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News from the District

New voice in the Mission and Ministry Office

Taylor Holmes is the new primary person to answer the phones in the Mission and Ministry office.

Sirpa Quinn has been answering the calls for over 20 years and has now moved into a part-time position continuing to work in district communication and visual media.

Appeal for Immediate Help in Disaster Recovery
There is a great need for volunteers to help with recovery in North Carolina. If you are able to come and help this in mucking out and rebuilding please let us know by completing the form at

Association of Lutheran Church Musicians hosts workshop
Hickory, NC – Saturday, November 3
Information and registration is available at
Location: Lenoir-Rhyne University; 625 7th Ave NE. Information and registration is available at Presenters include Martha Burford and Ryan Luhrs.

Men of God: “Meant for More”
With Guest Speaker Rev. Dr. John Nunes, President of Concordia College, Bronxville, New York
Saturday November 10, 9 am to 3 pm
Wellspring Center at The Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, Silver Spring MD.

Men are called to play many roles in today’s world. How can we fulfill God’s purposes and be all that we are called to be for those around us, and for Christ? Guys – God is calling us to MORE! Empowered by the Spirit, we can answer that call. Let’s talk about how.
Featuring a variety of breakouts on men’s roles and issues:

  • Conflict Resolution: Becoming A Peacemaker – Jotham Johann
  • I Give Up: Exploring Servant Leadership – John Durkin
  • Happy Wife, Happy Life: Tools for Building a Healthy Marriage – Peter DeMik
  • Feeling Empty & Numb: Grief and Healing – Jim David
  • Passing the Torch: Reaching Millennials with the Gospel – Steve Miller
  • Being a Christian Man in the #MeToo Era – Deb Poese
  • US Tax Reform: How It Will Affect You – Mark Mueller
  • God’s Love in Black & White: Race and Faith – Gary Fields & Bob Sullivan

Registration fee: $49 by Oct. 29, $59 after – check their website for group rates and more information – Wellspring Men’s Conference

Ceiling Collapse Update
Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Rainer MD

Several weeks ago the ceiling in the sanctuary at Trinity fell without any obvious cause. Volunteers have now cleaned up the the sanctuary and the congregation waits for a report from a structural engineer but worship continues! The congregation is meeting in an overflow area until repairs can be made. The Mekane Yesus Congregation has set up their worship in the fellowship hall. They are making the best of the situation and are very thankful that nobody was injured in the collapse.


Send a Short-Term Team to Peru in 2019
There is still time to send a team in 2019! These are the open dates for short-term teams to come and work alongside the missionaries sharing the gospel in Lima. Please contact us before Friday, November 30, to claim one of the openings below, at which point they’ll be considered open to those beyond the PERU FORO circle.

February 8-18, 2019 | M-F Castillo Fuerte Kids Summer Camp

May 3-13, 2019 | English Camp San Borja

June 14-24, 2019 | Show and Tell All Mission Sites

July 21-31, 2019 | VBS or Kids Camp Los Olivos or Castillo Fuerte

August 24-Sept 1, 2019 | Show and Tell All Mission Sites

Oct 6-13, 2019 | English Camp San Borja

Contact Erin Mackenzie or Ron Bostick for more information or to reserve your date!

New Church in the Central Plateau of Haiti
Rocky Road Lutheran Church is a new ministry in the Central Plateau of Haiti. Pastor Mura and Samuel travel together to teach Luther’s Small Catechism twice a month. It is a two hour walk as the way to get there is not accessible by motorcycle or horseback from Laotchikit, where Pastor Mura also conducts services. The first priority is to purchase Bibles in Creole. If you would like more information on this new ministry in Haiti please contact Lar Helland.

Concordia Publishing House Embarks on 150th Anniversary Year
St. Louis, MO- Founded in 1869 as the publishing arm of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Concordia Publishing House today celebrated the beginning of 150 years of service to the Church. The yearlong celebration will culminate in a celebratory worship service and luncheon on September 11, 2019.

Learn more about Concordia Publishing House’s history at For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Lindsey Martie at or 314-268-1303.

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