When: October 21, 2023
Where: Concordia Lutheran Church, Evansville, Indiana
Registration Cost: $15.00
Registration Deadline: August 31, 2023
Make checks payable to: Concordia Lutheran Church (with “Life Together Workshop” in the memo line)
Send to Concordia Lutheran Church, 2451 Stringtown Rd. Evansville, IN 47710

For more information call Rev. David Wiist at 812-461-8171 or email him at dave.wiist@gmail.com

Purpose of these workshops:  Life together is not always easy in the Body of Christ. Even when we have the best of intentions, there are times when our individual experiences are so completely different from one another that we can find it difficult to relate in a healthy way. These workshops are designed to help the Christian to overcome those things that sometimes cause others to become isolated or even alienated in the Church.

This year’s speakers and topics:

Peace: Developing mental health sanctuaries in an anxious world.
A conversation about engaging people who have mental illness led by Deaconess Chrissie Gillet who is the Lutheran’s for Life director of Word of Hope, a ministry that provides crisis care.

Dependability: Sharing the burdens of those with special needs in a self-centered world.
A conversation about engaging people who have developmental disabilities led by Mrs. Cheryl Swope who is the author of “Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child” and the editor of the journal, “Simply Classical.” She has her masters in special education and has homeschooled her two, adopted twins who both have autism, learning disabilities, and schizophrenia.

 Relieved: Offering rest to those who suffer with something the world can’t fix.
A conversation about engaging people who suffer from chronic illness or pain led by Rev. Michael Salemink who is the executive director of Lutheran’s for Life.

“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”     –Romans 15:5-7

Tentative Schedule:

  • 8:45-9:30am—Registration and fellowship
  • 9:30-10:00am—Welcome and devotion
  • 10:00am to 11:00am-Session #1
  • 11:15am to 12:15pm-Session #2
  • 12:15pm to 1:00pm—Lunch
  • 1:15pm to 2:15pm—Session #3
  • 2:30pm to 3:30pm—Round table Q and A

Tentative Speakers:

Cheryl Swope—Editor of a classical education magazine and mother of twins who have both autism and schizophrenia.

Rev. Michael Salemink—The executive director of Lutherans for Life

Dcs. Chrissie Gillet—whose experience in counseling and suicide prevention (especially among soldiers suffering from PTSD and women who are struggling after having an abortion).

Future workshop Topics:

Belonging: Providing community in a divided world. A conversation about engaging people who are in the minority.

Remembered: Changing our pace for those who are suffering loss in a fast-paced world. A conversation about engaging people who are widowed.

Loved: Opening our hearts to those who feel cast off by the world. A conversation about engaging people who are in foster care.

Freed: Understanding the relationship between boundaries and freedom in a world that promotes being led by passion. A conversation about engaging people who are struggling with an addiction.