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PUBLISHED BY THE MISSOURI DISTRICT OF THE LUTHERAN CHURCH—MISSOURI SYNOD March 2, 2018
All Nations Church Uses Grand Opening To Raise Money for Public School District
A new congregation receives the benediction at their Grand Opening service. PHOTO CREDIT: Lihau Lewis
When All Nations Church, a church plant of the Missouri District in University City, celebrated the Grand Opening of their new storefront property, they decided to use it as an opportunity to serve their community.
"We know the heart-cry of our community is save our kids, and save our schools," said Pastor Chris Paavola, "so while people might not care about a new church in town, they'll care about what we do for their kids. This was a chance to demonstrate our vision to be a church that prospers the city."
At their Saturday Open House, for every signature they received, All Nations Church gave $1 to the School District of University City, an amount that was matched dollar-for-dollar by an anonymous donor. In addition, they added the entire offering from their Sunday morning service to that amount and presented to the School District at the end of the service.
"We're an urban community," said Pastor Chris, "and our average monthly household offering is $125. So it was a bit of a step of faith to invite the School District to our services not knowing what we'd be able to raise for them."
Pastor Chris Paavola presents a tearful Superintendent Hardin with the entire Sunday morning offering from All Nations Church as a donation for the School District of University City. PHOTO CREDIT: Lihau Lewis
But God stirred the hearts of the people, and All Nations Church presented an oversized check of $3,100.50 to Superintendent Hardin. With tears in her eyes she thanked All Nations Church, "My heart is so full. Just knowing that our schools have your support means the world to us. Thank you."
A student from University City loves her new face paint she got at the Grand Opening Open House for All Nations Church! PHOTO CREDIT: Lihau Lewis
About All Nations Church
All Nations Church is a startup church in University City, MO, with a vision to be "a church as diverse as the city we serve" and a mission of doing "whatever it takes so as many as possible can see Jesus." To learn more, visit them online at: www.AllNationsChurch.net
Peer Ministry Training Challenges Youth to be Present With One Another Recently during President's Day weekend, the Missouri District hosted high school youth for a Peer Ministry Training at Sojourn Retreat Center. Led by six Missouri District adult trainers, 40+ youth stepped bravely into an environment where they were challenged to be present with one another. With no devices to hide behind each group went headfirst into the experience driven training. The youth not only learned how to say 'hello' to each other, but rather they greeted each other with open arms as they learned new names and new stories. They didn't simply learn about listening, they actively listened and cared for those who shared from the heart. In addition to sitting at the feet of Jesus in hearing God's Word, they became the hands and feet of Jesus by ministering to one another. Read more . . .
Cheryl Haun was selected to receive Lutheran Education Association's 2018 Distinguished Lutheran Early Childhood Administrator award. Ms. Haun is the director of early childhood education at Zion Lutheran School in St. Charles, Mo. Zion's early childhood program is host to more than 200 children ages 18 months through kindergarten. She leads, mentors, and coaches 36 teachers and their assistants as well as plans programs, develops curriculum and parent engagement, and manages public relations. In addition, Cheryl serves in many capacities for a large variety of Lutheran early childhood initiatives. Ms. Haun was selected by the LEA Leadership and Early Childhood Networks. Read more . . .
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/.
Psalm 103:12 NIV …as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
The Missouri District Lutheran Junior High Retreat is returning this spring on April 6-8, 2018 at Camp Windermere, located nine miles west of Camdenton, Missouri. The theme will be "Forgiven", with a focus on Confession, and the Office of the Keys.
Our presenter & worship leader is Rev. Ken Chitwood, assistant pastor at First Lutheran Church in Gainesville, Florida.
The cost is $120. CLICK HERE for additional information and to register. Early registration is encouraged.
Missouri District Parish Nurse Convocation Thursday, March 8, 2018
LCMS Missouri District Office
660 Mason Ridge Center Drive
St. Louis, MO 63141
Meeting Rm: First Floor Annex Registration: 9:30 am Program: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
All Parish Nurses and Health Ministers serving in LCMS Congregations as well as those who have served in the past are invited to participate in the second Missouri District Parish Nurse Convocation. The Convocation is designed to affirm and encourage Parish Nurses and Health Ministers. The planning committee has utilized the evaluations and discussion summary from the 2017 Missouri District Parish Nurse Convocation to plan the program. The schedule provides time for participant sharing and networking. President Lee Hagan will lead the opening Bible study and Rev. Gene Wyssmann will facilitate discussion. Participants are encouraged to bring brochures, display boards, information about programs that were both successful and unsuccessful. Please plan to attend and feel free to share this invitation with other LCMS Parish Nurses.
Lunch will be provided.
The program is free, but registration is required. RSVP by Friday, March 2, 2018 to: Carol Broemmer at email@example.com or Cell /Text (314) 520-6866
This Parish Nurse Convocation is sponsored by a Domestic Life Ministries Grant from The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
Singing Saints Concert
The Singing Saints, the fifty-voice concert choir of Saint Paul Lutheran High School, Concordia, Mo., under the direction of Dr. Jerrode Baker Marsh, will present a concert of sacred choral music at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 12345 Manchester Road, Des Peres, MO on March 20, 2018, at 7 p.m.
The concert program features choral works that focus on our call as Christians to rejoice with voice and instrument in this world, because we know that heaven will be our eternal home. The diverse musical program spans many centuries and represents many cultures. Works performed will be from the Latin Renaissance, Baroque and Classical, American Colonial-era, African-American Spirituals, along with songs from the South African, French Taizé, and American Appalachian traditions.
The Singing Saints Choir is under the leadership of Dr. Jerrode Baker Marsh, who in the fall of 2015 came to Saint Paul Lutheran High School from Frankfurt, Germany, where she worked for nearly two decades as a professional musician, performing as a pianist, conductor and collaborative artist throughout Europe, as well as working as a church music director.The award-winning Singing Saints Choir has toured annually since 1973 with over 1,000 appearances in 29 states and Canada. In 1994, 2006, and 2013, they performed as part of a mass choir in Carnegie Hall in New York City.The choir will embark on its first international choir tour in May 2018, where they will sing in Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary. Saint Paul Lutheran High School is a four-year residential high school of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Many students attending the school are preparing for full-time work in the Lutheran Church as pastors, teachers, deaconesses, social workers, and youth leaders.
The Missouri District Lutheran Youth Fellowship (LYF) Team gives high school youth, who are members of LCMS churches in our District, the opportunity to grow in their service to the church and in their leadership in youth ministry. Each year, we bring four new young people on board as our seniors leave us to step into the future God has planned for them. These four new young people must currently be in their freshman year of high school. You are invited to nominate a young person from your congregation to serve in this important capacity.
CLICK HERE for additional information and to download the application.
Immanuel Lutheran - Olivette's 30th Annual Sausage Dinner and Spring Bazaar
Bring your family, friends, and neighbors and enjoy a great home cooked meal.You can also do some shopping at the Spring Bazaar, featuring many hand-made, unique items; beautiful Easter door and table decorations, lots of cute Easter favors, children's items, AG doll clothes, beautiful cards, home-baked goods, decorative crosses, etc.
The dinner and bazaar will be held on Sun., March 4, 2018 at Immanuel Lutheran Church - Olivette located at9733 Olive Blvd. (east of St. Paul's cemetery). 3 Miles East of I-270
Serving is from 12 – 4 pm Carry-outs available between 11:30 am – 5 pm
A special feature will be home made sausage made by the Immanuel Men's Club Menu will includeall you can eat pork sausage, real mashed potatoes w/Gravy, sauerkraut w/pork meat, green beans w/bacon & onion, applesauce, bread, dessert (pie, cake, cookies) and drinks. *Turkey will be available upon request for those on restricted diet.
Costs are adults - $11.50; children $5 (6-12) and children 5 and under – Free. For more info: (314) 993-2394
Philippians Workshop from LCMS Stewardship Ministry
Hey Pastors and Lay Leaders:
Does your parish struggle to meet the budget? Does the thought of hearing (or preaching) a sermon on financially supporting the church make you cringe? How do we encourage generous living without becoming legalists?
Join us on April 10, 2018 at Hope Lutheran Church (5218 Neosho Street, St. Louis, MO), to hear from LCMS Stewardship Coordinator, Rev. Heath Curtis. Bring your Bible, your questions, and your love for your church.
Pastors arrive at 3 p.m. Lay Leaders arrive at 5:30 p.m. for dinner Out the door no later than 8:30 p.m. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
Music Director Position St. Lucas Lutheran Church, 7100 Morganford, St. Louis, is searching for interested candidates for the newly formed Director of Music position. This part-time position, up to nineteen hours per week, reflects one of St. Lucas' key vision priorities. Responsibilities include worship planning and leadership for both traditional and contemporary worship. The full job description and information on how to apply is found at www.stlucaslcms.org/musicdirector.
Lutheran High School South Principal Position The Lutheran High School Association of St. Louis (Association) is seeking to fill the position of Principal of Lutheran High School South beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year. All candidates must be on the LCMS roster or eligible and willing to attain that status as a condition of hire. Candidates interested in this position can find additional information regarding this position, as well as an Employment Application, on the Association's website under EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: https://www.lhsastl.org/page/employment-opportunities, Candidates should email their resume, employment application and cover letter to Sharon Thurman, Human Resources Manager: Sthurman@LHSAstl.org. Nominations are also encouraged and should include a letter of recommendation, current contact information for the nominee and should also be emailed to Sharon Thurman at the same address.
Lutheran North Middle School Principal Position The Lutheran High School Association of St. Louis (Association) is seeking nominations and applications for the leadership position of Principal for Lutheran North Middle School. Candidates interested in this position can find additional information regarding this position, as well as an Employment Application, on the Association's website under EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: https://www.lhsastl.org/page/employment-opportunities, Candidates should email their resume, employment application and cover letter to Sharon Thurman, Human Resources Manager: Sthurman@LHSAstl.org. Nominations should include a letter of recommendation and current contact information for the nominee and should also be emailed to Sharon Thurman at Sthurman@LHSAstl.org.
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