The Missouri District hosted an orientation for six vicars and one Deaconess Intern. These students, from both seminaries, are serving their one year internships in Missouri. The orientation included conversation with President Hagan, Rev. Bill Geis and Casey Carlson from the district staff and a tour of a different settings in St. Louis. The visit to Bethlehem Lutheran Church allowed the students to see unique ways that the congregation is reaching out into their community. Read more. . .
The Missouri District gathered new pastors and families at Saint Paul Lutheran High School in Concordia on September 11-12 for two days of time in the Word, encouragement and conversation. Recent seminary graduates presented on topics such as devotional life, time management and relationships with elders, followed by table discussions. Read more. . .
Friendship Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Chapel
This past Sunday, September 17, was Sunday School Rally Day and Friendship Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Chapel in North County St. Louis. An Outdoor Service was held, followed by a picnic-style meal and fun and games for all! The public was invited to attend and many new faces were in the assembly. The Early Learning Center and Sunday School Children combined to sing after the Children's Message.
Thanks to all who helped make this event a success!
2017 Missouri District Reformation Lectures The Missouri District will celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation by hosting a series of lectures in university settings and sponsored by local congregations and Lutheran campus ministries.
The first lecture will be held on September 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm University of Missouri – Columbia, Ellis Library Auditorium
Dr. Paul Robinson – Professor, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis "Martin Luther and the University"
Rev. William Marler – Professor, Missouri State University, Springfield "Martin Luther: Ten Impact Points Still Stirring in 2017"
CLICK HERE for additional information and details on this lecture and upcoming ones.
Many congregations are turning their attention to our community outreach effort, the Plus One Initiative. Congregations are encouraged to complete a Plus One participation form and either mail it to the district office or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want additional information about Plus One or a copy of the Plus One participation form, go to http://mo.lcms.org/plus-one/.
Eph. 4:24 "put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness."
Cost is $165.00 per person
We are excited to announce the theme and focus for our Senior High District Youth Gathering, which will be November 17-19, 2017at Cross Pointe Retreat Center in Rocky Mount, MO.
Filters change how we view the world and ourselves. The Sr. High Youth Gathering will dig into this theme through interest centers, worship, service, and fellowship as we consider how our lives are transformed by Jesus Christ. Our theme verses come from Ephesians 4 where Paul explores the difference between a life lived in darkness that focuses on selfish desires, and the new life we live as forgiven children of God. How can we "put on the new self" that looks outward and takes action by living out the righteousness of Christ?
This will be a great weekend with youth from all across Missouri to hear interesting topics, breakout sessions (details to come), music with The Homesteaders, group devotions, games, servant events and more!
Plenary Speakers – Dr. Erik Hermann from Concordia Seminary, Dr. Patrick Ferry from Concordia University Wisconsin and Dr. Jon Mielke, Director of Lutheran Schools, Indiana District.
DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MONDAY, OCTOBER 16
For additional general information, details on sectionals, conference schedule and to register, please visit http://mo.lcms.org/events/.
LESA Announces Brew, Food & Music Lineup for 5th Annual "Brew in the Lou"
LESA's 5th Annual"Brew in the Lou"Festival will showcase new brews, aged spirits and home-grown entertainmentwhen it returns to the Lily Pond at Francis Park, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, from 1-5 p.m.
This year's Brew line-up features more than 40 local, regional and national craft breweries and distilleries- one-stop-tasting for St. Louis craft and spirits fans.
New and returning food favorites include Dogtown Pizza(NEW), Fallon's Bar & Grill(NEW), the Stellar Hog, Gobble Stop Smokehouse, Bootleggin' BBQ, the Spotted Pig, Vernon's BBQ, Volpi Foods, Swiss Meats, Mateker's Meat and Catering,Farm to You Market, Old Vienna, Granite City Food & Brewery, Double G Ham, Noodles & Co. (NEW), Anne Cronin's Pretzels (NEW), Kettle Chefs (NEW), Nothing Bundt Cakes, Prairie Farms, Three Avocados Coffee and Ski Soda. Fallon's Bar & Grill and 4 Hands Brewing also will serve as the Official Sponsors of this year's VIP Tent.
St. Louis rockers Nick Bifano & The Innocentswill lead the live music line-up, followed by the Deutschmeister German Brass Band and music by Brew sponsor 103.3 KLOU. This year's festival also includes arts and vendors craft vendors, the ultra-competitive People's Choice Home Brew Competition, and two civilized food fights - the Battle of the Bratwurst and our annual Brew Chili Contest.
Wristbands are $40 advance/$50 day-of-event, and include unlimited tastings and a commemorative glass. For more information or to purchase a wristband, call (314) 200-0797, or visit www.lesastl.org.
Lutheran Older Adult Retreat October 25-26, 2017
"In Christ Alone We Stand"– Redeemed, Reformed, Renewed - Growing in Christ XVII
This year's Lutheran Older Adult Retreat, sponsored by the Southern Ill District and Lutheran Senior Services will apply Reformation themes to your life in the beautiful surroundings of Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton, IL on October 25-26. The retreat features 16 workshops, keynote presenter Rev. Ron Glusenkamp, and excellent presenters including Phyllis Wallace and Dr. Robert Weise. As Redeemed, Reformed and Renewed Christians you will experience how God's enduring and all-encompassing love enables you to live out God's calling in your everyday life. For information and registration information please contact Margo Wolf at 618-622-0264 or email@example.com or go to www.sidlcms.org
Missouri District Pastors' Wives Retreat
Oh the Places You'll Go!
This is your day! There's something quite nice
Heading your way!
A women's retreat
To sign up for!
Food, fellowship, fun
And a whole lot more!
It's set for this fall,
the fourth of November
So, circle the date
to help you remember!
We'll study God's kids,
The Israelite clan—
Their wilderness wand'rings
And God's awesome plan.
You'll come and you'll laugh
You'll come and you'll grow
With this retreat theme:
"Oh, the places you'll go!"
Date: Sat., Nov. 4, 2017, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cost: $10 per person. Location: King of Kings Lutheran Church, Chesterfield, MO.
Humanitri (humanitri.org) In Need of Free or Reduced Labor to develop green-space for inner-city youth and families in North City. Humanitri is seeking concrete excavation and rod-iron fencing at-cost, in-kind, or at a reduced rate.
Project 1: Concrete Excavation and pouring
Break up and remove an aging concrete slab from the ministry's lot The slab is 48' x 30' and is 3" deep.
Pour a small concrete parking lot (10' x 20') for clients on a separate campus lot. Current parking is unlevel dirt/grass.
Project 2: Rod-Iron Fencing - fencing and installation
Install approximately 120 linear feet of rod iron fencing around a green-space lot for families in North City
Consider providing the fencing, posts, materials at-cost or a reduced rate
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