New This Week

LEA honors 2018 top educators

The Christus Magister award — Lutheran Education Association’s top honor — was awarded to Rachel Klitzing of Irvine, Calif.

‘Mercy centers’ up and running in Puerto Rico

The new “mercy centers” have been dubbed “CARD” for Casa de Amparo y Respuesta a Desastre (House of Refuge and Disaster Response).

April ‘Lutheran Witness’: Christian missions through the lens of Easter

Readers can join with all the saints in heaven and on earth as they travel through time and across space to celebrate Christ’s resurrection.

LCMS adds Better Business Bureau Accreditation

The LCMS was previously recognized by another watchdog, Guidestar, as a Platinum-level participant in its Exchange program.

Operation Barnabas: ‘Life-saving’ help for military families

Begun in 2007 to support Lutheran chaplains serving in the reserves, this Ministry to the Armed Forces program has evolved into a “network of care” for anyone with military connections — both within Synod churches and beyond their walls.

Wanted: Nominations for convention

The Oct. 20 deadline may seem a long way off, but the time is now to submit nominations for the 74 officer, board and commission positions to be elected at the next LCMS Convention, July 20–25, 2019, in Tampa, Fla.

Share It! — Welcoming visitors

Congregation and school leaders share how they make new parishioners and students feel welcome.

New international missionaries blessed for service

The missionaries will serve in the Dominican Republic, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, the Czech Republic and Russia.

Four Higher Things youth conferences planned

They will be held this summer in Northfield, Minn.; Carbondale, Ill.; Lawrence, Kan.; and Tacoma, Wash.

New catalog documents CHI’s Reformation exhibit

The catalog features color photos and descriptions of rare books, coins and other vintage items displayed by Concordia Historical Institute.

‘Preach the Word’ Module 4 now available for free download

Preach the Word is the Synod’s ongoing program for fostering excellence in preaching.

Training, tools and trailers help disaster dollars go farther

When disaster strikes, LCMS Disaster Response comes alongside to help congregations and districts develop the most effective possible response.

CTCR releases report on women and the military

The report is available for free download from the CTCR website.

Board of Directors examines financial uptrends, opportunities, more

The Board’s next meeting — May 18–19 in St. Louis — will focus on the FY19 budget.

Photo essay: Update on Texas hurricane relief

The LCMS Texas District effort has changed from splintered work in response to changing needs to that of a well-coordinated operation.

New issues of seminary magazines now available

The latest issues of Concordia Seminary and For the Life of the World are free to read online.