Harrison to Speak in Norwalk, CT 4/24 and 4/25

April 19, 2010

Rev. Harrison

Rev. Matt Harrison

Pastor Matthew Harrison, the Executive Director of World Relief and Human Care for the Synod and also a nominee for the Presidency of the LCMS, will be at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Norwalk, CT, the weekend of April 24-25.

On Saturday, Pastor Harrison will talk about his most recent work, “A Little Book on Joy” and then share encouraging reports of mission opportunities that the Lord is placing before our synod. The schedule will be as follows:
9:30 a.m. Coffee

10-noon Rev. Harrison: “Living the Good News Life in a Bad News World”

Noon – 1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 Rev. Harrison: “Opportunities for the LCMS and World Lutheranism”

2:30 Q&A

On Sunday he will preach at the 8:00 and 10:30 Divine Services, and also lead the Bible class from 9:15 – 10:15.

Directions to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church: 208 Newtown Ave; Norwalk, CT, 06851 – between I-95 exit 16 and Merritt Parkway exit 41. (Tel. 203-847-1252)

From the Merritt Parkway traveling south:
Take exit 41, and turn left at end of ramp. Go to the next light, Newtown Turnpike, and turn left. Go straight through two stop signs and two traffic lights. The church is on the left after the 2nd light.

From the Merritt Parkway traveling north:
Take exit 41, and turn right at end of ramp. Go to the 2nd light, Newtown Turnpike, and turn left. Go straight through two stop signs and two traffic lights. The church is on the left after the 2nd light.

From I-95 traveling north:
Take exit 16 (East Avenue), and turn left at the end of the ramp. At the 3rd light, bear right (the town green will be on your left). Go straight through 3 more lights, then the church will be on the right (about 2 miles from the highway).

From I-95 traveling south:
Take exit 16 (East Avenue), and turn right at the end of the ramp. At the 2nd light, bear right (the town green will be on your left). Go straight through 3 more lights, then the church will be on the right (about 2 miles from the highway).

Pastor Harrison was baptized in a small rural parish, raised in a large suburban church, was a missionary to native Canadians in Ontario, served as a graduate assistant at the seminary in Ft. Wayne, studied in Australia, vicared in Texas, and served as pastor in rural Iowa and inner city Fort Wayne, Indiana. After co-founding a nationally recognized neighborhood renewal project in what was the poorest census tract in Indiana, he became the Executive Director of LCMS World Relief and Human Care and has administered nearly $100,000,000 of charitable giving worldwide. He writes, translates, and speaks extensively. He delights in his wife, Kathy, and two boys, Matthew and Mark. He is an avid bluegrass banjo player and luthier, and finds joy in it all. He is a great speaker, so it will be well worth your while to set aside the time to come and hear him!

If you wish to follow Pastor Harrison’s work more closely, check out his blog at mercyjourney.blogspot.com. You can also check out the work of LCMS World Relief and Human Care at lcms.org/worldrelief.

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Harrison Leads Nominations!

April 7, 2010

per lcms.org

Nominations announced for president, vice-presidents

The names of nominees for Synod president and first through fifth vice-presidents who will be on the ballots for election at this summer’s LCMS convention have been announced.

Synod Secretary Dr. Raymond Hartwig released the names April 7.

The names on the ballots — five each for president and first vice-president, and 20 for second through fifth vice-presidents — are of those who received the most nominations from Synod congregations, and who agreed to stand for election.

All must be ordained ministers.

Following is the official notice regarding nominations for president and vice presidents:

Official Notice
Nominations for President and Vice-Presidents

The nominations process for the offices of President, First Vice-President, and other vice-presidents of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod has been completed.

Of those receiving the highest number of nominating votes for the office of President, the following have given their consent to serve if elected:

* Matthew Harrison — 1,332

* Gerald Kieschnick — 755

* Herbert Mueller Jr. — 503

* Carl Fickenscher II — 5

* Daniel Gard — 3

Of those receiving the highest number of nominating votes for the office of First Vice-President, the following have given their consent to serve if elected:

* Herbert Mueller Jr. — 809

* Matthew Harrison — 728

* William Diekelman — 244

* Wallace Schulz — 240

* Jeffery Schrank — 112

Of those receiving the highest number of nominating votes for the offices of vice-presidents two through five, the following have given their consent to serve if elected:

* John Wohlrabe Jr. — 800

* David Adams — 682

* Daniel Preus — 488

* Paul Maier — 481

* Scott Murray — 436

* Dean Nadasdy — 435

* David Buegler — 353

* Herbert Mueller Jr. — 195

* Carl Fickenscher II — 161

* Wallace Schulz — 159

* Victor Belton — 134

* Luther Brunette — 74

* Matthew Harrison — 45

* Lawrence Rast — 44

* Dean Wenthe — 42

* Harold Senkbeil — 36

* Clint Poppe — 35

* John Pless — 34

* Jacob Preus — 32

* Daniel Gard — 30

These names will constitute the ballots for the July 10-17 convention of the Synod. The convention will have the right to alter these slates by amendment. According to Bylaw 3.12.1.3 (a), “[t]he amendment procedure shall include merely a motion, a second, and a vote on the amendment.” After all such amendments have been decided, the final slates of candidates will be ratified by the convention before voting takes place.

Delegates intending to make nominations from the floor for these offices must secure from the candidates whom they wish to nominate (1) prior written consent to serve if elected and (2) pertinent biographical information. Forms for this purpose may be requested from the Office of the Secretary of the Synod prior to the elections so that the required documentation will be available as needed.