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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
After May 20 tornadoes devastated parts of the Midwest and especially Moore, Okla., killing at least 24 people – some of them school children – we are requesting prayers and gifts to help with The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod’s ongoing relief effort.
The tornado swept dozens of homes and buildings off their foundations, shredded cars and trucks, littered streets with debris and power lines, injured at least 145 people in the Oklahoma City suburb and struck two schools and a hospital.
Aaron Uphoff, a vicar from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., is serving at Trinity Lutheran in Norman, Okla. He spent Monday evening in Moore, praying with and comforting those who survived the devastation. “I prayed with as many people as I could,” he said. “I asked Christ for comfort and for the peace that that surpasses all understanding, which is ours by virtue of Good Friday and Easter.”
At the same time, there is a great deal of mercy that needs to be shown to the people who have been hurt by this spring’s tornadoes. You can help support your Synod’s disaster response relief effort by contributing today to LCMS Disaster Response. The Rev. John Fale, associate executive director of the LCMS’ Mercy Operations Group,said, “The needs are going to be huge. We don’t know yet the extent of what they will be, but, by the grace of God, we will be there to respond with the love and mercy of Christ to help those affected by the tornado to regain some sense of normality.”
When the 6,200 congregations of the Synod respond, together we make an enormous difference by bringing our resources to bear where people are hurting. (Download a letter of encouragement I’ve written for our LCMS members and congregations here.)
Now is the time to help. Support those in need by:
- Making a donation online at http://www.lcms.org/give/disaster.
- Mailing checks payable to “The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod” (with a memo line or note designating “LCMS Disaster Relief”) to The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, P.O. Box 66861, St. Louis, MO 63166-6861.
- Calling toll-free 888-930-4438 (8:10 a.m. – 4:10 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday).
Pastor Matthew C. Harrison
President, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Give a gift to help the LCMS provide immediate and ongoing response when disasters happen.
Watch LCMS President Matthew C. Harrison’s video message of Christ’s help and hope.
Keep up-to-date on the LCMS response to disasters around the globe at www.lcms.org/disaster
Download disaster-related worship resources for use
this Sunday, including a Bible Study, devotion, hymn suggestions and prayers.
by Fred Baue
for The Lutheran Malaria Initiative
Buzz Off! (Buzz off, you nasty little bug!)
Buzz Off! (Buzz off, you nasty little bug!)
Am D Dm
Just get on out of the a- re- a
E7 Am G7
‘Cause we’re gettin’ rid of you and your malari- a
When God made the world, He made it right,
There were mosquitoes, but they didn’t bite.
Then along came the serpent, slick as you please.
Man fell. Then came sin, death and disease.
Then God made Jesus out of clay,
He died and rose, took our sins away,
And death and illness of body and soul.
He’ll come back and make this sick world whole.
Now God made you, and God made me,
For works He planned from eternity:
Works of mercy like Jesus done,
Right here. Right now, till kingdom come.
As conventions season approaches, we are faced with a bit of a Synod-wide dilemma. How shall our congregations become informed in a timely manner of convention- and election-related changes made by the 2010 convention, some of which are very significant?
Usual Channels of Information
District presidents surely will want to share some of this information at Fall Professional Workers Conferences, which will then be shared with congregations by the pastors and teachers. And circuit counselors surely will want to keep pastors and congregations informed in their circuits.
To facilitate this sharing of information, the Council of Presidents has set aside a bloc of time during its September 2011 meeting to review the changes that have taken place. District presidents will want to provide this information to their circuit counselors for distribution on the congregation level.
But will this provide enough notice? And will it be timely enough to enable all 6,000-plus congregations of our Synod to actively participate, especially since some of the changes have almost immediate consequences as 2012 district conventions approach?
Unusual Channel of Information
As Secretary of the Synod, I hope to lend my hand to this communication effort. With the help of my staff and others, I am putting together a mailing campaign that hopefully will provide timely information directly to congregations to help make certain that no congregation is left unaware.
On September 1, the first in a series of 18 5 ½ x 8 ½ postcard mailings (clearly labeled as official business) will be mailed to all congregations, circuit counselors, and district presidents. These mailings will provide the information they need to know at the time they will need to know it. An article in the September Reporter will alert the Synod to the receipt of these mailings over the next 20 months.
The first postcard, calling congregations’ attention to “District Convention Delegate/Alternate Delegate Elections,” will describe the change in the manner in which the President of the Synod will be elected beginning in 2013—by direct participation by the congregations of the Synod. The postcard will call attention to the important rules for participation.
The second postcard, calling attention to congregations’ need to elect their representatives to their circuit forums (which must take place prior to their 2012 district conventions) is scheduled to be mailed on September 15. The third, scheduled for September 30, will address the new process by which the 2012 circuit counselor nominations and elections must take place.
Becoming-the-Usual Channel of Information
The recognition behind the mailings is that the U.S. Mail is still the most dependable method at this time to make certain that every congregation is reached. However, recognizing that the Internet is the preferred source of information for increasing numbers of people, the content of the postcards will be posted on the Synod’s Website at www.lcms.org/convention/procedureupdates following each mailing.
How did we get here?
A grant obtained by LCMS World Relief/Human Care is providing the resources necessary for our travel to Latvia and within the country. We are working in each of the three dioceses of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia. Today we are in the Diocese of Riga, the largest city and capitol of the country. Earlier this week we were in Daugavpils, the second city of Latvia. On Monday we will present in Liepaja, on the Baltic Sea, where there was a large military base in Soviet days.
Our hosts are marvelous, the interpreters indefatigable, the participants attentive and responsive, and the food tremendous! We are heartened by our work with our partners, and we pray the Latvian church is strengthened in the Church’s work of mercy. We are Christ’s body – He is the Head, but we are His hands, His arms, His feet, His mouth in the world.
Here are more pictures.
+Herbert C. Mueller
President Harrison led the discussion this morning at the second disaster relief “war room” meeting at the International Center since the quake and tsunami hit last Friday.
Reports and information were coordinated and shared from the following departments and individuals–either in person or by phone.
- John Fale
- Dennis Fangmann
- Glenn Merritt
- Darin Storkson
- Al Dowbnia
- Hans Springer
- Chrissy Thomas
- Dave Birner
- John Mehl
- Kama Bernabo
- Travis Torblaa
- Stacey Grapengater
- David Strand
- Jim Heine
- Adriane Dorr
- Joe Isenhower
- Melanie Ave
- Matt Harrison
- Jon Vieker
- Kim Vieker
- Blake Tilley
For the latest information on LCMS relief efforts, check back often at www.lcms.org/help.
Following chapel this morning, staff at the IC gathered to wish President Harrison a happy birthday.