Upcoming Events at CTSFW—October 2016

CTSFW campus in autumn

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTSFW)— Check out the upcoming events offered by Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), 6600 N. Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  For additional information concerning all events, please go to www.ctsfw.edu or phone 260.452.2100. Please note that all times for campus events are Eastern Time.

Lutheranism & the Classics IV: Listening to the Poets takes place on our campus September 29–30. The conference celebrates Lutheranism’s engagement with the poets of the past and contemplates their value for the propagation of the faith to the current and future generations. For schedule, a listing of speakers and online registration go to www.ctsfw.edu/Classics.

Time to recharge those theological batteries? Then consider this Continuing Education course:
October 3–7
Preaching from Hebrews
Dr. John W. Kleinig
Concordia Theological Seminary
6600 N. Clinton St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
For more information click here, email CE@ctsfw.edu or call 260.452.2103.

Christ Academy Confirmation: A Retreat for Confirmation-aged Boys and Girls
October 7–9
Theme: 
Angels, Demons and Ghosts–Oh My!
During this retreat we will take a look at the spiritual world which includes angels and demons. How do we see this world in the face of our daily struggles and temptations within a life in Christ? There is a real spiritual battle in this sinful world, so we must learn how to see it through the joy of the battle won in Christ Jesus.
Leader: Rev. John Dreyer, CTSFW director of Admission
For additional information or to register, please email Retreats@ctsfw.edu or phone 260.452.2204.

Donation Day, sponsored by the Seminary Guild, will take place Tuesday, October 11, from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Donation Day is an annual tradition where supporters of CTSFW, including many LWML districts and societies, come together with the Seminary Guild to gather supplies for the Food & Clothing Co-op. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Student Commons. This year’s keynote speaker is the Rev. Mark Steiner, CTSFW advancement officer, who will speak on the topic “Strength in Numbers.” For additional information go to www.ctsfw.edu/ctsfw-events/Donation-Day, email Linda.Scicluna@ctsfw.edu or phone 260.452.2145. The registration fee of $12/person includes lunch. Deadline for registration is September 30.

Do you know someone you would like to encourage toward becoming a pastor or deaconess?  One way is to tell them about the Prayerfully Consider Visit which takes place on our campus October 13–15.  During this three-day event they will have the opportunity to experience daily life at the Seminary while worshiping with the CTSFW community, attending classes, meeting with faculty, learning about financial aid options and getting to know the Fort Wayne area. There is no charge for this event and all on-campus housing and meals are included.  For additional information go to www.ctsfw.edu/PCV.

As we look forward to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, CTSFW is hosting a series of Reformation-themed lectures. We invite all our friends in the Fort Wayne area to attend these lectures that are free of charge.
October 16
Luther Hall
4:00–5:00 p.m.
Luther’s Catechism: A Field Manual for Disciples
Presenter: Prof. John T. Pless, CTSFW assistant professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions
Christians live an embattled existence in this world. Under assault from the crafty devil, the deceitful world and our own ever-present sinful nature, how are we to live as disciples of Jesus Christ? We most often think of the Small Catechism as a manual for Christian doctrine and it is that, but it is more. Luther envisioned the Small Catechism as a handbook for the Christian disciple lived by faith in Christ and in our various callings through love to the neighbor. This lecture will unpack this remarkable feature of Luther’s Small Catechism.
Additional lectures in the series will take place on February 12, and April 30, 2017.

College students who are contemplating how they might serve the Church have a great option with Christ Academy/Phoebe Academy College taking place October 20–23.  This event affords attendees the opportunity to immerse themselves in the day-to-day life at CTSFW.  Days will be filled with classes led by extraordinary CTSFW faculty, worship with the CTSFW community in Kramer Chapel, plenty of time to ask questions of our Admission staff and social time with 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. To connect with a member of the CTSFW Admission staff email Admission@ctsfw.edu or call our Admission Office at 800.481.2155.

Luther Hostel, November 2–6, under the theme “Jesus, Saints and Angels: The Church and the Company of Heaven.” There will be presentations by CTSFW faculty, time to attend classes with current students and worship services in Kramer Chapel. For additional information go to www.ctsfw.edu/ctsfw-events/Luther-Hostel, email Retreats@ctsfw.edu or phone 260.452.2204.

Music Events
Sunday, November 6
Organ Recital
Janette Fishell, organist
Kramer Chapel
4:30 p.m.

All Saints’ Choral Vespers
Bach Cantata 80, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”
Seminary Schola Cantorum
Kramer Chapel
7:30 p.m.

Monday, November 7
Choral Evening Prayer
Children’s Choir of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Kramer Chapel
5:00 p.m.

Hymn Festival
Seminary Kantorei and Festival Children’s Choir
Kramer Chapel
7:30 p.m.

Good Shepherd Institute Conference, “Lutheran Service Book at Ten Years: Rejoice, Give Thanks and Sing,” November 6–8. Do you still occasionally catch yourself referring to Lutheran Service Book (LSB) as the “new” hymnal? It’s hard to believe that we’ve already reached the tenth year of its use in our Synod. If your congregation still uses The Lutheran Hymnal, were you aware that it first came off the presses 75 years ago?! This year of anniversaries seems a perfect time to take stock of where we’ve been and where we’re going when it comes to the Church’s hymnals. More information is available at www.ctsfw.edu/GSI.

Advent Preaching Workshop
November 8

1:30–5:00 p.m.
7:00–8:30 p.m.
Theme:The Word Became Flesh
Advent and Christmas themes radiate powerfully from John 1:1–18. These verses introduce the Eternal Word, John the Baptist, light and life, grace and truth, and so much more. Sermon themes are as follows:
Advent 1: “You Have My Word!” (John 1:1–5)
Advent 2: “A Man Named John” (John 1:6–9, 15)
Advent 3: “Chosen Children” (John 1:10–13)
Advent 4:  “The Word Dwelt Among Us” (John 1:14a)
Christmas Eve: “We Have Seen His Glory!” (John 1:14b)
Presenter: Dr. R. Reed Lessing
Fee: $40.00, includes dinner.
For additional information go to www.ctsfw.edu/GSI, email GSI@ctsfw.edu or phone 260.452.2224.

LOOKING AHEAD
Symposia Series 2017

32nd Annual Symposium on Exegetical Theology
January 17–18
“The Spirit of Reformation Exegesis Today”

40th Annual Symposium on the Lutheran Confessions
January 18–20
“The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation: Continuing the Celebration”