District News

Continuing Education Opportunities

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

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

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.


Bethesda’s Night to Shine

Bethesda’s Night to Shine event in Colorado would not have succeeded without the help of dozens of volunteers who served as buddies, shined shoes, checked coats, served food, registered guests, and much more.

But it was the young volunteers from local churches who truly brought a contagious energy to the event as they infused Night to Shine with dancing, laughing, smiling and picture taking and made new, meaningful connections with people with disabilities.

Colorado hosted the event for the first time with help from young volunteers from Lutheran High School, Parker; Trinity Lutheran Church, Sterling; Our Father Lutheran Church, Centennial; and Trinity Lutheran Church, Franktown.

Bethesda trained volunteers before the event to review their responsibilities for the night, discuss the importance of using People First Language, explain the rights of people with disabilities and provide additional tips about behaviors and situations they might encounter.

Jen Deines, director of Christian education at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sterling, says Night to Shine gave her group an opportunity to love others selflessly.

“Our desire was to make the honored guests truly feel loved by God and by us,” she says. “I loved how quickly students wanted to sign up and be a part of this event. I love how we can serve our Savior in everyday ways in such a simple manner: loving people.

“If you take away the music, the corsages, the dinner, and limos, what made the night the most spectacular was the people. People loving people all in the name of Jesus.”

Kirsten Torres, a 17-year-old high school senior, says the event touched her heart, and she would enjoy volunteering again. She was a buddy to Kelly; they hit it off and even had a drawing of them made.

“My favorite part of the night was getting to know Kelly more as a person,” Kirsten says. “The two of us talking was really unique. I got to know her whole life, and she got to know mine.”

Kirsten’s parents also volunteered at Night to Shine after they had learned she wanted to help at the event. “Volunteering as a family was an amazing experience,” she says. “It was so great to see us all serving the Lord together.”


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.



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!


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.