Upcoming Events at Concordia Theological Seminary

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTS)—Here’s a preview of upcoming opportunities offered by Concordia Theological Seminary, 6600 N. Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana. For additional information concerning all events, please go to www.ctsfw.edu, or phone 260-452-2100.

The Deaconess Placement Service will take place on Thursday, May 22. Final year deaconess students will receive their placements during the morning chapel service in Kramer Chapel at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) with the Rev. Dean M. Bell, St. John Lutheran Church, Ada, Minnesota, serving as preacher. Those wishing to watch the service online can go to www.ctsfw.edu and click on the Watch Live! link.

The Dedication of The Rev. Dr. Robert D. Preus Chair in Systematic Theology/Confessional Lutheran Studies will take place during a special Vespers Service on Thursday, May 22 at 5:00 p.m. (EDT) in Kramer Chapel. We look forward to seeing many friends of the seminary and the Preus family at this service. Those who cannot be on campus for the service will be able to watch it live by going to www.ctsfw.edu and clicking on the Watch Live! link.

The 2014 CTS Alumni Reunion is scheduled for May 22–23. Classes celebrating reunions this year include 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994 and 2004. To register or for more information go to www.ctsfw.edu/Alumni, email Alumni@ctsfw.edu or phone 260-452-2260.

Commencement Day, Friday, May 23
10:00 a.m. (EDT): Baccalaureate, the Rev. Richard Resch, CTS Kantor, will serve as preacher.
3:00 p.m. (EDT): Organ Recital
6:00 p.m. (EDT): Commencement Ceremony, the Rev. Ulmer Marshall, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Mobile, Alabama, and Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Point Clear, Alabama, will serve as speaker. He will also receive the Doctor of Divinity Honoris Causa, during the ceremony. Other honors being bestowed are:
Alumnus of the Year
Rev. David W. Rohde (CTS 1984), St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wilson, Texas
Miles Christi (Soldier of Christ) Awards
Mr. Herman Meinders, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Mr. Jeffrey Schwarz, Edwardsville, Illinois
All events are in Kramer Chapel and open to the public. Watch the Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremony live by going to www.ctsfw.edu and clicking on the Watch Live! link.

Continuing Education: Pastors, deaconesses and all church workers serve their congregations year-round and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, offers continuing education opportunities to support them as they serve. The list of Continuing Education sites can be found at www.ctsfw.edu/CE. Be sure to check the site often as specific information for each site will be posted as it becomes available. You may also email CE@ctsfw.edu or phone 260-452-2103 for additional information.

Register Now for High School Summer Events:
Christ Academy—High School, June 15–28, 2014. For two weeks each summer, high school-aged men of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod are offered the opportunity to delve deeper into their faith, enjoy the seminary experience and make friendships that will last a lifetime while attending Christ Academy—High School. Space is limited, so be sure to get your registration in early. Information concerning the registration process can be found at www.ctsfw.edu/ChristAcademy. If you know of a young man who may be interested in this opportunity please contact us at ChristAcademy@ctsfw.edu or 800-481-2155.
Phoebe Academy—High School, August 1–3, 2014. Phoebe Academy–High School (PA–HS) provides an opportunity for high school women to learn about the vocation of deaconess in the church from a theological perspective. Attendees will explore God's Word on Mercy and what it means for us today while developing friendships with like-minded women that can last a lifetime. They will also meet deaconesses, who are serving in the church, learn what they do and how they are trained to serve. The schedule for the event and the registration form can be found at www.ctsfw.edu/PAHS. You can also email PhoebeAcademy@ctsfw.edu or phone 800-481-2155 for additional information.

Organist Workshop
Level II for Organists and Choral Track
June 23–27, 2014
For intermediate-level organists who have completed Level I and choral directors wishing to study the Lutheran Theology of Worship and choral fundamentals, with emphasis on making choices for the Lutheran service. In addition to daily sessions on the theology of worship, there will be sessions on the playing of hymns, liturgy, intonations, chorale preludes, leading challenging hymns, choral literature and the art of conducting the parish choir.
For more information go to www.ctsfw.edu/OrganWorkshops, email OrganWorkshops@ctsfw.edu or phone 260-452-2224.

Lutheranism & the Classics III: Lutherans Read History, October 2–3, 2014. God became incarnate in Christ Jesus at a specific time in history (Gal. 4:4), so how might Lutherans read the Bible, the Confessions and developments in light of history? What role does history play in Lutheran education? These and other questions will be discussed at the conference to be hosted by Concordia Theological Seminary under the theme, “Lutherans Read History” as we celebrate Lutheranism’s engagement with historians of the past, and their value for the propagation of the faith to present and future generations. For schedule, speakers list and registration go to www.ctsfw.edu/Classics.

Make plans to join us for Luther Hostel, October 29–31. This year's theme is Godliness and Contentment Is Great Gain: Living Peacefully and Patiently in the Last Days:

  • Presentations by CTS faculty, including President Lawrence Rast, Dr. Arthur Just and Dr. David Scaer
  • Attend classes with current students
  • Visit unique Fort Wayne attractions
  • Celebrate with a special Reformation Service with music by the CTS Kantorei

For more information and to register online go to www.ctsfw.edu/Luther-Hostel, or email Retreats@ctsfw.edu or phone 260-452-2204.