Toll of COVID-19 Pandemic on Rural Communities

Rev. Todd Kollbaum— Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison, Nebraska, and Director of LCMS Rural and Small Town Mission (RSTM), and Rev. Mark Triplett, pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church and St. John Lutheran Church in Rushford, Minnesota, and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Ongoing Ambassadors for Christ, join Andy and Sarah to talk about how their congregations have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, how their communities have been affected, and how they and the the community have cared for each other. Learn more about RSTM at lcms.org/rstm.

LCEF Supporting Churches and Church Workers

Rev. Bart Day, President and CEO of Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), joins Andy and Sarah to talk about LCEF’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, how LCEF is taking care of borrowers, and the response of LCEF investors. To join in this response, visit lcef.org to give.

Donna Snow: Travels, Writing, and LWML Live Bible Study

Donna Pyle, now Donna Snow, Author of Perseverance Praying through Life’s Challenges available from Concordia Publishing House, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about her recent travels to the Holy Land, learning Hebrew, and the LWML Bible study she will be doing on Facebook live. Find her book Perseverance: Praying through Life’s Challenges at cph.org/perseverance. Join in the Facebook Live Bible Study at facebook.com/events/3162728340485153.

Celebrating a Lutheran Student

Sue Nahmensen, CEO of Lutheran Elementary School Association in St. Louis, and Ella Arbeiter, a graduating eighth-grader at Green Park Lutheran School in south St. Louis County, join Andy and Sarah to talk about the Lutheran Student Christian Leader of the Year award, what it means for Ella to be selected as this year’s recipient, and how people can support students like Ella through LESA’s yearly fundraising campaigns. Read more about Ella at lesastl.org/news/green-park-lutheran-student-is-st-louiss-2020-lutheran-student-christian-leader.

Learn more about supporting LESA at lesastl.org/please-help-us-2.

Mental Health Monday: Zoom Fatigue

Deaconess Heidi Goehmann, LCSW, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the reality of Zoom fatigue, why video calls are both helpful and exhausting, and how we can better process body language while on video calls. Find helpful hints at mindful.org/zoom-exhaustion-is-real-here-are-six-ways-to-find-balance-and-stay-connected and read more about why video calls tire out our brains and bodies at curtthompsonmd.com/a-body-of-work.

Hear Mental Health Mondays each Monday at 9am CT! Find all episode with the tag “Mental Health Monday.” View Deaconess Heidi’s Mental Health Playlist on Youtube and find all of her writings at heidigoehmann.com.

Concordia Texas Opens Dorms to First Responders

Dr. Donald Christian, President and CEO of Concordia University Texas, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the campus community at Concordia, how the university is using the dorms to help first responders in the Austin area, and how this is part of Concordia’s mission. Read more at concordia.edu/resources/first-responders-housing.html.

Campus Ministry in Time of Pandemic

Rev. Marcus Zill, Chancellor of LCMS U and host of The Student Union on KFUO Radio, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about how campus ministries and campus pastors are handling this time of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, how students are staying connected, and how The Student Union podcast fits into the bigger campus ministry picture. Learn more about LCMS U and find The Student Union at kfuo.org/TheStudentUnion.

Hymn Sing to End All Hymn Sings

Dr. Scott Hyslop, Director of Parish Music at St Lorenz Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth, Michigan, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the hymn sing of the entire Lutheran Service Book on April 24, 2020, where this idea came from, why church music is important right now, and how to participate in the hymn sing! Find details at stlorenz.org and watch beginning at 7:30 a.m. CT / 8:30 a.m. ET on Friday, April 24, 2020 at facebook.com/MusicAtStLorenz.

The Defense of the Resurrection

Rev. Dr. Kirk Clayton, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Mascoutah, Illinois, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about his article “The Defense of the Resurrection” in the April 2020 issue of the Lutheran Witness, including why the bodily resurrection of Jesus is so difficult for the world to believe, the foundation of skeptical scholars and “documentaries” about the resurrection of Jesus, and how we can give a defense of our faith like Paul did in the face of skeptics.

Find online exclusives of the Lutheran Witness at witness.lcms.org and subscribe to the Lutheran Witness at cph.org/witness.

What Day Is It? The Day the Lord Has Made!

Rev. Brady Finnern, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Sartell, Minnesota, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about how our schedules and routines have been displaced during the COVID-19 pandemic, how much of our lives is governed by external things that may have little spiritual value, and what God’s Word teaches us about ordering our days and seasons.