Dear Fellow Workers and Friends:
We are familiar with COLAS (cost of living adjustments). Many depend on these for meeting daily needs. Well, as we in October think of the Lutheran Reformation, we suggest SOLAS are far more critical for real living – living with God, both here in time and hereafter in eternity. SOLA SCRIPTURA – Scripture alone is our source of truth and certainty for salvation as provided by our gracious Triune God; SOLA GRATIA – Grace alone, not any merit or works of our own, is how we have forgiveness and the guarantee of heaven – God’s underserved love as shown us in his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ; SOLA FIDEI – Faith alone is how this salvation in Christ is apprehended, worked by the Holy Spirit by means of Word and Sacrament; finally, SOLA CHRISTUS – Christ alone sums it all up for us (1 Cor. 2:2)! May you have great solace from these SOLAS!
Reprint of We Believe, Teach, and Confess
Please contact our BLC Bookstore (1-800-944-1722) if you would like to receive copies of our synod’s “We Believe, Teach and Confess.” A new format of the 1992 document has been put together by Rev. Paul Fries, and it is available in both the small-size or large-size pamphlets.
The annual lecture series at Bethany Lutheran College will this year center on the theme, “Lessons from the Laypeople of the Reformation.” The lecturers will be Rev. Jerome Gernander from our synod’s Bethany Lutheran Church in Princeton, MN, and Dr. David Schroeder, professor of history at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. Lecture one is entitled: “Laymen and Women of the Reformation.” Lecture two is “Civil Leaders of the Reformation.” The lectures begin at 10:30 AM on each of the days of October 27 and 28 (Thursday and Friday) in the location of the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center. Download the full schedule and registration form: http://www.evangelicallutheransynod.org/synod-office/news/photos/cc/ref_lec_2011.pdf
Commissioning of Rev. Bradley Kerkow
Holy Word Lutheran Church (WELS) of Austin, Texas, hosted the ELS commissioning of Rev. Brad Kerkow to serve as missionary to the Cedar Park/Leander, Texas, area on September 11, 2011. Rev. Michael Smith preached the sermon, Rev. Don Patterson (pastor at Holy Word) served as liturgist, Pres. Moldstad performed the rite of commissioning, and Revs. Karl Gurgel and Matthew Crick were lectors for the worship service. Other pastors from the area participating in the laying on of hands were: Rev. Matthew Doebler, Rev. Paul Kuehn, Rev. Eric Hartzell, Rev. Seth Dorn, and Rev. David Schneider. We especially thank the members of Holy Word for their encouraging and prayerful support for this mission endeavor, as was shown also by the wonderful meal they provided following the well-attended afternoon service.
Website for Austin, Texas, mission
The exploratory mission in Austin, Texas, served by Pastor Brad Kerkow, has a new website! Check out Hope Lutheran’s site at http://hopeaustin.com/
Teacher Installation in Florida
Mrs. Danielle Powers was installed as teacher of Grades 1-3 at Peace Lutheran School in Kissimmee, Florida, on August 7, 2011. The congregation presented her with a special cake for the occasion. Peace school has about 50 students this year, taught by three teachers. Last year the number was 30. The school principal is Jason Draeger.
Members of the Board for Home Missions and Evangelism
Pictured from left are: Rev. Dan Basel, Rev. Larry Wentzlaff, Pres. Moldstad, Rev. Rod Flohr, Mr. Robert Smith, Rev. Karl Hermanson, Mr. Keith Duin, Mr. Steven Jaeger, Mr. Loren Meyer, Rev. Richard Wiechmann, Rev. Timothy Hartwig, Mr. David Ewert (advisory from the Board of Trustees), and Prof. Michael Smith.
Mission Festival at West Bend
Pictured above are some of the members from Trinity Lutheran, West Bend, Wisconsin, at a special dinner following worship services on September 25. The Junior and Mixed Choir sang for both services, and instrumentalists who accompanied were: Kelsey Schenk, French horn; Lauren Schenk, xylophone; Danny Schlawin, violin; and tone chimes by 3 & 4 grade students. Pres. Moldstad brought greetings from the synod and preached the sermon for the occasion. Rev. Ken Mellon (pictured at right) is the pastor at Trinity. Principal Richard Brei leads the Trinity School that covers preschool through 8th grade. A student vicar from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Phil Moldenhauer, assists at the congregation periodically.
Seminary students for 2011-2012
Pictured here (from left to right) are: Michael Lilienthal, Michael Willitz, Benjamin Wiechmann, Paul Webber, and Paul Lange. There also are six men currently vicaring who are not pictured, so the seminary enrollment this year numbers eleven. The vicars are Nathanael Abrahamson at Abiding Shepherd Lutheran (Cottage Grove Wisconsin); Jesse DeDeyne at St. Paul’s Lutheran (North Mankato, Minnesota); Timothy Grundmeier at Holy Trinity Lutheran (Okauchee, Wisconsin); Peter Heyn at Christ and Living Word Lutheran Churches (Windsor and Petaluma, California); and Luke Willitz at Bethany Lutheran (Port Orchard, Washington). Matthew Moldstad began his vicarage at Peace Lutheran Church, Kissimmee, Florida, on January 1. This vicarage will continue until December.
National Recognition for Bethany
The Mankato Free Press has drawn attention to the eighth place ranking of our Mankato, Minnesota, college’s website. If you would like to read about this, go to: http://mankatofreepress.com/local/x780408474/Bethany-recognized-nationally-for-new-website
Hope Lutheran’s new pastor
On Sunday, August 28, 2011, Candidate of Theology Michael Moldstad was ordained and installed as pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Portage, Indiana. Circuit Visitor, Rev Fred Lams, was the liturgist, Rev. Ed Bryant served as lector, and Pres. Moldstad delivered the sermon message based on Joshua 1:6-9. Other participants for the laying on of hands were: Rev. Gene Lilienthal and Rev. John Moldstad, Sr., the grandfather of Michael.
Circuit Visitors Conference 2011, Bloomington, Minnesota
The ELS Visitors Conference took place on September 15 & 16, with all 12 circuits represented. Three new visitors were added to the meeting this year. Pictured above from left are: Rev. David J. Webber (Circuit #11), Rev. James Braun (#12), Rev. Thomas Fox (#2), Rev. Craig Ferkenstad (ELS Secretary), Rev. Micah Ernst (#10), Rev. Fred Lams (#4), Rev. Herb Huhnerkoch (#1), Rev. Paul Schneider (#3), Rev. Wayne Halvorson (#7), Rev. Glenn Obenberger (ELS VP), Rev. Erwin Ekhoff (#9), Rev. Robert Otto (#6), Pres. J. Moldstad, Rev. Jonathan Madson (#5); not pictured but was present: Rev. David Thompson (#9). Papers presented were the following: “Ministering to Those From a Non-Lutheran Background,” Rev. T. Fox; “Study on Pastoral Qualifications,” D. Thompson; “Visitations – How Beneficial?” by Rev. G. Obenberger; and “Revitalizing Our Lutheran Schools,” H. Huhnerkoch. Pres. Dan Bruss of our Bethany Lutheran College and Pres. Gaylin Schmeling of our Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary also addressed the session.
We ask that you keep Pastor Solomon Mamidi of the LMSI (India) and his family in your prayers. Solomon’s older brother was killed in a tragic accident on August 27 while he was traveling to visit another brother who was hospitalized after having been hit by a truck. The older brother, age 54, was killed while transferring trains and immediately died after slipping under one of the trains. We give thanks to God that he was a Christian man and is now, by faith in Jesus, enjoying eternal rest at the side of our Lord. Solomon’s brother leaves behind a wife and two children. We pray that God watches over the family and especially comforts them through the precious promises in Jesus Christ our Redeemer. By the way, the older brother is out of the hospital and recovering.
October 4 – Board for Youth at synod building, 9 AM
October 5-7 – ELS General Pastoral Conference, Bloomington, MN
October 5 – preaching for the Communion Service at the GPC
October 10 – Communication Committee
October 14 – Synod Review Committee
October 15 – presentation at Mt. Olive (ELS/WELS Singles)
October 16 – presentation for Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary recruitment night
October 20 – preach at ELS/WELS Teachers’ Conference (BLC chapel)
October 30 – preach at Hope Lutheran, Farmington, MN
October 30 – preach for ELS/WELS Reformation service, King of Grace, Golden Valley, MN (6:30 PM)
November 3-4 – Board for World Outreach
November 5 – ELS Historical Society
November 5 – Centennial Committee
November 7-8 – Board for Home Missions and Evangelism
November 9-14 – Visit to East Seoul Canaan Church, Seoul, South Korea
November 14-15 – Board of Regents
November 16 – Board of Trustees
November 17 – Synod Review Committee & Communication Committee
May the grace of our Lord Jesus fill you with joy and strength in all you do.
John A. Moldstad