2 September 2013
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the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power
to make wealth...” (NASB).
These verses are a perfect passage to apply to our
beloved US of A. God was telling Israel through Moses
— and us today — NOT TO FORGET Him when they
have entered the land and enjoyed its rich stores and
bounty, and have had plenty to eat, and have experienced
His protection and blessing.
Please remember that until they entered the Promised
Land, the Israelites depended on God to provide every-
thing. He provided the food, the guidance, the leadership
of Moses, and the moral code. God had made everything
possible and He was warning the Israelites not to forget
all that He had done and was still doing.
But what happened? Abundant stores of food would
lead to satisfaction. Satisfaction would lead to com-
fort. Comfort to security, seemingly a result of their
Comfort, security, and satisfaction would lead to
Israel forgetting God. Forgetting God meant no longer
remembering Him in their daily thoughts and the daily
affairs of life.
Forgetting God would lead to a disregard of His Word
and His commands. Having no regard for His Word and
commandments has continually led to the disintegration
of nations and societies.
Does this at all sound familiar?
Let me be more specific and at the same time share a
warning that comes from clear lessons of history.
Dr. J. D. Unwin (1895-1936), a British scholar, social
anthropologist, and an expert on cultures, spent seven
years of his life studying the birth and death of the 86
major societies and civilizations in the world throughout
history. In his landmark book, Sex and Culture, published
in 1934, he shares his discovery of the same pattern of
prosperity and then disintegration consistently showing
up in all of them. Each society or national power fell
because of one thing — a breakdown of the family and
morality. What’s interesting is that Unwin had no reli-
gious convictions and applied no moral judgments.
Here is the general track that EACH of these civili-
zations followed: during the early days of each society,
premarital and extramarital sexual relationships were
strictly prohibited. Great creative energy was associ-
ated with the inhibition of sexual expression, causing the
culture to prosper. Much later in the life of the society,
its people began to rebel against the strict prohibitions,
demanding the freedom to release their internal passions
and do whatever they wanted.
As the morals weakened, the social “energy” abated.
This resulted in the eventual decay or destruction of the
civilization. When a man is devoted to one woman and
one family, he is motivated to build, save, protect, plan,
and prosper on their behalf. However, when his sexual
interests are dispersed and generalized, his effort is
invested in the gratification of sensual desires.
Dr. Unwin concluded: “Any human society is free
either to display great energy, or to enjoy sexual free-
dom; the evidence is that they cannot do both for more
than one generation.”
Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) wrote about one of the
great civilizations in history – the Roman Empire. He
listed five reasons for the fall of Rome in his book,
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (published
1. The decay of religion—faith fading to form and los-
ing its power, resulting in moral collapse.
2. The rapid increase of divorce and breakdown of
the family—which is the basis of human society.
3. The mad craze for pleasure—sports and fun
became increasingly important and more and more
exciting and brutal.
4. Higher and higher taxes—to compensate for higher
5. The building of huge armaments—for protection
from outside enemies…when the real enemy lies
Dr. Bill Bright (1921-2003, founder of Campus Cru-
sade for Christ) once stated, “The level of America’s sins
today would have astounded even ancient Rome, whose
own moral decay resulted in her self-destruction.”
Psalms 33:12 says, “Blessed is the nation whose God
is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance”
Well, God was at one time very important to this nation.
Yet, revisionist historians continually emphasize over
and over again that the United States was not founded
on Christian principles. That is totally untrue! It is a
lie ... poppycock … baloney! That is revisionist history
at its best (or worst) and it is being promulgated by our
educational system and in the media.
But, did you know that it has been proposed that the
Bible directly contributed to nearly one-third of our
founding fathers’ expressions and writings? Listen to
some of their quotes:
James Madison, the Chief Architect of the Constitu-
tion once said, “We have the future ... upon the capacity
of each ... of us to sustain ourselves according to the Ten
Commandments of God.”
Benjamin Franklin said, “Whoever shall introduce
into public affairs the principles of ... Christianity will
change the face of the world.”
FROM THE PRESIDENT
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GREAT COMMISSION MINISTRY
Such is Life
He did not even notice that I was watching. He was
just one little boy doing an ordinary household
chore in a Haitian-sort-of-way. I love when I can just
observe without being intrusive on the event unfolding!
The chore was to dispose of the family’s trash by the
seashore. The two five-gallon buckets of gross, smelly
gunk was more than any little boy should be expected to
carry, but nonetheless, this was his job.
“Necessity is the mother of invention” is a common
saying, and, in Haiti, inventions of necessity abound.
The boy had somehow come upon a tiny two-wheel
bicycle. The seat was long gone, as well as the tire that
once was on the front rim. The handle of each bucket
was draped over one of the handlebars, while the bottom
of the buckets just barely missed dragging on the ground.
Over bumpy road and through uneven grass and areas of
mud, he came ‘porting’his load.At first glance, I thought
the buckets were filled with charcoal and that the little
boy was trying to sell his
goods to make a few pen-
nies. It was not until the
heavy buckets up righted
the bicycle that I saw him
remove the buckets and
carry them the last few
feet to a “suitable” place
for dumping. He made
sure each bucket was
completely empty and then he found an old insole of a
shoe to “clean” the outside of one of the buckets that
had gotten too dirty. That chore being done, he returned
to his one-tire bicycle, remounted the buckets onto the
handlebars, and, with a joyful little sidekick in his step,
he headed back for home. He never looked my way. He
was just intent on doing what he had come to do.
I am not sure why scenes like this intrigue me. Perhaps,
it is just learning more about how poor Haitians live their
everyday lives. Perhaps, it is because I marvel at what
chores little ones in Haiti are required to do. Perhaps, it
is because complaining is not part of the equation.
There are so many sightings of God at work in Haiti
… many that bring me great joy. I was in my car on the
side of the road waiting for traffic to clear. I noticed three
little royal blue, gingham plaid uniformed girls nearby.
One of them broke out into a grin, waved and then
shouted the word “Blan!” (white) when she caught sight
of me. I greeted them with “Bon swa!” (Good afternoon)
by Nora LèonPraying to Make a Difference
Ongoing Mission Work
Nora Lèon’s work in Haiti has inspired ongoing
mission work of her home congregation, Holy
Cross, Jenison. For over 15 years, Holy Cross has sup-
ported the First Lutheran Church and School in Les
Cayes and the Children of Israel Orphanage. Lèon is
the administrator of a scholarship fund that Holy Cross
established in 1998 to support children attending the
school. This program raises $10,000 annually to pro-
vide tuition, books, clothing, and whatever is needed
by the children. She also makes arrangements for Holy
Cross mission trips, which are held every two years.
“Nora is an amazing blessing, not just to the people
of Haiti, but to their friends in the US who desire to
show love and care for people in great need,” says Pas-
tor Bill Wangelin of Holy Cross. “Our congregation
has been richly blessed by Nora’s witness, her example,
and her testimony to God’s power and the faith of the
Haitian people. We pray that God will continue to bring
mutual blessings to everyone involved.”
After the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake in
2010, which killed over 220,000 people, Lèon lived
with several orphans in tents on a soccer field in the
middle of Les Cayes until buildings were repaired.
Although the mission team of 40 people from Holy
Cross and surrounding churches had to cancel their trip,
the funds that were sent in advance were converted into
emergency relief aid, which Lèon helped distribute.
She has since moved into a home and the orphans have
moved into their new residence halls.
More recently, Lèon and her husband have been
involved in developing a school and orphanage on a
small island off the coast of Les Cayes called Ile-la-
Vache. In 2011, Holy Cross members Pat and Dave
Myers opened a second hand store in Jenison called
“Bless The Orphans” (www.blesstheorphans.org).
This store has become a center for Haiti mission activ-
ity with proceeds going to the ongoing support of the
orphans on Ile-la-Vache.
Haitian children enjoying mango,one
of Haiti’s most important exports.
GREAT COMPASSION MINISTRY
Wrapped in Love
Andrea Salid, a 74-year-old mother of seven, found
her home severely damaged when Typhoon
Bopha swept through her village in the southern Phil-
ippines in December 2012. Fierce winds blew the roof
completely off of her house and destroyed most of her
belongings. “Salamat” (meaning thank you) was spo-
ken again and again by Salid as she told Lutheran World
Relief (LWR) worker Lauren Bauer that she would use
her quilt to cover herself at night. More than 800 people,
many with stories like Salid’s, gathered at the distribu-
tion center where Bauer was assisting to receive quilts,
baby care kits, and personal care kits.1
Labor of Love
This would not have been possible, in such short order,
had hearts and hands that share the Good News of Christ
through their labors of love been still. Last fall, 150 youth
and adult volunteers from Michigan filled six railroad
containers with 122.5 tons of items including 412,710
quilts, 539,898 kits, and 91,122 lbs. of soap which were
distributed to more than 720,000 people in 23 countries.
Through a new partnership with the United Nations
Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD), LWR plans
Wrapping Love Around the World
2013 Michigan District LWR Boxcar Loading
by Patricia Schuknecht
to position quilts and kits near disaster-prone areas for
timely distribution following an emergency. Pre-stock-
ing resources in a Philippines warehouse allowed for
quick dispersal following more recent emergencies in
Southeast Asia. LWR will be able to store materials in up
to five additional UNHRD hubs located in Italy, Malay-
sia, Ghana, the United Arab Emirates, and Spain. LWR’s
2013 goal for quilts alone is to send 500,000 worldwide.
LWR Ingathering and Boxcar Loading
This coming fall, members of Michigan District con-
gregations, from all walks of life, will once again join
forces for the annual ingathering of everyday items most
of us take for granted. These individuals and groups have
been busy fundraising, purchasing, gathering, sewing,
and packaging quilts and care kits for the 2013 LWR
Boxcar Loading that will take place on Wednesday,
October 16, 2013 at the Conrail Yard, 2975 Livernois,
Detroit, Mich. Prior to the event, 14 collection locations
throughout Michigan and Northern Ohio will pack boxes
filled with quilts, new soap, and kits into vehicles and
then transport them to the train yard. Once there, they
will be loaded into railroad shipping containers, soon to
make their way to Maryland before being shipped to dis-
tribution points worldwide.
Patricia Schuknecht has coordinated the Michigan
District LWR Ingathering and Boxcar Loading for 13
years and states, “It is a great privilege to be able to
continue coordinating this wonderful task.” She cur-
rently serves as office manager at Heart of the Shepherd,
Howell. She and her husband, Steve, have five children
and seven grandchildren.
From the story, “Salamat,” (www.lwr.org) written by Lauren Bauer,
Lutheran World Relief’s Creative Services Project Manager.
Visit www.michigandistrict.org/events/lwr-boxcar-loading-2013 for in-
gathering locations and information on what items are being collected.
For more information on Michigan District efforts, please contact
Pat Schuknecht at 517.552.7218 or email@example.com.
Order LWR promotional materials for your congregation at www.lwr.org.
Andrea Salid received two LWR quilts and a
personal care kit at a distribution for families
affected by Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines.
10 September 2013
In Other News
A Life Adventure
Igraduated from the seminary when I was 28 years
old. I was called to a wonderful congregation in a
small town. My wife and our three children loaded up
the vehicle shortly after the Call service and set out on
the beginning of what was to become a life adventure!
I can remember attending circuit meetings and District
events, meeting many brother pastors much older than
myself. And admittedly I thought they were, well, old.
I wondered if congregations would be interested in call-
ing older pastors. After all, their children were grown
and married with families of their own. How long before
some of them retire? I was under no delusion that I knew
it all, being a recent seminary grad, but I did think at the
time that I perhaps was a bit more up-to-date with things
than some of these older men I met, a bit more savvy!
What I’ve Learned
And now, almost 30 years later, I am one of those older
pastors! Interestingly, in the September 2012 issue of
The Lutheran Witness, it was noted that over 50 percent
of our active pastors are over age 50.
As one of these “older pastors,” who, Lord willing,
hopes to have many, many exciting and productive years
ahead of me serving as an active pastor, I’ve learned a few
things over the years along with my brothers in the ministry.
• I’ve learned humility and dependence. I am weak,
He is strong. My strength comes from the Lord.
• I’ve learned the vital importance of having my daily
devotions of Scripture reading and prayer. I need this
private and personal time with the Lord every day.
• I’ve learned to be a more effective self-starter each
and every day. I strive to use my time wisely and
efficiently and be faithful to the Lord and the people
He has placed in my care.
• I’ve learned compassion. Over my years in minis-
try I’ve come to know people in many difficult and
heart-wrenching situations. It has been a privilege
to be able to minister to them and be there for them.
• I’ve learned to have fun and get along with people
of all ages … from the children, youth, college stu-
dents, and adults in all stages of this thing we call life
to my oldest members who are in their sunset years.
life, and about being a pastor! Life is way too short!
• I’ve learned how technology can be used to enhance the
spoken Word, the liturgy, and music in a worship service
… even using multi-media and PowerPoint for sermons.
by John Brooks
50+ and Still
• I’ve learned about empowering laypeople to serve,
to use their God-given gifts and talents, and not
thinking I have to do it all.
• I’ve learned about how to be faithful to God’s
unchanging Word in a rapidly changing society, and
the importance of meeting people wherever they are
at in their faith walk.
• I’ve learned how to develop and deliver a sermon
that holds attention and relates to what my people
are experiencing in life.
• I’ve learned a few people skills over the years, some,
at times, admittedly by mistake. I am by no means
perfect. But, I pray I’ve learned from my mistakes,
that people will forgive me for my mistakes, and that
I will keep on learning from my mistakes!
• I’ve learned about how to work with multiple staff
in a congregation. We are a team. We are serving the
Lord together, but as the pastor I am the one who is
to be an encourager to them, to be their friend, to
respect them, and to love them.
• I’ve learned over the years that we are living in an
increasingly godless and immoral society and world.
I am called to be God’s spokesman to my people, to
remind them of what God’s Word says over what the
world says, and to encourage them to walk closely
with the Lord and raise their children with a strong
• I understand the value of continuing education and
make an effort to either read interesting resources
that relate to ministry or attend events that help me
continue to learn.
I’m Still Learning
As an older pastor, I still have something to share with
God’s people. I’ve learned a few things over the years.
And I’m still learning! I’m still growing in my faith walk
and in the skills the Lord is giving and empowering me!
Rev. John W. Brooks is pastor at St. James, Montague.
He is an avid wilderness canoeist and is also working
toward his second degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo.
John Brooks enjoying the outdoors.
An accounting of the mission and ministry through the Michigan District, LCMS
by its congregations.
Fiscal year ending January 31, 2013
Dear Friends in Christ,
In grateful response to God’s
grace and empowered by the
Holy Spirit through Word and
Sacraments, the mission of
the Michigan District of The
Synod is vigorously to make
known the love of Christ by
word and deed within our
communities, and world.
Our congregations are filled to overflowing
with people of HOPE! Our living hope, indeed
our joyful and confidant life and witness to the
world, comes from the transforming power of
the Gospel and the resurrected Christ who
has graced us with an inheritance that can
never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for
ALL who believe in Him as Savior and Lord.
(1 Peter 1:4). This living hope inspires our
dependence on, devotion to, and commitment
to the Word of God, worship, prayer, and each
other and moves us to take the love of Christ
to our family, friends, neighbors, community,
and the world in word and deed.
Michigan District, LCMS
People of Hope ...
Vigorously Making Known
the Love of Christ
Board of Directors
Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier
1st Vice President
Rev. Mark D. Brandt
2nd Vice President
Rev. Donald O. Neuendorf
3rd Vice President
Rev. David A. Davis
4th Vice President
Rev. John M. Duerr
Rev. David H. Reed
Mr. William H. Young
Metro East Region
Rev. Norman A. Koy
Ms. Natalie A. Haupt
Mr. Stephen R. Boergert
Mr. Williard C. Ducharme
Rev. Craig L. Bickel
Mr. Richard C. Krueger
Mrs. Ruth E. Martin
Mr. John C. Raffel
North & East Region
Rev. Paul D. Theiss
Mr. James C. Anderson
Dr. Dale D. Gust
Mr. Larry A. Bauermeister
Metro West Region
Rev. Paul M. Moldenhauer
Dr. Harvey M. Schmit
Mrs. Chris Chauvin
Mr. Duane A. Renken
Last summer, at the end of June, delegates attending the Michigan District Convention
gathered under the theme of IMAGINE … Living as God’s Forgiven and Forgiving
Family – highlighting the third of our Synod’s three emphases: Witness, Mercy, and
Life Together. Throughout the next three years, this theme will be a guiding influence
over the mission and ministry that we as Michigan District congregations conduct in
What follows is REALLY a brief and unique accounting of the continuing grace of
God at work in our midst … in the many conferences that were held … to the arrival
of Rev. Chris Bodley to establish the A2E Urban Ministry Initiative in Detroit … and
everything in between … like the resurgence of Concordia University Ann Arbor
under the leadership of Concordia University Wisconsin. In support of this resurgence,
the Michigan District gifted $1.2 million to Concordia, Ann Arbor.
May God continue to lead, guide, and bless us! May we as God’s family in our Life
Together continue to pray that God would not only bless what we are doing, but that
He would lead us to do what He wants to bless.
Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier
Michigan District, LCMS
12 September 2013
Stories of Hope!
on Concordia University Ann Arbor’s campus for
the Junior High Youth Gathering. The theme “In
His Image” was a reminder to youth that they are
free to live and love in His redeemed Image. On
Saturday morning they lived out the image of God
through servant events. Groups spread out to over
a dozen locations across Washtenaw County to
serve food, assist with clean-up projects, help the
needy, assist in missions, and serve in other ways.
In late January through February 2012, the
Michigan District welcomed over 1,200 people
to the Theological Conferences on Apologetics.
The Lord certainly blessed the participants with
a greater assurance of their salvation, but also with
the confidence, capacity, capability, and courage to
defend what they believe. Through the use of God’s
inspired Word, other historical evidence, and practical
application, God graciously planted many seeds that
we pray will bring forth a rich harvest of courageous,
confessing Lutheran believers. Distinguished presenters
included Rev. Dr. Paul L. Maier, Dr. Adam S. Francisco,
and Rev. Dr. Robert D. Newton.
Inspiring speakers encouraged professional church workers
and laity at convention and conferences. Themes and
topics included: Imagine … Living as God’s Forgiven and
Forgiving Family, Joy-filled Ministry in a Discouraged World,
Go … Teach!, Tech in the Early Childhood Classroom, Digital
Learning in the 21st Century, Holding up the Prophet’s
Hand, Mission U, Grace Place Wellness, and Confirmation.
In October, pastors prayed over one another at the All
Pastors’ “First of All, Pray” conference (pictured left).
Acts 2 Enterprise (A2E), led
by missionary-at-large Rev.
Christopher Bodley, is a
strategic and holistic urban
outreach initiative. It is a
catalyst for renewing the
hearts, minds, and spirits of
children and families in Detroit.
Since February 2012, A2E Leadership Workshops
have provided LCMS urban pastors, laity teams,
and ministries an opportunity to come together
to identify critical issues and expand their vision
to partner with community agencies, faith-based
ministries, non-profit organizations, and schools
in addressing the needs and challenges of serving
the community. Currently, 19 congregations will,
with Christ, work towards revitalizing communities
while continuing their mission in Word and
Mission and Ministry of the
Michigan District, LCMS
“I constantly thank God for
the blessings He has given
me through the support of the
Michigan District, LCMS over
the past four years at Concordia
University Ann Arbor and years
to come as I attend Concordia
Seminary, St. Louis.”
Michigan District Student Aid
The District utilizes
its Facebook page
( f a c e b o o k . c o m /
milcms) as a conduit
for discussions on
new media technology
are open to the general public and follow a weekly topic
ranging from social media strategies to website design
tactics and more. The live discussions are automatically
archived to the Facebook page for further reading by
conversation participants and interested parties.The District Office hosts monthly free
live webinars for professional church
workers and lay leaders throughout
the state and beyond. The hour-long
presentations cover topics such as:
school board membership, service
as an elder, effective governance
models, strategic planning,
stewardship, missions, and more.
Through unrestricted gifts and The Future is Now campaign
funds, the following Missions were supported in 2012:
St. Thomas, Ann Arbor (Freedom Township Mission)
St. Thomas, Eastpointe (Harper Woods multi-site)
Christ The King, Flint (Flint Tri-Circuit Deaf Mission)
Faith, Grand Blanc (North Oakland Satellite)
Grass Lake, Grass Lake (Grass Lake Mission Start)
Light of Christ, Marysville (Mission Subsidy)
Cross & Resurrection, Ypsilanti (Dundee/Tecumseh Mission)
Trinity, Utica (Journeys)
St. Charles, Nativity (Chesaning Mission Start)
Lutheran City Ministries, Detroit (Family of God Mission)
St. Matthew, Holt (Rehoboth Lutheran Church)
Trinity Sudanese, Lansing (Sudanese Ministry)
Messiah, Midland (Restoration Fellowship and
Coffee Shop Outreach)
St. Paul, Pontiac (St. Paul, Pontiac)
St. Michael, Richville (Hmong Ministry)
Faith, Troy (Hamtramck Bengali & Arabic)
“Studying to be a deacon has greatly
impacted my life. I’m getting into God’s
Word, understanding the history and
what it means to me, and then able to
teach that to other people.”
Deacon Jack Mosher
Nineteen new students began their
deacon training in 2012. Learn more at
SchoolsIn classrooms across the Michigan
District, teachers help children build a
secure future by teaching them about
a God who loves them unconditionally,
created them to be His Children through
Baptism, and offered a plan of restoration
through Christ Jesus. Today, over 16,000
students are being equipped to pursue
their spiritual gifts
and talents, and
apply their faith
lives to spread the
Gospel and enrich
14 September 2013
Support for National and International Ministries
For the fiscal year ending January 31, 2013, the Michigan District remitted $1,903,724 to Corporate (national)
Synod, which represents 40.5% of the District’s unrestricted gifts from congregations. The 35 districts of the Synod
contribute approximately $16 million of undesignated revenue to Corporate Synod annually in support of national
and international mission and ministry. The balance of the $65 million 2012/13 budget of Corporate Synod comes
primarily from restricted gifts and sales of materials and services. The Program Budget Summary for Corporate Synod
indicates that 56% of the undesignated revenue is allocated directly to Programs of the Synod (including 14% for
missions and 28% for education).
Allocations of the budgeted use of undesignated revenue for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013 are as follows:
International Missions 10%
National Missions 4%
Pastoral Education 6%
University Education 22%
Ecclesiastical Services and Commissions 9%
Officers and Administration 18%
General and Administrative 17%
Michigan District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Summary of Financial Activities For the Year Ended January 31, 2013
Support, Revenues, and Gains
District Congregations (District and Synod)......
District Congregations (District use only)..........
Program Fees and Other Income.......................
Total Support, Revenues, and Gains..................
Congregation Ministry Facilitators...........
Loon Lake Lutheran Retreat Center.........
Other Congregation Program Services....
Ecclesiastical and Program Administration
District Properties and Depreciation.......
Change in Net Assets .................................. (1,277,381)
Synodical Budget 23%*
Program Fees and
Other Income 14%
Investment Income 6%
Other Gifts 8%
(District use only) 3%
(District and Synod) 69%
Information is taken from the audited financial statements of the Michigan District, LCMS. Copies of the audit report, which include all integral parts of the
financial statements, are available from the District Office.
*The Michigan District sent 40.5% of its unrestricted cash receipts from congregations to national Synod during the fiscal year. The numbers on the financial
statements reflect adjustments based on pledges from congregations and to the Synod as required by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
Student Aid 18%
(including CUAA support)
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16 September 2013
Peacemaking in our Congregationsby Richard Marrs
Three steps of Admonition
Ilike to ask Christians if they are familiar with Mat-
thew 18. Most biblically knowledgeable Christians
respond, “That is the chapter about what we are sup-
posed to do if our neighbor sins against us. Jesus teaches
us to follow the three-step process of going to them indi-
vidually, then with one or two others, and then, if they
still won’t listen and confess their sin, to tell it to the
church.” We are often quite good at remembering these
three steps of admonition.
But then I follow up with the question, “What else is
in Matthew 18?”
People are normally stumped. We remember the three
steps, but not the rest. And the rest of Matthew 18, the
context of the three steps (which are actually only three
verses in a 35-verse chapter), is incredibly important.
Comparing Billions to Thousands
The rest of the chapter includes Jesus teaching about
humility, the Parable of the Lost Sheep, and the author-
ity of the church to bind and loose sins. The chapter ends
with Jesus’ emphasis on horizontal forgiveness between
Christians, as he teaches Peter to forgive “seventy-seven
times” and then blesses us with the Parable of the Unfor-
giving Servant. In that parable, the first servant owes
his master 10,000 talents (probably of gold). This was
a HUGE amount. When the Queen of Sheba presented
her exorbitant gift to King Solomon (1 Kings 10:10), it
was only 120 talents of gold. Dr. Jeffrey Gibbs notes in
the Concordia Commentary on Matthew that it would
take the first servant at least 1,000 years to pay off such a
debt. Yet, his gracious master forgives the debt entirely.
Then the first servant comes across a fellow servant who
owes him money — 100 denarii — about three months’
wages (perhaps equivalent to $10,000 for us today). This
is a significant amount of money, yet it pales in com-
parison to what the first servant owed, like comparing
billions to thousands.
When we Christians find ourselves in conflict with
others, it is often over something significant. In church
it may be whether or not to continue funding a particular
ministry as stewardship revenues decline, a harsh snub
by someone in another family, or a business deal that has
gone sour with a fellow member. Yet, we are called by
our Lord Jesus to love everyone, even those we are in
Even if someone has sinned against us in some signifi-
cant way, their sin still pales in comparison to what our
Lord Jesus has forgiven us.
When we realize the scope of what Jesus has done to
forgive us for “billions” and to vertically reconcile us to
His Father, then it should always be possible for us to
forgive our fellow humans horizontally for “thousands.”
We can use sincere, explicit, Gospel-focused language to
seek reconciliation (e.g., “I’m sorry that I said what I did.
Would you please forgive me?”).
May our Lord grant us the grace to show His forgive-
ness through our forgiveness of others.
Rev. Dr. Richard W. Marrs is the Associate Professor of
Practical Theology, Dean of Faculty, and Tennis Coach
at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. Prior to coming
to the seminary, he served at Immanuel Lutheran Church
in Junction City, Kan. His prior experience includes
being a professor of psychology and counselor at both
St. John’s College in Winfield and Concordia University
Chicago, Riverforest, Ill. He and his wife, Laura, have
two adult daughters and a son-in-law.
LCMS Rural and Small Town Mission supports and encourages
rural and small town congregations in engaging their communi-
ties and growing together in Christ through Word and Sacrament.
Learn more at www.lcms.org/rstm.
Congregation News Little Dresses for Africa
This past spring, Immanuel, Macomb prayed bless-
ings over 153 pillowcase dresses which were donated to
Little Dresses for Africa (www.littledressesforafrica.org).
Immanuel’s LWML took on this mission as another oppor-
tunity to make a difference in the lives of families.
LWML member Carol
Soulard says, “We pray
to God that each girl who
receives a dress not only
knows they are clothed
physically, but more
importantly clothed in
the love of Jesus daily!”
Lead Pastor Greg
Griffith says, “Our core
values at Immanuel
include Missions and
Families, and here we
strive daily to make a dif-
ference in the lives of oth-
ers. Our community isn’t
focused on doing church, rather on being the church,
changing lives one life at a time as God gives us oppor-
Pastor Greg also noted: “I am reminded of when Jesus
sent His disciples to go out and try to catch fish again,
they returned with 153 fish … notice the number of
dresses that were made, this isn’t a coincidence, it is God
at work in our world.”
Through Little Dresses for Africa almost 2 million
dresses have been delivered to 43 countries in Africa and
countries in crisis including Honduras, Guatemala, the
Philippines, Cambodia, Mexico, and Haiti. Dresses have
also gone to theAppalachian Mountains and South Dakota.
Dresses are shipped or delivered by mission teams
and travelers and then distributed through orphanages,
churches, and schools to plant in the hearts of little girls
that they are WORTHY!
For more information, please contact Pastor Greg
Griffith at email@example.com or 586.286.4231.
Brick By Brick
Each year, Trinity, Conklin’s Board of Missions and
Evangelism Committee consider options for its annual mis-
sion project. In 2012, they chose to build a home for two
families. Working through Food for the Poor they received
insight into the great need for food and housing in Haiti.
“House in Haiti – Brick by Brick” began with a model
house made out of foam board, and as money came in, the
bricks (sold for $10 apiece) were applied to the outside
of the model home. The model was displayed in the nar-
thex where members could watch the progress. Donation
jars were set up around the church for loose change. The
most basic necessities of life – food, shelter, and clothing
– were also needed by the two families. The final offering
for the mission project totaled $9,134.55 which covered
$6,400 for the home and an additional $2,734.55 for food.
When the congregation initially began the project,
they thought it would take two years, but with praise,
thanksgiving, honor, and glory to God, they saw their
mission accomplished in just one year!
The excitement and satisfaction of this project is only
the beginning. Plans are being made for a member to
travel to Haiti to meet the families and see firsthand what
the Lord has done, brick by brick.
Rev. Scott Benjamin, pastor of Resurrection, Detroit (back left) and Rev.
Todd Seaver, pastor of Holy Cross, Toledo serving the small English Dis-
trict congregation Holy Child, Detroit (right), with members of Holy Child
who were received into membership at Resurrection on Palm Sunday.
In June, St. Paul, Bay City received six new members; one by adult
Baptism; two by adult Confirmation; two by reaffirmation of faith, and
one by transfer.
18 September 2013
Through the assistance of a Michigan
District mission grant, St. Thomas, Ann
Arbor opened Freedom Child Care Center
as a way to connect with its community
and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. St.
Thomas, the oldest congregation in the
Michigan District, purchased property on
a paved road – an old golf course club
house – to house the center. The minis-
try has been open for a year and has re-
cently gained state approval to increase
its capacity from 15 to 20 children. Jo
Andersen and daughter, Grace, (left)
joined St. Thomas after connecting with
the church through Freedom Child Care.
Her son, Ivan, (not pictured) received
This past summer, women and children, ages 5-80, gathered at
Trinity-Saint James, Munger to make 18 fleece baby blankets for 19
year-old Aja Mills to take with her on a mission trip to Shaanxi, China.
The group offered prayers for strength, endurance, and joy for their
service that day and also for the infant girls who would receive these
gifts of love. Mills served two weeks at an orphanage and gave the
blankets to abandoned and orphaned baby girls.
Rev. Larry Loree, Jr. dedicated prayer shawls made by women of Holy
Ghost, Monroe. During visitations, Loree gives the prayer shawls to
shut-ins and hospital and nursing home patients.
Holy Cross, Saginaw welcomed 33 new members last spring. Pictured
with Rev. James F. Krueger are proud parents, siblings, and fiancés –
many of whom were already members of Holy Cross. 2012 has been a
great year with a large number of adult and infant baptisms. Praise God
for the way He continues to enlarge and bless His Church on earth!
In partnership with POBLO International Ministries, All Nations, Troy
has added 15 new members to its congregation. All 15 recently im-
migrated to the United States.
POBLO assisted them with
basic needs such as furniture
and transportation. The new
congregants were instructed
in Luther’s Small Catechism
before they were received into
membership at All Nations. We
rejoice together as we witness
Christ moving and working in
the lives of these individuals!
St. Paul, Bay City’s high school age leadership team, Young Believers
in Christ, organized a servant event at a nearby cemetery. About 75
members were involved in the cleanup.
Nativity, St. Charles welcomed 22 new members in June. Elder Larry
LaBelle gave each of the eight new member families a loaf of bread
to remind them of Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life. Nativity is served
by Rev. Dr. Robert J. Schultz, interim pastor, and Vicar Mitch Vogeli.
New members were welcomed at St. Paul, Millington
In June, Rev. Douglas M. Adams was installed as sole pastor at Trinity,
Berrien Springs. Adams is a graduate from Concordia University Ann
Arbor, Mich. and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. Adams previously
served St. Paul’s, Hillsdale and Immanuel, Britton. He and his wife, Robyn,
have five children. Adams is pictured (front center) with circuit pastors.
In July, Rev. Mark R. Doede was ordained as a Specific Ministry Pastor
(SMP) at Historic Trinity, Detroit and will serve as vicar of Our Shepherd,
Birmingham. Doede is a student at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. He
and his wife, Janice, have 13 children and reside in Southfield. Doede is
pictured (5th from left) with pastors from area congregations including Rev.
Dr. John L. Heins, (center) former president of the Michigan District, LCMS.
In June, Rev. Eric I. Ekong (front center) was ordained into the ministry
and installed as senior pastor at Trinity, Jackson. Ekong is a graduate
of Concordia University Ann Arbor, Mich. and Concordia Seminary,
St. Louis, Mo. His grandfather, Jonathan Udo Ekong, founded The
Lutheran Church of Nigeria in the 1930s and his father, Rev. Hosea J.
Ekong, serves as a pastor at Victory Lutheran Church in Youngstown,
Ohio. He and his wife, Linda, have five children and reside in Jackson.
In June, Rev. Michael L. Heiden was
installed as the associate pastor of Im-
manuel, Macomb. Heiden is a graduate
of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. His
main responsibilities will be to connect
anyone that comes on campus to ministry
and help attenders and members take
next steps in their faith life. He is also the
primary preacher and planner for contem-
porary and interactive worship venues,
and will be overseeing young adult minis-
try. Heiden is pictured here with his wife,
Joy, and his daughter, Amelia.
In June, Rev. Aaron M. Richert (front center) was installed the associ-
ate pastor at St. John, Fraser. Richert previously served as vacancy
pastor at Cedar Crest, White Lake and Lutheran High School North-
west in Rochester Hills. He and his wife, Becky, have three children
and reside in Sterling Heights. He is pictured here with circuit pastors
including his father, Rev. Cary M. Richert (3rd from right).
Rev. David P. Schmidt (front, second from left) was installed as senior
pastor at St. Paul, Royal Oak. Schmidt graduated with a Masters of
Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. in 2005. Prior to
coming to St. Paul, he served as associate pastor at St. John, New
Boston for eight years. He, and his wife, Jennifer, were married in
May 2010. Schmidt is pictured here with circuit pastors.
In June, Rev. Timothy M. Verity was installed as
the Intentional Interim Pastor at Trinity, Reed City.
Verity and his wife, Janet, were warmly welcomed.
Throughout his time as an Intentional Interim, Verity
will learn about Trinity’s history and will offer encour-
agement and guidance as it moves toward calling its
Jean Thomas was honored for 41 years of teaching as
she retired from St. Peter, Hemlock. Over the years,
Thomas has worked with musical groups, coached, and
served on numerous District conference committees
and on accreditation teams. In 2005, Thomas received
the Crystal Apple Award from the Saginaw News and
was involved in coaching the FIRST LEGO League Team.
The members of St. Paul, Bay City cel-
ebrated the closing of the school year with
a special recognition upon the retirement
of two faithful servants. Kathy Eisman
(left) was honored for 27 years in the
teaching ministry. She served congrega-
tions in Kentucky, Ohio, and Missouri as
well as in Hemlock, Mich. and Midland,
Mich. before coming to St. Paul. Recog-
nition and thanks also went to Carolyn
VanCise (right) who more than ably served
as interim principal for the past two years.
20 September 2013
We are in the business of serving people. it’s something
we’ve been doing as two separate organizations for 120
years. and during that time, we’ve learned a lot about
human nature and how to care for people regardless of
their age or circumstance.
over the years, the way in which we deliver our services
has changed; but the reason we provide it hasn’t. We
want to pour into the lives of the people we serve —
individuals, communities, congregations and more — so
they emerge stronger than ever, with a renewed sense of
hope and purpose.
today, we are proud to announce this exciting new era
that combines the very best of both worlds.
it’s Wellspring Lutheran Services.
Wellspring Lutheran Services
Coming october 2013
Lutheran Child & family service of michigan
989.686.7650 | www.lcfsmi.org
Lutheran Homes of michigan
989.652.3470 | www.agingenriched.org
GRANT #4 Fort Wayne Food Co-op:
Karen Fuelling, Director of the Food and
Clothing Co-op writes:“The Food and
Clothing Co-op at Concordia, Fort Wayne,
plays a vital role by helping students feed and clothe them-
selves and their family members while they prepare for full
time church work. The Co-op continues to serve the needs
of the student families as it has for 35 years…. Because of
the LWML Mission Grant you provided for us, in the past
fiscal year, which is July to June, we were able to purchase
MORE THAN 40,000 pounds of produce. You also helped
provide over 2,475 dozen eggs and over 4,200 gallons of
milk. We purchased 3,000 pounds of ground beef and over
1,600 boxes of cereal. We purchased 3,059 pounds of dia-
pers and 3,106 pounds of toilet paper and paper towels.”
St. Louis Food Bank: Laura Moehlman, Operations
Supervisor of Enrollment Mgmt says: “I want to extend a
special word of thanks on behalf of Concordia Seminary,
St. Louis, and our students for your continuous support
through grant monies in order to assist with the daily oper-
ations of our Food Bank…. You are indeed partners with us
in the Gospel to help provide necessities for our students
and their families here at Concordia Seminary.” And a note
from one of the families: “Dear LWML Michigan District,
Thank you so much for your generous financial support of
the Seminary Food Bank. Your support is truly a blessing to
the students and their families (like us). Thank you. Merrit
& Veronica Demski.”
GRANT #11 Their grant proposal states: “Worship for
Shut-Ins ministers to not only the homebound and infirmed,
but also to those who may not know Jesus Christ as their
Savior” and “it takes outside sources to support this min-
istry costing $1,265 weekly [for broadcasting].” Executive
Director Ken Schilf states in his letter: “I sincerely thank
you on behalf of our viewers in your district that so rely on
your program to be spiritually fed. Furthermore, I have had
letters and conversations with viewers, who have come to
know Christ as their Savior because of Worship for Shut-
Ins. Praise the Lord!”
As we can see from the above, our mighty MITES are
working and are appreciated. Keep up the good work!
Women in Mission - A Brief Look at two of our Grants
Please mail your Mites to:
PO Box 5305
Warren MI 48090
Michigan District, LWML new website address: www.LWMLmichigan.org
Philip Krauss II Elected Vice Chair
Philip Krauss II of Westland was
re-elected recently to a two-year
term as vice chair of the Interna-
tional Lutheran Laymen’s League
(Int’l LLL) Board of Directors.
Krauss is program developer at
Marygrove College, where he
had previously been director of
enrollment. He has experience in
finance, recruitment, counseling,
and admissions and has previously served the Int’l LLL
as a regional governor and committee chair as well as a
district chair, board secretary, and ambassador. Krauss is
the chair for the 2014 Int’l LLL Conference in Detroit.
Nearly 11,000 contributing members of the Int’l LLL/
Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) voted in the recent
election to fill the open positions on the Int’l LLL Board
of Directors. The elected members were installed in July.
The International Lutheran Laymen’s League (Int’l LLL) is the governing body
for Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM), a Christian outreach ministry supporting
churches worldwide in its mission of Bringing Christ to the Nations ― and
the Nations to the Church. LHM produces Christian radio and TV program-
ming for broadcast, as well as Internet and print communications, dramas,
music, and outreach materials, to reach the unchurched in more than 30 coun-
tries. LHM’s flagship program, The Lutheran Hour, is the world’s longest-
running Christian outreach radio program. It airs weekly on 1,400 stations.
2014 LLL/LHM Conference
Plans are being made for the 2014
International Lutheran Laymen’s
League/Lutheran Hour Ministries
(Int’l LLL/LHM) International Out-
reach Conference in Detroit next July.
The conference is scheduled for July 23-27 at the Detroit
Marriott at the Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance
Drive, Detroit. Hotel reservations can be made by call-
ing 313.568.8000. Lutherans from across North America
and various parts of the world where LHM has an active
ministry will be gathering at this conference for four days
of worship, inspiration, fellowship, and sharing.
The conference will feature Rev. Gregory Seltz, a
Michigan native and current Lutheran Hour Speaker.
Workshops motivating Christians for outreach and
inreach will be featured along with family night, the
conference banquet, and Lutheran Hour rally. Additional
details will be provided in upcoming months.
Volunteers are needed to help with the event. If
you’re interested in attending or helping out at the con-
ference, contact committee chairman Phil Krauss II at
22 September 2013
and society, and you wonder what the future will be like.
Ted Koppel said, “We have actually convinced our-
selves that slogans will save us: ‘Shoot up, if you must,
but use a clean needle.’ ‘Enjoy sex whenever and with
whomever - just use protection.’NO. The answer is NO,
and not just because it isn’t cool or smart or because you
might end up dying in an AIDS ward, but NO, because
it is wrong. Because we have spent 5,000 years as a
race of rational human beings trying to drive ourselves
out of the primeval slime by searching for the truth and
moral absolutes. In its purest form, truth is not a polite
tap in the shoulder. It is howling reproach. What Moses
brought down from Mt. Sinai were not The Ten Sugges-
tions.” ABC Nightline Moderator, Ted Koppel, at Duke
University, Durham, North Carolina, giving the 1987
During the darkest time of Israel’s history, the period
of the judges, the end of the book concludes with what
six words? Do you know? “… everyone did as he saw
fit” (Judges 21:25 NIV) or “everyone did what was
right in his own eyes” (NKJV).
WE have forgotten God today. Way too often WE
have forgotten God. God, during the founding years of
this nation and for a century or more afterwards, was
the focal point and the foundation of America. It is obvi-
ous now, however, that we in the United States have for-
gotten God. We were once a thankful people. But in so
many regards we have lost the truth of what the Apostle
Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 4:7, “For who makes you
different from anyone else? What do you have that you
did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you
boast as though you did not?” (NIV).
The only way for the USA to stop this downward spi-
ral is to return to God. That will only happen when
God’s people, when churches, not only take a stand in
their community against the things that are wrong that
cause the downward spiral, but also demonstrate a love
and compassion for every sinner, and are involved in
the community endeavoring to help folks, especially the
down and out. It has been proven and acknowledged that
the most effective social work done in America today is
done by faith-based organizations. Churches that have
soup kitchens, clothes closets, English as a Second Lan-
guage classes, etc. and truly care for people are making a
Friends, God is calling us to return to Him; or let me
use the biblical word, REPENT. We must heartily and
sincerely repent of our own sin and of our own com-
plicity in the downward spiral of our nation. Turning to
the only true God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, may He
help us to understand and remember that we are so bad
that God’s Son had to die for us to set us free, and so
loved by Him that He did it with joy. Jesus, “for the joy
set before him endured the cross” (Hebrews 12:2 NIV).
Full, free, and final forgiveness is ours as a gift from God
through faith in Jesus. And with that forgiveness comes
God’s power through our connection with Jesus. In His
strength, we can change individually, personally. In His
strength we can work to change our nation with His love.
By grace, “You are the salt of the earth…You are the
light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-14 NIV). God invites
and empowers us to take up our calling.
As God’s freed and forgiven people may we, remem-
bering that “if the Son makes you free, you will be free
indeed” (John 8:36 NASB):
Return to the importance of Scripture — Scripture
and the correct study of it must become a priority within
the walls of the church and homes and from there taken
out into the world.
Return to the priority of prayer — Prayer unlocks
the power of God on the Church. The people of the
church must make it a priority in their lives as well as in
the life of the church. I am convinced we need to spend
more time praying together. We won’t be able to do
anything significant in the world until we humbly come
before God in prayer, and beseech “Him who is able to
do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think”
(Ephesians 3:20 NASB) to help us as families, churches,
communities, and as a nation return to Him.
Return to the importance of Evangelism — We have
been given the privilege of carrying on the mission and
ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ who said, “For the Son
of Man has come to seek and to save that which was
lost” (Luke 19:10 NASB).
Knowing that all people are loved by God and desper-
ately in need of what only He can give — forgiveness,
new life, renewal, salvation — we must consistently
present this Good News, the Gospel, to people in our
families, churches, communities, and around the world
in word and deed.
The crucified and risen Lord Jesus – the lover of all
mankind, the Redeemer of our lives, desires to freely
bestow and continually give of His love and blessings
to those who believe, to those who know His voice and
Forgiven, freed, empowered may we, therefore, not
only be hearers of the Word, but doers as by God’s call-
ing and grace we heed His words in Micah 6:8, “He has
showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the
Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and
to walk humbly with your God” (NASB).
David P. E. Maier
The Collected Words of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Ray Basler, vol. 6, p. 156)
Democracy in America. Alexis de Tocqueville, published in 1935; as quoted
continued from page 4
Calls and Roster Update
Boerger, Paul M. (Flint) to Lamb of God, Flint
Creeden, Anthony M. (Westland) to Bethlehem, Lakewood, CO
Erickson, James D. (Associate Pastor, Immanuel, Alpena) to Senior Pastor,
Fandrey, James E. (Clinton Twp.) to Grace, Wood River, NE
Ferry, Charles D. (West Bloomfield) to Mission Developer, The Lutheran
Church–Missouri Synod, St. Louis
Hooper, William (St. Louis, MO) to Christ, White Cloud
Johnson, Randy L. (New Buffalo) to St. John’s, Cheboygan
Khan, Amer M. (Administrative Pastor, All Nations, Troy) to Associate
Pastor, All Nations, Troy
Khan, Khurram M. (Associate Pastor, All Nations, Troy) to Senior Pastor,
All Nations, Troy
Peterson, Russell A. (Hales Corners, WI) to Trinity, Sturgis
Peterson, Ryan R. (Wildwood, MO) to Asst. Professor of Theology and
Campus Pastor, Concordia University Ann Arbor
Seaver, Todd A. (Toledo, OH) to Holy Ghost, Monroe
Change of Status
Doenges, Joseph C. (St. Clair) to Non-Candidate
Reusch, Jon W. (West Bloomfield) to Emeritus
Stahlhut, Steven C. (Linden) to Emeritus
Meyer, Mel M. (South Bend, IN) to Indiana District
Rippy, Sean L. (Boise, ID) to Northwest District
Reinstated to Roster
Gorlitz, Larry R. (St. Cloud, MN)
Resigned from Roster
Becerra, Roberto A. (Sawyer)
Sgambelluri, Carlo A. (West Branch)
Goltz, Gordon K. (Emeritus)
Rudow, Eugene C. (Emeritus)
Ruhl, Lorne C. (Emeritus)
Voorhees, David L. (Emeritus)
Blissfield, Blessed Savior
Pontiac, St. Paul
Arrick, Mary (Candidate) to Green Bay Lutheran School Association,
Green Bay, WI
Barth, Rachael (Concordia, Mequon) to Immanuel, Alpena
Britton, John (Lutheran Church of St. Luke, Itasca, IL) to Trinity, Port Huron
Fischer, Melinda (St. Luke, Clinton Township) to St. Paul, Troy, IL
Furr, Ruth (Concordia, Seward) to Holy Cross, Saginaw
Grannis, Kristy (Non-Candidate, Minnesota South District) to Open Arms,
Hildebrand, Laura (Candidate) to Christ, Stevensville
Jenicek, Rebecca (St. Matthew, Washougal, WA) to Messiah, Holt
Johnson, Andrea (Zion, Bethalto, IL) to St. Peter, Macomb
Krc, Mary (Concordia, Seward) to Holy Cross, Saginaw
Looker, Paul (Lutheran High Northwest, Rochester Hills) to Lutheran High
School Association of Greater Detroit, Rochester Hills
McCollister, Allison (Candidate) to St. Paul, Northville
Newton, LaRayne (Candidate) to St. Michael’s, Richville
Oechsner, Bryan (Lutheran High North, Macomb) to Mt. Rainier High
School, Tacoma, WA
Pehlke, Todd (St. John, Merrill, WI) to St. John, Rochester
Pidsosny, Mary (Non-Candidate) to St. Peter’s, Eastpointe
Schlak, Stephanie (Concordia, Ann Arbor) to Lutheran High Northwest,
Scott, Aaron (St. John’s, Glendale, WI) to Concordia, Redford
Scott, Amy (Grace, Menomonee, WI) to St. Matthew, Walled Lake
Unger, Daniel (St. John, Fraser) to Lutheran High North, Macomb
Vogeli, Mitchell (Commissioned Non-Candidate) to Nativity, Saint Charles
Weiss, Theodore (Grace, San Mateo, CA) to Immanuel, Sebewaing
Zeddies, Brooke (St. John, New Boston) to Messiah, Independence, MO
Change of Status
Beethe, Ivan (Trinity, Conklin) to Candidate
Beringer, Daniel (Immanuel, Sebewaing – serving Christ the King) to Emeritus
Bresemann, Linda (St. Lorenz, Frankenmuth) to Emeritus
Burmeister, Nathaniel (St. Luke, Haslett) to Non-Candidate
Eisman, Kathleen (St. Paul, Bay City) to Emeritus
Elmshauer, Laura (Trinity, Clinton Township) to Candidate
Gallagher, John (Trinity, Muskegon – serving West Shore) to Emeritus
Gioe, Louise (St. Lorenz, Frankenmuth) to Emeritus
Michael, Patricia (Trinity, Berrien Springs) to Emeritus
Mueller, Robert (Peace, Saginaw) to Emeritus
Odinga, Ardith (Holy Cross, Saginaw) to Emeritus
Schmitt, Kristine (St. Paul, Lapeer) to Emeritus
Siefker, Dorothy (St. Paul, Northville) to Emeritus
Stordahl, Jean (Trinity, Muskegon – serving West Shore) to Emeritus
Taggart, Linda (St. Thomas, Eastpointe) to Emeritus
Thomas, Jean (St. Peter, Hemlock) to Emeritus
Thompson, Judy (St. Peter’s, Eastpointe) to Emeritus
Vanick, Edward (St. Thomas, Eastpointe) to Emeritus
Wiersig, Christine (St. Paul’s, Farmington – serving Concordia, Redford) to
Transfer out of District
Arrick, Mary (Candidate) to North Wisconsin District
Baringer, Todd (Trinity, St. Joseph) to Mid-South District
Beethe, Ivan (Candidate) to North Wisconsin District
Fischer, Melinda (St. Luke, Clinton Township) to Southern Illinois District
Kumm, David (Christ the King, Sebewaing) to Ohio District
McDaniel, Jennifer (Macomb, St. Peter) to Pacific Southwest District
Oechsner, Bryan (Lutheran High North, Macomb) to Northwest District
Pickelmann, Jonathon (St. John’s, Midland) to South Wisconsin District
Robbins, Nathan (Concordia, Ann Arbor) to Texas District
Wallace, Jeffery (Christ, Stevensville) to Indiana District
Zeddies, Brooke (St. John, New Boston) to Missouri District
Transferred into District
Grannis, Kristy (Minnesota South District) to Open Arms, Belleville
Jenicek, Rebecca (Northwest District) to Messiah, Holt
Nash, Patricia (Indiana District) as Non-Candidate
Sankey, Thad (Nebraska District) to Concordia, Ann Arbor
Schumacher, Joshua (Pacific Southwest District) to Concordia, Ann Arbor
Weiss, Rebecca (California-Hawaii-Nevada District) as Candidate
Weiss, Theodore (California-Hawaii-Nevada District) to Immanuel,
Sebewaing – serving at Christ the King, Sebewaing
Resigned from the Roster
A complete up-to-date listing of
Calls and Vacancies can be found at
www.michigandistrict.org, click on About.
24 September 2013
For detailed event information,
please visit www.michigandistrict.org/events.
2 Labor Day
10-11 Circuit Counselors Conference
Peace, Ann Arbor
12 Webinar - Spiritual Disciplines*
15-18 Deacon Conference
23-26 IIM Conference
4-6 Church Extension Fund Fall Conference
6-9 All Pastors’ Conference
Boyne Falls, Michigan
11-13 Lutheran Adult Gathering
Mackinac Island, Michigan
16 Webinar - Mission & Outreach*
18-20 Confirmation Retreat
21-23 Michigan/Ohio DCE/FLD Retreat
Maumee Bay, Ohio
24-26 LEA Convocation
25-27 Confirmation Retreat
7 New Church Worker Conference
Ann Arbor, Michigan
8-9 Family Friendly Partners Network #3 Event 6
13 Webinar - Communications*
12 Webinar- School Mktg & Enrollment Education*
1 New Years Day
Calendar of Events
* The District Office hosts monthly free live
webinars for professional church workers and lay
leaders throughout the state and beyond. The hour-
long presentations cover topics such as: school board
membership, service as an elder, effective gover-
nance models, strategic planning, stewardship, mis-
sions, and more. For more information or to register,
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• Youth Groups
• Men’s/Women’s Groups
• Family Reunions
• Quilting Retreats
• Outdoor Education
• Band/Sports Camps