Maggie Karner discusses need for Mercy Medical Team volunteers

Maggie Karner, Director of the LCMS Life and Health Ministries, talks about the need for volunteers for the Mercy Medical Teams in 2014. She discusses service opportunities for medical professionals and laity overseas in this program. The geographical areas of service and how the program assists LCMS missionaries and partner churches on the field were also explained.

Pressure Points (January 2014)

In this month’s “Pressure Points,” Dr. Bruce Hartung suggests ways to end an addiction to Internet pornography.

Pressure Points (December 2013)

Here’s some advice for pastors who “walk closely” with their congregation members and feel increasingly down and “edgy.”

Great Expectations Newsletter – December 2013

In this issue from LCMS’ Office of National Mission, you are provided insight into how society is changing the definition of traditional grandparent-grandchildren relationships. As these changes evolve over time, a few suggestions are listed as to how churches can help its elderly members build and strengthen healthy grandparent and grandchildren Christian relationships.

A Light in the Darkness-Typhoon Haiyan Relief

See the effects of a devastating typhoon in Leyte province, Philippines, and watch how the LCMS responds with witness, mercy and life together.

A meditation for Epiphany

The Rev. Will Weedon, LCMS director of Worship and LCMS International Center chaplain, offers a meditation for Epiphany from Is. 60:1-6, Eph. 2:1-12 and Matt. 2:1-12.

A meditation for Christmas Eve

The Rev. Will Weedon, LCMS director of Worship and LCMS International Center chaplain, offers a meditation for Christmas Eve.

A meditation on John 1:1–14, the Gospel for Christmas Day

The Rev. Will Weedon, LCMS director of Worship and LCMS International Center chaplain, offers a meditation for Christmas Day.

CPH website features Christmas gifts

The Concordia Publishing House website features more than 80 gift items, including jewelry, ornaments, cards, mugs, books, nativity sets, keyrings, picture frames, cookie cutters and craft sets.

Parish Nurse Newsletter – Fall 2013

In this issue you will find items written by parish nurses and others that share ideas and resources for promoting health of body and soul in congregations and communities. You will also find stories of how parish nurses are serving in congregations, in the community and in the world, during times of calm and times of disaster. Lastly, you will find updates and overviews of various conferences and activities of interest to parish nurses.

StewardCast Newsletter – December 2013

In this issue from LCMS’ Stewardship Ministry, insight is provided into how stewardship fits into this season of Christmas and the incarnation of Jesus Christ that first Christmas night.

Reaching Rural America for Christ Newsletter – December 2013

In this issue from LCMS’ Rural & Small Town Mission (RSTM), you are provided highlights from the 2013 National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference held Oct. 31 – Nov. 2.

Great Expectations Newsletter – November 2013

In this issue from LCMS’ Office of National Mission, you are provided insight into how older people, just like all people, struggle with depression and, in turn, cry out to Jesus Christ as they walk through difficult times. Some suggestions are given as to how churches can help its elderly members cope with depression and the blues.

The Kalends for Christmas

The following were anciently read on Christmas Day in the Daily Office, but they may also serve as an introduction to the Divine Service on Christmas Day, read by the pastor from the entrance to the nave and leading directly into “O Come All Ye Faithful” as the processional hymn.

Typhoon Haiyan: A report from the Philippines

The Rev. Ross Johnson, director of LCMS Disaster Response, provides a report from the Philippines as the church provides immediate relief and begins planning to assist with the long-term recovery.

Typhoon Haiyan Update: Report from the Field

The Rev. Glenn Merritt, director of LCMS Disaster Response, reports from Tacloban City, the Philippines, that conditions remain dire 10 days after one of the strongest storms in recorded history tore through the island nation. Listen to his stark report which Merritt was able to make upon finding a clear cell signal while on his search for fuel for the vehicle carrying the LCMS relief-assessment team.