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Hating Those Who Spread Hate

The recent news events from Charlottesville have brought so called “hate groups” to the focus. We feel compelled to speak out against those who feel driven to focus their hatred and acrimony on groups seen as different from themselves.
As Christians it is our duty to speak up for those who are oppressed and raise our voices in opposition to those who preach hatred and malice. It is natural for us to feel anger at those who spew their hurtful words and messages of hate at others who they hardly know.
It is also natural for that anger to turn into hate. Hate that is displeasing to God. [read more]

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Empowerment Center, Including Lutheran Hope Center, Opens At Ferguson’s ‘Ground Zero’

Shoulder to shoulder under a huge tent, sitting on folding chairs and standing five deep in spots, some 400 people witnessed a symbolic — and even “historic” — event here July 26: the grand opening of the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center, a resource for hope and healing nearly three years after the violent protests that sparked a fresh look at racism nationwide.

The new, two-story facility — debt-free, thanks to corporate donations — stands on the grounds of the burned-out QuikTrip gas station that served as “ground zero” for authorities responding to weeks of unrest following the police shooting death of teenager Michael Brown Jr. on Aug. 9, 2014. (click for more)

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Call Committee Asks Again For Nominations From Congregation

The Call Committee, led by Dave Chester, is again asking the members to help find a suitable candidate to call as Trinity’s next pastor. Mid-South President, Roger Paavola provided an initial list to Trinity, however after prayerful consideration, none of the names met the committee’s criteria. Last month, the Committee brought in Rev. Neil Vanderbush and his wife from Texas for a visit and a series of interviews however the process did not go as smoothly as one would have hoped. Rev. Vanderbush respectfully withdrew his name from consideration shortly after. “We are going to proceed a bit more slowly,” says chairman Chester. “I want to gather a many more names as we can so that we can have the best chance of finding a candidate that will be the best match. “We currently have six names before us. Two of them are from the previous list, two are from member nominations, and two are additional names provided by Roger Paavola.” It would be extremely helpful if every member of the congregation that has friends or family outside of the Memphis area to contact them and ask them if they know of a minister who may be in a situation where there current ministry is winding down, or perhaps they are looking for a new mission opportunity, or just in need of a change to a new location. One never knows where the Holy Spirit will lead you in a search, but it is very hard to find such a candidate

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The Mysterious Disappearance Of Trinity’s Deacon

Preaching several times each month, the members of Trinity recognized Douglas Morrison by his distinctive vestments, that of the Office of Deacon. However, in June, the Church Council voted to end the Deacon program at Trinity and few know why. Here is the story.

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Bethesda: Enhancing Lives, Sharing Jesus

  In one of several Bethesda Lutheran Communities group homes nestled throughout Watertown, Wis. — and much like Bethesda homes in other areas across the country — Annie Egan and her housemates receive necessary medical care. All are nonverbal and in wheelchairs; some use feeding tubes. Such physical needs helped convince Cathy Egan to allow Annie, 38, to move to Bethesda when her daughter was 16. Back then, Cathy had no idea how much Annie would enjoy singing songs like “Jesus Loves Me.” She never envisioned six women — all considered low-functioning — taking part in their group home Bible study and how they “really respond” when the topic is Jesus. Integrating rather than segregating Bethesda programs empower people with developmental disabilities to live, play, work and worship in their local communities. (Bethesda Lutheran Communities)A century ago, families took their children by train to Bethesda, where the youngsters grew up with classes in reading, religion and penmanship. “We literally began as an orphanage, a home started by German Lutherans for families who didn’t know how to best care for their children,” said Mike Thirtle, president and CEO of Bethesda, a name from the Bible for the pool where the disabled came for healing (John 5:2-4). While its mission to “enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the Good News of Jesus” remains the same, the LCMS Recognized Service Organization (RSO) has changed dramatically. Bethesda’s many programs include working with congregations to enrich the

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Fear, Death, And This Christian With Cancer

We fear death. We Christians know we needn’t, but we do. It’s natural. It’s universal. But shouldn’t we actually be fearing life instead? David Brugge talks about the irony of how we as Christians have such a tough time confronting death, and perhaps how we should really be looking at it.

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