LCMC Blog [by Kristy Thomas] http://www.lcmc.net/blog/feed?author=18 Read the the latest news, announcements and articles from LCMC. en-us MFTH Service Project Update http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/mfth-service-project-update/a820.html Wed, 16 May 18 00:00:00 -0600 To date we have raised $6,534.59 for our Annual Gathering service project with Meals from the Heartland!

To learn more or make an online donation towards this project, CLICK HERE

To donate via snail mail, please make all checks payable to LCMC and be sure to indicate that your donation is for the "MFTH Service Project".  Checks should be mailed to the LCMC office at:

LCMC
7000 North Sheldon Road
Canton, MI 48187

100% of donations received will be used to purchase supplies for this project.

If you're interested in volunteering to help assemble meal kits, be sure to check off the appropriate box on your form when you register for the Annual Gathering

(By the way, if you're planning on attending our 18th Annual Gathering and haven't already registered, be sure to do so by September 1st to beat the price increase!) 

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18th Annual Gathering Registration is Open http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/18th-annual-gathering-registration-is-open/a816.html Tue, 03 Apr 18 00:00:00 -0600 "Growing Up" is the theme of our 18th Annual Gathering and Convention, and we've invited Dr. Kent Hunter of Church Doctor Ministries to help us consider how congregations of all sizes can be focused on the Great Commission and develop a kingdom mindset. 

Jo Kinnard will be returning this year to serve as our Bible study leader as we reflect on the text of Ephesians 4

Mark Vander Tuig and Perry Fruhling will preach the opening and closing worship services respectively. 

For our service project this year, we will again be teaming up with Meals from the Heartland to help feed people in need.  Our goal for 2018 is to raise $100,000 for supplies and package 400,000 meals between the Annual Gathering and our Called 2 Follow youth event in July.  Participants can sign up to help assemble meal kits by checking off the apporpriate box on their registration form. 

For those who would like a chance to connect with other people in LCMC, we will again be offering a fellowship dinner in addition to several other fellowship meet-ups. 

New for 2018, participants at this year's event have the option to sing in a combined choir duing the closing worship service.  To sign up, simply check off the appropriate box on your registration form. 

The event also includes breakout sessions, vendors, and worship, plus time for fellowship, networking, and discussion. 

Registration is now open!  For the best rate, be sure to sign up by September 1. 

The LCMC 18th Annual Gathering takes place October 7-10 in Des Moines, IA. 

Click Here to Register

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Seminarian Retreat Registration Now Open http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/seminarian-retreat-registration-now-open/a813.html Tue, 03 Apr 18 00:00:00 -0600 Registration is now open for our 2018 Seminarian Retreat

Held the weekend before the Annual Gathering, the event serves as an opportunity for seminary students to get connected with one another, network, learn more about yourself and your calling, and ask any questions you may have about the LCMC call process.

The retreat takes place October 5-7, 2018 at Riverside Bible Camp in Story City, IA. 

Registration is $50 per person and includes accommodations, plus Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast.  The deadline to register is September 23.

Click Here to Register

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Enter the 2018 Annual Gathering Photo Contest http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/enter-the-2018-annual-gathering-photo-contest/a812.html Fri, 23 Mar 18 00:00:00 -0600 Entry Form  |  FAQs  |  Deadline: July 16th


Get your cameras ready! 

Each year, the people who make up our association are invited to submit photos depicting how their congregation has been "in Mission for Christ" over the past year to be considered for publication in our Annual Gathering book

If your congregation has taken part in any projects, organized any events, or participated in any mission or ministry activities over the past year that exemplify what it means to be "in Mission for Christ", we're inviting YOU to submit photos for this year's Annual Gathering Photo Contest!

Here's How:

  1. Photos must be submitted by a congregation member, pastor, or church staff member who is part of an LCMC congregation
  2. Go to www.lcmc.net/2018-photocontest and review the photo guidelines
  3. Upload a photo, fill out the entry form, and click "submit"

All eligible photos received by Monday, July 16th will be considered for publication in the 2018 Annual Gathering Book.  Hard copy books will be available at the Annual Gathering in October, and a digital edition will be available on our website and in our mobile app once the Annual Gathering begins. 

Photos will be selected based on subject matter (how closely they fit the theme), quality of the photo (not squished, blurry, or overlapped by text or clip art), and the story behind the photo (the photo description explaining how your congregation is making a difference).

To help illustrate the theme of "Growing Up"  throughout our book, we would love to see photos of service projects, outreach events/activities/programs, mission trips, creative/artistic projects, disaster relief, or church planting efforts from any and all age groups within your congregation!

"Growing Up" is the theme of this year's Annual Gathering, which will be held October 7-10, 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

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Called 2 Follow Registration Closes March 31 http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/called-2-follow-registration-closes-march-31/a810.html Mon, 19 Mar 18 00:00:00 -0600 The deadline to register for our upcoming high school youth event, Called 2 Follow, is next Saturday, March 31st! 

Participants will gain practical life advice through interactive keynote presentations and breakout sessions, make a real difference in the local community by taking part in service projects, and connect with other people in LCMC while enjoying games, music, inflatables, and ice cream.

For groups wishing to stay an extra day, we have made arrangements with Adventureland Resort & Amusement Park in Altoona, IA to make discounted tickets available for Called 2 Follow participants.  Tickets are $38 each and can be purchased by selecting the appropriate option on your registration form. 

The event takes place July 17-20 at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA and is open to high school students completing grades 8-12, youth leaders, and chaperones.  To register online, click here

For updates on this and other LCMC events, be sure to sign up to receive event notifications in our mobile app.

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2019 Three Days of Prayer Dates Announced! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/2019-three-days-of-prayer-dates-announced/a807.html Mon, 26 Feb 18 00:00:00 -0700 Six years ago, Service Coordinator Mark Vander Tuig invited every congregation in LCMC to join in prayer for three days at the beginning of the new year.

In the time since, our association has turned Three Days of Prayer into an annual tradition with many congregations choosing to organize prayer walks, host special services and vigils, or distribute resources to congregation members for each of the three days.

Mark your calendars now for New Year's Day, because our next annual Three Days of Prayer will take place January 1-3, 2019.  

For updates on this event, be sure to follow our blog, or download our mobile app and opt-in for Three Days of Prayer push notifications in your app settings.  App users who have selected this option will receive a reminder before the event and a message reflecting on the themes during each of the three days.  

As always, resources such as sample brochures submitted by other LCMC congregations can be found here.

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Get Mobile Updates! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/get-mobile-updates/a805.html Sun, 28 Jan 18 00:00:00 -0700 Did you know that the LCMC App lets you sign up to receive news updates on your mobile device based entirely on your interests?  Here's a breakdown of what's available:

General Notifications:

Select this option if you’d like to be notified of only the basics, such as when new videos, podcasts or other resources have been added to our website.  You’ll also be notified of new service projects, contests, and any big news updates from the LCMC Staff and Boards.  

Event Specific Notifications:

We use this feature to notify you when registration opens for your favorite events, when a deadline related to an event you’ve selected is approaching, and when any major new details get announced for that event.  (For Three Days of Prayer, you’ll receive a message reflecting on the themes during each of the three days.)  App users who sign up for these types of notifications will only receive announcements for the specific events they’ve opted in for.  

On Site Notifications:  

While attending a larger LCMC event such as the Annual Gathering, opting-in for on site notifications will allow you to receive any announcements or updates that are made during the event, such as meeting room assignments and service project information.  You will only receive these types of messages for the duration of the event you’re attending.

Don’t worry, if you sign up for our notification system we won’t spam you with constant daily messages. We’re just using this feature as a way to help make it easier to receive news updates in the most timely manner possible.  

Here’s How:

  1. If you haven't already, download our app on your phone or tablet. 
  2. Open the app and click on the icon in the top left corner to access your inbox, notes, and app settings. 
  3. Select "Settings", then "Notifications". 
  4. On the Notifications page, simply toggle on anything you'd like to get updates about. 

That's it! 

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Everything You Need to Know for Three Days of Prayer http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/everything-you-need-to-know-for-three-days-of-prayer/a800.html Fri, 29 Dec 17 00:00:00 -0700 Our Sixth Annual Three Days of Prayer kicks off Tuesday, January 2!  The themes for each day are as follows:

  • Tuesday, January 2: This is a day focused on confession. We have made our lives, our relationships, and even the church in our own image. We confess that the church belongs to Jesus and not to us. We gather to lay down our pride, our sin and our agenda and ask the Lord of the church for forgiveness, which He gives freely and with mercy. 
  • Wednesday, January 3: This is a day of petition. Pray for your congregation, for the pastor, for the leaders, for those who carry out ministries, for the Sunday School teachers, for the Confirmation leaders, for those leading adult Bible studies and for those leading small groups. Pray for those in hospital and nursing home ministries. Pray for all those connected to your church that they might know God’s redeeming love for all in Christ.
  • Thursday, January 4: This is a day for vision. Pray that the Holy Spirit will again move through the hearts and minds of leaders and pastors that God’s vision for His church might be revealed and fulfilled. This is a time of prayer for renewal, revival and encouragement. Pray for God’s vision.

Whether your congregation is organizing a special activity or you're simply setting aside some time for each of the three days to pray, let's come together as an association to lift one another up in prayer!  Sample documents and resources submitted by LCMC congregations from previous years can be found here.  
 

Submit Photos & Share Your Thoughts:

Once the event has ended, let us know how your congregation celebrated Three Days of Prayer, share photos, and let us know what you thought about the experience by taking our online survey.  All responses and photos submitted by Friday, January 19th through the survey linked here will be considered for publication in an upcoming LCMC news article.  

Take Our Survey >>

 

Get Notified:

Be sure to sign up for Three Days of Prayer push notifications in our mobile app if you'd like to receive a message reflecting on the themes during each of the three days.  (We won't use it to spam you, we promise!)

Get the App >>

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17th Annual Gathering Videos Now Available http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/17th-annual-gathering-videos-now-available/a796.html Tue, 12 Dec 17 00:00:00 -0700 Videos of the speakers from our 17th Annual Gathering are now available for streaming online as well as in our mobile app!  Available videos include keynote panels, Bible study, the opening and closing worship services, the Service Coordinator's report, and a dramatic portrayal of Martin Luther and his wife, Katy. 

Mobile App:

The LCMC Mobile App allows users to stream video content from a mobile device.  It is also fully integrated with Apple AirPlay and Google Cast, so you can also watch videos from your TV screen.  To learn more and get the app, click here

Watch Online:

Videos from past LCMC events can also be found online.  Our "Videos & Podcasts" page can be found under Events > Media on the LCMC website, or by clicking here
 


For updates on this and other LCMC events, be sure to sign up for push notifications in our mobile app and/or subscribe to our e-newsletter

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Sixth Annual Three Days of Prayer Kicks Off January 2 http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/sixth-annual-three-days-of-prayer-kicks-off-january-2/a795.html Thu, 30 Nov 17 00:00:00 -0700 If your congregation hasn't already begun to do so, it's time to start planning for our 6th Annual Three Days of Prayer, which will take place January 2-4, 2018

The theme for each of the three days is as follows:

  • Day One: A day focused on confession 
  • Day Two: A day of petition 
  • Day Three: A day for vision

In anticipation of the event, we're polling readers to find out how congregations plan to celebrate. 

In past years, many of our congregations have put together prayer vigils, organized a prayer walks, or offered a prayer service at a set hour each day.  Others have simply asked each person to pray each day.  Organize these three days in any way that you'd like...whatever works best in your congregation is the right way to go!

Let us know what your congregation is doing by taking our survey, and we'll share the results in an upcoming e-newsletter!  Click Here for Survey >>

You can learn more about Three Days of Prayer here.  Also, be sure to sign up for Three Days of Prayer push notifications in our mobile app to receive a message with each day's theme!

 

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Sale and Free Shipping on LCMC Logo Items Now Through December 15th http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/sale-and-free-shipping-on-lcmc-logo-items-now-through-december-15th/a793.html Wed, 22 Nov 17 00:00:00 -0700 From now through December 15th, we're offering discounted items in the LCMC Store, plus free shipping!   

Sale items include t-shirts, hoodies, coffee mugs, bags, decor items and more!  

We've also added water bottles, mounted aluminum prints, mounted acrylic prints, and more mug options to our shop.  

You can find a link to our online store under "Resources" on our website, or by clicking here.  

*** Ends Friday, December 15th at 12:00 P.M. EST. ***

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Over 900 Attend LCMC 17th Annual Gathering http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/over-900-attend-lcmc-17th-annual-gathering/a786.html Mon, 16 Oct 17 00:00:00 -0600 A total of 903 people attended our 17th Annual Gathering in Minneapolis, Minnesota from October 8-11, 2017.  

The theme of this year’s event was “We Confess Our Faith” and featured keynote presentations focusing on three of the fundamental teachings of the Reformation: Justification, The Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms, and the Priesthood of All Believers.

The gathering kicked off with dinner and an opening worship service preached by Pastor Julie Samuelson on Sunday morning.  Our worship leader this year was Mr. Eric McIntyre of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fridley, MN.  

Seminarians and church planters had an opportunity to meet up on Sunday evening for dessert and fellowship.  

Monday’s program began with worship, prayer, and Bible study, followed by a keynote panel featuring Pastor Steve Turnbull, Rev. Enrique Estrada, Rev. Tom LoVan, and Pastor Ingrid Aderhold.  

After table discussions, a networking session, and lunch, LCMC Service Coordinator Rev. Mark Vander Tuig gave an update on the association.  

The day wrapped up with a fellowship dinner, where participants had the option to get connected with a fellowship group in LCMC or simply join a general group of people for dinner at the convention center, followed by meetings for the various geographic and non-geographic districts within the association.  

Tuesday opened with worship, prayer, and Bible study followed by a dramatic portrayal of Martin Luther and his wife Katarina performed by Rev. Johan and Sonja Hinderlie.  (For more information about their ministry, check out section 5 of this year’s Annual Gathering book).  

Tuesday morning also included a keynote panel on the concept of two kingdoms featuring Dr. Ken Jones, Pastor John Kline, Rev. Dr. Pêri Rasolondraibe, and Pastor Siimon Haamer, followed by a table discussion.

On Tuesday afternoon, LCMC staff members Mark Vander Tuig and Dan Clites recognized district leaders, certifiers, new congregations, pastors, seminarians, military chaplains, and those who were celebrating significant anniversaries of ordination.  

Throughout the day, LCMC partnered with Days for Girls to learn about their ministry and help assemble sustainable and reusable hygiene kits for women and girls in need around the globe.  

In the evening, attendees had the option of attending a global worship service at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Minneapolis, viewing the movie commissioned by Thrivent Martin Luther, The Idea That Changed the World, taking part in a pop-up worship session, or taking part in one of several different meet and greet sessions.  

After worship, prayer, and Bible study on Wednesday morning, LCMC Board of Trustees Chair Rev. Sean Kelly thanked pastors Martha Uecker Nelson and Christopher Miller for their service on the board and announced that pastors Sue Gunderson (Area 4) and John Fauerbach (Area 2) were newly elected.  

Current Board of Trustees officers for LCMC consist of pastors Sean Kelly (Chair), Brodie Taphorn (Vice Chair), Darrin Vick (Secretary), and Mrs. Laurel Swanson (Treasurer).  

The event concluded with a keynote panel featuring Rev. Julie Smith, Mrs. Jennifer Desarmo, Rev. Bill Moberly, and Dr. Kyle Fever, followed by a closing worship service preached by Rev. Dave Wollan.  

Videos of the speakers from this year’s event will be available on our website and in our mobile app in winter 2018.  We will make an announcement via e-newsletter, blog, and mobile app when our videos have been posted, so stay tuned! 

Our next Annual Gathering will take place October 7-10, 2018 in Des Moines, IA.

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Our 17th Annual Gathering Kicks Off Tonight! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/our-17th-annual-gathering-kicks-off-tonight/a785.html Sun, 08 Oct 17 00:00:00 -0600 Our 17th Annual Gathering in Minneapolis opens tonight with Opening Worship at 7:00 P.M. 

Preaching for tonight's service is Pastor Julie Samuelson from Hands for Pine City in Pine City, MN.  Our worship leader is Mr. Eric McIntyre, who serves at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fridley, MN.

We will be updating our blog and Facebook page regularly over the next few days, so stay tuned for updates!

 

Video Streaming

If you're tuning in from home, you can catch a live stream of the main session for each day of the event here.

After the event has ended, videos of this year's speakers will be available for streaming here and in our mobile app during winter 2018.  We will make an announcement once the videos have been posted. 

 

Mobile App Features

The LCMC Mobile App gives Annual Gathering participants the chance to view event information from a smartphone or tablet.  Use the app to access a digital copy of our book, look up meeting room locations, submit feedback on this year's event, and more!  Be sure to opt in for "On Site Notifications" if you'd like to receive updates while at the event.  (You can also choose to sign up for general news updates, or to only receive updates on your favorite events.)

 

Annual Gathering Books

For a digital copy of this year's book, check out our app or go to www.lcmc.net/ag-books/summaries

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Early Bird Annual Gathering Registration Ends September 1st! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/early-bird-annual-gathering-registration-ends-september-1st/a775.html Fri, 11 Aug 17 00:00:00 -0600 Friday, September 1st is the last day to register for our 17th Annual Gathering and still receive the discounted rate!  

The format of this year's event will be a bit different from that of previous years in the interest of offering people in LCMC more opportunities to connect with one another than ever before.  After a brief introduction of each topic from a theological perspective, followed by a panel discussion focusing on application to daily life in both domestic and international contexts, participants will have the ability to form discussion groups at their tables after each presentation has ended.  

Be sure to sign up for our annual Fellowship Dinner on Monday evening for a chance to reunite with old friends and colleagues, meet new ones, or get connected with a fellowship group of your choice.  Reserved seating will be available for young adults (20-30 somethings), clergy spouses, the Cross Alone, Mid-Atlantic, and Twin Cities fellowship groups, and various districts within LCMC.  Select this activity on your registration form to sign up.

Once again, we will also be offering meetups for seminary students and church planters, district gatherings, and a "meet and greet" breakout session to help match up pastors who are available for call with congregations who are seeking a new pastor.  

The event takes place October 8-11 in downtown Minneapolis.

Learn More & Register >>

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SALE: Shop the 17th Annual Gathering Collection! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/sale--shop-the-17th-annual-gathering-collection/a773.html Mon, 31 Jul 17 00:00:00 -0600 What's better than attending our 17th Annual Gathering in Minneapolis this October? 

Attending our 17th Annual Gathering in style while sipping coffee from a brand new LCMC-themed travel mug, of course! 

Select t-shirts and coffee mugs are on sale in the LCMC Store now through August 9th, so if you haven't had a chance to nab any items from our limited time 17th Annual Gathering Collection yet, now's your chance!  Visit Our Store >>

And if you haven't already, be sure to register for the Annual Gathering by September 1st to get the Early Bird discount (you'll attend for $100 less than you'd pay at-the-door)! 

This year's Annual Gathering will offer more fellowship and networking opportunities than ever before including table discussions, fellowship meet-ups, a fellowship dinner, district meetings, and even a breakout session to help connect pastors who may be seeking a call with congregations in search of a new pastor.

Participants will also have the option to take part in a Global Worship Experience with the people of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, or view the documentary commissioned by Thrivent: Martin Luther, The Idea That Changed the World.

To read more about the Annual Gathering, click here

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AG Photo Contest Deadline is July 17th http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/ag-photo-contest-deadline-is-july-17th/a772.html Wed, 05 Jul 17 00:00:00 -0600

 

 

 

 

There's still time to enter our 2017 Annual Gathering photo contest before the Monday, July 17th deadline date! 

If your congregation has taken part in any projects, organized any events, or participated in any mission or ministry activities that exemplify what it means to be "in Mission for Christ" at a local, national, or international/global level over the past year, we're inviting YOU to submit photos to be considered for publication in our 2017 Annual Gathering Book.

To learn more and submit your favorite photos, click here

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Shop the 17th Annual Gathering Collection! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/shop-the-17th-annual-gathering-collection/a768.html Tue, 06 Jun 17 00:00:00 -0600 To celebrate our upcoming Annual Gathering in Minneapolis, we've added some new items to the LCMC Store, including a limited time collection of items with the logo for our 17th Annual Gathering. 

Available items include t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, tank tops, mugs, bags, notebooks, and art prints. 

Check out what's available by clicking on the link below.

View the LCMC Store

 


For more information on this year's Annual Gathering, and to register, click here or go to "Events", then "Annual Gathering". 

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Enter the 2017 Annual Gathering Photo Contest! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/enter-the-2017-annual-gathering-photo-contest/a767.html Wed, 31 May 17 00:00:00 -0600 If your congregation has taken part in any projects, organized any events, or participated in any mission or ministry activities that exemplify what it means to be "in Mission for Christ" at a local, national, or international/global level over the past year, we're inviting YOU to submit photos for our 2017 Annual Gathering Photo Contest! 

Here's how it works:

  1. Photos must be submitted by a member, pastor, or staff member of an LCMC congregation
  2. Go to www.lcmc.net/17-ag-photocontest and review the photo guidelines
  3. Fill out the entry form, upload a photo, and click "submit"

Photos will be selected for publication based on subject matter (how closely they fit the theme), quality of the photo (photos should not appear "squished", "fuzzy" or contain clip art), and the story behind the photo (how your congregation is making a difference on the local, national, or global level).

All eligible photos received by Monday, July 17th will be considered for publication in The 2017 Annual Gathering Book.  Hard copy books will be available at the Annual Gathering in October, and a digital edition will be available on our website and in our mobile app once the Annual Gathering begins. 

 

Click Here to Submit a Photo

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Our Newsletter Has a New Layout! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/our-newsletter-has-a-new-layout/a760.html Tue, 14 Mar 17 00:00:00 -0600 This quarter, BY THE WORD, our print newsletter, is rolling out with a fresh new layout design to accompany the new logo, website and mobile app that we launched at our 16th Annual Gathering in Denver last October. 

The color scheme and design of our updated logo represents our hope as an association of congregations: bringing Jesus to a dark and broken world. The red in the globe represents the blood of Jesus bringing light into the world, and the red “M” of LCMC emphasizes our focus on mission. 

By creating a cleaner, more contemporary layout for our newsletter and website, as well as incorporating the colors and design elements from our logo, we hope to embody the mission and vision of our association and to clearly communicate who we are: a first century church for the twenty first century.

Speaking of the twenty first century, if you haven’t already, be sure to check out our mobile app, and to share it with your congregations as well.

The LCMC Mobile App makes it easy to access calendars and event details, stream videos, and podcasts (it’s Apple TV and Chromecast compatible!), and connect with other people throughout the association.  The app’s built in blog reader makes it easy to stay up-to-date on recent news and announcements, and app users can also sign up to receive occasional notifications so you’ll never miss out on an important announcement or deadline again.  With easy access to the LCMC directories and the congregation search feature, you can contact people or find nearby congregations even when you’re on the go.

 

Read Our Newsletter

Be sure to check your mailboxes, as our 1st Quarter 2017 edition of BY THE WORD is on the way!  Alternatively, you may download a printer-friendly PDF version of the newsletter by clicking here

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New Scholarships Available! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/new-scholarships-available/a759.html Tue, 07 Mar 17 00:00:00 -0700 The InFaith Community Foundation has two scholarship opportunities available for graduating high school seniors. 

The InFaith Community Foundation Scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship available to high school seniors who are seeking a four-year undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university and are members of congregations that hold active organizational endowment funds at InFaith Community Foundation.

Eligible woman candidates are also invited to apply for the WomenLead Scholarship, a $3,000 dollar scholarship which will be awarded to two individuals; one student attending a graduate program or seminary, and one student attending a two-year community college or vocational/technical school.

The deadline to apply for either scholarship is April 30, 2017

To learn more, check out our Scholarships page, or visit their website at www.infaithfound.org/newsgrants/scholarships

For questions about the scholarships or the application process please contact Nikki Johnson, Donor Services Associate, at (800) 365-4172, or scholarships@InFaithfound.org.

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Watch Now: 2016 Annual Gathering Videos http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/watch-now--2016-annual-gathering-videos/a753.html Tue, 14 Feb 17 00:00:00 -0700 Video content from our 16th Annual Gathering, which took place last October in Denver, Colorado, is now available for streaming online and in our mobile app

In addition to our 2016 Annual Gathering Series, which features presentations from our event speakers and staff members, we have also recently released two new video workshop series: Church Planting 101 and Pete the Planner

Designed for those who are interested in planting new congregations, Church Planting 101 is a three part introductory workshop led by LCMC's Coordinator for Church Planting Development, Rev. Dan Clites. 

Pete the Planner is a workshop series aimed at helping LCMC-ers explore the basics of financial planning. 

To access the LCMC video gallery from our website, click on the Events tab, then Media & Downloads, then Videos & Presentations

App users can stream video content directly from their smartphone or tablet, or play content on their TV screen using Apple TV or Google Chromecast.  (Learn More)

Our 17th Annual Gathering takes place October 8-11, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN.  Stay tuned for further details, and be sure to sign up for Annual Gathering push notifications in our mobile app to receive realtime updates when new information becomes available!

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LCMC Hosts 5th Annual Three Days of Prayer http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-hosts-5th-annual-three-days-of-prayer/a754.html Wed, 01 Feb 17 00:00:00 -0700 Last year, every congregation, member, and pastor in LCMC was invited by LCMC Service Coordinator Rev. Mark Vander Tuig to take part in our association's 5th Annual Three Days of Prayer

The event took place from January 3-5, 2017 and each day had its own theme.  Day one was a day for confession, day two a day of petition, and day three a day for vision.  Participants were able to structure each of the three days in any way that made sense for them. 

Based on the results of last month's Three Days of Prayer poll, 25% of this year's participants celebrated Three Days of Prayer for the first time.  Approximately 17% reported that they had participated on their own in the past, but that 2017 was the first time their congregation had organized somethig together. 

While 20% of people reported praying on their own, 27% told us that their congregation had organized some type of special event this year. 

Over half of the people surveyed reported having provided members of their congregations with prayer resources for the event, whether in print or online.  (To view sample resources submitted by fellow LCMC congregations, click here.)

This year, a handful of congregations opted to organize a prayer service or other special event this year while also providing take-home resources to congregation members. 

In addition to offering printed and online resources, Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Western Reserve in Stow, OH used the event as an opportunity to connect with other congregations in the area.  "We partnered with a county-wide effort to hold a cross-cultural and cross-denominational event, Summit Ablaze, inviting people to eat with us before," said Laurel Bobb, the congregation's pastor.

"We sent out a booklet to all members and frequent visitors that explained prayer and had an outline to follow for people who wanted to pray at home," said Julie Wood of Resurrection Lutheran Church of Alpena, MI.  "We opened the church from 6:00 to 9:00 A.M. on each of the three days for people to come in and pray.  We held a prayer service on Wednesday night that incorporated all the themes into one event."

When asked if there was anything they would like to do differently for next year's Three Days of Prayer, most people agreed that they would like to start planning early and start promoting the event before the busy holiday season begins. 

One congregation told us that sending regular reminders, as well as mentioning Three Days of Prayer during regular church services, proved to be an effective way of getting the word out.

"We talked about the event on the Sunday preceding [and] I sent a reminder email each of the three days.  I used the event as a topic for a sermon on a Sunday following the event and we discussed God's vision for the church at large," said Pastor Jo Kinnard of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Inwood, IA.  "Our Savior's in Inwood is definitely a prayer warrior congregation! They loved the idea, and the reminders, and the opportunity to pray."

Our next Three Days of Prayer event will take place January 2-4, 2018, so be sure to mark your calendars and start planning early!

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Save the Date: Called 2 Serve 2018! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/save-the-date--called-2-serve-2018/a750.html Thu, 12 Jan 17 00:00:00 -0700 Mark your calendars!  Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ's next Called 2 Serve youth event will take place July 17-20, 2018 at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.  

A total of 300 people attended our 2016 Called 2 Serve event, which featured workshops, service projects, keynote speakers, an ice cream social, and a concert by the Christian rock group Remedy Drive.  (You can read a full recap here, and check out photos from the event in our photo gallery, listed under the "Events" menu of our website.)

Additional details will be available here and in our mobile app at a later date, so stay tuned!  

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Three Days of Prayer Starts Today! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/three-days-of-prayer-starts-today/a749.html Tue, 03 Jan 17 00:00:00 -0700 Today marks the first day of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ's 5th Annual Three Days of Prayer.

Each day from today through Thursday, every congregation, member, and pastor in LCMC is invited to set aside some time for prayer.  The themes for each day are as follows:

  • January 3:  This is a day focused on confession. We have made our lives, our relationships—and even the church—in our own image. We confess that the church belongs to Jesus and not to us. We gather to lay down our pride, our sin and our agenda and ask the Lord of the church for forgiveness, which He gives freely and with mercy.
  • January 4:  This is a day of petition. Pray for your congregation, for the pastor, for the leaders, for those who carry out ministries, for the Sunday School teachers, for the Confirmation leaders, for those leading adult Bible studies and for those leading small groups. Pray for those in hospital and nursing home ministries. Pray for all those connected to your church that they might know God’s redeeming love for all in Christ.
  • January 5:  This is a day for vision. Pray that the Holy Spirit will again move through the hearts and minds of leaders and pastors that God’s vision for His church might be revealed and fulfilled. This is a time of prayer for renewal, revival and encouragement. Pray for God’s vision.  

No matter how you structure this time of prayer, let’s come together as an association of congregations across the U.S. and around the world to pray!  

"I believe that the church will never rise up until we first get down on our knees!" said Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, Service Coordinator for LCMC.  

Whether you've simply set aside some time to pray each day, or your congregation has organized a special event or service to celebrate, we would love to hear about it!  You can share your experiences with us by taking our Three Days of Prayer Survey for 2017.  We'll include some of the responses that we receive in an upcoming LCMC news article. 

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Over 800 Attend 16th Annual Gathering in Denver http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/over-800-attend-16th-annual-gathering-in-denver/a737.html Thu, 06 Oct 16 00:00:00 -0600 A total of 806 people joined us at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center in Denver, Colorado from October 2-5, 2016 for the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ 16th Annual Gathering.  The theme of this year's event was "Back to the Future: First Century Principles for the Twenty First Century".  

The event kicked off on Sunday evening with an opening worship service preached by Pr. Ebassa Berhanu (Faith Lutheran Church, Castle Rock, CO), as well as the announcement that the association has a new logo as well as its first ever mobile app.  

Monday's program featured Keynote Speaker Dr. Ed Stetzer (Billy Graham Distinguished Endowed Chair for Church, Mission and Evangelism, Wheaton College), as well as reports given by LCMC Staff members Rev. Mark Vander Tuig (Service Coordinator) and Rev. Steve Lien (Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry).  Steve and the LCMC Ministry Board also recognized district leaders, certifiers, new congregations, pastors, seminarians, military chaplains, and those who were celebrating significant anniversaries of ordination.  

On Monday evening, participants had the option to take part in a fellowship dinner, providing them the opportunity to make new friends in LCMC, reunite with old ones, or get connected with one of several different fellowship groups.  

Tuesday's program featured Keynote Speaker Dr. Mark Granquist (Associate Professor of the History of Christianity, Luther Seminary), Dr. Jim Blessman (President and Founder, Blessman Ministries) as the international focus speaker, and a report by LCMC Staff member Rev. Dan Clites (Coordinator for Church Planting Development).  

Attendees also had the option to take part in breakout sessions, which fincluded topics such as church planting, engaging millennials, retirement plan options, and more.  

On Tuesday evening, many participants gathered together in the convention center to assemble personal care kits with Lutheran World Relief.  Through the generous donations given by LCMC congregations, as well as the muscle power of many volunteers at the Annual Gathering, the people of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ were able to donate 8,228 personal care kits and deliver 35 quilts to those whose lives have been affected by natural disasters and to people who are living in poverty around the world.  

Newly elected to the LCMC Board of Trustees were pastors Brodie Taphorn (Area 5) and Darrin Vick (Area 6).  Current members of the board are Sean Kelly (Chair), Martha Uecker Nelson (Vice Chair), Julie Smith (Secretary), Laurel Swanson (Treasurer), Brodie Taphorn, Darrin Vick, Enrique Estrada, and Christopher Miller.  

Wednesday morning's program featured "ministry vignettes" presented by Pr. Steven Broers (Emmanual Lutheran Church, Fontanelle, IA), Pr. Sandy Miller (First Lutheran Church, Hope, MN) and Rev. Jonathan Haseley (Barefoot Christian Community, Niagara Falls, NY).  The event concluded with a closing worship service preached by Rev. Michael R. Bonham (Peace Lutheran Church, Gulf Shores, AL).

Each day, attendees also enjoyed worship provided by Bethel Lutheran Church (Colorado Springs, CO), as well as Bible study led by Rev. Janine Rew-Werling (Hosanna Lutheran Church, Watertown, SD).  

Videos of this year's speakers will be available online on our videos page (you can find it under Events  >  Media & Downloads  >  Videos & Presentations) and in our mobile app in winter 2017.  For a downloadable copy of the 2016 Annual Gathering Book, click here or download our app.  

Our 17th Annual Gathering will take place October 8-11, 2017 at the Hilton Minneapolis in Minneapolis, MN.  Stay tuned for further details.  

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Our Website Has a New Layout! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/our-website-has-a-new-layout/a736.html Mon, 03 Oct 16 00:00:00 -0600 The LCMC Staff and Board of Trustees is excited to announce that today we have launched a new and improved version of our website in conjunction with our new logo and mobile app.  

To help make using our site a better experience for all, we have simplified our layout, made our site easier to navigate overall, and completely optimized it for use on your smartphone or tablet, so you can access the same resources and information as before in a more efficient way.  

In addition to simplifying our menu system, we’ve made it quicker for pastors and congregations to update their directory information, submit events for the LCMC calendar, and share their prayer requests and news stories.  (Just click on the red button at the top of the page you'd like us to update!)

Our "Find a Church" tool has also been updated, making it easier to search for nearby LCMC congregations in any area.  

We’ve also cleaned up the layout of our media library, making it easier to find and watch videos from past LCMC events. (You’ll find the same organization of videos and podcasts inside our mobile app, which enables its users to stream media to their TV using Apple TV or Google Chromecast.)

We hope you enjoy the new look and improved functionality of our website.  If you have any questions, you can always contact us.  

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LCMC Launches New Logo and Mobile App http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-launches-new-logo-and-mobile-app/a735.html Sun, 02 Oct 16 00:00:00 -0600 Today LCMC kicked off its 16th Annual Gathering in Denver, CO by announcing its first ever mobile app and unveiling a brand new, freshly updated logo.  

The LCMC mobile app makes it easy to access videos and podcasts, receive news updates, and stay connected with other people throughout the association.

With the in app web player, you can catch live events, stream videos and podcasts, and even play content on your TV screen using Apple TV or Google Chromecast.  

You can also use the app to access calendars, register online for events, and view digital versions of event programs and handouts.  

The app’s built in blog reader makes it easy to stay up-to-date on recent news and announcements, and app users can also sign up to receive occasional notifications, so you'll never miss out on an important announcement or deadline again.  

You'll also have easy access to the LCMC directories as well as the congregation search feature, so you can contact people or find nearby congregations even when you're on the go. 

In conjunction with the launch of our mobile app, we have also released a cleaner, more contemporary version of our logo and branding.

The color scheme and design of our updated logo symbolizes our hope as an association of congregations: bringing Jesus to a dark and broken world.  The red represents the blood of Jesus bringing light to the world. The color red in the "m" of LCMC emphasizes our focus on mission. As Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, we are all working together to fulfill Christ's Great Commission in Matthew 28 to go and make disciples of all nations.   

A great deal of time, thought and effort has gone into creating a logo that embodies the mission and vision of our association, and we are confident that our new design will help communicate exactly who we are: a first century church for the twenty first century.  

Tomorrow (Monday) we will also be rolling out with a brand new, mobile friendly version of our website.  To help make using our site a better experience for all, our new design will be easier to navigate and completely optimized for use on your smartphone or tablet, while still providing the same information and resources that are available today. 

Stay tuned!

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Our 16th Annual Gathering Starts Today! Here's How to Watch LIVE... http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/our-16th-annual-gathering-starts-today--heres-how-to-watch-live/a734.html Sun, 02 Oct 16 00:00:00 -0600 Our 16th Annual Gathering kicks off after dinner tonight with Opening Worship led by Rev. Ebassa Berhanu, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Castle Rock, Colorado at 7:00 P.M. MDT. 

Tonight's service will also feature a first look at our brand new logo design as well as a special video presentation on a new resource we have put together for every congregation, member and pastor in LCMC.  You won't want to miss it! 

If you're tuning in from home, you can catch a live feed of the Annual Gathering online at www.lcmc.net/live

A schedule for each day of the event can be found here, or by downloading a copy of our 2016 Annual Gathering Book

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Grand View University Welcomes LCMC for Called 2 Serve Youth Event http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/grand-view-university-welcomes-lcmc-for-called-2-serve-youth-event/a729.html Wed, 03 Aug 16 00:00:00 -0600 Students in Grand View University Wellness CenterHigh school students and youth group leaders from across the nation headed to Grand View University in Des Moines last month to take part in our 2016 summer youth event, Called 2 Serve

According to Cathy Nichol, LCMC’s administrative assistant, a total of 300 people from 32 different LCMC congregations attended the four day event, which was designed to help strengthen the ministry of the local church by giving students a better understanding of what is possible in their own church and local community. 

The event featured keynote speakers Culynn Curtis, Pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Maple Lake, MN, Alex Krumm, Director of Student Ministries at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA, Ken Jones, Professor of Theology and Religion at Grand View University, and Jody Skogen, Director of Youth and Family Ministries at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Marion, IA, who emceed the event.

Also speaking at the event were Kyle Fever, Pastor of Beyond Ministries and Director of Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp, Jamie Strickler, Assistant Dean of Educational Ministry for North American Education at the Institute of Lutheran Theology, Wendy Berthelsen, Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, and LCMC staff members Mark Vander Tuig, Steve Lien and Dan Clites

Throughout the week, students also had the chance to explore topics such as love, truth, their "call", the life that Jesus promises and how to follow Jesus during high school by taking part in interactive breakout sessions and enjoyed music performed by the worship band at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, IA. 

On Thursday, participants had the option to take part in one for four different service projects that were geared towards making a real difference in the local Des Moines community. 

Approximately one third of participants opted to help pack meals for the hungry with non-profit organization Meals from the Heartland.  After exceeding our goal of raising $10,000 in donations from LCMC congregations (enough to purchase enough supplies for 50,000 meal kits), volunteers were able to package a total of 80,784 meal kits in under three hours. 

Another group of volunteers chose to visit Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp, where they laid a gravel path, mulched the facility's low ropes course, cleaned and weeded any landscaped areas, mulched a whole trail and stained a large fence. 

A third group met up with the people at Hope Ministries, an organization who seeks to help meet the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of people who are homeless.  Participants volunteered at some of the various sites that Hope Ministries operates, performing tasks such as cleaning and organizing items at a local thrift store. 

A fourth group went out into the local community to perform random acts of kindness, such as cleaning up a local park, giving away cookies, cleaning up several areas on the Grand View University campus, and handing out bottled water to people with scripture verses attached. 

While there were plenty of opportunities for learning and serving at Called 2 Serve, the event also offered everyone a chance to get connected with others through small group discussions, games and mixers led by Chip Reynolds, Pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in New Braunfels, TX, 

Participants also enjoyed an ice cream social featuring Peanut Butter Belly Buster, Cake Batter, Knee Deep in Chocolate and Cookies & Cream flavors from Over the Top, followed by a live concert by christian rock group Remedy Drive

Overall, the event was well-received by those who attended.  Here are just a few of the comments our staff has received from participants' evaluation forms:

  • "This was by far one of the best weeks I have ever had and I thank you all for it. God Bless."
  • "Longer! I loved it and I wish it was longer! Breakout sessions more interactive and how it's applicable to life."
  • "I loved how service project was incorporated with the event. This was an excellent event. I am looking forward to the next one."
  • "Thank you for your hard work! God moved in some awesome ways!"
  • "We had a wonderful time at the National Youth Gathering. Having attended two NYG in another denomination, I appreciated that there was no political agenda or ideological propaganda spewed forth at our kids. It was nice to be centered in the Word, what Jesus has done for us, and the privilege to share that message as those Called2Serve."
  • "Our group of [people] were barely more than Sunday friends from multiple high schools and wound up growing personally and collectively in Christ. They're bonded with big ideas for God now! Two, who've attended church their entire lives and been confirmed, shared with me that it was the very first time they were truly feeling a personal connection to Jesus, prayer, and seeing how Christian support works. I'm so grateful! These ladies arrived home and were so on fire that our pastor is devoting an entire Sunday service/sermon in August for them to share the Called 2 Serve Bible message, music, and a takeaway activity to hopefully inform and inspire our congregation to sharing their gifts, loving one another and being called to service!"
  • "God moved in many ways: - Students started sharing their stories of faith with one another in small groups during family time - Students started thinking about going into vocational ministry maybe for the first time - Student spent her first extended time away from home, successfully! - Student became more of her aware of her actions and asked for forgiveness from leaders. - Student left the week with an understanding that serving is more than something we do it’s about who we are as Christians - Student felt the presence of the Holy Spirit during the Thursday night worship gathering - Student felt her calling to be someone who is there for her friends during difficult times. That is just SOME of the cool things God did during the youth event!"
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LCMC to Launch New Website, Logo at Annual Gathering http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-to-launch-new-website-logo-at-annual-gathering/a726.html Tue, 02 Aug 16 00:00:00 -0600 The LCMC Staff and Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that on Monday of this year’s Annual Gathering, we will be launching a brand new, re-designed version of our website.  To help make using our site a better experience for all, our new design will be easier to navigate and completely optimized for use on your smartphone or tablet while still providing the same information and resources that are available today.  

At this time, we will also be rolling out with an updated version of our logo and branding.  A great deal of time, thought and effort has gone in to creating a logo that embodies the mission and vision of our association, and we are confident that our new design will help communicate exactly who we are: a first century church for the twenty first century.  

Whether you’ll be joining us in person or tuning in online via live stream, we look forward to sharing these improvements with you in just a few short weeks.  

The LCMC 16th Annual Gathering, themed Back to the Future: First Century Principles for the Twenty First Century, takes place October 2-5, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center in Denver, CO.  Early bird registration ends September 1, so be sure to sign up soon to receive the best rate!

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Plan Now: 5th Annual Three Days of Prayer http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/plan-now-5th-annual-three-days-of-prayer/a727.html Mon, 01 Aug 16 00:00:00 -0600 In January 2013, LCMC congregations from across the nation and around the world kicked off the new year by joining together in prayer during Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ's first ever Three Days of Prayer

The event, organized by LCMC Service Coordinator Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, was designed to help the people of LCMC become more and more a people of prayer and has since become an annual tradition in LCMC. 

During the first week of each new year, all of the people who make up LCMC (934 congregations as of today) are invited to join in prayer for three days.  Each day has a theme: day one is a day for confession, day two a day for petition, and day three a day for vision.  Congregations can organize the three days in any way they choose.

Over the past four years, our congregations have come up with a slew of creative ideas on how to organize each of the three days.  Here are just a few examples:

  • Host a special prayer service or vigil during each of the three days
  • Organize a prayer walk
  • Use online tools, such as email, social media, or a mobile app to help engage your congregation during each of the three days
  • Organize a special event or project during each of the three days
  • Have the members of your congregation sign up for time slots to pray during the three days
  • Design brochures, booklets or even prayer clocks and distribute them to the people in your congregation

January might seem like a long way off, but if you'd like to take part, it's best to mark your calendars and start planning early!  The number one piece of advice our staff has heard from congregations who are seasoned participants have given was to start planning a few months in advance, as January comes right after the busy holiday season.

Our 5th Annual Three Days of Prayer takes place January 3-5, 2017.  Additional information and resources can be found by clicking here

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Annual Gathering Photo Contest Now Open! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering-photo-contest-now-open/a723.html Fri, 27 May 16 00:00:00 -0600 We’re looking for photos that exemplify what it means to be “in mission for Christ” in the 21st century to include in the 2016 Annual Gathering Book and on our website.  If your congregation has taken part in any projects, events or activities over the past year that fit this theme, we would love to hear about them!  This might include:

  • Community Outreach
  • Service Projects
  • Mission Trips
  • Creative/Artistic Projects
  • Disaster Relief
  • Church Planting Efforts

Photos must be submitted via our online photo submission form and will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Theme:  The subject matter of the photo must be relevent to the topic. 
  • Quality:  We are unable to use photos that are blurry, distorted, very small or have text over them. 
  • Story:  Each photo must be submitted with a caption explaining what's going on in the photo and the event or project that it was taken during. 

The deadline to submit photos for this year's book is Friday, July 1

 

More Info:  Submit a Photo  |  FAQs  |  Past AG Books

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Annual Gathering & Seminarian Retreat: Online Registration Now Open! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering--seminarian-retreat-online-registration-now-open/a722.html Fri, 29 Apr 16 00:00:00 -0600 Online registration for our 16th Annual Gathering and our 2016 Seminarian Retreat is now open! 

Annual Gathering

The theme of our 2016 Annual Gathering is Back to the Future: First Century Principles for the Twenty First Century.  Held October 2-5 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Denver, the event features plenty of opportunities to get inspired, connect with other people in LCMC and get the latest news updates on our association. 

This year, we'll be teaming up with Lutheran World Relief for a special service project, where we plan to assemble 10,000 personal care kits for people whose lives have been affected by natural disasters.  We will also be hosting a fellowship dinner on Monday evening, giving participants an opportunity to make new friends, reunite with old friends, or get connected with a fellowship group of their choice.  

The event also features keynote speakers, worship services, more than 30 breakout sessions and the ability to connect with various mission and ministry organizations in our vendor area. 

All pastors, leaders, church members, delegates and visitors who register for the Annual Gathering by Thursday, September 1 will receive $60.00 off the cost of registration!  

Register Now!  >>

Seminarian Retreat

Hosted at the Ponderosa Camp and Conference Center in Larkspur, CO the weekend before the Annual Gathering, the Seminarian Retreat gives seminary students a chance to connect with one another, connect with seasoned pastors in LCMC, and ask questions about the seminary process. 

Registration is $60 per person with meals and accommodations included.  Spouses are also invited to attend.  Advance registration is required.

Register Now!  >>

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Leadership Conference Videos Now Available for Streaming http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/leadership-conference-videos-now-available-for-streaming/a721.html Tue, 26 Apr 16 00:00:00 -0600 Earlier this month we hosted our 2016 Leadership Conference, which focused on three shifts congregations can make in order to better reach out and make a difference in today's plugged in and over-booked world.  A total of 243 people attended the event, which was held from April 10-12 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, IA. 

Videos of this year's keynote presentations are now available at our website for streaming.  To check out our video blog, click here

Be sure to mark your calendars for our next Leadership Conference, which will take place April 30 - May 2 at Lutheran Church of the Master in Omaha, NE.

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LCMC Celebrates 4th Annual Three Days of Prayer http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-celebrates-4th-annual-three-days-of-prayer/a707.html Tue, 02 Feb 16 00:00:00 -0700 Congregations across the nation took part in our 4th Annual Three Days of Prayer from January 5-7, 2016.  Every congregation, member and pastor in LCMC was invited by Service Coordinator Rev. Mark Vander Tuig to start off the new year by setting aside some time during each of the three days to pray.  

While congregations were encouraged to structure each of the three days in any way that made sense to the congregation, there was a theme set for each day.  Day one was a day for confession, day two a day for petition and day three a day for vision.  

Over the past four years, LCMC congregations came up with creative ways of organizing the three days including prayer walks, prayer clocks, designing brochures and planning special events.  

For 2016, the majority of congregations reported hosting special events and/or distributing brochures to members of the congregation who wanted to participate at home.  

While congregations generally focus on inviting their members to take part in the event, one congregation had the experience of an interested non-member joining them.  

“We had info on our front sign and it was exciting that someone actually read it, turned around and came in to pray,” said Paula Mann, the congregational president of Living Word Lutheran Church in Lantana, FL.  

Each year, the number one piece of advice that LCMC-ers have given to others who may be taking part in Three Days of Prayer for the first time is to start planning in advance, then get the word out early and often.

“Trust God,” advises Karen Mason of Faith Lutheran Church in Monticello, MN.  “A basic format is a good idea, and likely reassuring to many participants, but just show up, praise God, then see what He does.”

After participating in Three Days of Prayer for the first time, Karen’s congregation plans to continue offering weekly prayer meetings, which will be open to anyone in the local community who would like to attend.  

There are still eleven months left to plan for our next Three Days of Prayer, which will take place January 3-5, 2017.   

To learn more about Three Days of Prayer and download resources to help you plan for next year, visit www.lcmc.net/three-days-of-prayer

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2016 Event Registration Deadlines http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/2016-event-registration-deadlines/a706.html Thu, 28 Jan 16 00:00:00 -0700 If you're headed to one of our spring or summer events, don't forget to register.  These deadlines will he here before you know it!

2016 Youth Event

The registration deadline for Called 2 Serve is Tuesday, March 1.  The event is open to students completing grades 8-12 and takes place July 19-22, 2016 at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA.  Chaperones are required. 

2016 Leadership Conference

The early bird deadline for our 2016 Leadership Conference is fast approaching!  Pastors, church leaders and church members who register for the conference by Monday, February 29 will save $30 per person on the cost of registration.  Seminarians who register in advance will also receive discounted admission. 

The event, themed Shift: Retooling Church, takes place April 10-12, 2016 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, IA and features keynote speakers, worship, and a chance to connect with fellow LCMC-ers through interactive discussion groups. 

 

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2015 Annual Gathering Videos Now Available http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/2015-annual-gathering-videos-now-available/a704.html Mon, 18 Jan 16 00:00:00 -0700 Videos from our 15th Annual Gathering, themed "Our DNA", are now available for streaming in our video blog

Available videos include:

  • Keynote Speakers:  Rev. Dr. W. Bruce Wilder, Rev. Dr. Paul M. Cross, Dr. Steve Paulson, Rev. William Bohline, and a panel discussion with Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, Mrs. Sharon MacFadyen and Rev. Bill Sullivan. 
  • International Focus:  Rev. Dr. Ove Sander. 
  • Staff Reports:  Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, Rev. Dan Clites and Rev. Steve Lien. 
  • Worship:  Pr. Becky Hand and Rev. John Waak.
  • Bible Study:  Rev. Steven E. King
  • Breakout Sessions:  Rev. William Moberly, "Growing a Missions Sending Culture in Your Congregation"; Rev. David Rispoli, "Traditional Values, Contemporary Lives" and Rev. Dr. David Glesne, "Why Your Church Needs Apologetics".

Downloadable copies of the 2015 Annual Gathering Book are also available, and can be found by clicking here

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Pre-Register Now for Called 2 Serve http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/pre-register-now-for-called-2-serve/a681.html Fri, 06 Nov 15 00:00:00 -0700 Registration is now open for Called 2 Serve, our 2016 youth event featuring keynote speakers, breakout sessions, service projects, mixers and an outdoor concert featuring christian rock group Remedy Drive.

The event is designed to help strengthen the ministry of the local church by giving high schoolers a vision of what is possible in their own church and local community.  Participants will have a chance to meet other high schoolers from all over the country, lend a hand to people in need, and gain a better understanding of what God might be calling each person to do within his or her local comunity. 

Students attending the event will have the ability to choose from three of five different breakout session topics, as well as one of four service projects.  Participants also have the option to purchase discounted tickets to Adventureland Theme Park and Adventure Bay Water Park.

The event is open to high school students completing grades 8-12.  For the safety of the students, a minimum of 2 chaperones is required per group, with 1 adult for every 5 youth attending.

The cost to register is $325.00 per person, which includes housing and all meals listed on the conference schedule.  Priority will be given to pre-registrants for air-conditioned housing.

Called 2 Serve takes place July 19-22, 2016 on the campus of Grand View University in Des Moines, IA.  For more information, click here

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Our DNA: 15th Annual Gathering Video Update http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/our-dna--15th-annual-gathering-video-update/a673.html Wed, 07 Oct 15 00:00:00 -0600 Videos of this year's speakers will be available at our website in winter 2016.  We'll make an announcement via the LCMC E-Newsletter once our videos have been delivered, edited, and uploaded to our website, so stay tuned! 

For videos, books and other media downloads, go to "Events", then "Media and Downloads" or click here.  

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Our DNA: Tuesday and Wednesday Recap http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/our-dna--tuesday-and-wednesday-recap/a672.html Wed, 07 Oct 15 00:00:00 -0600 Registration numbers reached 744 on Tuesday morning as the LCMC 15th Annual Gathering continued on for its third day.  

The day opened with worship led by Living Word Lutheran Church in of Grapevine, TX and Bible study led by Rev. Steven E. King, Managing Editor of Sola Publishing.  

Rev. Dr. Paul Cross, Senior Pastor at Atonement Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND and Rev. Dr. Steve Paulson, Professor at Luther Seminary, were Tuesday’s keynote speakers.  The assembly was also joined by Rev. Dr. Ove Sander, who currently serves as President of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church.  

During the afternoon session, Rev. Dan Clites, LCMC Coordinator for New Ministry Development, introduced the new ministry leaders from LCMC who were present and encouraged the audience to start planting more new churches.  

The blood drive wrapped up on Tuesday evening.  64 pints of blood were donated over the course of Monday and Tuesday afternoons, resulting in 192 lives saved from LCMC donors.

During the Tuesday business session, voting delegates at the gathering voted on the winners for the Thrivent Financial Foundation Reformation Anniversary Grant Program. 

Wednesday morning began with a morning worship service led by Trinity Lutheran Church of Stonewall, TX and Bible study led by Managing Editor of Sola Publishing Rev. Steven E. King.  

Following the worship and Bible study segment, Rev. Mark Vander Tuig announced that the association’s 2016 Annual Gathering would be held in Denver, CO.  

Also on Wednesday morning, LCMC Board of Trustees Chair Rev. Kip Tyler updated the assembly on the new officer positions for the Board of Trustees.  Rev. Sean Kelly (Area 1) was named Chair and Rev. Julie Smith (Area 3) Vice Chair.  Laurel Swanson was re-elected as Treasurer and Rev. Martha Uecker Nelson was re-elected as Secretary.  

Sharon MacFadyen, LCMC’s Director of Operations, then announced the winners of the Thrivent Financial Foundation Reformation Anniversary Grant Program.  They are:

  1. Falls Community Church, Sioux Falls, SD
  2. Holly Cross Lutheran Church, Nairobi, Kenya
  3. St. Paul Lutheran Church, Kodiak, AK
  4. Living Waters Lutheran Church, Peoria, IL
  5. The Anchor Church, Phoenix, AZ
  6. Christ The Servant, Norfolk, NE
  7. Bethel Lutheran Church (Grant Proposal #1), Colorado Springs, CO
  8. Zion Lutheran Church, Des Moines, IA
  9. Zion Lutheran Church, Clear Lake, IA
  10. First St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hastings, NE
  11. Peace Lutheran Church, Holbrook, AZ
  12. St. Michael Lutheran Church (Grant Proposal #2), Canton, MI
  13. Christ Lutheran Church, Maple Plain, MN
  14. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Lead, SD
  15. Trinity Lutheran Church, Titusville, FL

To read full grant proposals from these and other LCMC congregations, click here.  

The Annual Gathering then concluded with a keynote presentation by Rev. Bill Bohline of Hosanna! Lutheran Church in Lakeville, MN and a closing worship service led by Zion Lutheran Church in Priddy, TX and preached by Rev. John Waak from Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of VIctoria, TX.

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Our DNA: Sunday and Monday Recap http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/our-dna--sunday-and-monday-recap/a671.html Mon, 05 Oct 15 00:00:00 -0600 This week, 744 people from the U.S. and abroad traveled to Frisco, TX for the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ 15th Annual Gathering.  The theme this year was “Our DNA”.  

The event kicked off on Sunday night with dinner and an opening worship service featuring Pr. Becky Hand from Life in Grace Lutheran Church of Odessa, TX and the worship team from Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Giddings, TX.  

Dessert and a reunion for all church planters within the association followed the service.  

Monday morning opened with worship led by Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church of Victoria, TX and Bible study with Rev. Steven E. King, Managing Editor of Sola Publishing.

Rev. Dr. W. Bruce Wilder, Senior Pastor of First Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, NM took the stage as our first keynote speaker, followed by a panel discussion featuring LCMC Service Coordinator Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, Rev. Bill Sullivan (Lead Pastor of New Life Lutheran Church and former Service Coordinator of LCMC) and LCMC Director of Operations Sharon MacFadyen.  

During the afternoon session, LCMC Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry Rev. Steve Lien announced the association's 2016 Leadership Conference, which will take place April 10-12, 2016 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona, IA.  The theme for next year’s conference is Shift: Retooling Church.  He extended a special invitation to young pastors and church leaders for the event.

Steve then invited district leaders, certification interviewers, new congregations, new pastors seminarians and military chaplains to stand and be recognized.  Pastors who are currently celebrating ordination anniversaries of 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50+ years were also recognized.  

During the Service Coordinator’s report, Rev. Mark Vander Tuig announced two events for 2016, Called 2 Serve and Three Days of Prayer.  

Called 2 Serve is an LCMC youth event for high school students, which will take place at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA from July 19-22, 2016.  Registration for this event will open soon.  

Mark also stated that every congregation, church member and pastor is invited to take part in our 4th Annual Three Days of Prayer from January 5-7, 2016.  Each congregation can organize the three days in any way that makes sense.  The focuses of each day are:

  • January 5:  Confession
  • January 6:  Petition
  • January 7:  Direction

During the opening business session, Pastors Sean Kelly (Area 1) and Enrique Estrada (Area 7) were re-elected to the Board of Trustees.  Laurel Swanson was re-elected as Treasurer.  

The afternoon concluded with a fellowship dinner, giving LCMC-ers a chance to connect with a fellowship group or district of their choice. 

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Our 15th Annual Gathering Starts Today. Watch It LIVE Here! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/our-15th-annual-gathering-starts-today-watch-it-live-here/a670.html Sun, 04 Oct 15 00:00:00 -0600 Our 15th Annual Gathering, themed "Our DNA", kicks off tonight at 5:30 P.M. CDT and continues through Wednesday morning.  The event features keynote speakers, worship and Bible study, vendors, breakout sessions and plenty of opportunities to connect with fellow LCMC-ers from across the nation and around the world. 

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Early Bird Registration Ends September 1st! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/early-bird-registration-ends-september-1st/a663.html Mon, 24 Aug 15 00:00:00 -0600 Next Tuesday, September 1st is the last day to register as an "Early Bird" and save $50 per person on the cost of registration for the Annual Gathering!

Registration rates for visitors, church leaders, church members and voting delegates are as follows:

  • 9/1 & Before:  $200
  • 9/2 – 9/25:  $225
  • After 9/25:  $250

The event, to be held October 4-7 in Frisco, TX (a suburb of Dallas), features keynote speakers, worship and Bible study, breakout sessions, LCMC news updates, vendors and plenty of time for fellowship.  We'll also be hosting a blood drive as our service project for 2015.

We hope to see you there!

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Blood Drive Sign-Up Now Open! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/blood-drive-sign-up-now-open/a664.html Mon, 24 Aug 15 00:00:00 -0600 This year, we will be hosting a blood drive with Carter Blood Care as our service project during the Annual Gathering.  Appointments for donating blood are scheduled on a first come, first served basis and available from 12:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Monday, October 5th and Tuesday, October 6th.

Volunteer sign-up is being handled separately from Annual Gathering registration.  To schedule an appointment, click on one of the links below and select your preferred time slot:

For more information on donating blood, check out the Carter Blood Care website at www.carterbloodcare.org.


Blood Drive Info  |  Annual Gathering Info  |  Annual Gathering Registration

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Time is Running Out! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/time-is-running-out/a661.html Wed, 24 Jun 15 00:00:00 -0600 Deadlines for Annual Gathering photo submissions, grant proposals and event registrations are approaching fast!  Read on to learn more about some of our upcoming projects and events. 

AG Photo Deadline

Has your congregation been in Mission for Christ over the past year?  There's still time to submit your photos for our 2015 Annual Gathering Book!  All eligible photos submitted by July 31, 2015 will be considered for publication in the book that will be distributed at the Annual Gathering and on our website.  Special consideration will be given to all eligible photos submitted by June 30th. 

Learn More & Submit Photos >>

 

Grant Program

The last day to submit grant proposals for the Reformation Anniversary Grant Program is August 15, 2015.  All eligible proposals will be voted on at the Annual Gathering this fall. 

Learn More & Submit a Grant Proposal >>

 

Early Bird Annual Gathering Registration

Church leaders, church members, voting delegates and visitors who register for the Annual Gathering by September 1, 2015 will save $50.00 on the cost of registration! 

Register Now! >>

 

Seminarian Retreat

Registration for the all seminarian retreat ends September 25, 2015.  Space is limited, so register today to secure your spot!

Learn More & Register >>

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Register Now for LCMC's 15th Annual Gathering! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/register-now-for-lcmcs-15th-annual-gathering/a655.html Wed, 03 Jun 15 00:00:00 -0600 Online registration is now open for our 15th Annual Gathering, and those who register on or before Tuesday, September 1st will save $50.00 on the cost of registration!  (Click here for registration fees.)

This year's Annual Gathering is all about exploring and celebrating the very thing that makes us, as an association, who we are: our DNA. 

Whether you’re new to LCMC, just checking us out for the first time, or a long-time member looking to make new friends and reunite with old ones, our 15th Annual Gathering is the perfect place to get inspired, get informed, get equipped and get connected. 

Highlights of this year's event:

  • Find out more about what it really means for us, as an association to truly be Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ by hearing from some of the founding members of LCMC.  

  • Enjoy Worship and Bible Study with LCMC-ers from all over the world.

  • Learn more about what we have accomplished as an association over the past year, our vision for the future, and be the first to find out about news and upcoming LCMC events!

  • Get to know some of our international members, church planters, new ministry leaders, seminarians, chaplains, pastors, staff members and more!

  • Connect with other LCMC-ers at our Monday Night Fellowship Dinner and/or at one of our scheduled fellowship meet-ups.  (Click here to learn more!)

  • Get in touch with dozens of LCMC’s mission and ministry partners, as well as other vendors, by exploring our vendor area.

The event takes place October 4-7, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Dallas - Frisco Hotel, Convention Center & Spa in Frisco, TX (near Dallas). 

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Leadership Conference Podcasts Now Available http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/leadership-conference-podcasts-now-available/a649.html Fri, 08 May 15 00:00:00 -0600 Podcasts from our 2015 Leadership Conference are now available at our website. 

Head to Events  >  Media & Downloads  >  Video & Presentations (or click here) to find presentations from each of our keynote speakers, including: Rev. TJ Anderson, Rev. Jeremey King, Rev. Steve Turnbull and Rev. Dr. Reggie McNeal. 

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Please Take a Moment to Update Your Information! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/please-take-a-moment-to-update-your-information/a647.html Mon, 27 Apr 15 00:00:00 -0600 In the past few years, has your congregation:

  • Called a new pastor?
  • Posted an item to our Resource Sharing page?
  • Had changes to its statistical data?
  • Changed its address, phone number, website URL, or email address?

If so, please take a moment to review our website and let us know if there are any changes to your information.  To ensure that your updated information is received by our staff, please follow the instructions listed below. 

 

Church Staffing & Resource Center

If your congregation has submitted a Church Staffing Position or a Resource Item via the LCMC website, and the position or item is no longer available, please let us know.  Church Staffing and Resource Center items can be deleted in one of the following ways:

If you posted the position or item:

  • Login to your myLCMC Account.  On your myAccount page, use the "My Staff Openings" and/or "My Item Listings" tabs to view and delete your postings.
  • If you forgot your password or have trouble logging in to your account, click here.

If someone else posted the position or item:

 

E-Newsletter Mailing List

If you have signed up to receive the LCMC E-Newsletter, but need to update your email address, please follow the steps below.  For more information on our E-Newsletter, visit Community  >  Newsletters  >  E-Newsletter (or click here).

  1. Visit the homepage of our website at www.lcmc.net, then scroll to the bottom of the page. 
  2. In the bottom left corner, you will see a section that says "Newsletter Sign Up". 
  3. Enter your new email address into the white text box. 
  4. Click on the red "subscribe" button. 
  5. Enter your old email address into the white text box. 
  6. Click on the "unsubscribe" link. 
  7. Your email address has now been updated. 

 

LCMC Directory

If your Congregation, District, or Clergy profile needs to be updated, please let us know.  Go to Documents  >  Applications & Forms  >  Update Contact Information (or click here) to notify us of any updates to contact information, statistics, or pastoral status. 

 

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LCMC Staff Welcomes Photo Submissions for 2015 Annual Gathering Book http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-staff-welcomes-photo-submissions-for-2015-annual-gathering-book/a645.html Wed, 25 Mar 15 00:00:00 -0600 Our 15th Annual Gathering, themed “Our DNA”, is all about celebrating what it truly means for us to be Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ:  

  • We’re free in Christ
  • We’re accountable to one another
  • We’re rooted in the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions
  • We’re all working together to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations

In accordance with this year’s theme, we’re inviting all “LCMC-ers” out there to show us, in a photograph, how their congregation exemplifies what it means to be an LCMC congregation. 

More detailed information, including a list of photo guidelines, can be found here

Special consideration will be given to all photos submitted on or before Tuesday, June 30th, however all photos received by Friday, July 31st will be considered for publication in our 2015 Annual Gathering Book and on our website.

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LCMC Comes Together for Third Annual Three Days of Prayer http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-comes-together-for-third-annual-three-days-of-prayer/a638.html Tue, 03 Feb 15 00:00:00 -0700 Photo courtesy of Karen Mason, Faith Lutheran Church, Monticello, MN.LCMC Service Coordinator Rev. Mark Vander Tuig invited members of LCMC to start off the New Year with three consecutive days of prayer, focused on confession, petition and vision, and organized in any way that made sense to the participants.  

From January 6-8, 2015, congregations, members and pastors of LCMC came together for the association’s Third Annual Three Days of Prayer.

Based on a brief online survey that was conducted in January, about 46% of the congregations who reported taking part in the event this year were first-timers.  

While many LCMC congregations organized prayer services, meetings, walks and other special events to celebrate Three Days of Prayer, many congregations also reported distributing printed and online resources, allowing people to participate individually, as well.  

“Our prayer ministry team organized the event and attended to welcome people who came to pray.  Prayers with scripture passages, the daily themes, and Bibles were made available to all who came,” said Amy Williams, a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Kerrville, TX.  “Some folks reported praying at home if they could not come to the sanctuary.”

In fact, nearly 50% of people who responded to the survey reported having prayed individually on at least one of the three days.  

According to Rev. Donna Lou Zipp, the people of First Lutheran Church in El Campo, TX prayed individually, as well as in small groups.  Her favorite part of Three Days of Prayer this year was coming together with others from her congregation on the Day for Petition.

“It is amazing that during the precise time of the Three Days (this year and last) we witnessed God answering our requests right then and there. I was called to serve this congregation last year, and this year the exact ages of children needed to fill slots at our school enrolled and a very surprising, yet sizable contribution was given to our congregation. We are a struggling congregation who is in what I would refer to as a "recovery phase". The Three Days of Prayer is amazing...as you know, great things happen on the Third Day! We witnessed miracles.  We look forward to expanding and enhancing our participation next year,” Rev. Zipp said.  

Many of this year’s participants cited the themes for each day, as well as the sense of togetherness that they felt, as their favorite things about this year’s event.  

“It's good to know that your prayers are joining those of a larger community, and to have a specific focus for the community.” said Karen Mason of Faith Lutheran Church in Monticello, MN.  

LCMC’s 4th Annual Three Days of Prayer is scheduled to take place from January 5-7, 2016, so mark your calendars, because the number one piece of advice that was given by this year’s participants was to start planning early.

“Start talking about it with the planners in September to decide how to celebrate the event in your own particular congregation. December is too busy to be planning it,” advised Marda Kirkwood, a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Idaho Falls, ID. 

Photo courtesy of Karen Mason of Faith Lutheran Church in Monticello, MN.

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2014 Annual Gathering Videos Now Available http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/2014-annual-gathering-videos-now-available/a630.html Tue, 23 Dec 14 00:00:00 -0700 Videos of the speakers at our 14th Annual Gathering in Des Moines, IA are now available at our website. 

Videos of individual speakers, as well as manuscripts from our keynote speakers, can be found in our Video Blog.  This includes:

  • Keynote Speakers: Rev. Dr. Walter Sundberg, Rev. Margaret Manning & Rev. Dr. Mark Mattes
  • Preachers (Opening & Closing Worship): Rev. Julie Smith & Rev. Randy Freund
  • Bible Study Leaders: Rev. Destaye Crawford, Pr. Sean Tyler & Rev. Jonathan Haseley
  • Reports from Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, Rev. Dan Clites & Rev. Steve Lien
  • Video of our service project with Meals From the Heartland

Photo galleries and downloadable copies of our Annual Gathering Book are also available, and can be found here

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Registration is Now Open for iFollow: Life Together in the Way of Jesus http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/registration-is-now-open-for-ifollow-life-together-in-the-way-of-jesus/a615.html Wed, 26 Nov 14 00:00:00 -0700 Online registration is now open for iFollow: Life Together in the Way of Jesus, our 2015 Leadership Conference. 

The conference will take place May 3-6, 2015 at the Mill Run campus of Upper Arlington Lutheran Church and aims to focus on overcoming the challenges of following Jesus in our 21st Century world of selfies, Tweets and Facebook. 

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Rev. TJ Anderson - Senior Pastor of Upper Arlington Lutheran Church in Columbus, OH
  • Rev. Steve Turnbull - LCMC Ministry Board; Senior Pastor of First Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake, MN
  • Rev. Jeremey King - LCMC Ministry Board; Founding Pastor of Radiant Church in Huntington Beach, CA
  • Rev. Reggie McNeal - Author; Missional Leadership Specialist for Leadership Network

The event will also feature live music by Jenn Alexander, Worship Leader at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Lakeville, MN, six exciting Fellowship Activities to choose from, and an optional Workshop and Luncheon with Rev. Reggie McNeal. 

Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in specialized Learning Labs, or facilitated discussion groups for pastors and church leaders of similar sized and geographically-located congregations. 

To learn more about the Leadership Conference, and to register, click on the links below. 

Learn More  |  Register Now!  |  Frequently Asked Questions  |  Hotels

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Take Our Three Days of Prayer Poll http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/take-our-three-days-of-prayer-poll/a614.html Wed, 19 Nov 14 00:00:00 -0700 Does your congregation plan to take part in LCMC's Third Annual Three Days of Prayer from January 6-8, 2015

Let us know how your congregation plans to organize each of the three days. 

Click Here to Take our Poll! 

Next month, we'll share the results here in our Blog, as well as in our E-Newsletter!

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Annual Gathering and MFTH Project Statistics Announced! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering-and-mfth-project-statistics-announced/a609.html Wed, 29 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0600 Earlier this month, 1,012 people from around the world came together in Des Moines, IA for LCMC’s 14th Annual Gathering.  

Throughout the year, the 833 congregations that make up LCMC came together to raise a total of $91,005.40 for our service project with Meals from the Heartland (13.75% more than our goal of $80,000).  On the evening of Tuesday, October 7th, many of the people who attended the gathering met up at the convention center and assembled a total of 291,168 meals[Watch Video]

During the Business Session of the gathering, Pastors Christopher Miller (Area 2) and Kenneth “Corky” Spitler (Area 5) were elected to the LCMC Board of Trustees.  Pastors Nathan Hanson and Stephan Turnbull were appointed to serve on the Ministry Board.  

Rev. Mark Vander Tuig announced the launch of the LCMC Prayer Chain, an opportunity for people to sign up to pray for all of the congregations in LCMC on a weekly basis.  Click Here to learn more and sign up.

It was also announced that our 15th Annual Gathering will take place from October 4-7, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Frisco, TX. 

Photo galleries from the Annual Gathering, downloadable copies of our 2014 Book, and presentation notes from our Keynote Speakers are now available at our website.  To view any of these materials, Click Here

Videos of our speakers will not be available until later this winter.  We will announce via E-Newsletter, blog, Facebook and Twitter when these videos have been posted.  

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Our 14th Annual Gathering Has Officially Begun! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/our-14th-annual-gathering-has-officially-begun/a596.html Sun, 05 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0600 Reason for Hope, LCMC's 14th Annual Gathering, begins today at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. 

Over 1,000 LCMC-ers from around the globe will come together this week for a chance to connect with one another and to explore 1 Peter 3:15 as it relates to our culture today.  The event also features two worship services, live music, morning Bible studies, breakout sessions and vendors. 

Our official hashtag for this year is #LCMC14.  Attendees are also invited to tweet their favorite photos from the event to @lcmcupdates

For those who are unable to attend the gathering this year, we are once again streaming the event live at www.lcmc.net/live beginning with Opening Worship tonight at 7:00 P.M. 

Videos from each of our speakers this year will be available in our Video & Media blog this winter.  Our staff will announce once they've been posted via E-Newsletter, Facebook and Twitter pages. 

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WE DID IT! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/we-did-it/a592.html Mon, 08 Sep 14 00:00:00 -0600 Last year, we announced to all of our congregations that one of our goals as an association for 2014 was to raise $80,000 for our 14th Annual Gathering service project with Meals from the Heartland.  Today, we reached that goal! 

100% of the donations that we have received will be used to purchase enough food, packaging supplies and shipping to feed 400,000 people in need, both in the U.S. and abroad. 

The food packages will be assembled on Tuesday, October 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. by LCMC-ers from around the globe. 

The process of assembling and packaging the meals will require the help of about 1,000 people, so if you plan to attend the Annual Gathering this year, we need your help!  If you haven't already, please consider signing up to help package meals for an hour or two.  All you've got to do is check off one or both of the "Meal Packaging Project" boxes when you Register for the Annual Gathering

If you have already registered for the Annual Gathering, but did not sign up to package meals and would like to, you can also notify our staff that you are interested via email at cathy@lcmc.net

See you in Des Moines! 

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Early Bird Annual Gathering Registration Ends September 1st! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/early-bird-annual-gathering-registration-ends-september-1st/a590.html Fri, 29 Aug 14 00:00:00 -0600 Register for the Annual Gathering by next Monday, September 1st and save up to $40 per person!  

The registration rates for Annual Gathering visitors, church leaders, church members and voting delegates are as follows:

  • September 1 & Before:  $180.00
  • September 2-25:  $200.00
  • September 26 & After:  $225.00

As most of you know, one of our goals for this year's Annual Gathering is to package 400,000 meals for the hungry with nonprofit organization Meals from the Heartland on Tuesday, October 7th.  In order to make this happen, we are still very much in need of volunteers to help package meals!  If you plan to join us in Des Moines this year, please consider signing up to help out.  Volunteer sign-up is handled with Annual Gathering registration; simply check off one or both of the "Meal Packaging Project" checkboxes on your registration form. 

To learn more about the project, or to make a donation, click here

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Can We Really Feed 400,000 People? http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/can-we-really-feed-400000-people/a569.html Wed, 11 Jun 14 00:00:00 -0600 One of LCMC's goals for 2014 is to help fight hunger in the U.S. and abroad by preparing 400,000 meals together with Meals from the Heartland this fall.  As an association made up of over 800 congregations worldwide, this is something that we can accomplish, but only if we work together! 
 
To make our service project happen, we are going to need two things: volunteers and supplies. 

We will be packaging the meals on Tuesday, October 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. as part of our 14th Annual Gathering in Des Moines, IA. 

In order to package all of the meals within our two hour time frame, we are going to need at least 1,000 volunteers to help out.  Those who are interested in participating may sign up to do so by checking off one (or both!) of the "Meal Packaging Project" boxes on their Annual Gathering Registration Form

To date, there are 61 volunteers signed up to help package meals in the 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. time slot and 32 volunteers signed up to package meals from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. 
 
This winter, we also began raising the funds needed to purchase food, packaging supplies and postage for the project. 
 
As of May 31, 2014, our association has collectively raised $40,750 towards the $80,000 we will need in order to reach our goal of packaging 400,000 meals.  We've made it past the halfway point, but if we're going to raise enough money in the next three and a half months to purchase the supplies we need, we still have our work cut out for us.

Those interested in making a donation to the project may do so by clicking here.  100% of donations will be used to help purchase supplies.
 
Presently, LCMC is comprised of 714 congregations in the U.S. and a total of 820 congregations worldwide.  If each congregation were to give $100, we could achieve this goal in no time! 
 
To help fellow LCMC-ers get the word out about the project, the following resources are available:

If we can get 1,000 volunteers to help us package meals and raise $80,000 for supplies, we will be able to put together enough meals to feed 400,000 people in just two hours.  (According to the United States Census Bureau, that's more than the entire population of the city of Minneapolis!)

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Annual Gathering Offers Fellowship Meet-Ups for Up-And-Coming Leaders http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering-offers-fellowship-meet-ups-for-up-and-coming-leaders/a568.html Mon, 09 Jun 14 00:00:00 -0600 Building working relationships with friends and fellow colleagues in ministry is important.  That's why at this year's Annual Gathering, which is set to take place from October 5-8, 2014 in Des Moines, IA, we will be setting aside time for new or up-and-coming leaders in LCMC to do just that.  

 

In addition to our annual District Dinner Night, an opportunity for members of the various geographic and non-geographic districts of LCMC to come together for dinner, we will be hosting the following fellowship meet-ups:

  • Seminarians:  Join other seminary students for a dessert fellowship on Sunday evening after Opening Worship.  (See Also: Seminarian Retreat)
  • Young Adults:  Get to know other young adults in LCMC during a breakout session titled "20-30 Somethings" on Monday afternoon.  (See Also: LCMC: The Next Generation)
  • Church Planters:  Pr. Dan Clites will host a fellowship meet-up for church planters on Monday evening.  (See Also: New Ministry Workshop)

To learn more, click here.  

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LCMC Staff Welcomes Photo Submissions for 2014 Annual Gathering Book http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-staff-welcomes-photo-submissions-for-2014-annual-gathering-book/a555.html Tue, 22 Apr 14 00:00:00 -0600 How has your congregation been "in Mission for Christ" over the past year?  Whether you've organized a creative fundraiser to help raise money for our meal packaging project, traveled abroad on a mission trip, or put together a program to help reach out to the people in your very own community, we want to hear about it! 

 
For the next several weeks, our staff is inviting all "LCMC-ers" to send us photos of themselves (or fellow members of their congregation) "in Mission for Christ".  All photographs received by Thursday, July 31st will be considered by the LCMC Staff for possible inclusion in the design of the book that will be distributed at the Annual Gathering this October, and on our website!

From 5k races to beauty treatments to English as a Second Language programs, we've seen all kinds of interesting photos and creative ideas in the past.  We are very much excited to see what is going on within the congregations of our association, and to incorporate these stories into the artwork of this year's Annual Gathering book.

 

Before you get started, please read through the requirements and instructions below.

What we're looking for:  Photos of you (or people in your congregation) in action!  For examples of photos we've used in the past, check out some of our previous books here

What we're not looking for:  Pictures of buildings, but no people. 
 

Here are a photo guidelines, terms & conditions:

  1. Our staff welcomes photo submissions from now through Thursday, July 31st, with special consideration being given to photos received by Monday, June 30th.  Due to early printer deadlines, any photos submitted after this date will be ineligible for consideration.
  2. Please do not place text or clip art on photos, as these things can be difficult to read should we need to re-size your photo. 
  3. Because chosen images will be used in a printed publication, please send only high resolution/print quality images.  Very small and/or distorted images will not print clearly.
  4. Acceptable file types are: JPG (preferred), GIF, TIFF and PNG.  (No PDFs or Word documents, please!)
  5. Any photo submitted must be an original work (owned by the individual or the congregation), and not the intellectual property of another party.  
  6. By submitting any photo(s), you agree that any images (and likeness or subject matter within) submitted may be used without compensation for the purposes described above.
  7. Photos must be submitted by pastors, congregation members/staff or associate members of LCMC.  
  8. Photo content must be relevant and in accordance with who we are and what we believe.
  9. Each photo submission must be accompanied by your name, the name and location of your congregation, and a brief description of the photograph (see below for more info).  
  10. Please note:  Due to space, time and other constraints, we are unable to guarantee the publication of each and every photograph submitted to us.
     

How to Submit Photos:

Please be sure that we receive your photo entries no later than Wednesday, July 31.  All photos submitted to LCMC must be accompanied by the following information:

  1. A brief description of the photo(s) 
    • Who is in the photo?
    • When and where does it take place? 
    • What's going on in the photo?
    • How has your congregation been "in Mission for Christ" over the past year?
  2. The name of the person submitting the photograph and/or the photographer's name
  3. The name of the congregation, and the city and state in which it's located. 

Photo entries and all accompanying information may be submitted to us in one of the following ways:

  1. Online:  Click here for an online form, which will allow you to upload a photo.
  2. Email:  Attach the photos to an email and include all description information in the body of the email.  Photo entries should be sent to Kristy Thomas, Communications and Public Relations Specialist for LCMC, at kristy@lcmc.net
  3. Flickr Users:  If you have a Flickr account and would like to submit your photos by sharing an album, please email a link to the album, along with the requested information, to kristy@lcmc.net.  If you are submitting multiple photos this year, we highly encourage you to submit your photos using this method. 
  4. Instagram:  Photos uploaded to Instagram will be considered for submission when accompanied by the hashtags #lcmc and #2014agbook

 

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Meal Packaging Project Update http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/meal-packaging-project-update/a515.html Thu, 27 Feb 14 00:00:00 -0700 Annual Gathering in October.  
 
As of January, we have collectively raised $8,940.67 to be used for obtaining food, packaging materials and postage for the project. 
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Those wishing to make a donation to the project, or to download promotional flyers and posters to help promote the project, can do so by clicking here
 
We have also created a Facebook event page, titled "Two Hours. 1,000 People. 400,000 Meals.", to help make it easier for social media users to stay updated on the project and to share the event details with others. 
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Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/scholarship-opportunity-for-high-school-seniors/a510.html Tue, 04 Feb 14 00:00:00 -0700 When you add up to cost of tuition, books, lab fees, parking passes, and sometimes even room and board, the cost of a college education adds up fast.  Fortunately, one organization is offering an opportunity to help avoid racking up the debt. 

The Lutheran Community Foundation plans to award one $5,000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who plans to attend a Lutheran-affiliated college or university for the 2014-2015 academic year. 

The requirements for this scholarship are as follows:
  1. Be a high school graduating senior and a member of a congregation that holds an active LCF Organizational Fund
  2. Demonstrate financial need and submit a copy of their FAFSA Student Aid Report
  3. Plan to attend an accredited Lutheran-affiliated college or university
  4. At the time of the award, candidates must be enrolled on a full-time basis based upon the respective institution's definition of full-time status
  5. Be in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 grading system as confirmed by LCF receipt of Official Transcript verifying GPA
  6. Submit essays on the topics described on page 4  (see PDF below)
  7. Ensure receipt of two confidential letters of recommendation-one authored by the candidate/s pastor and one authored by a teacher - by the deadline

The deadline for applications is Thursday, May 15, 2014

Those with questions regarding this scholarship opportunity may contact Susan M. Hayes, LCF's Director of Community Grants and Services, at 1-800-365-4172 or by e-mail at susan.hayes@thelcf.org.
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LCMC-ers Celebrate Second Annual Three Days of Prayer http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-ers-celebrate-second-annual-three-days-of-prayer/a518.html Sat, 01 Feb 14 00:00:00 -0700 Three Days of Prayer.  

For the second time in the association's history, LCMC Service Coordinator Rev. Mark Vander Tuig invited members of LCMC to start off the New Year with three consecutive days of prayer, focused on confession, petition and vision, and organized in any way that made sense to the participants.  

The goal?  To see LCMC become more and more a people of prayer. 

"We too often see prayer as the last resort, and even as an acknowledgement of defeat. But it is not! It is the greatest and most effective thing we can do," Rev. Vander Tuig said.  

Based on a survey conducted during the month of January, 52% of people who took part in the event this year were first-timers.  

Hosting prayer services or vigils and distributing prayer booklets proved to be the most popular methods for organizing the three days, and an effective way to encourage participation from congregation members.

One such congregation, Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Maple Lake, MN, distributed themed pamphlets to its members each day and hosted prayer vigils, which were attended by 45 people, each night. "People really enjoyed the prayer stations on "Petition Day", Pr. Culynn Curtis said.  "Although it was part of our worship service, these Lutherans got out of the chair, focused on an object and offered prayers of petition for themselves, family and friends, creation, the world, the hungry and homeless, and those in need of healing."

Over a third of the people surveyed also reported coming up with other creative ways to boost participation and emphasize the importance of prayer.  

"We offered a prayer clock to each person. These were distributed in the bulletin and via email from the pastor. The clock consisted of 3 areas of prayer for each hour of the day, " said Linda Lerum of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Idaho Falls, ID.  "We had three areas for prayer in each hour: One, to praise God for who He is using the attribute listed; Two, to thank God for what He has already done; and Three, to ask God for the needs listed on that hour, [at] which there was three requests: a person (staff), a ministry team, and a mission we support outside our walls."

For other LCMC-ers, the event was an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the power of prayer.

Hawley Lutheran Church of Hawley, MN encouraged participation by offering people a chance to submit written prayer requests and conducting a prayer walk.  "Prayer is intimidating to a lot of people, so our goal is to try to make our prayer experiences less intimidating; more practical,"  said Pastor Jeff Teeples.

Others thought even further outside the box, thinking up creative ways to help people with weekday commitments find time to participate.

Congregation members at First Lutheran Church of Washburn, ND were invited to lunch, complete with a speaker and time set aside for prayer, on each of the three days.  Many students and working people were able to attend the event on their lunch hour.  Judy Beaudry, who helped coordinate the event, enjoyed the fact that many of the congregation's younger families were able to attend.  

When asked what their favorite part of Three Days of Prayer was this year, 31% of people mentioned that they enjoyed praying together as a congregation and/or as part of LCMC as a whole.  Another 31% of people enjoyed the event's focus on Confession, Petition, and Vision.  

"I prayed on my knees each day.  It felt good to emphasize national and international concerns with other LCMC-ers who were doing the same," said, John Magness of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Braunfels, TX.

Many others seemed to agree.  

"One participant said that it was so refreshing to pray together, they wished we could have a prayer service every month!  We will have to think about that," said Lila de Waal, a Diaconal Minister at Victory Lutheran Church in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada.

"I personally felt an amazing presence of the Holy Spirit the moment I walked through the door.  All my cares, burdens, and worries were lifted and [this] allowed me to have peace.  It was awesome.  I felt 'blessed' to have this experience," said Rhonda Zingler of Gloria Dei Lutheran in Tomah, WI.  

Next year's Three Days of Prayer is set to take place from January 6-8, 2015.


"I think it is something that should continue year after year," said Pr. Frank Remski.  "It gives you a time of reflection and calmness."

As always, more information and additional resources can be found by clicking here.
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Annual Gathering Videos Now Available http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering-videos-now-available/a509.html Wed, 29 Jan 14 00:00:00 -0700
Videos of individual speakers, as well as the complete webcast from all four days of the gathering, can be found in our Video Blog.  This includes:
  • Keynote Speakers: Rev. Kyle Idleman, Mr. Chuck Bentley & Rev. Enrique Estrada
  • Preachers (Opening & Closing Worship): Rev. Derek Johnson & Rev. Greg Wallace
  • Bible Study Leaders: Rev. Sue Gunderson, Rev. David Gran & Rev. John Lewis
  • Reports from Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, Rev. Dan Clites & Rev. Dr. Paul Spaulding
  • All Breakout Sessions that were offered on the main stage
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Survey: Three Days of Prayer http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/survey-three-days-of-prayer/a499.html Mon, 13 Jan 14 00:00:00 -0700 The survey below has been created to help make it easier for fellow LCMC-ers (and any non-LCMC-ers who may have participated) to share their experiences from our Second Annual Three Days of Prayer, which took place January 7-9, 2014.
 
Responses to the survey received by Friday, January 24, 2014 may be considered for publication in an article for the upcoming edition of our quarterly BY THE WORD newsletter.
 
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Ringing in 2014 with Prayer, Church Planting and Feeding the Hungry http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/ringing-in-2014-with-prayer-church-planting-and-feeding-the-hungry/a495.html Wed, 01 Jan 14 00:00:00 -0700

Three Days of Prayer 

 
We will begin 2014 by kicking off our Second Annual Three Days of Prayer on Tuesday, Jaunuary 7th.  

To share photos of your Three Days of Prayer experience with us via Facebook or Instagram, use the hashtags #threedaysofprayer, #lcmc, and #oktopost (if it's ok for us to consider your photo for possible publication on our website or in a future LCMC newsletter).  Be sure to include your name and/or the name and location of your congregation in the caption, so we know who you are! 

For those who aren't on Facebook or Instagram, photos and stories can be emailed to kristy@lcmc.net.


Church Planting Events

 
The following week, Rev. Dan Clites, LCMC's Coordinator for New Ministry Development, will host an Evangelism Event  and a New Church Planter's Meeting at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Laguna Woods, CA.  


Feeding the Hungry in 2014


As many of you have probably read, we plan to package 400,000 meals together at our 14th Annual Gathering in Des Moines, which will feed people all around the world.  

To help make this happen, throughout the year, we are asking each of our congregations to set aside funds to help us raise $80,000 to cover the cost of food, packaging and shipping.  To learn more about our service project, click here
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LCMC Apparel Available http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-apparel-available/a474.html Mon, 11 Nov 13 00:00:00 -0700 Whether you're in search of a Christmas gift for a fellow LCMC-er, or simply looking to purchase apparel for yourself, a colorful assortment of LCMC Logo clothing items is now available for purchase. 
 
Available items include: 
  • Women's Long Sleeve Shirts
  • Women's Polos
  • Men's Long Sleeve Shirts
  • Men's Short Sleeve Shirts
  • Men's Polos 
  • Unisex T-Shirts
  • Pullover Jackets (Red & Black)
  • Full Zip Jackets (Blue)  

These items (pictured below) are available to all who are interested on a first come, first serve basis. 

If interested, please contact Cathy Nichol, LCMC Administrative Assistant at cathy@lcmc.net or 734-788-7476 for sizes and prices.

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LCMC Announces New Board Members, Facebook Groups and Future Events http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-announces-new-board-members-facebook-groups-and-future-events/a471.html Mon, 04 Nov 13 00:00:00 -0700
The event served as an opportunity for "LCMC-ers" from all over the world to connect with one another, and reflect on this year's theme, "The Grace of Giving". 

Additionally, the association welcomed one new member to the Board of Trustees and two new members to the Ministry Board, established two new online discussion groups, and announced the details for its next two events. 

Board of Trustees & Ministry Board


Rev. Julie Smith
of Springfield, MN was elected to the LCMC Board of Trustees.  Newly appointed to the LCMC Ministry Board were Rev. Paul Owens of New Braunfels, TX and Rev. Sally Gausmann of York, PA.  (View Board & Staff Page)

New Online Discussion Groups


To help make it easier for those in LCMC who face similar challenges to be able to connect with one another, two new discussion groups were established via Facebook last month. 

LCMC: The Next Generation was created by a group of LCMC pastors and leaders in their 20s and 30s during this year's Annual Gathering as a place for young adults in LCMC to connect with one another, share resources, offer prayer and support, and plan activities. 

LCMC Clergy Spouses
is a discussion group which offers a place for the clergy spouses of LCMC to come together for prayer and support.

Three Days of Prayer


In his State of the Association speech, Rev. Mark Vander Tuig announced that our next association-wide event, Three Days of Prayer, will take place from January 7-9, 2014.  

2014 Annual Gathering


The details for LCMC's 14th Annual Gathering, "Defending the Faith", were also announced.  The event will take place from October 5-8, 2014 at the Polk County Convention Complex in Des Moines, IA and feature a special meal packaging service project.  

"Our hope is to get 1,000 people to package meals on Tuesday night during our gathering," Rev. Mark Vander Tuig said.  "If we can do this, we could package 400,000 meals together in two hours."  To achieve this goal, we will need to raise $80,000 for supplies and shipping.  (Read More...)

Videos & Photos


Photo galleries, video presentations and downloadable copies of our past and present Annual Gathering Books can be found by visiting our Media & Downloads page.  

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LCMC to Live Stream 13th Annual Gathering http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-to-live-stream-13th-annual-gathering/a458.html Tue, 24 Sep 13 00:00:00 -0600
For those of you who will be unable to make it to Dearborn this fall, we will once again be streaming live all of our main sessions and Worship Services online at www.lcmc.net/live.  

For a complete list of speakers and times, check out our Gathering Schedule.  Please keep in mind that this schedule is tentative and subject to change with or without advance notice.  

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Faith Community Lutheran Church Coordinates Relief Efforts for Flood Devastation http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/faith-community-lutheran-church-coordinates-relief-efforts-for-flood-devastation/a456.html Wed, 18 Sep 13 00:00:00 -0600 Faith Community Lutheran Church of Longmont, CO is coordinating relief efforts and collecting donations to help assist those who have been devastated by recent floods in the state of Colorado. 
 
Those wishing to make donations may send them to the following address: 

Faith Community Lutheran Church 
Attention:  Flood Relief 
9775 Ute Highway 
Longmont, CO  80504 

The congregation also plans to have an online donation page set up at their website, www.fclc.org, within the next few days. 
 
For information updates regarding this or any other LCMC relief effort projects please see our Relief Efforts page. 
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Church Staffing & Resource Center Update http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/church-staffing--resource-center-update/a439.html Mon, 22 Jul 13 00:00:00 -0600
If so, please check out our Open Positions page to make sure any listings that are no longer open have been removed from our website.  

You may notify our staff to remove an outdated listing by completing our Statistical Update Form for Congregations, or login to your myLCMC account and delete it on your own. 

Similarly, items listed on our Resource Sharing page that are no longer available may be deleted via your myLCMC account, or by completing this form

Thank you so much for helping us provide the LCMC community with accurate and up-to-date information.
 
 
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LCMC Launches E-Newsletter http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-launches-e-newsletter/a431.html Thu, 27 Jun 13 00:00:00 -0600 To help make it easier for members of the association to stay up-to-date on current events and announcements from LCMC, we have officially launched our own monthly e-newsletter.
 
Sent via email at the end of each month, the newsletter will feature news and announcements from the association, upcoming events, and more.
 
All who are interested may sign up to receive the newsletter  by using the subscribe tool in the bottom left-hand corner of our website's homepage.   Simply type your email address into the white box, then click the appropriate button.
 
You may also unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time by clicking on the link at the bottom of the newsletter.

As always, those interested in reading news updates and LCMC-related articles may also check out any of the following:
 
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Members Invited to Share Photos for Annual Gathering Book http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/members-invited-to-share-photos-for-annual-gathering-book/a409.html Thu, 16 May 13 00:00:00 -0600 dictionary definition

Get your cameras ready, because it's time to share with LCMC what your congregation has been up to for the past year!
 
In celebration of our 13th Annual Gathering, themed "The Grace of Giving", our staff is inviting pastors, leaders, church members and staff from any and all LCMC congregations to share with us in a photograph what your congregation has done over the past year in order to reflect financial stewardship, generosity and discipleship.  
 
All photographs submitted to our office by Wednesday, July 31st will be considered by the LCMC Staff for possible inclusion in the design of the book that will be distributed at the Annual Gathering this October!

We are very much excited to see what is going on within the congregations of our association, and to incorporate these stories into the artwork of this year's Annual Gathering book.
 
Before you get started, please read through the requirements below.

What we're looking for: 
II Corinthians 8:1-7 -- We are interested in photographs taken by members, pastors, leaders or staff of any and all LCMC congregations that illustrate what your congregation is doing within itself, within its local community, or anywhere in the world to reflect "The Grace of Giving" and exemplify financial stewardship generosity and discipleship. 

What we're not looking for:  Pictures of buildings, but no people. 

Here are a few rules, guidelines and tips:

  1. Photo submissions will be taken from LCMC members until Wednesday, July 31st at 5:00 PM EST.  Due to early printer deadlines, any photos submitted after this date may be ineligible for consideration.
  2. Because chosen images will be used in a printed publication, please send only high quality images.  Very small or distorted images will not print clearly, and therefore we will be unable to include them.
  3. Acceptable file types are: JPG, GIF, TIFF and PNG.
  4. Any photo submitted must be an original work (owned by the individual or the congregation), and not the intellectual property of another party.  
  5. By submitting any photo(s), you agree that any images (and likeness or subject matter within) submitted may be used without compensation for the purposes described above.
  6. Photos must be submitted by congregations or associate members of LCMC.  
  7. Photo content must be relevant and in accordance with who we are and what we believe.
  8. Each photo submission must be accompanied by your name, the name and location of your congregation, and a brief description of the photograph. 
  9. Please note:  Due to space, time and other constraints, we are unable to guarantee the publication of each and every photograph submitted to us.

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Disaster Relief Effort Opportunities Now Posted http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/disaster-relief-effort-opportunities-now-posted/a406.html Wed, 15 May 13 00:00:00 -0600 Looking for ways to help out someone in need this summer? 
 
Three new opportunities have been added to our website for those who would like to help provide emergency relief assistance to those whose lives have been affected by recent catastrophic disasters.

 

Oklahoma City Area

The Lutheran Disaster Assistance Fund, organized by those at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, an LCMC congregation in Marion, IA, provides emergency assistance to help support the needs of victims of catastrophic natural disasters including tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, ice storms, wildfires, flooding caused by excessive rains, and similar natural disasters.  For more information, or to donate to the LDA Fund, click here

 

West, TX

Relief efforts are currently being coordinated to help support those affected by the the April 17 explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. in West, Texas.  For further information, click here

 

East Coast

Finally, those interested in taking part in the ongoing relief efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy can find links to various volunteer organizations and hands-on opportunities here

 
All of the information that we currently have has been posted to our Relief Funds page. 

If you have any additional information, or if your congregation has coordinated a disaster relief effort, please contact kristy@lcmc.net
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Online Registration for Annual Gathering Now Open http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/online-registration-for-annual-gathering-now-open/a393.html Tue, 07 May 13 00:00:00 -0600 What would happen in your congregation if every household could give the first 10% back to God through the ministry of the local church? 
 
From October 6-9, 2013, come together with other pastors, leaders and church members from all over the world as Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ celebrates its 13th Annual Gathering, themed "The Grace of Giving", at the Adoba Hotel in historic Dearborn, MI.
 
This year’s annual gathering will give us a chance to think about how we can become more generous in our financial stewardship and more clear about our discipleship.  If we can recapture our commitment to making disciples, generosity will come!

Online registration is now open for all who wish to attend. Those who register early will receive:
  • The lowest possible registration fees from now through September 1
  • First dibs on tickets to our Tuesday night Dinner at the Henry Ford Museum event (we are expecting it to sell out fast!)
  • The peace of mind of no longer having it on that lengthy to-do list
Much more information on the event can be found here.  Additional details will be announced on our website as soon as they are available.

 
Info Updates:  Blog  |  Facebook  |  Twitter
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2013 Leadership Conference: What Did You Think? http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/2013-leadership-conference-what-did-you-think/a374.html Mon, 15 Apr 13 00:00:00 -0600 We hope that each and every one of you who attended our 2013 Leadership Conference in San Diego, CA or Birmingham, AL had a fantastic experience, and the Board and Staff members of LCMC are interested in hearing your thoughts.
 
Please consider sharing your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions on this year's conference via our Online Evaluation Form by next Friday, April 26th.  
 
Thank you for your participation.  Your feedback will help us in the planning of future LCMC events.
 
 
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LCMC Logo-Embroidered Apparel Available http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-logo-embroidered-apparel-available/a372.html Mon, 08 Apr 13 00:00:00 -0600 Several clothing items with our logo embroidered onto them are still available.  As these are surplus items from previous LCMC events, a variety of different colors, styles and sizes are available.  
 
If interested, please email cathy@lcmc.net for availability and additional details.
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Online Evaluation for Leadership Conference Now Active! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/online-evaluation-for-leadership-conference-now-active/a364.html Tue, 12 Feb 13 00:00:00 -0700 As our San Diego Leadership Conference has come to a close, we are now inviting those who have taken part in the experience to please share with us their thoughts via our Online Evaluation Form
 
This short survey will only take a couple of minutes to fill out, and your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions will help us in the planning of future LCMC events.
 
The form will be available at our website from now through April 26th, to give those attending the Birmingham conference a chance to fill it out as well.
 
Evaluations must be received by our office no later than Friday, April 26, 2012.
 
Thank you for your feedback!
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LCMC Comes Together for 3 Days of Prayer http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-comes-together-for-3-days-of-prayer/a366.html Sun, 03 Feb 13 00:00:00 -0700 In America today, you can order customized versions of all kinds of products: sandwiches, t-shirts, frozen yogurt, cars…

But this winter, LCMC pastors, leaders and church members alike from all over the globe customized something completely different: Prayer.

From January 8-10, 2013, LCMC hosted its first ever worldwide Three Days of Prayer event, inviting association members around the world to set aside time for prayer each day, with the ability to organize each of these three days any way that seemed the most effective.

Participating congregations set aside Tuesday as a day for confession; on Wednesday, healing and restoration.  Thursday was designated as a day to invite the Holy Spirit to breathe new life into the church.

Many of our congregations chose to hold special prayer services on all three days, while some chose to set up special prayer stations and others encouraged their members to pray individually or in groups on each of the three days.

Rather than only targeting adults, some congregations, including First Lutheran Church in Washburn, ND, encouraged younger members to get involved by setting aside time to pray each day during lunch.

With a total of 86 RSVPs on Facebook alone, the event appears to have been well-received by those who decided to take part.

"We had in the end about 120 people participate," reported Pr. Paul Gausmann of Saint Paul Lutheran Church in York, PA, who organized three separate prayer services, but also encouraged his congregation members to sign up for 15-minute time slots over the three days.  "The days of prayer were a great success and encouraged many people who do not pray regularly at our prayer vigils to do so," he said.

Aside from statistical changes, some pastors also reported a change in the attitude that members of their congregations had towards prayer, as well.

"On our day to confess, someone emailed me and said, 'I have never felt so CLEAN as when I left our church.  God was with us for sure!" said Pr. Sandy Miller of First Lutheran Church in Hope, MN.

"Praying out loud is not a comfortable thing for us yet," Pr. Miller said.  "This was a great first step to come together as a congregation to pray something other than the Lord's Prayer."

Several of our international congregations took part in Three Days of Prayer, as well, including members of Galilean Evangelical Church, who reportedly prayed and fasted beyond the three days.

While 2013 marks the first year that the event was officially hosted by LCMC, the concept for Three Days of Prayer has been in the works for quite some time.  

"I have believed for a long time that LCMC needs to become more and more a "People of Prayer", said Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, Service Coordinator of LCMC.  

It was while attending the first ever District Coordinators meeting in St. Charles, IL that the idea for Three Days of Prayer began to take shape in his mind.

"One of the district coordinators said that every revival in the church was preceded by a time of intentional prayer.  That got me thinking," Rev. Vander Tuig said.

In his experience as a pastor, it was this act of coming together to pray out loud in small groups, at meetings, and at Bible studies, that truly began to change the heart of his congregation.

It was at a meeting in early 2012 that the LCMC Board of Trustees agreed to call and encourage each of the congregations in LCMC to three days of prayer.  

This was the first event of its kind that has been hosted by the association, but certainly will not be the last.

Be sure to mark your calendars for our next Three Days of Prayer event, which is set to take place January 7-9, 2014.

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2012 Annual Gathering Videos Now Available Online http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/2012-annual-gathering-videos-now-available-online/a355.html Thu, 31 Jan 13 00:00:00 -0700 The first of the 12th Annual Gathering videos from Denver have been posted online at our website, and can be found on our Video & Presentations page. 
 
To view additional videos from this and other events, please keep checking back regularly, as new presentation materials are added as they become available. 
 
Videos from the 2012 Annual Gathering will, in general, be posted in the following order:
  1. State of the Association
  2. Keynote Speakers*
  3. Preachers*
  4. Bible Study Leaders*
  5. Select Breakout Sessions

The editing process is quite time-consuming, however we do hope to get the remaining videos posted to our website as soon as possible.  Thank you again for your continued patience.

* Please Note:  Due to various technical difficulties, the following videos cannot be made available:

  • Rev. Phil Reimers
  • Rev. Reggie McNeal (part one only)
  • Rev. Sean Kelly

Should any of these videos become available to our staff, they will be posted here.


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Share Your Three Days of Prayer Experiences http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/share-your-three-days-of-prayer-experiences/a345.html Tue, 08 Jan 13 00:00:00 -0700 Three Days of Prayer event, an opportunity for pastors, church members, and congregations as a whole to come together to set aside time for prayer.

For a place to share your ideas, experiences, and thoughts on the subject, check out our Facebook Event: Three Days of Prayer or email your photos and stories to kristy@lcmc.net by this Sunday, January 13
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Leadership Conference Registration Now Open http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/leadership-conference-registration-now-open/a342.html Tue, 18 Dec 12 00:00:00 -0700
Online registration is now active for our 2013 Leadership Conferences in San Diego, CA and Birmingham, AL, and printed brochures should be arriving via snail mail shortly. 
 
This event, hosted annually by the LCMC Ministry Board, is designed to inform, educate and inspire pastors and church leaders to move forward as God's servants. 

For the first time in the history of the association, LCMC is offering two different opportunities to attend our 2013 Leadership Conference, "Navigating Mission in a World of Change".  The first conference will be held February 10-12, 2013 at Peñasquitos Lutheran Church in San Diego, CA.  The second will take place at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Birmingham, AL from April 14-16.
 
The cost of attending either conference is $70 per person.  
 
For additional information, click here
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2013 Leadership Conference Offers More Opportunities to Attend http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/2013-leadership-conference-offers-more-opportunities-to-attend/a336.html Thu, 29 Nov 12 00:00:00 -0700

“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”
--Joshua 3:5

 
"Navigating Mission in a World of Change" is the theme set for this year's annual LCMC Leadership Conference, and for the first time ever, pastors and church leaders have the ability to navigate their way to a 2013 conference in one of TWO different locations.
 
Peñasquitos Lutheran Church in San Diego, CA will host the first of the two conferences, which takes place from February 10-12, 2013.  The second conference will be held April 14-16, 2012 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Birmingham, AL.
 
The event features presentations by keynote speakers Dr. Kent Hunter of Church Doctor Ministries and Dr. Darrell Puls of Peacebridge Ministries, Rev. Sean Kelly of the LCMC Board of Trustees, and Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, Service Coordinator of LCMC, as well as a discussion on healthy mission with the LCMC Ministry Board.
 
Be sure to check your snail mail boxes throughout the month of December for registration materials.  Online registration and complete details will be available at our website in the near future.
 
 
 
Click here for more information.
 
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Relief Efforts for Hurricane Sandy Victims Now Posted -- UPDATED! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/relief-efforts-for-hurricane-sandy-victims-now-posted-----updated/a331.html Fri, 02 Nov 12 00:00:00 -0600
Check out our Relief Funds page to learn more about ways that you (or your congregation as a whole) can help victims of the recent natural disaster.
 
This page has been and will continue to be updated accordingly as new information becomes available.
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LCMC Haiti Churches Affected by Hurricane Sandy http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-haiti-churches-affected-by-hurricane-sandy/a329.html Mon, 29 Oct 12 00:00:00 -0600 According to CNN, Hurricane Sandy has claimed the lives of 67 people to date, 51 of which have been reported in Haiti. 
 
Please check out our Prayer Blog to read the full prayer request article, which includes letters sent to our staff by LCMC pastors who maintain direct relationships with LCMC churches in Haiti. 
 
If anybody has additional information to share regarding this topic, such as relief funds or prayer events, please email kristy@lcmc.net.
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New Document Available for Congregations Calling New Pastors http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/new-document-available-for-congregations-calling-new-pastors/a323.html Wed, 17 Oct 12 00:00:00 -0600 As LCMC Service Coordinator Rev. Mark Vander Tuig announced last week in Denver, a new document is available at our website to help congregations who may be transitioning from one pastor to another.
 
Change Happens! is a downloadable guide specifically designed to help provide guidance and hope to congregations who are experiencing a time of transition between pastors.
 
This document is designed to accompany the LCMC Call Packet, which explains the call process for congregations and candidates in detail.
 
Change Happens!, as well as the LCMC Call Packet, are both available for download under the "Documents" section of our website.
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LCMC to Post Video from 2012 Annual Gathering Online, No Release Date Yet http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-to-post-video-from-2012-annual-gathering-online-no-release-date-yet/a319.html Mon, 15 Oct 12 00:00:00 -0600 As has been mentioned at the Gathering, on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and in our blog, video coverage, and in a few cases, presentation slides, from the presentations made at the 2012 Annual Gathering in Denver, CO will be made available in this area of our website at a later date. 
 
As it could take up to a few weeks for us to receive the video files from the conference, and it can take several hours to edit and upload video for each individual presentation, we are unable to announce a release date for these videos. 
 
Due to some of the technical issues that were experienced with the audio this year, the posting of these videos may be delayed a bit longer than anticipated. 

While we strive to make information and media available to our site users in a timely fashion, the quality and understandability of this material is also highly important.
 
We will be sure to announce in our blog (on the homepage of our site), as well as on Facebook and Twitter, when the first of these videos becomes available.
 
Those in need of immediate access to any presentation from this event may do so by visiting www.livestream.com and searching "LCMC".
 
Thank you all so much for your patience.
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Aaaaaaaand we're LIVE! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/aaaaaaaand-were-live/a317.html Sun, 07 Oct 12 00:00:00 -0600 Live coverage of the 2012 LCMC Annual Gathering in Denver, CO is now available on our website. 
 
Site users can view live video of the gathering by clicking the orange button located at the top of our homepage, or by visiting www.lcmc.net/live.
 
More information on the Annual Gathering, including a schedule and speaker bios, is available here
 
Videos of all presentations given at the event are currently being archived at www.livestream.com (search: lcmc), and will be made available in our Video & Media Blog within a few weeks.
 
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Annual Gathering Registration, Hotel & Business Announcements http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering-registration-hotel--business-announcements/a315.html Wed, 19 Sep 12 00:00:00 -0600
The LCMC 12th Annual Gathering is less than three weeks away!  With our biggest event of the year just around the corner, here are just a few updates and announcements regarding registration, hotel accommodations and business information.
 

Preregistration

For those who plan on attending the Annual Gathering, but have not yet registered, we highly recommend preregistering online (or by mail) as soon as possible.  The current registration rate of $140.00 per person for Annual Gathering visitors, church leaders, church members and voting delegates is still in effect until Tuesday, September 25After this date, the registration rate will increase to $160.00 per person.
 
If you are interested in attending the District Dinner Night on Monday, October 8 and/or the Ken Davis event on Tuesday, October 9, please be sure to indicate so on your advance registration form.  Space may be limited for these events, so advance registration is recommended.  For additional information about either event, please click here
 

Updated Hotel Information

Due to the fact that hotel accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Hotel, Towne Place Suites and Sleep Inn DIA have already been booked, we have updated the Annual Gathering Lodging Information page to include a list of additional hotels that are located within a mile of the venue at which the event will be held. 
 

Voting Delegates

Our website has also recently been updated with detailed information for Voting Delegates from LCMC Congregations who will be attending this year's gathering.  This page contains frequently asked-for information, including what a voting delegate is, the topics to be voted on this year, and an outline of how the procedure works. 
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Last Day for A4C Photographs http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/last-day-for-a4c-photographs/a304.html Wed, 01 Aug 12 00:00:00 -0600 Throughout the month of July, the staff of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ has invited the members who make up our association to send us photographs depicting how they have been working as "Ambassadors for Christ" within their own congregations, within their community, or anywhere within the world.  
 
The goal?  To incorporate the personal stories of our own members, rather than stock art, to depict the theme of this year's Annual Gathering, Ambassadors for Christ, throughout the Big Book that will be distributed at this year's event in October.
 
Those who are still interested in contributing their photos for possible publication in the Annual Gathering Book are welcome to do so through the end of the day today by emailing their photographs and all accompanying information to kristy@lcmc.net.
 
If you haven't seen it yet, feel free to check out my previous blog post for a full list of guidelines and instructions for submitting your pictures.
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Don't Just Tell Us, Show Us! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/dont-just-tell-us-show-us/a297.html Mon, 02 Jul 12 00:00:00 -0600 Get your cameras ready! 

Design projects for the LCMC 12th Annual Gathering are currently underway, and to help illustrate this year's theme, Ambassadors for Christ, our staff is currently seeking photographs from our member congregations to be incorporated into the design of our Big Book, which will be distributed at the event this October.
 
Photo submissions are welcome from any and all LCMC congregations.  This includes congregations young and old, large and small, new and long-established. 
 
What we're looking for:  Photographs taken by staff, leaders or members of LCMC congregations that illustrate what your church is doing within itself, within its local community, or anywhere in the world to embrace being an Ambassador of Christ.  This includes, but is definitely not limited to:
  • Community service or community involvement projects
  • Missions trips or other related projects
  • Ministry or teaching programs
  • Creative endeavors (music, drama, artwork, etc.)
What we're not looking for:  A photo of your building.  Even if it's really cool. 
 
 
We are very much excited to see what is going on within the congregations of our association, and to incorporate these stories into the artwork of this year's Annual Gathering book.

Here are a few rules, guidelines and tips:

  1. Photo submissions will be taken from LCMC members until Wednesday, August 1 at 5:00 PM EST.  Due to early printer deadlines, any photos submitted after this date may be ineligible for consideration.
  2. Because chosen images will be used in a printed publication, please send only high quality images.  Very small or distorted images do not print clearly.
  3. Acceptable file types are: JPG, GIF, TIFF and PNG.
  4. Any photo submitted must be an original work (owned by the individual or the congregation), and not the intellectual property of another party.  
  5. By submitting any photo(s), you agree that any images (and likeness or subject matter within) submitted may be used without compensation for the purposes described above.
  6. Photos must be submitted by congregations or associate members of LCMC.  
  7. Photo content must be relevant and in accordance with who we are and what we believe.
  8. Each photo submission must be accompanied by your name, the name and location of your congregation, and a brief description of the photograph.
  9. Please note:  Due to space, time and other constraints, we are unable to guarantee the publication of each and every photograph submitted to us.
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LCMC to Host 2nd Annual New Ministry Workshop http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-to-host-2nd-annual-new-ministry-workshop/a296.html Tue, 19 Jun 12 00:00:00 -0600 LCMC will be hosting its second annual New Ministry Workshop from October 10-11, 2012, and online registration is now available at our website.
 
The workshop, hosted by LCMC Service Coordinator Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, features Annual Gathering Keynote Speaker and leader of the movement/organization 3DM Rev. Mike Breen, and is designed for leaders and members of congregations that have formed within the past five years.
 
This two-day event will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Denver, CO from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 10 and from 8:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 11.
 
Registration for the workshop is free, however we ask that those who are interested please register by Wednesday, October 5.  This will help allow our staff to provide suitable accommodations for all who wish to take part in the workshop.
 
To register now, please click here.

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Changes to Online Forms & Applications http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/changes-to-online-forms--applications/a281.html Tue, 12 Jun 12 00:00:00 -0600 To repair any technical difficulties that some of you may have been experiencing with any of our online forms and applications, our website administrative team will be making improvements to the way this information is processed by our website over the next week.
 
Should you encounter any problems in submitting a form on our website during the week of 6/11/2012 through 6/17/2012, please contact Kristy Thomas via email at kristy@lcmc.net.
 
Thank you for your continued patience as we work to improve our site.
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Annual Gathering Registration Now Open! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering-registration-now-open/a278.html Sat, 02 Jun 12 00:00:00 -0600 Registration for the 12th LCMC Annual Gathering, "Ambassadors for Christ", is now open at our website, and those who plan on attending the gathering are encouraged to register for the event in advance.
 
Church leaders, church members, voting delegates from LCMC congregations and visitors choosing to submit their registration forms by September 1, 2012 will receive a special Early Bird Registration rate of $120.00 per person.
 
Single-day visitors are $60.00 per person and seminarians may attend free of charge.
 
Those who plan to purchase tickets for District Dinner Night on Monday evening or dinner and "Lighten Up" with Ken Davis on Tuesday should indicate so on their advance registration form to ensure a ticket for either event, as space may be limited.
 
The gathering will take place October 7-10, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Hotel & Convention Center in Denver, CO.
 
For more information on the event, click here.
 
To register online now, or find a printable mail-in version of the registration form, click here.
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Online Registration to Open for Annual Gathering http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/online-registration-to-open-for-annual-gathering/a275.html Thu, 24 May 12 00:00:00 -0600 Planning for the LCMC 12th Annual Gathering this October has been underway for quite sometime, and we are pleased to announce that registration for the event will be open to the public shortly.
 
The gathering, which is set to take place from October 7-10, 2012, will be held at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Hotel and Convention Center in Denver, CO.
 
Members of the association should be receiving their printed registration packet in the mail within the next few days, and the LCMC staff plans to open online registration at our website by the end of next week. 
 
Church leaders, church members, visitors and voting delegates from LCMC congregations registering before Saturday, September 1 will receive a special reduced rate of $120.00, with the cost of registration increasing after that date.
 
The cost of attending for single-day visitors is $60.00, and current seminary students may attend the gathering free of charge.
 
All registration fees are per person and include dinner on Sunday evening and lunches on Monday and Tuesday.
 
As in the past, tickets for special event dinners, which will be held on Monday and Tuesday, are available for purchase at the time of registration. 
 
Those interested in taking part in either dinner are encouraged to purchase their tickets at the time of registration, as seating for either event may be limited. 
 
For more information on the 12th Annual Gathering, click here.
 
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Leadership Conference Videos Posted http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/leadership-conference-videos-posted/a241.html Thu, 03 May 12 00:00:00 -0600 For those who have not yet taken a look at our Video & Media blog, I encourage each of you to check it out. 
 
This area of our website is filled with videos and PowerPoint presentations from many of our various LCMC events, including last month's Leadership Conference.
 
As anyone who has been following us on Facebook or Twitter has probably noticed, we have recently added media from all three keynote speakers who presented at the Leadership Conference.
 
Media from other presentations given at the conference is soon to come.  
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New Videos and Media Coming Soon! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/new-videos-and-media-coming-soon/a234.html Wed, 25 Apr 12 00:00:00 -0600 Good news, LCMC!
 
I have received the video media from the 2012 Leadership Conference and have begun the task of getting them ready to be uploaded to our website.
 
Due to popular demand, we plan on posting video of our three keynote speakers, Rev. Dr. Walter Sundberg, Rev. John Burke and Mrs. Rebecca Meidinger first, with many of the other presentations to follow.  
 
We have requested the PowerPoint files used by each keynote speaker at the conference.  PowerPoint files will be posted along with their respective video files.  For your convenience, they will be made available for download as soon as they are received.
 
All material will be posted to our Video & Media blog, which is located underneath the "Events" menu of our website. 
 
While we are unable to guarantee an exact posting date for any specific video or PowerPoint file, our hopes are to have everything available within the next couple of weeks.
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Your Two Cents http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/your-two-cents/a235.html Tue, 24 Apr 12 00:00:00 -0600 If you attended the Leadership Conference in Fargo last week, we'd love to know what you thought of it!
 
Evaluation forms for the are now available on our website.
 
This year, we've created an easy online version of the document that you can fill out and send to us directly through the website.   Printable forms are also available for those who would like to send us their thoughts via mail or fax, instead.
 
Find the evaluation form under Events > Leadership Conference or by clicking here
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Annual Gathering Registration to Open Soon http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering-registration-to-open-soon/a236.html Mon, 23 Apr 12 00:00:00 -0600 With the 2012 Annual Gathering just a few months away, we should be ready to have registration for the event officially open within the next couple of weeks. 
 
The festivities will take place from October 7-10 in Denver, CO.
 
Those interested in attending the event will have the ability to register for the event online at our website or the old fashioned way, via mail.  
 
Please continue to check our blog (or your mailboxes) for further announcements regarding registration, accommodations, breakout sessions and more.
 
Additional details regarding the Annual Gathering are available at our website under the "Events" menu or by clicking here.
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Leadership Conference Video Online http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/leadership-conference-video-online/a225.html Wed, 04 Apr 12 00:00:00 -0600  
For those of you who plan on attending this year's Leadership Conference, the registration deadline of April 11th will be upon us in one week! 
 
If you have not yet registered and still plan on attending, please be sure to let us know by sending us your completed registration form ASAP.
 
For those of you who are unable to make it to Fargo this year, we do have plans to make video from the conference available on our website.
 
While we will not be streaming video live, as we did for the 2011 Annual Gathering, the presentations will be included in our Video & Media Blog.
 
The videos should be available for viewing within a few weeks of the conference.
 
We will make an announcement when they are posted.
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LCMC's Kip Tyler to Speak at International Conference http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmcs-kip-tyler-to-speak-at-international-conference/a207.html Sun, 01 Apr 12 00:00:00 -0600 Kip TylerThe Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) (www.eecmy.org) hosts its second international conference this April, and LCMC Board of Trustees Chair Kip Tyler will be speaking at the event.

Members of LCMC are invited to come together and connect with other Lutherans from all over the world at the Second International Mission and Theological Conference.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet with Lutheran Theologians and church leaders from over twelve countries including Cameroon, Canada, Denmark, England, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sudan, Sweden, Tanzania, USA and more!

Theological educators, bible school teachers, Synod presidents, key synod leaders, pastors, theological students (undergraduate and graduate school students) evangelists and other lay and ordained church leaders are all welcome to attend.

This six day intercultural conference takes place from April 21-26, 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and includes presentations by:

  • Kip Tyler
  • John Bradosky
  • President Idossa
  • Michael Bradly
  • Various leaders from locations in Europe and Tanzania

The event will be primarily focused on equipping, encouraging and empowering church leaders to serve in their mission field in this day and age, wherever that may be.

For questions regarding the conference and to register, please email Rachel Sosebee at rsosebee@thenalc.org or call (614) 777-5709.

Please contact Mr. Endalkachew (Endy) Kidanewold by calling (919) 201-1637 for air travel and hotel information.

Printable event flyers and further details for this event are available in the downloadable PDF documents below.

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LC Keynote Speaker Releases New Book http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lc-keynote-speaker-releases-new-book/a222.html Thu, 22 Mar 12 00:00:00 -0600 book coverRev. Dr. Walter Sundberg, who will be one of three keynote speakers at this year's LCMC Leadership Conference next month, has published a new book.
 
Worship as Repentance: Lutheran Liturgical Traditions and Catholic Consensus, which was released by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. earlier this month, discusses the idea that repentance is at the heart of authentic worship.
 
The book is available to purchase for $18.00 via the publishing company's website.
 
For more information on Rev. Dr. Sundberg, visit our Leadership Conference 2012 page for keynote speakers.
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Leadership Conference Registration Now Open http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/leadership-conference-registration-now-open/a210.html Thu, 09 Feb 12 00:00:00 -0700 Brochure CoverRegistration is now open for LCMC Leadership Conference 2012.
 
To carry out this year's theme of Engaging Our Culture: The Church is Mission!, this year's keynote speakers plan to explore with us how to relate to the people who are a part of our mission field without changing who we are or what we believe.
 
The conference will take place from April 16-18, 2012 at Atonement Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND.
 
The cost of attending is $60 per person.
 
To register, please complete our online registration form or download our printable form and mail it in no later than Wednesday, April 11, 2012.
 
Additional details regarding the Leadership Conference are available under the Events menu of our website. 
 
For questions, please contact Cathy Nichol, LCMC Administrative Assistant at (734) 788-7476.
 
 
 
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Has Your Congregation Recently Filled an Open Position? http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/has-your-congregation-recently-filled-an-open-position/a200.html Wed, 21 Dec 11 00:00:00 -0700 LCMC is pleased to provide its site users the ability to access listings of open staff positions and candidates who are seeking a call within the LCMC community.

For the convenience of everybody who uses this service, it is our goal to keep our listings as current as possible.

If you have an open position listed on our website, and it has recently been filled, please let us know.

To notify us if your posting needs to be removed, please email kristy@lcmc.net with the following information:

  • The name of the congregation
  • The city and state in which your congregation is located
  • The name of the position filled
  • The name of the call committee chair

Providing us with this information will enable us to keep our listings as up-to-date and accurate as possible.

If you do not wish for us to delete your position from the listings, but would like it removed temporarily, please inform us of this in the email as well.

Thank you for helping us help you help us all.

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Events Made Easy! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/events-made-easy/a198.html Mon, 12 Dec 11 00:00:00 -0700 Good news, everybody!

There is now a way to submit events for the LCMC calendar directly through our website!

To do so, simply find the "Submit an Event" page listed under the Events menu, or click here. From there, all you have to do is fill out the form and submit it.

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Haitians Learn to 'See Through the Scriptures' http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/haitians-learn-to-see-through-the-scriptures/a196.html Fri, 18 Nov 11 00:00:00 -0700 As the saying goes,

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day;
Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

That is why Rev. Dr. Harry Wendt, President of Crossways International, developed See Through the Scriptures, a visually based program designed to help people in countries around the globe develop a strong understanding of the meaning of the Scriptures and gain the ability to teach the Message to others.

Rev. Jeanel Jerome, who looks after an orphanage in Saint Marc, Haiti, has been using See Through the Scriptures as a tool for teaching others, both in Haiti and in the Dominican Republic, for the past six years.

Since he began teaching See Through the Scriptures to adults in 2005, he reports approximately 7,000 people having studied the material.

Of those 7,000, 65 of them have been trained to teach the program to others, fifteen of which are able to do so professionally.

"He's a committed person," said Rev. Dr. Wendt, who met Rev. Jerome at a workshop in 2004.

According to Rev. Dr. Wendt, Rev. Jerome, a Haitian himself, has a good understanding of what the people he works with need.

As one would most likely assume, the norms and standard of living in Haiti are, for the most part, significantly different than those in a country such as the U.S.

To gain somewhat of an understanding of life in Haiti, here are some quick statistics, courtesy of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA):

  • A Haitian's average life expectancy is 62.17 years
  • Nearly half of the country's population is unable to read or write
  • It is estimated that approximately half of the population of Haiti practices voodoo
  • 80% of the country's population lives below the poverty line
  • The country's unemployment rate in 2010 was 40.6%
    • For comparison purposes, the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report this month ranking Detroit, MI as having the highest unemployment rate of the metropolitan divisions in the U.S. Detroit has a 13.1% jobless rate.

While the statistics listed above are limited in number and reflect a general picture of a few aspects of life in Haiti, natural disaster has had a profound impact on the country over the past two years.

The BBC reported that when the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, approximately 230,000 people were killed, 300,000 were injured and 1.2 million people were left homeless.

Furthermore, the BBC also reported that 1 in every 15 people affected by the earthquake in Haiti died, in comparison with 1 in every 190 killed in Italy's 6.3 magnitude earthquake in 2009 and 1 in every 595 killed in China's 2008 7.9 magnitude quake.

In response to the Haitians' immediate needs for items such as food, shelter, water and healthcare, various organizations across the U.S. have made an effort to address the immediate physical needs of the despairing country.

According to ABC World News, Americans raised over $1.138 billion for Haiti relief efforts within the first six months after the disaster took place.

Organizations such as Mercy Corps, AmeriCares, and Habitat for Humanity have made efforts to provide the Haitians with clean drinking water, food, medicine and shelter since the disaster.

Despite these efforts, there are many emotional issues the Haitians must cope with that many people feel are not being addressed.

"People there are looking for peace, meaning, hope in death," Rev. Dr. Wendt explained.

The proposed solution? Help them to understand the Message.

The problem?

The CIA reports that only 52.9% of Hatians over the age of fifteen are able to read and write, making education, in many cases, a struggle.

Rev. Jerome uses a French language translation of See Through the Scriptures in Haiti and a Spanish translation in the Dominican Republic, however the material taught in these books is very much visually-based, making it easy to explain the Message to those who do not have the reading and writing skills necessary to simply study the written Word.

The program is designed to help understand the basic principles of the Scriptures without requiring strong literacy skills and to enable those who have studied it to be able to teach these ideas to others within the community.

"Not only is he teaching the material," said Rev. Dr. Wendt, "He's equipping pastors and people to go out and do it."

While copies of See Through the Scriptures are relatively inexpensive at $2.00 each, Rev. Jerome has access to limited resources and therefore must resort to using as few printed materials as possible.

"This man cuts lawns and gardens in order to raise the money to be able to do what he does," said Rev. Dr. Wendt.

The hope is that, through the See Through the Scriptures program, Rev. Jerome will be able to help people to better understand the Bible and show them the skills that they need in order to bring Jesus into the lives of others.

If you are interested in learning more on this story, or would like to help support Rev. Jerome's ministry, contact Crossways International at:

Crossways International
7930 Computer Ave. South
Bloomington, MN 55435
Phone: (952) 832-5454
Email: crosswaysi@aol.com
Website: www.crossways.org

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A Thousand Teddy Bears http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/a-thousand-teddy--bears/a192.html Wed, 09 Nov 11 00:00:00 -0700 tate and bearsThis fall, the Iowa District of LCMC collected more than 1,000 teddy bears for Hope Ministries, an Iowa organization dedicated to serving the homeless.

The teddy bears were collected at the LCMC 11th Annual Gathering in Des Moines, Iowa and used as centerpieces for the tables in the dining room during the gathering.

Following the gathering, Iowa District Secretary Gayle Tate donated the mound of teddy bears to Hope Ministries, where they will be given to the homeless in the Des Moines area.

"We appreciate the donation.These bears will benefit our ministry in so many ways," wrote Jordanne Blair, Church Relations and Group Activities Coordinator for Hope Ministries, in a thank-you card to LCMC.

To learn more about Hope Ministries, visit www.hopeiowa.org.

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Leadership Conference Date Change http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/leadership-conference-date-change/a188.html Tue, 01 Nov 11 00:00:00 -0600 For those of you who are preparing for the upcoming Leadership Conference in April, I have changed the date of the event on our website.

This year's conference will be held from April 16-18, 2012.

You can find additional information on this event under Events > Leadership Conference or by clicking here.

Additional details will be posted soon.

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First Annual Gathering Videos Posted! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/first-annual-gathering-videos-posted/a186.html Fri, 28 Oct 11 00:00:00 -0600 Good news, everybody!

Videos from the first two talks at the 11th Annual Gathering are finished and posted.

Feel free to check them out here. You can also find them on our website under Annual Gathering > Annual Gathering Presentations.

I will be posting the rest of this year's Annual Gathering videos as I finish them, so check back regularly. I am hoping to have more finished next week.

 

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11th Annual Gathering Videos Update http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/11th-annual-gathering-videos-update/a183.html Tue, 25 Oct 11 00:00:00 -0600 I am happy to announce that I have received the video files from the 2011 Annual Gathering.

I plan on uploading these videos to our website and our YouTube page as soon as the files are done being edited.

Please keep in mind that the video editing process can be quite time-consuming, so it may take a while for me to be able to get all of the content put together and onto the internet.

I still have some technical difficulties to work out with this project, but I hope to get everything posted to our site in the near future, and will be working hard to make sure that I am able to do so.

Again, I thank you all for your patience.

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Upcoming Youth Events http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/upcoming-youth-events/a179.html Mon, 17 Oct 11 00:00:00 -0600 For those of you who are interested in finding out more about Youth Encounter, I have created a page on our website under Networking > Partners to make it easier to find information about events for the national youth ministry program. You can also view the page at the following link: www.lcmc.net/youth-encounter/460.html.

Youth Encounter events for the upcoming year have also been added to our LCMC Calendar.

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11th Annual Gathering Videos http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/11th-annual-gathering-videos/a181.html Wed, 12 Oct 11 00:00:00 -0600 In response to the high volume of email requests that we have been receiving regarding video coverage of the presentations made at the LCMC 11th Annual Gathering, let me first apologize that it is taking a bit longer than expected to get these items posted to our website.

Rest assured, we are working hard to ensure that video content will be made available on our website and on our YouTube page as soon as possible.

The video editing process can often be quite time-consuming and bring with it many technical difficulties, so I thank you in advance for your patience regarding this matter.

For those of you who are anxious to see some of the presentations from Des Moines, I have some good news for you. Until we can get the Annual Gathering coverage uploaded to our site, the videos are temporarily being hosted at the following link: http://www.livestream.com/markeysav/folderhttp://www.livestream.com/markeysav/folder.

Again, thank you for your patience.

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Annual Gathering :: Wednesday Wrap-Up http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering--wednesday-wrap-up/a173.html Thu, 06 Oct 11 00:00:00 -0600 The LCMC 11th Annual Gathering concluded in the early afternoon on Wednesday, October 5.

Bible Study Leader Rev. Carl Billings of Discover Church was the first to present on Wednesday morning.

His talk was followed by a presentation by Keynote Speaker Rev. Dr. Gemechis D. Buba, Missions Director of the North American Lutheran Church.

"Buba really set the tone well," commented Robert Thompson, who was in the audience during the morning program.

After a half-hour break, the fourth and final day of the gathering concluded with a closing worship service, during which Rev. Jaynan Clark preached a sermon.

As the festivities in Des Moines came to a close, people were eager to share their feedback on this year's experience with the LCMC staff.

"It's been uplifting," commented Donna Thompson of the 11th Annual Gathering as a whole.

"All in all, I thought it was a positive experience," said Kathy Williams of Minneapolis, who was a first-time attender of the event.  "I thought the speakers were excellent.  I feel inspired, and I feel the need to take that back with me."

"I come to these things to get recharged," said Rev. Mark Schimmel, who is a seasoned participant of LCMC Annual Gatherings.

In addition to inspiration, those who attend also enjoy the opportunity to reunite with old friends and connect with new people.

"I love the camaraderie here.  That's the most important part to me.  It's almost like a big family reunion," Rev. Schimmel said.

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AWAKEN Performs at Annual Gathering http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/awaken-performs-at-annual-gathering/a172.html Wed, 05 Oct 11 00:00:00 -0600 AWAKEN Ministries performance at The PlexAttenders of the Annual Gathering joined together at the Polk County Convention Complex on Tuesday October 4 for dinner and a dramatic performance by AWAKEN Ministries.

The dramatic ministry group, mainly comprised of college students, acts out the story of God to contemporary music.

More unique, the actors of AWAKEN carry out their entire performance without the use of words.

As people piled into the The Plex's auditorium on Tuesday, many had no idea what to expect.

Just before the start of the performance, members of the audience were asked to keep the aisles between seats clear, to take anything that they were handed, and to eat any food they were given.

It was on this note that the presentation began.

While AWAKEN's presentation heavily involved the use of mime, choreographed battles and interactivity with the audience enhanced the experience for those who came to watch.

Also unique to AWAKEN's performance was the use of a character donning a gray shirt, a representation of the viewer and his own struggles in life.

From beginning to end, the focus of the audience was kept not on any single aspect of the performance, but on God Himself.

The drama concluded with a standing ovation from the audience.

Many members of the crowd blotted tears from their cheeks while they cheered.

"I thought it was fantastic," said Theodore Rice, who was in the audience that evening."Everything kept building and building and each scene just fit together."

"It was fabulous," agreed Sharon Rice."The best part was they way they staged the ending and Jesus' resurrection."

Cathy Pannkuk, a first-time attender of the LCMC Annual Gathering, enjoyed the performance as well.

 

"I thought it was very enjoyable," Pannkuk said."It's amazing how they did it without using words.It's also encouraging to see young people involved in ministry like this.

 

The performers and crew from AWAKEN also appeared to be fired-up after the performance.

When asked what she enjoys most about being a member of the group, actor Emily Miller said, "I think it's an awesome opportunity to share the Gospel in an unconventional way and to a new audience every single time."

"It was really awesome being here," said Jon Anenson, who formed AWAKEN Ministries in 2005 while working as a member of the staff at Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp in Story City, IA.

Anenson spent eight summers at Riverside, where the mime-style drama began in the 1980s as part of the weekly programming.

He said that his idea to form AWAKEN was a response to the popularity of Riverside's "mime drama" program.

Since the program's beginnings, Anenson reports putting on performances for approximately 13,000 people in 63 venues across four states.

The team is based in Des Moines, Iowa and generally tours the Midwest from February through April, thanks to financial support provided by donors and local congregations.

"Our mission," said Anenson, "is to "AWAKEN" hearts to the story of the Gospel."

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Annual Gathering :: Tuesday Highlights http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering--tuesday-highlights/a171.html Tue, 04 Oct 11 00:00:00 -0600 The 2011 LCMC Annual Gathering continued into Tuesday, October 4 with a full day's worth of programming.

Attenders of the event appeared to be in high spirits throughout the course of the day.

Rev. David Preus and Rev. TJ Anderson addressed the crowd on Tuesday morning.

The day continued with a presentation on international focus efforts and business announcements, followed by the last two time slots for breakout sessions.

Delegates from LCMC congregations met later that afternoon for area caucuses and the election of Board members.

Rev. Becky Lee and Rev. Martha Nelson were both re-elected to the LCMC Board of Trustees for another three year term.

The evening concluded with dinner and dessert at the Polk County Convention Complex, followed by dramatic portrayal of the story of the Gospel by AWAKEN Ministries.

At the end of the evening, Cathy Nichol, LCMC Administrative Assistant, and Sharon MacFadyen, LCMC Director of Operations, reported walk-in registrations for twenty one individuals for the day.

The four-day event will conclude on Wednesday afternoon.

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Annual Gathering :: Monday Recap http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering--monday-recap/a170.html Mon, 03 Oct 11 00:00:00 -0600 The LCMC 11th Annual Gathering continued Monday, October 3 at the Polk County Convention Complex with a full day of music, meetings, presentations and time to socialize.

Social TimeThe registration table opened at 8:00 AM and received approximately 25 walk-ins over the course of the day.

Reverend Elisa Ashley of Redeemer in Mission for Christ and keynote speaker Reverend Greg Ogden of Christ Church addressed the crowd during the morning program.

Attendees were presented with announcements and business information following a 12:00 PM lunch.

The first breakout session of the gathering took place at 4:30 PM and was followed by meetings for various area caucuses.

Annual Gathering participants then met up with others from their respective districts for dinner at 6:00 PM to wrap up the evening.

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Annual Gathering :: Sunday Evening Synopsis http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/annual-gathering--sunday-evening-synopsis/a169.html Sun, 02 Oct 11 00:00:00 -0600 The PlexSunday, October 2 marked the first day of the 2011 Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Annual Gathering, the eleventh of its kind.

The event, which is being held at the Polk County Convention Complex (The Plex) in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, will take place for three more days, wrapping up on Wednesday afternoon.

Today's festivities began with registration at 4:00 PM, followed by dinner at The Plex.

The evening continued with an opening worship service, which was preached by Reverend Bill Bohline of Hosanna! Lutheran Church.

The evening commenced with desserts and fellowship time at The Plex.

According to Sharon MacFadyen, Director of Operations for LCMC, approximately 1,100 people pre-registered for the Annual Gathering this year.

Sunday Dinner"They were just flying in today," said LCMC Administrative Assistant Cathy Nichol, who helped handle registration for the event.

Nichol reports thirty-eight at-the-door registrations for day one of the gathering.

Day two of the Annual Gathering will begin at 8:00 AM tomorrow and feature singing and Bible study led by Reverend Elisa Ashley, a presentation by keynote speaker Reverend Greg Ogden, and the first installment of the Annual Gathering Breakout Sessions.

Interested in seeing more photos from the 11th Annual Gathering? Click here to view the photo gallery.

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Idaho Congregation Invites Local Community to 'Come Grow with Us' http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/idaho-congregation-invites-local-community-to-come-grow-with-us/a168.html Sat, 01 Oct 11 00:00:00 -0600 If you really want to speak effectively to a group of people, it is best to find a common ground of understanding on which you can relate to them.

floatAt least that is what the members of Shepherd of the Falls Lutheran Church thought when they decided to design a float for the American Falls Day Parade, part of an annual county fair and homecoming festival that takes place every August within the tiny farming community of American Falls, Idaho.

When the congregation's steering committee met in July, member Gary Tiede suggested that Shepherd of the Falls get involved in the parade by constructing a float.

The committee agreed on Tiede's suggestion and asked for ideas and input from the church community.

"Being a new LCMC congregation and being a rather small congregation, we really wanted people in the community to know they had another Christian church in town and another option for a Lutheran congregation in which to worship," said Shepherd of the Falls secretary Juanita Burgemeister.

The church agreed on the theme of "Come Grow with Us", which was suggested by 13 year-old Evelyn Bitikofer.

Once the concept was put into play, members of the congregation then needed to decide how best to communicate the idea of growth to the American Falls community.

Members of the congregation donated patio plants for the construction of the float, while the town's local fuel, farm and feed store agreed to let Shepherd of the Falls borrow several potted live trees.

"The idea of "growing" in a farming community is naturally associated with live plants and the color green," explained Burgemeister.

The large wooden cross on the front of the float was made in the spring of 2011 for Shepherd's first Easter Sunrise Service by member Vernon Bethke.

Construction on the float began on a Thursday evening, just two days before the American Falls Day parade was to be held.

"It took about three hours that evening to get the majority of the float built," said Burgemeister."If we came upon the need for a tool we didn't have, someone would call out, 'I've got one. I'll run and get it.' Real teamwork was exhibited. Our congregation worked very closely, sharing and accepting others ideas and skills."

When Saturday morning rolled around, the members at Shepherd piled onto the float, excited to show their idea to the onlookers who lined the streets to watch the American Falls Day Parade.

"As in any parade, many floats throw candy.We were to be no different, but we wanted the candy to be more than just candy, we wanted to share the message," Burgemeister said. "We threw 'scripture' candy to those who lined our streets: hard strawberry creme candy with a scripture on each wrapper."

The parade itself was filled with floats from schools, businesses, and civic service organizations, however Shepherd of the Falls was the only Christian church to enter a float into the parade.

When the parade commenced, compliments poured in from the people of the American Falls community.

According to Burgemeister, one onlooker even commented that if there had been a contest, Shepherd would have won first place.

Ultimately, the members at Shepherd were pleased with the way their float turned out and was received by the local community.

Not only did they feel that their creation turned out colorful, personalized and easily identifiable, the members of Shephard were satisfied with the message that their float communicated, an invitation to "Come Grow with Us--All are Welcome".

"Our first desire was that it would make us, a new congregation, known in the community. Hopefully, those needing a church home or [who were] just were inquisitive, would come, be welcomed, worship, and come to be a believer in Jesus Christ if they didn't already know [Him]."


Photo courtesy of the Power County Press.

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LCMC to Stream Annual Gathering Live http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-to-stream-annual-gathering-live/a167.html Sat, 01 Oct 11 00:00:00 -0600 Greetings from Des Moines!

The LCMC 11th Annual Gathering is just around the corner, and we're excited to get the ball rolling for this year's event, which will take place from Sunday through Wednesday at the Polk County Convention Complex here in Des Moines.

We are happy to announce, for those of you who will be unable to attend this year's conference, that we are planning to stream coverage of the Annual Gathering live right here on our new website.

Interested in checking it out? Just visit www.lcmc.net/live at the time of the event to see what's going on. We'll also be placing a link to the video feed on the homepage of our site for easy access.

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Staff Openings & Resource Sharing: A Tutorial http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/staff-openings--resource-sharing-a-tutorial/a78.html Mon, 19 Sep 11 00:00:00 -0600 In the creation of our new site, we've given LCMC site users the ability to post staff openings and resource items for other LCMC members to view.  

LCMC congregations can submit job descriptions for open ministry positions through our website.   Once these open positions have been approved by an administrator, they will be posted to our Open Positions page, where they can be viewed by interested applicants.
 
We have also created a Resource Sharing center, which allows individuals or congregations to list items, such as books, videos or equipment, that they have to sell, loan or give away to other congregations.
 
Getting the word out about an open position or an item that you would like to share is easy.  

Here's how:

  1. If you haven't already, create a myLCMC account by clicking here.  Once you have an active myLCMC account, you'll be able to post your staff openings and/or resource items. 
  2. Make sure that you are logged into your account.  To find out whether you're logged in, check the top of the page.  If you are not logged in, there will be a "login" option at the top of the page, like so:
    login info
  3. If you are not logged in, click on that "login" link.  You will be redirected to a new page that looks like this:
    login screen
  4. Type in the username and password you have created and click the "Submit" button.  
  5. Under the "Community" tab of our website, find and click the menu item titled "myLCMC". You should be able to see the myAccount page, which looks something like this:
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From here, you can now post resource items and job postings.

Job Openings:

  1. Click on the "My Staff Openings" tab.  It should be the one in the middle.
  2. You should see a button that says "Create New Staff Opening". Click it.
  3. Fill out the form.
  4. Click the "Save" button.

 

Resource Items:

  1. Click on the "My Item Listings" tab.  It should be the last of the three tabs.
  2. Find and click the "Create New Item Listing" button.
  3. Fill out the form.
  4. Click the "Save" button.

 

Please note: Your job posting or resource item listing may not appear on our site immediately.  It must first be reviewed and approved by a member of our staff before it can be published to our site.

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Attention Social Networkers! http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/attention-social-networkers/a75.html Tue, 06 Sep 11 00:00:00 -0600 I've created an official LCMC fan page on Facebook.  
 
Here are 5 reasons why you should "Like" us:
  1. I'll be updating both our Facebook page and our Twitter account on a regular basis
  2. There will be nifty Facebook event invites (and reminders, for those who RSVP) for all of our LCMC events
  3. Have something to say?  You can post comments on our wall and on specific event pages.  
  4. You'll be notified when something on the website gets updated or a new blog entry is posted
  5. I'll be posting all kinds of pictures from the Annual Gathering next month!
 
 
 

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Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended for Annual Gathering http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/early-bird-registration-deadline-extended-for-annual-gathering/a74.html Wed, 31 Aug 11 00:00:00 -0600 If you still haven't registered for the 2011 Annual Gathering in Des Moines, we have extended the deadline for Early Bird Registration until September 9, 2011.

The Early Bird special is still $90.00 for LCMC Congregational Delegates, Associate Members and others.

While this change has not been reflected in our printable registration form, the extension date for this special will be in effect for gathering-goers who decide to register online or by mail.

For those of you who have been having problems with online registration, we have made improvements to this section of the website. You can access both versions of the registration form by clicking here.

Also, on behalf of everyone on the LCMC staff, I would like to thank all of you for your patience as we continue to work out some of the bugs on our new site. It is our goal to make our website as user-friendly as possible, and we are working hard to make sure that this goal is met.

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LCMC Launches New Site http://www.solapublishing.com/blog/lcmc-launches-new-site/a72.html Mon, 29 Aug 11 00:00:00 -0600 Today Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ announces the launch of our new web site, which features several brand new features, as well as improvements to some of our existing ones.

If you're reading this article, you've probably already discovered our blog.  Here you'll be able to find the most up-to-date news and announcements from LCMC and read full articles related to many of our tweets and Facebook posts.  We'll be updating the blog as often as we can, in the hopes of keeping all of our member congregations well-informed about what's going on within the LCMC community.  Upon visiting our blog, you'll also notice that entries are organized by content in the right-hand column of the page, making it quick and easy to find exactly what you're looking for.  
 
In the interest of helping you find information more easily, we've added several other features to the site as well.  If you're looking for a particular person or LCMC Congregation, you can now search through a database (under the directories tab) for exactly what you need to find.  We have also included a new congregational mapping tool to help users quickly locate LCMC congregations they're interested in and find information on them.  Another new feature that we've added is our myLCMC section, which allows site users to create a profile.  Once your myLCMC profile is created, you'll be able to use a lot of the additional features on this site, including the discussion forums and the ability to post open leadership positions on our website.  
 
One thing that you might also notice is that some of the content on our new site is organized differently from the way that it was on the old one.  While it may take a little time to get used to, our hope is that the structure of our new site will make finding specific information a more expedient process.  
 
If you haven't added us on Facebook or Twitter yet,  you might want to consider it.  Not only is it a great way for all of us to connect with one another, it's also an effective way to find out what's going on.
 
You may notice several slight changes to the site over the next couple of weeks.  We'll be making a few slight tweaks and adjustments, but please keep in mind that we're making these improvements to help our website become more user-friendly.  
 
We'll also be adding additional blog posts, updating our social networking sites, and adding a few photo galleries to the site in the weeks to come, so stay tuned!
 

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