The “Gathering App” — an electronic mobile application for the 2013 National LCMS Youth Gathering — is now available for download.
Heine retiring from LCMS news, info post
James H. Heine, director of News and Information for LCMS Communications since 2010, announces his retirement, effective May 1.
Kollbaum installed as Rural, Small Town Mission director
“You’re here today because our church has said, ‘We’re not giving up on rural America,’ ” says Missouri District President Rev. Ray Mirly at the installation of the Rev. Todd Kollbaum, new director of Rural and Small Town Mission.
Harrison shares Easter message in new video
In an Easter video greeting, Synod President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison shares the message of St. Paul in 1 Cor. 15, “this wonderful chapter on what the Resurrection means for us.”
Lutheran Housing Support breaks ground in St. Louis
Lutheran Housing Support — the Synod’s housing ministry — breaks ground for two model homes in College Hill, a struggling St. Louis neighborhood.
Synod reports $6 million unrestricted-asset increase
LCMS leaders say the national Synod continues to improve its financial position, with recent statements showing a $6 million increase in total unrestricted net assets since 2010.
LCMS joins call for Boy Scouts to reject policy change
Synod President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison expresses concerns about a possible policy change to end the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on openly gay scouts and leaders.
Rural, Small Town Conference set for fall
Registration opens April 1 for the 2013 National LCMS Rural and Small Town Mission Conference, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 in Kansas City, Mo.
LCMS, LIRS work to end human trafficking
The Missouri Synod and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Baltimore, provide resources and opportunities for LCMS Lutherans to help end human trafficking.
Pressure Points (April 2013)
With Dr. Bruce Hartung Responding to previous columns, a spate of communications from readers has taken up the issue of accountability of pastors. In many cases, these communications have been expressions of pain, bewilderment, upset and an ger. Their…
Harrison addresses suffering in Holy Week video
In a video for Holy Week 2013, Synod President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison says that with suffering — including the “degradation” Christ suffered through His Passion and death –- “God is doing exactly what He planned.”
Third ‘PRAY’ event set for mid-April
“PRAY2013” — a synodwide event designed to bring LCMS Lutherans together to pray for a variety of topics — is planned for April 18-19 in St. Louis.
April 1 is deadline for ‘Picture-Your-Pastor’ Contest
Time is drawing short to submit entries to the first “Picture-Your-Pastor” Contest sponsored by Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
Bimler’s ‘Joyfully Aging’ celebrates ‘gift of aging’
Dr. Richard Bimler says his latest book, “Joyfully Aging: A Christian’s Guide,” released last summer by Concordia Publishing House, is intended to help people “celebrate the gift of aging.”
Cochran to receive honor from Concordia, Ann Arbor
William D. Cochran, director of LCMS School Ministry, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich., in May and plans to retire June 30.
LCMS, Kazakhstan officials discuss religious freedom
Hoping to learn more about interfaith partnerships and religious freedom in the United States, four Christian and Muslim visitors from Kazakhstan meet with LCMS officials March 8 in St. Louis.