The LCMS continues to face a dire need to recruit church workers, including missionaries — a topic of concern addressed by the Board for International Mission (BIM) at its meeting here Feb. 8-9. “We have a wonderfully large opportunity to recruit pastors and lay missionaries,” the Rev. Randall L. Golter, the new executive director of [...]
LCMS congregations with email addresses should have received an email in late January from the Synod’s Ministry to the Armed Forces regarding “Armed Forces Sunday” on May 19. The email is intended to let congregations know that if they want free resources to celebrate the special Sunday in May, they must place their orders no [...]
Merle Freitag of Wildwood, Mo., former president of the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), has been selected to receive the Silver St. Martin of Tours Medal from the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces Committee and the Office of International Mission. The award will be presented to Freitag during next summer’s LCMS national convention, July [...]
Georgia Fisher becomes emotional when talking about her 24-year-old grandson, Michael, who is a Marine sergeant serving in Afghanistan since November. “He’s already lost one close buddy,” said Fisher, a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Winter Haven, Fla. “This experience has already changed him and all the others who are serving there. How can [...]
LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense as an employer who provides exceptional support for National Guard and Reserve troops.
Armed Forces Sunday is scheduled for May 20, 2012. If your congregation chooses to celebrate Armed Forces Sunday on a day other than May 20, appropriate days could include a Sunday close to Memorial Day, Independence Day or Veterans Day. These resources are free to your congregation for celebrating Armed Forces Ministry Sunday. Resources for 2012 [...]
Photo: The Rev. Dr. Steve Hokana, an LCMS active duty chaplain assigned to the U.S. Army’s Department of Pastoral Ministry Training, is the featured speaker at the first LCMS national Operation Barnabas conference. His three presentations will focus on the spiritual care of those suffering from the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The first-ever Operation [...]
Download the May 2011 prayer calendar, which provides specific prayer requests for God's work in the Philippines and through LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces.
"Martin and his wife, Ellen, asked for a Lutheran Chaplain to baptize their son, Edvin, at the Swedish Camp—a first for them and for any Lutheran—as far as we know. Edvin was born at our Army hospital on U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan, Korea, and represents the international mix of our community..."
LCMS Chaplain Jason Dart of the United States Navy stationed in Japan, confirmed on Saturday, March 12 that he and his family were safe. Currently, Chaplain Dart and his family are the only LCMS military chaplain and family serving in Japan. Assigned with the USS Essex, the Dart family is stationed...