Concordia’s Martin Luther chapel was filled with the sound of children as students and their families gathered with faculty, staff, regents, and local visitors for the opening service of the 36th academic year. It truly gladdens the heart to have such a vibrant young seminary community, with more than 20 children in its midst.
The opening service is the occasion to recognise academic prowess from the previous year. The Kramer Honours Endowment was given to the four students with the highest averages in second and fourth year: John Nieminen, Paul Preus, Daniel Bonato, and Greg Palmer. On behalf of Zondervan publishing company an award was also given to the students with top marks in pre-seminary Greek and Hebrew: John Nieminen and James Preus.
The seminary’s Emeritus Crucis (Veteran of the Cross) award is granted each year on behalf of an LCC district to a parish pastor with at least 30 years of experience who can be commended to the students as a model of Christ-like faithfulness and servanthood. The Central District this year nominated Pastor Karl Koslowsky of Winnipeg. Although he was unable to make the trip in person, his old friend Rev. Roger Winger spoke of his pastoral career fondly and with deep respect.
Thanks are due to Dianne Humann for brilliant leadership on the organ, to director Tara Lyn Hart and the seminary choir for singing, to the seminary faculty and staff wives who provided refreshments, and to all the visitors who came out in support of the Church’s ministry.