News from the Indiana-Kentucky  Mission Territory 


The Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly is Fast Approaching!

June 1-3, 2017
Formed, Reformed, Transformed  

Service Projects 
"...whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it for me." Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

We are offering two types of service projects this year.  Are you more active (enjoy doing something) or passive (like collecting something)?  Whichever your preference, we have an opportunity for you to serve.

We have partnered with two off-site two local charities to provide them some hands-on support: the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky and Welcome House of Northern Kentucky. Both sites will involve landscaping, cleaning, painting, and other physical type jobs.

If you are interested in serving at one of these organizations on Friday afternoon (during the workshop time), please click on this link to sign up (to assist us in arranging transportation): We have a limited number of spots, so please sign up only if you intend to serve that day.

We are asking everyone coming to the assembly to please bring one of the following items. These collections are being made for the Women's Crisis Center of Northern Kentucky and the Fair Haven Rescue Mission. Items needed include:  Women's personal hygiene products, personal care items (especially deodorant), flip flops (all sizes) and umbrellas and non perishable food supplies.

Volunteers Needed During the Assembly 
The Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly needs volunteers! We can use assistance on Wednesday afternoon to unload and set-up, on Thursday to help with registration, be greeters, assist in the plenary hall and with worship, and on Friday and Saturday to serve in the plenary hall and other areas. Please contact Heather Apel, if you are able to help.

Understanding the Design of the Assembly Artwork
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. To read a description of this piece of Linda's art, please click here .  

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.

Mobilizing the Mission 
The Lutheran Foundation is hosting a seminar for pastors and lay people in Northeast Indiana entitled "Mobilizing the Mission" by Rev. Dr. Peter Meier, Executive Director of the Center for US Missions.  Meier will offer a presentation on Wednesday, April 26, 9:00 - 3:00, at the office of the Lutheran Foundation, Fort Wayne IN.  Additional information can be found on The Lutheran Foundation website  If you plan to attend, please register online. For any questions or if you need additional information, please contact Dennis Goff, Director of Ministry Programs at The Lutheran Foundation at 

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 thejoy 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. 


You are invited to a celebration 
Rev. Emmanuel Penukama has been called as the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Lebanon, IN. Rev. Penumaka was ordained April 6, 1991 in the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church in India, and this will be his first call serving in the ELCA. His installation service will be held on April 23, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran, 2625 Elm Swamp Rd., Lebanon, IN. All are welcome to attend.

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

Emmanuel, LaOtto, IN and  Rev. Jeremy Russell, interim
Emmanuel, Merrillville, IN and Rev. Steven Myers, interim
Epiphany, Fort Wayne, IN
and Rev. Richard Hartman          
Faith, Avon, IN and Rev. Emily Wiles
Faith, Fort Wayne, IN and  Rev. Martha Hampton                     
Rostered Ministers n ot Serving in a Congregational Setting  
Rev. Keith Krisel, retired, Indianapolis, IN
Rev. Gill Krouse, retired, Troy, OH
Rev. Jim Kuchera, retired, Columbus, IN
Rev. Kelli Skram, on leave from call, Bloomington, IN
Rev. Ben Stallings, Special Care Coordinator at Great Lakes Hospice, Terre Haute, IN
Metropolitan Chicago Synod and Bishop Wayne Miller
We also lift up prayers for healing for Pastor Marin Bornhoeft who had successful back surgery and is now recovering.

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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