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Lutheran Malaria Initiative in Missouri
At the 18th convention of the Missouri District of The Lutheran Church— Missouri Synod, June 3-5, 2012, the voting delegates of the Missouri District approved supporting the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) for the next three years. The district began the triennium by designating half of the convention offering of $2,818.86 to LMI. (The other half was designated to Joplin relief.) Martha Mitkos, director of the Lutheran Malaria Initiative, spoke in depth to the convention on the problem of malaria and the attainable hope of the cure. She said we can make a huge impact through education and prevention. The committee on Missions and Church Extension brought to the floor Resolution 2-02, to show mercy through the encouragement and support of the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) which in its resolves encourages all congregations of the Missouri District, organizations, societies, schools (day school,
preschool, Sunday school, VBS, weekday school), Bible classes and other groups in the congregation as well as families and individuals be encouraged to prayerfully consider, promote and financially support this mission project. Many articles in this issue are updates on how support of LMI is being carried out throughout the Missouri District. Photo by: Jonathan Ernst for Lutheran World Relief Missouri district contributions total more than $150,000 from congregations, schools and private donors. There are 100 congregations in the Missouri District actively raising funds for the Lutheran Malaria Initiative.
Geek Nites and Lemonade Save Lives
What do oil changes, pill bottles, Geek nite, pictures, cots, concerts, small groups, and lemonade have in common? Each one tells a story of generosity and compassion. Each one tells the story of a fight … a fight to save lives … a fight against malaria at The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens, Webster Groves, Mo. Last spring, moved by the tragic and preventable loss of lives in Africa because of malaria, Webster Gardens joined in the fight against malaria led by our church body! During a five-week period between Easter and Mother’s Day, the battle cry of our congregation became $10 = One Net = One Life. Every generation joined in the fight! High school students hosted a “Geek Nite” game night fundraiser. Middle school students banded together in a “Stamp Out Malaria” overnight fundraiser and slept on cots under mosquito nets. “Kids Against Malaria” (Sunday school children) filled empty pill bottles with exactly $10 worth of quarters … just enough to save the life of one child with a mosquito net.
Cots with mosquito net tents were set up in the building to serve as a backdrop for individual and family photographs for a donation. Small group participants invited neighbors and friends to a meeting that highlighted the need and invited them to participate in the fight with their financial gifts. The community was invited to a concert at the church with all proceeds and additional matching funds earmarked for the fight. Third grade students held a rummage and bake sale, raising enough money to purchase nearly 30 nets. One young entrepreneur decided to sell lemonade to raise money for nets. He called everyone he knew and asked them how many gallons of lemonade they would like to buy to save the lives of children in Africa! Families were encouraged to honor their mothers by making a donation that would cover the cost of one net for each member of the family. A local auto mechanic even joined the fight. He donated 100 percent of his proceeds for oil changes purchased during a certain period of time to the fight against malaria. When Mother’s Day came, and the final offerings were gathered, there was more than $46,000!
That’s 4,600 bed nets … 4,600 people educated … 4,600 lives saved … and most importantly, 4,600 people touched by the love of Christ!
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From t he president’s desk 30 P ieces of Silver
As I was growing up, going to church and Sunday school was a given for our family. In the 1950s and 1960s, going to church was as natural as eating three meals a day or getting eight hours of sleep at night. Short of being sick in bed, everyone went to church, or so it seemed to me as a young person living in a predominantly Lutheran community. A few years ago, a religious poll was conducted. Those taking the poll were asked if they considered themselves to be faithful Christians. President Ray Mirly If they answered yes, they were then asked the frequency they attended church. The average attendance for all those answering this question was one time per month. Judas, one of the 12 disciples, had the privilege of being in the presence of Jesus on a daily basis. Can you imagine what it was like, hearing Jesus teach the Holy Scriptures or watch Him perform a miracle? In the daily presence of Jesus, he and his fellow disciples literally took a daily walk with God in the flesh! There is no greater intimacy with God than what Judas and the other disciples experienced. As we know, Satan used 30 pieces of silver to take the eyes, ears and heart of Judas away from his intimate relationship with Jesus. Thirty pieces of silver changed the earthly and eternal life of Judas. Thirty pieces of silver were enough to turn Judas’ back on Jesus, betray Him and lead Judas to despair. Satan continues to tempt you and me, as well as the whole world, figuratively speaking, with 30 pieces of silver. For some, their 30 pieces of silver are sports and recreation. Do you believe it is by accident that youth soccer games are scheduled on Sunday mornings? Do you believe it is by accident that junior and senior high school sports programs cause the youth of the church (and their parents) to have to make a choice between confirmation instruction and participation in volleyball, basketball, baseball, football and cheerleading? For others their 30 pieces of silver is sleep on Sunday morning or having an employer schedule them for work at the same time as worship services are scheduled. For others it is a weekend home project that takes up the entire weekend, planting/harvesting a crop, or baling hay. For still others it is travel, visiting relatives or participating in family activities. For Judas, the weak spot in his heart was silver. Most of us have our own weak spot. Satan knows us well. Satan knows Satan knows how to how to slowly change our life priorities away from God’s gift of faith in His Son slowly change our life given to us at our baptism. priorities away from Satan knows how to engage us in many God’s gift of faith and various activities that conflict with family devotions, church attendance, in His Son given to participation in Bible class, our children attending Sunday school, Lutheran eleus at our baptism. mentary and high school. When conflicts arise in our lives between spiritual and non-spiritual activities, it is not by accident. In the desert, Satan offered Jesus bread after 40 days without any. Satan dangled all earthly power and prestige before Jesus, including stirring up the crowds to try to elevate Jesus to a kingly throne. Jesus, however, came to seek and save the lost. He came to save you and me. He never took His eyes off the cross. He knew His death was necessary for you and me to receive the gift of heaven. “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” “What good is it if a man gains the whole world and loses his soul?” Jesus came into the world to earn eternal life for us. Eternal life cannot be destroyed by moth, rust, tornadoes, recessions, fires, job loss or illness. Eternal life is ours by God’s grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus came to earth to earn this eternal life for you and me. Pray God to protect you when Satan tempts you with your 30 pieces of silver. God keep you and me in the true faith to life everlasting.
President’s Prayer List Please join me in prayer this month. Praise and thank God for His grace and mercy. Praise and thank God for His gift of faith to you in Jesus Christ. Praise and thank God for New Beginnings Lutheran Church, Pacific, in planting two new missions. Praise and thank God for Timothy Lutheran Church, St. Louis, in providing leadership and congregational support for the ALIGN mission initiative in the city of St. Louis. Praise and thank God for Faith Lutheran Church, Branson, and its support in planting new missions in the greater Branson community. Pray God to bless and guide the ministry of Rev. Dr. Stuart Brassie as he initiates, encourages, networks and supports mission efforts throughout the Missouri District. Praise and thank God for all the Missouri District early childhood ministries, elementary schools and Lutheran high schools. Praise and thank God for the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Pray God to bless and protect the life of the unborn. Pray God to bless the life of the aging, the disabled and those in a vegetative state. Pray God to bless the children and youth of Missouri District congregations, especially those preparing for their confirmation. Pray that God will bless the Christian witness many Missourians are giving to the non-churched and de-churched. Pray God to bless the work of the placement committees of our Synod as they do the work of placing candidates from our seminaries and universities into their first ministry positions this May. Pray God to bless and guide the pastors, leaders and members of Our Redeemer, Kansas City, as they recover from the fire that destroyed their church building. Pray the Holy Spirit to guide district congregations contemplating and/or extending divine calls. Pray God to bless all the men attending Missouri Synod seminaries as well as those contemplating enrolling for the summer or fall of 2013. Pray God to bless all the men and women contemplating enrolling for full time church careers at Missouri Synod universities. Pray God to create a right spirit within each of us. Ask God to protect the men and women of the United States military.
Historic Trinity Presents Maundy Thursday Drama The events of the first Maundy Thursday will be reenacted by the music and drama ministries of Historic Trinity, 1805 S. Eighth St., St. Louis, with Holy Communion at 6 and 8 p.m. on March 28. Lutherans attending either service will be offered communion by Pastor David Marth, assisted by those playing roles in the drama, using the chalice brought to America by the Saxon Lutheran immigrants in 1838. “Trinity is carrying on our historic church’s mission of sharing the Gospel with new generations,” said Diana Krueger, actress, Trinity member and director of the drama. In the drama, the disciples and several of the women who were part of Jesus’ life tell of their personal relationships to Jesus, leading viewers to see themselves in their stories. Marth, Trinity’s senior pastor, invites fellow Lutherans to visit St. Louis Walther sites and Trinity as their Lutheran mother parish in downtown St. Louis — “their cathedral ministry in our city.” Lutherans attending the annual Maundy Thursday reenactment during worship at Trinity, St. Louis, come forward to receive communion offered by the pastor, assisted by members playing the disciples.
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The Lion Sleeps
The lion. “Hush my darling, be still my darling, the lion sleeps tonight.” I remember the song from my childhood. I thought the lion was the biggest threat to the children of Africa. The mosquito. I don’t remember a lullaby about “the mosquito sleeps tonight …” Mosquitoes don’t sleep. In my neck of the woods, we are blessed with periodic fogging trucks. On my closet shelf I have a can of mosquito spray right next to the suntan lotion for our picnics and ball games. I remember my first night encounter with a mosquito in my bedroom. The faint irritating buzz getting louder as it gets closer to my ear. I wait, I wait. Feel it land on my neck; going for the jugular. Swat! Then I slept well. In Africa the mosquitoes come in hoards. The mosquito bites the sleeping lion (or monkey, whatever) and then the mosquito bites the sleeping child. It carries the deadly malaria virus. Missionary Jim Derksen, dressed as a native of Guinea, West Africa, and shared the message of the dangers of the mosquito with the children of Bethlehem Lutheran School, Raymore, Mo. He spoke about how when his wife sacrificially gave up her mosquito net, she contracted malaria. His daughter, Jenna, demonstrated how they climb into the net at night. The 22 children of Bethlehem Lutheran School “got it” when they understood the need, and they went out and raised more than $500 for the Lutheran Malaria Initiative. In Guinea, $500 translates into 50 mosquito nets. Maybe someday there will be an African lullaby about the people of the Lord from far across the sea sending the Gospel and safety nets. The mother smiles, tucks her child in and sings: “Hush my darMr. Derksen with the kindergarten class of Bethlehem, Raymore, Mo. ling, be still my darling, you sleep in the net tonight … ”
Around the District Dinner and Lollipops St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Concordia hosts an annual congregation dinner called “Celebrate the Ministry.” The dinner, held each fall, highlights the ministry of the congregation and also special mission projects. In the past, the dinner has featured Rev. Greg Mech from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Joplin, conversations with missionaries supported by the congregation via Skype and young people talking about the importance of Lutheran schools and campus ministry. This year, the primary speaker was Martha Mitkos, director of the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Martha is an alumna of Saint Paul Lutheran High School in Concordia and her sister, Katie Hass, is a member. She explained to the audience how LMI is making an impact in countries where the educational awareness programming already has been taking place. She explained that partner churches are already actively reaching out to spread the Gospel. LMI is providing them access to insecticide treated bed nets, rapid testing kits for diagnosis, medication, and most importantly, education on proper bed net usage and recognizing the signs and symptoms of Malaria. There is only a 24-36 hour window of time to diagnose and receive treatment before a child dies from Malaria. Pregnant women and children under the age of five are the most susceptible. Mitkos spoke of her own personal experiences during a visit to Tanzania when she visited with families who have lost loved ones to malaria and the sad recognition that it is preventable. She asked all in attendance to pray for the families battling Malaria, who have lost loved ones to this disease and to pray about how they can get involved. Approximately 200 people attended the dinner and heard how they can support LMI. The visual display of a
Mr. Derksen with his daughter in native clothing.
In Guinea, $500 translates into 50 mosquito nets. More stories on page 4
bed net was a simple demonstration of how $10 can help save a life. While the presentation was encouraging about the progress there is still much more work to do. “Just two years ago, a child was dying every 30 seconds. Now, a child is dying every 60 seconds. That’s 1,440 children every day dying from a disease that is completely preventable and treatable. We must act now as Lutherans reaching out to our partner churches to heal hearts and bodies and share the life saving message of Christ’s sacrifice freeing us from sin,” Mitkos stated. The evening also included a “Lollipop Stand.” Since the spring of 2011, elementary school students at St. Paul’s Lutheran School have been selling regular and sugar-free lollipops with all the proceeds going to support LMI. To date, the students have contributed nearly $3,000 toward LMI. Combined, the church and school have contributed $3,878.47.
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Distr ict News St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Sedalia, Mo., has used the
Lutheran Malaria Initiative as its offering recipient this year and has collected $357.96 so far. Teachers showed the children how the actual tents are used and talked about malaria in the classrooms. Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kansas City, LWML Society had a
cookie sale in December. Part of the proceeds will go to the Malaria Initative. The Lutheran group’s next meeting will be the last Sunday in February, after which they will make the distribution. Music director Wes Kassulke at Historic Trinity, St. Louis, accompanied the morning service playing under a mosquito net on Malaria Sunday last year to dramatically illustrate the protection this simple tool provides to people around the world who live in climates where malaria is a deadly health concern. Also, during the service, Sunday school children delivered the donations they had gathered in quarters as “lead gifts” in the congregation’s fundraising effort, which reached more than $18,000. Trinity’s Malaria Sunday concluded with a congregation lunch where Synod and parish spokespeople described the need for the initiative to save especially children’s lives.
Martin Luther Academy (MLA) of Kansas City collected enough money to
purchase well over 140 mosquito nets for the Lutheran Malaria Initiative. The picture shows the entire student body with orange Lutheran Malaria Initiative wristbands. MLA students brought in chapel offerings since the beginning of this school year to help those in Africa who need malaria nets. MLA is in its 10th year of operation and has 87 students.
District Immanuel Lutheran Day School in Olivette is giving chapel offerings to the Lutheran Malaria Initiative: more than $1,150 so far this year.
Distr ict News Hesse Honored with Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award Ninety-three local educators were honored with Tiffany crystal apples at the 2012 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards. Recipients were selected by their schools’ administration to celebrate their achievements and dedication to the teaching profession. Green Park Lutheran School’s Wayne Hesse was one of the recipients. “Quality teachers are instrumental in helping students achieve the highest level of success,” said Patrick J. Sly, Emerson executive vice president. “And their achievements ultimately enable our communities to grow, companies to succeed and increase jobs, and provide more progressive employment opportunities in the future.” Wayne Hesse has exemplified excellence in teaching for 35 years at Green Park Lutheran School in St. Louis. He is revered as an educator in our community and among his colleagues, students, graduates and parents. “I have been overwhelmed by Wayne’s positive impact on his students. Parents routinely praise Wayne for acclimating their children to middle school math, and he is well-known by teachers at the high school level (both public and private) for the firm foundation he provides our graduates,” said Gary Spieler, Green Park principal. The 35-year veteran to middle school math also produces tangible results. Each year Green Park students take the ACT Explore test, and regularly excel in the math section. In 2011, for example, 27 of the 34 eighth graders scored above the 90th percentile in math. Nine were in the 100th percentile. Many of his students learn a love for math that carries them through high school, college and technical or math-related careers. “Mr. Hesse provided me with a solid base in math and made the transition to high school math an ease. I looked forward to Mental Math 10 questions on Fridays. It made you think about numbers differently. My love of math started in his classroom and blossomed into a career in civil engineering” (Kori Rauh, Green Park 2003, Georgia Tech University, 2011). Hesse’s contribution to Green Park goes beyond the classroom. His instruction of analytical skills carries over to the school’s after-school GROW program, where he teaches students to play chess. He also coaches the school’s cross country, track and academic teams. Hesse has graciously declined award nominations in the past, focusing not on himself, but on others. Even now, he is hesitant and much too humble to celebrate this award, but an educator of this caliber should be recognized. Award recipients also are given an opportunity to apply for a Gold Star Grant from Emerson, which will be presented this spring. Honorees from this year and the past five years are eligible to apply for the competitive grants, which are designed to fund educational projects that reflect the pillars of the Emerson brand – technology, innovation and leadership. Since 2006, Emerson has awarded $295,000 to area educators and schools through the Gold Star Grant program. The Excellence in Teaching Awards program is sponsored annually by St. Louisbased Emerson, a diversified global manufacturer and technology leader. Emerson and the Emerson Charitable Trust gave $10.6 million to more than 700 educational organizations and institutions globally for the year ending September 2012. “We are proud to celebrate the area’s most dedicated educators, and thank them for their commitment to education and to our children,” Sly added. Green Park Lutheran School, based in south St. Louis county, is a K-8 grade school faithfully equipping the next generation of critical thinkers, talented athletes, gifted artists and servant leaders. Owned and operated by Gethsemane, Christ Memorial, Peace and Resurrection congregations, Green Park has offered superior education for more than 50 years. For information or to schedule a private tour, contact Katy Schmitt, Admissions, katy. firstname.lastname@example.org. Wayne Hesse, right, receiving a 2012 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.
Celebrations at Immanuel, West Plains Congregational Float Takes Second Place in Community Parade
Immanuel Lutheran Church of West Plains, Mo., entered a float in the annual West Plains Christmas parade. Immanuel’s float took second place in the religion category. The theme of the parade was “A Celebration of Light.” Immanuel’s float entered with the theme “Jesus is the Light of the World.” The float consisted of a live nativity and a lighted cross leaning on a rotating globe. In addition to the float, Immanuel members handed out 500 bags of candy with a sticker printed with worship information, 125 brochures proclaiming Christ and a dozen devotional booklets.
Church Celebrates New Adult Confirmand
On Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, Immanuel welcomed Mary Belle Brown into membership with the Rite of Confirmation after several months of catechesis. She had been attending services for about a year, and began private catechism classes in the summer. Her son, Thomas, one of the congregation’s elders, was the elder on duty during the service.
Freezer Pops and Flags The vacancy pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in the College Hill neighborhood of St. Louis, Rev. Derek Wolter, is a Chaplain Major in the U. S. Air Force Reserves. He was deployed to Manas in Kyrgyzstan from May through October 2012. During his deployment, he asked the members of St. Paul’s to help the troops coming out of and going into Afghanistan by sending toiletries. They collected and mailed soap, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, hand sanitizer, etc. Just about anything you would find in your own bathroom vanity was included. Members received help from family and friends, particularly Kay Alexander, mother of Sara Alexander Niethe and the women of the deli department at the Shop ’n Save store in Maplewood. After sending toiletries, the congregation received a request for freeze pops! It seems the service personnel enjoy freeze pops. The group sent what apparently is the gold standard of freeze pops: the extra-large Kool-Aid brand. These were not only eaten and enjoyed, they also were traded for other goodies with departments outside the chaplain’s office. Pastor Wolter surprised the congregation by presenting them with a thank you gift: an American flag that was “flown on behalf of the 22d Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron over the skies of Afghanistan on 11 September 2012. It flew onboard a KC-135R Stratotanker during a combat refueling mission. During this mission two F-16s, four A-10s and two AMX were refueled with 59,200 pounds of fuel by dedicated members of the United States Air Force and representing our commitment to our Overseas Contigency Operations. Let all who look upon it see it as a symbol of freedom, a standard of justice, and a promise to remember those who died for it.” The certificate accompanying the flag was signed by David Kimpel, Lt Col USAF (aircraft commander); Kristopher Yegge, Capt, USAF (pilot); Thomas Nance, SSgt, USAF (boom operator). The congregation is having the certificate and the flag professionally framed and will display this expression of thanks for everyone to see. St. Paul’s is the covenant congregation with the Lutheran Housing Support Corporation in a home-building endeavor known as the NazaPictured from left: Dorothy Jackson, reth Project. During 2013 the congregation will secretary; Derek Wolter, pastor; Ed Niethe, celebrate its 150th year of being incorporated as president; Teri Rose, treasurer; and Louis a congregation in the College Hill area. Virdure, elder.
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Got Grandchildren? Marie Anna Theiss, member of Salem Lutheran, Farrar, does and it is like a mini family reunion every day during the current school year when eight of those grandchildren go to class at Concordia University–Nebraska in Seward. Three of the eight are from the Missouri District (one from Farrar and two from Liberty). The others are from Nebraska, Iowa and North Carolina. In addition, Theiss has three grandsons attending Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (one from Farrar, one from Perryville, and the other from Illinois).
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Our big highlight for December was the Christmas Celebration. What a blessing! More than 175 were in attendance for lunch and entertainment. The bell choir from College of the Ozarks performed with their story of Christmas, heard through the bells. Russell Lucas and Dawn Katzer asked, “Mary Did You Know?” After the bells and voices, Rev. Ken Lampe shared a message with the congregation. What a wonderful birthday party for Jesus. If you were not a part of the celebration, please plan to attend on Dec. 1 this year. January started off with the Journeymen. This group started as a men’s only group. Now, they have started a new tradition. They bring their families and enjoy a Christmas celebration at Heit’s Point. If you or your congregation would like to be a part of this, please get with the leaders in your church and plan to attend. The facility is decorated for Christmas, so why not take advantage of the beauty of the building and the surrounding Ozarks! Then, on Jan, 11, an elders workshop was held. Rev. Dr. Ray Mirly, president of the Missouri District–LCMS, was our speaker. Lots of discussion and study were had over this weekend. Next year’s dates are set for Jan. 10-12, 2014, a facilitator has been chosen, Rev. Gene Wyssmann, and the theme is Conflict Resolution. Join us! Our up-and-coming event in February is Marriage Enrichment. The theme is “Together on Life’s Path.” It will be held Feb. 22-24 and the cost is just $145 per couple for the weekend, which includes all meals, lodging and activities. Come enjoy some time with your Valentine and grow in the Lord at the same time. “Strengthening the Connection with the Vine” www.heitspoint.com email@example.com 877-668-2362 or 660-668-2363 28345 Heits Point Ave., Lincoln, MO 65338
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Lutheran Hour Ministries’ Lenten Devotions, From the Cradle to the Empty Grave, reflect on Christ’s redemptive work and sacrifice, as detailed in the Gospel of Luke. These insightful and thought-provoking meditations are ideal for pastors, teachers, Bible students, and church-event planners as they share the Good News in brief, easy-to-read meditations that are perfect for beginning – or finishing – one’s day. Written by LHM’s Theological Editor and Writer Wayne Palmer, these devotions follow the Advent devotions, Christmas Memories, which he wrote for the 2012 Advent season. “When we left the Christmas story Jesus was with Mary and Joseph in the town of Nazareth. Now we pick up Jesus’ story with one last recollection of His childhood; then we move on to the man Jesus. Along the way, we will unfold all the reasons Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the first place, as He fulfills His destiny, making His way to the cross and empty tomb,” according to Palmer. In Luke we get the Savior grappling with the enormity of what lay before Him. “We see the intensity of Jesus’ struggle as Luke the physician writes, ‘His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.’ Tiny blood vessels under the skin can rupture under extreme stress, permitting blood to mingle with the sweat. The struggle lasts for hours before Jesus is finally at peace. He rises to His feet, ready to drink the cup down to its dregs,” Palmer said. Available to read online or to hear as a podcast, From the Cradle to the Empty Grave can be received as an e-mail subscription throughout the Lenten season. It was available for download Jan. 1. The audio version will be available Feb. 13. The details can be found at www.lentendevotions.net. Also available online at www.paraelcamino. com/cuaresma is LHM’s 2013 Lenten devotions in Spanish, written by Rev. Héctor Hoppe, titled Allí me verán (You Will See Me There).
by: Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel Steven Hokana Service members of the U. S. Armed Forces are met with challenges on and off the battlefield. Warriors of Faith -- Military Men, a Men’s NetWork Bible study written especially for these servicemen and women, explores the issues of anger, grief, guilt, forgiveness and love, as they impact the lives of those who have served, or are now serving, their country. Written by Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel Steven Hokana, this multi-part study is an effective ministry resource geared toward those returning home from a tour of duty and who are struggling with the rawness of war. During five video sessions Hokana speaks in the language of his fellow warriors, sharing the insights and perspectives he’s won from a 28-year career in the U.S. Army. His message is to the point, upbeat and heartfelt. He reminds each warrior of faith that as a child of God, he or she is called into a vocation and that no matter what life throws at them, there is everlasting hope in Jesus. As Hokana says, “For those of us who have worn a uniform or continue to serve, we have ‘shared experiences’ that bind us together and make us unique. It is those shared experiences we are going to explore during our time together.” Dedicated to veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, Warriors of Faith -- Military Men reminds these warriors they are called to their primary MOS – a child of God, redeemed under Christ, and a member of His Kingdom. The subject matter of this Bible study makes it ideal as an outreach tool for inviting veterans. Also on that list should be family members and friends who support vets in their re-entry into life stateside. They are integral to the process of helping veterans acclimate following deployment. Just because somebody hasn’t been through boot camp, AIT, or combat doesn’t preclude the contribution they can make. “They (non-veterans) have come to learn from you and support you however they can, even if it is just to listen,” Hokana said. An in-depth discussion guide as well as supporting video featuring Operation Barnabas, a network of care to our nation’s military members and their families from The Lutheran Church— Missouri Synod, are also included in this Men’s NetWork Bible study. Questions or comments? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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This summer we will enjoy “Live Loved” – the 2013 LCMS National Youth Gathering in San Antonio. We are offering leadership training for all who will serve as adult leaders. There will be meetings held throughout the state. Please plan to attend! Sunday, Feb. 10 2-4 p.m. Trinity – Jefferson City Sunday, Feb. 10 6-8 p.m. Redeemer – Springfield Saturday, Feb. 23 10 a.m. – noon St. Paul – Jackson These meetings will give you the opportunity to ask questions, learn more about the city of San Antonio, get an overview of the gathering schedule and find out how you can best be prepared to experience the gathering with your group. You will also have the opportunity to network with other adult leaders in your area and learn from those who have attended previous national gatherings. We would also like to try to network groups who may be interested in sharing
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Peer Ministry Training Looking for a great youth ministry leadership opportunity? Peer Ministry Training (PMT) is an opportunity to come together with high school youth and youth counselors who want to learn additional/intentional skills in counseling/discipleship to serve in their youth ministry – in their congregation, their school, their community and their family. The Missouri District Family Life and Youth Board invites you and/or your youth to Peer Ministry Training Feb. 15-17, at the Pallottine Renewal Center, St. Louis, Mo., or at Heit’s Point in Lincoln, Mo. This year’s Peer Ministry Training consists of Peer Ministry Training 1 (offered at both locations). The entry level course is designed to teach participants: Quality training in caring skills Commitment to growth in faith and values Christian service to other people Welcoming others Listening with care How to ask questions Help bring the hope of Christ into the lives of their peers Peer Ministry Training 2 (only at the Pallottine Center): This is the follow-up course to Peer Ministry Training. Participants must have been through PMT 1. The focus of PMT 2 is: Learning how to validate others How to deal with sensitive issues Discovering our spiritual gifts Learning to share our faith and personal faith stories Our training teams will be led by Rev. Gene Wyssmann, assistant to the district president for Family Life and Youth Ministry, and Rev. Mark Martin and Christina Stackle, members of the Missouri District Board for Family Life and Youth. The members of the teaching teams are certified instructors in Peer Ministry.
Your cost for the entire weekend is $75 per person. The actual cost for the training is more than $200 per person which includes staff, materials, housing and meals. However, the Missouri District Board for Family Life and Youth Ministry is providing funds to pay the balance per person for youth and counselors. Medical forms should be brought to the training and NOT sent to the district office with your registration. Please duplicate forms as needed. Call us at (314) 590-6217 or email Sue.Thompson@ mo.lcms.org for more information. Information is also on our website at http://mo.lcms. org. Registration suggestion: A team of two or three youth and an adult leader is ideal. Individuals who come alone may find themselves missing the support needed to grow together and support one another at home. Bring your Bible and supplies to take notes, plus recreational and personal needs. You can bring items for evening activities, like table games, cards, etc. Sleeping arrangements at Heit’s Point are “camp style” on bunk beds. You need Tentative Schedule for PMT to bring sleeping bags and towels since these are Friday not provided. At the Pallottine Center, rooms are 6:30 p.m. Registration and Check-in motel style. Males and females will sleep in sepa7:00 PMT Session 1 rate quarters. On Saturday afternoon, there will 8:30 Break be free time to go swimming in the indoor pool. 9:00 PMT Session 2 Fellowship, get to know you time Peer Ministry Training is an outstanding expe- 10:30 11:30 Lights out! rience with great training/leadership teams and great youth and counselors coming together to Saturday learn, grow and serve. Share this opportunity 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Devotion with everyone in your youth ministry. 9:00 PMT Session 3
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Male Female T-shirt size: Small-2XL (Youth Only) Grade: Age: I am registering for: Peer Ministry Training 1 Peer Ministry Training 2 at Heit’s Point or Pallottine Center Congregation Name and City: Mail registration form and $75 fee (please make checks payable to the Missouri District) to: Missouri District LCMS – Peer Ministry Training, 660 Mason Ridge Center Drive, Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63141-8557 Questions? Please email: Sue.Thompson@mo.lcms.org. Registration and $75 fee (payable to the Missouri District) is due by Feb. 1, 2013.
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Joel Maier and his father (David P.E. Maier) visited Concordia University Ann Arbor, Mich., looking for the right fit for Joel and his career choice. It didn’t take them long to realize that Joel was very interested in what the Family Life program had to offer, especially the Child Life Specialist (CLS) concentration. Joel and his father learned that this program graduated students as Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE) and were being certified by a national accrediting agency, the National Council on Family Relations. These CFLE professionals were serving as Directors of Family Life Ministry (DFLM) in churches, in entry level social service positions of all kinds and as certified Child Life Specialists. Joel was a perfect fit for this career. He is intelligent and studious yet playful and fun. He loves all God’s people and has never met a stranger. God uses Joel to bring warmth, acceptance and peace to others. Joel learned the rubrics of family dynamics and how families function, communicate and use parenting skills. He also studied ethics, family law and public policy, life span development and the best practices in providing programs to families. He learned specific child life skills through his Child Life Specialist concentration classes in child development and the hospital. Child Life Specialists gain a clear understanding that play is the “work” of a child. Professionals in the field use play to promote and protect children’s psychological, social and emotional well-being when they are faced with traumatic situations. These experts in child development and family systems work with children in a variety of settings: hospitals, dental offices, hospice, special needs summer camps, community outreach programs, with refugees and wherever children are in a stressful situation. A CLS normally works in a hospital setting. They use play to normalize the hospital experience, Medical play is used to empower children, using language they understand, to enact procedures on a toy so they will understand what will happen when the procedures are performed on the child. bringing play to the bedside if necessary or hosting children in a playroom to provide a sense of fun in a challenging situation. Medical play is used to empower children, using language they understand, to enact procedures on a toy so they will underLutheran Youth Fellowship stand what will happen when the procedures are performed on the child. In this way the child is the doer, not the victim, and becomes familiar with and understands the Team Applications many potentially frightening tools, and allows for the child to be placed in a nonthreatening environment where they are in control. The Missouri District LYF Team is currently taking applications During medical play, the Child Life Specialist can assess the child’s feelings, anxifor young people to serve on the team. We are looking for current eties and understanding as the children express themselves through play. Play is used freshmen who are willing and able to serve for their sophomore, to distract children during procedures and help children in deep breathing exercises junior and senior years of high school. as they blow bubbles, encouraging them to get out of bed to participate in the fun activities. Play helps promote self-expression and develops coping skills. The CLS also The LYF Team serves as the teen leadership team at several district supports the siblings and parents of the hospitalized child as well as provides advocacy ministry events: a spring and fall junior high retreat, a senior high and critical information. gathering, a teen leadership initiative workshop and other events as The Family Life Program at Concordia University Ann Arbor (CUAA) trains stunecessary. dents to be “Christ-like” leaders in their perspective fields. This goes hand in hand If you are a high school freshman, or you know of one who would with the vision of CUAA “preparing men and women for a life of service in the world.” In the public hospital where Joel works, he may not be able to share the Gospel be an asset to the team, please go to the district website at mo.lcms. with his words, but he certainly shares God’s Good News though his deeds, his care, org. The forms and other information you need are on the Youth and his love, his encouragement and through his empowerment of children and families as Family LYF page. You may also contact Sue Stiegemeyer at (573)they face medical challenges. Just as Jesus asked that the children be allowed to come 243-2236 for more information. to Him for his blessing, Joel blesses children who come to the hospital through his service to the world. (facebook: Missouri District LYF) Written by Professor Karna J. Doyle, Family Life Department, Concordia University Ann Arbor
Missouri District Junior High Gathering 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?”
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 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 hayrides, campfire activities and a talent show. The gathering is open to students primarily in grades six through eight and their adult counselors. The spring gathering is the weekend after Easter, April 5-7. Registration information is on the Missouri District
website at mo.lcms.org. Registration deadline for the spring retreat is March 22. 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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Educat iona l Ser v ices Salem Lutheran Students Jump Rope, Shoot Hoops for Heart
Students at Salem Lutheran School in Affton raised an impressive $900 for the American Heart Association during their annual Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart event. The school’s younger students cycled through eight different stations, which included the limbo, hurdles, an obstacle course, a mini trampoline, jumping rope, a spin jumper, and long-rope jumping. Older students competed in individual, long and double-dutch jump rope competitions, as well as obstacle course and basketball competitions. “Everyone participated to help remind students of the importance of exercise for a healthy heart, and to show them that exercise can be fun,” said Diane Carney, Salem’s physical education teacher. Salem Lutheran School is located at 5025 Lakewood Ave. in Affton and is a member of the St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA). For more information, visit www.slcas.org.
Green Park Vikings Volleyball Team Has Near Perfect Season The 2012 seventh/eighth grade girls volleyball team at Green Park Lutheran School, St. Louis, recorded a near perfect season. The team played in four invitational tournaments, taking first place in all four. The team, coached by Phil Griffith and Kathy Lind, then captured the Large Schools City Championship in October. In November, the team headed to the State Championship in Concordia, Mo., and took second place among 17 teams. During the regular season, the four tournaments, and also post-season play, the girls played 79 volleyball games and achieved a record of 70-9! Reflecting on the season, Coach Griffith said, “It is hard to be negative about anything when you are surrounded by the constant upbeat optimism of the girls. They always believed and they still do believe that we are the best team in the state. They are certainly the best Green Park team ever.”
Back row from left: Paige Miller, Maggie Federhofer, Sam Brinkmann, Maddie Horn, Sarah Baese and Caroline Derryberry. Front row: Abby Welker, Emma Lind, Anna Renner, MacKenzie Nichols, McKenna Glaub and Emma Hopfer. Pictured from left: Salem students Devin Knowles, Alisse Myers, Abbie Sandford, Steffany Hinkebein, and Ryan Tampow, who helped their school raise $900 for the American Heart Association.
St. Mark’s Lutheran School, Eureka, Hosts Winter Warm Up Proceeds benefit Otis Woodard Ministries, matching donation from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
Students at St. Mark’s Lutheran School, located in Eureka, are warming up the community this winter. During the second quarter, students will collect winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets and heaters to donate to Otis Woodard Ministries. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in Jefferson County will provide matching donations, up to $400. Otis Woodard, also known as “Outreach Otis,” has served the St. Louis metro area for four decades. Woodard manages the North St. Louis Outreach Ministries and established a “Peace Park” in the College Hill neighborhood in North St. Louis County. Items donated by St. Mark’s students will be dispersed to North St. Louis County residents in need. Woodard is also seeking toys to be distributed to boys, ages infant to 12, who live in a local shelter. “We encourage our students to serve our community by hosting various philanthropic opportunities each quarter,” said St. Mark’s Principal Sue Templeton. “St. Mark’s Otis Woodard is also known as “Outreach Otis.” has been working with Otis Woodard Ministries for several years and we value the work he is doing in North St. Louis County.” St. Mark’s continues to promote its theme, “Equip, Serve and Achieve,” through numerous volunteer and philanthropic events. The Winter Warm Up is the second philanthropic mission the school has adopted this year. For more information about St. Mark’s, visit www.stlmlm.org or call (636) 938-4432.
South Singers Perform at Powell Hall Lutheran High School South, St. Louis, singers Jacob Palmer, Philip Keroff, Tim Wilkinson, Emily Robinson, and Natalie Mayor performed with the St. Louis Symphony Festival Chorus in December. The five performances, conducted by Ward Stare between Dec. 21 and 23, featured headliner Debbie Boone and the Festival Chorus at Powell Hall. The program included a dozen choral orchestrations for the holiday season. The ornately decorated hall rang with the harmonically rich arrangements by Wilberg, Tyzik, Wayland, and Oddo. Although Boone was not in her best voice, her professionalism helped deliver renditions of holiday favorites which were well-received. Conductor Ward Stare, known for his recent work with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, led the SLSO in concise and exuberant deliveries of seasonal favorites. A Christmas Festival by Anderson, Waltz of the Flowers (The Nutcracker) by Tchaikovsky, and Sleigh Ride by Anderson, balanced and enriched the evening’s program with the consummate skill and expressive musicianship of the internationally acclaimed orchestra. The chorus, organized and well-prepared by manager Susan Patterson and IN UNISON® Chorus director Kevin McBeth, was comprised of singers from a number of local educational institutions. The institutions represented included Belleville West High School, Fort Zumwalt West High School, Highland High School, Hillsboro High School, Jefferson College, Lebanon High School, McCluer North High School, Missouri Baptist University, Normandy High School, Pattonville High School, Soldan High School, St. Louis Community College-Meramec, St. Louis University High School, and Triad High School. Congratulations to the South singers for their South singers who performed extra efforts which resulted in beautiful music and Lutheran with the St. Louis Symphony Festival demonstrated yet again the breadth of the God- Chorus. given talents of students at Lutheran South!
A nnouncing Serve St. Louis 2013
In the past two years, Send Me St. Louis has been proud to sponsor four Send Me Saturdays to encourage congregants and communities to join together in loving God and serving others. And God's people responded! Through these four days, more than 1,000 faithful volunteers came together to serve while deepening their faith and commitment to Jesus Christ. This year, in partnership with area churches and 99.1 Joy FM, Send Me St. Louis is excited to announce Serve St. Louis on Oct. 12-13, 2013! Serve St. Louis will partner with hundreds of area churches and service agencies to offer 5,000+ volunteer service opportunities throughout the greater St. Louis area. 99.1 Joy FM is promoting Serve St. Louis on the air and encouraging churches and organizations to be part of this event. As past hosts, participants, and prayer partners for Send Me Saturdays, your participation is highly valued! Please consider attending an information meeting to learn more about how your church/organization can participate. Information meetings are held throughout February at a variety of times and locations. If you are interested in Serve St. Louis and plan to attend one of our meetings, please RSVP for the information meeting most convenient for you. To learn more about Serve St. Louis and how your church/organization can get involved, please visit www.servestlouis.org, or follow Serve St. Louis on facebook or twitter. Questions, contact, and further information can be directed to info@ servestlouis.org or (314) 678-0015.
Send Me St. Louis 2013 Workshops Send Me St. Louis has published its workshop schedule for spring 2013. If you’d like to learn more about any upcoming workshop, please visit www. sendmestlouis.org. To sign up for its mailing list, contact Hannah Shanks at Hannah@SendMeStLouis.org or call (314) 678-0015, ext. 103, or follow us on facebook.com/SendMeSTL . From Checks to Change: Creating Church Events that Transform Lives Feb. 21, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Learn a few tweaks and changes to help your regularly scheduled charity events become change events for those served and those serving! Cost: FREE Christian Volunteer Managers Network Feb. 26, 9 – 11 a.m. Opportunity for congregation and agency volunteer coordinators to meet for a time of growth, support and encouragement. Topic: The Value of Ministry Teams Cost: FREE Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering Your Organization’s Assets March 16, 9 a.m. – noon Active, high-energy session of mapping your church/organization’s assets to discover new ministries and resources! Cost: $15/person or $10/person for groups of three or more
For All Ages – Leading Across the Generational Divide April 16, 9 a.m. – noon Join expert presenter Alan Zacharias to gain tools for responding to generational differences and understanding how they impact service in your church/organization. Cost: $15/person, $10/groups of three or more, free for students Volunteer Equipping and Management Training May 2, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. From recruitment to recognition, this nuts and bolts training is perfect for church and agency leaders looking for support in developing healthy volunteer programs. Cost: $25/person $20/person for groups of three or more Christian Volunteer Managers Network May 23, 9 – 11 a.m. Opportunity for congregation and agency volunteer coordinators to meet for a time of growth, support and encouragement. Topic: Leading High-Performance Ministry Teams Cost: FREE Equipping Everyday Servants June 4, 8:30 – 11 a.m. Learn how to mobilize your congregants for discipleship in the places they already serve! Cost: $15/person $10/person for groups of three or more
Leadersh ip Tra in ing Leaders and Ledgers Workshop
Who: All treasurers, business managers, church administrators, and anyone involved in church administration When: Saturday, March 2 Where: Alive in Christ Lutheran, 201 Southampton Drive, Columbia, MO 65203 You may now register for the first–ever Leaders and Ledgers Workshop. This gathering will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 2, at Alive in Christ Lutheran Church in Columbia Mo. The purpose of this workshop is to give you the opportunity to acquire detailed information on a variety of topics to help you carry out your ministry legally, effectively and prudently. These topics will be presented by highly qualified individuals in a classroom-style setting. Below is a list of the topics to be presented: • Employment Related Tax Issues • Congregation Related Tax Issues • Conducting a Financial Review • Insurance • Best Practices for Cemeteries • Constitutions and Bylaws • LCMS Foundation Resources • Pastor’s Role in Administration • Concordia Plan Services Cost: $10 per person includes workshop, lunch and snacks. Deadline: Please return forms no later than Friday, Feb. 22. Return form(s) and a registration fee of $10 per person by check made payable to the Missouri District. Send to Sue Thompson, Missouri District Office, 660 Mason Ridge Center Drive, Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63141-8557. Contact Sue.Thompson@mo.lcms.org registering.
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Leaders and Ledgers Schedule: 9:30 Registration 10:00-10:15 Welcome and Opening Devotion 10:30-11:40 Sectional A A1: Fellowship Hall – Employment Tax Related Issues A2: Youth Room 1 – Insurance A3: Youth Room 2 – LCMS Foundation Resources 11:45-12:15 Lunch 12:15-1:25 Sectional B B1: Fellowship Hall – Conducting a Financial Review B2: Youth Room 1 – Best Practices for Cemeteries B3: Youth Room 2 – Pastor’s Role in Administration 1:30-2:40 Sectional C C1: Fellowship Hall – Congregation Related Tax Issues C2: Youth Room 1 – Constitutions and Bylaws C3: Youth Room 2 – Concordia Plan Services 2:45-3:00 Closing
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Center for Hispanic Studies Events Announced
Concordia Seminary is pleased to announce the Center for Hispanic Studies (CHS) eighth annual lecture in Hispanic/Latino Theology and Missions at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 11, in Werner Auditorium on the seminary campus. The lecture will take place as part of the third triennial Hispanic Lutheran Theological Consultation on the theme “Immigrants Among Us: Theological and Pastoral Implications for Working Among Immigrant Neighbors,” which will begin at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 11, and end at noon on Tuesday, March 12. The CHS eighth annual lecture speaker is Dr. M. Daniel Carroll Rodas, distinguished professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary, who will present on
“Foundations for a Biblical Theology of Immigration.” Rodas has been appointed as the immigration spokesperson for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the nation’s largest Christian Hispanic organization. As part of the third Hispanic Lutheran Theological Consultation, workshops will be offered in English and Spanish on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. Rodas will present a workshop titled “Old Testament Law as a Moral Compass for Modern Immigration Law.” Dr. Leopoldo Sánchez, director of CHS, will present a workshop on Lutheran frameworks for approaching immigration issues. Professor Mark Kempff, assistant to the director of CHS, will
offer a workshop on ministering among Hispanic/ Latino immigrant families. A fourth workshop will deal with further practical and legal aspects related to working among immigrants. The lecture will be delivered in English with an outline provided in Spanish. The consultation is a bilingual event. For more information, contact the office of continuing education and parish services at (314) 5057486, email@example.com, or visit the seminary’s website at www.csl.edu where you may register online or download a registration form. Cost for the event is $50. For more information on the Center for Hispanic Studies, visit http://chs.csl.edu.
Spring Bach at the Sem Concerts Bach at the Sem, presented by Concordia Seminary and the American Kantorei, will present concerts on March 24 and April 28. Both concerts are at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on the campus of Concordia Seminary in Clayton, Mo. A free will offering is taken at each concert. The March 24 concert will be guest-conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Wilson, professor of music, director of choral activities, and chair of the music department at Greenville College. Featured pieces will include: J.S. Bach, Cantatas BWV 22, Jesu nahm zu sich die ZwÖlfe; BWV 182, HimmelskÖnig sei willkommen; BWV 143, Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele (choruses); G.F. Handel: “Worthy is the Lamb” (from Messiah).
The April 28 concert will be guest-conducted by Dr. Scott M. Hyslop, director of parish music at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church in Frankenmuth, Mich. Featured pieces will include: J.S. Bach, Cantatas BWV 69, Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele; BWV 190a, Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied; BWV 120, Gott, man lobet dich in der Stille zu Zion (chorus); BWV 143, Lobe den Herrn meine Seele (chorus). The American Kantorei, the performing group of Bach at the Sem, was founded in 1969 by its first musical director, Rev. Robert Bergt, a member of the Concordia Seminary faculty. Following a hiatus of some 20 years, the Kantorei was resurrected in 1993 at the behest of its major sponsors, Robert and (the late) Lori Duesenberg and Richard and Phyllis Duesenberg, and
has since presented to the communities of Concordia Seminary and St. Louis at large nearly 100 concerts of the music of premier Lutheran composer, Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as music of Schütz, Buxtehude, Mendelssohn and other Lutheran composers. In this period of guest conductors, following the death of Maestro Bergt in 2011, the chorus is prepared for each concert by interim music director Dr. Jeral Becker, director of choral and vocal activities at St. Louis University. For additional information, please call (314) 5057009, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://bach.csl. edu.
Seminary Recognizes Ordination and Commissioning Anniversaries Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, recognized significant ordination and commissioning anniversaries of eight faculty and emeriti and one staff member at the end of chapel service on Dec. 13. Each was recognized individually and prayers of thanksgiving were offered for their service. A reception was held following the chapel service to allow individuals in the seminary community the opportunity to express their gratitude. The following Concordia Seminary faculty and staff members were recognized: Joel Biermann 25 years William Utech 25 years Glenn Nielsen 30 years Timothy Saleska 30 years Robert Weise 30 years Blake Wolf 35 years Bruce Hartung 45 years Robert Kolb (emeritus) 40 years Louis Brighton (emeritus) 60 years
Upcoming Seminary Guild meetings: Feb. 1 March 15 Page 12
Front row, from left: Timothy Saleska, Glenn Nielsen, Louis Brighton, Robert Kolb, and Bruce Hartung; back row, Robert Weise, William Utech, and Joel Biermann.
Lutheran Women’s Missionary League President’s Penning A Place for My Stuff After 22 years my husband and I are moving from the house that we purchased within the first year of Karen Drury our marriage. We are moving our family from city life to country life. As anyone that has ever moved knows, the most challenging part of the entire experience is going through everything that you own and packing it away for the trip to its new location. This is usually not an easy task. So for the last several weeks I have spent a great deal of time sifting through my stuff. Back in the 1980’s, comedian George Carlin performed a stand-up routine titled “A Place for My Stuff.” Throughout his performance he made the connection that we are born having no stuff, but as we go through life we are constantly accumulating more stuff and with the growing amount of stuff comes the need for bigger and bigger places to store our stuff, until ultimately, we die, and leave behind all of our stuff. What does all of this have to do with missions? Well, while I’ve enjoyed the surprises and the memories associated with all of the things that I’ve kept through the years, I found myself thinking and wondering just how important these things are to me. I also asked myself, what is truly important to me? Obviously, my husband, family, and friends are the first things that come to mind. However, the most precious thing I possess is my faith in God and His grace and mercy that I receive through His son, Jesus Christ. The greatest thing about faith is that while you possess it, you can also give it away, to family, friends, and complete strangers. We can do this by sharing our faith at every opportunity and through support of our LWML mission grants. I challenge you to share your stuff.
Learning E xperiences
Well, I am halfway through my first year as Vice President of Special Focus Ministries. Did I mention that this is both my first time and the position’s first time on the Missouri District Board of Directors? This term will be a learning experience for everyone. I feel blessed to lead a group dear to my heart: the Young Women Representative (YWR) program. Not only was I an YWR rep for the Peoria convention but several of my mentors in the Columbia zones also represented the Missouri District at various conventions. The support I have from the women I served with in Peoria has been overwhelming. I am looking forward to introducing two women to the same experience in Pittsburgh this summer. The Heart to Heart Sisters (H2H) program is also under Special Focus Ministries. H2H is an excellent way to include women from your church community following the verse, “from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (Rev. 7:9b). Working with the LWML committee, our plan is to establish district level resources for societies that want to start or improve on an H2H program. One resource I hope to build up is a list of speakers for society meetings and zone rallies. The last several months have been filled with learning experiences, new friends, and new mentors. The Missouri District Board meeting last September was a great opportunity for me to talk with the zone presidents about what they want from Special Focus Ministries. I hope to conVice President of Special Focus tinue to mold this position to meet the growing needs of Ministries these programs through Christ, our Lord. Jackie Albers
LWML Missions — On the Go! Go Learn … Go Serve … Go Share On the Go is a resource to help equip you in your personal walk with Christ and to empower you to encourage others by sharing all that On the Go has to offer. On the Go provides monthly downloadable devotions, Faith Talk Tips, and other resources for you to share with women in your church who do not participate in LWML or are unable to attend a regular LWML meeting or event. This resource is available for download at www.lwml.org. Click Missions, then Gospel Outreach-Sharing the Gospel. You will also find several other resources from the Gospel Outreach Committee.
National Mite Goal 2011-2013 Biennium: $1,825,000 Received as of November 2012: $1,350,358.25 Amount needed to reach goal: $474,641.75 The 2011-2013 fiscal period is April 1, 2011, to March 31, 2013. All monies received by March 31, 2013, will be applied to the 2011-2013 mite goal. The Voice of Missouri
The Lenten Journey “He is not here; he has risen!” Luke Rev. David Moore 24:6a (NIV1984) Several years ago, while I was attending the seminary, my wife and I went out to dinner after a Good Friday worship service. As I was walking by another table, a young man who had his back to me exclaimed rather loudly, “Man, I am so glad that Lent is over!” Of course his friends got quite a chuckle out of me in my suit and clerical collar passing by at that exact moment. Soon we will begin another Lenten season. Lent is a time that many, like that young man I encountered, would just as soon be over and done with. The reason many feel this way is because Lent is traditionally a time for repentance and reflection as we remember that the reason for Christ’s sacrificial death is us. He died because of our sin and our sinfulness. That message can be rather heavy, yet it is only half the message of Lent. As you listen to the sermons and homilies during this season you will hear so much more than just the law. For even during Lent it is the Gospel that dominates. My friend in the restaurant declared Lent over on Good Friday. However, Christ’s work of salvation does not end on the cross. There is no way we could call that day “good” if it were not for the fact that we see it in light of Easter morning. We do not worship a God who is dead – we worship Jesus, who rose from the dead. Therefore, our stories and our lives do not end in death, but rather in resurrection. By the grace of God, and through faith in His Son, we have the victory of Easter. Jesus died and rose again for us – for our forgiveness, for our life, and for our salvation. May God bless your Lenten journey this year as you travel not just to the cross at Calvary, but more importantly, to the empty tomb of Easter. www.MissouriLWML.org www.lwml.org
A nnouncements Calling Congregations
For Sole Pastors: Bismarck, St. John – called Rev. Lawrence Eatherton part-time (accepted) Bolivar, Zion – called Rev. Thomas Rhodes of Folsom, CA (accepted) Dexter, Faith – applying for a seminary candidate (Justin Sponaugle assigned) Glendale, Glendale Grandview, Holy Trinity Kansas City, Holy Cross Lohman, St. John – Rev. Warren Brandt retiring New Haven, Trinity Park Hills, Trinity – Rev. Robert Eggers retiring Pilot Knob, Immanuel – called Rev. Lawrence Eatherton part-time (accepted) Stover, St. Paul – Rev. Cecil Murdock retiring Valley Park, Zion For Associate or Assistant Pastor: Crystal City, Immanuel – applying for a seminary candidate Kirkwood, Concordia
Served by Intentional Interim Pastor or Interim Pastor: Bourbon, Concordia (Rev. David Burge) Fenton, Our Savior (Rev. Dr. Richard Foss) Glencoe, St. Paul (Rev. Robert Lange) Macon, Zion (Rev. Roger Mackie) Mexico, St. John (Rev. Mike Gallagher) Pocahontas/Shawneetown – Zion/ Trinity (Rev. Virgil Kelm) St. Louis, Epiphany (Rev. Dr. Martin Haeger) St. Louis County, Immanuel Chapel (Rev. Ron Jansen) Slater, Peace and St. Paul (Rev. Douglas Dubisar) For Senior Pastor: Jackson, St. Paul – called Rev. Jason Shaw of Springfield, MO Vacant (on Hold – But Being Served): Ashland, Family of Christ Bethany, Hope Center, Trinity Diggins, Zion Elk Prairie (Rolla), Peace
Personnel Changes — Ordained Ordinations/Installations: Jameson, Leon (SMP Concordia Seminary, St. Louis) ordained and installed as SMP Pastor Immanuel, St. Charles, MO 12/23/2012 by A. Schade Lewis, Johnathan (SMP Concordia Seminary, St. Louis) ordained 12/13/2012 by O. Mueller and installed as SMP Pastor St. Matthew, St. Louis, MO 12/13/2012 by M. Roeglin Transferred to our District: Haeger, Martin (CI) installed Intentional Interim Pastor Epiphany, St. Louis, MO 12/9/2012 by M. Hoehner Lindemann, Albert (emeritus) TX 12/5/2012 Paetow, Derek (SO) installed Gethsemane, Lemay, MO 11/18/2012 by K. Golden
Transferred to other Districts:
Hughey, B. Steve (emeritus) to Texas District 1/1/2013 Kimball, Les (emeritus) to FloridaGeorgia District 1/7/2013 Loman, Clifton (non-candidate) to Oklahoma District 11/1/2012
Changes within District: Krueger, Joel (St. John, Mexico) installed Faith, Branson 12/9/2012 by R. Mirly Mizel, Christopher (Luth. H.S. Assoc., St. Louis) installed Child of God, St. Peters, MO 12/9/2012 by R. Rall Retired: Bacon, Arthur (Concordia Seminary, St. Louis) 1/3/2013 Rogers, James (Lord of Life, Chesterfield) 11/30/2012 Sveom, Dale (Holy Trinity, Grandview) 11/16/2012 Deceased: Feddersen, Earl (emeritus) 12/23/2012 Ji, Won Yong (emeritus) 12/31/2012 Removed from Roster: Bahn, Daryl (candidate) 11/14/2012
Personnel Changes — Commissioned Ministers of R eligion Graduates Installed Carnehl, Lisa (RF ’12) to Salem, Affton 12/16/12 by W. Huebner Eckhardt, Sarah (S ’10) to Child of God, St. Peters 12/16/12 by C. Mizel Holland, Jill (colloquy RF ’11) to St. John’s, Arnold 1/27/13 by J. Schultz Jones, Laurie (RF ’12) to Word of Life, St. Louis 1/6/13 by C. Spomer Smith, Jessica (M ’09) to Child of God, St. Peters 12/16/12 by C. Mizel Transferred from Other Districts Lessing, Lisa (SO) to candidate 12/1/12 Vincent, J. Michael (NEB) to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis 1/17/13 by D. Meyer Reinstated Hanke, Melinda (reinstated by COP 11/12) to candidate Wilshek, Gail (reinstated by COP 11/12) to candidate Changes Within District Olson, Judith (King of Kings Preschool, Kansas City) to Martin Luther Academy, Kansas City 12/21/12 by T. Arnold Candidate Status Moore, Gary (Zion, Diggins) 11/26/12 Pedersen, Melissa (Salem, Florissant) 6/4/12
Non-Candidate Status Becerra, Kim (candidate) 11/18/12 Henry, Deborah (candidate) 12/6/12 Kuhlman, Beth Ann (non-candidate) 11/19/12 Larson, Lisa (non-candidate) 10/20/12 McKeage, Karla (non-candidate) 11/22/12 Rambo, Margaret (non-candidate) 12/15/12 Rosslan, Deborah (Trinity, Jefferson City) 6/1/12 Schaum, Martha (non-candidate) 12/8/12 Thoelke, Kate (non-candidate) 9/16/12 Retired Frank, John (Resurrection, Sunset Hills) 1/1/13 Lynn, Karen (Springfield, Springfield) 9/1/12 Resigned/Removed from Roster Brofford, Amy (Grace Chapel, Bellefontaine Neighbors) 12/31/12 Clayton, Angela (Lutheran High School North, St. Louis) 12/31/12 VanDermay, Coralyn (King of Glory, St. Louis) 12/31/12 VanHouten, Bethany (Zion, Macon) 12/2/12 Transferred to Other Districts Grannis, Kristy (non-candidate) to MNS 12/18/12 Lynn, Karen (emeritus) to SE 12/3/12 Wilshek, Gail (candidate) to SW 11/16/12
Isabella, Faith Knob Noster, Faith Memphis, St. Paul Milan, Peace Oak Grove, Shepherd of the Valley Princeton, Immanuel St. James, St. John St. Louis, Holy Sacrament St. Louis, St. Matthew – Johnathan Lewis assigned as SMP Pastor St. Louis, St. Paul Sarcoxie, Trinity Shelbyville, Mount Hope Sweet Springs, Christ Pastors Considering Calls: Hagan, Lee (St. Paul, Concordia) to Our Shepherd, Indianapolis, IN (declined) Kollbaum, Todd (Trinity, Cole Camp) to Dir. of Rural and Small Town Ministries for Synod (accepted) Krueger, Joel (St. John, Mexico) to Trinity, New York Mills, MN (declined)
A nnual Pork Sausage Dinner Sunday, Feb. 24 Noon - 6 p.m. Adults $9 Children (6-12) $4
Bethlehem Lutheran Church 3825 Boeuf Lutheran Road New Haven, MO 63068 (from Hwy. 100, south on Hwy. C 4 ½ miles, right on Boeuf Lutheran Rd., ¾ mile to church entrance)
Worship Service at 10 a.m. Country Store by Ladies Aid Sponsored by Bethlehem Lutheran Men’s Club For more information call (573) 237-2602
Smoked Sausage Supper Sunday, Feb. 17 12:30 – 7 p.m. Zion Lutheran Harvester 3866 Harvester Road St. Charles, MO 63304 Served family style – Carry outs available Adults - $9 Children (5-12) - $3 (636) 441-7425 www.zionharvester.org
Gethsemane Lutheran Church 59th A nnual Pork Sausage Dinner Sunday, Feb. 10 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $9.50 adults $4 children 5-12 765 Lemay Ferry Rd. Lemay, MO 63125
Church office (314) 631-7331
Immanuel, Olivette 25th A nnual Sausage Dinner & Spring Bazaar
Sunday, March 3 Noon – 4 p.m. Eat-in or Carry-out Featuring: Men’s Club Sausage, real mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, green beans, applesauce, bread, dessert and drinks
Adults $10 Children 6-12 $4 Children under 6 are free 9733 Olive Blvd.
Gulf Shores, Ala. beachfront condo 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. Members of The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens
Call (314) 843-6063
We R emember: 1 Rev. Earl Feddersen, who joined his Savior Dec. 23, 2012. 1 Rev. Won Yong Ji, who passed into glory Dec. 31, 2012.
A nnouncements LESA Students Celebrate Christmas Season with Concerts, Giving Projects
LESA students in the St. Louis area celebrated Christmas and the new year with concerts, crafts and schoolwide giving projects. Immanuel, Wentzville, students sent more than 2,000 cans of food and an entire truckload of toys to Operation Food Search. And at Lutheran North, students presented two Christmas concerts and organized a school-wide Adopt-a-Family project. The school’s TREND (Turning Resources and Energy in New Directions) club collected, wrapped and delivered gifts and grocery cards in time for Christmas. St. Mark’s, Immanuel, Green Park, CCLS and Lutheran North are members of the St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA).
Christ Community, Kirkwood/Webster Groves, packed and shipped more than 300 shoeboxes filled with school supplies, toys and toothbrushes to Operation Christmas Child.
Green Park students presented a Christmas assembly concert, made blankets for sick children through Project Linus, and donated Blessing Bags filled with personal care items to local outreach ministries.
At St. Mark’s, Eureka, seventh-and eighth-graders helped early childhood students create handmade Christmas booklets that tell the story of Jesus’ birth.
Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival:
A Place for Young Musicians to Connect Faith and Music For more than 30 years, Lutheran Music Program has produced the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival (LSM), a four-week residential training and performance program for gifted high school students. The 2013 academy will be held on the campus of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, June 23 through July 21, where more than 150 students in grades 8-12 will live together in a supportive community focused on musical excellence, faith formation, and personal growth. LSM is dedicated to creating an experience for students where musical excellence is achieved, lifelong friendships are born, faith is deepened, and the spark for service is ignited. At LSM, musical excellence and a supportive community are not mutually exclusive. LSM is committed to three core values: musical excellence, Lutheran faith and a nurturing community. Musical Excellence: Young musicians who attend LSM engage in a comprehensive curriculum that include: private voice or instrumental instruction; coached chamber music ensembles; participation in band, choir, or orchestra; and musicianship class. Students are instructed and mentored by a dedicated group of faculty artists from the nation’s best college music programs and professional ensembles. Elective offerings include chapel choir, two handbell choirs, introduction to pipe organ, church music history, composition, conducting, early music, jazz ensembles, and
much more. Evenings are filled with concerts and recitals for the LSM community and general public. These four weeks of musical immersion result in accelerated learning and inspiring progress. Lutheran Faith: Faith-centered community worship is an integral part of the LSM experience. The academy’s chaplain begins each day with Morning Prayer and concludes with Evening Vespers. LSM offers a hymn festival, a full Bach Cantata worship service, and Holden Evening Prayer. Students are involved as cantors, worship leaders, and (of course) musicians. In this way, the next generation of musicians is cultivated for the church so that our organ benches and choir lofts will be full, and music-filled worship will continue to take place in rural and urban churches throughout the country. Nurturing Community: LSM seeks to create intentional community and to provide students with a supportive, residential setting where appreciation and respect for each individual is valued. Devotions and recreational opportunities are led by a dedicated, experienced student life staff. Each student is a member of a counseling group and is nurtured in their musical endeavors as they form friendships that are often life-long. To find out more go to www.lutheransummermusic.org, call 888-635-6583, or email admissions@ lutheransummermusic.org.
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District News Joplin’s Comfort Dogs Travel to Newtown The Comfort Dogs from Immanuel, Joplin, took a trip to Connecticut. As they finished their grooming, a Joplin Globe reporter and photographer came to put together a story for the paper. Who knew it would make the front page? Louie and Jackson are a part of the Good News the people of Joplin need to hear. Read the article from the Joplin Globe here. Follow their jouney (portions of which are printed below) at http://tailsofcomfort.wordpress.com/
Sunday Worship and a Shopping Mall On Sunday, we were rested and ready to get to work. The dogs went for a long walk, and the handlers practiced their skills. We were blessed to visit the LCMS Lutheran church in Newtown, Conn., called Christ The King Lutheran Church. The people were friendly and welcoming, and the pastor did a great job of leading the service and sharing God’s grace through Word and Sacrament. The handlers were filled and ready to serve. After the service, the Comfort Dogs went to work. Jackson and Louie greeted many in the congregation as the crowd gathered in the church entryway and hallway. For more than an hour, our Comfort Dogs did their thing: sharing unconditional love and bringing smiles to many who have a hard time smiling these days. As the crowd moved on and the elders closed up the church building, the Comfort Dog crew from Joplin headed to the local mall. We announced our presence on Louie and Jackson’s Facebook pages (you oughta “like” their pages by the way), but that seemed to be unnecessary. In fact, there was already a family waiting on the “Comfort Dog couches” near the mall’s main entrance. The dogs visited with people steadily for the entire afternoon. The team got to share Comfort Dog cards by the handful, and many hugs and even a couple of prayers. We listened as folks petted the dogs and shared how they have been affected by the difficult past month in their community. By the time the mall closed at 7 p.m., the team and the dogs were ready for a break and some rest, but we can’t wait for tomorrow!
A Visit with Volunteers The volunteer center in Newtown is working hard to log donations, receive telephone calls and distribute items from caring people all around the United States. The Comfort Dogs stopped by on Monday afternoon to comfort those who are working so hard to make the place run smoothly. Thanks for all you do.
In the Middle of Smiles at Middle School The Newtown, Conn., middle school was our assignment on Tuesday morning and afternoon. Three Comfort Dogs, including Jackson, Louie and Wave, were there, comforting students and teachers between class periods and whenever teachers gave passes to kids who needed some extra comforting. We passed out hundreds of Comfort Dog Cards to the kids. They loved collecting them from each dog. The dogs remained calm and collected as hundreds of hands petted them. Several times during the day, special moments were witnessed. Some children gravitated toward their favorite dog. The handlers had several meaningful conversations with hurting kids and teachers. The dogs were a great bridge to conversation. One faculty member remarked, “The dogs that you bring here are the best help that has come for so many of us. People need counseling, but the dogs make us smile. Last week was the first time I had smiled since the shootings. Thank you for bringing your dogs.”
An Unexpected Dance As we were leaving the Volunteer Center, the Comfort Dog teams walked past a dance studio. A couple of dozen girls began smiling and squealing, and we had to stop for a minute and visit. The minute turned into several. After the girls got to know the dogs, we were invited into the studio for an impromptu dance recital. They shared a jazz and a tap number they had learned earlier in the day. These girls were spectacular! We loved sharing friendship and comfort, and the doggies loved to watch the girls dance!
The Voice of Missouri
Published on Jan 31, 2013
Published on Jan 31, 2013
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