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       Southern District - LCMS
    February 15, 2018

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" Nevertheless I am continually with you."  Psalm 73:23

If for the sake of God's Word hardship, sorrow, and persecution come to us, all of which follow in the train of the holy cross, the following thought should, with God's help, comfort and console us, and should make us determine to be of good cheer, full of courage and confidence, and lead us to surrender the cause trustingly into God's gracious and fatherly will.

Our cause is in the hands of the one who says so clearly, "No one will snatch them out of my hand" (John 10:28).  It would not be wise to take our cause into our own hands, for we could and should lose it by our loose ways.  Likewise all the comfortable words are true and do not lie, which say, "God is our refuge and strength: (Psalm 46:1).  Has anyone who trusts in God ever been put to shame?  All who trust in God will be saved, and again, "You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you" (Psalm 9:10).  Thus it is really true that God gave his only Son for our salvation.  If God gave his own Son for us, how could God ever bring himself to desert us in small things?

God is much stronger, mightier, and more powerful than the devil.  Thus says St. John, "The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world" (I John 4:4).  If we fall, Christ, the almighty king of this world, must suffer with us, and even if his cause should fall, we should wish rather to fall with Christ than to stand with the highest power on earth. 
                                                                            Comforting words.  WA 48:327f.          
My times are in your hand, O God.  Give me the will and the strength to live confidently in the pursuit of justice.  Amen.

Taken from   Martin Luther -- Day by Day We Magnify You
                      Daily Readings for the Entire Year

Hotel Block Rate Extended to  February 18, 2018

The 75th SO District Convention will include an ingathering to benefit the Slidell Ladies for Liberty. Convention attendees are asked to bring the requested items with them to the convention, on behalf of their congregation or school. Click here for full ingathering details and a video about the Slidell Ladies for Liberty.

A special photo slideshow will be shown during the convention. Every congregation, school, and ministry partner in the SO District is asked to email 2-5 pictures for inclusion in the slideshow. Pictures should be action shots of people and ministry. Please email them to by March 1, 2018.

The convention workbook is available on the
convention page of the Southern District website.


The Synod is issuing the first call for nominations for the 2019 convention.  For information regarding this process, please go to or click  here to go directly to the website.

All congregations should have received their Congregational Statistics Report Online Letter, Congregational Lay Leaders Form, and Statistical Reports Memo from Synod.  We encourage you to complete and return these forms as they provide an accurate picture of the Southern District congregations.  

If you need login information to input statistics online, email or call the LCMS Church Information Center at 888-843-5267.  At times they are overloaded with emails and calls, so be patient; they will return your email/call!

The deadline for submitting your 20 17 statistics is February 28, 2018.

District Mission Support Trends

        2016                    2017                    2018     
Total Budget                 $900,000            $900,000        $820,000

Budgeted Income               $75,000                  $75,010                $68,333        
through 01/31

Actual Income                     $42,812                   $74,434                $55,896
through 01/31
Congregations who have elected new congregational officers/leaders, please update the Southern District office with their information.  Click here to submit your information online.  
If you would like a paper form, please contact



Remember that submissions for the January/February issue of SOS are due by Feb. 15. The preferred means for receiving submissions is by email ( Please send photos as JPEG files, attached to the email. Congregational news that is received but exceeds space in the printed SOS will be published on the "Around the District" blog of our website. Thank you for sharing your news!

                                                                                                                                                            (click on image for                                                                                                                                                              the current issue)

March 8-9, 2018 Southern District Convention Harbor Center
Slidell, LA
June 24-29, 2018 Sr. Youth Mission Trip
See notice in this issue for more info!
Nashville, TN
October 1-3, 2018
noon - noon
Pastors and Professional Church Workers Conference Banquet Room
100 Mission Dr., Slidell, LA


       Holy Cross - Mobile, AL                       Hope - Santa Rosa Beach, FL (Associate)

         Grace - Pensacola, FL                          Redeemer - Mandeville, LA      
       Resurrection - Pensacola, FL  
If your congregation has extended a call, had a call accepted, or had a call returned, please remember to notify the Southern District office.

Rev. George Borghardt, Zion-McHenry, IL to Immanuel, Bossier City, LA ~ Accepted
Rev. Matthew Barry, St. Luke-Cabot, PA to Holy Cross-Mobile, AL ~ Declined
Rev. James Endrihs, Christ the King-Enterprise, AL to Holy Cross-Mobile, AL ~ Pending


Celebrating the Ministry of Pastor and People 

140th Anniversary ~ Mt. Zion, New Orleans, LA

April 15, 2018

Rev. Nimakatso Nare, Pastor

~ February 

Anniversary of Ordination


Any congregations who would like to apply for a vicar or call a candidate should contact Daisy Olmstead 
( to request access to the paperwork. Vicar applications and candidate call documents are due to the Southern District Office no later than March 1. This is to allow a "cushion" of time in case any revisions need to be made and re-submitted to the District before the District sends the paperwork to St. Louis.

 To date, the following number of candidates and vicars are available:

Candidates Spring 2018

St. Louis ~  54 M.Div.

Fort Wayne ~ 37 M.Div.

Vicars Spring 2018

St. Louis ~ 57

Fort Wayne ~ 44
 Lutheran High School's 41st Gryphon Gala:
"A Magical Evening at Hogwarts"
March 24, 2018

The Gryphon Gala includes a silent auction and hospitality hour beginning at 5pm, followed by dinner at 6pm, and the verbal auction at 7:30pm. The attire is dressy casual. Tickets to the Gala are $60/person (tables of 10 are available for $600). Proceeds will benefit Lutheran High School. Some items in the auction include dinner parties, original artwork, and restaurant and hotel gift certificates!!!

For ticket information and reservations, contact Gigi Saak at 504-606-9669. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to re-unite with friends!! Hope to see you there!!!

You are invited to a Celebration of Ministry

Held at the Hilton Perimeter Park

8 Perimeter Park South in Birmingham, Alabama. 
Registration information at
  Operation Barnabas Training Event

What is Operation Barnabas?
Operation Barnabas is a network of care to our nation's military members and their families.
We reach out to all components, with a special emphasis on our Reserve members and their families You may ask: "Why is it called Operation Barnabas?" Barnabas was Paul's companion, who helped him in his missionary journey. Barnabas means "son of encouragement." We hope to encourage our military and their families!
Operation Barnabas Chapters have been created to serve our military at the congregation level. One congregation, or a number of congregations, can join together to create an Operation Barnabas Chapter. Chapters serve a a means for members to grow in their faith and also serve as a means of outreach to the local military community.

For more information: or Facebook: OperationBarnabasLCMS.

February 24, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm.
Lunch Provided

Good Shepherd LCMS
2456 Decatur Hwy.
Gardendale, AL 35071

Registration Fee:
$5 must be received at Good Shepherd by Friday, Feb. 16.

Chaplain Gary Danielsen: Retired Major in the U.S. Army.

Chairlady:  Carlene Augustine Barthe'
Co-Chairs:  Rev. Limakatso Nare, Pastor and Yolonda Wornner Prevost, Congregation President
February 4, 2018

From left to right: Rev. Gary Peterson,  Rev. David Buss, Rev. Louis Boldt, Rev Karl Hollibaugh, Rev. Christopher Clark, Rev. Kurtis D. Schultz, and Rev. David Lofthus
Southern District Senior Youth Mission Trip

June 24-29
Nashville, TN
Ages: 14 and up
Cost $299 / person
Lodging and all meals are provided

We are working with YouthWorks, an organization that has been developing youth mission trips since 1994. Each summer YouthWorks provides life-changing Christ-centered mission trips for over 30,000 students and adult leaders in over 70 communities across North America.. YouthWorks seeks to listen to local ministry partners and returns to the same communities year after year. It is their desire to walk side-by-side with friends in service, helping support the work God is already doing through them. We will serve in the city of Nashville, places to be determined, but include: working with kids club, community garden, elderly care centers, soup kitchens, and more!

A typical day begins with Breakfast and preparing lunches. Morning devotions follow, and ministry/service time is from 9 am - 3 pm every day. Dinner is served at 5:30, with evening activities beginning at 6:30 pm each night. At 9:00 pm we have Large group gathering, followed by a time to process the day, 

Evening activities include a downtown scavenger hunt, community cookout, Centennial Park.

Our Chaplain: Pastor Steve Richardson will lead us in worship and devotions. 

You are responsible for your transportation and adult leaders.

To register go to

Questions? Contact DCE Cindy Namanny, 601-924-9999 or
A Layman's View of Stewardship

Gary Grubb, our 9-year Stewardship Committee member and recent Chairman, resigned as of the first of the year to move on to other challenges and ministries. I will be filling in until the Convention. During this relatively short time, we hope to maintain a focus on the small church initiative Connect to Grow and continued stewardship awareness. Accordingly, I am beginning by sharing my layman's understanding of Christian stewardship. Which is basically the self-created record of our lifetime use of all God's gifts, including where we live and our freedom to worship as we please. I see this record of our Christian life delineated by four milestones we encounter alone. First, our mothers were certainly present when we were born, and while we may have had a sibling along for some of the experience, as well as attending personnel and maybe an expectant, hopefully joyous family, we enter this life only by ourselves. The next milestone marking our record of Christian stewardship is coming to understand that God's purpose for providing gifts is to equip us to respond to the faith making work of the Holy Spirit. Gifts are to be used to fulfil His tasking to care for the members of His church here on earth, be they those we see on Sunday or those who have not yet received the work of the Holy Spirit through His word. Though we may come to the realization as a participating member of a group, we come to it by ourselves. Along the way we also come to understand that while we are saved by faith alone, God pleasing work stems from that faith and becomes our record of stewardship. The next major milestone in life is death, again something experienced alone, even if others die at the same time and at the same place. Hopefully at this milestone we will again be surrounded by a loving family and friends who will remember us as having exhibited a well lived steward's life. It is the cumulative effort of our daily life at its end that becomes our record as a steward of God's gifts, not the yearend financial receipt or a recitation of the number of committees served on. The final milestone of a steward's life is the receipt of Christ's judgement, again something encountered alone. Requirements for this accounting are well and completely identified in the parable of the faithful steward-those who receive much are expected to return much, those who receive less are expected to return a more modest amount, but woe to those who bury His gifts to only return them unused. They will truly experience God's wrath. As in all our LCMS theology, the requirement for stewardship comes straight from the Bible, with no need for scholarly or "official" interpretation to complicate, or trivialize, the subject.

Don Panzenhagen, Interim Chairperson of the Stewardship Committee


Jesus said to her"I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;..."   John 11:25 (NIV)
Rev. and Mrs. Tim Schutt (Atonement-Metairie, LA) at the birth of son Zeke Jackson.  He joins siblings Eden and Ethan.  Congratulations to all!!
These brothers and sisters in Christ coping with cancer:
  • Rev. Jerry Conley (Emeritus - Marianna, FL)
  • Mrs. Gloria Moritz, widow of Rev. Victor Moritz (Emeritus - Metairie, LA)
  • Rev. Sidney Ponseti (Emeritus - Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Mrs. Doris Taglauer, wife of Rev. Jim Taglauer (Emeritus - Folsom, LA) 
    These brothers and sisters in Christ coping with various health issues:
    • Mrs. Melodie Rupp, wife of Rev. Bob Rupp (Emeritus - Pensacola, FL)
    • Rev. Rory Hermann (Emeritus - St. Augustine, FL)
    • Rev. Dr. James P. Brown (Emeritus - Pensacola, FL)
    • Dr. J. B. Marshall (Concordia College Alabama Board of Regents member)
    • Rev. Perry McCulllam (Unity - Birmingham, AL)
    • Rev. David Robatzen (Luth Church of the Resurrection - Pensacola, FL)
    • Rev. Bernard Ansorge (Ascension - Huntsville, AL)
    • Rev. Anthony Robinson (Christ - Tuscaloosa, AL and Epiphany - Arlington, AL)
    • Mrs. Nancy Kaul (SD Board of Directors Member) Hattiesburg, MS
    • Mrs. Grace Yunker, wife of Rev. Arthur Yunker (Emeritus - Mobile, AL)
    May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed. Thessalonians 2: 16-17  (NIV)
                                    THE GIFT OF GENEROSITY-Electronic Giving
     A definition of generous includes this phrase: 
    Freely sharing valuable things.   Freely sharing
    . . .no strings attached. . .no tit for tat. . .nothing expected in return.   Valuable things: your child. What is more valuable than a life of someone you love beyond measure?   As we reflect on this message, remember Those Who Don't Yet Know Jesus.  Your continued support for the mission and ministry of the Southern District is requested. 
    If you need a convenient way to make regular offerings, we encourage you to look into our electronic online giving options.  

    Visit here or contact Ronnie Giaise  at the Southern District office for more information ---

    Illustration by Patti Miller, Member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fairhope, Alabama.              Southern District -LCMS               504-282-2632

    100 Mission Dr.
    Slidell LA 70460