The LCMS Council of Presidents conducted its fourth meeting of 2020 (its third via Zoom video conference) on Nov. 16–18, with discussion of the pandemic’s impact on the church dominating the meeting.
At its September meeting, the group considered the continuing impact of the coronavirus across the church while looking ahead to what will happen when the pandemic subsides and the country fully reopens.
At its Sept. 4 meeting, the board also heard about how reductions in budgeted Fiscal Year 2021 expenditures will have a significant impact on LCMS mission and ministry efforts.
As governors, mayors and councilmen provide guidelines to meet the impact of COVID-19 within their jurisdictions, heightened concerns about government overreach and infringement of constitutional rights are being raised in many sectors of society.
The Nov. 18–21 meeting was held concurrently with meetings of the LCMS Board of Directors, Concordia University System and a gathering of business and office managers from across the Synod.
At its Jan. 31–Feb. 1 meeting in St. Louis, the board appointed seven new missionaries and continued discussions on the status of international schools and cooperative work with partner churches, districts and mission societies.
Meeting in St. Louis, the groups addressed pertinent topics, heard reports and reviewed policies.
Leaders in LCMS Hispanic ministry gathered in Houston July 24–27 for the Sixth National LCMS Hispanic Convention.
Christ Lutheran Church in Hilo, Hawaii, has been working to help those affected by the eruption of the Kilauea volcano.
Volcàn de Fuego, or “fire volcano,” violently erupted without warning Sunday, June 3, burying whole villages and farms near the Central American city of Antigua, Guatemala.
The LCMS Council of Presidents (COP) met April 21–26, traveling from St. Louis to Fort Wayne, Ind., to place pastoral and commissioned candidates, elect new leadership and work through matters of ecclesiastical supervision.
Students, families, faculty and regents gathered on the campus of Concordia College Alabama on April 28 for the school’s 92nd and final commencement. Founded in 1922, the historically black Lutheran college closed its doors for good following the ceremony after a multi-year effort to stay open.