I mistakenly  said that the announcement about Pilger came from associate executive director of LCMS Mercy Operations John Fale and I was wrong.  It came from Russ Sommerfeld the President of the Nebraska District and a classmate of mine from the old days.  John Fale was a member of the Nebraska District as well.  Here is the latest from the Synod website.


LCMS Director of Disaster Response Rev. Ross Johnson and LCMS Manager of Disaster Response Rev. Michael Meyer will meet with LCMS Nebraska District President Rev. Dr. Russell Sommerfeld, Armon, Makelin, area pastors and representatives of the LCMS Recognized Service Organization Orphan Grain Train. The group will help coordinate how best the Synod can partner with the district and area congregations in responding with Christ’s mercy in the short- and long-term. Accompanying Johnson and Meyer will be Al Dowbnia, director of Digital Media Production for LCMS Communications.

Two tornadoes approach Pilger, Neb., on June 16, 2014. The National Weather Service said at least two twisters touched down within roughly a mile of each other. (AP Photo/Eric Anderson)

Armon asked for prayers for St. John and for Makelin as “he tries to shepherd his people through this time.”

The Rev. John Fale, associate executive director of LCMS Mercy Operations, said the Synod will focus on caring for the pastor and the needs of the congregation, and then help the district and congregation respond to the community.

“Our hearts really go out to the members of St. John’s and the pastor,” Fale said. “The church is gone but the congregation is not. This is an opportunity for us as a church body to care for each other, but it is also a chance to care for our neighbors and their neighbors within those communities.”

To learn about LCMS Disaster Response, visit lcms.org/disaster.

To make a gift to support the Synod’s relief and recovery efforts:

  • Mail checks payable to “The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod” (with a memo line or note designating “LCMS Disaster Relief”) to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, P.O. Box 66861, St. Louis, MO 63166-6861.