Professional and Lay Leaders Fall Retreat
Sep
17
to Sep 19

Professional and Lay Leaders Fall Retreat

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Presentations by Rev. Matthew L. Becker, Ph.D.

Matthew Becker, a native Oregonian, is a graduate of Concordia University, Portland, Ore., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., and the University of Chicago. After teaching Christian theology a Lutheran University in Portland, he has taught systematic and historical theology at Valparaiso University since 2004. Tenured since 2007, he recently was promoted to full professor. Between 2007 and 2009 he was the director of Valparaiso’s study-abroad program in Reutlingen, Germany. He is a rostered ELCA Minister of Word and Sacrament. Dr. Becker has written numerous articles, encyclopedia entries, and essays on modern Christian theology, focusing especially on German-Lutheran Protestantism, as well as on issues and problems in the area of science and theology. In addition to his book-length analysis of the life and work of the Erlangen theologian, Johannes von Hofmann (The Self-Giving God and Salvation History, T&T Clark, 2004), Dr. Becker has also published an introduction to Christian theology (Fundamental Theology, Bloomsbury, 2015, with an afterword by Martin E. Marty), and he has edited a collection of essays on several important nineteenth-century figures (Nineteenth-Century Lutheran Theologians, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016). On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation, he wrote the introduction to the new Arabic edition of the Augsburg Confession and Small Catechism, which was edited by Dr. Mitri Raheb and presented to the translator of the project, Bishop Munib Younan, who is the former president of the Lutheran World Federation. Dr. Becker is currently editing and translating the six-volume critical edition of the works of Edmund Schlink, one of the most important twentieth-century Lutheran theologians. The first volume of that project (The Coming Christ and Church Traditions and After the Council, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht) was published in 2017. The second volume, Schlink’s 830-page Ecumenical Dogmatics, will be published in 2020. Dr. Becker’s 2017 article in The Cresset, “Christ in the University: Edmund Schlink’s Vision,” won the 2018 Associated Church Press Award of Excellence for a theological or scholarly article (all media platforms). In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Becker also keeps an irregular blog, “Transverse Markings: One Theologian’s Notes” (http://www.matthewlbecker.blogspot.com). He and his wife, Detra, and their son, Jacob, live in Valparaiso, Indiana, where they are active in Christ Lutheran Church (ELCA).


Agenda

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

2:00 PM Registration

5:00 PM Dinner

7:00 PM Welcome/Orientation

7:15 PM PRESENTATION I— The World of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)

8:30 PM Worship (Eucharist)

9:15 PM Fellowship (Fireside Room)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

7:30 AM Breakfast

8:45 AM Morning Prayer

9:15 AM PRESENTATION II— Following Bonhoeffer Following Jesus: Part One of Discipleship

10:30 AM Break

10:45 AM Bishop’s Hour

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Free Time

5:00 PM Dinner

6:30 PM PRESENTATION III— Following Bonhoeffer Following Paul: Part Two of Discipleship

7:45 PM Evening Prayer

8:15PM Fellowship

WEDNESDAY, September 19, 2018

7:30 AM Breakfast

9:00 AM PRESENTATION IV— Bonhoeffer’s Theology of the Cross for Today

10:15 AM Break

10:45 AM Worship (Eucharist)

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Check-out Time

Engaging Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Discipleship, Live Together, and the Theology of the Cross

Presented by
Dr. Matthew L. Becker, Ph.D. Professor of Theology, Valparaiso University

For many Christians, the study of church history is not purely an academic exercise or simply an effort merely to understand the past for its own sake, nor is it even undertaken solely to learn how the past has shaped the future. Rather, Christians study church history so that they might gain wisdom and insight for living faithfully as followers of Christ in the present.

While history probably does not repeat itself, it does seem to offer up echoes or rhymes (to use the old cliché), and when that happens, attention to past parallels or historical echoes and rhymes might prove instructive. The insights and ideas from Christian theologians who went through periods that echo or parallel our own might assist us, renew us, and realign us for our own time and circumstance.

What might Christians today learn from the example and teaching of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), perhaps the most famous Lutheran theologian of the twentieth century? Might we gain wisdom and insight by engaging his ideas and concerns from a time and place that seem to have at least a few disturbing semblances to our own?

After briefly describing the life and world of this “theologian under Hitler,” Dr. Becker will examine more closely Bonhoeffer’s understanding of Christian discipleship, his notion of “life together,” and his theology of the cross. Each presentation will include time for Q&A and small-group and plenary discussion.

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Leadership Lab
Jul
23
to Jul 28

Leadership Lab

Leadership Lab is designed to assist youth in acquiring skills that will be useful in congregational. synodical and national youth ministry settings and in their local communities and the world. Each level of Lab is structured to help participants progress in their ability to be responsible youth ministry leaders and helps them grow in their awareness of God, self and others.

CHURCH LEADERSHIP FOR THE FUTURE

It is an intense week of study, worship, and building relationships. The participants spend from 8:30 am - 11 :00 pm each day in small and large group gatherings, planning, learning, praying, and discovering where they are in their faith journey. 

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Jun
18
to Jun 22

Vacation Bible School

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Holy Cross Lutheran Church and First Lutheran Church are hosting Vacation Bible School with Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) June 18-22, 9am to noon. Our theme is Peace Lab.

Contact Amy Ziettlow at ziettlow@aol.com to register!

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Memorial Day Work Weekend
May
25
to May 28

Memorial Day Work Weekend

This Weekend is a super-sized service project to get LOMC ready for the summer camp season!

Landscaping, construction, clean-up, painting, and more!

The Memorial Day Work Weekend is an Annual Event At LOMC. Families and individuals come for a weekend of Projects, inside and outdoor to get the camp ready for another great year of summer camp. Thrivent members are also eligible to give a $250 gift card through Thrivent Action Teams. If you would like to do this, contact the camp and the staff will help you with the action team. If you have any questions, contact Ken Dillbeck, property manager, at ken@lomc.org, or (815) 978-5843 .

Housing and meals are provided for the weekend, free of charge. Contact the camp office, (815) 732-2220 or www.lomc.org to register.

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Interim Ministry Gathering
May
17
9:30 AM09:30

Interim Ministry Gathering

One of the expectations of interim ministry in the Central/Southern Illinois Synod is attendance at scheduled interim ministry gatherings.  On May 17, 2018, the Synod will host a gathering for those who are engaged in interim ministry and those who would like to be available for interim ministry.  We will meet at St. John's Lutheran Church, 2477 W. Washington Street in Springfield, beginning at 9:30 am and continuing through 2:30 pm.  Lunch will be provided.  

Registration is required.  Please register using the form below.  The registration deadline is May 1, 2018.

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Lutheran Day
May
8
9:30 AM09:30

Lutheran Day

Our morning activities will begin in the auditorium of the Howlett Building, 501 S. 2nd St., Springfield, IL 62701.

Lutheran Day is on May 8th this year. As in previous years, advocates from across the state will gather to study, pray, and take action for equality amongst Illinois residents.

We are faith-based social service organizations or human care organizations. We are men and women from Lutheran congregations all over Illinois. We are dedicated staff, as well as committed supporters of the people we serve. We are Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and none of the above.

We are people of good will, standing together to exercise our vocation to speak out for justice, compassion, and equality for all people.

Thank you for joining us in raising your voice, and being counted for the sake of God's children, youth, women, and men in need of special care.

9:30 am -  Registration at Howlett Building Auditorium 

10 am -  Welcome and Devotions

10:15 am -  State of the STate Address

11 am -  Advocacy Training

Noon -  Lunch in Hall of Flags

12:45 pm -  Prayer Circle in Capitol Rotunda

1-3 pm Meeting with Legislators

Visit http://www.lutheranday.org/

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