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Wolverine, The Sermon???

Wolverine, The Sermon???

Your browser does not support the HTML 5 audio tag. Click Here to Download this episode Program segments: • Email • T.D. Jakes and Sherly Brady on TBN Discussing Who Knows What • Sermon Review: Wolverine the Curse of Invulnerability…
Christ Academy

Christ Academy

Pictured: Isaiah Ambrecht (St. John Lutheran Church, Homestead, IA), Zachariah Zoske (St. John Lutheran Church, Hubbard, IA) and Stephen Nus (Trinity Lutheran Church, Millersburg, IA). Attendees of Christ Academy High School at Concordia Theological Se…
McGregor and Guttenberg

McGregor and Guttenberg

Ascension Day Picnic(inside because of weather) St. Paul, McGregor and Trinity, Guttenberg, IAWorship Service followed with record attendance.
THE  IDE TODAY 2013-07-12 10:23:00

THE IDE TODAY 2013-07-12 10:23:00

On June 9, Faith Lutheran Church, Waterloo, welcomed the new members from the past year with a congregational potluck. Of the 35 people that joined Faith during the last year 23 were present for this photo. New members came through transfer, adult con…
IDE 2013 Golf Outing

IDE 2013 Golf Outing

On Monday June 24th, 13 die hard golfers braved some rainy weather to compete for the honor of having their name engraved on the Presidents Plaque. A team consisting of Jennifer Knox, Rev. Mike Knox, and Rev. Sam Beltz, shot a round of even par to win the Iowa District East Church Worker’s golf outing. This was the second time that the outing was hosted by the Fawn Creek Golf Club in Anamosa, Iowa. The event is sponsored by Iowa East and prizes and lunch are funded by Thrivent. Last year’s winners, Galen and Sherry Brendes finished second. This is played as a two team best ball format. We look forward to having more district workers play in 2014.
THE  IDE TODAY 2013-07-16 15:11:00

THE IDE TODAY 2013-07-16 15:11:00

2013 IOWA DISTRICT EAST PARISH NURSING REPORTParish Nursing Continues to GrowParish Nursing, a nursing speciality, continues to grow in eastern Iowa! The Iowa District East has 15 parish nurses of the over 1,000 synod wide nurses across the country. …
St. John Lutheran Church at Fairbank

St. John Lutheran Church at Fairbank

Jordon Cowell, Rev. Roy Berquist, Delaney Mohlis Confirmed at St John Lutheran Church on May 19.
IDE LLL 2013 Convention

IDE LLL 2013 Convention

Rev. Dr. Paul L. Maier coming to Hiawatha in September   Christianity is founded on real places, real times and real events.  So says Rev. Dr. Paul Maier who recently addressed nearly 500 people at Concordia University Chicago.  You too have a chance to hear this national known historian and Christian apologist.   The Rev. Dr. Maier will be the guest speaker at the Lutheran Laymen’s League convention on Saturday, September 28, at Zion Lutheran Church, 201 First Ave., Hiawatha, IA 52233.  Dr. Maier, son of the first Lutheran Hour speaker, is professor emeritus of Western Michigan University and has authored numerous books and articles about the life and times of Jesus Christ.  He will speak on the following two topics:  Jesus – Legend or Lord? which gives fresh information about  Jesus from ancient sources beyond the Bible, and Christianity and the Competition that compares the credentials of the Christian faith with other world religions.   Everyone is invited to register and attend. Doors open at 9:00 A.M., convention starts at 10:00 A.M.  and concludes at about 4:00 P.M.   Rev. Dr. Maier will be speaking both in the morning and the afternoon.  Registration fee includes a two-meat dinner and morning and afternoon snacks.  Please register your attendance by September 21st so we can be sure to have enough food and seating.  Please contact Dick Hoelz for reservations by mail, phone or e-mail.  Dick Hoelz, 3519 Heatheridge Dr. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402, phone (319) 363-1214, e-mail rahoelz@imonmail.com. Yes, we will be attending the Saturday, September 28, 2013 LLL convention. Registration fee is $25 per person and includes a noon meal, and morning and afternoon snacks. Name(s) ______________________________________ Address __________________________________________________________________________ Make checks payable to: IDE LLL  
Concordia Seminary Visit

Concordia Seminary Visit

A SPECIAL INVITATION TO VISIT WITHREV. MICHAEL REDEKERADMISSIONS OFFICER & DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI RELATIONSCONCORDIA SEMINARY, ST. LOUISSeptember 16-20, 2013You are invited to meet with Rev. Michael Redeker, Admissions Officer at Concordia Seminary, to…
Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton

Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton

VBS 2013″Put On The Full Armor of God” was the theme of this years Vacation Bible School at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton held in June. Pastor John Preus put together the Bible stories and verses based Ephesians 6:10-17 that formed the basis of o…
St. Paul's Chapel in Iowa City

St. Paul’s Chapel in Iowa City

Although Iowa City slows down in the summer, the International Student Ministry at St. Paul’s Lutheran Chapel does not. We have been busy with weekly conversation and knitting classes. Our special events have been a huge success! We had over 20 people attend our class “Learn to Make Your Own Ice Cream.” Our trip to the Johnson County Fair was a unique opportunity to see farm animals up close. The tractor pull was a first time experience for both the internationals and the natives! The rest of the summer will be busy as we plan many new events and classes for the fall. If you are interested in helping our ministry, we are currently looking for volunteers at all levels of time commitment. Teach a cooking class, converse with a partner, lead a conversation group, host an event, or simply sign up to pray for our ministry with monthly email reminders. For more information contact ISM Director Megan Starrett atismstpaul@gmail.com or (319) 337-3652 today! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!
Rev. Clarke Frederick

Rev. Clarke Frederick

Rev. Clarke Frederick celebrated the 40th Anniversary of his Ordination at an Open House at his home in Mason City on Sunday, July 28th. Friends and parishioners from his past churches came from several states to help him celebrate. His last parish was…
Davenport Lutheran Home

Davenport Lutheran Home

In Sickness and in Health  by Becky Jones Marketing/Public Relations Coordinator Davenport Lutheran Home 563-391-5342 World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is September. So to acknowledge this, I interviewed the spouse of one of our residents living with Alzheimer’s disease. How did things have to change with your daily lives when your husband first started exhibiting symptoms? “When Jim was first diagnosed his symptoms were pretty minor, but then it was like the symptoms exploded overnight and he was a different person. As the disease progressed, for example, Jim didn’t care much about his yard or his flowers; though they had been his pride and joy. Before the onset of Alzheimer’s, Jim would cook dinner for us, until the day I came home and found a pan on fire. He didn’t even remember putting it on the stove. I started taking knobs off the stove so he wouldn’t be tempted to cook anymore. It was at that point I realized how bad the disease was getting. As time went on he started having troubles walking and was no longer able to bathe himself. I started bathing and dressing him in the morning before I went to work”. When I asked Lori what kind of assistance she received from family, friends and the community, she recounts the frustrating experience of trying to make sure that Jim was safe and well-cared for at home, trying to manage paying for these services and trying not to lose her job through it all. She was overwhelmed with worry and feelings of guilt. Thankfully, Lori says, she was able to take some time off from work under the Family Medical Leave Act and with the help of Generations Area Agency on Aging; Jim was able to spend three days a week in a local adult day care center. But Lori works an hour away from home, so even with these programs in place; she still had to rely on friends, neighbors and family, to coordinate Jim’s days. What did you do, to help you cope with all of this? When and how did you decide it was time to find another place for Jim to live? “Honestly, I cried a lot and prayed a lot that God would give me the strength to see Jim through this illness and that God would guide me to know when the right time was for me to put Jim in a nursing home. That was one of the hardest things I had to do, but I had to do it for Jim’s safety and for my sanity. I was terribly stressed out and I was getting to the point where I couldn’t control my emotions.” I toured Jim and Lori, when Pastor Larson first brought them to our Lutheran Home about 18 months ago. I see Lori nearly every night coming to have dinner with her husband. She puts fresh flowers at his place at the table. Jim has a great smile and he won’t hesitate to flash it when I greet him. But when his wife is sitting next to him, his smile is bigger, brighter. Lori visits with the other residents at the table. She asks about them when one is absent. She has become attached to several of them. I think, in a way, it’s like Lori lives here too. Jim has been with us for just over a year now. Does having him at the Lutheran Home help to relieve some of your worry? “Yes, it does. Having Jim here has been good for both of us. I still worry, but not as much. I worry about the progression of the disease and about the quality of his life. I have asked Jim on numerous occasions if he is happy here and if they are treating him right. His answer is yes to both. As long as he keeps smiling; I know he is happy and content. That is really all we can ask for when we have to put a loved one in a nursing home. My life revolves around visiting Jim at the Lutheran Home, especially during mealtimes; I am here almost every night for him, to make sure he eats and drink well. I guess I take my wedding vows to heart; for better or for worse, in sickness and in health.” Getting to know Jim and Lori Lakey is the closest I have ever been to Alzheimer’s Disease. I know that it effects every individual differently and in Jim’s case, it progressed very quickly. Through Lori I have become acquainted with the person Jim used to be and I think at times, I see glimpses of the man she met thirty years ago. I have been amazed by Lori’s ability to manage this loss with such grace and perseverance. And, I am thankful that God answered her prayers by guiding them to our Lutheran Home.
Davenport Lutheran Home

Davenport Lutheran Home

Up, up and away! We kicked off National Nursing Home Week at the Lutheran Home with a celebratory balloon launch.Monday, May 13 was a beautiful sunny day for the residents and staff of Davenport Lutheran Home to gather outside and watch as 165 red, white and blue balloons drifted off into the clear, blue sky. It was the perfect way to kick off a week-long, fun-filled celebration of all those who live and work in nursing homes such as ours across the United States. And, each of those 165 balloons contained a note that said, “National Nursing Home Week, Davenport Lutheran Home, Please Call”. Late the next day we received a call from Victor Luna of Ardmore, AL who said that his son had found the balloon in their yard that morning. Residents and staff were amazed to hear that, in approximately 24 hours, one of our balloons had traveled nearly 650 miles! Special thanks to Activity Director, Liz Jansen , Activity Aide, Rhonda Felton and to Dietary Manager, Rob Brown and all his staff for planning and facilitating all the fun! Pictures: Volunteer, Orville Stout helps distribute the balloons for the launch. Elfrieda Flath tightly grasps two balloons, waiting to let them fly!
Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshalltown

Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshalltown

The ordination and installation of Alexander Post at Redeemer Lutheran Church Marshalltown on July 14 4:00pm. Meal and refreshments followed.Back row from left to right:David Brandt, Sam Beltz, Nick Huelsman, Andrew Gray, Kent Peck, Max Mons, Anthony …
Davenport Lutheran Home

Davenport Lutheran Home

My Feature Volunteer for ReflectionsChristi Johnson has been volunteering at our Lutheran Home for over 8 years. She comes in every Friday to help with BINGO and has developed friendships with several residents over the years, by visiting with them one…
Immanuel Lutheran Church in Charlotte

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Charlotte

Pastor Anthony Dodgers will be celebrating his one year anniversary here at Immanuel, he was installed on August 12, 2012. He was raised in Rockford, Michigan and he graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana in 2011. He wa…
Immanuel Lutheran Church in Charlotte

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Charlotte

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Charlotte Anniversary Celebration”140 Years in the Lord’s House”Sunday, September 22, 2013Divine Service at 10:00amMeal and Anniversary Program following the service.All are welcome to join us in giving thanks for the abundant…
Redeemer  Lutheran Church in Marshalltown

Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshalltown

On Tuesday, July 30th, members of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshalltown had a joyful opportunity to serve our Lord and His children at the House of Compassion. Member Karen Frohwein is the Director and was pleased to have help preparing and serving …

Adolph Koeberle: Sanctification as the Work of God

…Sanctification must also be understood as an exclusive act of God.  Just as forgiveness is exclusively God’s work and every cooperation or conditioning activity on man’s part is completely excluded, so regeneration is an energy that comes simply out of Christ’s victory and does not require our supplementary efforts.  It is not fitting to teach justification evangelically and then in the doctrine of sanctification to turn synergistic.  Nowhere can we see the gruesome power of “devout” sin as active in theology as at this point.  If the “flesh” had to surrender all credit for the origin of faith it again asserts itself all the more emphatically in the continuation of the Christian estate.  Man is unwilling to give his honor . . . Read All

Don’t Throw The Doctrine of Justificiation on the Ground or in the Well!

We must pay attention to the context in which the article of justification is found in Scripture. Isaiah 1:18-20 introduces the gracious judgment that God speaks to sinners: “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” etc. What precedes it? A grave, sharp reprimand of the prophet. Isaiah punishes the ingratitude and apostasy of Israel[1], the hypocritical sacrifices with which the people sought to cover and gloss over its evil ways. The reprimand continues at verse 21 and following. The princes of the people are “murderers”, “companions of thieves.” We hear the New Testament preaching of comfort in Isaiah 40:1-2: “Comfort, comfort My people! says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and preach . . . Read All

He must increase

“Now a discussion arose between some of John’s disciples and a Jew over purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness—look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him.” John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but. . . Read All

A big part of Paleo/Primal…

…is simply listening to how your own body responds to various foods. Why, oh, why do I keep trying the potatoes? A little bit of potato tonight and literally HOURS of tummy protests. Grr. I like the taste of potatoes, but I have to face up to the fac…
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