Interview with Rev. Heath Curtis, coordinator, LCMS Stewardship Ministry

Rev. Heath Curtis, coordinator for LCMS Stewardship Ministry, discusses the Stewardship Ministry, its redesigned website (www.lcms.org/stewardship) and the resources available to pastors and congregations during an interview on KFUO-AM.

2014-15 ‘Chapel Talks’ now available

Emphasizing the catechism, this edition is suitable for school-wide devotions, midweek classes, Sunday schools and congregation- or school-staff devotions.

New stewardship resources available online

The resources include short essays, Bible studies, sermon and pastoral aids, tips, how-tos, bulletin inserts and newsletter articles.

SPM educational event, retreat set for October

“Lutheran Pastoral Care in Pluralistic Contexts,” for those involved in specialized pastoral ministries, is planned for Oct. 28-30 in St. Louis.

Movie review: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

Though not God-motivated, the film stresses the need to care for one’s “neighbor.”

Parish Nurse Newsletter – Summer 2014

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.

Stewardship Resources – August 2014

Each month, LCMS’ Stewardship Ministry creates bulletin sentences and newsletter articles that can be included in congregational church bulletins and monthly newsletters, respectively.

StewardCast Newsletter – July 2014

In this issue from LCMS’ Stewardship Ministry, the topic of time stewardship and it being a casualty of the fast-paced society in which we live are discussed. Helping to shape faithful stewards within the congregation must include careful consideration of this important piece of stewardship and the ways to strengthen it in members’ lives.

Youth Ministry revamps ‘youthESource.com’

The website offers Christ-centered resources for those who work with youth in the church — in congregations and beyond.

Reaching Rural America for Christ Newsletter – July 2014

In this issue from LCMS’ Rural & Small Town Mission (RSTM), information is shared as to how this ministry helps congregations revitalize to accomplish the work God has given them to complete. The 2014 RSTM National Conference, scheduled for Nov. 6-8 in Kansas City, Mo., is also discussed. In addition, general information about the ongoing Engaging Your Community (EYC) events and free monthly webinars is communicated.

‘Lutheran Witness’ editor pens CPH book

“Hello, My Name Is Single: How I Learned to Ignore the World’s Expectations and Trust God,” by Adriane Dorr Heins, discusses issues facing those who are unmarried.

Interview with Michael Ritzman, new missionary to Papua New Guinea

Michael Ritzman talks about preparing to serve as a missionary in Papua New Guinea. He is a new missionary who just completed the 2-week new missionary orientation at the International Center in St. Louis. He will serve in this country with his wife and 5 children.

Video: Castillo Fuerte – Mercy in Action

In response to Christ’s death and resurrection, Caitlin Worden and the rest of the Peruvian missionary team are caring for the otherwise neglected children in Castillo Fuerte in the slums of Lima.

Video: ‘Life Together in Community: They Are in the Image of God’

Rev. Steven Schave, director of LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission, explains how this ministry works to boost revitalization efforts and spread the Gospel.

Pastoral Education – June 2014

This issue of Pastoral Education highlights newly instituted changes in the Doctor of Ministry programs at both Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) seminaries. This a wonderful time for parish pastors to investigate the possibility of pursuing a D.Min. degree.

Movie review: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’

Building on the original film’s story of complementary parts making a whole, and how a change of perspective can help, the sequel again focuses on themes of friendship, loyalty and acceptance.