Urgent Need for LSBs and Catechisms

Reprinted with permission from the Facebook page of the same name.


Due to government cutbacks in funding worship supplies for deployed chaplains, an unprecedented opportunity has opened to establish our Lutheran Service Book (LSB) on AFCENT bases covering the areas of countries in the Horn of Africa, the Persian Gulf and up to the Stans in Central Asia. These hymnals will be used for many years by many denominations by all branches of the Armed Forces.Chaplains are asking for as many LSBs and Catechisms as can be sent. This is a tremendous opportunity to scatter seeds of the mercy of Christ to those who defend our freedoms around the world.

LSBs and Catechisms can be ordered from CPH and send directly to:

379 AEW/HC
APO AE 09309-1201

It is best to plan on making the most of this opportunity while it presents itself. LSBs and LSCs may be sent to Ch. Buckman until the beginning of August.

For more information please contact Deaconess Carolyn Brinkley, Military Project Coordinator, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, [email protected] or call 260-452-2140.

If you would like to be added to Ch. Buckman’s E Letter, you can reach him at:
[email protected]
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Below are excerpts from Ch. Buckman’s newsletters that explain the great need for LSBs and Catechisms.

“Please send copies of LSB (Lutheran Service Book). The AFCENT Command Chaplain has requested that LSBs be offered to every Chapel in theater. This is a tremendous opportunity. To give you an idea- we average about 6,000 troops moving in and out every month. These Chapels will be here for some time and if they are closed down, their resources are boxed up and shipped to other chapels. I can tell you that in 30 years of military service, I have never seen an LCMS hymnal stocked in a military chapel. Luther said, ‘The Holy Spirit does not bestow His gifts on procrastinators.’ ‘Nuff said :-)

“Chaplain, CAPT Scholle and CW3 Montes are with our troops in a country not far from here that is intentionally not in your evening news. They stopped by the base Chapel before a service in Holy Week. I have been filling in as the Interim Wing Chaplain (thus the nice office) for a while. They provide our troops with what the Chaplaincy calls a ‘Traditional Protestant Service’. Ch Scholle was lamenting the fact that the government hymnal has no liturgy. I just received a couple of boxes of LSB hymnals for the new ‘Liturgical Protestant Service’ we are hoping to start. I shared with them the features and benefits of the LSB hymnal and they immediately asked for some. I asked how many they have in their service; they said they have two services with about 30 in each and that their services are growing. I said a quick prayer and decided to give them 35 copies of the LSB. Ch Scholle is not LCMS; but his grandfather was a Lutheran pastor. These hymnals will remain at our base in this non Christian country for future rotations of troops and Chaplains. Say a prayer for this ministry team; they are doing heavy some heavy lifting in unpleasant conditions. And please send more LSB hymnals.

“Ch, Capt Scott Brill is not in the LCMS. He was given a worship service to lead, without any readily available hymnals. And, prior to your donations, this Chapel did not have a single Liturgical hymnal. Ch Brill is ecstatic to be able to use LSB hymnals in his worship service, which he offers on the flightline @ 5am on Sunday mornings. Due to his time constraints, I suggested that he use the ‘Service of Prayer and Preaching’; which he agreed would work best. This is our 2nd Chaplain that we have equipped with LSB hymnals. These two worshiping communities will retain their hymnals after the Chaplains rotate home- your gift will have lasting impact.

“Your donations of hardbound copies of Luther’s Small Catechisms are so needed and God continues to open doors for them find good homes.
I have been blessed to develop friendships with the other Chaplains in our Chapel; to the extent that several of the Chaplains are personally using Luther’s Small Catechism and have invited me to share this beautiful resource with their small group Bible studies.
One of the small groups is studying Rick Warren’s, ‘Purpose Driven Life’. There are about 45 people attending this group. The Chaplain invited me to come and share about Luther’s Small Catechism with the members and make copies available for them to pick up.
We brought two boxes of LSC; every copy was taken. They want me to bring more for their children, next week. Which I will gladly do.

“By God’s grace, to God’s glory, this Sunday, we will start a new worshiping community on base. This new service will be held in the Chapel on the opposite side of base from the original Chapel (Victory Chapel).
This new service will be classified by the Air Force as a ‘Liturgical Service’ and we will use the new LSB hymnals that you have so kindly donated. This service will be held at 6pm on Sunday evenings. This is the first time a Liturgical Service has been offered at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

“Thank you for sending hardbound copies of Luther’s Small Catechism. These are a tremendous blessing for counseling. As I listen to what is troubling one of our troops, I will ask myself, ‘Which commandment does this fall under?’ I then invite them to pick up a hardbound copy of Luther’s Small Catechism and I briefly explain how this book has 300 questions, with 1,000 answers from the Bible.
I then invite them to turn to the appropriate Commandment and ask them to start reading. As they read, I offer additional comments on the Scripture passages. After we have studied the Law and what it says; I then ask them to turn to Questions 180-186 and invite them to read; again I offer comments on these passages.
The troops are very impressed with the hardbound copies of Luther’s Small Catechism. They love that it is well organized and based on Scripture. They love the quality feel and appearance.
I then invite them to take home their copy as well as one copy for each of their children. Many of our troops are going through Luther’s Small Catechism with their children when they Facetime. Most of these troops have never been in a Lutheran church before. We praise God, from Whom all blessings flow.”

About Scott Diekmann

Scott is a lifelong LCMS layman. Some of his vocations include husband, dad, jet driver, runner, and collector of more books than he can read. Oh, and also chocolate lover. He’s been involved in apologetics for over a decade, is on the Board of Regents at Concordia Portland, and is a column writer for the sometimes operational Around the Word Journal. He’s also written for Higher Things Magazine, The Lutheran Clarion, and has been a guest on Issues Etc. as well as the KFUO program Concord Matters.


Urgent Need for LSBs and Catechisms — 21 Comments

  1. Any chance CPH will offer a military discount, or a discount for the purposes of this donation?

    Having lived the chaos of deployed military chapels (but having had the rare blessing of faithful LCMS chaplains at most of my bases) adding some sound Lutheran structure and catechesis is literally a God-send.

  2. The CPH website is raising funds for the Nebraska tornado victims and advertising their Spanish-language study Bible. They may not have the extra funds to donate Bibles or Catechisms.

    I can remember asking them to restore the bulk discount for the Concordia Readers Edition, but was also told no.


  3. This looks to be an amazing opportunity, although I must admit that I am surprised that any military chapel is allowing denomination specific hymnals to be placed. My memory is that such were not allowed.

  4. @David Hartung #7

    I had a one time experience with the Navy’s Protestant hymnal. It was very close to our old “common service”. The Methodist minister of the day explained his communion service in a way that ruled me out, of course, but that was his privilege.

  5. @David Hartung #7
    This looks to be an amazing opportunity, although…

    Were you overseas, David? Our Sr. Pastor/Reserve Chaplain says that the rules are a little different and congregational and individual support is welcomed for all sorts of things.
    [Two tours in Iraq are very useful “background” in OT studies, BTW.] :)

    @Scott Diekmann #2
    I have a note from Chaplain Buckman this morning, Scott.
    He asked me to thank you for the re posting here.

  6. @helen #9

    Miss Helen, I served both overseas and in the Conus(Continental US), in addition my wife was a Chapel Manager in base Chapel when I met her.

  7. I am awaiting a call from CPH with the cost of shipping. Does anyone know how much each costs to ship? The girl I talked with said it is “pricey.” Is there any way around that – maybe bulk orders if all shipped to one address on the continent?

  8. @LadyM #12

    If you can fit five pew edition LSB hymnals into a large USPS Priority Mail box, at $25/unit you can take advantage of free shipping on orders over $79 from CPH, have the hymnals shipped to you and then pay the $15.45 or whatever from your zip code to the APO box.

    I have a feeling that the price CPH will charge for a direct ship will be absurd. I doubt it’s their fault though.

  9. @Jesse #13
    I have a feeling that the price CPH will charge for a direct ship will be absurd.
    I doubt it’s their fault though.

    Good idea!
    I should have talked to my friend, (an on line book dealer), too.

    If they can ship to you “free” they should be able to ship to an APO “free”, too.

  10. @helen #15
    “If they can ship to you “free” they should be able to ship to an APO “free”, too.” That was exactly what I thought – in fact, even argued with CPH. Since they haven’t called me back, I will probably take Jesse’s advice. I wish I could get more bang for my buck though!

  11. There should be an organized effort, through the LCMS office for military service, to coordinate all this, so that purchasers can enjoy price reductions both on the the cost of the product and on shipping.

    CPH also should offer a discount, given that it’s for the military. There is no good reason why a discount isn’t being offered.

  12. @Robert #17
    There is no good reason why a discount isn’t being offered.

    [A half dozen bad ones, perhaps.] ;\
    Free shipping to the billing address isn’t on the web site now, or I can’t find it.

    Deaconess Brinkley, mentioned above, is at CTS, not at the IC. She encourages individual effort.

  13. Free shipping on order over $75 I believe, but not for APO addresses. I, like Robert, would think that somehow a military discount would be made available, especially in these extenuating circumstances. Oh, well, that’s one less hymnal or catechism to share with the world. :(

  14. @Robert #17

    Exactly, Robert. Has this suggestion been made to the LCMS office for military service in conjunction with CPH? I would like to bring this to the attention of our Church Council, whom I know will support such an opportunity. However, it would be good to know that we can make the most of our mission funds, especially if we can work together to consolidate savings on shipping and maximize the procurement of hymnals and catechisms needed.

  15. @Rev. James Gier #20
    especially if we can work together to consolidate savings on shipping and maximize the procurement of hymnals and catechisms needed.

    Two things:
    *I was told that my shipping charge would be the Post Office rate from St Louis to NYC. I can live with that.

    **It might be better for these shipments to be individual smaller quantities because [it’s not PC to say it] “the less attention they get, the better”. They are probably not going to a Christian country. That shouldn’t matter because they will be used by our military, but it might.

    Some countries will not allow ex-pats to receive material from their home churches, if it’s identified as Christian on the outside of the envelope or parcel. [I hope CPH is NOT splashing labels on these “care packages”!]

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