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Epiphany The Gift of Making Christ Known
Epiphany: the season of making Christ known. That’s what Epiphany is all about. It’s when the Wise Men came to worship the newborn king (Matthew 2). It’s when the people of the world learned about God’s love made real. First it was the shepherds, the locals. Then it was people from the ends of the earth coming to see Jesus. But the wise men coming wasn’t the only way God was teaching the world about His divine plan. It was also through the gifts they brought with them. Three kings, three gifts that made known the work of the Savior of the world. Gold, the precious metal reserved for those of high stature and place. That fit Jesus to a “T.” He was king of the world, who came down from His heavenly throne to live among His people. Frankincense, a sacred substance used for making offerings to God. The child of Mary and Joseph, perfect and sinless, would be
the perfect life lived and given as a sacrifice for an imperfect world. Myrrh, a fragrant oil with two uses. One was for anointing royalty, the other for embalming the dead. A perfect gift for the anointed king of Israel, Jesus Christ, who would be laid in the tomb to destroy death once and for all. Three gifts given that made known the divine work of a child who wasn’t old enough to talk. During Epiphany, we focus our attention on how Jesus was made known to the world as the Savior of the world, a season that begins with the gifts of the Magi. However, the Magi aren’t the only ones whose gifts make known the Savior of the world. So do yours! These aren’t gifts that you wrap up and place under a tree. They aren’t gifts that can be purchased. But they are gifts that can and are supposed to be given. The gift of music, given to inspire, encourage and beautify the world. The gift of compassion, given to comfort a hurting friend, neighbor, or coworker. The gift of mercy, given to someone who needs forgiveness and understanding. Or the gift of humor, made to lift the spirits of those who are downtrodden and brighten the world with smiles. These and countless more are gifts that are given by God, through the power of His Holy Spirit, as varied as each of you reading this article. Each of you possess a gift, a gift you bring to your family, your neighbor, your community, that is meant to be shared, given away freely. And just like the gifts of the Wise Men, your gift makes known the ultimate gift of Jesus Christ. Is true joy not found in Christ? Is true compassion not embodied in Jesus? Is true mercy not the work of God? No matter what your gift, no matter what you bring, that gift, when used in service toward our neighbor is pointing to the work of God in this world. Making God known. That’s what Epiphany is all about. And that is what you do when you use the gifts God has given you in your community: you make Christ known. You show God’s divine work through the work you do, through the smiles you share, the sidewalks you shovel, the hugs you give. So praise God this Christmas season for the gift He gave you in Christ, for He is the greatest gift, but He’s not the only gift God has given you. He’s also given you gifts that continue to make Christ known throughout the world.
Volunteers Make a Difference “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do” (Eph. 2:10). On Nov. 12, more than 250 volunteers turned out at 12 sites throughout the St. Louis region to serve their neighbors on Send Me Saturday! Volunteers assembled 100 Thanksgiving baskets for needy families, created large-print Scripture calendars for visually impaired people, visited seniors, kept families in their homes through minor home repair, cleaned an historic Lutheran cemetery and much more. Several churches and agencies throughout the region came together in partnership with Send Me St. Louis to offer family-friendly service opportunities. Youth groups, families and people ages 5-75 joined in on the fun alongside other volunteers from all walks of life. Though scattered at multiple work sites, volunteers joined with one another in prayer and devotion before beginning
their work and in celebration and reflection afterward. Thank you to all who took part in making this event a success! For a list of participating churches/agencies and photos from each site, visit http://sendmestlouis. shutterfly.com and use the password “sendmesaturday.”
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From t he president’s desk The Old, Old Story that is Ever New
The children in the Christmas pageant dress as Mary, Joseph, shepherds, wisemen and angels. Others costumed as sheep, camels and cows. The narrators tell the story in short, memorized sentences. Some rush through their parts and others speak their words deliberately, emphasizing each word so that no one will miss the Christmas message they prepared so diligently to deliver. Under their breath, parents say practically every word with their child, having President Ray Mirly memorized the assigned passage during all the practice sessions at home. With awe and reverence, a first grader’s mind visualizes the heavenly messenger telling the shepherds about Christ’s birth and comprehends its importance. For some reason, for us adults, when a first grader says, “For unto us a child is born, for unto us a Son is given...” the words have greater impact than when spoken by someone much older. Perhaps this happens because the young child communicates the mesThis year you and I will sage in such a way that there is no doubt about their unshakeable faith and trust again hear what the in the baby Jesus they tell about through Angel proclaimed to the their Christmas recitations. They say their assigned Gospel words with exushepherds in the field berant conviction! They speak from the depth of their heart. They truly believe outside Bethlehem. that Jesus Christ, their Savior, was born in a manger in Bethlehem. They get it, don’t they? This year you and I will again hear what the Angel proclaimed to the shepherds in the field outside Bethlehem, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). We will have the opportunity to think and meditate upon the importance of this message. To think that for us, God sent His one and only Son into the world to save us from hell. Through His coming into the world as true God and true man, Jesus’ life, death and resurrection won God’s pardon of our sins and the gift of heaven. The young children in the Christmas pageant, in their simple, trusting faith, understand the importance and significance of Christmas. Jesus is real! Jesus is precious to them. They beg to be in the Christmas pageant. They work hard to learn their parts. They rehearse to get it right. They don’t want to misspeak a word. God grant that the importance and significance of Christmas impacts your heart and life, as well as mine this Christmas season. God grant each of you a blessed Christmas and a joy-filled New Year!
Merry C hristmas F rom the Missouri Distric t Staff
President’s Prayer List Please join me in prayer this month. Praise and thank God for the precious gift of His Incarnate Son. Pray that God will bless the faithful proclamation of the Christmas Gospel through the ministry of Missouri District congregations. Pray that God will bless the musicians and choirs of our congregations as they present the Christmas message through music, hymns and songs. Pray that God will use you this Christmas season to tell someone the true meaning of Christmas. Pray that God will bless the Christian witness of LCMS congregations and members to the non-churched and de-churched. Pray God create a right spirit within each of us. Thank God from whom all blessings flow for His providential care, His unconditional love and His goodness. Ask God to protect the men and women of the United States military and to grant them a peaceful Christmas and new year. Pray that the Holy Spirit will give faithful stewardship hearts to Missourians to more generously give of their time, talents, treasures and tissue. Pray the Holy Spirit to guide district congregations contemplating and/or extending Divine calls. Pray that God will guide and direct the nomination process for the elective positions that will be voted on at the 2012 District Convention. Pray that God will bless the service of President Matthew Harrison, First Vice President Herbert Mueller, the officers of the LCMS and all others who serve our beloved Synod.
Missouri District Convention Calendar and Updates Congregations need to plan for the 2012 Missouri District Convention. The convention is June 3-5, 2012, at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield, Mo. The convention theme is “Life Together.” Nominations for President and First Vice President are due Dec. 3, 2011. Nominations for Secretary, Treasurer, Board of Directors, Committee on Nominations are due Jan. 3, 2012. Lay delegate forms are due in the district office Jan. 3, 2012. Nominations for Circuit Counselors are due on or before Feb. 15, 2012. Please keep these items and dates in mind. Congregation presidents and secretaries have been sent nomination forms. The forms have also been posted on the district website as they became available. Nomination forms are mailed to each congregation and posted on the district website, www.mo.lcms.org.
Back row from left: Stu Brassie, Peter Krege, Dennis Gehrke, Ray Mirly, Dennis Klussman, Matthew Schultz and Gene Wyssmann. Front row: Donna Seipp, Sue Thompson, RuthAnn Grebe, Karen Siegel, Jennifer Krupp and Martha Schellin.
All delegates will be able to register online in January after the lay delegate forms are received and processed. Look for communication or check the website for information letting you know when registration is open.
Distr ict News St. Paul’s, Des Peres, Holiday Events: The Hanging of the Green: Sunday, Dec. 4
Prepare for Jesus
Every year we observe a practice in our parish called “The Hanging of the Green.” In the course of two processions, the chancel and the nave of the church are prepared in expectation of the coming of the Promised Messiah: Jesus Christ. The repeated use of evergreen symbolizes the new life we live in Jesus and eternal life which is ours by grace through faith in Him. Following are symbolical meanings for each item: a. The processional cross leads us into worship as the long-awaited “King of kings is drawing near.” b. The candles follow the Cross of Christ to symbolize the Light of the world that only Jesus can bring. c. The lectionary and altar book are brought into the church to symbolize the Word of God. Jesus is the “Word made Flesh.” d. The altar flowers follow these symbols for the presence of Christ in worship. We have not gathered of our own accord. Christ has called us together. The flowers represent the joy of God’s people in the life He gives in this world—and our sure hope of eternal joy. e. The Christmas trees are decorated next. Evergreens symbolize our assurance of life everlasting. The white chrismons are symbols of the Christian faith. f. The Christmas rose banner reminds us of the wild rose blooming in the desert heralding Jesus’ birth in the fulfillment of the prophecies as we await with joy His Kingdom of Glory. g. The Christmas wreaths are placed in the nave to symbolize the “evergreen” quality of eternal life for all who worship the Savior. The wreaths are decorated with holly, whose red berries remind us of the blood of Christ shed for the forgiveness of sins. h. The Advent wreath, symbolizing the “evergreen” of eternal life, is brought in. The holly reminds us again of Jesus’ crucifixion. The two candles are lighted to represent the growing nearness of both our celebration of the Promise fulfilled and the eternal Promise that awaits us in Jesus. i. The lighting of the nave occurs as we sing “Rejoice!” All the Christmas and chancel lights are lighted to remind us to “Arise, shine, for your light has come.”
The women of St. Paul’s and their friends will unite for an evening of worship and fellowship at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, as we prepare our hearts to celebrate the gift and birth of our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This candlelight celebration event will help us begin the Advent season, embracing the true meaning of Christmas. We will encourage each other to focus on Christ and the peace and joy He brings to us. We will enjoy an inspirational message, music, fellowship, desserts and beautifully decorated tables. We will begin Advent in a spirit of worship, inspiration and peace as we encourage one another to maintain that calm and joy during the hectic days preceding Christmas.
Music at St. Paul’s: “Festival of Sacred Music for the Time of Christmas” Rest, Refresh, Renew Come away from the noise, the hectic pace, and the pressures of the season, and be refreshed and renewed by the message of the heavenly angels: the Savior Jesus Christ was born for you. This divine proclamation will be presented St. Paul’s choirs, handbell ensembles and orchestra on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 4 p.m. The congregation will have opportunities to sing familiar hymns and carols of the season. This is the annual “Festival of Sacred Music for the Time of Christmas” offered at St. Paul’s. Plan to attend and invite your family and friends.
Christmas Caroling to the Homebound: (Noon, Sunday, Dec. 11) Members and friends of St. Paul’s divide into groups and visit the homebound members of the congregation to sing Christmas carols and hymns, and share the joy of the season. This is a gift to many who might otherwise feel left out.
Breakfast in Bethlehem The PTL of St. Paul’s Lutheran School of Des Peres sponsors Breakfast in Bethlehem each year, which is open to grade-school children and their parents. Families join together to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with a delicious hot breakfast buffet, Christ-themed crafts, elaborate skit, then a visit to Gabriel’s Gift Shop, where the children shop for their loved ones without having to spend a lot of money. This is a wonderful time spent together, learning about the Babe in the manger! Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 to 11 a.m. Register here.
Epiphany Event: New Year’s Day: The Festival of the Name and Circumcision of Jesus While most people of the world have other ways of observing the morning hours of New Year’s Day, Christians are mindful of the Jewish law that Jesus’ faithful parents, Joseph and Mary, fulfilled on that eighth day of His life. The infant Savior first shed His blood on our behalf and was given the name Jesus, “for He will save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). Johann Sebastian Bach wrote Part 4 of his Christmas Oratorio specifically to celebrate this important festival. He chose texts that both proclaim and reflect upon the biblical event, and composed fitting musical accompaniment. Together, they call us to give attention to the name of Jesus for the comfort, strength and hope we have by faith in Him. Now that’s the way to begin the New Year of grace! The adult choir, soloists and orchestra of St. Paul’s will present Part 4 of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in the north campus Divine Services at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. Photo courtesy of Kris Bueltmann
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Distr ict News 19th A nnual Performance of R eturn to Bethlehem
This year, Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Chesterfield will recreate the ancient city of Bethlehem in the church fellowship hall for the 19th time. Thousands of adults and children have “Returned to Bethlehem” over the years, with many repeat visitors. For three days, Lord of Life members, in full costume, take visitors on an inspirational journey back to a time more than 2000 years ago. This special event gives visitors an opportunity to experience Bethlehem at the time of the nativity. More than 100 Lord of Life members give graciously of their time and talents to bring the City of Bethlehem to life. Preparations begin in October with members signing up to act in one or more performances. Those who do not want to perform can volunteer to help with the scenery, provide meals, help with costumes, help in the Welcome Center greeting visitors, or just help where needed.
Visitors register at the Welcome Center to enter Bethlehem for the census, which has brought many to the city. They are given a family name to use when entering the city gates and a souvenir shekel to keep as a remembrance. Visitors are then taken on a guided walking tour of the city to experience a living drama about the birth of Christ.
While walking through the narrow, crowded streets of Bethlehem, visitors experience ancient sights, sounds and smells. The journey through the city is made exciting as townsfolk talk among themselves and to their visitors at every step along the way. There are Roman soldiers, prisoners, shopkeepers, a prophet, shepherds, children and others who are constantly talking about the unusual event that was rumored to have occurred in a stable behind the inn. The transformation of the fellowship hall is complete with elaborate scenery and live animals, which adds a mark of realism to the experience. The amazing tour of Bethlehem culminates with a visit to the stable, where the Holy Family can be seen. Each year, Lord of Life uses real mothers and fathers with their newborn children to portray Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. Many visitors are surprised to find a real baby (sometimes crying!) when their journey comes to an end. Many former baby Jesus’s are still performing as children, young shopkeepers and soldiers. The free tours through Bethlehem take approximately 15 minutes and begin every four minutes. The tour is inside and is wheelchair and walker accessible. “Return to Bethlehem” will be presented Friday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4, from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, call the church office at 636-532-0400 or go to www.lordoflifelcms.org. Lord of Life Lutheran Church is located at 15750 Baxter Road, at the corner of Baxter Road and Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017.
Circuit Wide R eformation Service
The Wentzville circuit of the Missouri District celebrated its first annual Reformation Service at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30. Trinity Lutheran in Troy, Mo., hosted the service. The pastors and vicar of the Wentzville circuit who participated in this service were Vicar Lewis Polzin of Trinity, Troy; Rev. Keith Clow of Trinity, Wellsville; Rev. Garry McCracken of Trinity, Troy; Rev. Jeremy Klaustermeier (circuit counselor) of St. John’s, Warrenton; and Rev. Gary Ellul of St. Paul’s, Jonesburg. A combined choir consisted of members from St. Paul’s, Jonesburg, St. John’s, Warrenton, and Trinity, Troy. The organist and choir director for the service was Gene Hilgendorf of St. John’s, Warrenton. The offering from this service went to Immanuel Lutheran Church and Martin Luther School in Joplin to help with their continuing recovery efforts. Candy for the children was provided by Trinity’s youth group with a “trunk or treat.” A reception after the service was held in Trinity’s fellowship hall. As all the congregations came together to celebrate Reformation Day, we gave thanks to God for the truth that Martin Luther proclaimed, that we are saved from our slavery under sin through faith in Jesus Christ as reflected in Rev. Klaustermeier’s sermon. It was truly a wonderful opportunity to celebrate as brothers and sisters in Christ, under the banner of Christ our Lord, came together to worship, giving From left: Vicar Lewis Polzin of Trinity, Troy; Rev. Keith Clow of Trinity, Wellsville; Rev. Garry Him all honor and glory. McCracken of Trinity, Troy; Rev. Jeremy Klaustermeier (circuit counselor) of St. John’s, Warrenton; and Rev. Gary Ellul of St. Paul’s, Jonesburg.
Living Way Bible Study Living Way Bible Study is an in-depth study written and/or edited by LCMS ministers who have served in congregations and have a wealth of pastoral experience. All studies emphasize practical application to our daily lives and present each book of the Bible as the holy, inspired and inerrant Word of God. Its website, www.livingwaybiblestudy.org, lists all the New and Old Testament studies. There is no charge for the lessons. Living Way is a non-profit corporation that depends solely on donations. Call the toll-free number 888-3838119 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information or to order lessons.
Distr ict News Waverly Groundbreaking Ceremony
On Oct. 16, the congregation of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Waverly, held a groundbreaking ceremony for their proposed fellowship hall. Throughout the past year, the congregation has raised funds for this addition on the east side of the church, established in 1948. The foundation was poured in October and construction is planned for the Spring of 2012.
Pictured are Immanuel’s pastor, elders and building committee: (from left) Pastor Brett Mueller, Mark Schmidt, Norman Weedin, Bob Aversman and Cheryl Peters.
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C. F. W. Walther Exhibit Open
Concordia Historical Institute (CHI) opened its new museum exhibit, “To God Alone the Glory: The Life of C. F. W. Walther,” on Monday, Oct. 24, with a well-attended opening reception. The exhibit will remain on display through 2012. Concordia Historical Institute is the Department of Archives and History of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS). The CHI museum cares for and exhibits artifacts and documents relating to the history of Lutheranism in America. “To God Alone the Glory: The Life of C. F. W. Walther” highlights the life and ministry of Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther and is a celebration of the 200th anniversary of his birth. Walther left Germany in 1838 with a group of Saxon immigrants under the leadership of Martin Stephan seeking religious freedom in America. Following the expulsion of Stephan, Walther became a leader within the immigrant colony which had settled in St. Louis and in Perry County, Missouri. He was instrumental in the formation of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and became its first president in 1847. Walther guided the fledgling Lutheran church body throughout his nearly 50-year ministry as a pastor, president and seminary professor, always holding firm to God’s Word and Luther’s doctrine. Despite the many struggles he faced throughout his life, Walther served God and the church faithfully until his death in 1887. This exhibit includes an area that displays furniture from Walther’s study to give visitors a sense of where and how Walther worked. Three desks at which Walther sat during his ministry can be viewed, as well as books he wrote and periodicals he established and edited. The exhibit also includes correspondence and images that illustrate Walther’s life and ministry, along with discussions of his musical talent, family life and experiences during the Civil War. Towering over the room is the statue of Walther that originally stood at his mausoleum. Visitors will come away with a greater understanding of this esteemed father of the LCMS. Not only is Walther still remembered and respected today, but he continues to teach both clergy and laypeople through his writings. Concordia Historical Institute is located on the Clayton campus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, at 804 Seminary Place, north of Clayton Road. The museum is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays. A donation of $3 per person is requested. Reservations are not necessary to view the museum exhibits, except for groups over 50. Tours of the Synod archives at the Institute require advanced reservations. For reservations or more information, please call 314-505-7900; or you may view the Institute’s website at http://www.lutheranhistory.org.
Workshop for Leaders Are you the leader of a group? A board or a Bible study? Do you struggle building community? Identifying your common vision? Do you have leaders who are responsible for the leadership of a group? Individuals you would like to equip to lead a group? Do they struggle with communication and managing conflict? If you can answer “yes” to any of the questions above, consider registering yourself and those leaders for the: Servant Leader Workshop March 10, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted at Immanuel, St. Charles, Mo. The cost is $40, which includes snacks, lunch, workshop activities and materials. Registration opens Dec. 1 at http://kindleservantleaders.org/servant-leader-workshops/apply-st-louis/. Space is limited. If more than one person from your church will be attending, please register together as a group. If you have questions, please contact Jolene Siebarth at 314-966-3220 or email@example.com. This workshop is a sponsored event of KINDLE (Karpenko Institute for Nurturing and Developing Leadership Excellence) and Thrivent.
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Assistant to the President – School Ministry Dennis Gehrke 314-590-6209 Dennis.Gehrke@mo.lcms.org Vice President – Lutheran Church Extension Fund Dennis A. Klussman 314-590-6207 Dennis.Klussman@lcef.org
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St. Louis Social Service Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator Rev. Matthew Schultz 314-590-6211 Matthew.Schultz@mo.lcms.org
Events Specialist Sue Thompson 314-590-6217 Sue.Thompson@mo.lcms.org
The 12 Days of Christmas: Unwrapping the Gifts by Terence Maher from The Lutheran Witness Dec 2010, Vol.129 #12
If you, like good king Wenceslaus, looked out on the Feast of Stephen—that’s Dec. 26, for the record—you might think Christmas is over. On the Christmas Day evening news, local TV stations are already posting Christmas tree pick-up sites and times. Some trees hang around for a week to give a festive atmosphere to New Year’s Eve and Day, then come down. On Jan. 2, Valentine’s Day candy is in the stores. That fits with the world’s Christmas season, but the Church has something a little different going on. December is largely taken up with Advent. The idea is preparation, but not in buying presents and food. It’s about a preparation of repentance for celebrating the coming of God in the flesh, Jesus, who will die to save us from our sins. read more
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Lifetime Plan for Giving Training
The LCMS Foundation recently held the annual conference for gift planning counselors and associate counselors in St. Louis. More than 35 men and women from across the nation serving Lutheran ministries participated in the conference. Among them were Dan Roth from Zion Lutheran, Belleville, Ill., and Jim Brackman from Zion Lutheran, Harvestor, Mo. They were recognized for their volunteer service to their congregations. The Transfer the Blessings service offered by Roth and Brackman has energized their congregations as they help members plan the best gifts they can for their families and loved ones and the best gifts they can for the ministries they love. A common response: “I didn’t know we could do this much for our family and the Lord. What a joy!” Both men have completed the Christian Gift Counselor designation from the LCMS Lifetime Plan for Giving Training and serve their congregation under the mentorship and assistance of Gift Planning Counselor Kirk Mueller. Mueller is a Gift Planning Counselor with the LCMS Foundation and serves ministries in the Missouri and Southern Illinois Districts. To learn more about the Lifetime Plan for Giving Training or how your ministry can begin this special service to members, contact Kirk Mueller at 314-7044389 or Kirk.Mueller@ LCMS.org.
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Greetings from Heit's Point! Programs are slowing down a little bit, but that doesn't mean our work is done! Just last weekend, we had our annual Harvest Festival. It was the perfect fall day, with beautiful weather and double the number of visitors from last year. We are looking forward to next year, as everyone who attended had a great time.
In November, our confirmation retreat weekends had a great response. Remember us for next year, as you plan events for your 7th and 8th grade confirmation students!
Watch Time of Grace for Straight talk & real hope!
On the 4th of December, we will host our annual Christmas Celebration - Dinner with Entertainment. Our entertainment will be the Handbell Choir from College of the Ozarks; their 2nd time coming, the reading of the "12 Days of Christmas," and what it really means. Check out our website www.heitspoint.com for more information or call us at 660-668-2363. As you go through these next two months, we hope you remember that our King and Savior, Jesus Christ, is the real reason that we celebrate!
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The Missouri District Lutheran Laymen’s League Jefferson City Zone sponsors Reformation R ally
New Bible Study available
For more than 60 years, the Jefferson City Zone LLL has sponsored a Reformation Rally. This year’s rally was held Oct. 30 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Jefferson City. Rev. Russ Bowder and Rev. Sam Powell assisted with the service. Rev. Dr. Kevin Golden, pastor of Village Lutheran Church, St. Louis, was the preacher. Special music was performed by the Calvary Lutheran High School choir. In remembrance of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Dr. C. F. W. Walther, excerpts from some of his writings emphasizing Law and Gospel and Salvation by Grace alone were read by circuit pastors.
Joseph: Carpenter of Steel is a four-part Bible study that examines the life of Joseph, the man God chose to be the earthly foster-father of Jesus. From Joseph’s engagement to Mary to their journey to Bethlehem to their cross-country trip to Egypt to their search for Jesus through the streets of Jerusalem, the courage Joseph displayed shows him to be a God-fearing man of resolve and quiet confidence.
Desk name plates presented to new pastors
Again this year the Lutheran Laymen’s League Missouri District is giving newly ordained pastors called to ministry in Missouri a gift of a walnut and brass name plate. Tournament of Roses Parade The 11 new pastors for 2011 are: The theme for the 2012 Pasadena Tournament Rev. Nicholas L. Hagerman, Trinity, Springfield, Mo. of Roses Parade is “Just Imagine” and this year’s Rev. David D. Herald, Trinity, Appleton City, Mo. LHM float theme is “God’s Promise to All.” 2012 Rev. Todd W. Liefer, Immanuel, Wentzville, Mo. marks our 62nd year of participation and the Rev. Duane P. Meissner, Immanuel, Barnhart, Mo. LHM float continues to be the only Christian float Rev. William “Billy” Newell, Concordia, Kirkwood, Mo. in the world’s most famous media event. Rev. Michael H. Tanney, St. John’s, St. Louis, Mo. The float is a project of the Southern California Rev. Andrew T. Tessone, Our Savior, Sedalia, Mo. LLL District and is financed only by donations. Rev. Matthew J. Wood, Concordia, Maplewood, Mo. No funds from LHM are used. Rev. Mark Koschmann, Chapel of the Cross, St. Louis, Mo. Rev. Jeffrey M. Dock, Trinity, Louisiana, Mo., and Good Shepherd, Bowling Most major networks televise the parade, but they also have numerous commercial Green, Mo. breaks. The Home and Garden Channel televises the parade in its entirety without any Rev. Nathan R. Grewe, Immanuel, Conway, Mo. commercial breaks. We also take the opportunity to share information about the many resources available New R adio Outreach in the Middle East through Lutheran Hour Ministries to help them in their ministry and to welcome them LHM office in Beirut, Lebanon, has begun broadcasting Arabic-language Chris- to Missouri. tian programming that will reach 10 predominantly Muslim countries. Middle East Lutheran Ministries (MELM) will write and produce one original program Website for the Missouri District LLL: that will air weekly, as well as shorter spots that will air twice daily to advertise the w w w. luther a nsonline . com / missour idistr ictlll regular program and offer enrollment in Bible correspondence courses.
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Senior High Gathering - Strong, Firm and Steadfast in Christ for Joplin June 21-24, 2012 Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Mo. Only $195 per person Online registration will be available in February. Presenter: R ev. Paul Stark, Ozark Mission Planter Music: Parallax View
Donated water for ongoing distribution immediately after the tornado.
Rev. Paul Stark
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)
Plans are well underway for the District Senior High Gathering in Joplin. We will partner with Immanuel Lutheran Church in Joplin and Trent Davis, Immanuel’s director of disaster response, to provide service in the Joplin community. The addition of one day to the gathering schedule will allow for two full days of service. Once back on campus, gathering
participants will join together each evening for uplifting music and a Scripture-based look at the daily theme. Late-night fun and fellowship will include use of the university’s swimming pool, gym and fitness area as well as other activities.
Billingsly Student Center, MSSU
Damaged housing in Joplin. Rec. center and dining hall at MSSU.
Jason Glaskey, DCE at Immanuel, Joplin.
Missouri District Junior High R etreat March 23-25, 2012 What does the Missouri District do for your congregation’s youth? Besides being a resource for congregations, the district hosts a variety of youth ministry retreats and gatherings throughout the year, for example, the twice-a-year junior high retreat. The 2011-2012 Junior High Retreats focus on baptism. We are excited to have Dani Tietjen as our main presenter. Dani is a synodically trained Director of Christian Outreach with a variety of ministry experience in outreach as well as regional and national summer event director for Youth Encounter, where she met with speakers from all over the world. She took the opportunity to watch and learn from them as she discovered her own voice and the message she had to share. She has spoken at many LCMS youth events across the country. In addition to speaking engagements, Dani continues to be part of ministry in Haiti, where she participates in and leads yearly mission trips. Music for both retreats will be provided by Christian band Parallax View. We welcome their musical talents and hearts for ministry as part of the weekend.
Who can go? Youth: primarily in grades six, seven and eight. Adult Counselors: Approximately one for each seven youth (male counselors for male youth and female counselors for female youth, please).
What will we do? In addition to our four-part session/Bible study, there will be games, fellowship, talent show, servant event projects and worship. The “Saturday Night Fun Fest” includes hayrides, board games, basketball, music, dance lessons and karaoke. Camp Windermere offers free, open gym time on Saturday afternoon. Recreational fields and equipment are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Feel free to bring your own gloves, bats, balls, tennis rackets, etc. The camp also offers some equipment for a small rental fee. What’s the cost? $115 per person (same for youth and adults). A deposit of
$50 per person is due with registration. The balance is due upon arrival at camp. Lodging is in the Wilderness Creek Lodge, a motel-style room with bathroom, heat/air and carpeting. You will need to bring your own bedding and towels. Meals are provided in the camp dining hall beginning with breakfast on Saturday. No meal is served Friday evening. Groups should eat before arriving at camp.
Spring registration information: All registrations and deposits must be received at the district office by Monday, March 5, 2012. All registrations must be accompanied by a non-refundable deposit. Early registration is encouraged. Registrations received after March 5, with or without deposit, at the district office are not guaranteed. Registration for the spring retreat will be available on the district website in January 2012. Registration, refund policy, directions, scholarship info:
Can be found on our website and will be included in a mailing to your church. mo.lcms.org.
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Looking for a great youth ministry leadership opportunity? Peer Ministry Train- Missouri District Board for Family ing (PMT) is an opportunity to come together with high school youth and youth Life and Youth Ministry is providing counselors from across our district who want to learn additional/intentional skills funds to pay the balance per person for in discipleship to serve in their youth ministry – in their congregation, their school, youth and counselors. their community and their family. The medical forms should be brought The Missouri District Family Life and Youth Board invites you and/or your youth to the training and NOT sent to the to Peer Ministry Training Feb. 17-19, 2012, at Camp Wartburg in Waterloo, Ill. district office with your registration. Please duplicate forms as needed. This year’s Peer Ministry Training consists of: Please call us at 314-590-6217 or Peer Ministry Training The entry level course designed to teach participants: email Sue.Thompson@mo.lcms.org for • Quality training in caring skills more information. Information is also • Commitment to growth in faith and values on our website at http://mo.lcms.org. • Christian service to other people Training takes place in small groups. You may encourage your young people to call • A life-long attitude of ministry or email Rev. Gene Wyssmann as well to encourage them to become peer ministers. • Welcoming Students can register individually or in a group – no adult counselors need to • Listening with care register for youth to participate. However, it is best to have a trained adult leader There will be two sessions of PMT taught this year. in your congregation, so if you don’t have one, please register with your students to Peer Ministry Training 2 The follow-up course to Peer Ministry Training. Par- assist them in this ministry. ticipants in this course must have been through the PMT course before participaRegistration suggestion: tion in this course. We discovered through previous Peer Ministry Trainings that a team of two or Peer Ministers use their ministry skills: three youth and an adult leader is ideal. Individuals who came alone found them* In one-on-one relationships selves missing the support needed to grow together and support one another at * In their family relationships home. The registration fee of $75 per person is the same amount for youth and * Serving their own congregation adult participants. * Their school You will need to bring your Bible and supplies to take notes, plus recreational and * As part of a caring lifestyle of ministry personal needs. You can bring items for evening activities, like table games, cards, Our training teams will be headed etc. Sleeping arrangements at Camp Wartburg are “camp style” on bunk beds with by Rev. Gene Wyssmann, assistant to 14-20 bunks in a room. Males and females will sleep in separate quarters. You need the president for Family Life and Youth to bring sleeping bags and towels as these are not provided. On Saturday afternoon, Tentative Schedule for PMT Ministry, and Rev. Mark Martin and weather permitting, we will use both the low and high ropes challenge courses. Friday Christina Stackle, members of the Mis- This will take place under the trained supervision of Camp Wartburg staff. All par6:30 p.m. Registration and Check-in souri District Board for Family Life and ticipants will need to bring Camp Wartburg’s permission forms (included in the 7:00 PMT Session 1 Youth. The members of the teaching packet) signed by a parent or guardian with them to PMT. 8:30 Break teams have been certified as instructors Peer Ministry Training is an outstanding experience with great training/lead9:00 PMT Session 2 in Peer Ministry. ership teams and great youth and counselors coming together to learn, grow and 10:30 Fellowship, get to know you time Your cost for the entire weekend of serve. Share this opportunity with everyone in your youth ministry. 11:30 Lights out! training is $75 per person. The actual We hope to see you there! cost for the training is more than $200 Saturday per person which includes staff, mate8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Devotion rials, housing and meals. However, the 9:00 PMT Session 3 10:30 Break 10:45 PMT Session 4 Peer Ministry Training (PMT) R egistration Form 12:15 p.m. Lunch Yes, I want to attend Peer Ministry Training! 12:45 Free time or scheduled outdoor activity Name: 3:00 PMT Session 5 5:00 Dinner Address: 5:30 Free time or scheduled activity 6:30 PMT Session 6 8:30 Free time or scheduled activity City, State, ZIP: 10:30 Evening worship 11:30 Lights out! Phone: ( ) Email address: Sunday 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Devotion 9:00 PMT Session 7 10:30 Break 10:45 PMT Session 8 12:15 p.m. Lunch 1:00 PMT Session 9 2:30 Free time or scheduled activity 3:30 PMT Session 10 5:00 Clean up, pack up, load cars 5:30 Dinner 6:00 Commissioning and Sending 7:00 Depart for home
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Questions? Please email: Sue.Thompson@mo.lcms.org. Registration and $75 fee (payable to the Missouri District) is due by Feb. 1, 2012
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Educationa l Ser v ices Lutheran North Crusaders Earn National Merit Distinction
Madeline Thompson has achieved semifinalist status in the National Merit Scholarship Program based on her performance on the PSAT test last fall. Less than 1 percent of the nation’s seniors qualify as semifinalists. Madeline now has the opportunity to advance in the competition for finalist standing and for merit scholarship awards. Maggie Burreson and Morgan Meyer have been designated as commended students in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million junior students who took the Maggie Burreson and PSAT last year. Morgan Meyer Steven Johnson has been named an outstanding participant as a National Achievement Scholar. He scored in the top 3 percent of 160,000 black Americans taking the PSAT.
Crusaders Put Faith in Action
Two important reasons why Lutheran High School North exists are stated in its mission statement. “We exist to nurture young Christians for (1) further education and (2) Christian service.” All Crusader nation was able to provide service throughout St. Louis on Monday, Oct. 17, as they participated in the semester one “Faith in Action” day. Students and faculty members were found pulling weeds, spreading compost, distributing flyers, painting, checking computers, cleaning and serving in other ways.
Lutheran South Students Achieve National Merit, Extra-Curricular Honors Students at Lutheran South in south St. Louis County have had an award-winning fall semester. Four students have been selected to perform in the Missouri District Choir. Sophomore Natalie Mayor, junior Emily Robinson, and seniors Amanda Myers and Ben Vanderhyde auditioned in October. Ben and Emily were also invited to audition for the All-State Choir, which will perform early 2012. Seniors Kyle Moellenhoff, Grace Bishop, Garrison from left: Natalie Mayor, Emily RobinBrazeal and Jessica Reed son, Amanda Myers and Ben Vanderhyde have been recognized by the 2012 National Merit Scholarship competition. Kyle, Grace and Jessica were named National Merit semifinalists; Garrison was named a commended student. The competition’s finalists will be announced in February. Several Lancer teams advanced to the state championship level this fall. The girls’ varsity tennis team placed fourth at from left: Kyle Moellenhoff, state; the girls’ varsity volleyball team advanced to the state Grace Bishop, Garrison championship in Cape Girardeau in November; and both Brazeal and Jessica Reed the girls’ and boys’ varsity cross country teams were invited to compete at the Missouri State Cross Country Championships in November. For more information, visit www.lhssonline.org.
Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA) Full stories available online. Green Park: Mrs. Beth Meyer explains kidsblog.org to first-grader Olivia.
Crusader Men’s Club Lutheran North organized a Men’s Club in order to bring present parents, parents of alumni, alumni and friends of Lutheran North together to socialize, serve and support Lutheran North in its mission. To date, the group has met to watch the Rams’ season opener while enjoying food and fellowship, hosted a barbecue for parents before the annual Back to School Night, and planted 41 donated trees on Lutheran North’s campus. To be a part of this organization, simply contact Tom Blight at 314831-2339 or Kevin Ballentine at 314-392-8736.
Crusader Band Plays at McDonald’s Grand R eopening The Lutheran North Concert Band was invited to play for the grand reopening of the McDonald’s located at West Florissant and Ferguson Avenue on Sept. 14. Rain held off just long enough for a great Crusader performance. Along with several selections from its pep band repertoire, the band played the “StarSpangled Banner” as Ferguson police and firefighters raised the flag outside the store. It was a wonderful opportunity for the Crusader band to serve the community.
Trinity, Orchard Farm’s Girls Volleyball Team took home a trophy from the Our Redeemer Tournament.
St. Mark’s students celebrate God and nature at Camp Wartburg.
Our Savior, Fenton: Teacher Sherry Langford leads a meeting of the Our Savior Lutheran School Garden Club. Students work the earth.
Leadersh ip Tra in ing Parents as Shepherds
As parents, God has entrusted us with the spiritual upbringing of our children. This is a huge responsibility, and one that leaves many a parent feeling lost and hesitant. How do we help shape our children as Christians when they are inundated by a secular worldview? How do we prepare them for that day when they step out on their own for college or a job? At what age do you start family devotions? A great idea was shared with us at LCMS Rural and Small Town Mission recently of an equipping strategy being implemented at Faith Lutheran Church in Richmond, Mo., to help their members answer some of these questions. Rev. Jeremiah Johnson shared that when he asked young parents about family devotions, he heard the same responses again and again: “Pastor, we’d love to, but we just don’t know where to start.” “What if the kids ask questions I don’t know?” “It’s hard to find time with soccer and homework and dance.” “Devotions would be great, but my kids are too young.” At the time, he and his wife were participating in the state program, Parents as Teachers, where a teacher comes to your home and leads the parents through skills young babies and toddlers should be mastering. He also had a conversation with his director of education about the joy her son received from the yearly Advent calendar. They put their heads together and designed a yearlong calendar around the lectionary readings, so that if you do the devotional reading every day of the week, then you’ll have read all the readings for the upcoming Sunday. The whole idea is to lead up to Sunday morning, not replace it. The concept of Parents as Shepherds was born. Pastor Johnson knew he couldn’t stop there. Parents wanted to know how to use the materials, not just have something new handed to them, so he also scheduled monthly visits with each of his families. This was a benefit of having a smaller church! Every family is different, but devotions always include the Apostles’ Creed, the devotional readings, and prayer, concluding with the Lord’s Prayer. When the children are older, discussion of the readings and other passages from Sunday school are tied in. With younger children, the pastor often brings an object lesson and simply talks about one thing in the lesson for the day. What is key for the parents is giving them a simple structure to follow. While spontaneity can be good, a fixed structure is a godsend for parents and children alike. Pick a structure, and try not to deviate from it too much (the young kids won’t let you!). The devotional services in Lutheran Service Book (pg. 295-298) are designed for use by families in the home. These visits are just as much about teaching the parents as they are the children. Pastor Johnson found that more parents are hesitant to do devotions out of timidity rather than lack of desire. So to the parent, who is quaking in his boots at the prospect of looking like a Biblical ignoramus in front of his 4-year-old, remember: keep it simple. You don’t have to provide an exhaustive explanation of every text. Lord willing, this is not the last time your children are going to hear the parable of the sower or about Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers. Just ask very simple questions of the text: “Who was Joseph's father? Why did his brothers throw him in a cistern? What IS a cistern? What four places did the seed fall on? Draw a picture of the four kinds of soil.” The key for parents is that they understand they don’t have to be theological experts, ready to expound on any passage of Scripture upon a moment’s notice. The Word of God has its way with us which means He is the one who brings forth the growth. Pastor Johnson pointed out several great advantages to the program that he and the congregation had not anticipated, such as the opportunity to spend time together and grow in the relationships between the pastor and families. This allows for other concerns to “bubble” to the surface, and he can naturally ask the parents and children what they would like to pray for while he is there to share God’s Word with them. Pastor Johnson is also happy to report he feels he does a lot less nagging about devotions. The whole congregation is getting in the “habit” of family time with God and that is a reason for rejoicing. Parents and children feel better prepared for Divine Service on Sunday mornings as they’ve been reading and meditating on the lectionary all week long. LCMS Rural and Small Town Mission supports and encourages rural and small town congregations in engaging their communities and growing together in Christ through Word and Sacrament. If you have a good idea for outreach or a story you’d like to share with us, so that we can share it with others, please contact us at 888-463-5127 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about us at www.spife.org or by calling us anytime.
Kitchen Sink Workshops Covering Everything But The Kitchen Sink February and March 2012
Congregations across the Missouri District are working hard to reach and care for children and families. But quite often, servants in congregations are really looking for ideas, encouragement and support. The Kitchen Sink Workshops, planned for February and March 2012, are a place where veteran leaders can provide guidance for those working in specific areas of congregation life and then facilitate discussion. The conferences will begin and end in the Word as a group but have break-out sessions on specific topics between the opening and closing. The first break-out includes sectionals on vacation Bible school, dealing with conflict in congregations, youth ministry and outreach. The second break-out features sectionals on Sunday school, ministry to inactives, family life ministry and assimilation. There is also a separate track for high school youth with age and ministry appropriate sectionals. This is an ideal opportunity for small and medium sized congregations to support volunteers. The cost is minimal at just $25 per congregation, and yet the possibilities are unlimited as congregation members consider ways to strengthen and expand vital forms of service. The workshops are located strategically across the state. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and you will be done by noon. Attend the site that works best for you. Feb. 11: Faith – Springfield March 3: Alive in Christ – Columbia March 10: St. Paul – Jackson March 17: District office – St. Louis March 31: Timothy – Blue Springs, South Campus The Kitchen Sink Workshops cover many of the areas of congregation life where volunteers are looking for new ideas or encouragement. We pray that your congregation will participate and that the workshop will be a blessing to God’s people. RSVP to Sue Thompson, 314-590-6217, with the number of people coming from your congregation. Contact Rev. Lee Hagan at email@example.com for more information. Sponsored by the Missouri District Board for Congregational Services and Board for Family Life and Youth.
Seeing is Not Believing: The Passion Story in Mark Lenten Workshop And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:39) Those following the three-year lectionary will hear Mark’s unique voice this year. Midweek Lenten services offer the opportunity to contemplate Mark’s account of Christ’s passion, which is not part of the Sunday lectionary cycle. In order to help you teach and preach Mark’s Gospel and to provide you with resources for midweek services, Concordia Seminary has scheduled a one day pre-Lent workshop. On Friday, Jan. 20, pastors will gather from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the President’s Room on the seminary campus. The morning will be devoted to an overview of Mark and exegesis of Mark’s passion and resurrection account, led by Dr. Jim Voelz. Following lunch (included in registration fee), weekly service themes will be set forth by Drs. Voelz, Gibbs, Biermann, Arand and Burreson. Included in the service themes will be Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Resurrection of Our Lord. Registration cost is $50, including all materials and lunch. Visit www.csl.edu or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Concord ia Sem ina r y, St. Lou is Walther Bicentennial Celebration Draws Many Guests
On Oct. 25, Concordia Seminary celebrated the 200th birthday of Dr. C.F.W. Walther, one of the founders of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and its first president, and two-time president and a professor at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Throughout the day, many events were scheduled to honor his legacy. Concordia Seminary invited the descendants of C.F.W. Walther to join the celebration. The following relatives attended: Edna Walther Wolf (great-granddaughter) Terry Wolf (great-great-grandson) Joan Hocker (great-great-granddaughter) and Jim (spouse) Rev. Richard W. Holz (great-great-grandson) and Eunice (spouse) Deborah Walther Aubochon (great-great-granddaughter) Sandra Walther (great-great-granddaughter) and Walt E. Busch (spouse) Approximately 25 people went on the bus tour that went to Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis and the Walther Mausoleum in Concordia Cemetery. That afternoon, 150 people viewed the “Walther” film, produced by Concordia Seminary, in Werner Auditorium. The evening program, attended by approximately 130 people, included presentations by Dr. Dale A. Meyer, president of Concordia Seminary, and Rev. Matthew Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. In addition, the Concordia Seminary Chorus sang two hymns associated with Dr. Walther in German and in English. For more information, please contact continuing education and parish services at 314-505-7486 or email@example.com.
Third Multi-Ethnic Symposium Slated for January 2012 The third Multi-Ethnic Symposium will be held Jan. 30-31, 2012, at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. This year’s topic is “Gifts of Hope.” God has given a richness of gifts to His people through various cultures and ethnicities. How does the Body of Christ reflect the present and future realities of Revelation 7:9? How does the unity of our faith as LCMS Lutherans show forth the “exchange of gifts” that we all bring? What should a multi-cultural church look like in 2017? What about 2040? Congregations and church leaders are encouraged to save the date. For more information, contact continuing education and parish services at 314-505-7486 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calls Issued at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, is pleased to announce that 21 Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) program students received calls in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). The calls were announced during morning chapel on Oct. 14.
Dr. Walther’s descendants who attended the celebration, from left: Joan Hocker, Rev. Richard Holz, Terry Wolf, Deborah Walther Aubochon, Sandra Walther, Walt Busch, Edna Walther Wolf and Dr. Dale A. Meyer.
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Front row from left: Francis Cantwell, Ronald York, Marc Nauman, Collis Parham, Todd Kuehn, Samuel Leiter, Vincent Parks, Dr. David Wollenburg, Dr. Dale Meyer; middle row: Rev. Robert Hoehner, William Vangor, Alan Muck, Kevin Schuessler, Timothy Lindeman, Travis Hartjen, Michael Staneck, Steven Shank, Jonathan Schultz; back row: Rodney Lindemann, R. Scott Lohman, James Autry, Aaron Goeke, Brandon Larson, J. Steve Richardson.
James Autry, Trinity Lutheran, Odem, Texas Francis Cantwell, Holy Trinity Lutheran, Kingsland, Ga. Aaron Goeke, Messiah Lutheran, Boerne, Texas Travis Hartjen, Waters Edge Lutheran, Frisco/Allen, Texas Todd Kuehn, Beautiful Savior Lutheran, Sarasota, Fla. Brandon Larson, St. John Lutheran, Bullhead City, Ariz. Samuel Leiter, Messiah Lutheran, Indianapolis, Ind. Timothy Lindeman, Peace Lutheran, Arvada, Colo. Rodney Lindemann, Timothy Lutheran, Blue Springs, Mo. R. Scott Lohman, Immanuel Lutheran, Downers Grove, Ill. (call pending) Alan Muck, Lord of Life Lutheran, Chesterfield, Mo. Marc Nauman, Trinity Lutheran, Trinity, Fla. Collis Parham, Epiphany Lutheran, New Orleans, La. Vincent Parks, Gloria Dei Lutheran, Houston, Texas J. Steve Richardson, St. Paul Lutheran, Montgomery, Ala. Kevin Schuessler, St. Michael’s Lutheran, Bloomington, Minn. (call pending) Jonathan Schultz, Lord of Life Lutheran, Bixby, Okla. Steven Shank, Messiah Lutheran, Indianapolis, Ind. Michael Staneck, Trinity Lutheran, Islip, N.Y. William Vangor, St. Luke’s Lutheran, Putnam Valley, N.Y. (call pending) Ronald York, Ascension Lutheran, Tucson, Ariz. (call pending)
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R eaching Today’s Woman … Wherever She Is! Recently it has been my great privilege to spend time visiting with the ladies of the LWML in our district. What a delight it is to share in fellowship and the love of Jesus together with women of all ages and stages in life. For more than 69 years, the LWML has been bringing women together for the common purpose of helping others and showing God’s love. However, the LWML is not immune to the challenge Karen Drury to remain current and relevant in today’s world. In 2009, Lutheran Hour Ministries conducted a women’s survey in an effort to better understand the needs of women today. Some of the results revealed that the two top stressors for women are their children and finances, and the top thing that women would change about themselves was their body image, specifically, in regard to their weight. I would venture a guess that if the same questions were asked of women 50 years ago, the answers would be much the same. The fact is, today’s women are seeking meaningful relationships and a sense of purpose for their lives just the same as women in years past. While there may be no magic solution for women’s groups seeking to draw in more involvement from young women, I believe that the Bible outlines the characteristics of true fellowship that we in the LWML can share with women of all ages: Share true feelings (authenticity), encourage each other (mutuality), support each other (sympathy), forgive each other (mercy), speak the truth in love (honesty), admit our weakness (humility), respect our differences (courtesy), not gossip (confidentiality), and make group a priority (frequency). “Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead let us encourage one another” (Heb. 10:25a GNT). Summing it up, Rick Warren writes in ‘The Purpose Driven Life,’ “When you look at the list of characteristics, it is obvious why genuine fellowship is so rare. It means giving up our self-centeredness and independence in order to become interdependent. But the benefits of sharing life together far outweigh the costs, and it prepares us for heaven.”
Epiphany keeps Christmas as the shining light into the new year. It is the wonderful liturgical festival we observe on Jan. 6, but celebrate on the Sunday immediately following the sixth and lasts until the beginning of Lent. Epiphany shows us how God comes to His people. God came to us by becoming one of us and took on human flesh to let us know His salvation to the world. We meditate on many of the epiphanies of our Lord, one day being Epiphany itself with the arrival of the Magi who worshiped the Messiah and brought Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The Magi, or “wise men,” learned of the Old Testament prophecies concerning the coming of Christ, including the passage of Num. 24:17 about the “messianic star.” These wise men have been considered representatives of all the people of the earth. Because of the miraculous star, God showed the Magi that Jesus was born to be the King of the Jews as well as the Lord and Savior of all nations. Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist is an important festival we observe on the first Sunday after Epiphany. This revealed Jesus to be God’s true Son after hearing the words of the Father and viewing the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove. Transfiguration is the greatest of Christ’s epiphanies until His resurrection from the grave on Easter. It is a celebration of the minute that Jesus shined His divine nature on Peter, James and John, leaving them dazed. A few days later is Ash Wednesday, a day of repentance and sorrow and the beginning of Lent. Each of these epiphanies helps us know the identity and mission of Christ: True Man and Joan Schlichter True God, born to be the Lord and Savior of us Vice President all. of Human Care
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YOU! Well, actually it is explained by our Lord Christ Himself. And He gives you grace to serve His Gospel through your participation in the work of the LWML. The miracle of Christmas is that God has come in the flesh! The miracle of Epiphany is that this Jesus is revealed as the Christ to the whole world! By His miracles, His preaching and teaching, Jesus is shown to Rev. Alan Wollenburg be the world’s long-awaited Messiah (He does the things which only Messiah would do!), and He shows the world the perfect love of God for all people! This is where you come in. In your vocations at home, church and work, you explain to others what the love of God is! You think and speak kindly with your husband and children. The same goes for all of the folks at church and all of the people where you work. They see your love and respect for them and begin to “get” the love of God revealed in Christ. Through your LWML society and the projects you undertake, you demonstrate the love of God for all people. Unless you fail; which, of course, you do. You discover to your dismay that unkind thoughts really do lead to unkind words, and unkind words often do lead to unkind actions. And those hardly represent God properly. Thankfully, the Savior of the world died for those sins, too, to give you forgiveness and life with God. May the Lord continue to bless the good women of the LWML to help show Christ to all those around us! As the coming of the Magi taught us that God wanted all people to hope in Him, so may your national and international work help teach others that God wants them in His Church, too! +
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fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19, Mark 1:17). As we have been blessed with God’s grace to be disciples, we are also called to make disciples of all nations. Please join us at the 2012 Missouri District LWML Convention, June 8-10, 2012, as we ask God to guide and equip us.
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A nnouncements Personnel Changes — Commissioned Ministers of R eligion
Transferred from Other Districts Barry, Katherine (SO) to River Roads, St. Louis 8/14/11 by A. Schenk Engelhardt, Julie (MNS) to candidate 9/28/11 Goldammer, Jill (SI) to Child of God, St. Peters 8/21/11 by J. Cox Lobosky, Pamela (PSW) to King’s Kid Preschool, Lake Ozark 9/11/11 by R. Lehenbauer Shudy, Amy (MI) to candidate 7/31/11
Graduates Installed Metcalf, Justin (S ’11) to Messiah, Independence 7/15/11 by J. Nicolaus Schultz, Jenna (RF ’11) to River Roads, St. Louis 10/2/11 by A. Schenk Wormington, Dana (colloquy RF ’11) to Trinity, Freistatt 10/23/11 by R. Buchmueller Reinstated Telle, LaDonna (reinstated by COP 9/11) to candidate
Changes Within District Brackman, Timothy (teacher, Lutheran School North, St. Louis) to principal, Lutheran High North, St. Louis 10/18/11 by R. Mirly Clayton, Angela (candidate) to Lutheran High North, St. Louis 10/18/11 by R. Mirly Erkkinen, Linda (candidate) to St. John’s, Arnold 8/14/11 by J. Miller Hunt, G. Warren (Hope, St. Louis) to St. John’s, Arnold 8/14/11 by J. Miller Mueller, Jonathan (candidate) to Lutheran High North, St. Louis 10/18/11 by R. Mirly Springer, Mara (non-candidate) to Lutheran Association for Special Education, St. Louis 10/27/11 by R. Rall Candidate Status Snyder, Joseph (Lutheran Hour Ministries, St. Louis) 6/10/11
Calling Congregations For Sole Pastors: Bolivar, Zion Branson, Faith – called Rev. Barry Pfanstiel of Good Shepherd, Cape Girardeau, MO to be intentional interim pastor (declined) Brentwood, Mount Calvary – called Rev. Todd Kollbaum of Cole Camp, MO (declined) Dexter, Faith Emma, Holy Cross – called Rev. Brad Birtel of Columbus, NE (declined) Florissant, Salem – called Rev. John Duerr of Warren, MI (declined) Glendale, Glendale – called Rev. Todd Kollbaum of Cole Camp, MO Lemay, Gethsemane Linn/Pilgrim, Drake/St. John Marshall, Our Redeemer Pocahontas/Shawneetown, Zion/Trinity St. Charles, Our Savior – called Rev. Michael Iannelli of Maple Grove, MN (accepted) St. Peters, Child of God Wellsville, Grace Served by Intentional Interim Pastors: Affton, Salem (Rev. Dr. Darrell Zimmerman) Emma, Holy Cross (Rev. Richard Swanson) Fenton, Our Savior (Rev. Dr. Richard Foss) Florissant, Salem (Rev. Gordon Beck) Lemay, Gethsemane (Rev. Roger Henning) Scott City, Eisleben – convertible vicar has been assigned For Senior Pastor Affton, Salem Arnold, St. John (retirement of Rev. Dr. Jack Miller) called Rev. Keith Speaks of Kernersville, NC (declined) For Associate or Assistant Pastor Chesterfield, King of Kings – called Rev. Gregory Prauner of Ridgewood, NJ Farmington, St. Paul Lockwood, Immanuel – calling a seminary candidate
Vacant (on hold – but being served) Ashland, Family of Christ Bethany, Hope Bismarck, St. John Center, Trinity Creighton, Trinity Cuba/St. James, St. Paul/St. John Diggins, Zion Elk Prairie (Rolla), Peace Isabella, Faith Knob Noster, Faith Memphis, St. Paul Milan, Peace Oak Grove, Shepherd of the Valley Pagedale, Grace Pilot Knob, Immanuel Princeton, Immanuel Potosi, Redeemer St. Louis, Holy Sacrament St. Louis, St. Matthew St. Louis, St. Paul St. Louis County, Immanuel Chapel Sarcoxie, Trinity Shelbyville, Mount Hope Stockton, St. Andrew Sweet Springs, Christ Pastors considering other Calls: Groh, Jorge to serve as Mission Strategist for LUMA, Kansas City (accepted) Liebmann, Robert (St. Mark, Eureka) to Hope, Fond du Lac, WI (declined) Mann, Robert (Pocahontas and Shawneetown) to Faith, Flora, IL (declined)
Non-Candidate Status Kaelberer, Jennifer (Our Savior, St. Charles) 7/1/11 Kennell, Emily (Our Redeemer, Kansas City) 8/1/11 Moentmann, Sherry (candidate) 7/31/11 Starfeldt, Chad (Webster Gardens, Webster Groves) 6/1/11
Retired Miller, Pamela (St. John’s, Arnold) 6/16/11 Myers, Elizabeth (non-candidate) 11/1/11 Wetmore, Melba (King of Glory, St. Louis) 6/1/11 Transferred to Other Districts Kaelberer, Jennifer (noncandidate) to PSW 10/26/11 Kennell, Emily (non-candidate) to NEB 10/20/11 Scherch, Ronald (LCMS World Mission, St. Louis) to SE 8/30/11
We R emember: 1 Rev. Bradley Aldrich of Lutherans in Jewish Evangelism, St. Louis, who passed into eternity September 22, 2011. 1 Rev. Martin Brauer, emeritus, called home October 31, 2011. 1 Rev. Harvey Groth, emeritus, went to eternal glory October 4, 2011. 1 Rev. Ervin Junkans, emeritus, joined the saints October 5, 2011.
K eepsake book adds beautiful illustrations to beloved hymns, prayers and psalms Generations of members of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) have cherished Lutheran hymns and taught these songs to their children in worship and at home throughout the years. Now Concordia Publishing House has created an exceptional hymnal designed especially for little hearts and minds—My First Hymnal. This treasured book will teach even the youngest of believers the traditions of the church as they grow and learn in faith. “The dilemma we’ve faced is how to bring children into the worship life of the LCMS,” said the editor of My First Hymnal, David Johnson. “With this book, we’ve taken the hymns loved by all generations and combined them with realistic artwork that tells the story of the church and Jesus’ love. This is something that all children can take to church and say, ‘This is my hymnal.’” Johnson and the music department of Concordia Publishing House surveyed parents, teachers and educators to choose the 52 hymns that appear in My First Hymnal. “These are songs that are easy to remember with language that shows God’s love for children and speaks to His relationship with them through Jesus’ grace and forgiveness.” The content is appropriate for children up to age 10. Alongside the music and prayers, My First Hymnal features beautifully conceived illustrations highlighting the colors, seasons and symbols of the Church Year. In contrast to similar childrens’ books, this artwork is rich in color and deeply engages children in the story of Jesus and His Church. Johnson encourages families to use this book as a devotional resource at home, as an important way to prepare children for Sunday morning worship and equip them to use the full hymnal and benefit from it. “Parents can help children memorize psalms, prayers and portions of the Lutheran liturgy,” he said. “Each bit of text or hymn stanza in the book connects with the artwork on the page, so that even small children can understand and have the words of the Church in their mouths at a very early age.” Visit cph.org or call 1-800-325-3040 for more information or to order your copy of My First Hymnal today.
A nnouncements 58th Annual Whole Hog
Holiday Hideaway Resort
Pork Sausage Dinner Feb. 12, 2012 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. “All You Can Eat” $9 adults, $4 children Gethsemane Lutheran Church 765 Lemay Ferry Road St. Louis, Mo. 314-631-7331 Questions? Contact Kirk Berner, Gethsemane Men’s Club 314-544-1691
Save the date! St. Paul’s Lutheran Elementary School Auction & Dinner
Rock Lake, Branson, Mo., area Let us host your church retreat at our 14-cabin lakefront resort. Special rate for church groups.
Saturday evening, March 17, 2012
contact by email: email@example.com or phone: 417-739-4542
For more details visit www.stpaulsconcordia.org or call 660-463-7654
Members of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran, Kimberling City, Mo.
Gulf Shores, Ala., beachfront condo for rent
Our beach and pools are in great shape! Three bedroom, two bath, fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, indoor-outdoor pools, hot tub, tennis court, exercise, sauna; golf, fishing, children’s attractions nearby. Members of The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens
Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Symposia Series 2012
Since 1977, theologians, scholars and lay people from around the world have gathered on the Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., campus for the annual Symposia series. The 2012 series will take place Jan. 17–20, 2012. Complete Symposia information and online registration can be found at www.ctsfw.edu/ Symposia. The theme for the Exegetical Theology Symposium, Jan. 17-18, is In Search of Jesus: Why History Matters. Main speakers include: Dr. Richard Bauckham, professor emeritus, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom; Mr. Daniel Johansson, Ph.D. candidate, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom; as well as a number of CTS professors. The Symposium on the Lutheran Confessions has chosen Justification in a Contemporary Context as its theme and will take place Jan. 18-20, under the sponsorship of the Department of Systematic Theology. Speakers scheduled to participate include: Dr. Erik M. Heen, professor of New Testament, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia; Dr. Gordon Isaac, Berkshire associate professor of Advent Christian Studies, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Mass.; Dr. Jack Kilcrease, adjunct professor of Theology and Humanities at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Dr. Christopher Malloy, associate professor of Theology, University of Dallas; Rev. Dr. Scott Murray, senior pastor, Memorial Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas, and Fifth Vice President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod; along with several members of the CTS faculty. The speaker for the banquet on Thursday, Jan. 19, will be Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, president, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. This year even those who cannot make the trip to Fort Wayne will have the option to watch and listen via the internet, as the presentations are broadcast live from Sihler Auditorium on the seminary campus. The registration fee for the livestream runs $75 and will allow viewers to enjoy all four days of Symposia 2012. "We want to deliver the blessings of our annual symposia to those who are unable to attend in person because of budgets or other factors,” commented Dr. Charles Gieschen, CTS academic dean. “With advances in technology, this is a very economical way to hear and see renown lecturers engaging Lutheran theology."
Personnel Changes — Ordained Ordained and Installed Mizel, Christopher (SL2011) ordained Holy Cross, O’Fallon, MO 10/2/11; installed Lutheran High School Assoc. of St. Louis to be religion teacher at Lutheran High School South, St. Louis, MO 10/2/11 by R. Mirly Transferred to Our District Knippa, Joshua (SW) installed as Associate Pastor at Faith, Jefferson City, MO 10/9/2011 by R. Mirly Seltz, Gregory (PSW) installed as Lutheran Hour Speaker for Lutheran Hour Ministries, St. Louis, MO 10/27/11 by J. Kalthoff
Candidate Status Baker, Robert (CPH, St. Louis) 8/5/11 Mann, Robert (Pocahontas/ Shawneetown) 10/1/11 Tape, John (CMLI, St. Louis) 9/18/11 Deceased Aldrich, Bradley (Lutherans in Jewish Evangelism, St. Louis) 9/22/11 Brauer, Martin (emeritus) 10/31/11 Groth, Harvey (emeritus) 10/4/11 Junkans, Ervin (emeritus) 10/5/11
Transferred to Other Districts Mann, Robert (candidate status) to Rocky Mountain District 11/11/11 Miller, Jeffrey (LCEF, St. Louis) to Minnesota South District 10/3/11 Tape, John (candidate status) to Kansas District 9/18/11
The Voice of Missouri
Our R edeemer — Offering R edemption
by Rev. Brad Zerkel I was enjoying a peaceful cup of coffee in my room overlooking the lake at the Missouri District Professional Church Workers’ Conference when the tranquility of the moment was broken by a phone call from Our Redeemer’s secretary. She was calling to inform me that there had been a break-in at the church resulting in considerable damage. A Latino gang had stolen our electronics and “tagged” (graffitied) the walls, floors and tables. They stole money from our Good Samaritan fund and made waste of Pastor Sanchez’s and my offices. But, praise be to God, they did not go into the sanctuary. As I drove back to Kansas City, only one thing was on my mind – the devil was attacking Our Redeemer again. My greatest concern was not the damage to the church building but the damage to the congregation itself. We are a growing church, both in numbers and in faith, but like many small, inner-city congregations, we are still vulnerable to closing if the will of the faithful is broken. Many of our English-speaking members are from the suburbs and for years have made the trek into the city for worship. My fear was that they would finally have had enough with the challenges of an urban church. My second fear was for the Hispanic members of Our Redeemer, that they would feel shame on account of what the gang did or would somehow feel responsible simply because it was a Latino gang. In my anxiety, I didn’t think about the fact that “perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18), nor did I remind myself that we are not to worry about tomorrow (Matt. 6:24). Thankfully, Jesus is still Lord of His Church, and He was at work in His people at Our Redeemer. Our congregation president (one of those suburbanites I was worrying about) assured me that no one had given up and, in fact, everybody was more determined than ever not to let the devil or his agents discourage them. What a joy it is to know that our battle against the “powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” has already been won for us! Then I saw the faithfulness of many of our Hispanic members as they kicked into high gear. In just two days they removed all the graffiti and damage so we could have Sunday school and fellowship time on Sunday morning. We have already painted the walls that were defaced and are replacing all the broken windows. With additional improvements in security, Our Redeemer will actually be in better physical condition than before the break-in. The greatest joy was not in how quickly everything was cleaned up, or even how everyone worked together. Rather, it was seeing how the Holy Spirit worked in all our members – be they English-speaking, Hispanic or Liberian. He used the attack of the devil to strengthen and unite His people. Paul was right: “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). We are more united and determined to go forward in Christ than ever before – take that, ol’ evil foe! The Sunday after the attack, Our Redeemer’s Hispanic members decided to deliver a message to the gang via our
church sign out front. Translated, it reads “we forgive you and invite you [to come].” I wish there was room to say “through the front door this time.” Our Lord poured out His Spirit on His people and gave us the power to forgive and the determination to keep fighting the good fight – what a good and faithful God we serve! Everybody was more
Even though I did not call anyone outside the determined than ever congregation concerning the break-in, somehow the not to let the devil or his word got out, and the response from our brothers and sisters in the faith has been astounding. A pastor agents discourage them. from another church let me know his congregation will be sending money to help out and another told me of our church being held up in their prayers on Sunday morning. People continue to stop by and call just to see if there is anything we need, or anything they can do to help. We boast in the Lord that we belong to a church body that cares for each other so deeply! We praise Jesus for seeing us through this attack of Satan and we thank Him for faithful Lutheran brothers and sisters who came to our aid in our time of need.
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Published on Nov 30, 2011
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