Archive | June, 2011

Commentary: Celebrating 50 years of LCMS lay ministry

By John Oberdeck “I personally had no idea how far or in what direction my training as a lay minister would take me. I simply know that it would not have all happened without my training and experience at Concordia.” So writes Rev. Gary Jacobson. His service as a “Commissioned Minister of Religion–Lay Minister” in […]

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Joplin church serves as hub for disaster volunteers

By Sarah Schafer Harold and Harriet Fritz were two of dozens of volunteers from across the country to help with tornado relief at Immanuel Lutheran Church and Martin Luther School in Joplin, Mo., over Memorial Day weekend. “It’s the least we could do,” said Harriet. “Here they need help in every direction there is.” For […]

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Board adopts $76.7 million Synod budget

By Joe Isenhower Jr. FORT WAYNE, Ind. — At its May 18-19 meeting here on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary, the Synod’s Board of Directors adopted a national-Synod operating budget of $76,748,812 for the 2011-12 fiscal year that starts July 1. The Board also approved a contingency surplus of $712,000 for the year’s “spending […]

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COP assigns first calls, hears updates

By James Heine Acting as the Board of Assignments, the LCMS Council of Presidents (COP) April 30 assigned first calls to 149 candidates certified for ministry by Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS), Fort Wayne, Ind.; Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada; and through the colloquy process of the LCMS. Also, […]

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New LCEF program to aid disaster recovery in LCMS

Responding to the recent onslaught of natural disasters, Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) has put in place a new program to help LCMS rostered church workers (RCW), congregations, schools and other official Synod-related organizations affected by such disasters with loan funding and building service assistance. According to a May 26 news release from LCEF, its […]

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