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December 2013

This Christmas, remember why you give to Luther Seminary

It's been nearly 10 years since Pat Lehrer, '04, graduated from seminary and began her ministry, and her Luther education still provides a strong foundation for her work. Now serving as a pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Brenham, Texas, she continues to support Luther and stay connected by serving on the Alumni Council.

"I remember and cherish the years spent as a student at Luther Seminary. The quality of teaching and the passion of the professors equipped me well to serve as a pastor in a congregation. Especially important for my ministry are the courses in biblical studies and the training in missional leadership. Learning to interpret Scripture in light of our changing world goes hand-in-hand with leading congregations in discerning what God is up to in this time and this place. My seminary education would be lacking if one of these two key pieces was missing. 

Luther Seminary is more than the sum of its individual course offerings and professors. The entire Luther community—faculty, staff and students—working together is what makes the seminary a place that does, indeed, 'educate leaders for Christian communities called and sent by the Holy Spirit to witness to salvation through Jesus Christ and to serve in God's world.'

The major financial challenges in the past year mean that donor support is more crucial than ever. My husband and I choose to give to the Luther Seminary Sustaining Fund, trusting that the institution will use our money wisely and where it is most needed. We believe completely in the mission of Luther Seminary now and for generations of missional leaders yet to come. That is why we have also included the seminary in our estate plans." 

Give online and double your gift

By giving a gift to Luther online this Advent season, you will make your gift go even further and have an even greater impact on people who are eager to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. All online gifts to the Sustaining Fund will be matched 1:1 through Dec. 31 by a generous donor who is dedicated to the mission of Luther Seminary and the future of the church.

This holiday, celebrate your connections to Luther Seminary—remember a loved one, commemorate a special occasion, honor your favorite professor or pastor or support student scholarships. Make your gift online today

Many ways to give

As you plan your charitable Christmas giving, there are many ways you can support future church leaders through a gift to Luther Seminary. To learn more about ways to give, we encourage you to visit the Give to Luther Seminary section of our website or contact a member of our staff There you will find information on giving options including:

  • Giving through your will or estate
  • Automated giving
  • Giving assets
  • Matching fund opportunities

For more information, contact the Office of Seminary Relations at 888-358-8437 or

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