Dear Fellow Workers in Christ’s Kingdom:
We hope to see many of you at our annual Synod Convention in just a few weeks, June 19-23. In one of our general prayers we include these phrases: “Protect all who travel… Protect our bodies and souls from all harm and danger…” (ELH pp. 96, 97). We urge all in our synod to petition the Lord for his blessing upon our pastors, delegates and guests who will be making the trip to our convention in Mankato, Minnesota. We also are praying that God grants his grace and guidance upon all that we do so that his name is glorified and that his kingdom may come to many!
Blessings in Christ,
John A. Moldstad
(back L to R) Christian Walz, Andrew Soule, Joshua Mayer, Noah Thompson, Kurtis Freimuth (front L to R) Aaron Ferkenstad, Matthew Behmer, Daniel Ruiz, Jeffrey Hendrix, Patrick Ernst
On May 11, 2016, five pastoral candidates were assigned to serve parishes in our Evangelical Lutheran Synod: Matthew Behmer was assigned as pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church (Bell Gardens, California); Jeffrey Hendrix was assigned as pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church (Ulen, Minnesota) and Grace Lutheran Church (Crookston, Minnesota); Joshua Mayer was assigned as pastor of Redeeming Grace Lutheran Church (Rogers, Minnesota); Daniel Ruiz was assigned as pastor of Hope Lutheran Church (Leander, Texas); and Andrew Soule was assigned as pastor of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and Rock Dell Lutheran Church (Belview, Minnesota).
Also on May 11, two vicars were assigned: Aaron Ferkenstad was assigned as vicar of St. John’s Lutheran Church (Frankenmuth, Michigan) and Kurtis Freimuth was assigned as vicar of Grace Lutheran Church (Vero Beach, Florida).
We praise God for raising up men to carry on the work of the pastoral ministry, even as we also ask for his blessings upon these men and their families.
Medical Clinic on Wheels in Ukraine
Gift of Life physicians are preparing for the summer season of travel to sixteen villages/sites. Pictured: Dr. Oxana, Dr. Igor, and Dr. Larisya. Medical and dental teams treat over 10,000 Ukrainians each year – 80% of them are children. At each stop, Gospel tracts are shared with patients. Learn more at www.tof.org.
From our Sister Church in Peru