Donation Day 2021

FORT WAYNE, IN, October 27, 2021—This year’s Donation Day at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW), was a wonderful opportunity for the community to give thanks for its many gifts and enjoy fellowship with one another. Once again, the dedicated ladies of the Concordia Theological Seminary Guild and the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) generously bestowed gifts of food, clothing, household goods, and funds to help support Seminary families as they pursue careers of service to the Church. The LWML magnanimously expressed its love and support of CTSFW, with the Ohio and Indiana Districts fulfilling a $5,000 Mission Grant each, along with Michigan District’s fulfillment of a $7,500 Mission Grant.

Food & Clothing Co-op Director Deaconess Rittner expressed her gratitude for her family, both her beloved students and their supporters. “Everyone who has joined us for Donation Day makes a difference in the lives of every student daily with incredible blessings, love and support that is felt by every family. You provide for the bodily needs of the students with generosity, grace and love. I thank our Heavenly Father for you every day and ask that you continue to support the students, faculty and staff, by keeping us in your daily prayers. 

“For over 175 years, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, has been forming pastors in the United States and around the world. Today, we continue forming not only pastors but also deaconesses and missionaries who teach the faithful, reach the lost, and care for all. 

“This past year has continued to present new challenges when it comes to caring for our students and their families in the Co-ops, but each and every day you have come through with new ways to provide for our students and families. Every day is an honor and a privilege to care for our families. We do this because family takes care of family . . . and we certainly do not do it alone.

“Through your continued support and resources we at the Food Co-op were able to provide the following during the last fiscal year (July 2020–June 2021):

2,080 Gallons of milk 

2,000+ Dozen eggs

23,770 Pounds of fresh produce

3,288 Pounds of food from the Food Bank

7,485.5 Pounds of pork (29.5 live hogs)

796 pounds of beef (1 live steer) 

“Dozens of farm fresh eggs and fresh produce from local farmers and individual gardens and 50 weeks of bread and treats from Panera and Kroger. 

“In this ever-changing world, our focus remains the same to care for the students and their families . . . OUR families. God always provides what we need when we need it in various forms. 

“In addition to the many individuals, Sunday school groups, men’s groups, and Ladies Aids. The LWML is also instrumental in caring for the students and their families through Mission Grants, voted on and awarded at each biennium convention (which we are currently in the middle of). We are blessed to be joined by the district presidents for Indiana and Michigan and a past president from Ohio, and we are thankful that you are here today. At this time I would like to ask that all of the student body present please stand up so our guests can see who they are caring for. Every student preparing for full-time work in the Church is served by the LWML. Over the years of this Seminary, the LWML is truly a blessing to the students here as they continue their journey in preparation for full-time work in the Church.

“Let us take time to honor and thank the ladies of the Seminary Guild and the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League for their support of this institution and to say thank you for coming, for bringing clothing and food items, for presenting Mission Grants, and for giving the students treats during exam week. But most importantly, for the continued prayer support of the students. You ladies are certainly the hands of God serving His people.”

Treasured guests were invited to join students and enjoy a meal and fellowship in the Katherine Luther Dining Hall after the service. With the cheery and heartening atmosphere of a family reunion, the gratitude of the students and joy of the ladies was resoundingly clear.

As Deaconess Rittner concluded, “Thank you and may our Heavenly Father continue to bless all of you.”

Soli Deo Gloria