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       Southern District - LCMS
    March 15, 2016

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"Lamb of God, Pure and Holy"
by Nikolaus Decius, 1490?-1541
1. Lamb of God, pure and holy,
Who on the cross didst suffer,
Ever patient and lowly,
Thyself to scorn didst offer.
All sins Thou borest for us,
Else had despair reigned o'er us:
Have mercy on us, 0 Jesus!

2. Lamb of God, pure and holy.
Who on the cross didst suffer,
Ever patient and lowly,
                                        Thyself to scorn didst offer.
                                      All sins Thou borest for us,
                                      Else had despair reigned o'er us:
                                      Have mercy on us, 0 Jesus!

                                      3. Lamb of God, pure and holy,
                                          Who on the cross didst suffer,
                                    Ever patient and lowly,
                                       Thyself to scorn didst offer.
                                        All sins Thou borest for us,
                                       Else had despair reigned o'er us:
                                       Thy peace be with us, 0 Jesus!



Congregational Statistics were due to the Synod Office of Records and Statistics on Feb. 29, 2016.  The date for submitting them has been extended to April 15 due to insufficient response. 

PLEASE!  Respond ASAP with your Congregational Statistics!!  The statistics are used to determine your assessments and also to determine your representation at conventions. 

District Mission Support Trends

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

Budgeted Income          $183,333         $150,000          $ 150,000                
through 2/29

Actual Income               $ 159,113           $ 139,133         $ 112,352
through 2/29

March 20 

6 PM 

Ordination and Installation of

David Gieseking  

Living Water Lutheran 

Mexico Beach, FL  

March 27



April 23


Outreach Workshop 

St. Matthew Lutheran

Lake Charles, LA 

April 22, 23, & 24 

LA-MS District LWML Convention 

Houma, LA 

April   29, 30 &

 May 1, 2016  

Gulf States District LWML Convention

Courtyard by Marriott,

Gulfport, MS    

June 4


Outreach Workshop

Church of the Pines

Waveland, MS 

July 9-14, 2016

66th Synod Convention

Upon This Rock: Repent, Confess, Rejoice

Matthew 16:18    

Milwaukee, Wisconsin



Trinity - Gadsden, AL                                            Christ the King - Natchitoches, LA   

St. Stephen - New Orleans, LA                             Lamb of God - Slidell, LA

Trinity - Panama City, FL                                       St. Paul's - Decatur, AL

Immanuel - Bossier City, LA                                 Grace - Many, LA                

Ascension - Daphne, AL                             


Outreach Workshops
Scheduled on the following dates:

April 23, St. Matthew Lutheran Church - Lake Charles, LA  9 AM - 1 PM

June 4, Church of the Pines - Waveland, MS  9 AM - 1 PM                             

Workshop cost is $5 per person for lunch.  All other materials are provided free of charge.  Contact Rev. Eric Johnson (985.796.7175) for details.

UPON THIS ROCK...Repent, Confess, Rejoice

66th Regular Convention - LCMS

Call for Exhibitors


On July 9-14, 2016, the Convention of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod will be held in Milwaukee, WI.  Exhibiting at this event offers you and your organization the opportunity to network and share information with an anticipated 6500 church and lay leaders, pastors, staff and their families who will be in attendance.


The Southern District Office has the application and exhibitor information available for anyone who is interested in this opportunity.


Please contact the office staff at 504-282-2632 for additional information.

Deadline for application is March 31, 2016.



  Save the Date for the LA-MS District LWML 2016 Convention!
April 22, April 23, & April 24,2016
Hosted by the
New Orleans Zone
*** We are recruiting volunteers to assist   on Friday  and throughout the day   on Saturday  with registration, stuffing bags and assistance with meals, set-up/break down and other areas of need.

If anyone is interested in volunteering at the convention kindly contact Yolonda Wornner Prevost at  or by phone at 504-495-7761.


   The LWML Ladies of the Magnolia Zone will be hosting the 36th Biennial LWML Gulf States District convention on April 29,30, & May 1, 2016 at the Courtyard by Marriott, Gulfport, MS.  The theme is "Direct my footsteps according to your " Psalm 119:133
   Ginny Hermetz of Gulfport is serving as Convention Chairman, Canaan Herkamp as Registrar, and Ellen Garnett, Treasurer.

   Rev. Rudy Schaser, director of 'With God's Little Ones", is the keynote mission speaker.  Jan Struck, Humorous Interrupter with "Struck with Laughter" will also be part of the program.
Rev. Matthew Troester - Trinity, Gadsden, AL - Pending
Rev. James Krach - Trinity, Panama City, FL - Declined
Rev. Jerry McNamara - Ascension, Daphne, AL - Pending
Rev. Brian Jones - Grace, Many, LA - Pending


2016 LCMS National Youth Gathering -- In Christ Alone

July 16-20, 2016 

2016 will come more quickly than any of us realize!   Be watching for important information regarding this opportunity for the Southern District Youth to come together with others as a community of God's people!


For additional information contact DCE Curtis Wiese -- Good Shepherd - Shalimar, FL, email: cell:  785-220-1512. 

DCE Curtis is serving as the NYG Southern District Coordinator.


You may also go to the Southern District web site at or 

LCMS at for more information.


Baton Rouge Lutheran School


On Saturday, April 9, Baton Rouge Lutheran School, 10925 Florida Blvd., will hold their 12th Annual Auction Extravaganza. To purchase tickets, go to 

Reservations are due by March 21st. 



Students who will be entering college this fall can apply for scholarships through the Congressional Black Caucus.

Please encourage high school seniors in your congregation to visit this website for information and to also submit an online application: 



 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. Rosemary Hollibaugh, mother of Rev. Karl Hollibaugh (Lamb of God - Slidell, LA)
    • Mrs. June Ring, mother of Rev. Marcus Ring (St. Paul - Shreveport, LA)
    • Rev. Rev. Michael Shannon (Faith - Shreveport, LA)
    • Rev. Rory Hermann (Good Shepherd - Gulf Breeze, FL)
    • Rev. Brandon Simoneaux (Christ Our Savior - Harvey, LA)
    • Mrs. Agnes Belknap, wife of Rev. Bob Belknap (Zion - New Orleans, 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)

    FYI - -

    Don't forget to submit your Congregational Mission Pledges to the Southern District! 


    Also, please send the updated form of newly elected Congregational Officers to the Southern District Office!  We keep updated information for use in our communications to congregations, so it's very important that the information is correct.
    Click here to go to linkClick here for link Click here for link



    Living Water Church, 1602 Hwy 98, Mexico Beach, FL, invites all to attend their Holy Week Services and activities.


    Palm Sunday, Mar. 20

    Worship on the Beach at Sunset Park - 8:00 AM

    Sunset Ordination and Installation Service for David Gieseking at Sunset Park - 6:00 PM


    Maundy Thursday, Mar. 24

    Service at Living Water Church - 6:00 PM


    Easter Sunday, Mar. 27

    Easter Worship on the Beach at Sunset Park - 8:00 AM

    with Communion and Butterfly Release

    Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt at Living Water Church - 10 AM 

    Imagine the beauty of rejoicing in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ with the sounds and sights of His glorious creation all around. Seagulls' overhead, sharks and dolphins seen in the distance as the sun rises over the Mississippi sound. Christians gather from all over the world to celebrate the Son of God and His resurrection from the dead. It's all about Jesus and what His death and resurrection means for us. The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd invites all to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord with a special Easter Sunrise Service on the beach.
    The Service will be   March 27, 2016 at 6:30 AM  at the fire pit at Hwy 90 and White Ave. The service will be led by Pastor James Garnett. Regular Worship Service will be held at   10:30 AM  at the church. The youth are sponsoring a pancake breakfast to help fund their trip to the National Youth Gathering. The church is located at 2004 Pass Road in Biloxi. More information and directions can be found on their website at  or by calling the church office at   228-388-5767.

                Time to hold your cabin on the next Southern District Cruise ~ Jan. 30, 2017!!
    Thank you to all who were graciously patient as the cruise was switched from the 7 Day Cruise to a 5 Day Cruise.
    If you are not currently registered for the 5 day cruise, please register ASAP at this secure link
     Please 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.  Just let Ginger know if you are interested in a cabin mate.
    Ginger Kramp is happy to assist with any and all questions.
    You may contact Ginger with questions at or

    DCEs and other parish professionals who are interested in enhancing the intentionality and effectiveness of Christian education in the church are invited to attend the 2016 Heartland DCE Conference at Concordia University, Nebraska from May 19-21.  Keynote speakers include Dr. Thom Rainer, Thom and Joani Schultz and Dr. Phil Schwadel.  Registration is $100.  Go to for more information.


    TMTWS includes notices regarding special events upcoming in the lives of Southern District congregations.  Please send us notices if there are events you would like promoted in the newsletter.

                                    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