Official Notice: District Audits

The audits and summary budgets of the Synod’s 35 districts have been completed and are available upon written request.  Write or contact your district office directly.  The address of each district is published in The Lutheran Annual. Posted Nov. 30,…

Positions (Dec. 2009)

The Lutheran High School Association of St. Louis, St. Louis, Mo., which serves both Lutheran High School South and Lutheran High School North, is seeking candidates for the position of president, which is the chief executive officer of the association. …

Summit considers future of theological education

By Paula Schlueter Ross With about a fourth of this fall’s incoming ordination-track students at the Synod’s two seminaries enrolled in distance-education programs — and the opening last year of the Specific Ministry Pastor program — what will the future…

Seminary plans multi-ethnic symposium

The second LCMS multi-ethnic symposium will be held Feb. 1-2 on the campus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Titled “Conversations of Hope,” the symposium is designed to bring together members of various ethnic groups in round-table conversations to share their…

LCMS volunteers repair homes for elderly

By Sarah Schafer Elizabeth Henderson waited years to get new, safe doors on her north St. Louis home. On Nov. 7 and 14, more than 60 volunteers from Missouri churches — Immanuel Lutheran Church, Barnhart; St. John’s Lutheran Church, Warrenton;…

Districts report positive results with revitalization, 'Stewards'

By Joe Isenhower Jr.  TAMPA, Fla. — While the economic downturn continues to challenge ministries synodwide, district presidents report that congregation-revitalization efforts and programs such as “Consecrated Stewards” are helping offset the economy’s negative effects as they bolster congregations’ vitality…

LWML turban gift sets on sale

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League is offering for a special sale price its turban gift sets. The purple, three-seam turban hat (item no. 10015) is designed for cancer patients who are going through chemotherapy, and comes with a “Praying for…

Mendedo takes call to Concordia, Selma, presidency

Dr. Tilahun Mekonnen Mendedo, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Mobile, Ala., has accepted “with great humility and trust in the Lord” a call to become the seventh president of Concordia College, Selma, Ala.  The call was issued Nov. 13…

Kieschnick responds to action by Lutheran CORE

LCMS President Dr. Gerald B. Kieschnick issued the following statement Nov. 20 in response to an announcement by Lutheran CORE (Coalition for Renewal) leaders to begin work on a proposal for a new Lutheran church body separate from the Evangelical…

LHM's Klaus to retire in 2011

Rev. Ken Klaus, speaker of “The Lutheran Hour,” has announced his intention to retire from the position in January 2011. Klaus has been speaker of the flagship program for Lutheran Hour Ministries since 2002, and serves as the media spokesperson,…

Consiglio named to LWML convention post

Maureen Consiglio of Coram, N.Y., has been appointed chairman of the 2013 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Convention Host Committee. Consiglio is president of the LWML’s Atlantic District.  As chairman, she will work with the six LWML districts that are hosting…

LCMS chaplains, World Relief respond to Fort Hood shootings

By Linda C. Hoops “It’s been an awful week.” These are the words of Chaplain Dann Ettner, one of four Missouri Synod chaplains assigned to Fort Hood, in the wake of the Nov. 5 shootings there.  Ettner, an active duty…

Fort Wayne sem announces symposia

Concordia Theological Seminary will present its annual symposia on exegetical and confessional theology Jan. 19-22 on its campus in Fort Wayne, Ind. The four-day symposia includes: the 25th Annual Symposium on Exegetical Theology, Jan. 19-20, which will discuss “The Sacraments…

Anytime is fine for 'Planned Acts of Christian Kindness'

Anytime of the year is a good time to do a “Planned Act of Christian Kindness” (PACK), according to Jeff Van Beaver, president of Acts 1:8 Ministry of Green Bay, Wis. In the fall, a PACK activity might be raking…

St. Louis sem offers choir member workshop

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, will offer its 18th Annual Schola Cantorum: An Adult Choir Member Workshop Jan. 23. The Schola Cantorum is open to all choir members, choir directors, and ministers of music.  The schedule includes registration at 8:15 a.m.,…

Holzer honored as 'distinguished principal'

Gail Holzer, principal of Redeemer Lutheran School, Oakmont, Pa., is one of 57 national and international educators recognized as a 2009 “National Distinguished Principal” (NDP) by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the U.S. Department of Education.  She…