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Announcement from President Walton – Personnel Change

Categories: News & Announcements

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Greetings to you in the name of our Resurrected Savior Jesus!

With a bitter sweet joy I share with you information that was made public today regarding Daniel J. Reichard. As you know, Dan has done an outstanding job in his role as the District Vice President of Lutheran Church Extension Fund. We have not been the only ones who have taken notice. The National Office of Lutheran Church Extension Fund was pleased to announce earlier today that Mr. Daniel Reichard has been selected to serve LCEF as the Regional Vice President – East Region, effective Monday, April 30, 2018. This is a wonderful opportunity for Dan, and we rejoice with Andrea and he as he begins a new step in his ministry career.

We will begin seeking a replacement for the DVP position with LCEF very soon. However, this is a great opportunity for some reorganization within our District staff to better serve, assist and encourage our congregations. More details will be forthcoming in the next month. For now, join me in thanking Dan for his service to our District and wishing him well as he begins this new venture. As God has provided for LCEF in sending Dan, I am confident that He is already been fashioning our future as well! Our trust remains in the One who reminds us, “Blessed are those who don’t see and yet believe!” Pray with me as we entrust the District staffing to the Almighty and most gracious Lord!

In His peace,

Rev. Gregory S. Walton, President

The Florida-Georgia District, LCMS

Subject: Personnel Announcement

I am pleased to announce Mr. Daniel Reichard has been selected to serve LCEF as the Regional Vice President – East Region, effective Monday, April 30, 2018.

Dan began his work with LCEF in 2010 and has served the Florida/Georgia District as District Vice President and Executive Director of Finance since that time.  Prior to joining the district staff, Dan spent nearly 30 years in a variety of positions, from entry-level accountant to senior leadership positions as Chief Financial Officer and Controller of several multi-million dollar manufacturing companies.  Dan holds an accounting degree from Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, and a MBA from Western Michigan University.  He also holds a Certified Public Accountant certification from the State of Wisconsin and is also a Certified Management Accountant.

Dan and his wife Andrea have been married for 32 years and have two married sons and two grandchildren.  They reside in Orlando and are members at Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Orlando.

Please join me in congratulating Dan on his selection as the LCEF Regional Vice President for the East Region, and please keep the transition process in your prayers as Dan completes the important start-up work to get the East Region operational in Orlando, slated for July 1, 2018.  Dan’s email ( remains unchanged.  Full contact information, including the East Region Office contact info, will be forthcoming.

Rev. Bart Day
President and CEO
Lutheran Church Extension Fund
10733 Sunset Office Dr, Suite 300
St. Louis, MO 63127

Easter Greetings!

Categories: News & Announcements, President's E-news

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus,

Today marks the beginning of that three day period beginning with Maundy Thursday through the Easter Vigil on Saturday, culminating with our celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus! It is a time marked by all kinds of activities and extra church services. I have found, over the years, I must guard against the danger of falling into a mindset of simply going through the motions, not allowing these days to speak to me personally. That was especially true as a parish pastor, with a heavy schedule and so many details, it can be easy to neglect a personal connection with this very personal day.

Whenever I begin to feel that way I am always struck by the interaction between Mary and Jesus early on the morning of the Resurrection as she stood outside the tomb weeping, imagining the worst—that someone had stolen the lifeless body of Jesus.

Then Jesus, unknown to her in her grief, spoke to her. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher)” Jn 20:15–16. I can’t help but imagine the flood of emotions in Mary’s heart when she heard this “stranger” speak her name. But hadn’t Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd. I know My own and My own know Me” (John 10:14).

What’s in a name? Doesn’t it make you feel good when someone you admire knows your name? The truth is, each of us are known by our name by the Risen Jesus! He not only knows our name, but He knows everything about us. He knows our success and failures. He knows our hurts and our hurrahs. He knows our hopes and dreams. And in spite of it all, He loves us with an everlasting love.

These days ahead are filled with many activities. Some will help you focus. Some will distract you. My prayer for you during these days is that the Holy Spirit will move in your heart to help you again recognize the great sacrificial love of Jesus. This is the foot-washing Jesus. This is the Bread and Wine Jesus. This is the knowingly betrayed Jesus. This is the beaten and abused Jesus. This is the crucified and dying Jesus.

But April Fools—He didn’t stay dead! He rose to new life, and with that brought each of us the promise of new life forever. It’s a life filled with His love and forgiveness, but also a life to live out His love with the world around us. He has chosen you by name to abide in Him forever!

May this be for you a very personal and special season for you as you once again stand at the open tomb and hear Jesus call your name!

Blessings on your Holy Week preparations and Resurrection celebrations!


In His peace,

Rev. Gregory S. Walton, President
The Florida-Georgia District, LCMS


Christus Chorus, Concordia College, touring through FLGA District

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The Christus Chorus from Concordia College, St. Paul MN will be performing at churches throughout the FL-GA district during Holy Week. Here is their itinerary. All performances are free and open to the public

Concordia University, St. Paul, Christus Chorus Spring 2018, Performance Itinerary

Saturday, March 24
7:15 p.m. Concert
Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church
336 Carl Vinson Parkway
Warner Robins, GA 31088

Palm Sunday,March 25
10:30 a.m. Service
Christ Lutheran Church
208 Langston Road
Perry, GA 31069

Palm Sunday, March 25
7 p.m. Concert
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
1423 8th Ave. North Jax Beach
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Monday, March 26
7 p.m. Concert
Christ the King Lutheran Church
11220 Oakhurst Road
Largo, FL 33774

Tuesday, March 27
6:30 p.m. Concert
Grace Lutheran Church
860 Banyan Boulevard
Naples, FL 34102

Wednesday, March 28
7 p.m. Concert
Zion Lutheran Church
7401 Winkler Road
Fort Myers, FL 33919

Maundy Thursday, March 29
6:15 p.m. Pre-Service Concert
7 p.m. Service
St. John Lutheran Church
1915 Southeast Lake Weir Ave
Oscala, FL 34471

Good Friday, March 30
12 p.m. Service
Messiah Lutheran Church
500 Baytree Road
Valdosta, GA 31602

Good Friday, March 30
7:30 p.m. Service
Rivercliff Lutheran Church
8750 Roswell Road

Raise Up New Ministries in Your Region

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Join us at one of the upcoming Florida-Georgia LCMS District O2 events and help us define a Mission Map specifically for your region and community.  LCMS churches will gather together to raise up new ministries in your region.

We are seeking pastors, staff, and their lay leaders to attend this event specifically made for your church and community. If you are an entrepreneur or creative type and want to use your gifts and experience to reach more people, this is for you.

Register today! The event is free and provides a continental breakfast and lunch. Each event starts  at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:00 PM.

February 17th
Hope Lutheran Church
25999 Old 41 Rd.
Bonita Springs, FL 34145

March 17th
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
3712 W. El Prado Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33629

April 7th
St. John Lutheran
1915 SE Lake Weir Ave.
Ocala, FL 34471

April 28th
St. Paul Lutheran
701 West Palmetto Park Rd.
Boca Raton, FL 33486

May 12th
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
1423 8th Avenue North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250


Dates for O2 events in Orlando and Atlanta will be published soon.

For more information contact Rev. Oscar Benavides, FiveTwo Vice-President of Strategic Initiatives, by email at

This O2 event will start a movement and spark a fire in your region.  You don’t want to miss it. 


Rubbing shoulders with some of the Lutheran pastors in Broward county

Categories: News & Announcements

On Monday, Jan. 22, Tim Hartner, Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran, Weston, FL, (and also Circuit Visitor for the Gold Coast Circuit of the FL-GA District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod “LCMS”), invited me to join the group that was gathering at his Church that day.

Tim and I go …. WAY BACK!! My former congregation, Gloria Dei Lutheran, Davie, assisted in the beginnings of St. Paul, Weston, back in ’88.  The occasion was a visit from the FL-GA District President, Greg Walton.  It was great to be with twelve guys!! Many were pastors of Broward County LCMS Churches … and a few others.

Having spent 33 years of my ministry (’77-’10) in Broward County and still living part-time in Davie (just west of Ft. Lauderdale), These were folks, many who I have worked closely with …. AND FOLKS I KNOW WELL!!

My current part-time pastoral ministry (for the past seven years) is, Bethlehem, Ft. Myers. …. Linda and I spend part of each week in Ft. Myers.  Tim, thank you for the invitation!! It was great to be with all of you.  Broward County is blessed to have the presence and dedication of these dedicated Christian leaders!!

(in this photo) Mark Abram, retired; Jeremy Becker, DCE, St. Paul, Weston; Sequincy Pratt, Worship Leader, Good Shepherd, Ft. Lauderdale; Bernard Julmiste, Grace Tabernacle, Ft. Lauderale, Greg Walton, FL-GA Dist. President; Jeff Moore, Interim Pastor, Our Savior, Plantation; Jeff Johnson, Miramar, Miramar; Stephen Reynolds, Shepherd of the Coast, Ft. Lauderdale, Chuck Rogers, Lay Leader, Faith, Ft. Lauderdale; Elmer Medley, retired; Tim Hartner, St. Paul, Weston and C Scott Gress, Lutheran Counseling Services, Orlando.  (as I took the photo… I am not pictured)

by Rev. Darrell Stuehrenberg

Live in Love

Categories: News & Announcements, President's E-news

Dear Friends,

Traveling through a local store the week after Christmas I was amazed to see that almost all of the Christmas merchandise was gone, only to be replaced by a plethora of pink and red hearts, and all things Valentine’s Day. What is amazing to me is the Valentine items in almost every department of the store, from clothing to kitchen gadgets to all kinds of food items. Recently I even saw an advertisement for personalized Valentine’s golf balls! How far we’ve come in trying to prove our love.

In March 1964 The Beatles released a single, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” written by Paul McCartney. He was later quoted as saying about the song, “The idea behind it was that all these material possessions are all very well, but they won’t buy me what I really want.” Interestingly, many of the early Beatles catalogue of songs talked about love. While I can’t interpret what they intended, this much I can tell you: despite the way love is often misused today, love is not just an emotion, but instead is a value.

When we truly love someone, be it our spouse, parents, children, grandchildren or friends, it’s deeper than a simple emotional attachment. Perhaps that’s why Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” In just a few days, in fact, on Valentine’s Day, the season of Lent begins. What an awesome day to kick off this season because we celebrate in Lent how God made His love so visible in Jesus. It is because Jesus values each of us in His love, He willingly laid down His life by dying on the Cross. Jesus defines for us what great love actually is. Certainly Jesus knew the emotion of love, but it was the value that He placed on our eternity that enabled Him to sacrificially take our place and pay for our sins. This is the love He has for the whole world, for all people, every tribe and nation, even for those who refuse to recognize Him. While they may not receive the fullness of the benefits of His love, nevertheless, His promise is to love the whole world!

Seventy years ago, as 48 men met together at Trinity Lutheran Church in Orlando to form the Florida-Georgia District, foremost in their minds was to share the love and salvation of Jesus Christ! At the District Convention this summer, 70 years later, it is still about sharing and abiding in Jesus. Recently I was preparing for a devotion on our convention theme verse, John 15:12-17, about abiding in Jesus. What I discovered is that the only time Jesus ever gave a commandment (as in I command you) was in regard to love. He said, no less than three times, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (see John13:34; John15:12,17). Jesus never commands us not to sin, although I feel safe in suggesting that He would want us to avoid it. He never commands us to pray or worship to sing or read His Word. He never commands us to give, or even to evangelize, even though there are plenty of other Scripture passages that direct us to do so.

The truth is, love is a value, and if we value our relationship with Jesus, and love Him, we will naturally do the things He asks us to do! When we love Jesus we will want to not sin, we will want to pray and worship, sing His praises and read His Word. When we love Jesus we are enabled to give freely, recognizing that we received freely. Only in our love for Jesus can we truly express love to others simply by telling them about all the wonderful things that Jesus has done in our lives. In fact, this is the desire Jesus has for all of us. He said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” We show our love for Him by showing our love to each other.

This isn’t something that we are to reserve for only certain ones. Jesus calls us to love all people with His love. Someone once told me that you may not like everyone, and that’s a choice, but love is a command. So how can we love even the most unlovable? We value them as someone for whom our Lord Jesus was willing to lay down His life. We don’t love in our own strength, but we love others in His!

I am challenging our congregations to consider starting two new ministry starts per region per year over the next five years. That would result in 50 new starts and countless opportunities for us to share the love of Jesus with our neighbors. Faith and hope are great, but Paul reminds us that the greatest of these is love. That’s where it begins—right where Jesus gave His only commandment. May we live in that love and give it away, so that others may see the love of Jesus in us, and experience the true love and value that Jesus has for them! He’s counting on you!

In His love,


ALOAFest 2018

Categories: News & Announcements

Friday, March 2

  • Emmanuel Lutheran Church – 790 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice

Saturday, March 3

  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – 501 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Rev. Tom Hafer will speak on Faith & Fitness – Discover how in caring for ourselves, we are better able to care for others and better able to serve others.

A variety of workshops will be presented in both locations.

Cost: $25.00 per person (includes lunch)

Register together & SAVE! $20.00 per person when 10 or more registrations received together

Download a registration form or register online at

Lutheran Life 2018 v 1

Categories: Lutheran LIFE, News & Announcements

The latest issue of Lutheran Life is in the mail to subscribers and is also available online.

This issues features the following:

  • LIFELINES:  Message from the President:  Back to the Future
  • Business, Worship, Celebration on District Convention Agenda
  • Annual Haiti Mission Trip Produces New School
  • Courage for Today; Rev. Bruce Lieske
  • Hymnfest Planned in Sanford
  • District Students Benefit from LWML Scholarships
  • District Board Begins Preparation for District Convention, 70th Anniversary
  • Why Aren’t we Getting Any Visitors?
  • Concordia NY Launches Program for Students with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities
  • Mighty Mite Boxes Fund Millions in Mission Grants
  • District LCEF Advocates Gather for Encouragement, Recognition, Fellowship
  • Reformation Anniversary Mural Dedicated
  • District Capsules
  • Regional news
  • and much more

Watch for it in your mailbox, or read it online by using the link below:


Trinity, Lake Placid Dedicates mural on the outside wall of church

Categories: News & Announcements

The artist, who was present and spoke, earlier dedicated three months of his time (in 2017) to complete this beautiful “500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation” mural, painted on one of the outside walls of Trinity Lutheran Church, Lake Placid, FL. This mural joins some 47 other beautiful murals that are on the outside walls of many of the buildings in downtown Lake Placid.

Take a trip to this delightful city in central Florida (on US27) between Sebring and Clewiston. Spend some time enjoying these murals …. BUT DON’T MISS THE BEST MURAL OF ALL ….. ON THE WALL OF TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH!!

The Trinity Lutheran family TRULY showed great hospitality to all attending, on this beautiful day!! The weather was perfect for this outdoor event.

Between 250 and 300 folks were in attendance. A Martin Luther Impersonator (Gary Schusckle) did a MAGNIFICENT presentation. A Southern Gospel Singing Group entertained the attenders …. AND … Trinity served a DELICIOUS Bratwurst and Sauerkraut lunch ….


Thank you, Rev. Richard Norris and the Trinity family!!


(from the left) Darrell Stuehrenberg, Bethlehem, Ft. Myers; John Hirst, Peace, Okeechobee; Anthony Arias, Grace, Arcadia; Richard Norris, Trinity, Lake Placid; Robert Maulella, Faith, Sebring; Gary Schusckle, St. Luke, Oviedo (he was the Martin Luther Impersonator

All Things Convention….

Categories: District Convention, News & Announcements

Dear Pastors and Congregation President:

As we approach the FLGA District Convention June 22-24th, 2018, I want to inform you of vital information regarding both the nominations and overture process. In all of these things, the deadline to remember is March 24th.

By March 24th, all congregations must submit delegates to the District Convention. This will include:

Delegates must be elected or appointed in alignment with your church’s constitution and bylaws. Delegates to the District Convention need not be the same persons as are voting for Synod president from your congregation.

By March 24th, congregations and circuit forums may submit overtures to the District Convention. These may include:

By March 24th, congregations may nominate candidates for the following positions within the following geographic and service boundaries

  • President from the FLGA District (ordained)
  • Vice President from the region of the congregation (ordained)
  • Secretary from the FLGA District (ordained)
  • Two (2) Lay Representatives from the region of the congregation (lay)
  • Commissioned Representative from the FLGA District (commissioned)
  • Nomination Committee Members from the FLGA District (2 ordained, 2 commissioned, 4 lay)

Necessary forms are posted above.

Please direct questions and comments to District Secretary Rev. Jay A. Winters ( / 850 224 6059) and/or Kathy Keene at the FLGA District Office.

May we all be blessed in our remembrance of the Christ child born in Bethlehem and wait in expectation for Him to come again soon in glory.

In Christ,


Rev. Jay A. Winters
FLGA District Secretary