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Registration now open for LutherHostel

Registration is open for the Oct. 2-5 LutherHostel 2004 at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.  A seminary news release describes LutherHostel as “an educational event for adults age 55 and above.”  Dr. R. Reed Lessing, assistant professor of exegetical theology at…

World Mission cancels New Directions conference

LCMS World Mission, which has sponsored its “New Directions” mission conference annually for more than 10 years, has cancelled this year’s event, which was scheduled for April 29-May 2 in St. Louis. The Synod’s mission board is hosting a series of…

Mission society opens Baltimore `guest house`

Families from out of town who need a place to stay in Baltimore while a loved one is treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital or at another medical facility there now have an option that is free of charge. The Lutheran Mission…

Anonymous donor gives Ann Arbor $1 million gift

Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich., has received a $1 million anonymous grant to be used for scholarships. A university news release dated March 12 said the donor “is a strong proponent of Lutheran Christian education, and has designated the dollars to…

Thrivent gives $165,000 to train future school administrators

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has awarded a $165,000 grant to develop a training program for potential Lutheran school administrators. The program, known as Administrative Candidates Training Seminars” (ACTS) is “designed to help the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The Lutheran Church–Missouri…

World`s Lutherans number nearly 66 million

Membership among Lutheran churches in the last two years increased by 570,000, bringing the number of Lutherans worldwide to nearly 66 million by the end of 2003. Regular statistics provided by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) indicate an average .9 percent…

Arizona congregation sponsors `Igniting` event

By Joe Isenhower Jr. Trinity Lutheran Church, Litchfield Park, Ariz., is thought to be the first congregation to sponsor a “One Mission Ablaze: Igniting Congregations” event March 13. “This is the first congregation-sponsored ‘Igniting’ event that we are aware of,” said…

LFL affirms marriage as man-woman union

Marriage is “a God-given institution between a man and a woman.” Homosexual unions “are based on a lie rather than the Word of God … and cannot constitute a marriage,” says a statement adopted Feb. 21 by the national Lutherans…

Laborers expands program to meet needs of changing congregations

By Paula Schlueter Ross In the face of fewer projects and fewer available workers, Laborers For Christ (LFC) is offering additional services to make its program more useful and “relevant” to today’s changing congregations.   The Synod’s LFC program, which began in…

Congregations nominate president, first vice president slates

By David L. Mahsman The names of the nominees who will be on the ballot for Synod president and first vice president at this summer’s Synod convention were announced March 22 by Synod Secretary Raymond Hartwig. The nominees for Synod president…

Bob Hirsch dies; past Int'l LLL president

Dr. Robert W. (Bob) Hirsch, a former president of the International Lutheran Laymen’s League (Int’l LLL) and former member of the Synod’s Board of Directors, died of complications from an infection Feb. 24 at a Yankton, S.D., nursing home.  A…

Board: Attorneys` letters raise many questions, `stir things up`

By Joe Isenhower Jr. The Synod’s Board of Directors says in its new online “Board Briefs VI” that recent letters from attorneys who disagree with the outside legal opinions that the Board commissioned last year “have raised many questions publicly…

Sourcebook offers stained-glass info

Sourcebook 2004, a publication of the Stained Glass Association of America, is available free to architects, congregations, liturgical consultants and other professionals active in fields that commission, maintain or work with stained glass. The Sourcebook features articles about stained glass,…

CPH offers leather Bibles at discount through July

Concordia Publishing House is offering its leatherbound Concordia Self-Study Bibles at a 25 percent discount through July 31. The NIV Bibles include Lutheran interpretive notes, a concordance and cross references, and are available in leather or bonded leather, black or…

LHM Web sites offer resources for Easter

Three Web sites developed by Lutheran Hour Ministries offer Lenten resources for adults and children: Information about the meaning of Lent and Easter, fasting, and Easter symbols such as eggs and rabbits, is available at www.hehasrisen.net. Daily devotions are posted…

Center for U.S. Missions offers free e-newsletter

The Center for U.S. Missions is distributing a new resource for anyone interested in mission work in the United States.  “Mission Moments” is a free newsletter that is e-mailed every two weeks to subscribers. The Center, based in Irvine, Calif.,…