In December’s ‘Lutheran Witness’

This issue of the magazine addresses a variety of misconceptions regarding Christmas.

Parish Nursing as a Vocation

This presentation will help parish nurses recognize and appreciate their calling to parish nursing

Congregational Anniversaries (December 2016)

Announcements featuring special church anniversaries

In Memoriam (December 2016)

Obituaries for ordained and commissioned ministers.

Registration opens Feb. 1 for LWML convention in Albuquerque

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League gears up to celebrate its 75th anniversary at the June 22-25, 2017, convention.

First National Offering allocation offers ‘tremendous impact’

The gifts totaling $411,305.69 will be used to support “ministry priorities” including national and international mission work and the Synod’s two seminaries.

Psalm tones from Lutheran Service Book

LCMS Worship is pleased to provide these tones from Lutheran Service Book, courtesy of Rev. Sean Daenzer. May they be of help in your worship planning.

(Commentary) Annual statistical reporting: beyond the numbers

Synod Secretary Rev. Dr. John W. Sias provides more insight about Synodwide statistics for 2015, compared with previous years’ stories about numbers reported by LCMS congregations and districts.

The challenge: finding translators for hymn texts

The LCMS Office of International Mission hosts its first-ever symposium for hymnwriters and translators Nov. 6-10 in Fort Wayne, Ind.

10 years of ‘Lutheran Service Book’

The Good Shepherd Institute — Nov. 6-8 at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. — commemorates a decade of the LCMS hymnal.

Official Notice: requests for reinstatement (December 2016)

A listing of those who have applied for reinstatement to LCMS rosters.

Official Notice: colloquies (December 2016)

A listing of those who have completed teacher or pastor colloquies in the Synod.

Official Notice: updates from LCMS districts (December 2016)

Updates on church workers, congregations and schools from LCMS district presidents.

Items wanted, available (December 2016)

Available this month are an altar, pulpit, lectern and baptismal font.

KFUO Audio: Aid in Living, Not Dying

Dr. Ken Stevens, spokesperson for the Physician Aid in Living Coalition, talked on Nov. 21 with KFUO Radio host Andy Bates about how euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide conflicts with the vocation of doctor.

Caring Lutherans bring Christ’s mercy in year of distressing disasters

Disaster-recovery efforts continue in Baton Rouge, California, the Carolinas and Haiti — all struck by untimely catastrophes this year.