Congratulations to the 2017 Southern District Educators of the Year! The Southern District was again combined with the Mid-South District this year for our annual Teachers’ Conference. Coming together for this conference enables us to increase the number of attendees for the conference, as well as offer a greater number of breakout sectionals and, with increased registration revenue, be able to afford nationally-known speakers.
Christ the King Lutheran Church in Enterprise, AL, celebrated Reformation Day with a Reformation Walk on November 4th. More than an ordinary walk, our participants stepped back 500 years to experience a few of the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Reformation. They learned how the world was changed forever, and they met some of the individuals who played a role in transforming the Church and the world, visiting the childhood home of Martin Luther, Wartburg Castle, Wittenberg Café, and even a print shop. They also ate homemade pretzels, played a “nun in a barrel” game, made their own Luther Rose, and sang A Mighty Fortress Is Our God with organ and guitar accompaniment.
Each of the ten stations took approximately fifteen minutes to complete, including travel time between sites. A nursery provided relief for parents and taught the children a brief lesson on the Reformation as well. The Reformation Walk was open to the public and more than half the attendees were from outside the congregation. It was a remarkable way to celebrate the anniversary of the Reformation and educate the community about our shared Church history.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Prattville, AL, welcomed a son of the church, LLD Charles Graeber, home for its 95th anniversary on Sunday, November 12th. Rev. Dr. McNair Ramsey, Rev. Jeff Hesterman, and LLD Graeber joined in the worship service for the church, which began as Holy Ark Lutheran in 1922, through the ministry of Dr. Rosa J. Young, and consolidated with St. John’s Lutheran in Joffre. Graeber, whose father Charles was the longest-serving pastor at the rural Autauga County Church – serving 45 years – preached the anniversary sermon. On this special occasion, Bethlehem also recognized Pastor Hesterman for his one-year anniversary among the saints there.
On Friday, October 27th, twenty-five Lutheran High School students volunteered during the annual Trick or Trunk at St. John Lutheran Church in New Orleans, LA. More than 550 people attended this special Mid-City event for free! Children were treated to a hot dog meal, a photo booth photo, and they had the opportunity to play games to win prizes! There were also more than 15 automobiles (including the LHS van) where children could “treat” for candy. Lutheran High School sponsored many of the games and offered face painting, as well as Halloween tattoos!
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