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NRB Member Spotlight: Lutheran Ministries Media, Inc.

Worship for Shut-Ins logoWorship for Shut-Ins is a 30-minute Lutheran television worship service produced by Lutheran Ministries Media, Inc. It includes readings for the day, prayers, and a Lutheran pastor delivering a message that is one-on-one with the viewer. Also included are up to four choir selections. Each program is closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

Since 1965, Worship for Shut-Ins television broadcasts have been bringing church to the "shut-in" and many others. The program was conceived and produced by the Rev. Oswald Bertram at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Toledo, OH. It continued after his death in 1979 under the leadership of Pastor Jim Stalder and Pastor John Westra at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, IN. The Program Director was Roy Huebschmann.

For 30 years, Holy Cross served as the production site for the creation of each Worship for Shut-Ins program. The Luepke Chapel inside Holy Cross served as the preaching station, and the sanctuary offered musical groups the perfect setting for the recording of the traditional church hymns heard on each broadcast.

In August 2010, those operations were moved to the newly constructed Elsie Rossman Media Center. The center sits on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. For the first time in its history, all Worship for Shut-Ins production offices and volunteer functions are housed in the same building. The Wolf Chapel, as the studio has been named, offers a state-of-the-art facility for the production of quality TV programming. In recent years, Worship for Shut-Ins has received a number of local, regional, and national production awards. Continuing with that level of excellence is essential for this ministry.

The weekly programs are distributed in three different ways: first, through the purchase of airtime on more than 55 local TV stations (see www.worshipforshutins.org for stations and times); second, through the Total Christian Television (TCT) network satellite broadcast; and third, through webcasts that can be found on the website and by clicking on the “Programming” tab.

Worship for Shut-Ins continues to provide a unique link between the church, its shut-in members, and many others.

Published: June 6, 2013

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