Quick Note on the Trademark Issue and Acolyting, by Pastor Rossow

I had an interesting surprise this morning as I was greeting members coming through the line after service. One of our members mentioned to me that she is a  trademark paralegal.  She said that she had checked out the BJS website the other day and was fascinated by the trademark story.

We did not have long to chat and she qualified her comments by saying that she had not done a thorough investigation but from what she saw, she drew the same conclusion that we have all drawn: the LCMS Board of Directors had no leverage whatsoever in trying to “negotiate” with Todd Wilken and Jeff Schwarz. I hope to chat with her some more. It will be a great chance for pastor and parishoner to get know each other better. Another shining example of BJS and Issues, Etc. bringing people together 🙂 .

On a related note, her high school age son is a senior member of our St. Andrew’s Society (acolytes). He has been acolyting for us since seventh grade. He and another of our high school acolytes served at our middle service this morning. I am six foot tall and each of them is over 6’2″. I found my pride swelling as a very proud pastor and spiritual father of these two young men as I followed them into the middle of  the sanctuary for our Gospel procession. (We process the Gospel each Lord’s Day during the festival seasons.) What a wonderful site to see these two young and tall men carrying the cross  and  Word of Christ into the midst of God’s people. We have a very active St. Andrew’s society with numerous senior and junior  high members serving the  Lord and  his Gospel at Bethany,  Naperville. (Click here and page down to see some of them at work at the BJS national gathering.)

Getting back to the trademark issue, we still have not heard from the Board of Directors on the matter. President Kieschnick promised weeks ago that a statement from them was imminent. (Click here for more on this.) The longer we go without a statement from the Board the more and more President Kieschnick’s memo looks it was written more for political expediency than it was written to accurately reflect the will of the Board on which  he and First Vice President Diekleman serve. I guess we will just have to patiently  keep waiting for an apology from them, all the while getting little surprises like I got today at church, verifying how ungodly it was for the Board to try to leverage thin air.

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


Quick Note on the Trademark Issue and Acolyting, by Pastor Rossow — 2 Comments

  1. For those interested in following the progress of the application you can check it at http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?regser=serial&entry=77487948

    The latest change was about 2 weeks ago. “2009-04-07 – Noa Mailed – SOU Required From Applicant” I found out that Noa means Notice Of Allowance and SOU means Statement Of Use.

    I am not familiar at all with legal filings let alone trademark cases so I have no idea what that means. A cursory search of the internet indicates that they want examples of how the name would be used for “each class of goods/services” and that Harry has 6 months from April 7th to submit a SOU. From my extremely limited knowledge of the subject it seems like everything is going along just fine. Perhaps your parishioner or someone here would know if it is of any significance or indicative of how far along the process has come.

  2. Good question Alex. Hopefully she will check back in and answer. I am going to be travelling the first part of this week and will not have a chance to check in with her.


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