District News

CSL-websiteDistrict Seminarian Wins Hymn Competition

Three Concordia Seminary students wrote winning hymns in this year’s Pamela Anne Prevallet Memorial Fund Annual Hymn Competition.

The competition was created in June 2000 by Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Prevallet in remembrance of their daughter. The contest seeks to encourage the development of hymn writers for the church who will serve present and future needs.

The winners were:

  • First prize of $3,000 to Joshua Vanderhyde (Rocky Mountain District) for “He Who Is”
  • Second prize of $2,000 to Andrew Jones for “God’s Mercy Spreads to All in Need”
  • Third prize of $1,000 to James Miller for “God, You Bid Us to Your Table”

The students were recognized during a chapel service in May when the congregation sang Vanderhyde’s hymn.

The annual hymn competition is open to seminarians who are serving their vicarage as part of their preparation to serve in the pastoral ministry. Learn more here.

“The generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Prevallet in establishing this hymn competition in honor of their daughter Pamela Ann has led many seminarians to take up the challenge of writing a hymn that proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Dean of Chapel Dr. Kent Burreson. “Writing a hymn that serves the church’s worship is a challenging, but rewarding task. The Seminary encourages congregations to consider the hymns of these men — newly called to congregational ministry — for use in their worship.”

The Pamela Anne Prevallet Memorial Fund at Concordia Seminary holds the copyright to the texts of the winning hymns. The use of these hymns in congregations is encouraged.

The hymns will be available through the Seminary’s website here later this summer. Congregations can download them and print them with the copyright notice: Text copyright © 2017 Pamela Anne Prevallet Memorial Fund, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.

 

LWML National Convention

The 2017 National Convention of the LWML is set to kick off June 22-25 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Click here to be taken to the conference page for convention information, registration, and events.

Click here to download an invitation to the Communion Service at the convention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concordia Publishing House Launches New App

CPS has launched the Portals of Prayer App.  Take your daily prayer on the go.  Click here to learn more and download the app.

 

Continuing Education Opportunities

Riverton, Utah
August 28-29, 2017
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
13249 S. Redwood Rd.
Riverton, UT 84065


Christian Initiation and Catechetics

Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr.
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana

This course will examine the post-baptismal catechesis from the classical age of the catechumenate and the liturgy of Baptism. Baptismal catechesis instructed the newly baptized concerning their initiation into the Christian faith, functioning as an act of pastoral care. The role of the pastor will be examined by investigating the catechetical writing of St. Cyril of Jerusalem, comparing his catechesis to that of St. John Chrysostom, Theodore of Mopsuestia and St. Ambrose of Milan. (1.5 CEU)


Please click here for more information about this course, as well as a list of suggested reading material.


Online Registration:
Active Pastors and Church Workers
Retired Pastors, CTSFW Students and Laypeople


Coordinator: Rev. Al Borcher
Email: pastor@holytrinityut.org
Phone: 801.860.6412

For information concerning all Continuing Education offerings from CTSFW, go to www.ctsfw.edu/CE, email CE@ctsfw.edu or phone 260.452.2103.

Albuquerque, New Mexico
July 31–August 4, 2017
Grace Lutheran Church
7550 Eubank Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87122

Jeremiah
Dr. Dean O. Wenthe
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana

The prophet Jeremiah, next to Moses, has been called the epitome of the Old Testament prophetic movement.  His prophetic corpus is not only the largest, it also communicates many details about his prophetic mission and his own personal reflections about his calling.  Jeremiah’s life and witness occurred in an historical context where both the religious and political cultures were abandoning Moses’ Torah and in free fall away from Jeremiah’s predecessors.  His fidelity to God’s calling, in the midst of multiple challenges and much personal sacrifice, will instruct, and by God’s grace, inspire—pastors and laity alike—in our contemporaneous setting to serve the blessed Holy Trinity with clarity, integrity and confessional conviction.  (3.0 CEU)


Please click here for more information about this course, as well as a list of suggested reading material.


Online Registration:
Active Pastors and Church Workers
Retired Pastors, CTSFW Students and Laypeople


Coordinator:
Rev. Warren Graff
Email: wwgraff@gmail.com
Phone: 505.823.9100

For information concerning all Continuing Education offerings from CTSFW, go to www.ctsfw.edu/CE, email CE@ctsfw.edu or phone 260.452.2103.

 

Summer LCMS Electronic CPE Program

Lutheran Senior Services (LSS) ACPE Center – with financial backing from the Office of National Mission – will host an all-electronic, full credit CPE program starting the week of July 10, 2017 and ending the week of December 11, 2017. Class hours will be 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Central Time. The day of the week is to be determined.

Rev. Jeffery Scheer, LSS CPE Administrator and Rev. Joel Hempel, Interim Director LCMS Specialized Pastoral Ministry will serve as supervisors.

Classroom work will include devotions, presentations with discussion, written verbatim accounts of pastoral care visits, interpersonal relations group, and in-class, supervised ministry with each other.

The program includes 14 hours per week of required ministry, seven of which must be in one-on-one pastoral care. The ministry context may include one’s current place of ministry. A ministry covenant with one’s place of ministry will be among the requirements.

Tuition: $1,500.00. Scholarship assistance is available up to $1,000.00 from the Office of SPM, LCMS. Apply by completing and submitting a SPM Scholarship Form linked at www.lcms.org/spm.

To apply for the E-CPE program, go to http://lssliving.org/pastoral-care/clinical-pastoral education/. An online interview using the Zoom platform will be part of the application process.

For more information, please contact Rev. Jeffery Scheer at Jeffery.Scheer@LSSLiving.org,    314-446-2425, or Rev. Joel Hempel at Joel.Hempel@lcms.org, 314-996-1388.

 

Call for News, Information and Events to Publish

Do you have news and information to share in Peaks and Valleys? Please send your information to communications@rm.lcms.org by May 15. Thank you!

 

Rocky Mountain District LWML

Click here to read the May issue of Tidings, publication of the RMD LWML.

 

Rural and Small Town Ministry Newsletter

Click here to read the May issue of Reaching Rural America for Christ.

Click here to read the June issue of Reaching Rural America for Christ.