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What's the Need? Pastors and commissioned ministers struggle with personal and/or professional challenges from time to time. Being in ministry often means bearing others' burdens, and sometimes facing daily challenges feeling isolated and alone. When President Hagan came to office he had a desire that our Missouri District would develop a team of caring individuals who would be in place to support professional church workers and their families. The five-person "Church Worker Care Team" is now in place and they are here to listen and care, allowing for individuals to share the burdens that are heavy on the heart. Other Missouri District colleagues will be identified and recruited for the Church Worker Care Team as the need presents itself. Read more . . .
Love Multiplied
Taken from the March 2016 Rural & Small Town Mission Newsletter
By the Rev. Jacob T. Mueller, Pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Emma, MO

December 1, 2014, was a typical Monday. That first Monday in Advent was a calm day in Emma — until sirens broke the calm. A house caught fire midmorning, shortly after the family had left for work and school. The building was saved, but everything inside was a total loss. That evening, our congregation's LWML group held its annual Christmas party. We were quickly able to figure out who lived in the house which had burned. The home was occupied by Analise, a single mother with four small children. It turns out that just six weeks earlier we had visited them while doing door-to-door surveys with Ongoing Ambassadors for Christ. We had a connection; how could we help? Read more . . .

Join Us At The Walther Round Table
Friends of Walther are cordially invited to attend this year's Walther Round Table on Wednesday, April 13. We will be observing the anniversaries of three occurrences which had much significance for C. F. W. Walther and the Missouri Synod: the Altenburg Debate (1841); C. D. F. Wyneken's Not der deutschen Lutheraner in Nordamerika [Distress of the German Lutherans in North America] (1841, often called his Notruf); and the beginning of the General Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of North America (1866).

Click here for a Walther Round Table schedule showing topics and times. The program will be in the Conference Room at Concordia Historical Institute (CHI).

Please contact CHI no later than Monday, April 11. Like last year, there will be a free will offering at the meal. We hope that you can attend and be enriched by this year's program. If you have questions, please contact CHI at 314-505-7900, or Thomas Manteufel at 314-505-7135

Announcements/Other News

Upcoming Missouri District Event in conjunction with Ambassadors of Reconciliation
We are pleased to announce that the Missouri District will be hosting a new training course from Ambassadors of Reconciliation on April 16 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wentzville. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Elder's Training Conference
Join us down at the Lake for the 2016 Elders Retreat at Heit's Point, May 13-14, 2016.
The retreat with the theme "Pastors & Elders as Partners" is designed to strengthen the bond between pastors and elders through Bible study, presentations and discussions. The retreat will also focus heavily on "Healthy Servants." Pastors and elders will leave with practical applications for their work together.

Weekend Facilitators are:  

President Lee Hagan    Rev. Gene Wyssmann,

                                                        Missouri District Assistant
                                                        to the President Family Life & Youth,
                                                        Congregational Health

You can register by calling 660-668-2363 or CLICK HERE to download the flyer/registration form.

Missouri District Lutheran Jr High Retreat
The Missouri District Lutheran Jr High Retreat is returning this spring around the theme, "Delivered," focused on the Lord's Prayer.

Our presenter & worship leader is Rev. Jeffrey Meinz, who grew up in Farmington, Missouri. He has served at Walcamp Outdoor Ministries in Kingston, Illinois and as Director of Youth and Family Ministry at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He became a pastor in 2014 and continues to serve at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Jeffrey has spoken to numerous youth gatherings and events. His humorous messages serve as the foundation for God's truth, the Bible.
And……The Relentless Project is returning to provide our music!

Registration deadline is March 21. CLICK HERE to register now!

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 18 at 7 pm. Read more...

On Palm Sunday, March 20, the Concert Band from Concordia University--St. Paul will be enhancing the worship services at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Chesterfield. This 38-musician band, along with Lord of Life's Martin Ott pipe organ, will make this festival Sunday a true celebration. Services are at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

Lutheran Singles Ministry Retre

April 8-10, 2016
Saint Paul Lutheran High School in Concordia, MO Hosted by: Saint Paul Lutheran High School & Lutheran Singles Ministry Planning Committee
Click HERE for brochure/registration form.

2016 Heartland DCE Conference
DCEs and other parish professionals who are interested in enhancing the intentionality and effectiveness of Christian education in the church are invited to attend the 2016 Heartland DCE Conference at Concordia University, Nebraska from May 19-21. Keynote speakers include Dr. Thom Rainer, Thom and Joani Schultz and Dr. Phil Schwadel. Registration is $100. Go to for more information.

2016 LWML Missouri District Convention

Dates: June 3-5, 2016
Location: Osage Center, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Theme: God's Love Spans the Centuries, based on Matthew 28:20b
"And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
CLICK HERE for more information.

Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church in St Peters has 25+ black choir robes and 25+ two-sided stoles (red/purple and teal/white). The robes are used and in fair-good condition. The stoles were hand-made by one of our members years ago and still beautiful. If interested please contact Bev in the church office, 636-928-5885 or

District and Church Events
          ( Missouri District Junior High Spring Retreat,   Go and Be Reconciled: What Does This Mean?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)