January 2005

Thanks from Florida On behalf of Grace Lutheran Church, Pensacola, Fla., and Circuit 10 of the Southern District, I would like to thank all who have responded and will respond to the needs of fellow Lutherans in the Florida panhandle. For years,…

People in the News

Rev. David P. Schmidt retires Jan. 3 after serving as senior vice president of Capital Funding Services (CFS), a Synod-based fund-raising organization that is part of the Lutheran Church Extension Fund. In 1992, Schmidt helped found CFS, which has worked with…

Positions

The Synod’s Commission on Ministerial Growth and Support (CMGS) is reissuing a call for nominations for an executive director. The executive director reports to the commission and to the Synod president, and is responsible for providing principal leadership in promoting the…

LIRS gets $5-plus million to help refugees

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) in December received a check for $5.137 million from the “Matching Grant Program” funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement. The grant funds help refugees and those…

David Jacobson dies; Bronxville provost

Dr. David C. Jacobson, provost at Concordia College, Bronxville, N.Y., since 2000, died Dec. 5 at a Valhalla, N.Y., hospital of complications from pancreatic cancer. A memorial service was held Dec. 11 at the college. Jacobson, 59 at the time of his…

LCMS Foundation redesigns `Giving Catalog`

The online “Mission and Ministry Giving Catalog” at http://catalog.lcms.org launched in 2002 has been redesigned by the LCMS Foundation to make it easier to use. Through the Giving Catalog, visitors to the Synod’s Web site can make secure financial contributions to…

St. Louis sem chorus releases new music CD

The Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, chorus released in November a new compact disc of music for the Advent, Christmas and Epiphany seasons. Titled “Gentle Stranger,” the CD was recorded in the seminary’s Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus over the…

Requests for reinstatement

MARK HOMP, Zumbrota, Minn., has applied for reinstatement to the Minister of Religion-Ordained roster of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. DAVID F. KANE, Pittsford, N.Y.; CLIFFORD F. MITCHELL, Manteo, N.C.; and BETHANN WRIGHT, Fort Wayne, Ind., have applied for reinstatement to…

Call for nominations – seminary president

The Board of Regents of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, with the approval of the Board for Pastoral Education, herewith issues a call for the nomination of candidates for the presidency of Concordia Seminary.  Nominations must be filed with the undersigned…

Items wanted, available

Note: Reporter cannot accept notices about items offered for sale or that people wish to purchase.  Items described as “Wanted” or “Available” are sought or may be obtained for shipping costs only. Wanted The Lutheran Hymnal, 15 copies of large-print edition…

Conference aims to link those in prison ministries

Registration opens Feb. 1 for an April 30-May 1 first-time conference in St. Louis that organizers say they hope will be the catalyst for a network of those involved in any type of prison ministry in the Synod and will…

Jan. 9 registration deadline for Fort Wayne symposia

Jan. 9 is the registration deadline for the 2005 symposia series sponsored by Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. “Who Is Jesus?  The Church’s Response to Christological Controversies” is the theme for the Jan. 18-19 exegetical-theology symposium.  The Jan. 19-21 Lutheran Confessions…

Congress includes 19 Lutherans

There are 19 Lutherans — 10 Democrats and nine Republicans — in the 109th Congress of the United States, according to the Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs (LOGA) in Washington, D.C. LOGA is the public-policy office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church…

LIRS president says agency `on rebound` in resettlements

The president of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) says the agency has “much to be thankful for in our work with refugees and migrants,” with resettlement efforts “on the rebound” after they declined in the wake of the Sept.…

Call for nominations – commission director

The Synod’s Commission on Ministerial Growth and Support (CMGS) is reissuing a call for nominations for an executive director. The executive director reports to the commission and to the Synod president, and is responsible for providing principal leadership in promoting the…

`Pressure Points` with Dr. Bruce Hartung

There were a number of responses to my December column about pastoral and parish responses to returning military personnel.  With the permission of two of those who responded, I will let their observations speak for themselves. From a 20-year officer/veteran:  “The…