New This Week

Brege elected to first term in Indiana District

The Rev. Dr. Daniel J. Brege was elected to his first three-year term as president of the LCMS Indiana District at the district’s 22nd convention, held June 14–15 in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Newman to succeed Hennings in Texas

The Rev. Michael Newman of San Antonio, Texas, was elected to his first term as president of the LCMS Texas District at the district’s 61st convention, June 14–16 in Irving, Texas.

Forke elected to fifth term in Montana District

The Rev. Terry Forke of Billings, Mont., was elected to his fifth term as president of the Montana District at the district’s 34th convention, June 11–14 in Billings.

Wille elected to fifth term in South Wisconsin

The Rev. Dr. John C. Wille was elected to his fifth three-year term as president of the South Wisconsin District at the district’s 55th convention, June 10–12 in Mequon, Wis.

Hagan elected to second term in Missouri

The Rev. Dr. R. Lee Hagan was elected to his second term as president of the LCMS Missouri District at the district’s 20th convention, June 10–12 in Columbia, Mo.

McMiller to follow Fale as head of OIM

With the unanimous concurrence of the Board for International Mission, LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison has named the Rev. Daniel F. McMiller as the new executive director of the Office of International Mission.

Notice shares information on 2019 LCMS convention

Included in the notice are steps and deadlines for choosing delegates, submitting overtures and nominating candidates for national offices and boards.

‘Lift High the Cross’ theme of National Disaster Response Conference

Registration is open for the 2018 LCMS National Disaster Response Conference, set for Oct. 16–18 at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

Lecakes re-elected president of Atlantic District

The Rev. Derek Lecakes of Bayside, N.Y., was elected to his second term as president of the LCMS Atlantic District at the district’s 60th convention, held June 8–9 in Bronxville, N.Y.

‘Christ’s Church is not a building’: Immanuel, St. Charles, looks ahead after ceiling collapse

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 29, Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Charles, Mo., experienced a devastating collapse of the entire baptismal side of its interior sanctuary ceiling facade. The building was empty at the time, and no one was hurt.

Lange re-elected president of Kansas District

The Rev. Peter K. Lange of Topeka, Kan., was elected to his second term as president of the LCMS Kansas District at the district’s 73rd convention, held June 7–9 in Topeka.

Rutt named Concordia Seminary provost

The Rev. Dr. Douglas Rutt has accepted a call from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, to serve as its new provost and professor of practical theology beginning July 1.

BOD adopts conservative budget for fiscal year 2019

Meeting in St. Louis May 18–19, the LCMS Board of Directors adopted a fiscal year 2019 operations budget of $69.4 million, a figure nearly $8 million lower than that of the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.

Reaching out with the Gospel in Albuquerque: Mission Field: USA church calls first pastor

On April 8, the Rev. Adam DeGroot was installed as the first pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, N.M. St. Andrew is a church plant of the LCMS Rocky Mountain District in partnership with Mission Field: USA.

LCMS Disaster Response partners with Guatemala Lutherans in volcano’s aftermath

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.

‘Real. Present. God.’ 2018–19 ‘Chapel Talks’ now available

“Real. Present. God.” is the theme of the 2018–19 edition of “Chapel Talks for Lutheran Schools,” an annual worship resource from LCMS School Ministry.