Cross Words

Friends of God

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.  John 15:13-14                                                                         To the Apostles Jesus makes the strange conditional remark, You are my friends if you do what I command you. We usually don’t identify our… Read more »

Calls and Vacancies – Updated May 5, 2021

CONGREGATIONS/RSOs CALLING OR GETTING READY TO CALL: AVON, Our Shepherd (Senior) BREMEN, St. Paul’s (Senior)- called Rev. John Shank COLUMBUS, St. Peter’s (Senior)- Rev. Mark Teike retiring CROSS PLAINS, St. Paul (Dewberry)/DILLSBORO, St. John (Farmers Retreat) – FORT WAYNE, St. Michael (Senior) – GEORGETOWN, Shepherd of the Hills – called Rev. Dale Becker – accepted… Read more »

Call Day – Part 2

Last week we reported the results of the Vicarage Assignments and Candidates placed by Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. This week we can report that on Wednesday, April 28, in the afternoon two Concordia Seminary, St. Louis students were assigned to the Indiana District as Vicars. They are: James Bozarth to St. Peter’s, Columbus Nicholas… Read more »

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED FOR LWML CONVENTION

We are in the home stretch of hosting the 39th Biennial LWML Convention in Lexington June 24-27. Guests are coming. Safety protocols are in place to keep everyone safe during the convention. Many people have volunteered to be His hands and feet at the convention but we  still need workers in all areas! There is… Read more »

Call Day 2021

Part of the program for completing the seminary experience is a vicarage assignment. It usually happens the third year of the education experience. Congregations apply for a vicar and the student works under the supervision of a called pastor to gain practical experience in leading Bible class, teaching confirmation, preparing and serving in the congregation… Read more »

Calls and Vacancies – Updated April 28, 2021

CONGREGATIONS/RSOs CALLING OR GETTING READY TO CALL: AVON, Our Shepherd (Senior) BREMEN, St. Paul’s (Senior)- called Rev. John Shank COLUMBUS, St. Peter’s (Senior)- Rev. Mark Teike retiring CROSS PLAINS, St. Paul (Dewberry)/DILLSBORO, St. John (Farmers Retreat) – dual parish requesting a candidate FORT WAYNE, St. Michael (Senior) – GEORGETOWN, Shepherd of the Hills – called… Read more »

Livestreaming in Lexington

The LWML will, once again, livestream all convention sessions in the Rupp arena. For those watching the convention at home, make plans to have a livestreaming party and invite the women in your congregation to watch it together. You will be able to participate in the convention’s Bible study, hear the grateful and inspiring mission… Read more »

The Father’s Love

For this reason the Father loves me, because [“that”] I lay down my life that I may take it up again. John 10:17                                                                         This verse has been discussed and dissected no doubt ever since our Lord spoke it.  What does it mean? It seems from this verse that the love of God the Father… Read more »

2021 LWML Convention Virtual Photo Finish Mission Walk

A new opportunity for participants of the 39th Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Convention is a virtual Photo Finish Mission Walk. If you are not able to attend the convention, you still have an opportunity to participate by organizing a mission pledge walk in your neighborhood or at your church. Any member or group can… Read more »