Worship Anew (previously called, “Worship for Shut-Ins” or "WFSI") is a 30 minute Lutheran television worship service. It includes the readings for the day, prayers, and a Lutheran pastor delivering a message that is one-on-one to the viewer. Also included are up to four choir selections. Each program is closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
Since 1965, WFSI television broadcasts have been bringing church to the shut-in and many others. The program was conceived and produced by the Rev. Oswald Bertram at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Toledo, Ohio. It continued after his death in 1979 under the leadership of Pastor's Jim Stalder and Pastor John Westra, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The program director was Ray Huebschmann. WFSI continues to provide a unique link between the church, its shut-in members, and many others.
For 30 years, Holy Cross served as the production site for the creation of each WFSI program. The Luepke Chapel inside of Holy Cross served as the preaching station and the sanctuary offered musical groups the perfect setting for the recording of the traditional church hymns heard on each broadcast.
In August 2010, those operations were moved to the newly constructed Elsie Rossman Media Center. The center sits on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. For the first time in its history, all WFSI production offices and volunteer functions are housed in the same building. The Wolf Chapel, as the studio has been named, offers a state of the art facility for the production of quality TV programming. In recent years, WFSI has received a number of local, regional, and national production awards. Continuing with that level of excellence is essential for this ministry.
Weekly programs are distributed in three different ways: first, through the purchase of airtime on almost 100 local TV stations; the second is through the Total Christian Television (TCT) network satellite broadcast; and third, through webcasts that can be found on the Programming tab on the website, Worship Anew
(Originally Posted 2020-03-15)
Our pastors and church council continue to refine our response to the spread of COVID-19. Because people can start infecting others three days before they themselves start seeing symptoms, we want to do everything possible to keep our contacts with each other here at Grace as safe as possible.
In no way does this threaten or undermine our trust in God. We rely now, as much as we ever have, on His grace and mercy to keep us safe and guard us from all harm, both physically and spiritually. But as we heard in the Gospel two weeks ago, it is not right for us to "put the Lord to the test." (Matt 4:7) Faith in God's care does not exempt us from the recommendations of health-care practitioners. In fact, in our Lutheran Christian way of looking at such things, both doctors and public-health professionals are agents of God's own ongoing care for the world, doing His work - not just their own. Therefore, taking their directives seriously is one of the ways that we express and exercise our faith, as well as good citizenship.
For these reasons, then, our pastors and church leaders are taking the following steps.
1. If you become sick with the symptoms of a cold or flu, please stay home until you are feeling completely better. The coronavirus can be spread for as many as 12 days after a person recovers.
2. Cover your mouth with your sleeve, not your hand, if you need to cough or sneeze.
3. Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
4. Leave a little more space around yourself than usual, both in the pew and at the communion rail. A buffer of one meter is considered good.
5. Instead of sharing the peace with a handshake, let's use only our words.
6. Consider using an individual glass, not the common cup, during Holy Communion.Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Please keep this whole situation in your prayers
Our District is hosting the LWMLC 2021 Convention July 8th to July 11th, 2021 (Thursday – Sunday). Theme is “Christ Lives In Me” and Bible Verse Galatians 2:20. More details about the convention will be provided by the end of November.
Karen Hildebrandt, Secretary Concordia Zone LWMLC
Years ago our LWMLC society often sponsored WIN House, as the need for women's shelters came to light. This article explains some history. There is a more complete book summary on the LWML bulletin board.
WINning: The Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of Opening a Women's Shelter
Edmonton, AB-Housing for Women Book Society proudly announces the publication of their book that chronicles the history and the stories of the determined people who formed the first women's shelter in Edmonton, Alberta. WINning: The Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of Opening a Women's shelter is written by Marsha Mildon.
In the late 1960s, women arriving in Edmonton without friends, money or homes, had no good choices. The women--and a few men--who realized this, came together to find a way to help. The book records the 50-year history, and more importantly, the stories of how the founders got started, how they worked for years despite setbacks, how they fought to keep going and how they won to serve those women in need.
"WINning reflects the ups and downs of fifty years of sheltering," says shelter founder and long-time Board President Ardis Beaudry. Read the stories--heartbreaking and heartwarming- of the founders, funders, volunteers, staff, and the women who stayed in the shelters.
Society has changed a lot in 50 years, yet there are still women in need of shelter, and dedicated people working to provide it. These are their stories.
To order a copy of this book, contact Lorna Olson @ 780-435-1832.
IGNITE IS A LUTHERAN YOUNG ADULT GROUP (ages 18-30) that meets twice monthly on Saturdays from 7-9:30pm for activity nights, devotions, Bible study, prayer, as well as volunteering as a group through local ministries. If you would like more information, visit their Facebook page at Ignite Lutheran Young Adults group or contact Alida Leicht at 780-242-2511 or Levi Hennig at 587-991-9267.
The Mustard Seed’s Evening Meal Program feeds 300-350 people each night, Monday through Saturday. If you can help, contact Volunteer Services at 780-426-5600 or VolunteerEdmonton@theseed.ca
ADOPT A STUDENT-You can make a difference to a student studying to become a pastor. Please prayerfully consider supporting a student with prayer, the occasional card and correspondence, and occasional or regular financial contributions. Financial contributions made through Concordia Lutheran Seminary are eligible for a tax receipt. Please visit www.concordiasem.ab.ca or call Kathy at 780-474-1648 ext. 225 for more information about the Adopt A Student program.