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August 24, 2018
VBS Takes Congregation for a Wild Ride
From left to right: Bernie Fortmeyer (DCE), Amelia Fortmeyer (School Principal, VBS Director), Sam Moore (VBS Director), Aubrey Browne (DCE Intern), Pastor David Moore (Senior Pastor),
and Lori Labrecht (Assistant Child Care Director).
Photo courtesy of Sam Moore

Praise God for "Splash Canyon: God's Promise on Life's Wild Ride"!  VBS Week of June 18-22 was definitely a "wild ride" with over 200 kids (3's through 6th grade) in attendance each day. The kindergarten through 4th grade students had awesome sites to rotate to every 20 minutes, starting with a "high-energy" opening, and followed by Bible Challenge, Crafts, Bible stories, Games & Snacks, Music, and back for closing. The music site never got a break, so you could hear "Jump, Jump!", "Yes in Him", "God's on Our Side" and other Rock 'n' Riffs echoing through the halls throughout the morning. The songs were a hit! But, each site was awesome, thanks to some really great people in charge of each site.

The 5th & 6th grade students had a little different experience each day. After opening, they would get on a bus with their lesson leaflets and snacks and go to an off-site service project. They would return in time for closing and two of their group would give a brief report of their experience that day. The service project sites included InterServ, Food 4 Kids, Pivotal Point, and 2nd Harvest Food Bank.

The offering was another "event" that week. Co-director, Sam Moore agreed to take a pie in the face if $400 was raised to buy a well for fresh drinking water in Africa. That happened on Wednesday. Then the challenge was issued that if $800 was raised, Sam would get "slimed"! The momentum really built to where $2,400 was raised. That meant six people got slimed in front of a large VBS audience: Sam Moore, Pastor David Moore, Lori Lambrecht, Aubrey Browne, and Amelia & Bernie Fortmeyer. The "sliming" was enough to get us on the local 6:00 News. It was a great week climaxed by the good news that "All the Promises of God Find Their YES in Him!"

Announcements & Other News

You are heartily invited to a


and an old-fashioned 


Saturday Evening

6:00 PM,  August 25

Mt Calvary Lutheran Church

9321 Litzsinger Road

Brentwood, Mo  63144

On the occasion of Terry Dittmer’s 70th birthday,

featuring selections from the songs and hymns

he has written, with piano, organ and instruments

and serving Ted Drewes frozen custard and favorite toppings after the program

Let us know if you plan on coming.

Call the church office: 314-968-2360

 and tell us how many Ted Drewes we’ll need

Or text Terry:  314-482-1994

and leave your name and custard number

Lift up your voice and make a joyful noise!

All St. Louis Winkel
August 29

All pastors who attend St. Louis and St. Charles Winkels are invited to the St. Louis Area Winkel on Wednesday, August 29th at Concordia Seminary, 801 Seminary Place, Clayton, MO  63105.

Registration is online only: 
Click here to registerWe will not be able to take registrations over the phone or by email.

There is no cost to attend the Winkel, but you must register online as space is limited. Lunch will be provided.  The deadline to register is August 20 (or when space is filled). Last year’s gathering had a waiting list, so if you register and then need to cancel, please send an email to

The Winkel provides a great opportunity for pastors from all over the city and across circuit boundaries to come together for the mutual consolation and conversation of the brethren. 

Missouri District Pastors' Conference
September 30-October 2
District Pastors will meet at Tan-Tar-A in Osage Beach on September 30 – October 2 for the Missouri District Pastors’ Conference. 

 The conference will focus on helping pastors continue to hone their homiletical skills through a preacher’s clinic format and prepare pastors for utilization of the “Preach the Word” modules from the Synod.

The Divine Service will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Lake Ozark on Sunday, September 30th at 7:00 p.m. No evening program has been planned, allowing time for “mutual conversation and consolation of the brethren.”

The conference will begin on Monday morning, October 1st and conclude shortly after noon on Tuesday, October 2nd.

Click below for more information and to register.

LESA's 6th Annual "Brew in the Lou" Festival Returns to Francis Park
October 13

The St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association's (LESA) sixth annual “Brew in the Lou” festival will return to the Lily Pond at Francis Park, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, from 1-5 pm.

"Brew in the Lou" offers one-stop tasting of St. Louis’ best beer, wine, spirits, coffee and good eats. Last year's festival raised a record $92,000 for Lutheran schools and showcased more than 40 local and regional craft breweries, along with unlimited tastings from The Stellar Hog, Gobble Stop Smokehouse, Volpi, Dogtown Pizza, Nothing Bundt Cakes and many more. Festivities include live entertainment, arts and craft vendors, a “People’s Choice” Home Brew Competition, a "Battle of the Bratwurst" and our annual Brew Chili Contest.

Wristbands are available now at special pre-sale price of just $30 through June 30, 2018 – a $20 savings over same-day admission. On July 1, tickets will increase to $40 advance/$50 day-of-event. To purchase at the special pre-sale rate, call (314) 200-0797 by 4 pm on Friday June 29, 2018, or purchase online by midnight June 30, 2018, on the event website by clicking here. Wristband purchases include a commemorative glass.

More than 8,800 children attend LESA member Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area, making Lutheran schools the second-largest private school system in the Bi-State area. A Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, LESA represents 35 elementary and high schools and five related agencies. For more information, visit

Don’t miss this year’s “Brew in the Lou!” We hope to see you October 13 at Francis Park in the St. Louis Hills - 5399 Donovan Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63109.

Fall Junior High Retreat
October 19-22

The Missouri District Lutheran Jr High Retreat is returning this Fall on October 19-21 around the theme, “One”. Our focus this year is the Sacrament of the Altar. Our presenter & worship leader is Rev. Matthew Ryan Gonzalez, pastor at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church – The Bronx, New York. You may have seen him as a Bible Study Presenter at the 2016 National Youth Gathering.  We are excited to have him join us!  Click here for complete bio and more info.

Save the Date for the Sr. High District Youth Gathering
November 16-18

Save the date for the Missouri District Sr. High Youth Gathering. It will be at Cross Pointe Retreat Center in Rocky Mount, Mo., November 16-18, 2018.

Watch for more information, including a registration link, coming soon. 

2018 National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference
November 8-10

The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod will host its 2018 National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference on Nov. 8-10 in Kansas City, Mo., at the Hilton Kansas City Airport Hotel.

Geared for anyone from a rural and small-town setting, the conference will address the blessings and challenges facing rural and small-town congregations today. It’s also designed to encourage those 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 their fellow members.

Building on the theme “Have No Fear,” the conference will feature a few keynote speakers including Rev. Timothy Koch, Rev. Dr. Robert H. Bennett, Rev. Tom Schlund and Chaplain Craig Muehler.

Participants will choose from breakout topics such as disaster training, youth ministry, ministry to inactives, family ministry outreach, stewardship, hope during grief, opportunities with Recognized Service Organizations and many other topics affecting our rural and small-town congregations.

The conference rate of $215 includes all plenary, breakout and Bible study sessions; Thursday dinner, Friday lunch and Friday dinner; and all conference materials.

Online registration is available; the deadline is Sept. 15.

Special rates are available for couples, students, meals only and groups. Please contact the RSTM office with questions. Click here for more information or to register.

New Spanish Resources for Hispanic Ministry


If you’d like to share the Gospel with your Spanish-speaking neighbors, or if you’re heading out on a short-term mission trip to Central or South America, the Lutheran Heritage Foundation ( has translated and published two new resources for you: A Child’s Garden of Bible Stories and the Bible with Small Catechism, both in the Spanish language.

Donations to help cover the printing and shipping costs are gratefully accepted, but as with all of LHF’s translated materials, both of these books are free of charge to the ministries, churches, or individuals who need them. Call the LHF office at (800)554-0723 or email with your order (number of copies, hardcover or paperback).

Volunteers Needed for LEA Convocation

The Missouri District is looking for volunteers to help out at the Lutheran Educators' Association (LEA) Convocation October 10-12, 2019 at the Americas Center in St. Louis.
Volunteers will be needed to welcome and direct participants, run errands and assist with registration and hospitality. This is the perfect opportunity for retirees, especially retired educators, so that current educators can attend events rather than serve in volunteer roles.
There are many opportunities available, so everyone is sure to find a fit for their skills, talents and desire. Whether you can be there for a few hours, half a day, or multiple days, we'd love to have your help.
If interested, please send an email with your name, phone number, email address and availability to Alan Freeman at
LWML Carnival Fantasy Cruise
June 24-29, 2019

Post the National LWML Convention in Mobile Alabama, the LWML is pleased to offer a cruise on the Carnival Fantasy for FUN from June 24- 29, 2019. Well-deserved rest and relaxation with proceeds which benefit the mission projects of the LWML.

Would you like to take part in this fun getaway while benefiting LWML?

McGehee Cruise & Vacation Inc. will assist with all reservations for the cruise.

Registration is now open:

Please click here for more information.

Help Wanted in the District

Director of Music

St. Lucas Lutheran Church, LCMS, St. Louis, Missouri is seeking a candidate to serve as a Director of Music. Online applications are available at For more information, please contact the church office at 314-351-2628, Tuesday through Friday, 9am to 3pm.

Early Childhood Center Director
St. Lucas Lutheran Church, LCMS, St. Louis, Missouri is seeking a candidate to serve as an Early Childhood Center Director. Online applications are available at For more information, please contact the church office at 314-351-2628, Tuesday through Friday, 9am to 3pm.

Youth & Family Ministry
Epiphany Lutheran in St. Louis is seeking a personable, organized, and energenic self- starter with experience in youth and family ministry for a part time position. This position will assist the pastor in developing discipleship milestones, coordinating intergenerational fellowship and mission events, develop youth mentors, and equip parents in their role as primary Spiritual care givers to their children. This position will be approximately 15-20 hours per week. For the full position description, contact Pastor Zeigler at or call the church office at 314-752-7065.

Get $20,000 to become a church worker in the LCMS!

Is God calling you into church work in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod? Are you concerned about how you are going to pay for the hight cost of college?

At Concordia University Irvine we value the formation of future leaders for our church. Therefore we are pleased to announce that, starting with the 2018-2019 school year, we are offering qualified church work students a guaranteed total of $20,000 in institutional aid per year, plus a housing grant.

Ready to begin? To start the application process, go to

To learn more about the church vocations scholarship, who is qualified, and additional application requirements for church work programs, go to

Plus One Participation Forms

Many congregations are participating in our community outreach effort, the Plus One Initiative. Congregations are encouraged to complete a Plus One participation form and either mail it to the district office or email it to If you want additional information about Plus One or a copy of the Plus One participation form, go to
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