Festival of Workshops

Saturday, March 7, 2020

A Note from the Bishop on Festival of Workshops 2020

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,


Blessed Lententide!


The Festival of Workshops is literally right around the corner.  Recently a case of Coronavirus was discovered at Lawrence Hospital in Westchester County. This has caused growing concerns among many. This event caused two local schools to close temporarily to clean and sanitize surfaces. Both of these schools were attended by family or neighbors who were in direct contact with the individual who had contracted the Coronavirus.


I consulted the mayor’s office and Chief of Police of Bronxville. They encouraged our event to continue. They are encouraging public events to continue as planned.  


We are confident that the Lord will continue to guide and govern our paths. 


The following are the recommendations from the CDC (CDC.gov): 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  •  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.  


Bishop Derek Lecakes

In Christ,


Pastor Derek Lecakes

Atlantic District President/Bishop

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God ... For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand,

Save the Date! Festival of Workshops at Concordia College in Bronxville will be Saturday March 7, 2020. This Atlantic District-organized event is a day of workshops covering every aspect of ministry, conducted by experienced leaders - sharing their expertise in a practical and usable way.

About Our Keynote Speaker

Tim Young Eagle, was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is an American Indian of Pawnee descent.

Throughout his career Tim has been a successful leader with a distinguished record of accomplishment in fundraising, sales, marketing, and leadership that spanned more than 40 years.

Prior to his calling as Executive Director of Lutheran Indian Ministries(LIM), Tim served as the Senior Principal Gifts Officer for the Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee Foundation (LHSAGM Foundation), National Director of Development for Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Executive Vice President of Mission Advancement for the Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee (LHSAGM)and as LHSAGM’s Interim CEO.

Tim earned his designation as a Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE) in 2014. He also holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Leadership from Indiana University’s Lilly School of Philanthropy.
In addition to his work as LIM’s Executive Director Tim is a professionally certified workshop facilitator for The Extreme Leadership Institute’s LEAP program, The Leadership Challenge, The Student Leadership Challenge, and Team Emotional and Social Intelligence.
He is the author of “The Dream Catcher – A Father and Son Story” a work of Christian fiction published by Author House in 2003.
Tim received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
He is the current chairman of the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Urban Mission Initiative (LUMIN), and a past board member of the Lutheran Indian Ministries (LIM), the Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee (LHSAGM) and the National Christian Foundation (NCF).
In 2007, Tim was honored to receive the CUM DEO Award as a Distinguished Alumni of the Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee.

Special Guest Workshop Leader

Laura Langhoff Arndt is...a girl with a mission. "I am a professional educator with over 15 years experience teaching middle and high school students in both public and charter schools. I have a B.A. in Secondary Education and an M.A. in Classroom Instruction as well as school board leadership and administrative experience. I am also a certified Director of Christian Education (DCE) in the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church (LCMS).
The majority of my DCE experience has been on a volunteer basis as I am drawn to smaller congregations that cannot afford extra staff. I love finding resources and equipping and encouraging lay leaders and have always had a passion for education in the church and finding ways to apply current educational research to religious education."

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Laura Langhoff Arndt is the author of a number of publications, such as "The Art of Teaching Sunday School," "I Am Jesus' Little Lamb: God's Promises at Baptism" and more!