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Thanksgiving All the Time and Everyplace

Week after week throughout the year we confess with the whole Church in heaven and on earth that “it is truly meet, right, and salutary that we should, at all times and in all places, give thanks” to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. This refrain is no mere...

Ordained Calls and Vacancies – Updated November 23, 2022

CONGREGATIONS / RSOs CALLING OR GETTING READY TO CALL (SENIOR or SOLE): Note: Changes from last week's list are marked in colored font. BEDFORD, Emmanuel-Leesville BREMEN, St. Paul's (Senior) CRAWFORDSVILLE, Holy Cross - called Rev. Gary Wright (East Moline, IL)...

New Church Worker Grants Due 12/31

The New Church Worker Grant is available for ordained and commissioned workers who were members of an Indiana District congregation while attending a synodical university and are now called to a congregation, school, or RSO of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. The...

Fall Pastors Conference 2023 – Mark that Calendar (Yes, ALREADY!)

It is time, YES, ALREADY, to mark your calendars for the 2023 Fall Pastors Conference!  Yes, we know it is 11 months until the conference, but marking your calendar NOW helps keep that date open for you LATER, and we would love to have you there!  A reminder that the...

Wonderfully Made: Seeing Yourself as God Sees You

This past year, a dear friend of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Rev. Dr. John Kleinig of Australia, published a new book, Wonderfully Made: A Protestant Theology of the Body (Lexham Press, 2021). It’s not a long or difficult book, but it is truly rich and meaty...

Ordained Calls and Vacancies – Updated November 16, 2022

CONGREGATIONS / RSOs CALLING OR GETTING READY TO CALL (SENIOR or SOLE): Note: Changes from last week's list are marked in colored font. BEDFORD, Emmanuel-Leesville BREMEN, St. Paul's (Senior) CRAWFORDSVILLE, Holy Cross - called Rev. Gary Wright (East Moline, IL) -...

Catechism Collection – Help Needed!

Some 60 people, parents and children alike, were brought to faith through the waters of baptism in Liberia just this past October.  This wonderful event was God's work through the Liberian Children's Ministry,  a program started by Joe Boway of Fort Wayne, IN in...

The Key to the Renewal of the Church Is the Office of the Keys

In a paper presented to the Central Region Pastors’ Conference of the Northern Illinois District in 1975, the Reverend Dr. Kenneth Korby urged that “the key to the renewal of the church is the Office of the Keys.” Following the lead of Pr. Wilhelm Loehe, one of the...

Citizens of Two Kingdoms under One God

The Feast of All Saints and the final Sundays of the Church Year remind us and teach us that our true citizenship, our eternal Home, our City and our Country are with the Lord in Paradise (Hebrews 11:8-16). So, too, our highest priority in life, our Touchstone in...