February 26, 2020

Funds have been set aside for aiding rostered Synod workers in the Southern Illinois District in retiring their educational debt. To be eligible for a Education Debt Relief grant, you must have debts that exceed $5,000. 

Applicants must be serving full-time and have completed one year of service before being eligible for a grant. 

For more information and an application, contact Fick at or 618-234-4767.

February 26, 2020

For the fourth year in a row, CM CARES, the Church Mutual Insurance Foundation, will award up to $250,000 in scholarships to deserving graduate-level religious scholars. Fifty scholarship winners will each receive a $5,000 award that may be used to pay for tuition, fees, books or other costs of attending school during the 2020-21 academic year. Students of all faiths may apply.

To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must:

  • Be enrolled or be planning to enroll in a full-time or part-time*, graduate or doctorate religious studies program** at an accredited or conditionally accredited*** United States theological seminary, college, or university of higher learning, for the entire 2020-21 academic year.

  • Usually a minimum of 6 credits; however, this varies by school. If you are unsure whether you are enrolled part-time, please check what your school’s part-time enrollment policy is.

  • Applicants must be pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree in an area of religious study....

February 25, 2020

The joyful sound of acclaimed musicians and choirs from around the country will stir the senses as the 2019-20
Concordia Seminary Concert Series continues. All performances are free and open to the public.

Valparaiso University Chorale Concert: At 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, the internationally acclaimed Valparaiso University Chorale from Valparaiso, Ind., will present its Spring Tour Concert. This selective ensemble is recognized as one of the premier Lutheran collegiate choirs. Dedicated to performing works that celebrate the university’s Lutheran heritage, the choir has been honored with invitations to perform around the world. 

Organ and Carillon Concert: The seminary will host a two-part organ and carillon concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, featuring Dr. Laura Ellis, professor and associate school director in the School of Music at the University of Florida. This two-part concert will be split between the outside venue of the seminary campus for the carillon portion of the event...

February 25, 2020

This coming Oct 14th (Wed) & 15th (Thurs), the Southern IL & MO. Districts of the LCMS will be hosting the 19th Lutheran Older Adult Retreat at the Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center in Grafton, IL. The theme will be "20/20 Perfect Cross-Eyed Vision. ("Cross Eyed" simply means that our Eyes are focused on the Cross of Christ!). Our theme is based on John 12:21b…”we want to see Jesus."

Dr. Richard Bimler, expert on aging & humor, will be our Retreat Keynote Speaker. His theme is “I’m Getting Older – Get Over It And Get With It!”

Each day features an Opening Devotion, followed by 2 sessions of four, one-hour workshops from which participants may choose 1 from each session. Categories include Christian Growth, Lifestyles, Health/Helpful Info, and Fun/Misc Subjects of Interest.  On Wed, Dinner will be followed by Musical Entertainment. 

On Thurs, our Closing Bible Study & Devotion will be led by Prof. Rev Jeff Gibbs, Concordia Seminary-St. Loui...

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?’ But Jesus answered him, ‘Let it be so now for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased.’ ” — Matt. 3:13-17

During this Epiphany season, we see that Jesus — who was born of Mary — is indeed the Christ, the Son of God. The word Epiphany actually means revealing, and the verses from Matthew 3 certainly reveal Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, who came to redeem us from our sins. 

Jesus was not in need of forgiveness, but John and all others who came to Him were. By submitting to Baptism, Jesus identified Himself...

January 15, 2020

The Southern Illinois District LWML is accepting applications for mission grants to be funded during the 2020-22 biennium. All applications for mission grants will include a cover sheet and separate attachments with the following information:

▶ Brief description of the project  

▶ Identification of the need

▶ The mission focus of the project

▶ How the money will be used

▶ Is it current and ready for implementation?

▶ The organization or those responsible for the project

▶ Two to six pictures (in .jpg format)  

Applications for mission grants are available at The form can also be obtained by email. Submit a request to You may also request a form through postal mail: 

Miriam Koehne

SID LWML VP of Gospel Outreach

1366 Stowe Avenue

Greenville, IL  62246

To be considered, the completed application must be returned by Feb. 1. No late submissions will be accepted.

In October 2019, Southern Illinois District President Rev. Timothy Scharr refocused the district’s commitment to life issues with the creation of a task force called the Advocates for Life Team. The appointed leadership consists of Monica Shannon as coordinator and Robin Schultze as administrator. The team’s vision is a world without the cavalier killing of human life from the time of conception to natural death.

Relying on the help of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, the team’s mission is to provide members of our district congregations with information on the unique challenges in Illinois as well as the valuable resources available to support our God given pro-life values. 

Did you know that on June 12, 2019, the Reproductive Health Act (IL SB-25) became law in Illinois. This legislation is considered the most radical pro-abortion law in the country. While the entire legislation can be viewed at, here are a few important highlights (pr...

January 12, 2020

National Lutheran Schools Week (NLSW), scheduled for Jan. 26–Feb. 1, provides the network of 1,950 LCMS preschools, elementary schools and high schools with the public opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work in Lutheran schools. In this, Lutheran schools thank God for the opportunity to provide excellent academic preparation for the children they serve and for the opportunity to share Jesus’ amazing love with students and their families. 

NLSW gives schools the ability to proclaim these great blessings within the communities they serve. Lutheran schools are incubators for faithful witness of God’s love through Christ by teachers and students alike. 

“Joy:fully Lutheran” is the theme for the 2020 NLSW celebration. The associated scripture verse is 1 Thess. 5:16-24: 

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is...

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