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Karner and Tobias discuss the sanctity of life

Maggie Karner, director LCMS Life and Health Ministries, and Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, talk to KFUO about the sanctity of life and the 2014 March for Life.

Pastoral Education – January 2014

In this issue, you are provided information about the Global Seminary Initiative (GSI) of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the positive impact this program has on its students and the world.

Maggie Karner discusses need for Mercy Medical Team volunteers

Maggie Karner, Director of the LCMS Life and Health Ministries, talks about the need for volunteers for the Mercy Medical Teams in 2014. She discusses service opportunities for medical professionals and laity overseas in this program. The geographical areas of service and how the program assists LCMS missionaries and partner churches on the field were also explained.

Missouri Synod announces three staff changes

ST. LOUIS, January 10, 2014—The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) announces three staff changes effective immediately at the LCMS International Center in St. Louis, Mo.

New Missouri Synod video depicts disaster relief efforts in the Philippines

ST. LOUIS, December 27, 2013—The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) has released a video showing the immediate and ongoing disaster relief ministry of the LCMS and its partner, the Lutheran Church in the Philippines, in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Viewers will see images – some sure to be disturbing – of the effects of the typhoon and hear from church leaders who were on-site within a week of the typhoon that struck Nov. 8.

A meditation for Epiphany

The Rev. Will Weedon, LCMS director of Worship and LCMS International Center chaplain, offers a meditation for Epiphany from Is. 60:1-6, Eph. 2:1-12 and Matt. 2:1-12.

A meditation for Christmas Eve

The Rev. Will Weedon, LCMS director of Worship and LCMS International Center chaplain, offers a meditation for Christmas Eve.

Rodewald to lead Lutheran Bible Translators

ST. LOUIS, December 12, 2013—Dr. Michael K. Rodewald, regional director for Africa with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) Office of International Mission, has accepted a call to serve as executive director of Lutheran Bible Translators (LBT) in Aurora, Ill., effective June 1, 2014.

Philippines Disaster Update: Your Gifts at Work

During the distribution stage, the team loaded 5 large trucks and traveled nearly 36 hours to reach the typhoon disaster areas on the island of Leyte. The tired and hungry victims were so happy and hopeful at the thought and anticipation of receiving food and water.

Missouri Synod encourages gifts on ‘Giving Tuesday’

ST. LOUIS, December 2, 2013—One day to go! With the launch of its “Give Graciously, Give Globally” campaign, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is joining the second annual “Giving Tuesday” effort held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and asking people around the world to make a difference through charitable giving on a single day.

LCMS relief effort media links

Collected here are links to news coverage of the LCMS response to Typhoon Haiyan.

The Kalends for Christmas

The following were anciently read on Christmas Day in the Daily Office, but they may also serve as an introduction to the Divine Service on Christmas Day, read by the pastor from the entrance to the nave and leading directly into “O Come All Ye Faithful” as the processional hymn.

Typhoon Haiyan: A report from the Philippines

The Rev. Ross Johnson, director of LCMS Disaster Response, provides a report from the Philippines as the church provides immediate relief and begins planning to assist with the long-term recovery.

Missouri Synod grants $10K to Illinois congregation for tornado relief

ST. LOUIS, November 20, 2013—The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) has granted $10,000 for immediate tornado relief to St. John’s Lutheran Church in New Minden, Ill. The check will be presented tonight to the congregation at a communitywide prayer vigil at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoyleton, Ill.

Typhoon Haiyan Update: Report from the Field

The Rev. Glenn Merritt, director of LCMS Disaster Response, reports from Tacloban City, the Philippines, that conditions remain dire 10 days after one of the strongest storms in recorded history tore through the island nation. Listen to his stark report which Merritt was able to make upon finding a clear cell signal while on his search for fuel for the vehicle carrying the LCMS relief-assessment team.

Midwest Tornadoes: Destruction in Washington, Illinois

The Rev. Tom Heren, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Washington, Ill., describes the effects of the F-4 tornado that tore through his town Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.