`Good Samaritan` grant applications available Jan. 15

Starting Jan. 15, an application packet will be available for seed grants to help congregations develop support services for immigrants and refugees in their communities. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), Baltimore, and Wheat Ridge Ministries, Itasca, Ill., are offering the…

Fort Wayne seminary offers preaching seminar

Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, is offering a one-day Lenten Preaching Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 17. Dr. Daniel L. Gard, associate professor of exegetical theology, and Dr. Harold L. Senkbeil, associate professor of pastoral ministry and missions,…

Thrivent offers resource kit for `Luther` movie

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is offering a free kit of educational resources to be used with the DVD and VHS versions of the motion picture “Luther.” The 300-page kit — available free only to Lutheran congregations, schools, and educational ministries —…

Rudolph Harm dies

Dr. Rudolph H. Harm, a professor at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, from 1975 until his retirement in 1989, died Dec. 8 in St. Clair, Mo.  He was 81. A funeral service was held Dec. 13 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in…

Task force completes guidelines on women's service

Guidelines should be in the mail by early January to help congregations implement a 2004 Synod convention resolution that permits women to hold any congregational office that does not involve the exercise of distinctive functions of the pastoral office. The guidelines,…

Life Ministries prepares for work in Russia

Along with providing resources for the Jan. 23 “Life Sunday” observance in the United States, LCMS Life Ministries Director Maggie Karner is laying the groundwork for what she hopes will be the Missouri Synod’s first Life Ministries/Human Care project abroad. Karner…

Conference to focus on who's 'in charge' in congregation

“The Congregation’s Ministry and Mission: Who’s in Charge Here?” will be the theme for the Synod’s second “model theological conference,” set for Aug. 23-25 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) at its Dec. 2-4 meeting in…

Partnership seeks to bring hope to Dominican Republic

By Kim Plummer Krull This new year may hold new hope for people in the Dominican Republic, as a unique partnership strives to plant that country’s first LCMS congregation and also address the plight of people there with developmental disabilities. “This is…

Mission exec: Districts taking `Ablaze!` seriously

By Paula Schlueter Ross How are LCMS districts responding to the challenge of LCMS World Mission’s Ablaze! initiative, that is, to share the Gospel with 100 million people — “unreached for Christ or uncommitted to Christianity” — by 2017? Synod…

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 Pews, The Lutheran Hymnal, and church nave chandeliers. …

Requests for reinstatement

SCOTT DAVID JANS, Fairbank, Iowa, has applied for reinstatement to the Minister of Religion-Ordained roster of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.  JOHN E. GARSKE, Seward, Neb.; CAROL ANN GRIMM, Marengo, Ill.; DOUGLAS S. MERTZ, Franklin, Wis.; and BARBARA REINDERS, Appleton, Wis.,…

Positions

Concordia University, Irvine, Calif., seeks applicants to fill possible faculty openings in the disciplines listed below.  Enrollment will determine which positions are funded for the 2005-2006 academic year.  To be considered, a candidate must be a member of The Lutheran…

Notice of intent

The Board of Regents of Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wis., herewith gives notice of intent to promote to a continuing-level appointment the following: Dr. Joel Ambelang; Dr. David Borst; Dr. Mary Korte; Dr. Santa Makstenieks; Dr. Christine Moser; Rev. Dr.…

Call for nominations

Chief Administrative Officer The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod’s Board of Directors (BOD) is seeking nominations for Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).  The CAO reports to the Board of Directors of the Synod and acts on behalf of the BOD in accordance with its…

Jenkins receives Wittenberg Award

Dr. Julius Jenkins, president of Concordia College, Selma, Ala., since 1980, was honored Nov. 6 at the 15th annual Wittenberg Awards banquet in Washington, D.C. Jenkins received one of five awards bestowed this year by the Luther Institute to honor Lutheran individuals…

Official Notice: Constitutional Amendment

This notice is being printed to clarify the two different deadline dates printed on the constitutional amendment ballot mailing.  The correct date for the return of ballots for the constitutional amendments is the date printed on the ballot itself, Feb.…