Coronavirus News

In difficult times, Synod boards continue work

The LCMS Boards for International and National Mission held online meetings on May 29 and June 5, respectively.

New ‘Making Disciples for Life’ Bible studies to address wide range of topics

The Bible studies are particularly suited to the difficulties of COVID-19.

Shutdowns offer LCMS schools new opportunities to serve

Among other efforts, LCMS schools assisted by making and delivering face shields; collecting food, cash and other supplies; and providing temporary educational solutions for those far from home.

CTCR releases Addendum to ‘Communion and Covid-19’ opinion

The Addendum is titled, “One little word can fell him: Ten reasons to question whether ‘online Communion’ is ‘truly good, right and salutary.’”

LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission webinar: ‘Domestic Violence and Its Impact on Ministry’

Hosted by LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission, Deaconess Dr. Kim Schave presents a free webinar titled “Domestic Violence and Its Impact on Ministry.”

Campus clips – Coronavirus, commencements and more

News from LCMS colleges, universities and seminaries.

June/July ‘Witness’: Walking by faith during COVID-19

The issue begins to ask questions about what the church has learned about how it can continue to witness during government shutdowns.

Soldiers of the Cross—Amplified grants aid rostered and non-rostered church workers

The Synod’s long-time Soldiers of the Cross grant assistance program has been “amplified” so that not only those workers who are on the Synod’s roster, but also lay workers in LCMS churches, schools and organizations, may apply for assistance. 

Encouragement and resources for reopening churches

LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison encourages and suggests resources for congregations as they begin or plan for resuming in-person worship.

BOD adopts first-quarter budget for FY21

Due to near-term COVID-related challenges, the Board in April had endorsed a proposal from the Operations Team to prepare spending forecasts through the end of the current fiscal year and abbreviated budget proposals for just the first quarter of the next.  

From the mission field – Coronavirus awareness in Madagascar

The Malagasy Lutheran Church requested and received support from the LCMS to help spread awareness about the COVID-19 virus.

COVID-19 and the church: A different phase and a different response

As governors, mayors and councilmen provide guidelines to meet the impact of COVID-19 within their jurisdictions, heightened concerns about government overreach and infringement of constitutional rights are being raised in many sectors of society.

LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission webinar: ‘Ministry in the Epicenter of the Coronavirus Pandemic’

Hosted by LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission, the Rev. Dr. E. Johnson Rethinasamy presents a free webinar titled “Ministry in the Epicenter of the Coronavirus Pandemic.”

Religious liberty during reopening

Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, addresses the church regarding the changing situations as states and communities face reopening.

Letter to the U.S. Attorney General in defense of religious liberties

LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison wrote a letter to the U.S. Attorney General in defense of religious liberties.

Seminaries hold online-only Call Day services

The two LCMS seminaries held virtual Call Day services on April 28 (CSL) and April 29 (CTSFW) due to COVID-19 restrictions, issuing a total of 189 calls and assignments as thousands of people watched online from around the globe.