Pressure Points (December)

With Dr. Bruce Hartung Every once in a while a column generates a bevy of Internet and telephone activity.  The last column (November 2008) was one of those columns.  Briefly summarized, the concern raised was the work-ethic of a particular…

Mission board appoints Zehnder interim director

Meeting in Indian Wells, Calif., Nov. 17-19, the Synod’s Board for Mission Services appointed Dr. Thomas R. Zehnder of Baileys Harbor, Wis., as its interim executive director. Zehnder, 72, is expected to serve in the post until a permanent successor…

Vandals hit LCMS church

While the marriage amendment passed in California with 52 percent approval, those opposing it made their views known even before the votes were counted.  A window was broken at Messiah Lutheran Church, Downey, Calif., sometime between 10 p.m. on the…

Structure task force gears up for presentations to districts

By Roland Lovstad Responses from boards of directors of all 35 LCMS districts will be used by the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod Structure and Governance to refine its “Proposals and Possibilities” for presentation to district conventions next year.…

CPH offers new Christmas service for children

New from Concordia Publishing House are two new Christmas resources: The “Away in a Manger Christmas Service” ($39.99, item no. 351344WEB) is designed to give children opportunities to experience the birth of Jesus through drama, music, and prayer.  Based on…

Fort Wayne sem announces symposia

Concordia Theological Seminary will present its annual symposia on exegetical and confessional theology Jan. 20-23 on its campus in Fort Wayne, Ind. The four-day symposia includes: the 24th Annual Symposium on Exegetical Theology, Jan. 20-21, which will discuss “The Coherence…

Roegner steps down as World Mission director

Dr. Robert Roegner announced his resignation as executive director of the Synod’s Board for Mission Services, effective Nov. 16, citing his desire to return to “a more hands-on ministry.” The board appointed Nov. 19 Dr. Thomas R. Zehnder of Baileys…

Contest nets new hymn for seminary

Matthew Priem, a fourth-year student at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, is this year’s winner in the Pamela Anne Prevallet Memorial Fund Annual Hymn Competition.  Priem is from Ocala, Fla. Priem’s winning hymn, “What Life Is This,” may be heard on…

Concordia, Chicago, volunteers pack 200,000 meals for Haiti

Nearly 800 volunteers packed 200,000 meals for children in Haiti after a three-day service project at Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill. The Oct. 9-11 event was organized by Concordia Professor of Human Performance Bill Duey and students in his…

Kieschnick applauds pro-marriage votes

LCMS President Gerald B. Kieschnick Nov. 5 congratulated the people of California, Arizona, and Florida for their successful efforts to preserve traditional marriage for the good of civil society and for the protection of children. Voters in all three states…

LWML provides leadership training to 194 women

By Paula Schlueter Ross In their presentation on “Telling the Good News,” Kristy Grannis and Ida Mall shared lots of information with the nearly 200 women attending the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League’s Assembly of Leaders. Grannis, mission project administrator with…

Medical missions forum planned for March

The fifth annual “Needs and Resources Forum” sponsored by Lutherans in Medical Missions (LIMM) will be held March 20-21 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel — Airport, St. Louis, under the theme “Reaching Communities for Christ with Health and Education.” The event…

Nearly 400 attend CPH's 'Operation FUN'

Arts and crafts, games, prizes, entertainment, and food and drink were all part of this year’s “Operation FUN” (For a United Neighborhood), a free family festival sponsored by Concordia Publishing House on its parking lot. The party, now in its…

School more important than world record, says coach

By Paula Schlueter Ross It’s official: “The longest basketball marathon is 77 hours, 7 minutes, 7 seconds, set by students of Heartland Lutheran High School in their gymnasium, Nebraska, United States, from 4 to 7 July 2008.” So reads the…

Group aims to help reclaim 'missing generation'

By Joe Isenhower Jr. A newly formed advisory committee of young adults wants to help Synod congregations reclaim what has been called “a missing generation” among church rolls nationwide and in the Missouri Synod — young adults in their 20s and…

Record number of Servant Events set (Part 2)

July  2-12 — Camp Dixie Lutheran Outdoor Ministry, Esparza, Costa Rica; Pura Vida!; director@campdixieministries.org. 5-10 — Camp Luther, Three Lakes, Wis.; “Serving Sawyer”; quik@campluther.com. 5-10 — Camp Lutherhaven, Albion, Ind.; “Noble Servants ’09”; don@lutherhaven.org. 5-10 — Lutherwood Camp, Bellingham, Wash.; “Cha-Choosen (I): Serving…