15 Aug 2019 0 Comment

DeacPost “God’s Face in Yours”

“…for truly to see your face is like seeing the face of God – since you have received me with such favor.”  Genesis 33: 10 Meeting between Esau and JacobGiovanni Maria Bottala 1636 Jacob’s declaration is incredible! As a...
12 Aug 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Deaconess Shirley Groh Dorow

Shirley Groh was born in Mason City, Iowa. She heard about Deaconess work through students on the Valparaiso campus during her freshman year. She was impressed with the deaconess students and eventually felt called to enter the program. ...
8 Aug 2019 0 Comment

DeacPost “Open to God’s Call”

Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” 1 Samuel 3:4 During a conversation with my dad about his service in World War II, he shared that young men and women got on trains to go to basic training with no...
5 Aug 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Deaconess Jean Wildegrube

The following was written by Deaconess Jean Wildegrube. "Becoming a Deaconess" I was baptized at True Light Lutheran Church in Chinatown, NY when I was 10 years old.  Miss Mary E. Banta was our parish worker whom I admired...
2 Aug 2019 0 Comment

DeacPost “Torrential Rain”

"Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand."  Isaiah 41:10 (NRSV) It was as though waves were crashing over my...
30 Jul 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Deaconess Elaine Plackner

Elaine Albers Plackner was born in 1941 in Columbus, Georgia, daughter of Lutheran Pastor Edgar and Gertrude Albers.  In 1959, at the urging of her father, she enrolled at Valparaiso University in the deaconess program.  She graduated...
25 Jul 2019 0 Comment

DeacPost “Ora et Labora”

Mary and Martha by Jan Vermeer, 1655 (This post appears in Best of DeacPost, published by the LDA 2007) " said to him, 'Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world'" John 11:27   "She...
23 Jul 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – The LDA & Valparaiso University: Celebrating Partnership

Through the years, there have been many questions regarding the relationship between the LDA and Valparaiso University (VU). This week’s article contains excerpts from a 1980 statement written to address some of those questions. 2018...
18 Jul 2019 0 Comment

DeacPost “Tying Shoelaces”

(This post appears in Best of DeacPost, published by the LDA 2007) If I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. John 13:14  We have a little boy in our preschool class who wears...
16 Jul 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Deaconess Margaret Heine Towe

Margaret Heine was born in 1939, the oldest of ten children, in Pasadena, California and grew up on the plains of Kansas and Colorado.  She attended St. John’s College in Winfield, Kansas for two years before coming to Valparaiso...