How you can help Veterans of the Cross

When Rev. Stanley Rosenau entered the ministry in 1953, he earned $125 a month. His first congregations never participated in the Synod’s pension plan. For a time, Rosenau depended on small but regular Veterans of the Cross payments to make the difference “between starvation and a halfway decent living.”

At 82, Rosenau calls himself  “an unretired retired pastor.” He now serves part-time at Trinity Lutheran Church, Janesville, Wis., teaching a Bible class and making nursing home and hospital visits.

Today, Rosenau no longer needs Veterans of the Cross assistance. Instead of being a recipient, he has donated to the program, which he calls a blessing. “It keeps you out of the poorhouse,” he said, chuckling.

To help as many eligible retirees as possible, Veterans of the Cross coordinators keep the program’s administrative costs minimal. Ninety-five percent of all contributions go to church workers in need. A Concordia Plan Services review committee checks financial backgrounds to ensure each applicant’s eligibility.

To make a referral for a potential Veterans of the Cross recipient or to apply for benefits, here are two options:

  • Contact your LCMS district office. (To find your district’s contact information, call the LCMS Church Information Center at 888-843-5267 or click here.)

  • Contact Julie Bruening, CPS support grant coordinator, at 888-927-7526, ext. 6704, or
  • Here are three ways to make a Veterans of the Cross donation:

  • Send a check, made out to “LCMS World Relief and Human Care,” with “Veterans of the Cross” designated in the memo line, to: LCMS World Relief and Human Care, P.O. Box 66861, St. Louis, MO 63166-6861.

  • Make a secure credit card donation by calling toll-free 888-930-4438.

  • Make an online gift at
  • Posted June 3, 2009

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