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Lutheran Life 2016 v 6

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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
  • Registration Opens for Annual Veterans of the Cross Retreat
  • “All Things to All People” – Report of the District Educators Conference held at the Wyndam, Orlando
  • The Coaching Leader – “Share the Wealth”
  • Ken Krueger to Quarterback Credit Union
  • Stepping Stone Mission Changing Lives of Atlanta’s Homeless
  • LWML Stands Firm in Faith at PGA National Resort and Spa
  • LCEF Conference Encourages Living Boldly in Christ
  • LLL/LHM Celebrating a Century of God’s Blessings….
  • NYG Run Benefits LIRS Programs
  • Thrivent Members Help with Hurricane Matthew Relief
  • District Capsules
  • Regional news
  • and much more

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

Lutheran Life 2016 v 6

K-12 Administrators Conference

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We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2017 FG District K-12 Administrators Conference!  We have designed the entire event with you in mind.  It will include Professional Development, Spiritual Nurture, great Fellowship with colleagues, and time for Networking and Collaboration.  The conference is designed for School Principals and Assistant Principals and others in key Administrative positions.

Goal of the Conference:

The goal of the conference is for participants to be strengthened and nourished personally and professionally so they are better equipped to tackle the demands of a Lutheran school administrator.


January 30 – February 1, 2017


DaySpring Retreat Center, Ellenton, FL – How to get there?  Click here.


$180 per person (Double Occupancy, Meals and Program Costs included)

How to Register:

Register on the form at bottom of this page

How to Pay:

  • Pay online:  Use the link in the footer of this webpage that says: “Payments & Donations” to pay with a credit/debit card.  Choose Administrators Conference when paying.
  • Or, write a check, made payable to:  Florida-Georgia District.  Send it to:  5850 T G Lee Blvd. #500, Orlando, FL  32822
  • Registration is not complete until payment is made.  Your spot is not reserved until payment is received.


Shifting Sand – Solid Rock


  • Table Talk and Large Group exploration and discussion about the impact of demographic change on Lutheran schools and how to be better prepared to adapt as change occurs.
  • Sharing of programs, resources and events that can enrich your school ministry!


  • Rev. Ben Hoyer, the Cross, Orlando, FL

Conference Chaplain

  • Mr. Rusty Huseman, Esq. – FG District Legal Counsel / Founder – Lutheran Legal League

Rusty’s presentations will address legal issues facing Lutheran schools today and how to be properly prepared to respond to them as responsible Christian people.

  • Mr. Matt Bergholt – Manager – Online Support Services, National Missions, LCMS

Matt will zero in on Social Media issues that both challenge Lutheran school leaders and provide great opportunity for school ministries.

  • Dr. Kevin Brockberg – Administrator – Trinity Downtown, Orlando, FL

Kevin has served as a Lutheran school administrator in Indiana, Michigan, Florida, and China, and as a public school principal in Detroit.  He will facilitate the group as we explore the potential impact of data shared by Paul Taylor from the Pew Research Institute at the 2016 Educators Conference, on Lutheran schools.

  • Mr. Mark Brink – Executive Director for School Ministries, FLGA District

Mark will highlight programs, resources and events that are being/have been developed for Lutheran schools, including a Youth Leadership Academy, development of a new “Orientation to Lutheran School Ministry” resource for non-Lutheran teachers, and a statistical report on the declining number of Synodically certified teachers and principals and what it means for schools in the very near future and beyond.

Tentative Schedule:


11:00     Registration

12:00     Lunch

1:00       Opening – Welcome and Interactive Bible Study/Devotion

2:00       Legal Issues and the Lutheran School – Part 1 – Rusty Huseman

330        Break

400        Legal Issues and the Lutheran School – Part 2 — Rusty Huseman

530        Break

600        Dinner

700        Devotions

730        Fellowship


800        Breakfast

900        Bible Study/Devotions

945        Social Media and the Lutheran School – Matt Bergholt

1145      Break

1200      Lunch

100        District and Synod Resources, Events and Initiatives – Mark Brink

230        Break

300        Table Talk/Group Discussion – Application of What We Have Heard

430        Break

530        Dinner

630        Devotions

700        Evening Fellowship


800        Breakfast

845        Bible Study/Devotions

930        Demographics – What Shifts Will You Have to Be Ready to Make?

1100      Where To From Here?

As Lutheran school administrators, where do we go from here as a District of School administrators?  What can we do collectively that we cannot do alone?

1145      Closing/Sending

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Early Childhood Directors Conference – Feb 3-4, 2017

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We are thrilled to invite our Early Childhood Directors and Assistant Directors to come to the 2017 EC Directors Conference.  All Early Childhood Directors and Assistant Directors or lead teachers are cordially invited and encouraged to attend this Conference.


The goal of the Conference is to give the Early Childhood Directors concrete ideas to take back to their centers on the importance of play as a way for children to experience science, technology, engineering, art and math.

      • HOST – Faith Lutheran Church
        • 555 US #1, North Palm Beach, FL  33408 – Phone:  561-842-2487
      • COST:
        • First Staff Member – $50
        • Each additional staff member – $30
        • Pay fees upon completing registration
        • Meals are included in fees.
        • Pay online:  Use the link in the footer of this webpage that says: “Payments & Donations” to pay with a credit/debit card.  Choose Early Childhood Conference when paying.
        • Or, write a check, made payable to:  Florida-Georgia District.  Send it to:  5850 T G Lee Blvd. #500, Orlando, FL  32822
        • Registration is not complete until payment is made.  Your spot is not reserved until payment is received.

        • First read through and select your workshop choices below, then
        • Click Here – 2017 EC Registration
      • SCHEDULE – Friday, February 3, 2017
        • 4:00 pm – Registration opens
        • 5:00 – New Self eSTEAM – Part 1
          • Presenters:
            • Pastor Billy Brath
            • Mark Brink, FLGA District School Ministries Executive
        • 6:00 – Dinner at Faith Lutheran Church
        • 7:00 – New Self eSTEAM – Part 2
        • 8:00 – Dismiss
      • OVERNIGHT LODGING available
        • Super 8 Motel – 2 blocks away – for reservations:  561-848-1424
        • $119 Conference room rate
      • SCHEDULE – Saturday, February 4, 2017
        • 8:00 am – Breakfast and Devotions
        • 9:00 am – Morning Session 1
          • Environmental Ed EC Rating Scale – Yash Bhagwaji, Ph.D., presenter
            • ECEERS. The Early Childhood Environmental Education Rating Scale  provides a collaborative tool for educators to discuss the program philosophy, design and implementation, consider its strengths and areas of needed improvement, and chart a future direction for development.
        • 10:30 am – Morning Session 2
          • “Growing Up Wild” Part 1 (Max 15 People) – Pilar Tucker & Kathy Knudtson (participants need to attend Part 1 & Part 2 to receive their certificate of completion.)
            • Growing Up Wild is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them.  Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up Wild provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about nature and lifelong social and academic skills. You must attend both sessions to get Growing up Wild certification.
          • “Kaplan S.T.E.A.M. Resources – Jamilet Diaz
          • “Educational Technology; Standards and What EC Educators Need to Know – Elizabeth Kenney M.Ed.
            • “Young children live in a world of interactive media. They are growing up at ease with digital devices that are rapidly becoming the tools of the culture at home, at school, at work, and in the community” (NAEYC, 2012, p. 2). This presentation will address technology integration into early childhood classrooms, considering the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Position Statement on technology and the International Society for Technology in Education’s updated standards.
          • The Outdoor S.T.E.A.M. Classroom – Ileana Barbari
            • How to use your outdoor space as a S.T.E.A.M. Clas.s The outdoor Classroom at St. Luke’s was developed to have the same interest areas as the regular preschool classrooms. With that in mind we chose to develop a class that was primarily outside and infuse all the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, The Arts and Math with a developmentally appropriate and hands on approach.
        • 12:00 Noon – Lunch at church
        • 1:00 pm Afternoon Session 3
          • “Growing Up Wild” Part 2 (Max 15 People) – Pilar Tucker & Kathy Knudtson
            • See description on Part 1.  This is the second part of the workshop.
          • “S.T.E.A.M. & Reuse!” – Chelsea Odum
            • Resource Depot will give a presentation on different STEAM projects that can be done with reused materials and participants will actively make a project that they can take with them. Presentation will touch on all the areas of STEAM.
          • “Play and Learning:  The Importance of Indoor and Outdoor Play” – Elizabeth Kenney, M.Ed
            • Play is a vital activity for children in early childhood classrooms, one that promotes development and learning. This presentation will start with an examination of the benefits of indoor and outdoor play for young children, will include a conversation on the various types of play, and will conclude with a discussion of teachers’ roles in promoting play before, during, and after play.
      • IN-SERVICE POINTS – Earn up to 10 In-Service Points by attending both days of the Conference.

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LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Ministry are Hearts for Jesus Recipients

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Flordia-Georgia Educators Meet LCC K-9 Comfort DogsLCC Staff K-9 Comfort Dogs Hannah, Jacob, Luther, Ruthie, and Sasha (Island Lutheran – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina) returned to Orlando, Florida in the fall of 2016 with their handlers. The teams were invited by District President Rev. Greg Walton to attend the Florida-Georgia Educators Conference and share with attendee’s how a K-9 Ministry can extend outreach, and bring mercy and compassion to their communities. The teams invited the community to a meet and greet at Trinity Lutheran in downtown Orlando.  Because of their ministry during the Pulse nightclub tragedy, the dogs are favorite guests whenever they visit Orlando.  They often visit with first responders at Fire Station 50 in Orlando to thank them for all that they do, and to bring them some unconditional love.

They have spread their unconditional love in many hurting communities after tragedies.  Information about this ministry can be found on the Lutheran Church Charities website, where you can read about some of their recent visits.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 October 2016 10:33

St. Paul Weston Together We Make A Difference Video

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Please take a few minutes to view what a difference St. Paul Weston has made in the lives of people in their community.

New Outreach Blog Now Available

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Always be Prepared – the latest outreach blog by Rev. Doug Kallesen is now available here.

Pastor Appreciation Month – Christ, Lakeland, FL

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ctk1Sunday, October 16th, 2016 was Pastor Appreciation Day at Christ Lutheran Church in Lakeland, Florida. The Board of Stewardship coordinated an event where, unbeknownst to their shepherd, Rev. Thomas E. Block, every family would sign a paper sheep that read “We ❤ Our Pastor!”

ctk2The paper sheep was then attached to a wooden stake. On Sunday morning before dawn, all 121 sheep were staked into the grounds surrounding the church, so as to surprise their Pastor upon his arrival that morning. In addition to that sheep, a larger version of one, on a foam board, was placed in the Narthex for every member to sign, all on one board, for a keepsake for him.

We then celebrated in the Fellowship Hall after the service with cake and an assortment of food.

ctk3Pastor Block has been with this congregation for 15 years and this congregation would certainly be blessed if we could have 15 more!

In Christ,

Kim Kaniecki

Chairperson of the Board of Stewardship


Haiti Update by Helen Roenfeldt

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Subject: Hurricane Report
Date: Sat, Oct 15, 2016 7:38 PM

oct20164Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

To catch you up on events in Haiti. As you may know, I have been in Haiti since Oct.8 and have visited 4 or 5 areas affected by Hurricane Matthew. In partnership with Lutheran Church Charities, we have prepared and distributed $10,000 worth of food that will feed over 400 families for a week.

I have had the opportunity to meet with church and community leaders, pastors and friends. Early last week, I was able to talk with Rev. Ross Johnson, of LC-MS World Relief and Human Care, Rev. Ted Kray, LC-MS Director for the Caribbean and Latin America and Tim Hertzner, of Lutheran Church Charities.

All of our discussions were very encouraging pertaining to partnership, cooperation and transparency in our recovery work in Haiti.

The south is now open all the way to Jeremie and while there is much destruction, food, water and assistance is moving into LesCayes and Jeremie. We have seen convoys of food and UN trucks headed to the places in need.
People wade across a flooded street while Hurricane Matthew passes through Port-au-Prince, Haiti. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

I feel as though the larger agencies can respond to the overwhelming food and immediate needs better than we can. We have helped a couple of isolated areas and we may do more but I think that overall, the scope of the need is so far beyond our ability those needs are best left to UNICEF, FOOD FOR THE POOR and other international organizations. Most of those agencies will leave in a short time and we can fill the vacuum that is left. We excel at helping individuals and that is what is needed to get the economy moving in the South again.

Where I believe we can best help is in the area of targeting isolated areas of need, like the 5 houses and school in Kenskoff that have experienced winds high enough to remove their roofs, and Jean-Louis where the church lost 1/3 of the roof and the gardens were flooded. I also believe that we can assist in the redevelopement of agriculture, fishing, and replacing herds, flocks, tools and business supplies to get the economy moving again in the South.

Goats are about $50. each, a flock of 25 laying hens is $250. and a chicken coup and feed runs another $500 or so.
I’m not sure of the cost of the small fishing boats, nets and lobster pots, but I will meet with Pastor Paul Toulotte before leaving Haiti to get those figures.

We will continue our Community Health Outreach and the microloan and other educational programs.

oct20162The LC-MS will be focused on roofs in the area of LesCayes, first with pastor’s homes and churches, then other areas.
I think if we focus on getting people back to work will be the best use of our funds and best for the people of Haiti. The more people that are earning a living the less pressure there will be on outside food and support.

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. I will have more figures etc. later on. But as people ask how they can help, this is what we will be doing – helping the places that are being overlooked and helping Haiti get back to work. So, we aren’t going to collect clothes, shoes, or anything that needs to be shipped. It is expensive, and most of that is overkill. We will be asking for donations to purchase those things needed to give people their lives back.

Thank you for however you can help.

Because of Christ, for the Cause of Christ,
Helen M. Roenfeldt
Executive Director, Mission: Haiti

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Celebrating 25 Years of God’s Grace

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Celebrating 25 Years of God’s Grace

November 13, 2016


CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF GOD’S GRACE Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Celebration

Festival Worship: 10:00 AM Guest Preacher: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz, Speaker of The Lutheran Hour Ministries

Banquet: Noon (call 352-331-4409 to purchase tickets)

Abiding Savior Lutheran Church
Gainesville, FL

Contact:   Susan Moss

PHONE: 352-331-4409