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2012 Missouri District Convention – ‘Life Together”
“Conventions of the districts shall afford opportunities for worship, nurture, inspiration, fellowship, and the communication of vital information,” Bylaw 4.2.1 of the Synod’s Constitution. Here is how the 18th Convention of the Missouri District, held June 3-5 in Springfield, Mo., accomplished these things. The 2012 Missouri District Convention, under the theme “Life Together,” began Sunday evening with worship. Jesus’ prayer in John 17, “that they Registration committee may be one…” resounded throughout the service hard at work. from the processional hymn, “The Church’s One Foundation,” to the mass choir selection, “One Faith, One Hope, One Lord,” to the collect, Gospel reading and sermon. Musicians from six Springfield area churches united to provide special music for the service, also exemplifying the theme. Synod President Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison preached on the theme text, Romans 12:3-5. Communion was available to nurture the faith of worship attendees. Worship was hosted by Faith, Springfield, with Pastor Jason Shaw serving as Convention Chaplain. Monday morning, the convention resumed with devotion time, the president’s report, a Bible study led by President Harrison and elections. Rev. Dr. Ray Mirly was re-elected Monday morning, June 4, to serve his third term as President of the Missouri District. Mirly received the majority of votes on the first ballot of the election. Rev. Dr. R. Lee Hagan, pastor, St. Paul’s, Concordia, was elected first vice president. Hagan had previously served as chairman of the Missouri District Board for Congregational Services and as fourth vice president. Elected second through fourth vice presidents, respectively, were Rev. Dr. Kevin Golden, pastor, Village, Ladue; Rev. Alan Wollenburg, pastor, Concordia, Sikeston; and Rev. Dr. Ron Rall, Timothy, St. Louis. Rev. Dr. Ray Mirly Also elected Monday were Rev. Ken Gerike, pastor, preparing for the day in Trinity, Columbia, to the office of secretary and Gerald the convention office. Wendt, Concordia, St. Louis, to the office of treasurer. Once again, voting delegates used an electronic voting system which they took to quickly. Election results, resolutions, minutes, president’s acceptance speech, essayist’s paper and more will be sent out in the Convention Proceedings to delegates and will be posted on the district Web site as available. Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer, convention essayist, citing our tendency to talk about God rather than to God, addressed God directly in an oral prayer. He prayed a prayer of repentance for his life lived together as a white-washed sepulchre. He gave thanks to God for loving him too much to leave him just as he is. He confessed that he has lived life in the name of Dale rather than in the name of Jesus. Meyer concluded by calling on Jesus as our only need. During meals, delegates had time to catch up with friends, find old acquaintances and had Essayist Rev. Dr. Dale time for fellowship. Meyer, praying. Monday evening, delegates enjoyed a banquet dinner, hosted by Rev. Gene Wyssmann. On Tuesday morning, after a memorial service for the dearly departed, LCMS President Rev. Matthew Harrison fielded questions from delegates on the SMP
program, financial issues, the healthcare debate and more. Let us be inspired by these words from President Mirly’s acceptance speech: “My personal goal is to ensure that requested assistance remains a number one priority. The staff and I will strive to provide counsel, resources and referrals to help congregations. At the same time, I will make every effort to encourage the LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew congregations of the district to commit Harrison leading Bible study. to new areas of ministry reaching new people with the Gospel serving Christ as Great Commission Lutherans.”
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You are the District
From June 3 to June 5 lay and pastor delegates from the congregations of the Missouri District were in convention at University Plaza and Convention Center, Springfield, Mo. Every three years, the district convention is held to elect a President, four Vice Presidents, a Secretary, Treasurer, Board Chairmen and five Board of Director members at large as well as 28 Circuit President Ray Mirly Counselors for three-year terms. For many, the Missouri District and the Missouri Synod are normally out of sight and out of mind. There are even some who question whether the district and Synod are needed. Members of many congregations are content with how their congregation is doing. They have not needed to ask for assistance from anyone outside their own congregation. As a result, they have had little or no contact with or from the district or Synod. The Missouri Synod was first organized by a small group of Lutheran congregations. They recognized that to train pastors and do mission work it was essential to form a group of congregations to do this work rather than go it alone. From a handful of congregations, Synod has grown to more than 6,000. The Missouri District has almost 300 congregations. Today, these 6,000 LCMS congregations are joined together doing mission work in 90 countries, with more than 980 missionaries engaged in worldwide mission work. At this time, Missouri District congregations are assisting more than 35 mission initiatives in Missouri as well as providing support for the worldwide mission work of the Synod. This mission work, done together, reaches far more people with the Gospel than any one congregation can do alone. District missions are found throughout the state of Missouri from the Bootheel across the southern portion of the state through Branson and Springfield. Mission initiatives are also found in Kansas City, Columbia and St. Louis. One mission church started less than 10 years ago has, with mission grants from the district, started a congregation and recently initiated a second mission start. The second vital work coordinated through the Missouri District office is the placement of new graduates into schools and congregations throughout the district. Countless hours, meetings and much travel has gone into the placement of 11 new pastors and 12 commissioned ministers of religion in this current year. A third important work done by district staff is assisting congregations with planning, problem solving, conf lict resolution, reconciliation, and training full-time, part-time and volunteer congregation workers. This includes counseling workers, helping congregations find networks to enhance their ministry and helping congregations find needed resources. At the district convention just completed, pastor and lay delegates worked together to elect leaders who will continue to serve Missouri District congregations. They adopted resolutions that will guide your leaders, boards and committees. For the next three years, these leaders will work together to help congregations and workers with their ministries. The Missouri District leaders and staff will be ready to serve as called upon, remembering these words of St. Paul found in Rom. 12:3ff “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Brothers and sisters in Christ, God bless us with a commitment to our life together as members of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and the Missouri District.
President’s Prayer List Please join me in prayer this month. Pray for God’s blessings upon the newly elected officers from the 2012 Missouri District Convention. Pray for your pastor(s) and his/their ministry among you and your community. Pray that the Holy Spirit works faith in the hearts of the youth of your congregation and community. Pray that the Holy Spirit bless the Word and Sacrament ministry, the ESL classes and the human care efforts by the missionaries serving the 35 Missouri District missions. Pray for God’s protection for the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces, especially for the ones stationed in places where there is active hostility. Pray for the many citizens of Missouri, the United States and the world who are currently not employed. Open the hearts of those of us who are employed to be generous and benevolent toward those who are in need. Pray that God will bless our Synod’s President, Matthew Harrison, First Vice President Herbert Mueller, the Synod’s Board of Directors and all who serve us through their work at the International Center. Pray that God will bless the Lutheran Schools of our district and their congregations as they invite new families to enroll children for the 2012-13 school year. Pray for your immediate and extended family! Thank God that He has raised up new pastors to serve congregations in the Missouri District. Pray that their preaching, teaching and administration of the sacraments will be blessed. Thank God for the men and women who graduated from the Synod’s universities and will begin service as teachers, DCEs, DCOs, and Directors of Music. Thank God for favorable weather during the planting season and ask Him to bless the work of farmers throughout the rest of the year.
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Distr ict News Our Savior, Buffalo, Considers R elocation After Fire
Rev. Jim Meyer answered the phone. It was three weeks until Easter and 4:30 in the morning. The police station was calling to say the fire chief wanted to see him right away down at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Buffalo. The church was on fire. When he arrived and spoke with the fire chief, who told Meyer that he always assumed arson, and if so, this would also be a hate crime. When asked what he was thinking when he saw the church, Meyer said, “I was just in shock. The church was a mess. It was burned and soaked. Just a hull of its former self.” Thankfully, no one was in the church at the time and no firefighters were injured putting out the fire. This small church didn’t have insurance. Thankfully, the cost for demolition has been taken care of. Volunteer crews came in from all over to help. The land is leveled and ready to be sold. Praise be to God. The congregation is now considering relocation. There is a church for sale on three acres just a few miles north of town on a major highway. At $50,000 with a full basement, this building is less expensive than any rebuilding the congregation could do on the current site. To make a donation to help the church relocate, visit: https://sites.google.com/site/oslchurchbuffalomo
On a nice spring afternoon, a playground built with the sponsorship of Concordia Lutheran, Kirkwood, parishioners was rededicated at Christian Friends for New Americans (CFNA) Peace Center at 4019 S. Grand, St. Louis. The playground has outdoor games and beautiful trees. Pastor Bill of Concordia organized this project, and 30 to 40 young new Americans from Africa, Asia and North America attended the service as Rev. Dr. Allan Buckman presented the message about Jesus, the great redeemer and caregiver for the whole human race. Concordia, Kirkwood, has been a key supporter of CFNA mission. After the service, refreshments were served, provided by Orphan Grain of St. Louis, another major supporter of CFNA.
¡R esucitó! He arose! ¡Está resucitado! He is risen!
by Rev. Frank Eberhart The verb tenses tell us the story of the Gospel. Easter is a past event. Easter is a present reality. The resurrection happened and because of it we serve the living Christ. We don’t serve a memory. We serve Jesus. Or did we leave Easter behind on April 8? Immediately after Easter I walked into my favorite shop to take advantage of the 50 percent off candy sale. Who knows when you are going to need a hollow chocolate Easter bunny? There may be a need for marshmallow chicks on a hot day in August. But Easter is over. Let’s get on with today. How easy it is to view the resurrection of Jesus in the same way. We celebrated it once again. It is over. It is time to get on with life as normal, keeping Jesus in reserve just in case we need Him. Or is He here to stay this post-Easter season? I hope so. I count on it. Easter brought 11 baptisms at Jesús el Buen Pastor Lutheran Church, Kansas City (three babies, five youth, and two adults), five first communions, and a confirmation with 135 in attendance. It was a wonderful, joyful, exciting celebration as godparents verbally presented their godchildren for baptism, as youth confessed their understanding of the Eucharist, as voices said in unison, “I renounce the devil and all his works and all his ways…” But now, O Risen Christ, dwell with your Holy Spirit in these and all others who have confessed their resurrection faith that they may grow in their understanding of Your grace and love. The rebirth has happened, now let the baby steps become the toddling and the toddling the firmness of walking and the firmness of walking become the running of the race Easter brought 11 baptisms (three that leads to glory. Amen. babies, five youth, and two adults), five ¡Resucitó! He arose! ¡Está resucitado! He is risen! first communions, and a confirmation.
Mission Sunday at Immanuel, Rolla
Immanuel, Rolla, was honored to have Lutheran Hour Speaker Rev. Gregory Seltz preach at both worship services for its mission Sunday. Rev. Stephen Kamprath serves American, international students and visiting scholars who attend the Missouri University of Science and Technology. A host of students were present at the services including the potluck dinner/mission festival that followed. A booth display showed how Christ’s mission is accomplished locally and around the United States: Christian day school, campus ministry, adult ministry, church pantry, Lutheran Blind Mission, L.A.M.P.
Members of the Chinese Christian Fellowship group singing a Gospel hymn in Chinese.
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Distr ict News Dumplings Open the Door …
The fun began around 6 p.m. Out came the prepared dough, rolling pins, and bowls of meat and vegetables to stuff into the dumpling skins. Groups gathered around several tables and began to roll the small lumps of dough into flat circles while others dolloped a spoonful of the meat and vegetable mixture into the middle of the circles. The skins were then sealed tightly and placed on trays. When a tray was full, another crew took it into the kitchen and put the dumplings into large pots of boiling water. After a pot of dumplings was cooked, they were transferred to plates and placed on serving tables, where potluck dishes had already been placed. Gathering together to make Chinese dumplings together on a holiday is part of Chinese culture. There is fellowship as people work together to make the dumplings; there is food to be shared as people continue their conversations; there is fun in being and eating together. For the past two years, Light of Christ Lutheran Chinese Mission members have invited friends and colleagues to this outreach event. The response the first year was so great that the venue moved from the east building to Immanuel Lutheran Church’s gym. An estimated 150 people attended. This activity works on a holiday because making dumplings from scratch is time-consuming. The preparation crew arrived at 3 p.m. to prepare the dough for the dumpling skins and the filling. Another crew arrived later to set up tables and chairs for the anticipated guests. Many guests had never attended a worship service or Bible study at Light of Christ. Yet, they were attracted to this event because a friend invited them. They did not feel intimidated by the content of the program, which included a Chinese opera presentation and modern Chinese songs by several members. Children participated in a drawing for a gift and then moved to the east building for games and free play. The adults stayed in the gym and sang Christian songs, heard a devotion by Pastor Paul Shaw, and listened to a testimony by a Light of Christ member. The messages were low-key and non-threatening to those who attended. All who attended met new friends and chatted with old friends. The combination of making and eating traditional Chinese food and interacting with fellow Chinese people made this event attractive. Behind the activity, Light of Christ had a purpose: to share seeds of the Gospel with Chinese people in the St. Louis area. Indeed, a social event such as this opens the door for proclaiming the Good News.
Free Spiritual Food Given Out at Food Bank St. Matthew Lutheran Church, St. Louis, has a food bank that gives the needy something extra every week, Spiritual Food cards, prayers, New Testaments and witness sheets about salvation. How does all of this work? As the people come in the food bank door, they see posters letting them know that there are two prayer warriors available to pray with them on any topic. They also hear Christian music playing as they wait in line for their food. Mrs. Dorothy Mitchell hands everyone a Spiritual Food Card when they take their food. Each card has a Scripture verse typed on it. Mitchell has run the food Bank for bthe last five years. Mrs. Polly Wilson, Mrs. Sally Horton and Mr. Lawrence Jackson, who is an elder of the church, all help Mrs. Mitchell distribute the food on a weekly basis. Along with the food, there are tables set up with free clothes, household items, toys, and books. Toward the back of the room are the prayer warriors: Ms. Margaret Gordon and Mrs. Kymm Fehrs. At the food bank, they are known as Ms. Margaret and Ms. Kymm. “We sit in the back because we do not want to push ourselves on anyone,” Fehrs explained. They are there every week at the same time the food bank is open, each Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon. When someone approaches the prayer table, they are met with a loving welcome and asked to sit down. The prayer warriors write down their names and what concerns they would like to bring to the Lord. Then, they all hold hands while one of the prayer warriors prays. Afterward, the person is reassured that God has heard their prayers, and that He will answer them. “We continue to pray for them every day,” Gordon commented. Next, each individual is encouraged to read the Bible and pray daily. If the person does not have a Bible, he is given a marked New Testament, which leads him through the salvation story. It is stamped with the church’s information in the front. The person is also given a special bookmark with the school’s mission statement with a flame and a cross. The name of the church with its address and phone number are stamped
on the back. If the person has a Bible, then he or she is given the salvation story in question and answer form. Then the prayer warriors ask the participant if he or she attends church and Bible class regularly. If the person doesn’t have a church home, he is told about St. Matthew’s church, Bible classes, Sunday school, school and Vicar Lewis, principal of the school and taking classes to be a pastor this fall. If the person is a member at a church, the women encourage him or her to attend regularly. The people do not feel rushed in any way by the prayer warriors to move along. “Sometimes they want to talk about spiritual matters; others may want advice about the things happening in their lives,” Gordon explained. “We will spend as much time with each person as they need. There are many tears shed before, during, and after the prayer is said,” she admitted. “We get a lot of hugs every week now from the men and women we have prayed with. They are so sincere and sweet.” Margaret and Kymm have been praying for people at the food bank since January. Many of the people come back with wonderful comments as to how the Lord answered their prayers. They get an average of five people a week to pray with. Those people are now bringing in their relatives and friends for prayers too. “It is such a blessing for us when we pray with the hurting and the lost,” Gordon stated. “It is beautiful to see the love of God enrich their lives and give them hope,” Fehrs said. “We love being here for people!” They both agreed. “It is the highlight of my week,” Fehrs continued. “We are blessed as well because we get to hear how their prayers have been answered.” For more information, visit http://www.stmatthewstlouis.com/FoodAndClothing.html.
Distr ict News St. John’s Confirmation 2012 Plus More New Members
The Holy Spirit is working abundantly in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Warrenton, Mo. To God be the glory! In April 2012, St. John’s added members to its church family by the following official acts: Two Infant Baptisms, Five Child Baptisms, One Adult Baptism, Five Affirmations of Faith, Five Adult Confirmations, Seven Transfers from other LCMS churches, and Five were confirmed in the 2012 confirmation class.
Groundbreaking for Grace Lutheran Preschool, Holts Summit
Grace Lutheran Church broke ground on its building addition that will house a new preschool and early child care center. The ceremony was held on Sunday, May 6. The groundbreaking ceremony followed the 10 a.m. worship service with a pilgrimage from the church sanctuary to the site where the new facility will be erected, just west of the existing church building. Construction on the 80-by-60 foot building was scheduled to begin in May. Construction should be completed in time to open to the public for the 2012-13 school year. “We are excited about our expansion” said Church Council President Don Rahm. “We have already been approached by families interested in having their children attend a Christian preschool. With so many parents traveling Highway 54 into Jefferson City for work, we are blessed to have such a convenient location just off US 54 at the Center Street exit.” The Grace Lutheran Church preschool will be located at 618 Halifax Road in Holts Summit. In addition to offering preschool for children ages 3-5, the facility will provide full day child care as well as beforeand after-school care.
Our R edeemer Easter Outreach
Pastor Jeremy Klaustermeier and the eighth grade confirmands at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Warrenton, Mo.
Cape Girardeau Area Zone Spring 2012 R ally
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ! It is with great joy that we share our Easter event with you at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Overland. We worked with Hispanic Festival Inc. to create an Easter event where we hosted a family in great need in our Hispanic community. Along with this family was the family helped by Our Redeemer at Christmas, as well as families from our church community and the Hispanic community of Overland at large. We celebrated with food, fellowship, a pinata, and an Easter egg hunt! Dora and Diego joined us as well! It was a wonderful celebration and connection to those who may not know about Jesus Christ.
The Potter’s Clay Society of the Cape Girardeau LWML Zone hosted the 2012 Spring Rally at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau on April 29. District President Karen Drury gave an inspiring presentation on the Missouri District LWML 22nd Biennial Convention, held June 8-10 in St. Charles, Mo. After a short business meeting and installation of officers, the women retreated to the fellowship hall for a tea party. Ladies attending were encouraged to wear hats and gloves at the afternoon event. Jean Seres (The Hat Lady) gave a presentation on how God blesses us with joy and laughter in our lives. During her presentation, she displayed more than 30 of the hats she has collected over the years.
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Distr ict News Heit’s Point Annual Outdoor Festival
Sunday, June 10, 2012 9am-4pm Schedule of Events We are honored to have Dr. Peter Kurowski from Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in California, MO as our guest speaker.
9am Coffee and donuts 10am Tours, fellowship and activities 11am Worship Service 1pm Delicious Barbeque Lunch (Free-will donation) Enjoy the afternoon with more fellowship, tours and activities for all ages!
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vinegar, hearing the sound of the whip and nailing on the cross, the story and music, and seeing the garden and the empty tomb. Groups of children and adults from the Lutheran school in East St. Louis, Bethlehem, North St. Louis City, and Trinity, New Haven, were among those who took part in the event.
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As with Lutheran Hour Ministries’ array of Project Connect booklets, “Cancer: Courage through Christ” is an invaluable resource—for the cancer sufferer, the cancer survivor, the caregiver who ministers to a friend or loved one, or the family struggling with the disease’s impact. The booklet can be ordered at http://www.lhm.org/projectconnect; it can also be downloaded online in PDF format.
The 94th Convention of the International Lutheran Laymen’s League will be held July 26-28, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The theme for this convention, “Sonrise to Sunset,” was taken from Psalm 113:3, “From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised!” The theme is appropriate for Saskatoon, as it has more hours of sunshine than any other major city in Canada. In the past, election of officers took place at the convention. Operating under new New Bible Study LHM Men’s Network bylaws this year, ballots were mailed to all LLL members in April with a May 30 deadPresenter Mike Newman takes on the ultimate human reality—death—in an line for submission. Information on candidates was published in the March/April issue of the Lutheran Laymen with the same information on LHM’s website. This change upcoming video Bible study from the Men’s NetWork. “Death…Then What?” tackles four hard-hitting topics: allowed all LLL members to vote on the candidates as opposed to only those attending the convention. Results of the election will be announced later this summer. • Facing the Great Unknown. • Which Way Are You Heading? New Project Connect Booklet • Will We Ever Meet Again? “Is God really in control of my cancer?” • Our Eternal Future. It’s a question that Christian after Christian asks once the disease is diagnosed. And it’s the first question author Karen Tripp tackles in Lutheran Hour Ministries’ Project Rev. Newman has worked as a pastor, teacher and speaker. He currently serves as a Connect booklet, “Cancer: Courage through Christ.” mission and ministry facilitator with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Texas “The answer is a resounding YES!” Tripp concludes. “Cancer doesn’t affect God’s District. control of your life.” When God promises to “work all things for the good of those who Want to know more? Visit www.lhmmen.com. love Him,” she says, He doesn’t mean just some things. “God will use your exhaustion, nausea, pain, regret, loneliness, fear and even an ini- The Men’s NetWork asks: Are you a barbecue master? Check out how others are doing and get their secret recitial misdiagnosis for good. God is completely in charge.” pes or you can share your expertise with them. Throughout this new booklet, Tripp provides inspiration and comfort from God’s How is your fishing? It is not too late to register for the fishing tournament and show Word and from real-life stories of people who have been through the disease themselves. “God knows what you’re going through, and He understands your pain. Seek Him in off your big one that didn’t get away. His Word,” she advises.
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Fa m i ly Li fe a nd Yout h Junior High R etreats - Save These Dates!
Dates have been set for the Missouri District's Junior High Retreats. The fall Junior High Retreats hosted by the Missouri District are a way to supplement, retreat is Oct. 19-21, 2012. The duplicate spring retreat will be held the weekend celebrate and reinforce the ministry to youth happening in congregations. after Easter, April 5-7, 2013. Plan to bring your sixth through eighth grade For more information about the presenters, music and theme as it is developed, students to one or both of these retreats being held at Camp Windermere at the visit the Missouri District youth's presence on the web at: Lake of the Ozarks, near Camdenton. www.facebook.com/lutheranyouth or www.twitter.com/lutheran_youth. Rotating through the chief parts of Luther's Small Catechism, this year's retreats will center around Holy Communion.
Please K eep in Your Prayers the Senior High Gathering - Strong, Firm and Steadfast in Christ for Joplin June 21-24 Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Mo.
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (1 Peter 5:10 ESV)
LESA Students Shine in Citywide Poetry Contest Two Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA) seventh-graders are among the winners of the 2012 Citywide 7th Grade Poetry Contest, a literary competition for students who attend school in the city of St. Louis. Elysha Kennedy, a student at River Roads Lutheran School in north St. Louis, won for her poem “Why Now?” Grace Ray, a student at Word of Life Lutheran in south St. Louis, was selected for “Be Yourself.” River Roads and Word of Life are members of the St. Louis-based LESA. The winning students received $25 Elysha Kennedy, student at River cash prizes and will Roads Lutheran School. have their poems published in an anthology donated to the students, their school libraries and the St. Louis Public Library. Each student will also be featured in his or her own YouTube film clip along with the written text of the poem. The clips were filmed April 25 during a special ceremony and reading event at the Regional Arts Commission. There is no cost to the schools or students for participating in the program. The Citywide 7th Grade Poetry Contest is sponsored by The 7thGradePoetry Foundation (7GP), a pioneering St. Louis arts organization that hopes to create a more talented
and diverse generation of poet laureates in the United States. Seventh-graders from every public, private, parochial, and charter school in the city of St. Louis participated. The organization hopes to expand the program to St. Louis County, Kansas City, Illinois, Kansas, and numerous other states in the near future. “Anyone can write a great poem … and everyone deserves the chance,” said Aaron Williams, Champion and president of 7GP. “By having the contest winner selection based solely on written words, with freedom to write in any poetry style on any topic, the paradigm has proven to bring out a dramatic diversity in poetry styles, themes and student demographics.” For more information on The 7thGradePoetry Foundation, contact Aaron Williams email@example.com or visit http://7thgradepoetry.org.
Grace Ray, student at Word of Life Lutheran School.
by Grace Ray, Seventh Grader, Word of Life Lutheran School
Everyone wants to be something other than their self A supermodel, a rock star, an actor, ANYTHING! But it is much better to be yourself and — Imagine Be creative Paint Draw Play Play pretend Dance Sing Wear what you want Jump in the air Be crazy Be normal Scream to the skies Write stories Act in plays Do what you want because — In a world where you can be anything … Be yourself
Fa m i ly Li fe a nd Yout h Missouri District Older Adult Ministry Retreat
You Are God’s Workmanship with Rev. Ron Lehenbauer and Rev. Kristopher Morris from Christ the King Lutheran Church, Lake Ozark
October 2-3, 2012 Cross Pointe Retreat Center Rocky Mount, Mo.
Registration includes everything you’ll need: Lodging at Cross Pointe’s beautiful hotel, program and all meals: $110 per person (double occupancy) $145 per person (single occupancy) $220 per couple
How Do I Register?
By e-mail: Email Sue Thompson at: firstname.lastname@example.org By phone: Call for a brochure (314) 590-6217 On the web: Visit www.mo.lcms.org
Join us for Bible study, interesting workshops, fellowship, banquet and the beauty of Lake of the Ozarks!
Registration and Deposit Deadline – September 17, 2012 - or when space is filled -
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). The Voice of Missouri
Educationa l Ser v ices
The Trinity Lutheran, Cape Girardeau, Girl’s Basketball team was recently crowned “National Champion” at the Lutheran Basketball Association of America’s Tournament of Champions. The Lady Panthers went 5-0 in the tournament, held March 29–April 1 in Valparaiso, Ind., beating 31 teams from across the United States. They are the first team from Missouri to claim this title. Trinity finished the season with a record of 28-1, including winning the SEMO Parochial League tournament, the Notre Dame Invitational and the LBAA National Tournament. Trinity’s lone loss was to St. Paul Lutheran of Jackson in the championship game of the Lutheran Basketball Association of Missouri’s State Tournament. St. Paul’s team also competed in the LBAA tournament and placed third. Raegan Wieser and Tess Daniel were named to the All Tournament team. Trinity’s coaches are Rick Wieser and John Daniel. The principal of Trinity is Diane Maurer. Front row from left: Raegan Wieser, Logan Welker, Tess Daniel, Maddie Brune, Alaina Childers, Madison Arbuckle, Courtney Kester, Ali Galemmo. Back row: Coach Rick Wieser, Coach John Daniel.
Life Together - Immanuel, Olivette and Better Living Communities Academy The third to fifth grade students of Immanuel Lutheran School, Olivette, took a special field trip in March. On a visit to Better Learning Communities Academy (BLCA), they were given the opportunity to spend time in the classroom, read, and play with the kindergarten through second grade students of BLCA, which operates in the facilities of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in north St. Louis. Bethlehem closed the doors to its school in 1979, but is back in the business of Christian education as the church operates after-school programs to reach the charter school’s students with the Gospel message. During the visit, Immanuel students also delivered school supply items they collected for BLCA during National Lutheran Schools Week. Immanuel Lutheran School is located at 9733 Olive Blvd. in Olivette.
Immanuel Lutheran West Ely School Picnic at rural Hannibal, Mo. One room schoolhouses are an important part of rural community history. They are slowly disappearing from the rural communities. The West Ely schoolhouse was established in 1869 and restoring it will keep this part of history alive. The Immanuel Lutheran School Picnic is a fundraiser to keep the history alive and not forgotten. There will be a fish fry, homemade ice cream, music, silent auction, fun and games for ages 1-100. See friends from the past and new friends for the future. The picnic is June 24 with lunch beginning at noon at Immanuel Lutheran Church at West Ely. The address is 6510 County Road 263, Hannibal, Mo. Call (573) 2217051 for more information. Grab a friend and we will see you then. Remember, Restore, Renew – This is our motto.
Holy Cow! Salem Lutheran Principal Wears Cow Costume for a Cause Rob Kellar, principal of Salem Lutheran School, Affton, is a man of his word. In February, Kellar told his students that if they raised $500 for Heifer International, he would dress up like an actual heifer. For an entire day. The charity buys livestock for families in struggling countries so they can support themselves. Driven by that cause – and Kellar’s tempting promise – the students exceeded that goal by raising $627.31 for the charity. Their success meant two things: They could now afford to buy a cow for an impoverished family, and Kellar needed to find a cow costume. In March, Kellar did just that. He fulfilled his promise by spending an entire school day in a large black and white Holstein heifer costume. The costume was a big hit with students, who posed for photos with Kellar throughout the day. More importantly, the project allowed Salem students to “live” the theme of their 201112 school year, “Christians in Action,” and have fun doing it. Salem Lutheran School is located at 5025 Lakewood Road in Affton and serves 185 students in preschool through eighth grade. For enrollment information, visit www.slcas.org. Salem Lutheran Principal Rob Kellar milked smiles from students Christina Droege, Nick Gotsis and Zoe Harris after dressing up as a cow to thank students for raising money for Heifer International.
OASIS Lutheran Family and Children’s Services continues to support the OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program in Lutheran grade schools in St. Louis and the surrounding areas. The program has expanded to include three schools in the Cape Girardeau area. We hope to add some additional schools for the 2012-13 school year. Within elementary schools, OASIS pairs older adults with young children who have underdeveloped reading and language skills. These caring adults work one-on-one with students for about an hour each week as their tutors, mentors, and friends. If you would like to share your knowledge and experience to enrich the life of a student, please consider participating in our fall tutor training classes. A one-day training class will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6, in the Cape Girardeau area (exact location and time still to be decided). A two-day training class will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 29 and Thursday, Aug. 30, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church, Kirkwood, Mo. Completing a training class will allow you to volunteer at one of our schools, beginning in October and tutoring until the end of the school year. For additional information and to register for a class, please contact Luanne Beumer at (314) 842-4826 or at blbeumer@ gmail.com.
Leadersh ip Tra in ing Missouri Disasters Volunteer Opportunities
Missouri faces significant challenges from the natural disasters that occurred in 2011 and early 2012. Tornados struck St. Louis, Sedalia, Branson, Van Buren and Joplin. Massive flooding impacted the southeast and northwest areas of the state with some locations being under water four months. As case management progresses throughout the state, volunteers will be needed to assist in the continuing recovery of our residents. Most of the opportunities will require experienced and skilled volunteers. Much of the work will be in home renovation and home construction, especially in the Habitat for Humanity model. There will be demolition work needed in some areas, particularly in northwest Missouri. Other areas may still need flood clean-up. Very little debris remains from the tornado activity. For the most part, the work available will, not be appropriate for youth teams. If your group is interested in serving in Missouri, contact Duane Moudy, LDR Regional Coordinator, at (314) 422-5520 or email@example.com.
Helps for End-of-Life Issues
Do you need good and godly counsel for end-of-life issues, either for yourself or for loved ones? Then do not miss “The Other End of Life” presentation at Salem Lutheran Church, 5180 Parker Road, Florissant (Blackjack), Mo., from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 29, Executive Director of Lutherans For Life Rev. Dr. James Lamb will have a PowerPoint presentation on the theological and practical aspects of end-of-life issues. It will include comments on advance directives such as living wills and durable power of attorney for healthcare. It will give godly counsel on this frequently asked question: When is it acceptable to discontinue treatment for yourself or a loved one, for example ventilators and feeding tubes? There will be plenty of time for questions. If you need more information, call Rev. Richard Thur, retired pastor, at (573) 754-0780. This presentation is free and open to all. Invite your friends and neighbors. You don’t have to register by phone in advance, but it would be helpful. Those who register ahead will be assured of receiving the handout.
EAST MISSOURI PASTORS’ CONFERENCE Sunday, Sept. 30 – Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 St. Paul Lutheran Church – Farmington, Mo. Theme: “Ministry as a Joy Rather Than a Burden” Main speaker: John Kleinig
Dr. John W. Kleinig of Australia is a pastoral theologian, biblical scholar, author, and popular conference speaker. His books include Leviticus (Concordia Commentary), Prayer: We Speak to God (Lutheran Spirituality Series), and Grace Upon Grace: Spirituality for Today. Dr. Kleinig speaks engagingly on such topics as Lutheran spirituality, pastoral ministry, the theology of worship, and spiritual warfare. You will appreciate the wisdom and encouragement he brings us. For our conference, Dr. Kleinig plans to speak on these topics:
Ministry as a Joy Rather Than a Burden
The joy of working with a clear conscience. The joy of working with God in meditation and prayer. The joy of working under protection. The joy of working under authority. The joy of working as bearers of God’s blessing. The East Missouri Pastors’ Conference will begin with the opening service on Sunday, September 30, at 7:00 p.m., and conclude on Tuesday, October 2, at 12:00 noon. (A more detailed schedule will be posted later at the Missouri District website.) The conference will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Farmington, Missouri. For more information, contact Pastor James King (573) 756-7872 or Pastor Charles Henrickson (314) 779-8108. To register for the conference, please fill out the form at the right and send it in, with the registration fee, to the address indicated. Registrants from outside East Missouri are certainly welcome!
Lodging is available at the low conference rate of $49 per night (for reservations made by Sept. 1) at: Tradition Inn 1625 W. Columbia St. Farmington, MO 63640 (573) 756-8031 http://www.traditioninn.com To get the conference rate, please specify “East Missouri Pastors’ Conference” (#68143).
Registration: East Missouri Pastors’ Conference Sunday, September 30 – Tuesday, October 2, 2012 St. Paul Lutheran Church – Farmington, Missouri
Registration fee: $90 ($100 after September 1) Retired pastors; pastors’ wives: $45 ($50 after September 1) Fee includes all meals Monday and Tuesday (sack lunch Tuesday) Make checks payable to: “Missouri District – LCMS” (Put “EMPC” in the memo line.) Send registration form and check to: Rev. James King St. Paul Lutheran Church 608 E. Columbia St. Farmington, MO 63640 Name: _______________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________ Phone: __________________ E-mail: _____________________ Total enclosed: ___________
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Concord ia Sem ina r y, St. Lou is
Concordia Seminary celebrates Call Day 2012
On May 1, calls to serve as pastors in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) were issued to 81 students at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, during a worship service in The Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus. These students join more than 12,500 who have been prepared to serve as pastors, missionaries and chaplains during the 173 years of Concordia Seminary’s existence. In a separate service held earlier that day, 69 students received assignments to
Dr. Dale Meyer, John Rasmussen, and Andrew Roettjer.
serve as vicars. Vicarage is a one-year internship that M.Div. and Alternate Route students preparing to serve in the pastoral ministry must complete. Concordia Seminary also celebrated four deaconess students who were assigned internships. The Missouri District received the most vicars from Concordia Seminary, with nine vicars assigned, followed by the Florida-Georgia District with seven. The Texas District issued the most calls with 10, followed by the Missouri District with nine. The Office of Vespers and Assignment of Vicarages took place at 3 p.m. in the seminary’s Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus. Rev. Keith Kohlmeier, president of the LCMS Kansas District, served as preacher. The Service of Praise and Assignment of Calls, also held in The Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus, took place at 7 p.m. Dr. Jon Diefenthaler, president of the LCMS Southeastern District, served as preacher. Officiants for the services included Dr. Dale A. Meyer and Rev. Robert P. Hoehner, the seminary’s director of placement. The calls were presented to the students by Dr. Larry A. Stoterau, chairman of the LCMS Council of Presidents and president of the Pacific Southwest District. Nearly 6,000 people from 47 states and 20 foreign countries – spread over five continents – participated in one or both of the services via the video feeds provided on callday.csl.edu. Several calling congregations were able to celebrate and participate in the services with Concordia Seminary by connecting a projector and speakers in their church so the services were able to be seen and heard. Many also browsed the call lists and explored the interactive maps, contributing to a day with more than seven times the typical web traffic for the evening. A complete list of the calls and vicarages issued is available on the seminary’s special Call Day website at callday.csl.edu.
Next Steps to be held in July Next Steps is an admissions event geared toward prospective students and their families. This two-day event on July 6-7 will provide an opportunity to connect with the Concordia Seminary community. From visiting the campus to experiencing life with Seminary families, we hope you will find answers to your most nagging questions. During the Relocation Orientation on Friday afternoon, you will learn a lot of useful information about housing, moving companies, how to find employment,
healthcare and childcare information, schools, and much more. Children will have supervised recreation time during the informational sessions. The panel discussion will feature current seminary families, answering your questions with honest answers – since they have been in your position! On Friday night, you are invited to attend an informal BBQ in the Woods (the nickname for married student on-campus housing). BBQ’s in the Woods are held every Friday night in the fall and spring, and that’s just one example of the
many activities geared toward seminary families. Saturday will include fun events for your whole family. A farewell picnic in Forest Park will conclude the formal events. There is no registration fee. Housing and meals during the event will be provided by Concordia Seminary. Participants are responsible for their own transportation. Registration deadline is June 22. For more information, please contact the admissions office at (314) 505-7227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faith and Writing Workshop on July 24-26 Concordia Seminary will host a workshop on July 24-26 called “Faith and Writing.” People of faith are people of creativity, because we trust in a creative God. This workshop explores and experiments with all kinds of creative writing — from starting a blog, to creating a sermon or devotion, to all the forms of “traditional” creative writing (story, nonfiction, drama, poetry) … to everything in between. Attention will be given to social media and new forms of expression, as well as ample time for workshops and creative exercises. Primary focus will be on what it means to create and communicate as a person of faith: What makes for effective communication? How do we cultivate creativity in our lives? What role does faith play in the creative process? Participants are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own work, as well as favorite works by others. The leaders of the workshop are Rev. Travis Scholl
and Peter Mead. Travis Scholl is editor of Concordia Journal and ConcordiaTheology.org at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He has written a wide range of published work, including books of devotions and prayers, poetry, and a semi-regular column for The Lutheran Witness. Peter Mead has a long-standing career in Christian publishing, writing and editing books, devotions, Bible studies, and worship resources. After a distinguished career at Creative Communications for the Parish, he now creates resources for God’s church at ArdenMeadia.com. The workshop runs from 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 24 through 3 p.m. Thursday, July 26. The cost per person is $150 and registration is limited to 15 participants. All meals are on your own. Wartburg Commons is open for lunch only. Several restaurants are within two to three short blocks of campus. On campus housing is
available ($25 per person shared room; $40 per married couple or non-shared room). The registration deadline is July 9. To register, call continuing education at (314) 505-7486 or email email@example.com.
Carillon Concerts will be presented on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. in the seminary quad on the following dates: June 12 June 19 June 26
Lutheran Women’s Missionary League President’s Penning Where do you go? Where do you go when you come down from the mountaintop? Well, if you are returning from Karen Drury the Missouri District LWML convention, you “Go Fish.” For many of us the recent convention could be considered a mountaintop experience. The indescribable feelings of fellowship and sisterhood with so many of our sisters in Christ, the aweinspiring messages from Bible study and mission speakers, the beauty of the unique and colorful banners, and the surrounding songs of praise, all could be used to define the highlights. But where do you go when you come home from such a wonderful experience? Do you return to life as usual, nothing different, nothing changed? Or do you accept the challenge to “Go Fish?” The convention theme was based on Mark 1:17, “And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.’” calls us all to “follow Him.” There is no need for us to do it on our own. Jesus reassures us He will be with us and He will work His mission through us. During our time together, we chose mission grants we agreed to support with our prayers and our treasures. By doing so, we are dropping our line in the ministries that will touch many lives as they are fishing for souls, for followers of Christ. We also learned how to be bold in sharing our own faith stories. Oftentimes we know that the mountaintop experiences quickly return to the valley experiences and joy turns to pain and sorrow. However, our valley experiences can help us walk beside someone else who’s going through hard times. We may not understand it at the time, but we are fishing for Christ. So the convention has helped us pack our tackle box with the fishing equipment we need. I challenge you to proclaim, “I am Gone Fishing!”
What a Convention!
Did someone twist your arm to go to convention? Now aren’t you glad you went?! WOW! We sang praises with the biggest women’s choir around and soaked in the Word of the Lord. What could be better than that? Now, no grumbling about standing in line – that is just the time to make new friends! What did you like best? My favorites were the mission speakers who inspired me with their strong witness in difficult situations. You noticed they were women. I enjoyed seeing familiar faces and I could even recall their names with a little help from their name tags! There were so many smiles. We enjoyed being there to direct our mission mites to ACTION in service to God. Some new ideas to take to my society sounded pretty good. I always ask God to help me tell my society about the new products and Bible studies so they can feel the enthusiasm we had at convention. Didn’t you rejoice to see the young women there? That they were willing to come and experience the convention says a lot about their character and interest in the LWML. Our President, Karen, did a great job keeping the convention on track. Did you do the Mission Walk? Good for you! I did a virtual walk or whatever you call it, since mornings are my slow times – well, many times are slow for me – but we do make a statement, don’t we, in our matching blue shirts? It is all about witnessing to the people around us. Witnessing about our God who loved us so much He sent His Son to die for us. So put on your Go Fish shirt and be ready to explain what that means to you. I think it means we go and do for others to show them Jesus, who died and rose for them too. That is what MISSION means in LUTHERAN WOMEN IN MISSION. After that convention we are “pumped” to do Recording Secretary more mission work – let’s get going! Kathy Merritt
Take My Silver and My Gold
Did any of you use the preprinted order of worship service from LWML for LWML Sunday? We did, and when we sang the fourth verse of the hymn “Take My Life and Let it Be” and heard the words “Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold” it brought to mind our experience with silver and gold. St. John Ladies Aid from St. John Lutheran Church in Warrenton, Mo., hosted a salad luncheon for all the women in the congregation, which included some afternoon entertainment, an LWML skit about jewelry and singing. The committee chair had a suitcase full of old jewelry someone had given her as a donation for whatever cause. Her thought was to display it at the luncheon and the women could take what pieces they wanted and leave a donation in the mite box on the table. We thought that would be fun for the women attending, and make a few dollars for mites. The suitcase full of jewelry was taken to the luncheon for display – there were necklaces, pins, bracelets and earrings enough to cover two tables. The women poured over it, had fun reminiscing and then selecting what they wanted. More than $100 in donations was given for mites. Before displaying the jewelry, some of the pieces were taken to a jeweler to be sold. The following day a check came for those items. We rejoice that God used us as instruments to further the work of His kingdom. When we think about it, things like this don’t just happen. God has His way of working through us. Who would’ve thought that a donation of someone’s old jewelry could garner this much for mites? As the words in the hymn said, “Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold.” A check was presented – for all our silver and our gold – in the amount of $785.55 for mites. To God be the glory!
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Counselor’s Corner Post
Rev. David Moore
“‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men’” (Matt. 4:19). Over the years I have discovered one of the greatest joys I have as a pastor is the privilege of witnessing God at work in people’s lives. My guess is that most of us would not typically associate watching God work within the context of a convention. Yet, God certainly was at work in the St. Charles Convention Center during our convention. We were blessed to see the Holy Spirit active and alive – building up and strengthening our faith – in our worship, prayer, and Bible study time. He led us, guided us, and directed us as we attended to the business at hand. He also made His presence known in our fellowship as well as through the support and encouragement that we shared with one another. Now that this wonderful event is over and as our time together files itself away with other pleasant memories, my prayer for all the women of the Missouri District LWML (whether you were able to attend the convention or not) it this: I pray that God would continue to bless each and every one of you, that the Holy Spirit would be mighty and active in your life, keeping you in your baptismal grace, and sustaining your faith in our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, to life everlasting. I also pray that as we head out into our neighborhoods and communities to be fishers of men that the Holy Spirit would graciously open doors and present opportunities to share our precious gift of faith in Jesus with those who do not know Him. May He open our eyes not just to see these opportunities but to act on them with a faithful witness to the Gospel. To Him be all the praise, honor and glory. Amen.
A Cup With K ay LWML President Kay Kreklau enjoys a cup of tea while reading the Scriptures or while in prayer. President Kay is inviting you to pray with her, and your brothers and sistersin-Christ, on Saturday mornings for 9 minutes at 9 a.m. Just as steam from your cup, all prayers will rise up!
A lumni Homecoming R eunion October 2012 Lutheran Chapel of Hope at SEMO University in Cape Girardeau, Mo. More information to follow. If you attended the Lutheran Chapel of Hope, please send your email or mailing address to: Dorothy Gholson 1494 State Hwy. F Jackson, MO 63755 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Personnel Changes — Ordained Ordinations/Installations Backs, Ronnie (CQ ’12) ordained and installed St. Andrew, Stockton, MO 5/27/12 by R. Mirly Transferred to our District Filipek, Adam (AT) installed Salem, Florissant, MO 5/20/12 by R. Mirly Mueller, Herbert C. Jr. (SID) First Vice President of Synod 5/1/12 Voelker, William (SE) installed Our Redeemer, Marshall, MO 5/6/12 by R. Hagan Weedon, William (SI) installed Dir. of Worship and Chaplain, International Center, St. Louis, MO 5/7/12 by T. Scharr Candidate/Non-Candidate Status Pederson, Joe Ed (non-candidate) to candidate status 5/22/12
Circuit Counselors were installed into office. Contact information for these men can be found on page one of this publication.
Deceased Balzer, Douglas (St. Paul, Glencoe) 4/26/12 Hasenstein, Steven (Zion, Valley Park) 5/14/12 Heerboth, Paul (emeritus) 5/18/12
26th A nnual Benefit Auction and Hog Roast Saint Paul Lutheran High School Campus, Concordia, Mo. Sunday, June 24 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Whole Hog Dinner and Benefit Auction Eat-in or carry-out Silent and live bidding www.splhs.org
We R emember: 1 Rev. Douglas Balzer, who passed
For Sole Pastors: Bolivar, Zion Branson, Faith Brentwood, Mount Calvary – called Rev. Will Hanke of Ellisville, MO (accepted) Chillicothe/Trenton – St. John/Immanuel – Seminary Candidate John Fries assigned Dexter, Faith Emma, Holy Cross – Seminary Candidate Jacob Mueller assigned Florissant, Salem – called Rev. Adam Filipek of Hicksville, NY (accepted) Glencoe, St. Paul Glendale, Glendale – called Rev. Peter DeMik of Laurel, MD (declined) Lemay, Gethsemane – called Rev. Kyle Castens of St. Louis, MO Linn/Drake – Pilgrim/St. John Marshall, Our Redeemer – called Rev. William Voelker of Danville, VA (accepted) St. Peters, Child of God – called Rev. Will Hanke of Ellisville, MO (declined) Scott City, Eisleben – Convertible Vicar Martin Hasz assigned Valley Park, Zion Wellsville, Grace – Seminary Candidate Luke Wolters assigned Served by Intentional Interim Pastor or Interim Pastor: Affton, Salem (Rev. Dr. Darrell Zimmerman) Emma, Holy Cross (Rev. Richard Swanson) Fenton, Our Savior (Rev. Dr. Richard Foss) Lemay, Gethsemane (Rev. David Burge) Pocahontas/Shawneetown – Zion/ Trinity (Rev. Virgil Kelm)
Calling Congregations For Senior Pastor: Affton, Salem – called Rev. David Dahlke of W. Des Moines, IA (declined) Arnold, St. John (retirement of Rev. Dr. Jack Miller) called Rev. Jeremy Schultz of Royal Oak, MI (accepted) For Associate or Assistant Pastor: Lee’s Summit, St. Matthew – Seminary Candidate Matthew Hardaway assigned Lockwood, Immanuel – Seminary Candidate Kyle Fittje assigned St. Louis, Holy Cross – Seminary Candidate Robert Bernhardt assigned St. Louis, Timothy – Seminary Candidate Michael Zeigler assigned 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 Pilot Knob, Immanuel Princeton, Immanuel St. Louis, Holy Sacrament St. Louis, St. Matthew St. Louis, St. Paul Sarcoxie, Trinity Shelbyville, Mount Hope Sweet Springs, Christ
Pastors considering other Calls: Bayer, Timothy (Faith, Oakville) to Martin Luther Chapel, E. Lansing, MI (declined) Blythe, Richard (New Beginnings, Pacific) to St. Paul, Trenton, MI (accepted) Breite, Douglas (Trinity, Cape Girardeau) to Trinity, Oshkosh, WI (declined) Briggs, Robert (St. Peter, Spanish Lake/ Salem, New Town) to Chaplain for Affordable Housing, Lutheran Senior Services, St. Louis, MO (accepted) Deterding, Shawn (Trinity, Clinton) to Zion, Ashland, WI Ellerbrock, Keith (Trinity, Bridgeton) to Our Redeemer, Kingsford, MI (declined) Hanke, Will (St. John, Ellisville) to Our Savior, Mankato, MN (declined) Hoehner, Robert (Dir. of Placement at Concordia Seminary) to assistant pastor part-time, Chapel of the Cross, St. Peters, MO Jameson, John (St. Mark, Eureka) to Trinity, Keene, NH (declined) Knolhoff, Wayne (Dir. of Stewardship LCMS, St. Louis) to Dir. of Placement at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO Olson, Kevin (Trinity, Egypt Mills) to Peace, Marcus, IA (declined) Olson, Kevin (Trinity, Egypt Mills) to Immanuel, Westfield, WI (declined) O’Neal, Patrick (LSS Chaplain, St. Louis) to Mesquite, Mesquite, NV (accepted) Shaw, Jason (Faith, Springfield) to Concordia, Cedar Rapids, IA (declined) Zimmerman, Darrell (Salem, Affton) to Grace Place Retreats, St. Louis, MO (accepted)
into glory April 26. 1 Rev. Steven Hasenstein, who joined his Savior May 14. 1 Rev. Paul Heerboth, as he entered eternal grace May 18.
Personnel Changes — Commissioned Ministers of R eligion
Transferred from Other Districts Golchert, Kent (CI) to Immanuel, Rolla 4/18/12 by S. Kamprath
Changes Within District Albrecht, Dorothy (candidate) to St. John’s, Arnold 8/14/11 by W. Miller Candidate Status Metcalf, Erinn (Lutheran High School of Kansas City, Kansas City) 7/1/11 Non-Candidate Status Elliott, Sarah (Abiding Savior, St. Louis County) 7/1/10 Phelps, Molly (Salem, Affton) 8/1/11 Resigned/Removed from Roster Broermann, Kenneth (Messiah, Independence) 3/30/12 Kralik, Chuck (non-candidate) 3/30/12 Sprangler, Kimberly (non-candidate) 3/30/12 Versemann, Rachel (non-candidate) 3/30/12 Weschke, Kassandra (St. Mark’s, Eureka) 3/30/12 Transferred to Other Districts Rollins, Glenn (Lutheran High School of Kansas City, Kansas City) to IE 3/29/12 Trunkhill, Brenda (Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis) to KS 4/6/12 Mooney, Jacob (candidate) to CI 5/4/12
Local Convention Coordinator Joye McElwee after several long days and nights of work.
Delegates voting with their handheld electronic devices.
Delegates visited booths in the exibit hall during the lunch and dinner breaks.
District Secretary Rev. Chuck Spomer , left, with Parliamentarian Duane Hingst.
Delegates left in a good mood as the convention was dismissed, on time!
LYF team members served as pages at the convention, and they were quite popular for staffing the popcorn machine in the convention center lobby.
Missouri District President Ray Mirly as he introduces the convention committee.
The Voice of Missouri
District News Students at Abiding Savior R eflect on the Crucifixion
With the sky dark and ominous behind them, seventh grade students of Abiding Savior Lutheran School, St. Louis, stood with their arms outstretched to each side holding a pen in each hand. Their teacher, Scott Akerson, instructed them to bow their heads and look at their feet, making the position all the more uncomfortable and difficult to sustain. As they stood there, Akerson provided them details about the process of crucifixion that are not disclosed in the Bible but are known from history. He asked them to contemplate, as they started to feel the weight of their arms making it difficult to remain still, how much more painful it would be to have truly experienced the torture of the cross. Then he began to read.
absorb the full impact of the meaning of Easter. The students also participated in “Holy Tweek” where they used social media, specifically Twitter, to tweet in the roles of witnesses to the crucifixion and the last week of Jesus’ life leading to the cross. Meanwhile, Akerson’s reading of the Passion came to an end. There was just a moment as the story finished where the students stood in complete silence, acknowledging, “It is finished.” Then life returned to activity and the solemn moment was lost, but not without some residue. The talk
In a deliberately sedate pace, he read the story of the Passion, emphasizing pauses for reflection. The students began to show signs of weariness. Arms would quickly be lowered and lifted when Akerson looked away. But the seriousness of trying to maintain reverence and endure the full activity could be seen on their faces. Cars honked on Butler Hill Road as they passed the front of the school. School administrators witnessing the event wondered what the drivers must be thinking and whether or not it would prove to be a good testimony to them in their own preparations for Easter. Religion studies are part of the curriculum at Abiding Savior, and bringing Holy Week alive with participatory activities is one way that particularly helps teenagers
between classmates as they headed back into the warmth of the school was typical teenage banter about what they experienced, how it felt and how embarrassing it was to hear the car horns. The memory is visceral now, on a much smaller scale than what they were imitating, but enough that it was be carried home that night to parents and friends. And so it is not finished after all ... the story is abiding today in the aching joints of the youth, and the memory of the burden that was lifted carried throughout their day. Abiding Savior Lutheran School is a Nationally Accredited Lutheran School supported by Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, and offers early childhood, preschool and K-eighth grade curriculum. Please call (314) 892-4408 for more information, or visit www.abidingsaviorlutheran.org.
Crusaders Put Faith in Action; Qualify for Missouri Scholars 100 Lutheran North senior Maggie Burreson was selected for the 2012 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in the 20012 graduating class. Selection is based on a formula using the student’s grade point average and ACT score, in addition to meeting criteria of an “Academic Decathlon.” Students selected to this prestigious program have taken a rigorous course of study and have maintained the highest academic standards. Lutheran North’s recent Faith in Action service day allowed students to live their faith through service in the St. Louis area. God provided a beautiful day for members of the LHSN community to roll up their sleeves and spread mulch, clean up alleys, plant trees and prepare gardens, as well as clean inside areas and read to young children. Students and teachers enjoyed putting their faith into action, working for the good of the community and to the glory of God. Lutheran High School North is located at 5401 Lucas & Hunt Road in north St. Louis county. For more information on programs and enrollment, visit www.lhsn.org.
The Voice of Missouri
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Published on Jun 13, 2012
The Voice of Missouri is provided free of charge and offers news from the district office and from district congregations. We pray that the...