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October 2012

Giving Thanks honors legacy of giving, From Generation to Generation

On Sunday, Sept. 23, nearly 300 Partners and Heritage Society members gathered at Luther Seminary to celebrate the ongoing support of the seminary's mission to educate a future generation of bold and faithful church leaders. The event, Giving Thanks: A Community of Saints, emphasized the difference these gifts have made in the education of the church's future leaders. This year's theme was From Generation to Generation.

Faculty- and student-led panels were open to all participants, and were greatly appreciated by those who attended. Participants had the opportunity to hear directly from professors and students how important donors are to them, and how their gifts are used to support the development of new programming.

In his remarks to the assembly, President Richard Bliese offered sincere thanks to all who provide a solid financial foundation, saying, "I want to thank you for your vision, your energy, your leadership and your generosity to the Sustaining Fund and scholarship support. And again, for what purpose? To pass on the love of Jesus—the old, old story—from generation to generation." A special thanks was extended to six new households, honored with Nativity statues, who became the newest members of the Heritage Society.

You can enjoy photos and watch a video of the program at The video features a beautiful performance by Bells of the Lakes bell choir, a dynamic presentation of Professors Rolf Jacobson and Craig Koester's Narrative Lectionary, an update on what's new at the seminary from President Bliese and a pre-recorded video of students giving their thanks for donor support.

You can truly make a significant difference in the life of the church by investing in future leaders who will share the glory of Christ's salvation with the world. To make a contribution to support future church leaders, visit

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