28 Jan 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service Deaconess Louise Rathke

Louise Rathke was a member of the first deaconess training class at Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and graduated in 1925. Louise served about six months at the Apache Indian Mission in Arizona and was then sent to India in 1926 as the first...
21 Jan 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Deaconess Martha Eber

Deaconess Martha Eber was consecrated as a deaconess in 1924, following her graduation from the Lutheran Hospital Nurses Training School in Ft. Wayne, IN. She was the first LDA deaconess to serve in a parish. From 1924 to 1940 she...
17 Jan 2019 0 Comment

DeacPost “In the Bleak Midwinter”

“In the bleak mid-winter Frosty wind made moan; Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow….” --Christina Rosetti  The seasons change. The sunlit warmth of green trees gives...
14 Jan 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Let’s Start at the Beginning…

In 1911, the Associated Lutheran Churches met in convention in Ft. Wayne, IN. At that convention, Pastor F.W. Herzberger presented a paper on the female diaconate. This paper included eight theses and an exposition on the name "deaconess"...
10 Jan 2019 0 Comment

DeacPost “A Loving Community”

A Loving Community “Jesus said:  ‘Love one another as I have loved you’” John 15:12 Her dementia deepening, Deaconess, Maralyn Marske-Walker still unforgettably remembers the "WELCOME SISTER!" she received from a group of...
7 Jan 2019 0 Comment

100 Years of Service – Deaconess Ina Kempff Meyer

In August 1919, The Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital in Indiana agreed to admit deaconess students into the training school for nurses. The arrangement was that the deaconess students received the regular courses in theoretical and practical...
3 Jan 2019 0 Comment

DeacPost “Living Hope”

Living Hope "Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you." Isaiah 60:1 A new year… A new month… Renewed hope… January is a hope-filled month. With renewed hope, we trust...
27 Dec 2018 0 Comment

DeacPost – Enduring Word

“The Word became flesh, and lived among us…”  John 1:14 A "senior moment" we say, with a smile. At a certain age, we all have them -- usually as we lose a train of thought, a word we wanted. But for many, those moments become...
20 Dec 2018 0 Comment

DeacPost – “The Guest” Deaconess Diane Marten

"Zaccheus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today."  Luke 19:5b Is anyone staying at your house next week? The holidays can bring a bit of chaos into our lives. Marva's 5-bedroom house has room for kids, grandkids...
13 Dec 2018 0 Comment

DeacPost – Snow in the Bible?

What was outside our window was claiming the classes' attention: the lovely snow. So, I asked, "Where does the Bible mention snow? Let's try to discover some 'snow scripture'." And we did! Psalm 51:7 - David’s prayer: "Remove my...