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February: Wanted, Available, Positions, Reinstatements

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 Christian Faith and Life, Cambodia-English booklet by…

Pressure Points, with Dr. Bruce Hartung

Q: We have a pretty tense and difficult situation in our congregation.  One of our “best” members is also one of our most troublesome.  He is a relatively wealthy man who gives much money to our church.  He attends church…

LCMS e-News adds two more newsletters

Two new publications are available via the free, Web-based LCMS e-News subscription service: “Mercy Notes,” produced by LCMS World Relief and Human Care, provides news, information and resources on government and social issues from a Lutheran perspective. “New LCMS Hymnal,”…

Family network forms to link workers, provide resources

A new Lutheran Family Ministry Network (LFMN) is being formed to help family-ministry practitioners stay in touch and to help LCMS District and Congregational Services — Family Ministry develop resources for them, says Rev. Jeffery Schubert. Schubert, director of LCMS…

Relocated Blind Mission office still offers resources

Even though Lutheran Blind Mission has moved into its own storefront location, about five miles from its former site at the Synod’s International Center in St. Louis, the ministry continues to offer free resources and other services for blind and…

CPH releases spring catalog

Children’s, educational and devotional items — including gift books for Easter, confirmation, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day — are among more than 150 new and current products featured in Concordia Publishing House’s “Spring 2004” catalog. New Easter books for children…

Lutherans can help earthquake victims in Iran

Lutherans can help the tens of thousands of injured and homeless after the massive Dec. 26 earthquake that left as many as 34,000 people dead in southeastern Iran. Lutheran World Relief (LWR), Baltimore, and its church and non-governmental partner organizations…

"Letters" February 2004

Take from districts? I write in response to “Directors adopt policy in principle to set districts’ funding for Synod” in the December Reporter. Some districts — certainly this one — have experienced stagnating and declining income from congregations for the…

December 2003

Praying in Jesus’ name Regarding my decision to pray in Jesus’ name at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting (“Letters,” Oct. ’03): I am concerned that some Christian leaders believe that keeping the right and left kingdoms separate…

Lutherhostel to be held in March

The 10th annual Arizona Lutherhostel, sponsored by the Association of Lutheran Older Adults (ALOA), will be held March 15-19 at “Picture Rocks” near Tucson, Ariz. Lutherhostel events are designed to provide opportunities for older adults to experience intellectual, social and…

'Harvesters' training set for May

A training event to prepare workers for Harvesters for Christ is set for May 13-16 in St. Louis. Rev. Al Tormoehlen, director of the outreach program, said that Harvesters for Christ volunteers “have a passion for the lost and are…

Lutherans open more 'outreach centers for blind'

Four more “outreach centers for the blind” — in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Daytona Beach, Fla.; Detroit, Mich.; and Maplewood, Mo. — have opened in recent months, bringing to 28 the number of centers opened Synodwide since 1999. The outreach centers,…

European missionaries to attend U.S. institute

In their quest to make western Europe Ablaze! with the Gospel, missionaries from Lutheran church bodies in Germany and Slovakia are planning to attend the Missouri Synod’s Mission Planters Institute this month in Orlando, Fla. The institute, sponsored by the…

Reddel receives chaplaincy award

Rev. Eugene L. Reddel, chief of chaplain service and clinical pastoral education supervisor for the Department of Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System, has received the VA’s “Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Chaplaincy.” The award, the highest given to a VA…

Groh, Mehl begin work as missions directors

LCMS World Mission has filled two of its four new regional director positions.Dr. Jorge Groh and Rev. John Mehl began work in January as regional directors for Latin America and Eurasia, respectively.  Their responsibilities include working with LCMS mission partners…

India seminary challenges grads to start own congregations

The India Evangelical Lutheran Church (IELC) today has more than 50 new and re-established congregations and preaching stations, thanks to a challenge issued three years ago asking seminary graduates to start their own churches. Graduates of Concordia Seminary in Nagercoil,…