COP continues study, hears from Becket Fund

By David L. Strand ORLANDO, Fla. — Meetings of the Synod’s Council of Presidents (COP) typically are a blend of formal business and theological study of significant issues confronting these leaders in their work. This rule held true — particularly…

LCC Comfort Dogs bring smiles back to Newtown

By Paula Schlueter Ross Abbi, Barnabas, Chewie, Hannah, Maggie, Ruthie, Luther, Prince and Shami — the nine four-legged disaster-response workers who arrived in Newtown, Conn., on Saturday, Dec. 15, to assist the shaken residents — “have brought peace and comfort everywhere…

One school shooting victim has LCMS ties

A child who had attended Sunday school at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, Conn., was among those killed by a gunman Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown. The Rev. Glenn F. Merritt, director of Disaster Response for…

STL neighborhood boosted by grant dollars, plans for new housing

ST. LOUIS, December 11, 2012 – The historic College Hill neighborhood on St. Louis’ north side is getting a $50,000 boost through a Wells Fargo grant program designed to help stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods hard-hit by the economy.

National Lutheran Schools Week resources available

ST. LOUIS, December 6, 2012—Resource materials designed to help The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) schools celebrate “National Lutheran Schools Week” Jan. 27-Feb. 2 are now available free online.

Pastor’s son among those suffering after typhoon in Philippines

By Kim Plummer Krull As the death toll from Typhoon Bopha continues to climb, a Lutheran Filipino pastor is asking for prayers for his young son who suffered a serious injury after the powerful storm blew the roof off the…

Registration deadline draws near for first Life Conference

By Sarah Schafer January 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion for any reason. Since the 1973 decision, more than 53 million children have been aborted in the United States. To mark…

Synod to share Christmas presents, 'presence' with Sandy survivors

By Kim Plummer Krull As the struggles continue for many Superstorm Sandy survivors in the Northeast, two LCMS districts are joining forces with the Synod’s national office to share a special Christmas gift of help and hope with families who are…

LWML offers Christmas cards

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Christmas card for 2012 depicts Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. The inside of the card features quotes from three corresponding Christmas carols — “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Christ the Savior is Born” and “We Three Kings”…

Missionaries, children welcome retreat with others 'who understand'

By Kim Plummer Krull   Swimming in the pool. Eating yummy Thai food. Being with Dad, who travels to other countries for work.   Those are some things Emma Hanson, 12-year-old daughter of LCMS career missionaries Rev. Carl and Chenhsi Hanson, says…

LCMS university system records record growth for 20th consecutive year

This fall’s total CUS enrollment in both graduate and undergraduate programs increased 4.1 percent – from 28,421 in fall 2011 to 29,597 this year, an increase of 1,176 students.

Seminary seeks campaign director, planned gift officer

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, seeks to fill two full-time positions: The campaign executive director manages all aspects of campaign planning and execution for a five-year fundraising effort to secure funds for the seminary’s annual operating budget, facilities expansion and enhancements,…

Fresh from LCMS training, Filipino Lutherans put ‘Mercy in Action’

By Kim Plummer Krull Just days after taking part in an LCMS disaster-response training conference for the Asia Pacific region, Filipino Lutherans are preparing to use that “Mercy in Action” guidance to help devastated families in their typhoon-battered country. “What…

Court upholds Indiana's ban on secular wedding officiants

(RNS) — A federal court in Indiana has rejected atheists’ requests to preside at wedding ceremonies, saying only clergy or public officials are licensed to solemnize marriages. A lawsuit filed by the Indiana chapter of the Center for Inquiry (CFI) argued…

Commission suggests ways to keep closer eye on lavish ministries

(RNS) — A special commission created by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) has called for clearer Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and greater involvement among donors to address “outliers” among congregations and other nonprofits that are not being…

Disaster-response training helpful, say partner-church reps

By Megan Kincaid “Mercy in Action” was the theme as more than 50 participants from nine countries attended the disaster-response training conference for The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s Asia Pacific region Nov. 27-29 in Hong Kong. Conference leaders Rev. Glenn F.…