Ministry to the Armed Forces

Mercy Through Chaplains – September 2015

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Specialized Pastoral Ministry and Ministry to the Armed Forces military chaplains deliver Christ’s mercy through their words and service, providing much-needed spiritual care for His people in unique and challenging environments.

So Help Me God Newsletter: July-September 2015

In this issue from LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces, the ongoing need for married couples to discuss with each other where they are emotionally is discussed. An article suggesting to married couples what they can do to avoid destroying their marriage is also provided. In addition, a devotional thought to encourage readers in their faith is shared.

KFUO Audio: World Lutheran News Digest – The Role of Military Chaplains

Chaplain Craig G. Muehler, director, LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces, discusses the role of the military chaplain.

Photo gallery: Chaplain Bears Christ to U.S. Marines

Commander Charles Varsogea, a chaplain in the U.S. Navy, helps nourish the young recruits at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, Calif.

Donors continue providing LSB, catechisms for military

U.S. military personnel at home and abroad are receiving the resources provided by an LCMS chaplain and dozens of congregations.

Schreiber to receive Silver St. Martin of Tours Medal

Chaplain Mark Schreiber of Palm Coast, Fla., will receive the highest honor given by the Synod’s Ministry to the Armed Forces.

Free resources available for Veterans Day

LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces provides free, downloadable resources that can be used Nov. 9 to observe Veterans Day Weekend.

Muehler installed as director of armed forces ministry

Chaplain Craig G. Muehler, who began work in the new post Aug. 28, succeeds Chaplain Mark J. Schreiber.

Muehler to direct Synod’s armed-forces ministry

Chaplain Craig G. Muehler (pictured) of Springfield, Va., will succeed Chaplain Mark J. Schreiber as director of the Synod’s Ministry to the Armed Forces.

LCMS chaplain awarded Purple Heart

Captain Michael Frese receives on Feb. 22 one of the nation’s highest honors — the Purple Heart — for his service in Afghanistan.

March 1 is order deadline for ‘Armed Forces Sunday’

Resources are available to help congregations celebrate the special Sunday on May 18.

Seminary’s Gard promoted to Rear Admiral

Chaplain Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Gard, Deputy Chief of Chaplains for Reserve Matters and a professor at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., is promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral.

Freitag, Hokana receive awards

Lt. Gen. Merle Freitag of Wildwood, Mo., and Chaplain, Lt. Col., Rev. Dr. Steven Hokana of Fort Bliss, Texas, receive awards during the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces Recognition Dinner.

Accept veterans — don’t pity, idolize or judge them

Through Operation Barnabas, LCMS congregations are reaching out to “all veterans from all wars,” most of whom are not active church members, says Chaplain Mark Schreiber.

March 12 is order deadline for ‘Armed Forces Sunday’

LCMS congregations with email addresses should have received an email in late January from the Synod’s Ministry to the Armed Forces regarding “Armed Forces Sunday” on May 19. The email is intended to let congregations know that if they want…

New LHM Bible study tackles challenges of veterans

Americans who sign up to serve their country in the U.S. armed forces expect challenges — especially if their duty includes combat. But service members also encounter challenges far from the battlefield, after they come home. “Warriors of Faith —…