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In grateful response to God’s grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacraments, the mission of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is vigorously to make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our churches, communities and the world.

E-newsletter: March 15, 2022

From the President..........



Today, I’m thinking about some quotes that are important to me or that I’ve read recently that are worth sharing. 


I start with the wisdom of Calvin Sailer, my father: There’s no such thing as a bad day, only different degrees of good.  Not original, but something he would say to me.


I continue with the wisdom of Francis (“Rev”) Rossow, my favorite seminary professor: We know precious little about God, but what little we know is precious.


I include the wit and wisdom of Jeffrey Gibbs, retired seminary professor and author of the Matthew commentaries in the big fat, blue commentary series by CPH: 


There are no great men or women in the church. None. There is only the Great Man. And yes, of course, He has servants of various and manifold giftedness. But “giftedness” is a passive notion and hence my point—only the Giver is great and to Him alone is all honor and glory. Celebrity culture is a frontal assault on the Gospel. Thank you, and be sure to take your Romans 12:3 “appropriate humility pills” today—it will actually make you feel a lot better, and might make us all more effective servants of the Great Man. (Face Book post, Feb. 14, 2022)


Since you’re busy, I’ll include Romans 12:3 here, and I quote:


For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

Finally, this quote -- my favorite words from the Old Testament, foretelling our redemption:

Surely he has borne our griefs

    and carried our sorrows;

yet we esteemed him stricken,

    smitten by God, and afflicted.

 But he was pierced for our transgressions;

    he was crushed for our iniquities;

upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,

    and with his wounds we are healed.

 All we like sheep have gone astray;

    we have turned—every one—to his own way;

and the Lord has laid on him

    the iniquity of us all.   (Isaiah 53:4-6)


God bless and keep you, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ!



Rev. Scott Sailer



P.S. Please keep me in your prayers, as I have surgery next Monday. Oh happy hip replacement day!

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This month's congregations and schools: Congregations: Divine Shepherd-Black Hawk; Emmanuel-Creighton; Our Redeemer-Custer; Grace-Deadwood; Our Savior-Hill City; Bethesda-Hot Springs; Our Redeemer-Philip; Bethlehem-Rapid City; Our Redeemer-Rapid City; Peace-Rapid City ....Schools: Aberdeen-TheLighthouse Preschool; Black Hawk-Divine Shepherd Lutheran School; Brandon-Blessed Redeemer Pre-School; Brookings-Peace ECC and Elementary School; Canistota-Zion Lutheran Pre-School.


Emanuel Lutheran in Milbank celebrated its third year in their church archery league. Click here for all the details!

Faith Lutheran Church, Pierre welcomes their new Senior Pastor. Click here for more information.


The original due date for congregation year-end statistics was February 28, 2022. The deadline has officially been extended through March 31st

If you do not have your login information, please contact or the LCMS Church Information Center at 888-843-5267.



Begin celebrating with an easy Challenge that you can try at your ministry or by yourself in your home! Click here for more healthful information!


Despite the snowy weather on March 5th, 2022, Mitchell still turned out to be a hotspot for Dartball. Over 100 LCMS members congregated for a day of fellowship at the Davison County Fairgrounds in Mitchell. Eleven teams representing 10 congregations came together for the SD State Dartball Tournament, sponsored by the Lutheran Church Extension Fund.

Click here for more information and pics!


The next class offering for the SD District Lay Leadership Institute will begin Saturday, March 19. Reverend David Otten will be the instructor. Click here for more information.


Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO

College-age and older men and women are invited to Contemplate, a visitation event that gives prospective students an opportunity to learn about life at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and the preparation that leads to service as a pastor or deaconess. This free event will be held May 3-4. For more information visit here.


Concordia Theological Seminary Ft. Wayne, IN

The Prayerfully Consider Visit invites men and women of all ages to explore the pastoral and diaconal training happening at Concordia Theological Seminary and gives a time for contemplation on the vocations of pastor and deaconess, offering an occasion for prospective students to envision themselves stepping into the formation happening at Concordia Theological Seminary. For more information click here.


Beloved in the Lord Jesus, you are invited to join Pastor Nour (on his 24th tour), a native of Israel, born in Nazareth on a Journey to the Holy Land–Israel for an experience of a lifetime We will depart from Chicago on August 15 and return on August 27, 2022...walk where Jesus walked...where every page of the Bible is seen in its original context the Sea of Galilee...climb the Mount of Olives and view the Old City of Jerusalem...visit Tabgha, scene of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes...the Mount of Beatitudes, site of the Sermon on the Mount and where Jesus chose His Twelve Apostles...walk the Via Dolorosa (Road of Suffering) to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher...stroll in the Garden of Gethsemane...visit Bethlehem...the Church of the Nativity and much more. Click here for details!


A Message from President Brian Friedrich

Concordia St. Paul humbly requests your assistance in these three ways:


1. Encourage young men and women to consider church work. 

2. Urge them to explore Concordia St. Paul's Church Work Tuition Guarantee.

($0 tuition for Pre-Seminary; $6000 maximum tuition for DCE, DCO, DPM, LTC) 

3. Access resources available through "Set Apart to Serve",

(LCMS Church Work Recruitment Initiative)


Remember, it takes a church to raise a church worker.

Though referred to as boundary waters, there is no clear demarcation of one nation from the other that is easily visible at all times. What is clear is that Canada and the United States have different laws and rules that govern their sovereignty and carry great importance to each nation. To coexist peacefully, it is important for each to understand the other. And so it is with church workers and their congregations. Click here for more.



Six Bible Study Sessions and a Five-Part Sermon Series

For Pastors and Laity

~ On Campus or Online ~


Through the ages, whether in art or literature, cartoon or animation, Jonah has been a star of the first magnitude. The author of Jonah did his work so well that his book continues to delight and challenge the simple soul as much as the sophisticated scholar.


Based on Dr. Lessing’s CPH commentary on Jonah, this workshop will fill minds with biblical truth and fire hearts to take God’s love to the world.


Participants will receive a six-session Bible Study on Jonah, while pastors also receive five-part sermon series (and orders of worship) based on the book of Jonah.


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What are you doing on June 3-4, 2022? I am so excited to give you a reason to drive to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Yankton, SD, on those days. It is our LWML South Dakota District Biennial convention, Walk in Love, and you don’t want to miss it!

There are so many activities planned for you. Jan Wendorf, former LWML President is the keynote speaker, and Marie Chow, Vice President of Organizational Resources, is the LWML representative who will bring news from LWML and have a breakout session.

 The Mite Walk will be along the Missouri River and end at a birthday party in the park where we will celebrate the 50th year of the Puppet Place and the 80th year of LWML. Pastor Andrew Utecht will do some magic and a puppet show. Our servant events, making a cross in the pocket and finger puppets, will support the Puppet Place at the SD State Fair.

Mission grant reports will be given by Tina Lenz from the Sioux Falls Lutheran School, Reverend Don McKillop from the Community Outreach Mission at Trinity Lutheran in Belle Fourche, and Reverend Peter Utecht from the Early Learning Ministry to Children at Bethesda Lutheran in Hot Springs.

Other activities include the opening communion service, Bible study, a sending service, breakout sessions, ingathering, convention choir, banner parade, YWR activities, and voting on the mission grants for the 2022-2024 biennium. 

You will soon be able to register for convention and the hotels. Please talk to your friends and make plans to attend the convention. If you know a lady who wants to know more about the mission of LWML, this is great way to introduce her to it. We joyfully proclaim Christ, support missions, and equip women to honor God by serving others.    

Please share your congregation's or school's unique ministries with the rest of the District. Send pictures and stories for consideration to by Wednesday, March 30 at 12:00 Noon for the April 1 edition. We want to see how YOUR congregation or school is showing the love of God to those in your community and around the world

Click here for the latest information from Reverend Daniel Jastram our Together in Mission Missionary!

Click here for the latest information from Reverend Cory Rajek our Together in Mission Missionary!



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Introducing: Media Helpline for SD District Churches and Schools

Have you ever had a technical problem and didn’t know what to search for on Google? To assist you, the South Dakota District has assembled a small team of tech and media savvy experts to serve as consultants at no cost to your church or school. The team members are: Brian Hall, Cole Hyde, and Chad Zinnel. The initial consultations are designed to take place via email. More information about the Media Helpline is found under the Resources tab on the District’s website.  Click here for more information.

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