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The Lutheran Hope Center Helps to Build Hope in Ferguson

Rev. Nathan Ruback (Grace Chapel) and Rev. Adam Filipek (Salem Blackjack) stand beside Michael McMillan, President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis at a press conference.

On March 14, the Urban League of St. Louis revealed the final renderings of the Community Empowerment Center of Ferguson, to which The Lutheran Hope Center – Ferguson is a partner.
  Read more . . .


Messiah Lutheran Boys Win State Basketball Championship

The Messiah Lutheran School varsity 7th and 8th grade boys basketball team recently won the Lutheran Sports Association of Missouri State Basketball Championship in a 38-33 victory. The team, coached by A.J. Cluck, now advances to the Lutheran Basketball Association of America National Tournament in Valparaiso, Ind. on March 18. The Messiah Lutheran School Lions are recognized as the top Lutheran boys basketball team in the state of Missouri.  Read more . . .


Faith Legacy Memories
Submitted by: Jennifer Freudenburg, Project Manager for the Concordia Center for the Family
Located on the campus of Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI

Each of us has so many memories of our own personal family life growing up. Some of those memories may be sweet ones and treasured, some may have been painful, some are inconsequential, and some of the memories have been life changing.

What are the family faith memories you have from your childhood and what are you are leaving as a legacy for your children? What will the children remember from your home about how the faith was shared? These are the life changing memories – either for the good or the bad. We all want our children to remember us, and have good memories about things growing up, but how are we doing at leaving a faith legacy of memories? This is the Biblical mandate found in Deut. 6:4-9…we are to impress God's love, knowledge and will on our children's hearts. This is not just a nice thing to do, but it is commanded by God! Here is where your story begins. May it be a story of faith. Why not start TODAY with just one new faith related memory! Just take one step! Read more . . .


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
Registration deadline is this upcoming Monday, March 21.

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!

CLICK HERE to register now!

Seminary's Pro Musica Sacra choir performs in St. Louis
Post-Easter concert includes choirs from Florissant, St. Charles

In a special post-Easter concert, the Pro Musica Sacra choir of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis will join with choirs from St. Louis-area congregations for a free performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3, in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus. Read more . . .

Lutheran Day at Busch Stadium is April 17!

Join us at 1:15 p.m. on April 17 for Lutheran Day at Busch Stadium! See the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Cincinnati Reds while sitting with the Lutheran community and supporting Lutheran North and Lutheran South. Tickets are $30 each, with a face value of $58. The first 30,000 fans 16 and older receive an adult replica Yadier Molina home white jersey. All kids, ages 15 and younger, will receive a free ticket voucher valid for select 2016 home games. Purchase your tickets

Lutheran Singles Ministry Retreat
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.

VBS at St. Trinity

St. Trinity, St Louis like to invite you join us for a VBS FunShop to introduce you to Expedition Norway (an intentionally cross-cultural themed VBS) on Saturday, April 9th at St. Trinity from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. You can register online at www.group.com/vbsfunshop.

Click HERE for the informational flyer, or you can contact Heidi Lewis at 901-493-6514 or HeidiNLewis@gmail.com to learn more.

Engaging Millennials, Encouraging Leadership
Presented by Send Me St. Louis amd Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis

Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Time: 9 am-11:30 am
Location: Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens
8749 Watson Rd.
Webster Groves, MO 63119
Register Today at: www.SendMeStLouis.org

Description:Send Me St. Louis and Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis are excited to offer a workshop led by Kay Edwards, author of a new research report examining Millennials and the Church. Learn about:

  • The spirituality, faith, and worship practices of Millennials
  • How to effectively engage them in both ministry and leadership

*This Training is PERFECT for: Pastors, Elders, Congregation Presidents, Stewardship Chairs, Social Ministry Coordinators, and other Lay or Staff Leadership.

Presenter Info: Kay Edwards, author of Engaging Millennials in Ministry (underwritten by the Siebert Lutheran Foundation and Kern Family Foundation) is founder and CEO of Outsight Network.

CLICK HERE for informational flyer.

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 www.cune.edu/heartlandDCE 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.

District and Church Events
          ( Missouri District Junior High Spring Retreat Go and Be Reconciled: What Does This Mean?,
          and  National Youth Gathering 
Installations and Ordinations
Personnel Changes and Calling Congregations
LCMS Missouri District News             
              (Send Me St. Louis Announces Winter/Spring Training Schedule)