Bishop Michael Rinehart

St. Paul Baytown

St. Paul celebrated their 80th anniversary yesterday, June 4, 2023. It was a pleasure to celebrate with Pastor Nancy Simpson, who has served there for 11 years. Keith Weber provided music. St. Paul was launched in the early 40’s when... Continue Reading →

Fire at Faith Lutheran Church in Dickinson, Texas

Early Friday morning, June 2, 2023, my phone lit up with messages from fellow pastors David Hansen and Richard Rhoades, informing me that there was a fire at Faith Lutheran Church in Dickinson. The administrative wing was pretty much destroyed,... Continue Reading →

The Ordination of Aimee Elles

Five years ago, Aimee Elles came on synod staff in an administrative capacity. She had done similar work at Shared Lutheran Ministries of Fayette County, and prior to that youth ministry at St. Paul and LaGrange. Amend other things. At... Continue Reading →

2023 Lutherhill Open Camp Day and Memorial Garden Dedication

Every year, Lutherhill begins the summer season with an open camp day that includes worship at 11 o’clock, burgers on the grill at noon, then free activities for kids and adults all afternoon. This year, June 3, 2023, the day... Continue Reading →

The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church Ordination Service 2023

Lutherans used to ordain at Synod Assembly. Methodists still do. This year the Texas Annual Conference met at the Hilton of the Americas, in Houston, just off La Avenida de las Americas. Walking in, it felt like a synod assembly,... Continue Reading →

Crosier under construction

Russell Halvorsen is a woodworker. He also happens to be the spouse of Pastor Beth Marie Halvorsen. A few years ago I approached him about making a Synod Crozier. He immediately said yes and begin looking for some good local... Continue Reading →

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