PUBLISHED BY THE MISSOURI DISTRICT OF THE LUTHERAN CHURCH—MISSOURI SYNOD October 6, 2017
A St. Louis Missionary Taken from the September 2017 CFNA E-News and written by Rev. Allan Buckman, with Rev. Teddy Workeneh
Rev. Theodors (Teddy) Workeneh, together with his wife and family, arrived St. Louis on July 28, 2014 from Ethiopia to enroll as a graduate student at Concordia Seminary. The following month he began part time service with Christian Friends of New Americans (CFNA) as a Facilitator. In addition to facilitating the enrollment of Ethiopian and Eritrean refugee children into LCMS schools, he was also responsible for maintaining relationships between the schools and the families of these students.
In July of this year, having graduated with a Masters degree in Sacred Theology, Teddy began service with CFNA as a full time missionary among the 5,000 Ethiopian and 1,500 Eritrean people in the St. Louis area. Though a large majority consider themselves to be part of the Christian community, less than 25 percent are active in any Christian denomination. A mission field to be sure!
Rev. Workeneh with leaders As would any missionary, Rev. Workeneh began his ministry by building relationships. Not only has he been reaching out to numerous families through the distribution of welcome packages, home furnishings and more, he has also established relationships with the leaders of the local Ethiopian and Eritrean communities.
The needs of these communities are not only reflected in the afore-mentioned activities, but also in the After School Tutoring program Rev. Teddy recently established at the Peace Center. Additionally, a leadership training class has also been started, in which three young men from Ethiopia and Eritrea have been enrolled.
Indeed, challenges and opportunities abound for this ministry, and the approximately 30 people now meeting weekly for Bible Study at the Peace Center. Clearly, with God's blessings, Rev. Workeneh is off to a great start. Moreover, his partners at CFNA, the LCMS Missouri District and Timothy Lutheran Church are fully prepared to be of further assistance. Let's be sure to keep Rev. Teddy and his family in our prayers.
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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 next lecture will be held on October 14, 2017 at 5:30 pm Maryville Community Center – Maryville, MO Dinner, with the lecture to follow
Rev. Ken Schurb – District Executive, Central Illinois District, LCMS "Luther on Education"
Rev. Kim Scharff – Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Norborne "Martin Luther: Theologian and Musician"
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.
Christ Lutheran Church 67th Annual Whole Hog Sausage & Sauerkraut Dinner When: Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 Time: 11 am to 6 pm Where: Christ Lutheran Church, 123 Church Road, Augusta, MO Costs: Adult Tickets: $11 - Children Ages 6-12: $4 - Under 6: Free Christ Lutheran Church invites you, your friends and family to enjoy a 10 am worship service and afterwards an ALL YOU CAN EAT cafeteria style dinner in our air conditioned/handicap accessible dining area.
The menu will include pork sausage, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, bread, apple butter and home-made pies.
You may also do pre-orders of apple butter and meat. To preorder apple butter please call 636-228-4092
To preorder pork sausage, meaty backbones or ribs please call 636-228-4417
King of Kings Lutheran Church King of Kings Lutheran Church in Kansas City, MO will celebrate its 50th anniversary Sun., Oct. 22. An open house and a program celebrating the church's history will be held at the church from 2-4 p.m. The program will include remembrances from some of the founding members. For more information, contact the church office at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.sidlcms.org
German Worship Service Celebrating Our Heritage Reformation Remembrance at Saint John's Lutheran Church, 1000 Dorcas Street—Mexico Missouri 65265
Everyone Welcome on Sunday, October 29, 2017, 4:30 p.m. service with Brats & light German food afterwards at 5:30 p.m.
With Pastor Donaldo Sonntag, Pastor David Mueller and Pastors from the Columbia and Jefferson City Circuit.
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.
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