Upcoming Events at CTSFW—November 2016

CTSFW campus at sunrise

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.

Reformation Series Lecture
Luther’s Catechism: A Field Manual for Disciples
October 16
Concordia Theological Seminary
6600 N. Clinton Street
Luther Hall
4:00–5:00 p.m.
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.

There is no charge for the lecture. If you cannot be with us on campus you can watch live on the CTSFW Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ctsfw. For additional information email LeeAnna.Rondot@ctsfw.edu or phone 260.452.2204.

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 2–4, 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. Presentation
5:00–6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00–8:30 p.m. Presentation
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, pastor, St. Michael Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Fee: $40.00, includes dinner.
For additional information and to register online, go to www.ctsfw.edu/ctsfw-events/advent-workshops, email GSI@ctsfw.edu or phone 260.452.2224.

Advent Preparation Workshop for Commissioned and Lay Church Workers
November 8
1:30–4:30 p.m. Lecture
5:00–6:00 p.m. Dinner
6:00–8:30 p.m. Workshop
Theme: There Shall Come Forth a Shoot From the Stump of Jesse
In this first of its kind workshop you’ll have the opportunity to study the Bible’s message of hope as told through trees. As we journey from the tree whose fruit brought death and sin into the world to the life-giving tree of the cross and overflows into the fruit we bear today, we’ll see the hope and redemption we have in Christ lifted up. After spending the afternoon learning, we’ll gather into teams to prepare devotionals and congregational activities that bring the message of hope and redemption home for young and old together. Finally, we’ll look at some ideas for how you can take this experience home and provide local workshops for your congregation or circuit.
Presenter: Dr. James G. Bushur, associate professor of Historical Theology, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne
Fee: $40.00, includes dinner
For additional information and to register online, go to www.ctsfw.edu/ctsfw-events/advent-workshops, email Amy.Rast@ctsfw.edu or phone 260.452.2225.

Symposia Series 2017 Marks 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
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”
In addition to many members of the CTSFW faculty, several prominent theologians, including the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, will be presenting during this year’s Symposia Series. For online registration, schedule and speaker information, go to www.ctsfw.edu/Symposia.

Lenten Preaching Workshop
Monday, January 16, 2017
8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Theme: Preaching the Penitential Psalms in Lent: “Lord, Have Mercy”
Drawing on Luther’s work on the Psalms, this workshop will seek to equip pastors to preach on the penitential Psalms for the midweek Lenten services. In this year, which marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we will be especially attentive to Luther’s treatment of these Psalms as they proclaim repentance and faith, contrition for our sin and Christ’s unmerited forgiveness. In preparation for the workshop, participants may wish to read Fruit for the Soul: Luther on the Lament Psalms by Dennis Ngien (Fortress Press, 2015).
Presenter: Prof. John T. Pless, assistant professor, Pastoral Ministry and Missions, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Fee: $40.00, includes lunch
For additional information and to register online, go to www.ctsfw.edu/ctsfw-events/lenten-workshops, email LeeAnna.Rondot@ctsfw.edu or phone 260.452.2204.

Lands of Luther & Eastern Europe: Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
November 11–21, 2017
For more information go to www.ctsfw.edu/ctsfw-events/ctsfw-tours-lands-of-luther, email CTSFWTours@ctsfw.edu or phone 260.452.2119.