May 15, 2018

Newsletter


Reaching out to Latinos in the United States: Sentido Latino
Just launched this April, Sentido Latino, a bi-weekly podcast from LHM, is helping Latinos navigate social and cultural aspects of life here in the United States. Hosted by Rev. Luciano Vega-Ayala and Deaconess Noemi Guerra, this 15-20-minute podcast will entertain and inform listeners, even as it promotes family values and the spiritual life of Latinos in the U.S. The program's title, Sentido Latino, means "Latin sense," is further explained in its tagline, "Donde tu vida tiene sentido," which in English means, "Where Your Life Makes Sense."

Addressing issues from a Latino-Christian worldview, the program will help listeners tap into the rich heritage of wisdom the Latino culture has at its fingertips-principles that will help guide these individuals through the tough moral and relational challenges they face in the U.S. Show notes for each podcast add content value by introducing the topic; bullet-pointing the program; offering website links and other resources; and providing quotes or images that can be shared via Facebook and other social media.

You can check out Sentido Latino's first two podcasts for April 26 and May 10 by clicking here!

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A Celebration Worth Getting Excited About
Lutheran Hour Ministries is at it again!

This time it's the elegant Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where on August 3-5 hundreds of people will gather together to thank and praise God for a century's worth of blessings to LHM. Ministry leaders and professional church workers, along with foreign ministry center staff members from LHM, will share insights and strategies into how laity can get involved in carrying the Great Commission forward. Attendees will see firsthand the depth and variety of resources LHM has available -- many of which are FREE of charge.

After Friday's fellowship, food, and fun, Saturday will be packed full of gifted speakers sharing their insights on numerous topics related to laity engagement and Gospel outreach. This will be a weekend of thanksgiving and worship, too, as inspirational messages, music, and fellowship combine to make this a truly remarkable event. For more information or if you have questions, please contact Melissa Bohlmann at (314) 317-4178; you can email her at melissa.bohlmann@lhm.org.

You can register by clicking here.

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The More the Merrier: WORK DAY Pics and Stories
We're so pleased with this year's turnout of more than 600 participants (both guys and gals) in the 2018 Men's NetWork WORK DAY on Saturday, April 28. A great many lives were made significantly better through the efforts and kindnesses shown by this year's nationwide band of dedicated project warriors.

And with that being said, we're still interested in hearing from those groups, whether large or small, that gave of their time and energy to make this day both meaningful and rewarding for everyone involved.

To tell us what you did, send a brief job description of your work along with a few photos to us at the mensnetwork@lhm.org. We like to run these brief narratives to let others know what their brothers and sisters around the United States were up to.

Thanks again to all who participated! Your work was much appreciated.

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Do a Little Digging: LHM Has Resources Aplenty
The May-June issue of The Lutheran Layman reminds readers that LHM has a treasure trove of solid biblical tools and ministry-empowering resources that are available to foster outreach, for personal edification, and to serve communities of faith.

In "Digging up the Bigger Picture," readers will see how research has long informed LHM's resource development over the years and how its current partnership with the Barna Group will continue to help LHM produce solid biblically based programs and materials going forward.

In other news, you'll find a brief tribute to Rev. Billy Graham who enjoyed a longtime relationship with Dr. Oswald Hoffman, former Speaker of The Lutheran Hour. Graham died on February 21. Be sure to check out the program details of LHM's upcoming celebration event, SENT, to be held August 3-5 in Milwaukee. A listing of events and the bios of guests from five of LHM's international ministry centers who will be attending and sharing their work is included as well. Read, too, about THRED and what its accomplished in the first year of operation. Always of interest is LHM's Online Mission Trip. This year it featured Cambodia in January. This online learning experience is a great way for students to explore another culture and come away with a better understanding of their classmates around the world. Stories on LHM's mission work in Paraguay, India, and the Middle East and North Africa highlight excellent work being done in those countries and regions, too. A new LHM Learn course, Redeeming Creation, is now available FREE online. Also, as shown in the top section of this newsletter is Sentido Latino, a new Spanish-language podcast launched on April 26. Read how this new offering is designed to interface with Latinos in the U.S., giving them words of hope and encouragement as they live and thrive in this country.

Also included are comments from Rev. Ken Klaus, interim Speaker for The Lutheran Hour; Phil Johnson, chairman of the Int'l LLL Board of Directors; and Kurt Buchholz, president and CEO of LHM.

To check out the current issue online, go to LHM's homepage when you click here; then drop down to the bottom right of the page and you'll find it.

To receive The Lutheran Layman by mail six times a year, simply send your request and $5 to our offices at 660 Mason Ridge Center Dr., St. Louis, MO 63141.

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Keep Those Pictures Coming In!
May will close out our current twofer Bible study offer.

So, now's the time to hit the road and get your picture taken wearing a Men's NetWork cap or shirt. Oh yeah, and be sure to be standing (or sitting) in front of some cool landmark. Do that and we'll send you a two-pack ($35 value!) of LHM's Bible studies (your choice) for you to share with your men's group.

These original Bible studies feature high-quality video, expert interviews, a complete discussion guide with self-reflecting questions, Digging Deeper links for additional online info, and more. We have Bible studies on facing disasters, the book of Revelation, the Mormon Church, how we got the Bible, a Martin Luther trilogy, and several other topics.

Qualifying pictures for our WEAR in the World feature get posted to our website and will likely appear in our bi-monthly e-newsletter.

Here's how to get your Bible study two-pack:

1. The photo must show you wearing a recognizable Men's NetWork item -- hat or shirt.

2. The picture must be of an identifiable and commonly accepted landmark location! We define this as the majority of the judges can view the picture and immediately recognize where the photo was taken. If the judges have to go to the internet to find the location, it's probably not easily recognizable. NOTE: standing by a sign naming the location in the picture may not make it commonly recognizable either, unless, of course, the Taj Mahal is glowing in the background.

3. To get your two Bible studies, you must include your full mailing information.

4. The decision of our esteemed and impartial panel of judges is final.

Click here for more information and the submission process. You'll see the box at the top right of the page.

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The Sensible Art of Ambulation
I don't know if it's age or routine or what, but I don't get outside to walk quite often enough these days. I remember periods in my life when going for a walk just to go for a walk was an anticipated and almost daily occurrence. The chance to brush off the cobwebs in the open air was a welcome respite from the stale oxygen of closed spaces. And there was always a feeling of rejuvenation at the end of my trek, with a renewed focus on whatever the day held next.

I might add too that the particular peregrination of which I speak is unaccompanied. Absent are cell phone, headphones and a playlist of jams, and/or any other device that distracts or preoccupies my thoughts.

Rest assured, you can do without them for a while.

Evidently, not a few creative types have found walking a healthy pursuit, with a dedicated allegiance coming from those who write for a living. Authors from Dickens and Thoreau to Orwell and Nabokov were fond of practicing the simple art of ambulation in their quest to vent their minds and inspire their creativity.

"There is something about the pace of walking and the pace of thinking that goes together," said Geoff Nicholson, author of The Lost Art of Walking, in a BBC interview. "Walking requires a certain amount of attention, but it leaves great parts of the time open to thinking. I do believe once you get the blood flowing through the brain it does start working more creatively. Your senses are sharpened. As a writer, I also use it as a form of problem solving. I'm far more likely to find a solution by going for a walk than sitting at my desk and thinking."

So, do you ever feel like your brain's not firing on all cylinders? Is your thinking sometimes dull and uninspired?

If so, put on your favorite pair of kicks and see where you end up. You may find the fresh air and open spaces therapeutic in ways you never imagined. (And remember, leave the gadgets at home.)

Do you have any favorite treks you make to clear your head and sort out your thinking? You can share your thoughts here: click here!

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  • NE, Omaha: Peak Challenge 2018 - Climb to Glory
    July 26, 2018 - July 30, 2018
    Host Church: King of Kings Lutheran

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