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Mission Mondays: St. Paul's Lutheran-College Hill

The urban ministry of St. Paul's has been growing and evolving with positive outreach into the community.

Step one in doing ministry in the College Hill area was to have a worker of the kingdom live in the parsonage. Help from area congregations has and is helping to make the parsonage livable once again.

Second was obtaining a worker. Vicar James Kirschenmann and his wife Kathie are now living in the parsonage. The Missouri District grant has helped to make this step possible. He graduated this spring and was called to St. Paul's so that this ministry may continue.  Read more . . .

Comfort Dogs Assist Students at St. Paul's

Last week, the Comfort Dogs assisted with the tragedy at St. Paul's Lutheran High School. Jessy (St. Paul's, Concordia, Mo.); Sheba (Washington, Mo.); Esther (Holy Cross, Collinsville, Ill.); Noah (Timothy, St. Louis); Louie and Jackson (Immanuel, Joplin, Mo.) were at St. Paul's to bring comfort to the students grieving the loss of their classmates on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


St. John's Lutheran Church Serving the Community

St. John's Lutheran Church and School hosted their 7th annual open-air neighborhood block party on May 13, to the enjoyment of several thousand attending.

Senior Pastor Jeremy Schultz explains that, "By our hosting this entirely free, family-friendly event, we are provided an opportunity to serve the community by sharing our blessings and celebrating God's love." Associate Pastor, Andy Becker, adds, "It is a fun way to initiate and cultivate relationships with our neighbors." Read more . . .


Rev. Dr. Raymond Schiefelbein Obituary

Rev. Dr. Raymond Schiefelbein was born in May, 1938, in Chicago, Ill., to Lillian (Nyberg) and Walter Schiefelbein. He joined two brothers, Gordon and Richard.

He attended Taft High School, and got his B.A. at Ripon College. He went to work for the AT&T phone company. He married Rona Walters in 1960. They had one daughter, Renee, who is married to Kyle Miller and they have two children, Anaya and Lucas. Read more. . .


High School Youth Invited to Concordia Seminary's Vocatio Visitation Event

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis will host the weeklong visitation event Vocatio for high school youth June 25-30 on campus. The event is a fun opportunity for students entering grades nine through 12 to explore God's calling in their lives and their future vocations through studying theology, learning from Seminary professors and engaging in thoughtful conversation.  Read more . . .


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

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.

Concordia Plan Services Employer Benefit Workshop

Concordia Plan Services (CPS) wants members to be able to focus on what matters most to them – ministry, family, well-being. The Concordia Health Plan (CHP) is able to help them do just that!

We'll be hosting a free workshop in the Missouri District June 29th from 7-9 p.m. Those responsible for making decisions about worker benefits should attend. CLICK HERE for more information.

District and Church Events 
          ( Concordia Plan Services Employer Benefit Workshop National Youth Gathering Missouri District School Administrators' Conference and  Junior High Retreats: Fall 2016 & Spring 2017) 
Installations and Ordinations
Personnel Changes and Calling Congregations
LCMS Missouri District News             



Correction to Gross Out Challenge Date

 The culmination of the Gross Out Challenge, when either Kelsey or I will be doused and covered in the grossest stuff imaginable, think sardines and mushroom soup with real live worms,  will be on SUNDAY, JUNE 5 after the  11AM service  (so somewhere close to noon)!!! 
Make plans to be there to witness this spectacle of nastiness!

Daily Email: Friday, May 20, 2016

DEVOTION:  John 8:48-59
"Before Abraham Was, I Am"
48 The Jews answered him, "Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?" 49 Jesus answered, "I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50 Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death." 52 The Jews said to him, "Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, 'If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.' 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?" 54 Jesus answered, "If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, 'He is our God.'[a] 55 But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad." 57 So the Jews said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?"[b] 58 Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am." 59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.
Abraham was considered the father of the Israelites.  He started their nation.  So when Jesus said, "Before Abraham was, I am" he was making himself greater than Abraham.  He was blaspheming in their ears and their eyes. 
The truth is that not only did Jesus exist before Abraham, he CREATED Abraham.  He is, was and always will be Abraham's God.  Jesus isn't just a good dude to think about every once in a while.  He isn't just our friend, (although he is definitely our friend.)  He is so much more than just a man who suffered and died.  He is God!  He is the same as the Father.  He is the same as the Holy Spirit. 
When we speak that Athanasian Creed tomorrow and Sunday, it is to remind ourselves and those around us that Jesus is our GOD!!  He is much more than the guy who does good stuff for us.  He is more than the guy who answers our prayers.  He is our maker and redeemer!  He is our EVERYTHING!!  Let's act like it today!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for being my everything.  Help me to honor you for who you truly are today with my words, my love, my forgiveness, and my very life.  Amen.

Fri- Bible study at Hendershots 7pm
Sat-  Men's breakfast 8am; Worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; Worship 11; Gross Out Challenge Day


Acolyte- 8:30- Hailey Blechle   11- Jack Bunge

Ushers- Don Hance, Rich Boeger, Doug Walters, Don Tate

Altar-  Set up- Lucille Luebke; Clean Up- Lynn Russell, and Elaine Schauer

Elders-  Sat- Roy Bohning;  8:30- John Hachtel;  11- Steve Robine
Greeters-  8:30- Dave and Linda Callies;  11- Dan and Lisa Rausch

Lay Readers- Sat- Roy Bohning  8:30- Amber Vossen; 11- Steve Robine

Organist- Rachel Fisher 
Piano- Kathy Barrow

Projectionists:  Sat- Pam Bueltmann; 8:30- George Pezold  11- Luke Rausch

YESTERDAY'S QUIZ   According to Solomon, what is the purpose of his Proverbs?


Here's Pat King's answer:  (Please note that Pat's views and commentary are not necessarily the views and commentary of Pastor Klaustermeier or St. John's Lutheran Church...... but they are pretty stinking funny most of the time.)


Oh! Oh! Oh! I am on a definite roll, because I know this one too!
First off, Proverbs are NOT professional verbs. Nor was Solomon trying to make them such. Really! Mostly because they didn't have 1st round draft choices back then. So, really no point in trying to turn verbs professionals.
Nor were they just written so Solomon could whine, whine, whine about everything under the sun. He saved that for Ecclesiastes. No, Proverbs were supposed to teach people how to understand wise sayings, be wise themselves, and to be disciplined and discreet. All this from a dude who ended up with a harem consisting of over 1000 women – really discreet there, Sol! – and who royally screwed up his relationship with God. (Maybe he should have gone back, at the end of his life, and read verse 7 of the first chapter of the book.)
Anyway, here's what Proverbs says about their purpose (just in case you don't believe me):

These are the proverbs of Solomon, David's son, king of Israel.
Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline,
to help them understand the insights of the wise.
Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives,
to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
These proverbs will give insight to the simple,
knowledge and discernment to the young.
Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser.
Let those with understanding receive guidance
by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Proverbs 1:1-7
TODAY'S QUIZ: Find a verse in Proverbs where Solomon speaks against adultery.
MEN'S BREAKFAST TOMORROW AT 8AM!  Please RSVP by 6pm tonight!
biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs, fruit 
We will finish our video study of other religions by looking at "New Age" religions, the Unification Church (Moonies), and Scientology (L. Ron Hubbard, Tom Cruise)
You may have noticed the big red dumpster on the parking lot.  That is for you to dump your used paper!!
Any kind and color of paper is acceptable.  No cardboard. 
Church will get money per pound.
If you want to see Kelsey or Pastor covered in all sorts of gross stuff, get your money in the jugs by this Sunday!!  Whoever gets the most money in their jug will get dumped on.  So get that money into Kelsey's jug asap!!
Place your order online at www.tributetoveteransmemorial.org  or get an application from the office.

We have been blessed beyond measure in the United States haven't we?  I want you to join me in making a global difference by releasing children from poverty through Christian education.


Instead of taking a week off and joining my fellow Lead a Child bikers who are riding the Fault Line across four states this year,  I have decided to go solo and bike 1,000 miles locally and while on vacation by August 1 to raise funds for LeadaChild. Would you sponsor me so that I can raise funds to support this most worthy organization?  In my opinion, there is no more worthy organization to support than LeadaChild!


LeadaChild  provides educational assistance to over 26,000 children and shares the love of Jesus Christ with the students and their families! LeadaChild supports the poorest of the poor children through Christian education in the following countries:

Guatemala                    Chad                       Honduras               Palestine               Haiti             Uganda

Gambia                          Ivory Coast            El Salvador            Nigeria                   Panama       Nicaragua

Burma                            Ghana                     Chile                       Venezuela             Bolivia         Mexico

Liberia                            Uruguay                Sri Lanka                India                       Guinea        Sierra Leone   

Bangladesh                   Cambodia              South Africa         Togo                       Thailand

 These students need your help to find a way out of poverty through Christian education and learn of the hope of Christ our Savior.


Please fill out your information below and send it with your check or donate online through the LeadaChild website: http://www.leadachild.org/bike


Every dollar makes a difference. Please give generously.  Please remember all of the riders in your prayers!  Thank you much for your support!


Biking For Kids Together,

Pastor Jeremy Klaustermeier


LeadaChild  is a 501 C-3 non-profit organization and is a Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

Order some Avon "Skin So Soft"  from Little Lambs to help them raise money for new playground equipment!  Call Karin at 314-691-7283 to place your order!
Remember this is for the poor and needy children of our community and county that often receive two breakfast and lunch at school, and have very little or no food at home.
For JIM HUSTER who remains hospitalized with pneumonia and heart rate difficulties.
For CARA KLAUSTERMEIER as she recovers from minor surgery yesterday to remove the bar from her chest.
For the HEITGERD FAMILY at the death of Donna's son and Scott's brother David.  Funeral is this morning at 10am.
For OUR CONGREGATION, that monetary giving would increase so that we can afford the ministries that we are currently doing and can increase in the ministries that are needed.
 For CHERYL, a cousin of Tony and Sandra Perricone, who is going through breast cancer treatment right now. 
For DENISE SCHLESSELMANN as she finishes up her current mission work in the Czech Republic and makes her decisions for her future.

FW: Wellness Luncheon

Attached is an information flyer for the next Wellness Luncheon at the Health Center.  Check it out!