Check out some of these and other Christmas resources from Lutheran Hour Ministries ONLINE STORE!
Click on: The Christmas Journey for this Christmas children story book about God's expedition to earth as the Babe of Bethlehem. Enjoy this little booklet as it rhymes its way through the Nativity story of Jesus' birth.
Click on: What is Christmas? for this booklet that provides insights from a family going through problems and their celebration of Christmas.
Click on: The Real St. Nick: Leader, Legend or Lie for this single-session Bible study, hosted by the Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus-Speaker of The Lutheran Hour. He examines a man who, next to Jesus Christ, is the most visible figure during the holidays—St. Nicholas or Santa Claus—as we know him in Western culture. Dating back to the third century, St. Nick is attributed with the doing of many benevolent and charitable acts of kindness and generosity.
Click on: Joseph: Carpenter of Steel for this Bible study about the man driving the Christmas story in this Bible study - none other than Joseph, the foster-father of Jesus. Join us as host Rev. Gregory Seltz, Speaker for The Lutheran Hour, sheds light on one of the New Testament's unsung heroes in Joseph: Carpenter of Steel. Adding historical perspective to this study is scholar and best-selling author Dr. Paul L. Maier.
Click on:Little Shepherd DVD of the timeless story of Christmas with a twist. Follow Joel and his pet lamb, Brambles, as they frolic into rocky territory. Laugh at sister Sarah's practical jokes. Watch Grandfather plant the seeds of faith.
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The man — distraught, somber, overwhelmed — told Johnson that 15 family members had died in the storm. “I found seven myself,” he said, “and I’m looking for the other eight.”
In Tacloban, the Philippines, the so-called “ground zero” of Typhoon Haiyan, the Rev. Ross Johnson was taken aback when a local man told him as they walked through a field of debris, “My family is underneath our feet.”
Johnson, co-director of LCMS Disaster Response and part of a Synod disaster team that spent several days in the Philippines to see firsthand the extent of the disaster and assist the Lutheran Church in the Philippines with its response to those who are hurting, made his comments during an 11-minute phone interview from the Philippines Nov. 20 on KFUO Radio (see “His Time” on kfuoam.org). In Tacloban, he saw disturbing scenes of “complete and utter destruction”: body bags lined up on the street corners, residents searching in the rubble, children begging for food. -- By Megan K. Mertz and Paula Schlueter Ross
The Rev. Timothy Mueller (in red at left), pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in New Minden, Ill., works with volunteers on Nov. 18 to clean up his tornado-damaged parsonage. (Bill Engfehr)
The service at St. John’s Lutheran Church in New Minden, Ill., ran a little late Sunday, Nov. 17, because of a Baptism. The building had only been empty about 10 or 15 minutes when Pastor Timothy Mueller said his cell phone rang out at the restaurant where many people had gone to celebrate the Baptism after the service.
“The neighbor across the street wanted to know if I was OK,” Mueller said. “It was hard to hear because of the bad reception, but I did hear something about the steeple.”
When Mueller finally made his way to the church through a roundabout trek past debris-strewn streets draped with downed power lines, he saw the church’s steeple and large bell on the ground. Much of the roof had been ripped from the sanctuary building. --By Melanie Ave
To see pictures from the storms, click here.
Discover various resources available for your use and enjoyment! Several are items you have requested to be made available online. Check out our Indiana District Resources page.
Worship and devotion opportunities are available from our Indiana and Northern Kentucky congregations. Some national resources are also listed.
If your congregation would like to submit its weekly sermons or daily devotions available online, thru radio or television broadcasts or recordings to add to our list, please contact the communications department at the district office 800-837-1145, ext. 2203.
The Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is introducing the Young Investors (Y.I.) Club to help children and teens save for the future and learn about using money as a gift from God. An investment in a Y.I. StewardAccount® can be started with just $25. Y.I. Club benefits include:
- Premium interest rate on balances up to $1,000 (currently at 3.500%)
- Y.I. Club newsletters and web activities
- Report card extra credit
- Service hours extra credit
- College scholarship program for high school seniors
- Option for older teens to begin using a debit card
- Contests and fun!
The Y.I. Club is available to minors whether or not your congregation or school offers the Y.I. Club Stamp Program.
Ready to learn more? Check out Y.I. Club at lcef.org or call 800-843-5233.
LCEF is a nonprofit religious organization; therefore, LCEF investments are not FDIC-insured bank deposit accounts. This is not an offer to sell investments, nor a solicitation to buy. LCEF will offer and sell its securities only in states where authorized. The offer is made solely by LCEF’s Offering Circular. Investors should carefully read the Offering Circular, which more fully describes associated risks. LCEF StewardAccount access features provided through UMB Bank n.a. The StewardAccount is not available to investors living in South Carolina.
Help children learn about good stewardship!
Celebrating God's Love (1963-2013+)
"Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart." Psalm 119:111
As we continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our work together in the Indiana District of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, remember to review and use the special resources mailed to our congregations September 2013. These materials are also posted on this website under "Resources" and intended to be an encouragement to God's people to remember and be thankful for the bonds of faith and love that we share in Christ Jesus. We thank God for providing what we have needed at every stage of our work in the past half century!
May we pray for you?
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil.4:6
As God's people, we have the privilege and responsibility to bring all things before the Lord in prayer. Please let us know what to pray for you!
"The presence of the Spirit of grace grants us the privilege and creates in us the ability, nay, the necessity, to begin to pray." - Luther (W45,540-E49,113-SL8,3610)
Serving the Lord with you,
Rev.Daniel P. May, Indiana District President (LCMS)