In this issue from LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission (RSTM), ways for congregations to make their church buildings and the surrounding property welcoming to everyone are provided and discussed. Information on the upcoming National RSTM Conference in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 5-7, 2015, is also shared.
In addition, general information about the ongoing Engaging Your Community (EYC) events and monthly free webinars is communicated.
Visit lcms.org/rstm to learn more about this ministry and the resources it provides. Also, mark your calendars and be praying for the following upcoming events offered through RSTM:
- “Welcoming Buildings” free webinar presented by Bruce Manzey, LCMS Witness & Outreach Ministry field representative for the LCMS Minnesota South District — Thursday, June 18, 2015, from 1 to 2 p.m. Central. Visit lcms.org/rstm if you are interested in participating.
- “Welcoming People” free webinar presented by Mark Einspahr — Thursday, July 23, 2015, from 1 to 2 p.m. Central. Visit lcms.org/rstm if you are interested in participating.
- “Youth and Parent-Partnered Youth Groups” free webinar presented by Angie Kollbaum, youth director, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Concordia, Mo. — Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, from 1 to 2 p.m. Central. Visit lcms.org/rstm if you are interested in participating.
- 2015 National Rural & Small Town Mission Conference in Kansas City, Mo., at the Kansas City Airport Marriott — Thursday, Nov. 5, through Saturday, Nov. 7. Keynote speakers include the Rev. Ken Klaus, speaker emeritus, “The Lutheran Hour”; Chaplain Craig Muehler, director, LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces; the Rev. Dr. Lucas Woodford, senior pastor, Zion Lutheran Church and School, Mayer, Minn.; and the Rev. Todd Kollbaum, director, RSTM. Watch for updates and more information regarding registration at lcms.org/rstm/conference.