September 14, 2019

Rev. Ralph E. Laufer was installed as pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Sugar Loaf Township, on June 30.

Born to Edward and Helen Laufer in Van Nuys, Calif., Pastor Laufer completed his pre-seminary studies at St. John’s College in Winfield, Kan. In 1986, he received his M.Div. from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

His first call was to the dual parish of Gethsemane and St. John’s, Snellmen and Height of Land, Minn. His second call was to Holy Cross, Renault.

He and his wife, Edith, have been blessed with seven children.

September 13, 2019

More than 20,000 youth were together for the LCMS Youth Gathering July 10-15 in Minneapolis, under the theme “Real. Present. God.” These three words united the youth in worship, Bible study, topical sessions, mass events, recreation, fellowship, district events and more. 

The Southern Illinois District had 412 participants from 28 of our congregations.

“Real. Present. God.” summarizes Psalm 46: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” The only real God, the Triune God, is truly present in the person of Jesus. The only real God, the Triune God, entered the real world to save us from sin. The only real God, the Triune God, is present and powerful in the troubles of life.

“Real. Present. God.” takes us to the whole of the psalms. It promises Christ’s death and resurrection so clearly and pictures His kingdom and the condition and nature of all Christendom that it might be called a little Bible. In it is comprehended most beautifully and briefly everything that is in...

September 12, 2019

Messiah will host a hymn festival at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The featured organist is Benjamin Kolodziej, chapel organist at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas.

Kolodziej holds an undergraduate degree in organ performance as well as graduate degrees in sacred music and theology from SMU. A composer of organ music published by Concordia Publishing House, Kolodziej is a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Plano, Texas.

The entire district is invited to the festival. Please contact Rev. Scott Schilbe at 618-594-3912 or at pastormlc@
for more information.

September 12, 2019

Messiah Lutheran Church, Carlyle, will host a continuing education class Sept. 17-19. The class will be taught by Rev. Dr. John Kleinig, professor emeritus, Australian Lutheran College. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cambridge University and is the author of numerous articles and books.

Dr. Kleinig’s topic is “Making Music for the Lord: The Role of Choral Music in the Divine Service According to Chronicles and the New Testament.” The class is open to pastors and laypeople.

For more information and to register, go to Contact Rev. Scott Schilbe at 618-594-3912 or at for more information.

September 11, 2019

Our 2019-20 Hearts for Jesus mission will support the ministry of Sabrina Maschhoff, missionary to South Africa with Campus Outreach.

Sabrina is an alum of Trinity Lutheran School, Hoffman, and Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School, Centralia.

“Growing up in church, I had a lot of head knowledge about the Bible, but it wasn’t until college that I really understood what it meant to follow Christ in every area of my life,” Sabrina says. “As I continued to grow in my walk with God, I began to see His undeniable heart for the entire world to know him. I saw how God desires an intimate relationship with people from every tribe, tongue and nation and that He longs to use faithful men and women to share this good news! In processing my next steps, God has laid on my heart the desire to play a role in bringing the Gospel to college students in South Africa and I can’t wait to see how He will transform hearts and lives there.”

The vision of Campus Outreach is “Glorifying God by Building Laborers on...

July 12, 2019

SID Older Adult St. Louis Day Trip                                         

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Registration forms are now posted. Click here to download: SID Older Adult Fall Bus Tour

7:30 am  Bus stop at St. Paul Lutheran Church-Hamel                                          

8:15 am  Bus stops at St. Clair Square by the Water Tower

9: 00 am HOLOCAUST MUSEUM AND LEARNING CENTER—This museum preserves the legacy of the Holocaust and educates about its causes.

11:30 am  ST RAYMOND’S MARIONITE CATHEDRAL – Tour the church and have a cafeteria style lunch ( excellent Lebanese/Mediterranean food) (at your own cost)...

July 11, 2019

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia is in need of an Adult Choir & Hand Bell Choir Director. This is a part-time position. The individual would be responsible for directing the adult choir and hand bell choir. Scheduling the choirs and other musical individuals. Rehearsing with the choir weekly from September through May. Acting as the piano accompanist for the choir. Meeting with the service planner and pastor at regular intervals as well as meeting with the music committee. A complete list of the job description is available by contacting Pastor Krenz at 618-363-0121 or, Catherine Matthews 618-281-4470, St. Paul Lutheran Church at 618-281-4600or the District Office at 618-234-4767.

Christ the King Lutheran Church of Grosse Pointe Woods, MI Seeks an energetic, committed Christian individual faithful to the inspired, inerrant Word of God and certified in Early Childhood Development as Director/Teacher for its successful, Chri...

July 10, 2019

The housing allowance for our called workers will remain protected for the foreseeable future. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) stated on June 14ththat they will not seek review from the US Supreme Court and is ending its fight for now.  For years FFRF has attempted to have the housing allowance benefit removed from our workers arguing that it grants “impermissible preference for religion.” This 65-year-old benefit is probably the most valuable benefit to “ministers of the Gospel” whose estimated worth is about $700 million annually. In 2013, the Seventh Circuit District Court judge (which includes the state of Illinois), agreed with FFRF’s argument. However, the judge’s decision was overturned on appeal stating that the FFRF lacked legal standing to bring the lawsuit forward. In 2017, the FFRF gained standing and once again brought their lawsuit forward. Once again the same judge sided with them. The decision was once again repealed. On March 15, 2019, the appeal, which thi...

July 9, 2019

Zion Lutheran Church of Mascoutah, IL will host an “Every One His Witness” evangelism training workshop on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Registration will begin at 8:30 AM. A lunch will be provided. There is no cost to attend this workshop, but a free-will offering will be gathered to help cover the expenses of the lunch. Evangelism committee members, pastors, and interested laymen are all invited to join in this workshop.

“Every One His Witness” is a new evangelism program produced entirely by the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. While previous evangelism methods used by the Synod have been adapted from other denominations and focused on “cold calls,” going door to door and talking with strangers, this evangelism program is built of Martin Luther’s thoughts on vocation, and explores how every person has a network of contacts within the various vocations where God has placed each one. The program helps open participants’ eyes to see when friends, neighbors, and fa...

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