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LCMS President Issues Statement in Response to
U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care Reform Legislation 

 ST. LOUIS, June 28, 2012—In response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling today to largely let stand the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, issued the following statement:

“In light of today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), we remain opposed to the controversial birth control mandate, which is one of the requirements included in the law.

“The Court’s decision today guarantees that we will continue to bring awareness to the threat to religious liberty represented by the birth control mandate, which requires virtually all health plans, including those of religious organizations, to cover birth control drugs and products that could cause the death of the unborn. We are opposed to the birth control mandate because it runs counter to the biblical truth of the sanctity of human life and creates a conflict of conscience for religious employers and insurers, who face steep penalties for non-compliance based upon their religious convictions.

“We will continue to stand with those who have filed suit in the many religious freedom cases pending against the birth control mandate.  Through education and civic advocacy, we will continue to educate the public about the vital necessity of protecting our First Amendment right to act according to the tenets of our faith.  We remain steadfast in our opposition to the birth control mandate and will continue working to ensure our right to refrain from paying for products and services that conflict with our doctrine about the sanctity of all human life.

“And, regardless of the Court’s decision on the health care reform law, we in the LCMS will continue to uphold the sanctity of all human life while we care for the sick and work to restore the health and well-being of people in our communities and around the world.”

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Vicki Biggs
Director, Integrated Communications
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
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From the Pastor, March 2012

Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer and Our Redeemer Preschool are partnering with the Lutheran Malaria Initiative to pray, learn, and to raise money to end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015.

I had read about malaria in history books but it didn’t become real to me until this past October at our pastors’ conference.  What shocked me most was the statistic that every 45 seconds a child dies from malaria, a disease that is both preventable and treatable.  When I learned that our church body, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, had partnered with Lutheran World Relief with the support of the United Nations Foundation to work to teach people to recognize the symptoms of malaria, promote prevention, and to provide treatment, I knew that we as a church and school family needed to be involved.

Each student in our Sunday School and Preschool received a “helping kit.”  Included is a bookmark and a pencil and also an empty prescription bottle.  Between now and Easter (April 8, 2012) the children are asked to collect 40 quarters in their bottle.  This $10 can provide one family with a treated bed net and education on its use.  (A sample bed net is on display in the hallway.)  While this is primarily a project for our children, I think it is of great importance that we all as a congregation participate in some way—prayer or financial.  There is a donation canister at the hallway display.  Or you can take your own prescription bottle and fill it.  Please, put your name on the bottle so we can provide you with a receipt.  If you would like a receipt for any other donations, please, let me know.  You can also donate online at or by check payable to “LCMS Lutheran Malaria Initiative” with “LMI” in the memo line.

Checks can be sent to:            Lutheran Malaria Initiative

c/o The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

1333 South Kirkwood Rd.

St. Louis, MO  63122.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  I thank you in advance for helping the children of Africa by giving from your blessings to save their lives!

Pastor Coons

From the Pastor, February 2012

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.         Colossians 4:2 

Dears Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I guess we are all familiar with Lutherans and change.  Lutherans, it has been said, don’t adapt to change very well.  But sometimes change is necessary because it enables us to do things that we could have been doing before.


During the Prayer of the Church there has always been a petition where we present special intercessions for those who are sick, hospitalized, or simply have need for our prayers.  There is a pause where the congregation can offer their prayers out loud or in silent prayer in their hearts.  We are going to keep that very wonderful tradition just the way it is.

So what is the change?  We’re going to add weekly another petition where the congregation can offer their prayers of thanksgiving silently or out loud.  You may have noticed that I’ve already started incorporating this into our weekly prayers.  It is a good time to give the Lord thanks for answered prayers or simply for the blessings of life.

I encourage you to use these times of special prayer—for requests and for thanksgivings.  It is what our Lord wants us to do as His praying Church.  So we do so joyfully!

Pastor Coons