Prayers for Marilyn Foster

 Please pray for Marilyn as she undergoes cataract surgery tomorrow, that surgery would be successful and recovery quick and without complication. 

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The Missouri District is very excited about our new additional efforts to communicate with you. In addition to our current website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn communications, we are expanding to include the following:
  • Weekly Voice of Missouri e-newsletter (The Voice of Missouri will no longer be a quarterly, printed and mailed newspaper)
  • Monthly extended printable version of the Voice of Missouri e-newsletter
  • Monthly District Newsnotes (important Missouri District wide related news/announcements and events) that will be sent to church offices to be placed in the church's newsletters/bulletins and/or website.
This is the third edition of the new weekly Voice of Missouri e-newsletter. It will be e-mailed weekly on a Friday. We hope you enjoy it!

Timothy Lutheran, St. Louis Baptizes Six

On Sunday, Jan. 11 Timothy Lutheran Church, St. Louis baptized six members; one adult, an infant and four elementary school children. 
St. Louis Lutheran Schools to Host Open Houses, Celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week

Lutheran schools throughout the St. Louis Metro Area will begin National Lutheran Schools Week (Jan. 24-31, 2016) with a special Lutheran "All Schools" Open House event Sunday, Jan. 24, from 1-3 p.m., at their respective campuses. The participating schools are members of the St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA). Read more . . .
Missouri District Luthean Youth Fellowship (LYF) Team

The Missouri District Lutheran Youth Fellowship (LYF) Team gives high school youth, who are members of LCMS churches in our District, the opportunity to grow in their service to the church and in their leadership in youth ministry. Each year, we bring four new young people on board as our seniors leave us to step into the future God has planned for them. These four new young people must currently be in their freshman year of high school. You are invited to nominate a young person from your congregation to serve in this important capacity. Read more . . . 
Nomination forms and three letters of reference are due to Sue Stiegemeyer no later than May 1st 2016. Click here to download the nomination form. You may e-mail them to Sue at: ; or you may mail them to her at: Sue Stiegemeyer, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 223 West Adams, Jackson, MO 63755.

If you have any questions about the nomination process, you may contact Sue at the e-mail above, or call her at 573-243-2236.
Submitted by Jennifer Freudenburg, Project Manager for The Concordia Center for the Family Institute on the Ann Arbor Campus of Concordia University

Recently, as I entered a Target store, I began walking down the aisle passing the young girls section. I stopped dead in my tracks. I started laughing at what I was seeing. There were a number of racks of young girls swimming suits next to racks of snow suits.

Opposites – one set of clothing for very warm weather and one set of clothing for very cold weather – next to each other. I don't know if anyone else thought this was a little peculiar, but it stuck a cord with me.

My analogy? This depicts the emotional state of most pre-teen's. Their body is in flux, their emotions are spiraling up and down, and their value system is being challenged. Sometimes they feel opposites all at once. Do I wear a swim suit or a snow suit? Do I want to feel and act grown-up or do I just want to sit on Mom or Dad's lap and be cuddled? I want to stay calm, but I'm so upset and confused. Opposites!  Read more . . .

The Lutheran Women's Missionary League of the Missouri District's 24th Biennial Convention will be held June 3-5 in Cape Girardeau, Mo.  The theme for this convention is "God's Love Spans the Centuries". Click here for additional information and to register to attend.
Announcements/Other News

Bringing Faith to life in living color through live painting performances is the original goal of Mike Lewis, The Jesus Painter, whose organization will be sharing his gifts and talents at a live performance at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Washington on Friday, March 18th at 7 PM. Read more . . .

District and Church Events
          ( Peer Ministry Training for High School Students, Missouri District Junior High Spring Retreat, National Youth Gathering and
           RSTM: Engaging Your Community Event)

Installations and Ordinations
Personnel Changes and Calling Congregations
LCMS Missouri District News             
              (Send Me St. Louis Announces Winter/Spring Training Schedule)