District News

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.


Lutheran Heritage Foundation Gospel Outreach Resources

Open doors to conversation with Arabic-speaking immigrants or exchange students in your community with a new, free resource from the Lutheran Heritage Foundation: A Child’s Garden of Bible Stories, translated into the Arabic language. Available in hardcover and paperback, this colorfully illustrated collection of 60 Old and New Testament Bible lessons is available free of charge to the ministries that need them. Call LHF at (800)554-0723 or email info@LHFmissions.org to order your copies.








North Central Colorado Zone LWML Spring Workshop

The North Central Zone LWML Spring Workshop is pictured at Gethsemane Lutheran, Northglenn, CO. Sue Hart, DCE, Ministry Consultant presented on including people of all abilities in our churches. The ladies packed 33 birthday boxes with cake mix, frosting, candles, plates, napkins, other goodies, a Thrivent shirt and $10 gift card. A Thrivent Action Team Grant was utilized for the project. The birthday boxes will be given to residents of Bethesda in Colorado on their birthdays.




Colorado Unit of Bethesda Auxiliary Annual Celebration

The Colorado Unit of Bethesda Auxiliary will be hosting their Annual Celebration on May 6, 2017, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Loveland, Colorado, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a light luncheon to follow.  The Bethesda Lutheran Communities Auxiliary Celebration is the annual business meeting of the Auxiliary.  Guest speakers will share the work of Bethesda Lutheran Communities — this year they will be talking about employment opportunities for the developmentally disabled.  Staff will also share about Bethesda Lutheran Communities activities and needs.  Participants share in gathering items (this year we are making birthday boxes for people served by Bethesda).  Coffee and fellowship begin at 9:00 a.m.  At 9:30 a.m. we will open with devotions and then transition into our speakers and meeting.  This is a very informative and fun event.


National Rural and Small Town Mission Conference

The 2017 National LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission Conference is set for Nov. 9–11 in Kansas City, Mo. Are you making plans to join us?

The speakers and sessions will build on the theme “Standing on Our Heritage: It’s Still All About Jesus.”

We will address the blessings and challenges facing rural and small-town congregations. The presentations will encourage congregations and their leaders in cultivating healthy churches that are eager to bear witness to Christ, show mercy to those in need in their communities, and develop a robust life together with fellow members.

Plenary speakers will include:

  • Rev. Todd Kollbaum, director, LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission;
  • Rev. Dr. Heath Trampe, senior pastor, Faith Lutheran Church, York, Neb.;
  • Benjamin Winchester, senior research fellow, University of Minnesota Extension; and
  • Rev. Benjamin Meyer, pastor, Hope Lutheran Church, Sunbury, Ohio.

In addition, participants may choose from breakout sessions on strategic planning, witness and outreach strategies, teaching the faith to different age groups, stewardship, and many other issues affecting our rural and small-town congregations.

The registration fee is $210 per person, and rates are available for couples, students, meals-only and groups.

Visit the event page for more information or to register. The deadline is Sept. 15.


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!


Rural and Small Town Ministry Newsletter

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

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