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Title: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Eriksson on November 30, 2010, 10:26:40 PM
I'm starting a new thread hopefully people will use it to post specific prayer requests that forum members can put into their daily prayers if they so wish.

I'll start.

I'm asking for prayers for my sister Margaret age 46; in Thanksgiving for Christ's Greatest Gift of Salvation and if it is God's will for the fringe benefit of a miracle.     Six and a half years ago she was given 18 months and now her cancer has advanced so there are too many spots in her lungs to count and she is rapidly going downhill.  She has an 8 year old daughter and a pretty good husband and they will need help coping.

Best to all
James
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: kls on November 30, 2010, 10:44:27 PM
Thank you for starting this thread.  My prayers are ascending for your dear sister . . . it is surely a reminder to us all of how precious Life truly is.  I can't even imagine what your brother-in-law and niece must be experiencing.  I pray you'll be a source of comfort to them.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Eriksson on December 01, 2010, 12:13:51 AM
Thanks Dcs and bump
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Coach-Rev on December 01, 2010, 08:27:30 AM
Yes, its nice to see a positive thread here - one in which hopefully no one will begin an argument.  Prayers being offered...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Eriksson on December 01, 2010, 09:43:17 AM
bump
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: tom on December 01, 2010, 04:54:39 PM
Praying
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John Theiss on December 01, 2010, 06:20:02 PM
Praying for Margaret, her family, you, Bart and the rest of your family. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on December 01, 2010, 07:23:45 PM
My mother-in-law, June Solberg, 90, is approaching death after four years of late-stage Alzheimer's. Please pray for a peaceful passing; we expect it very soon.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: ptmccain on December 01, 2010, 07:48:56 PM
Richard, may the peace of Christ surround you and your family. Altzheimer is such a horrible thing, we watched my father-in-law go through it. It is like losing them twice, when the Lord finally takes them home.

God bless.

Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart

1 Lord, Thee I love with all my heart;
I pray Thee, ne’er from me depart,
With tender mercy cheer me.
Earth has no pleasure I would share.
Yea, heav’n itself were void and bare
If Thou, Lord, wert not near me.
And should my heart for sorrow break,
My trust in Thee can nothing shake.
Thou art the portion I have sought;
Thy precious blood my soul has bought.
Lord Jesus Christ, my God and Lord, my God and Lord,
Forsake me not! I trust Thy Word.


2 Yea, Lord, ’twas Thy rich bounty gave
My body, soul, and all I have
In this poor life of labor.
Lord, grant that I in ev’ry place
May glorify Thy lavish grace
And help and serve my neighbor.
Let no false doctrine me beguile;
Let Satan not my soul defile.
Give strength and patience unto me
To bear my cross and follow Thee.
Lord Jesus Christ, my God and Lord, my God and Lord,
In death Thy comfort still afford.


3 Lord, let at last Thine angels come,
To Abr’ham’s bosom bear me home,
That I may die unfearing;
And in its narrow chamber keep
My body safe in peaceful sleep
Until Thy reappearing.
And then from death awaken me,
That these mine eyes with joy may see,
O Son of God, Thy glorious face,
My Savior and my fount of grace.
Lord Jesus Christ, my prayer attend, my prayer attend,
And I will praise Thee without end.


Public domain
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on December 01, 2010, 09:39:51 PM
James and Richard, prayers ascend to the Healer of all our disease, the Destruction of death, the Resurrection of our bodies!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: amos on December 01, 2010, 10:05:16 PM
Read the request and prayers are being made.  May the God of peace give you all strength and a sense of His presence during these times. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRev83 on December 01, 2010, 10:09:55 PM
Thank you for this thread. Prayers are ascending from here....God bless you all.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: pastormesser on December 01, 2010, 11:06:09 PM
Prayers for a very good friend of mine, Pr. Al Majewski (St. Paul, Manito, IL - LCMS), and his family, would be greatly appreciated.  Al is in critical condition at Saint Francis Hospital in Peoria, IL due to liver failure, and the family was informed yesterday that his chances are not good.  I'm making the trip down to see him tomorrow and spend time with the family, so prayers for safe travel are coveted as well. 

I echo the thanks of others for starting this thread, James.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: miss daisy on December 02, 2010, 08:59:27 AM
Prayers ascend for all!  I like this line as well for prayer requests!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on December 02, 2010, 01:53:53 PM
Last Wednesday on the way to Thanksgiving Eve services church Dr. Barbara Brunworth suffered a massive heart attack. She died Monday.  Some on this list will recognize her name as one of the women who particpated in the recent CTCR consultations that resulted in "The Creator's Tapestry."  Barb was a graduate of Seward, an astute student of the Bible and a family and marital counselor.

Pray for her husband, children and grandchildren as they grieve their loss and prepare for tomorrow's funeral service in Dallas. 

Marie
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on December 02, 2010, 10:14:55 PM
My mother-in-law, June Solberg, 90, is approaching death after four years of late-stage Alzheimer's. Please pray for a peaceful passing; we expect it very soon.

Thank you for your prayers. Mom died this afternoon about 5:40, very peacefully.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on December 02, 2010, 10:15:48 PM
Rest eternal grant her, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Matt on December 02, 2010, 11:30:10 PM
Let me add my Amen to your prayers for Pr. Majewski, Margaret, June and Barbara and for all those who worry and grieve for them.

Please also remember my wife's grandmother Betty who's condition is most serious.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Revbert on December 03, 2010, 07:45:29 AM
My prayers to all requested, and for the families as well.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: amos on December 03, 2010, 03:50:51 PM
Richard,  our prayers are with you and your family.  No matter how much we anticipate something it is still hard. I lost my Dad several years ago and my mother this last October. I am so thankful for, and find both hope and consolation in the promises our Precious Lord has given to all of us. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Eriksson on December 05, 2010, 02:12:15 AM
Mr. prayers are with the Majewski family, the Solbergs, Brunworth family, and their extended families.
 
My thanks are for those who have made this thread more than a thread for me and my concerns.

My family reports that my sister has been able to rest without massive coughing, sleep better, and have enough energy(for a few minutes to speak with those who have visited her)   we are still praying.

Best to all
James

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: The other Pastor Schuster on December 05, 2010, 02:41:27 PM
Our prayers to all who requested, their families, and all concerned for them.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: pastormesser on December 05, 2010, 02:50:28 PM
Pr. Aloysius Majewski was called home by our Lord Friday morning.  Thanks to all for the prayers.  Please keep them coming for those of us who mourn, including his wife, Marjorie, and children, Dustin, Christopher, Brittany, and Jacob.  I will be serving as Liturgist at his funeral Tuesday morning and will preside over his Committal back here in Michigan on Thursday morning, so prayers for strength to get through these services would be greatly appreciated as well. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on December 05, 2010, 03:09:43 PM
Pr. Messer, I know it's heart-breaking to lose such a good friend.  Prayers ascend. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: ptmccain on December 05, 2010, 03:10:18 PM
Pr. Aloysius Majewski was called home by our Lord Friday morning.  Thanks to all for the prayers.  Please keep them coming for those of us who mourn, including his wife, Marjorie, and children, Dustin, Christopher, Brittany, and Jacob.  I will be serving as Liturgist at his funeral Tuesday morning and will preside over his Committal back here in Michigan on Thursday morning, so prayers for strength to get through these services would be greatly appreciated as well. 


Precious in His sight, are the death of His saints.

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Daniel L. Gard on December 05, 2010, 03:16:31 PM
As I read this thread, I am reminded again of the importance of Jesus' words, "I am the Resurrection and the Life." May He be with all those who mourn!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: lowly on December 08, 2010, 04:00:16 PM
Please keep Deaconess Schave's husband, Pastor Steve Schave in your prayers.  He has been hospitalized with abdominal pain.

Kevin Jud
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: ptmccain on December 08, 2010, 04:47:59 PM
Thanks Kevin, will do.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: FatherWilliam57 on December 09, 2010, 01:18:08 AM
Ditto.  Prayers ascending.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: ptmccain on December 09, 2010, 10:42:38 AM
Kim posted this information on her Facebook page:

acute pancreatitis and maybe gall stones.

No surgery is required, a few days treatment in the hospital.

Then this morning she posted:

was relieved to see my hubby alert and feeling a little better this morning. We even took a stroll down the hallway together. :) He'll need a few more days in the hospital, and it doesn't look like surgery or further treatment will be required. Praise Go
d!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: FatherWilliam57 on December 09, 2010, 11:16:51 AM
Good news, indeed.  Thanks for posting this, Paul.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: kls on December 09, 2010, 12:14:30 PM
Thanks so much for the prayers.  Now I am even more grateful than before for this thread being started.  My bigger issue is now talking the man out of thinking he is still getting into the pulpit on Sunday.  You stubborn German men, I tell you.   ;)
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: FatherWilliam57 on December 09, 2010, 12:21:00 PM
I was always told that Germans are buried with their heads sticking out because they last longer than tombstones.   ;)

Glad he is feeling better.  Being a thistle-necked Scot myself, I can understand his desire to be in the pulpit Sunday.  (When I had back spasms last year...on a Saturday, no less...my wife kept me busy while my oldest son called an ambulance and my council president called the synod for a supply pastor.  Needless to say, I was ticked...and they were correct.  Keep on him, Deaconess!  The Church of Jesus Christ will not collapse if one of her pastors misses a Sunday in the pulpit.  The hardest pill of all for some of us to swallow...)
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: kls on December 09, 2010, 12:52:52 PM
I was always told that Germans are buried with their heads sticking out because they last longer than tombstones.   ;)

Glad he is feeling better.  Being a thistle-necked Scot myself, I can understand his desire to be in the pulpit Sunday.  (When I had back spasms last year...on a Saturday, no less...my wife kept me busy while my oldest son called an ambulance and my council president called the synod for a supply pastor.  Needless to say, I was ticked...and they were correct.  Keep on him, Deaconess!  The Church of Jesus Christ will not collapse if one of her pastors misses a Sunday in the pulpit.  The hardest pill of all for some of us to swallow...)

EXACTLY!  He already has his sermon written, so I think he expects he can lean on the pulpit for 15-20 minutes while another pastor in our circuit handles the liturgy.  Still, you can bet I'll stay on him to be with us in the pews on Sunday.  Men!  ::)
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: FatherWilliam57 on December 09, 2010, 02:46:13 PM
Men!  ::)

ouch!  ;)
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on December 09, 2010, 08:03:22 PM
Prior to Barb's death on 11/ 29 I requested prayers for Barb Brunworth. Below is a link to the Memorial Service for Barb.  Some on this list may recognize Barb as an LCMS women who used her voice in loyal dissent to how the synod defines the service of women in the church.

Subject: Link to Barbara Brunworth's Memorial Service


http://www.cune.edu/staffweb/david.werner/bbrunworth

 

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: ptmccain on December 09, 2010, 08:17:16 PM
Thanks so much for the prayers.  Now I am even more grateful than before for this thread being started.  My bigger issue is now talking the man out of thinking he is still getting into the pulpit on Sunday.  You stubborn German men, I tell you.   ;)

Glad to hear things are going well! God bless.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Matt Staneck on December 10, 2010, 03:02:09 PM
There's a guy named Bobby who lives across the street from my grandparents house, the same house my Mom and all my aunts and uncles grew up in, who has down syndrome.  He is into his early 50s now and, quite remarkably, has lived a great life considering such a challenge.  Just yesterday he suffered from a fall and on top of that is dealing with double pneumonia right now.  Keep his father and siblings who all help care for him in your prayers.  As well as letting Bobby, "the Rock" as he has been known his whole life, know the comfort of his Savior.  Thanks!

M. Staneck
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: ptmccain on December 10, 2010, 03:08:45 PM
Will do, Matt.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Paula Murray on December 12, 2010, 01:58:41 AM
My brother David was in an accident this weekend that cracked three vertebrae in his neck.  He has severe arthritis also in the neck, and that complicates the medical picture.  Please keep him and his family in your prayers as he undergoes surgery later this day to fuse the bones.

Thank you,
Paula Murray
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: ptmccain on December 12, 2010, 07:32:13 AM
Oh, my, Paula. I'm sorry to hear of this. I pray God will grant healing and strength, now and in days that are ahead.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Revbert on December 12, 2010, 08:44:28 PM
Prayers ascending, Paula.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Paula Murray on December 13, 2010, 01:42:44 AM
Thank you for your prayers, brothers and sisters.  So far David is doing well.  They found more damage than expected during surgery, but it was repaired.  Now we pray for patience, for this dear, impatient man must spend the next 12 weeks in a neck brace every hour of the day.

Again, thank you.

Yours in Christ,
Paula Murray
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: tom on December 13, 2010, 02:07:30 AM
will Pray for him and family

I would be a bear after the first day and would need darted with ace on the 2nd day
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: kls on December 13, 2010, 11:16:44 AM
I would truly appreciate your prayers that my husband would be released from the hospital today if it would be God's will.  It's definitely our will, but we'll see if He agrees.   ;)
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Eriksson on December 13, 2010, 12:45:21 PM
I haven't checked in for a week or so.  I've been camped in the basement of a rather nice guy, friend of my youngest brother, bagpiper and wannabe Scot, Pr. Fred Rink LC-C in Vancouver, B.C. He lives about 20 minutes walk from my sister's hospital.  I'm currently in Portland airport waiting for my flight home to Japan.

I packed a suit, which I didn't need to use; so my sister is still hanging on.  She has been doing much better this last week,  handling all sorts of visitors etc.  She is on oxygen, and some kind of nebuliser to open up breathing and some other drugs.  She walked a little for the first time in 2 week's on Thursday and daily since then.

Thanks for your prayers, please keep them up.  It would be a tremendous witness to those who know her if our Lord would treat her cancers  the way He dealt with the fig tree.

Best to all
James
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: amos on December 13, 2010, 08:47:10 PM
You stubborn German men, I tell you.


Now be nice -- I married a 100% German and I can tell you that being stubborn is not a gender thing!  :-)
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: kls on December 14, 2010, 12:05:12 AM
You stubborn German men, I tell you.


Now be nice -- I married a 100% German and I can tell you that being stubborn is not a gender thing!  :-)

Ha ha!  I'm 50% German and 50% Polish, so I'm even more stubborn than my husband (who, by the way, is home tonight!).  Thanks so much for all of your prayers.  You've just got to love your Elders . . . they already have someone covering the Wed. night Advent service and this coming Sunday's service.  They will have it no other way!  He'll have to tough it out in the pews with his ornery 4 kids and wife.   :D
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Team Hesse on December 14, 2010, 12:32:41 AM
You stubborn German men, I tell you.


Now be nice -- I married a 100% German and I can tell you that being stubborn is not a gender thing!  :-)

Ha ha!  I'm 50% German and 50% Polish, so I'm even more stubborn than my husband (who, by the way, is home tonight!).  Thanks so much for all of your prayers.  You've just got to love your Elders . . . they already have someone covering the Wed. night Advent service and this coming Sunday's service.  They will have it no other way!  He'll have to tough it out in the pews with his ornery 4 kids and wife.   :D

If you want to talk stubborn-- nothing can top a Volga German crossed with a Norwegian (my wife).

Lou
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: kls on December 14, 2010, 01:00:43 AM
You stubborn German men, I tell you.


Now be nice -- I married a 100% German and I can tell you that being stubborn is not a gender thing!  :-)

Ha ha!  I'm 50% German and 50% Polish, so I'm even more stubborn than my husband (who, by the way, is home tonight!).  Thanks so much for all of your prayers.  You've just got to love your Elders . . . they already have someone covering the Wed. night Advent service and this coming Sunday's service.  They will have it no other way!  He'll have to tough it out in the pews with his ornery 4 kids and wife.   :D

If you want to talk stubborn-- nothing can top a Volga German crossed with a Norwegian (my wife).

Lou

So am I sensing a pattern here that God calls stubborn folks into the ministry and even more stubborn folks as their spouses?  Makes sense to me that it should be this way!   :D
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Rev. Kevin Scheuller on December 16, 2010, 11:11:52 AM
Kim, glad to see that your husband is on the mend. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: kls on December 16, 2010, 11:40:14 AM
Kim, glad to see that your husband is on the mend. 

Thanks so much, Pastor Scheuller.  What a blessing to know we've been prayed for!  It does make all the difference to be on the receiving end of it (especially when we're so accustomed to be the ones giving it as church workers).
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Revbert on December 16, 2010, 12:31:48 PM
You stubborn German men, I tell you.


Now be nice -- I married a 100% German and I can tell you that being stubborn is not a gender thing!  :-)

Ha ha!  I'm 50% German and 50% Polish, so I'm even more stubborn than my husband (who, by the way, is home tonight!).  Thanks so much for all of your prayers.  You've just got to love your Elders . . . they already have someone covering the Wed. night Advent service and this coming Sunday's service.  They will have it no other way!  He'll have to tough it out in the pews with his ornery 4 kids and wife.   :D

If you want to talk stubborn-- nothing can top a Volga German crossed with a Norwegian (my wife).

Lou

So am I sensing a pattern here that God calls stubborn folks into the ministry and even more stubborn folks as their spouses?  Makes sense to me that it should be this way!   :D

I think my wife would agree with you on that, Kim...  ;D
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: kls on December 16, 2010, 12:33:32 PM
So am I sensing a pattern here that God calls stubborn folks into the ministry and even more stubborn folks as their spouses?  Makes sense to me that it should be this way!   :D

I think my wife would agree with you on that, Kim...  ;D
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Amen to that!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Matt Staneck on December 24, 2010, 04:20:57 PM
My best friend's grandmother died last night after a long struggle with several health issues.  Her grandfather is absolutely devastated, I ask for prayers for my friend Ryan and her family. 

On this Eve of the Nativity I pray the comfort of Christ's defeating sin and death through the cross and his resurrection would give this family their joy amidst their sorrow.

M. Staneck
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on December 24, 2010, 04:24:05 PM
Prayers are ascending for Ryan and family.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: tom on December 24, 2010, 06:52:21 PM
Praying
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Eriksson on December 24, 2010, 08:37:12 PM
will do

plus that all of you will have a Blessed Christmas
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Pr. Luke Zimmerman on December 25, 2010, 09:51:15 AM
My best friend's grandmother died last night after a long struggle with several health issues.  Her grandfather is absolutely devastated, I ask for prayers for my friend Ryan and her family. 

On this Eve of the Nativity I pray the comfort of Christ's defeating sin and death through the cross and his resurrection would give this family their joy amidst their sorrow.

M. Staneck

Matt:

Unfortunately, I know what that is like this year, since my Grandmother Zimmerman died on DEC 20 after lingering health issues for several months. Her funeral was on DEC 23, which was just enough time for me to fly up to Michigan and back to Pennsylvania for my parish's Christmas services and festivities---however they will be celebrated.

One of my seminary classmates sent me a short quote that I find very appropriate: "Sorry about your grandma. The Sanctus will be one voice louder this week."
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on December 25, 2010, 12:20:11 PM
Prayers are ascending for you and your family, Pr. Zimmerman.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Matt Staneck on December 25, 2010, 12:25:12 PM

Matt:

Unfortunately, I know what that is like this year, since my Grandmother Zimmerman died on DEC 20 after lingering health issues for several months. Her funeral was on DEC 23, which was just enough time for me to fly up to Michigan and back to Pennsylvania for my parish's Christmas services and festivities---however they will be celebrated.

One of my seminary classmates sent me a short quote that I find very appropriate: "Sorry about your grandma. The Sanctus will be one voice louder this week."

Pr. Zimmerman,

I pray the incarnation brings you and your family the utmost hope of life found in this Christ child. 

M. Staneck
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Eriksson on December 27, 2010, 12:33:47 AM
I'm starting a new thread hopefully people will use it to post specific prayer requests that forum members can put into their daily prayers if they so wish.

I'll start.

I'm asking for prayers for my sister Margaret age 46; in Thanksgiving for Christ's Greatest Gift of Salvation and if it is God's will for the fringe benefit of a miracle.     Six and a half years ago she was given 18 months and now her cancer has advanced so there are too many spots in her lungs to count and she is rapidly going downhill.  She has an 8 year old daughter and a pretty good husband and they will need help coping.

Best to all
James

To update: my sister Margaret peacefully passed away Sunday Morning Dec 26 around 9 AM.  The last 4 weeks of 'borrowed time' has given her husband and daughter time to get a little used to the idea of losing her(and me a chance to visit).   They, my sister, my parents and 1 brother's family had  nice Christmas dinner together in a lounge at the hospital on Saturday.  Thank-you for your prayers,  if you wish they could continue for her husband and daughter.

Best Wishes In the sure and certain hope of the resurrection
James
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on December 27, 2010, 04:50:13 AM
Prayers ascending.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: ptmccain on December 27, 2010, 08:10:01 AM
 James, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

God bless.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Revbert on December 27, 2010, 04:59:08 PM
I'm starting a new thread hopefully people will use it to post specific prayer requests that forum members can put into their daily prayers if they so wish.

I'll start.

I'm asking for prayers for my sister Margaret age 46; in Thanksgiving for Christ's Greatest Gift of Salvation and if it is God's will for the fringe benefit of a miracle.     Six and a half years ago she was given 18 months and now her cancer has advanced so there are too many spots in her lungs to count and she is rapidly going downhill.  She has an 8 year old daughter and a pretty good husband and they will need help coping.

Best to all
James

To update: my sister Margaret peacefully passed away Sunday Morning Dec 26 around 9 AM.  The last 4 weeks of 'borrowed time' has given her husband and daughter time to get a little used to the idea of losing her(and me a chance to visit).   They, my sister, my parents and 1 brother's family had  nice Christmas dinner together in a lounge at the hospital on Saturday.  Thank-you for your prayers,  if you wish they could continue for her husband and daughter.

Best Wishes In the sure and certain hope of the resurrection
James


But of course, James. Our prayers for all of you.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: amos on December 30, 2010, 12:03:26 AM
May I ask for prayers for my brother in law.  He had a rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm .  He had 5+ hours of surgery and was put in an induced coma. Doctors told us he is only the second person to arrive with that condition at the hospital still alive.  48 hours later he is now awake, they had to clamp blood flow to his kidneys off to repair the damage and they have not restarted like they should.  Due to the dialysis they can not give him the pain medication they want to and he is really miserable.  Doctors still only give him  a 50 -50 chance. He is 59 years old.  Thank you.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on December 30, 2010, 04:30:02 AM
Prayers ascending.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: kls on December 30, 2010, 07:28:02 AM
My prayers are with him and his family.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: ptmccain on December 30, 2010, 09:46:20 AM
I prayed for you and your family this morning.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John Theiss on December 30, 2010, 02:12:50 PM
James, have not been on line for several days.  You, Bart and family are in my prayers.  May the peace that passes understanding surround you.

John
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: amos on December 31, 2010, 11:17:48 AM
Update on my brother in law.  His kidney function is are not coming back like it should and doctors say they may be falling off instead of getting better.  Over all condition also seems to be going the wrong direction.  Prognosis is very questionably. Thank you all so much for your prayers.  God is in charge. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on January 24, 2011, 10:13:45 AM
This week-end Bill and I learned of a tragedy that impacts upon the family of Jessica and Paul Sauer.  (Paul is the Associate editor of Lutheran Forum.) 

The husband of Jessica's younger sister was killed instantly by a drunken driver.  The accident occured while he was in CA on business.  In addition to his wife he leaves a 3 year old and 8 month old twins.

Paul and Jessica are in Cleveland for the funeral.

Please remember this bereaved family in your prayers.


Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Revbert on January 24, 2011, 11:54:48 AM
This is horrible news. May God be with his family.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peterm on January 24, 2011, 04:15:43 PM
Prayers are being lifted for all here
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on January 24, 2011, 04:19:05 PM
In the very midst of life, death has us surrounded.

Yes, prayers arise for the family.  Thank you for letting us know, Deaconess.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: tom on January 24, 2011, 04:51:38 PM
We are Praying for the family

May God grant them peace
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mqll on January 24, 2011, 05:39:37 PM
In the very midst of life, death has us surrounded.

Yes, prayers arise for the family.  Thank you for letting us know, Deaconess.

And in the midst of death, there is life also. They will all be in my prayers.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on January 24, 2011, 09:38:40 PM
Paul Sauer is the Vice President of the Atlantic District for New York City and Westchester County.  One of his best friends and all of ours, another young veteran pastor, Rev. Derek Lecakes from Niskayuna, NY, who also serves as the Secretary of the Atlantic District, suffered serious - second and third degree - burns on his arms and other parts of his body in an accident involving hot cooking oil.  He's at Westchester Medical Center, and will be undergoing skin graft surgery in the days ahead. 

Both men are effective and well-loved pastors of the Church, with whom I am privileged to serve as a colleague and friend.  Keep them and their families - Jessica and Amy, the wives, and three children each, plus Jessica's sister's three very small children, in your prayers for the balm of healing in the Resurrection and the Life, who is Christ.

Dave Benke
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: pr dtp on January 25, 2011, 12:10:58 AM
Both are in my prayers and will be added to ours Sunday.

Similarly - a pastor in the next circuit over is dealing with a horrible form of cancer known as AL.  Young guy -with a family.  Please keep him in your prayers.   In that circuit also is a pastor who had emergency gallbaldder surgery on the new year, and has been back in twice for infections, and a third pastor that went out on disability for a number of issues.

Lots of folk to pray for these days.  Our prayer list has gone from 12 point font and one/half page to 2 pages in 10 point font in the last 6 months....

In the praise column, one of my elders went to a friend's mother's funeral on Saturday.  He came back saying he had never seen a funeral like it..... for three of the ladies, realizing her faith, were baptized  as part of the funeral.  (Grandson's wife and their two children...)  So yes - even out of a saint being called home, springs forth life.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: vicarbob on January 25, 2011, 07:11:07 PM
I ask your prayers for Deacon Eileen Smith, former staff member to MNYS Bsp Bouman and a member of St Timothy's in NJ. Deacon Eileen has contributed to this forum and her recent article in the January-11 Lutheran reveals she is battling cancer.
May the Great Physican extend His loving arms around Deacon Eileen and her family. May He give to those who minister to her in the healing arts the ability to treat this illness. We ask this in the Name above all names, Jesus-the Christ. Amen
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on January 25, 2011, 08:51:39 PM
Thanks, Bob - I just received that correspondence today myself - Eileen is a lifelong warrior for the Gospel, Christ behind, before, beneath and above her all the way.

Dave Benke
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Erma S. Wolf on January 29, 2011, 09:35:50 PM
    Asking for your prayers for the Augustana College (Sioux Falls, SD) Band which has been on tour in Egypt and is currently trying to get flights out of that country.  They were scheduled to leave today but one of their flights had been canceled.  They are in a secure hotel close to Cairo International Airport and have been able to be in contact with the college back here by landline phones.  The American Embassy is also aware of their situation, and the State Department is also involved.  I would ask prayers that the students and faculty with them are kept safe, and for those family members who are waiting with some anxiety to hear that their children are able to return home. 

   And in this, I also would ask for continued prayers for the Christian community in Egypt.  It does seem that in times of unrest in the Middle East, Christians are sometimes targeted.  This is a very unsettled time, and events are moving very rapidly. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on January 29, 2011, 09:39:01 PM
Erma,

Prayers arise.  And indeed, the Christian community in Egypt has been much on the mind since the persecutions began, on top of the unrest.  May the Lord strengthen His children for a bold witness of the peace that passes understanding conquering all fear!  May His angels guard and deliver them!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: totaliter vivens on January 29, 2011, 10:00:38 PM
Sisters and brothers:

I would again ask for prayers on behalf of my partner Travis. After a very good 8 months, he is suffering through a flair-up of his multiple sclerosis which has put him back in his wheel-chair and he is coping with near continuous nerve pain.

ἐν Χριστῷ

SPS
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Scott6 on January 29, 2011, 10:02:36 PM
Sisters and brothers:

I would again ask for prayers on behalf of my partner Travis. After a very good 8 months, he is suffering through a flair-up of his multiple sclerosis which has put him back in his wheel-chair and he is coping with near continuous nerve pain.

ἐν Χριστῷ

SPS

Prayers ascend, Steve.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Erma S. Wolf on January 29, 2011, 10:06:52 PM
   Travis is in my prayers, Steve.  (And for you, as well.)

Erma
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on January 29, 2011, 10:21:37 PM
Ditto, Pr. Sabin.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Rev. Kevin Scheuller on January 29, 2011, 11:04:38 PM
Erma - for the Augustana Band and the Christians in Egypt, Steven - for Travis, and for you, prayers to our Lord and Savior to heal, protect and deliver all.

+
Kevin
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles_Austin on January 29, 2011, 11:53:07 PM
Amen. To all, Amen.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Vern on January 30, 2011, 05:47:08 PM
We sure would appreciate some prayers for our Church in St Paul. We are in the process of calling a new Pastor and the call committee has selected it's candidate. I pray that he/she will be a blessing to our congregation.

Thank you,

Vernon Jorgensen
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Rev. Kevin Scheuller on January 30, 2011, 09:12:17 PM
Vernon,

I pray that God may bless you, your congregation, and your new pastor.  Please remember to pray for him or her and offer to help him or her transition smoothly into your community.

+

Kevin
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: amos on January 30, 2011, 09:31:14 PM
Thank you all  for your prayers for my brother in law.  Quick update -- He is some better, a little stronger, and has been moved from the hospital to a nursing home. His kidneys are refusing to start and he is facing dialysis every other day. He is very weak but is feeling better and not in as much pain.

Following the posts and request for prayers are being honored. We have an awesome God who does care about his people.  Thanks be to God and thank you to those who take the time to offer prayer for others.  
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Erma S. Wolf on January 30, 2011, 10:12:15 PM
   An update:  some of the Augustana College Band members have left Egypt, on a flight to Amsterdam (and from there they will return to the states).  The current report is that the rest of the group will leave sometime on Monday.

   Additionally, St. Andrew's in Cairo is staffed by ELCA mission people, including a pastor with his family.  Again, prayers for the Christian community in Egypt, including but not only for those from the U.S.

   And I am including prayer requests from others in my prayers.  It is good to have this kind of unity in petition and trust in the one Lord who intercedes for all his church.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Erma S. Wolf on January 31, 2011, 09:39:23 AM
   The Augustana College website is now reporting that the last group of students are now in flight from Cairo to Amsterdam.  Many thanks for the prayers for these travelers and their families and community.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Vern on January 31, 2011, 11:38:17 AM
I found out this morning, via the grapevine, that the committee has selected the Woman to lead our congregation. Thanks for your prayers, and as it was suggested I will keep her in mine.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: James_Gale on January 31, 2011, 07:44:52 PM
   The Augustana College website is now reporting that the last group of students are now in flight from Cairo to Amsterdam.  Many thanks for the prayers for these travelers and their families and community.

I'm at MSP airport. Augie band students are at the next gate. I spoke to several of them. They are fine, enjoyed almost their whole trip before turmoil hit, and seemed surprised that people had been all that concerned. They say that there never was a time when they felt at risk.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peterm on February 01, 2011, 02:19:33 PM
Prayers requested for the family and friends of Dr. Lee Miller retired Bishop of the Upstate NY synod.  He was my bishop for most of the time I was in that synod, and I knew him as a wise pastoral man.  He helped shape my ministry in many ways.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peterm on February 01, 2011, 05:53:43 PM
he entered the church triumphant yesterday.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: totaliter vivens on February 02, 2011, 03:43:22 PM
I ask for prayers for my father, Paul Sabin. He slipped on the ice (during the current Midwestern storms) and broke 4 ribs. Not only am I praying for his full recovery, but also that he will be able to travel to my elder daughter's wedding in 3 weeks.

SPS
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on February 02, 2011, 04:01:19 PM
Pastor Sabin,

Prayer arise for the healing of your father and for the upcoming joy of your daughter's wedding.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John, an Unlikely Pastor on February 02, 2011, 04:11:58 PM
I'd like prayers for myself and family during tough times in marriage
peace to you all
John
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: tom on February 02, 2011, 05:33:18 PM
Praying for your family
May our Lord Jesus guide on His path
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John, an Unlikely Pastor on February 02, 2011, 10:19:33 PM
Praying for your family
May our Lord Jesus guide on His path
thanks
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J.L. Precup on February 03, 2011, 03:22:10 AM
For good friend ELCA Chaplain James West, onboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 70), headed for the Middle East and who knows where else, given world events.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: kls on February 05, 2011, 07:34:55 PM
If you happen to be lurking Charles, you have my prayers over the next 7 days!  Blessings on your time away.  I know we don't see eye-to-eye, but you challenge me to think.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Scott6 on February 06, 2011, 07:59:51 AM
Earlier, Erma mentioned the strife in Egypt and the potential for abuse of Christians.

Well, I don't know if anyone else has been as absolutely transfixed as I've been over the past few days, but what's going on in Egypt is phenomenal.  Not just the courage in the face of opposition, but the deliberate eschewing of violence in all but situations that requires the defense of others.

But more than that, yesterday (and possibly earlier -- I just heard about it yesterday), the Christians formed a protective ring around the Muslims as they engaged in their Friday Prayer by interlocking their arms.  Now, today, it is being reported (http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/02/06/egypt.protests/index.html?hpt=T1) that the Christians plan to hold a mass in Tahrir Square, part of which is to honor the dead and wounded, and that the Muslims are going to form a protective ring around the Christians just like the Christians did for the Muslims.

Remarkable.  Absolutely remarkable.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on February 06, 2011, 08:15:14 AM
Remarkable.  Absolutely remarkable.
Yes, it really is.  I've been following Egypt closely.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Harvey_Mozolak on February 06, 2011, 08:49:49 AM
aside from Thank You, may God bless you, (or is it, may God bless you with true knowledge of himself?) how do Christians react to such love?  I know Christians might form such a protective ring but how do they theologically react to a faith that is not in the Triune God showing the church love?   Not difficult in the Square to receive and share such love but once we remove ourselves from the terror, fear and danger... we get nervous with such displays don't we.  Just asking because I do not know the answers.  Harvey Mozolak
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Revbert on February 08, 2011, 10:34:25 AM
I'm asking for your prayers, please. Because of economic issues, we have been forced to suspend operations of our school at the end of the week. This means that I am in the process of re-entering the secular workforce, at least for the time being, and being a bivocational pastor as the parish is built up.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John, an Unlikely Pastor on February 08, 2011, 04:19:26 PM
Art
may God go with you these next days, weeks, and months.  May you be guided in the right pathways for God's name sake.
John
I'm asking for your prayers, please. Because of economic issues, we have been forced to suspend operations of our school at the end of the week. This means that I am in the process of re-entering the secular workforce, at least for the time being, and being a bivocational pastor as the parish is built up.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: tom on February 08, 2011, 05:50:04 PM
Art

Will be Praying for you and yours
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: kls on February 08, 2011, 06:01:37 PM
I'm asking for your prayers, please. Because of economic issues, we have been forced to suspend operations of our school at the end of the week. This means that I am in the process of re-entering the secular workforce, at least for the time being, and being a bivocational pastor as the parish is built up.

Prayers are ascending for you. 

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.   - Philippians 4:19
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: kls on February 08, 2011, 06:38:46 PM
Can anyone fill me in on the whereabouts of Pr. McCain?  I absented myself again for awhile.  I see/think Pr. Austin is in time-out again, what about Pr. Mc.?
Prayers ascending for all in time-outs and Pr. Hebbler.

He had indicated that he was leaving the forum of his own volition, possibly permanently.  We know how difficult that can be, though.  Something seems to draw one back in to this place.  I'm sure it's the good company.   :D
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: kls on February 08, 2011, 06:56:56 PM
Ahhhh, I thought so.  Pr. Mc gets very frustrated by unmoderated snark.  
If you click on Nicholas' name it appears as a guest.
Too bad he allowed Pr. Austin to drive him away again.
He (Pr. Mc) always had much to add to the discussion.
Pr. Austin, not so much.

You probably give Pastor Austin too much credit as to why he left.   :D  Now, I have to point out what I posted upthread that I do appreciate how Pastor Austin makes me think in ways I previously had not.  I continue to pray for him during his seven-day hiatus.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Eriksson on February 08, 2011, 08:21:14 PM
Posts #115 to #119 IMO DON"T BELONG ON THIS THREAD.  It would be nice if the posters deleted them. 

Please keep this thread just for Prayer Requests and assurances of doing so.

Best to All
Thread Starter
James
 
Praying for your bi-vocational challenge Art,   your parish, its school, and  its mission.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: vicarbob on February 08, 2011, 08:32:53 PM
Prayers ascend Art.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on February 09, 2011, 06:02:58 PM
Done.  Per your respectful request.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: edoughty on February 10, 2011, 04:56:20 PM
For Egypt.

Lord, have mercy.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: JoeEckman on February 10, 2011, 09:49:32 PM
For Glenn, a pastor recently diagnosed with cancer.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: tom on February 11, 2011, 08:38:41 AM
Will be Praying for good results
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Scott6 on February 11, 2011, 02:19:46 PM
I'm sure that all have heard, but wow.  What a wonderful day for Egypt.  At least in hope it is.  Pray for Egypt's future.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on February 12, 2011, 09:04:25 AM
Prayers ascend for the Egyptians.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: vicarbob on February 12, 2011, 09:16:15 AM
MNYS Candidacy Committee meets today, Saturday........5 years in the TEEM program, completed and deemed "competent" in all areas of theological study, congregation renewed "covenant/call" for the third time.....BUT, endorsement under previous bishop wasn't considered "kosher' so todays vote will be determining.......after today's "hoop"...approval......and then....
Please pray that God's Will be done...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Papster on February 12, 2011, 09:40:43 AM
Please remember the family of Pastor John Jones III. It was reported yesterday that Pastor Jones died suddenly. John was the pastor of St. John's, Statesville, NC which has had a successful 2nd vote to leave the ELCA and whose departure will be approved by the NC Synod Council in March. St. John's has joined the NALC. John accepted the call to serve at St. John's in 2009. The congregation had been a member of the Word Alone Network for many years, so its doubtful that there was a contentous vote, or conflict.

John had not been in good health, and in addition his wife had been dealing with a brain tumor in the last year. There may be children still at home. John had been in the ministry and then left to help run the family's furniture business in Hickory, NC. When that business went bad, he returned to the ministry and served Unity Lutheran Church in Hickory. The obit is not posted yet in the Statesville Record to check the family details.

Prayers would certainly be welcome.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Revbert on February 12, 2011, 01:29:54 PM
Please remember the family of Pastor John Jones III. It was reported yesterday that Pastor Jones died suddenly. John was the pastor of St. John's, Statesville, NC which has had a successful 2nd vote to leave the ELCA and whose departure will be approved by the NC Synod Council in March. St. John's has joined the NALC. John accepted the call to serve at St. John's in 2009. The congregation had been a member of the Word Alone Network for many years, so its doubtful that there was a contentous vote, or conflict.

John had not been in good health, and in addition his wife had been dealing with a brain tumor in the last year. There may be children still at home. John had been in the ministry and then left to help run the family's furniture business in Hickory, NC. When that business went bad, he returned to the ministry and served Unity Lutheran Church in Hickory. The obit is not posted yet in the Statesville Record to check the family details.

Prayers would certainly be welcome.

Prayers ascending...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: tom on February 12, 2011, 04:50:14 PM
Praying
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: vicarbob on February 12, 2011, 05:49:54 PM
Condolances were sent to the congregation.May he rest in the Lord's loving arms and may the Lord of Mercy and consolation be with his family, friends and congregation.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Vern on February 15, 2011, 09:20:36 AM
I asked for prayers for our call committee, thank you to those who responded.

The committee has presented a new pastor for us, her name is the Reverend Cynthia Bullock. We met her this last Sunday and she seems to be a very pleasant person. I also listened to a couple of her sermons on line. WOW!!!!!
She has one on Jonah and one on the Lord's Prayer. You can find them under Pastor Cindy Bullock.

I also ask for prayers for her and our congregation may we bless each other.

Vern Jorgensen
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on February 15, 2011, 01:12:31 PM
I heard from a brother in my circuit (conference for ELCA?) that Rev. Richard Miller is in poor condition following a long open heart procedure.  Only one of six bypasses was able to be performed, but a leaky mitral valve was replaced.  Richard served the bulk of his ministry in the Southeastern District, ending his ministry in northern Delaware.  Please pray for my friend Dick, his wife Linda, their daughter Christa.  Thank you.

Jeremy 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on February 15, 2011, 06:00:14 PM
Prayers are ascending.
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Lutherans sometimes read these requests and don't always respond, but we always pray.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Revbert on February 16, 2011, 09:09:27 AM
I ask your prayers as I am under consideration for a secular position (small church means bivocational).
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Erma S. Wolf on February 16, 2011, 08:49:52 PM
I ask your prayers as I am under consideration for a secular position (small church means bivocational).

Art, you are in my prayers.  And as one who is treading the bi-(tri? quad? :-\)vocational road also, I can say it brings both blessings and, well, "challenges."  May you know more of the former, and quickly.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Revbert on February 16, 2011, 09:09:25 PM
I ask your prayers as I am under consideration for a secular position (small church means bivocational).

Art, you are in my prayers.  And as one who is treading the bi-(tri? quad? :-\)vocational road also, I can say it brings both blessings and, well, "challenges."  May you know more of the former, and quickly.

Thanks, Erma. This is the first time in my adult life that I have actually been in the job market. College was followed by my commissioning in the Air Force, and then I was doing consulting for a year before seminary and then 2 calls.  Kind of scary, if you ask me.  :o

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Scott6 on February 18, 2011, 12:02:24 PM
The folks of Libya and Bahrain could surely use the prayers right now.

In Bahrain, there have been reports that the army has opened fire on the protesters using live ammunition (not the birdshot used by the police security forces yesterday) and targeting peoples' heads, not their legs.  Reports indicate that paramedics are being shot at while they are trying to evacuate the wounded.  It also appears that as the protesters were fleeing, a helicopter overhead opened up with automatic weapon fire into the crowd.

In Libya, the reports are much more sparse due to the nature of the regime, yet it appears that the death toll there is even greater than in Bahrain.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Eriksson on February 25, 2011, 07:15:10 PM
IMO  It wouldn't hurt to pray for the people and Mission of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Christchurch NZ and their city, friends, and neighbors.  From their website it seems that they are all okay, shaken and their building bruised.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Revbert on February 28, 2011, 09:39:07 PM
I was called this afternoon to interview on Friday for a chaplaincy position. It's part time, but at least it's an interview at this point. Please keep me in your prayers.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peterm on March 01, 2011, 09:51:41 AM
Will do Art
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on March 01, 2011, 11:28:04 PM
Some of you know Pr. Ray Kibler, who is a board member of ALPB. I just got off the phone with him, and ask your prayers for his 2-year-old grandson, Daniel Kibler-McCabe, son of Pastor Jonathan and Jennifer Kibler-McCabe. Daniel has been admitted to the University of California--Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA, and has been put on a heart and lung machine. The origin of this crisis is not entirely clear, but seems to be the result of a very serious virus. He is extremely ill, and your prayers are earnestly desired.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Rev. Kevin Scheuller on March 02, 2011, 01:10:23 AM
Prayers for little Daniel and the whole family in their praying and their anxiety.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Harvey_Mozolak on March 02, 2011, 06:15:07 AM
Amen.  Art and Daniel. -- Harvey Mozolak
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Rev. Kevin Scheuller on March 02, 2011, 03:03:01 PM
Also praying for you, Art.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Erma S. Wolf on March 04, 2011, 11:29:31 PM
I went to work today at my fine retail establishment, and learned that my boss had committed suicide day before yesterday.  Her husband had died by his own hand about six months ago, but even so no one saw this coming.  Everyone at the store, from management on down, is doing their jobs on auto-pilot.  In addition to those who had worked with her much more closely than I had, and who had known her for years, I ask for prayers for her parents.  Regina kept saying to all of us that she was doing ok.  Now all we can do is pray that God is merciful, both to her and to all who are most impacted by this.  Your prayers for all of us are gratefully received.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Team Hesse on March 05, 2011, 09:34:59 AM
I went to work today at my fine retail establishment, and learned that my boss had committed suicide day before yesterday.  Her husband had died by his own hand about six months ago, but even so no one saw this coming.  Everyone at the store, from management on down, is doing their jobs on auto-pilot.  In addition to those who had worked with her much more closely than I had, and who had known her for years, I ask for prayers for her parents.  Regina kept saying to all of us that she was doing ok.  Now all we can do is pray that God is merciful, both to her and to all who are most impacted by this.  Your prayers for all of us are gratefully received.

Prayers that the plague abate and halt before infecting others. Deeply sad times.

Lou
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Revbert on March 05, 2011, 10:50:50 AM
Erma and Ray,

You and your co-workers/family are in my prayers.

To all who prayed with me this week, my interview went well, and even if I am not selected, I have made at least one new friend, to whom I was able to witness the Gospel and God's grace.

Blessings to all,
Art
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: vicarbob on March 05, 2011, 12:20:49 PM
May the Lord hear His children crying.....and grant them His comfort and peace. Amen
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Eriksson on March 07, 2011, 11:22:13 PM
Prayers for my very nice guy neighbor, Mr. Sakaguchi who was taken to the hospital in an ambulance about 1 hour ago.

Thanks
James
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Eriksson on March 11, 2011, 04:16:22 AM
Prayers for those people in Japan affected by the earthquake and tsunamis.  For those on the west coast of NA waiting out their tsunami warning.  My household is very far from the affected areas
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on March 11, 2011, 04:23:42 AM
Prayers ascending.  A friend in HI is reporting a quake there. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Erma S. Wolf on March 11, 2011, 08:38:55 AM
Yes, praying for the people of Japan with the earthquake and tsunami, and also for Hawaii as the evacuation is in progress ahead of the expected tsunami.  Lord, have mercy.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Eriksson on March 11, 2011, 09:19:43 AM
BTW if readers have folks here they haven't been able to reach by phone because of the busy lines,  you could send me an email with the names and number and I could try.  I will be up for a 2-3 more hours.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Bergs on March 11, 2011, 09:42:00 AM
Some of you had a chance to meet my son Erik who is teaching English in Yamagata.  Praise the Lord for technical advances.  When the news popped up this morning about the earthquake there was great unease in the Bergs house.  But within minutes, I had signed on to my email and there was a note from Erik saying he was ok.  The city of Yamagata was pretty chaotic but no major damage.  They are without power and there are many aftershocks so it may be a sleepless night.  He had his laptop and cell phone powered up though and was able to establish an internet connection.  And so through the wonders of modern communication, many fears were put to ease.

Praise God for engineers and high building standards that the country can withstand such an earthquake with less devastation than an 8.9 earthquake would cause elsewhere.

There seems to be a great deal of damage on the coasts.  There will be many casualties.  Please keep Japan in your prayers.

Brian J. Bergs
Minneapolis, MN

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on March 12, 2011, 10:04:52 AM
http://www.lcms.org/help/

LCMS President Rev. Matthew C. Harrison asks, “Please join me in prayer for the
earthquake and tsunami victims and their families. I would suggest the Litany.
And let us also during this Lenten season make use of the historic discipline of
caring for the needy (Matt. 6:2-4).”

http://www.lcms.org/ca/worldrelief/dnews/Japan2011_insert.pdf
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: bluejay on March 13, 2011, 06:32:03 PM
Please pray for the 10-year-old grandson of dear friends, and for his family. Andrew has a very stubborn staph infection (MRSA) and has been in ICU in Minneapolis for a week in serious condition. He has had surgeries on his shoulder to drain fluids, and his kidney function has been affected as well so he is retaining fluid. His dad, Dana, was the national Luther League president as a teenager. They are a very devoted Christian, Lutheran family.

A website has been set up for updates and where you may add your prayers if you wish. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/andrewwheeler. May God grant Andrew strength and complete healing.

God bless you for taking the time to pray for this young boy and his family in their great hour of need.

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Erma S. Wolf on May 10, 2011, 08:57:14 AM
    The senior class at my daughter's high school, Brandon Valley, learned yesterday that a member of their class had died, suddenly and unexpectedly, early that morning.  These students are in their last week, taking finals, and graduation ceremonies will be this Sunday.  Needless to say, this news has shaken everyone:  the students, esp. this young man's close friends, teachers, the principal and administration, all of us parents, and of course the family of this student, Kendell.  I ask for your prayers for all involved here, as this week suddenly takes on a very different tone and gravity. 

   (It was not revealed how this young man died.  In a communication to all parents in the school system, it was said that the cause of death was still being investigated, and that information would be revealed when determined and as his parents would allow.  Again, prayers for his family and for all trying to cope with this tragedy are appreciated.)

Erma
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on May 18, 2011, 11:12:29 PM
For my wife (Cindi's) mom, Joanne.  Emergency surgery on Saturday for ruptured colon; now rather down and discouraged.  Prayers for the plumbing to start working again would be great.  She's not only my mother-in-law, but my parishioner, and one of my oldest and dearest friends.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: edoughty on May 22, 2011, 05:06:25 PM
For those being affected by tornadoes and severe thunderstorms today in Minneapolis and greater Minnesota, I ask your prayers.  Several parts of the metro area appear to have been hit this afternoon, but especially North Minneapolis, where a lot of poor folks live.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on May 23, 2011, 03:15:57 PM
For the people of Joplin, MO.

It has been reported that the LCMS church and school sustained damage. The homes of three parochial school teachers were also damaged.  The pastor, the staff and their respective familes were not injured.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John, an Unlikely Pastor on May 23, 2011, 06:16:23 PM
thanks for the prayers of this group.  Many tough things have been faced together and our marriage is being renewed day by day.
keep up the prayers for one another.  This may be one of the great gifts we can offer others.
Pax
john
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: edoughty on July 23, 2011, 08:53:45 AM
For the people of Norway, after yesterday's attack by Anders Behring Breivik.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: tom on July 23, 2011, 07:26:09 PM
Praying
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Erma S. Wolf on July 23, 2011, 09:50:29 PM
Lord, have mercy.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John, an Unlikely Pastor on July 25, 2011, 01:17:03 PM
AMEN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Keith Falk on July 25, 2011, 01:21:03 PM
Prayers for Trinity, Versailles, OH and Friedens, Covington, OH - this Sunday will be my last Sunday serving those two congregations;  for their future, for their discernment, for peace and confidence that the Holy Spirit still leads

Prayers for my wife and two children (age 5 and 3) as they continue to pack and get ready to move to Oklahoma, where my new call will be.

Prayers for Peace, Edmond, Oklahoma; for patience with me and continued joy in the Lord

Finally, prayers for me, as I close one chapter and begin another in ministry
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Ken Kimball on July 25, 2011, 01:22:31 PM
Praying Keith.  Welcome to the NALC.

Ken
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: PTMcCain on July 25, 2011, 01:23:25 PM
God bless you Keith.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Erma S. Wolf on July 26, 2011, 11:40:59 PM
   Requesting prayers for three friends of mine, Pastor Ron Nelson and Pastors Kim and Trudy Peterson, all of Western Iowa Synod.  Ron's congregation has left the ELCA for the NALC, and he is now looking for a call in several synods; Kim and Trudy are pastors in Boyden, Iowa, and that congregation has its second vote coming up this Sunday.  They are also looking for a call.  And as all of these pastors lived in parsonages, all are in the process of finding somewhere else to live, looking at moving, and being uncertain of call, income, etc.  These are pastors who are staying in the ELCA, and this is a difficult time for them, and for those who have been their colleagues. 

    (I didn't want to post this on the thread about congregations leaving the ELCA, but this is one of the results of what is happening in this church.)
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on August 04, 2011, 10:46:23 PM
In the Southeastern District (LCMS) the news has been released that Rev. Jim Bloker died in a motorcycle accident along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Pastor Bloker was pastor of a church near Richmond.  Pastor Bloker's motorcycle hit a fawn and in the accident the motorcycle rolled over top of Pastor Bloker.  He was wearing a helmet.  He is survived by a wife and two grown children.  He was originally from Ohio and had served in a few locations overseas. 

I also ask your prayers for my wife and myself, mostly for my wife.  She is pregnant with our fourth child and is due close to Holy Week.  We took matters into our own hands to have a baby that could be baptized at the Vigil since I'm unaware of anyone in the congregation that has stepped up to the plate.   8)  She's only about 7 or 8 weeks along and is feeling good.

Thanks.  Jeremy
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on August 12, 2011, 08:40:58 AM
Friends, it appears things are changing.  I would ask that you continue to pray for my wife Amanda.  She's been having some issues with the pregnancy that are disconcerting and have the both of us quite anxious, distracted, confused.  We'll be visiting our midwife next week to get looked over.  Thanks.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Daniel L. Gard on August 12, 2011, 08:53:06 AM
Friends, it appears things are changing.  I would ask that you continue to pray for my wife Amanda.  She's been having some issues with the pregnancy that are disconcerting and have the both of us quite anxious, distracted, confused.  We'll be visiting our midwife next week to get looked over.  Thanks.

Jeremy

Jeremy, all three of you are in my prayers. My God's holy angels protect you!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: PTMcCain on August 12, 2011, 09:39:00 AM
Jeremy, may the Lord of Hosts sustain and strengthen you. You and your wife will be in my prayers.

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: tom on August 12, 2011, 01:50:46 PM
Jeremy  Praying for your family May out Lord Jesus protect y all
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Revbert on August 12, 2011, 01:56:28 PM
I ask for your prayers, not for a personal problem, but for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as I enter the call process.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on August 31, 2011, 07:24:18 AM
Prayers requested for my wife Cindi as she heads into surgery on her back this a.m. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Revbert on August 31, 2011, 08:56:18 AM
Prayers requested for my wife Cindi as she heads into surgery on her back this a.m. 


Prayers ascending, Will, for both of you.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Scott6 on August 31, 2011, 08:59:02 AM
Prayers requested for my wife Cindi as she heads into surgery on her back this a.m.

Prayers ascending.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Kevin Cook on August 31, 2011, 10:23:05 AM
Will,

Definitely praying for Cindi, for you, and for all involved.

Kevin 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Mike Gehlhausen on August 31, 2011, 10:30:58 AM
Praying for your wife and you, Pr. Weedon.

Mike
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on August 31, 2011, 10:33:14 AM
Prayers ascending.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John, an Unlikely Pastor on August 31, 2011, 10:52:07 AM
amen
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on August 31, 2011, 03:48:05 PM
Thanks all for prayers.  All went well. Deo gratias!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on September 01, 2011, 07:30:48 AM
Thanks be to God!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Scott6 on September 01, 2011, 08:08:51 AM
Thanks all for prayers.  All went well. Deo gratias!

Great!  I hope it wasn't from all that dancing...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Birkholz on September 06, 2011, 10:20:28 PM
Our second child, Elizabeth Claire, was born this morning.  Mother and child are both doing great.

Rebirth scheduled for Sunday, September 18.

Join us in giving thanks to God for His incredible gifts.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: MaddogLutheran on September 07, 2011, 10:56:45 AM
My father, William, is approaching his last hours on this earth.  Please remember him and my family in your prayers as we hold our vigil, trusting in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection.  As he has battled dementia, his impending passing, while sad, is also a relief, seeing his affliction coming to an end.

Sterling
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on September 07, 2011, 12:13:41 PM
Prayers ascending.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: MaddogLutheran on September 09, 2011, 09:01:18 PM
My father, William, is approaching his last hours on this earth.  Please remember him and my family in your prayers as we hold our vigil, trusting in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection.  As he has battled dementia, his impending passing, while sad, is also a relief, seeing his affliction coming to an end.
Very early this morning, my father entered the Church Triumphant.  Unfortunately no family was with him because of the hour, but we were told by the nurse on duty (who called my mother almost immediately) that his passing was peaceful--I can't say enough wonderful things about the care they provided to him.  An interesting coincidence, we noticed today that the date of his passing (Sept. 9), was the same day that the contract for his tombstone was signed 2 years ago, 9-9-09.  The funeral will be on Tuesday, hopefully giving enough time for the ground to dry out a bit in our corner of the rain-drenched Northeast.

Sterling
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on September 09, 2011, 09:06:38 PM
Prayers are ascending for your family.  It is never easy to lose a parent, I know, I have lost both.   You, at least have  the sure and certain hope of the resurrection.  I just cannot comprehend how unbelievers can cope with death.
Blessings!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peterm on September 12, 2011, 04:11:59 PM
The senior care center that I have served as chaplain for the last six years will be closing in November.  I ask for prayers for the residents who are loosing their home, the staff as they loose their employment in these tough times and myself as I seek to provide caring ministry in this situation
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Revbert on September 12, 2011, 04:40:43 PM
The senior care center that I have served as chaplain for the last six years will be closing in November.  I ask for prayers for the residents who are loosing their home, the staff as they loose their employment in these tough times and myself as I seek to provide caring ministry in this situation

Absolutely. And for you, as your ministry there comes to an end as well.

November...that sucks on multiple counts...poor timing (if closing at any time is 'good')
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peterm on September 13, 2011, 10:18:40 AM
Thanks Art
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on September 18, 2011, 10:02:42 PM
Today was quite a long day.  After church was one of our quarterly congregational meetings.  My wife is at the start of her second trimester with our fourth child.  This pregnancy has been much rougher on her than the previous three.  Following the service she was not feeling well.  She left with our two youngest and went home shortly after the meeting started.  She called me as the meeting ended to see if I could come home.  I did after seeing if a church family would be available to watch the kids just in case. 

I got home and heard from my wife that she'd been having quite a bit of bleeding and that she was in quite a bit of pain.  We went to maternity triage and spent close to six hours there getting multiple ultrasounds.

There does not appear to be anything wrong with the baby but the doctors have detected a blood clot on the uterine wall that is preventing the placenta from attaching properly.  This could cause more serious problems later.  More bleeding, more pain, even the possibility of a late term miscarriage.  The blood clot could also resolve itself positively on its own. 

We were quite scared this afternoon, not knowing what was going on.  It appears that things have calmed down.  We were able to see the leg buds, the hands, the nose on the ultrasound. 

If you would pray for my wife Amanda and myself and the baby, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks, Jeremy
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on September 18, 2011, 10:08:30 PM
Prayers are ascending Pr. Loesch.  For all of you.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on September 18, 2011, 10:08:51 PM
You and Amanda and the little one will be remembered before the Triune God, our unfailing fountain of kindness and love.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Revbert on September 19, 2011, 09:18:17 AM
Jeremy, you and your wife and family are in my prayers.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Eriksson on September 19, 2011, 09:28:47 AM
2 concerns.

1. for the family of my friend Pastor John Anderson(Camrose, Alberta).  John joined the church triumphant on Saturday evening after a lengthy battle with cancer.
2. for myself cause I'm going for a heart catheter exam at the end of this week and am very nervous.

Best to all and prayers for Jeremy and family
James
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Revbert on September 19, 2011, 09:53:58 AM
Rest eternal grant him, O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon him.

James, you are in my prayers. Remember God is with you, and the Holy Spirit guides the medical team and their tools to provide for your care.

Art
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John, an Unlikely Pastor on September 19, 2011, 12:43:22 PM
AMEN
AMEN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: totaliter vivens on September 23, 2011, 02:03:14 PM
I petition your prayers for my aunt, Mary Louise Byington in articulo mortis.

ἐν Χριστῷ

SPS
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Harvey_Mozolak on September 23, 2011, 03:02:05 PM
Lord, receive Mary Louise in your mercy, carry her to you in Christly grace!   Harvey Mozolak
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on September 23, 2011, 03:17:22 PM
For Mary Louise, "into paradise may the angels lead you!"

For James, hoping the procedure went off without a hitch.  Outcome?
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Erma S. Wolf on September 24, 2011, 12:43:13 AM
Lord, let Mary Louise know the peace of being in the arms of Jesus.

May the eye of the Lord keep watch over you, James, as he gives ease to your heart and mind.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Eriksson on September 25, 2011, 07:30:20 PM
Hitchless?  that an adjective?

I'm back home after being away for about 60 hours.  Puzzled and very thankful or very  thankful and puzzled.

Results,  looks like the computer generated pictures with radio-dye taken by CT scan on Sept 17th that showed 1 spot having some 90% narrowing and another artery with 50% narrowing were "false positives" .  other explanations???  Opened as a result of prayer?
Basically the catheter pictures Sept 24th were clear and showed 'no' signs of any narrowing.

It's back to the  lifestyle changes.  Thanking all of you and thanking Our Saviour.

Best to all and Thanks again
James
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on September 25, 2011, 08:02:01 PM
James,

Glad to hear the good news.  Pray that the lifestyle changes doesn't mean giving up salt.  I like to quote our Lord to the dietitians:  "salt is good; have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another."
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Revbert on September 25, 2011, 09:26:37 PM
I ask for prayers for Matt Melancon, an Army NCO, who just returned stateside to recover from wounds received in Afghanistan. Not life threatening, but serious. He was married earlier this year, just prior to his umpteenth deployment.

Also for Matt Harrison and Kathy Vlcek, my son and future daughter-in-law, on their engagement yesterday.

Thanks
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: totaliter vivens on September 25, 2011, 09:37:02 PM
I want to thank everyone for their prayers. My aunt Mary Louise went home to God this morning at 5:00 a.m. CDT.

Blessed, praised, worshipped, hallowed and adored be Jesus Christ on his throne of glory in heaven, in the most holy Sacrament of the altar, and in the hearts of his faithful people and may the souls of Mary Louise and all the + faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: lthayer on September 27, 2011, 08:45:43 AM
Prayers for traveling mercies as pastors and guests of STS travel to Mundelein Seminary for General Retreat today.  May God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit bless all with His presence, peace, and guidance in these days of retreat and learning.
Leslie
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRev83 on September 27, 2011, 11:23:42 AM
Please pray for my longtime friend Linda who is on her deathbed in Chicago. I hope to get up there tomorrow, and pray to be in time..

If you attended LSTC in the late 70s/early 80s you will recall Linda as manager of the on-site Augsburg-Fortress bookstore. Please pray for her. She showed such kindness and generosity to so many over the years.

Donna
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on September 27, 2011, 06:35:12 PM
Art,

May the Lord grant His merciful healing to Matt; and His richest blessings upon the future union of Matt and Kathy. 

Leslie,

May the Lord send His holy angels to guard all who travel to and from the STS meeting and may you all have a joyous and peaceful time of prayer and refreshment in the Lord.

Donna,

May the Lord remember Linda, His child, filling her with the peace of His presence, the joy of His forgiveness, the light of His unfailing love.  And may He ease the pain of your heart as you travel to be with your dear friend.  "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peterm on October 14, 2011, 12:13:48 PM
I will be presiding at the closing service for the care center on the 24th...our last resident should be relocated by the end of that week.  I would ask your prayers on the 24th as we celebrate a century of service in our neighborhood and look forward to what God may bring.

Peter Morlock
Direcotor of Spiritual Care
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John, an Unlikely Pastor on October 14, 2011, 03:58:27 PM
I will be presiding at the closing service for the care center on the 24th...our last resident should be relocated by the end of that week.  I would ask your prayers on the 24th as we celebrate a century of service in our neighborhood and look forward to what God may bring.

Peter Morlock
Direcotor of Spiritual Care
May God provide peace and direction safety and health for all involved
Peace to you
John
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Erma S. Wolf on November 01, 2011, 02:40:49 PM
 I am asking for prayers for my aunt, Grace Prange.  I just learned that her cancer has returned and has spread.  At 94, she says she is ready to be with Jesus.  I hope only that her sons and grandchildren, and her neices and nephews (myself included) will be granted time to see this gracious, faithful lady before God takes her home. 

Erma
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peter_speckhard on November 01, 2011, 02:50:54 PM
I am asking for prayers for my aunt, Grace Prange.  I just learned that her cancer has returned and has spread.  At 94, she says she is ready to be with Jesus.  I hope only that her sons and grandchildren, and her neices and nephews (myself included) will be granted time to see this gracious, faithful lady before God takes her home. 

Erma
Any relation to the Crocket's Bluff, Arkansas Pranges of yore?
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Erma S. Wolf on November 02, 2011, 01:20:06 AM
I am asking for prayers for my aunt, Grace Prange.  I just learned that her cancer has returned and has spread.  At 94, she says she is ready to be with Jesus.  I hope only that her sons and grandchildren, and her neices and nephews (myself included) will be granted time to see this gracious, faithful lady before God takes her home. 

Erma
Any relation to the Crocket's Bluff, Arkansas Pranges of yore?

Probably not.  Related to the Wunderlichs of the St. Louis Wunderlich Box Company.  Her grandparents (my great grandparents) were early (and maybe charter) members of Pilgrim Lutheran, LCMS in St. Louis (back in the day).
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRev83 on November 06, 2011, 10:23:59 PM
Please pray for Peg Kirkhart and her daughter Kathy and family. Peg was my first Sunday School teacher, and she and her sisters have been great saints of the church, touching so many over the years. Peg has had Alzheimers and is now in a coma and hospice is  involved. Her daughter Kathy and I were confirmed together and graduated high school together. Please pray a peaceful transition to new life for Peg and comfort and strength to Kathy, her brother Tom, and all the family.

Donna
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Erma S. Wolf on November 10, 2011, 03:00:28 AM
I am asking for prayers for my aunt, Grace Prange.  I just learned that her cancer has returned and has spread.  At 94, she says she is ready to be with Jesus.  I hope only that her sons and grandchildren, and her neices and nephews (myself included) will be granted time to see this gracious, faithful lady before God takes her home. 

Erma

I just learned earlier tonight that my aunt died this evening, at home.  Thank you for your prayers.

Rest eternal grant her, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her.

Erma
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on November 20, 2011, 03:00:27 PM
Prayers, please, for the Ritoch family.  Pr. David and his wife Judy and his mother Eileen, were killed in a car-wreck this past Friday, coming home from daughter Amy's wedding.  Prayers especially for Melanie and Perry, Amy, Emily, and our godchild Lindsey. "In the very midst of life death has us surrounded..."
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on November 20, 2011, 04:21:33 PM
I'm so sorry to hear this news Will.  May the Lord of all peace strengthen you and all of those who mourn this devastating news. 

Lord, have mercy upon all who grieve the death of David, Judy, and Eileen, especially Will and his family.  Please protect and comfort Melanie, Perry, Amy, Emily and Lindsey and sustain all those who will serve these dear ones into the future.  Amen.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on November 20, 2011, 06:08:14 PM
Thanks, Jeremy.  I sure do appreciate the prayers - the most wonderful thing about the body of Christ, knit together with holy love that transcends all boundaries of time and space.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steven Tibbetts on November 20, 2011, 06:16:33 PM
Christe eleison!

spt+
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Harvey_Mozolak on November 20, 2011, 06:48:47 PM
Hear us, O Lord, for these your children in need of strong help and comfort.              Harvey
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: lthayer on November 20, 2011, 08:01:14 PM
Pastor Weedon, please be assured of my prayers in the wake of this incomprehensible tragedy.  I am ever so sorry.  Leslie
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: tcs on November 20, 2011, 08:01:52 PM
Prayers, please, for the Ritoch family.  Pr. David and his wife Judy and his mother Eileen, were killed in a car-wreck this past Friday, coming home from daughter Amy's wedding.  Prayers especially for Melanie and Perry, Amy, Emily, and our godchild Lindsey. "In the very midst of life death has us surrounded..."

We prayed for the family of Pr. Ritoch at our Divine Service this morning. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on November 20, 2011, 08:09:05 PM
Harvey, Leslie, and Timothy, thank you so much for the prayers.  I was remiss not to add special requests for Christopher, who has lost his only brother and his mother in one fell swoop.  Ironically, he is a fireman and knows the worst that accidents can do.  I imagine it only added to his sorrow.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Matt Staneck on November 30, 2011, 11:30:37 PM
Yesterday a friend of my Dad, and classmate in his SMP Cohort, had a sudden and massive heart attack, ruptured aorta, and stroke.  He has survived surgery but the situation is still very dire.  The next move is to attempt to wake him. His name is Scott Lohman, and he is scheduled to be ordained in January. 

When something like this happens it makes you pray along the lines of the Psalms that seemingly shake their fist at Yahweh asking, "What gives?" Yet at the end of it we trust in His faithfulness, if even grinding our teeth in so doing, and cling to the HOPE we all have through Jesus.

Please pray for Scott, his wife Gina, and their children.

M. Staneck
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Erma S. Wolf on December 01, 2011, 11:16:57 PM
Matt, prayers are ascending for hope and healing, in the mercy of God.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: totaliter vivens on December 28, 2011, 11:09:22 PM
I must again, sisters and brothers, solicit your prayers on behalf of my father, Paul Sabin. He is undergoing tests, but his doctors suspect that he is suffering from lymphoma.

ἐν Χριστῷ

SPS
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Erma S. Wolf on December 29, 2011, 12:22:48 AM
I must again, sisters and brothers, solicit your prayers on behalf of my father, Paul Sabin. He is undergoing tests, but his doctors suspect that he is suffering from lymphoma.

ἐν Χριστῷ

SPS

Steven, your father is in my prayers.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Harvey_Mozolak on December 29, 2011, 06:33:03 AM
Bless Paul Sabin in his need with all that he needs in Christ.   Harvey Mozolak
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on December 29, 2011, 07:51:28 AM
Prayers are with your father.

May I also ask for prayers for Bishop Stephen Bouman (formerly MNYS) - his mother, Victoria, died on Christmas Day after suffering a stroke the previous Thursday.  The funeral is today.  Thank you.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Erma S. Wolf on December 29, 2011, 11:33:22 AM
  May the consolation of the hope given us in the Child born in Bethlehem be with Bishop Bouman and with this family on the death of his mother, Victoria.  Rest eternal grant her, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: amos on December 30, 2011, 10:54:31 PM
Read the last couple of pages and prayers are being made.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on January 01, 2012, 09:07:31 PM
Prayer request also for my brother, Maupin Weedon, recently diagnosed with lung cancer. He turned 60 yesterday and is definitely having a hard time catching his breath. Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Harvey_Mozolak on January 02, 2012, 06:33:45 AM
Amen, Will, on your brother's need for breath and healing, Amen in Jesus.    Harvey Mozolak
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on January 28, 2012, 09:13:45 PM
For family of Pastor Jeff Geske, whose wife, Laura, and two of whose children were killed in a car accident today in Kansas.  Jeff and one other son were injured, but survive. He's a STL grad from 1999 and Pastor in Salina (he also had recently served in Amarillo TX).  "In the very midst of life, death has surrounded..."

http://cjonline.com/news/2012-01-28/fatality-accident-i-70-west-topeka
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Brian Stoffregen on January 28, 2012, 10:08:43 PM

"Old-timers" on the forum will remember Irl Gladfetter. I received this in an e-mail.
My wife, Linda has recently been diagnosed with a very rare form of Leukemia (chronic myelomonocytic leukemia or CMML-1.)  Until recently there was no chemotherapy available for this and the onl cure was a bone marrow transplant.  There are now two chemotherapeutic meds available, and Linda is on one of them, but still needs a bone marrow transplant to be cured.  So far a match has not been found but the KU Med Center whenre she is being treated checks the North American and European registries weekly.  I have resigned my position in the ALCC to care for her, and have also returned to the Catholic Church as a layman to be able to devote all my time and attention to her care.  Could you put her on your prayer list?
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Erma S. Wolf on January 28, 2012, 11:15:55 PM
      Lord, may your mercy be upon Linda and Irl in this time of illness.  Bring healing and hope, as you support Irl in his care for his wife and both of them in their faith and confidence in your promises to be with them in all things as Savior and Lord. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on January 28, 2012, 11:23:23 PM
Please keep Doris V (Miss Daisy) in prayer.  Her eldest daughter Rhonda passed away last night.  Her pastor is Rev. Stephen Bohler...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on January 29, 2012, 06:13:21 AM
The news about the Geske family is so sad.  Jeff and I were classmates and friends.  A nice video was made with pictures.  We never got to see each other's children.  He was sent one direction and I was sent the other.  Another friend that I worked with in the campus mail room is the brother in law of Jeff.  Awful. 

Lord, please be gracious and merciful to Jeff and Jacob.  Grant healing in their bodies.  Grant healing in their souls.  Protect all who are traveling for the funeral.  Take care of Jeff please.  Amen.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: D. Engebretson on January 29, 2012, 01:32:16 PM
Although I didn't know Pastor Geske, prayers were offered on behalf of him and his family today in the Divine Service here at St. Peter congregation.  May the Lord bring strength in Christ during this painful time. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on January 29, 2012, 05:33:44 PM
So sorry to hear of Mrs. Geske and the children's tragic death.  Is Pr. Geske related to Dave Geske, former CEO at Bethesda?

Dave Benke
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on January 29, 2012, 05:57:44 PM
Bishop,

I'm not sure.  I only know of the sad occurrence because his brother-in-law is a pastor in SID (the wives were sisters). 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: swbohler on January 29, 2012, 08:01:41 PM
Pastor Geske's cousin is a member of the Crookston MN congregation I serve.  I believe Pastor Geske's father is a member of the Thief River Falls MN LCMS church.  Pastor Geske and family were here with us not too long ago for the baptism of this cousin's youngest child; Pastor and Mrs. Geske were sponsors.  Sadly I did not get the message of this accident until after the last of our three services today, so it was not in our congregational announcements or prayers this morning. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: James Gustafson on February 15, 2012, 06:48:37 PM
I was on the daily rounds to pick up our one year old daughter, Iliana, from the home daycare she goes to about half a block from our house, but I picked up my five year from school first so I was in the car and I got passed by two cop cars and fire truck only a few blocks from home, and then I found them again at my child's daycare.  Two firetrucks, an ambulance and 5 cop cars.  Too many cops, thankfully the five year old fell asleep in the car and I didn't wake her, but I ran up to the house to get Iliana, and they won't let me.  I hear that a infant is unresponsive and I'm waiting in the rain for a few minutes before the husband of the family tells me it's not mine.  Dear God I feel guilty for having been momentarily relieved at that, but the police still won't let us in the house.  Forty minutes later, still standing in the rain. the five year old is still sleeping in the minivan, and they take the unresponsive one year old boy who's still get CPR away to the hospital, then they let me get my child.  Everyone is crying, everyone is tore-up. Prayers all around please, boy, parents, day care mothers.  Awful awful day.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on February 15, 2012, 06:56:04 PM
For all involved, and especially the emergency responders who will long carry the little one's face in their minds should the outcome be bad, let us pray to the Lord:

Kyrie Eleison.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on February 15, 2012, 06:59:18 PM
Kyrie eleison indeed!  Prayers ascend for all.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on February 15, 2012, 07:00:00 PM
Prayers are ascending...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Harvey_Mozolak on February 15, 2012, 08:33:27 PM
Lord Christ, touch them all with your blessing!  Harvey Mozolak
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: James Gustafson on February 16, 2012, 12:24:27 PM
I've been told that they were unable to revive the little boy, David.  When nap time was over the two ladies went around waking up the children (licensed in home daycare for many, many years) and they found David in his crib blue and unresponsive, started CPR and called 911, you know the rest of the story from what I wrote before.  Continued prayers all around please. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on February 16, 2012, 01:25:33 PM
I've been told that they were unable to revive the little boy, David. 

Kyrie Eleison, Kyrie Eleison, Kyrie Eleison.

May Christ our true God, who rose from the dead and as immortal King has authority over the living and the dead, have mercy on us and save us, establish the soul of His servant David departed from us in the dwelling place of the saints; give rest to him in the bosom of Abraham; and number him among the righteous, AMEN.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steverem on February 16, 2012, 01:30:25 PM
As the father of two toddlers, with another on the way, I can only imagine the utter pain and loss David's family is feeling right now.  I grieve with them, and I will keep them in my prayers.  May God bring them the Peace that passes all understanding.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on February 21, 2012, 01:24:48 PM
Friends, I ask your prayers for a mother and father connected to the church I serve.  Their four year old daughter died this morning.  She was born sick and never really experienced health.  Doctors said they didn't know what she would be.  She was exactly what the Lord wanted her to be.  She was baptized.  She was the Lord's. 

The Commendation of the Dying for a four year old just ain't right.  But praise to You Lord Jesus for being the Lord of life and the Lord of death.  Receive Your dear little Angelina into the arms of Your mercy.  Comfort her mother and father and sisters.  Strengthen all who will bring Your gospel to this situation in the days to come. 

Jeremy   
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: dwwalter on February 21, 2012, 09:58:29 PM
Friends, I ask your prayers for the Carter family, my neighbors.  Their 15 year old daughter passed away of an illness today.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on February 21, 2012, 10:00:20 PM
Prayers ascending for both families....
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: James_Gale on February 21, 2012, 10:24:16 PM
Prayers ascending for both families....


Indeed.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on February 26, 2012, 12:34:21 PM
Prayers for my beloved St. Paul's, myself, and my family - I announced this weekend that I was accepting the call to serve as the Synod's Director of Worship and Chaplain at the International Center.  I'm glad we sang a nine-fold Kyrie this morning - it doesn't seem nearly enough.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on February 26, 2012, 12:36:14 PM
Prayers for my beloved St. Paul's, myself, and my family - I announced this weekend that I was accepting the call to serve as the Synod's Director of Worship and Chaplain at the International Center.  I'm glad we sang a nine-fold Kyrie this morning - it doesn't seem nearly enough.
Been praying since I first read about your call at your blog.  Prayers will continue to ascend...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: D. Engebretson on February 26, 2012, 12:56:49 PM
Prayers for my beloved St. Paul's, myself, and my family - I announced this weekend that I was accepting the call to serve as the Synod's Director of Worship and Chaplain at the International Center.  I'm glad we sang a nine-fold Kyrie this morning - it doesn't seem nearly enough.

God's richest blessing on this new venture!  You will be a true asset to the Synod.  May the Lord strengthen you for this unique challenge and opportunity. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Timotheus Verinus on February 26, 2012, 02:21:45 PM
Prayers for my beloved St. Paul's, myself, and my family - I announced this weekend that I was accepting the call to serve as the Synod's Director of Worship and Chaplain at the International Center.  I'm glad we sang a nine-fold Kyrie this morning - it doesn't seem nearly enough.

Blessings. And prayers for St. Paul's as well. So does that mean you will be "in" St Louis, end of June? No excuse for us not to get together?

TV
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on February 26, 2012, 02:24:52 PM
Thanks, folks.  TV - depends when in June.  I will be in Mexico for part of the month.  But we won't have our conversation over beer; we'll have it over pinot noir.  At least that's what I'LL be having!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Michael Slusser on February 26, 2012, 02:37:54 PM
Prayers for my beloved St. Paul's, myself, and my family - I announced this weekend that I was accepting the call to serve as the Synod's Director of Worship and Chaplain at the International Center.  I'm glad we sang a nine-fold Kyrie this morning - it doesn't seem nearly enough.

That sounds just right to me, Pr. Weedon. It will be a challenge, given what I have heard of the varieties of worship styles--with all of which you will need to maintain contact, though perhaps with varying degrees of sympathy. You have my prayers on that.

Peace,
Michael
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on February 26, 2012, 02:43:46 PM
Thank you, Father.  I appreciate the prayers more than words can say.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: James_Gale on February 26, 2012, 03:06:30 PM
Prayers for my beloved St. Paul's, myself, and my family - I announced this weekend that I was accepting the call to serve as the Synod's Director of Worship and Chaplain at the International Center.  I'm glad we sang a nine-fold Kyrie this morning - it doesn't seem nearly enough.


In light of your thoughtful and substantive writings, it's hard to imagine a better person for this position.  I will include you, your family, and your parish for the blessings and the challenges that will come with the transition.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on February 26, 2012, 03:29:27 PM
Thank you, James, for the kind words and above all for the prayers. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: exegete77 on February 26, 2012, 03:54:42 PM
Will, may God use you as His instrument. Blessings as you serve Him in all you do, with humility and gentleness.

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on February 26, 2012, 05:10:24 PM
Pr Weedon,

I  hope that these new responsibilities do not hinder you from continuing your truly excellent blog posts.

Peace be with you and yours.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on February 26, 2012, 06:10:05 PM
I announced this weekend that I was accepting the call to serve as the Synod's Director of Worship and Chaplain at the International Center.
Can you tell us what specific duties you will have in your new call?
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Daniel L. Gard on February 26, 2012, 06:55:41 PM
Congratulations and God's Blessings. You are the perfect choice for the Call.

I now share the title "Chaplain" with you. OK, Chaplain Weedon?
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on February 26, 2012, 10:20:40 PM
LutherMan,

It's complicated...  75% is Director of Worship, 25% is Chaplain at the IC. 

Chaplain,

For the moment, I'm still just Chaplain-elect and so you're still Chaplain for the time being!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Scott6 on February 26, 2012, 10:36:00 PM
May the Lord use you powerfully in your new position, Will.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on February 26, 2012, 11:18:52 PM
LutherMan,

It's complicated...  75% is Director of Worship, 25% is Chaplain at the IC. 

Chaplain,

For the moment, I'm still just Chaplain-elect and so you're still Chaplain for the time being!
I cannot think of anyone better suited than you for this position Fr. Weedon. Blessimgs!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on February 26, 2012, 11:19:46 PM
Thanks kindly, LutherMan.  And Pr. Shelley, I sure do intend to continue blogging.  I'm rather addicted to it...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Mel Harris on February 27, 2012, 12:49:06 AM

I announced this weekend that I was accepting the call to serve as the Synod's Director of Worship and Chaplain at the International Center.


Does this mean that the entire Purple Palace will have gone primal by Pentecost?        ;)

Mel Harris
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on February 27, 2012, 07:39:21 AM
Scott,

The chaplain part deals with worship at the IC; the other part deals with worship in Synod.

Mel,

Well, let's just say it won't be for lack for trying!!!  I've already told President Harrison that I had a book for him to read.  He had the nerve to ask me if he'd have to wear funny shoes.  What's funny about my vibrams???  ;)
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on February 27, 2012, 08:29:14 AM
Blessings, Will! May you be a force for the continuing recovery of sacramental worship by American Lutherans.

Peace, JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peterm on February 27, 2012, 09:54:53 AM
Blessings on your new position Will.  You will be in my prayers as you start your new call.  Over the time that I have been part of this forum I have learned much from your wisdom and insight, and your true pastoral nature.  I will pray that those gifts will continue to blossom in your new call.  Prayers will be said for St. Pauls as well.























Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on February 27, 2012, 12:20:10 PM
Prayers are requested for today's meeting in Denver regarding the charge of "unionism"  that has been brought against Pr. Bob Stuenkle. May the deliberations of all involved  lead to the accomplishment of God's will for Pr. Stuenkel, for the LCMS and for the mission Christ entrusted to His Church.

Marie Meyer
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on February 27, 2012, 06:15:48 PM
For those suffering in Ohio, Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

I'm referring to the high school shooting:
http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2012/02/at_least_4_students_hurt_in_sh.html

Kyrie Eleison, Kyrie Eleison, Kyrie Eleison.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peterm on February 29, 2012, 09:52:59 AM
I'm asking prayers today for one of our residents, Dorothy, who will be baptized this afternoon during worship at the tender age of 97.  We have been going through the catechism together over the last few weeks are are excited to welcome our dear sister into the Lord's family.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: edoughty on February 29, 2012, 05:33:23 PM
And prayers requested for those recovering from severe storms and tornado which hit Harrisburg, IL, and surrounding areas.

http://www.wgnradio.com/news/local/breaking/chi-tornadoes-midwest-20120229,0,7803543.story?track=rss
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on March 20, 2012, 05:37:51 AM
It looks like today might be the day!  My wife has said, "Don't go too far."  The baby's a tad on the early side, but apparently not in his mind.  This baby is our "problem" baby who gave my wife such a terrible time in the first trimester, so we are anxious to meet him and begin the disciplining procedure!   ;D

Prayers for my wife Amanda please.  And I suppose for me and the other three kids too.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Erma S. Wolf on March 20, 2012, 10:37:08 AM
It looks like today might be the day!  My wife has said, "Don't go too far."  The baby's a tad on the early side, but apparently not in his mind.  This baby is our "problem" baby who gave my wife such a terrible time in the first trimester, so we are anxious to meet him and begin the disciplining procedure!   ;D

Prayers for my wife Amanda please.  And I suppose for me and the other three kids too.

Jeremy

Prayers being lifted up for all of you, Jeremy.  And if I may offer this:  just sent back to college (after spring break visit) my almost 20-year-old "problem pregnancy" child, who gave me lots to worry about in the first and third trimesters, and insisted on making her debut 6.5 weeks early!  She is (and has been for 20 years) a pure joy.  God does have a way of evening things out in the long run.  May you and Amanda receive the same blessings with all your children, and especially this new child entrusted to you. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Don Whitbeck on March 20, 2012, 10:45:42 AM
God Bless you all!

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on March 20, 2012, 11:28:21 AM
Thanks Erma.  Caleb Michael was born at 10:06am, 7lbs, 4oz, 20 inches.  He's a good eater and Amanda is doing fine, given that she just pushed out a baby!   ;D

He does all things well; my wife does things just as fine.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on March 20, 2012, 11:35:00 AM
Glory be to the Giver of every good gift!  Rejoicing with you and Amanda!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steverem on March 20, 2012, 12:28:25 PM
Thanks Erma.  Caleb Michael was born at 10:06am, 7lbs, 4oz, 20 inches.  He's a good eater and Amanda is doing fine, given that she just pushed out a baby!   ;D

He does all things well; my wife does things just as fine.

Jeremy

Congrats, Jeremy!  Love the name, too!  (Our youngest is Caleb, as well.)  God's blessings for you and your family.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on March 20, 2012, 05:20:42 PM

Blessings to the entire Loesch household. I suspect the excitement level of the three siblings is at all time high.

Marie Meyer
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Don Whitbeck on March 20, 2012, 07:30:34 PM
Congrats, Jeremy & Amanda, and your new gift of a son! Blessing to your whole family!

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on March 20, 2012, 08:36:02 PM
Thanks everyone!  Marie, you are quite right!  It was fun to see the three older kids.  We returned home this afternoon and our other three children were quite excited to meet their new brother.  They took turns peering into the car seat.  Then to give mommy and Caleb a little peace and quiet I took the other three for a walk in our neighborhood to visit some of our friends and share the news with them.  In order to give our friends a visual, our daughter Corinna brought her doll that she thought was the closest resemblance to her new little brother.  Then the three helped me get a special celebratory dinner at Chik-Fil-A.  Nothing says "Welcome home little brother!" like chicken nuggets.  Mommy and Daddy had milkshakes!

My wife did such an amazing job.  The strength that women possess has no equal.  Her water was broke at 9:57am and by 10:06 Caleb was resting on Mommy's chest.  All four of my children's births have been amazing experiences. 

Thanks for the prayers and well-wishes.  Baptism in a couple of weeks!

Jeremy 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on March 20, 2012, 09:33:48 PM
Wish I could attend the Baptism for Caleb.  My favorite Sacrament as we welcome the Flooding.  Blessings to your family...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Eriksson on March 21, 2012, 11:03:24 PM
add my thanksgivings too,   to this event

There is a 16 year old girl in my town here(my daughter's classmate) who is still known and famous for the fact her father and older brothers had a serious Fireworks event to celebrate her arrival.  (Are you the girl whose family had......?)  Doubtless your family feels the same way, but I suggest you don't have fireworks.   ;)

Congrats to you all and Blessings on Caleb
James
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Daniel L. Gard on March 26, 2012, 10:27:23 AM
Today I received what I knew was coming. Orders from the Navy stating, "You are hereby involuntarily ordered to report for active duty....for a period of 365 days....." I will serve as Command Chaplain for Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Bay. My expected return after 270 days on the island is March 27, 2013. If you want to learn about the mission of JTF-GTMO, just google it.

Please pray for my family and Seminary and for those who I will be privileged to serve.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: James Gustafson on March 26, 2012, 10:36:25 AM
Today I received what I knew was coming. Orders from the Navy stating, "You are hereby involuntarily ordered to report for active duty....for a period of 365 days....." I will serve as Command Chaplain for Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Bay. My expected return after 270 days on the island is March 27, 2013. If you want to learn about the mission of JTF-GTMO, just google it.

Please pray for my family and Seminary and for those who I will be privileged to serve.

God Bless you and yours Pr. Gard.

I spent some time in Guantanamo Bay myself, many, many years ago (before it was a prison and just a ship readiness training base).  I remember it being very, very hot, of all things, that at least has not changed.  Again, God Bless and Prayers ascending.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Scott6 on March 26, 2012, 10:43:55 AM
Today I received what I knew was coming. Orders from the Navy stating, "You are hereby involuntarily ordered to report for active duty....for a period of 365 days....." I will serve as Command Chaplain for Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Bay. My expected return after 270 days on the island is March 27, 2013. If you want to learn about the mission of JTF-GTMO, just google it.

Please pray for my family and Seminary and for those who I will be privileged to serve.

Blessings on your ministry!  And now you can say that you've been gitmo'd...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Erma S. Wolf on March 26, 2012, 10:47:41 AM
 Chaplain Gard, thank you for your service to those in your care as you follow orders and prepare to go to your new posting.  May the Lord Jesus Christ sustain you and your family in the year ahead with his unending grace, mercy and strength as you are separated from one another.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Buckeye Deaconess on March 26, 2012, 10:53:32 AM
Today I received what I knew was coming. Orders from the Navy stating, "You are hereby involuntarily ordered to report for active duty....for a period of 365 days....." I will serve as Command Chaplain for Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Bay. My expected return after 270 days on the island is March 27, 2013. If you want to learn about the mission of JTF-GTMO, just google it.

Please pray for my family and Seminary and for those who I will be privileged to serve.

I know an LCMS deaconess who served in an MP unit at "GITMO."  My experience in Desert Storm paled to hers there given the stories she shared with me.  She began a ministry (http://lmvfm.org/index.php/about) here as a result of the suffering she encountered.

Our prayers will be with your family during your absence and also with you as you minister to the faithful servants of our country.  I also pray that if you're given opportunities to extend the mercy of Christ to those outside your own citizenship as an American and Christian that the Lord will provide you with the necessary strength to do so.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Michael Slusser on March 26, 2012, 11:23:04 AM
Today I received what I knew was coming. Orders from the Navy stating, "You are hereby involuntarily ordered to report for active duty....for a period of 365 days....." I will serve as Command Chaplain for Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Bay. My expected return after 270 days on the island is March 27, 2013. If you want to learn about the mission of JTF-GTMO, just google it.

Please pray for my family and Seminary and for those who I will be privileged to serve.

Yes--will do. And I trust there will not be a cohort of Fort Wayne alumni who are short on OT learning.

I Googled the site as you suggested, and some of what I found there surprised me with the complexity of what you'll be dealing with:
Approximately 5,900 active duty service members, retirees, family members, DoD civilians and contractors make up the community of U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The oldest U.S. naval station on foreign soil, the base is home to several tenant commands – the largest of which is Joint Task Force Guantanamo.

The JTF is made up of unaccompanied active duty Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine and Coast Guard personnel, as well as Army and Air National Guardsman, reservists from all branches of service, DoD contractors, and other federal employees. Though the JTF headquarters is located in Camp America, many JTF personnel live near the naval station’s facilities and have easy access to the Naval Exchange, base gyms and liberty centers.

The site also says you'll have free Internet, so we won't lose your company on that score.

Peace,
Michael
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on March 26, 2012, 11:50:54 AM
Blessings on your important ministry there. When do you leave?

Peace, JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Daniel L. Gard on March 26, 2012, 12:04:59 PM
Thanks everyone. I report on June 15 and it will take a couple of weeks to arrive. I am relieving a great friend and colleague from the ELCA so two Command Chaplains in a row will be Lutheran. There is a team of chaplains and enlisted assistants at JTF from a variety of faiths. Hopefully, we will be able to provide religious support to all the people there.

I do not know much about the work there. I will learn more when I have secure communication with the Command.

It is odd that my first major assignment in 1989 was to Gitmo. Now this assignment. Almost like bookends on a ministry in the Navy!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on March 30, 2012, 09:23:15 AM
Friends, wanted to share with you all that my grandmother Fern Pfitzer died last evening in Madison WI.  She'd been in failing health the last several weeks.  It appears that she died peacefully in her sleep, having seen all of her children within the last several weeks.  A memorial service will not be held until late April.  Her youngest daughter Jill left for Germany yesterday in order to see a daughter that is an exchange student in Marburg. 

Fern grew up in Dolton IL, close to where the Pullman train cars were made.  Their house was well known to the hobos, that a sandwich was waiting for them after they painted the fence.  Grandma said that fence would get painted twice a week sometimes. 

She attended Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, where she met her husband John.  After WWII they lived in St. Louis.  Grandpa worked for KFUO and the seminary.  They lived in the quonset hut village on campus before buying a home in South St. Louis on Devonshire.  They primarily attended Hope on Brannon and Neosho in St. Louis, where my parents were married. 

The last four decades were spent in Madison WI, where she was the teacher and director of a preschool at Christ Memorial in suburban Madison.  She taught children and their children over a forty year career there.

Her children were scattered throughout the midwest and on both coasts.  For the majority of my  life she always seemed to have two suitcases in hand.  She developed a rotation of spending holidays with her children and grandchildren.  With my parents living in VA and MD and then VA again, there were some years where I didn't see her at all. In those days, she would send audio cassettes where she would read books and sit at the piano and sing us songs.  But some years it seemed that we knew the path to National Airport or BWI quite well and the baggage handlers knew to treat her suitcases with care.  She traveled with two suitcases.  One held clothes; the other held sausage and cheeses.  We needed the good stuff from Wisconsin!  Baptisms, confirmations, graduations, weddings...she was traveling.  And she was blessed to travel the world too, with her husband John and later with family and friends.  She was great to travel with because she knew so much!  And I think she outdrank my dad at the Hofbrauhaus in 1984.  She had a liter and dad had half a liter!  I ate all the pretzels. 

She was such a lover of Jesus and she spent her working career and her grandmother career making that love known.  One of my prouder moments was when she retired from her teaching career and was given a distinguished alumni award from River Forest, which was also my alma mater.  She willingly gave of her time to help other churches establish preschools and would then evaluate existing ones throughout Wisconsin.   

She is survived by her four children:  daughter Jean and Rev. John Brogaard of Omro WI and their two children; daughter Joan and her husband Rev. Keith Loesch of Woodbridge VA and their two children; son Jack and his wife Cindy of St. Louis MO and their three children, daughter Jill and her husband Mark Jepsen of White Bear Lake MN and their three children.  Fern has eleven great grandchildren.

Selig sind die Toten, die in den Herren sterben. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on March 30, 2012, 10:07:28 AM
Rest eternal, grant your handmaid Fern, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her. Fulfill for her now all the promises You have given in Your Word to those who fall asleep in You. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Daniel L. Gard on March 30, 2012, 10:38:37 AM
May the Lord give you and all the family that peace and joy that shaped your grandmother's life. Perhaps this Holy Week and Easter will have a new and wonderful meaning as you remember the One who is the Resurrection and the Life. Peace be with you, Jeremy.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: James_Gale on March 30, 2012, 12:34:54 PM
Thanks everyone. I report on June 15 and it will take a couple of weeks to arrive. I am relieving a great friend and colleague from the ELCA so two Command Chaplains in a row will be Lutheran. There is a team of chaplains and enlisted assistants at JTF from a variety of faiths. Hopefully, we will be able to provide religious support to all the people there.

I do not know much about the work there. I will learn more when I have secure communication with the Command.

It is odd that my first major assignment in 1989 was to Gitmo. Now this assignment. Almost like bookends on a ministry in the Navy!

May God bless your ministry among those serving our country in Cuba. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on March 30, 2012, 05:38:36 PM
Friends, wanted to share with you all that my grandmother Fern Pfitzer died last evening in Madison WI.  She'd been in failing health the last several weeks.  It appears that she died peacefully in her sleep, having seen all of her children within the last several weeks.  A memorial service will not be held until late April.  Her youngest daughter Jill left for Germany yesterday in order to see a daughter that is an exchange student in Marburg. 

Fern grew up in Dolton IL, close to where the Pullman train cars were made.  Their house was well known to the hobos, that a sandwich was waiting for them after they painted the fence.  Grandma said that fence would get painted twice a week sometimes. 

She attended Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, where she met her husband John.  After WWII they lived in St. Louis.  Grandpa worked for KFUO and the seminary.  They lived in the quonset hut village on campus before buying a home in South St. Louis on Devonshire.  They primarily attended Hope on Brannon and Neosho in St. Louis, where my parents were married. 

The last four decades were spent in Madison WI, where she was the teacher and director of a preschool at Christ Memorial in suburban Madison.  She taught children and their children over a forty year career there.

Her children were scattered throughout the midwest and on both coasts.  For the majority of my  life she always seemed to have two suitcases in hand.  She developed a rotation of spending holidays with her children and grandchildren.  With my parents living in VA and MD and then VA again, there were some years where I didn't see her at all. In those days, she would send audio cassettes where she would read books and sit at the piano and sing us songs.  But some years it seemed that we knew the path to National Airport or BWI quite well and the baggage handlers knew to treat her suitcases with care.  She traveled with two suitcases.  One held clothes; the other held sausage and cheeses.  We needed the good stuff from Wisconsin!  Baptisms, confirmations, graduations, weddings...she was traveling.  And she was blessed to travel the world too, with her husband John and later with family and friends.  She was great to travel with because she knew so much!  And I think she outdrank my dad at the Hofbrauhaus in 1984.  She had a liter and dad had half a liter!  I ate all the pretzels. 

She was such a lover of Jesus and she spent her working career and her grandmother career making that love known.  One of my prouder moments was when she retired from her teaching career and was given a distinguished alumni award from River Forest, which was also my alma mater.  She willingly gave of her time to help other churches establish preschools and would then evaluate existing ones throughout Wisconsin.   

She is survived by her four children:  daughter Jean and Rev. John Brogaard of Omro WI and their two children; daughter Joan and her husband Rev. Keith Loesch of Woodbridge VA and their two children; son Jack and his wife Cindy of St. Louis MO and their three children, daughter Jill and her husband Mark Jepsen of White Bear Lake MN and their three children.  Fern has eleven great grandchildren.

Selig sind die Toten, die in den Herren sterben.

Jeremy:

Did your grandparents, John and Fern Pfitzer, teach in Mt Vernon at one time in their career? It would have been before they moved to St. Louis.  I seem to recall meeting them several times when they taught at Immanuel in Mt Vernon.  I remember your grandmother as a lovely gracious women; a humble servant with a great love for children.

God's peace and comfort to your extended family.

Marie Meyer
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on March 30, 2012, 05:53:36 PM
Marie, yes they did.  My uncle Jack was born in Mt. Vernon.  If I have my history straight, Grandpa was in the Army Air Corps during WWII so Fern and my mom and her twin sister were at Wright-Patterson in Dayton.  When the war ended, Grandpa and Grandma moved to Mt. Vernon to teach.  Then they went to St. Louis where their youngest daughter was born. 

Thanks for including that and your kind words.  Both of my grandmothers, along with Tom Gieschen, were the biggest influences on my pastoral formation.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Likeness on March 30, 2012, 10:19:41 PM
Jeremy Loesch.....While at Concordia Seminary,
St. Louis,  we had an intramural bowling league.
Your grandfather John Pfitzer bowled on a faculty
team with Robert Preus, Erwin Lueker, and Herbert
Bouman.  The team I played on won the League
Championship, so I met your grandfather when we
bowled.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on March 31, 2012, 06:40:51 AM
Dave- Wow!  Thanks for that neat nugget of information!  I had no idea about that.  Grandpa died in 1978 when I was 5 so I do not have much recollection of him.  (He had a heart attack, then triple bypass in about 1975 and was very weak afterwards.  Bypasses were a fairly new procedure at that time.)  I always like asking older pastors who were at St. Louis in the fifties and sixties if they knew of him and what he was like.  I appreciate your memories.

And that must have been some bowling team!   

Jeremy
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Likeness on March 31, 2012, 09:04:17 AM
Jeremy....For the record book, the year was 1966,
and your grandfather bowled games of 152, 134,
and 115.  Robert Preus was the star of their team
and bowled games of 131, 178,and 171.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Daniel L. Gard on March 31, 2012, 10:31:53 AM
Wow, Jeremy, I had no idea what a blue-blood Missourian you are! These are the nuggets of information that are so important to appreciate where you came from and what your roots really are. Cool stuff.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on March 31, 2012, 03:50:29 PM
Chaplain- I'm so blue-blooded I'm blushing!   ;) 

I am LCMS-proud (which is not the same as the regular kind of pride) of the people I follow.  Grandpa was on the faculty, though he was not ordained.  He taught speech and communications and worked at KFUO.  Apparently Walter A. Maier had dinner at my grandparent's house a time or two.  My mom said that Rev. Maier accompanied them on a post-dinner walk through their neighborhood.  And I think it is also interesting that my mom and her twin sister both went through nurses training, my mom at Deaconess Hospital and my aunt at St. Mary's.  Grandpa had a Christmas party every year for his students and made sure that his daughters were in attendance too. 

This is not particularly shocking considering that Grandma taught for forty years but she taught children and then their children.  And now the grandchildren are going to Christ Memorial preschool, though Grandma is no longer there.  That speaks volumes of the great treasure of Christian education.

To drag this out even more- on my father's side are six pastors and three teachers (at least).  My father and his brother are both pastors (retired).  My grandfather and his brother were both pastors (both deceased) and my grandfather's brother's son was a pastor (also deceased).  And my uncle's daughter married Todd Wilken.  And if someone in my family is not a pastor, then they are active layman- officers of the congregation, Sunday School teachers, youth counselors, elders.

All I try to do is carry on the examples they have left me.  I cannot wait until the funeral when I can see my cousins and tell them, "Did you know how good of a bowler Grandpa was!  And he bowled with Robert Preus!"

Jeremy 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steverem on April 23, 2012, 09:37:47 AM
A request for prayer for the family and friends of my boss, Chuck Colson, who passed away over the weekend.  You may disagree with parts of his theology, or you might disagree with some of his political stances, but a better example of the power of God's redemption you will not find.

Michael Gerson from the Washington Post put it well (http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/finding-freedom-in-prison/2012/04/22/gIQANabcaT_story.html): "It is the central paradox of Christianity that fulfillment starts in emptiness, that streams emerge in the desert, that freedom can be found in a prison cell. Chuck’s swift journey from the White House to a penitentiary ended a life of accomplishment — only to begin a life of significance."

Peace and blessing to his widow Patty and their three children.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles_Austin on April 23, 2012, 11:03:00 AM
The late Mr. Colson seemed to me to be one who understood repentance and amendment of life, with the blessings that ensue from those worthy actions.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steverem on April 23, 2012, 11:54:51 AM
The late Mr. Colson seemed to me to be one who understood repentance and amendment of life, with the blessings that ensue from those worthy actions.

He did indeed, Charles.  Thanks for the thought.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Erma S. Wolf on June 06, 2012, 10:58:55 PM
   Prayers are requested for Dr. David Yeago of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (ELCA) who underwent multiple bypass heart surgery today in Columbia, SC after tests yesterday showed several severe blockages (90+ percent closed).  May he know the healing power of his Lord and Savior in his recovery, as he receives the care of those whom God has given the gifts of healing.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on June 14, 2012, 11:32:02 PM
I would ask your prayers for my 32-year-old nephew, Nathan, who has just been diagnosed with liver cancer. Nathan is just finishing up an elementary teaching credential, and is engaged to be married; his fiancee is a widow with two young children. Please pray him, for them, and for his parents. Thanks.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Erma S. Wolf on June 14, 2012, 11:36:37 PM
    Lord, let your presence be with Nathan for health and healing.  Surround him and those who love and depend upon him with your mercy, strength, and grace.  Guide them through all the unknowns that lie ahead of them.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on June 14, 2012, 11:38:07 PM
Lord have mercy on all involved.  Amen.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on June 15, 2012, 12:49:42 PM
Blll and I will remember Nathan in prayer.

Marie
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Ken Kimball on June 15, 2012, 02:45:24 PM
Praying.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on June 16, 2012, 10:34:30 PM
Thank you for your prayers. We learned today that Nathan's tumor are inoperable, and there is no treatment available. There is some possibility of a consult at the Mayo Clinic, but there is nothing else the doctors can offer.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRev83 on June 16, 2012, 10:57:13 PM
Thank you for your prayers. We learned today that Nathan's tumor are inoperable, and there is no treatment available. There is some possibility of a consult at the Mayo Clinic, but there is nothing else the doctors can offer.

I am so sad to hear this. Only God can comfort, only God has the wisdom to guide, and only the resurrection offers hope. My heart and prayers are with you all.
Donna
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on June 29, 2012, 05:00:26 PM
Thank you for your prayers. We learned today that Nathan's tumor are inoperable, and there is no treatment available. There is some possibility of a consult at the Mayo Clinic, but there is nothing else the doctors can offer.

I am so sorry and prayers are surely with you.  There is an excellent liver surgeon at Mt. Sinai.  I'm not certain where your nephew is, but if you think he'd like a consult there (good department), please let me know and I'll send his coordinates.

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on July 10, 2012, 07:30:35 AM
Please pray for Pastor Carol Fryer, Pastor Jack Horner, and Pastor Wyvetta Bullock on the climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro this month - raising awareness and funds for the ELCA Malaria Campaign:  http://www.mnys.org/ministries2/kili_climb/

Thank you!

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on August 30, 2012, 12:57:34 PM
Thank you for your prayers for my nephew Nathan. He died this morning at his parents' home, having been brought there from the hospital under hospice care yesterday. Pray for his parents, Vicki and Rich, his sister Amanda, his fiance Melissa, and for his extended family.

I would ask your prayers also for my daughter Johanna, a pastor in the Upstate New York Synod. She was diagnosed last week with breast cancer. This was not entirely a surprise; she survived Hodgkins' disease in her teens, and we have known that one possible side effect of her radiation would be breast cancer later on. She has been diligently watched, and this is very early stage and very treatable. Please pray for her as she discusses treatment options with her doctors, and for her parents who are feeling that 3,000 miles is a very long distance.

Johanna processes things verbally, and she's started a blog to reflect on her journey. I'm sure she wouldn't mind my sharing it with you. It is http://pastorjohanna.blogspot.com/ (http://pastorjohanna.blogspot.com/).

Thanks for prayers.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRev83 on August 30, 2012, 03:00:48 PM
So very, very sorry to hear this news. May he rest in light eternal. And may the resurrection hope comfort you all.

Donna
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on September 08, 2012, 11:11:18 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/08/christian-pastor-jailed-in-iran-for-3-years-is-freed-watchdog-group-says/

If this news is truly accurate - and it seems to be on several websites - thanks be to God!

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on September 08, 2012, 12:49:19 PM
Richard Johnson;

Bill and I will add yiour daughter's name to the persons for whom we pray each  morning.  As a mother to three daughters I read her blog with interest - she presents as a delightful energetic your woman.  In the midst of your concern for her health have fun planning the wedding.

I would also ask prayers for John Lautenschlager, MD.  John and his wife Bobbie (RN)  served for more than 20 years as medical missonaries in Africa.  Upon their return John spent one day a week at the St. Louis seminary offering medical care for seminary students. I believe it was free. He supported the family by working at a clinic in down town St. Louis.  Bobbie became directer of Lutheran Medical Missions and was a big supporter of the Malaria Project. She also served o nthe Board for Lutheran Bible Translators.

As I write a memorial service is being held for Bobbie at Trinity, the mother church of LCMS Lutheranism in St. Louis.   About six months ago Bobbie was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. Her health declined quickly.  LCMS missionaries who served with John and Bobbie in Africa have journeyed from throughout the country to be with John today.  Pray that John finds comfort and joy knowing that Bobbie is with the Lord even as he grieves the loss of his beloved wife.

Marie 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRev83 on September 08, 2012, 04:01:27 PM
Richard Johnson;

Bill and I will add yiour daughter's name to the persons for whom we pray each  morning.  As a mother to three daughters I read her blog with interest - she presents as a delightful energetic your woman.  In the midst of your concern for her health have fun planning the wedding.

I would also ask prayers for John Lautenschlager, MD.  John and his wife Bobbie (RN)  served for more than 20 years as medical missonaries in Africa.  Upon their return John spent one day a week at the St. Louis seminary offering medical care for seminary students. I believe it was free. He supported the family by working at a clinic in down town St. Louis.  Bobbie became directer of Lutheran Medical Missions and was a big supporter of the Malaria Project. She also served o nthe Board for Lutheran Bible Translators.

As I write a memorial service is being held for Bobbie at Trinity, the mother church of LCMS Lutheranism in St. Louis.   About six months ago Bobbie was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. Her health declined quickly.  LCMS missionaries who served with John and Bobbie in Africa have journeyed from throughout the country to be with John today.  Pray that John finds comfort and joy knowing that Bobbie is with the Lord even as he grieves the loss of his beloved wife.

Marie

What an amazing couple, and what an amazing witness. May she rest in God's eternal light, and may her family and friends find strength and comfort in the Resurrection promise.

Donna
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: A Catholic Lutheran on September 16, 2012, 04:34:34 PM
I will ask for prayers and blessings for myself and my congregation of Cross of Grace Lutheran Church in Hurricane, West Virginia, as I announce that I am leaving them to take up the office of Pastor at Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Morgantown, WV.

I hate moving and much...too much... needs to happen now that I have accepted the call.

Pax Christi;
Pr. Jerry Kliner, STS
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Likeness on September 16, 2012, 04:48:56 PM
May the Good Shepherd of the Church bless your
new flock as you serve them and may the Lord
provide for the flock that you are leaving a new
undershepherd.

May you have safe travel on the Robert Byrd
highways and interstates of West Virginia.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on September 16, 2012, 09:04:01 PM
May God bless you and both congregations Jerry!

Jeremy
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on September 16, 2012, 09:24:55 PM
This prayer from our Daily Office Preaching Service has helped me greatly in times of discernment and transition:

Lord God our Father,
   you kept Abraham and Sarah in safety
   throughout the days of their pilgrimage,
you led the children of Israel through the midst of the sea,
   and by a star you led the Wise Men to the infant Jesus.
Protect and guide us now in this time as we set out to travel,
   make our ways safe and our homecomings joyful,
   and bring us at last to our heavenly home,
   where you dwell in glory with your Son and the Holy Spirit,
God forever.
AMEN.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: lthayer on September 24, 2012, 07:30:46 PM
Prayers asked as the Society of the Holy Trinity gathers at Mundelein for Annual Retreat tomorrow through Thursday.  This will be a particularly important time of discernment for those members, in addition to their time of beautiful worship, animated fellowship, and learning.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on October 17, 2012, 05:28:11 PM
Jackie Zehnder, wife of Tom Zehnder, will undergo the Whipple procedure on October 22, an arduous operation that at the best may lead to a lengthier life. She has been diagnosed with pancreatitc cancer.

Tom Zehnder has served as missionary to Japan, parish pastor,  President of the FL/GA District  and Interim Director of the LCMS Board for Foreign Missions.

About two years ago Jackie and Tom lost a daughter to cancer.  Tom's sister is also dealing with a terminal illness. They and their family request your prayers.

Marie Meyer
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Matt Staneck on October 29, 2012, 11:59:25 AM
For those who are all in harms way the next couple of days as Hurricane Sandy makes its way inland.  Especially for our pastors and parishes in the effected districts, and especially for my friends and family who are in harms way.

M. Staneck
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles_Austin on October 29, 2012, 12:07:43 PM
Thank you.
Here in NJ it feels as if we are waiting for... we aren't sure what. Rain predictions are down; wind predictions up. Despite my previous experience, this feels scary and the meterological folks themselves are worried.
I have a bright Coleman lantern, battery operated, with removable panels for flashlight use. I have four good flashlights, now with new batteries.
Sump pumps checked.
Critical files - sermon, letters, manuscripts, etc. - transferred to flash drives for use elsewhere.
Laptop removed from storage, and batteries charged.
Emergency radio - battery operated, hand crank backup - checked.
Food and water laid in.
Yard stuff removed or secured.
Two cell phones charged and then turned off to save battery power.
All critical phone numbers on hand.
Medicines and emergency clothes on hand, should it be necessary to leave the house (not likely).
I do not have a battery-operated television, but I can get TV sound on the emergency radio.
Church - 16 miles away - shut down and secured by the sexton. If I lose power at home and there is power there, we change location.
The news is scary.Not looking forward to tonight.
Nonetheless, cheers,

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Buckeye Deaconess on October 29, 2012, 12:19:53 PM
Praying for you and yours, Pastor Austin.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on October 29, 2012, 01:04:24 PM
As one in the path of this storm, many thanks for your prayers, and my prayers are with all of those who will be affected by this storm as well.  it is a strange feeling, I must say, to watch this storm move towards us.  We've put together our own VOAD in Wayne as we are very prone to flooding and the response after Irene was not good at all. 

I've stayed very close to my 7th and 8th grade teacher from the Bronx (thank God for parochial school teachers).  He became an LCMS pastor and is now retired in Missouri.  Last night he called me and sang, "Jesus Savior Pilot Me."  What a gift!

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on October 29, 2012, 01:26:18 PM
Pr. Austin, make sure you fill the bathtub in case something happens to your water supply.  You can always flush the toilet with a bucket of water, and prayers ascending for all of you on the eastern seaboard...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Matt Staneck on October 30, 2012, 08:06:53 AM
Continued prayers for those left in Sandy's wake, including and especially the states of NJ, NY, and CT.  Thankfully my parents have power and so far no more damage than a couple trees down in the backyard.  I have a friend whose house is under 4 feet of water just a little further south in town.  Manhattan out of power pretty much below 40th St after a transformer blew up on 14th.  Been in contact with a couple folks from True Light and besides power outages the folks seem safe, I'm not aware of any water damage in Chinatown.  Very eerie to see/hear that there is only one way in and out of the city (Lincoln Tunnel) and that all highways on Long Island have been shut down. 

Pr. Austin and Eileen, how are things by you?

M. Staneck
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles_Austin on October 30, 2012, 11:02:00 AM
No power here. I was out this morning and as far as I can tell there is no power in all of Bergen County. Except for downtown Ridgewood.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: frluther1517 on October 30, 2012, 06:12:15 PM
I would ask for your prayers for the community I serve in Maynard, IA (pop. 500).  This morning our bank was robbed at gunpoint.  I have a couple of members of the parish who work at the bank.  The suspects fled and shot at officers in pursuit.  Two officers were wounded and are receiving medical care now.  The suspects are still at large in another part of NeIA.  We will be having a vespers service tonight at St. Paul.  You can read more about it on kwwl.com or I also saw it was on the front page of foxnews.com. 


O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments; and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God forever.  Amen. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Satis Est on October 31, 2012, 10:24:57 AM
Prayers for you, Pastor Austin.  It sounds like parts of Bergen County got hit very hard with flooding.  And prayers for the folks and communities along the Jersey shore. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Norman Teigen on October 31, 2012, 03:46:59 PM
From The Prayer of the Church, Evangelical  Lutheran Hymnary

"Let Your protecting hand be over our country, and over all who travel.  Prosper what is good among us and bring to naught every evil counsel and purpose.  Protect and bless Your servants, Barack Obama, the President of the United States; Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota; our judges and magistrates and all in authority.  Fit them for their high calling by the gift of Your Spirit of wisdom and fear, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence."

Norman Teigen
Hopkins MN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on November 02, 2012, 05:46:15 PM
Prayers are requested for the many people still impacted by recent storms. Concordia Bronxville remains without power. A generator allows for the dininig hall to be open.  The number of persons who lost their life continues to climb.  Power in CT is slowly being restored.

Marie Meyer
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Carol Schmidt on November 02, 2012, 06:03:03 PM
Prayers are requested for the many people still impacted by recent storms. Concordia Bronxville remains without power. A generator allows for the dininig hall to be open.  The number of persons who lost their life continues to climb.  Power in CT is slowly being restored.

Marie Meyer

It's good to hear from you, Marie.  You and all the folks along the East Coast have been in my thoughts and prayers, and continue to be so.

Carol Schmidt
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on November 03, 2012, 09:46:07 AM
For those who might be interested I have posted pictures of the NY area .  The latest information I have is that Concordia, Bronxville will not have power until the end of next week.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene people in New Orleans suffered from heat and lack of safe food.  Sandy has left people in the cold with temperatures dipping into the low 30s.  Another storm is predicted for Wednesday.   Prayer is requested for the elderly and the homeless.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/10/30/nyregion/hurricane-sandys-aftermath.html?ref=us

Marie
 

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on November 05, 2012, 07:43:15 AM
For those who might be interested I have posted pictures of the NY area .  The latest information I have is that Concordia, Bronxville will not have power until the end of next week.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene people in New Orleans suffered from heat and lack of safe food.  Sandy has left people in the cold with temperatures dipping into the low 30s.  Another storm is predicted for Wednesday.   Prayer is requested for the elderly and the homeless.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/10/30/nyregion/hurricane-sandys-aftermath.html?ref=us

Marie

I was with Marie and husband Bill yesterday at the 100th Anniversary of St. Mark's, Yonkers, where Bill was raised in the parsonage.  I would offer a prayer of thanks for the genuine and immediate response of parishioners and friends there, as checks and cash were given me for those suffering in coastal areas, even as some of those same people were dealing with their own issues due to power outages. 

I drove up to them from Queens in highly anxious state due to low fuel in my car.  One of the ushers and I went to a local station, spoke with the Sikh man who ran it, and received the ability to get gas in gas cans to fill my tank.  That labor of love allowed me to make my run to Howard Beach and the Rockaways with cleaning buckets that came by truck from Texas and cash for parishioners who have been flooded out.  That process continues all day today.  And - all the leftover sandwiches from St. Mark's luncheon journeyed down to Brooklyn where our work teams finished them off and gained strength for their labors through the afternoon.  So collaboration was the order of the day, thanks be to God!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles_Austin on November 05, 2012, 08:11:06 AM
Lutheran churches in northern New Jersey that have power are opening themselves as "warming centers" for those whose lights and heat aren't back on yet.
I have no direct word from our devastated shore towns, but we have heard that Lutheran Disaster Response is on the scene.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on November 05, 2012, 09:33:44 AM
For those who might be interested I have posted pictures of the NY area .  The latest information I have is that Concordia, Bronxville will not have power until the end of next week.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene people in New Orleans suffered from heat and lack of safe food.  Sandy has left people in the cold with temperatures dipping into the low 30s.  Another storm is predicted for Wednesday.   Prayer is requested for the elderly and the homeless.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/10/30/nyregion/hurricane-sandys-aftermath.html?ref=us

Marie

I was with Marie and husband Bill yesterday at the 100th Anniversary of St. Mark's, Yonkers, where Bill was raised in the parsonage.  I would offer a prayer of thanks for the genuine and immediate response of parishioners and friends there, as checks and cash were given me for those suffering in coastal areas, even as some of those same people were dealing with their own issues due to power outages. 

I drove up to them from Queens in highly anxious state due to low fuel in my car.  One of the ushers and I went to a local station, spoke with the Sikh man who ran it, and received the ability to get gas in gas cans to fill my tank.  That labor of love allowed me to make my run to Howard Beach and the Rockaways with cleaning buckets that came by truck from Texas and cash for parishioners who have been flooded out.  That process continues all day today.  And - all the leftover sandwiches from St. Mark's luncheon journeyed down to Brooklyn where our work teams finished them off and gained strength for their labors through the afternoon.  So collaboration was the order of the day, thanks be to God!


Yesterday was our introduction to what persons in NYC are experiencing following Sandy.  We in CT may have been without power for a few days, but the lives of people in the metropolitan NY area have been changed for months and years to come.

I urge prayers for the people impacted by the storm and for the responders as well as thanks for leaders such as President Benke.   

Marie
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on November 07, 2012, 08:25:59 AM
Prayers requested today as another storm moves through and threatens to destroy with high, cold winds and rain/snow.  National Missouri Synod leaders are back in town coordinating with me and our teams on the ground. 

Dave Benke
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on November 07, 2012, 10:39:11 AM
Lord, have mercy upon all those affected by the superstorm and still living in danger.  Open doors for faithful people to respond with gifts of hope and compassion.  Grant strength to workers of all kinds who work for the well-being of their neighbor.  Grant strength to leaders within your church to bring tangible gifts and to speak a message of your unending presence.  Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.  Amen
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Likeness on November 07, 2012, 11:08:25 AM
A PRAYER FOR THE PRESIDENT

Almighty God, you are the true Ruler of all nations
and you govern them according to your divine Will.
We ask that you endow with wisdom our re-elected
President of the United States Barack Obama. Grant
him understanding to lead our nation in the way of
justice, peace, and mercy.

Teach us as Christian citizens to realize that the
authority to govern our nation comes from you.
Remind us that our President is your steward in
the administration of his office.  May we support
our President with regular prayer and ready obedience
to the laws of this land.  Make our President  a
blessing to this country, hear our prayer for Jesus'
sake. Amen.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles_Austin on November 07, 2012, 04:58:10 PM
The snow is now about an inch deep in my backyard. Cancellations of events around northern New Jersey - including my beloved chorus rehearsal, cancelled last week also - are taking place.
There are those still without power, and thousands facing icy weather in shelters or darkened homes. We know our church people and agencies are on the scene, and the workers as well as those needing help also deserve our prayers.
I have not "suffered" much, but some of us are weary with concern about things we can't "fix," our inability to do very much to help, and the general disorder.
The brighter side is warm weather predicted for the week-end. So the snow should not remain.

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on November 07, 2012, 08:20:09 PM
Here in CT we have six inches of snow and heavy winds; however, the primary concern is for people along the coastal areas particularly those without power.  Yesterday morning it was 25 degrees.

A daughter teachers 4th grade on the south shore of Long Island where schools are still closed.  If and when the children return on the 13th they will have missed more than two weeks of school, spent time in shelters and lost many of their house hold items including school books. Along with other teachers she is involved in volunteer cleanup and the distribution of food and blankets.

Your prayers for and gifts to the Atlantic and New Jersey Districts for immediate relief are welcome.

Marie Meyer
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on November 08, 2012, 08:05:59 AM
Sent out to the world a few minutes ago:

When the Snow Lay All About, Deep and Crisp and Even
A Periodic Report from the Field
Atlantic District Disaster Response
Tropical Storm Sandy and Aftermath
November, 2012


We went out to the Rockaways in the snowstorm, a three car cortege, bearing gifts – sorted clothes in bags, buckets of cleaning supplies, and three dogs.  Comfort dogs.  Golden retrievers trained, with certified handlers, to receive affection. 

And affection they had given, on this strange dark and stormy day in early November in an upside-down New York, on the day after the election.  They spent hours in a day care center with the children and staff, one of whom, Michael, had lost his home on Long Island and whose own children had been taken to a shelter.  Another staff member brought in her sister-in-law, a shell-shocked evacuee with her son, happy to receive mercy from Lutherans in a warm and well-lit building in East New York.  The dogs bundled up and visited a family of ten in cramped quarters weathering the storm while thinking of the house they had just lost in Sandy.  And the mother wept as she petted the dogs, and shared and prayed with those bringing mercy in this new form how much she appreciated the gifts of God she still had left.

We went out to the Rockaways in the snowstorm, three cars-full bearing gifts, occupants including:
an evacuee deaconess from Far Rockaway,
Puerto Rican and Dominican Lutherans from East New York,
mercy-giving Missouri Synod leaders on their second trip to visit and assist from Sacramento and Dallas and St. Louis,
and a squadron with three comfort dogs from Illinois. 

But mercy is not evenly or easily distributed in the middle of a storm.

And so, in the snow, the sideways blowing snow, we were turned away; first from a church, then from a public distribution site, then from park, then from a big box store, and finally by the Office of Emergency Management.  We drove up and down and back and forth, avoiding huge vehicles plowing sand mixed with snow, unearthing and re-depositing debris, witnessing only a few citizens, huddling in bus shelters waiting for a ride off the island.  No room, no one home, no place to bring mercy and comfort.

We left and decided to stop at an American Legion Hall in a place called Broad Channel, in a community that’s two miles long and two blocks wide.  Trudging in with buckets of cleaning supplies originating from a Lutheran church in Texas, we were treated as though we were the wise men bearing gold, frankincense and myrrh.  “This is exactly what we need!” exclaimed the coordinator.   “Every resident of this community is asking for cleaning supplies.”  Mercy distribution transpired, even as the snow blew deep and crusty.

We took refuge a little later at a pizza place in Brooklyn.  The waitress, discovering our mission, shared pictures of her house in Sheepshead Bay.  We offered help.   “No, no,” she demurred.  “We’ll be fine at my home.  Don’t worry about me.” 

But she pointed at a young man, a Central American immigrant.  We all know these kids - the pizza delivery guy.  This one, lugging pizzas safely stored in those hot cases heading out over and over through the night on a bicycle in the deep, crisp, blowing snow. For tip money. 
“That guy,” the waitress pointed, “he lost everything.  He lived in a basement apartment in Coney Island.  It’s gone.”  Him we could help.  And we did.  Help with some mercy, some resource, some small sign of hope. 

We went out all day in the storm even though.  Even though the snow was deep and crisp and even though we were stuck in it.  Even though it would not be easy.  Even though we were turned back.  Even though the distribution of mercy would not be easy or frequent. 

We went out because Christ went out for us, to the cross and beyond unto life eternal.  We went out because Christ went with us, alongside us, in us, trudging in accompaniment when our spirits flagged.  We went out because Jesus is the Shelter in every storm, our Rock and Hiding Place. 

And we will go out again today.


Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J.L. Precup on March 02, 2013, 12:07:55 AM
The Rev. Paul F. Goetting died in the Lord Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at the age of 83.  The Holy Eucharist and Funeral Liturgy will be held Monday, March 4, 10 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 73 Lancaster St., Worcester, MA 01609. Pastor Goetting served as congregational pastor, seminary professor, assistant to the bishop, and interim pastor. Condolences may be sent to his wife Trudy Goetting at 82 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA  01606.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Bread for the World, Attn: Membership Services, 425 3rd Street SW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20024 www.bread.org or  The Good Samaritan Fund at Trinity Lutheran Church.  May God comfort all those who mourn.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles_Austin on March 02, 2013, 04:45:18 AM
I remember Paul Goetting from "the old days" as a man cheerful in the face of adversity and passionate about the ministry and mission of the church. It was a blessing to have known him, even briefly, during those times long ago.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRev83 on April 09, 2013, 09:02:36 AM
Please join with all of us in the NALC in our prayers for our General Secretary, Mark Chavez, and his family. Bishop Bradosky sent this message early this morning.
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Dear Friends,

It is with tremendous sadness and grief that I write to inform you of the tragic death of Kevin Chavez, the youngest son of Pastor Mark Chavez and Jocelyn. Kevin was 19 years old and was on his way home from a college course. It appears that he stopped not far from their home and was out of the car when he was struck by a car. (The driver of that car did not stop.) He died from those injuries. Mark has been in touch with his family, many of whom are still at the hospital. The coroner and the police are involved with the investigation.

We were together with him at the Canadian Theological Conference when he received the news. We spent time praying with him, insured that he could get back home as soon as possible, and drove him to a hotel close to Calgary Airport. No words seem adequate in conversation or in prayer to express the helplessness and loss. Our only source of consolation is Christ, His powerful presence and the assurance that His Grace is always sufficient, more than enough to sustain, Mark, Jocelyn, their family and all of us who grieve with them.

Please pray for them, encourage your family and congregation to do the same.

As I receive more information I will be sure to pass it on to you.

Thank you in advance for your compassionate care for Mark, Jocelyn and their entire family.
-----------------

May God bring comfort and strength to the Chavez family in these difficult days.

Donna
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steverem on April 09, 2013, 09:11:45 AM
Sad beyond words.  My prayers for Mark and his family.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Coach-Rev on April 09, 2013, 09:51:32 AM
This one came across my screen this morning too:

Please pray for all involved with this terrible tragedy. Quoting from ELCA press release:

ELCA offers prayers for family, friends of pedestrian killed in Wisconsin
13-17-MRC

CHICAGO (ELCA) -- Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) are extending prayers for the family and friends of a pedestrian killed April 7 in Sun Prairie, Wis., and for the Rev. Bruce H. Burnside, bishop of the ELCA South-Central Synod of Wisconsin. Reports indicate that Burnside’s vehicle hit the pedestrian. He was arrested and taken into custody.
“We offer our prayers for the woman who lost her life in this tragedy. Nothing can undo this terrible accident. Our hope is for God’s comfort for the survivors,” said the Rev. Jessica R. Crist, chair of the ELCA Conference of Bishops and bishop of the ELCA Montana Synod.
“At a time of such deep sorrow for the family and friends of the woman who died, for the members of the ELCA South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, for Bishop Burnside and his family and for the wider community, we are held in the promise that nothing will separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, and we are joined in our prayers for all who suffer,” said the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop.
In a statement from the ELCA South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, leaders and members expressed their sorrow “and dismay in sympathy for the victim and for her family. We ask for prayers for the victim's family and for everyone affected by this situation.
“In this difficult time, when words are challenging to find, we trust in the presence of the Holy Spirit to be with us, and in God's abiding love to sustain us.”
Prayer resources are available on the synod’s website at http://www.scsw-ELCA.org/.
The ELCA South-Central Synod of Wisconsin comprises of 145 congregations in 13 counties in south-central Wisconsin.

Prayers for both Pastor Chavez and family, and Bishop Burnside and family, along with the woman's family.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on April 09, 2013, 10:07:10 AM
Additional  information on Kevin Chavez here;

 http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/835840_Police-investigate-death-of-Landisville-teen.html (http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/835840_Police-investigate-death-of-Landisville-teen.html)


Additional information on Bishop Burnside here:

http://www.wsaw.com/home/headlines/Police-Driver-was-Drunk-During-Fatal-Pedrestrian-Crash-in-Sun-Prairie-201932691.html (http://www.wsaw.com/home/headlines/Police-Driver-was-Drunk-During-Fatal-Pedrestrian-Crash-in-Sun-Prairie-201932691.html)

For our Pastors in Christ, for all servants of the Church, and for all the people,
let us pray to the Lord

Kyrie Eleison, Kyrie Eleson, Kyrie Eleison.

For Kevin Chavez and all the faithful departed that are at rest,
let us give thanks to the Lord

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on April 10, 2013, 10:26:38 PM
The news release from the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, ELCA, has identified the deceased woman as Maureen Mengelt.

Lord, let your lovingkindness be upon them that put their trust in You.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRev83 on April 14, 2013, 10:20:10 PM
Please pray for former parishioner Leah and her family. Leah has undergone 2 emergency surgeries this weekend and is in critical condition. The family covets your prayers. Thank you.

Donna
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on April 15, 2013, 08:36:09 PM
May we pray for the families of those who died in today's tragedy in Boston, all those who are injured, and all those who are suffering from the terror events of this day.  From Lutheran Disaster Response:

Lutheran Disaster Response
We keep in our thougths and prayers all who were injured and affected by today's horrific bombing in Boston. We especially remember those who were killed and their grieving families. May God grant wisdom and strengths to our leaders at this difficult time. And may God's peace be with us as we await for the further development of this event.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on May 20, 2013, 08:01:51 PM
For all who suffered the loss of loved ones, the injured, those waiting to be saved, those waiting on word of loved ones, for all emergency workers, for those who have lost their home and other worldly goods in the tornados of yesterday and today, we pray for God's mercy, His sustaining love and grace.  Prayers continue on behalf of all who are in the paths of potential tornados as these storms continue. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jay Michael on May 21, 2013, 02:50:41 AM
I would ask your prayers also for my daughter Johanna, a pastor in the Upstate New York Synod. She was diagnosed last week with breast cancer. This was not entirely a surprise; she survived Hodgkins' disease in her teens, and we have known that one possible side effect of her radiation would be breast cancer later on. She has been diligently watched, and this is very early stage and very treatable. Please pray for her as she discusses treatment options with her doctors, and for her parents who are feeling that 3,000 miles is a very long distance.

Johanna processes things verbally, and she's started a blog to reflect on her journey. I'm sure she wouldn't mind my sharing it with you. It is http://pastorjohanna.blogspot.com/ (http://pastorjohanna.blogspot.com/).

Thanks for prayers.
Prayers for healing ascend to heaven for Pastor Johnson's daughter who underwent surgery last week and who is recovering under the loving watchful care of Pastor Johnson, wife and daughter's fiancee. Follow the blog using the link above.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Team Hesse on May 21, 2013, 09:21:18 AM
Prayers for the Rev. Doug Morton and family. While returning from an emergency room call for her infant daughter, Izbella,  the car Doug's daughter Rachel was driving was struck head-on by a 4-wheel drive pick-up being driven by a drunk driver after midnight last Saturday night. Rachel was killed. Izbella struggles for life in the ICU at the University Hospital in Iowa City where, if she survives, she is expected to live paralyzed from the neck down. Rachel's 3 year old son, Isaiah, continues to wonder when he will see his mother again.


Doug is the Librarian and an instructor at ILT in Brookings, South Dakota.


Lou
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Keith Falk on May 21, 2013, 11:05:45 AM
This was written by one of the members of the congregation I serve.  A minor tornado went through our community on Sunday, and of course there is the devastation of the tornado which went through Moore and surrounding areas Monday.


Tonight I Weep
 
Tonight I weep tears of joy as I hug, kiss and tuck my little ones safely into bed; but tears of heartfelt sorrow for parents who will tuck there little ones in no more.
 
Tonight I weep tears of relief as I sit safely in the comfort of my home; but tears of despair for families who no longer have a place to call home.
 
Tonight I weep tears of relief, knowing that my children have been spared the horror of today’s merciless storm; but tears of compassion for those whose lives have been physically, emotionally, and spiritually shattered.
 
Tonight I weep tears of gratitude for the abundant grace, peace and mercy that God, our Father, is sure to provide; but tears of empathy for those who are questioning His very existence in the face of such extreme loss and hopelessness.
 
Tonight I weep tears of thanksgiving as I am reminded of what is really important in this life; but tears of guilt, knowing that my family has been spared while others have suffered so deeply.
 
Tonight I weep, but find comfort in the knowledge that my Lord Jesus is surely weeping with me and with those who have the seemingly insurmountable task of picking up the pieces of their shattered lives and rebuilding. 
 
Aba, Father…hear the cries of your people this night as we long so desperately for your grace, peace and mercy.  We are utterly helpless and lost without you.  Weep with us, have compassion on us, and bring hope to dark places where there is none.   In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on May 21, 2013, 11:56:05 AM
Amen. 

Thank you for sharing that Keith. 

My organist and her husband are en route to OKC.  Their daughter, son in law, and children live about 10 miles north of OKC.  My organist stopped at church before they left and we took some of the food that we regularly collect for the local food pantry and told them to take it with them to OK and put it to use there. 

God bless you and your family and your church family.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J.L. Precup on August 08, 2013, 08:18:31 PM
Called to Glory
 
In His time, the Lord has called home
Reverend Roger Schalm
 
A Memorial Service for Reverend Roger Schalm will be held Saturday, August 10 at 11:00 am at Christ Lutheran Church, Yuma, Arizona.
 
Reverend Schalm first served Resurrection Lutheran Church, Coronado, California; 
he spent most of his ministry as an Army Chaplain; and then served five years at 
Christ Lutheran Church, Yuma.
 
He died on Tuesday, August 6 after a long battle with cancer at age 78. 
Please remember his wife, Gladys and the rest of the Schalm family in your prayers.
 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on August 09, 2013, 03:45:56 AM
I am very sorry to learn that Roger has died. He was a good pastor.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Brian Stoffregen on August 10, 2013, 01:46:17 AM
Called to Glory
 
In His time, the Lord has called home
Reverend Roger Schalm
 
A Memorial Service for Reverend Roger Schalm will be held Saturday, August 10 at 11:00 am at Christ Lutheran Church, Yuma, Arizona.
 
Reverend Schalm first served Resurrection Lutheran Church, Coronado, California; 
he spent most of his ministry as an Army Chaplain; and then served five years at 
Christ Lutheran Church, Yuma.
 
He died on Tuesday, August 6 after a long battle with cancer at age 78. 
Please remember his wife, Gladys and the rest of the Schalm family in your prayers.


I never got to meet him, but he had been a supply preacher at my congregation. The people expressed appreciation for his messages.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on August 10, 2013, 08:25:18 AM
Pastor Paul Wildgrube, Schenectady, NY, died in the Lord on Thursday; Eucharist will be held on Sunday at 3 PM at Zion Lutheran, Schenectady.  Paul was a beloved colleague, formerly first vice president of the Atlantic District.  Wife Jean, three children and grandchildren mourn his loss but celebrate his life eternal in Christ.  His brother, Erich, preceded him in death, also a Missouri Synod pastor from the English District (and my first Latin teacher).  Paul's roommate at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, was Fr. Richard John Neuhaus (+).  Pr. Wildgrube's obituary includes reference to bringing the weekly celebration of the Eucharist to Zion.  Pastor Shawn Dugan continues the strong evangelical and catholic worship and pastoral ministry of Paul Wildgrube.

He rests in peace with all the saints in light perpetual.

Dave Benke
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on August 21, 2013, 08:03:22 AM
May I ask for prayers for Pastor Greg Fryer who will be undergoing heart surgery today.  Greg is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Manhattan and has been active (Board of Directors) in the ALBP.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on August 21, 2013, 08:42:00 AM
AMEN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on August 21, 2013, 01:33:27 PM
I believe today is also the day that Pr. Ray Kibler, another ALPB board member, is undergoing hip replacement surgery. This is pretty serious; the hip degeneration is due to his long battle with multiple myeloma and the disease makes the surgery rather risky. Please pray for successful surgery and healing.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on August 21, 2013, 01:37:26 PM
Thank you for reminding us. And "AMEN."
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on August 30, 2013, 11:30:24 AM
May I ask for continued prayers for Pastor Greg Fryer - he had successful double bypass surgery and returned home from the hospital.   However, he was re-admitted last night after feeling faint.  Thank you.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on August 31, 2013, 09:51:57 AM
Greg was released from the hospital - praise God, it wasn't serious - prayers continue as he heals from double by-pass surgery. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Virgil on August 31, 2013, 11:29:29 AM
Belated prayers--now for thanks and continued recovery---for Pastor Greg. May our great Physician Jesus Christ heal us all in soul, mind, and body.

Greg was released from the hospital - praise God, it wasn't serious - prayers continue as he heals from double by-pass surgery.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on September 16, 2013, 04:23:06 PM
May we pray for the families of those who died in the tragic shooting in Washington, for all who may have been injured, and for all in the Washington area on this devastating day.

For those who died ...

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they with the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on September 16, 2013, 04:31:03 PM
Prayers have been ascending all day....
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on September 16, 2013, 04:54:34 PM
From the Ukranian Lutheran Divine Liturgy:

THE THIRD LITANY AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

Pastor: Once again, in peace let us pray to the Lord.

Congregation: Lord, have mercy.

Pastor: That the whole day may be perfect, peaceful, and sinless, let us ask of the Lord.

Congregation: Grant this, O Lord.

Pastor: Remission of our sins, and all things that are good for our souls, let us ask of the Lord.

Congregation: Grant this, O Lord.

Pastor: That we may complete the remaining time of our life in repentance, and a peaceful and painless ending to our life, let us ask of the Lord.

Congregation: Grant this, O Lord.

Pastor: In the unity of the faith and the communion of the Holy Spirit, let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life, to Christ our God.

Congregation: To you, O Lord.

Pastor: And make us worthy, O Master, that with boldness we may dare to call on you, O heavenly God, as Father, and to say:

Congregation: Our Father in heaven.....
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steverem on September 17, 2013, 05:50:46 PM
Found out today that a friend and former partner in ministry was among those killed in the Navy Yard yesterday.  Prayers ascend for the friends and family of Marty Bodrog, especially his wife and three daughters, as well as for all those who have been touched by this senseless act.  May God provide His comfort and peace for those who remain, even as we rejoice that Marty is now in the arms of his loving Heavenly Father.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Norman Teigen on September 18, 2013, 07:12:08 AM
Prayers are asked for Linda Teigen, my cousin Erling's wife.  Linda has suffered from MS for many years and is now under hospice care in Mankato MN.  They are a wonderful Christian couple.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: jtpless on September 18, 2013, 07:29:04 AM
Norman,

Linda is remembered in my prayers this morning. Many good memories of time with Erling and Linda during my Minnesota days and also,of a visit with your father and Bishop Jobst Schoene back in then. JTP+
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: FrPeters on September 18, 2013, 08:39:32 AM
Norman, our prayers are with Linda -- Pastor Peters
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Norman Teigen on September 18, 2013, 08:54:12 AM

    Komm, süßer Tod, komm, selge Ruh!
    Im Himmel ist es besser,
    da alle Lust viel größer,
    drum bin ich jederzeit
    schon zum Valet bereit,
    ich schließ die Augen zu.
    Komm, selge Ruh!

Come, sweet death, come blessed rest!
    It is better in heaven,
    for there is all pleasure greater,
    therefore I am at all times
    prepared to say "Farewell,"
    I close my eyes.
    Come, blessed rest!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on September 18, 2013, 08:59:27 AM
Prayers ascending for Linda...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Eriksson on October 14, 2013, 12:40:57 AM
Hello

I'd like to ask for prayers for our 3 parish point 70? year old rector,   Amemiya-sensei who has been hospitalized in the Cancer Clinic, for whatever treatment that will shrink a tumor down to operable size.

JamesinJapan
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on October 28, 2013, 03:55:02 PM
For daughter Lauren, who has gone into labor about a month early and had complications this weekend from kidney stones...also for daughter-in-law Meaghan due today...for Cindi (my wife) who is flying out to NC shortly to be with eldest daughter...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on October 28, 2013, 04:08:57 PM
Prayers ascending for your family...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on October 28, 2013, 04:26:06 PM
Annabelle born (Lauren's daughter), thanks be to God, and she's healthy. Cindi preparing to leave. Now for Lydia...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on October 28, 2013, 07:46:19 PM
Congratulations Grandpa - prayers of Thanksgiving for Annabelle.

"Now for Lydia"... who is Lydia?   Is this your eldest daughter?

Marie
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on October 28, 2013, 07:50:12 PM
I am assuming Lydia will be the name of DIL Meaghan's baby...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John, an Unlikely Pastor on October 28, 2013, 10:09:23 PM
I have a prayer request
I am in the midst of a divorce
I ask prayers for persistence for myself
I give thanks for the support of my congregation, family, and friends
I ask God's protection for my girls and their mother.
God grant them all guidance and strength

peace to all and thanks for praying with me
John
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J.L. Precup on October 29, 2013, 12:20:26 AM
John, I pray that your divorce will be buoyed by the grace of Christ.  As a former sailor, I know about waves, and they will come to you...some gentle, and some so furious that it will seem you must surely sink.  I pray the Saviour will calm the storm and lead you all to safe harbor.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on October 29, 2013, 09:32:23 AM
John, may God grant you all His peace and comfort in this challenging time.

Deaconess, Lydia is my son's child, due yesterday, but still not here. Annabelle (my daughter's daughter) was born on Lydia's due date, a month early. Lauren had planned on a second c-section, but Annabelle wasn't having any parts of that. Mother and daughter are all well, and my wife is out with her at the moment...and we're all waiting on pins and needles for the arrival of Annabelle's cousin.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on October 29, 2013, 10:59:42 AM
Thanks Chaplain Weedon:

Babies have a way of coming when they are ready, not always when we think they should.   Lydia may be asserting her determination to be "in control." I am still not used to couples knowing the sex of their child before birth.  Someday I'll catch up with the modern way.  Meanwhile we pray all goes well for mother, father and child.

Marie

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on October 29, 2013, 11:01:17 AM
John:

I pray God grants you persistence in the days ahead as you deal with the brokenness of divorce and that your daughters are protected during the process. May God grant their mother wisdom.

Marie 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on October 29, 2013, 11:10:26 AM
I have a prayer request
I am in the midst of a divorce
I ask prayers for persistence for myself
I give thanks for the support of my congregation, family, and friends
I ask God's protection for my girls and their mother.
God grant them all guidance and strength

peace to all and thanks for praying with me
John
Prayers ascending...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John, an Unlikely Pastor on November 01, 2013, 11:07:43 AM
thanks for the prayers
this has been a year of renewal and faith in God for me.
many thanks and blessings to all of you
John
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J.L. Precup on November 08, 2013, 07:37:28 PM
Called to Glory
In His time, the Lord has called home
Rev. Duane Behnken
 
Reverend Duane Behnken has been called to Heaven of an unknown cause while at his home.
 
Pastor Behnken served faithfully as Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Oceanside for 15 years and was in Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod ministry for 40 years. He will be missed, but we celebrate in knowing that he is now with his Lord and Savior.  Pastor Behnken found great joy and happiness in gardening during his year of retirement.  He was a wealth of knowledge to many at the Carlsbad community garden. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Behnken family.
 
Rev. Duane Behnken's  memorial service will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1900 South Nevada, Oceanside, 92054, on Friday, November 15th, at 11:00 am.  A luncheon will follow the service.
 
If you would like to be in touch with Rev. Ken Behnken (brother) and family, his email address is: kwbehnken@cox.net
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: JoeEckman on November 17, 2013, 07:11:25 PM
http://www.pjstar.com/article/20131117/NEWS/131119271

Prayers for those affected by this tornado. 

Also a quote from President Harrison's Facebook page:  Early info is always sketchy, but it appears a man killed in Washington,  Illinois by the tornados was connected with our LCMS congregation there. Many members have lost homes. Lord have mercy.

Eckman
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Norman Teigen on November 22, 2013, 09:04:30 AM
Linda Teigen's condition has somewhat stabilized.  She is to be removed from Hospice status.  She is expected to be able to move from the care facility to the Teigen home in the future.  We are grateful to God for his promises of care and redemption.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on December 08, 2013, 08:13:25 AM
My wife, Judy's, mother Lucille Platt died in the Lord early this morning one week short of her 92nd birthday.  She had entered hospice care last week, and her heart just gave out while she was sleeping through the night. 

She was a resident of Luther Manor in Wauwatosa, WI.  Funeral services will be held there later this week, date tbd, with Chaplain Ronald Froehlich presiding. 

Lucille rests in peace with all the saints in light perpetual.  Keep Judy in your special prayers, as she mourns, and as the only child takes care of all the obligations and details.

Dave Benke
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on December 08, 2013, 08:59:45 AM
Prayers are ascending...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on December 09, 2013, 03:32:22 PM
Dear Bishop, a prayer for your family:

O holy and righteous God, it has pleased You to call from this life [your servant, Lucille] by temporal death. Let us learn from this death that we, too, must die and leave this world, in order that we may prepare for it in time by repentance, a living faith, and avoiding the sins and vanities of the world. Refresh the soul that has now departed with heavenly consolation and joy, and fulfill for it all the gracious promises which in Your holy Word You have made to those who believe in You. Grant to the body a soft and quiet rest in the earth till the Last Day, when You will reunite body and soul and lead them into glory, so that the entire person who served You here may be filled with heavenly joy there. Comfort Judy and all who are in grief over this death, and be and remain to the bereaved their Father, Provider, Guardian, Helper, and Support. Do not forsake them, and do not withdraw Your hand from them, but let them abundantly experience Your goodness, grace, love, and help, until You will grant them also a happy and blessed end. Hear us for Your mercy’s sake. Amen. (adapted from Starck’s Prayer Book Revised Concordia Edition, p. 345)
Title: Re: Prayer Requests: Sue McArthur‏
Post by: LutherMan on December 13, 2013, 12:42:56 AM
Please keep Sue's family in prayer...

"Dear Friends,

I want to let you know that our dear sister in Christ passed away today at 12:15 pm surrounded by loving family and friends in her room at UNMC.  While the cancer progressed much faster than anyone anticipated, we are thankful that she did not suffer and that she was ready to meet her Lord.  Sue professed her faith many times.  It is a comfort to know she is resting in the arms of Jesus, but it is hard for those left here on this earth.  Please keep Renee, Richard, and all the family in your prayers.  Funeral arrangements are pending.

 

God be with you all—

Pastor Houge"
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on December 13, 2013, 12:56:56 AM
Here is pastor Hogue's email of Nov 1:  Sue went quick and she was young...


Dear Friends,

Sue McArthur has requested our prayers on her behalf as she found out this week that she has lung cancer that has metastasized to her brain.  She will be undergoing radiation treatment at UNMC beginning on Monday, and is also scheduled for chemo.

 

Sue’s faith in Christ is very strong, and she feels very blessed to be surrounded by the faith and love of family and brothers & sisters in Christ at Mt. Calvary.  Right now she needs our faithful and fervent prayers.  I know this is difficult for many of us who are close to Sue, but God is faithful, and He hears our prayers.  As you pray, remember that Christ has carried our infirmities and sickness, and we therefore cling to His cross and trust in His grace and mercies that are new every morning.

 

It may assist your prayer to read and meditate on Psalm 27:1, 4-5, 7-8, 13-14; Matthew 4:23-24; Romans 8:26-32, 35-39.

 

Here is a brief prayer you might like to begin with:

Lord God, the strength of the weak and the consolation of those who suffer, mercifully hear our prayers, and grant to Sue the help of Your power, that her sickness may be turned to health and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Pastor Houge
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Norman Teigen on December 23, 2013, 12:55:49 PM
Linda Teigen has now returned to her home.  "There is no question that Linda remains in the end stages or her battle with MS, but her rebound has still been remarkable. It is good to have her at home where she is most comfortable. She had no complaints about the nursing home -- everyone there was wonderful and very competent -- but in the last couple of weeks, as I began to drop hints about bring her home, she started to look forward to it more and more."

Thanks to all for your continuing prayers and concerns.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on January 02, 2014, 11:44:16 AM
Prayers of thanksgiving for my first grandchild, a girl, born this morning, Laika Lihua Johnson. Everyone doing well, thanks be to God.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on January 02, 2014, 12:07:04 PM
Glory to the Giver of all good gifts! Richard, may you enjoy your little Laika.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: pastorg1@aol.com on January 02, 2014, 12:09:28 PM
God bless you and yours!
So fun!

Pete
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Team Hesse on January 02, 2014, 12:51:52 PM
As my uncle told me at the birth of our first granddaughter several years ago now, "children are a blessing, grandchildren are divine." Enjoy.


Lou
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on January 02, 2014, 03:06:27 PM
Congratulations! Thanks be to God.

Peace, JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on January 02, 2014, 04:44:18 PM
Congratulations!!!  God bless baby Laika, Mom and Dad.

Marie Meyer
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on January 02, 2014, 06:17:08 PM
Pleas keep my sister Merrilee and her husband Tom in your prayers.  They went over to see their only son Tommy this morning and found him dead.  He was only 37 years old and had been sick with the flu.  He attended Lutheran school through twelfth grade...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Team Hesse on January 02, 2014, 06:30:08 PM
oh my....


Lou
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on January 03, 2014, 10:54:29 AM
Lord, have mercy. Will do.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on January 03, 2014, 11:46:04 AM
I will pray for Merrilee and her husband Tom. 

Marie
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on January 03, 2014, 11:54:38 AM
So very sorry for your family's pain - prayers for Merrilee and her family.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on January 06, 2014, 11:33:54 PM
Finally got Tommy's autopsy results, It was a combo of Influenza A which enlarged his heart and dehydration…
If you have the flu this year, GET TO A HOSPITAL for re-hydration.  It was odd at the visitation tonight the pastor didn't come and there was no prayer service...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: swbohler on January 07, 2014, 09:35:23 AM
Belated prayers for you and your family, LutherMan.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on January 07, 2014, 09:44:19 AM
May you and yours find comfort in The One who is the resurrection and the life, LutherMan, Jesus the Christ.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on January 07, 2014, 09:47:09 AM
Thank you all, the funeral is at ten and we are just about ready to leave...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on January 07, 2014, 09:50:18 AM
Thank you for the cautionary advice, LutherMan.  I'm sorry that this advice is from first-hand knowledge.  Continued prayers that our Lord will grant you peace in your loss in the knowledge of life eternal.   
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on January 26, 2014, 07:48:29 AM
For Pastor Jeff Ruby, at one time a frequent contributor to this forum, at the death of his father.

Jeff's father's family haildd from my area and his Obituary was published today.

Quote
SCOTTSDALE, AZ A native of York County, The Rev. Charles H. Ruby passed away at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., on December 19, 2013, at age 82. He was the son of the late Henry H. Ruby and S. Ruth Raifsnider Ruby of York, and the brother of Ruth Ann Abel, who lives in York. He is survived by wife, Sherley Garman Ruby; two children, Melissa Dugan of Camarillo, Calif., and The Rev. Jeffrey Ruby and wife, Susan Ruby of Scottsdale; and grandchildren, David Dugan, and Kaitlin and Erick Ruby. Pastor Ruby was born May 23, 1931, in Lower Windsor Township, on his grandparens' farm, a place fondly known as "the Hollow". As a young child his parents moved to Hellam and later to a farm owned by Canadolchly Lutheran Church in Canadochly. The family relocated to East York when Charles was a teenager. He graduated from William Penn Senior High School. The family roots go back generations at Canadochly Lutheran where he worshipped until going to college. Pastor Ruby was the second Ruby son of Canadochly Lutheran Church to enter the ministry and to graduate from Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary. A great uncle, The Rev. Edward Ruby, preceded him. He served parishes in Harrisburg, Phillipsburg, and Milton, Pa., before moving to Phoenix, Ariz., in 1968. He served a parish in Phoenix before founding Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West. Following his retirement in 1994, he became a member of La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church in Scottsdale where his son, The Rev. Jeffrey Ruby, is one of four pastors. A memorial service was held at La Casa Church. Interment was at La Casa's memorial garden. Memorial gifts may be sent to La Casa Church, 6300 East Bell Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: D. Engebretson on January 28, 2014, 04:57:14 PM
For the family and friends of the Rev. Dr. Paul A. Zimmerman, who departed this life to be with Christ this afternoon.  Dr. Zimmerman was a college president for three of the Concordias, a professor, a pastor, and true and faithful servant of his church for many, many years, even well into retirement. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on January 30, 2014, 08:37:02 AM
For Janet Bouman, wife of Bishop Stephen Bouman (now serving in Chicago).  Janet fell and suffered a broken hip - further exacerbating her MS. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on February 16, 2014, 03:47:14 PM
Friends, I invite your prayers for several things:

-for a clergy friend who has accepted a call to another congregation.  He is moving across country and is excited and apprehensive. 

-for another clergy friend who announced that a member in his congregation experienced the loss of two of his daughters in one week.  On Tuesday a daughter committed suicide.  On Friday another daughter was killed in a car accident.  Please pray for my friend and the congregation he serves during this tragic time.  The father was in church this morning because, when asked by medical personnel if he had people he could be with, said, "I have a church family."

And I would ask for your prayers for me.  A lot of good things are happening and I know it is not my doing, so I pray for humility and the grace to receive these good things with a clean heart and a right spirit.
-My wife is doing reasonably well in her pregnancy and the worst morning sickness she has experienced with any of our children has largely abated.
-Four young children are preparing for first communion in March! 
-Confirmation instruction is taking place for the first time in four years and it is such a fun time.
-Eleven people transferred their membership to our congregation after a time of instruction, conversation, and prayer.
-One of our two new cantors served us today.  Two young ladies (one from MI and one from MN) have relocated to our area.  They both have gifts and talents to share and have accepted our invitation to lead the church in song as cantor!

Glory to You O Lord!  Glory to You!

Jeremy
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Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Brian Stoffregen on February 28, 2014, 12:02:37 PM
I have his permission to share this.


Charles Austin will be experiencing heart-bypass surgery sometime in the next week or two, having failed the heart catheterization test this week. Prayers are appreciated.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on February 28, 2014, 12:08:36 PM
Prayers ascending for Pr. Austin...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on February 28, 2014, 12:08:52 PM
I have his permission to share this.


Charles Austin will be experiencing heart-bypass surgery sometime in the next week or two, having failed the heart catheterization test this week. Prayers are appreciated.

Will definitely keep Charles in my prayers and those of God's people in Brooklyn!

Dave Benke
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peterm on February 28, 2014, 12:27:28 PM
My little corner of Western Iowa will be praying
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: readselerttoo on February 28, 2014, 12:48:51 PM
I am praying for Pr. Austin, as well.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRevRedux on February 28, 2014, 02:16:09 PM
Adding our prayers. Please give Charles our best if you are in touch with him.

Donna
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on February 28, 2014, 02:25:40 PM
Bill and I will remember Charles in our prayers.  If anyone has direct contact with him, please give him our greetings and thoughts of concern.

Marie
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Matt Hummel on February 28, 2014, 02:30:05 PM
Oremus!  Brian, please relay the news of prayers back to Charles.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on February 28, 2014, 04:51:32 PM
Praying for Charles.  Thank you for letting us know.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Brian Stoffregen on February 28, 2014, 05:11:02 PM
Bill and I will remember Charles in our prayers.  If anyone has direct contact with him, please give him our greetings and thoughts of concern.

Marie


I shared your concern. Thank you, on behalf of Charles.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: RogerMartim on February 28, 2014, 09:06:48 PM
God's blessings to Pastor Austin. I miss him as being part of the wonderful group of folks here at ALPB.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Satis Est on February 28, 2014, 09:16:34 PM
May the Lord guide the hands of his surgeon and all who oversee his care. Prayers for the health and welfare of Pastor Austin. And may his wife and family know the strength and support of the Lord as they wait and watch for a good outcome.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on March 03, 2014, 05:58:27 PM
The following communication from Luther Seminary:

We have learned that Lloyd Svendsbye, president of Luther Seminary from 1975 to 1988, died last night surrounded by family. He suffered a stroke last week and did not recover. His leadership helped this institution navigate the merger of Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary and Luther Theological Seminary during his tenure. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne, in May of 2011. Funeral arrangements are pending. The promise of his baptism is fulfilled. Thanks be to God.


Let us thank God for his life and ministry, and pray for comfort for his family and friends.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: David Garner on March 03, 2014, 06:37:29 PM
Please let Pastor Austin know he is in our prayers as well.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on March 03, 2014, 07:39:37 PM
I'm pretty sure Pr. Austin can read this thread, he just no longer has posting priveleges...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Norman Teigen on March 03, 2014, 10:28:27 PM
Here is a link to a write-up in the Minot ND paper about Lloyd Svendsbye.   http://www.minotdailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/532576.html
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Brian Stoffregen on March 04, 2014, 11:18:02 PM
From Charles Austin:


I am scheduled for open-heart bypass surgery Wednesday, March 5, and will be in the hospital for perhaps up to a week; and then will be recuperating at home.


I know I have all of your best wishes; but I need to ask you not to call on the phone or send emails or other electronic communications for about two weeks I will not have a cell phone and when Janet is home at night, she would rather not return a lot of phone calls, answer the phone during the evening or reply to email for at least two weeks.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on March 04, 2014, 11:26:01 PM
Prayers are still ascending for Pr. Austin, his surgeon, caretakers and family...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steverem on March 05, 2014, 09:50:51 AM
Prayers for Charles and his family on this, the day of his surgery.  May God guide the hands of the surgeons, and may he provide healing and comfort.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: JoeEckman on March 05, 2014, 12:18:40 PM
Prayers ascend!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on March 07, 2014, 06:50:44 PM
Pr. Stoffregan,
Do you have any updates on Pr. Austin's recovery?  TIA...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Brian Stoffregen on March 07, 2014, 06:55:30 PM
Pr. Stoffregan,
Do you have any updates on Pr. Austin's recovery?  TIA...


No, I haven't heard anything, yet.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Brian Stoffregen on March 10, 2014, 02:27:43 AM
From Charles Austin:


I’m home. The heart by-pass surgery was completed on Wednesday and all the arteries leading to that significant organ were repaired. I am healing; and full recovery will take 6-8 weeks, considering what they did to my body. Feeling better each day and know this experience was necessary. I will not be fully functioning for a while and Janet would rather not handle too many phone calls, since she has to spend some time handling me.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on March 10, 2014, 08:27:58 AM
Thank you for posting.  Prayers of thanksgiving for the successful procedure - prayers that Charles will heal well and soon be back to doing all he loves.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Brian Stoffregen on April 04, 2014, 03:50:54 AM
Latest report from Charles Austin:

One month after my by-pass surgery, I am not quite back to “normal,” but I am resuming most of my “normal” activities. So this is my final update. I appreciate very much the concern expressed by friends near and far.

The cardiologist does not need to see me again until late May.

The “numbers” – blood pressure, cholesterol, pulse, etc. – are all good.

I have begun cardiac-rehab at Holy Name Hospital, where they will work on building up my strength and endurance. That program runs the next ten weeks.

Most of the pain from the wound is gone. No heavy-duty pain-killers needed.

I have an “eating plan” (not a “diet”) that should keep bringing my weight down, and have lost 20 pounds since the surgery.

Though occasionally tired, I feel good.

I am grateful to God, to medical science and the skills of doctors and nurses, to my sturdy Scandinavian genes, and to whatever luck that swirls around my life that I was able to come through this.

Looking forward to the beach this Summer.


We give thanks for his healing.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on April 04, 2014, 04:04:37 AM
Prayers of Thanksgiving for Pr. Austin's recovery.  Thanks be to God for Janet, his surgeons/medical team and all who assisted in his recovery...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRevRedux on April 04, 2014, 08:33:22 AM
Thanks for the updates on Pr. Austin, Brian. It is good to hear he is doing well.

Donna
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on April 04, 2014, 08:38:09 AM
Very good news - grateful that all is going well.

Thank you for posting.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on April 04, 2014, 01:09:29 PM
Charles is a good man who has a new heart after open heart surgery.  This in my opinion qualifies as a second life.  Since he was banned from alpb forum for the duration of his first life, he would then be eligible for participation here, the new man having come forth and arisen.

Dave Benke
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peterm on April 04, 2014, 01:33:55 PM
It would be interesting to hear someone who has gone through this kind of thing preach on the raising of Lazerus, which is the appointed Gospel in the Revised Common Lectionary for this coming Sunday.  I would imagine it might resonate a little.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Satis Est on April 04, 2014, 01:44:35 PM
Charles is a good man who has a new heart after open heart surgery.  This in my opinion qualifies as a second life.  Since he was banned from alpb forum for the duration of his first life, he would then be eligible for participation here, the new man having come forth and arisen.

Dave Benke

As far as stress levels go from posting here, I'm not sure we'd be doing him any favors!  ;)
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Norman Teigen on April 04, 2014, 02:22:57 PM
Good point, President Benke.  I think that the point is well made.  A return of the second Charles Austin could only improve the quality of the ALPB Forum.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Keith Falk on April 04, 2014, 02:47:50 PM
Can we PLEASE not make a prayer request thread about Charles Austin and whether or not he should return? Start another thread.

Please pray for my daughter (5 years old) who broke her leg and my father in law who had quintuple bypass surgery on Monday. And for my wife and I who will.be caregivers for both
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Satis Est on April 04, 2014, 03:57:32 PM
Gracious Lord, we ask that you would bring healing both to Keith's daughter and to his father-in-law, patience to both of them during the process of recovery and mending, and strength of both body and spirit to Keith and his wife in their caretaking. Surround them all with your gift of reassurance and ability to get rest and sleep that restores, while leaning on your arms of mercy. In the name of him who brought healing, even new life, to those who responded to his voice, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on April 04, 2014, 05:02:52 PM
Prayers ascending Pr Falk...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: RogerMartim on April 04, 2014, 10:20:15 PM
Good health to Pastor Austin. I keep him in my daily prayers.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Eriksson on April 05, 2014, 03:41:13 AM
a Te Deum on Charles's news,  hope the travel insurance issue doesn't ground his travel plans for the next few years.


 and Te Deum also for the healthy birth of my little brother Bart's baby daughter it looks like she will be named Miia-Margaret Sophia and hopefully no cartoon character will be dreamed up to make her life problematic.

Best to all
james in japan
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on April 06, 2014, 03:43:55 PM
http://www.jg.net/article/20140405/BLOGS01/140409636


Published: April 5, 2014 10:42 a.m.
Concordia seminary updates Quill condition in Australia

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Statement as issued Saturday by Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTS) – The Rev. Dr. Timothy Quill, Dean of International Studies at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS) in Fort Wayne (www.ctsfw.edu) and Director of Theological Education for The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod (LCMS) Office of International Mission (www.lcms.org), fell ill on Wednesday, April 2, in Adelaide, Australia. Quill was taken to Royal Adelaide Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm (subarachnoid hemorrhage). An immediate procedure (craniotomy) to relieve the pressure was followed within 24 hours by surgery to repair the aneurysm (surgical clipping). The first week after the surgery is critical and he is being carefully monitored by the medical team. Quill remains in the Intensive Care Unit.
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Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dan Fienen on April 12, 2014, 06:16:23 PM
I have accepted the call to be part time Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Baldwin, Michigan.  Installation on April, 27.  Prayers requested for this new opportunity for ministry.

Pr. Daniel Fienen
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: D. Engebretson on April 12, 2014, 06:35:20 PM
I have accepted the call to be part time Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Baldwin, Michigan.  Installation on April, 27.  Prayers requested for this new opportunity for ministry.

Pr. Daniel Fienen

Wow!  I was the first full-time pastor of Grace, Baldwin from 1987 - 1992, a call I accepted right out of seminary. Prior to this it was served by vicars for several years, all supervised by the pastor our of Reed City.  At the time it was a district mission plant and heavily subsidized until they pulled out in the late 80's.  The Circuit Mission Council of the Big Rapids Circuit picked up the financial burden to the tune, I believe, of $30,000 a year, where we supplied the remaining $20,000.  My salary that first year was $16,500 and the parsonage was a 12 X 50 mobile home, vintage early 70's, which they eventually replaced a few years later with a double-wide.  An interesting community - At the time it was biracial and rather poor and lightly populated (the county having less than 10,000 of total population.)  I would love to hear more about the parish as it is now.  I've largely lost touch with the area.  I later served in West Branch and then at Trinity - Traverse City before coming back to Wisconsin.

Indeed, prayers ascend on your behalf.  I am so pleased to hear that the congregatation is still alive and well that they are calling another servant even 20+ years later.  I truly wish I could make the installation.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dan Fienen on April 12, 2014, 06:50:13 PM
The congregation is still quite small (hence the part time call) and the county still lightly populated.  The congregation is primarily made up of retirees.  The parsonage is still a double wide, but nice.  One of the highlights of the congregation is the monthly feeding program they started and continue to run with other churches and organizations in the community.  Every month they bring in a truck load of food that they distribute.  I'm looking forward to serving there.

Dan
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Norman Teigen on April 14, 2014, 08:35:56 AM
Sincere best wishes for your ministry in your new parish.  The promises of Scripture will make it happen.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peterm on April 14, 2014, 10:40:52 AM
God's blessings on your new Call!  They are lucky folk to have you, and I will pray for your ministry there.
Title: Peter Garrison
Post by: Richard Johnson on April 25, 2014, 11:59:58 AM
Hold our colleague and active ALPB poster Peter Garrison in your prayers as he concludes his ministry at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Burlingame, CA, this Sunday and moves into retirement. For an interesting account of his ministry, check out http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lnews/2014-04-24/good-shepherd-burlingame-pastor-peter-garrison-to-retire-focus-on-painting/1776425122080.html (http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lnews/2014-04-24/good-shepherd-burlingame-pastor-peter-garrison-to-retire-focus-on-painting/1776425122080.html)
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peterm on April 25, 2014, 12:13:47 PM
Blessings on Pastor Garrison as he moves to this new phase.  I hope he will stick around here because I appreciate his insights
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on April 25, 2014, 02:47:30 PM
Nice article. May the Lord bless your retirement richly, Pr. Garrison!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on April 25, 2014, 03:08:12 PM
Great article, Blessings as you adjust to this new phase in your life Pr. Garrison...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steverem on June 03, 2014, 09:34:19 AM
Please keep in your prayers my friend Carlos and his family.  On Friday, his son Mark, who just finished his junior year in high school, was returning home from graduation festivities at his Christian high school in Norfolk, Virginia.  A man driving in the opposite direction on a major thoroughfare pulled out a semi-automatic weapon and began shooting randomly out the window of his car.  One of the bullets struck and killed Mark.  The suspect later shot and killed a police officer and wounded another before dying in an exchange of gunfire with police.

Carlos is a pastor (second career) at a Presbyterian (PCA) congregation in Virginia Beach.  May God provide him and his family with the peace that passes all understanding.

Here's an article about the shooting (http://hamptonroads.com/2014/05/officer-teen-and-suspect-killed-norfolk-shooting), and a nice piece on Mark and the Rodriguez family (http://hamptonroads.com/2014/06/community-remembers-norfolk-christian-student).
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steverem on June 03, 2014, 09:41:22 AM
BTW, here is Mark's last blog post (http://markrodriguezphotography.com/2014/04/05/heaven/), looking forward to the promises of Heaven.  As we mourn of his passing, we rejoice that his desire to be in the presence of his Father has been fulfilled.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on June 07, 2014, 04:25:46 PM
Prayers for one of our fellow Lutherans, Dan Nigro, as he heads back to the fire department of NYC after an absence of 12 years - now as commissioner.  Dan was promoted to head the fire department while down at the WTC - his colleague and boss had been killed.  I interviewed Dan for an article in December of 2001 and he told me that he had at least one funeral scheduled every day through March.  This marks a homecoming for Dan, yet I'm sure he is in need of prayers - not only on his appointment, but the memories of the past.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/07/nyregion/Daniel-Nigro-fire-commissioner-new-york-city.html?emc=edit_tnt_20140606&nlid=23915585&tntemail0=y&_r=2
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Satis Est on June 18, 2014, 11:13:10 PM
   I ask your prayers for my part of the country, northwestern Iowa, eastern South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, and northeast Nebraska. Since Monday we have been in the grip of a violent weather pattern, which caused twin tornados that wiped out most of Pilger, NE along with other tornados that caused damage in other communities and farms, and which caused over 9 inches of rain on Monday night in my area, causing widespread flooding in South Dakota south of Sioux Falls and in northwest Iowa. A number of towns are dealing with water, farms are cut off by rising flood waters as all the rivers and streams are out of their banks. In Pilger two people were killed, one being a five year old. The ELCA church was heavily damaged, and the LCMS church building was destroyed. The town my congregation is in, Hawarden, IA is facing what is being called an "unprecedented flood crest" and while my church is safe on high ground, several of my members are sandbagging their homes and praying it doesn't rain any more up stream. And tonight there is another round of storms in South Dakota, with the town of Wessington Springs being hard hit by a powerful tornado, and a number of homes and businesses destroyed.

   Please keep all these communities in your prayers, and pray that this weather pattern changes, and soon.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on June 19, 2014, 12:44:28 AM
Prayers are ascending, we don't need another Missouri River flood again...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on June 19, 2014, 05:30:22 PM
   I ask your prayers for my part of the country, northwestern Iowa, eastern South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, and northeast Nebraska. Since Monday we have been in the grip of a violent weather pattern, which caused twin tornados that wiped out most of Pilger, NE along with other tornados that caused damage in other communities and farms, and which caused over 9 inches of rain on Monday night in my area, causing widespread flooding in South Dakota south of Sioux Falls and in northwest Iowa. A number of towns are dealing with water, farms are cut off by rising flood waters as all the rivers and streams are out of their banks. In Pilger two people were killed, one being a five year old. The ELCA church was heavily damaged, and the LCMS church building was destroyed. The town my congregation is in, Hawarden, IA is facing what is being called an "unprecedented flood crest" and while my church is safe on high ground, several of my members are sandbagging their homes and praying it doesn't rain any more up stream. And tonight there is another round of storms in South Dakota, with the town of Wessington Springs being hard hit by a powerful tornado, and a number of homes and businesses destroyed.

   Please keep all these communities in your prayers, and pray that this weather pattern changes, and soon.

An incredible thing, and you are all in the prayers of those of us who went through Superstorm Sandy out this way.

Dave Benke
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on June 20, 2014, 11:12:53 PM
We are really getting hammered here in the Omaha metro and so is IA tonight...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on June 26, 2014, 11:05:26 AM
LCMS pastors will recall the years Pr. Ron Fink served as president of the Atlantic District.  Please remember Timothy Fink, son of Ron and Millie Fink, as Tim undergoes chemotherapy for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Tim, his wife and two young sons live in Florida where he is being treated for this particular cancer.

Marie Meyer
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on June 26, 2014, 10:02:14 PM
My wife is being induced right now.  #5 is coming "soon". Strange because we have used midwives with #1-4. Everything is good with mom and baby but are a little anxious since this is a little different.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on June 26, 2014, 10:30:33 PM
Prayers for a safe delivery and a healthy baby.

Kyrie Eleison.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on June 27, 2014, 07:05:18 AM
Friends, an update on my wife and#5.  Still no baby yet.  She got an epidural,  as the pain was quite intense. It did thetrick but it made her a little anxious.  She's not had to go this route before. She's a little calmer now and things are progressing though slowly.  The baby looks good on the monitors.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on June 27, 2014, 10:11:42 AM
Thanks for update, Jeremy. Prayers for your wife and little one.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on June 27, 2014, 10:34:39 AM
Jonah Thomas Loesch was born this morning,  7:30ish!  He and Mom are doing great!   He's sleeping;  Mom's kind of wired. I've got daddy adrenaline.   Praise God Father Son and Holy Spirit!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on June 27, 2014, 10:48:14 AM
Alleluia!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on June 27, 2014, 10:49:10 AM
  Praise God Father Son and Holy Spirit!
Now and always and unto ages of ages, AMEN,
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: scott8 on June 27, 2014, 10:56:01 AM
Congrats!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on June 27, 2014, 11:59:07 AM
Congrats & Blessings!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Likeness on June 27, 2014, 12:27:47 PM
God's blessings on Jeremy and his wife
upon the birth of their 5th child.  This is
how you grow a parish:  Fill up  the
parsonage.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Harvey_Mozolak on June 27, 2014, 02:13:19 PM
onward to the Name over the water and the water over the newly named...

Harvey Mozolak
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Norman Teigen on August 25, 2014, 10:45:13 AM
Professor Mark Harstad of Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato MN, and a second cousin of mine, is in the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for treatment of debilitating disease.  Prayer is requested for this faithful and pious Christian in a time of great need. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Satis Est on August 26, 2014, 12:12:31 AM
 I request your prayers for Phebe Hospital in Liberia, which is/was the largest provider of medical care in Liberia before the onset of the Ebola virus. When one of its doctors and 5 of its nurses came down with Ebola, most of the nurses fled and the hospital has basically shut down. This hospital had been refurbished after the devastating civil war, and now it is having to turn the sick away. It is affiliated with the Lutheran Church in Liberia, and has received aid from Lutherans in this country and from around the world; its troubles are emblematic of the devastation felt in Liberia with the spread of Ebola in that country. Please pray for those who are trying to get this hospital back on its feet to serve the desperate needs of Liberia; and pray for those in Liberia caught in the throes of this epidemic.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on September 14, 2014, 09:42:38 PM
Friends, some of you know that I have been called to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Grandview MO.  Today I announced to my congregation in DE that I have accepted that call and will be leaving at the end of October and installed in mid-November. 

My wife and children are excited about this new opportunity and I am too.  We are moving far away from our immediate families but the people in the new congregation seem very excited to have us come and be with them.  We are leaving some dear friends behind but are confident that there will be new people who will become part of our lives and we will become part of theirs. 

Please pray for my people here at Our Redeemer.  We have been together 9+ years.  They welcomed me and Amanda and Jacob in and continued to be welcoming when Matthew, Corinna, Caleb, and Jonah arrived.  I think they expected me to take this call because seasons don't last forever.  They are in a good position but have some trepidation about the future.  (Don't we all!)

Please pray that our house sells.  We know it will but would rather have it sell sooner rather than later.  We've lost $60000 on this nice home that is filled with memories and provided us a roof over our heads.  But we need it gone.

Please pray for the people that are waiting for me and my family at Holy Trinity.  They are an excited bunch, a group that seems pretty engaged with the community, has a solid, stable preschool, has two bell choirs, two choirs, and some wonderful human resources. 

Thanks.

Jeremy 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on September 15, 2014, 12:22:34 AM
It's fire season here in California, and with the drought, a really big deal. We had quite a scare yesterday afternoon with a wildfire about two miles from us; thankfully, the fire crews got on it very quickly and it is now pretty much under control, but we went through the exercise of pulling out things to throw in the car if we had to evacuate. There were a couple of families at church this morning who were evacuated, but are now back in their homes.

There is now another very serious fire burning, 2500 acres at this point, a couple of counties south of us; lots of evacuations. Please pray for those threatened by the fire, and for the firefighters.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J.L. Precup on September 21, 2014, 04:24:51 PM
I happened upon an obituary in my local paper today. 

+ Robert George Brosius, graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysberg, 1943.  He became a Navy chaplain in 1943; served for 22 years; and then was appointed as Field Service Pastor, Division of Service to Military Personnel, Lutheran Council in the USA 1967-1981.  Last year, he celebrated his 70th ordination anniversary.

He will be interred at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery tomorrow. 

http://focus.tracinglight.com/photos/297/Fort_Rosecrans_National_Cemetery___Point_Loma___San_Diego__CA/

Rest in + Peace.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on September 22, 2014, 10:53:10 AM
Today I ask prayers of Thanksgiving for the 350th anniversary of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, the congregation of my youth.  In his sermon at yesterday's anniversary service,  President David Benke recalled how the congregation was God's instrument in ministering to countless persons the past 350 years and repeatedly reminding them ""This is only the beginning."  At a signal as only Dave Benke can give, the congregation repeated "This is only the beginning" throughout the service.

Thank God that 350 years ago Lutheran Dutch settlers founded the  Congregation of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession of Faith, the first Lutheran congregation in the first original 13 states.  Thank God for men like Heinrich Melchior Muhlenburg (1750-53), Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenburg (1773-76) and my pastors Alfred Trinklein and Oswald Hoffman (1945-67). Thank God that today in the northern end of Manhattan Island there is a small community of Lutherans from the Caribbean and American south that continues to worship under the leadership of a pastor baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Guyana.

Marie   
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on September 22, 2014, 12:03:55 PM
My father vicared at St. Matthew's a long time ago.  1965?  He graduated in 1967, so I'm subtracting a couple of years from that. 

Jeremy
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on September 22, 2014, 03:26:27 PM
How do congregations like St. Matthew stay open? I went to the Missouri Synod Church's web site and found out that their average Sunday morning attendance at servcies is only 25 people. Do they have large endowments or something? No way 25 people coming to church can keep the doors open.

Outreach, perhaps?  The congregation that I attended in Woodside, Queens has very few members.  25 on a Sunday would be considered good!  Admittedly they rent their space to many (many) different groups to supplement their income, but with the few people they have, they are very active in outreach to the community and beyond.  They hold fellowship events, free of charge, for the community - the pastor (and the people) are very engaged in the area.  They meet and work in activities that reach nationally and internationally.  I like to think that God blesses their efforts which allows the doors to stay open. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on September 22, 2014, 03:29:14 PM
Today I ask prayers of Thanksgiving for the 350th anniversary of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, the congregation of my youth.  In his sermon at yesterday's anniversary service,  President David Benke recalled how the congregation was God's instrument in ministering to countless persons the past 350 years and repeatedly reminding them ""This is only the beginning."  At a signal as only Dave Benke can give, the congregation repeated "This is only the beginning" throughout the service.

Thank God that 350 years ago Lutheran Dutch settlers founded the  Congregation of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession of Faith, the first Lutheran congregation in the first original 13 states.  Thank God for men like Heinrich Melchior Muhlenburg (1750-53), Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenburg (1773-76) and my pastors Alfred Trinklein and Oswald Hoffman (1945-67). Thank God that today in the northern end of Manhattan Island there is a small community of Lutherans from the Caribbean and American south that continues to worship under the leadership of a pastor baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Guyana.

Marie

Marie, is this St. Matthew in the Bronx?  I believe so as the name Trinklein seems to be familiar.  Quite of few of my school chums at Our Saviour came from St. Matthew.  If I recall, they had an elementary school back in the late 50's - 60's (and may still).

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on September 22, 2014, 03:42:38 PM
I'm not Marie, but hold her in the highest regard.

St. Matthew's is not in the Bronx, although H.S. youth probably attended Our Saviour, Bronx, since St. Matthew's is close to the Bronx. Yes Pastor Trinklein is the one, until 1967. (Pr. Keith Loesch, Jeremy's father, and many, many others vicared at St. Matthew's.) St. Matthew's struggled mightily to keep the elementary school open but finally had to close due simply to economic failure. Many Lutheran (and Catholic) schools have succumbed here in NYC. Parents cannot afford to pay what it costs to run a school in the city today.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on September 22, 2014, 03:57:32 PM
Many Lutheran (and Catholic) schools have succumbed here in NYC. Parents cannot afford to pay what it costs to run a school in the city today.
That isn't unique to NYC, we are down to two LCMS schools here in Omaha (NE is Lutherland) and many RC schools have also closed...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on September 22, 2014, 04:07:55 PM
I'm not Marie, but hold her in the highest regard.

St. Matthew's is not in the Bronx, although H.S. youth probably attended Our Saviour, Bronx, since St. Matthew's is close to the Bronx. Yes Pastor Trinklein is the one, until 1967. (Pr. Keith Loesch, Jeremy's father, and many, many others vicared at St. Matthew's.) St. Matthew's struggled mightily to keep the elementary school open but finally had to close due simply to economic failure. Many Lutheran (and Catholic) schools have succumbed here in NYC. Parents cannot afford to pay what it costs to run a school in the city today.

Thanks Pastor Hannah - I always enjoy your knowledge of the churches of the boroughs.  I'm afraid I tend to put congregations with which we interacted in the Bronx - be they Manhattan (or even Yonkers).   We've seen the same trend, sadly, in my area of NJ with several Roman Catholic schools closing.  The school which is part of my husband's parish is thriving and I pray it stays that way.   

I, too, hold Marie in the highest regard - as  do you.

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Mike in Pennsylvania on September 22, 2014, 04:30:50 PM
Congratulations to St. Matthew's on 350 years.  However, it does not hold the distinction of being the oldest Lutheran church in the USA.  That belongs to 1st, Albany, NY, also founded by Dutch Lutherans, in 1649.  That makes them 365 years old!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on September 22, 2014, 04:57:27 PM
http://www.stmatthewnyc.org/

I don't find anything to identify St. Matthew's as LCMS at their website.  I also found it interesting that the majority of the leaders are women...
Congregational Leaders

Congregational President
Vice-President – Ms. Lois Bowman
Secretary – Ms.. Helen Smith
Treasurer – Mr. Roger Clinton
Elder – Dr. Ruth Zerner
Elder – Ms. Geneva Carmichael
Trustee – Ms. Lois Bowman
Member-at-Large – Ms. Claire Charles
Pastor – The Reverend Peter A.D. Deebrah

http://www.stmatthewnyc.org/about/congregational-leaders/
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles Austin on September 22, 2014, 05:14:54 PM
Why would that be "interesting"?
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steverem on September 22, 2014, 05:16:20 PM
http://www.stmatthewnyc.org/

I don't find anything to identify St. Matthew's as LCMS at their website.  I also found it interesting that the majority of the leaders are women...
Congregational Leaders

Congregational President
Vice-President – Ms. Lois Bowman
Secretary – Ms.. Helen Smith
Treasurer – Mr. Roger Clinton
Elder – Dr. Ruth Zerner
Elder – Ms. Geneva Carmichael
Trustee – Ms. Lois Bowman
Member-at-Large – Ms. Claire Charles
Pastor – The Reverend Peter A.D. Deebrah

http://www.stmatthewnyc.org/about/congregational-leaders/

Look harder - there are links to the LCMS, the Atlantic District, the Atlantic District LWML, and Lutheran Hour Ministries.

And of course, there's the fact that the church existed for centuries before the LCMS was a thing (or Missouri a state, for that matter).
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on September 22, 2014, 05:19:32 PM
http://www.stmatthewnyc.org/

I don't find anything to identify St. Matthew's as LCMS at their website.  I also found it interesting that the majority of the leaders are women...
Congregational Leaders

Congregational President
Vice-President – Ms. Lois Bowman
Secretary – Ms.. Helen Smith
Treasurer – Mr. Roger Clinton
Elder – Dr. Ruth Zerner
Elder – Ms. Geneva Carmichael
Trustee – Ms. Lois Bowman
Member-at-Large – Ms. Claire Charles
Pastor – The Reverend Peter A.D. Deebrah

http://www.stmatthewnyc.org/about/congregational-leaders/

You'll find a link on lcms.org to St. Matthew. 

Just out of curiosity, why is the leadership being predominantly women of interest? 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on September 22, 2014, 05:21:59 PM
Congratulations to St. Matthew's on 350 years.  However, it does not hold the distinction of being the oldest Lutheran church in the USA.  That belongs to 1st, Albany, NY, also founded by Dutch Lutherans, in 1649.  That makes them 365 years old!

St. Matthew's, Manhattan is likewise older than the British charter of 1664 suggests. (The issuing of the charter is what we celebrated yesterday.) The church, First Lutheran, in Albany was served by St. Matthew's pastor simultaneously while under Dutch rule. The pastor rode boats back and forth on the Hudson River. The two are arguably the same age, although the Manhattan congregation owns the British issued charter and probably was organized a bit earlier. Both were here long before the LCMS and ELCA began their feud.

"But, we've just begun!" (Bishop David H. Benke, Day of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, September 21, 2014)

Peace, JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on September 22, 2014, 05:22:46 PM
http://www.stmatthewnyc.org/

I don't find anything to identify St. Matthew's as LCMS at their website.  I also found it interesting that the majority of the leaders are women...
Congregational Leaders

Congregational President
Vice-President – Ms. Lois Bowman
Secretary – Ms.. Helen Smith
Treasurer – Mr. Roger Clinton
Elder – Dr. Ruth Zerner
Elder – Ms. Geneva Carmichael
Trustee – Ms. Lois Bowman
Member-at-Large – Ms. Claire Charles
Pastor – The Reverend Peter A.D. Deebrah

http://www.stmatthewnyc.org/about/congregational-leaders/

Look harder - there are links to the LCMS, the Atlantic District, the Atlantic District LWML, and Lutheran Hour Ministries.

And of course, there's the fact that the church existed for centuries before the LCMS was a thing (or Missouri a state, for that matter).

...or the United States was established!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on September 22, 2014, 05:28:32 PM
Why would that be "interesting"?

You'll find a link on lcms.org to St. Matthew. 

Just out of curiosity, why is the leadership being predominantly women of interest?
I have never belonged to, or attended an LCMS parish with women elders or leaders.  Just found it interesting.  I guess things are done differently in the AD than they are here in the heartland.  Even in San Diego the leadership was all men...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on September 22, 2014, 08:33:03 PM
I don't think anyone from the area answered my question...I'm genuinely curious to know how a congregation that only has 25 people, on average, in worship on a Sunday morning manages to keep its doors open.

Is it simply a matter of the interest being earned on bequests and legacies, left in wills and so forth?

Can somebody from New York who knows the situation there explain?


When the community where St. Matthew was located changed significantly, the congregation declined. We moved my mother from the area in the seventies when several elderly women were mugged. Since the small remaining congregation could no longer maintain the existing properties, the decision was made to sell the church and school buildings. Today, the Inwood section of Manhattan has stabilized, so the small congregation determined to stay in the area and look for another place to worship.

An ELCA congregation in the area agreed that St. Matthew conduct worship services in their building on Sunday afternoons at 1:30.  Money invested from the sale of the property provides the pastor's salary. I do not think the congregation has been the recipient of significant legacies.

The congregation is not like most LCMS congregations in that 90% of the members are persons of color. Two persons influential in leading the congregation during the move happen to be women. One, a white retired college professor now confined to a wheel chair, was confirmed at St. Matthew in 1948. I believe the other woman, an African American woman, is a business woman. 

I thank God for Dr. Ruth Zerner and Mrs. Lois Bowman. Both women also serve on the ALPB Board.

Marie Meyer
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on September 22, 2014, 10:24:29 PM
My brother attended and graduated from Concordia College, Bronxville.  He's three years older than I am.  When it was possible I would accompany my dad when taking my brother to school or picking him up.  (We lived in NoVa so it was only a five hour drive.)  Sometimes my dad and I would drive by St. Matthew's.  I recall seeing signs predominantly in Spanish at the church and in that neighborhood and my dad told me that the neighborhood had likely changed in ethnic composition since his days as a vicar there. 

And I learned from him that St. Matthew's was in Manhattan, though it was called Uptown.  The area around Central Park is Midtown and then Downtown is at the southern tip of Manhattan.  I thought it was a neat area, though my favorite part of Manhattan is Midtown.  Central Park is nice and the Children's Museum is within walking distance.  When we only had two kids, we'd swing up to Manhattan and visit some of my wife's family.

If we want to get back to having a prayer request, the sign goes up in front of our house tomorrow.  We are praying for a buyer as we prepare to move to Grandview MO.  My final Sunday at Our Redeemer in Newark DE is All Saints' Day and my installation at Holy Trinity, Grandview is Nov. 16.  We have a place to live there but need someone to buy our home here.  These are days of tears and anxiety and anticipation.  I'm spending extra time with the shut ins and the nursing home residents and it breaks my heart.  I love them so much and have gained more from my interaction with them then they will ever know!  I do not doubt the Lord's leading to Grandview and I am already starting to dream of how it will be there and what I will learn from the people but it is so hard to leave.  I have prayed for these people here daily and they pray for me.  They love my family and we love them.  It is so hard to leave. 

Please pray for us.  These are crazy days!

Jeremy
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on September 22, 2014, 10:30:10 PM
Prayers ascending Pr. Loesch...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peterm on September 23, 2014, 09:46:51 AM
Jeremy you and yours have my faithful prayers in the days ahead.  We went through a similar transition seven months ago when I took this Call to Western Iowa, so I know how those things go.  May your house sell quickly to the right buyer and may God bless you as you put down roots in your new Call.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: D. Engebretson on September 25, 2014, 10:35:02 AM
I just learned today that my friend and brother in the ministry, Pastor Ken Mangold, has entered hospice care.  He was part of my circuit here in Northern Wisconsin for a number of years, during which we watched and prayed with him as he underwent liver transplant surgery.  Unfortunately, this liver was failing, too, and he was up for a second transplant.  But then he became too weak to even wait for this.  Our families came to know each other and I also served as his circuit counselor, so this pending passing now hits me much harder than some.  I am already grieving. Please include this dear pastor and his family in your prayers.  His days on this earth appear now to be very short. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on September 25, 2014, 12:23:39 PM
Lord, in Your mercy hear our prayer!

Jeremy
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRevRedux on September 26, 2014, 08:40:52 AM
I just learned today that my friend and brother in the ministry, Pastor Ken Mangold, has entered hospice care.  He was part of my circuit here in Northern Wisconsin for a number of years, during which we watched and prayed with him as he underwent liver transplant surgery.  Unfortunately, this liver was failing, too, and he was up for a second transplant.  But then he became too weak to even wait for this.  Our families came to know each other and I also served as his circuit counselor, so this pending passing now hits me much harder than some.  I am already grieving. Please include this dear pastor and his family in your prayers.  His days on this earth appear now to be very short.

Praying for Pastor Mangold and his family, but also for you, Don, and your aching pastoral heart. Lord, have mercy.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Likeness on September 28, 2014, 03:18:23 PM
Pastor Kenneth Mangold was called home to heaven
on September 26 and his funeral will be September
30, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Washburn, Illinois.
May the Lord comfort those who mourn his death
with the hope of the resurrection on the Last Day.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRevRedux on September 29, 2014, 07:57:03 AM
Pastor Kenneth Mangold was called home to heaven
on September 26 and his funeral will be September
30, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Washburn, Illinois.
May the Lord comfort those who mourn his death
with the hope of the resurrection on the Last Day.

Thank you for the update. May God bless his memory and comfort all who knew and loved him.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: D. Engebretson on September 29, 2014, 09:05:56 AM
Pastor Kenneth Mangold was called home to heaven
on September 26 and his funeral will be September
30, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Washburn, Illinois.
May the Lord comfort those who mourn his death
with the hope of the resurrection on the Last Day.

Thank you, as well, Pastor Likeness for the update.  I will be attending the funeral tomorrow in Washburn.  And thank you to others who have expressed their concern.  We rejoice as those who know that we have life and that more abundantly in Chirst.  Chirst is risen, He is risen indeed!  Alleluia. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on October 03, 2014, 06:34:10 AM
My wife and I learned last night that Pr. Leroy Eckert, my classmate since 1953 (Sexta-St. Paul's, Concordia, MO) died of pneumonia. In 2007 he suffered a debilitating stroke. His wife, Lois, has been caring for him at home all these years. (Lois was a college room-mate to my wife, Lorna.)

After ordination (1965) Leroy served as a translator in New Guinea, where his two daughters were born. Eventually he came to a parish in Southern Illinois. Just after his retirement he got the stroke.

May he rest in peace as he awaits the resurrection!

Peace, JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on October 22, 2014, 12:44:54 PM
Breaking: Gunman shoots soldier near Canadian parliament, shots fired inside Parliament Hill; Update: “Numerous gunmen,” says Ottawa PD; Update: 3rd site reports shooting; Update: PD says one gunman dead

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/10/22/breaking-gunman-shoots-soldier-near-canadian-parliament-shots-fired-inside-parliament-hill/
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J.L. Precup on November 06, 2014, 07:32:40 PM
+ Ross Henry Trower

A pastor and Navy Chaplain for nearly seventy years.

He served as a chaplain in the United States Navy for over 38 years and as a parish pastor until this past sumer.  He was selected for the rank of Rear Admiral in 1979 and was the 15th Chief of Chaplains until 1983.

From 1984 until 2014, Pastor Trower served on the staff of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Springfield Virginia, and was a member of the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The funeral will be at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 5800 Backlick Road, Springfield, on Saturday morning, November 8, at 10:30 a.m.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on November 07, 2014, 06:02:35 AM
A truly great pastor! Descended from Perry County (LCMS) Lutherans; his family became ULCA. He was the kind of pastor we all strive to be.

May he rest in peace and perpetual light shine upon him.

Peace, JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J.L. Precup on November 13, 2014, 07:04:52 PM
+ William R. Hampton

Pastor and Navy Chaplain.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on November 13, 2014, 09:53:50 PM
Bill died yesterday afternoon about 5 p.m. after an illness of 6 months. Known to many of his friends as the "desert father" (because he served two congregations in the high desert of California), he was a fine pastor, educator, evangelist. He was a founding member of the Society of the Holy Trinity.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on November 14, 2014, 06:31:31 AM
So sorry to learn about Bill. I met him first as we organized the STS. He was an unusually faithful and committed pastor, indeed. May he rest in peace and perpetual light shine on him.

JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Brian Stoffregen on November 20, 2014, 04:43:10 PM
I just received word that the Rev. Dr. Richard Jensen has died. He and his wife, Rev. Bonnie Jensen, were well known in ELCA circles. I had him as a teacher at Wartburg Seminary. He was a Lutheran theological voice within the Charismatic movement. Even though he was a theology professor, many of us learned a great deal about preaching from him. He taught courses and wrote books on Story-Telling Preaching. (Another theology professor opposed that style of preaching, so we had interesting discussions.)
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on November 20, 2014, 09:34:35 PM
Please keep me (Craig Juhansen) in prayer.  I had a bad blockage in my right leg artery and had to have the calcium scraped and scooped out.  I lost my right big toe as a result of poor to no cirulation...

I got out of ICU earlier this evening and will God willing be on my feet tomorrow,,,
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on November 21, 2014, 05:55:41 AM
Please keep me (Craig Juhansen) in prayer.  I had a bad blockage in my right leg artery and had to have the calcium scraped and scooped out.  I lost my right big toe as a result of poor to no cirulation...

I got out of ICU earlier this evening and will God willing be on my feet tomorrow,,,

Sorry to learn this, Craig. Blessings to you and healing from our God.

Peace, JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRevRedux on November 21, 2014, 08:22:33 AM
Prayers ascending for your healing, Craig.

Donna
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on November 21, 2014, 09:21:22 AM
Craig,

God grant you healing and peace!

Will
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: FrPeters on November 21, 2014, 09:38:33 AM
I believe Bill Hampton was a frequent attendee at the Concordia Theological Seminary Symposia where I met him many times.  Sorry to hear of his death.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on November 21, 2014, 09:59:08 PM
My prayers are with you, Craig
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Eriksson on January 24, 2015, 03:58:33 AM
Prayers for Craig and Will's Cyndi. That  may healing continue.

I'd also like to ask for prayers for my wife Kumiko, she's been suffering from a  possible herniated disc with a lot of sciatic pain.   We don't know if healing has started.
thanks
james
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on January 24, 2015, 11:23:21 AM
Thanks, all, for prayers. Cindi is going better. May our Lord grant healing to his servant Kumiko.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J.L. Precup on February 13, 2015, 02:21:30 AM
Pastor Dave Poedel will have surgery on 16 February.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on February 13, 2015, 03:17:40 PM
Pastor Dave Poedel will have surgery on 16 February.
Prayers ascending...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Fletch on February 13, 2015, 03:22:43 PM
Pastor Dave Poedel will have surgery on 16 February.
Prayers ascending...

Also.

... Fletch
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dan Fienen on February 22, 2015, 05:01:40 PM
My wife, Jan, is scheduled to go under the knife on Wed. the 25th for a total hip replacement.  Should be routine but still, surgery is surgery.

Dan
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on February 22, 2015, 05:07:24 PM
My wife, Jan, is scheduled to go under the knife on Wed. the 25th for a total hip replacement.  Should be routine but still, surgery is surgery.

Dan
Prayers ascending for Jan.  Hope you will be able to take her for a dance ASAP, Pr. F...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on February 22, 2015, 05:07:46 PM
Prayers ascend, Pastor.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on February 22, 2015, 05:37:01 PM
May the Lord grant His servant Jan healing and peace!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Fletch on February 22, 2015, 07:55:10 PM
My wife, Jan, is scheduled to go under the knife on Wed. the 25th for a total hip replacement.  Should be routine but still, surgery is surgery.

Dan

May God bless you and bring his peace to you and your wife and your families and friends, skill to the surgeons and helpers, and skill and compassion to all those who will be giving care. 

... Fletch
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dan Fienen on February 25, 2015, 06:48:05 PM
My wife, Jan, had her surgery this morning, thank God, all went well.  Now the long recovery, therapy and rehab.  Thanks for all the prayers!

Dan
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on February 25, 2015, 07:32:24 PM
Deo gratias!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on February 25, 2015, 07:46:09 PM
Te Deum! Prayers still ascending for a swift and complete recovery...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on March 14, 2015, 11:13:45 AM
Please keep Jim Lang in prayer.  He has cancer roping around his pituitary gland and other problems.  His mom, Ruth is an amazing 87 year old saint who volunteers at our Lutheran thrift shop...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRevRedux on March 17, 2015, 08:48:46 PM
Please pray for the family and friends of Pastor Michael Sculley,STS, who passed away last night after a brief illness. Please also pray for his congregation, St. John's, Flanagan, IL, as they grieve his loss face the future of their ministry.

Thanks,

Donna
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on March 17, 2015, 08:57:14 PM
Prayers ascending...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on March 17, 2015, 08:58:37 PM
Give rest, O Christ, to Your servant with Your saints...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on March 17, 2015, 09:25:17 PM
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.

Prayers for his family and his congregation in these difficult days.  May they cling to the certainty of the resurrection as they grieve their loss and, in time, discern what God is calling them to do.

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on April 07, 2015, 07:51:10 PM
Please pray for Mt. Calvary, Omaha as we call a seminarian to be our pastor...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on April 12, 2015, 08:56:03 AM
Prayers for John Hannah, his family, and so many in the Atlantic District including Judy and myself as we mourn the loss of John's dear wife, Lorna, who died peacefully yesterday surrounded by her family, after battling cancer for the past three years. 

She rests in peace with all the saints in light perpetual.

Dave Benke
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on April 12, 2015, 09:21:27 AM
"Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you.'"

That peace is yours, Pr Hannah
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRevRedux on April 12, 2015, 09:24:24 AM
Prayers ascending for the family and friends at this time of loss. May the promise of Easter be our strength.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on April 12, 2015, 10:18:28 AM
Prayers ascending for Pr. Hannah, family and friends...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on April 12, 2015, 12:00:42 PM
Lorna Hannah  will be remembered fondly by the ALPB Board as the gracious hostess of the annual Board dinner at the Hannah home in the Bronx.  Her unassuming manner, careful attention to detail and gourmet food contributed to a time of fellowship for everyone.  In recent years the light of her life was their grandson for whom she proved child care. 

John , their two children and grandchildren have lost the loving caring presence of wife, mother and grandmother. May they all find strength in the promises of our resurrected Lord even as they grieve.

Marie
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on April 12, 2015, 01:41:15 PM
God grant you strength in this difficult time.  Prayers raised for all the Hannah family - and her family of the Atlantic District.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Harvey_Mozolak on April 12, 2015, 02:10:18 PM
God's resurrection blessing: eternal peace and joy. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on April 12, 2015, 03:03:27 PM
God bless you John.  He is risen indeed!

Jeremy
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on April 13, 2015, 03:45:16 PM
Thanks to all of you! JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on April 13, 2015, 06:33:36 PM
John,

Prayers and much love. I cannot begin to imagine. God's peace to you and the family. Alithos anesti!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on April 14, 2015, 05:15:47 PM
Lorna Hannah's obituary:  http://www.farengabrosfuneralhome.com/obituaries/obituaries?id=546

Peace, JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peterm on April 15, 2015, 02:18:59 PM
Peace be with you during this time John
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles Austin on April 15, 2015, 05:31:32 PM
Blessings to you and your family, John. She had a distinguished career and I'm sure your two lives making one together were a terrific witness to our one, common Lord and savior. Peace.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Keith Falk on April 17, 2015, 04:27:01 PM
Please pray for the Oklahoma City community.  This Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the bombing.  In the congregation I serve are one survivor (she has been in a recent CNN show about Crimes of the Century), one of the prosecutors of Timothy McVeigh, and numerous other folks who were connected to survivors and first responders.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Fletch on April 17, 2015, 04:55:58 PM
Please pray for the Oklahoma City community.  This Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the bombing.  In the congregation I serve are one survivor (she has been in a recent CNN show about Crimes of the Century), one of the prosecutors of Timothy McVeigh, and numerous other folks who were connected to survivors and first responders.

Will do.  I remember I had been on a business trip in Oklahoma and was flying home out of Tulsa that day.  Airport security was really, really tight but no one knew why ... then it was announced what had happened in Oklahoma City just before.  Hard to believe it has been 20 years.  I hope the pain has subsided somewhat for those affected in your congregation.

... Fletch
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: prsauer on April 18, 2015, 10:30:33 PM
Today the Bronx said farewell to one who has been a servant and caregiver to so many clergy, both Roman Catholic and Lutheran. Laid to rest by seven Roman Catholic Priests and surrounded by a congregation of countless Lutheran pastors from across the jurisdictional divides, in death Lorna Hannah did what she was so gifted at in life - bringing people together to be fed and nourished.

Fr. James Flannigan, the presider described Lorna well when he said, there are many who are Marthas and there are many who are Marys, Lorna was that rarest of all gifts, one who served like Martha but did so with the gracious hospitality of a Mary.

Lorna's sister gave a powerful eulogy about how the family table was for Lorna an extension of the Eucharistic table. The one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church, particularly in the Bronx, is stronger today because of her powerful ministry.

My prayers continue to ascend for John and all those who mourn Lorna's passing.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on April 18, 2015, 11:08:57 PM
Prayers are still ascending for Pr. Hannah and all who loved Lorna...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on May 07, 2015, 07:10:17 PM
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.


We give prayers of Thanksgiving at Mt. Calvary, Omaha.  God has answered our prayers and sent us a sem grad from Ft. Wayne.  He is 28, with a wife, a two year old son and an infant daughter...

He will be installed in July, not sure where he will be ordained...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Satis Est on May 10, 2015, 02:08:58 PM
Please keep the town of Delmont, South Dakota, in your prayers. A church in that community took a direct hit from a tornado this morning, and other homes suffered a lot of damage. The local news is reporting it was a Lutheran church (though not its name). The photos show the church building was heavily damaged. Prayers for the congregations and residents of the town, that hopefully no one suffered life-threatening injuries.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dan Fienen on May 10, 2015, 02:25:51 PM
One of the pictures of the church in Delmont, SD said that it was Zion Lutheran Church that was destroyed.  Zion is LCMS, the ELCA website does list a church in Delmont.

Prayers ascend.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on May 10, 2015, 02:26:11 PM
Prayers ascending...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on May 10, 2015, 02:26:55 PM
Hope Lutheran in Delmont is AFLC...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Satis Est on May 10, 2015, 02:33:04 PM
The Sioux Falls station KSFY is also identifying the church as Zion Lutheran, LCMS. The tornado hit the town right about 10:30 am. No reliable information on whether people were in the church building at the time, or on any injuries. Lord, surround this community with your aid, and guide the first responders to those most in need.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on May 10, 2015, 02:44:45 PM
http://zionlcms.tumblr.com/SERVICE%20TIMES%20EVENTS

Sunday Worship………………………………………….9:00 am

Sunday School………………………………………….10:15 am

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2015/05/10/stormy-day-eastern-sd/27082481/

2:06 p.m.: Douglas County State's Attorney Craig Parkhurst said there were no fatalities from the tornado that struck Delmont.

2:05 p.m. via The Associated Press: Some buildings in the small town of Delmont were damaged by a tornado on Sunday, and at least three people were injured, but no deaths were reported.

Three people who were injured were listed in good condition at Avera St. Benedict Health Center in Parkston, hospital spokeswoman Lindsey Meyers said. All three people either drove themselves or were driven, she said.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on May 10, 2015, 08:06:29 PM
I just spoke with my brother Carl whose David Otten is pastor in Dimock abut 8 miles from Delmont.   The SS children had time to go to the basement before the tornado stuck. None of the children were injured.  The church was destroyed.

David reports that 8 adult members of the congregation were injured, none seriously.  I believe they have all been released from the hospital.  If I understood my brother correctly, the homes of some members were damaged.  Since the pastor of Zion was not there today, David visited the injured in the hospital. 

Marie Otten Meyer
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on May 10, 2015, 09:13:11 PM
Thank you for the report, Marie...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: David Garner on May 22, 2015, 02:01:51 PM
In your charity, please remember my wife Stephanie and her family in your prayers as they mourn the passing of her mother this week.  Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on May 22, 2015, 04:32:10 PM
May the Lord grant comfort to Stephanie and yourself and to your children, David! "Here we have no abiding city...."
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Harvey_Mozolak on May 22, 2015, 05:22:38 PM
stand on the "trampled" and with tears cry:  Alleluia.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on May 22, 2015, 05:42:30 PM
Prayers ascending for your family, dear Brother...
HE IS RISEN, INDEED!  Alleluia!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on June 04, 2015, 08:05:43 AM
Prayers requested for the assembly in convention at the Atlantic District, LCMS, beginning later today and going into Saturday.  A new President/Bishop will be selected tomorrow late in the morning, twenty-four years after the last such selection. Also prayers for six other districts around the country with conventions this weekend, and for those national representatives traveling to get to them.

Dave Benke
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles Austin on June 04, 2015, 08:48:25 AM
And the New Jersey Synod-ELCA, which begins meeting in Long Branch, New Jersey, this afternoon.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on June 04, 2015, 06:17:18 PM
And for the Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the United States who will be travelling to Constantinople a.k.a. Istanbul (relatively hostile territory these days, as the name change implies) to meet with Patriarch Bartholomew in preparation for next year's Great and Holy Council.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on June 04, 2015, 06:20:19 PM
Bishop,

Let us know how our prayers for Atlantic District are answered. So many there that would be a blessing!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Buckeye Deaconess on June 04, 2015, 10:56:53 PM
And for this assembly . . .

https://www.facebook.com/mnyselca/photos/a.877949198939228.1073741867.184071791660309/877949218939226/?type=1&fref=nf
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Chuck on June 05, 2015, 12:51:08 AM
And for this assembly . . .

https://www.facebook.com/mnyselca/photos/a.877949198939228.1073741867.184071791660309/877949218939226/?type=1&fref=nf (https://www.facebook.com/mnyselca/photos/a.877949198939228.1073741867.184071791660309/877949218939226/?type=1&fref=nf)
You don't like liturgical dance? Try this (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152076244400348&set=o.463199823760453&type=1) or this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul24NlRhOJk).
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Brian Stoffregen on June 18, 2015, 12:18:32 PM
Rev. Clementa Pinckney, pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, who, along with 8 others were killed in a shooting at the church, is a graduate of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He earned his M.Div. there. Prayers for all the families and friends who lost loved ones in the shooting; and prayers for the shooter.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: BrotherBoris on June 18, 2015, 01:33:30 PM
Rev. Clementa Pinckney, pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, who, along with 8 others were killed in a shooting at the church, is a graduate of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He earned his M.Div. there. Prayers for all the families and friends who lost loved ones in the shooting; and prayers for the shooter.

Thank you.

The situation is so sad now here in South Carolina.  The whole state is in mourning. Most people are at a loss for words.  In the South Carolina State House, Clementa Pinckney's desk has been covered with a black silk cloth and a vase of flowers.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on June 18, 2015, 02:28:17 PM
Indeed, Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on June 18, 2015, 03:43:00 PM
From the AP....

A librarian and recent college graduate are among the nine people killed by a white gunman in a black church in downtown Charleston.

State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, 41, the pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Church, had already been identified as one of those killed.

Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten said Thursday the others have been identified as Cynthia Hurd, 54; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Sharonda Singleton, 45; Myra Thompson, 59; Ethel Lance, 70; Susie Jackson, 87; the Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74; and DePayne Doctor, 49.

Sanders had recently graduated from Allen University. Hurd worked for Charleston County's library system for 31 years. Doctor was an enrollment counselor at Southern Wesleyan University's Charleston Campus, according to a friend."


We grieve for those who lost loved ones even as we pray for them. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on June 18, 2015, 04:59:53 PM
Prayers are indeed ascending...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Brian Stoffregen on June 18, 2015, 07:20:54 PM
From the ELCA's News Release:


Two of the victims – the Rev. Clementa Pinckney and the Rev. Daniel Simmons of Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston – were graduates of the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, an institution of Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C. The Columbia, S.C.-based seminary is one of eight ELCA seminaries; Lenoir-Rhyne is one of 26 ELCA colleges and universities.

“The suspected shooter is a member of an ELCA congregation. All of a sudden and for all of us, this is an intensely personal tragedy. One of our own is alleged to have shot and killed two who adopted us as their own,” said Eaton.


Someone asked on Facebook about the shooter's membership. No one, as of yet, has responded with any details.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on June 18, 2015, 07:29:36 PM
Evil does not discriminate.

Lord, have mercy.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Satis Est on June 21, 2015, 09:06:28 PM
Since this is now out in various internet forums, I will mention it here. Please keep Pastor Tony Metze and the congregation of St. Paul's ELCA in Columbia, South Carolina in your prayers. The young man accused of killing the 9 people in Charleston and his family are part of that congregation. Prayers for this congregation, and especially Pastor Metze, as they deal with the impact of these events and the ministry that needs to be done in this situation.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on June 21, 2015, 09:09:30 PM
Since this is now out in various internet forums, I will mention it here. Please keep Pastor Tony Metze and the congregation of St. Paul's ELCA in Columbia, South Carolina in your prayers. The young man accused of killing the 9 people in Charleston and his family are part of that congregation. Prayers for this congregation, and especially Pastor Metze, as they deal with the impact of these events and the ministry that needs to be done in this situation.
Prayers are ascending, Pr W, and they include the bishop...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRevRedux on September 18, 2015, 10:21:18 AM
If you can spare a petition or two, my husband, Lawrence, is having his pacemaker/defibrillator swapped out today. Should be routine surgery, but prayers are always coveted. Thank you.

Donna
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on September 18, 2015, 10:30:05 AM
Prayers ascending...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on September 18, 2015, 11:05:51 AM
Prayers are with both you and your husband, Donna.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Fletch on September 18, 2015, 03:01:44 PM
Yes, prayers said.  May God's will be done with the surgeons, medical staff and your husband.  May the peace of God be with you while you are waiting on the sidelines.

... Fletch
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRevRedux on September 18, 2015, 05:51:53 PM
After a seven hour delay, just received the word that surgery was successful. Thank you all for the prayerful support!

Donna
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on October 01, 2015, 03:06:35 PM
Please pray for the wounded in Roseburg OR, and for the families of the dead...

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OREGON_SCHOOL_SHOOTING?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-10-01-15-08-31
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Team Hesse on October 01, 2015, 03:23:12 PM
Roseburg.....


Lou
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steven W Bohler on October 01, 2015, 03:39:04 PM
My brother is a biologist with the Forest Service in Roseburg.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Team Hesse on October 01, 2015, 03:58:00 PM
My brother is a biologist with the Forest Service in Roseburg.


ouch, close to home....


Lou
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steven W Bohler on October 01, 2015, 04:16:38 PM
Yeah, I just texted him to see if he was OK.  He said that one of his employees was teaching at the school but he too is OK.  But all is chaos, as you can imagine.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Brian Stoffregen on October 01, 2015, 05:56:16 PM
ELCA News

Oct. 1, 2015
ELCA congregation to hold vigil in Roseburg, Ore.

Faith Lutheran Church, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in Roseburg, Ore., will hold vigil Oct. 1 at 7:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) following a shooting at Umpqua Community College there. A gunman opened fire on campus, killing at least 13 people and injuring more than 20 others.

“I have not heard from any students – the names of victims have not been released. We have one teacher at the school who is a member of Faith Lutheran, and she is OK,” said the Rev. Jane C. Baker, pastor of the congregation.

“Roseburg is a small community of 21,000 people. We’re not near any major city, and there’s not another ELCA congregation within 70 miles from here,” said Baker. “But we have a presence here.”

Baker said an invitation has been extended for the community to attend the vigil, including ecumenical and faith partners. “We gather this evening to be with one another and to pray for families, students and everyone involved,” said Baker. “Tonight we look to God. No one else has the words for this now.”
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Team Hesse on October 01, 2015, 07:26:07 PM
Yeah, I just texted him to see if he was OK.  He said that one of his employees was teaching at the school but he too is OK.  But all is chaos, as you can imagine.


Actually, I do not have to imagine.....Tomorrow is my son's 33rd birthday. Two classmates of his and a teacher were murdered by a young man in a school shooting in Moses Lake 20 years ago. The family of one of those victims is the largest "clan" in my congregation. The memories pour in.....The ramifications of this day are only beginning for the people of Roseburg.


Lord have mercy


Lou
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on October 06, 2015, 07:31:26 PM
Comfort dogs offer solace to students, faculty after Oregon shooting (+video)
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2015/1006/Comfort-dogs-offer-solace-to-students-faculty-after-Oregon-shooting-video
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on October 06, 2015, 08:23:25 PM
I was a bit skeptical when I first heard of them and their "ministry," but seeing the videos and reading the stories has made a believer out of me.  :)
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on October 06, 2015, 08:29:54 PM
They don't work for cat people...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on October 06, 2015, 08:35:01 PM
So start a comfort cat ministry. You can recruit the 20 lb plus sealpoint presently sitting on my lap.   ;) His name is Gustav Ling, but we call him Gus the Good because he's such a nice guy.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on November 13, 2015, 05:26:33 PM
Prayers for those in Paris - the injured, the hostages, those who died, loved ones.   The news simply stuns.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on November 13, 2015, 05:28:57 PM
Kyrie Eleison!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on November 13, 2015, 06:03:55 PM
Prayers for those in Paris - the injured, the hostages, those who died, loved ones.   The news simply stuns.
France has seen much violence recently.  Prayers ascend...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles Austin on November 13, 2015, 06:12:24 PM
I am recalling many happy days in Paris, which has always vied with Rome as my favorite city in the world. It is a place of great class, refinement, and beauty. In the 19th Century, Paris was the center of the world and virtually every American scholar, artist, writer, philosopher and seeker of wisdom went there, often for several years. I went first in 1976 and have returned many times. How terrible that this great city and its people should have this happen.
On the other hand, Paris has suffered before. In the Franco-Prussian war (1870-1871) it was under siege for months and without food and other necessities of life. The Nazi occupation brought more suffering.
France has also had its own revolutions and internal terrorism.
I feel deep sadness at today's events.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on November 13, 2015, 06:16:31 PM
So start a comfort cat ministry. You can recruit the 20 lb plus sealpoint presently sitting on my lap.   ;) His name is Gustav Ling, but we call him Gus the Good because he's such a nice guy.
I have a sealpoint too, but he is nowhere near 20 lbs.  His name is Ratso, and he is a loving and playful cat full of vim and vinegar...
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Post by: LutherMan on November 13, 2015, 06:18:13 PM
I am recalling many happy days in Paris, which has always vied with Rome as my favorite city in the world. It is a place of great class, refinement, and beauty. In the 19th Century, Paris was the center of the world and virtually every American scholar, artist, writer, philosopher and seeker of wisdom went there, often for several years. I went first in 1976 and have returned many times. How terrible that this great city and its people should have this happen.
On the other hand, Paris has suffered before. In the Franco-Prussian war (1870-1871) it was under siege for months and without food and other necessities of life. The Nazi occupation brought more suffering.
France has also had its own revolutions and internal terrorism.
I feel deep sadness at today's events.
They should never allowed so many Muslims in...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dan Fienen on November 13, 2015, 08:33:28 PM
I am recalling many happy days in Paris, which has always vied with Rome as my favorite city in the world. It is a place of great class, refinement, and beauty. In the 19th Century, Paris was the center of the world and virtually every American scholar, artist, writer, philosopher and seeker of wisdom went there, often for several years. I went first in 1976 and have returned many times. How terrible that this great city and its people should have this happen.
On the other hand, Paris has suffered before. In the Franco-Prussian war (1870-1871) it was under siege for months and without food and other necessities of life. The Nazi occupation brought more suffering.
France has also had its own revolutions and internal terrorism.
I feel deep sadness at today's events.
They should never allowed so many Muslims in...
It remains to be seen, much too early to tell, whether any of the attackers were from the French Muslim community.  It has been condemned by at least one leader of the French Muslim community.

Our own 9/11 was not carried out, as I recall, by members of the American Muslim community.

Thinking back to the Oklahoma City bombing what group of people should we have not let so many in to prevent the actions of Timothy McVveigh?
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: readselerttoo on November 13, 2015, 09:08:05 PM
My wife and I have close friends from college days who live in the Marais and the 10th arr.  We are in contact this eve with them by Skype and pray for their safety.   

IMO, both France and Germany need to wake up to their immigrant problem, a problem that has been addressed by Partie Le Pen and yet ignored by the French assembly, for the most part.  Closing the borders for the time being was a sensible move by Hollande.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on November 18, 2015, 12:52:42 PM
A few weeks ago, in our congregation, we were discussing a reading from James, specifically James 5:16 - pray for one another.  I commented that we need to be vulnerable to one another to even ask for prayer.  For me that's hard.  But I will be bold to do so.

May I ask for your prayers.  For five years I've been fighting a rare cancer, neuroendocrine cancer to be specific.  there is no cure, but it can be stabilized.  I'm no longer stable on my present medication and a chemo drug has been prescribed.  It's been three weeks and I still cannot obtain approval from my insurance company.  I simply ask for your prayers for peace during this turbulent time.  It's hard to hear that your cancer has now progressed from the GI area to the spine, be told there is something that can stabilize it, and hear, "Denied."  I simply need peace.

Thank you all very much.  Eileen
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Post by: LutherMan on November 18, 2015, 12:56:24 PM
Oh man Eileen, prayers are definitely ascending...
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Post by: Fletch on November 18, 2015, 12:58:07 PM
A few weeks ago, in our congregation, we were discussing a reading from James, specifically James 5:16 - pray for one another.  I commented that we need to be vulnerable to one another to even ask for prayer.  For me that's hard.  But I will be bold to do so.

May I ask for your prayers.  For five years I've been fighting a rare cancer, neuroendocrine cancer to be specific.  there is no cure, but it can be stabilized.  I'm no longer stable on my present medication and a chemo drug has been prescribed.  It's been three weeks and I still cannot obtain approval from my insurance company.  I simply ask for your prayers for peace during this turbulent time.  It's hard to hear that your cancer has now progressed from the GI area to the spine, be told there is something that can stabilize it, and hear, "Denied."  I simply need peace.

Thank you all very much.  Eileen

Eileen, may the peace that surpasses all understanding be with you.  God have mercy.  I also pray that your new treatment stabilizes the cancer if that be God's will.

... Fletch
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on November 18, 2015, 01:02:25 PM
Behold in Your infinite love Your servant Eileen, kind Father. Fill her with the peace of Your presence. Grant that Your good and gracious and perfect will be done in her life. We commend her entirely into Your keeping, for You are a good God and You love Your whole creation through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on November 18, 2015, 01:06:36 PM
Grant peace to Your child Eileen O Lord.  Amen
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Post by: mariemeyer on November 18, 2015, 01:39:47 PM
Eileen, you will be in our daily prayers.  God grant you His peace as you live with frustrating unknowns.

Marie and Bill Meyer
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Post by: Harvey_Mozolak on November 18, 2015, 01:44:10 PM
Eileen, prayers for God's strong healing power in Christ Jesus, in all ways that you need healing-- physical, emotionally and spiritually.  Harvey
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRevRedux on November 19, 2015, 09:55:03 AM
Dear Eileen, prayers that go beyond words are ascending from these quarters. Heavenly guidance and comfort are being requested, along with so much more.

Donna
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on November 20, 2015, 01:04:03 PM
Much thanks to all of you.  I deeply am touched by all of your prayers.  Thank you.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on November 27, 2015, 03:04:39 PM
Prayers ascending for CO Springs situation...

http://ktla.com/2015/11/27/officials-respond-to-reports-of-active-shooter-at-planned-parenthood-in-colorado-springs/
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on January 16, 2016, 12:36:04 PM
Prayers of thanksgiving and rejoicing over the release of four men who had been held in Iran.   
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Kurt Weinelt on February 06, 2016, 06:14:58 PM
I will pray for Eileen as well.

But I also ask for your prayers for myself. Monday I was greeted with the news that the residual atrophy and twitching from a broken left wrist this past summer was something else entirely. I didn't improve much with physical therapy, and after several referrals I finally made it in to see a neuromuscular specialist. His initial diagnosis, pending a boatload of blood tests, is ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. The doctor isn't expecting the tests to change the diagnosis. I will get the results 2/23, and be referred to an ALS specialist at UT Health Science Center on 3/9. We are absolutely shattered right now. I am in desperate need of a shot of strength to get through the horrible ordeal to come. This is a seriously faith-testing time.

Kurt
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LutherMan on February 06, 2016, 06:31:22 PM
Prayers ascending, Kurt...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on February 06, 2016, 06:42:11 PM
You have my prayers.  I'll have our prayer circle as well.  Thank you for your prayers - you are dealing with so much, it is incredibly kind of you.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Team Hesse on February 06, 2016, 06:48:26 PM
Oh my.....my next door neighbor traveled that road a few years ago. Prayers indeed.


Lou
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peter_speckhard on February 06, 2016, 07:03:28 PM
The Lord bless you and keep Kurt. Tragic news.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steven Tibbetts on February 06, 2016, 07:28:10 PM

But I also ask for your prayers for myself.

Prayers arising.

Pax, Steven+
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Pastor Ken Kimball on February 06, 2016, 07:58:11 PM
I will pray for Eileen as well.

But I also ask for your prayers for myself...  Kurt
In our prayers dear brother. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on February 06, 2016, 08:06:35 PM
But I also ask for your prayers for myself..... I will get the results 2/23, and be referred to an ALS specialist at UT Health Science Center on 3/9..... This is a seriously faith-testing time.

You will receive the results on the day when the universal church remembers Polycarp, the Martyred Bishop of Smyrna, (http://www.goarch.org/chapel/saints_view?contentid=439) and you will make your first visit the ALS Center on the day when the universal church remembers the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste. (http://www.goarch.org/chapel/saints_view?contentid=454)

May you face the days ahead with the courage and strength of the Martyrs.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on February 06, 2016, 09:31:36 PM
God bless you Kurt.  I will be praying for you.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: James_Gale on February 07, 2016, 09:08:38 AM
You are in my prayers, Kurt.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on February 07, 2016, 02:33:16 PM
Indeed. God bless you and keep you.  JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Randy Bosch on February 07, 2016, 02:36:50 PM
Kurt, may God grant you and your family the full measure of his grace and mercy every day, and a bountiful measure of relief and healing.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on February 08, 2016, 03:10:57 PM
Kurt, receiving an ALS diagnosis is difficult for the strongest of God's faithful children.  My prayer is that in the days ahead you have access to the best that medical care has to offer as you face unknowns associated with ALS.  May God's loving presence be the substance that draws you and your family together in mutual love, support, faith and hope.

Marie
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steverem on February 08, 2016, 03:35:53 PM
I join with all the saints, here and elsewhere, lifting you and your family up in prayer.  May God provide you with healing, courage, and peace.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Michael Slusser on February 08, 2016, 04:16:33 PM
Words of Hope in the Midst of Lou Gehrig's Disease
Front Cover
Donald L. Roberts
Minnesota Heritage Publishing, 2008 - Devotional literature - 92 pages
0 Reviews
Devotions by the author, a Lutheran pastor, after he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, and which appeared in the monthly newsletter of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mankato, Minnesota from February 2002-August 2008.

Kurt, I spotted this several years ago and sent for a copy. It doesn't come to hand immediately (I may have passed it on to someone). If I spot it, I'll let you know. Meanwile, God bless you.

Peace,
Michael
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Kurt Weinelt on February 09, 2016, 11:55:00 AM
Thank you for all your prayers and kind words. What comfort I have seen so far is in the support of my family, and the unexpected strength of my mother who just turned 80 yesterday. What a birthday present for her! My church family is behind us all, so I take comfort in the fact we will have their support. I still ask God why this has to happen to us, but I know I'll never get the answer on this side. What I do know is I will continue to work with my at-risk students until it is no longer physically possible, and resist this disease as long as I can hold out.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on February 23, 2016, 10:29:59 AM
My prayers are with you today, Kurt, on this day that you receive your diagnosis.  May our Lord Jesus Christ keep you in his care. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peterm on February 23, 2016, 12:28:17 PM
Prayers for Kurt and Eileen both during this time
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Team Hesse on August 16, 2016, 08:07:12 AM
Prayers for LCMC Pastor Tim Hauge's family as he was killed yesterday afternoon when the brakes failed in the semi he was driving in Odessa, Washington. He was much respected in the small farm community of Odessa. My guess is he was helping in the local wheat harvest. He did a lot of that kind of thing for his people....in addition to being their Pastor.


Lou
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on August 16, 2016, 08:35:42 AM
Will certainly pray for Pastor Hauge's family - how very sad and tragic.  May the find strength and comfort in God's grace.  So sorry, Lou.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Diego on August 16, 2016, 10:01:54 AM
How awful for him (obviously) but especially for his family. They are in my prayers.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on August 18, 2016, 09:22:00 PM
For the servant of God Timothy, departed this life delivering that which may have been ground and formed to become the Bread of Heaven, that he may be translated into a pure loaf for Christ, let us pray to the Lord....

....Lord, have mercy.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Team Hesse on August 19, 2016, 09:02:05 PM
Just returned from a Memorial Service for Pastor Hauge.....


The service was led by the local Ministerial Association. The local RC Priest gave a fine homily. The service went too long as too many of the local Pastors all wanted to say something. I think the entire town must have been there. You have to love small town rural people. They know hardship; they know community. Saw many old Pastor friends from the region. Many of us were in WordAlone and such together back around the turn of the century. Bittersweet.


Afterword Debbie and I saw the massive hole in the warehouse where his truck and trailer of wheat crashed, killing him instantly I would guess. Life is fragile, we never know when the end is come. Probably best that way....


Lou
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on August 19, 2016, 11:47:28 PM
Peace be with you, Pastor Hesse.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peterm on August 24, 2016, 11:55:01 AM
I will hold his family and community in prayer
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRevRedux on September 02, 2016, 09:03:01 AM
Please hold in prayer the Rev. Dr. Cathi Braasch, NALC pastor and fellow member of the Board of the North American Lutheran Seminary, at the unexpected death on August 31 of her husband of nearly 50 years, Red Braasch. Even though he had recently undergone surgery, his death was a shock. May God grant comfort and peace to Pastor Cathi and all family and friends. Pastor Cottingham will preside at the services, and I hope you will include him in your prayers as he ministers to all who mourn.

Donna
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on September 02, 2016, 09:08:22 AM
Please hold in prayer the Rev. Dr. Cathi Braasch, NALC pastor and fellow member of the Board of the North American Lutheran Seminary, at the unexpected death on August 31 of her husband of nearly 50 years, Red Braasch. Even though he had recently undergone surgery, his death was a shock. May God grant comfort and peace to Pastor Cathi and all family and friends. Pastor Cottingham will preside at the services, and I hope you will include him in your prayers as he ministers to all who mourn.

Donna

How sad!  May she be comforted by the promise of the resurrection. And may he rest in peace.

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Mike in Pennsylvania on September 02, 2016, 09:53:43 AM
Pastor Braasch's daughter also died in the last few months, so there is double sorrow.
Prayers ascending.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: SomeoneWrites on September 05, 2016, 10:52:21 PM
So on lunch today I stepped outside to sit on my favorite little park bench and enjoy a break and found that it was occupied.  It was a woman named Tamara, and she looked like she was having a difficult time.  No work, no home, probation for drug use, and new to this city, coming from an adjacent small town.  I offered her an ear and the best of my help for what it was worth.
When I departed, I wished her well, and she said "pray for me." 

I said I would.  So I'm bringing her to you all.  Please keep her in your prayers. 

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on October 02, 2016, 01:03:11 PM
I ask your prayers for my son Luke and his family (wife and 2 1/2 year old daughter). As they were beginning a vacation in New England last night, they were in a fairly serious car accident. They are OK, thank God; the other driver seemed not to be seriously injured but was taken to the hospital to be checked out. Rental car totaled, and today will be dealing with insurance, rental company, police report, etc. Please pray for the other driver, and for wisdom and calm for them.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on October 02, 2016, 01:53:30 PM
Kyrie Eleison x 40.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: readselerttoo on October 02, 2016, 02:05:26 PM
They are in my prayers today as well.  "God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble..." from Psalm 46.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: gan ainm on October 02, 2016, 02:19:57 PM
I ask your prayers for my son Luke and his family (wife and 2 1/2 year old daughter). As they were beginning a vacation in New England last night, they were in a fairly serious car accident. They are OK, thank God; the other driver seemed not to be seriously injured but was taken to the hospital to be checked out. Rental car totaled, and today will be dealing with insurance, rental company, police report, etc. Please pray for the other driver, and for wisdom and calm for them.

Oh my.  They are in my prayers.  Our Father, who art in heaven ............
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on October 02, 2016, 02:33:42 PM
Prayers for your son and his family as well as the other driver - and for you and your wife.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Harvey_Mozolak on October 02, 2016, 04:23:02 PM
Amen, Richard... for all prayers. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles Austin on October 02, 2016, 04:29:14 PM
Yes.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRevRedux on October 02, 2016, 05:15:54 PM
Prayers added from these precincts, Richard.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on October 02, 2016, 08:21:38 PM
With prayers for your son's family.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Brian Stoffregen on October 02, 2016, 11:32:10 PM
I ask your prayers for my son Luke and his family (wife and 2 1/2 year old daughter). As they were beginning a vacation in New England last night, they were in a fairly serious car accident. They are OK, thank God; the other driver seemed not to be seriously injured but was taken to the hospital to be checked out. Rental car totaled, and today will be dealing with insurance, rental company, police report, etc. Please pray for the other driver, and for wisdom and calm for them.


Glad there were no serious injuries.


When I hit a deer with a rental car, I knew that the collision and comprehension were covered by my car insurance. What was not covered was the loss of use. They figure that during the time the car is in the shop they can't rent it. I received a bill for that amount. Someone suggested that I contact the credit card company I used to rent the car because some of them carry insurance on purchases. I did. They paid it.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Sandra on October 13, 2016, 09:21:19 AM
Friends, I will be having double-jaw surgery tomorrow morning, with bilateral joint replacements. Please pray for everything to go well and recovery to be as nausea-free as possible. Baptizatus sum!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on October 13, 2016, 09:30:17 AM
You're in good hands, Sandra.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on October 13, 2016, 09:33:55 AM
With prayers for successful surgery and minimal pain during recovery.

Marie
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on October 13, 2016, 10:17:02 AM
My prayers are with you, Sandra.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on October 13, 2016, 12:42:08 PM
More East Coast prayers, Sandra!

Peace and joy in Jesus,

Dave Benke
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dan Fienen on October 13, 2016, 03:38:28 PM
Not nearly as serious as other prayers requested and offered her, but prayer of thanksgiving for my wife Jan for successful knee replacement surgery and for her continued recovery and physical therapy.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: bookpastor/Erma Wolf on November 28, 2016, 11:59:35 PM
Please keep the cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in prayer. All residents of Gatlinburg are under mandatory evacuation because of the spread of wildfires in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Parts of Pigeon Forge are also under evacuation orders. A number of structures in Gatlinburg are currently on fire; the Dollywood complex in Pigeon Forge is on the edge of the fire line as well. A number of areas inside the national park have also been evacuated, including the park headquarters. There are also wildfires in northern Alabama, Georgia, and western North Carolina; but at this time the cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are under the most danger. Please pray for rain. Please pray for the firefighters, and for the safety of all in these areas.
Title: Thanksgiving
Post by: Richard Johnson on December 07, 2016, 07:37:56 AM
Give thanks with me for the birth an hour ago of our new grandson, as yet unnamed and unmeasured (as far as we know). We're in Rochester NY for the month to help out (including me serving as supply pastor for the month  :-\ ); we've rented a house but got the call to come over to our daughter's late last night. They finally left for the hospital about 5:30 a.m. and called an hour later to say he was here! Baby, mother, father, 15-month old sister, and grandparents all doing fine.
Title: Re: Thanksgiving
Post by: James_Gale on December 07, 2016, 08:38:33 AM
Give thanks with me for the birth an hour ago of our new grandson, as yet unnamed and unmeasured (as far as we know). We're in Rochester NY for the month to help out (including me serving as supply pastor for the month  :-\ ); we've rented a house but got the call to come over to our daughter's late last night. They finally left for the hospital about 5:30 a.m. and called an hour later to say he was here! Baby, mother, father, 15-month old sister, and grandparents all doing fine.

What wonderful news!  Prayers of thanks offered!
Title: Re: Thanksgiving
Post by: John_Hannah on December 07, 2016, 08:40:43 AM
Give thanks with me for the birth an hour ago of our new grandson, as yet unnamed and unmeasured (as far as we know). We're in Rochester NY for the month to help out (including me serving as supply pastor for the month  :-\ ); we've rented a house but got the call to come over to our daughter's late last night. They finally left for the hospital about 5:30 a.m. and called an hour later to say he was here! Baby, mother, father, 15-month old sister, and grandparents all doing fine.

Thanks be to God! Congratulations to the Grandparents.

Peace, JOHN
Title: Re: Thanksgiving
Post by: MaddogLutheran on December 07, 2016, 09:26:06 AM
Give thanks with me for the birth an hour ago of our new grandson, as yet unnamed and unmeasured (as far as we know). We're in Rochester NY for the month to help out (including me serving as supply pastor for the month  :-\ ); we've rented a house but got the call to come over to our daughter's late last night. They finally left for the hospital about 5:30 a.m. and called an hour later to say he was here! Baby, mother, father, 15-month old sister, and grandparents all doing fine.

That's terrific!  Very happy for you and your entire family.  Your grandson missed just missed my son's (2nd child) birthday on Monday.  I remember my in-laws providing the same service to us...it was greatly appreciated.

Serving as supply pastor is a small price to pay for all this.   ;)

Title: Re: Thanksgiving
Post by: gan ainm on December 07, 2016, 09:30:28 AM
Give thanks with me for the birth an hour ago of our new grandson, as yet unnamed and unmeasured (as far as we know). We're in Rochester NY for the month to help out (including me serving as supply pastor for the month  :-\ ); we've rented a house but got the call to come over to our daughter's late last night. They finally left for the hospital about 5:30 a.m. and called an hour later to say he was here! Baby, mother, father, 15-month old sister, and grandparents all doing fine.

Fantastic!  God is good. 
Title: Re: Thanksgiving
Post by: Team Hesse on December 07, 2016, 09:32:27 AM
Give thanks with me for the birth an hour ago of our new grandson, as yet unnamed and unmeasured (as far as we know). We're in Rochester NY for the month to help out (including me serving as supply pastor for the month  :-\ ); we've rented a house but got the call to come over to our daughter's late last night. They finally left for the hospital about 5:30 a.m. and called an hour later to say he was here! Baby, mother, father, 15-month old sister, and grandparents all doing fine.


My favorite quote from my uncle, "children are a blessing, grandchildren are divine!"


Blessings to all in this blessed season!


Lou
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Likeness on December 07, 2016, 09:41:21 AM
Congratulations Pastor Johnson, grandchildren are one of God's blessings to keep us young
at heart.  Enjoy God's gift to your family.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: pastorg1@aol.com on December 07, 2016, 11:27:21 AM
Thanks be to God! Yay!

Peter (Pete's a good name...) Garrison
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on December 07, 2016, 05:37:37 PM
Congrats on the newest blessing, Richard.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on December 07, 2016, 08:57:00 PM
The final decision is Isaac Karl Rehbaum. Everybody doing fine.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on December 23, 2016, 02:44:24 PM
Beloved sister in Christ and dear friend Jean Garton was called to her eternal rest today.  A Lutheran with the most profound influence on the cause of the Right to Life, she exemplified Christian character through love in action for decades; served Lord and Church in many, many capacities in the Missouri Synod.  A native New Yorker whose dad was NYPD, she knew right from wrong but was known by Jesus first and last and forever.

Blessings and peace to her family and to all who mourn her loss.  She rests in peace in light perpetual,

Dave Benke
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on December 25, 2016, 08:00:50 AM
Another sister in Christ and dear friend, Betty Duda, was called to her eternal rest on Christmas Eve.  Here's what Jerry Kieschnick had to say about both Jean and Betty: 
 
Dear Friends in Christ,
 
This day we observe as Christmas Eve I bring to you news of the passing of two very dear sisters in Christ, Dr. Jean Garton and Dr. Betty Duda. Jean went to heaven yesterday, December 23 and Betty followed her today, December 24. They now rest in peace, free from the illnesses that beset them, rejoicing eternally at the throne of the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
 
Each of these gifted women served the Lord in many capacities. Jean was an initial champion of right to life issues, spoke publicly and broadly against abortion, and was instrumental in the formation of Lutherans for Life. Betty served on numerous university and national boards and was president of national Lutheran Women's Missionary League. Jean’s husband, Rev. Chic Garton, predeceased his dear wife. Betty’s husband, John Duda, is left to mourn his dear wife’s passing.
 
Both Jean and Betty also served a number of years together on the LCMS Board of Directors during my term of office as LCMS president. Their support and encouragement, along with that of Dr. Ed Trapp, was remarkable, especially during a time when collectively the three of them comprised a minority regularly challenged and strategically outvoted by the majority of that Board. Jean, Betty, and Ed steadfastly espoused an evangelical direction for our beloved Synod in the face of formidable opposition. I will always remain deeply respectful of each of them and thankful for their friendship and dedicated service.
 
Jean’s memorial service is pending. Betty’s memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Oviedo, Fla.
 
At a significant point in his life Old Testament King David, in the presence of his people acknowledged in prayer to God: “We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.” (1 Chron. 29:15)
 
And Jesus said to Martha: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies. And whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26)
 
Terry and I thank God for Jean Garton and Betty Duda. They now celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus in a manner you and I can only imagine!
 
A Blessed Christmas and Joyful New Year to each of you!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Harvey_Mozolak on December 25, 2016, 09:21:50 AM
And I shall tell my Dad the Dudas were often with him when he served on the board of Slavia  haven from his SELC Slovak synod then district. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steven W Bohler on December 25, 2016, 11:13:44 AM
I find it rather sad that Dr. Kieschnick had to inject that church-political bit about their time on the Board of Directors (that the three members who supported and voted with him were "evangelical", as if the rest were not) into his words about the death of these women.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles Austin on December 25, 2016, 06:34:19 PM
Why would the struggles of the women in church life not be appropriate for Dr. Kieschnick's comments? Shouldn't he pay tribute to them for what he thinks was beneficial about their careers?
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on December 26, 2016, 02:25:15 PM
I find it rather sad that Jean Garton and Betty Duda, along with the late Florence Manz, had to confront numerous challenges during the years they demonstrated that LCMS women are equipped to serve as spiritual leaders.  I pray LCMS history records the true nature of their service to our Lord within the LCMS.     

Marie Meyer
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on December 26, 2016, 04:31:37 PM
I find it rather sad that, given Kieschnick's comments, there's no need for a physical resurrection. It's all good.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on December 26, 2016, 04:38:40 PM
I find it rather sad that, given Kieschnick's comments, there's no need for a physical resurrection. It's all good.

Please explain the above.   I missed where President Kieschnick stated or implied there is no need for a physical resurrection.

Marie Meyer
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on December 26, 2016, 06:21:03 PM
I find it rather sad that, given Kieschnick's comments, there's no need for a physical resurrection. It's all good.

Please explain the above.   I missed where President Kieschnick stated or implied there is no need for a physical resurrection.

Marie Meyer

I never said that he stated that. Please look to what I wrote.

Perhaps a review of Jeff Gibbs' "Five Things You  Should  Not  Say at Funerals" would be helpful.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.csl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/October-2003.pdf&ved=0ahUKEwjKitW4_pLRAhWDMyYKHWmrBccQFggcMAA&usg=AFQjCNFUEL85xildG4Xt4OYDIudGbW2hyQ&sig2=KsXM9fUyU3hoUeDGoUyH1g
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on December 26, 2016, 09:04:32 PM
Please pray for my Godfather, the Psalti Dr. Nicholas Pandelidis.  He is an avid cyclist and suffered a hip fracture from a bicycling accident Christmas afternoon.   He had done his excellent job of chanting the Orthros and first Antiphon of the Divine Liturgy earlier that day. (Much of what I know about Byzantine chant has been acquired from following his excellent exampe).

To make matters worse, he is an Orthopedic surgeon who now is on the wrong side of the table.   His father Reposed this past year on Holy Tuesday.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on December 27, 2016, 08:54:46 AM
I find it rather sad that Jean Garton and Betty Duda, along with the late Florence Manz, had to confront numerous challenges during the years they demonstrated that LCMS women are equipped to serve as spiritual leaders.  I pray LCMS history records the true nature of their service to our Lord within the LCMS.     

Marie Meyer

The full sweep and scope of Jean and Betty's Christian witness are inspiring at many levels, from home and family to national prominence according to their respective gifts to service inside our denomination.  Both possessed a tremendously Gospel-led vision; they were lifelong learners/disciples.  Both received our Atlantic District Witness in the Public Square award.  Betty and John came to New York some days before and stayed afterward, touring and investigating life here, worshiping with us at St. Peter's, and in that time-frame Betty joined me on the Mill Neck Board.  Betty was on tons of Boards outside the denomination, including the Board of Disney World, so after she joined us at Mill Neck we met in Florida in December several times, and were able to take in the Christmas shows at the Epcot Center, which are absolutely tremendous. 
Jean being a native New Yorker always looked forward to coming here to meet friends old and new, and became one of the three "Divas" who would take in all the sights and sounds of the City upon arrival.

At one time in the last century, one of my parishioners initiated a ministry to teenage pregnant girls and their families; I wrote to Jean about how best to approach the extended families.  She graciously came personally to meet with the leader and the group, who were tremendously encouraged.  Several years later, I informed the same woman leader that an ecumenical group I belong to was starting a pregnancy counseling center.  She became the first staff counselor, and at the time over 100 girls and women who were headed toward having abortions changed course every year after counsel, thanks be to God.  She always stated that her prime mentor was Jean Garton.

This morning is Betty's funeral; I wish I could have made it down to Oviedo; husband John and the entire family are in my prayers, for comfort and peace in Jesus' Name.

Dave Benke
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on December 27, 2016, 10:50:31 AM
I find it rather sad that, given Kieschnick's comments, there's no need for a physical resurrection. It's all good.

Please explain the above.   I missed where President Kieschnick stated or implied there is no need for a physical resurrection.

Marie Meyer

I never said that he stated that. Please look to what I wrote.

Perhaps a review of Jeff Gibbs' "Five Things You  Should  Not  Say at Funerals" would be helpful.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.csl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/October-2003.pdf&ved=0ahUKEwjKitW4_pLRAhWDMyYKHWmrBccQFggcMAA&usg=AFQjCNFUEL85xildG4Xt4OYDIudGbW2hyQ&sig2=KsXM9fUyU3hoUeDGoUyH1g

Where might I find Prof, Jeff Gibb's article?  I checked the above reference and came upon several excellent articles and sermon notes, but nothing by Prof. Jeff Gibbs.

Marie Meyer

Please note that President Kieschnick were not intended as a funeral sermon.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on December 27, 2016, 11:30:44 AM
I find it rather sad that, given Kieschnick's comments, there's no need for a physical resurrection. It's all good.

Please explain the above.   I missed where President Kieschnick stated or implied there is no need for a physical resurrection.

Marie Meyer

I never said that he stated that. Please look to what I wrote.

Perhaps a review of Jeff Gibbs' "Five Things You  Should  Not  Say at Funerals" would be helpful.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.csl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/October-2003.pdf&ved=0ahUKEwjKitW4_pLRAhWDMyYKHWmrBccQFggcMAA&usg=AFQjCNFUEL85xildG4Xt4OYDIudGbW2hyQ&sig2=KsXM9fUyU3hoUeDGoUyH1g

Where might I find Prof, Jeff Gibb's article?  I checked the above reference and came upon several excellent articles and sermon notes, but nothing by Prof. Jeff Gibbs.

Marie Meyer

Please note that President Kieschnick were not intended as a funeral sermon.

It's under Theological Observers.

Things that should not be said at funerals should not be stated elsewhere either, particularly in a public statement or proclamation about the death of a Christianor on a "Lutheran" board.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles Austin on December 27, 2016, 12:18:28 PM
That, Pastor Kirchner, would severely limit the things that anyone would say in any place at a person's death
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on December 27, 2016, 01:34:28 PM
That, Pastor Kirchner, would severely limit the things that anyone would say in any place at a person's death

Context, Charles, context. The referent is Gibbs' "Five Things You  Should  Not  Say at Funerals."
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on December 27, 2016, 01:36:58 PM
I find it rather sad that, given Kieschnick's comments, there's no need for a physical resurrection. It's all good.

Please explain the above.   I missed where President Kieschnick stated or implied there is no need for a physical resurrection.

Marie Meyer

I never said that he stated that. Please look to what I wrote.

Perhaps a review of Jeff Gibbs' "Five Things You  Should  Not  Say at Funerals" would be helpful.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.csl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/October-2003.pdf&ved=0ahUKEwjKitW4_pLRAhWDMyYKHWmrBccQFggcMAA&usg=AFQjCNFUEL85xildG4Xt4OYDIudGbW2hyQ&sig2=KsXM9fUyU3hoUeDGoUyH1g

Where might I find Prof, Jeff Gibb's article?  I checked the above reference and came upon several excellent articles and sermon notes, but nothing by Prof. Jeff Gibbs.

Marie Meyer

Please note that President Kieschnick were not intended as a funeral sermon.

It's under Theological Observers.

Things that should not be said at funerals should not be stated elsewhere either, particularly in a public statement or proclamation about the death of a Christianor on a "Lutheran" board.

IMO the above comment is not only petty, it's pathetic.

Marie Meyer
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on December 27, 2016, 01:50:09 PM
"IMO..."

Uh huh. And yours is not surprising whatsoever.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on December 27, 2016, 01:54:24 PM
Please remember Terry Kieschnick, Jerry's wife, in your prayers for healing; she underwent her second hip replacement surgery today in Texas and is heading home for recovery and rehab.

Dave Benke
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles Austin on December 27, 2016, 05:45:17 PM
But be careful in your prayers, lest they might indicate some approval of the Keischnick presidency. Word them carefully.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on December 27, 2016, 08:39:33 PM
Do you all really think it's necessary to turn a forum dedicated to "prayer requests" into a political sniping session? Have you no shame?
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on December 27, 2016, 09:01:39 PM
Do you all really think it's necessary to turn a forum dedicated to "prayer requests" into a political sniping session? Have you no shame?

I apologize for the part I played in the unfortunate turn this thread took when prayer requests were made for the families of Jean Garton and Betty Duda.  Jean and Betty were dear friends and role models. I over reacted to expressed thoughts about the appropriateness of recalling their service within the LCMS.  I will be more restrained in the future.

Marie Meyer   
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steven W Bohler on December 27, 2016, 11:10:57 PM
Do you all really think it's necessary to turn a forum dedicated to "prayer requests" into a political sniping session? Have you no shame?

Which was pretty much the point of my post.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles Austin on December 27, 2016, 11:19:31 PM
 Actually, Pastor Bohler was the first one to inject the "political" matter into this little discussion.
 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on December 28, 2016, 07:34:17 AM
Do you all really think it's necessary to turn a forum dedicated to "prayer requests" into a political sniping session? Have you no shame?

Perhaps it was the result of Dave's posts which had nothing to do with "prayer requests" but, rather, eulogies posted on Dec 23rd and 25th. No prayers requested for the mourning family, crushed by the law manifested in a death with the promise of a glorious resurrection, body and soul reunited everlasting as created to be. Instead, talk about "celebration" and "what Jerry Kieschnick had to say about" the deceased, including how they supported him politically, coupled with the lame gnostic theology about which Jeff Gibbs warns us.

IOW, nothing to do with prayer.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on December 28, 2016, 08:49:22 AM
So the best response to my post would be just to drop the subject, rather than explain why certain people (but certainly not I!!!) were responsible for the turn the conversation took; or to graciously apologize, as Marie did.

I can remember lots of times in my life and ministry when people asked for prayers about inappropriate things, or in inappropriate ways. I always thought the best pastoral response was to assure them of my prayers rather than criticize them for what or how they asked. The Lord can sort that all out.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Matt Hummel on December 28, 2016, 08:52:20 AM
Do you all really think it's necessary to turn a forum dedicated to "prayer requests" into a political sniping session? Have you no shame?

Thank you Richard
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Keith Falk on December 28, 2016, 08:57:30 AM
Please pray for my mother.  She has been dealing with illness of varying degrees the past few months and had to cancel the third attempt to visit in that time period.  We (me, my kids, and my parents) are all very disappointed... and the adults are concerned that doctors still haven't quite figured out what is going on.  Prayers for my father, also, who is carrying the load of caregiving.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on December 28, 2016, 09:49:24 AM
I can remember lots of times in my life and ministry when people asked for prayers about inappropriate things, or in inappropriate ways. I always thought the best pastoral response was to assure them of my prayers rather than criticize them for what or how they asked. The Lord can sort that all out.

As pointed out in my previous post there was no prayer request. Rather, celebratory eulogies coupled with bad theology, as explicated by the Gibbs article. Isn't that a main purpose of this board? A discussion of theology?
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: James_Gale on December 28, 2016, 10:25:14 AM
Please pray for my mother.  She has been dealing with illness of varying degrees the past few months and had to cancel the third attempt to visit in that time period.  We (me, my kids, and my parents) are all very disappointed... and the adults are concerned that doctors still haven't quite figured out what is going on.  Prayers for my father, also, who is carrying the load of caregiving.


Keith --


Your mother and entire family are in my prayers.


Jim
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles Austin on December 28, 2016, 10:38:02 AM
 You will, no doubt, Pastor Kirchner, get the last word. But the original "complaint" was that someone mentioned the fact that certain people had supported your synod president during his term of office,  an action curiously termed "political." I just don't understand some of the people here.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on December 28, 2016, 10:39:55 AM
I can remember lots of times in my life and ministry when people asked for prayers about inappropriate things, or in inappropriate ways. I always thought the best pastoral response was to assure them of my prayers rather than criticize them for what or how they asked. The Lord can sort that all out.

As pointed out in my previous post there was no prayer request. Rather, celebratory eulogies coupled with bad theology, as explicated by the Gibbs article. Isn't that a main purpose of this board? A discussion of theology?

As pointed out in my previous post, "So the best response to my post would be just to drop the subject, rather than explain why certain people (but certainly not I!!!) were responsible for the turn the conversation took; or to graciously apologize, as Marie did."

But, Pastor Kirchner, I know you need to have the last word, so go ahead, and I'll just be silent.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on December 28, 2016, 10:40:34 AM
Please pray for my mother.  She has been dealing with illness of varying degrees the past few months and had to cancel the third attempt to visit in that time period.  We (me, my kids, and my parents) are all very disappointed... and the adults are concerned that doctors still haven't quite figured out what is going on.  Prayers for my father, also, who is carrying the load of caregiving.

Prayers ascending, Keith.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on December 28, 2016, 11:00:05 AM
But, Pastor Kirchner, I know you need to have the last word, so go ahead, and I'll just be silent.

Thanks. How about something not requested?

Lord God, heavenly Father, receive our humble thanks for all Your mercies granted to our sisters, Jean and Betty, during their earthly lives, especially for calling them by the Gospel and sustaining them in the true faith until their departure. Comfort those who mourn their deaths with the hope of the glorious resurrection and a happy reunion in heaven. Help us to remember that we are mortal, that we may ever prepare ourselves to fall asleep in faith and finally receive the glory promised to all who trust in Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steven W Bohler on December 28, 2016, 11:32:43 AM
Why do so many folks post that they will let the other have the last word, when clearly they won't?  To say you will let the other have the last word IS to have the last word, a final parting shot, a passive-aggressive attempt to sound like the "bigger person" (which makes the other person look small and petty and, by extension, also his argument).
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles Austin on December 28, 2016, 11:35:55 AM
Wrong again, Pastor Bohler. I just did.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on December 31, 2016, 01:19:41 PM
Would appreciate your prayers. My wife Lois tripped coming downstairs yesterday and broke her ankle. The house where we're staying in Rochester is not very crutch-friendly, and my wife is not very "stay in a chair with your foot elevated" friendly, either. Prayers for healing, for patience, and for safe navigating our remaining days in Rochester and the long trip home on Thursday. (This came after she was in an auto accident two days earlier and was already suffering from mild whiplash; my son and his family were also in the car, but no one was injured, thank God.)
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: readselerttoo on December 31, 2016, 01:25:49 PM
Would appreciate your prayers. My wife Lois tripped coming downstairs yesterday and broke her ankle. The house where we're staying in Rochester is not very crutch-friendly, and my wife is not very "stay in a chair with your foot elevated" friendly, either. Prayers for healing, for patience, and for safe navigating our remaining days in Rochester and the long trip home on Thursday. (This came after she was in an auto accident two days earlier and was already suffering from mild whiplash; my son and his family were also in the car, but no one was injured, thank God.)

Prayers for your wife and family are ascending from this part of Texas.  May Jesus protect you on your journey home!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: gan ainm on December 31, 2016, 01:29:41 PM
Would appreciate your prayers. My wife Lois tripped coming downstairs yesterday and broke her ankle. The house where we're staying in Rochester is not very crutch-friendly, and my wife is not very "stay in a chair with your foot elevated" friendly, either. Prayers for healing, for patience, and for safe navigating our remaining days in Rochester and the long trip home on Thursday. (This came after she was in an auto accident two days earlier and was already suffering from mild whiplash; my son and his family were also in the car, but no one was injured, thank God.)

My prayers are with you and your wife Lois and family.  May God grant you peace and comfort while the healing process progresses.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: James_Gale on December 31, 2016, 01:30:14 PM
Would appreciate your prayers. My wife Lois tripped coming downstairs yesterday and broke her ankle. The house where we're staying in Rochester is not very crutch-friendly, and my wife is not very "stay in a chair with your foot elevated" friendly, either. Prayers for healing, for patience, and for safe navigating our remaining days in Rochester and the long trip home on Thursday. (This came after she was in an auto accident two days earlier and was already suffering from mild whiplash; my son and his family were also in the car, but no one was injured, thank God.)


Prayers for Lois and the whole family!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Randy Bosch on December 31, 2016, 01:33:19 PM
My prayers that your wife heal rapidly and well, blessed despite adversity to be with family, good care and the assured grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on December 31, 2016, 02:05:18 PM
May God bring her healing and comfort.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on December 31, 2016, 06:24:53 PM
Prayers for your wife, Richard, and for you also. Safe travels home to California.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on January 01, 2017, 04:23:15 PM
Richard...with prayers that your wife's heel repairs quickly and that your travel to CA is without further problems.
 
Marie
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on January 01, 2017, 06:14:33 PM
Please remember forum poster the Rev. Kurt Strause and his family at the death of his father, David:

http://lancasteronline.com/obituaries/david-a-strause/article_28da3859-8b65-5cff-88ac-65febd465068.html (http://lancasteronline.com/obituaries/david-a-strause/article_28da3859-8b65-5cff-88ac-65febd465068.html)

Pastor Strause's parents were long-time active members of the Lancaster congregation which he pastors.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: gan ainm on January 01, 2017, 06:26:48 PM
Please remember forum poster the Rev. Kurt Strause and his family at the death of his father, David:

http://lancasteronline.com/obituaries/david-a-strause/article_28da3859-8b65-5cff-88ac-65febd465068.html (http://lancasteronline.com/obituaries/david-a-strause/article_28da3859-8b65-5cff-88ac-65febd465068.html)

Pastor Strause's parents were long-time active members of the Lancaster congregation which he pastors.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: James_Gale on January 04, 2017, 10:44:45 PM
Please remember in your prayers Pastor John Hogenson, his wife Ruth, his family, and his many friends.  John all too briefly served as senior pastor at Mt. Olivet Church, a flagship Augustana congregation in Minneapolis.  He died after a courageous fight against inoperable cancer.  Mt. Olivet's announcement regarding John's death is here (http://www.mtolivet.org/news). 


After being diagnosed, John kept a journal on caringbridge.org.  It is worth reading for its witness to our faith.  Here's a link for those interested. (https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/pastorhogenson/journal)


Rest eternal grant to our brother John, O Lord.  And let light perpetual shine upon him.

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Norman Teigen on January 11, 2017, 10:54:42 AM
Please pray for the family of my former pastor, Rev. Erwin Eckhoff.  Pastor Eckhoff and Cindy lost a son yesterday in a motor vehicle accident on a snowy Minnesota highway.  Tim was 30 years old and leaves a grieving widow and two infant children.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on January 11, 2017, 05:29:50 PM
Please pray for the family of my former pastor, Rev. Erwin Eckhoff.  Pastor Eckhoff and Cindy lost a son yesterday in a motor vehicle accident on a snowy Minnesota highway.  Tim was 30 years old and leaves a grieving widow and two infant children.

Terrible - prayers arise for the consolation only hope in our Lord Jesus can provide.

Dave Benke
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steven W Bohler on January 17, 2017, 09:08:31 AM
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Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on January 27, 2017, 09:08:47 PM
Lifting up in prayer Pastor Donna Smith and her family.  Pastor Smith's mother, Charlotte Hacker, died today.
Eternal rest grant her O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon her.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on January 28, 2017, 10:27:22 AM
Lifting up in prayer Pastor Donna Smith and her family.  Pastor Smith's mother, Charlotte Hacker, died today.
Eternal rest grant her O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon her.

May her Memory be Eternal!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: gan ainm on January 28, 2017, 10:48:26 AM
Lifting up in prayer Pastor Donna Smith and her family.  Pastor Smith's mother, Charlotte Hacker, died today.
Eternal rest grant her O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon her.

May Jesus bless and keep Charlotte Hacker in his loving arms until you meet again and grant the family peace.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steven W Bohler on February 18, 2017, 05:55:50 PM
I just received word that my parents' former pastor, Rev. David Boettcher, passed away yesterday.  He had served as a missionary overseas for a number of years and had been my folks' pastor in Green Bay before retiring.  I am sure that Rev. Speckhard knew him well from his time in Green Bay.  Rev. Boettcher and his wife moved to Missouri, last year I think, to be near family.  He was 75.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on February 20, 2017, 09:04:20 PM
I just received word that my parents' former pastor, Rev. David Boettcher, passed away yesterday. .

May the Memory of the Presbyter David be Eternal!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Norman Teigen on May 13, 2017, 02:35:44 PM
A beloved professor of mine at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato MN, Rudolph Honsey, died this week at 98.  Honsey taught languages and the humanities at Bethany and from him I learned a life long appreciation of the music of Johan Sebastian Bach.  Blessed be his memory.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steven W Bohler on May 13, 2017, 04:52:58 PM
A beloved professor of mine at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato MN, Rudolph Honsey, died this week at 98.  Honsey taught languages and the humanities at Bethany and from him I learned a life long appreciation of the music of Johan Sebastian Bach.  Blessed be his memory.

My wife (who is 46 and attended Bethany Lutheran College 1989-1991, I think) also spoke highly of this professor.  How many students (and their students!) this man must have influenced!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on May 13, 2017, 09:10:26 PM
A beloved professor of mine at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato MN, Rudolph Honsey, died this week at 98.  Honsey taught languages and the humanities at Bethany and from him I learned a life long appreciation of the music of Johan (sic) Sebastian Bach.  Blessed be his memory.

I wish I could have studied under him.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Voelker on May 24, 2017, 11:27:31 PM
Please keep the family (and parish served) of Rev. Martin Schultz in your prayers. He died this evening while serving in a mid-week (I believe) Ascension service at a parish nearby to his. He has been a faithful and well-loved pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wood River, Illinois for many years. Christ is Risen!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peter_speckhard on May 24, 2017, 11:31:19 PM
Please keep the family (and parish served) of Rev. Martin Schultz in your prayers. He died this evening while serving in a mid-week (I believe) Ascension service at a parish nearby to his. He has been a faithful and well-loved pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wood River, Illinois for many years. Christ is Risen!
He died in the middle of the service? Tragic, but on the other hand, given the alternatives, what a way to go. He is risen indeed!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Voelker on May 24, 2017, 11:33:50 PM
Please keep the family (and parish served) of Rev. Martin Schultz in your prayers. He died this evening while serving in a mid-week (I believe) Ascension service at a parish nearby to his. He has been a faithful and well-loved pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wood River, Illinois for many years. Christ is Risen!
He died in the middle of the service? Tragic, but on the other hand, given the alternatives, what a way to go. He is risen indeed!
Perhaps then; or on the way to the hospital. In the fog of events like these, things aren't always clear. I got the info from a relative who was there or who at least was in the ambulance.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on May 28, 2017, 08:21:18 AM
Prayers for Pastor Greg Fryer who was injured in a fall at his church (Immanuel NYC).  He suffered two broken wrists and a broken elbow. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on May 28, 2017, 08:22:04 AM
Prayers for Pastor Greg Fryer who was injured in a fall at his church (Immanuel NYC).  He suffered two broken wrists and a broken elbow.

So sorry to hear this, Eileen - will lift him and Carol up in prayer this morning.

Dave Benke
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on May 29, 2017, 07:31:57 AM
I took his place at Immanuel yesterday.  It is a truly great congregation; members are very caring and most concerned about their beloved pastor, Greg Fryer.  I got an email thanks from him; voice activated.  Fortunately there were no injuries to his head or back.

Peace, JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on May 29, 2017, 08:54:43 AM
I took his place at Immanuel yesterday.  It is a truly great congregation; members are very caring and most concerned about their beloved pastor, Greg Fryer.  I got an email thanks from him; voice activated.  Fortunately there were no injuries to his head or back.

Peace, JOHN

He is a beloved pastor, not only to those at Immanuel.  Carol wrote that he's had surgery on both wrists and is awaiting surgery on his elbow. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on May 29, 2017, 08:06:31 PM
WJV,

Martin was preaching when the heart-attack took him. His funeral is tomorrow morning. Vice President Mueller will be the preacher. But, yes, please keep his wife, Ruth, his mother, Mary, his children, grandchildren, and all his family, not to mention his beloved congregation, in your prayers. "Death, you cannot end my gladness; I am baptized into Christ."
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Voelker on May 30, 2017, 06:31:51 PM
WJV,

Martin was preaching when the heart-attack took him. His funeral is tomorrow morning. Vice President Mueller will be the preacher. But, yes, please keep his wife, Ruth, his mother, Mary, his children, grandchildren, and all his family, not to mention his beloved congregation, in your prayers. "Death, you cannot end my gladness; I am baptized into Christ."
Will —

Thank you for your blog writeup on the funeral. I was there, but in the crush didn't have time to seek you out, though I saw you in the narthex. The visitation yesterday was an amazing outpouring of affection for him, his family, and his parish (it ran from before noon until after six; I'm amazed the family was standing this morning). VP Mueller's sermon was to the point, and did a great job of preaching the resurrection while also speaking to Martin's having done so. A sad day? Certainly. But a fine day, too, with hope and joy in Christ. SDG.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on May 30, 2017, 07:55:56 PM
Bill,

Sorry to have missed you! We headed out right after the benediction. Yes, VP Mueller gave the goods and the music simply preached the joy that was Martin's life. Once again I'll say it: we have an obligation to teach our folks hymns like "Lord, Thee I Love." Songs to live and to die by. And how strongly it was sung!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on May 31, 2017, 08:53:24 AM
John, as our Orthodox brethren are wont to say: May her memory be eternal! To be a people who await that joyous day of resurrection and therefore reunion is to be blessed indeed in the midst of the greatest sorrow earth knows. Pax!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: James_Gale on May 31, 2017, 04:42:32 PM
Indeed!  At Lorna's (Roman Catholic) funeral concelebrated by seven priests and a deacon, we sang "Lord thee I love" as the Hymn of the Day, just as Lorna had instructed.   There were twenty Luther pastors (with wives) in the congregation plus another fifty Lutheran lay people.  Several parishioners of Holy Family remarked about how strong the singing had been throughout.  Naturally (for Catholics) we stopped after the second stanza of "Lord, thee I love".   :( 

One of eulogists lamented that we had done that, "I don't understand why other Christians do not appreciate this wonderful Lutheran testimony to the resurrection."  So at the procession out, at the conclusion of the final hymn, I asserted myself and asked that we sing the third stanza.  The organist reacted promptly and we sang with great gusto!  The parish administrator remarked to me that she had even seen one pastor singing without having to look at the words.   ;D

Today is Lorna's birthday.  She would be 77. 

Peace, JOHN


I will hold you, Lorna, and all who loved her in my prayers.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on June 02, 2017, 04:15:56 PM
I've moved the conversation about Lord Thee I Love and other hymns to a new thread entitled "Lord Thee I Love."
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Matt Hummel on June 03, 2017, 07:06:47 PM
For the people of London.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steven Tibbetts on June 08, 2017, 10:51:38 AM
Prayers for Paul Hinlicky who suffered a stroke yesterday just after the closing of the CCET Conference at Loyola University, Baltimore.  EMTs responded immediately and he was being treated in hospital within moments.  His son-in-law, Andrew Wilson, posted last evening that Paul is lucid and regaining feeling on his left side.

Pax, Steven+
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on June 08, 2017, 11:36:50 AM
Paul will be in my prayers.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on June 08, 2017, 12:03:48 PM
He is in my prayers; I am so sorry to learn of this news.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on June 12, 2017, 08:54:17 PM
For daughter Lauren, hospitalized for second time in a week with kidney complications. Thank you.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on June 12, 2017, 09:03:35 PM
For daughter Lauren, hospitalized for second time in a week with kidney complications. Thank you.

Prayers are with Lauren and your family. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Harvey_Mozolak on June 13, 2017, 08:45:25 AM
yes, prayers for healing and a return to the joy of normal life...
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on June 28, 2017, 11:34:50 AM
My wife Amanda gave birth to a healthy girl yesterday, June 27th. Annika Margaret was 7lbs, 12 oz. We're planning on baptism this Sunday. What joy! Thank you Lord!

Jeremy
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on June 28, 2017, 01:32:29 PM
My wife Amanda gave birth to a healthy girl yesterday, June 27th. Annika Margaret was 7lbs, 12 oz. We're planning on baptism this Sunday. What joy! Thank you Lord!

Jeremy

Thanks be to God!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LCMS87 on June 28, 2017, 02:13:34 PM
My wife Amanda gave birth to a healthy girl yesterday, June 27th. Annika Margaret was 7lbs, 12 oz. We're planning on baptism this Sunday. What joy! Thank you Lord!

Jeremy

Psalm 127:3-5.  You and Amanda are blessed.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Brian Stoffregen on June 28, 2017, 02:59:16 PM
I am typing from the hospital where I've been since Friday when they removed about a fist-sized tumor from my abdomen. I got liquid food for the first time today, and perhaps solid food tomorrow, then home. The pathology report was inconclusive and was sent away for more detailed analysis, which may take about a week.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on June 28, 2017, 03:00:46 PM
Prayers arising from Brooklyn for you and your family, Brian!

Dave Benke
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J.L. Precup on June 28, 2017, 03:18:43 PM
Praying that the pathology report will return with favorable results.  In the meantime, may our Lord keep you safe and secure.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on June 28, 2017, 03:44:28 PM
Dear Brian,

Prayers for you and yours. May the Lord Jesus fill you with His peace as you wait for news.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on June 28, 2017, 04:17:53 PM
Prayers are with you as you await answers and for healing.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: pastorg1@aol.com on June 28, 2017, 04:46:50 PM
God bless you and yours, Brian.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: gan ainm on June 28, 2017, 04:52:10 PM
May God grant you and your family and friends the peace that surpasses all understanding.  Best wishes for a speedy recovery and a favorable report.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: readselerttoo on June 28, 2017, 06:00:36 PM
"God is our refuge and strength..."  Praying for you at this time, Pr. Stoffregen.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles Austin on June 28, 2017, 07:59:09 PM
Hang in there, Brian; and know that many of us are praying and with you, often 'cause we've been there.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: James_Gale on June 28, 2017, 08:11:57 PM
You are in my prayers Pr. Stoffregen.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on June 28, 2017, 09:44:26 PM
Brian,

May you receive healing of body and mind through Him Who is the Great Physician and Healer of our souls.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Matt Hummel on June 28, 2017, 10:02:55 PM
Brian-

Asking the intercessions of St. Perigrine for you and your family as you wait.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on June 28, 2017, 11:01:06 PM
Brian-

Asking the intercessions of St. Perigrine for you and your family as you wait.

And the Unmercenaries Cyril and John (https://www.goarch.org/chapel/saints?contentid=102), the uncovering of whose relics was celebrated this day by the Orthodox.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on June 29, 2017, 05:28:47 PM
Brian:

With prayers for God's peace as you await further news of the pathology report.

Marie
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Mbecker on June 29, 2017, 08:25:32 PM
God's Pentecost peace be with you, Brian! You are in my prayers for healing and strength.

M. Becker
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on July 14, 2017, 04:40:09 PM
Pastor Paul Nordeen (served in NY, now living in NJ) was diagnosed with Alzheimer's some time ago; however, he has been able to do supply.  One Sunday, several months ago, when he was serving as supply pastor, he introduced himself to a youngster, sitting in the first pew.  Several times during his children's sermon, he would ask her something and confess that he had forgotten her name.  When he served her the host at communion he added to the words, "I may not remember your  name, but Jesus always will."   This kind - and good - pastor's health has declined and he can no longer do supply.   Please keep him in prayer. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on July 14, 2017, 05:52:45 PM
Pastor Paul Nordeen (served in NY, now living in NJ) was diagnosed with Alzheimer's some time ago; however, he has been able to do supply.  One Sunday, several months ago, when he was serving as supply pastor, he introduced himself to a youngster, sitting in the first pew.  Several times during his children's sermon, he would ask her something and confess that he had forgotten her name.  When he served her the host at communion he added to the words, "I may not remember your  name, but Jesus always will."   This kind - and good - pastor's health has declined and he can no longer do supply.   Please keep him in prayer.

Please include Paul's wife Mary in your prayers.  The days ahead will also be difficult for her.

Marie
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles Austin on July 14, 2017, 09:18:55 PM
Paul and Mary are active and well-loved members of the church where I am privileged to be interim pastor. It has been great having him in the pews on the few Sundays when he was not out preaching.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on July 14, 2017, 09:26:15 PM
When he served her the host at communion he added to the words, "I may not remember your  name, but Jesus always will."

Simply beautiful.

That is precisely what the Orthodox mean when we say "Memory Eternal!"
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: loschwitz on August 02, 2017, 10:28:43 AM
Please remember the Schmidt family of Beecher IL.   A terrible auto accident last week took the lives of Lindsey Schmidt and three of her young sons, as well as that of the unborn child she was carrying.  A pickup truck smashed into the Schmidt car as Lindsey was driving the boys to Vacation Bible School at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crete.  A tragedy of numbing sorrow.   
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on August 02, 2017, 11:02:32 AM
Please remember the Schmidt family of Beecher IL.   A terrible auto accident last week took the lives of Lindsey Schmidt and three of her young sons, as well as that of the unborn child she was carrying.  A pickup truck smashed into the Schmidt car as Lindsey was driving the boys to Vacation Bible School at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crete.  A tragedy of numbing sorrow.

Prayers ascend - heartbreaking news. 

Dave Benke
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dan Fienen on August 02, 2017, 11:50:32 AM
On a happier note, prayers for Rev. Steven Mahlburg and family.  Our church is one of several who helps support him in his work as a missionary through the LCMS Office of International Mission.  He and his family have finally arrived at his designated area of service, Sri Lanka.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on August 02, 2017, 12:06:15 PM
Please remember the Schmidt family of Beecher IL.   A terrible auto accident last week took the lives of Lindsey Schmidt and three of her young sons, as well as that of the unborn child she was carrying.  A pickup truck smashed into the Schmidt car as Lindsey was driving the boys to Vacation Bible School at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crete.  A tragedy of numbing sorrow.

Sad beyond words. We will pray for Lindsey's husband and others in her family.

Marie
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steven Tibbetts on August 08, 2017, 10:45:01 PM
Prayers for Paul Hinlicky who suffered a stroke yesterday just after the closing of the CCET Conference at Loyola University, Baltimore.  EMTs responded immediately and he was being treated in hospital within moments.  His son-in-law, Andrew Wilson, posted last evening that Paul is lucid and regaining feeling on his left side.


A quick update: Paul presented a paper this afternoon at the Braaten-Benne Lectures. He spoke for just short of an hour plus some some Q&A, ending up with a total of an hour and fifteen minutes -- probably a half-hour more than he should have stood up there, but nonetheless pretty amazing only 60 days after a stroke.  I'd spoken with him earlier this afternoon and he says most of the physical symptoms are healed, his strength is progressing, and he's been restless to get back to speaking.  Praise the Lord!

Pax, Steven+
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on August 08, 2017, 11:10:55 PM
Prayers for Paul Hinlicky who suffered a stroke yesterday just after the closing of the CCET Conference at Loyola University, Baltimore.  EMTs responded immediately and he was being treated in hospital within moments.  His son-in-law, Andrew Wilson, posted last evening that Paul is lucid and regaining feeling on his left side.


A quick update: Paul presented a paper this afternoon at the Braaten-Benne Lectures. He spoke for just short of an hour plus some some Q&A, ending up with a total of an hour and fifteen minutes -- probably a half-hour more than he should have stood up there, but nonetheless pretty amazing only 60 days after a stroke.  I'd spoken with him earlier this afternoon and he says most of the physical symptoms are healed, his strength is progressing, and he's been restless to get back to speaking.  Praise the Lord!

Pax, Steven+

"Who is so great a god as our God,
Who alone worketh great wonders?"


--the Great Prokeimenon  (http://antiochian.org/sites/default/files/who_is_so_great-russian-4part.pdf) (Tone 7)
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dan Fienen on August 25, 2017, 08:00:45 AM
Prayers requested for my family.  My father, Norman Fienen 96, passed away peacefully this morning from old age. Requiescat in pace.


Lord, let at last Thine angels come,
To Ab'ham's bosom bear me home,
That I may die unfearing;
And in its narrow chamber keep
My body safe in peaeful sleep
Until Thy reappearing.
And then from death awaken me,
That these mine eyes with joy may see,
O Son of God, Thy glorious face,
My Savior and my fount of grace.  Lord Jesus Christ,
My prayer attend,
My prayer attend,
And I will praise Thee without end.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on August 25, 2017, 08:04:16 AM
Prayers requested for my family.  My father, Norman Fienen 96, passed away peacefully this morning from old age. Requiescat in pace.


Lord, let at last Thine angels come,
To Ab'ham's bosom bear me home,
That I may die unfearing;
And in its narrow chamber keep
My body safe in peaeful sleep
Until Thy reappearing.
And then from death awaken me,
That these mine eyes with joy may see,
O Son of God, Thy glorious face,
My Savior and my fount of grace.  Lord Jesus Christ,
My prayer attend,
My prayer attend,
And I will praise Thee without end.

My prayers are with you and your family, Pastor Fienen during this sad, difficult time. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: gan ainm on August 25, 2017, 08:55:44 AM
Prayers requested for my family.  My father, Norman Fienen 96, passed away peacefully this morning from old age. Requiescat in pace.


Lord, let at last Thine angels come,
To Ab'ham's bosom bear me home,
That I may die unfearing;
And in its narrow chamber keep
My body safe in peaeful sleep
Until Thy reappearing.
And then from death awaken me,
That these mine eyes with joy may see,
O Son of God, Thy glorious face,
My Savior and my fount of grace.  Lord Jesus Christ,
My prayer attend,
My prayer attend,
And I will praise Thee without end.

I am sorry for the sadness that prevails at times like these among those who are still on this side.  May the Lord of all mercy and understanding be with you and your family. 

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: James_Gale on August 25, 2017, 09:31:12 AM
Your father and your family are in my prayers.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on August 25, 2017, 10:33:01 AM
"Among the spirits of the righteous perfected in faith, give rest, O Savior, to the soul of Your servant. Bestow upon it the blessed life which is from You, O loving One.

Within Your peace, O Lord, where all Your saints repose, give rest also to the soul of Your servant, for You alone are immortal."
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Harvey_Mozolak on August 25, 2017, 11:21:59 AM
may God guide you through your grief and sadness with Christ's triumphant staff planted beside the waters of holy baptism.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on August 25, 2017, 11:25:30 AM
“In peace and joy I now depart since God so wills it...”

Prayers for you, Dan, and your family.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: pearson on August 25, 2017, 01:59:08 PM
Likewise, Pr. Fienen, from stormy south Texas, prayers will ascend for you and your family, and we will add your family to our congregational prayers during worship this coming Sunday.  May the promise of the resurrection be a blessing to all of you.

Tom Pearson
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: pearson on August 25, 2017, 07:50:12 PM
It certainly looks like Hurricane Harvey is going to make a mess out of southeast Texas, and that is an area that is something of a Lutheran geographic stronghold in Texas.  There are a large number of Lutheran congregations scattered among the small cities and towns between Corpus Christi and San Antonio.  If I have my bearings straight, Pr. Rahn's parish is among them.  In addition, a onetime (and future?) regular contributor to ALPB Forum, Kurt Weinelt, lives in Victoria, which is right in Harvey's path -- they could get up to 25-30 inches of rain there over the next 48 hours, and that is an area prone to massive flooding.  It appears there will be a large area of devastation looming for these folks.  Please keep them in your prayers.

Tom Pearson 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on August 25, 2017, 08:07:07 PM
Prayers for all of you in the path of the storm, Tom. Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on August 25, 2017, 08:07:48 PM
With family in Houston, we've been closely following developments.  Both my husband and I are praying for all those affected by this devastating storm. 

Kurt Weinelt shared some time ago that he had been diagnosed with ALS.  May Kurt and his family remain in our prayers. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on August 29, 2017, 10:28:54 AM
I've been quiet here, we're in Scandinavia. Keeping in touch with our son in Houston, who tells us they're ok though the water has been up to their front steps.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Norman Teigen on August 29, 2017, 01:03:53 PM
Prayers of thanks being offered for the return of my cousin Erling Teigen to his home in Mankato from a Rochester hospital.  Erling experienced a stroke which incapacitated him for a time.  He is learning to walk again with the aid of therapy. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles Austin on August 29, 2017, 01:30:43 PM
Enjoy what is for some of us the "homeland," Richard. And try some of that brown Norwegian goat cheese. And reindeer.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Eriksson on September 10, 2017, 10:05:53 PM
Prayers for those of you who are in the path of hurricane Irma.   You are very much in my thoughts.  I hope all is well with you  and your loved ones.

Best
james
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J.L. Precup on September 21, 2017, 07:52:29 PM
I received a telephone call from a LCMS pastor in Mexico City today.  Thankfully, he and his family are safe.  Also, facilities under his care were not damaged.  All good...except...except it was clear that he is living (reliving?) this trauma still.  When we hear of major catastrophes, we think of prayer and aid...and we are generous.  We might not suspect the trauma we do not see, however.  It lingers a long time...its needs are also important...I solicit your prayers for all especially in Mexico City who now whenever they close their eyes relive moments of the earth tearing at them.  Lord in your mercy:
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on September 21, 2017, 09:10:31 PM
Hear our prayer.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on September 21, 2017, 09:29:03 PM
When we hear of major catastrophes, we think of prayer and aid...and we are generous.  We might not suspect the trauma we do not see, however.  It lingers a long time...its needs are also important...

Aye.

In the Orthodox Church the Great Earthquake which struck Constantinople in 740 A.D. is still commemorated everty 26th of October:

Apolytikion of Commemoration of the Earthquake
Plagal of the Fourth Tone

O Thou Who lookest on the earth and makest it tremble,
deliver us from the fearful menace of earthquake,
O Christ our God,
and by the intercessions of the Theotokos,
send down upon us Thy mercies in abundance and save us.


Kontakion of Commemoration of the Earthquake
Plagal of the Second Tone


Deliver us all from earthquakes, O Lord,
and from wounds unbearable on account of our sins,
and spare Thy people whom Thou hast purchased with Thy Blood, O master;
and deliver not Thy city to destruction by terrible earthquakes,
for we know none other God besides Thee.
And to those who chant do Thou respond:
I am with you,
and no one shall prevail against you.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on October 11, 2017, 07:37:48 AM
Please pray for Pastor Cliff Koenig (retired).  Pastor Koenig has been dealing with a collapsed lung and hole in lung.  Thank you.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on October 11, 2017, 07:41:01 AM
A second prayer request this morning for all those in California under the threat of wildfires.  When possible (internet is down, in some areas power is out, phones and text spotty) I hear from my cousin and the situation seems dire.  Thousands have been evacuated.  Others are standing ready to leave.  Homes, land, and businesses have been destroyed.  I write nothing that you haven't seen in the news (or are experiencing first hand), but had the need to raise this up.  As my cousin said, "We realize just how little control we have in life."   
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on October 11, 2017, 12:37:05 PM
Thank you for those prayers. My county is among those declared a disaster area because of the fires. There have been at least four separate fires here, and while they are obviously disastrous for those who lose their homes, it is nothing like the situation in Sonoma and Napa counties. The closest to us has been about ten or twelve miles, so no immediate danger, but everyone in the county is on edge, and virtually everyone knows someone in Northern California who has been directly affected. The smoke (probably from Sonoma, 100 miles away) hit us overnight; the air is thick with it this morning, and the sun an eerie orange ball.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peter_speckhard on October 11, 2017, 12:47:12 PM
My uncle Tom Neuhaus, Richard's older brother, is in hospice at the hospital in Plattsburg, NY. My mother is going to visit him this weekend. Prayers for peace are appreciated.

He would like communion/last rites from an LCMS pastor if possible, but there are no LCMS churches in the area. If anyone knows of any retired pastors or LCMS clergy who might happen to be in that area, please let me know. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on October 11, 2017, 12:55:29 PM
PETER

I will pass it on to the Atlantic District. 

Peace, JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Pasgolf on October 11, 2017, 02:01:29 PM
Peter,   I think Plattsburg is in the Eastern District.  DP Wicher is likely to have a handle on people available.


Rev. Chris C. Wicher
District Office:   The Lutheran Church--Mo. Synod
5111 Main St
Williamsville, NY
14221-5203
Phone:   716-634-5111
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on October 11, 2017, 02:25:50 PM
Atlantic says that the pastor in Glenn Falls (Paul Wagner) is the closest.  I don't know how close.  I have passed the information to Paul.  Eastern may have someone closer.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: LCMS87 on October 11, 2017, 02:39:02 PM
According to the church finder at LCMS.org, the closest congregation is in South Burlington, Vt.  It's 31 miles and an hour and a quarter one way if using the ferry.  It's 79 miles and a bit over an hour and a half via interstate.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peter_speckhard on October 11, 2017, 04:03:58 PM
Thanks everyone. I left the info at the Eastern District and they're looking around and will get back to me.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles Austin on October 11, 2017, 05:18:23 PM
The hospice probably has a chaplain or chaplains on call.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on October 11, 2017, 08:09:56 PM
The hospice probably has a chaplain or chaplains on call.

Oh, Charles, stop it. Even in a situation like this do you need to get in your dig?   

Must you be so callous to Peter, his dying uncle, and his family?  :(
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on October 11, 2017, 08:52:45 PM
The hospice probably has a chaplain or chaplains on call.

Oh, Charles, stop it. Even in a situation like this do you need to get in your dig?   

Must you be so callous to Peter, his dying uncle, and his family?  :(

And must you always interpret things in the unkindest way? In my experience, a hospice chaplain might well be the person who would know how to contact the closest pastor of a patient's church body.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on October 11, 2017, 09:24:59 PM
The hospice probably has a chaplain or chaplains on call.

Oh, Charles, stop it. Even in a situation like this do you need to get in your dig?   

Must you be so callous to Peter, his dying uncle, and his family?  :(

And must you always interpret things in the unkindest way? In my experience, a hospice chaplain might well be the person who would know how to contact the closest pastor of a patient's church body.

And you don't think Peter knows this?

But Charles can now thank you for giving him an out.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on October 11, 2017, 09:45:45 PM
One of our readers has written to me privately: "Can we call a time out on this?  I would like to read and post in an area of prayer without attacks going on.  Hmm, maybe that needs to be prayed for." Point taken, and further departures from this stated purpose of this topic will be deleted.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles Austin on October 11, 2017, 10:39:36 PM
My simple suggestion was that the hospice chaplain might be of some help. I do not know why anyone would think that this was callous or a "dig." But enough. Prayers for Peter's family and all those to whom death draws near.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on October 12, 2017, 08:11:10 PM
Prayers for Peter's family and all those to whom death draws near.

For Peter's family, for those endangered by the wildfires and those battling the flames, and all in any peril:   

That we may complete the remaining time of our life in peace and repentance, let us ask of the Lord.

 --Grant this, O Lord.

A Christian ending to our life, painless, blameless, peaceful; and a good defense before the dread Judgement Seat of Christ, let us ask of the Lord.

--Grant this, O Lord.

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peter_speckhard on October 13, 2017, 11:23:37 AM
Just got word that Tom Neuhaus died this morning, a little sooner than we expected. Thanks for all the prayers and especially to John Hannah and all those who were willing to head up there to bring communion.

Tom was a career army man, dropped out of Concordia, Seward along with his twin brother George in order to enlist for Viet Nam. This was not in accordance with their parents' wishes, from what I understand. Apparently they knew they wanted to enlist and said if my grandpa wouldn't agree to withdraw them from school, they knew how to get kicked out. (There is a certainly willfulness to all things Neuhaus.) Tom was Special Forces and retired a Command Sergeant Major, as did his brother, who still lives in Germany. Obviously that made for some interesting family dynamics way back when, given their younger brother Richard's take on things. My earliest memories (though it is possible it is only a memory of the later telling of it and not the thing itself) of family devotions are the rhymed petition, "for Uncle George and Uncle Tom, who are at war in Viet Nam." The last thing Tom asked my mom for over the phone was to bring him his catechism, because the pain meds were making him foggy.

R.I.P.

 



Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on October 13, 2017, 11:50:45 PM
Those are good stories. God bless your memory of your Uncle Tom. Christ is risen! Alleluia!

Jeremy
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on October 14, 2017, 07:02:18 AM
Just got word that Tom Neuhaus died this morning, a little sooner than we expected. Thanks for all the prayers and especially to John Hannah and all those who were willing to head up there to bring communion.

Tom was a career army man, dropped out of Concordia, Seward along with his twin brother George in order to enlist for Viet Nam. This was not in accordance with their parents' wishes, from what I understand. Apparently they knew they wanted to enlist and said if my grandpa wouldn't agree to withdraw them from school, they knew how to get kicked out. (There is a certainly willfulness to all things Neuhaus.) Tom was Special Forces and retired a Command Sergeant Major, as did his brother, who still lives in Germany. Obviously that made for some interesting family dynamics way back when, given their younger brother Richard's take on things. My earliest memories (though it is possible it is only a memory of the later telling of it and not the thing itself) of family devotions are the rhymed petition, "for Uncle George and Uncle Tom, who are at war in Viet Nam." The last thing Tom asked my mom for over the phone was to bring him his catechism, because the pain meds were making him foggy.

R.I.P.

PETE

I think George and Tom would have enlisted too early (1950's) for Vietnam specifically even though they did indeed later serve there.  When I met George in Germany he told me that they were identified as knowing German in Basic Training.  They were encouraged to join the Special Forces because of their German language skill.  The Cold War was the major concern of the Army in the 1950's and Germany was the potential battlefield.

Nonetheless we owe them and all those who trained to fight what became the Cold War and remained "cold" due to their hard work.  (As Special Forces, Tom and George may have actually done things that were closer to "hot" but, of course, they cannot tell us.)

Peace, JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: gan ainm on October 14, 2017, 08:49:40 AM
Just got word that Tom Neuhaus died this morning, a little sooner than we expected. Thanks for all the prayers and especially to John Hannah and all those who were willing to head up there to bring communion.

Tom was a career army man, dropped out of Concordia, Seward along with his twin brother George in order to enlist for Viet Nam. This was not in accordance with their parents' wishes, from what I understand. Apparently they knew they wanted to enlist and said if my grandpa wouldn't agree to withdraw them from school, they knew how to get kicked out. (There is a certainly willfulness to all things Neuhaus.) Tom was Special Forces and retired a Command Sergeant Major, as did his brother, who still lives in Germany. Obviously that made for some interesting family dynamics way back when, given their younger brother Richard's take on things. My earliest memories (though it is possible it is only a memory of the later telling of it and not the thing itself) of family devotions are the rhymed petition, "for Uncle George and Uncle Tom, who are at war in Viet Nam." The last thing Tom asked my mom for over the phone was to bring him his catechism, because the pain meds were making him foggy.

R.I.P.

PETE

I think George and Tom would have enlisted too early (1950's) for Vietnam specifically even though they did indeed later serve there.  When I met George in Germany he told me that they were identified as knowing German in Basic Training.  They were encouraged to join the Special Forces because of their German language skill.  The Cold War was the major concern of the Army in the 1950's and Germany was the potential battlefield.

Nonetheless we owe them and all those who trained to fight what became the Cold War and remained "cold" due to their hard work.  (As Special Forces, Tom and George may have actually done things that were closer to "hot" but, of course, they cannot tell us.)

Peace, JOHN

I did not realize Americans soldiers were involved in Viet Nam beginning in 1950.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War    [See footnotes 62 and A3]
Beginning in 1950, American military advisors arrived in what was then French Indochina.[62][A 3] Most of the funding for the French war effort was provided by the U.S.[63] U.S. involvement escalated in the early 1960s, with troop levels tripling in 1961 and again in 1962.[64] U.S. involvement escalated further following the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident, in which a U.S. destroyer clashed with North Vietnamese fast attack craft, which was followed by the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which gave the U.S. president authorization to increase U.S. military presence. Regular U.S. combat units were deployed beginning in 1965. Operations crossed international borders: bordering areas of Laos and Cambodia were heavily bombed by U.S. forces as American involvement in the war peaked in 1968, the same year that the communist side launched the Tet Offensive.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on October 14, 2017, 09:03:06 AM
Yes, we were there in 1950 but in tiny numbers.  It was not a major concern of the Army not the USA.  Not until Kennedy was president did U.S. Army Special Forces become employed in Vietnam.

Peace, JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peter_speckhard on October 14, 2017, 09:19:49 AM
Just got word that Tom Neuhaus died this morning, a little sooner than we expected. Thanks for all the prayers and especially to John Hannah and all those who were willing to head up there to bring communion.

Tom was a career army man, dropped out of Concordia, Seward along with his twin brother George in order to enlist for Viet Nam. This was not in accordance with their parents' wishes, from what I understand. Apparently they knew they wanted to enlist and said if my grandpa wouldn't agree to withdraw them from school, they knew how to get kicked out. (There is a certainly willfulness to all things Neuhaus.) Tom was Special Forces and retired a Command Sergeant Major, as did his brother, who still lives in Germany. Obviously that made for some interesting family dynamics way back when, given their younger brother Richard's take on things. My earliest memories (though it is possible it is only a memory of the later telling of it and not the thing itself) of family devotions are the rhymed petition, "for Uncle George and Uncle Tom, who are at war in Viet Nam." The last thing Tom asked my mom for over the phone was to bring him his catechism, because the pain meds were making him foggy.

R.I.P.

PETE

I think George and Tom would have enlisted too early (1950's) for Vietnam specifically even though they did indeed later serve there.  When I met George in Germany he told me that they were identified as knowing German in Basic Training.  They were encouraged to join the Special Forces because of their German language skill.  The Cold War was the major concern of the Army in the 1950's and Germany was the potential battlefield.

Nonetheless we owe them and all those who trained to fight what became the Cold War and remained "cold" due to their hard work.  (As Special Forces, Tom and George may have actually done things that were closer to "hot" but, of course, they cannot tell us.)

Peace, JOHN
You're right, I think of them in term of fighting in Viet Nam, but they enlisted before there was any likelihood of being sent there specifically. They knew they wanted to enlist in high school and did what it took to make it happen, but it wasn't Southeast Asia in particular they had in mind. But from what I understand talking to others, the cold war did indeed get hot for them, but I've never heard any detailed account of any combat. As you note, it isn't merely that people won't, sometimes it is that they can't talk about it. My mom was more likely to brag that they were good enough downhill skiers to be be instructors while still enlisted and afterward.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on October 14, 2017, 09:50:13 AM
Just got word that Tom Neuhaus died this morning, a little sooner than we expected. Thanks for all the prayers and especially to John Hannah and all those who were willing to head up there to bring communion.

Tom was a career army man, dropped out of Concordia, Seward along with his twin brother George in order to enlist for Viet Nam. This was not in accordance with their parents' wishes, from what I understand. Apparently they knew they wanted to enlist and said if my grandpa wouldn't agree to withdraw them from school, they knew how to get kicked out. (There is a certainly willfulness to all things Neuhaus.) Tom was Special Forces and retired a Command Sergeant Major, as did his brother, who still lives in Germany. Obviously that made for some interesting family dynamics way back when, given their younger brother Richard's take on things. My earliest memories (though it is possible it is only a memory of the later telling of it and not the thing itself) of family devotions are the rhymed petition, "for Uncle George and Uncle Tom, who are at war in Viet Nam." The last thing Tom asked my mom for over the phone was to bring him his catechism, because the pain meds were making him foggy.

R.I.P.

PETE

I think George and Tom would have enlisted too early (1950's) for Vietnam specifically even though they did indeed later serve there.  When I met George in Germany he told me that they were identified as knowing German in Basic Training.  They were encouraged to join the Special Forces because of their German language skill.  The Cold War was the major concern of the Army in the 1950's and Germany was the potential battlefield.

Nonetheless we owe them and all those who trained to fight what became the Cold War and remained "cold" due to their hard work.  (As Special Forces, Tom and George may have actually done things that were closer to "hot" but, of course, they cannot tell us.)

Peace, JOHN
You're right, I think of them in term of fighting in Viet Nam, but they enlisted before there was any likelihood of being sent there specifically. They knew they wanted to enlist in high school and did what it took to make it happen, but it wasn't Southeast Asia in particular they had in mind. But from what I understand talking to others, the cold war did indeed get hot for them, but I've never heard any detailed account of any combat. As you note, it isn't merely that people won't, sometimes it is that they can't talk about it. My mom was more likely to brag that they were good enough downhill skiers to be be instructors while still enlisted and afterward.

U.S. Army Europe Special Forces were stationed at Bad Tolz, right there in the middle of the Alpine recreation area.  Someone may have sold that to Congress as a "hardship site" with bitter cold and other disadvantages.   8)  No doubt they went on classified missions.  Did anyone know beforehand that the Seal Team was rehearsing the assault on Bid Laden's quarters?

May Tom rest in peace as he awaits the glorious resurrection.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on October 14, 2017, 11:13:43 AM
The golden ev'ning brightens in the west,
Soon, soon to faithful warriors cometh rest;
Sweet is the call of Paradise the blest:
Alleluia, Alleluia!

O may Thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold
Fight as saints who nobly fought of old
And win, with them, the Victor's crown of gold:
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: SomeoneWrites on November 25, 2017, 09:41:49 AM

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/25/virginia-youth-pastor-held-in-thanksgiving-slaying-family-members.html
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on November 25, 2017, 10:17:25 AM
Yes, SW, Satan laughs. Yet:

"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steven W Bohler on November 25, 2017, 07:00:15 PM
The news reports list the suspect as "youth pastor" but I can find no such person on the LCMS church worker locator.  Am I correct in assuming he was not "pastor" but something else?
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Harvey_Mozolak on November 25, 2017, 07:30:51 PM
I recently saw material from a Lutheran congregation that called a group of folks: lay pastors... strange.  Sometimes parishes hire folks who are not Lutheran or not ordained to fill youth leadership roles... I looked on their site and saw that they have no notation of being LCMS and they seemed not to be looking real Lutheran in particular on the site (except their name) so who knows...   He also appeared (prejudicial statement following) to be on the older side of what normally is a youth pastor or leader in a parish.  But what do I know... most of all of our clergy are on the older side of young. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Birkholz on November 25, 2017, 09:12:03 PM
The news reports list the suspect as "youth pastor" but I can find no such person on the LCMS church worker locator.  Am I correct in assuming he was not "pastor" but something else?

The church website had previous listed him as:
"Chris Gattis -Middle School / High School Youth Ministries Coordinator".

From his facebook page, he gave his occupation as:
"Director of Youth Ministry."

The only sources I have located that refer to him as a "pastor" have been media accounts reporting on this incident.

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Keith Falk on November 25, 2017, 11:05:43 PM
I recently saw material from a Lutheran congregation that called a group of folks: lay pastors... strange.  Sometimes parishes hire folks who are not Lutheran or not ordained to fill youth leadership roles... I looked on their site and saw that they have no notation of being LCMS and they seemed not to be looking real Lutheran in particular on the site (except their name) so who knows...   He also appeared (prejudicial statement following) to be on the older side of what normally is a youth pastor or leader in a parish.  But what do I know... most of all of our clergy are on the older side of young.


Their website lists under their beliefs what it is to be a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.


And, I grant that the congregation I serve may be a bit of an odd duck, but the pastor is 37 and the Director of Youth & Family Ministries (which, around here, would like get him labeled the "youth pastor" in the media, though we do not refer to him as such) is in his early 50's.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: SomeoneWrites on November 26, 2017, 12:25:47 AM
I thought this was the most pertinent place to link the story.  I figured someone might know Pr. Martin Teske or someone in the congregation.  I know pastors often struggle to have the level of support outlets as laymen. 
I saw that the dude was a youth pastor, and I didn't see any indication he was on the roster.  I thought maybe DCE or just involved in the youth.  That's all beside the point of the post. 
The website mentions the LCMS on this page
https://www.gracelutheranva.com/about-the-lutheran-faith   This is also beside the point. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Harvey_Mozolak on November 26, 2017, 08:34:59 AM
I meant nothing significant to the story about whether the congregation flew its LCMS flag, but  I stand corrected in your previous posts... I did not see or missed that notation.  Arguments about denom flag flying are entirely another issue.  Any parish can find itself in the sad place this church does today.  And their caveat on the first page seems to indicate they have had other hurts probably recently. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on November 26, 2017, 12:28:14 PM
Someone,

I’m glad you posted. My daughter’s godmother was a dear friend of the woman killed and worked with the killer in some youth ministry; my vicarage supervisor, I believe, married the man and the victim. It’s unspeakably sad. It gave me the opportunity to send her a note and offer a prayer for Grace and all who are in shock over this.

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: MEKoch on November 29, 2017, 04:20:58 AM
Might we make a prayer of the church petition in our parishes somewhat along the lines of this:

Reading and hearing the headlines in our country about sexual harassment allegations, let us confess our sins of harassment, improper touching, adultery, fornication and intimidation.  Lord God, you have made us and dwell within us through our baptism.  Forgive our thoughts and our actions towards family members and others; towards those who are smaller, weaker, younger or less powerful.  Renew us with Advent light, so that your light may shine.  Teach us good and proper behavior, so that your name is glorified and your church honored.  Give healing to those who are victims. 
Lord, in your mercy,     hear our prayer.

I would appreciate your editing my work.

Mike Koch
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dan Fienen on November 29, 2017, 10:40:21 AM

Might we make a prayer of the church petition in our parishes somewhat along the lines of this:

Reading and hearing the headlines in our country about sexual harassment allegations, let us confess our sins of harassment, improper touching, adultery, fornication and intimidation.  Lord God, you have made us and dwell within us through our baptism.  Forgive our thoughts and our actions towards family members and others; towards those who are smaller, weaker, younger or less powerful.  Renew us with Advent light, so that your light may shine.  Teach us good and proper behavior, so that your name is glorified and your church honored.  Give healing to those who are victims. 
Lord, in your mercy,     hear our prayer.

I would appreciate your editing my work.

Mike Koch

My suggested edits.


Lord God, you have made us and dwell within us through our baptism.  Part of Your good creation of us is the good gift of sexuality.  Forgive us, we pray, our sins of misusing this gift in our thoughts, words or deeds and through such sins as pornography, improper touching, adultery, fornication and intimidation. Especially forgive our sinful thoughts and actions towards family members and  towards those who are smaller, weaker, younger or less powerful.  Renew us with Advent light, so that your light may shine.  Teach us good and proper behavior, so that your name is glorified and your church honored.  Give healing to those who are victims. 
Lord, in your mercy,     hear our prayer.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles Austin on December 02, 2017, 01:47:58 PM
 Concern for the victims, not ourselves, should be the first part of our intercessory prayers.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peterm on December 16, 2017, 10:37:31 AM
I'm asking prayers for our community.  A high school student was in a bad accident yesterday on the way to school.  He passed into the arms of Christ this morning.  I and other clergy will be at the school later today.  With my youth at a Lock in right now. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: gan ainm on December 16, 2017, 12:01:45 PM
Oh my.  My prayer is comfort and peace for the family and friends of the person who died, as well as for you as you minister to them in a time of deep distress.  The Lord be with you all.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peterm on December 16, 2017, 03:15:41 PM
Thank you...  This is the second time a student has been killed in an accident in the last six months.  The community and particularly the school are reeling.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Team Hesse on December 24, 2017, 06:44:54 PM
Today is my 64th birthday. One I will never forget. My father died today at the age of 88. A long and blessed life. I now share my birthday with our Lord and Savior and with my father's eternal birthday. Praise the Lord that He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.


FODM-WLIC, (from one dead man whose life is Christ)


Lou
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: gan ainm on December 24, 2017, 07:07:55 PM
Pr. Hesse,
I am saddened and at the same time joyous to hear of your father’s passing into the arms of Jesus. I am saddened for his family still on this side who mourn his absence and joyous to know your father is at peaceful rest. My prayers are ascending.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: readselerttoo on December 24, 2017, 07:45:12 PM
God's peace in our Savior Jesus, Pr. Hesse. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Matt Hummel on December 25, 2017, 08:12:01 AM
Our savior entered our world so that your father could enter his. Eternal memory.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on December 25, 2017, 11:33:55 AM
On behalf of the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, I wish all of you--subscribers, donors, and lurkers--a Blessed Christmas! Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

Peace, JOHN, President
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: RPG on December 25, 2017, 12:31:24 PM
Christ’s peace be with you, Lou. Prayers from an old Washingtonian ascending for you and your family.
RPG+
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on December 26, 2017, 09:27:30 AM
I pray that you -- and all of your family -- will experience God's comfort in the prayers that surround you.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on December 26, 2017, 10:23:06 AM
Lou,

God’s peace to you and may light  perpetual shine upon your father! For this He was born and came among us, as we just sang:

This flow’r whose fragrance tender
With sweetness fills the air
Dispels with glorious splendor
The darkness everywhere.
True man, yet very God,
From sin and death He saves us
And lightens every load.

Much love in Christ, my friend!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Team Hesse on December 26, 2017, 11:17:11 AM
Thank you all. We have a good and gracious Lord. The entire family appreciates the prayers and support.


Lou and Debbie
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Harvey_Mozolak on December 26, 2017, 08:40:40 PM
Lou, just read of your request... my 102 year old father is also at the edge of losing this life and receiving the next as a gift... but who knows when...  you have been given the hour of yours and so now may you and your family be blessed as you witness to the resurrection in our Lord Christ and comfort each other by the power of the Holy Spirit.    Harvey
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: pastorg1@aol.com on December 26, 2017, 08:48:50 PM
God bles you and yours, Lou.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Pastor Ken Kimball on December 27, 2017, 07:54:58 PM
A blessed witness Lou.  We grieve but not as those who have no hope.  You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.
Ken
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on December 27, 2017, 08:34:00 PM
May his Memory be Eternal!

"Christ was born for this...Christ was born for this".
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Harvey_Mozolak on January 02, 2018, 07:54:38 PM
I ask your prayers at the death of my father, LCMS Pastor, 102 years from  and with his baptism now across the Jordan.... and his seriously ill brother, Steve, and my dying brother-in-law Doyle....   Harvey
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on January 02, 2018, 08:22:18 PM
M prayers are with you and all your family.  May God grant your father eternal rest.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J.L. Precup on January 02, 2018, 10:21:01 PM
Harvey, the task of those who have died is easy...they are with their Lord who takes care of all their needs.  The task of those of us who remain is much more difficult...we grieve and struggle to understand, and we have to live the rest of our lives without someone we have treasured so much.  May our Lord also see to your needs and temper your sorrow with the sure hope of the resurrection.  God keep you in his very own + Peace.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles Austin on January 02, 2018, 10:22:12 PM
Be well, Harvey, you know what handles this.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: pastorg1@aol.com on January 03, 2018, 12:16:14 AM
Prayers ascending
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on January 03, 2018, 12:31:03 AM
May Almighty God,
who led the Wise Men by the shining of a star to find the Christ,
the Light from Light,
lead you also, in your pilgrimage, to find the Lord.

AMEN.

May God,
who sent the Holy Spirrt to rest upon the only-begotten  at His baptism in the Jordan River,
pour out that Spirit upon you who have come to the waters of new birth.

AMEN.

May God,
by the power that transformed water into wineat the wedding feast at Cana,
transform your lives and make glad your hearts.

AMEN.

May Christ, the Son of God,
be manifest in you,
that your lives may be a light to the world,
and the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be among you,
and remain with you always.     

AMEN.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on January 03, 2018, 09:48:25 AM
Dear Harvey:

I pray God gives you peace and strength as you minister to family members and deal with your personal sorrow.

Marie
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: gan ainm on January 03, 2018, 09:50:32 AM
May God comfort you and your family.  God's peace that surpasses all understanding be with you. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: MaddogLutheran on January 03, 2018, 12:54:31 PM
May God's peace come to both Lou and Harvey, in your time of mourning and the anticipation of the resurrection to come.

Before Thanksgiving one of my best college friends died suddenly, unexpectedly, before the age of 50.  The first such "young" death that hit very quite close to home for me, though of course it's not about me--he is survived by his ex-wife and 2 teenage boys.  At his Catholic funeral mass, the priest reminded us in his homily that God brings comfort to those who mourn.  Something I needed to hear at that moment, and the message was both welcome and frankly a bit surprising in that my previous Catholic funeral experiences have not been so affirming.  Yet another reminder that God comes to us when we least expect it.

Sterling Spatz
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Team Hesse on January 15, 2018, 03:22:20 PM
A group of six LCMC Augustana District pastors are leaving today on a trip to Ethiopia to view, learn about, and fellowship with people involved with Seminary efforts we have been supporting in the region with the Mekane Yesus Lutheran Church. Prayers for safe travels, safe return, and broadened understanding and assistance are appreciated. We will return to the States on Jan 25.


Lou
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on January 15, 2018, 03:27:55 PM
A group of six LCMC Augustana District pastors are leaving today on a trip to Ethiopia to view, learn about, and fellowship with people involved with Seminary efforts we have been supporting in the region with the Mekane Yesus Lutheran Church. Prayers for safe travels, safe return, and broadened understanding and assistance are appreciated. We will return to the States on Jan 25.


Lou

LOU May God go with you. Impressive Christians--those Ethiopian Lutherans.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John Theiss on January 15, 2018, 05:39:19 PM
Go with God, Lou.  We had an Oromo Lutheran group from Ethiopia using our worship area (and at times joining us in our worship times) for several years about 7 years ago.  Very dedicated Christians adapting to the differences in culture (and climate) in Alberta.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on February 12, 2018, 09:19:28 PM
For Rev. Gary Stolle, newly retired pastor fromSt. Paul's, Independence MO. His wife had knee replacement surgery today, went into cardiac arrest during the procedure and died. Funeral arrangements are pending. Very sad. He was well known in the north, central, and south circuits in KC. Lord, have mercy.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on February 12, 2018, 09:33:31 PM
Oh, Jeremy, so very sorry to hear of this. Prayers for Pr. Stolle and his family and the parish. Lord, have mercy (indeed!).
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on April 20, 2018, 07:06:07 PM
We we join in prayer for the people of Newnan, GA as they nervously await tomorrow's clash of white supremacist and anti-fascist groups.  I've heard from family living there and residents are quite anxious.  May God turn hearts filled with hate to see all persons as his holy creation. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on April 20, 2018, 09:37:14 PM
We we join in prayer for the people of Newnan, GA as they nervously await tomorrow's clash of white supremacist and anti-fascist groups.  I've heard from family living there and residents are quite anxious.  May God turn hearts filled with hate to see all persons as his holy creation.

The 19th and 20th of April are days of infamy; including the birthday of Adolph Hitler, the assault on the Branch Davidians in Waco, TX; the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City; and the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, CO.   These days are dark enough already.

Kyrie Eleison.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on May 07, 2018, 08:51:22 AM
An email just arrived from Alban Institute with the news of the death of Loren Mead on May 5.   Perhaps many of you, like me, enjoyed his writings and seminars.  A link to his last interview was included in the email:  https://alban.org/2018/05/07/loren-b-mead-the-last-interview/ (https://alban.org/2018/05/07/loren-b-mead-the-last-interview/)

Blessed are they who die in the Lord  ...
that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.

Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steven Tibbetts on May 08, 2018, 01:26:01 AM
Betty Ann (née Sachs) Christ, wife of long-time Forum participant Pr. Tim Christ (Pilgrim), was called from the Church Militant to the Church Triumphant this afternoon (Monday, May 7).  Rest eternal grant her, O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon her.  Arrangements are pending.

Pax, Steven+
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on May 08, 2018, 06:52:42 AM
Selig sind die Toten, die in den Herren sterben.

Jeremy
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on May 08, 2018, 07:55:09 AM
An email just arrived from Alban Institute with the news of the death of Loren Mead on May 5.   Perhaps many of you, like me, enjoyed his writings and seminars.  A link to his last interview was included in the email:  https://alban.org/2018/05/07/loren-b-mead-the-last-interview/ (https://alban.org/2018/05/07/loren-b-mead-the-last-interview/)

Blessed are they who die in the Lord  ...
that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.

Thanks for the link, Eileen, and thanks to God for the service to congregations throughout the country of Loren Mead.  The interview demonstrates his lifelong passion with the issues and opportunities of local congregations - the parish was his passion, and I and many friends utilized the Alban Institute's books and pamphlets to great advantage. 

Dave Benke
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: James_Gale on May 08, 2018, 08:45:40 AM
Betty Ann (née Sachs) Christ, wife of long-time Forum participant Pr. Tim Christ (Pilgrim), was called from the Church Militant to the Church Triumphant this afternoon (Monday, May 7).  Rest eternal grant her, O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon her.  Arrangements are pending.

Pax, Steven+


They are in my prayers.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on May 08, 2018, 01:53:48 PM
Betty Ann (née Sachs) Christ, wife of long-time Forum participant Pr. Tim Christ (Pilgrim), was called from the Church Militant to the Church Triumphant this afternoon (Monday, May 7).  Rest eternal grant her, O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon her.  Arrangements are pending.

Pax, Steven+

I'm very sorry, Tim. God be with you in your grief. You are in my prayers.

Peace, JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: gan ainm on May 15, 2018, 06:58:13 PM
Re. the Ordination and Ascensiontide threads:  Perhaps it is time to take a deep breath and pray for the gifts of repentance, a traditional historical understanding of Scripture, respect for the authority of Scripture, and the ability to love our neighbors no matter what.  I perceive all the hoo-ha is because it is very sad to see brothers and/or sisters go down errant paths, especially when Scripture and the Confessions warn about errant paths and repeatedly show the clear path.  However, we all need to remember it is only our command to cast seeds, not to nurture and grow them - that is God's work.  We are the creature, He is the Creator.   
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on May 15, 2018, 07:18:33 PM
For the saints of Trinity in Milwaukee, whose historic building suffered a massive fire today. Lord, have mercy.

https://onmilwaukee.com/history/articles/trinity-lutheran-fire.html
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: D. Engebretson on May 15, 2018, 07:45:08 PM
It appears that it is most likely a total loss.  I can't find any record of a resident pastor.  Is it vacant?
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Weedon on May 15, 2018, 08:32:11 PM
I am not sure of the pastoral situation; I know the great musician Dr. John Behnke is their organist.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steven W Bohler on May 15, 2018, 08:51:38 PM
I am not sure of the pastoral situation; I know the great musician Dr. John Behnke is their organist.

The church's webpage (under the "Contact Us" section) mentions a Pastor Hofmann.  In searching for pastors with that surname in the Milwaukee area, I find Hunter Hofmann (listed as "No Current Position") living in Grafton.  Hunter was a year behind me at seminary, but was a second career man, so I wonder if he is/was serving them in retirement?
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: ptom on May 16, 2018, 10:48:55 AM
According to a member who was interviewed, they are currently vacant as their pastor retired at the end of 2017.

Tom Myhre
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: D. Engebretson on May 30, 2018, 07:26:38 PM
Prayers requested for the wife and children of Pastor Timothy Olson who was tragically killed in a car accident this morning in Charlotte, Michigan.  I came to know Pr. Olson in the early 90s when I was serving in the Michigan District.  He was the senior pastor of First Lutheran Church in Charlotte, MI, where he has been since 1999.  Just yesterday he posted on FB this verse from Psalm 68:19: "Blessed be the Lord! Day after day He bears our burdens; God is our salvation."  What a wonderful thought to leave this life with!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Steven Tibbetts on January 02, 2019, 08:01:47 PM
I would ask your prayers for forum participant John Mundinger and family on the death of his mother on New Year's Day.  The Facebook page for Saint John's Lutheran Church, Helena, Montana, reports, "Jean was 97 and lived a full life as the wife of a Lutheran Pastor and theologian."

Pax, Steven+
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on January 02, 2019, 09:19:32 PM
May Jean's Memory be Eternal!

Kyrie Eleison


I would ask your prayers for forum participant John Mundinger and family on the death of his mother on New Year's Day.  The Facebook page for Saint John's Lutheran Church, Helena, Montana, reports, "Jean was 97 and lived a full life as the wife of a Lutheran Pastor and theologian."

Pax, Steven+
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on January 03, 2019, 07:41:51 AM
Very sorry to learn of this. Her husband was on the faculty of the Senior College when I was there. May she rest in peace and may her survivors be blessed by the promise of resurrection.

Peace, JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: James J Eivan on October 03, 2019, 11:52:23 AM
Prayers for the family, friends, St. Paul Lutheran, Fort Dodge, IA congregation as well as the entire community as they mourn Pastor Allen Henderson who was murdered on church property during daylight hours.  Pastor Henderson was also Chaplain to the Public Safety and first responders of Fort Dodge IA.

 https://cbs2iowa.com/news/local/fort-dodge-man-facing-murder-charge-after-pastors-death-in-fort-dodge (https://cbs2iowa.com/news/local/fort-dodge-man-facing-murder-charge-after-pastors-death-in-fort-dodge)
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: evangelical catholic on October 03, 2019, 03:56:25 PM
Pastor Allen Henderson
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on October 03, 2019, 07:18:00 PM
Memory Eternal!
Kyrie Eleison for those he leaves behind.
Megadynamis for the first responders who had to attend to one of their own.
Repentance and amendment of life for the one who perpetrated such an evil deed.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Padre Emeritus on October 04, 2019, 02:11:31 PM
Prayers will be very much desired for me as I face surgery on 12 November to replace my knee with on of them fancy new contraptions...I can’t remember ever injuring it, but noticed it when depressing the clutch on my little fun car.  Found out I am bone on bone and have pretty significant chondromalacia softening and deterioration of cartilage behind my patella (knee cap).  My surgeon is well regarded and it will be my first visit to a hospital in Gilbert whose philosophy and theology is reflected in a course I used to teach at Grand Canyon University called “Spirituality and Health Care” and the book is “Radical Loving Care” by Erie Chapman.  Life in Emeritusville continues to be exciting and interesting....of course I am preaching about half of the weekends before my surgery and will at the advise of a friend much younger than I whose parish I will be serving while he gets his rest...no activity for 2 months except PT to recover.  Oh, I can’t stay away from an altar for that long....
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on October 04, 2019, 02:52:52 PM
Prayers will be very much desired for me as I face surgery on 12 November

May God be with you, Dave, and give you quick and full healing.   :)

Peace, JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Charles Austin on October 04, 2019, 04:32:09 PM
Prayers and best wishes, Dave. I had my knee replaced a number of years ago, because it was so painful I could barely walk for more than 10 minutes at a time. Eight months after the surgery, I did a five-hour hike in the Jordanian desert, visiting the wondrous site at Petra.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on October 30, 2019, 09:11:29 AM
Daily I've read and listened to the news of the California wildfires.  May we pray for all who are affected by these fires in loss of home, business, health, even life.  May we also pray for those who put their lives in danger in fighting the fires. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on October 30, 2019, 10:07:37 AM
Daily I've read and listened to the news of the California wildfires.  May we pray for all who are affected by these fires in loss of home, business, health, even life.  May we also pray for those who put their lives in danger in fighting the fires.

Thank you.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on October 30, 2019, 07:31:20 PM
Daily I've read and listened to the news of the California wildfires.  May we pray for all who are affected by these fires in loss of home, business, health, even life.  May we also pray for those who put their lives in danger in fighting the fires.

Yes!!! This is a terrible tragedy.

Peace to all those losing possessions in California.  JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRevRedux on February 08, 2020, 05:51:15 PM
I implore you all to please pray for my dear daughter-in-law, Laurel. She is the mother of three young children, and now is diagnosed with breast cancer. Pray wisdom for the medical team as treatment is plotted out, and strength and comfort for her, my son and all the family. Having had breast cancer myself, my heart is simply aching for her in so many ways.

Thank you

Donna
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Matt Staneck on February 08, 2020, 05:53:32 PM
I implore you all to please pray for my dear daughter-in-law, Laurel. She is the mother of three young children, and now is diagnosed with breast cancer. Pray wisdom for the medical team as treatment is plotted out, and strength and comfort for her, my son and all the family. Having had breast cancer myself, my heart is simply aching for her in so many ways.

Thank you

Donna

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

M. Staneck
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Linda on February 08, 2020, 05:58:41 PM
Praying for strength and healing for your daughter-in-law Laurel.  Praying also for God to surround Laurel and her family with loving support.  My daughter-in-law just went through chemo, surgery and radiation for breast cancer last year.  Every time God brings you and Laurel to my mind I will be praying.

Linda
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRevRedux on February 08, 2020, 07:40:00 PM
Praying for strength and healing for your daughter-in-law Laurel.  Praying also for God to surround Laurel and her family with loving support.  My daughter-in-law just went through chemo, surgery and radiation for breast cancer last year.  Every time God brings you and Laurel to my mind I will be praying.

Linda
Thank you so much, Linda!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on February 08, 2020, 07:46:35 PM
I implore you all to please pray for my dear daughter-in-law, Laurel. She is the mother of three young children, and now is diagnosed with breast cancer. Pray wisdom for the medical team as treatment is plotted out, and strength and comfort for her, my son and all the family. Having had breast cancer myself, my heart is simply aching for her in so many ways.

Thank you

Donna

Praying, Donna.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peterm on February 10, 2020, 09:14:46 AM
I implore you all to please pray for my dear daughter-in-law, Laurel. She is the mother of three young children, and now is diagnosed with breast cancer. Pray wisdom for the medical team as treatment is plotted out, and strength and comfort for her, my son and all the family. Having had breast cancer myself, my heart is simply aching for her in so many ways.

Thank you

Donna

Prayers ascend for them and for you.  May the peace, healing and wisdom of God enfold you all during this difficult time.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on February 10, 2020, 01:35:07 PM
I somehow missed your post.  Please know your daughter-in-law is now on my list of those for whom I pray.  My prayers are with you as well.  It is difficult being a step away from it - a bit like a step away from control as elusive as control really is.  May God strengthen Laurel and all your family.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRevRedux on February 22, 2020, 09:25:51 PM
Eileen Bentz Smith just informed me that her husband, Joe, died suddenly this morning. While she has great comfort in the Resurrection promise, she covets your  prayers for her and the family. May God bless our dear sister in this time of loss.

Donna
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on February 23, 2020, 12:24:45 AM
Eileen is in my prayers.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Matt Staneck on February 23, 2020, 06:24:50 AM
Prayers for peace are ascending for Eileen.

M. Staneck
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on February 23, 2020, 06:34:54 AM
I am very sorry, Eileen. May Joe rest in peace and perpetual light shine on him. You are in my prayers.

Peace, JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: mariemeyer on February 24, 2020, 09:23:05 AM
Eileen:
Bill and I were saddened to learn of your husband's sudden death.  God's peace during the coming days as you and your family confront life without Joe.  We pray God's presence and the hope  of the Resurrection dries your tears.

Marie
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Dave Benke on February 24, 2020, 09:26:02 AM
Prayers for the power and peace of the Resurrected Lord for you and your loved ones, Eileen,

Dave Benke
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on February 24, 2020, 10:00:16 AM
Eileen Bentz Smith just informed me that her husband, Joe, died suddenly this morning. While she has great comfort in the Resurrection promise, she covets your  prayers for her and the family. May God bless our dear sister in this time of loss.

Donna

Donna, do you know any details about funeral arrangements?

Peace, JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: pearson on February 24, 2020, 10:07:57 AM
Eileen, all our prayers are with you as well.  May God comfort and strengthen you during this time of loss and the difficult days ahead.

Tom Pearson
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peter_speckhard on February 24, 2020, 10:59:09 AM
Such a tragedy. Does anyone have a link to info on this or an online obituary?
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Jeremy Loesch on February 24, 2020, 11:07:24 AM
The Lord bless you Eileen in this time of loss and mourning.  May God comfort you with the truth and joy of the resurrection. 

Jeremy

(I would also appreciate any sort of obituary to read.)
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: James J Eivan on February 24, 2020, 11:48:35 AM
Such a tragedy. Does anyone have a link to info on this or an online obituary?
Obituary of Joseph Smith (https://vandermay.com/obituarydetail.html#/20368) of Wayne, NJ
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: peterm on February 24, 2020, 12:38:03 PM
Praying
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: James_Gale on February 24, 2020, 12:45:40 PM
Joe, Eileen, and all who have loved Joe are in my prayers.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Pastor Ken Kimball on February 24, 2020, 04:05:37 PM
You are in my prayers Eileen. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Linda on February 24, 2020, 10:41:32 PM
Eileen,

Thank you for all the lives you and your Joe loved and served in Christ.

Linda
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on February 24, 2020, 11:44:49 PM
O God of spirits and of all flesh,
   You have trampled down death
   and have abolished
   the power of the devil,
   giving life to Your world.
Give rest to the soul
   of Your departed servant Joseph
   in a place of light,
   in a place of repose,
   in a place of refreshment,
where there is no pain,
   sorrow, and suffering.
As a good and loving God,
   forgive every sin he has committed
   in thought, word or deed,
   for there is no one who lives
   and is sinless.
You alone are without sin.
Your righteousness
   is an everlasting righteousness,
   and Your word is truth.
For You are the resurrection,
   the life
   and the repose of Your departed servant Joseph
Christ our God,
and to You we give glory,
   with Your eternal Father
   and Your all holy,
   good and life-giving Spirit,
   now and forever and to the ages of ages, Amen.

May His Memory be Eternal!
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: D. Engebretson on February 25, 2020, 07:38:48 AM
May the Lord bring comfort to you, Eileen, and your family, through the message of life in Christ.  The risen Lord be with you.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRevRedux on February 25, 2020, 07:25:38 PM
Eileen Bentz Smith just informed me that her husband, Joe, died suddenly this morning. While she has great comfort in the Resurrection promise, she covets your  prayers for her and the family. May God bless our dear sister in this time of loss.

Donna

Donna, do you know any details about funeral arrangements?

Peace, JOHN

Sorry, John, I was away from the board for a bit. I see another poster found the obituary.

Donna
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on February 28, 2020, 03:16:30 PM
This morning I went to Joe Smith's funeral Mass. It was very well done, led by Fr. Michael (last name?) and two other priests who grieve Joe's passing. Fr. Michael's homily was a powerful witness to the resurrection as was the entire Mass. Pr. Robin (last name?), Eileen's pastor, read the two lessons (Isaiah 25 and Romans 6). I was delighted to meet Eileen face to face and was able to speak to her only briefly. Having lost my mate of many, many years, I know how hard this is for her and I assured her that God would remain with her through the coming years.

Peace, JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: GalRevRedux on February 28, 2020, 06:36:31 PM
This morning I went to Joe Smith's funeral Mass. It was very well done, led by Fr. Michael (last name?) and two other priests who grieve Joe's passing. Fr. Michael's homily was a powerful witness to the resurrection as was the entire Mass. Pr. Robin (last name?), Eileen's pastor, read the two lessons (Isaiah 25 and Romans 6). I was delighted to meet Eileen face to face and was able to speak to her only briefly. Having lost my mate of many, many years, I know how hard this is for her and I assured her that God would remain with her through the coming years.

Peace, JOHN
John, I am so grateful that you attended the Mass, and I feel you represented those of  us here who could not attend. My heart aches for Eileen. Your being there and understanding so well was priceless.

Donna
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Pastor Ken Kimball on February 28, 2020, 09:07:31 PM
My thanks as well John. 
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on February 28, 2020, 09:52:26 PM
Aye, many thanks.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on February 29, 2020, 07:44:16 AM
This morning I went to Joe Smith's funeral Mass. It was very well done, led by Fr. Michael (last name?) and two other priests who grieve Joe's passing. Fr. Michael's homily was a powerful witness to the resurrection as was the entire Mass. Pr. Robin (last name?), Eileen's pastor, read the two lessons (Isaiah 25 and Romans 6). I was delighted to meet Eileen face to face and was able to speak to her only briefly. Having lost my mate of many, many years, I know how hard this is for her and I assured her that God would remain with her through the coming years.

Peace, JOHN
John, I am so grateful that you attended the Mass, and I feel you represented those of  us here who could not attend. My heart aches for Eileen. Your being there and understanding so well was priceless.

Donna

I think Eileen understands that I was indeed there for all of you.

I might mention that Fr. Michael began the homily gratefully acknowledging that we were a gathering of Lutherans and Catholics. Afterwards he told me how impressive it was to hear all those Lutherans singing the hymns, "My Hope is Built on Nothing Less" and "I Know That My Redeemer Lives". "My Hope" was sung to Melita (LBW 294) which is the tune of the Navy Hymn; Joe was a Marine and Fr. Michael was a Navy chaplain. (I was reminded of my wife Lorna's funeral where lots of Lutherans sang so very well; the Roman Catholics found most impressive.) When I told Fr. Michael that Eileen was an alumna of my congregation's High School, he stated how well grounded in her faith Eileen is.    :)

Peace, JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: MaddogLutheran on March 02, 2020, 01:02:32 PM
I appreciate Pr. Hannah sharing a first hand account of the funeral.  My condolences to Eileen and her family, and I continue to pray that God's peace and comfort reside with her family and friends.

Sterling
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: James_Gale on March 02, 2020, 03:45:12 PM
This morning I went to Joe Smith's funeral Mass. It was very well done, led by Fr. Michael (last name?) and two other priests who grieve Joe's passing. Fr. Michael's homily was a powerful witness to the resurrection as was the entire Mass. Pr. Robin (last name?), Eileen's pastor, read the two lessons (Isaiah 25 and Romans 6). I was delighted to meet Eileen face to face and was able to speak to her only briefly. Having lost my mate of many, many years, I know how hard this is for her and I assured her that God would remain with her through the coming years.

Peace, JOHN
John, I am so grateful that you attended the Mass, and I feel you represented those of  us here who could not attend. My heart aches for Eileen. Your being there and understanding so well was priceless.

Donna

I think Eileen understands that I was indeed there for all of you.

I might mention that Fr. Michael began the homily gratefully acknowledging that we were a gathering of Lutherans and Catholics. Afterwards he told me how impressive it was to hear all those Lutherans singing the hymns, "My Hope is Built on Nothing Less" and "I Know That My Redeemer Lives". "My Hope" was sung to Melita (LBW 294) which is the tune of the Navy Hymn; Joe was a Marine and Fr. Michael was a Navy chaplain. (I was reminded of my wife Lorna's funeral where lots of Lutherans sang so very well; the Roman Catholics found most impressive.) When I told Fr. Michael that Eileen was an alumna of my congregation's High School, he stated how well grounded in her faith Eileen is.    :)

Peace, JOHN


Thanks for sharing this, Pr. Hannah.  Prayers continue.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Eileen Smith on March 24, 2020, 07:56:20 PM
Dear Friends in Christ,

I've been wanting to post for several weeks to thank all of you for your prayers on the death of my husband, Joe.  I want to especially thank Pastor Donna Smith for sharing this news and Pastor John Hannah for being with me at Joe's funeral.  Quite honestly, I felt that I was held in prayer by all of you through the gift of Pastor Hannah's presence.  I will admit that the past weeks have been quite difficult and my lethargy prevented me from posting sooner.  Each time I wanted to respond to a post I felt I first needed to acknowledge your gift of prayer.

The church has many forms, many expressions - and I am grateful to be part of the expression of the church on this site for I am reminded that as heated as our discussions may become we are at heart united in Christ's love and therefore we share that love with one another.

Eileen
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Michael Slusser on April 16, 2020, 10:18:33 AM
Pastor Craig Breimhorst, retired pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Faribault, MN, has died after being infected with the Coronavirus on a pilgrimage to Israel. Please remember him and his wife Carol in your prayers.

Craig was the founding pastor of that LCA congregation.

Peace,
Michael
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: J. Eriksson on April 26, 2020, 10:50:17 PM
Dear all:

My 2nd cousin Jim Erickson reports his Father in law;  Rev.  Robert (Bob)  Christian (LCMS retired age 92 former Headmaster of the LCMS Hong Kong International School) did test positive with covid 19 in Seattle at his locked down seniors facility.  He has now tested negative and has to wait for the second negative test.   He could be added to your prayers of thankfulness.

James
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: John_Hannah on April 27, 2020, 06:54:11 AM
Dear all:

My 2nd cousin Jim Erickson reports his Father in law;  Rev.  Robert (Bob)  Christian (LCMS retired age 92 former Headmaster of the LCMS Hong Kong International School) did test positive with covid 19 in Seattle at his locked down seniors facility.  He has now tested negative and has to wait for the second negative test.   He could be added to your prayers of thankfulness.

James

Bob was Headmaster also of The Lutheran School of Our Saviour, Bronx, NY. May God bless him, strengthen and comfort him.

Alleluia! Christ is risen!  JOHN
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on July 03, 2020, 04:39:34 PM
Some of you are already aware that Pr. Steven Tibbetts was arrested several days ago and charged with the distribution of child pornography. My understanding is that he has been arraigned and currently out on bail. I would ask that we not discuss this matter on this forum; I would simply ask your prayers for him, for his congregation, and for all victims of child pornography and other forms of sexual abuse.
Title: Re: Prayer Requests
Post by: Richard Johnson on July 03, 2020, 08:41:30 PM
Since folks don't seem to be able to resist commenting when I asked them not to do so, this topic is closed. If you have prayer requests in the future, you'll have to start a new thread.