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This includes a vicarage assignment earlier on the day, streamed on line! .
WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO CELEBRATE WITH US!

Spread the Word: Forward this email or view this email on the web to post on social media.

Together we truly are blessed to celebrate Call Day. God has brought us together for this very moment…for the sake of the proclamation of His Gospel.

Please join us through streaming audio and video and celebrate with us in thanksgiving, as our future workers learn of their Assignment of Calls and Vicarages.

CALL DAY SERVICES AT CONCORDIA SEMINARY, ST. LOUIS

Assignment of Vicarages and Internships: April 24, 2018, at 3 p.m. (CDT)

Assignment of Calls: April 24, 2018, at 7 p.m. (CDT)

Stream the Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, services online: callday.csl.edu.

CALL DAY SERVICES AT CONCORDIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

Assignment of Vicarages and Internships: April 24, 2018, at 7 p.m. (EDT)

Assignment of Calls: April 25, 2018, at 7 p.m. (EDT)

Stream the Concordia Theological Seminary call services online: callday.ctsfw.edu.


Peace, joy and thanksgiving for your faithful prayers and support for the formation of these special servants!

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"Rocky Mountain High...all is not well"
By Mac Owen, National Director Celebrate Recovery, February 26, 2018
 

Since moving to Colorado about six years ago we have observed some interesting developments in the way people live. Although we live in a little mountain community, we have been influenced by the legalization of recreational marijuana. Last week in a very high-end neighborhood, there was an illegal grow operation that was busted. Someone had rented a home and started growing marijuana illegally. You still have to go through the proper channels to grow marijuana. This is a common occurrence throughout the state and it is affecting the safety of our neighborhoods.
 
I would like to give you some of the documented statistics that have come out in the last year.
 
In the years since recreational marijuana has been legalized Colorado has seen an increase in:
marijuana related traffic deaths, poison control calls and emergency room visits.
 
In 2012, funds were promised from marijuana taxes that would benefit our communities, particularly schools.
 
However, Dr. Harry Bull, the Superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools, one of the largest school districts in the state said, "So far, the only thing that the legalization of marijuana has brought to our schools has been marijuana."
 
Excerpts published from an article by Jeff Hunt in USA Today. August 7 2017.
 
More staggering statistics:
 

Five years of retail pot coincide with five years of a homelessness growth rate that ranks among the highest rates in the country.

 

Five years of big marijuana ushered in a doubling in the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes who tested positive for marijuana, based on research by the pro-legalization Denver Post.

 

Five years of commercial pot have been five years of more marijuana in schools than teachers and administrators ever feared.

 

"Coloradans need to know, other states need to know, that Colorado is suffering from massive normalization and commercialization of this drug which has resulted in Colorado being the number one state for youth drug use in the country. Kids are being expelled at higher rates, and more road deaths tied to pot have resulted since legalization."

 
Excerpts published on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Colorado Springs Gazette Opinion
 
These statistics for me were "sobering," pun intended. It is a little frightening what is now being considered normal acceptable behavior when it comes to drug use. And, yes, we believe marijuana is a drug. If marijuana is being used recreationally, we, the National Celebrate Recovery Team, do not believe you can get high and experience God's best for your life.
 
We are not talking about medical marijuana. Can it be used medically in ways no other medication can? We don't know. This is not our area of expertise. We do know that by removing the THC and using the CDBs there has been interesting research about seizures, chemotherapy and other medical issues.
 
All that we ask, in reading the material above, is that you keep an open mind about the effects that mind altering drugs such as marijuana can have on an individual, communities and our country.
 
No one should ever be turned away from my Celebrate Recovery because they use marijuana in any form. Even if that's not the reason they came to Celebrate Recovery. When we love and accept people right where they are, we are able to start building relationships. We are able to talk about a better way of life for all of their hurts, hang-ups and habits.
 
Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." Matthew 22:37 
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Martin Luther and the Reformation + 500th Anniversary

October 31, 1517 – October 31, 2017

The Church in Heaven and Earth celebrates the Reformation of all the saints, through Dr. Martin Luther. The Church was transformed by this return to God’s Word. Before the new millennium, Scholars through-out the world determined that of all the changes in the last 2,000 years, The Reformation of Martin Luther changes more lives Spiritually, politically and as to scholarship than any other even of the years 1,000 to 2,000 AD.

 

To this end we are celebrating the Reformation’s 500th Anniversary this fall with a special video study between Sunday worship services: 9:15 – 10:00 am. A MAN NAMED MARTIN, PART 3 THE MOVEMENT will be shown, discussed and enjoyed here at Zion. 

 

This is such a great video and encouragement that everyone should attend this. It does not matter if you are a scholar of God’s Word or new to the Scriptures. We follow “Schultz’s Rules.” 1. You do not have to read aloud in class. We ask for volunteers to read. 2. There are no exams or tests, or memory verses. 3. If a word is not pronounceable, or difficult, we move on by saying, “HARD WORD.”

 

Everyone can enjoy this. Pastor Ron Schultz

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I've spoken a number of times about what Compassion is during Lent. I got this from the Michigan district site today.

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I get emails from this group (American Decency) here in Michigan. Their leader, Bill Johnson, is quite an inspiring person himself, but knows also who to quote. Fellas, this is a lady’s point of view. Here is good medicine to take for Valentine’s Day…

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