After serving in a variety of capacities as a missionary in Mexico from 1984 to 1995, the Rev. Dr. David Brondos has been teaching theology and biblical studies since 1996 at the Theological Community of Mexico, an ecumenical consortium of Protestant seminaries in Mexico City that includes Augsburg Lutheran Seminary. The students include women and men from many different Christian traditions and socio-economic backgrounds. Most are not only preparing for pastoral ministry but are already heavily engaged and experienced in ministry in various ways. That experience enables them to remain grounded in social reality and the practical concerns of ministry as they explore how to communicate the gospel and interpret Scripture in ways that can touch and transform lives and communities.
David has also served as Coordinator of the Lutheran Seminary’s online course program since it began in 2011. Designed for Lutherans and non-Lutherans alike, this program reaches students from many different contexts throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, the U.S., and Spain.
David especially enjoys the opportunity to teach a wide variety of subjects rather than being restricted to a particular area or discipline. Thus, for example, in addition to teaching courses in both the Old and New Testaments, systematic theology, and Lutheran history and thought, he has also taught practical courses in areas such as liturgy, worship, homiletics (preaching), and mission and ministry. Alicia is a retired primary school teacher. Since her retirement she has also taken classes at the Theological Community and offered courses in English to the students there.
Our annual Global Mission commitment to the ministry of David is $1500. Any contributions exceeding $1500 during June will be designated to the ELCA COVID-19 Response Fund.
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On Refugee Sunday, Linda Hartke, President and CEO of LIRS will preach at both morning services. All are invited to join Linda after the 10:50 a.m. worship for lunch and conversation in the parish hall. A sandwich lunch will be provided for $5.00, along with iced tea and lemonade, for those who mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, June 19.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and Justice (LIRS)
Who is Linda Hartke
Our Mission offering for the month of June is LIRS
In 1939, Lutherans all across the United States banded together to reach out to assist Lutheran refugees fleeing Nazi Germany. Creating Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) to organize their efforts, they welcomed these new Americans and walked with them as they began their new lives in the United States.
Seventy six years later, LIRS has directly resettled over 500,000 migrants and refugees in the U.S., extending the love and hospitality of this great nation.
The ELCA World Hunger appeal continues as the Mission Offering through December 31. Our mission offering for SEARCH begins January 1.
SEARCH will be the recipient for all of January’s Mission Offerings. SEARCH is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless men, women and children get off the streets and into jobs and affordable housing. SEARCH serves more than 10,000 homeless individuals annually throughout the greater Houston metropolitan are by providing them with the tools to work and achieve self sufficiency. SEARCH’s core focus is employment, education and job training.
SEARCH seeks to eliminate homelessness by enabling its clients to achieve self-sufficiency. To reach this goal, SEARCH principally provides employment counseling, job training, and adult continuing education programs. SEARCH also offers necessary support services, such as a full-scale medical clinic, community-based housing, mental-health treatment, and a day shelter with showers, meals, and laundry facilities. Finally, SEARCH operates the House of Tiny Treasures (HTT), Houston’s first accredited childcare center dedicated exclusively to homeless children. HTT provides exemplary early childhood education for children ages six weeks to six years whose parents are clients of SEARCH.
For more information about SEARCH, contact Steven Bryant (Christ the King Church’s representative to SEARCH) at 713-226-1489. You may also visit SEARCH’s headquarters at 2505 Fannin, Houston, TX, during regular business hours.
The mission offering is collected at the church doors at the end of worship.