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       Southern District - LCMS
    October 15, 2016

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Camp Restore Baton Rouge has now been established at Trinity Oaks. District DDRC Rev. Ed Brashier, known simply as Pastor Ed to volunteers, has been working with Pastor David Buss, Trinity - Baton Rouge, in coordinating volunteer work teams. As Director of Shepherd's Heart Disaster Response Ministry, Pastor Ed has 30 years of experience in disaster response. 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.

                     ANCHORS AWAY!     cruise-ship-banner2.jpg
Cabins could still be available.
Group pricing is no longer guaranteed.
Interested? or new to district?
Please register now at this secure link
A quote will be provided before payment required .
R emember that the ship is controlled by capacity, so register now to assure a cabin.  
For those registered, NOLA Port Authority has initiated 
Staggered check in . Please be sure and log into your cruise planner to pick your preferred time frame to board the ship. You will not be allowed if you arrived 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
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          $750,000              $675,000           $675,000             
through 9/30

Actual Income                  $687,176             $645,174            $608,716
through 9/30



Remember that submissions for the November/December issue of SOS are due by November 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)

October 16

50th Anniversary of 

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Vredenburgh, AL

October 17-18 Southern District Newcomers' Orientation Mission Center
Slidell, LA
October 20-23 100th Anniversary of the International Lutheran Laymen's League/Lutheran Hour Ministries St. Louis, MO
October 30
11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Oktoberfest - Celebrating 499 years 
of Grace Through Faith
The Village Church-Lutheran
LaCombe, LA
October 23-30 60th Anniversary Events
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Biloxi, MS
November 11-13 Jr. Youth Gathering Twin Lakes Camp
Florence, MS



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

                                                                              St. Paul's - Decatur, AL                                     

Rev. Jonathan Kern, St. James, Gonzales, LA to Immanuel, Colorado Springs, CO ~ Accepted
Rev. Paul McComack, Trinity, Monroe, LA to Trinity, Panama City, FL ~ Accepted 


Celebrating the Ministry of Pastor and People 


20th Anniversary ~ Trinity Lutheran Church, Meridian, MS

September 15, 2016

Rev. Kenneth Boudreau


50th Anniversary ~ Immanuel Lutheran Church, Vredenburgh, AL

October 16, 2016

Rev. Steve Washington, Pastor


60th Anniversary ~ Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Biloxi, MS

October 23 - 30, 2016

Rev. James Garnett


70th Anniversary ~ St.  John Lutheran Church, Hattiesburg, MS

Nov. 12-13

Rev. John Karle, Pastor




Trinity Lutheran Church marked its 20th anniversary on September 15, 2016.
Twenty years ago, Sunday mornings were called America's most segregated hours. In 1996 three area Lutheran Churches (Good Shepherd of Meridian, Our Savior in Butler, and Christ Lutheran of Meridian) joined together to form Trinity Lutheran Church as a celebration of our unity in faith amidst cultural diversity. Good Shephard was a predominately black church; Our Savior and Christ were predominately white churches. Coming together as one people of God brought growth and we began our church building expansion program in 2001. We celebrated the retirement of our debt obligation by burning the mortgage during the celebration held September 18. Karen Miller, Sunday School Superintendent, lead the children in creating a time capsule to be buried and retrieved in twenty years.
We were blessed to have Southern District President Kurtis Schultz deliver the message during the worship service. His message was titled, "What in the World Are You Doing?" Our pastor, Rev. Ken Boudreau, officiated and was assisted by our former pastor, Rev. Philip Wottrich, of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Whitney, TX. Pastor Wottrich served as trinity's first pastor from 1996 until 2005, when he was called to be the pastor of Holy Trinity in Covington, LA, shortly before Hurricane Katrina arrived. Harold Woodworth of Hattiesburg served as our interim pastor until Rev. Kenneth Boudreau accepted God's call to be our pastor in 2007. It is our joy that God continues to bless our church with the unity of Christ as brothers and sisters, united as one people of God, making our diversity a welcoming blessing in an ever more divisive world. We look forward to the next twenty years with faith and hope for a future of being God's hands and showing God's love to the world.

JR. YOUTH GATHERING                        

1 John 4:4-6 
         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
Presenters will be the Rev. Tim Schutt and Rev. Greg Manning
  Information will be continually updated on the  Southern District website and through publications.

Promo video for Jr. Youth Gathering
Promo video for Jr. Youth Gathering


60 Year Anniversary 
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd 
 Biloxi, Mississippi
 Rev. James Garnett
The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is celebrating its 60 year anniversary. Good Shepherd was chartered October 30, 1956. The theme for their weeklong celebration is 60 Years Celebrating Christ as our Cornerstone. Special events begin on Sunday, October 23rd with worship led by Rev. Dr. Gerald B. (Jerry) Kieschnick, President Emeritus, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and Pastor of Good Shepherd from 1970 until 1973. The Congregation will join for Lunch at McElroy's Seafood Restaurant on the Bayou. Then on Wednesday Night, October 26th there will be a Nebraska Style Steak Dinner at 6:00 PM in the Church Fellowship Hall and Evening Prayer with Rev. Karl Hollibaugh who was Interim Pastor of Good Shepherd, from 2011 until 2015. On Saturday Night, October 29th the congregation will gather for a Cake and Ice Cream Birthday Party at 6:00 PM in Church Fellowship Hall. Finally, Good Shepherd will celebrate their anniversary on Reformation Sunday on October 30th. A special time of showing pictures and telling our story will be at 9:00 AM in the Church Fellowship Hall. Worship will be with Rev. James Garnett, Pastor of Good Shepherd, from 2015 until present. In addition the congregation is celebrating with a new pictorial directory and commemorative tee-shirts. Good Shepherd invites all our brothers and sisters in Christ to join us as we celebrate what God has done, what God is doing, and what God will do. To God be all the Glory.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Biloxi, MS


Where the beautiful Biloxi Back Bay meets the Mississippi Sound of the Gulf of Mexico 
the Lutheran
Church of the Good Shepherd  took the message of Jesus to the 35th Annual Biloxi Seafood Festival. For three years in a row Good Shepherd has participated in the festival. Congregational members took shifts in greeting festival goers by being the ears and mouth of Jesus. In addition to handing out God's Word, members were available to share and pray with anyone who might need a moment to unwind and have someone to talk to. Members also handed out fans, keychain flashlights and pens with the church's web address and phone number. The Men's Group took the opportunity to hand out smoke detectors that they had purchased to anyone who needed one. The church considers this to be an outreach opportunity. Fun was had by everyone involved and the event was considered a great success. To God be all the Glory!

Steps to Revise/Amend a Constitution

  •  A copy of the revised or amended constitution is sent to Rev. Robert Belknap,
    Chairman of the Constitutions Committee.  
    Contact: home phone 985-290-7160

    Also send a copy to the Southern District office- attention: Ronnie Giaise.


     Contact: / 985-605-5404 direct line.


  • The Constitutions Committee reviews the submitted constitution and corresponds directly with the congregation regarding any suggestions for revision.
  • Once the discussion is complete between the committee and the congregation and the committee approves their amended or revised constitution, Pastor Belknap recommends to the Board of Directors that the constitution be approved.
  • Pastor Belknap notifies the congregation that the constitution is approved by the Board of Directors.
  • T he congregation then sends a final copy of the Board of Director-approved constitution to the Southern District office to be included in the congregation's file, stamped and dated as final copy.
Any questions regarding this process can be directed to the Southern District office.
Thank you for your attention to the details of this important process!


All those in southeastern Louisiana as they continue to recover from the flooding that devastated so many communities.

Rev. John and Laura Ninke (Christ Our Redeemer, Hartselle, AL) as Laura's father has entered the Church Triumphant.   
  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)
      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.

    For quite a long period of time, we were unable to access this website.   Because of this, we missed many of the emails sent to us with suggestions, comments, or articles for TMTWS.  

    We sincerely apologize for this and regret any inconvenience this has caused.  We now moniter the email address regularly, so we do encourage you to submit articles, photos, suggestions, and comments via this account!
                                    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