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The message at Opening Worship will be offered by Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus (below left). Klaus is Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour. Previous to his appointment as Lutheran Hour Speaker, Pastor Klaus served congregations in Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, and South Dakota. For his work among the Lakota Indians of South Dakota, he was given a Sioux name by the granddaughter of Chief Red Cloud. A prolific writer, Pastor Klaus has written thousands of Daily Devotions, numerous booklets as well as prayer books for use by those who are in the military. Currently he is hosting his new website, The Savior’s Story. He and his wife, Pamela, have three adult children.
Rev. Dr. Gerald B. (Jerry) Kieschnick (below center) will preach at Saturday worship. Kieschnick served from 2001-2010 as President of the 2 million member Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Prior to becoming LCMS President, Kieschnick had been President of the Synod’s Texas District for 10 years. He was Presidential Ambassador for Mission Advancement at Concordia University Texas (2011-2015). In 2016 he returned to Legacy Deo (formerly Lutheran Foundation of Texas) and was named CEO in 2017. Kieschnick holds degrees from Texas A&M University (animal science); Concordia Theological Seminary (Bachelor and Master of Divinity); and Concordia University Texas (Doctor of Laws). He and Terry, his wife of 52 years, have two grown children, one son-in-law, and two grandchildren, all of whom live in Texas.
Music for the first two services will be led by Kitty Barnard, Minister of Worship Arts and the coordinator of worship at Faith Lutheran Church in Flower Mound, Texas. Her primary responsibilities include: supporting and ministering with other staff members; equipping, encouraging, and empowering worship ministry leaders; coordinating worship services; directing various worship teams; and serving as the church’s principal musician.
The Sending Service on Sunday will feature special music with a choir and accompaniment made up of attendee vocalists and musicians. Rev. Jennifer Thomas (below right) will give the closing message. Jennifer joined the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) Advancement Office as a Gift Officer and Alumni Relations Director in 2014. She leads the seminary’s alumni strategy and works with donors at all gift levels. Pastor Thomas brings fifteen years of experience leading congregations in the Midwest. She is active in local and statewide, faith-based community organizing and advocacy. Thomas has also served as a dean in both the Central States Synod and the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the ELCA. She is based in Shawnee, Kansas, where she lives with her husband, Vance, and their two children.
Choir Practice Schedule:
Friday, Feb. 1 - 1:00-1:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 3 - 8:30-9:15 a.m.