Concordia University System Chronicle – February 2014

In this issue, information about Concordia Sunday, April 27, is shared. In addition, a brief summary of the new book Concordia on the Move, written by The Rev. Dr. David Zersen, is provided. These articles are just some of the great information contained in this February issue.

March 1 is order deadline for ‘Armed Forces Sunday’

Resources are available to help congregations celebrate the special Sunday on May 18.

New resources available for Lent

Concordia Publishing House, Lutheran Hour Ministries and the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League are offering new Lenten resources for 2014.

Commentary: Black History Month — a look back, forward

How did the LCMS begin its black ministry, and what lies ahead? The Rev. Dr. Roosevelt Gray Jr. shares his insights.

Pressure Points (February 2014)

Pastors with “compassion fatigue” — here’s help.

Feeding the hungry at Antsirabe blind school

See photographs from the Antsirabe blind school on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Madagascar. LCMS President Matthew C. Harrison visited the school, which was the recipient of an LCMS emergency grant after the Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, LCMS Director of Church Relations, learned that the children were malnourished due to budget cuts from European partners when he toured the school last October.

President Harrison visits Madagascar

See photographs of LCMS President Matthew C. Harrison as he visits a Lutheran church near Antsirabe, Madagascar, on Feb. 5, 2014. Harrison addressed the opening of the Fiangonana Loterana Malagasy synodical convention.

Seminary dedication in Ghana

See photographs from the dedication of the Lutheran Theological Seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Greater Accra, Ghana. LCMS President Rev. Dr . Matthew C. Harrison and ELGC Bishop Paul Fynn lead the ceremony. Photographs by Erik M. Lunsford, staff photojournalist in LCMS Communications.

Feast of the Purification of Mary

Pastors, this is one of the feasts that (sadly!) tends to be mostly observed only when it falls on Sunday, as it does this year. That means that many are tempted to speak the unfamiliar Proper Preface. If you’d like a little practice learning to sing it, listen here to Pr. Sean Daenzer as he sings it for you.

Touring the Old Latin School in Wittenberg, Germany

Members of the International Lutheran Society of Wittenberg meet at the Luther Hotel in Wittenberg, Germany, tour the reconstruction work at the Old Latin School in the city center, and visit the Luther House. Photographs by Erik M. Lunford, staff photojournalist at the LCMS.

Lutherans Walk for Life in San Francisco

LCMS Life Ministries stands up for life in the Walk for Life West Coast on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in San Francisco.

LCMS Life Ministries participates in Walk for Life West Coast

LCMS Life Ministries will participate in the Walk for Life West Coast on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in San Francisco.

LCMS Life Ministries reaches end of frigid 2014 March for Life

Dozens of Lutherans join LCMS Life Ministries in standing up for life Jan. 22, 2014, at the 2014 March for Life, reaching the event’s ending point, the U.S. Supreme Court, where justices 41 years ago made abortion legal in Roe v. Wade.

LCMS Life Ministries braves the cold for March for Life

It was bitterly cold in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 22, 2014, the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, but the frigid temperatures didn’t stop dozens of LCMS Lutherans from participating in the annual March for Life.

‘Hope’ reason for March for Life

The Rev. Christopher Esget told those attending the pre-March for Life LCMS Divine Service of worship on Jan. 22, 2014, that “hope” was the reason Lutherans participate in the annual march that marks the court decision legalizing abortion.

Lutheran students take bus to March for Life

Dozens of Lutheran students ride buses from Muncie, Ind., to Washington, D.C., to stand up for the sanctity of life at the 41st March for Life.