December 2004

Weekly Communion A recent letter to Reporter on every-Sunday Communion begs a reply.  The well-intended writer seems to bemoan the increased frequency of Communion as having an adverse effect on a pious tradition of a bygone age, when people felt that…

Pressure Points with Dr. Bruce Hartung

Q:  This question has to do with returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan.  There are a couple who have already come home, and several more deployed now in both countries who are either members of my parish or are part…

Congregations get Servant Events magazine

A list of 75 Servant Events planned for next summer in this country and in Germany was mailed in mid-November to all Synod congregations from LCMS Youth Ministry. The information, which includes details about registration, is in the form of a…

LFL offers resources for `Life Sunday`

A video, Bible study, sermons, and bulletin inserts are among new resource items produced by Lutherans For Life (LFL) for use by congregations and others on “Life Sunday,” Jan. 23. Life Sunday marks the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade…

People in the News

Dr. Richard W. Bimler, president of Wheat Ridge Ministries since 1991, has announced that he plans to step down from his position on March 1, 2006. I thank the Lord for the opportunities and vision of Wheat Ridge and will…

31 congregations get `Health, Hope` grants

Wheat Ridge Ministries of Itasca, Ill., announced that 31 Lutheran congregations — including eight in the LCMS — are recipients of more than $53,000 in 2004 Congregation Health and Hope grants. An Oct. 26 Wheat Ridge news release says the purpose…

Mission-agencies group to meet

The annual conference of the Association of Lutheran Mission Agencies (ALMA) will be held Jan. 14-16 at the Synod’s International Center in St. Louis under the theme “Growing in His Mission.” The conference, sponsored by LCMS World Mission, is open to…

CHI bestows awards

Dr. Scott J. Meyer of St. Louis Nov. 11 was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by Concordia Historical Institute (CHI). Meyer, a member of CHI’s Board of Governors since 1986, received the institute’s highest award “for his extraordinary commitment to…

Fire kills Kenyan pastor in New Jersey

Rev. Peter Gusuta, a Kenyan pastor serving with the Synod’s New Jersey District, died Nov. 16 in a fire that struck his family’s Jersey City home. Gusuta, 56, had worked nearly four years in the district as an urban missionary among…

LFL marks 25th anniversary at convention

CINCINNATI — Although Lutherans For Life (LFL) has spent the last 25 years “convincing in love … [and] listening to the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit,” many people still do not understand that abortion is a “billion-dollar killing industry”…

LWML presidents invite first-timers to training

By Paula Schlueter Ross A record number of women — especially young women — attended the “Leadership for Tomorrow” training conference sponsored by the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Nov. 12-14 in Chesterfield, Mo. As it has in the past, the LWML invited…

2004 `Youth Poll` offers no surprises

Results of the Lutheran Youth Fellowship Youth Poll from this year’s National LCMS Youth Gathering are “noteworthy for the fact that nothing changed much from the last poll taken three years ago,” said Rev. Terry Dittmer, director of LCMS Youth…

Caring attitude can foster increase in worship attendance

By Paula Schlueter Ross KATY, Texas — On a typical Sunday, 850 to 950 people worship at CrossPoint Community Church here.  Only about 600 of them are members. But that’s OK with Pastor Bill Woolsey, who says the LCMS congregation’s goal is “to…

LCEF chief urges support for `Ablaze!`

By Joe Isenhower Jr. DALLAS — Merle Freitag, president of the Lutheran Church Extension Fund, encouraged participants at the annual LCEF Fall Leadership Conference here to “get involved, personally and organizationally, in a big way” with Ablaze!, LCMS World Mission’s initiative…

CPH produces first-ever collection of Luther`s music

Concordia Publishing House has produced what is believed to be the most comprehensive collection in English of the hymns, ballads and chants composed or authored by Martin Luther. “Martin Luther — Hymns, Ballads, Chants, Truth” includes 39 tracks and is…

People in the News

Dr. Dale A. Meyer has been appointed interim president of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, effective Nov. 4. That is the day Dr. John F. Johnson, the seminary’s president since 1990, begins as president of Concordia University, River Forest, Ill. Meyer…