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Published by the Missouri District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

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of Missouri

R ecognized Service Organizations

To extend its mission outreach, education and social ministry, the LCMS works with independent Recognized Service Organizations that agree to ensure their programs are in harmony with the doctrine and practice of the LCMS. What is a Recognized Service Organization (RSO)? A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that is independent of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) but whose operations foster the mission and ministry of the church, whose program activities are in harmony with the Synod, and who agrees to respect and not act contrary to the doctrine and practice of the Synod, may apply for RSO status with the LCMS. Such organizations that meet the criteria outlined above, have applied for, and subsequently have been granted recognized status are RSOs. What are the benefits of becoming an RSO? There are a number of benefits for the applying organization. For example, an RSO has the ability to call ordained and commissioned ministers on the LCMS roster, use the LCMS logo, and obtain loans through the Lutheran Church Extension Fund. For a list of RSOs in Missouri, see page 16. “Humanitri’s ministry is based on Matthew 25 where Jesus say “when you serve the least of these, you are serving me. Humanitri carries this ministry out through programs that seek to move families and individuals from crisis and uncertainty to stability and self-sufficiency. Through the histories of its merged organizations, Humanitri has more than

130 years of combined service to “the least of these.” We encounter people in some of the darkest times of their lives. We walk those paths with them, providing for their needs and teaching them new skills. Our broad base of programs, services, ministries and partnerships gives us the ability, with God’s help, to help them move toward self-sufficiency, regardless of a family’s situation. Our greatest successes come when those we have helped help others. Humanitri is one of the largest providers of transitional and permanent housing in St. Louis city and county. The Lutheran church, through the work of Humanitri’s chaplains, has the only full-time ordained clergy serving in the city and county jails. Chaplains see a lot of men and women in the jails. The chaplains minister to men and women through counseling, Bible studies, and even baptism and communion when possible. These individuals

are in crisis, experiencing a very chaotic and transient life, and because of this, can be open to the calming news of the Gospel. Besides furnishing housing to the homeless, Humanitri offers housing and other services to ex-offenders and their families, as well as helping with permanent housing for more than 100 families each year. Many of these families come to Humanitri with almost nothing and Humanitri is always in need of donations of basic household items and furniture for these families. Humanitri’s ministry is deeply rooted in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and partners with more than 45 churches in the city and county (20+ LCMS) and its reach spreads to St. Charles and into Illinois. Humanitri also owns 34 houses for transitional housing. These homes have maintenance needs. Groups can volunteer to paint, rake leaves and do minor repairs. Families are needed to connect with families in the program to offer positive support to the clients. Larger projects are all family-friendly. Email or visit to get on the mailing list to find out what projects are happening at Humanitri: continued on page 16 that time. Call 314-772-7720 and ask for volunteer coordinator Debbie Amato.

The Missouri District Online

Regular Online Items: installations and ordinations, celebrations, anniversaries, obituaries, calendar and resources

In this issue: m s .or g

Page 3 - Grace Place Lutheran Wellness Ministries Page 4 - Lutheran Campus Mission Association Page 5 - Lutheran Malaria Initiative Page 14 - Lutheran Senior Services

From t he president’s desk How To H elp Your Pastor

Your pastor wants to serve you and your spiritual needs. God, through your pastor, speaks to you through the liturgy and sermon.Jesus ministers to you through your pastor administering the Lord’s Supper to you and all your fellow members. Your pastor, through Holy Baptism, applies water connected to God’s Word to the heads of your children and unbaptized adults through which the Holy Spirit works forgiveness of sin and grants President Ray Mirly faith to believe in Jesus Christ. Through his teaching ministry, your pastor wants to serve you and your spiritual needs. He teaches one or more Bible classes each week, giving you opportunity to dig deep into God’s Word to learn not only what it says but how it applies to you and your life. He teaches others to prepare them to teach God’s Word such as Sunday school teachers, VBS teachers and small group Bible class teachers. Junior and adult confirmation classes are a critical part of your pastor’s teaching ministry as he leads these classes through basic, essential doctrines of the Christian faith. Through his visitation ministry your pastor wants to serve you and your spiritual needs. Visitation includes personal appointments in his office, your home or perhaps another appropriate location. Traditional visitation includes regular ministry to shut-ins, the hospitalized, members in nursing homes, extended care facilities, retirement communities and, when the need arises, at other institutions. Your help is needed for your pastor to minister to you and the members of your congregation: • Pray for him daily. (Also include his family in your prayers.) Your pastor is in need of God’s blessings, guidance and providence as much as you are. Speak to God on his behalf. • Encourage your pastor regularly through a spoken word, a short email, a written note, or using other modern means of communication. • Attendance at Divine worship and Bible class. Without your attendance, the liturgy he leads, the sermon he delivers and the sacraments he administers will be of no benefit to you. • Ask your pastor how you can help him. Be honest with him about your abilities. • If you are a parent, make sure your children attend Sunday school, VBS, confirmation instruction, youth group, etc. They cannot physically attend unless you provide the means for them to do so. • If you, a loved one, a fellow member or an acquaintance is scheduled to enter a hospital or has entered one, contact the pastor. Do not assume he knows. Be sure to tell him the name of the hospital. If possible, the best way to help your pastor is to give him this information before your hospitalization. • If you, a loved one, a fellow member or an acquaintance is about to or has entered a nursing home, assisted living, long term care facility, etc., contact the pastor to give him the specific information so he is aware and can properly plan his ministry accordingly. • If you are moving and will no longer be able to attend your current congregation, ask your pastor for an appointment. During your visit share with him details on your move and what led you (your family) to make the decision. Ask your pastor for his referral to an LCMS congregation close to your new home. • Once you have chosen a new congregation, contact your current pastor and ask him to prepare and send your membership information to the pastor of your new congregation. (This is called a Letter of Transfer.) This letter is, in many ways, the last opportunity for your pastor to minister to you personally. God bless you with wisdom and commitment to support, encourage and help your pastor so he can faithfully serve you, your fellow members and your community.

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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 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 that God will assign His angels to protect the men and women of the United States military. Praise and thanks 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 on April 30 at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, and May 1 at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Pray God to bless and guide the 2013 Synod floor committees as they prepare resolutions for the convention in July. Pray God to bless district congregations supporting the Lutheran Malaria Initiative and thank Him for those congregations that have already given their support. Pray God to bless Missouri District congregations currently involved in the calling of Ordained and Commissioned Ministers of Religion. Pray God to bless the ministry of the congregations, lay leaders, pastors and commissioned ministers of religion in the Missouri District. Pray God to bring about reconciliation and healing to congregations currently experiencing serious conflict. Pray God to guide and direct the work of the District Board of Directors, the four service boards and district committees.

‘Baptized for This Moment’ ConventionThemed Bible Study Available In preparation for this summer’s 65th Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), a special Bible study that relates to the convention theme, “Baptized for This Moment,” is now available. Prepared as five lessons, this study is particularly appropriate for congregation or group use during the Easter season. The study’s five lessons include “Baptized,” “Repent and Be Baptized,” “Baptized for Witness,” “Baptized for Mercy” and “Baptized for Life Together.” The study examines Baptism as it is explained in Scripture and explores what it means to be born of the water and Spirit; the repentance, joy and security that are ours as baptized children of God; and how each of us is baptized to bear bold witness to Christ, baptized to be about acts of mercy for our neighbor, and baptized to live joyfully in our life together. “Use this study to dive into God’s Word,” said LCMS President Matthew C. Harrison in the study’s foreword. “Learn from it. Ponder it. Rejoice in it. The Lord blesses, and I’m confident that He will work your study of His Word for good. “And as He does, He will prepare for us all to go forth together, confident in our bold witness to the Gospel, certain in our works of mercy, and joyful in our life together. Truly, we are baptized for this moment!” The Rev. Timothy Pauls of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Boise, Idaho, wrote the study. To download the full text of the Bible study, visit biblestudy. The 2013 national convention will be held July 20-25 in St. Louis.

Distr ict News Grace Place Lutheran Wellness Ministries

“Our church’s ministry is affected by the physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing of the individuals involved in the ministry, especially our pastors and staff. We need to become more aware of the physical and emotional needs of our staff.” That comment was shared recently after a Grace Place Congregational Wellness Weekend, and the staff at Grace Place couldn’t agree more. “That’s why Grace Place was started nearly 14 years ago,” says Grace Place Founder and Executive Director Dr. John Eckrich. “My experience with many Lutheran pastors and church workers in my medical practice indicated these servants of the Lord endure a high level of stress. We started Grace Place to help our workers learn to manage their own health and wellness so they can better serve the members of the church.” Dr. Eckrich often uses an everyday example to explain what he means. “On an airliner, the flight attendants advise passengers, when experiencing turbulence, to first put the oxygen mask on themselves, so they will be ready to care for those they travel with who need assistance. Virtually all of God’s people living in our culture are in turbulence. It’s the same with the spiritual, physical, emotional and relational well-being of our church workers. Caring for themselves (with an attitude of selflessness, rather than selfishness) assures that those they serve will be cared for as well.” More than 6,000 people have participated in Grace Place events over the years, mostly at the week-long church worker retreats. That includes more than 2,300 pastors and 1,600 teachers along with their spouses. For the first time in some years, a Grace Place retreat is scheduled in Missouri in 2013, focused on Lutheran educators. Set for June 7-9, couples can register for this special three day weekend retreat at the Cedar Creek Resort in New Haven for only $50, and singles for only $25. Seminary Student Retreats Grace Place always has taken a posture of being proactive in encouraging the health of our pastors and teachers. This February, it offered the 10th Annual Grace Place Seminarian Retreat, held just across the river at Pere Marquette Lodge. For 10 years, the Grace Place team has taken fourth year seminarians and their wives at both LCMS seminaries through health and wellness strategies and skills to keep them vibrant, joyful and serving with longevity in ministry, especially at this critical point as they prepare to enter the congregation. “We hope this retreat acts as an ‘inoculation’ of sorts, so they can begin good health behavior before they face the stresses and challenges of ministry life,” states Eckrich. “We are now seeing many of our pastors and their wives return for refresher courses at our retreats around the country, having first attended while finishing at the seminary.” The same retreat was offered the following weekend in Fort Wayne. In January 2014, Grace Place will begin to offer a “second module” Seminary Wellness Program in the form of a weekend-long Prayer Retreat for first and second year seminarians. Rev. Walt Waiser, pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Hurst, Texas, will lead the seminarians and their wives through this program with Dr. Eckrich and Rev. Dr. Darrell Zimmerman, Grace Place’s new program director. Concordia Lutheran Church in Kirkwood, Mo., will graciously host the retreat and cover the cost of meals at the retreat. The focus of this time will be meditative and reflective, Word-saturated prayer, applied to the pastor’s and their family’s personal prayer life and also encourage couple’s devotion. “We are looking forward to Pastor Waiser’s seasoned and beautifully prepared leadership, introducing meditative personal prayer consistent with Dr. Luther’s oratio, meditatio, tentatio,” notes Eckrich. “I have experienced this program myself on several occasions and it is powerful and effective.”

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Congregational Leadership Retreats Lay church leaders who share a concern for the well-being of their workers will be interested in Grace Place’s newest program, the Congregational Wellness Weekend. This Friday night and Saturday retreat for church staffs and leaders builds healthy relationships for more vibrant congregational ministry. “The local congregations of the Missouri District work hard to discover God’s calling for their mission and ministry,” says Pastor Zimmerman. “The pastor and the people who live in a community know the needs of their neighbors and their own strengths and their history of service. As the congregation is working hard on what God has called them to DO, Grace Place simply wants to help them discover who the Lord wants them to BE as the body of Christ in their neighborhood.” The Wellness Weekend focuses on the church’s support and care for its workers and teaches skills in communication, conflict management and handling the emotional side of church life. More Retreats for More Workers Grace Place has a busy schedule for 2013, including 13 retreats and a growing number of congregational weekends, but its staff is never done looking for more opportunities. Vice President Phil Bayes comments, “The generous people of the Missouri District and the Missouri Synod make this ministry to our workers possible. We’re very thankful for those who attend our Fall Gala each year. The seminarian retreats and our overseas missionary retreats would not be possible without them.” Bayes would like to see a retreat for pastors and other workers in the church every year in Missouri. “We’re always looking for Lutherans from Missouri who have been blessed by the ministry of their pastors and other staff who would like to lift them up with a Grace Place Retreat close to home.” Donors can contact Grace Place through its website at A generous grant from the International LWML funds about half the cost of the annual missionary retreats. After visiting Africa in 2011 and Asia in 2012, LCMS missionaries in Europe and the Middle East will attend a retreat in 2013. Plans for a missionary retreat in Latin America are underway for 2014. “If you haven’t attended our wintertime Soup for the Soul fund/friend-raiser yet,” says Bayes, “be sure to join us next February. Thanks to the hospitality of our friends at St. John in Ellisville, more than 500 people had a great time, tasted soups from 23 top restaurants in the St. Louis area and learned more about Grace Place’s ministry to our church workers. We raised support for our programs, but mostly had a great time and made some new friends!” Retreat Opportunities All workers in the LCMS and their spouses are welcome to attend a Grace Place retreat. This summer’s schedule includes openings at retreats in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Colorado, each hosted at a quality resort known for its hospitality and recreational opportunities. Each retreat day is centered in four times of devotion and prayer, with instructional and interactive time in the mornings, an entire afternoon of free time for couples each day, and fellowship time in the evenings. Schedules and costs can be found on the Grace Place website, or by calling 314-842-3077.

Distr ict News Lutheran Campus Mission Association: Helping You Equip a New Generation of Disciples

It’s estimated that there are about 80 million young people aged 18-30 in the United States. According to recent figures, more than 21 million—a record number—are enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life describes the people in this group as less religious than previous generations: one in four—the highest proportion ever—is unaffiliated with any particular faith; and many of these left a religion in which they were brought up, often during their college years. College and young adulthood are a crossroads—a time when a person’s faith can be challenged and allowed to weaken … or be awakened, stretched and built up. And this is the Lutheran Campus Mission Association’s call to mission. Established as an independent mission agency in 2004 to stand in the gap when The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod had no Campus Ministry office, Lutheran Campus Mission Association (LCMA) achieved Recognized Service Organization status in 2010. Now as the Synod renews its role in serving students on the campuses of public universities, LCMA is refocusing its mission to offer specialized services and training in discipleship and outreach. LCMA provides four resources to help congregations and campus ministries serve students and college-graduate young adults: StudentConnect. StudentConnect is a free, confidential service that helps a student get connected with a campus ministry worker at the school he or she will attend. Once the online form is submitted, LCMA will invite a campus worker to contact the student and invite him or her to check out the ministry. No obligation, no hassle. Visit The S’s of Spirituality. In today’s “postmodern” culture, people—especially young people—are skeptical about the truth claims of any one faith; to many, Christianity is neither more nor less true than any other faith. The S’s of Spirituality is a training course that helps make the Gospel—and a picture of authentic Gospel living—accessible to people who see life from a postmodern perspective. LCMA offers The S’s of Spirituality as a workshop; a DVD version of the course will be available soon. Peer Missionary Volunteer. An LCMA Peer Missionary Volunteer (PMV) accepts a year-long assignment to help a ministry worker and/or ministry staff reach out to students in a campus community or young adults in other settings. This mission service opportunity is perfect for the recent graduate or someone who is considering entering full-time ministry. You can learn more at Underground Servant Gatherings. You have read Jesus’ words in Matt. 5:16: “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works, and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” You will see this happen at an Underground. You will help fix up a church or a park or a community center or someone’s house; you will make a difference in the lives of neighborhood children … and their families. For information, visit

What happens during a person’s college and young adult years is critical to his faith—and to the faith and future of her family. Lutheran Campus Mission Association is ready to help equip you to make disciples for the next generation. Visit today.

Gospel of Mark to be Performed Live at Concordia Seminary The Gospel of Mark will be performed orally in a simple, story telling style at 7 p.m. on April 26 and 27 in Werner Auditorium on the campus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Six seminary professors/local pastors will present all 16 chapters of this dramatic Gospel. The presentation will be based on the new translations of Mark’s Gospel by Dr. James Voelz of Concordia Seminary. The Gospel of Mark is a story of Jesus that has been told and re-told for more than 2,000 years. Although it is central to Christianity, in many ways it is also foundational to all Western culture. Come and join us as we step back in time and experience the Gospel of Mark as it was meant to be heard. The performance is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To reserve your seat, please go to

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Around the District Mission Blitz!

St. John’s Lutheran Church to buy Mosquito Nets to Prevent Malaria in Africa

Members of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Arnold, learned that it costs only $10 for a mosquito net and members will buy 1,000 nets. The insecticide-treated nets will be hung across beds where a mosquito carrying the virus attacks mostly children and pregnant women during the night. And yet, this disease is treatable and preventable. Statistics show that 1,440 people in Africa die from malaria every day. Enter the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) which has taken on the goal of eradicating malaria by 2015. Fifty percent of people are at risk now to get malaria around the world. In 2011, one child died from malaria every 60 seconds. The year before it was every 45 seconds, so help is on the way. St. John’s MISSIONS Team took on this project to help raise awareness about the dreaded disease. One member of the mission group, Liz Neuf, who served four years in Papua New Guinea, has had the disease. The symptoms are fever, chills and stomach problems. Liz said, “One day you feel good, the next you’ll be sick, but the following day you are down for the count … and if not treated soon enough people die from dehydration. “People are often misdiagnosed and do not receive the proper treatment when they are sent back to their villages. There are two forms of medication: a chloroquine which gets rid of the active infection but does not totally get rid of malaria. The second is an eradication series but that is only of use if you will no longer be in the area where malaria is present.” The program, which began in February, is designed to involve each member of the congregation. In March, members began to pray using a specially designed calendar that lists facts about malaria. A second component includes ways to save money for the malaria project. Clever ways to save include: Put a nickel in a savings bank for the number of fingers in your family; another asks for 25 cents to cover how many meals your family ate today. During April, school students will learn what they can do to help a child in Africa. On April 15-17, members can eat at Ruby Tuesday in Arnold and participate in the GiveBack program where 20 percent of each meal accompanied by a flyer comes back to the program. “We hope to raise at least $1,000 during these three days,” said Bernie Wilde, another member of the MISSIONS Team. “That would buy 100 nets.” The Lutheran Malaria Initiative will culminate on April 20-21, when Rev. Dr. John Nunes will preach at St. John’s at all services. Nunes is the president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief (LWR), a $49 million global organization. LWR works to end poverty and human suffering worldwide and will channel 100 percent of all money for this project directly to Africa. Rev. Jeremy Schultz, senior pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church, will present a check to Nunes for all money gathered for the Malaria Initiative.

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In September, 2012. Circuit Counselor Rev. Matt Hoehner challenged the St. Louis City circuit to a mission blitz for malaria, to get involved with the Synod’s Malaria Initiative. The challenge was for each congregation to raise $10 per baptized member. Timothy Lutheran’s pastors – Ron Rall, Bill Wilson and Michael Zeigler, along with DCE Mark Thompson – took the challenge to the congregation the first Sunday in October. From October until the first Sunday in December, 2012, the congregation members had before them the challenge to give joyfully to this special mission. Timothy used every form of communication it had to get the word out. Children were given medicine bottles to fill with quarters. Each one holds $10. Every Sunday, socks were passed through the congregation during the time for offerings. “Sock it to Malaria” became the phrase, as people put their loose change in the socks. One of the malaria nets was hung in the entry for everyone to touch and see. The pastors took the plea to other services they do during the week and people responded. The collection totaled $6,311.10. The check was presented at the International Center by Revs. Rall and Wilson on behalf of the congregation.

Com mun icat ions Who A re We?

The Missouri District consists of 299 congregations. The Vision: Congregations of the Missouri District—LCMS partnering as one church, united in doctrine, ready, equipped and acting to fulfill the Great Commission in their unique setting with their unique people. The Mission: The Missouri District—LCMS is to serve and encourage congregations to fulfill the Great Commission and promote unity of the true faith.

The Seminary Guild

The Seminary Guild concludes its celebration of 80 years of service to the seminary with a luncheon on Friday, May 3. There is much rejoicing that God has again blessed its efforts and the project funding has surpassed the goal set last year. Some of the projects completed this year include $2,100 for dorm furnishings, $2,000 for the chapel, $2,100 for the Pederson Fieldhouse, $500 for the seminary chorus and several other areas. The theme for the luncheon is Called to Serve … and Celebrate. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with food served at noon. The program follows and includes the installation of officers. Cost of the luncheon is $10 per person and a check should be sent to Alice Kastens at 5101 Kings Park Drive, St. Louis, MO 63129 by April 19. The luncheon will be held in Koburg Hall on the seminary campus. Contact Willie Miesner at 636-527-8171 for more information.

enJoy incoMe and tax BenefitS today, pRovide foR faMily and MiniStRy toMoRRow Since 1969, Americans have used Charitable Remainder Unitrusts to benefit themselves, their families and, ultimately, charity. Simply put, you Kirk Mueller transfer assets into a unitrust created with the LCMS Foundation, and the unitrust makes payments to you. This transfer often allows you to increase your income and enjoy tax advantages. When the trust terminates, the remainder of its value is distributed to your designated ministries. This information is provided to help you create a Lifetime Plan for GivingTM that provides for the people you love and ministries you care about. Kirk Mueller, 11645 Benham Road, St. Louis, MO 63136-6112 314-704-4389 E-mail:

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Missouri District Staff Assistant to the President – Family Life and Youth Ministry/Congregational Health Rev. Gene Wyssmann 417-766-2183

President Rev. Dr. Ray Mirly 314-590-6200 Assistant to the President – Missions/Congregational Services Rev. Dr. Stuart W. Brassie 314-590-6205

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St. Louis Social Service Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator Rev. Matthew Schultz 314-590-6211

Events Specialist Sue Thompson 314-590-6217

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Distr ict News Pre-R etirement Workshops

Today you are actively involved in fulfilling your ministry and thoughts of retirement might not yet have crossed your mind. But what once seemed to be years away is coming closer! Planning is the key to a productive, secure, and enjoyable retirement. Don't endanger what should be one of the most meaningful times of life through poor planning. If you’re over 50, we encourage you and your spouse to attend a comprehensive one- or two-day retirement planning workshop, conducted by Concordia Plan Services and arranged through your district office. Workshops cover the following areas of retirement planning: • Lifestyle: Have a clear idea of how you want to live and who you want to be in retirement. • Financial Planning: Develop options to finance a fulfilling retirement. • Health and Well-Being: Take action now to be healthier in retirement, and also understand health care needs in retirement. • Living Arrangements: Give you tools to evaluate your home or housing options. Help you understand what’s right for you throughout retirement. • Leisure and Work: Help you evaluate how to achieve a balance that’s right for you of leisure, education, and work in light of your own personal goals. You might know what you’re retiring from, but what are you retiring for? For information about workshops in your district, please contact your district office. Or contact Concordia Plan Services at 888-927-7526 to speak with someone in the Education and Outreach Division. Schedule of workshops in the Missouri District: April 27 - Missouri District Office Chesterfield, Mo. May 4 - Redeemer Lutheran Springfield, Mo. May 11 - Timothy Lutheran Blue Springs, Mo. Register by contacting Sue Thompson in the district office at 314-590-6217.

Heit’s Point 2013 Summer Camp Schedule June July Aug.

2 - 9 Trailblazers 1 (Canoe Trip) $260 Quest 1 $260 9 - 12 Discovery $170 9 - 14 Outpost $200 14 - 16 Little Adventurers $200/pair 23 - 28 Journey 1 (Extreme Exploring) $260 Expedition 1 $260 30 - 3 Mini Quest 1 $170 7 - 12 Scrapbooking $260 Journey 2 (Horse Camp) $260 Expedition 2 (Extreme Exploring) $260 14 - 17 Mini Quest 2 $170 14 - 19 Quest 2 (Horse Camp) $260 19 - 21 Family Camp $200/family 21 - 26 Journey 3 (Water Week) $260 Expedition 3 (Water Week) $260 28 - 3 Journey 4 (Sports Camp) $260 Expedition 4 (Sports Camp) $260 Trailblazers 2 (Canoe Trip) $260 3 Summerfest Free

Visit for age group descriptions, the Summer Camp 2013 brochure, and registration information. “Strengthening the Connection with the Vine” 877-668-2362 or 660-668-2363 28345 Heits Point Ave., Lincoln, MO 65338

The Missouri District Lutheran Laymen’s League

Be a Witness for God

Items of Interest

Jesus has commissioned us to bring the Gospel to all nations. God is calling faithful Christians to the task of sharing the Good News of Jesus with those in this increasingly dark world who do not yet know Him. “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me” (Isa. 43:10). Lutheran Hour Ministries seeks to share the Gospel message with those who need to hear it and support churches in their outreach efforts. How can I do my part in sharing the Gospel? Learn how you can witness. Lutheran Hour Ministries has made available several tools in its toolbox to assist in mission to reach lost souls. Attend a Lutheran Hour Ministries Regional Outreach Conference (ROC) Sept. 6-7, in Nashville, Tenn., or Oct. 18-19, in Omaha, Neb. Looking for a nice place to get away for a few days? Enjoy fellowship with other Christians? A ROC conference offers a variety of workshops to reach today’s culture, along with powerful ministry tools to enrich and inspire attendees to share the love of Jesus. ROCs are led by wellknown specialists in their ministry fields and are well worth the time and energy for people of all ages, whether you are a pastor or a layperson. Suggest that your congregation host a Lutheran Hour Ministries’ MISSION U witnessing-training program designed to provide laypeople with the tools and training needed to confidently accept their mission of sharing Jesus Christ with unique people in diverse settings. MISSION U provides a number of course options addressing topics that meet your congregation’s specific witnessing-training needs. By participating in MISSION U courses, congregation members will gain tools that sharpen their witnessing methods and enhance their outreach to people of all ages and backgrounds. In your everyday life you too can share your faith. A farmer plants a seed and it takes several months for it to grow and bear fruit. Witnessing is really no different, but we each must do our part to share the Good News of Jesus. Jim Harms, Missouri District LLL President

“The Lutheran Hour” can be heard anytime at The audio can be downloaded as an MP3 file to a CD. This is a convenient way to share the sermon with a shut-in when a computer is not available. The sermon also is available in text format. You also can subscribe to the Daily Devotions by Rev. Ken Klaus either in audio or text format. Project Connect, the booklet outreach ministry, now has 56 booklets on a variety of subjects relevant to the problems of everyday life. The booklets make it easy to share Christ with fellow congregation members and friends. There are several new and updated booklets. All can be seen at and can be downloaded as a PDF file for review. There are also 16 Spanish booklets. Find out what is happening in the 31 countries where LHM has a presence. The ministry methods may change, but all lead to Bringing Christ to the Nations and the Nations to the Church. Learn more at The popular MensNetwork ( gives guidance for starting a men’s ministry in your church. Twenty-three Bible studies are available for use in either men or mixed groups. Bruce Wurdeman leads a Bible study called “Stuff They Didn’t Teach Me in Sunday School.” Rev. Ken Klaus looks for baloney in today’s news and hosts a visit to the Baloney Shop. Other items are Tournaments, ManStuff, Grilling hints and recipes, Do Stuff With Your Kids, see what other groups are doing and lots more. Visit the MensNetwork to see it all. Enjoy the piano music of Peter Prochnow, assistant professor of music and the director of the Worship Arts Program, Concordia University, Seward, Neb. Go to www. for free music downloads. The district offers grants for students pursuing a degree from a synodical school. Grant forms are available online at the district website under Organizational Downloads. The deadline for requests is July 1. Questions or comments? Contact:


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Educat iona l Ser v ices Students Celebrate ‘National Lutheran Schools Week’

Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA) students in the St. Louis metro area celebrated their schools and their faith during National Lutheran Schools Week (Jan. 28–Feb. 2, 2013). The theme of this year’s week was “Baptized for This Moment,” based on Acts 2:38-39. Highlights from the week included prayer breakfasts, concerts by the Christian group “Lost & Found,” on-line mission trips to Thailand via Lutheran Hour Ministries, and fun school assemblies. The students also enjoyed pizza parties, dress up days, special person visits, spelling bees, and student-versus-staff volleyball and basketball games. “This was a really fun week for our students because it gave them a chance to connect with their neighborhoods and communities,” said Deb Schmich, LESA’s Director of Student Services. The week ended with an “all schools” open house at more than 30 LESA-member schools in St. Louis and Illinois. Zion, St. Charles, students celebrate “Spirit Day.”

St. Mark’s, Eureka, “superheroes” save the world during National Lutheran Schools Week.

Messiah, W for “Coun eldon Spring , stud tr y Day.” ents dress up Salem, Affton, students Jane Krieser, Dustin Duke and Roseanna Little enjoy a NLSW pizza party.

Immanuel, Wentzville, teachers prep for “battle” during National Lutheran Schools Week.

Immanuel, Rolla, Students Help Kids in Foster Care Our Redeemer, Overland, students dress the part for “Imitation Day.”

Grace Chapel, Bellefontaine Neighbors, secondgraders snuggle up to Zeke the Comfort Dog, an ambassador for Lutheran Church Charities.

Students from River Roads, north St. Louis, and St. Paul’s, Des Peres, at their annual Prayer Breakfast, a National Lutheran Schools Week tradition.

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The students of Immanuel Lutheran School in Rolla, Mo., recently participated in a service project during National Lutheran Schools Week for children who were being placed in foster care through the Division of Family Services. Often the children being placed in homes come with only the clothes on their backs. As a way of showing their care and concern, students collected items that could be given as the children in foster care waited or were in transition to new places. Each day of the week, certain items were collected, including toothpaste and toothbrushes, stuffed animals, books, fun notebooks and activity books. An amazing outpouring of love and giving came from the students at Immanuel as they eagerly brought their gifts daily. The staff saw an unselfish attitude and growth by the children.

Educationa l Ser v ices LESA Educators R eceive Prestigious Awards

Three LESA educators have been recognized for achieving excellence in their fields. In January, the Lutheran Education Association selected Rob Cooksey, executive director of Christ Community Lutheran in Kirkwood and Webster Groves, as its 2013 Distinguished Lutheran Elementary Administrator. In addition, the organization selected Mrs. Lee Wagner, Director of Early Childhood Programs for Immanuel Lutheran in St. Charles, as its 2013 Distinguished Lutheran Early Childhood Administrator. Earlier in the school year, Wayne Hess, a long-time math teacher at Green Park Lutheran, received the prestigious Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. The program recognizes teachers in the St. Louis metro area who demonstrate excellence in their particular field of study. Green Park, CCLS and Immanuel are members of the St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA).

Lee Wagner

Rob Cooksey

Wayne Hess

St. Mark’s, Eureka, Students Visit Junior Achievement Finance Park Students Learn How to Manage Money While Working and Paying Bills In February, St. Mark’s, Eureka, Mo., eighth graders visited the A.G. Edwards Junior Achievement Finance Park in Chesterfield, Mo., to learn personal financial management and career exploration through classroom instruction and active participation in a simulated community. “What a great opportunity for our students,” said St. Mark’s Principal Sue Templeton. “At this workshop, our students gained real-world experience by learning how to maintain a job, balance a checkbook, shop for groceries, and more. This experience taught them valuable insight in a safe, comfortable environment.” During their visit, students spent the day making important financial decisions and maintaining a balanced budget based on a “Life Situation” character. The character’s “Life Situation” details the student’s job title, job description and required qualifications to add more of a personal touch to the experience. In addition, students were given an ATM card that further explained the character’s “Life Situation” by providing information on the ages and number of children the character had, plus the marital status, the gross annual income, and amount of taxes he/she pays. The students then created a monthly budget based on their personal income and family scenario. The A.G. Edwards JA Finance Park facility is divided into housing, mortgage services, banking, clothing, education, food, furniture, health care, home improvement, insurance, investment, real estate, transportation and utilities options. Each business represents a piece of the students’ personal budgets. Parents and community volunteers lent a hand in each exhibit to share real-life experiences to help a student set realistic expectations. By the end of their visit, students chose the best options for their budget, balanced their budget, and paid their monthly bills. Personal finance becomes meaningful and real to students in this experiential learning environment. It is through the depth of choices that students truly learn how to appreciate the value of a hard-earned dollar. About St. Mark’s Lutheran School St. Mark’s Lutheran School, located in Eureka, is part of St. Mark’s Lutheran Ministries. The school serves families and children from 2-years-old to eighth grade. St. Mark’s offers a Christ-centered atmosphere, small class sizes, and excellent certified teachers to foster learning and development through personalized education all the way through middle school. St. Mark’s equips young minds for service to God, family, and community through daily study of God’s Word and academic excellence. For more information visit or call 636-938-4432.

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WHAT? “A Night for Kids” WHEN? Friday, April 12, 2013, from 5-10 p.m. WHERE? Royale Orleans Banquet Center 2801 Telegraph Rd, 63125 WHO? Honoree, Dave Binder, Community Leader and Founding Member WHY? Help Sponsor a Student in Need of Tuition Assistance for Lutheran Elementary Education Don’t miss this opportunity to come together with other Lutheran school supporters! Shop the varied silent auction sections and bid big during the live auction. The evening’s special events include a collector’s glass sale, an old fashioned lollipop pull, a “Wine and Dine.” Event tickets are $55 each, with tables of 8 available. Proceeds to benefit children and educators LESA serves through the educational resources provided and through the scholarships awarded from Building Blocks Scholarship Fund. To make a donation to the auction, purchase a tribute ad or tickets, or to volunteer, call 314-268-1525 or visit us at Your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis.

Six A biding Savior Lutheran Students Honored with Glory of Missouri Award by State R epresentative Mike Leara Abiding Savior Lutheran School, St. Louis, is proud to recognize six students who were recently honored recipients of the Glory of Missouri Award presented by State Representative Mike Leara. The ceremony was held at an assembly concluding a week of festivities for National Lutheran Schools Week. The Glory of Missouri Awards are given to students who are nominated by their teachers for exemplifying one of the 14 virtues that are engraved in the ceiling of the rotunda at the State Capitol in Jefferson City. The qualities represented by Abiding Savior Lutheran School students this year are: Knowledge, Abby Sofia; Fraternity, Tori Schmid; Virtue, Kate Barger; Temperance, Seth Fried; Charity, Stephen Fried; and Enterprise, Josh Borgschulte. Abiding Savior Lutheran School is a Nationally Accredited Lutheran School supported by Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, and offers early childhood, preschool and K-8 grade curriculum. Please call 314-892-4408 for more information, or visit us at

From left: Mrs. Janel Blevins, Abby Sofia, Stephen Fried, Tori Schmid, Josh Borgschulte, Kate Barger, Seth Fried, and Representative Mike Leara.

Fa m i ly Li fe a nd Yout h Discipling Older Adults a High Priority

by Rev. Walter Schoedel Picking up on Martin Luther King’s famous speech, “I have a dream,” I want to share with you “my dreams” about touching the lives of the 60-and-over crowd. The day when more and more congregations will help older adults live their baptismal covenant as active participants in the Kingdom of God. The day when more older adults see themselves as able pilgrims, on a journey, with a shrine in their hearts – Jesus Christ, service in their hands – sharing their gifts, and a destiny as their goal – heaven. The day when congregations practice an attitude that says older adult ministry is intentional, inclusive, adequately staffed, resourceful, and builds and shares faith. The day when congregations place their 60-plus crowd into three distinct groups. 1. The Go-Go’s: Independent people, active, maybe working part-time or fulltime, who love to travel, eat out frequently, engage in sports, seek educational and spiritual opportunities and do hands-on ministry. 2. The Slow-Go’s: Transitional people with energy levels and/or health issues requiring them to slow down, but who still enjoy educational programs, worship services and ministry opportunities. 3. The No-Go’s: Dependent people who are homebound or in a care center, seldom get to church, but who still desire to fellowship with others and match their capacities to the needs of the community. The day when congregations have a high priority for evangelism among older adults. The day when congregations move from a membership mentality to one that encourages discipleship among older adults. The day when congregations do not leave an intergenerational ministry to chance. The day when more older adults seek to answer the questions: What should I be doing with this amazing gift of extended life? How can I make a significant difference in the lives of others by what I say and do? Rev. Walter Schoedel is Director of Church Relations for Lutheran Senior Services of Missouri and Illinois, and pastor emeritus of Concordia Lutheran Church, Kirkwood, Mo. He edits a quarterly newsletter for congregations, “Engaging the Aging.”

Peer Ministry Training Community, Caring and Sharing. These three words describe the Peer Ministry Training in past February. More than 50 youth and adults from churches around the district gathered at two sites and learned community, cared for each other and shared their faith. In doing so, they gained skills in living these three words at their home congregations, schools and youth groups. Peer Ministry Training is held President’s Day weekend every year. If you are interested in knowing more, contact Gene Wyssmann at the district office at 417-766-2183.

Youth and adults from around the district participated in Peer Ministry Training.

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N a t i o n a l Yo u t h G at h e r i ng Updat e

This summer we will enjoy “Live Loved” – the 2013 LCMS National Youth Gathering in San Antonio. Once again, our district has made available a T-shirt designed exclusively for the Missouri District! The prices are $14-$16, and can be personalized with your church name and city for an additional $2 per shirt. Order here. The district event is Monday, July 1, at Sea World! The cost is $40 per person, which includes all-day access to Sea World and a private picnic lunch at Ports of Call covered pavilions. Order tickets here.



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Lutheran Youth Fellowship Team Applications The Missouri District LYF Team is currently taking applications for young people to serve on the team. We are looking for current freshmen who are willing and able to serve for their sophomore, junior and senior years of high school. The LYF Team serves as the teen leadership team at several district ministry events: a spring and fall junior high retreat, a senior high gathering, a teen leadership initiative workshop and other events as necessary. If you are a high school freshman, or you know of someone who would be an asset to the team, please go to the district website at Nomination forms and three letters of reference are due to Sue Stiegemeyer no later than May 1. The forms and other information you need are on the Youth and Family LYF page. You may also contact Sue Stiegemeyer at 573-243-2236 for more information. (facebook: Missouri District LYF)

Leadersh ip Tra in ing

Engaging Rural Communities Event Concordia, Mo.

An active church that engages its community is able to witness through acts of mercy. The Engaging Rural Communities (ERCs) events put on by LCMS Rural and Small Town Mission (RSTM) are geared toward parishes in rural and small town settings that help congregation leaders examine their communities and consider how they can serve the unique needs of their particular communities. Events are intended to help congregations identify assets they have in place and to make plans for using their resources to engage their respective communities. One of the important event themes is building and strengthening partnerships as congregations explore ways to work together for the needs of their communities. There is no “one size fits all” solution;, however congregation leaders are encouraged as they see new opportunities for community engagement. The first ERC of 2013 was Jan. 19 in Biltz Hall at Saint Paul Lutheran High School in Concordia, Mo., presented in partnership with the Missouri District. It was a blessing to have 41 people and 13 congregations from all over Missouri join together to discuss new ways to reach out to their communities with Christ’s love. Mike Martens attended the Engaging Rural Communities event in Concordia with several members from his church, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran, Hermann, Mo. “These events could have HUGE implications for any size church. I think that I can see the future through the one that we went to. They are not just for rural.” LCMS Rural and Small Town Mission (RSTM) is committed to encouraging, equipping and strengthening brothers and sisters in rural and small town congregations, especially as they reach out into their communities with the Gospel. For rural and small town congregations, RSTM is increasingly seen as a valued resource, drawing in people like Mike, who want to see their congregation’s ministry strengthened. On Jan. 26, RSTM partnered with the Texas District at Faith Lutheran Church in Sweetwater, Texas. On Feb. 9, the Florida-Georgia District partnered with us to present at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Lehigh Acres, Fla. Upcoming events are scheduled in Columbus, Ind., on April 13; Mapleton, Iowa, on May 11; and Parsons, Kan., on Sept. 14. Events are also in the works for the districts of California-Nevada-Hawaii, Montana, Eastern, Minnesota South, Michigan, and more. To register for any of these events, go online to engaging-rural-communities or contact our office. For more information about the ERCs or if you would like to know more about the rest of our calendar, visit, or contact Amy Gerdts at 888-463-5127 or

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April 16, 2013 Concordia Seminary 9:00 am - 12:00 pm $15/person $10/person groups of 3+ Student price: FREE!

For All Ages:

Leading Across the Generational Divide


Leadership. Discipleship.

These are qualities every generation longs for and every church desires. But what appeals to one group may seem like fad-chasing to another, and what seems contemporary to one generation may already be outdated for the younger crowd. Join expert presenter Alan Zacharias of Zacharias Advancement Consulting to gain tools for responding to generational needs and differences in your congregation or organization. Learn how to call people of all ages to meaningful service, leadership, and discipleship in your setting. Student admission is free. Non-student prices are $15/person for individuals, $10/person for groups of 3 or more. This is a great opportunity to bring teams and multi-generational groups from your congregation/ organization! Register online at to reserve your spot. Note: Any participants requiring special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act must register and provide Send Me St. Louis with notice of their accommodation needs at least one week prior to the event.

New Missouri Synod R eport Offers Framework for A ddressing Immigration ‘Immigrants Among Us’ provides basis for study, discussion Raise the subject of immigration and be prepared for a spirited debate. Christians who hold to the Scriptures can have varying personal and political views about the best ways to compassionately care for and serve those who come to live in the United States from other countries. A new report, “Immigrants Among Us,” by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) offers theological guidance from a Lutheran perspective for thinking through immigration issues and some practical guidance for ministering to immigrants. “The great strength of ‘Immigrants Among Us,’ in my view, is its theological grounding and orientation,” said the Rev. Dr. Joel D. Lehenbauer, executive director of the CTCR, who oversaw the development of the report. “The report seeks to encourage and stimulate serious reflection and discussion about what it means to show Christ-like love to our immigrant neighbors, and to do so in ways that are consistent with Christ-centered theological principles rooted in Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions.” “‘Immigrants Among Us’ calls us to ground our thinking and our actions in understanding immigrants as our neighbors, whom God commands us to love,” said Linda Hartke, president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), which welcomes refugees on behalf of the LCMS and other Lutheran denominations in America. “We are grateful to the LCMS through the CTCR for this invitation to Lutherans to study, pray and discern together pathways forward in the complex and challenging topic of immigration in the United States.” To download a copy of the report, visit

Concord ia Sem ina r y, St. Lou is

2013 Alumni Reunion Scheduled for June 4-6

Concordia Seminary invites graduates, spouses, and widows of class years ending in “8” or “3” to the Alumni Reunion, to be held on the seminary campus June 4-6. The theme for the reunion will be “Gladly Learn, Gladly Teach, Gladly Remember.” An informational brochure with a registration form will be mailed to alumni and widows from these classes. It also is available on the seminary’s website ( 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.

The Concordia Seminary Class of 1957 at the 2012 reunion.

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. We are grateful to Concordia Historical Institute for sponsoring a reception before the banquet and to 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 and return the form to the Alumni Relations office by May 17. For further information, please contact Cathy Whitcomb in the Alumni Relations office at 314505-7370 or

Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Workshop to be Held in May Concordia Seminary, together with Peace Officer Ministries, Inc. (POM), will host “Christian Law Enforcement Chaplaincy—Theology and Practice,” on May 20-24 on the seminary campus. The workshop offers unique accredited training for chaplains, peace officers,  and pastors,  focusing on  effective  Christian ministry to and through law enforcement. Key principles that participants can expect to take away with them after attending the workshop include: understanding law enforcement as vocation (God’s calling); distinguishing and properly applying Law and Gospel and God’s Two Kingdoms within a law enforcement context; addressing practical, legal,

historical, cultural and missiological considerations; employing Christian stress management and officer spiritual survival strategies; and identifying characteristics of a competent Christian chaplain. The Department of Homeland Security Course Component fulfills DHS Guidelines for First Responders. Rev. Frank Ruffatto, executive director and chaplain of POM, will serve as the introductory speaker on Monday morning. Other presenters include Stephanie Abernethy, Sgt. George Brinzey, Michael Dahmer, Chief Daniel Dusseau, Steve Gielda, Chief William Jones, Rev. Steven Lee, Dr. Thomas Mijares, Dr. Dave Minionis, Chad Montgomery, and Steven Ruffatto.

Registration cost is $410, which includes on-campus meals, materials, and CEUs. Limited on-campus housing is available on a first-come first-served basis. Housing is dormitory style with shared bathrooms and showers. Rooms are on the second floor and are not handicapped accessible. Rates are $40 per night for single or couple and $25 per night for a shared room. Deadline for registration is May 6. No walk-ins will be accepted. For more information contact the office of continuing education and parish services at 314-505-7286 or ce@; or visit the seminary’s website at for a downloadable brochure.

Seminary to Host Day of Homiletical Reflection Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, will host its 11th Annual Day of Homiletical Reflection on Wednesday, May 8, from 9:15 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. Dr. Michael Duduit will be the featured speaker. He will speak on “The Centrality of Application in Biblical Upcoming Seminary Preaching.” Guild meeting: Duduit is founding dean of the College of Christian Studies at Anderson May 3 University in Anderson, S.C., where he also serves as professor of Christian Call Day: May 1 Ministry. Duduit is founder and director Vicarage Service: 3 p.m. of the National Conference on PreachCall Service: 7 p.m. ing and the International Congress on Commencement: May 17 Preaching. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including the

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Handbook of Contemporary Preaching, Joy in Ministry, Preaching With Power, and Communicate With Power. Sectional presentations include “Crafting a Life Purpose Sermon” by Dr. Duduit; “Singing the Songs of Zion” by Dr. Reed Lessing, professor of exegetical theology and director of the Graduate School at Concordia Seminary; and “Preaching the Resurrection Hope — For the Last Day and Every Day” by Dr. Glenn Nielsen, professor of practical theology and director of vicarage and deaconess internships 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. The registration fee for the Day of Homiletical Reflection is $25. For more information, contact the office of continuing education and parish services at 314-5057286;; or visit the seminary’s website at

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President’s Penning Quenched! by the

Water The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League’s 35th Biennial Convention, Thursday, Karen Drury June 27, through Sunday, June 30, in Pittsburgh, Pa., will open under the theme, Quenched! by the Water. The theme is based on the following Scripture passage: (Jesus said) “… but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14). LWML members from all over the United States will gather to enjoy the fellowship of Christian sisterhood and celebrate the joy they all share in “serving their Lord with gladness.” Participants will have the opportunity to: experience “Servant Connections” through various service events, worship with thousands of sisters and brothers in Christ, visit special exhibits in “The LWML Neighborhood,” join the “Mission in Motion” fundraiser for mites, study God’s Word with Donna Pyle (author of the Your Strong Suit Bible study), meet new friends and renew old friendships, and praise God through song. What more could there be to the convention experience than all of these things? The most important part of the LWML convention experience is the selection of the mission grants that will be supported with our mites for the 2013 – 2015 biennium. Delegates will select the missions that will receive the funding needed to reach out to people everywhere who need to hear of God’s saving grace through His Son, Jesus Christ. The convention objectives sum it up this way: Convention attendees will glorify the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, drink deeply from His Word and share His overflowing love. Whether or not you are able to attend the convention you can carry on the mission by faithfully feeding your mite box. We are together, Lutheran Women in Mission.

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LWML is an RSO

What is a title and what does that mean? LWML is a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. The LWML is an auxiliary arm of the Synod that operates independently of the Synod to foster the ministry and mission of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. The LWML engages in program activity that is in harmony with the programs of the boards of Synod and respects and does not act contrary to the doctrine and practices of the Synod.

Rev. Gary Griffin

These are all legal terms that are important to any human organization, but the words to focus on are “foster the ministry and mission of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.” So why join LWML? Three words I want to direct your attention to: opportunities, growth, and joys.

God’s Challenges

Challenge – a heavy and harsh sounding word, just like its meaning. What challenges has God given you? A difficult job, a family health crisis, or a financial hard time? The goal of the LWML is to help spread the Gospel message. Maybe our present LWML challenge is to meet our mite goals so the mission projects chosen for this biennium can be filled. Are you up to it? Can you give up that Coke-a-day and put that dollar in your mite box instead? Yes, I did say a dollar. A dollar doesn’t go very far today. Our mite boxes got their name from Jesus’ story of the widow’s mite. Can we meet the challenge she gave us by her example? God gives people challenges every day. To Jonah it was a visit to Nineveh. He didn’t want to go, but God sent him anyway and he was the means God used to save that godless nation. Many of the apostles were thrown in prison and all but John suffered a martyr’s death because they spoke about Jesus and His saving work for us. Are we embarrassed to tell our non-Christian friend or family member about God’s love? Do we dare risk a scornful laugh from a friend or neighbor? God challenges us to tell everyone we know about His saving work and love for us. If we dare risk reputations, friendships or family ties by telling someone that God loves them, He will give us the courage to overcome and meet the challenge. Maybe we cannot preach like Jonah did, but we can give our gifts willingly. In doing so, we can be like Jonah and our mites can be the means God uses to save many who are now perishing.

Liz Schroeder Vice President of Organizational Resources

Gifts from the Heart Participants attending the 2013 LWML convention are encouraged to bring gifts from the heart to demonstrate the love of Jesus to various agencies in Pittsburgh. You may bring the following items in unlimited quantities: QUILTS/ BLANKETS new, adult and baby sizes (packed in heavy duty plastic bag); DIAPERS sizes: preemies, 3, and 4; WIPES; KITS: All donations for kits are to be new and regular size in original wrapping, packed in a clear plastic ziplock bag; BABY KIT: receiving blankets, sleepers (preemie/newborn), onesies (preemie/newborn), outfits (preemie/newborn), one Christian tract or Bible verse; MEN’S KIT: men’s boxers (L-XXXL), men’s T-shirts (L-XXXL), men’s socks, and one Christian tract or Bible verse; BATH KIT: bath towel, washcloth, full size toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, bath/bar soap, and one Christian tract or Bible verse; DEVOTIONAL KIT: Bible, journal, devotional booklet and pen.

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• LWML provides many opportunities for women to do mission and ministry by Word and deed. The LWML provides Bible studies for women and small groups, words of encouragement for women who are dealing with difficult issues based on God’s Word, and Christian literature to share with others to meet concerns and needs. • The LWML provides a forum for personal growth in leadership skills, allowing women to organize and lead LWML groups in the local church setting. Through leadership workshops, women who may have doubted their abilities have become vibrant and successful leaders at society, zone, district, and national levels. • And finally, the LWML brings joy to Christian women when they see the fruits of their labor as, through God’s Word, people come to faith and are redeemed through the blood of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is at work in those who put their faith into action. You are even more enlightened by the Holy Spirit as you see faithful women around the world sharing the Word, helping others in need, and even suffering and sacrificing for the sake of Christ who died and rose for all, so all may be saved. I was amazed and overjoyed when I saw and heard the LWML women in India speak of their work when I visited a hospital in India built in the 1950s and totally funded by the LWML. If not for the LWML, many souls would not have the opportunity for medical treatment, or the opportunity to be witnessed to by Christian doctors, nurses and attendants at the hospital. Christians want to do ministry and help missions because of their love for God in Christ Jesus. God’s people today just don’t want to attend meetings, haggle over rules and “play club house”; they want to do what is meaningful and God’s people want to make a difference. I encourage women in our Lutheran churches to make a difference, do mission and ministry on a local level and on a wider scale by joining LWML, and be an extension of the LCMS not only in America but throughout the world.

A nnouncements Personnel Changes — Ordained

Ordinations/Installation Sponaugle, Justin (SL ’11) ordained and installed Faith, Dexter, Mo. 3/3/13 by R. Mirly Transferred to our District Gallagher, Frank (OK) installed Intentional Interim Pastor, St. John, Mexico, Mo. 3/3/13 by A. Simmons Rhodes, Thomas (CNH) installed Zion, Bolivar, Mo. 2/10/13 by A. Wollenburg Sproul, John (PSW) installed VP Capital Funding Services LCEF, St. Louis, Mo. 2/7/13 by W. Weedon Retired Johnson, David P. (St. Paul, Jackson) 3/1/13 Deceased Fischer, Kenneth (emeritus) 2/19/13

Changes within District Eatherton, Lawrence (emeritus) installed St. John/Immanuel, Bismarck/Pilot Knob, Mo. 2/3/13 by R. Mirly Lemcke, Brian installed Holy Trinity, Holt County, Mo. 1/20/13 by R. Mirly Sell, Mark (Faith, Washington) installed Our Savior, Fenton, Mo. 3/10/13 by R. Mirly Transferred to other Districts Birner, David (Office of International Mission, LCMS, St. Louis) to South Wisconsin District 2/12/13 Gledhill, Eric (Webster Gardens, Webster Groves) to Michigan District 2/25/13

Personnel Changes — Commissioned Ministers of R eligion Graduates Installed Brenner, Angela (Colloquy SP ’12) to Trinity, Jefferson City 2/24/13 by R. Bowder Harris, David (Colloquy P ’11) to LCMS Board for International Mission, St. Louis 3/10/13 by B. Smith Koeberl, Nelda (Colloquy RF ’12) to United in Christ, Frohna 3/17/13 by S. Dressler Lichtenegger, Deborah (Colloquy RF ’12) to United in Christ, Frohna 3/17/13 by R. Benkendorf Myers, Matthew (Colloquy SP ’11) to LCMS Board for International Mission, St. Louis 3/9/13 by J. Mehl Nowiszewski, Nancy (M ’12) to Timothy, Blue Springs 3/3/13 by R. Steensma Transferred from Other Districts Brown, Martha (TX) to candidate 12/1/12 Burroughs, Daniel (MC) to emeritus 2/22/13 Mattsfield, Michelle (NEB) to non-candidate 2/14/13 Reinstated Bobb, Donna (reinstated by COP 2/13) to candidate Rudinski, Calvin (reinstated by COP 2/13) to candidate Resigned/Removed from Roster Jameson, Leon (Immanuel, St. Charles) 12/23/12 - installed as ordained minister Stoelting, Lucas (candidate) 3/7/13

Changes Within District Brand, Alison (candidate) to Springfield, Springfield 1/30/13 by J. Sippy Butz, Kimberly (non-candidate) to Messiah, Independence 3/10/13 by S. Patschke Metcalf, Justin (Messiah, Independence) to Bethlehem, Warrensburg 1/6/13 by J. Kurz Swearingen, Martha (non-candidate) to Springfield, Springfield 1/30/13 by J. Sippy Voss, Amy (non-candidate) to Springfield, Springfield 1/30/13 by J. Sippy Candidate Status Rosburg, Stephanie (Child of God, St. Peters) 8/1/12 Non-Candidate Status Jass, Judith (candidate) 1/25/13 Krieser, Elizabeth (candidate) 2/26/13 Reed, Laurie (non-candidate) 1/31/13 Stewart, Patricia (Zion, St. Charles) 6/9/12 Retired Weber, Diane (candidate) 1/22/13 Zickler, Anela (candidate) 1/25/13 Deceased Claude, Wilbur (emeritus) 1/30/13 Transferred to Other Districts Bobb, Donna (candidate) to IN 2/20/13 Moore, Gary (candidate) to TX 3/26/13 Nelson, Wayne (candidate) to SW 8/1/12 Stewart, Patricia (non-candidate) to NEB 2/4/13

Calling Congregations For Sole Pastors: Glendale, Glendale – called Rev. Rodney Wise of Overland, Mo. (accepted) Kansas City, Holy Cross LaGrange, St. Peter – Rev. Ken Tatkenhorst retiring; applying for a seminary candidate Lohman, St. John – Rev. Warren Brandt retiring; applying for a seminary candidate New Haven, Trinity Park Hills, Trinity – Rev. Robert Eggers retiring; applying for a seminary candidate Springfield, Faith Stover, St. Paul – Rev. Cecil Murdock retiring Valley Park, Zion Washington, Faith Served by Intentional Interim Pastor or Interim Pastor: Bourbon, Concordia (Rev. David Burge) Glencoe, St. Paul (Rev. Robert Lange) Grandview, Holy Trinity (Rev. Dr. Rick Foss) Macon, Zion (Rev. Roger Mackie) applying for a seminary candidate Mexico, St. John (Rev. Mike Gallagher) Pocahontas/Shawneetown, Zion/ Trinity (Rev. Virgil Kelm)

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St. Louis, Epiphany (Rev. Dr. Martin Haeger) St. Louis County, Immanuel Chapel (Rev. Ron Jansen) Slater, Peace and St. Paul (Rev. Douglas Dubisar) For Senior Pastor: Jackson, St. Paul – called Rev. Jason Shaw of Springfield, Mo. (accepted) For Associate or Assistant Pastor: Crystal City, Immanuel Kirkwood, Concordia Lee’s Summit, St. Matthew – applying for a seminary candidate Pacific, New Beginnings St. Charles, Immanuel – applying for a seminary candidate St. Louis, Holy Cross Deaf – applying for seminary candidate p/t worker priest

Vacant (on Hold – But Being Served): Ashland, Family of Christ Bethany, Hope Center, Trinity Diggins, Zion Elk Prairie (Rolla), Peace Isabella, Faith

April/May 2013

Lutheran Senior Services

Lutheran Senior Services (LSS), another RSO in Missouri, is a faith-inspired, mission-driven organization that exists for those it serves. Our Christian mission is Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest. It comes from John 10:10 where Jesus tells us that He has come so that we may live life in all of its abundance. LSS is a faith-based, mission-driven not-for-profit network that specializes in enhancing life for seniors, ages 62-plus. With 19 locations in Missouri and Illinois, LSS offers quality choices and exceptional support for retirement living. Through affordable housing sites, in-home services and senior living communities, LSS provides a person-centered approach to a comprehensive continuum of life choices. Some of the services LSS offers include: Affordable Housing: Affordable Housing campuses throughout the St. Louis area welcome seniors with lower incomes into secure, caring environments, with access to in-home programs and a wide assortment of activities. In-home Services: A full array of in-home services designed to meet the specific needs of seniors. From medical care to help around the house to preventative programs, friendly care coordinators and staff members are available to help clients live life to the fullest, wherever they live. Pastoral Service: Lutheran Senior Services honors and cherishes those in our care and welcomes people of all faiths, respecting their beliefs and helping them to stay in touch with their personal faith practices. Chaplains host weekly worship services, teach Bible class, provide grief support and private communion. Pastoral Education: Student chaplains make pastoral contact with residents, families, and staff through visits, Bible classes, worship, devotions, and community activities.

LSS has obtained many honors, including: • Lutheran Senior Services was recognized as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in 2009 and 2011. • Lutheran Senior Services is the largest nonprofit organization in the St. Louis area. • LSS is the ninth largest nonprofit multisite senior housing provider in the United States. • As proof of its financial stability, LSS is one of only a handful of senior care networks nationwide to maintain an investment grade credit rating through Fitch Financial, Inc. • Heartland Affordable Housing Management Association (HAHMA) Knob Noster, Faith named LSS its Management ComMemphis, St. Paul pany of the Year for 2010. Milan, Peace

Oak Grove, Shepherd of the Valley Princeton, Immanuel St. James, St. John St. Louis, Holy Sacrament St. Louis, St. Paul Sarcoxie, Trinity Shelbyville, Mount Hope Sweet Springs, Christ Pastors Considering Calls: Bereuter, Bryce (Calvary, Kansas City) to Our Savior, Winchester, Va. Birner, David (LCMS International Mission) to Concordia, Mequon (accepted) Ellul, Gary (St. Paul, Jonesburg) to Trinity, Paola, Kan. Olson, Kevin (Trinity, Egypt Mills) to Trinity, Hammond, Ind. (accepted) Thieme, Brian (Trinity, Columbia) to St. John, Glendale, Wis. (declined)

LSS Communities include: Breeze Park Concordia Village Heisinger Bluffs Hidden Lake Laclede Groves Lenoir Woods Lutheran Hillside Village Meramec Bluffs Meridian Village Richmond Terrace Find out more at

A nnouncements We R emember:

International Student Ministry-St. Louis A nnual Celebration Dinner: Share Yourself, Share Christ Please join us for a festive evening celebrating what God is doing in the hearts and lives of St. Louis area international students.

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Saturday, April 27 5:30-8 p.m. The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens 8749 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO 63119 Enjoy a delicious Moroccan meal. Get to know some international students. Live out the Great Commission here in St. Louis. Hear from international students and volunteers. Have fun with a silent auction. Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for children. Register now — Click Here

Thanks to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans! Thrivent will match donations given to ISM-St. Louis at our Annual Celebration Dinner.

St. Paul Quilters Quite Busy

The quilters of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Sedalia, Mo., made 113 quilts and lap robes in 2012. They were made for those in the hospital taking treatments, people in rest homes, in the veteran’s home, for Birthright, and anyone who is in need. To God be the glory for the talents of the women at St. Paul’s and for these quilts as they are used in the community.

Pictured from left: Kathy Womble, Irma Oclrichs, Barbara Upton, Marilyn Gertz, Mary Brandt, Viola Gordon, Ruth Kerr and Virginia Cusich.

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April/May 2013

1 Wilbur Claude, Verona, Mo., who joined his Savior Jan. 30. 1 Deaconess Addie Wilkins, a member of Transfiguration Lutheran Church, passed into glory Feb. 17. 1 Lester H. Stewart, former district executive, who joined the saints in heaven March 8. 1 Rev. Kenneth Fischer, who fell asleep in Jesus Feb. 19.

Child of God Golf Tournament

Child of God Lutheran Church and School, St. Peters, Mo., annual golf tournament is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, at St. Peters Golf Course. The tournament is a best ball two person scramble. Whether you play golf or not, it’s a great time to spend the afternoon with friends while helping Child of God continue to enhance its mission. Invite your unchurched friends to participate with you! There will be prizes, lunch, dinner and refreshments. If you are interested in playing, please complete the form below and mail it into the office at 650 Salt Lick Road, St. Peters, MO 63376 with your registration fee. The tournament is also looking for hole sponsors. The sponsors can be a business, family or individual with a personalized message. If you are interested or know someone who may like to sponsor a hole, please let them know. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, May 5. If you have questions, contact Jeff Wrozier at or 636-544-1981.

District News Humanitri: continued from page 1

How people get involved with Humanitri: Pray – Our employees work with people in some of the darkest times of their lives and in some dangerous situations. This work would not be possible if not for the intercession of the Holy Spirit to transform the lives of our clients. Please include Humanitri in your regular prayer life. Pray for our employees, our clients and our donors. Volunteer – Humanitri has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. Whether you are helping out at one of our offices, sorting and cleaning clothes at the Young Parenting boutique, or painting and cleaning one of our 35 housing units, there is something for every skill and interest level. There are also opportunities to help children with homework or to read to them a few of times a week as well as other services to families. Donate In-Kind Items – Our needs are always changing depending on what we have donated. Below is a list of things that we currently need. Please call our office if you are interested in making an inkind donation. All kinds of household items – 9 volt batteries sheets and blankets (twin or full size) soft covered Bibles furniture: dining room sets twin beds new twin mattresses couches bus/MetroLink passes Homeless to Home Sweet Home – Adopt one of our transitional housing units. Supply it with furnishings and supplies to transform it into our clients’ new Home Sweet Home! Make a Financial Gift – Humanitri relies upon the generosity of individuals and congregations to carry out the important work God has set before it. While it does work with government contracts and receives donations from the United Way and foundations, these monies do not cover the costs of Humanitri’s programs.

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RSOs in Missouri

Name Type of Service* Lutheran Family & Childrens Services of MO 2 Lutheran Senior Services 1 - 2 - 11 - 14 - 16 - 18 - 19 Beautiful Savior Lutheran Home 11 Lutheran Senior Services 1 - 2 - 11 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 - 21 Lutheran Family & Childrens Services of MO 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 15 - 17 - 18 Lutheran Ministries Media dba Worship for Shut-Ins 11 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 20 Lutheran Family & Childrens Services of MO 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 15 - 17 - 18 Lutheran Senior Services 1 - 2 - 11 - 14 - 16 - 18 - 19 Lutherans in Medical Missions 15 - 16 Lutheran Senior Services 1 - 11 - 14 - 16 - 18 - 19 Lutheran Senior Services 1 - 11 - 14 - 16 - 18 - 19 Lutheran Senior Services 1 - 2 - 11 - 14 - 16 - 18 - 19 Lutheran Mission of the Good Shepherd dba LUMA LutheranUrban Mission Agency 1 - 3 - 7 - 10 Lutheran Senior Services 1 - 11 - 14 - 16 - 18 - 19 Lutheran Family & Childrens Services of MO 2 Lutheran Senior Services 1 - 2 - 11 - 14 - 16 - 18 - 19 Bethesda Lutheran Communities 12 Lutheran Family & Childrens Services of MO 2-3 Lutheran Senior Services 1 - 2 - 11 - 14 - 16 - 18 - 19 Acts 1:8 Mission Society 19 Grace Place Retreat Ministries Inc. dba Grace Place Lutheran Wellness Ministries 1 - 15 - 17 - 18 Humanitri 1 - 3 - 6 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 19 Lutheran Family & Childrens Services of MO 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis 23 Lutheran Senior Services 1 - 11 - 14 - 16 - 18 - 19 Lutheran Senior Services 1 - 11 - 14 - 16 - 18 - 19 Lutheran Senior Services 1 - 2 - 11 - 14 - 16 - 18 - 19 Lutheran Family & Childrens Services of MO 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 15 - 17 - 18 - 22 Lutheran Senior Services 1 - 2 - 11 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 18 – 19 *1. Information and Referral 2. Counseling and Mental Health 3. Children & Youth Services 4. Foster Care 5. Adoption 6. Pregnancy Counseling 7. Emergency Services and/or Relief 8. Abuse and/or Neglect Prevention/Treatment 9. Substance Abuse & Other Addiction Prevention/Treatment 10. Immigrant, Asylee or Refugee Resettlement & Support 11. Aging/Elderly/Services 12. Services for the Developmentally Disabled

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13. Services for the Hearing or Visually Impaired 14. Chaplaincy Services 15. Life Enrichment Programs and Services 16. Volunteer Service Programs 17. Advocacy & Planning 18. Organizational Consultation & Development 19. Housing & Community Development 20. Broadcast Ministry 21. Hospice 22. Disaster Preparedness and Response 23. Granting 24. Trauma Intervention 26. HIV/AIDS Ministry

The Voice of Missouri

April/May 2013 The 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 2013 The 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...