May 12, 2020

Trinity Lutheran School, Centralia is seeking a teacher for Preschool
3's and a teacher for Preschool 4's/Kindergarten combination.  Emails can be sent to; for questions or send in a resume.  You can also call (618) 267-3877.

May 1, 2020

The Soldiers of the Cross Response Grant is available to all
Ordained, commissioned or lay workers in our Southern Illinois
District Congregations and schools during this Coronavirus Pandemic.
All applicants needing to apply for assistance should contact the
District Office (618-234-4767) for an application.  Information about
specific beneficiaries is confidential, and privacy is respected.

April 24, 2020

Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is blessed to partner with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) to provide financial assistance through our Synod’s Soldiers of the Cross program to church workers in crisis situations. LCEF funds, administered by each LCMS district office, will help ordained or commissioned ministers and laity serving congregations, schools and Recognized Service Organizations who find themselves with immediate unmet financial needs stemming directly or indirectly from the spread of the pandemic.

Together, LCEF and the LCMS seek to raise $5 million for Soldiers of the Cross, purely to address the needs of church workers facing a crisis situation. The need is urgent. Please support the Soldiers of the Cross COVID-19 Response Initiative through a gift of any amount. Learn how you can give at May our Lord richly bless your generosity.

Learn more about Lutheran Church Extension Fund’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 8, 2020

St. Peter’s Lutheran in Prairietown will be accepting resumes for
full-time upper elementary (3rd-5th grade) teacher and a part-time
middle school (6th-8th) teacher for the 2020-2021 school year.  The
full-time position hours are 7:45-3:15 PM and the part-time position
hours are 7:45-11:45 AM, Monday through Friday.  Please send resumes
to St. Peter’s Lutheran School, 7182 Renken Road, Dorsey, IL 62021 or  Any questions could be directed to Mrs.
Burns at 618-975-8581 or above email.  We look forward to hearing from
some great teachers!

March 25, 2020

Rev. Herbert (Herb) Mueller fell asleep in Jesus on Saturday, March 21st at approximately 4:20 pm.

Pastor Mueller received his BA from Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1995 and then continued his education at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO where he received his MDiv in 1979.

He served His vicarage at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church in Niagara Falls, New York. His first Call was to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Chicago, IL followed by Calls to Zion Lutheran Church in Bethalto and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo, IL. Pastor Mueller was elected as the President of the Southern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Church in February of 1994 where he served until being appointed as First Vice President of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in 2010. He continued in this capacity until his retirement in 2019.

President Mueller is survived by his wife, Faith and children Herbert (Bert) C Mueller III, Nathan and Carol. Due to the Coronavirus a private funeral w...

March 18, 2020

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,

though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam,

though the mountains tremble at its swelling (Ps 46:1-3).

The Lord does not panic. God fears nothing that the world has to offer. The devil can do nothing apart from God's permission. In His infinite wisdom, the Lord has allowed the COVID 19 Virus to emerge. What began in China is now rapidly spreading everywhere.. Governments around the world are acting to safeguard the health of their citizens and slow the spread of the virus. Federal, state and county governments are actively working to contain the spread of COVID 19.

Governor Pritzker has ordered that all public and private schools in Illinois be closed through the end of March. Dine-in restaurants and bars have likewise been closed. The state is restricting groups of 50 people and over not to meet. This may change as Federal Center...

March 7, 2020

LCMS Communications has created a free, downloadable congregational media kit to assist churches in reaching out to their communities during Holy Week and Easter. 

The kit, which features the message that “God gives us a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus,” is designed to allow each parish to n infoadd its owrmation and details about Holy Week and Easter services. 

The free media kit includes: 

▶ A newspaper column about the significance of Holy Week and Easter, signed by LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, which can be submitted to the local newspaper. 

▶ A how-to guide explaining the media kit resources and how to best use them. 

▶ A newspaper ad for Holy Week and Easter to which the local parish may add its address, contact information and worship times. 

▶ An image advertising Holy Week and Easter services ready-made for use in a Facebook ad. 

▶ Seven shareable social media graphics for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (one for each week of Lent and one for Holy Week). 


March 6, 2020

The LWML Southern Illinois District is offering scholarships to students who are studying for full-time service in the church. Students who hold membership in an LCMS Southern Illinois District congregation may apply for one of the following scholarships:

▶ Seminary
One of the mission grants for the 2018-20 biennium is to help students who are studying to become pastors.

▶ Student Assistance Fund
These are given, as funds are available, to support undergraduate students in professional church-work programs at LCMS colleges and universities, and church workers taking graduate courses, also at an LCMS school.

Applications are available at The forms can also be obtained by email or postal mail. Send requests to: or 

▶ Miriam Koehne, SID LWML VP of Gospel Outreach, 1366 Stowe Ave.; Greenville, IL 62246

To be considered, the completed application must be returned by May 1.

March 5, 2020

Immanuel, Waterloo, to host annual mini-retreat for women.

Join more than 80 ladies, including special guest Angie Walston, and together think about and discuss the hymn “When Peace, like a River” at the Women’s Mini-Retreat on Saturday, April 25, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 522 S. Church St., Waterloo.

Women of all ages and phases will connect with the concepts of rest, self care and connection, especially in the midst of busy lives and caring for others. Attendees will explore the hymn as a basis of study and, to examine the concept of “compassion fatigue,” reflect on Is. 66:12-13:

For thus says the Lord:

“Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall nurse, you shall be carried upon her hip, and bounced upon her knees. As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”

The event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. and will include breakfast, beautiful music and Angie’s inspira...

March 4, 2020

With the approval of Rev. Timothy Scharr, Southern Illinois District president, the district Advocates for Life Team highly recommends Coalition for Life as a pro-life organization worthy of your prayer and support. 

Coalition for Life is a Christ-centered, community-based organization supported by churches, organizations and thousands of individuals working to end abortion peacefully and prayerfully. 

Coalition for Life’s expansion to Fairview Heights is intended to provide life-affirming options for women as they arrive at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility. Every hour that Planned Parenthood is open, Coalition for Life provides trained sidewalk counselors that approach each car entering the gates of the abortion facility. The occupants of the arriving vehicles are directed to the Mosaic Pregnancy Care Center’s mobile unit, parked within sight of Planned Parenthood. The mobile unit, an RV-sized medical clinic, is staffed with a trained nurse that conducts free ultrasounds, pregna...

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