Continuing education opportunity

Every summer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW), Ind., offers a number of continuing education classes at numerous sites across the country. While CTSFW staff provide the framework for these classes, pastors in your district serve as the site coordinators and choose the topic, teacher, time and location (usually their home church).

Classes are open to both church workers and lay people.

Messiah Lutheran Church, Carlyle, will host “Giants of Singing the Faith: Luther, Gerhardt, and Bach,” Aug. 25-27. The conference will be taught by Rev. Richard Resch, emeritus professor and kantor, CTSFW.

The study will look at the contributions of Martin Luther, Paul Gerhardt and Johann Sebastian Bach to the hymnological, musical and theological heritage of the Lutheran church. As towering pillars of confessional Lutheranism, what does each man bring to this glorious heritage that so identifies us? And how can pastors and church musicians still make faithful use of their good gifts in the Lutheran church of today?

A Luther/Gerhardt hymn festival, a choral vespers service and an all-Bach organ recital will highlight the conference.

Conference musicians include Rev. Dr. Christopher Ahlman, Kantor Janet Muth, Nancy Peterson (doctorate in musical arts) and voices from The American Kantorei.

Messiah Lutheran Church is located at 1091 13th St. in Carlyle.

Along with Messiah and CTSFW, sponsors are St. John’s, New Minden, the Southern Illinois District, Concordia Publishing House and MorningStar Music.

For registration and more information about the conference, visit and scroll down to locate the Carlyle site.