Upcoming Events at Concordia Theological Seminary

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTS)—Check out the upcoming events offered by Concordia Theological Seminary, 6600 N. Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, Ind. For additional information concerning all events, please go to www.ctsfw.edu, or phone 260-452-2100.

SEPTEMBER
The Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., community looks forward to the beginning of its 168th academic year on Sunday, September 8. Students, faculty, staff, family and friends will gather for the opening service in Kramer Chapel at 3:00 p.m. Those who cannot be on campus for the service will be able to watch live by going to www.ctsfw.edu and clicking on the Watch Live! link.

Join the Seminary Guild for their annual “Getting to Know You Tea” on September 10, in Luther Hall at 1:00 p.m. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Daniel Brege of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Decatur, Ind., who will share his reflections on teaching in the Philippines. For more information contact Seminary Guild President Elfrieda Spencer at espsalm63@gmail.com or the Rev. Tom Zimmerman at 260-452-2152.

OCTOBER
Fall Confirmation Retreat
October 4–6, 2013
A Time for Everything
From baptism to confirmation, from birth to death, from childhood to adulthood, we mark the passage of time by events which help us to remember. God marks time, too. He outlines it for us in Scripture, through various events, in order for us to know and remember His salvation promise. Through the exploration of Scripture, Catechism and hymnal, this retreat will explore how Christians mark the passage of time. Retreat Leader: Rev. Randall Wurschmidt, admission counselor, Concordia Theological Seminary. Rev. Wurschmidt served Faith Lutheran Church, Overgaard, Ariz., from 2008 until his return to the seminary in 2012. Retreat Fee: $110 (includes on-campus housing and meals). For additional information or to register, please email Retreats@ctsfw.edu or phone 260-452-2204.

Donation Day, sponsored by the Seminary Guild, is Tuesday, October 8, 2013. The keynote speaker will be Mrs. Elaine Bickel, inspirational speaker and principal of St. Paul Lutheran School, Millington, Mich. We will also be accepting donations of dry and canned food items, toilet paper, paper towels, personal hygiene items, health care products and disposable diapers. There is always a need for new or clean used clothing in good repair for all members of the family. Additionally, monetary donations are used to purchase food at low cost through local food banks.
A brochure and registration form are available at www.ctsfw.edu/DonationDay. For more information contact Seminary Guild President Elfrieda Spencer at espsalm63@gmail.com or the Rev. Tom Zimmerman at 260-452-2152.

Men considering the pastoral ministry and women contemplating service as a deaconess have many questions. In order to provide clarity, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, offers the Prayerfully Consider Campus Visit, October 10–12. There is no charge for this event which allows participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the seminary community. There will be time to sit in on classes, meet with faculty and students, learn about financial aid options and just get to know the Fort Wayne area. To learn more go to www.ctsfw.edu/PCV, email Admission@ctsfw.edu or phone 800-481-2155 to talk with a member of the Admission staff.

College students who are pondering how they might serve the Church have a great option with Christ Academy/Phoebe Academy College, taking place October 17–20. This event affords attendees the opportunity to immerse themselves in the day-to-day life at CTS. Your days will be filled with classes led by extraordinary CTS faculty, worship with the seminary community in Kramer Chapel, plenty of time to ask questions of our Admission staff and social time with your fellow attendees. This event is free of charge with housing and meals provided. Additional information and online registration can be found at www.ctsfw.edu/CAC.

In the World for Good: A National Urban Ministry Conference
October 21-23, 2013
Urban areas are rapidly expanding but the Church’s footprint in the cities is declining. As God’s people we must work to reverse this trend by being both compassionate and wise as we work in the areas of justice, human dignity and capacity building. Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., responds to this great need by offering In the World for Good: A National Urban Ministry Conference with the Rev. Dr. John Nunes, President and CEO of Lutheran World Relief and Jochum Professor and Chair, Valparaiso University, as the keynote speaker. For additional information call 260-452-2195. Additional information and online registration will be available soon.

Save the date for Luther Hostel: Living Grace-Fully October 31–November 2. Living Grace-Fully is to live in the assurance and confidence that our life is in Jesus Christ. We face many challenges at work, times of joy and sorrow with family, and new anxieties with the modern, technological world. Whether we are struggling or succeeding in our daily endeavors, living Grace-Fully is living with the knowledge, hope and security that Christ does not leave us or forsake us. Scheduled to present are President Lawrence Rast, Dr. David Scaer, Prof. Jeff Pulse and Prof. John Pless. The conference also includes sitting in on classes, visiting with students, small group activities and dinner with the President.
For information email Retreats@ctsfw.edu or phone 260-452-2204. Additional information and online registration will be available soon.

NOVEMBER
Good Shepherd Institute Conference
Conversations on Church Music Practice: The Elephant in the Room
November 3–5, 2013 Over the years our conferences have explored many aspects of the church's worship life, and together we have rejoiced over the wonderful gifts that have been handed down to us in liturgy and song. But there is one topic, the proverbial "elephant in the room" that has been begging for attention; that topic concerns the choice of music for use in the church. This year we intend to address it head on. For additional information go to www.ctsfw.edu/GSI, email GSI@ctsfw.edu or phone 260-452-2224.

CTS Tours offers Highlights of Italy Tour, November 16–26, 2013, hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Charles Gieschen. Dr. Gieschen serves as academic dean and professor of Exegetical Theology at CTS. The 10-day tour leaves from Chicago and includes stops in Venice, Florence Sorrento and Rome. For additional information go to www.ctsfw.edu/CTSTours, email CTSTours@ctsfw.edu or phone 877-287-4338.

Continuing Education for Churchworkers and Laypeople:
Pilgrim Lutheran Church
West Bend, Wis.
November 18–20, 2013
Baptism and the Lord's Supper
Dr. David P. Scaer
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Ind.
A re-examination of the traditional pericopes employed in the church’s two sacraments is presented in this course. Special attention is given to comparing Synoptic and Johannine texts. Contemporary views are presented and reviewed in the light of the Lutheran Confessions. Click here to download a brochure.
The coordinator for this site is the Rev. Christopher Seifferlein. You may contact him at 920-994-9005 or pastor@emmanueladell.org. For general information on CTS Continuing Education go to www.ctsfw.edu/CE, email CE@ctsfw.edu or phone 260-452-2103.

LOOKING AHEAD
Make plans to join CTS Tours for The Holy Land, March 3–13, 2014, hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Rast Jr. Dr. Rast serves as president of CTS. The tour includes the destinations of Haifa, Tiberias, Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
For additional information go to www.ctsfw.edu/CTSTours, email CTSTours@ctsfw.edu or phone 877-287-4338.