Weekly Newsletter of the Florida-Georgia District
Equip, Empower, Engage - Connecting People to Jesus

October 14, 2022
The FLGA District

Prayer Requests
Please continue to pray for those affected by Hurricane Ian. 13 FLGA District congregations, 9 schools, and 65 workers that are dealing with the aftermath of the storm. Pray that the Lord will use this hurricane and disaster response to turn many toward the One who is the only true hope and refuge for this life and eternity.

Rev. Dr. Henry Baum (Emeritus) is recovering from successful kidney stone removal surgery this week. Please pray for peace and healing.

Henry E. Baum, the father of Rev. Dr. Henry Baum (Emeritus), was called home to Jesus on September 18 after a courageous fight with Parkinson's. Please keep Rev. Baum and his family in your prayers. Read more about Henry's life here.

Rev. Thomas Boeck (Marco Island, FL) as he prepares for double knee replacement surgery next week. Please pray for peace and healing.

Reverend Daniel Brockhoff (Emeritus) was called to his heavenly home on August 18. Pray for peace and comfort for his wife Lois and their family. Rev. Brockhoff served for 28 years at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Largo, FL, until his retirement in 1995. Read more about his life and the details of the memorial service.

Prayers of healing for Lisa Krempler (Teacher Emeritus) as she battles pancreatic cancer and has begun chemotherapy treatment this week.

Healing prayers for Sarah Stolarczyk, wife of Rev. Brian Stolarczyk (Lutheran Church of the Cross, Port Charlotte, FL), as she recovers from a successful appendectomy.

Please pray for RaQuel Marten (Director of School Operations, Trinity, Delray Beach, FL), who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021; later that year, her husband Harvey, a Trinity teacher, was diagnosed with cancer and was called home to Jesus in December 2021. RaQuel celebrated remission a few weeks later. In June 2022, RaQuel's cancer returned and metastasized into her lungs and liver. RaQuel needs prayer to fight this disease. Please pray for her daughter, Taylor, as she is facing losing both of her parents within a year.

Rev. Chris Patterson (Concordia, Miami, FL) continues to show improvement. Please pray for his healing.

Cricket Winters, daughter of Rev. Jay and Liz Winters (University Lutheran, Tallahassee, FL), continues to walk the journey of a rare tumor. Please pray that her current treatment plan will shrink the tumor and get it under control.

Tina Browning, the wife of Rev. Richard Browning (Hope Bonita Springs, FL), is undergoing chemotherapy through November. Prayers for ease of side effects and eradication of cancer upon completion.
How can we pray for you?

Submit a prayer request so our office and others in the District, if you choose, can lift your need or thanksgiving to our loving Father.

In This Issue
District News & Events
District Resources
Other News
James' List
District Prayers, News & Events

God is our refuge
and strength, an
ever-present help
in trouble. Therefore we will not fear.
Isaiah 43:2

In addition to prayers, the greatest need is financial assistance as the Florida-Georgia District partners with LCMS Disaster Response in matching grants for workers and congregations.

Your vital donations to the FLGA District Disaster Response efforts are dedicated to assisting affected congregations, workers/staff, and members.
Please give now. Thank you for being Christ’s hands to those in great need!
LERT Teams Deployed
to Ft. Myers

Lutheran Early Response Teams (LERT) have deployed to Fort Myers, FL! Two disaster relief camps are fully functioning and equipped to handle disaster relief efforts. Visit the Disaster Response webpage for more information, resources to share, and future updates.

If your congregation, staff, or a congregation member has a disaster response need, fill out this Disaster Needs Request Form. The form will assist the LERT teams in gathering needed information and responding to your need.
2022 Treasurer's Workshop

The Florida-Georgia District will host a Treasurer's Workshop via ZOOM on Saturday, November 12, from 9 am - 1 pm.

Individuals within the church having financial responsibilities should participate. This session will be a high-level general overview, and attendees will have an opportunity to have questions answered. Discussion topics include employment issues, administrating the organization, taxes, accounting processes, and more!

The guest speaker is Renee Varga, CPA, the FLGA District Treasurer, and a tax partner at Moss, Krusick, and Associates. Additional guest speakers are Rusty Huseman, PA, Legal Counsel for the FLGA District, and Kim Hoover of Concordia Plans. This workshop is free. Please register today!
Prince of Peace/
Príncipe de Paz, Orlando, FL – Blessing of the Bibles

Miracle Grow funds were used to help purchase Bibles for the Blessing of the Bibles event on October 10 and 12 at Prince of Peace/Príncipe de Paz in Orlando, FL. More than 40 Bibles, Beginner Bibles for younger students and Faith Alive Bibles for older, were distributed to children during their worship services and in Preschool Chapel.

Children were led in a Blessing of the Bibles prayer and encouraged to use their Bibles, "like a flashlight uses batteries," to let their light shine. A workshop was also offered to help older children and parents learn how to use their Faith Alive Bibles.
Want to be a Seed Sower?

You can get help from the District Office through the Miracle Grow program.

Miracle Grow is designed to gather stories of what God is doing through our congregations and schools and share them. To accomplish this, Miracle Grow will offer a seed investment of $300 to congregations and schools that engage in and share their outreach and mission activity stories, pictures, and videos. The goal is for the people of the FLGA District to learn, share ideas and concrete examples, and celebrate God’s mission of connecting people to Jesus.

You can find all the information about the application here.
Our Savior Lutheran in their Community

YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg Community Breakfast was held on October 11 at The Historic Coliseum in St. Petersburg, FL. Prayer for Youth Development was led by Pastor Chris Futch of Our Savior Lutheran Church and School, St. Petersburg, FL. Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Rowdy Gaines provided the keynote address.

Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the Mayor of St. Petersburg approached the YMCA to host an event to bring the community together to reflect on shared values and unite through challenging times. Several members of the Our Savior Lutheran Church joined nearly 500 community members at this event.
Peace Comfort Dog in Uvalde, TX

Twenty-six LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and their handlers from across the country deployed to Uvalde, Texas, over the course of five weeks to walk with the students, teachers, counselors, bus drivers, and office staff as they returned to school. Peace Comfort Dog, from Trinity Orlando, was one of the dogs that visited. Their goal was to visit as many schools as possible, to help the students and teachers who are still hurting, still scared, and still in mourning.

Learn more about Peace and the other LCC Comfort Dog's visit to Texas.
District Resources
October 2022
Submit a story
& picture to

2nd & 4th Mondays
@ 11:00 am
The Great Sending
Through Lutheran Counseling Services, the FLGA District provides the Ministerial Assistance Program (MAP).

November 12
Check out events happening in the
Other News
ALOA Celebrates 30 Years of Ministry

Join Adult Lutherans Organized for Action for an evening celebrating their history as they look forward to encouraging and supporting older adult ministry for years to come!

The event will take place at The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas in Tampa, FL, on November 5, beginning at 5:30 pm. Visit their website for more details and to RSVP.
Lutheran Counseling Services –
We Care 5k is POSTPONED

Due to the effects of Hurricane Ian, the LCS 5k will be postponed to April 2023. All entries can be transferred to this new date.

Join Lutheran Counseling Services for their annual We Care 5k. Signing up for this year’s 5k, your contribution will help provide services to seniors struggling with loneliness and other life transitions. The funds support residents of senior living facilities in need; their Older Adult Program is 100% funded by donations. Visit their event webpage to learn more and register.
James' List - A place to give away or sell items no longer being used by your church or school, find items you need/want, or feature employment opportunities.
FREE Items Available

The FLGA District Office has items available FREE to anyone who wants them! We have many office items available – click here to view the full details.

For details about the equipment and to arrange pickup or shipping, contact the office by email or call 407.857.5556.
Job Opportunity at Concordia Plans

Concordia Plans, St.Louis, MO, has a Vice President and Chief Product Officer position available. Concordia Plans is focused and flexible. They are embracing the new normal, pioneering ways to continue to support work-life balance in their family-first culture.

For the full job profile and to apply for the position, click here.