News from the Indiana-Kentucky  Mission Territory 



We Welcome to the I-K Synod Staff, Pastor Dan Fugate 
We are pleased to welcome Pastor Dan Fugate as the synod's new Assistant to the Bishop for Discipleship, beginning Monday, May 8, 2017. Pastor Fugate's ministry will focus on equipping, empowering, and encouraging the faith communities across the territory in Lifelong Faith Formation and Youth and
Young Adult Ministries. He will also serve as key liaison with Campus Ministries, lead planner for the program aspects of our annual Synod Assembly, and steward of the synod's relationship with the Huria Kristen Batak Protestan (the synod's companion church in Indonesia). Dan will also be available for Sunday worship leadership and educational opportunities and will serve in other ways as needed and requested as a represent of the Office of the Bishop of the I-K Synod.

2017 Synod Assembly
June 1-3, 2017
  Formed, Reformed, Transformed  
Visit our website for all the information you need on this year's Assembly which will be held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky.


The FORMED, RE+FORMED, TRANSFORMED design being used for the Indiana-Kentucky Synod's 2017 assembly was created by Linda Henke to support observances of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in parish, judicatory, and church-wide settings.

The design's red-orange-gold color scheme conveys a sense of God's ongoing activity within and among God's people. Hymn texts in the background of each of the three panels add texture and bear witness to God's work across the centuries and around the globe. Three interlocking circles signal the Holy Trinity as the lens for reflecting upon God's love and faithfulness throughout the ages, reminding us that we are FORMED in the image of God, RE+FORMED through the cross of Jesus Christ, and TRANSFORMED by the power of the Spirit.  To read Linda's full description, please click here
Who Needs Suicide Awareness Training? 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide has been the second leading cause of death among teenagers in Indiana since 2009. The state also has the highest percentage of young people who say they've thought about taking their own life.

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Indiana youth ages 15 - 24.
  • 19% of Indiana students, the highest in the country, have considered suicide.
  • 14% of Indiana high school students have a plan for how they would attempt it.
That's why clergy, youth leaders Sunday school teachers and faith communities need QPR -  - Suicide Awareness Training - - on Apr 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 at the Indiana Interchurch Center, 1100 W. 42nd St., Indianapolis.  Read more and register here.

Our Newest Cross 
Our newest cross, from Faith Lutheran in Owensboro, KY begins with a Fleuree Cross which is based on a Budded Cross (the buds signifying immature faith). The Fleuree Cross has arms that end in flowers, which are in bloom, signifying a mature faith. The cross is further adorned with a variety of flora signifying the joy of the empty cross which once held the body of Christ, with stylized pansies in the forefront. The cross was fashioned by congregation member and woodworker David Acey. Each layer is made from a separate wood and the completed cross was lacquered to show the beautiful color and grain of each natural wood.

Steeple People Bookstore Closing 
On May 20th, Paul Ritter will be closing Steeple People Bookstore at Trinity Lutheran Seminary. If you have time, stop by to see Paul and thank him for his 13 years of service. 


During the weekly I-K Lutheran Center staff devotions we included these individuals and mission centers in our prayers: 

Cross of Christ, Crown Point, IN and  Rev. Howard Clevenger
Cross of Grace, New Palestine, IN and Rev. Mark Havel and Rev. Aaron Stamper
Eberhard, Columbia City, IN and Rev. Alice Smith         
Emanuel, Evansville, IN and Rev. James Culver, interim
Emanuel, Greendale, IN and Rev. Barry Riehle, interim                    
Rostered Ministers N ot Under Congregation Call 
Rev. Richard Kraus, retired, Fort Wayne, IN
Deacon Sister Rose Ann Kraus, retired, Fort Wayne, IN
Rev. Paul Krebs, retired, Anderson, IN
Rev. Leah Schade, Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington, KY
Rev. Steven Scott, Professor of Psychology at Lindsey Wilson College, Glasgow, KY
Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod and Bishop Michael Rinehart
German Good Friday Worship  
You are invited to join Zion Evangelical Church in Indianapolis at 10:00 a.m. on Good Friday, April 14, for a special service in German with easy to follow translation. For a flyer to share, please click here.

Special Concert April 23

The 35 voice A Cappella Choir from Manchester University, North Manchester, IN, will sing in concert on Sunday, April 23rd at 3:00 PM in St. John Lutheran Church, 501 South 7th St., Richmond, IN.

Directed by Dr. Debra Lynn, the choir has toured the U. S. and Europe.  The public is Invited along with all alumni of Manchester University. A free will offering will be taken and for more information, call 765-935-2481 or the church office at 765-962-7490.

Ministry Job Openings 
St. John Lutheran, Richmond, IN is searching for an Organist to play for Sunday service at 10:30 am. The instrument is a Wicks 38 rank pipe organ.  The position is open in June.  Please contact Jim Resh,
765-935-2481 in Richmond for more information or to apply. 

Christ Lutheran, Zionsville, IN is seeking a  Director of Music and an Organist
Messiah Lutheran, Brownsburg, IN is seeking a Communication Coordinator for the church office.

Youth/Education Ministry Position Opening
Seeking energetic person to serve as part-time staff member at St Thomas Lutheran Church, Bloomington, IN. For additional information email or go to 
To read more about these open positions and who to contact, click on the appropriate link above.


Falling and not afraid  
In her April column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on the questions of life after death and what the Scripture says about heaven. She admits that she doesn't know what comes next in life-but she does know that it's in God's hands. Read her column in English or in Spanish or download a copy to share with your congregation.  

COMPASS Live Chat: Conquering Student Loan Debt
Student loan debt (an unbelievable $1.3 trillion dollars owed) now exceeds total credit card debt, and the average college graduate has $30,000 in student loans to repay. The Federal Reserve found that 31% of borrowers are running 90 days or more late on student loan repayment, and there are now over 100,000 borrowers who have their Social Security benefits garnished for defaulted student loans (a 500% increase). Clearly, there is a crisis of student loan debt affecting many families, and the debt problems have an impact on stewardship and ability to be generous.
Join us for a conversation with Darryl Dahlheimer, program director for Lutheran Social Services Financial Counseling, a partner of Everence, who will tell us about new repayment options, how to conquer student loan debt, and share stories of experience and hope about this challenging issue.
Thursday, April 20,  12:30 p.m. Eastern time ( 11:30 a.m. Central time)
There's no need to pre-register for this free Live Chat. Just click on the link below on April 20 to join the Chat.
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