6 May 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Deaconess Addie Wilkins

Addie Wilkins was born in 1933 in Gleason, TN, one of 10 children. She attended the Weakley County Training School, then Harris Stowe College. She took theology courses at Eden Seminary, St. Louis University, and was consecrated as a...
2 May 2019 0 Comment

DeacPost “South Heaven”

“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”  --John 23:43 It’s called South Heaven. It was aptly named forty-some years ago by the original owner. There in Florida, we had spent a week of wholeness, grace, and...
29 Apr 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – The Lutheran Deaconess Conference

The Deaconess Conference (as it was originally called) was organized in 1934 at a meeting held at the Bethesda Home, Watertown, Wisconsin. A preliminary meeting had been held at the Ft. Wayne Deaconess Home in 1933. At that meeting were...
25 Apr 2019 0 Comment

DeacPost “The Cross IS a Big Deal” Deaconess Dotty Parfrey

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:8 "So what’s the big deal with the cross?" he retorted. I had just explained the place...
22 Apr 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Rev. O.P. Kretzmann

Otto Paul Kretzmann was born in Stamford, Connecticut in 1901 and grew up in New York City in a Lutheran family. His father, grandfather, and five brothers were all Lutheran pastors. He was called 'John' by family and close friends, but...
18 Apr 2019 0 Comment

DeacPost “Made Clean – Yes. Exactly.” Deaconess Diane Marten

"He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him…” John 13:5 A whole lot of washing is going on at Laundry and More, a free laundry for poorer neighbors....
15 Apr 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – A New Home

Speakers at the groundbreaking service. Dr. O.P. Kretzmann is second from the left. Spectators at the groundbreaking for Deaconess Hall On May 13, 1956, groundbreaking was held for a new Deaconess chapter house on the grounds of...
11 Apr 2019 0 Comment

DeacPost “Strength in Community” Deaconess Phyllis Pleuss

They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” John 12:13 It was a cold, damp Palm Sunday as the congregation...
8 Apr 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Deaconess Hertha Fischer

Hertha Fischer was born in 1930 in New York City. At age seven, she tagged along as an older sibling attended confirmation class at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Tremont in the Bronx. Her family attended church only for the occasions of...
4 Apr 2019 0 Comment

DeacPost – Knit Together in the Womb

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14 My husband and I spent a little time...