In a greater effort to encourage the congregation to be involved with our Board of Missions and Social Ministry, we are introducing the concept of “Mission of the Month” to the congregation. The way this will work, is that the default on the envelope for “Missions” will go to the Mission of the Month.
There are 12 months and so there will be 12 “Missions” of the Month. Some, however, may repeat like Mission Central and Gary Thies and our support of missionaries in the LCMS. What this does is allow you, as an individual member, to know exactly where your mission dollars are going every month and allows you to participate in a general way every month; or you can pick and choose months based on the ministries presented that are important to you. During October, which is National Pastor Appreciation Month, the Board of Missions and Social Ministry is sending $6,000 to Mission Central to sponsor the mission work of Pastor Walter Steele who will be serving in Kenya; Pastor Becker teaching at the LCMS Seminary in Ethiopia; and Pastor Steven Oliver, a friend of Pastor Drebes, teaching at the Chinese Lutheran Seminary in Taiwan. Additional Mission dollars, collected this month, will be sent to Concordia Seminary, St Louis for scholarships for the education of future pastors.
Pastor Drebes and Marilyn Wegehaupt, Board of Missions and Social Ministry
Pastor Drebes attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, beginning in 1997. He spent the summer of 1999 teaching English to Chinese middle school teachers in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. He served a four-month vicarage at St. John Lutheran Church, Plymouth, Wisconsin, followed by eight months at Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas. Pastor Drebes was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry at Zion Lutheran Church, Palmyra, Missouri on August 19, 2001, and installed as Associate Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas on September 9, 2001. He served Bethany for 14 years. Pastor Drebes accepted a Divine Call to be Senior Pastor at Pacific Hills Lutheran Church in November, 2015.