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New housing corporation seeks to help inner-city congregations receive grants

By Kim Krull and Joe Isenhower Jr. A new LCMS National Housing Support Corporation is designed to help struggling inner-city congregations receive grants and technical assistance for housing ministries — which has been difficult for them, sources say. The LCMS Board…

Sems announce events for high-school youth

The Synod’s two seminaries are sponsoring events this summer for high-school students, as they have for a number of years. Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, is accepting nominations for highschool men and women to attend its July 31-Aug. 3 Exploring Church Careers…

Community support could bring 'Luther' movie back for a week

“Luther,” the recent motion picture about the life and times of Martin Luther that ran in hundreds of theaters this fall, will be reissued for one week to theaters in communities where there is sufficient interest, according to one of…

Church-work students getting $28.8 million in financial aid

Church-work students at Missouri Synod colleges, universities and seminaries are receiving $26,871,471 in financial aid during the 2003-04 school year. Although this is the first year for which the Synod’s Board for Higher Education has compiled financial-aid statistics for church-work students…

World Mission, partners plan Ablaze! event

By Paula Schlueter Ross If every Lutheran church body is already doing outreach, then what’s so special about the Ablaze! movement?, wondered Dr. David Tswaedi, bishop of the Lutheran Church in Southern Africa.  Ablaze! is LCMS World Mission’s initiative to…

Fowls named 'distinguished principal'

Robert W. “Bob” Fowls, head of school at Trinity Lutheran School, Bend, Ore., is among 65 who have been named “2003 National Distinguished Principals” by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Association of Elementary School principals. He and the…

Meyer elected to ABS board

Dr. Dale A. Meyer, the Gregg H. Benidt Memorial Chair Professor of Homiletics and Literature at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and former speaker for “The Lutheran Hour,” has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Bible Society…

Items wanted, available; reinstatements; position

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 Complete sound systems for missions in Ghana, West…

Correction

A story in last month’s issue about registration for the 2004 National LCMS Youth Gathering said that both online and mailed registrations were still being accepted.  Online registration now has closed, but mail-in registration remains open. January 2004

Deadline nears for grants

Feb. 15 is the deadline for congregations to apply for competitive grants to help them develop support services for immigrants and refugees in their communities. The grants are from the Good Samaritan fund, a joint project of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee…

Schwan outreach-grants program ends

Although 2003 was the last year for awarding congregational-outreach grants from the Marvin M. Schwan Charitable Foundation, the Synod office for that program is getting calls about how to apply for the grants in 2004. “We simply have to inform these…

Study looks into worker debt

The nation’s three largest Lutheran church bodies are conducting a study to determine the extent of indebtedness of their rostered professional church workers. They are The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran…

Board of Directors begins new Q&A feature to 'clear up confusion' over recent actions

The Synod’s Board of Directors has introduced a new question-and-answer feature to its Web site that it says is intended to “clear up … confusion and provide assurance to the members of our Synod” about some of the Board’s recent…

CTCR acts on civic-events guidelines

The Synod’s Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) has forwarded to the Council of Presidents (COP) a draft of “Guidelines for Participation in Civic Events.” LCMS President Gerald Kieschnick in November 2001 asked the CTCR to prepare the guidelines in…

Congregation will miss Simon, pastor says

By Paula Schlueter Ross Former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon will be sorely missed by fellow members of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Carbondale, Ill., according to Rev. Robert Gray, the congregation’s pastor. Simon, a member of Our Savior since 1974, was especially…

Schmidt: LCMS schools to play major role in Ablaze!

Lutheran schools will play a major role in the Synod’s Ablaze! initiative to bring the Gospel to 100 million unreached people by 2017, says Terry Schmidt, associate director of school ministry with the Synod’s Board for District and Congregational Services. …