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#1
I had an elderly lady in Southern Illinois I met and brought communion monthly while on vicarage. I came back to report how it went and my supervisor who was well into his 60's. I said she saw an angel daily. He asked me if I had seen the angel in her home. I said no. He said, just let her have that piece of her piety and no need for you to get all defensive about it. I thought that was both wise and kind. He was a very fine pastor. Seems like that works with spiritual gifts we are talking about as well.
#2
That is ironic Dave...the more unique gifts are so subjective, if someone has one or more great and good for them, but they sure lack the objective pieces of the Means of Grace.

#3
LCMS gets squishy on the Call. We don't want the Spirit to work immediately, until we have a call in our hand. Then it becomes, "well, I'd like to stay, but the Spirit is moving us to leave." Implication is that it's not really my call, but the Spirit's. Probably need to apply "appropriate caution" on the work of the Spirit on this as well. 
#4
Wonderful to hear the singing!
#5
Quote from: Donald_Kirchner on June 05, 2024, 01:16:24 PM
Quote from: PrTim15 on June 05, 2024, 12:27:43 PMCan someone help me understand why the Gottesdienst website is involved with a local problem? Do they have some jurisdiction that I"m not aware of? I"m with Dave...quick slow slow...quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. 

Probably a similar reason why Dave started this thread and why you and others are commenting on it hereon.

Well then articulate it, because I sure don't get it.
#6
Your Turn / Re: Immigration Pays
June 05, 2024, 12:31:58 PM
The largest fraud on the Covid money was propagated by a Somalian crew out of Minneapolis. This story is fascinating. $250,000,000. And a bag of money dropped at a juror's doorstep.  Interesting times in Minnesota, or as we say in my family, "little California." Lord have mercy.

https://www.cbsnews.com/minnesota/news/7-minnesotans-accused-in-massive-scheme-to-defraud-pandemic-food-program-to-stand-trial/
#7
Can someone help me understand why the Gottesdienst website is involved with a local problem? Do they have some jurisdiction that I"m not aware of? I"m with Dave...quick slow slow...quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. 
#8
My question of this isn't procedural, but what is the answer to this question, "to what end?" What will this matter? Are there going to be mass excommunications? Are district presidents and their authority being subverted? I"m so glad I"m getting closer to retirement.
#9
The pagan practices involved w death and funerals is dramatic. Some are bizarre
#10
Great story Dave, it's interesting who does what anymore. I have done weddings for friends and friends of my children and some are marginally churched, maybe attended Lutheran School or elementary school. I love it when the siblings and family come up and say, "That was great, I haven't heard a Bible reading or the Lord's Prayer at a wedding before". I quit doing any drop in funerals/weddings years ago. There are always other "vendors" who can do the event, but they still aren't a pastor.
#11
I too went to seminary with Charlie, he was a great conversationalist. I saw him at the Convention in Milwaukee and he was pretty ill. His gate was slower, he was a bit hunched over, but his eyes were still alive and his wit was as sharp as ever. Prayers for comfort to those who grieve is passing.
#12
Your Turn / Re: Lyman Stone’s Latest
May 10, 2024, 12:00:51 PM
Great post Dave and wise, endowments have to be carefully stewarded, we have two that are of scale. One for the living adn one for the dead. Our school endowment is tied directly to enrollment support and as it grows to projects that enhance the education of all students. Our other endowment fund is for perpetual care of cemetery:)

I struggle with money from congregational pews ending up in other coffers when the congregational life and funds are suffocated for lack of resources.
#13
Your Turn / Re: Lyman Stone’s Latest
May 10, 2024, 10:19:19 AM
Lots of speculation that our governor and legislature would rather give up absolutely everything before they would give educational vouchers. I like the idea that the money follows the student rather than the student follows the money. The pressure on public schools in California is huge as dollars are leeched off between the tax payer and the students.

Congrats on your endowments, people get pretty excited when they see it grow and understand that they have a legacy of education and love for children.
#14
Your Turn / Re: Lyman Stone’s Latest
May 10, 2024, 08:45:49 AM
It became clear to me when the fundraisers came back out that the break from Covid was over. The Concordias, the Seminary, the various mission organizations, et al everybody has their hand out. Part of being Senior Pastor is helping steward the giving of our congregation to various things. Giving to our School's Endowment Fund is a top priority. Here in CA the fees, taxes, regulations and other intrusions are suffocating our schools and non-profits. Continuing to grow our endowment fund keeps the school accessible to all families and actually gives us staying power and the ability take some chances programmaticially.
#15
Your Turn / Re: Lyman Stone’s Latest
May 07, 2024, 08:47:35 AM
Its interesting, thanks for pointing me to page 10. Posting percentages is interesting as well. Schools, schools, schools;)
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