New This Week

Know before you go — to Haiti or anywhere

Following a fresh round of violent demonstrations in Haiti, the U.S. State Department has upgraded the Travel Advisory for the country to a Level 4 — Do Not Travel.

Weber installed as managing director of International Lutheran Center in Wittenberg

The International Lutheran Center is a joint project of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germany and Concordia Publishing House.

Concordia, Texas, campus unites as administrator’s son fights life-threatening illness

Owen Coulter, age 5, was released from the hospital on Feb. 7 following a “miracle” recovery from his 56-day ordeal with a viral illness.

Board for International Mission turns attention to Asia

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.

‘An inexpressible treasure’: CTCR releases report on Holy Baptism

Other newly available documents from the CTCR are a discussion guide and Bible study to accompany the 2018 report on the royal priesthood and a Spanish-language version of the Bible study for the 2012 report on immigration.

Armed Forces Sunday resources available for congregations

The deadline for ordering the resources is March 4.

February ‘Witness’ asks, ‘Who is my neighbor?’

The issue explores how Lutherans show God’s love by working to meet the physical and spiritual needs of those around them.

From the mission field – Togo, Latin America

Updates about LCMS mission work around the world.

Campus clips – Music, eSports, career prep and more

News from LCMS colleges and seminaries.

Amid bitter cold, Lutherans share warm meal, bed

A reported 90 million Americans have experienced temperatures of zero degrees Fahrenheit or lower this week, and at least 21 deaths have been attributed to the cold.

Older adults: an overlooked ministry resource?

Some 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day. Many older adults are healthy, active and want to serve others.

Lutheran Braille Workers seeks volunteers

Volunteers at some 160 ministry centers across the United States produce Christian materials in multiple languages for distribution in more than 130 countries.

College students gain tools for evangelism at LCMS U ‘Witness’ conference

The conference, held in Fort Wayne, Ind., offered dozens of sectionals, plenty of opportunities for fellowship, and worship at Concordia Theological Seminary and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

New PALS resource aids transition from seminary to rural or urban ministry

Created and led by the directors of LCMS Rural & Small Town and Urban & Inner-City Mission, the course uses a combination of videos, prayers, Bible readings and study questions to guide new pastors in their transition from seminary to rural or urban ministry.

International Lutheran Center in Wittenberg continues mission of sharing the Gospel

Almost four years after its dedication in 2015, the center continues to host visitors, worshipers, students and neighbors who stop by to talk, learn and reflect.

Collegium Vocale of St. Louis to present four cantatas of Christoph Graupner, 18th-century Lutheran cantor

The works of Graupner, a contemporary of Bach, are enjoying renewed interest after having been “lost” for many years.