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Free ID Protection Services for CHP Members

Concordia Health Plan (CHP) members and their covered dependents now have free identity protection services through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota (BCBSMN) and Experian. Experian will provide the following identity protection services on behalf of BCBSMN. Upon enrollment, you will be eligible for services that include: Credit monitoring – Monitors activity that may affect credit Fraud… Read more »

Engaging the Aging

Is your congregation intentionally inviting, nurturing, and equipping older adults to grow in faith and to serve as Christian disciples in their congregation, in their families, and in their communities? If not, why not? For a great resource on ministry to older adults,  subscribe to the Lutheran Senior Services newsletter “Engaging the Aging” at Engaging The… Read more »

Financial Peace University

Learn & Earn Here’s an offer to learn about money management and earn some extra cash. The Ministerial Excellence Fund is expanding to include LCMS teachers, administrators, DCEs and all commissioned church workers as eligible for grants. The first initiative, starting immediately and extending through 2016, is to support any individuals or couples to attend Dave’s Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU)…. Read more »

Army veterinarian recognizes school’s role in shaping future

Lindsay Wright spent the last three and a half years serving our country in an unusual way—by working with the four-legged creatures called military dogs in the Army. But Lindsay’s story begins long before she became a veterinarian. Her story starts at Bethlehem Lutheran School in Ossian, a small school located in the middle of… Read more »

Ready to Use Devotions for Church Meetings

How many meetings do you conduct each month? Are you expected to lead an opening or closing devotion? Here are 20 devotions ready to use. Each devotion in this file is a two-sided pdf file. You can print the one side and distribute it to the participants while reading the devotional text provided on the numbered leader’s page…. Read more »

Heart Rending

“Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.” Joel 2:12-13 In an attempt to get people to focus… Read more »

Family Friendly Partners Network (FFPN)

The Network Concept Family Friendly Partner’s Network (FFPN) is the creation of Professor Ben Freudenburg, chair of the Family Life Ministry Department at Concordia University, Ann Arbor.  He has invited Districts of the LCMS to form a network, usually involving 6-10 congregations.  The training then takes place over a three-year span as the churches learn… Read more »

Orphan Grain Train’s New Warehouse

The Indiana regional office of Orphan Grain Train (OGT) dedicated its new warehouse storage facility in Jonesville, Indiana, during a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on July 26, 2015. The festivities marked the culmination of a months-long construction project and even longer capital campaign to support the endeavor, as well as countless hours of… Read more »

New Lutheran School in Gary

In May 2015, we reported that efforts are underway to open a new Lutheran school in Gary, Indiana. While we have postponed opening kindergarten until next fall, steady progress is being made toward realizing this dream. Over the past several months, Dr. Mielke had the privilege of meeting with Richard Laabs, Frank Trecroci, Jason and Sue… Read more »