CONCORDIA SEMINARY, ADOPT-A-STUDENT!
The Finance Committee has estab-lished an account for the Adopt-A-Student program. Anyone may contribute any amount at any time. When the account reaches $500, we will adopt a student as a congregation. We can then work toward another student, and so on. There is a bulletin board next to Classroom 107 in the CMC with all the information on this program. Check it out, and see what this is all about. Folders are also available in the narthex. The seminarians hope to welcome you to the program. For more information, contact the Church Office and visit the website atwww.csl.edu/friends/adopt-A-Student.
SUPPORT OUR LCMS—St. Louis and Ft. Wayne Seminaries! In today’s culture, strong pastors and church leaders are more important than ever. The Seminaries have been empowering men and women to fulfill God’s call to ministry in the U.S. and worldwide. As Christians, we can all play a role in creating effective church leaders. Pray for God’s blessings on the Seminary’s students, faculty and staff. Participate with a gift to support the future of the LCMS. One way could be to Adopt-a-Student (see John Smith for details). For more information, call 1-800-822-5287, or visit the Seminary website, www.csl.edu.
CONCORDIA SEMINARY, ST. LOUIS CELEBRATES 175 YEARS!
In today’s culture, strong pastors and church leaders are more important than ever. The Seminary has been empowering men and women to fulfill God’s call to ministry in the U.S. and worldwide. As Christians, we can all play a role in creating effective church leaders. Pray for God’s blessings on the Seminary’s students, faculty and staff. Participate with a gift to support the future of the LCMS. One way could be to Adopt-a-Student. For more information, call 1-800-822-5287, or visit the Seminary website, www.csl.edu.
Standing together, students and sponsors overcome the single greatest obstacle to students coming to the Seminary — affording it! By overcoming this challenge you are making an eternal difference as the students you prepare now will proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ today and for decades to come. In faith, these seminarians have come to Concordia Seminary. Now you can encourage them with your prayers and make their preparation financially possible.
ADOPT-A-STUDENT CALL DAY UPDATE! April 28th was a really important day for the future of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. 77 graduating seminarians received their pastoral calls. Trey Sansom took a call to Christ the King Lutheran, Kingswood, TX. Jonathan Jhanke, went to St. Paul Lutheran in Ft. Dodge, IA as an associate pastor. There were 42 vicarage calls. Caleb Worrel and Peter Deberny completed their second year of study, and received vicarage assignments. Caleb went St. John Lutheran, Dublin, OH, and Peter went to The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Garden City, NY. Alex Smith (Smith's grandson, not one of our sponsored students) went to his vicarage at St. Paul Lutheran, St. Joseph, Missouri. These were important calls not only for these young men, but also to the Synod as new recruits going into the field.
"IT ‘S A GREAT TIME TO BE IN THE CHURCH, AND IT ‘S AN EXCITING TIME TO BE A PASTOR"
In the 2017Winter Concordia Seminary publication, an article featured and quoted our fourth year seminary student, Casey Kegley. He expressed some of his attitudes and feelings.
"Christianity can open doors and start conversations, but "reaching others with the hope of the Gospel requires listening." And even more than listening, he explains that we need to live differently so that we stand out to others. The article, entitled, "Preparing Pastors for Today’s World", stresses caring for the "hearts of people." Casey said, looking forward to Call Day and his first placement into the ministry, that "he hopes to equip the people he shepherds to show and share the Gospel with their families, friends, and colleagues. I’m just going to give people what I believe, because God has done some pretty cool stuff in my life, and I can tell them that He has done that for them as well."
This is the kind of pastor that our Adopt-a-Student participation is preparing. He asks, "Are people going to see the evidence of Jesus in me?" This is the business of preparing pastors and insuring the future of the church in a day of "decline in attendance and other challenges facing the church." Our participation supports Casey and others like him who will enable the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod to not only continue, but thrive. Casey and our other seminarians need your support. Please consider helping by contributing to ADOPT-A-STUDENT.
SEMINARY CALL DAYS ARE COMPLETED!
On May 1, St. Louis made 116 calls for pastors, deaconesses, and missionaries. Our Adopt-a-Student, Nathan McCarty, was called as Associate Pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Three of our other seminarians received vicarage assignments; Chad Bolosan to St.Paul in Westlake, Ohio; Vernon Samson to Christ the King in Kingswood, Texas; and Ryan Schnake to the church and military base in Kaiserslauten, Germany. Fort Wayne call day was April 30, and our seminarian there, Joshua Ralston, will be a vicar at St. John in Wheaton, Illinois. Thanks for helping the future of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod congregations!
March 2020 Update
See the letter in the next section below that shows our students that we are sponsoring for the 2019-2020 academic year. We are supporting 6 students from the St. Louis Seminary and 2 from the Fort Wayne Seminary.