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LTSP Annual Report 2010

LTSP Annual Report 2010

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The 2010 Annual Report of Donors covers gifts to The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia for the 2008-2009 fiscal year (July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010). Thank you for supporting the mission and ministry of LTSP!
The 2010 Annual Report of Donors covers gifts to The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia for the 2008-2009 fiscal year (July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010). Thank you for supporting the mission and ministry of LTSP!

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Crowned with Mercy
 Bread for Day: Daily Bible Readings and Prayers,
isPsalm103:1-5.Mydevotionseveryday include the readings and prayers from this wonderful resource published by Augsburg Fortress.
 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me,bless his holy name. Bless, the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits —who forgives all your iniquity,
TheLord,whocrownseachofuswithloveandmercy,hasblessedusatLTSPwithyourfaithfulsupport.Iinviteyoutoporeoverthese pages and give thanks to God with me and all of us at LTSP for the hundreds of supporters who know the value and cost of  preparing the next generation of leaders for the church. As I write, the entering class has begun moving onto the campus. It is strong innumbersandfilledwithpotentialtoservecommunitiesoffaitharoundthechurch.Theycometrustingthatthechurchwillbethereforthemtosupporttheminthesacrificialandcourageouschoicesthattheyhavemade.Manyhavedroppedeverythingtoprepareforministry. As you may know, the gifts reported here now constitute forty percent of LTSP’s annual revenue. We could not do ourmission without you. We are bold throughout the year to ask you for generous gifts because we believe in the mission that God has set before us, andareconfidentthatGodhasbenefitedusatLTSPwitharichtraditionofexcellence,asuperiorfaculty,andastudentbodythatalwaysrenewsmyfaithinthechurch.AsIwitnesstheirfaith,experienceanddedication,IknowthatGodhasplacedthefutureofthechurchin good hands. In this report our message is simple, “We give thanks to God for you and bless his holy name.” We do not take thesegenerousdonationslightlyasweknowhowmanyneedstherearetowhichallofuscangive.WegivethankstoGodforyourtrustandfaithfulness. As a school approaching its 150th anniversary, we give thanks to God, who, as on wings of an eagle, uplifts and sustainsus through your friendship.ItisalsomyhonorandpleasuretoannounceournewVicePresidentforAdvancement,TheRev.JohnPuotinen(ELCA),whoisaveterandevelopmentexecutiveandawonderfulhumanbeing.Godhasagainblesseduswithastellarleader.Meethimontheopposite page. I ask you to offer him the same hospitality and gracious support that you have offered all of us who invite you to advance themissionandcauseofLTSP.May the Lord continue to prosper our work together.“God of blessings, you show your generosity to us in countless and surprising ways. Stir up your spirit among us, that we may perceive your loving works and give thanks for your compassion, through our Lord Jesus Christ” (
 Bread for the Day,
Aug. 19, 2010).Philip D. Krey
who heals all your diseases,who redeems your life from the pit,who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Dear Friends,I am thrilled to join you in service to the church and to themissionofTheLutheranTheologicalSeminaryatPhiladelphia.I arrived on campus at the same time as new students arefindingtheirwayinanewcommunity,andIfeelakindredspirit with them. I know that they will be welcomed with the sameopenness,energy,andsupportthatIhaveexperiencedasIbeginmy ministry at LTSP.As this new community gathered for eucharist recently, my thoughts traveled around the campus to its many reminders of the long history of the church in this place. The names onbuildings, the names connected with scholarships andclassrooms, and the many names listed here as friends of theseminary helped me answer a question posed earlier that day.During table conversation with new students, I was asked what “advancement” means in non-institutional language. My thoughts during the service gave me a way to speak to thatquestion.As we come to the seminary as students, faculty, or staff, wecome to a place not of our creation. We did not build thebuildings,plantthetrees,securebooksforthelibrary,ordevelopthe history of scholarship, worship, and community we enjoy each day. Others did. And they did so with us in mind, with theintentthattherewouldbepastorsandleaderstoservethechurchand the world today. We live in gratitude for those who had the vision to make this ministry possible. Weliveingratitudeforyou,whoadvancethemissionoftheseminary with your gifts, knowing that your faithful supportserves the church today, and that it also makes possible theministry that will answer the call tomorrow.Thank you for being a blessing to LTSP. I look forward tobecoming acquainted with you!Yours in Christ,The Rev. John Puotinen
Vice President for Advancement, Executive Director of the LTSP Foundation

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