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by Lyla Glaskey “How are things in Joplin?” We get asked that a lot whenever we travel away from Joplin. That’s a complicated question. In many ways, things are so much better now than they were last summer. The people of Joplin have experienced the love and power of Christ’s Church in a way many people have not. We have experienced immediate answers to prayer, the incredible mercy of God through His servants, and the amazing grace of God to bring healing and peace into the most awful of circumstances. But this is still a hard place to live. Beautiful new homes sit on lots beside destroyed homes. The high school has finally been demolished, but the hospital still stands – a constant reminder of that terrible day. Home Depot, Walmart, and Pizza Hut are back in business, but there are memorials on the walls in honor of those who lost their lives. Everywhere we look we see both how far we have come and how very far we still have to go. Many of our members have relocated to homes outside the destruction zone. They are making new memories there – a birthday, a holiday, a graduation party. The new houses are starting to feel like home. Some are rebuilding on the same location. It takes a special kind of courage to reclaim a neighborhood and face the scarred landscape day after day. Others are toughing it out in the FEMA park, applying for a Habitat house or hoping to find that rarest of situations ... an affordable rental. Things started to feel much better when school began. The halls of Martin Luther School were filled with the happy sounds of children. Every one of our students survived the tornado, and we felt deeply grateful to be able to welcome all of them back. For many of us, school was the first return to normal. But that too was hard. Due to storm damage, two of our classrooms remained closed, so we played musical classrooms until October. And our

Map at Immanuel, Joplin, shows where all the servants have come from to help with rebuilding.

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Transform Joplin is a mission ministry of Immanuel to help with rebuilding efforts.

children have been forever changed. They ask hard questions; they (and I must confess, the adults too) tremble when the train rumbles like thunder, and they know real fear. But they also know that God’s promises are real, that evil really does exist, but that Jesus wins, and so do they. Things are better, but hard at Immanuel Lutheran Church too. We have been made stewards of the generous gifts given to us for the benefit of our community. It is an awesome responsibility, with challenges and opportunities we have never had before. Our focus has changed dramatically, and for us, like most Lutherans, change is hard. Last summer, as volunteers poured into town, we scrambled to feed, equip and coordinate their efforts. We fed the neighborhood in the gym and by delivery with our “Gator patrol,” named for the many pallets of Gatorade we delivered on utility vehicles each week. Just as we thought we had the hang of things, nearby churches ended their meals and distribution of supplies, and we found ourselves flooded with volunteers looking for work and survivors in need of support. So we kept going, right up to the start of school, just barely getting the building into shape for the first day. Now, we have begun the exciting work of building homes through our new mission ministry, Transform Joplin. We have a warehouse where we share office space with other church ministries and organizations. Habitat for Humanity is able to frame houses inside our warehouse and then deliver them to the job site. Director Trent Davis oversees construction projects, coordinates volunteers, and manages our tool lending library. With the help of Immanuel members, we coordinate volunteers, provide workers for Habitat for Humanity and the Governor’s Challenge, and help home owners rebuild or repair. In cooperation with Thrivent, we will be building even more homes. continued on page 16

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From t he president’s desk How To Support Your Pastor “We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves” (1 Thess. 5:12-13).

A fireman is on duty for 24 or more continuous hours. An emergency room doctor works his or her shift, often making life and death deciPresident Ray Mirly sions, but at the end of the shift, goes home. If you are employed, you work a specified number of days or hours per week, but once you leave your job, you are free to do as you wish. Many workers in the United States work 40 hours per week. It is said that more and more jobs now require a worker to put in more than 40 hours per week. But, in most cases, once a worker clocks out, leaves the office, or completes his duties for the day, he is free to do as he please until he comes back on duty. The vast majority of the call documents pastors in the Missouri District receive state that they are expected to work six days per week and have one day off. Recently I received a phone call from an elder of a congregation concerned because the pastor of his congregation took Tuesday off because he had conducted a funeral the previous Friday, which was his designated day off. The elder was upset that the pastor chose to not work on a day that he was supposed to be “on duty.”

When is the last time that you personally prayed for your pastor? His family?

Even though this elder may not be representative of the typical elder or member of an LCMS congregation, what are your expectations of your pastor? Should he attend every meeting of every group, board, etc., in the congregation? Should he be in his office every morning at 8 a.m.? Should he have office hours each day in the morning, afternoon and evening so members can come see him when it is convenient to them? Should his shutin visit last a minimum of one hour?

What is realistic? What is a reasonable expectation of a congregation of its pastor? Here is a little test for you to take. Place the amount of minutes in the ( ) for the amount of time you believe it takes your pastor to carry out his weekly responsibilities. When you are finished, total the amount of time your pastor devotes to his regular weekly ministry activities. ( ( ( (

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President’s Prayer List Please join me in prayer this month. Ask God’s blessings upon the decisions made at the Missouri District Convention. Pray God’s blessings upon all of the newly elected Missouri District officers, boards, etc. Pray God to bless all the students, instructors and administrators in Missouri District preschools, elementary schools and high schools during the new school year. Pray God to bless the administrators, teachers and students attending public schools throughout the state of Missouri. Pray God to bless all men newly enrolled at the LCMS seminaries. Pray God to bless all the men and women preparing for full-time church careers at Missouri Synod universities. Pray God to bless the young men and women who will begin attending junior confirmation classes in Missouri District congregations in the next weeks. Pray God to bless Missouri District congregations currently involved in the calling of Ordained and Commissioned Ministers of Religion. Pray God to bless the outreach ministries (missions) of Missouri District congregations. Pray God to bless the goal of starting new missions and ministries in Missouri this year. Ask God to protect the men and women of the United States military. Pray God to bless the fall harvest. Some other questions to ponder:

• How many nights per week is your pastor able to be home with his wife and/or family? • What does your congregation do to encourage/support your pastor to pursue continuing education? If he does, is he required to use his vacation time to attend workshops, seminary or university courses, etc.? • Who in the congregation encourages your pastor? • When is the last time that you personally prayed for your pastor? His family? • If you had a criticism of your pastor, would you first go to him to discuss it with him? • What I have written concerning your pastor is equally applicable to a Lutheran school teacher, DCE or principal. The only difference is that they have different responsibilities. St. Paul writes, “The elders (pastors) who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching” (1 Tim. 5:17 NIV).

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Salem Youth Help the Helpers Salem Lutheran Church and School, Affton, Mo., recently sent 24 senior high youth and adults to the 2012 Missouri District Youth Gathering in Joplin, Mo. The Salem Senior High Youth had no idea of the plans God had waiting for them in Joplin. As many know, back on May 22, 2011, an F5 tornado hit Joplin, destroying nearly 7,500 homes; basically taking out the middle third of the city. In Joplin in the “Tornado Zone,” Immanuel Lutheran Church and Martin Luther School set up a “Mercy Center” for the people of Joplin. While they took care of people by providing food (sometimes feeding 700 people a day), water, toiletries, counseling, and much more, few were taking care of them. So while they helped others in need from the tornado, their church and school campus became a low priority. This year’s gathering theme was “Strong in Christ, Firm in Christ, Steadfast in Christ” based on 1 Peter 5:10 (NIV) which says “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” During the gathering, 204 youth and adults from the state of Missouri spent two full days of service to the community of Joplin (mainly in the tornado zone). Salem’s youth were asked to take on the huge task of transforming the property of Immanuel Lutheran Church and Martin Luther School so that no tornado reminders were left. Immanuel’s Senior High Youth group worked side-by-side with Salem’s, and some new friendships were made. The first project entailed a garden–picnic area behind the school where teachers or staff like to eat lunch or to take a break. Before the storm, a 100+ year-old tree sat in the middle of the garden. When the tornado hit, the tree fell on the school and church, damaging the roofs. From the removal of the tree and the fact that Immanuel was busy taking care of the people of Joplin, this area became overgrown with weeds, dead bushes and trees, and leftover tree stumps. After two days the Salem youth had the entire garden transformed into a brand-new garden–break area with new bushes, trees, and a variety of plants and mulch. Another project involved the parsonage. The parsonage needed a complete overhaul of the landscaping and some outdoor scraping and painting. Salem and Joplin youth together removed tree stumps, weeds, wood, and also scraped and painted the parsonage, thus transforming the outside of the house with all new mulch, trimmed bushes and a fresh coat of paint in some areas. No signs of the tornado were left at this point to the church, school, and parsonage. Before Salem’s senior high youth left Immanel, they were told by Jason Glaskey, Immanuel’s DCE, and his wife, Lyla, that every day since the tornado hit, when they drive up to the church and school, they have been constantly reminded of the tornado because they would still see leftover damage, overgrown weeds, tree stumps from the storm, chipped paint and more. But now they were so excited to be able to come and see no more tornado reminders! Praise God! It was humbling to be able to help those who have, for more than a year, helped thousands recover from the horrible tornado of 2011! The trip to Joplin by Salem’s Senior High Youth ended a full week of service. Before Salem’s Senior High Youth served the people of Joplin, they spent three days in St. Louis serving in what they call “Destination STL III” since it was the third time in four years they have gone out into the community of St. Louis to serve others. Salem youth served their own church and school by landscaping, helping teachers move stuff in/out of their rooms for cleaning, and other miscellaneous tasks. Later that day, the Salem youth went out into the community for a “Prayer Walk,”’ where they went door to door throughout the neighborhood praying with and for our neighbors. Next the youth served at two area animal shelters in St. Louis: APA and Five Acres Animal Shelter. The third day in St. Louis, before leaving for Joplin, the Salem youth served at Laclede Groves, a senior living community, where they played bingo and bowled with the residents, helped during a health fair, and just spent time talking with the residents.

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Details Matter by Carol Wyatt It’s not unusual to find me volunteering. However, I’ve never pictured myself volunteering on a mission trip. So it was weird, to say the least, when I woke up one night with the calling to go to Joplin and help out after the tornado. Just a few conversations later, I found myself in Joplin. Let me take a step back for you. After I pitched the idea of a Joplin trip, various aspects of my life became unsettled. My 90-year-old father had just been released from a post-hospitalization rehab stay when he fell and ended up back in the hospital and rehab the week of the trip. The noise of getting one son off to college, travel plans—I couldn’t even find time to buy plane tickets online, how am I supposed to go to Joplin? — and deadlines at work, all seemed to be weighing me down. The week seemed to be too noisy, too stressful, for me to care about anyone but me. So I found myself convincing myself to not go, to focus on myself, my needs, my desires. But God kept whispering to me to go, and I kept praying about it and fighting with Him about it. Finally, on Friday morning, I registered online to officially go. To say I went more out of a sense of obligation than desire would be an accurate statement. Saturday morning at 6 a.m., I was standing on the parking lot of church, backpack in hand and a stack of papers to read through for work. When we arrived at Immanuel Lutheran in Joplin, I had talked myself into doing the dirtiest, grittiest, sweatiest work available. If I was going to be here, I wanted to make a difference. Instead, I ended up on an ATV delivering cold water, Gatorade, lunches and snacks to relief workers in a hard-hit residential area of town. “Really, God, this is how you want to use me? I’m strong and healthy, I don’t need to ride and drive around a two-square-mile area of town all day!” was all I could think. I prayed for a better attitude, to not be snarky all day, and to

focus on others. God blessed me with a new friend who helped me gain a healthier perspective when she revealed that she was spending her birthday in Joplin. Ugh! But her happy up-and-at-em attitude began to help mine make a 180° turn.

From about 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., we drove up and down the neighborhood streets, changing out group members from time to time—seeing the same volunteers and workers, encouraging them to drink and forging new relationships with folks we may never see again. And, strangely, although we had what I perceived as the easiest job of them all, folks genuinely thanked us all day. It’s strange how you get to know people and their mannerisms so quickly. They waved and smiled as we approached them. As the heat of the day set in, dousing people with cold water became our standard. Our group had agreed to call it a day around 4 p.m. So, as we finished our last run and turned the ATV around to drive back to the church, I wasn’t thinking about stopping to check in on any of the workers. But suddenly, one of the street crew workers didn’t seem quite right. Instead of a hearty wave and smile, he barely acknowledged me as I passed by him, a minor

iServe

Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens, Webster Groves, Mo., recently started an increased intentional focus on creating a culture of servanthood within the body of the church. After a process of identifying needs in the community and ways church members could get involved, Georgeann Arnold created the iServe program. Opportunities are available to serve in a variety of capacities and commitment levels with neighbors, seniors, children and new Americans. There was already a foundation of congregants serving, but this program both emphasizes the importance of serving in response to Jesus’ love as well as streamlines the method to get involved. The core of iServe is not so much the numbers served, but rather the relationships built, whether between team members, with their team leaders, or with the people they serve. While this growth is a process, the hope is that individuals will take the initiative to develop the relationships begun out of a ministry opportunity to continue further through the love of Jesus Christ. Even in the few months since its inception, a culture of serving is developing. Congregants are excited to find creative ways to serve, and as new small groups are formed, they’re charged with the call to be servant-based. One of the exciting developments has been a growing community awareness and appreciation for Webster Gardens’ service. The church has developed relationships with local code enforcers and are quickly becoming known for their home services for people who may otherwise have received citations. Relationships are forming with both community leaders and members in ways not seen before. Send Me St. Louis has been able to serve as a resource for staff members of Webster Gardens in the process of creating this program with trainings, networking opportunities, and individual consultation.

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detail, but an important one. I pulled over and hopped out to check on him. Sure enough, after a few quick questions, he told me he was having difficulty breathing, his lips and fingers were numb, and he couldn’t make spit. Even his thoughts were starting to get jumbled as he stood there drinking a Gatorade we had thrust into his hands. Just as I started to realize he was really experiencing heat stroke, his knees buckled and he grabbed the side of our ATV to keep himself from falling. While insisting that he drink still another Gatorade, Dean Klatt, who was riding along with me, helped the young man over to a small patch of shade. The entire time, though, he insisted he couldn’t stop standing and rest as he would get fired. I hopped back on the ATV and took off toward the deconstruction crew at the other end of the street. His boss joined me on the ATV and we took off back toward his worker, who was now vomiting. We realized we had to get medical attention for this guy. His boss handed me his cell phone, and I called 911. It was only then I learned his name, Charles, and that he was 23. In the mean time, we removed his hardhat, shirt, socks and shoes and continued wetting him down with cold water. A quick call on his cell phone and I had alerted his mom and girlfriend to Charles’ situation. As the first responders arrived and assessed the situation, the EMT pulled an IV from his bag and told us that we got to Charles in the nick of time. As the EMT began to administer an IV to Charles, Dean and I began to quietly walk away, when yet again I knew my work wasn’t done. I turned and asked the paramedic to let me pray with and for Charles before we left. I may never know anything else about Charles, but I do know the hand of God was active in my life, encouraging and guiding me to let Him use me. Details do matter.

Georgeann hopes that in the future as people drive by, they will point out the church as one that serves in the name of Jesus. It has been a challenging process, but she affirms how they have seen God’s provision through it all and is excited for what the future holds. Imagine the possibilities if churches come together to reach out to the whole community!


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A well-known program addressing children’s hunger just received a $5,000 boost. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Clair, received the grant from the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League for its backpack program, which delivers approximately 120 backpacks filled with food every Friday to children who need supplemental food for the weekend. Holy Trinity received the grant at the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Convention June 8–10. A total of 309 delegates approved the mission grant proposal, called the Weekend Food Backpack Program. Holy Trinity’s grant was one of 14 out of 25 final proposals approved by the delegates. The money will be distributed throughout 2012 to 2014 as funds become available. Sandy Meyer, Ablaze! and LWML member, attended the convention. According to Meyer, delegates were touched by Holy Trinity’s story. “The LWML is a mission league and this was a local mission they could identify with,” said Sharon Stapleton, head of the backpack program. The church raises most of the money for the program through fundraisers like dinners. Publicity for the program has increased the number of donations. Robyn Stellhorn, who designed a slide presentation for the convention, said, “All gifts are used to buy food. We work hard to re-use what we can, like washing the backpacks during the summer and using plastic grocery bags people donate as liners. We finished the year with little money for start-up and there is no overhead cost to this program as volunteers run it, so we hope the community will continue its support.” According to Stapleton, about $1,500 a month is spent on food. In the past, groceries were purchased from Aldi’s in Sullivan and Costco in Manchester. Most recently, Savea-Lot in St. Clair has partnered with the church to match Aldi’s prices, which thrilled the committee. According to Stapleton, principals, school staff and student leaders are instrumental at each school that participates in the Weekend Food Backpack Program as they organize and disperse backpacks. To inspire reading, the church regularly includes books for the children to keep. Every week, an invitation to worship and a Bible verse is stuffed in each backpack, and in May, children get a postcard about the church’s vacation Bible school in July. “The insert we put in each backpack identifies the fact that our church provides the food,” said Stapleton. “We hope that if they need a home church, they will come to us.” Holy Trinity started the backpack program in May 2009, piloting the program with five backpacks a week. The program helps children who attend St. Clair Elementary, Edgar Murray, and Franklin County Special Education Cooperative schools. Shelby Morgan, a member of the Ablaze! mission team responsible for the backpack program, recognizes its impact on the community. “It’s changed the lives of so many people,” she said. “Ablaze! members and those who give to it are blessed spiritually. We hope the children who receive physical nourishment also know we care about them,” said Stellhorn.

Adult Confirmation/ Baptism in Purdy, Mo.

The supreme power of God the Holy Spirit at work in God’s Word and Sacraments is incarnated in the two adult baptisms, three infant/youth baptisms, and 10 adult confirmations at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Purdy, Mo. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Missourian Attended Christ Academy High School

Francis Storkson attended Christ Academy High School at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., June 17–30. The two-week academy is an annual event for high-schoolaged young men who would like to learn more about their Lutheran faith and the pastoral ministry. Highlights of the week included classes with seminary professors, the opportunity to “shadow” local pastors, daily worship in Kramer Chapel, a TinCaps baseball game and a trip to Cedar Point Amusement Park. For more information about Christ Academy High School, go to www.ctsfw.edu/CA or phone (260) 452-2155.

Francis Storkson, Hope Lutheran Church, St. Louis, Mo., and Rev. Andrew Yeager, Director, Christ Academy.

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Sunday, Oct. 21, 1:30 p.m. Service

Chapel of Hope, 903 College Hill, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703 The guest preacher is Rev. David Bahn from Texas, who was confirmed, married and ordained at Chapel of Hope. Refreshments served following the service. All former students, families and friends are cordially invited. For more information contact: Rev. Wayne Schwiesow at (573) 986-8097 or wndsch@clas.net Matt Younghouse at (573) 587-1030 or mattyounghouse@gmail.com Dorothy Gholson at (573) 243-4707 or gholrado@showme.net

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Distr ict News Calling Congregations For Sole Pastors: Bolivar, Zion Branson, Faith Dexter, Faith Glencoe, St. Paul Glendale, Glendale – called Rev. Peter DeMik of Laurel, MD (declined) Lemay, Gethsemane – called Rev. Kyle Castens of St. Louis, MO (declined) Linn/Drake – Pilgrim/ St. John – called Rev. Paul Landgraf of Eureka, MO St. Peters, Child of God Valley Park, Zion Served by Intentional Interim Pastor or Interim Pastor: Fenton, Our Savior – Rev. Dr. Richard Foss Lemay, Gethsemane – Rev. David Burge Macon, Zion – Rev. Roger Mackie Pocahontas/Shawneetown – Zion/Trinity – Rev. Virgil Kelm

Vacant on Hold – But Being Served: Ashland, Family of Christ Bethany, Hope Bismarck, St. John Center, Trinity Cuba/St. James, St. Paul/St. John Diggins, Zion Elk Prairie (Rolla), Peace Isabella, Faith Knob Noster, Faith Memphis, St. Paul Milan, Peace Oak Grove, Shepherd of the Valley Pilot Knob, Immanuel Princeton, Immanuel St. Louis, Holy Sacrament St. Louis, St. Matthew St. Louis, St. Paul Sarcoxie, Trinity Shelbyville, Mount Hope Sweet Springs, Christ For Senior Pastor: Affton, Salem

Pastors considering other Calls: Andrus, David (Lutheran Blind Mission) to Lutheran Braille Workers Haun, Monte (Concordia, Kirkwood) to Immanuel, Cedarburg, WI (associate) Hays, Jerry (Concordia, Kirkwood) to St. Peter, Schaumburg, IL Hoehner, Robert (Dir. of Placement at Concordia Seminary) to assistant pastor part-time, Chapel of the Cross, St. Peters, MO (accepted) Knolhoff, Wayne (Dir. of Stewardship LCMS, St. Louis) to Dir. of Placement at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO (accepted) Lukefahr, David (Faith, Kirksville) to Immanuel, Michigan City, IN (declined)

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Upcoming Events Motorcycle Rally "Riding the Center Line" August 17-19

First Annual Sew and Quilt Retreat Want to gather with other ladies to fellowship over a quilting or sewing project? September 10-13 Senior's Getaway Faith, fellowship AND a trip to see the play "Joseph" for all seniors who come! September 16-19 Golf Retreat Love to golf? Love to gather with other believers? Come do both! September 21-23

Single's Retreat Join other Christian singles in God's beautiful creation! September 28-30

We had an amazing summer at Heit's Point! With around 200 campers attending camp, we had multiple opportunities to share Jesus with them and their families!

We learned that Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace! We were also blessed with the new experience of having 30 kids from inner city Kansas City join us in the middle of the summer for a week of camp. We are thankful for all of our volunteers and staff for supporting us in our ministry. Thank you, Jesus, for allowing us to share Your love with so many different people!

Come and visit us!

~Strengthening the Connection to the Vine~

 For those who received a survey from the Missouri District, please complete and return as soon as possible. Thank you.

The Missouri District Lutheran Laymen’s League District LLL Celebrates 70 Years The Lutheran Laymen’s League (LLL) was formed in 1917 to help resolve a $100,000 Synod debt. When this was accomplished, the LLL next raised more than $2.7 million to fund a pension plan for professional church workers. After several other projects, The Lutheran Hour was started in 1930. Irving Kunz, St. Louis, attended several early conventions and felt that Missouri should be involved in this ministry and questioned why we were not. The question was answered at the 1940 convention, when he and Paul Kleinhammer, Jefferson City, met and began to make plans to organize the district. The initial meeting was held Feb. 15, 1942, at Trinity Lutheran Church’s parish hall in Jefferson City. T. G. Eggers, LLL executive director, met with the group and encouraged the formation of the Missouri District. On May 17, 1942, the group met to form a constitution to present to the first convention. The first convention was held June 20, 1943, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Washington. The constitution was approved and Martin Rau, Kansas City, was elected district president. The 1943 convention was a great success. Attendees left ready to begin the work of the LLL within the district. A problem was encountered: WWII. The government implemented travel restrictions and rationed tires, gas and food. The 1944 convention was not held. Annual conventions resumed in 1945. The Lutheran Hour was well established when the district was formed. Missouri recognized the importance of the radio ministry and began promoting the ministry within the district. Lutheran Hour rallies started in 1944 and are held periodically. Achievement awards, started in 1943, recognize the most active groups in the district. District publications also started in 1943. Although the format has changed many times, it is still important to share the activities of the district. The State Fair Booth ministry began in 1954. The first booth was in a tent. It was later moved into a building. Sunday morning worship services began in 1960.

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Student assistance started in 1960 and continues to give grants to students attending Synod schools in preparation for full-time church work. Banquets for graduating seminary students began in 1986. The purpose is to tell the students about the ministries of the LLL. The Kansas and Nebraska Districts joined Missouri to share expenses. Over the years, many projects have come and gone. You may remember some of them: Christian Vocation Workshops, placement service, Rogate Sunday, TITLE, estate planning workshops, BCTN, television specials, district retreats, seminars, family camps, and several other short term projects. Technology has changed LHM and the district. We do things now that were undreamed of in 1942. For 70 years Missouri has been one of the leading LLL districts. With continued support, we will remain a leader in Bringing Christ to the Nations, and the Nations to the Church.

District LLL Convention The 70th annual Missouri District convention will be Sept. 28-30 at the Howard Johnson Inn, Columbia, Mo. Gunya NaThalang, Area Director of Asian Ministries for LHM, will be the convention speaker. Registration forms are available on the district website.

Missouri State Fair While at the Missouri State Fair, Aug. 9-19, be sure to stop by the LLL Fair Booth in the Varied Industries Building. Rev. Douglas Dubisar will be the preacher for the Sunday worship service, Aug. 12.

Questions or comments? Contact: jack1422@mchsi.com

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Fa m i ly Li fe a nd Yout h Junior High R etreats - God is for Us!

The Missouri District Junior High Gathering is back! The new theme is “God is for Us” and is based on Rom. 8:31-32: “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (NIV

enjoy the beauty of Camp Windermere on the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks! The camp offers great free-time activities including paddle boats, fishing, mini-golf, cave exploring, basketball and tennis courts, sand volleyball, hiking trails and much more. Saturday night offers unique opportunities, including hay rides, campfire activities and a talent show. The gathering is open to students primarily in grades six through eight and their adult counselors. The Fall Junior High Gathering is Oct. 19-21, 2012, and the spring gathering is the weekend after Easter, April 5-7, 2013. Registration information will be posted to the Missouri District website at http://mo.lcms.org in the near future. You can also keep up-to-date on youth ministry in Missouri by visiting and “like”-ing the youth facebook page at Facebook.com/LutheranYouth.

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The purpose of the twice-a-year Junior High Gathering is to provide an opportunity for Lutheran youth to gather, worship, serve and grow together, and to support congregations in their youth and confirmation ministries. Join us for one of our two weekends this school year as we discover the gifts that God gives by His Means of Grace. Word and Sacraments will be explored, especially the Lord’s Supper. Churches will want to send their confirmation classes and other youth, as well as pastors, teachers and youth leaders, as their junior high students move closer to confirmation day and their first communion. Besides studying the truths of Scripture and listening to amazing music and presenters, participants will get to

Senior High Gathering Strong, Firm and Steadfast in Christ for Joplin June 21-24 – Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Mo.

“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.” (1 Peter 5:10 ESV)

More than 200 Lutheran youth traveled to Missouri Southern State University in Joplin for the Missouri District Senior High Gathering 2012 this June. The youth went into Joplin and the surrounding areas doing servant events that ranged from cleaning up debris, to building a playground, to providing moving assistance for two residents.

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Before and after the servant events, the youth were treated to the music of the band Parallax View from Farmington, Mo., and the sermons of Pastor Paul Stark from Redeemer Lutheran in Ozark. Pastor Stark spoke on being strong, firm, and steadfast in Christ, taking from the theme verse of 1 Peter 5:10. A time of fellowship, serving, and spiritual growth for the youth, the gathering benefited not only those receiving aid, but also those giving it.


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Fa m i ly Li fe a nd Yout h Missouri District Older Adult Ministry Retreat

You Are God’s Workmanship with Rev. Ron Lehenbauer and Rev. Kristopher Morris from Christ the King Lutheran Church, Lake Ozark

When: Where:

October 2-3, 2012 Cross Pointe Retreat Center Rocky Mount, Mo.

Registration Fee:

Registration includes everything you’ll need: Lodging at Cross Pointe’s beautiful hotel, program and all meals: $110 per person (double occupancy) $145 per person (single occupancy) $220 per couple

How Do I Register?

By e-mail: Email Sue Thompson at: sue.thompson@mo.lcms.org By phone: Call for a brochure (314) 590-6217 On the web: Visit www.mo.lcms.org

Join us for Bible study, interesting workshops, fellowship, banquet and the beauty of Lake of the Ozarks!

Registration and Deposit Deadline – September 17, 2012 - or when space is filled -

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). The Voice of Missouri

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Educationa l Ser v ices Timothy School Gives Mission Funds to Martin Luther School

The students and faculty of Timothy Lutheran School in Blue Springs, Mo., committed their mission project funds to Martin Luther School, Joplin, in an effort to help its ministry to those recovering from tornado damage. Students were eager to help, especially after visiting with Jeremy Schamber, principal at Martin Luther School, and Jackson, his therapy dog. Through monthly challenges, teamwork, and tithing of book fairs and other fundraisers throughout the year, we raised more than $6,000! All praise to our Lord, our students, and their parents for their servant hearts!

Timothy students enjoying an afternoon at a park as a reward the whole school received for meeting April/ May’s donation goal.

The “Afternoon of Awesomeness” where the girls raised more money than the boys did in February. The girls chose the activities for the afternoon, which involved makeovers.

Salem, Affton, Staff Walk Seven Million Steps for Good Health

Salem Lutheran School in Affton is walking the walk. This spring, 16 teachers and staff members embarked on a multi-week fitness challenge: walk six million steps in six weeks. The group split into two teams and used pedometers to track their progress. But a funny thing happened on the way to that goal. When they reached it, they didn’t want to stop. “It gave us a reason to get up and move around as we watched our students at recess,” said Carrie Hartwig, a first-grade teacher and team captain. “As a result, we got to know each other a little better, regardless of what team we were on!” The teams ended up walking seven million steps by the end of the school year. Several staff members also took part in Concordia Health Plan’s “Be Well, Serve Well” program, which awards “cash” points for exercise. Concordia awards matching points and dollars to the member’s congregation. Mrs. Hartwig says the challenge also set an example for Salem’s students. “We were rolemodels to our students in a new way. When they saw us being active, it encouraged them to be active during their recess time as well.” Salem Lutheran School serves 185 students in preschool through eighth grade. From left: Salem, Affton, teachers Carrie Hartwig, Stephanie Miller and Kathy Brown.

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Immanuel Lutheran School R eceives EPA Grant, Installs R ain Gardens Students at Immanuel Lutheran School, Wentzville, Mo., can add environmental stewardship to the lessons they learned this school year. About 110 students, teachers and adult volunteers recently installed rain gardens at two storm drain sites on the school’s campus at 632 E. Highway N. in Wentzville. The gardens, which will filter pollution and prevent erosion from storm water run-off, were funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. “This has been a wonderful way for our students and staff to learn about and protect the environment around us,” said Allison Dolak, Immanuel’s principal. “We’re excited to use this resource to educate our students about the gifts God has given us.” This spring, Immanuel students completed the installation by planting 180 deep-rooted perennial plants at the two sites. The perennials included plants that are native to Missouri and native cultivars—plants bred to possess certain characteristics. The students installed the plants in a special “rain garden” soil mixture made up of sand, compost and top soil. Rain gardens filter pollutants found in storm water run-off from lawns, sidewalks and rooftops. The gardens also infiltrate water into the ground, reduce stream erosion and add beauty to the community. Immanuel’s rain gardens are located between the school and a new gymnasium. “With the new construction, we saw that we had an opportunity to practice good stewardship of our land and resources,” said Susan Maag, the project’s coordinator. Maag, a landscape architect and member of Immanuel, began the grant application process about eight months ago. She obtained letters of support from the St. Charles County and St. Louis County Soil and Water Conservation District and Show Me Rain Gardens. “It’s been a great learning experience for both the students and our congregation,” said Maag. The grant—known as a “319 mini-grant”—is designed to help communities develop solutions for non-point source pollution for storm water runoff. The program, which is funded by the EPA and administered locally through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, also requires recipients to track the impact of their project on the community. Earlier this year, Maag conducted the first of two surveys to determine what Immanuel’s students, parents and staff knew about rain gardens. This fall, she’ll conduct a second survey to find out what they’ve learned since the installation. Immanuel’s teachers are already looking for ways to incorporate the gardens into their curriculums this fall. Principal Allison Dolak says when the students return from summer break, they’ll begin measuring plant growth and rainfall on a regular basis. “We are blessed to have this hands-on educational opportunity for our students,” said Mrs. Dolak. Immanuel Lutheran School serves more than 300 students in early childhood through eighth grade. For more information on Immanuel, visit www.ilcsw.net or call (636) 639-9887. For more information on the rain gardens, contact Allison Dolak, principal, Immanuel Lutheran School, (636) 639-9887, adolak@ilcsw.net or Susan Maag, owner, SLM Consulting, LLC, (636) 357-1890, susan@slmconsult.com.

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Leadersh ip Tra in ing West Missouri District Pastors’ Conference 9 a.m., Monday, Oct. 8 — noon, Tuesday, Oct. 9 at St.

Paul Lutheran High School, Concordia, Mo.

Faith & Firearms: How Safe is Your Sanctuary? Topics include: • Fundamentals of Church Security (Vaughn Baker, Strategos International) • What about turning the other cheek? (Rev. Daniel Bishop, pastor at Trinity, Arenzville, Ill., and Vice President, Central Illinois District) • Luther’s Theology of Self-Defense (Rev. Paul Strawn, pastor at Prince of Peace, Spring Lake Park, Minn.)

Registration and lodging to be announced. Questions? Contact Rev. Erik Rottmann, Grace, Versailles, erottmann@gmail.com.

EAST MISSOURI PASTORS’ CONFERENCE Sunday, September 30 – Tuesday, October 2 St. Paul Lutheran Church – Farmington, Mo. Theme: “Ministry as a Joy Rather Than a Burden” Main speaker: John Kleinig

Dr. John W. Kleinig of Australia is a pastoral theologian, biblical scholar, author and popular conference speaker. His books include “Leviticus”(Concordia Commentary), “Prayer: We Speak to God” (Lutheran Spirituality Series), and “Grace Upon Grace: Spirituality for Today.” Dr. Kleinig speaks engagingly on such topics as Lutheran spirituality, pastoral ministry, the theology of worship and spiritual warfare. You will appreciate the wisdom and encouragement he brings us. For our conference, Dr. Kleinig plans to speak on these topics: Ministry as a Joy Rather Than a Burden The joy of working with a clear conscience The joy of working with God in meditation and prayer The joy of working under protection The joy of working under authority The joy of working as bearers of God’s blessing The East Missouri Pastors’ Conference begins with the opening service on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m., and concludes on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at noon. (A more detailed schedule will be posted later on the Missouri District website.) The conference is at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Farmington, Mo. For more information, contact Pastor James King (573) 756-7872 or Pastor Charles Henrickson (314) 779-8108.

No conference topic will satisfy everyone. Some pastors want conferences to study the Scriptures and our theological heritage; others want conferences to address practical, day-to-day realities of parish life. We believe our topic offers you the best of both! At this moment, our topic might not be a primary concern for you. We believe you would do well to address this issue before—God forbid!—it forces itself upon your attention. Parish security is a growing problem, as our district president will attest. You might think this is primarily an urban concern, but the statistics show that small town and rural parishes actually suffer more from violent intrusion. Our main speaker, security expert Vaughn Baker of Strategos International, specializes in parish security. He provides insights that will totally transform your view of this topic. Our two additional speakers, both fellow pastors and able theologians, will reflect on what the Scriptures might have to say about our topic and draw from Luther’s thoughts, freshly translated and (as far as I know) previously unavailable. Come to our conference. Contemplate a relatively unexplored topic. Contribute to our discussion. If nothing else, enjoy the consolation of the brethren! With sincerity and devotion, Erik Rottmann, Conference Committee Chair

To register for the conference, please fill out this form and send it in, with the registration fee, to the address indicated. Registrants from outside East Missouri are certainly welcome! Lodging is available at the low conference rate of $49 per night (for reservations made by Sept. 1) at: Tradition Inn, 1625 W. Columbia St., Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-8031 http://www.traditioninn.com To get the conference rate, please specify “East Missouri Pastors’ Conference” (#68143).

Registration: East Missouri Pastors’ Conference Sunday, Sept. 30 – Tuesday, Oct. 2 St. Paul Lutheran Church – Farmington, Mo. Registration fee: $90 ($100 after Sept. 1) Retired pastors; pastors’ wives: $45 ($50 after Sept. 1) Fee includes all meals Monday and Tuesday (sack lunch Tuesday) Make checks payable to: “Missouri District – LCMS” (Put “EMPC” in the memo line.) Send registration form and check to: Rev. James King St. Paul Lutheran Church 608 E. Columbia St. Farmington, MO 63640 Name: Address:

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Concord ia Sem ina r y, St. Lou is

LutherHostel 2012 to Feature Sem Professor

LutherHostel 2012 will be held Oct. 6-9 on the campus of Concordia Seminary. LutherHostel is an event designed to provide growth in biblical knowledge and understanding, fun, and fellowship, and a chance to gain helpful insights for daily living. It is offered for adults age 55 and above. The theme for the event will be “One King, Two Kingdoms: Living as a Christian American.” The main presenter will be Professor Joel Biermann of Concordia Seminary. Everyone knows that in polite conversation, two topics are taboo: religion and politics. Ideas about how Christian faith and political responsibility fit together abound, but are often misinformed and misguided. In an election year, the

confusion seems to increase. Following the lead of Luther, we will consider more carefully what exactly it means to be a Christian American, and how we should learn to fit these two realities together faithfully and effectively. Dr. Biermann joined the faculty at Concordia Seminary the summer of 2002 in the department of systematic theology, teaching doctrinal theology with a special interest and emphasis centered on ethics and the correct role of the law in the life of the believer. Outside his responsibilities at the seminary, Dr. Biermann serves actively at his home congregation, leading evangelism training, teaching an ongoing Sunday morning Bible class, and creating material for small group Bible studies. He

has also helped produce similar study material through Lutheran Hour Ministries and provided discussion questions and answers for a series of men’s Bible study books through Concordia Publishing House (Blessed is the Man). Dr. Biermann is a frequent speaker at district and congregational gatherings and conferences covering a variety of topics especially relating to issues of discipleship and sanctification. Scheduled activities for LutherHostel 2012 will feature a reception and dinner with President and Mrs. Dale A. Meyer. Other activities include presentations, class visitation, student-led evening devotions, opportunities for informal interaction with faculty, a private demonstration of the organ in the

Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus, and a tour of selected St. Louis area sites. An optional tour of Lutheran historical sites in Perry County, Mo., also is available on Oct. 10, immediately following LutherHostel. The LutherHostel fee is $325 per person, which includes all meals and refreshments for the event. Housing is available on campus (on a limited basis for an additional cost) or in nearby hotels. The registration deadline is Sept. 7. For more information about LutherHostel, contact the seminary’s office of continuing education and parish services at (314) 505-7486 or ce@csl.edu.

Seminary to Host 23rd Annual Symposium

“Doing Justice: The Church’s Faith in Action” is the title of the 23rd Annual Theological Symposium, to be held Sept. 18-19 on the campus of Concordia Seminary. The main presenters for the event are John Nunes, Kathryn Galchutt, John Witte Jr., Erik Herrmann, Bernhard Seter, and Mark Junghans. Sectional presenters include Janice Staral, Charles Froh, Luke Kammrath, Scott Eberlein, Charles Arand, David Lewis, Reed Lessing, Leopoldo Sánchez, Paul Robinson, and Bruce Hartung.

How is justice done? How does the church’s proclamation of God’s reign in peace and justice relate to its efforts to live justly now in our broken world? At what level does the church engage the complex and systemic problems of poverty, injustice, greed, violence, and disaster that cause so much human tragedy? The symposium will discuss various models of justice that Lutherans have been reflecting on theologically, advocating for, and deploying in the United States and abroad in order to put the church’s faith

into action and make things right for the sake of suffering neighbors. Full registration is $130 per person ($140 after Sept. 7) and includes program materials, Tuesday’s buffet reception, and refreshments. Other registration fees come at ala carte pricing. Registration deadline is Sept. 7. For more information and/or registration information, contact the office of continuing education and parish services at (314) 505-7486 or ce@csl.edu, or visit the seminary’s website at www.csl.edu.

Four Honored at Seminary’s Commencement At Concordia Seminary’s Commencement Ceremony on May 18, four distinguished gentlemen were honored with awards. Mr. Laurence E. Lumpe (Christus Vivit award) Mr. Lumpe presently serves as executive director of the Concordia Historical Institute. He served in the U.S. Army in Italy with Graves Registration Services. Upon his return, he worked in several banks in Missouri. In 1950, he was called back to serve in the army during the Korean War. Mr. Lumpe served as treasurer, vice president, and then president of the Missouri Bankers Association. He served as a development officer for the LCMS Missouri District and a fundraiser for Lutheran Hour Ministries. He served as executive director of Lutheran Hour Ministries from 1989 to 1996 and again from 2007 to 2009. He now serves on the Board of Trustees of the Lutheran Hour Ministries Foundation. Rev. Dr. Paul A. Zimmerman (Distinguished Alumnus Award) Dr. Zimmerman graduated from Concordia Seminary in 1944. He served as professor of theology and science at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minn., and as professor of theology and science at Concordia Teachers College (now University), Seward, Neb. Rev. Zimmerman served as president of three Concordia University System

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schools: Concordia Teachers College, Seward, Neb. (195461); Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Mich. (1961-73); and Concordia Teachers College, Chicago, Ill. (1973-83). Rev. Paul Philp, Dr. Zimmerman’s grandson, accepted the award on his behalf.

From left: Mr. Laurence Lumpe, Dr. Dale Meyer, Rev. Rudi Zimmer, and Rev. Héctor Hoppe.

Rev. Héctor E. Hoppe (honorary Doctor of Divinity degree) Rev. Hoppe is a senior editor at Concordia Publishing House, serving as manager of Multilingual Resources since 1993. He was born in Argentina, ordained in the Lutheran Church of Argentina and served as faculty at Seminario Concordia, Buenos Aires. He is also an adjunct instructor in practical theology for the Center for Hispanic Studies (CHS), and the voice of Para el

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Camino, the Spanish version of The Lutheran Hour. Rev. Hoppe graduated from Seminario Concordia in Buenos Aires with a bachelor’s in theology and from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., with an S.T.M. Rev. Hoppe served as commencement speaker. Rev. Rudi Zimmer (honorary Doctor of Letters degree) Rev. Zimmer is executive director of the Bible Society of Brazil. He studied at Seminário Concórdia of Porto Alegre. Rev. Zimmer taught Hebrew as well as other subjects at Colégio Concórdia of São Leopoldo. He served as pastor of a Lutheran parish of five congregations in the North of the State of Paraná, Brazil. Then he was called to be professor of Seminário Concórdia in Porto Alegre. When the IELB opened a second seminary, together with elementary, middle school and high school, including a teacher’s school, in the city of São Paulo, he was chosen to be its first president. In the church, he was on the Colloquy Committee, the Commission of Theology and Church Relations, the Adjudication Committee, and member of the Lutheran Hour (Brazilian branch) Board of Directors. In the Bible Society fellowship, he served on the Americas Publishing Committee, the United Bible Societies’ Global Board, the Committee on Translation Policy, the Americas Area Board, and again on the UBS’ Global Board, being presently its chairman.


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The Joplin tornado, the tragedy of Sept. 11, and Karen Drury the death of a loved one are all events that can leave us with feelings of uneasiness and fear. Questions arise in our minds and we desperately try to find the reasoning behind the senseless events that cause us so much pain. It is times like these when God wishes to turn our attention away from ourselves and the circumstances of this life and look to Him and be totally dependent upon Him. “For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help” (Ps. 72:12 NIV). The LWML offers a devotional resource titled “A Seasoned Woman’s Praying Heart.” Inside are prayers to help you through circumstances, transitions, service, guidance and direction. The following prayer can help give you words to share with your Lord at times when no words seem to come. “Dear Father in heaven, I am so tired. I know that each day is new when I believe in You. Lord, I pray that with each new morning You would renew my physical, emotional, and even spiritual strength. “I am becoming more and more aware that I cannot do anything without You; and I suppose, actually, that is right where You want me to be: totally dependent upon You. Help me not only to acknowledge You as my source of my every strength and ability, but also to step out, reach out, and truly, actively depend on You not to let me fail or fall. “I believe, Lord; help my unbelief and inaction. In Jesus’ strong name. Amen.” When the difficult times come and we are tempted to find the answers in the world around us or within ourselves, God reminds us all that He “is with us unto the very end of the age.”

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Joplin R evisited

My husband and I usually visited Joplin about three times a year, frequently spending the night. After the tornado devastated the town, we avoided going there. At first, it was because we thought we would be “in the way.” Then maybe it became a fear of seeing the destruction. Finally, a few months ago, we did drive to Joplin. We went through about two blocks of an empty neighborhood and left. For those of us who did not have to live through it, we cannot comprehend what is involved in all the rebuilding – not only of homes and business, but of lives. At our fall LWML rally and again at the LWML convention, we had the opportunity to visit with fellow LWML members from Immanuel, Joplin. What wonderful testimonies of faith they gave. Their response was immediate and overwhelming. We must help! It shows us again that God uses bad things to make good things happen. He used all this destruction to show us that He is in control and we are His hands to do His work. It has opened the door to tell more unchurched people of Jesus’ love and sacrifice for us. At the convention, President Mirly told us we need to know where “the fish” are before we throw in the hook. God did just that in Joplin and He will continue to show us, too, where to take His Word to people who need it. It might be overseas. It might just be among the many refugee people in our midst. It might be our neighbor next door. Or it just might be that we have Liz Schroeder Vice President of to keep putting that bait out in front of our family member Organizational who has closed out God. Keep fishing! As Jesus told His Resources disciples, “Throw your net out” now and the results will be overflowing.

LWML Go Fish Convention Highlights Attendance: 589 Newly Elected Officers: Vice President of Christian Life – Carolyn Scott Carolyn Scott Vice President of Christian Life

Vice President of Special Focus Ministries – Jackie Albers Recording Secretary – Myra Weber Treasurer – Karen Weber Junior Pastoral Counselor – Rev. Gary Griffin

Jackie Albers Vice President of Special Focus Ministries

2012-14 Mission Goal: $360,000

Myra Weber Recording Secretary

Offerings and Donations received: Designated for the 2012-14 Mission Goal: Opening worship offering $4,787.42; Mission walk donations $5,787.92; and Mission Fair $3,557.33. Sunday morning offering designated for Joplin tornado relief $4,334.31.

Karen Weber Treasurer

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GO FISH! That was the theme for the 2012 Rev. Gary Griffin LWML District Convention in St. Charles, Mo. VP of Communications Alice Troyke dressed up in fishing gear and conducted a comical monologue on “fishing” which led to the theme of being “fishers of men.” When we teach little children the song, “I Will Make You Fishers of Men,” I’m not so sure young children translate “fishing” into “sharing your faith with others.” And that is just what we need to be doing on a daily basis in our everyday conversations with everyone we meet. LWML Counselor Rev. David Moore led a Bible study on how God has brought us into His Kingdom by baptism and faith, on how God has equipped us with the tools of His Word so we can approach the non-churched and share our faith, and finally on how we live in this world (the fishing hole) where we have opportunity to share the hope we have in Christ Jesus. Our sin tends to be that we don’t open our eyes (our heart and mind) to see that there are non-churched, non-Christian people all around us who are open to hearing about God in Christ Jesus. Yet, what hinders you from sharing the Gospel with others? God has promised that He would be with us (Matt. 28:18-20), that God would give us the power of the Holy Spirit to be His witness (Acts 1:8), and that God would even give us the words to say. Therefore, we need not be afraid to share our faith. Besides, research tells us that the number one reason why a person hasn’t attended a church is because no one has personally invited them. Jesus tells us in Matt. 9:37-38 (NIV) “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” The workers are you! Pray that God would open the hearts and minds of Christians to be brave to share their faith and witness about Christ, and to invite others to come to church to hear the Good News that God does love us. He sent His Son, Christ Jesus, to keep the law perfectly for us and to be the perfect offering that would take away our sins and the sins of the world. Share that Good News, because for all who believe, they will be saved. They will be ushered into the Kingdom of God’s grace where there is joy and salvation in Christ Jesus now and forevermore. “Go Fish!” Thanks be to God for the opportunity. Amen!

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A nnouncements A nniversary R ecognitions

The Missouri District recognizes full-time professional church workers who are presently serving in Missouri District congregations and schools for total years of service in LCMS entities. Congregations and administrators were asked to submit the names of workers who reached anniversary years between Sept. 1, 2011 and Aug. 31, 2012. Thank you to the churches and schools that provided the list of names below. Ten Years Dorothy Albrecht–St. John’s Lutheran School, Arnold Joshua Baumann–Lutheran High School North, St. Louis Nancy Blackard–Grace Chapel Lutheran School, Bellefontaine Neighbors Christine Breite–Trinity Lutheran School, Cape Girardeau Diane Carney–Salem Lutheran School, Affton Marribeth Cissell–Child of God Lutheran School, St. Peters Melody Coen–Immanuel Lutheran School, Higginsville Elizabeth Fruend–Child of God Lutheran School, St. Peters Jenny Gastler–Salem Lutheran School, Affton Rev. Kevin Golden–Village Lutheran Church, Ladue Dan Hanson–St. John’s Lutheran School, Arnold Merle Henthorn–Lutheran High School South, St. Louis

Matthew Hill–Grace Chapel Lutheran School, Bellefontaine Neighbors Rev. Dr. Mike Iannelli–Our Savior Lutheran Church, St. Charles Mary Klaustermeier–Calvary Lutheran School, Kansas City Lisa Lessing–Lutheran High School South, St. Louis Debbie Lichtenegger–United in Christ Lutheran School, Frohna Martin Liebmann–Lutheran High School South, St. Louis William Lucas–Lutheran High School North, St. Louis Kim Myers–Timothy Lutheran School, Blue Springs Steven Schmid–Lutheran High School South, St. Louis Mark Snyder–Lutheran High School North, St. Louis Rhonda Tull–St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Sedalia Twenty Years Eric Bickel–Calvary Lutheran School, Kansas City

Janel Blevins–Abiding Savior Lutheran School, St. Louis Laurie Dunnette–Salem Lutheran School, Affton Bev Gruenwald–Abiding Savior Lutheran School, St. Louis Rev. Matthew Harrison–Village Lutheran Church, Ladue Rev. Charles Henrickson–St. Matthew/Redeemer Lutheran Churches, Bonne Terre/Potosi Tim Hipenbecker–Lutheran High School Association, St. Louis Nina Lavigne, Hope Lutheran Early Childhood Center, St. Ann Rev. Morris Meseke–Faith Lutheran Church, Warsaw Jeanelle Mooney–Trinity Lutheran School, Jefferson City Lisa Rivers–Salem Lutheran School, Affton Rev. Scott Schmieding–Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. Charles Twenty-Five Years Denise Ferber–Immanuel Lutheran School, St. Charles Cindy Fish–Immanuel Lutheran School, Rolla Brenda Hente–Immanuel Lutheran School, Olivette Ingrid Nebel–Grace Chapel Lutheran School, Bellefontaine Neighbors Will Roundey–Lutheran High School of St. Charles County, St. Peters

Carol Rudsinski–Salem Lutheran School, Affton Diane Schade–Immanuel Lutheran School, St. Charles Matthew Springer–Immanuel Lutheran School, Olivette Linda Trower–St. Mark’s Lutheran School, Eureka Mary Walther–Trinity Lutheran School, Cape Girardeau Thirty Years Rev. David Boisclair–Bethesda/ Faith Lutheran Churches, Pine Lawn/Velda City Kathy Bredehoeft–Trinity Lutheran School, Alma Sue Burgdorf–Immanuel Lutheran School, Rolla Grace Grass–Immanuel Lutheran School, Higginsville Ed Kuerschner–Timothy Lutheran School, Blue Springs Rev. Frederick Raedeke–Zion Lutheran Church, St. Louis Claudia Staude–Lutheran High School of St. Charles County, St. Peters Candace Van Volkenburgh– Calvary Lutheran School, Kansas City Thirty-Five Years Terry Bird–Bethlehem Lutheran School, Raymore Michael Grupe–Lutheran High School North, St. Louis

Changes Within District Tessaro, Sarah (noncandidate) to Springfield Luth. School, Springfield 5/17/12 by J. Sippy Candidate Status Barry, Katherine (River Roads, St. Louis) 6/1/12 Koglin, Anna (St. John, Ellisville) 6/2/12 Retired Arndt, Ann (Messiah, Independence) 6/1/12 Dillahay, Kathleen (non-candidate) 5/30/12 Glover, Martha (Zion, St. Charles) 6/1/12

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Henning, Mary Jo (Child of God, St. Peters) 7/1/12 Kersten, Lois (St. John’s, Arnold) 6/30/12 Lampe, Diann (River Roads, St. Louis) 6/1/12 Marty, Larry (Lutheran High School of St. Charles County, St. Peters) 7/1/12 Mooney, Jeanelle (Trinity, Jefferson City) 6/8/12 Mueller, Mary (Our Redeemer, Overland) 6/1/12 Shane, Toni (Christ Community, Kirkwood) 7/31/12 Deceased Gesch, Ronald (Immanuel, Higginsville) 7/19/12 Holschen, Judith (emeritus) 5/26/12

Resigned/Removed from Roster Elliott, Sarah (noncandidate) 6/12/12 Starfeldt, Chad (non-candidate) 6/17/12, installed as ordained minister Transferred to Other Districts Becker, Jeremy (Concordia, Kirkwood) to FG 7/1/12 Dehning, Christopher (Immanuel, Lockwood) to MNS 7/1/12 Faszholz, Mark (Martin Luther, Joplin) to MI 6/1/12 Gilmore, Kendra (Zion, St. Charles) to MNS 7/31/12 Hasseldahl, Gregory (Bethlehem, Raymore) to SW 5/26/12 Heine, Melinda (non-candidate) to TX 6/11/12

Henning, Mary Jo (emeritus) to NEB 7/2/12 Jankauskas, Julia (Messiah, Independence) to MI 7/1/12 Johnson, Emily (candidate) to MI 7/13/12 Koglin, Anna (candidate) to MNS 7/19/12 Kopp, Amy (St. Paul’s, Des Peres) to IN 7/12/12 Kopp, Tyler (St. Paul’s, Des Peres) to IN 6/1/12 Peregoy, Spencer (St. John, Ellisville) to CNH 7/1/12 Reiner, Kenneth (emeritus) to NEB 5/30/12 Schubbe, Angela (Zion, St. Charles) to NOW 7/2/12 Schultz, Jenna (River Roads, St. Louis) to SI 6/1/12

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Forty Years Michael Albers–Lutheran High School South, St. Louis Gary Beckman–Springfield Lutheran School, Springfield Kathy Brown–Salem Lutheran School, Affton Lois Kersten–St. John’s Lutheran School, Arnold Larry Marty–Lutheran High School of St. Charles County, St. Peters Luella Powell–Zion Lutheran Early Childhood Center, Palmyra Richard Reiss–Lutheran High School South, St. Louis Michael Russell–Lutheran High School North, St. Louis Forty-Five Years Thomas Reck–Lutheran High School South, St. Louis

Personnel Changes — Ordained

Personnel Changes — Commissioned Ministers of R eligion Transferred from Other Districts Butz, Kimberly (PSW) to noncandidate 4/2/12 Voss, Amy (IW) to non-candidate 5/16/12

Bonnie Hesse–St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Des Peres John Kersten–Lutheran High School North, St. Louis Nelda Koeberl–United in Christ Lutheran School, Frohna John Miller–Lutheran High School South, St. Louis Ed Staude–Lutheran High School of St. Charles County, St. Peters Rev. Eugene Stueve–Zion Lutheran Church, Macon Tove Waldmann–Immanuel Lutheran School, Olivette

Ordinations/ Installations: Backs, Ronnie (CQ 12) ordained and installed sole pastor St. Andrew, Stockton, MO 5/27/12 by R. Mirly Bernhardt, Robert (SL12) ordained and installed associate pastor Holy Cross, St. Louis, MO 6/10/12 by R. Rall Fittje, Kyle (SL12) ordained Immanuel, Columbus, NE 5/27/12 by P. Sparling; installed associate pastor Immanuel, Lockwood, MO 6/24/12 by R. Mirly Fries, John (SL12) ordained and installed sole pastor Immanuel/ St. John, Trenton/ Chillicothe, MO 6/10/12 by R. Mirly Hardaway, Matthew (SL12) ordained Christ Memorial, Houston, TX

7/1/12 by S. Simon; installed associate pastor St. Matthew, Lee’s Summit, MO 7/8/12 by R. Mirly Zeigler, Michael (SL12) ordained and installed assistant pastor (part-time) Timothy, St. Louis, MO 6/17/12 by W. Marler Transferred to our District: Filipek, Adam (AT) installed sole pastor Salem, Florissant, MO 5/20/12 by R. Mirly Mackie, Roger (MNS) installed intentional interim pastor Zion, Macon 7/1/12 by G. Gutz Mueller, Herbert C. Jr. (SID) First Vice President of Synod 5/1/12 Schultz, Jeremy (MI) installed senior pastor St. John’s, Arnold, MO 7/1/12 by R. Mirly

Voelker, William (SE) installed sole pastor Our Redeemer, Marshall, MO 5/6/12 by R. Hagan Weedon, William (SI) installed Dir. of Worship and Chaplain, International Center, St. Louis, MO 5/7/12 by T. Scharr Zwonitzer, Rodney (MI) installed KFUO, Director of Broadcast Services LCMS, St. Louis, MO 6/6/12 by M. Harrison Transferred to other Districts: Blythe, Richard (New Beginnings, Pacific) to Michigan District 6/12/12 Deen, Keffie (candidate) to Northern Illinois District 6/13/12 Heine, William (St. Paul Lutheran H.S., Concordia) to Texas District 6/11/12

Henning, Roger (candidate) to Nebraska District 7/2/12 Hoehner, Robert (Concordia Seminary, St. Louis) to English District 6/12/12 Kalthoff, James (emeritus) to Pacific Southwest District 7/10/12 Change within District: Briggs, Robert (St. Peter, Spanish Lake) installed chaplain for Affordable Housing at Lutheran Senior Services, St. Louis, MO 6/13/12 by R. Mirly Hanke, Karl (St. John, Ellisville) installed sole pastor Mount Calvary, Brentwood, MO 6/10/12 by J. Hempel Schroeder, William (currently pastor at Amazing Grace, Pleasant Hill) also continued


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A nnouncements Trinity-Troy Couples Celebrate 70 Years of Marriage In the first two months of 2012, two couples from Trinity Lutheran Church, Troy, Mo., celebrated their 70th wedding anniversaries. lrvan and Alice Schupmann celebrated their 70th anniversary on Jan. 31, and Harold and Evelyn Reinker celebrated theirs on Feb. 15. In addition, Harold and Evelyn, along with lrvan, are charter members of Trinity.

Gulf Shores, Ala.,

Christ Lutheran

123 Church Road, Augusta, MO 63332 on scenic Route 94 (636) 228-4642 Rev. Randall D. Bell

62nd Annual Pork Sausage and Sauerkraut Dinner

beachfront condo

Sunday, Oct. 14

for rent

Three bedroom, two bath, fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, indoor-outdoor pools, hot tub, tennis court, exercise, sauna; golf, fishing, children’s attractions nearby.

11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 10 a.m. Worship

Pork sausage, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, apple butter, and pie Adults $9.50 Children (6-12) $4 5 and under - free All you can eat – Carry-outs available Sausage, ribs, backbones; crafts and baked goods for sale beginning at 10 a.m.

Members of The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens Call (314) 843-6063

Handicap accessible dining hall

Golden Horseshoe Resort and Condos

Bed & Breakfast Quiet Nature Retreat on 23 Acres Private Eight Acre Fishing Lake Near Hermann, Mo.

woodmere@ktis.net Woodmerecabin.members.ktis.net (573) 252-4136 Members - Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church

We R emember: 1 Rev. Douglas Balzer from St. Paul, Glencoe 4/26/12. 1 Rev. Edgar Croll 4/21/12 1 Mr. Ronald Gesch of Immanuel, Higginsville 7/19/12 installed as pastor at Trinity, Creighton, MO, forming a dual parish 6/24/12 by M. Meseke Candidate/Non-Candidate Status: Henning, Roger (Gethsemane, Lemay) to candidate 5/29/12 Landskroener, Timothy (Epiphany, St. Louis) to candidate 6/10/12 Pederson, Joe Ed (non-candidate) to candidate 5/22/12

Lake of the Ozarks Offering a quiet family resort and spacious condos at the water’s edge. Mention this ad and receive $5 off per night. (573) 365-2642 www.lakeresort.com Members - Christ the King Lutheran Church, Lake Ozark

1 Rev. Steven Hasenstein from Zion, Valley Park 5/14/12 1 Rev. Paul Heerboth (emeritus) 5/18/12 1 Mrs. Judith Holschen (emeritus) 5/26/12 1 Rev. Erich Kiehl (emeritus) 6/13/12 1 Rev. Philip Lochhaas (emeritus) 6/15/12 1 Rev. Norman Schneider (emeritus) 6/11/12 1 Rev. Gerard Thies (emeritus) 4/18/12

Retired: Miller, Warren (St. John, Arnold) 6/30/12 Stueve, Eugene (Zion, Macon) 5/31/12 Starck, Craig (Chillicothe and Trenton) 6/10/12 Swanson, Richard (Holy Cross, Emma) 5/31/12 Deceased: Balzer, Douglas (St. Paul, Glencoe) 4/26/12

Croll, Edgar (emeritus) 4/21/12 Hasenstein, Steven (Zion, Valley Park) 5/14/12 Heerboth, Paul (emeritus) 5/18/12 Kiehl, Erich (emeritus) 6/13/12 Lochhaas, Philip (emeritus) 6/15/12 Schneider, Norman (emeritus) 6/11/12 Thies, Gerard (emeritus) 4/18/12

University of Missouri Campus Pastor Cycling Across the United States to R aise Awareness of Campus Ministry

Sunday, July 7, University of Missouri Campus Pastor Kent Pierce led worship at his home congregation, St. Luke Lutheran Church in Lyndon Station, Wis. While it’s not unusual for a pastor to serve as a guest preacher on a visit to the church where he was baptized and confirmed, not every pastor rides a bicycle 2,000 miles to do it. An avid cyclist, Pierce is using a sabbatical leave this summer to ride across the United States. The coast-to-coast trip has long been a personal dream for him—but it has become much more than that: it has also provided an opportunity for him to raise awareness and support for the vital ministry and Gospel outreach that take place on college and university campuses. Along the way he has been able to visit congregations and campus groups to build relationships and talk about the importance of Lutheran ministry and witness in campus communities. “We’ve learned that the proportion of students involved in faith-related activities during their college years is perhaps less than two in 10—including students who were active in church during high school,” Pierce says. “Many are living some of their most formative years without a connection to the body of Christ. The campus is a mission field, and I can think of nothing more rewarding than sharing the redeeming love of Jesus Christ there.” Since hitting the road June 2, Pierce has battled extreme weather, several mountain passes, a blown tire, an Achilles injury flareup, and a gear shifter breakdown to make it “home” to Lyndon Station—close to 2,100 miles! Sunday’s worship experience at St. Luke held a special significance for Pierce—another visitor at the service was Rev. Carl Selle, who was campus pastor during Pierce’s time as a student at the University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point. “The support has been really encouraging,” says Pierce. “So many are praying for us; the encouraging posts on my blog are great to read—and some of our family and friends have even ridden along with me for awhile! People have also dedicated more than $7,300 to campus ministry and outreach since my trip began. This is very exciting—because the more our friends and supporters provide, the more campus ministries we’ll be able to start or strengthen. “There’s about half the ride still to go!” says Pierce as he looks ahead to crossing Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. “By following my progress on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/LCMS-Campus-Ministry/234872823004) or my blog, praying for me, riding alongside me, and donating to support campus ministry, people with a heart for sharing the Gospel in campus communities can help me pedal the next 1,500-plus miles with purpose!” To learn more about Pastor Kent Pierce or to support Lutheran campus ministry through his Bike Ride Across America event, visit his blog, http://campusbikerideusa. org or lcmscampusministry.org/Bike-Ride-Across-America.php. You can donate at any time online! Just click to go to the “Bike Ride” web page, find the PayPal “Donate” button, and follow the instructions. If you prefer to donate via check, please make your check out to Lutheran Campus Mission Association (write “Bike Ride” on the memo line), and send it to: Lutheran Campus Mission Association, Rev. Richard Boring, Treasurer, P.O. Box 407, 152 S. Columbia Ave., Seward, NE 68434-0407.

From Blog post - Day 29: “The word for the day: Surprise! I rode the Central Lakes and Lake Wobegon Trails from Fergus Falls to Sauk Centre, MN. I met Jen and the kids for lunch in Alexandria, and right as we were finishing, I looked up to see Bryan, Becky, Kate & Colin Ross – friends from Campus Lutheran in Columbia – walking toward our picnic table. Bryan brought his bike and the rest of the family held up signs of encouragement and support. Not only did Bryan ride with me today, but my daughter Emma and son Brennen also rode this afternoon.“

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District News Camp Noah: Hope for Children, Hope for Us

“There are more resources for animals after a natural disaster than children.” That sentence caused us all sitting in training to gasp. Camp Noah is a national program of Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota. It uses the story of Noah’s Ark to begin the healing process and bring hope to children dealing with the after effects of natural disasters. Staff and volunteers of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Cape Girardeau, had conducted a Camp Noah in 2009 in Iowa, and at the time of the above quote we were preparing with staff and volunteers of St. Paul Lutheran, Jackson, to bring Camp Noah to the children affected by the May 2011 tornado. The St. Andrew and St. Paul Camp Noah team first went to Joplin in October 2011 for the children at Martin Luther School. The Camp Noah leadership then called us and asked if we wanted to return in July 2012 and bring Camp Noah to the greater Joplin community. Having seen the impact on the school, the community and our own congregations, we jumped at the chance. The all-day, week long camp uses games, songs, activities, and skits based on the story of Noah to help children see the hope and the promises that are ours through Jesus. Noah, in costume, attends the camp each day. One evening, our team went to a local sandwich shop for dinner. Wearing our Camp Noah shirts and accompanied by Noah, we attracted a lot of attention. It also started many conversations about Camp Noah, which then easily transitioned into faith conversations. Camp Noah had a Christ-centered impact on the children at our camp, their families, the church, and the community. The positive ripples from the camp extended to the team as well. As we heard “God stories” from children and their families, the power of God overwhelmed us. Obviously we saw how God protected lives, but more importantly we saw the power of God’s healing at work. We were God’s people at God’s place at God’s time doing God’s work. Often a concern in a mission trip is, “Will this have any lasting impact? Are we making a difference?” The answer to that question

was most decisively, “Yes!” The influence was seen not only in the faith and lives of the people in Joplin but also on our team. The mission consciousness of our congregations was raised as members saw what God was doing through us. The May 2011 tornado destroyed a huge section of the city of Joplin. St. Mary’s Catholic Church was in the path of the tornado and took a direct hit. The building was destroyed except for the cross outside the church. The cross remained. Along with the faces of children we served, that is the lasting image of the trip for us. Despite the damage and the storms effects on the lives of the people, the cross is still standing. No storm in life can change that. The love of God still remains. Jesus is still risen from the dead. We are Easter people. The hope we have in Jesus always remains. http://lfcsmo.org/programs/disasterresponse/campnoah/

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As I write this update from Immanuel, the sound of pounding basketballs in the gym is floating down the hall to my classroom. Last summer that gym was filled with supplies and hot, hungry people. This summer, the building is filled with the sounds of children. Immanuel is hosting Camp Noah twice, vacation Bible school, and basketball camps for boys and girls. All are offered free to the community through the generous support of our sister congregations and the Synod. I can’t express the joy that filled me when families who came to us for help right after the storm brought their children to us this summer for Camp Noah. With tears in their eyes, and mine, they shared memories of coming here, finding a cool place to rest, a hot meal, medical care, the comfort of our golden retrievers, the help of our volunteers, and the love of Jesus Christ. This summer their children are making happy memories at Camp Noah, learning they Transform Joplin’s tool lending library.

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can trust God’s promises and learning to deal with the feelings and memories that are part of their lives now. So how are things in Joplin? Things are good, because God is good, all the time. Things are better, better than we deserve, by the mercy of our God. Things are hard, but the best things usually are. Lyla Glaskey is a teacher at Martin Luther School. Along with her husband, DCE Jason Glaskey, she helped coordinate the relief efforts for Immanuel.

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