $45 for Saturday, April 14, only (program, lunch and dinner only – no lodging). Registration deadline is April 2, or when capacity is reached. Make check payable to: Missouri District Please mail form and check to: Missouri District Singles Retreat, 660 Mason Ridge Center Drive, Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63141-8557.

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ST. PAUL, JACKSON, 2012 STATE GIRLS CHAMPIONS The eighth grade girls basketball team from St. Paul Lutheran School, Jackson Mo., won the 2012 Missouri State Lutheran Grade School basketball championship. The team defeated Trinity Lutheran School of Cape Girardeau at Helias High School in Jefferson City, Mo., in a well-played championship game. The team is coached by Kirk Mueller and assistant coach Brad Meyer. Team members are Logan Meyr, Grace Mirly, Brianna Mueller, Megan Wescott, Jordan Hecht, Tayla Meyr, Ashlynn Collier, Logan Franke, and manager/statistician Ella Collier. With the victory, St. Paul’s season record is 22-3. They represent Missouri at the Lutheran Basketball Association of America National Tournament in Valparaiso, Ind., at the end of March. (results not available at time of printing). Visit for more information.

LESA SCHOOLS CELEBRATE ‘NATIONAL LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK’ Lutheran school students in the St. Louis area celebrated National Lutheran Schools Week in early March with service projects, field trips and fun events: Word of Life held an International Day; River Roads, St. Louis, joined St. Paul’s, Des Peres, for a praise breakfast and Salem, Aff ton, held a “PE Night” for students and families. Green Park students gathered items and hosted an assembly for Otis Woodard’s North St. Louis Lutheran Outreach mission. Students at Our Redeemer, Overland, celebrated their faith by painting “Prayer Rocks” and then placing them around a tree near their school’s entrance. St. Mark’s, Eureka, visited the St. Louis Symphony and Gus’s Pretzels. Abiding Savior’s choir sang during services at the LCMS Chapel. St. John’s, Arnold’s faculty sang closer to home at their congregation’s NLSW Sunday service. At Our Savior, Fenton, and Messiah, Weldon Spring, students dressed up as their favorite animals and storybook characters. The schools are members of the St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA). “National Lutheran Schools Week is a time set aside for parents, students and teachers to intentionally look at the Lutheran school in which they are involved,” said Deb Schmich, director of LESA’s Educational Resources Division. “It is a time of appreciation of the education, the relationships and the spirituality that happen in a Lutheran school.” The theme of this year’s celebration was “Securing Each Child’s Future– Equipped,” based on 2 Tim. 3:16-17.

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CHRIST COMMUNITY, KIRKWOOD, 2012 STATE BOYS CHAMPIONS The eighth grade boys basketball team from Christ Community Lutheran School (CCLS) of Kirkwood, Mo., won the 2012 Missouri State Lutheran Grade School basketball championship. The team defeated Salem Lutheran School of Black Jack, Mo., in an exciting championship game played at Helias High School, Jefferson City, Mo. The team is coached by Clint Adler and assistant coach Matt Bacon. Team members are Jackson Berger, Will Bacon, Wyatt Conner, Jordan Lewis, CJ Goebel, Lezoghia Member-Meneh, Tyler Huse, David Mayer, Jake Bacon, Ben Mitchler, Sean Barton, Jordan Crouch, Tanner Polk, and manager/statistician, Jacob Husky. Along with winning the tournament championship, the CCLS boys were named winners of the team sportsmanship award for the tournament: A first-time occurence in the tournament’s 13-year-history. With the tournament championship win, CCLS’ season record is 22-8. They represented Missouri in the National Lutheran Basketball Tournament in Valparaiso, Ind., at the end of March (results not available at time of printing). Visit for more information.

MESSIAH STUDENTS SUPPORT LUTHERAN OUTREACH Students from Messiah Lutheran School in Weldon Spring collected food, diapers and other items to support the Lutheran Outreach ministry in North St. Louis County. The students also donated their chapel offerings of more than $500. Otis Woodward of Lutheran Outreach led a recent student chapel service at Messiah and shared his outreach message. “Otis always delivers a great message to our students, and they genuinely enjoy supporting his ministry,” said Dr. Tom Guenzeler, principal at Messiah. “It’s great to see the joy they get from giving.” For more information on Messiah, visit www.messiahnetwork. org/school.


Leadersh ip Tra in ining ing YOUTH MINISTRY AND PARTNERSHIPS It seems that every congregation we talk to is excited about youth ministry. Everyone agrees we want our young people to be active, involved members of our congregations. However, we also seem to agree we aren’t always sure how to make that happen. Many congregations work hard to have successful youth ministry programs. While many churches do achieve excellence, some congregations have also found ways to use their youth in their outreach efforts. LCMS Rural and Small Town Mission (RSTM) had the chance to visit with a couple from rural Missouri who are passionate about youth and outreach possibilities. As a result, they have been doing exciting things with their youth group. We want to pass these great ideas along to you. At Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rosebud, Mo., lay leaders Jim and Carol Meyer shared that their youth group has a yearly objective. This year it’s “Serve God by Serving Others,” based on Rom. 1:16. The Meyers are big advocates of Ongoing Ambassadors For Christ. It has helped members of their youth group to be able to verbalize, “Why we believe what we believe.” All through the summer, Jim leads an all day Wednesday Bible study. You might be wondering, “How does he manage to get kids to stay for the whole day?” Jim and Carol spend a lot of time with the youth to build good relationships, plus they spend time teaching them how to serve. The day starts at 9 a.m. with small group Bible study, then the youth visit a nursing home, entertain the residents, break for a sack lunch or one of the parents will provide lunch, more Bible study, and finally around 3 or 4 p.m. they finish off the afternoon with some swimming. Jim likes to bring a watermelon as an afternoon treat. These activities aren’t just for the youth ... parents are always welcome, as they are trying to keep the parents as involved as possible. The Meyers have also found it’s good to give the youth responsibility sometimes. One example was the lock-in the junior high youth planned and put on for the first–fourth graders. Right now, the youth group is planning a trip to the Creation Museum. This is going to be a family trip, because they want to get the whole family—parents and kids— into God’s Word. Recently, the Meyer’s church (Immanuel, Rosebud) along with Trinity, New Haven, Bethlehem, New Haven, and St. Paul, Union, Mo., were able to plan a retreat weekend they called “Word vs. World – Dating, Courtship, and Finding a Spouse.” Using material from Higher Things and a theme from Ephesians 5, parents and 43 young people from sixth through 12th grade spent time talking about relationships. The last afternoon, the students were divided into small groups to listen to married couples talk about their 50 years of shared life experience. If your church is looking for youth resources or partnership possibilities, you might consider Octane Ministry. Octane offers direction and advice for small or struggling youth ministries, along with training, resources, support and an online community. The ministry connects and networks churches, equipping leaders of all ages with the tools and support necessary to find the right players and right strategy to build a healthy, sustainable, intentional, relational, faith-building youth ministry within their congregation and network using the “Octane Solution.” Octane Ministry is an LCMS Recognized Service Organization in the Michigan District. To find out more about this ministry, go to or call 586-799-2316. RSTM supports and encourages rural and small-town congregations in engaging their communities and growing together in Christ through Word and Sacrament. If you have a good idea for outreach or a story you’d like to share with us, so that we can share it with others, please contact us at Learn more about us at or by calling Amy at 888-463-5127.

KITCHEN SINK WORKSHOPS COVERING EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK Seventy members from eight congregations gathered at Faith Lutheran in Springfield on Saturday, Feb. 11, to learn and discuss how they might more effectively serve the members of their congregation and their community. In three short hours the participants opened and closed in Bible study and were able to attend two separate sectionals. Leaders for those sectionals included district staff, pastors, DCEs and CPH staff with expertise in their respective topics. Participants offered high marks for the event and the presenters with a request for an opportunity to readdress these and other matters annually, perhaps with more time available at any given workshop. The Kitchen Sink Workshops were also offered at four additional sites throughout the state in March. Let us give thanks to Christ for the dedication of those who attended and the presenters, even as we pray for the implementation of the insights within each congregation.

EAST MISSOURI PASTORS’ CONFERENCE Sunday, Sept. 30, through Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Farmington, Mo. Main Speaker: Dr. John Kleinig

Mark your calendars now! More information to follow. Rev. Charles Henrickson, Farmington Circuit Counselor

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2012 ALUMNI REUNION SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 5-7 Concordia Seminary invites graduates, spouses and widows of class years ending in “7” or “2” to the Alumni reunion, to be held on the seminary campus June 5-7. The theme for the reunion will be “Translations: Past, Present, and Future.” At the reunion there will be opportunities to tour the campus and see some of the recent changes, as well as time to reconnect with friends and members of the faculty and staff. Fellowship opportunities will include the opening cookout, as well as special class gatherings. Alumni are encouraged to connect with classmates beforehand and suggest to them that they attend to celebrate the many

years of blessing God has given to Concordia Seminary graduates and His Church. The Alumni Relations office will be happy to help with arrangements for individual class gatherings. During the Jubilarian Service on Wednesday afternoon a special offering will be collected and dedicated to the John E. Meyer Memorial Alumni Book Endowment Fund, which provides books for first-year seminarians. One of the highlights of the reunion will be the banquet Wednesday evening with classmates seated together at reserved tables. An optional tour will be offered on Thursday to the LCMS International Center and to Lutheran Hour Ministries.

We are grateful to the Lutheran Church Extension Fund for underwriting some of the expenses of the Alumni Reunion. Advance registration is required. Please sign up on the registration form in the brochure (which can be found on and return the form to the Alumni Relations office by May 18. For further information, please contact Cathy Whitcomb in the alumni relations office at 314-505-7370 or


Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, will host its 10th Annual Day of Homiletical Reflection on Wednesday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the seminary’s Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium. The event is designed for pastors, students involved in homiletical education and others interested in the proclamation of the Gospel in today’s world. The registration fee for the Day of Homiletical Reflection is $25. Rev. Dr. David Lose, the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., will be the featured speaker. He will speak on “Faithful Proclamation in the Age of Digital Pluralism.”

Lose has served as a pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Princeton Junction, N.J., and as a teaching fellow and visiting lecturer at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, N.J. He is the author of Making Sense of Scripture and Confessing Jesus Christ, named one of the “Top 10 Books of 2004” by the Academy of Parish Clergy. Sectional presentations include “Preaching 2.0: Inviting Our People into the Biblical Story” by Dr. Lose; “Sermon Series: There’s No Place like Home!” by Dr. Reed Lessing, professor of exegetical theology and director of the Graduate School at Concordia Seminary; and “Preaching the Songs of Zion: Integrating Hymnody into Preaching” by

Dr. David Schmitt, associate professor of practical theology and The Gregg H. Benidt Memorial Endowed Chair in Homiletics and Literature at Concordia Seminary. The Day of Homiletical Reflection combines the annual Wenchel Lecture that promotes critical thought about preaching and practical enhancement in this art with the Ernie and Elsie Schneider Endowment for Excellence in Preaching that fosters support for innovative 21st century proclamation. For more information, contact the office of continuing education and parish services at 314-505-7486; ce@csl. edu; or visit

WINTER PLACEMENTS ANNOUNCED AT CSL Calls into the Pastoral Ministry

Vicarage Assignments

DTEP (DELTO—Distance Education Leading to Ordination) • Henry Albrechtsen, Love Lutheran, East Greenbush, N.Y. • Kenneth Bose, Trinity Lutheran, Perry, Iowa • David Brockhouse, Mount Olive Lutheran, San Antonio, Texas • Timothy Christenson, Prince of Peace Lutheran, Springfield, Va. • Daniel Cohn, St. John’s Lutheran, Stuyvesant, N.Y. • King Crawford, St. Luke’s Lutheran, Manhattan, Kan. (call pending) • K. Anthony Durante, Trinity Lutheran, Delray Beach, Fla. • Scott Holoubek, St. Peter/Trinity Lutheran, Wausau, Wis. • Albert Matlock, Trinity of Wakulla Lutheran, Crawfordville, Fla. • Lawrence McReynolds, King of Glory Lutheran, Williamsburg, Va. • David Nielsen, Grace Lutheran, Del Rio, Texas • Kevin Ogle, Miramar Lutheran, Miramar, Fla. • John Ramsey, Trinity Lutheran, Grafton, Ohio • Brian Roehrborn, St. John’s Lutheran, Almond, Wis. • Christian Schultz, St. Paul’s Lutheran, Junction City, Kan. (call pending) • Andrew Sorenson, Faith Lutheran, Groton, Conn. • Randy Stroming, Mount Olive Lutheran, Anoka, Minn. • Martin Tyce, Atonement Lutheran, Stony Point, N.Y. (call pending) • John Voelker, Faith Lutheran, Kent, Ohio (call pending)

Cross-Cultural Ministry Center (CMC) • Tomas Bayou, Peace with Christ Lutheran, Aurora, Colo. • Daniel Hues, Redeemer Lutheran, Fresno, Calif. • Jake Parsons, Peace Lutheran, Hurst, Texas • Darrin Sheek, Faith Lutheran, Capistrano Beach, Calif.

Seminary Guild Meeting: May 4 Bach at the Sem Concert: April 22 Call Day: May 1 (Vicarage Service: 3 p.m. Call Service: 7 p.m.) Commencement: May 18

Master of Divinity (M.Div.) • Adam Burke (call pending) • Matthew Kobs, Galilee Lutheran, Chester, Md. • Benjamin Loos, First Lutheran/Zion Lutheran, Greenwich/Bridgeport, Conn.

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Specific Ministry Pastor Program (SMP) • Bill Brimer, Water’s Edge Lutheran, Frisco, Texas • Brandon Clement, Beautiful Savior Lutheran, Waukesha, Wis. • Jeffrey Hestermann, Messiah Lutheran, Pratt ville, Ala. • Peter Imlah, St. John’s Lutheran, Lombard, Ill. • Patrick Kane, Zion Lutheran, Hiawatha, Iowa • Chad Kirchoff, Peace Lutheran, Hutchinson, Minn. • William Ohlmann, Trinity Lutheran, Lexington, Neb. • Michael Omtvedt, Hosanna Lutheran, Mankato, Minn. • David Roskowic, Mount Olive Lutheran, Rockford, Ill. • Marcos Segovia, Fountain of Life Lutheran, Kernersville, N.C.

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PRESIDENT’S PENNING GO FISH! Let us “press on toward the goal ...” God has blessed me to be the mother of three incredibly amazing sons! I am quite Karen Drury proud of the souls He has entrusted to me. Like most boys, they have been involved in many different sports, and I have attended my share of basketball, baseball and bowling events. In fact, one summer I sat through 67 baseball games! While not an expert in sports, I have noticed that nearly all sports include some sort of goal. The athlete and the team are striving to score points or make the goal. The LWML also has a goal. In June, the delegates, the LWML team will come together in convention to set the Mission Goal for the next biennium. This goal will include money to reach out with the love of Christ through local and national ministries, and help students seeking to become pastors or professional church workers. This goal will touch women everywhere through the Quarterly magazine, and articles in The Voice as well as mentoring young women in the LWML. It can be difficult to set a goal. Do we choose a goal we know that we can achieve or do we step out in faith, trusting that God is in control, and set a goal that He will help us achieve? In a recent news release, the LWML announced that more than $100 million has been collected to be used for missions! For more than 70 years, some mission goals have been met, and others have not. But as in sports, the goal is not the end of the game. It is merely another step toward the prize. As St. Paul states in Philippians, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

CONVENTION SPEAKERS Mission Speaker – Cindy Rodewald Cindy Rodewald and her husband, Mike, serve as LCMS missionaries in South Africa. As the regional director of Africa, Mike helps maintain partnership links and facilitates the work of partner churches throughout Africa. He also directs the work of missionaries in Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Togo and Uganda. Mike and Cindy remain associate missionaries with Lutheran Bible Translators (LBT). Keynote Speaker – Cyntha Kahn Cyntha Kahn, Director of Women’s Ministries of People of the Book Lutheran Outreach (POBLO), is the keynote speaker. POBLO is a ministry of the LCMS dedicated to sharing the Gospel with Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs. Missionaries are sent throughout the United States where there are large ethnic populations. Missionaries have been trained in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. In addition to sharing the Gospel and planting churches, human care services are provided such as providing emergency food, clothing and household goods. These are practical ways to show the love of Christ through service to others. These “teachable moments” provide opportunity for questions about Christianity and Jesus Christ. CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE – 2012 CONVENTION Office of VP of Christian Life Ruth Oexman, Kansas City South Zone Carolyn Scott, Northeast Zone Office of VP of Human Care Jackie Albers, Columbia Zone Donna Boenisch, Kansas City South Zone Office of Recording Secretary Linda Verman, Kansas City Zone Myra Weber, Jefferson City Zone Office of Treasurer Diane Knutson, Jefferson City Zone Karen Weber, Concordia Zone

Office of Pastoral Counselor Rev. Kenneth Gerike, Columbia Zone Rev. Gary Griffi n, Southwest Z one


Lutheran Women’s Missionary League COUNSELOR’S CORNER CONVENTIONS AND MY


Rev. Alan “What’s the point Wollenburg of conventions?” “What’s the point of all the money spent? What’s the point of the time spent in planning, holding and cleaning up from conventions? Why should I take the time away from my family? My work? My hobbies?” And therein is the problem. The problem with conventions is usually my own attitude. When I go to a convention with the attitude that it is a waste of my time, my money and my energy, there is every chance that I will receive exactly that in return – a waste of my time, my money and my energy. Thankfully, it is also true that there has been many an LWML convention delegate, or guest (or – ahem – pastor) who has been “converted” by a district convention, so that the one who came with a bad attitude left with a good (positive) attitude. Conventions support the Church’s work of sharing the Gospel with our fallen world. Ideally, conventions are a time for re-examining our work to be sure that it is Biblically sound and Gospel-centered. Conventions are a time for worship, receiving Christ’s gifts for ourselves and encouraging one another. Conventions are a time for making one another aware of new opportunities (ever visited the booths and displays?). At conventions we get to “re-connect” with old friends and colleagues whom we seldom, if ever, see outside official conventions. So ... be sure to plan to join us in St. Charles June 8-10! Oh, and remember to bring your attitude! The Lord be with you in your planning!

IT’S ALMOST TIME TO ‘GO FISH’ God has blessed us with an early spring in most parts of Missouri. In some areas the fishermen are already preparing for time on the water. Some are thinking about where that big lunker has been hiding and growing all winter. Fishermen are getting anxious to try and catch, if not the big one, at least a number of good–sized pan fish. As members of the LWML we are looking forward to that June convention in St. Charles. We are not anxious to catch something to eat. We are anxious to share our faith and spread the Word to others. Attending an LWML convention is part of the preparation for sharing this Word with others. The speakers at convention strengthen our resolve to share the Word with those who might not know Christ. The Bible studies increase our knowledge of the Word and give us the courage to speak up when given the opportunity. Meeting new and old friends gives us the confidence to share our faith in a wonderful way. If you have not been to a convention, you are in for a wonderful experience. If you have attended a district convention in the past, invite a friend to go with you. The St. Charles area is an attractive and interesting place but it is not the reason to attend the convention. The reason is to strengthen your faith to be Lutheran Women in Mission. From the time you enter the convention center and are in line for registration, the feelings of friendship and caring are Vice President of apparent. It only gets better! The communion service Friday evening is awe-inspiring. The presence of our Lord and so many believers is apparent. Com- Communications Alice Troyke muning with 800-plus believers is a truly memorable experience. The Saturday Bible studies continue this experience. Please Go Fish with us. The Voice of Missouri

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PERSONNEL CHANGES — COMMISSIONED MINISTERS OF R ELIGION Transferred from Other Districts Reinstated Candidate Status Dolak, E. David (NEB) to emeritus 1/24/12 Braunersreuther, Rachel (reinstated Ankersen, Keri (St. John, Ellisville) 6/16/11 by COP 2/12) to candidate Gulley, Katie (NE) to St. Mark’s, Lorenz, Linda (Salem, Farrar) 6/1/11 Eureka 2/26/12 by J. Jameson Dieckhoff, Tashia (reinstated by Loza, Jane (Good Shepherd, COP 2/12) to candidate Hasseldahl, Cynthia (KS) to St. Matthew, Kansas City) 12/31/10 Lee’s Summit 2/2/12 by C. Otto Dynneson, Lane (reinstated by Miesner, Diane (ConcordiaCOP 2/12) to candidate Hasseldhal, Gregory (KS) to Bethlehem, Trinity, Frohna) 6/1/11 Raymore 3/4/12 by D. Reimnitz Johnson, Sarah (reinstated by Mooney, Jacob (Saint Paul Lutheran COP 2/12) to candidate Hulshof, Valarie (SI) to candidate 1/31/12 High School, Concordia) 6/1/10 Pacilli, Denise (reinstated by Moriarity, F. Miranda (NEB) Peters, Mark (St. John’s, Monett) 1/1/12 COP 2/12) to candidate to candidate 2/1/12 Petree, Andrea (Springfield, Wittrock, Yvonne (reinstated by Rivers, Ronnie (KS) to emeritus 2/27/12 Springfield) 7/1/11 COP 2/12) to candidate Rosebrock, Erica (NI) to candidate 1/25/12 Seeman, Trista (St. Paul, St. Joseph) 6/1/11 Changes Within District Shoemaker, Kay (Hope, St. Louis) 6/1/11 Graduates Installed Glaskey, Lyla (non-candidate) to Martin Zickler, Anela (Hope, St. Louis) 6/1/11 Armstrong, Sandra (colloquy RF ’10) to St. Luther, Joplin 8/14/11 by G. Mech Mark’s, Eureka 2/26/12 by J. Jameson Non-Candidate Status Johnson, Sarah (candidate) to Trinity, Diener, Bethany (S ’09) to Immanuel, Funke, Eric (Lutheran High School Jefferson City 3/18/12 by R. Bowder Jefferson City 3/11/12 by J. Schanbacher North, St. Louis) 6/1/11 Kueck, Nicole (candidate) to Immanuel, Endorf, Katherine (S ’11) to Heine, Melinda (Saint Paul Lutheran Jeff erson City 3/11/12 by J. Schanbacher Christ Community, Kirkwood High School, Concordia) 12/18/10 2/26/12 by S. Seidler Transferred to Other Districts Martens, Lisa (Martin Luther, Braunersreuther, Rachel Landgraf, Janet (colloquy RF ’00) to St. Kansas City) 6/1/11 (candidate) to TX 2/22/12 Mark’s, Eureka 2/26/12 by J. Jameson Mattlage, Desa (Trinity, Freistatt) 8/1/11 Oetting, Donna (colloquy S ’09) to St. Buchholz, Kurt (LCMS World Popp, Mary Beth (candidate) 2/26/12 Paul’s, Concordia 3/4/12 by R. Hagan Missions, St. Louis) to SE 2/15/11 Reinke, Paul (candidate) 11/5/11 Dieckhoff , Tashia (candidate) to KS 2/22/12 Retired Seitz, Connie (King of Glory, Geisler, Deborah (candidate) to NEB 2/6/12 Mahnken, Carol (Immanuel, St. Louis) 6/1/11 St. Charles) 12/1/11 Hannemann, Lauren (nonWaltersdorf, Lynette (Salem, candidate) to CI 2/6/12 Rohlfing, Roxanne (Immanuel, Florissant) 8/1/11 Pacilli, Denise (candidate) to NOW 2/22/12 Wesselschmidt, Mary (Immanuel, St. Charles) 7/1/11 Stenbeck, Susan (candidate) 2/14/12 Peters, Kathryn (non-candidate) Washington) 8/1/11 to MI 1/25/12 Williams, Staci (candidate) 11/6/11 Resigned/Removed from Roster Peters, Mark (candidate) to MI 2/22/12 Kleinbeck, Alaina (non-candidate) 1/16/12 Richardt, Myra (Hope, St. Muck, Alan (Lord of Life, Chesterfield) Louis) to SI 7/31/11 1/15/12 - installed as ordained minister Vogel, Meghan (non-candidate) Schlie, Mary Beth (non-candidate) 2/22/12 to MI 2/17/12 Wittrock, Yvonne (candidate) to NOW 2/22/12 CALLING CONGREGATIONS For Sole Pastors: Bolivar, Zion Branson, Faith Brentwood, Mount Calvary Chillicothe/Trenton – St. John/Immanuel Dexter, Faith Emma, Holy Cross – calling a seminary candidate Florissant, Salem Glendale, Glendale – called Rev. Peter DeMik of Laurel, MD (declined) Lemay, Gethsemane – called Rev. Shawn Deterding of Clinton, MO (declined) Linn/Drake – Pilgrim/St. John Marshall, Our Redeemer – called Rev. William Voelker of Danville, VA (accepted) St. Peters, Child of God Wellsville, Grace – calling a seminary candidate Served by Intentional Interim Pastor or Interim Pastor: Affton, Salem (Rev. Dr. Darrell Zimmerman) Emma, Holy Cross (Rev. Richard Swanson) – calling a seminary candidate Fenton, Our Savior (Rev. Dr. Richard Foss) Florissant, Salem (Rev. Gordon Beck)

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Lemay, Gethsemane (Rev. David Burge) Pocahontas/Shawneetown – Zion/ Trinity (Rev. Virgil Kelm) Scott City, Eisleben – convertible vicar has been assigned For Senior Pastor: Affton, Salem Arnold, St. John (retirement of Rev. Dr. Jack Miller) For Associate or Assistant Pastor: Lee’s Summit, St. Matthew – calling a seminary candidate Lockwood, Immanuel – calling a seminary candidate St. Louis, Holy Cross – calling a seminary candidate St. Louis, Timothy – calling a seminary candidate (part-time assistant) Vacant (on hold – but being served): Ashland, Family of Christ Bethany, Hope Bismarck, St. John Center, Trinity Creighton, Trinity Cuba/St. James, St. Paul/St. John Diggins, Zion Elk Prairie (Rolla), Peace

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Isabella, Faith Knob Noster, Faith Memphis, St. Paul Milan, Peace Oak Grove, Shepherd of the Valley Pagedale, Grace Pilot Knob, Immanuel Princeton, Immanuel St. Louis, Holy Sacrament St. Louis, St. Matthew St. Louis, St. Paul Sarcoxie, Trinity Shelbyville, Mount Hope Stockton, St. Andrew Sweet Springs, Christ Pastors considering other Calls: Blythe, Richard (New Beginnings, Pacific) to St. Paul, Trenton, MI Breite, Douglas (Trinity, Cape Girardeau) to Trinity, Oshkosh, WI Deterding, Shawn (Trinity, Clinton) to Grace, Cincinnati, OH (declined) Hanke, Will (St. John, Ellisville) to Our Savior, Mankato, MN (declined) Shaw, Jason (Faith, Springfield) to Concordia, Cedar Rapids, IA (declined)

PERSONNEL CHANGES — ORDAINED Transferred to Other Districts: Brownlee, Jerome (emeritus) to KS 3/14/12 Kersten, Timothy (Military Chaplain) to KS 2/29/12 Thomas, Brad (LSS Institutional Chaplain) to SI 3/14/12 Changes Within District: Jansen, Ronald (emeritus) installed sole pastor Immanuel Chapel – St. Louis County, MO 1/22/12 by B. Briggs Karsten, Darwin (MAL Faith, Branson) now sole pastor of same 12/1/11 Liebmann, Martin (emeritus) installed as assistant pastor p/t Immanuel, Barnhart, MO 2/26/12 by D. Meissner Likens, James (candidate status) installed Lutheran Laymen’s League, St. Louis, MO 2/23/12 by G. Seltz Palmer, Wayne (candidate status) installed Lutheran Laymen’s League, St. Louis, MO 2/23/12 by G. Seltz Retired: Doubek, William (First, Neosho) 1/1/12 Nafzger, Samuel (LCMS, St. Louis) 12/1/10 Deceased: Clayton, Gary (Trinity, Cole Camp) 3/11/12

26TH A NNUAL BENEFIT AUCTION AND HOG ROAST Saint Paul Lutheran High School Campus, Concordia, Mo. Sunday, June 24 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Whole Hog Dinner and Benefit Auction Eat-in or carry-out Silent and live bidding

660-463-2238 WANTED: Your old church items including an altar, podium, hymn boards, etc. Contact Donna Green at: 314-771-3299 or Christ Lutheran Church/ Crave, St. Louis

WE R EMEMBER: • Rev. Gary Clayton of Cole Camp, Mo., passed into glory March 11, 2012.



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On Friday, March 2, Holy Cross Lutheran Church in O’Fallon, Mo., was named Volunteer Church of the Year by Shoeman Industries. Holy Cross has been supporting the Shoeman, George Hutchings, for several years in his mission to turn used shoes into fresh water for people around the world. March 2 was the United Nations annual World Water Day. Holy Cross is a collection point for the Shoeman. The youth have helped at the warehouse and at other events around St. Louis. Holy Cross thanks God for giving it the opportunity to serve His people here and across the globe. For more information about the Shoeman and his programs, visit Holy Cross’ Shoeper Star award. Pastor Andrew Gimbel and the Shoeman, George Hutchings.

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Alice Stein and Miriam Gimbel enjoy the festivities at World Water Day.

Call Mary at 573-747-8705 Member Faith Lutheran Church, Branson

INTERNATIONAL ETHNIC BANQUET AT WORD OF LIFE A place for young adults to meet in faith

Service Retreat Heits Point Lutheran Camp Lincoln, Mo. April 20-22 Join other young adults from across Missouri at Heits Point ( for a weekend of service work, fellowship, Bible study, worship and more. $15 for the weekend includes lodging and meals. If you can’t come for the whole weekend, come for part of it. For more information, contact Pastor Dave Benson at To register, send a note that you are registering for the QuarterLife Retreat with your name, address and phone number, along with your check to “Heits Point Lutheran Ministries,” 28345 Heits Point Ave., Lincoln, MO 65338, care of Leah Hutcheson or call 660-668-2363.

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International food was served and ethnic costumes displayed at Word of Life Lutheran School in March by parents of students representing eight nations. The foods displayed were very authentic, and the staff and students enjoyed both the food and fellowship growing at Word of Life. We praise God for this unique gift that shows we are the children of God, with the same Father in Jesus Christ who called us all from various diversities for His glory. Word of Life appreciates congregations and Christian Friends of New Americans (CFNA) leaders for the support of allowing more new Americans to join the Lutheran school system that helps enrich new Americans with the Word of God and excellent education. The nations represented were: • America • Bosnia • Cameron • Eritrea • Ethiopia • Liberia • Sierra Leone • Vietnam

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April/May 2012 Voice of Missouri  

The Voice of Missouri is provided free of charge and offers news from the district office and from district congregations. We pray that the...

April/May 2012 Voice of Missouri  

The Voice of Missouri is provided free of charge and offers news from the district office and from district congregations. We pray that the...