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In accord with our usage and order, Mark Gurath, who was called by Messiah Lutheran Church of Eau Claire, Wis. to serve as pastor at its preaching station in the greater LaCrosse area, was ordained and installed on September 27, 1998. Pastor Paul Tiefel preached the sermon. Assisting were Prof. Em. Paul Koch, Prof. Clifford Kuehne, Prof. Em. John Lau, Rev. Em. Robert Mackensen, Pastor Arthur Schulz, and Jonathan Schaller.

–Pastor Mark Gullerud

In accord with our usage and order, James Albrecht, who was called by St. John’s Ev. Lutheran congregation of Okabena, Minn. to be its pastor, was installed on November 15, 1998.

–Prof. Em. Roland Gurgel

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers for the new CLC Sunday School Series are still needed for the following:

Intermediate Wording Editor (between Oct. 15, 1999 and Feb. 1, 2000)

Artwork Designers (between Oct. 15, 1999 and Feb. 1, 2000)

Format Editors–one each in WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, and Macintosh Claris Works (between Mar. 1 and Apr. 30, 2000)

Please express your willingness to help with this project by December 31 to Dr. Gayle Stelter, 306 Floral Avenue, Mankato, MN 56001

A New Recording of Sacred Choral Music

A recording of the 1997 and 1998 Tour Choirs of Immanuel Lutheran College is now available. “Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice” features sixteen hymns and anthems, including: Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light; What Child is This? Come to Calvary’s Holy Mountain; Oh, Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken; That Easter Day; Create in Me; How Firm a Foundation; The Lord is My Light and My Salvation.

The cost of the CD is $10 (plus $1 per item for shipping costs on mail orders). Please send orders to: Tour Choir CD, ILC Bookstore, 501 Grover Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701.

* THE MESSAGE (Pastor D. Maas submitted this poem written by Victor Tiefel, December 1930)

Once shepherds 'neath the heaven clear
Slept while their flocks were grazing near,
And unto them came on this night 
The harbingers of cheer and light.

Then rose their sweet, seraphic choir
And the whole sky was bathed in fire.
Surprised, the shepherds stood in awe
At what they now both heard and saw:

"A Child is born to you this day,"
They sang, "to save the sons of clay,
A Savior which is Christ the Lord,
Alike by heaven and earth adored."

"O haste ye straight to Bethl'em town.
There lieth meek, without a crown,
In lowly manger Christ the King
Of whom the Father's angels sing."

To Bethl'em swift the shepherds trod.
Lo! there they found the new-born God.
They knelt and prayed and glorified
And spread the sweet tale far and wide.