Dear Friends and Fellow Graduates….
Sometimes a story touches my heart. I had occasion late last month to stop in for a visit with Tom Baden (’56) and wife Betty in San Angelo, TX. The Badens and I first met when I sat down with them at Prof. Richard Dinda’s memorial lunch in March. Their name was the first thing that struck me – a very unique name that I remembered from my time in Milwaukee. As it happened, their nephew is the weatherman for WISN channel 12 in that city and they are related to a friend who got me started in admissions years ago at Concordia University Wisconsin.
I was impressed by their easy smiles and quiet demeanor. I like stories and Tom had many to share. I resolved that the next time I was in west Texas I would look them up. And so it was that we shared a meal at a local establishment and I started asking some questions. Tom and Betty are true servants of the Lord. Trained as a teacher, Tom was ordained a number of years ago when it was determined that there was a shortage of pastors in west Texas and a real need arose to share God’s word and lead His people. For the past 20+years, Tom’s been and over the road pastor, with Betty at his side. They leave the house before 8 each Sunday morning and don’t return home until after 9 p.m., serving congregations in such places as Eden, Eola, Ballinger, and Sonora. When I asked Tom how many members there are at each place, he said there were around 35-40 people total. Past the point that many of us will retire, Tom and Betty continue on with joy and zeal. Thank you both.
Speaking of great preachers in West Texas towns, we were privileged to worship and spend time with the great folks of Alive in Christ Lutheran Church in Big Spring as well. Pastor Carroll Kohl (’53) led the flock that day and then broke bread with us (I travel with J Brown, Church Relations) at the old Settles Hotel in downtown Big Spring. Pastor Kohl and Dr. Alan Abel (’64) typically share the preaching duties at AIC – very good to see them both during this trip.
A couple of “cheap plugs”….. Concordia Alumni Relations is working with Collette Tours to advertise, promote, and help sponsor a big Lutherland tour in October of 2018. Walk in the steps of the great reformer through the streets and castles of Worms, Eisleben, Wittenberg, Dresden, Leipzig, and others. You’ll experience ten historical, unforgettable days in the beginning of October for a very reasonable, all-inclusive price. To learn more contact Lauren Moore at 512/313-4104 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, please mark your calendars for Concordia Crossing 2018, the annual big gig here on campus where we celebrate our heritage, history, alumni, current and future students. We’ll gather the weekend of Texas Independence Day (March 2-3) and do a couple of “themed” events – we’ll honor the classes of 2008, 1993, and 1968 as they mark some milestones. We’re also going to celebrate the decade of the 1980s (Celebr’80s!) and break out the pink polos, leg warmers, Members Only jackets, cassette tapes, parachute pants, Trapper Keepers, and whatever else you want to bring. Hope to see you in early March!
Down the road we go….