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Luther Lecture 2008
Ordination News
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August 2008

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Founders' Day 2008
Bishop Mark HolmerudSave the Date:  September 24
You are warmly invited to attend Founders' Day 2008.  Mark W. Holmerud, newly elected bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod, will be our featured speaker on the theme: "Beyond Bureaucracies and Ivory Towers: PLTS and the Sierra Pacific Synod at Work in the West."  How can the synod and the seminary work together to provide resources that make a difference to the "front lines" of ministry?  You are invited to join the conversation!  The day includes time for worship, keynote presentation, questions and answer period, panel, small group discussion, and a shared meal. 
Founders' Day begins at 10:00 am and concludes by 3:30pm on Wednesday, September 24, 2008.  There is a $15 donation for registration and lunch.  Please contact us at  or 510-559-2731 to register.  Come celebrate and strategize with us about how we will serve God's mission together in this amazing, diverse, and richly gifted synod of the ELCA!
TEEM Program News
Picture of Thrivent check presentation
Thrivent Grant Received; Dr. Penumaka becomes TEEM director as Dr. Yee retires 
On July 16, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans presented a check for $225,000 to President Anderson to support training for TEEM mentors.  The grant proposal was written by Dr. Edmond Yee and will be managed by Dr. Moses Penumaka, the new TEEM Director.  Among other projects, the grant money will bring TEEM mentors and students, and synod and national church staff together at PLTS for a conference October 14-16, which will be followed by a full slate of TEEM classes until October 18.
The Rev. Dr. Moses Penamuka began his appointment as TEEM program Director and Assistant Professor of Contextual Theology on July 1. 
The Rev. Dr. Edmond Yee retired on June 30 after serving PLTS faithfully since 1979.  He was Professor of Asian Studies and Director of the TEEM program since its inception.

For more details view the official press release.
Luther Lecture 2008 
Strohl pictureDr. Jane Strohl to be Honored
This year's Luther Lecture, October 29, will feature the Rev. Dr. Jane Strohl.  She will present the lecture entitled, "'For God Leads Down to Hell and Brings Back': Theodicy and the Word of Comfort in Luther's Theology", she will preach at worship, and she will be installed in the First Lutheran, Los Angeles/Southwest California Synod Chair in Reformation Theology and History.
There will be other alum events that week, so watch for more information.  For now, please save the date and join us!
Ordination News
Ralph Supper, MDiv, 2008, was ordained on July 20 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, where he will also be
Shane Freiberg, MDiv, 2008, was ordained on July 26 at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Los Angeles.  He will serve at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Moreno Valley.
Abigail D'Ambruoso, MDiv, 2008, will be ordained August 23 at 10:00 a.m.Trinity Lutheran Church, Oakland, CA and will serve at Faith Lutheran Church, Seattle, WA.  All are invited.
Nathan Krause, MDiv, 2008, will be ordained on August 3 at Lutheran Church of Concord, Rochester, NY, where he will also be serving.
Bruce Hannem, CATS 2006, will be ordained on August 23 in Sacramento and will serve at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa, MN.