Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Bible Marginalia-In the Lamb's Book of Life

Bible Marginalia Series- #153

Word in to the Week-
One of the readings this week in worship 
was from Revelations 21.
Thinking about this section of Scripture.
The gift. The blessings.
MY name in the Lamb's book of LIFE.

In an open- studio setting
 we encouraged those attending
 to use the readings from the Sunday worship
 for their margin work in the week.
Worship into the week.
One margin a week.
Prayed over.
Started and coming back 
to during the days of the week.
Not is hurried fashion --
 but staying the course during the week.
Praying the verse into each day of the week.
Praying for transformation;
and that is not necessarily a FAST project-
and it is truly NEVER finished.

Ruby Violet Bird Stamp
Assorted Alpha stickers
Washi tape Target Acrylic paints
Illustrated Faith black pen
Colored pencils

Monday, May 2, 2016

Concordia Publishing House- on Tour

First time for me to visit- 
Concordia Publishing House- 
our very own publisher for the 
Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
Thanks for the wonderful welcome
 and the gift bags were great too!
Oh yea- Love the sliding doors- 
easy to have privacy and "work time"
 and a wonderful open door policy for collaboration.
 Loved the Innovation Center.
 Great Communication strategy.

Always challenging to be
 pushing the experiment.
 Move out into the impossible. 
Live with possibilitarians.
Dr. Martin Luther-
Cleave to the Word
 Martin Luther's Morning and Evening Prayer 
on a cubicle on the tour.
Looks like a Keep the faith project to me. 

 Pages from the new
 Tree of Life Coloring book- 
coming out soon.
Visual Faith Tools- 
to help all of us- 
slow down, pay attention 
and deal with distractions.
 Thanks to Luara Lane and Holli Rolfes 
for taking time to speak with Pat Maier
 and myself about our love 
for Visual Faith materials.
The Beautiful Chapel at 
Concordia Publishing House.
 Windows in the Chapel.

 The distribution center- orders are pulled 
and filled into bins along 
the route on a conveyor belt.

Some "ancient of days" publishing methods.

We tend to forget how much
 simpler our communication 
is today and getting the Word out.

May the Lord bless all of us as we serve
 in commissioned roles 
as deployed digital missionaries.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Concordia Seminary- St Louis

Call Day 2016
for the Pastoral Candidates
and the Vicar Placements  
Concordia Seminary- St. Louis

The Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus

Dedicated on November 15, 1992, the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus serves as the house of worship for the Concordia Seminary community. Aside from the primary worship space the chapel building also contains a choir practice room, one classroom, the dean of chapel's office, the housefellow's quarters, and a chapel that is used primarily for small worship services and for worship practice.

Concordia Seminary was founded in 1839 in Perry County, Missouri, by a group of emigrants from Germany. In 1849 the preparatory division and the school of theology of the young institution were moved to St. Louis and relocated on a site at South Jefferson Avenue and Winnebago Street. The preparatory division was moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1861. In 1926 the campus was moved to its present 72-acre site in suburban Clayton. Since its inception, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, has provided more than 12,000 professional workers in the church.

Touches of beauty around campus
Sustainable gardening- for the meal tables

A special seat for Vicarage placement.
The honor for John to preach 
the homily for the vicarage placement.

Jacob Okwir -
 call to  St. James Lutheran Church
 Overlea, Maryland- Pastor.

Aaron Bueltmann to Advent Lutheran- 
Forest Hills, MD- Pastor.
with his parents- Tawn Bueltmann
 and Rev. Kevin Bueltmann.
Benjamin Micheel 
to Concordia Lutheran Church,
 Conover, NC as Associate Pastor
Justin Kumfer to 
Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church, Ashburn, VA
as Associate Pastor
Chris Jung to Baltimore Preparatory
as teacher

Paul Burdette-
Our Savior Lutheran Church-
 Clyde, NC as pastor
Mark Moretz- Vicar 
to Hope Lutheran Church- Wake Forest, NC
Kevin Barron- Vicar 
to Living Savior Lutheran Church-
 Fairfax Station, VA.

(hope to get a photo for Paul Burdette)

This year here is the list for the candidates and the vicars:
+ Aaron Bueltmann to Advent Lutheran Church, Forest Hill MD as Pastor
+ Paul Burdette to Our Savior Lutheran Church, Clyde NC as Pastor
+ Christopher Jung to Baltimore Lutheran High School Association as Teacher
+ Justin Kumfer to Our Savior's Way, Ashburn VA as Assistant Pastor
+ Benjamin Micheel to Concordia Lutheran Church, Conover NC as Associate Pastor
+Jacob Okwir to St. James Lutheran Church, Overlea MD as Pastor
+ Kevin Barron to Living Savior Lutheran Church, Fairfax Station VA as Vicar
+ Mark Moretz to Hope Lutheran Church, Wake Forest NC as Vicar

Thanking God for the blessings
 of all of His people called to serve.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Bible Journaling- Teaching Frameworks

As we move about to equip coaches 
for teaching others in community, 
it is helpful to have some framework
 to help them - help others.

Bible Journaling is simple.
Helping others to see the depth and breath
 of the possible responses is NOT EASY.
For a couple of reasons:
1. Our churches have members that are trained 
and experienced in broadcast information sharing. We are taught,
(or preached to, or informed) without much expectation of dialogue or response.
2. If response IS DESIRED and WELCOMED- there is very little process or planned system of help along the journey. (In other words if you figure something out that is great- but it is your own personal "thing".)
3. Our overworked church workers may themselves see 
Visual Faith as just "one more thing" they have to implement or find time to initiate.

                                                                                               Pat Maier
So--- in an era when communication has moved to interactive, and perhaps a social media response IS DESIRED, what do we do? We equip the laypeople to be coaches to teach others. We go where the Holy Spirit is already at work, and we look for people of peace. (There is no need to convince someone of the worth of the practice, as that takes too much time and energy.)  Find the receptive hearts and souls and GO THERE.

                                                                              Eden Keefe
We have found these FRAMEWORKS for teaching Visual Faith helpful:

1. Jann Gray of Illuminated Faith uses this: 
SEE and REMEMBER.  That is how she helps people look for what God is saying in Scripture, mark the spot of the teaching and how might it best be remembered?  Illuminated-Journaling-Book-Jann-Gray

Jan lists 3 categories of margin response for Bible Journaling:
Typography, (words)   Image  (drawn or traced )and Collage (Mixed media)

2. READ, REFLECT and RESPOND--This is the movement in spiritual formation from head knowledge and mastering the text, to heart transformation and praying for the text to master OUR HEART.
Jessica Meier
3. Bible Journaling (in Bibles, journals and other faith resources) and Visual Prayer are both found in the Visual Faith framework. Prayer is both the foundation and the umbrella for Bible Journaling teaching. The Holy Spirit leads the way in all of this spiritual formation process. Every response for marginalia can begin with prayer and becomes the final blessing.

4. The margin response can be seen as a "mini-billboard" created as a personal reminder. What will help me to instill this Scripture right to my very soul? (and my memory then can recall it)

5. Bible Journaling sets the mark on the journey, becomes the legacy, provides the blueprint for "telling the story" to others, that we may be His witnesses.

Mary Moore

6. It is a grace process. It always welcomes and says- "glad you are here" and never chastises and says-"where have you been?"

7. The simple act of coloring or tracing or writing helps to create “sacred space” for each of us. It can be the child-like quality that Jesus talks about in how to approach life in the Kingdom.  Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:23

8. If we think of God's Word as His love letter to us, His TEXT-MESSAGE to us, we know that a message deserves a response. So the margins become simply "our response to a text message."

9. All of the time, energy, and processing becomes a part of each person's IEP- Individual Education Plan.  This is designed by the Holy Spirit for each and every person, and no two journeys will be alike. Our own personal experiences become the groundwork used to empower us with inner strength- in our inner being.
 Ephesians 3: 14-20.

Prayer for Spiritual Growth-

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,

10.The Lord blesses time in His Word and it brings JOY to His children.

May some of these FRAMEWORKS 
be a blessing and help to you 
as you explore Bible Journaling- Visual Faith
 and especially if you seek to teach others.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Gathering at the St Louis Botanical Gardens

The Missouri Botanical Garden
St. Louis, Missouri
missouri botanical garden

On a beautiful sunny spring day

we gathered to stroll the gardens.
On the day of our visit-
the site of at least three outdoor weddings

iris in full bloom

and the peonies

Linda, Valerie, Cheryl, Cindy and me

Linda, Valerie, Cheryl, Judy and me

Wives of the LCMS Council of Presidents
Hanging out together
in community.
Women of Faith
in Sisterhood.
 Thank you Lord.