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Joshua Vogel, center, and his wife, Pamela, learn about Joshua’s vicarage assignment to Concordia Lutheran Church in Cresbard, S.D., from LCMS South Dakota District President Rev. Scott Sailer, right, on “Call Day” (April 26) at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Holding the umbrella is Sailer’s wife, Sarah. The LCMS Council of Presidents placed 116 pastoral candidates and assigned 85 vicars throughout the Synod when it met April 22-25 in Fort Wayne, Ind. (Sid Hastings/Concordia Seminary, St. Louis)

‘Boards and Business’ — Council of Presidents

At its April 22-25 meeting, the council hears reports and conducts business including the placement of pastoral candidates and assignment of vicars throughout the Synod.

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The Rev. Brian Bucklew and his family enjoy some much-needed time at Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Fla., as part of the disaster-victim respite care offered by LCMS Disaster Response and the LCMS Florida-Georgia District. A May 10, 2015, tornado destroyed the church building and parsonage of Zion Lutheran Church in Delmont, S.D. — one of two congregations where he is pastor. (Jennifer Bucklew)

Partnership provides respite after disasters

LCMS Disaster Response and the Florida-Georgia District work together to provide respite, counseling and aftercare for pastors and their families following catastrophic events.

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Roger Drinnon, LCMS director of Editorial Services and Media Relations, will address the topic May 17 on Worldwide KFUO radio.

KFUO program addresses religious freedom in the military

KFUO moderator Kip Allen interviews Roger Drinnon (pictured) on the topic May 17 on Worldwide KFUO radio.

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Prayers, generosity enable LCMS mercy efforts after 2017 storms

Spring 2017 flooding in Missouri and tornadoes in Texas are only part of a string of destructive calamities straining available disaster-response resources.

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An exterior view of the new disaster-response/mercy center on the outskirts of Santiago.

Photo essay: One Foundation

A new addition to a multi-use building in Santiago, Dominican Republic, will now house a regional disaster-response/mercy center.

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Lutheran Housing Support, partners break ground for more College Hill homes

Four new homes for the historic St. Louis neighborhood are part of an LCMS National Housing Support Corporation initiative.

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