Wedding Vows: The Voice of Love

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Wieting, author of ‘The Blessings of Weekly Communion,’ joins Andy and Sarah to talk about how God’s Word is different from cultural inventions or feelings in informing our vocations in marriage, what scripture commands husbands and wives to do and be, and the relationship between marriage and baptism. Read Pastor Wieting’s article ‘Wedding Vows: The Voice of Love’ in the May issue of the Lutheran Witness.

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

Responding to Flooding in Michigan

Rev. Dr. Ross Johnson, Director of LCMS Disaster Response, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about how the recent flooding in mid-Michigan has affected the communities near Midland, how the many LCMS congregations in the area have been affected, and how the Synod and communities are coming together to help in the disaster response. To learn more or donate, visit lcms.org/disaster or michigandistrict.org.

‘Here I Write’ Conference: A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Historical Fiction

Naomi Stephens, author of ‘Shadow among Sheaves,’ a 19th-century retelling of the
Ruth/Boaz story set during the British occupation of India, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about where to begin when writing historical fiction, fitting historical facts into a work of fiction, and the challenges of writing this particular genre. Find her book at Amazon.com or wherever books are sold.

The ‘Here I Write’ Conference for Lutheran Writers was created by Katie Schuermann as a place for Lutheran writers, editors, authors, journalists, preachers, teachers, professionals, novices to come together and learn from each other. It was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we’re overjoyed to welcome several of the speakers to our mini-conference on The Coffee Hour! Find all speakers and topics at kfuo.org/hereiwrite.

‘Here I Write’ Conference: Keys to Crafting a Bible Study

Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Jesus Lutheran Church of the Deaf in Austin, Texas, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about what makes a good Bible study, resources to facilitate the study of scripture, and encouragement in Scripture to study the Bible. Find his works at Wolfmueller.co.

The ‘Here I Write’ Conference for Lutheran Writers was created by Katie Schuermann as a place for Lutheran writers, editors, authors, journalists, preachers, teachers, professionals, novices to come together and learn from each other. It was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we’re overjoyed to welcome several of the speakers to our mini-conference on The Coffee Hour! Find all speakers and topics at kfuo.org/hereiwrite.

Urban Mission Amidst a Pandemic

Rev. Delwyn X. Campbell, Sr., domestic missionary and pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gary, Indiana, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the work he has been doing prior to the pandemic, how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the community of Gary, his concerns for the impoverished community around the churches, and how he is still bringing the Gospel of Jesus to those around him. Read more of his story and how to support his work at lcms.org/campbell. Learn more about the community Rev. Campbell serves at engage.lcms.org/gary-missionary-summer-2017.

The Rev. Delwyn Campbell, national missionary to Gary, Ind., chats with parishioners following a Lenten service at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Gary. LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford

‘Here I Write’ Conference: Introduction, What to Write, and Author-Reader Relationship

Katie Schuermann, author of “He Remembers the Barren,” “He Restores My Soul,” the “Anthems of Zion” series, and mastermind of the ‘Here I Write’ Conference, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the idea behind the ‘Here I Write’ Conference, how authors can decide what kind of thing to write, and why the author-reader relationship is so important. Find Katie’s writings at katieschuermann.com.

The ‘Here I Write’ Conference for Lutheran Writers was created by Katie Schuermann as a place for Lutheran writers, editors, authors, journalists, preachers, teachers, professionals, novices to come together and learn from each other. It was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we’re overjoyed to welcome several of the speakers to our mini-conference on The Coffee Hour! Find all speakers and topics at kfuo.org/hereiwrite.

Mental Health Monday: Telehealth Resources for Mental Health

Deaconess Heidi Goehmann, LCSW, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about how to access telehealth for mental health and what resources and providers in your area.

Resources for information or how to get started:

lcms.org/wellness for LCMS resources
Insurance or medical sharing programs, supplemental coverage programs
EAP (Concordia Plans members, look here)
211.org – find your local resources for each state / area
ruralhealthinfo.org – find information for rural health. (Behavorial health: ruralhealthinfo.org/toolkits/telehealth/2/specific-populations/behavioral-health)
nami.org/Videos/NAMI-Basics-OnDemand – National Alliance on Mental Illness. This link is for Mental Health Basics.
mhanational.org/ – Mental Health America, mental health screenings
hazeldenbettyford.org – substance use and treatment, other addiction treatment
Search for apps
va.gov and lcms.org/armedforces for veterans and military personnel

Resources if you need immediate help:

thehotline.org – National Domestic Violence Hotline – (800) 799−7233 or chat online
crisistextline.org – Crisis Counseling via text message – text HOME to 741741
suicidepreventionlifeline.org – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – (800) 273-8255 or chat online

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.

Missionary Update from Taiwan during COVID-19 Pandemic

Mindy Thews, who serve the Lord in Taiwan at Concordia Middle School in ChiaYi, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about how Concordia Middle School has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic, how the surrounding community around has been affected, and how she is still able to share the Word of God with those around her. Read her story and how to support her work at lcms.org/thews.

Find LCMS resources during the COVID-19 pandemic at lcms.org/coronavirus.

Missionary Update from South Korea during COVID-19 Pandemic

Matt and Dee Dee Wasmund, who serve the Lord in South Korea along with their daughters Lily and Olivia, join Andy and Sarah to talk about how their work has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, how the community around them has been affected, and how they are still able to share the Word of God with those around them. Read their story and how to support their work at lcms.org/wasmund.

Find LCMS resources during the COVID-19 pandemic at lcms.org/coronavirus.