Friday, September 26, 2014

Premarital Sex and Abortion

For those who will be attending St. John's parent seminar on October 5th, or for those who are just interested in the topic we will be discussing, I'd like to share with you a little teaser information in anticipation of the event.

Former President A. L. Barry of the LCMS, during his time in office, wrote a series of 27 pamphlets dealing with doctrinal and moral issues in the church. I would like to draw your attention to two of these pamphlets: that on "Living Together Without Marriage", and that on "Abortion". If you follow the link, you can download both.

These pamphlets clearly state the Scriptural and official LCMS position on the issues of premarital sex and abortion, both of which will be covered during the October 5 seminar. Knowing the Scriptural perspective on such issues is the first step in speaking to your adolescent about them. Parents have been given by God the authority and responsibility to train their children in the Holy Scriptures (Deut. 11:19, Eph. 6:4). When an adolescent comes across an issue of sexual ethics such as premarital sex or abortion, the parents have a responsibility to teach him or her what the Scriptures say about such an issue.

That's all I can say at this point without giving away the entirety of the presentation, so I hope to see you on October 5 at 12:30!

God's blessings,


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sexuality Seminar

For anyone in or near the Waushara or Green Lake Counties in Wisconsin, my church is offering a special presentation for parents and educators of adolescents. The event is free and will open with a potluck. Registration is open to the public.

Talking to Your Teen about Sex

Have you ever struggled to talk to your teen about premarital sex, abortion, or birth control? Would you like to learn how to better guide that conversation?

Join us for open discussion and presentation on the topic. A potluck for registrants and their families will begin at 12:30, followed by presentation and discussion at 1. Childcare will be provided during the presentation.

Dakotah Gumm, Intern Director of Family Life Ministries, will lead the presentation, with a Bible study on the topic led by Pastor Bryan Lundquist.

To register, call Dakotah Gumm at 254-768-3065 or stop by the church office. Registration forms may also be found 

October 5, 2014 12:30-2:30
St. John Lutheran Church
168 Mound St., Berlin, WI

Friday, September 12, 2014

Participation in Worship: for your family member with special needs

Hey, everyone! Just wanted to share a resource I recently created for my internship church, St. John Lutheran in Berlin, WI. This is a guide to participation in worship for families with special needs members. Feel free to edit it for use as needed!

God's blessings,

Dakotah Gumm

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.”
Matthew 18:5
Before worship
Take advantage of the Divine Service supports (available upon request. To see these, ask an usher before the service)
·         Guide to writing sermon notes
·         Sermon listening guide (sermon notes)
·         What Do I See in Church? A guide to parts of the sanctuary
·         Simplified order of service (with pictures)
·         Large print LSB/hymnal
Talk about church through the week to prepare.
Make church attendance part of your regular schedule. This will help to minimize upset at schedule changes.
Discuss appropriate behavior during the service (being quiet, paying attention, etc.).
Practice the creeds and Lord’s Prayer so your family member is familiar with it.
During worship
Encourage your family member to take sermon notes.
Encourage your family member to sing along with all the hymns and parts of the service they know.
Ask your family member to make mark on their bulletin every time they hear a word such as
·         Jesus
·         Sin
·         Forgiveness
·         Grace
After worship
Talk about what you learned during the service.
Affirm your family member for their positive behavior.

Pray and do daily devotions together during the week.