SOAR – Serving Our Awesome Redeemer

Rev. Dr. Thomas Eggers, president of Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis. Missouri will be our keynote speaker. Our theme is Speaking to the Heart with a theme verse John 7:38 “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him”. 

Location: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2100 Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood CO

The day begins at 9:00 A.M. with a continental breakfast followed by our keynote speaker.  Lunch is provided at noon with a medical speaker, entertainment and closing devotion ending at 4:15 P.M. Congregations in Rocky Mountain District and past seminar participants will receive a mailing with the program and registration materials in early August.  The registration materials will also be available on Rocky Mountain District website in August.

“Be Bold for the Proclamation of the Gospel”

SOAR was formed in 1995 as a ministry to /for active adults in the Rocky Mountain District of LCMS. SOAR has continued to host two events each year, a one-day seminar in the spring and a two-day event in the fall. Each event has engaging speakers and entertainers and, of course, good meals. Our speakers are from local and national resources.   

Our national keynote speakers are often pastors who serve at our Lutheran seminaries or who preach on Lutheran Hour. Dr. Dale Meyer and Dr. Gregory Seltz have been our keynote speakers in the past. Dr. Michael Zeigler spoke at the 2021 Fall Seminar.   

Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler, Speaker of The Lutheran Hour® radio program, speaks at the 2021 Fall SOAR event

The acronym SOAR reflects our purpose:  Serving Our Awesome Redeemer.  A variety of topics at our events provide spiritual, social, physical, intellectual, and emotional information to enhance one’s quality of life.  Our goal is to strengthen our faith and to equip us to bring others to know Jesus as their savior. The verse chosen to reflect that purpose is Isaiah 40:31.

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:31

The SOAR planning committee of about ten members from several congregations in our Rocky Mountain District meets monthly to plan the events; see attached list of SOAR Committee members.  A pastoral advisor is a member of the committee.  Each congregation in the RMD receives a packet of information by mail and email to assist us in publicizing each of the two annual events.  Previous attendees are sent an information packet which contains an agenda and registration details for each upcoming event.  

SOAR and Lutheran Bible Translators

SOAR has recently formed an alliance with Lutheran Bible Translators to cooperatively inform and arouse interest in the mission goal of bringing the Word of God to all people of the world in their own language. Together we want to engage members, especially Boomers (1946 – 1964), of our local congregations in a Bible Translation Movement within LCMS churches of the Rocky Mountain District. A group called Satellite Servants has been recruited to help spread the news of the work of Lutheran Bible Translators. Their first meeting was held January 28, 2021 on ZOOM.  More Satellite Servants are encouraged to join in representing Lutheran Bible Translators in their home congregations so that the churches in the Rocky Mountain District will be blanketed with an enthusiastic desire to spread the gospel of Christ in places where believers in Christ have spoken languages and dialects, but yearn to read and share  the gospel in their heart languages.       

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