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       Southern District - LCMS
    November 15, 2016

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Dear Father give us our daily bread, good seasons and health.  Protect us from war, disease, and drought.  If you would tempt me a bit by withholding your blessings for a while, then your will be done.  If my time is up and my hour has come, deliver me  from all evil.  If not, give me strength and patience.  Amen.   
Camp Restore Baton Rouge, at Trinity Oaks

 District DDRC Rev. Ed Brashier has been working with Pastor David Buss, Trinity - Baton Rouge, in coordinating volunteer work teams.  If you wish to volunteer, contact DCE Nick Butcher at

"FAMILY TO FAMILY" will be available as families are identified who can be matched to a congregation or family willing to provide support and encouragement to a family in the affected area.  If your congregation or a family or individual would be interested in this, please contact Kathy Wendling at  She will be compiling a list of interested congregations and families with the idea of pairing them when the time is right.

There is still a need for donations -- Pastor Ed has requested Gatorade and Trail Mix!!
These can be delivered to the Southern District Office at 100 Mission Dr., Slidell, LA Monday through Thursday, 8 AM to 5 PM or to Camp Restore in Baton Rouge.
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Ministerial Assistance Program

During this Conference Cruise the Southern District MAP services continue for all attending this Cruise Conference. Rev. Dr. Rick Armstrong will be with us for "conversation and consultation."  While at this conference you may contact Rick to schedule time to talk.  You can contact him on his room voicemail Cabin #9222 or put a note under his door or talk to him when you see him.
Before this cruise conference you can also schedule a time ahead by calling 407-644-4692 or email him at

Many have asked:   Who are the Presenters? It will be Jock and Gail Ficken from PLI.
Come and be inspired and re-energized.
Ginger Kramp is happy to assist with any and all questions. You may contact Ginger with questions at  or  601-991-1109
District Mission Support Trends

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

Budgeted Income          $916,667              $750,000           $750,000             
through 10/31

Actual Income                  $687,176             $734,888           $665,903
through 10/31



Remember that submissions for the January/February issue of SOS are due by January 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)

November 24 Thanksgiving Day Mission Center Closed
December 4
8:00 and 10:30
Installation of DCE Nick Butcher Trinity Lutheran Church
Baton Rouge, LA
January 30, 2017 Southern District Conference Cruise

Twin Lakes Camp and Conference Center
November 11-13, 2016

Rev. Greg Manning, Gloria Dei-New Orleans, LA and Rev. Tim Schutt, Atonement-Metairie, LA were presenters at the Jr. Youth Gathering held Nov. 11-13.  Approximately 140 youth and adults shared in the blessings of fellowship, praise, worship and discussion!




       Christ the King - Natchitoches, LA            Grace - Huntsville, AL

       St. James - Gonzales, LA                          St. Paul's - Decatur, AL  
       Trinity - Monroe, LA                                   

Rev. Kurtis Bueltmann, Faith, Monticello, IL to Grace, Huntsville, AL ~ Pending 
Rev. Lance Klamer, Hope, DeWitt, MI to St. Paul's, Cullman, AL ~ Pending


Celebrating the Ministry of Pastor and People 


As a Family of Faith, when facing a challenging task, we may ask ourselves: How are we ever going to get this done? Ultimately, the solution includes lots of prayer and usually includes "Using all available resources." That means relying on and putting into action all of the gifts God has given us to make disciples for Jesus Christ.
The new stewardship web pages include a section on How We Can Help. Here you will find a selected set of specific resources that have proven practical application in our congregations. Resources are grouped into four categories to make searching easier: Assessment Tools, Awareness Helps, Preaching and Teaching Materials, and Generosity.  Each resource includes a short description with links to actual materials for review and downloads for use. Here is a peek at just some of the Preaching and Teaching Materials you can add to your available resources tool box.
Bulletin & Newsletter Information
Stewardship bulletin sentences and newsletter articles are available for congregations to feature in church publications. Bulletin sentences are based on the one-year and three-year lectionary.  Download bulletin, newsletter resources
Bible Stewardship Principles
The LCMS recommends using these Bible Stewardship Principles in guiding education and appeal efforts in Synod congregations, entities, agencies and auxiliaries. The principles feature a leader's guide and are available in four different languages plus three age-appropriate versions. Read guide and principles
Lighter Pine Stewardship

A four-part bulletin series highlighting stewardship as a response to the Gospel what God has done for us in Christ.  Lighter pine story provides an ongoing thread that focuses on time, talents (gifts), treasure, and testimony (witness). A half-page (two sides) that congregations can use as a bulletin insert.We don't have to be big old stumps full of the Gospel to fuel the stewardship fire. We can be a small piece of lighter pine kindling that responds to the Gospel blessings God has given us by grace through faith.

LCMS Stewardship

LCMS Stewardship Ministry plans educational opportunities and provides ongoing support for pastors and lay leaders as they implement Christ-centered stewardship plans in their congregations. Download information sheet
Southern District Stewardship Committee


The family of Rev. Alfred W. Schubert, Jr. (Emeritus - San Antonio, TX) as he entered the Church Triumphant on Nov. 4, 2016.  Rev. Schubert served as pastor at St. John - Hattiesburg, MS from 1992 to 2000.  No information on services is available at this time.

  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) 
  • Rev. Dr. James Holowach (Christ - Jackson, MS)
  • Rev. David Robatzen (Lutheran Church of the Resurrection - Pensacola, FL)
      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)
    • Rev. Rod Pasch (Open Arms - Slidell, 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)
    High School/Youth Group Opportunity!
    Lutheran Bible Translators Contest
    Make a video promotion/advertisement for Lutheran Bible Translators
    You can use information on our website, Facebook, snapchat (, or even email our staff.
    Videos should be no longer than five minutes.
    Creativity is encouraged, having fun with the project is a must!!
    Neon LBT T-Shirts will be given as prizes to all participants for each group, for each winner of the following category:
    1-Best Picture
    2-Best Information
    3-Best Humor                                 
    4-Best Acting
    5-Best Music
    6-Staff Favorite
    7-Best Costumes
    This is a national contest, and we hope to have participants from all over the USA.  Please have your video in the mail (or sent) by Jan 1, 2017.  Viewing will take place following Jan 10th, and winners will be picked and contacted by Feb 21st, 2017.  We would prefer video submissions on disc (test playability first please), a flash drive, or the online service 'dropbox' and shared with us (questions on that can be emailed to
    If mailed, please send to Lutheran Bible Translators, Tim Bain 205 S MAIN ST BLDG 5, CONCORDIA, MO, 64020-9669 United States.
                                    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