Changed by the Unchangeable God2 min read

“Knock, knock.”

“Who’s there?”


“Wives who?”

“Wives who are married to pastors, vicars, and deacons have a great time at ‘The Katie.’”

There are changes in life I really like … a pay raise, weight loss, clouds moving out for sunshine and of course, a new seasonal flavor Latte at Starbucks™. But I would also admit there are changes I don’t like … a challenging medical report, an unexpected car repair, a cancellation of a much needed dinner out. Welcome or unwelcome, we face change every day.

Change is a part of the world we live in. From the latest iPhone to transgender bathrooms, there is no such thing as a stagnant life in our world. We are voting for a new president this year. People relocate. Online shopping has tripled. Terrorist attacks are becoming commonplace. Change is continuous.

Satan, the world, and our humanness would like our response to change to always be FEAR. We “knee-jerk” into action to maintain life in our comfort zone. We may speak as defeated victims. There is only one place to go to deal with fear: the Lord Jesus Christ. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed (changed) by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).

“Being Changed by the Unchangeable God” is the area of study at The Katie, which will take place April 21-23, 2017 in Bay City. Pastors’, vicars’ and Deacons’ wives are invited to explore the most recent changes in our world, our reaction to change, and the Unchangeable God Who gives us forgiveness, power, and peace. Zacchaeus, Samson, and the Pharisee and the tax collector are the scriptural accounts we’ll study. This year, we will also have a session led by a guest speaker on Islam in our world today.

If you are the wife of a pastor, vicar, or deacon, please consider attending. If it is a big change for you to come, please know that you will feel welcome; finances can be arranged for your weekend if needed, and a comfortable atmosphere for you to study God’s Word will be provided.

“Knock, knock.”

“Who’s there?”

“Who would.”

“Who would who?”

“Who would enjoy being pampered and study God’s Word for a whole weekend? The wives of pastors, vicars, and deacons of the Michigan District, LCMS!”

Registration information for The Katie will be coming in January 2017. Watch the District website for updates.

Photo: Attendees of The Katie 2015. Elisa Schulz/Michigan District, LCMS

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About the Author

Debbie Kasper is married to Rev. Dr. Rob Kasper and they have 4 adult children and 6 grandchildren. She has taught in Lutheran schools for 25 years and continues to work with students on a part-time schedule. She enjoys presenting at MOPS and women’s groups. She is ecstatic to be part of The Katie because she has met many new friends at the retreat, experienced spiritual growth in the studies, and has had fun spoiling pastors’ wives for a weekend!

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