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Our Redeemer, Kansas City

Making disciples of all nations is exactly what the Lord is doing at Our Redeemer in Kansas City. He has called and gathered His own from three continents to worship at Our Redeemer. Associate Pastor Vicente Sanchez leads the Hispanic worshippers, Seminarian Shad Deah leads the African members, while Pastor Zerkel leads the English as well as the neighborhood afternoon services. 
Read more . . .



Beyond the Voting Booth

Tim Goeglein, Vice-President for External Relations with Focus on the Family, and Pastor Matthew C. Harrison, President of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, presented the sixth Village Lutheran Lecture on Christianity and Culture at Village Lutheran Church of Ladue on April 30. Under the theme "Beyond the Voting Booth," they encouraged Christians to remain faithfully engaged in the political sphere.

In addition to more than 200 in attendance, hundreds more viewed the live-stream of the lecture on the Synod's Facebook page. The archived footage on the Facebook page has been viewed by more than 10,000. A video of the entire lecture will be available by the end of May at villagelectures.com.


She Doesn't Know How To Pray!

Submitted by Jennifer Freudenburg
Project Manager for the Concordia Center for the Family
Photo: Alyssa Peterson, Age 4 and her mother Kristyn 

When I was in grade school, I can remember when one of my friends, Martha, had a sleep over at my house. We were whispering in my bedroom late at night and I said to her in our conversation, "I just don't know how to pray." We talked for a while about this and then went on to another topic (probably boys or cheerleading). A few days later during the discussion in religion class, Martha raised her hand and said "Jennifer said she doesn't know how to pray!" I could have died. I wanted to hide under my desk and the tears were threatening to overflow. How dare she share a deep dark secret of mine with my peers?  Read more . . .


  • 127 homeless individuals served between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015
  • 89 children placed in housing
  • 40 children under the age of 5
  • 100% of school-age children being served graduated to next grade level

This is the work of Humanitri, a Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, in St. Louis. Learn more about our work and how you can be involved at humanitri.com.


Announcements/Other News

Encourage and Equip (E2) Conferences
The Missouri District will be offering five conferences this fall to support our congregations and lay leaders. The purpose of the conferences will be to encourage, equip and connect volunteers in our congregations through presentations, partnerships and networking. The topics will cover everything from youth ministry and Sunday School to finances and elders. More details will be forthcoming! For now, mark your calendars and plan to attend a conference near you.
  • Saturday, September 17 Saxony Lutheran High School in Jackson
  • Saturday, September 24 Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wentzille
  • Saturday, October 1 Alive in Christ Lutheran Church in Columbia
  • Saturday, October 8 Timothy Lutheran Church in Blue Springs (North Campus)
  • Saturday, November 12 Faith Lutheran Church in Springfield

Elder's Training Conference

The Elder's Training Conference is this weekend at Heit's Point, May 13-14. 
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

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.

LCMS Young Adult ministry is hosting a servant event in St. Louis June 2-5, 2016. The event begins with registration and dinner on Thursday evening at St. Trinity Lutheran Church and concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday. Young adults will work with Extreme Faith/St. Trinity and the Christian Friends of New Americans, and participants will clean, assist with facility improvement and help the organizations prepare for their respective summer ministries.

The cost is $60 per person, which includes food, a T-shirt and housing at St. Trinity. CLICK HERE 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.

Lutheran Singles Association
For Single Adults: A weekend of food, fellowship, & fun!
Lutherans Singles Association is holding their biennial Conference at Bethel Lutheran Church, in Morton, IL on June 24-26. The keynote speaker is Author and Speaker Chad Bird. Cost is $90 for the entire conference (includes, snacks Friday, lunch Saturday, dinner/theatre Saturday evening and program costs, does not include sleeping rooms). Daily rates are Friday $20, Saturday day $40, Saturday evening $30.00. Dinner Saturday is at the Pizza Ranch Buffet and Theatre is Corn Stock Theater, Peoria, IL where we will see a live performance of Cheaper by the Dozen. Come and meet single adults from all over the country. Flyer can be downloaded at our Facebook page, or email: president@lsalcms.org.

District and Church Events 
          ( Elder's Training Conference and  National Youth Gathering) 
Installations and Ordinations
Personnel Changes and Calling Congregations
LCMS Missouri District News