Great Expectations Newsletter – May 2014

In this issue from LCMS’ Office of National Mission, the importance of supporting those adult children who are raising their own children, and at the same time, parenting their elderly parents, is discussed. Some ways a congregation can minister to and help these individuals are outlined and explained.

StewardCast Newsletter – June 2014

In this issue from LCMS’ Stewardship Ministry, insight is provided into the importance of ordinary stewardship – taking care of what God daily provides – in the lives of congregation members. When the elements of ordinary lives are used daily to be stewards of the love God gives, then God is able to do extraordinary things through these individuals, in their lives and in their community.

Pressure Points (June 2014)

The Rev. Dr. Bruce Hartung discusses how congregations can be welcoming and supportive to new church workers.

Reaching Rural America for Christ Newsletter – June 2014

In this issue from LCMS’ Rural & Small Town Mission (RSTM), information is shared as to the vocation of being a parish nurse and the profound impacts parish nurses have on congregations. In addition, general information about the ongoing Engaging Your Community (EYC) events and free monthly webinars is communicated.

Movie review: ‘Godzilla’

In “Godzilla,” “viewers of every stripe will have an opportunity to ask where they place their trust — in God, in man or in nature?” writes reviewer Rev. Ted Giese.

LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission: Engaging Your Community (KFUO interview with Rev. Todd Kollbaum)

Rev. Todd Kollbaum discusses how rural and small town churches can engage their communities.

StewardCast Newsletter – May 2014

In this issue from LCMS’ Stewardship Ministry, insight is provided into the differences between volunteerism and stewardship. What these differences mean for the local congregation as it strives to build faithful stewards in Christ are also provided.

Movie review: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’

The new film is a great analogy of David and Goliath, minus one key element, writes reviewer Rev. Ted Giese.

Great Expectations Newsletter – April 2014

In this issue from LCMS’ Office of National Mission, the topic of helping versus enabling older adults in their spiritual lives is discussed. Some ways a congregation can handle the fine line between these two concepts — and, at the same time, equip older adults in a congregation to better care for themselves spiritually — are outlined and explained.

Reaching Rural America for Christ Newsletter – May 2014

In this issue from LCMS’ Rural & Small Town Mission (RSTM), a few community engagement examples that rural and small-town congregations are using across the country are provided. In addition, general information about the ongoing Engaging Your Community (EYC) events and free monthly webinars is communicated.

LCMS Disaster Response reaches out following storms in central, southern United States

LCMS Disaster Response is reaching out with mercy to help LCMS congregations in Arkansas and Mississippi as they help their members and neighbors affected by the April 27-28 tornadoes that killed at least 30 people and shattered dozens of homes and businesses across the central and southern United States.

Movie review: ‘Heaven is for Real’

The new movie is ‘heartwarming’ but lacks ‘a heavenly roadmap,’ writes reviewer Rev. Ted Giese.

Pressure Points (May 2014)

The Rev. Dr. Bruce Hartung discusses the issue of computer use by pastors: how much is too much?

Exsultet and the Preface for the Great Vigil of Easter

Learn how to chant the Exsultet and the Preface for the Great Vigil of Easter! Listen here to Pr. Sean Daenzer as he chants it for you.

CPH to release new devotional for parents

“Blessings and Prayers for Parents,” to be released June 2, may be pre-ordered from Concordia Publishing House.

StewardCast Newsletter – April 2014

In this issue from LCMS’ Stewardship Ministry, insight is provided into the importance of “preparing the soil for a stewardship harvest” within congregations. This preparation starts with Word of God and is based on the work of the Holy Spirit. With both of these tools to call upon, faithful stewardship in congregations will be given from the Lord.