News from the Indiana-Kentucky  Mission Territory 


2017 Chrism Liturgies 
You still have time to register for one of the gatherings in your area.  The agenda of the day may vary slightly, but will follow this general schedule:
  • 9:00 am -Arrival refreshments
  • 10:00 am -Worship: Blessing Oils, Eucharist, Prayer for Healing, Renewal of Ministry Commitments
  • 11:30 am -Lunch, either at the church or a local restaurant. Group conversation with the bishop will follow lunch if lunch is at the church and precede lunch if lunch is at a restaurant.
  • Wrap up by 1:30 pm
The dates and locations for these liturgies are: 
  • Tuesday, March 14 -Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church,3600 Oak Hill Rd., Evansville, IN
  • Wednesday, March 15 -Our Saviour Lutheran Church,300 W. Fowler St., West Lafayette, IN
  • Tuesday, April 4 -St. Paul's Lutheran Church,121 S. 18th St., Richmond, IN
  • Thursday, April 6 -The Cathedral of St. James (Episcopal), 117 N. Lafayette Blvd., South Bend, IN
  • Tuesday, April 11 (Holy Week) -Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal), 116 Market St., Lexington, KY
Read more here or register online

2017 Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly 
June 1-3, 2017 
Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington, Kentucky 
Registration is now open for this year's Assembly which will be held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, KY. Highlights include: Celebrating leaders and communities within the Indiana-Kentucky Synod, inspiring worship, a celebratory banquet, motivating and informative plenary sessions, election of Synod Vice President, Synod Council, board and committee members, along with all the other aspects of assembly that help us to be the church gathered together as we are formed, reformed and transformed for God's mission of hope, healing and reconciliation for the sake of the world. For all available Assembly information go to the website:

Continuing Education Grants Available
The Indiana-Kentucky Synod has grant funds available for rostered ministers seeking to do continuing education in 2017, and are available on a fir st come, first serve basis. These grants can be used for the IK Synod Professional Leaders Conference, the ELCA Rostered Minister Gathering, or other events, conferences, workshops or programs of study. The Application for Funds can be found within either Compensation Standards documents on the IK website. A Continuing Education Covenant must also be on file with the synod office in order to apply for funds, and this covenant can also be found under the "Resources" tab on the IK website. These grants are meant to be a shared source of financial support, with the congregation and rostered minister also contributing to continuing education costs. Please contact Rev. Heather Apel with any questions, 

I-K Lutheran Center Newest Cross Additions!

Deacon Marilyn Smith, at the conclusion of her call as the ELCA Coordinator for Missional Leadership in Region 6, gifted the IK Synod a cross which was made by her daughter, Meghan Smith, many years ago, during Vacation Bible School at St. James Lutheran Church, Grosse Pointe, MI. This was the congregation where Meghan was baptized, and often returned to for VBS and other activities, even after Marilyn's call moved them elsewhere. This cross hung in Marilyn's various offices as she served in both synod and churchwide ministries, and most recently she shared office space at the Indiana-Kentucky Lutheran Center while serving as Regional Coordinator.
First Lutheran Church, Louisville, KY sent this cross with a fleur-de-lis which is a symbol of the French monarchy and Louisville's namesake, Louis XVI. Today it is the omnipresent emblem of the city. It is also a Christian symbol, first of Jesus and then later of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The cross is made of wrought-iron in recognition of the city's long history as well as First Lutheran's 145-year tradition. 

Growing Steward Lay Leaders Retreat  
We are pleased to announce that our successful Growing Steward Leaders Retreats for rostered ministers are now being offered for lay leaders. The retreat will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, South Bend, IN on Saturday, March 25th from 9 AM - 5 PM. There is no cost to attend: all costs are being paid through a grant from the Stewardship of Life Institute and through your Mission Support to the IK Synod. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Carol Webb at by Wednesday, March 22nd. We hope to see you there 
Reinhold Niebuhr Documentary  
Martin Doblmeier, who a few years ago produced an outstanding documentary on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, will be screening his new documentary, An American Conscience: the Reinhold Niebuhr story, at Butler University in Indianapolis on Monday, March 27th.

For a trailer of the film click here and
click here for a poster to share with your congregation.    


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

Bethany, Indianapolis, IN and Rev. Jeff Iacobazzi, interim                         
Bethany, LaPorte, IN and Rev. Dennis Meyer
Bethel, Gary, IN
and Rev. Ronald Barnett, interim      
Bethlehem, Chesterton, IN and  Rev. Erik Grayvold                
Rostered Ministers N ot Under Congregation Call 
Rev. Scott Moore, on leave from call, Erfurt, Germany
Rev. Derek Nelson, Assoc. Professor of Religion at Wabash Collage, Crawfordsville, IN
Rev. Jacob Hoffman, retired, Lafayette, IN
Rev. Gene Hollingsworth, retired, Bridgeville, PA
Nebraska Synod and Bishop Brian Maas

The Indiana-Kentucky Synod just learned of the death of Deacon Christine Bauer, who entered the Church Triumphant on January 10, 2017. Deacon Bauer was retired from full-time ministry and lived in Crown Point. You may read her obituary here. We hold her family in our prayers. 

Congregational Update Forms 
Have you had leadership changes recently?  Help us keep our records updated and your members connected to what is happening in our Mission Territory and throughout the ELCA.  Please download your form and after completed, return it to April Lynch 

Congregational Audits  
A friendly reminder: Congregations should be doing audits of their finances on an annual basis. Most of these audits can be done internally by people in your congregation; on occasion it is also good to have an external audit done by someone outside your congregation. For more information, please see the ELCA guide located here
Also, Chris and Julie Walda are available to do external audits or to help with your internal audits; you can reach them at  
Employment Opportunity
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lafayette, IN is seeking two individuals to serve part-time on their music ministry team.  Click here if you are interested in the Organist position and here for the Praise Team Leader.


The good
In her March column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton ponders the parable of the good Samaritan, reminding us that our new life in Christ leads us to answer a different question-not "Who is my neighbor?" but "How are we neighbor?" Read her column in English or in Spanish or download a copy to share with your congregation.  

You are invited to experience this simple yet profound way of making disciples at a Training Institute being held May 4-6, 2017 in Arden, North Carolina. The event for pastors, seminarians, and lay leaders is co-sponsored by Journey to Baptismal Living (NAAC) and the North Carolina Synod (ELCA). Bring a team and be immersed in the movements and worship rites of the Catechumenate. Every participant receives a training manual and free copy of Go Make Disciples: An Invitation to Baptismal Living (Augsburg Fortress) that will help you introduce this discipling process to your congregation.  Read more or register here

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