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One does not often associate Lutheranism with activism. So, we go to church, pray, speak the Gospel to our neighThose arrested as trouble-making protesters at political or bors, and raise our families to know and love Jesus and His cultural events aren’t typically the people who attend church life-giving death and resurrection. In our “left-hand citizenwith us. But, maybe they should be, or at least maybe they ship” we do our best to be good spouses, diligent parents, could be. Actually, if we rightly understand our own theol- helpful neighbors, loyal and fair employees or employers, and ogy, one can make a very good case that while we may not all upright and competent citizens. Specifically as good U.S. citichoose to join loud public protests, we must all be civic and zens, we vote, we pay taxes, we learn about candidates, elected political activists. leaders, and legislation, and with letters, phone calls, and persuasive conThe place to begin thinking Yes, you can sin in the voting booth! versations we support what is right and rightly about the Christian’s protest what is wrong. We are active relation to the wider society, in the affairs of this world because this world—and its goverand particularly that society’s government, is with Jesus’ brilnance—matters to God. liant, evocative, and honestly bewildering directive: “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things Two serious temptations must be recognized and resisted. that are God’s” (Matt. 22:21). The first is to equate left-hand work that promotes justice and The words are easy enough; sorting out what exactly belongs fights what violates God’s will for His creation (i.e. the law) to Caesar and what belongs to God is not so easy. Follow- with the work of the Gospel. Such work is not the Gospel or ing St. Paul’s further teaching in Romans 13, Martin Luther anything akin to it. The Gospel is the forgiveness of sins in helps us enormously with his remarkable insight into God’s Christ. The Gospel animates and directs all right-hand activoperation in this world according to or within two distinct ity. Protesting abortion-on-demand or contending for the just realms. Of course, you may well be more familiar with what care of immigrants is not Gospel work. is often called Luther’s “two kingdoms.” The two realms are The second temptation is to allow right-hand realities to getting at the same idea, but being careful not to equate or negate left-hand responsibilities. The right-hand truth of the confuse the realms of the left and the right with the warring Gospel forces us all into the role of mere recipients of God’s kingdoms of Satan and our Lord. The two realms, the left and good giving. We do not earn or deserve what God deigns to the right, are both God’s realms. God works in this world in give us through the work of Jesus. We are truly and rightly two distinct ways, according to His left hand and His right passive. But such passivity is ruled out in the left-hand realm. hand. We are saved only by grace—passive indeed. But we are saved In the right-hand realm, God delivers forgiveness of sins, to be God’s creatures within this world … creatures with life and salvation as the Gospel of Christ is proclaimed and God-designed work to do—active indeed. A significant part delivered. In the left-hand realm, God holds this broken of our intentional left-hand work is our responsibility to be world together, using the rule of law and the standard of jus- active in the affairs of our government. tice to keep sin and evil in check and to care for the beautiful As a Christian then, you should be familiar with the candiwork of His own languishing creation. Thus, the government dates on your ballot, and you should vote for those who will is God’s tool for the sake of His world. The government does uphold God’s law and promote justice. (Yes, you can sin in not proclaim the Gospel or convert sinners; that is the work the voting booth!) As a Christian, you should do what you of the right-hand, the work with which the church has been can to influence the way others think about the issues and the charged. The government merely works to uphold the rule of candidates so they too might learn to think rightly about the law and the good of creatures, in a word: justice. way that God’s world and its government is meant to operate. As Christians, we recognize our place within the work of As a Christian, you speak up and you speak out when there both these “hands” of God. In fact, as Christians we live con- is evil at work in the world, and you urge others to do the tinually under the jurisdiction and influence of both realms, same. And yes, when the cause is just and the need is great, and strive to advance what serves each realm. In our “right- you may find yourself even protesting publically … like the hand citizenship” we delight in knowing that our eternal activist that God, for the sake of His world, has called you to standing with God is assured and we are eager to make the be. Gospel of grace known to those around us so they might share in our assurance.
of Missouri The Christian Is a Citizen of Christ’s K ingdom
Every person is a subject of two kingdoms, one of which is spiritual, the other earthly. The unbeliever is in the kingdom of Satan, the believer belongs to the kingdom of Christ. Both the godly and the ungodly are citizens of an earthly kingdom or country, without any difference in the nature of their citizenship. While admitting that the Christians are subject to the government under which they live, the Scriptures speak of the believers as being not of this world. They are not a part of the world in so far as it is ungodly and the enemy of God; they are not worldly-minded, and they do not regard this earth as their real and permanent home. They are like travelers passing through a foreign country on the way to their true country, “pilgrims,” as pictured by John Bunyan in his Pilgrim’s Progress. Heaven is their true fatherland and home (Heb. 13:14). ...
The Christian Is a Loyal Citizen of His Country Every person who lives on earth is a subject of the government under which he lives. Even if he dwells in a country as an alien, without the rights of citizenship, he must submit to the laws of that country, and he is also a subject of some foreign country which claims his allegiance. A person becomes a citizen of a nation either by birth or by naturalization. As a citizen he is subject to the government that rules over him. The Word of God does not exempt any person from being subject to an earthly government. It speaks rather plainly on this matter and demands of all men that they should take their citizenship seriously. The believers, in particular, are to measure up to the highest standards of loyalty to their country. The Apostle tells the Christians that, because they are citizens of heaven, they should be model citizens of the nation to which they belong (1 Peter 2:13-15). THE CHRISTIAN A CITIZEN OF TWO KINGDOMS by J. M. Weidenschilling, M.A., S.T.D. From Christian Citizenship Originally published in 1953 by Concordia Publishing House
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From t he president’s desk You A re Citizens of Two K ingdoms
President’s Prayer List Please join me in thanking God for: The power of the Gospel and the blessings received through the Sacraments,
Are you tired of politics? Television ads, newspaper ads, and TV and radio talk shows give us numerous opinions about the political candidates for whom we may vote in the upcoming local, state and national elections. The political elections will saturate our life during the month of October through the day we vote in November. What is a Christian citizen to do? In my travels throughout the Missouri District President Ray Mirly I have heard a significant number of individuals voice their opinion about the upcoming local, state and national elections. There are LCMS members who zealously support candidates for office. There are others who will have nothing to do with political activity at all. There are those who will vote! There are others who say they will not vote! What is a Christian citizen to do? There is a doctrinal essay on “Church and State” in The Abiding Word, Vol. II, published by CPH in 1947, written by Theo. Hoyer. He writes,
His underserved love and mercy, Forgiveness, life and salvation by His grace through the gift of faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, Hearing and answering our prayers, Granting pastors to Salem, Black Jack, and Pilgrim/St. John’s, Freedom/ Drake as well as a new director for LUMA, Kansas City, The 115 Lutheran school ministries, the thousands of children who attend these schools and the hundreds of teachers and aides where Your name is honored, Jesus is Lord and the Holy Spirit is at work to nurture faith in Him who alone is their Savior, and The hundreds of Sunday school and Bible class teachers and all the students they teach. Please join me in prayer for God to grant:
“The State can serve the Church best by a good administration of its own affairs. If the land is governed justly and efficiently, the community in general, individual citizens, and so such associations of citizens as the Church, will prosper. Under poor government the Church, too, suffers, because her members suffer” (page 603).
Seasonable weather, especially rain, A safe harvest and fall planting, Each of us thankful hearts, Good, caring, effective, moral and ethical elected leaders,
“The Church, too, serves the State best by tending to her own business and that only. The Church’s business is to preach the Gospel. The prime purpose of such preaching is the salvation of souls. The Church is to teach men how to prepare for the life to come, so that when they leave this world, they may enter heaven” (page 604).
Jesus clearly acknowledged that He did not have authority over issues reserved for the Roman or local government. He told a man who wanted him to resolve a division of property, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” (Luke 12:14) (reserved for government). At the same time, Jesus addressed the spiritual nature of the issue when He said, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15). Probably the most frequently quoted words of Jesus regarding separation of Church and State are found in Matt. 22:21, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” St. Paul’s words in Rom. 13:1-7 clearly state government is God’s ordinance. Peter tells us, “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God” (1 Peter 2:13-15). As Lutheran Christians and citizens of the United States and the State of Missouri, this November we have the opportunity to exercise our voice in choosing leaders we believe will best exercise their elected responsibility to preserve the separation of Church and State that has served this country well. There are many moral, ethical, legal, political and financial issues needing resolution. There is great temptation for the government to step into the realm of the Church and the Church to step into the realm of the state in these matters. You and I, as citizens of both the United States and God’s holy family, need to be wise in voting for candidates who will respect these two kingdoms. All of us have the opportunity during this month and up to election day to pray for: 1) God to bless the election process; 2) God’s guidance on how we should individually vote; 3) God to grant that our constitutional freedoms remain in place; and finally, 4) the people of our country to live in peace with one another.
A joyous celebration of the Festival of Reformation, His Holy Spirit to guide congregations engaged in the calling of pastors and other church workers and those they have called, Each of us the ability and heart to properly use all the gifts He gives us each day, Our children, His blessings upon their education, especially their study of His Word, Successful job searches for the unemployed and underemployed, His blessings upon the workers of this land that their jobs be preserved, Free and faithful proclamation of the Gospel, His blessings upon all the missionaries in the Missouri District and throughout the world, and President Matthew C. Harrison and First Vice President Herbert Mueller as they serve and lead The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
The LCMS launched an education and awareness campaign called “Religious Liberty: Free to be Faithful” in September in response to increasing intrusions by government into the realm of the church. The campaign’s main goal is to inspire LCMS rostered members and laity to take informed action to protect the freedom of religion. www.lcms.org/freetobefaithful
God bless our native land; Firm may she ever stand Through storm and night. When the wild tempests rave, Ruler of wind and wave, Do Thou our country save By Thy great might. (LSB, 965, v.#1)
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M issouri District C onvention Convention proceedings will be availailable on the district website very soon.
LCMS Member R eceives Scouting Award
Lifelong LCMS member and American Heritage Girls leader Jody Token receives Religious Recognition Award from the National Lutheran Association on Scouting American Heritage Girls Founder and Executive Director Patti Garibay and Public Relations Coordinator Jody Token of Ellisville, Mo., received adult leader religious recognition awards from the National Lutheran Association on Scouting (NLAS). The ceremony took place at the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Philmont Scout Ranch Training Center in northern New Mexico during a historic American Heritage Girls workshop in early August. Garibay was presented with The Servant of Youth Award. The Servant of Youth Award can be earned by an adult who has provided five years of service to Lutheran youth. Token was presented The Lamb Award. The recipient of The Lamb Award must be a Lutheran who has given 10 years of service to youth. “What an honor to receive this award from the NLAS,” says Patti Garibay. “Working on behalf of youth is my passion, sharing Christ with them through the AHG program is my mission.” Token adds, “This award is for my daughters and for all the girls back at my AHG Troop. AHG is a natural fit in the Lutheran Church, seeking to raise up Christian leaders.” AHG is a faith-based character development leadership program for girls 5 to 18 years of age. AHG offers more than 240 badges focused on life skills, leadership, service and spiritual development. The mission of AHG is to build women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. AHG is the fastest growing scouting organization, experiencing 30-50 percent growth since its inception in 1993. AHG will celebrate its 17th year in operation, exceeding 20,000 members and troops in 47 states and seven countries. AHG celebrated by launching its first National Day of Service Sept. 15. In 2009, BSA presented AHG with a Memorandum of Mutual Support (MMS). AHG is the only all-girl scouting organization partnered with the BSA. “The Philmont experience and the relationship with AHG and the Boy Scouts of America allows a true family approach to scouting. Now moms, dads, sisters and brothers can grow emotionally, personally, spiritually and physically through a scouting experience that encourages family involvement,” says Garibay. Token attended Immanuel Lutheran School and was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Charles, Mo. She has faithfully served at her LCMS congregations: Redeemer Lutheran, South Charleston, W.Va., Carmel Lutheran, Carmel, Ind.; and currently at St. John Lutheran Church in Ellisville, Mo. Her two daughters attend St. John Lutheran School. She is married to Kevin Token. They celebrated their 20 year anniversary this year. She desires to see American Heritage Girl’s troops alongside BSA troops in every LCMS congregation offering a wholesome, Christ-centered scouting experience for the entire family. Pictured from left: James Whitehead, NLAS President; Cole Petersen, NLAS President Emeritus; Patti Garibay; Jody Token; Rev. Sherman Martell; Rev. Dana Narring.
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Return to Bethlehem, 20 Years and Still Going Strong This year marks the 20th year that Lord of Life Lutheran Church and Preschool in Chesterfield, Mo., has presented a very special gift to the surrounding communities: a living drama surrounding Jesus’ birth called Return to Bethlehem. The first few productions were both inside and outside. However, due to the unpredictable Missouri weather and having to chase down sheep that had gotten out of their pen at 2 a.m., the whole production is now inside. Although this event is held in December, planning is year round and recruiting begins in September. It takes more than 100 people — characters, props, scenery, food, costume, entertainment, etc. — to produce this drama. One of the most difficult tasks is recruiting expectant and new parents to volunteer themselves and their newborn to play the roles of Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus. We have been very fortunate to a have a newborn in the role of Baby Jesus in all our performances. There are many church members who have participated in every production since the beginning. Cecil, the donkey, also has appeared in every performance. Several members have had their children portray Baby Jesus who are now in adult roles. Some even have their grandchildren performing. Many of the men stop shaving after Halloween and allow their beards to grow, lending more authenticity to their roles. Many of the various musical groups that perform in the sanctuary before the beginning of the tour have returned year after year. For many, Return to Bethlehem is a labor of love, an expression of faith and a chance to present the true meaning of the Christmas season. For Return to Bethlehem, the fellowship hall is transformed into the narrow streets of the Bethlehem marketplace. Visitors to the city are presented with a souvenir shekel and given an ancient family name so they may register for the census and enter the city. As they walk through the narrow streets, they will experience ancient sights, sounds and smells. They will interact with the shopkeepers, soldiers and town-folk, all in period costumes, as they talk about daily life and the rumors about a baby born in a stable. This amazing tour of Bethlehem culminates with a visit to the lowly stable where the Christ child and His parents can been seen. Come, Return to Bethlehem and enrich your Christmas experience with the emotions and splendor that settled over the city with the birth of a tiny baby named Jesus. It is an experience not soon forgotten. This year’s presentations will be Friday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. The free walking tour takes approximately 15 minutes and begins every four minutes. The tour is for all ages, inside and is wheelchair and walker accessible. Free-will offerings will be given to several charities. For more information, call (636) 532-0400 or go to www.lordoflifelcms.org. Lord of Life Lutheran Church and Preschool is located at 15750 Baxter Road, at the corner of Baxter Road and Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017. From left: Adam Roderique, Mark Kammeyer, Pastor Jim Rogers and Joe Delmore. Adam’s first performance was as Baby Jesus.
Float Wins Grand Prize
The float entered in the Concordia Fall Festival Parade by St. Paul's 1912 Ladies Aid of Concordia, Mo., won first prize in religious entries and the parade grand prize. “God’s Word is our Heritage” was the theme of the float which featured a large, open Bible and a scale model of St. Paul’s Church. The group built and entered the float as part of its 100th anniversary yearlong celebration.
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Family of Faith is Growing in Dexter, Mo. God has richly blessed the family of Faith Lutheran in Dexter! In April, the congregation welcomed six youth confirmands. In August, seven new members were added via adult baptism and adult information classes. The six youth confirmands are Weston Avery, Will Brehmer, Alex Gaebler, Celeste Huey, Josh Lemons and John McMichael. In August, Tatiana Cox, Karen Lancaster and Tonya Schultz were baptized. Also in August,
Pictured from left: Heather Ryan withinfant daughter Scarlett Ann, Celeste Huey, Jason Ryan, Karen Lancaster, Weston Avery, Alex Gaebler, Tonya Schultz, Rev. Adam Mueller, Marita Cox, John McMichael, Tatiana Cox, Earl Cox, Will Brehmer, Josh Lemons and Verlon Phillips.
adult confirmands received into membership included: Earl and Marita Cox, Karen Lancaster, Verlon Phillips, Jason and Heather Ryan, and Tonya Schultz. Thank you and God’s blessings to Rev. Adam Mueller on behalf of our congregation and these new members of Faith. The infant in the photo is Scarlett Ann Ryan, born three weeks early to Jason and Heather Ryan.
Immanuel, Washington, Worships in New Sanctuary On Sunday, Aug. 5, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Washington, Mo., took occupancy of their new sanctuary. The five year, $5.8 million project was completed the week before. Those years were filled with planning, fund raising and construction.
R evitalizing Rural Churches with Music
Concordia University Chicago’s choral ensemble, Kapelle, is coming to St. Paul’s Lutheran in New Melle, Mo., at 7 p.m. on Oct. 26 to begin its annual fall concert three-day tour. Concert admission is free. A free-will offering will be taken to offset the choir’s expenses. “The concert program celebrates music of the Reformation, performing works by Hugo Distler, Johannes Brahms and Johann Sebastian Bach,” said Charles P. Brown, director of Kapelle and assistant professor of music and choral activities. Pieces by John Stainer, Orlande de Lassus, Louis Vierne, Francis Poulenc, Györgi Orbán, and John Rutter also will be performed. “The audience will be able to sing hymns with the Kapelle to complete our celebration,” Brown said. Mark Waldron says there is much excitement at the prospect of performing at historic New Melle. Following St. Paul’s ground up restoration, including the plastering of the 1858 walls, the acoustics are more brilliant than ever. The intimate space is ideal for vocal music. In addition to being the oldest functioning worship facility in the Synod, St. Paul’s enjoys its immaculate 1870 Pfeffer manual pipe organ, the oldest west of the Mississippi River. The Kapelle ensemble tours annually throughout the United States and internationally every four years. Its extensive touring has included concerts in Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Chile and Argentina. In his 11th year at Concordia, Dr. Brown teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, choral literature, singer’s diction, applied voice, aural skills and choral music education. A singer in his own right, Brown is a bass-baritone soloist specializing in Baroque oratorio music and leads workshops and festivals throughout the country. He has sung in Chicago’s Grant Park Chorus. Brown serves on the board of the American Choral Directors Association Central Division as the repertoire and standards chair for college and university choirs. He holds a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Arizona in choral conducting and voice performance. For more information call St. Paul’s church office at (636) 8285616 or email stpaulnewmelle@ 1870 Pfeffer manual pipe organ hotmail.com.
The first two Sundays in the sanctuary, Immanuel observed “Unity Sundays” with one worship service instead of its normal four services during the summer months. Immanuel plans to use the new sanctuary for many outreach events.
On Aug. 10, the congregation hosted “The African Children’s Choir” to a packed house (half-filled with people from the community). Sept. 29-30 they hosted a People of the Book Lutheran Outreach (POBLO) seminar on Islam. Immanuel will host a community Christmas carol sing this December. Starting in 2013 the congregation will host a speaker/concert series with four dates annually. Immanuel’s sanctuary was dedicated on Sunday, Sept. 30 at a 3 p.m. service with Concordia Seminary professor Rev. Dr. Reed Lessing preaching. Immanuel’s new, 25 rank, Martin Ott pipe organ will be dedicated on Sunday, Nov. 11, at a 3 p.m. Community Hymn Festival featuring Dr. John Behnke on the organ.
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The eighth annual Christmas Country Church Tour, a very popular event, will be held in Perry, Cape Girardeau and Bollinger counties. Only country churches are featured. The event is from 3 to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21, and from 11 a.m to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22. More than 20 churches will decorate, prepare refreshments and/or provide special music during the tour. Concordia Lutheran Church, Frohna, will sponsor “German Caroling” at 6 p.m. on Friday evening The true spirit of Christmas will shine as you travel the roads connecting the country churches. Begin the tour on Highway 61 as far north as Longtown or south at Pocahontas. Each church will have maps and a list of churches on tour. For more information, call Janet Fiedler at (573) 833-6188, email janetfiedler45@ gmail.com or go to http://www.immanuelnewwells.org/events/events.html.
Immanuel, Olivette, Ladies Hold Craft Fair and Luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 3
Holy Cross, Ste. Genevieve, Sends Student to Concordia Seminary
John Pawlitz, a member of Holy Cross, Ste. Genevieve, began classes at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, this semester. He is the son of Ron and Gail Pawlitz, members of St. John, Arnold. The congregation sent Pawlitz off with the rite of Farewell and Godspeed from the Lutheran Service Book Agenda. A reception was held following the Divine Service. “This was a very special occasion for Holy Cross,” said Elder Don Schremp. “We have not sent a young person into church work for at least 40 years.” A special door offering was received to help Pawlitz with the costs of attending the seminary. Pawlitz also received a generous gift of support from the Altenburg chapter of Thrivent. John Pawlitz and Rev. Lawrence Bradt.
The ladies from Immanuel, Olivette, continue their tradition of hosting an annual craft fair and luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 3. Many hands have been busy all year – stitching, painting, gluing, crocheting, and some making jellies and jams. They’ll also have fresh-baked items and the popular “Granny’s Attic” booth. This has been a successful venture since 1974, and has netted more than $159,000 over the years. The ladies meet regularly for fellowship and to make craft items, while at the same time reaching out with mission projects such as: Concordia Seminary Guild, Bible Translators and missionaries in Africa. Half the proceeds are designated for missions, while the other half is for “at home” projects at Immanuel. Thrivent Matching Funds adds to the success of their efforts. The women have been feverishly crafting new ideas this year including unique stocking stuffers and ornaments, jewelry, decorations, crocheted animal caps and nativity sets to name a few. Other members of Immanuel also get involved by donating baked and canned goods, jams and jellies, and scroll saw projects. A great way for everyone to start Christmas shopping and then enjoy a delicious soup and salad lunch, served by the Women’s Guild, is to attend the Craft Fair and Luncheon at 9733 Olive Blvd. on Saturday, Nov. 3, starting at 10 a.m. The public is invited and admission is free.
God and Country
Everyone knows there are two topics you never discuss, especially in an election year: religion and politics. All of that is about to change! Join Salem Lutheran Church, 5180 Parker Road, Florissant, MO 63033, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, as Rev. Dr. Joel Biermann of Concordia Seminary discusses the intersection of faith and politics, the relationship and separation of church and state, our responsibility as Christians and Americans, and what it means to be “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” The God and Country event is offered free of charge and all are invited to attend. A free-will offering will help defer event costs. Participants are urged to come with questions and will return to their lives better equipped to be Christian citizens of the United States of America. For more information please contact Salem at (314) 741-6781 or visit www.salembjmo.org.
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Salem, A ffton, Has Active Women’s Groups Salem Lutheran, Affton, Ladies Guild ended last year with a Hawaiian theme. Everyone dressed in Hawaiian outfits. There was Hawaiian music and several of
the women who had been to Hawaii told of their trips. The first meeting of the new year was Sept. 6 and plans were made for a rummage sale Oct. 23, 1 to 4 p.m. and Oct. 24, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The congregation also has a very active Altar Guild that keeps the altar looking good at all times. Both organizations raise money for the church and school and help with the worship services when possible. Salem is a beautiful church and the women are so proud and thankful for it. Come visit Salem if you are ever in the neighborhood. Salem is located at 8343 Gravois Road, St Louis, MO 63123.
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“Strengthening the Connection with the Vine”
St. John’s in Corning, St. Peter’s in Craig and Concordia in Mound City worked together to create a parade float for the Mound City Fourth of July parade. The entry, which numerous members from each congregation worked on for several weeks, included an empty cross on a small hill overlooking the empty tomb with an angel nearby. Several members created the tomb with a movable rock controlled by hydraulics on a small tractor pulling the float, provided and driven by Howard Geib. When the group realized they were onto something, they added a sun rising behind the tomb after the rock had been rolled away from the opening. The theme of the parade at Mound City was “Let Freedom Rock.” Playing off this theme, the members of the tri-parish decided on “The Rock That Rolled for True Freedom.” The entry won first place and was awarded a ribbon and $75 prize, which was donated to the local ministerial alliance for its work in assisting those in need. Rather than dismantle the float following the July 4 parade, it was decided to use it as an outreach tool to as many of the area towns as possible. The float has appeared in Fairfax, Oregon and Craig, Mo. Rev. Brian Lemcke is the pastor of the tri-parish, which is working toward unification into one new congregation serving Holt and Atchison Counties in northwest Missouri.
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The Missouri District Lutheran Laymen’s League The Intersection of Church and State
The Intersection of Church and State traces the history of cooperation between these two groups—in bringing care to the needy, the settlement of refugees, the adoption by LHM of children, the service of military chaplains, and other ways. It will also consider how Religious freedom in America has been an issue of paramount importance since the these historical church and state partnerships are jeopardized. beginning of this great nation. As the nation has grown and changed, so has the relaFox Business Network was chosen as the initial outlet for the program as paid protionship of the federal government and the many religions that comprise the commugramming. Sunday, Sept. 30, was the debut date. Additional broadcasts and local nity of faith throughout the land. broadcast information are available at www.lhm.org. Questions of the relationship between church and state have never been more relYou may order DVD copies of The Intersection of Church and State on the LHM evant than they are today! website. The public debate centering on issues of church and state has been growing in recent years. The prominence and the potential impact of these issues make their appearance R egister Your Students Now to Take an Online Mission Trip to a regular item in headlines. The recent decision of the Health and Human Services Thailand! Department to require health plans of religious institutions to pay for contraception Lutheran Hour Ministries is excited to announce that Thailand was selected as is only one example. The Supreme Court convenes and decides on these controversial issues with growing regularity. Politicians line up on both sides of the issues, adding the destination of its second international Online Mission Trip! In 2013 Lutheran Hour Ministries will offer students in Lutheran schools throughout North America to the rancor. the opportunity to learn about its work sharing the Gospel with the people of Thai“The separation of church and state” seems like the easy solution. Both church and land. Participants will meet Thailand ministry center Director Monta “Boom” Ekwastate have their unique and separate functions. The purpose of the state is to “promote nit Denow and her staff via live and recorded streaming video. the general welfare” of its citizens on this earth. The purpose of the church is to deal This opportunity will allow students to learn about people in a different culture, with spiritual issues and truth as people live out their lives in this world, with an eye how God’s Word is being shared and spread among them and how their involvement to the next. Yet the intersection of these two entities is unavoidable; they both seek the through prayer and financial support can help “make disciples of all nations!” Multiimprovement of the life of our country’s citizens. Instead of being a point of controlevel curriculum materials and other resources will be available to enrich your students’ versy, this intersection can and should be an empowering relationship. experience and set their mission hearts on fire! The Intersection of Church and State explores the history of this issue, especially in Lutheran Hour Ministries’ Online Mission Trip to Thailand will be presented Jan. light of the First Amendment, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establish28-31, 2013, during National Lutheran Schools Week. For more information or to ment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof … ” It will explore the surprisregister your school now, visit www.lhm.org/onlinemissiontrips. ing fact that every state in colonial times had an established faith. It will examine the origin of Jefferson’s description of the church-state relationship as a “high and impregnable wall of separation.” Questions or comments? Contact: email@example.com
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Fa m i ly Li fe a nd Yout h Junior High R etreats - God is for Us!
The Missouri District Junior High Gathering is back! The new theme is “God is for Us” and is based on Rom. 8:31-32: “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (NIV 1984) 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 Fall Junior High Gathering is Oct. 19-21, 2012, and the spring gathering is the weekend after Easter, April 5-7, 2013. Registration information is on the Missouri District website at http://mo.lcms.org. Registration deadline for the fall retreat is Oct. 5. 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.
Peer Ministry Training Looking for a great youth ministry leadership opportunity? Peer Ministry Trainintg (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, 2013, 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 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): 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 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. Tentative Schedule for PMT You need to bring sleeping bags and towels since these are not provided. At the PallotFriday tine Center, rooms are motel style. Males and 6:30 p.m. Registration and Check-in females will sleep in separate quarters. On Sat- 7:00 PMT Session 1 urday afternoon, there will be free time to go 8:30 Break 9:00 PMT Session 2 swimming in the indoor pool. 10:30 Fellowship, get to know you time Peer Ministry Training is an outstand- 11:30 Lights out! ing experience with great training/leadership teams and great youth and counselors comSaturday ing together to learn, grow and serve. Share 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Devotion this opportunity with everyone in your youth 9:00 PMT Session 3 ministry. 10:30 Break
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Distr ict News ‘Backpack Bonanza’ equips 300 Perryville-area students Nearly 300 students from low-income families in the Perryville area were better equipped to begin school this fall, thanks to the “School Backpack Bonanza 2012” sponsored by the Board of Evangelism from Immanuel Lutheran Church. The event, a fair-like atmosphere held Aug. 11 in the Immanuel Lutheran School gymnasium, provided 261 students with backpacks and necessary supplies including pencils, pens, erasers, notebooks, and other materials on supply lists from area schools. In addition, students were given free haircuts, vision and hearing checks, head lice checks, personal hygiene and dental kits, and boxes of cereal.
An assembly of backpacks and book bags with school supplies were ready for Perryville-area students who attended the “School Backpack Bonanza 2012” sponsored by the Board of Evangelism from Immanuel Lutheran Church. The event hosted 261 students from low-income families. The Immanuel group was able to provide another 40 backpacks with supplies for the local schools to distribute.
Sally Werner, chairperson of the evangelism board, said about 40 additional backpacks with supplies were provided to the Perryville public schools for distribution to other students in need. “Even though the event was sponsored by Immanuel, a big point is that we had hundreds of volunteers from the community,” she said. “It was people getting together for the common good.” In past years, the school supply event had been sponsored by the East Missouri Action Agency (EMAA), which provides services to low-income families in eight southeast Missouri counties. Late last year, budget cuts caused the local office to drop the project for 2012. Jeff Bohnert, also a member of the Immanuel Board for Evangelism, heard of the EMAA decision to discontinue school supplies and suggested that the board pick up the project. He volunteered to coordinate the “Backpack Bonanza.” Board members began in February to gather grants and donations and assemble the supplies and volunteers. The local EMAA office provided encouragement, as well as assembling a list of area families whose children would be eligible. “Our prayers were answered in regard to funding,” Werner commented. The project received a significant grant from the Perry County Youth Tax Board, plus funds from Thrivent Financial, other area churches, members of the Chamber of Commerce, and service clubs. Door offerings from Immanuel members purchased enough Bibles so students and family members could request one at no cost during the fair. She said donations reached nearly $20,000. On the Saturday of the “Backpack Bonanza,” the organizers scheduled 10 students to begin every 15 minutes between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Each student received a list of 18 stops around the school gym. At each stop volunteers provided information, services, or materials and initialed the students’ lists. Among the stops: Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the community DARE officer, counseling and support agencies, and 4-H. Immanuel members offered a free Bible or Bible storybook and took prayer requests. Members of the United Methodist Church distributed personal hygiene kits, which they assembled earlier with shampoo, deodorant, hairbrush, comb, body lotion, and bath soap.
Immanuel members Ruby and Ray Bohnert, right, helped distribute cereal to students attending the “School Backpack Bonanza 2012” at Immanuel Lutheran School, Perryville. The cereal was provided by Gilster-Mary Lee, a private label food manufacturer.
Gilster-Mary Lee, a private label food manufacturer with plants in Perryville, provided boxes of breakfast cereal. Students also received a $20 voucher toward a shoe purchase at Rozier’s Department Store in Perryville. Local hair stylists volunteered their services and equipment for haircuts. In the morning the local ambulance service conducted checks of child car seats and supplied seats to families that needed them. At one of the stops, where Immanuel’s “Joybells” group took prayer requests, students were also asked to write a thank-you note. “We had 167 prayer requests,” Werner observed, “including one from a woman who wanted prayers for her daughter in the hospital. She came back in the afternoon to tell us her daughter had been released. “Most students and some parents wrote thank-you notes,” Werner continued. “We are inserting them in our letters of appreciation to people and organizations that gave donations.” The 18th stop for families attending the “School Backpack Bonanza 2012” was the “Joybells” station, which took prayer requests and offered prayers. From left, Richard Bertke and Edgar Roth take prayer requests.
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Educationa l Ser v ices St. Mark’s Students Donate Clean Water to Third-World Countries
Students donate shoes to The Shoeman Water Project
St. Mark’s Lutheran School, located in Eureka, encourages students to serve by hosting various philanthropy opportunities each quarter. The first quarter’s philanthropy project will benefit The Shoeman Water Project, a non-profit organization that builds clean water wells for people in Africa and other third-world countries. Students are encouraged to donate gently used shoes to help people across the world. The Shoeman Water Project exports new and used shoes to retailers in thirdworld countries. The resale of shoes provides jobs and affordable footwear. Shoes are life-saving tools since they protect feet from foot abrasions, parasites and mites. Funds generated from the export of shoes provide well-drilling rigs, water purification systems and more, bringing clean, fresh water to people in need. “We encourage our students to serve and we are proud to support The Shoeman Water Project as our first quarter philanthropy,” said St. Mark’s Principal Sue Templeton. “We have numerous activities planned throughout the school year to teach our students and promote our mission. This year’s theme is ‘Equip, Serve and Achieve’ and we practice these values in every opportunity possible.” “Equip, Serve, and Achieve” sum up St. Mark’s entire mission and are derived from St. Mark’s overall mission statement, “To equip young minds for service to God, family, and community through daily study of God’s Word and academic excellence.” Thus far, students have donated nearly 226 pairs of shoes, which will provide clean water for villages in Africa. It takes 5,000 pairs to provide what is needed at each drilling site. We will do our best to meet the need. We are aiming for 1,000 pairs of shoes. For more information visit www. stlmlm.org or call (636) 938-4432.
LESA Students Begin New School Year
Thousands of LESA students in the St. Louis Metro area are celebrating the start of a new school year. The students returned to class in mid-August. Students at Messiah, Weldon Spring, began the new year with a sweet treat: Pastors Paul Schult and Chuck Schlie dressed up as “Cookie Monsters” to hand out vanilla wafers to students on their way into school. Zion, St. Charles, students and staff wore school colors to pose for a gigantic, school-wide photo. St. Paul’s, Des Peres, began its 163rd academic year with an opening chapel service for students and staff. Kindergarteners at Green Park Lutheran and Child of God, St. Peters, settled into new routines and activities. For the first time, Salem, Affton, welcomed 2-yearolds to its newly-expanded early childhood program. At Our Savior, Fenton, and St. Mark’s, Eureka, students were greeted by old friends and new technology. Our Savior added interactive projectors and new computer servers to enhance learning: St. Mark’s created a media center for students, and added new computers and software. Some schools, including St. Mark’s, are already launching service projects. In August, St. Mark’s donated used shoes and chapel offerings to help build clean water wells in Africa. More than 8,000 children attend LESA elementary and high schools in the St. Louis Metro area. The schools are members of the St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA). For more information, visit www.metrolutheranschools.org.
Green Park students celebrate their first week of school.
Our Savior, Fenton, students celebrate the start of the new school year. Messiah, Weldon Spring, Pastors Paul Schult (left) and Chuck Schlie, better known as “The Cookie Monsters,” hand out treats on the first day of school.
Child of God, St. Peters, kindergarteners show off their artwork.
Preschoolers enjoy puzzle time at Salem, Affton. Salem recently expanded its early childhood program to run year-round, and added a 2-year-old classroom.
Our Savior, Fenton, installed new technology tools over the Zion, St. Charles, students and staff pose for a photo on their summer.
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Speed Networking: Fundraising Strategies Oct.16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Lutheran Hour Ministries Cost: FREE! Skip the phone tag and join us for a high-energy, fun evening of networking with other churches and agencies. We’ll be swapping our best fundraising ideas – fun, creative ways to maximize donor giving. Christian Volunteer Managers Network Nov. 15, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Lutheran Hour Ministries Cost: FREE! Join us for this quarterly network offering support, encouragement, and professional growth opportunities for all who work closely with volunteers. For this meeting, we will examine the role of leadership in equipping volunteers. Servants without Borders: Serving Diverse Populations in Our Community Nov. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Concordia Seminary Cost: FREE! Serving our neighbors requires us to step beyond our comfort zones and reach across boundaries. Before we take that first step, how can we better understand and open ourselves to the diverse needs of people around us? Join with pastors, students, volunteers, and community stakeholders as we learn to reach out in sensitive, caring ways.
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2012 R egional Gatherings and Bolts for Congregation Leaders
How to be a godly, positive, focused, harmonious and productive leader. District President Ray Mirly and Peter Krege invite pastors, presidents, church council members and business managers to help one another with the nuts and bolts of congregation leadership and church management. Date Time Church Church City 7-9 p.m. Holy Trinity St. Clair Wednesday, Oct. 3 Thursday, Oct. 4 7-9 p.m. Webster Gardens Webster Groves Wednesday, Oct. 10 7-9 p.m. Zion Moberly 7-9 p.m. Biltz Hall, Saint Paul Lutheran High School Concordia Thursday, Oct. 11 Monday, Oct. 15 7-9 p.m. St. Paul Farmington 7-9 p.m. Immanuel Hannibal Monday, Oct. 22 Tuesday, Oct. 23 7-9 p.m. Concordia Sikeston Saturday, Oct. 27 2-4 p.m. Faith Springfield 7-9 p.m. Trinity Cole Camp Monday, Oct. 29 Tuesday, Oct. 30 7-9 p.m. St. Paul St. Joseph RSVP by email to Sue.Thompson@mo.lcms.org or by phone at (314) 590-6217 with an approximate number of people attending from your congregation.
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Concord ia Sem ina r y, St. Lou is
New classes welcomed to Seminary at Opening Service
On Friday, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, began its 174th academic year with a special worship service in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on the seminary campus. Dr. Dale A. Meyer, president of Concordia Seminary, served as preacher.
Front row, from left: Dr. Victor Raj, Rev. Wayne Knolhoff, Dr. Jeffrey Kloha, Dr. Charles Arand; back row: Rev. Jeffrey Thormodson, Mr. Philip Ebeling, Dr. Dale Meyer.
The incoming class is comprised of 122 students, including all those newly enrolled in residential and distance programs: 80 residential M.Div. students; eight residential alternate route students; three deaconess students; seven EIIT (Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology) students; 21 SMP (Specific Ministry Pastor Program) students; and three exchange students. In addition, Concordia Seminary’s Graduate School has 13 new students: three M.A. (Master of Arts) students; three Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) students; and seven S.T.M. (Master of Sacred Theology) students. The 21 new SMP students received vicarage assignments during the Opening Service as well. In addition, two new staff members were installed: Mr. Philip Ebeling as executive director of communications, and Rev. Wayne Knolhoff as director of placement and alumni relations. Three current faculty members and one current staff member were installed in new positions: Dr. Charles Arand as director of the Center for the Care of Creation; Dr. Victor Raj as occupant of the Buehner-Duesenberg Chair in Missions; Dr. Jeffrey Kloha as director of the Center for the Study of Early Christian Texts; and Rev. Jeffrey Thormodson as director of the MissionShift Institute.
Bach at the Sem announces 2012-2013 season Bach at the Sem, presented by Concordia Seminary and the American Kantorei, enters its 20th season with a full schedule of Sunday concerts: Oct. 28, Dec. 2, March 24, and April 28. All 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. “Bach at the Sem begins another season in October on the Concordia Seminary campus, continuing a longstanding tradition of performing J.S. Bach’s music in a sacred setting,” Concordia Seminary’s Dean of the Chapel Kent Burreson commented. “The seminary, host for the series, is very excited about bringing this season’s offerings to the St. Louis community. The American Kantorei and top professional instrumentalists will be led by four accomplished guest conductors who specialize in Baroque music. We know that each conductor’s professionalism and conducting style will enrich the concerts and match the high standards Bach at the Sem audiences expect.” Four guest conductors have accepted invitations to conduct a wide variety of works by J.S. Bach, Heinrich Schütz, G.F. Handel, and Charles Pachelbel, including Bach’s “Ein’ feste Burg” on Reformation Sunday and Cantata I of his Christmas Oratorio on Dec. 2. The season begins with guest conductor Dr. Martin Dicke (October), who hails from Peoria, Ill., where he is cantor at Trinity Lutheran Church and director of the Peoria Bach Festival. Dr. Andrew Megill (December) serves on the faculty of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in New Jersey and conducts the
Carmel Bach Festival Choir in California and the Chorus of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Jeffrey Wilson (March), chairman of the music department and director of choral activities at Greenville College, Ill., will make his second appearance at Bach at the Sem. Dr. Scott Hyslop (April) serves as the director of parish music at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth, Mich., one of the largest and oldest congregations in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. More detailed information on each concert and guest conductor, as well as on the American Kantorei and its personnel, may be found on the Bach at the Sem website at http://bach.csl.edu. 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 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 the interim music director, Dr. Jeral Becker, director of choral and vocal activities at Saint Louis University. For additional information, please call (314) 505-7009, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://bach.csl.edu.
Upcoming Visitation Events at Concordia Seminary Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, will host two visitation events for prospective students, college-age and older, in October.
Green and Gold Days: Oct. 19, 2012 (January 11, M arch 15, 2013) Throughout the year, Concordia Seminary will host three one-day events for men and women thinking about becoming pastors or deaconesses that will provide a quick opportunity to come and see all the seminary offers. They will interact with Upcoming Seminary current students, attend classes, worship in chapel, and speak with members of the facGuild meetings: ulty. We will end the day with dinner and conversation. Oct. 19
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Contemplate: Oct. 11-13, 2012 (M arch 7-9, 2013) Contemplate … will provide you with an in-depth opportunity to learn more about life at Concordia Seminary and the preparation that leads to service as a pastor, missionary, chaplain, or deaconess in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. The visit is an active, information-packed three days. You will have ample opportunities to chat with current students and faculty, sit in on classes, and listen to presentations on the admissions process should you decide to take the next step to attend Concordia Seminary. Former participants have noted that their attendance at this structured visit provided them with an abundance of information and an overwhelming feeling of support. To find out more or to register online, please visit www.csl.edu.
Lutheran Women’s Missionary League President’s Penning Build E ach Other Up … My BFF (that’s text talk for “best friend forever”) recently invited me to be her Karen Drury guest at her society meeting. Her group was using an LWML resource titled “Build Each Other Up” based on 1 Thess. 5:11 which reads, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” This material can be used for retreats or workshops. These women used it as a mini-workshop. The evening began with an Olympic parade of spiritual athletes carrying banners titled “build,” “encourage,” “spur,” “carry” and “honor.” Attendees then spent time in God’s Word learning what He has to say about building each other up. The evening was filled with times of learning, sharing and praying. During one of the sessions, one woman shared that during a recent illness she found great comfort in a prayer shawl made by the women of my church. I was very moved that she found solace in a shawl that was made with each stitch woven with the words of quiet prayer for the receiver and whatever burden that individual might be bearing. The shawls are also blessed in a special service before their delivery. I came away from this experience learning several things. First, it’s great if your best friend invites you to an event that builds you up spiritually. You truly do become “best friends forever” because of our BFF, Jesus. Also, isn’t it amazing to see how God links us all together through acts of care and compassion? What would happen if every action we take would be woven together with words of prayer and encouragement? Dear Heavenly Father, Grant me the strength to reach out to someone who needs help to carry a burden in her life. Move my heart, my hands and my feet without delay! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Being A Politically Active Christian in A merica
I don’t know about you, but I am getting weary of all the political ads, billboards and news coverage of the political parties and their candidates running for office. As I am writing this, it is only a week after the August primary elections, but the tolerance level of my brain to absorb any more political rhetoric is getting pushed to the limits. By the time this goes to press and is being read by most of you, you may be ready to join me in running to the hills screaming for the peace and quiet of a non-election year. Our Lord in Rom. 13:1 tells us, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” In America we are privileged with the freedom to vote in support of the person or agenda we think best upholds our values and the best interests of all concerned. There is certainly no shortage of opinions being shared during these campaigning months–many being extremely negative. As Christians, where do we fit into this scenario? The Bible gives us the direction to follow. Acts 5:29 says, “ … We must obey God rather than men!” Read and learn what God has to say in His Word as you also study the issues of the elections. Pray for the candidates and the agendas, that they may be filled with the knowledge of, and not be a hindrance to, His will. Witness to the Lord and the Christian faith you have been given by supporting and encouraging those who uphold the desires of God. Then, when you believe that you are informed, enlightened, and filled with the Spirit of God, go and VOTE. You won’t really find me running to the hills, but I will be out of the country on election day, so be assured there will an absentee ballot recorded before I go. Vice President of Gospel Outreach God grant you wisdom and courage to fulfill your Christian Sally Handrick duty and American privilege in casting your ballot.
Proposed Mission Goal, 2012-2014 Biennium $360,000 2012-2014 Mission Grants 1. Concordia Seminary St. Louis Food Bank. . . . . . . $8,000 2. Helping Blind People See Jesus. . . . . . . . . . . . $6,000 3. Ship School Supplies/Books to Liberia. . . . . . . . . $8,000 4. Weekend Food Backpack Program. . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 5. Veterans of the Cross. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,000 6. Lutheran Mission Partnership of SEMO . . . . . . . . $9,000 7. Training Future Pastors in Uganda. . . . . . . . . . $10,000 8. International (Partner Church) Graduate Student Support at Concordia Seminary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10,000 9. Preparing “Jesus el Buen Pastor Lutheran Church”. . . . . $8,400 10. Immanuel Lutheran Scholarship Assistance. . . . . . . $10,000
11. Teaching Resources, Music & Aids for Sharing God’s Word. . $10,000 12. Family Shield Radio Expansion. . . . . . . . . . . $6,000 13. Northland Lutheran Outreach . . . . . . . . . . .
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“I urge, then, first Rev. David Moore of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Tim. 2:1-2 NIV 1984). I once heard it said that there are two things that should not be discussed in polite company: religion and politics. Personally, I really enjoy discussing religion – especially the life and salvation found only in our Savior, Christ Jesus. Politics on the other hand, I am not a big fan of discussing. In fact, what I normally tell people when they bring up the subject of politics is that I will not talk about candidates or parties, nor will I tell them who I think they should or should not vote for. What I am willing to talk about are the issues our society faces. It is important that we as Christians allow God’s Word to shape our thoughts and attitudes on these subjects – even if our Christian world view is not shared by the rest of our society. The other thing that I don’t mind discussing when politics comes up is our responsibility as citizens. As citizens, we not only have the right, but also the responsibility, to take the time to vote (and I hope that you all will). However, the most important thing we can do as Christians when it comes to the world of politics is to follow the advice St. Paul wrote in his first letter to Timothy. We can and we should pray continually for our leaders and elected officials, that they would govern our country in a just manner to the benefit of the people. So this is my encouragement for you: pray. Pray for all of our leaders whether they were the ones you voted for or not. Ultimately it does not matter who is in office or which issues get passed or defeated – our job remains the same: to speak God’s Word in truth and love, and to share the Good News of Jesus to a lost and dying world.
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A nnouncements Calling Congregations
For Sole Pastors: Bolivar, Zion – called Rev. Morris Stephens Jr. of Wahpeton/Barney, ND (declined) Bourbon, Concordia Branson, Faith – called Rev. Joel Krueger of Mexico, Mo. Dexter, Faith – applying for a seminary candidate Glendale, Glendale Lemay, Gethsemane Linn/Drake – Pilgrim/St. John called Rev. Paul Landgraf of Eureka (accepted) Slater, Peace/St. Paul St. Peters, Child of God Spanish Lake, St. Peters Johnny Greer assigned as SMP pastor Valley Park, Zion For Associate or Assistant Pastor: Crystal City, Immanuel Kirkwood, Concordia St. Louis, Messiah – called Rev. William Miller of Knoxville, TN (accepted)
Served by Intentional Interim Pastor or Interim Pastor: Fenton, Our Savior (Rev. Dr. Richard Foss) Glencoe, St. Paul (Rev. Robert Lange) Lemay, Gethsemane (Rev. David Burge) Macon, Zion (Rev. Roger Mackie) Pocahontas/Shawneetown – Zion/Trinity (Rev. Virgil Kelm) For Senior Pastor: Affton, Salem – called Rev. Wayne Huebner of Chilton, WI Jackson, St. Paul Pastors Considering Other Calls: Andrus, David (Lutheran Blind Mission) to Lutheran Braille Workers (accepted) Haun, Monte (Concordia, Kirkwood) to Immanuel, Cedarburg, WI (associate) (accepted) Hays, Jerry (Concordia, Kirkwood) to St. Peter, Schaumburg, IL (accepted) Krueger, Joel (St. John, Mexico) to Trinity, New York Mills, MN Roeglin, Matthew (Blessed Savior, Florissant) to an English District congregation in Chicago, IL (declined)
Personnel Changes — Commissioned Ministers of R eligion
Vacant (On Hold – But Being Served): Ashland, Family of Christ Bethany, Hope Bismarck, St. John Center, Trinity Cuba/St. James, St. Paul/St. John Diggins, Zion Elk Prairie (Rolla), Peace Isabella, Faith Knob Noster, Faith Memphis, St. Paul Milan, Peace Oak Grove, Shepherd of the Valley Pilot Knob, Immanuel Princeton, Immanuel St. Louis, Holy Sacrament St. Louis, St. Matthew St. Louis, St. Paul Sarcoxie, Trinity Shelbyville, Mount Hope Sweet Springs, Christ
Graduates Installed Besel, Travis (S ’12) to Word of Life, St. Louis 7/29/12 by R. Rall Braddy, Micah (RF ’12) to Zion, St. Charles 8/11/12 by M. Rouland Brenningmeyer, Tammy (Colloquy S ’12) to Immanuel, Wentzville 8/12/12 by J. Auringer Gramenz, Eric (S ’12) to Saint Paul Lutheran High School, Concordia 8/12/12 by P. Mehl Knabach, Justin (RF ’12) to Resurrection, Sunset Hills 8/4/12 by M. Bronner Marsh, Benjamin (RF ’12) to Faith, Oakville 8/26/12 by J. Brunette Murray, Jami (Colloquy RF ’12) to Zion, St. Charles 8/11/12 by M. Rouland Olson, Tanner (M ’12) to Lutheran Hour Ministries, St. Louis 9/6/12 by V. Gundermann Onions, Lauren (S ’11) to Calvary, Kansas City 8/12/12 by B. Bereuter Steinbrenner, Rachael (AA ’11) to Child of God, St. Peters 8/5/12 by A. Schade Stine, Maria (M ’11) to Messiah, Weldon Spring 8/12/12 by C. Schlie Weiss, Andrea (S ’12) to Lutheran Association for Special Education, St. Louis 8/12/12 by D. Smith Zillinger, Amie (S ’12) to Messiah, Independence 8/12/12 by S. Patschke Retired Bierwagen, Sherry (Peace, St. Louis County) 8/16/12 Rittman, Judith (Saint Paul’s, Concordia) 8/1/12
Personnel Changes — Ordained Ordinations/ Installations: Greer, Johnny (SL ’12) ordained and installed as SMP Pastor at St. Peter’s, Spanish Lake 9/23/12 by R. Rall Hasz, Martin (SL ’12) ordained and installed Eisleben, Scott City 7/22/12 by R. Mirly Mueller, Jacob (SL ’12) ordained and installed Holy Cross, Emma 8/26/12 by H. Mueller Wolters, Luke (SL ’12) ordained and installed Grace, Wellsville 7/29/12 by R. Rall Yount, Andrew (SL ’12) ordained and installed as SMP Pastor at The Bridge, Washington 8/19/12 by R. Mirly Candidate/NonCandidate Status: Hass, Mark (Peace/ St. Paul, Slater) candidate status 9/1/12 Retired: Beck, Gordon (Intentional Interim Salem, Florissant) 5/20/12
Transferred to our District: Biesenthal, Bruce (Max) (NOW) installed VP Ministry Services (District and National Operations) LCEF, St. Louis 8/27/12 by V. Gundermann Cholak, Steven (TX) installed LCMS Ofc. of National Mission (Project Coordinator – Special Ministries) St. Louis 8/29/12 by M. Harrison Deterding, Paul (FG) installed instructor Saint Paul’s Lutheran High School, Concordia 8/12/12 by P. Mehl Groh, Jorge (EN) installed Ex. Dir. Lutheran Urban Mission Agency (LUMA) Kansas City 9/8/12 by R. Mirly Kirby, Peter (SI) installed Europe Regional Director for Lutheran Hour Ministries, St. Louis 10/4/12 by D. Rutt Meyer, Richard (IN) candidate 7/19/12 Moreno, Jason (noncandidate status) (CNH) 8/1/12
Transferred to other Districts: Haun, Monte (Concordia, Kirkwood) to South Wisconsin District 9/19/12 Hays, Jerry (Concordia, Kirkwood) to Northern Illinois District 8/19/12 O’Neal, Patrick (Chaplain, Lutheran Senior Services, St. Louis) to Pacific Southwest District 7/12/12 Runk, Patrick (Concordia, Bourbon) to Eastern District 8/12/12 Starck, Craig (emeritus) to Pacific Southwest District 7/24/12 Swanson, Richard (emeritus) to Pacific Southwest District 7/25/12 Deceased: MacGregor, William (emeritus) 8/10/12 Nau, Louis (emeritus) 8/4/12 Resigned/Removed from Roster: Fish, Robin (candidate status) 8/10/12
Changes within District: Bolstad, Arthur (candidate status) to non-candidate status 7/1/12 Knolhoff, Wayne (LCMS Dir. Stewardship) installed Director of Placement and Alumni Relations at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis 8/31/12 by D. Meyer Lange, Robert (emeritus) installed St. Paul, Glencoe 9/3/12 by R. Peterson Landgraf, Paul (candidate status) installed Pilgrim/ St. John – Freedom/ Drake 8/26/12 by K. Golden Zimmerman, Darrell (Salem, Affton) installed VP and Chief Programming Officer for Grace Place Lutheran Wellness Ministries, St. Louis 9/23/12 by R. Mirly
Transferred from Other Districts Bolt, Rachel (NI) to Zion, St. Charles 8/11/12 by M. Rouland Butz, Carl (PSW) to Messiah, Independence 8/5/12 by S. Patschke Charlton, Kaitlyn (SI) to Immanuel, Higginsville 8/12/12 by M. Jauss Douglas, Tracie (NEB) to Zion, St. Charles 8/11/12 by M. Rouland Gilbert, Joel (SI) to Lutheran High School South, St. Louis 8/27/12 by R. Mirly Hammons, Cynthia (RM) to Zion, Prairie City 8/5/12 by M. Manz Kleckner, Kimberly (MNN) to St. Paul’s Lutheran Early Childhood Center, Des Peres 8/12/12 by K. Armbrust Loomis, Megan (SI) to LCMS Office of National Mission, St. Louis 8/29/12 by M. Harrison Richardt, Myra (SI) to Lutheran High School South, St. Louis 8/27/12 by R. Mirly Roettger, Andrea (NEB) to Trinity, St. Louis 9/9/12 by D. Marth Schanbacher, Elizabeth (RM) to Trinity, Jefferson City 8/19/12 by R. Bowder Thomson, Jordan (NW) to Zion, St. Charles 8/11/12 by M. Rouland Weiss, Jeffrey (KS) to Immanuel, Higginsville 8/12/12 by M. Jauss
Changes Within District Ahlers, Melisa (non-candidate) to Calvary Lutheran High School, Jefferson City 8/12/12 by J. Schanbacher Elliott, Sammye (teacher, Immanuel, Rolla) to principalteacher, Immanuel, Rolla 8/19/12 by S. Kamprath Engelhardt, Mark (St. Matthew, Lees Summit) to Our Savior, St. Charles 9/9/12 by M. Iannelli Gerdes, Drew (Springfield, Springfield) to Messiah, Weldon Spring 8/12/12 by C. Schlie Giesselmann, Duane (emeritus) to St. Paul Lutheran High School, Farmington 8/12/12 by J. King Hoehner, Erin (noncandidate) to Zion, St. Charles 8/11/12 by M. Rouland Hulshof, Valarie (candidate) to Grace Chapel, Bellefontaine Neighbors 8/19/12 by N. Ruback Kletke, D. Bruce (principal-teacher, Calvary, Kansas City) to teacher, Calvary, Kansas City 8/12/12 by B. Bereuter Klug, Zachary (Lutheran High School of St. Charles County, St. Peters) to Word of Life, St. Louis 8/12/12 by C. Spomer Kueck, Jonathan (candidate) to Calvary Lutheran High School, Jefferson City 8/12/12 by J. Schanbacher Kutz, Amy (St. Paul, St. Joseph) to Martin Luther Academy, Kansas City 8/5/12 by P. Schult
Loza, Jane (candidate) to Calvary, Kansas City 8/12/12 by B. Bereuter Meier, Michelle (Calvary, Kansas City) to Martin Luther Academy, Kansas City 8/5/12 by P. Schult Miesner, Diane (candidate) to St. Andrew, Cape Girardeau 8/12/12 by P. Short Petree, Andrea (candidate) to Zion, Lone Elm 8/12/12 by P. Weisenborn Steinbrueck, Kathryn (non-candidate) to Lutheran High School South, St. Louis 8/27/12 by R. Mirly Wong, Christine (candidate) to Springfield, Springfield 8/19/12 by D. Maas Non-Candidate Status Blackford, Bryan (candidate) 7/2/12 Rust, Rebecca (Trinity, St. Louis) 9/1/12 Schulz, Marlo (candidate) 7/17/12 VandeVrede, Maggie (candidate) 8/1/12 Weaver, Victoria (Our Savior, St. Charles) 7/9/12 Transferred to Other Districts Barry, Katherine (candidate) to EA 8/24/12 Becker, Kristin (non-candidate) to FG 8/21/12 Engelbrecht, Rachael (Immanuel, Jefferson City) to MI 8/1/12 Hasseldahl, Cynthia (St. Matthew, Lees Summit) to SW 8/1/12 Robinson, David (Word of Life, St. Louis) to SI 8/1/12 Shane, Toni (emeritus) to MDS 8/17/12 Weaver, Victoria (non-candidate) to SE 8/21/12
We R emember: 1 Rev. William MacGregor of Springfield, Mo., went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Aug. 10, 2012. 1 Rev. Louis Nau, a missionary to the Philippines and the Secretary for Asian Missions for the LCMS, passed into glory Aug. 4, 2012.
A nnouncements A nnual Warehouse Sale
Concordia Publishing House announces its annual Warehouse Sale—the largest sale of the year—on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to noon. For one day only, excess inventory from the nonprofit Christian publisher is sold at deeply reduced prices. Sale items include Bibles, curricula, music, adult and children’s books, boxed greeting cards, and church resources at savings of up to 75 percent. Concordia Christian Books and Gifts, located in the Concordia Publishing House building, offers its own savings during the Warehouse Sale. Customers save 20 percent on nearly every item* in the store. Store hours during the sale are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saxon Lutheran Memorial Annual Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 13 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bonus For Early Arrival If you arrive before the tent opens, you can pick up a colored and numbered line sticker at the event (one per person) to be eligible for the Warehouse Sale Line Gift Certificate drawing that will take place 10 minutes before the tent opens. Line Gift Certificates are redeemable in the tent only from 8 a.m. to noon. Concordia Publishing House and Concordia Christian Books and Gifts are located at 3558 S. Jefferson Ave., south of Interstate 44 and north of Interstate 55. Free parking is available on Miami Street, east of Jefferson. For more information about the Warehouse Sale, call 1-800-774-0274. For more information about the Concordia Christian Books and Gifts Sale, call (314) 268-1268.
Problem Solving - Organize Your Banners!
NEW!! Silent Auction! A hand-made quilt & Ole Fashion Cake Walk
Blacksmith * apple butter cooking * quilting * butchering * cross-cut sawing * shingle making * spinning * horse & buggy rides * cider pressing * broom making * cooking soap * bread baking
We invite you to join us for this grand celebration and fun family day. Gather your friends and bring them all to enjoy the beauty of fall while taking a walk back in time; everyone will have a great experience filled with treasured memories.
Activities for the day: Schnitzelbank Skit Musical entertainment Attendance prizes Hand-made crafts Delicious food Guest speakers Horse and buggy rides Silent auction “Little Leipzig” lectures
Churches are always in need of fine woodworking. They’ve been doing it from the time There is no charge for the event or parking, however an Solomon built the first temple out of cedar. Banners make a church beautiful, but managing a lot of banners can easily get out of control. opportunity to make a free-will donation for continued St. Paul’s, New Melle, Mo., 50 banners were a disorganized mess, piled on top of each preservation will be offered. other. What do you do when the one you want is on the bottom? The lack of storage put Contact the curator for more information: Saxon Lutheran Memorial Phone: 573-824-5404 the making of any new banners on hold. E-mail: email@example.com 296 Saxon Memorial Drive Web: www.saxonlutheranmemorial.org This situation needed to change. Banners were photoFrohna, MO 63748 Friend us on Facebook graphed and numbered in an album. A member visited St. John’s Lutheran, Warrenton, and reported on a wonConnecting Generations Sharing Faith derful, substantial built-in cabinet for hanging banners. However, our women wanted a rack on wheels, not connected to the wall. It had to support 50 banners and break down to fit through the door. A cantilevered banner holder was designed that would appear to defy gravity. There would be two support posts rather than four. Would it stand? This banner hanger is all about mortice and tendons and Bed & Breakfast proper weight distribution. Quiet Nature Retreat Ash was used because it’s light, hard and cost effective. Hopefully this banner hanger makes our volon 23 Acres Private Eight Acre Fishing Lake unteer’s service just a little easier. Maybe it can inspire you to get your banners organized! Call if your Near Hermann, Mo. group would like to see what we did: (636) 828-5616 or (636) 357-3047. firstname.lastname@example.org Woodmerecabin.members.ktis.net
Fresh, Cafeteria-Style Pork Sausage Dinner Sunday, Oct. 21 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Peace Lutheran Church 737 Barracksview Road (½ mile west of Telegraph and I-255)
Mashed Potatoes - Gravy Sauerkraut - Green Beans Applesauce - Dessert Adults $9 Children (5-12) $4 Under 5 Free Carry outs and bulk sales available For information call (314) 892-5610 Sponsored by Peace Lutheran Men’s Club & Thrivent Financial for Lutherans #30663
63rd Annual Sausage & Sauerkraut Dinner Our Redeemer Lutheran Church 9153 E. Milton Overland, Mo.
Sunday, Oct. 21 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Door Price $9.50 Adults, $4.75 (5-12)
Meal includes drink and dessert Bazaar items available Quilts and Crafts
(573) 252-4136 Members - Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
Zion Lutheran Church 2500 N. 21st St. St. Louis, MO 63106
Harvest Home Festival Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Dinner: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 Rev. Fritz A. Raedeke preaching Dinner reservations no later than Nov. 5 to (314) 231-0382.
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St. John’s, Arnold, to Host Is There a Christian Way to Vote?
On Sunday, Oct. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church and School in Arnold will welcome Dr. Joel Biermann for a time of teaching, followed by questions and answers along the theme, “Is There a Christian Way to Vote?” This event is free and open to the public. It is to serve St. John’s community, the larger Christian community and the general community outside the church as well. Rev. Jeremy Schultz, senior pastor at St. John’s, notes, “You don’t have to wonder what people are engaged with right now. They’re engaged with the upcoming election. What we hope to do is serve our community and the community by presenting an opportunity to learn and discuss a topic that’s already on everyone’s mind.” St. John’s is also leading its members through 40 days of prayer before the upcoming election. Says Schultz, “As Christians, we will vote our conscience. But our salvation is not found in either political party. Our hope, our confidence and our trust are rightly placed in the Lord.” Not only is the prayer focus set to begin in late September, but the pastors of St. John’s will also preach on the topic of prayer for a five-week sermon series beginning the weekend of Sept. 29-30. For more information on the Biermann event or the 40 days of prayer, please go to St. John’s website at www.sjlcarnold.org.
Is Voting Enough?
I have always been a good citizen. Right? I vote in every election. Special elections, small elections and presidential elections. I try and research the judges and see what the recommendations are for their renewals. That’s enough, right? I mean, I don’t have to get involved with politics if I’m going to be involved with all of my church activities, too. Those are much more important. I knew that I had to vote and possibly work toward issues and candidates reflecting my Christian values. How do people do this? Where would I fit in? A few years ago, I started becoming much more concerned about politics and some of the national issues. I found I was not alone when I heard about people gathering at rallies, speaking about similar concerns of debt and government responsibility. I attended some of the rallies. I nodded my head and agreed with the speakers. After a year or so, the rallies became too divisive for me and people had more agendas than I was interested in. I realized I could continue volunteering at church and still get more involved in the local political process if I wanted to make a difference for my community, the state and the country. I could no longer just attend rallies and meetings and talk about issues. I needed to become part of the solution. I had to find a candidate or cause fitting my Christian values. I found someone running for congress who I agreed with in many areas. And you can find a cause or candidate, too.
With prayer, I started working on a campaign. It was not easy, and it was very grassroots. And wow, I learned so much about politics and the parties. I found out no candidate is going to embody my beliefs 100 percent, but I can support the ones who are closest to my beliefs and values. I found out there are groups of people, Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians, who gather regularly in their respective regions, townships or wards, to discuss local issues. I found out there are elected officials in these townships and wards called committeemen and committeewomen who are to coordinate registered voters and help them learn about issues and get more involved. I found out there is an extreme shortage of poll workers, especially Republicans, in my area. www.sos.mo.gov/pollworker/ I continue to work, learn, volunteer and pray. And I pray more Christians become involved with causes and candidates they believe in. Oct. 10 is the last day to register to vote before the Nov. 6 election. Be sure you are registered. Be sure your fellow church members are registered (statistically only 50 percent are). Visit www.sos. mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register.aspx to register. Oct. 31 is the last day to submit an absentee ballot, which can also be found online at www.sos.mo.gov/ elections.
Bringing Christ into the Council Chamber
By Renee Reuter, Jefferson County Council, District 2 Representative and member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Barnhart, Mo. In 2008, with the encouragement of Pastor Richard Manus, a few women at my church (Immanuel Lutheran Church in Barnhart) and I started a book club with The Purpose Driven Life. This would change our lives and the impact of our congregation in the community. We met weekly and developed trust and confidence. We shared hopes, dreams, fears and celebrations. These women (the Gospel Girls) became my secret circle of advice and wisdom. We challenged each other to find ways to put our skills into action to serve others and let God shine through us to brighten the world. One night, I shared a newspaper article announcing filing dates for a political race. I told the women I was thinking about throwing my name in, and asked for their shared wisdom and advice. They thought this was a great idea, and supported my decision. On that fateful night, I began my campaign. No church member had ever run for public office, so no one knew how this would impact our community. Months later, I was elected to the County Council in Jefferson County, Mo., and then elected Council Chairman (which is like Speaker of the House in local government). Throughout this time, the members of my congregation Many elected officials do not have a left my side. During difchurch home or a church family. never ficult times when my name was unfavorably referenced in newspapers, church members would say they loved seeing my name in the paper. There was even talk of making scrapbooks with clippings. Church members and even our new pastors, Pastor Duane Meissner and Pastor Martin “Bill” Liebmann, tell me after church that they are praying for me, and praying for my family. They have hugs waiting for me every Sunday morning. Their speech is overlain with uplifting words. I don’t serve alone as a public official. I serve with every member of my congregation. They are a part of me, and I am a part of them. I am merely the vehicle through which the values of our shared faith influence public policy and local government. I represent the image of a Christian, a Lutheran, and a member of the Immanuel congregation to people no matter where I go, where I speak and when I serve. Many elected officials do not have a church home or a church family. They lack the grounding and safety net that I am blessed to enjoy. Often, I invite these folks to worship with me. Congregation members uniformly welcome them with the same prayers and words of encouragement they share with me. These simple acts of kindness make our public servants stronger. They make our community and our government better. In short, Immanuel Lutheran Church of Barnhart has made a lasting positive impact on public policy and local government. They have changed the face of Jefferson County, Mo., to more clearly reflect Christ’s love for all people. They have brought Christ into the Council Chamber, and I am blessed to be a part of the journey.
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Published on Oct 2, 2012
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