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       Southern District - LCMS
    July 15, 2016

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By Sarah Young 


DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW!  This is not a suggestion, but a command.  I divided time into days and nights, so that you would have manageable portions of life to handle.  My grace is sufficient for you, but its sufficiency is for only one day at a time.  When you worry about the future, you heap day upon day of troubles onto your flimsy frame.  You stagger under this heavy load, which I never intended you to carry.


Throw off this oppressive burden with one quick thrust of trust.  Anxious thoughts meander about and crisscross in your brain, but trusting Me brings you directly into my Presence.  As you thus affirm your faith, shackles of worry fall off instantly.  Enjoy My Presence continually by trusting Me at all times.


Matthew 6:34;  2 Corinthians 12:9;  Psalm 62:8  (NKJV) 


District Mission Support Trends

        2014               2015               2016
Total Budget             $1,100,000         $900,000        $900,000

Budgeted Income          $550,000        $450,000          $450,000               
through 6/30

Actual Income               $480,576           $415,909        $398,483.59
through 6/30



To all congregations:  Please update your list of officers as soon as you have congregational elections.  We need the name, office, phone number and email address.  There is a form available if needed.  Please email the information to  Thank you for your cooperation! 



Remember that submissions for the September/October issue of SOS are due by August 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!

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July 17
3 PM
July Concert - Zion Harmonizers
Christ Lutheran Church
Chalmette, LA 
July 17
Installation of
 Lydia Landes-Director of Parish Music
Grace Lutheran Church
Destin, FL
July 17
Installation of
Rev. Logan Landes 
Grace Lutheran Church
Destin, FL 
July 24
Installation of DCE Rose Schutt 
Atonement Lutheran Church
Metairie, LA 
August 14
Installation of Rev. Jeffery Hesterman
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Prattville, AL
October 17-18
Southern District Newcomers' Orientation
Mission Center
Slidell, LA  



       Christ the King - Natchitoches, LA                      St. Paul's - Decatur, AL

       St. Stephen - New Orleans, LA                            Redeemer - DeRidder, LA

Trinity - Panama City, FL                                      Grace - Huntsville, AL

Immanuel - Bossier City, LA                                Ascension - Daphne, AL

Rev. Charles Long to St. Paul's, Decatur, AL - Declined


Celebrating the Ministry of Pastor and People 


Anniversaries of Ordination - July
75th ~ Rev. Edwin Coyner - Emeritus, Clinton, MS
60th ~ Rev. Richard Ziehr - Emeritus, Austen, TX
55th ~ Rev. Marvin Mueller - Emeritus, Grace, Mobile, AL
45th ~ Rev. Thomas R. Noon - Zion, Bessemer, AL
35th ~ Rev. Rodney Pasch - Bethany, Slidell, LA
35th ~ Rev. Deral E. Rollings - St. Jude's by the Sea, Gulf Shores, AL
30th ~ Rev. Jerry Conley - Emeritus, Marianna, FL
25th ~ Rev. Dr. Paul N. Anderson - Good Shepherd, Baton Rouge, LA
15th ~ Rev. Dr. Julius Jenkins - St. Paul, Oak Hill, AL
15th ~ Rev. Dr. McNair "Tony"  Ramsey - United, Montgomery, AL
 5th ~ Rev. Joshua Leigeber - Trinity, Leesville, LA
5th ~ Rev. Marcus Ring - St. Paul, Shreveport, LA

 for the Junior Youth Gatherings of the Southern District.   This year there will be only ONE gathering in a central location. 
 November 11-13 @ Twin Lakes Camp and Conference Center, Florence, Mississippi
Registration will open September 5th.
Early Bird Registration is Sept. 5-19 -- $99/participant
Sept. 20-Oct. 24 will be $105/participant
Presenter will be the Rev. Tim Schutt.
  Information will be continually updated on the  Southern District website and through publications.

2017 LCMS National Campus Ministry Conference
"Liberty," the 2017 National LCMS Campus Ministry Conference, is planned for Jan. 4-6, 2017, at the University of Maryland in the Metro DC area.
The conference will provide a forum for college students and campus-ministry workers to address fundamental issues related to religious liberty, the First Amendment and cultivating Christian citizenship on campus.
To learn more, visit


 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)
  These brothers and sisters in Christ coping with cancer:
  • Rev. Jerry Conley (Emeritus - Marianna, FL)
  • Rev. Jack Betz (Emeritus - Miramar Beach, FL)
  • Mrs. Gloria Moritz, widow of Rev. Victor Moritz (Emeritus - Metairie, LA)
  • Rev. Sidney Ponseti (Emeritus - Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Rev. Ed Rogers (Emeritus - Ozark, AL)
  • 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)
    • Mrs. June Ring, mother of Rev. Marcus Ring (St. Paul - Shreveport, LA)
    • Rev. Michael Shannon (Faith - Shreveport, LA)
    • Rev. Rory Hermann (Good Shepherd - Gulf Breeze, FL)
    • Rev. Brandon Simoneaux (Christ Our Savior - Harvey, LA)
    • Rev. Dr. James P. Brown (Emeritus - Pensacola, FL)
    • Dr. J. B. Marshall (Concordia College Alabama Board of Regents member)
    • Rev. Dr. Edgar Homrighausen (Emeritus - Lacombe, LA)
    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)


    Dear Colleagues in Christ,


    Don't let time get away from you!  Register now for the Zion XVI Triennial Conference, which will be held Sept. 15-18 in Belleville, IL at Our Lady of the Snows Retreat Center. 


    Registration for "Lutheran Accents in Specialized Pastoral Ministry" is $100 for double occupancy, $125 for single occupancy, or $75 for the commuter day rate.


    Visit to register or download the schedule, speaker biographies and other important information.

    the awards -- two each from the ELCA and the LCMS -- will be given to the honorees at the Zion XVI banquet.



    In Christ,


    Rev. Joel Hempel

    Interim director, LCMS Specialized Pastoral Ministry 

    **UPDATE **
                         ANCHORS AWAY!     cruise-ship-banner2.jpg
    Have you held your cabin n the next Southern District Cruise ~ Jan. 30, 2017??   If not, it's time to deposit.  $300 plus insurance holds your spot. 
    Please register ASAP at this secure link  
    Remember that the ship is controlled by capacity, so register now to assure a cabin.  Also, remember that a single person can share a cabin with another.
    For those registered, NOLA Port Authority has initiated Staggered Check In.
    Please be sure to log into your cruise planner to pick your preferred time frame to board the ship.  You will not be allowed if you arrive earlier than the time chosen.  If you do not choose a time, they will assign you a time.
    To check-in online, please go to, enter your booking number, last name, date of birth, ship and sail date to access Online Check-in.
    Click on MY CHECK IN TIME - Set up Embarkation time
    Ginger Kramp is happy to assist with any and all questions.  Contact Ginger at or 601-991-1109.
                                    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

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    Slidell LA 70460