New This Week

Information about SBA/PPP loans for the church

Lutheran Church Extension Fund and Concordia Plan Services offer information for Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod congregations, workers and Recognized Service Organizations regarding financial help during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus stimulus includes ‘Paycheck Protection Program’ to assist small businesses, including religious nonprofits

On April 2, the U.S. Small Business Administration confirmed that tax-exempt nonprofits such as churches are eligible to apply.

Lutheran Church Extension Fund partners with Synod to assist church workers during pandemic

As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the LCMS will use Soldiers of the Cross as one means to continue to assist LCMS church workers and their families. 

St. Louis-area Lutherans ‘March on the Arch’

The event, organized by the Coalition for Life–St. Louis, saw its largest turnout ever in 2020.

LCMS President Harrison video: Much cause to rejoice and give thanks

The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, brings a message of encouragement and joy to the church during the coronavirus pandemic.

Obituaries
Obituary: Rev. Dr. Herbert C. Mueller Jr., former LCMS first vice-president

The Rev. Dr. Herbert C. Mueller Jr. died March 21.

‘We tremble not, we fear no ill’: As COVID-19 spreads, the Word of God remains

To abide by social distancing guidelines, many LCMS churches are offering online-only services.

Obituaries
Obituary: Rev. Dr. Gary M. Arp, president emeritus of LCMS Iowa District East

The Rev. Dr. Gary M. Arp died on March 12. He was 85.

Tennessee tornadoes kill at least 24; LCMS churches not harmed

The tornadoes touched ground in Tennessee during the night and morning hours of March 2 and 3.

‘Mission Field: USA’ partners with the LCMS Southeastern District to bring Christ’s Gospel to Baltimore

As part of ‘Mission Field: Baltimore,’ the Rev. Martin and Kathy Schultheis will serve the community of Sandtown-Winchester.

Daenzer installed as Synod worship director

The Rev. Sean Daenzer will also serve as chaplain at the LCMS International Center in St. Louis.

‘Witness’ welcomes Askins as editor

The Rev. Roy S. Askins formerly served as communications manager for the LCMS Asia Region.

March ‘Lutheran Witness’ focuses on fasting, temptation

The issue covers topics such as fasting in modern times, avoiding abuses of fasting and the biblical background of fasting.

Synod monitoring coronavirus news; missionaries safe

The LCMS is closely monitoring the situation to provide the best possible information and counsel to staff and missionaries who may be in areas of increased risk.

Bethesda seeking to partner with districts, congregations on new housing concept

The new developments will serve people with disabilities as well as adults of all abilities who are 55 and older.

LEA honors 2020 distinguished educators

The recipient of the LEA’s highest honor, the Christus Magister award, is Charles (Chuck) Winterstein, assistant to the superintendent of schools for the LCMS Michigan District.