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Have you scrolled through your podcasts, searching for one that catches your ear - a place you can escape to with inviting conversations, laughter, and fellowship with your Lutheran sisters? Look no further!

Join Sarah, Erin, Rachel, and Bri on the sofa in the Lutheran Ladies Lounge, a podcast oasis for you, dear sisters, to sit, rest your feet, and stay a while. And on the way out, we’ll check your lipstick.

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What on earth is a Boar’s Head Festival? And why are the Ladies so excited to talk about it? In this “Adventures in Lutheranism” episode, Bri spearheads an enthusiastic discussion of the seasonal cultural phenomenon known as the Boar’s Head Festival—an annual choral and dramatic extravaganza that celebrates the roots of beloved Christmas songs and traditions through medieval pageantry and the timeless beauty of the Nativity story. Joining the Ladies in studio are Rachel Hahn and Marty Heinbokel, who share their personal experiences directing the Boar’s Head Festival at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in St. Charles, Missouri. Click to learn more about Boar’s Head Festivals, and scroll down to browse programs past and present from Immanuel St. Charles’s Festival below. The Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival (Christ Church Cathedral) The Story of the Boar’s Head Festival (Peace Boar’s Head) Boar’s Head Feast (Wikipedia) Boar’s Head Festival: A Festive End to Christmastide (ResourceUMC) Click here to view the 1987 Immanuel Boar's Head Program.  Click here to view the 2017 Immanuel Boar's Head Program. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Nov 26

51 min 12 sec

Fruit + cake. What’s not to love? In this edition of “Erin’s Recipe Card,” Erin introduces Sarah, Rachel, and Bri to her Grammy’s fruitcake as she recreates an epic, 100+-year-old recipe—one that calls for teamwork, patience, upper body strength, and pounds upon pounds of dried fruits and nuts. Will Erin’s favorite holiday treat finally end the stigma against fruitcake? Will fruitcake skeptic Bri overcome her pop-culture-inspired prejudice and enjoy fruitcake for the first time? Will fruitcake aficionado Rachel confirm that this is, as the Erin’s family cookbook says, “The Very Best Fruitcake”? Listen and find out! Very Best Fruitcake — A. Luedtke  Fruit and Nuts  1 pound pitted dates 2 pounds seedless raisins  1 pound currants  1 pound golden raisins  8 ounce jar maraschino cherries  8 ounce can pineapple tidbits  1/4 pound dried apricots, cut in half  1/4 pound dried, chopped figs (optional)  1 pound Brazil nuts  1 pound walnuts  1 pound hazelnuts  1 pound pecans  8 ounces shelled almonds  4 ounces cashews (optional)  One day in advance of baking, prepare the nuts and fruit. Shell nuts and leave them whole. Drain cherries and pineapple overnight on paper towels. Candied fruit may be substituted (but we never do). Dust all fruit with 1/4 cup flour; lay nuts on top; cover all with a towel overnight.  Batter  4 cups flour, combined with:       1 teaspoon nutmeg        1 teaspoon cinnamon        1/2 teaspoon allspice or mace        1/2 teaspoon ground cloves        1 teaspoon baking powder        1 teaspoon salt  1 pound butter (no substitutes, please)  1 pound brown sugar  1 tablespoon vanilla  12 egg yolks (save whites)  1 ounce melted baking chocolate  grated rind of 1 lemon and 1 orange  juice of 1 lemon and 1 orange  1/4 cup grape juice or wine  Be sure to use a bowl large enough to hold all ingredients. A plastic tub may serve this purpose.   Cream butter with brown sugar and vanilla. Add egg yolks, chocolate, and lemon and orange rind. Mix flour with dry ingredients and add it to butter mix alternatively with liquids. Whip egg whites until quite stiff. Combine batter with prepared fruit and nuts. Carefully fold in egg whites and mix gently until thoroughly combined.  Spoon into pans which have been oiled and lined with parchment paper. Will fill 3 standard-sized bread pans and 3 smaller loaf pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 2 - 2 1/2 hours. Watch and shift tins if one side is getting done too fast. Place 2 shallow cake pans with water at bottom of oven to make a moist cake.  Cool on racks.   Wrap in a layer of cheesecloth. Moisten the cloth well with wine, grape juice, bourbon or rum. Wrap in plastic wrap or foil and store in cool place. Once a week for the first month or two, check the cakes to see if the cheesecloth is dry. If it is, moisten them again and then re-wrap in plastic wrap or foil.  Bake a month or two before the holidays. They will keep for more than a year, well wrapped in the fridge.  Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Nov 19

45 min 38 sec

Americans—including American Lutherans—are a mobile bunch, and the majority of people will move at least a couple of times within their lives. Some folks will move many times over. And whenever a move to a new community does takes place, that inevitably means … church shopping. In this week’s “Adventure in Lutheranism,” Rachel (a regular nomad and veteran church shopper) leads the conversation, exploring with Sarah, Erin, and Bri whether “church shopping” is ultimately a good or bad thing and reflecting on what Lutherans should and do look for in a new church home. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Nov 12

38 min 48 sec

“Why is the holiday season so complicated?!” That’s the “Big Question” at the heart of this week’s episode. Although the winter holidays—Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, New Years, and Epiphany—are treasured as times of joy, celebration, and togetherness, they can also be marked by unmet expectations, unhealthy choices, financial strain, interpersonal conflict, isolation, and other triggers for anxiety and depression. How’s a Lutheran lady to cope? Addressing the tension head on, Bri leads Sarah, Erin, and Rachel in an honest conversation about holiday stress, acknowledging the often dark reality beneath the holly-jolly veneer and offering a range of helpful tips for surviving “inevitably complicated holiday times.” To read more about holiday depression and stress, click here. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Nov 5

48 min 42 sec

Elisabeth Cruciger (c. 1500–1535) was the first female poet and hymnwriter of the Lutheran Reformation—and in this Reformation-themed episode, Sarah tells her story. From her early vows as nun in a Premonstratensian cloister to her introduction to Luther’s teaching through Johannes Bugenhagen, from her marriage to Wittenberg theologian Caspar Cruciger to her close, personal friendship with Martin and Katharina Luther, Elisabeth Cruciger’s life and faith were anchored in the Christ-centered theology of the Lutheran Reformation. Nowhere is this more evident than in the single surviving hymn attributed to her, “The Only Son from Heaven” (LSB 402), in which her faith, theological acumen, and poetic creativity are all fully on display. Click to learn more about Elisabeth Cruciger, her Lutheran legacy, and to read Arthur T. Russell’s English translation of her hymn. Hymn stanza from “The Only Son from Heaven” (LSB 402) setting © 2006 Concordia Publishing House. Used with permission. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Oct 29

44 min 42 sec

Who doesn’t love a good fall festival? And sausages? And pretzels and mustard? In this latest “How to Lutheran,” Bri (a first-generation Lutheran without a discernible drop of German blood in her) celebrates the German Lutheran cultural juggernaut that is Oktoberfest. Starting with Oktoberfest’s German (Catholic) origins in Bavaria, Bri frolics through the past and present of this beloved cultural festival, which is observed annually in many American Lutheran churches. She, Sarah, Erin, and Rachel also relive favorite Oktoberfest memories and discuss what Oktoberfest might look like in less homogenous, more culturally diverse congregational contexts. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Oct 22

26 min 8 sec

The Ladies choose their next book club pick from a list of lesser known classics by beloved lady novelists: Persuasion by Jane Austen An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery Which book will the Lutheran Ladies read next? Listen to the end and find out! Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Oct 20

18 min 8 sec

In this episode, Rachel leads Sarah, Erin, and Bri in a recap discussion of the latest Lutheran Ladies’ Book Club selection: Gene Edward Veith Jr.’s The Spirituality of the Cross: The Way of the First Evangelicals. Why would a Christian author at the height of his career choose a pagan setting (replete with false idols and human sacrifice) for his most mature novel? Why would a man known for both his historical erudition and his devotion to traditional gender roles retell Greek mythology’s greatest love story from the perspective of a single woman who is also a reigning queen? What’s with all the veils and mirrors (actual and metaphorical) in this book? And what does “till we have faces” mean, anyway? What is so refreshingly distinctive about the way Lutherans understand the concept of vocation?  How does the Lutheran doctrine of Two Kingdoms offer us a different way of thinking about what it means to be "in the world but not of the world"? How does a Lutheran view of Christology help us counteract the misguided “prosperity gospel” and reframe the way we understand and experience our own earthly suffering?  At the end of the episode, the Ladies choose their next book club pick from a list of lesser known classics by beloved lady novelists: Persuasion by Jane Austen An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery Which book will the Lutheran Ladies read next? Listen to the end of the episode and find out! Click to learn more about Gene Edward Veith Jr.’s The Spirituality of the Cross, to see a complete list of Lutheran Ladies’ Book Club picks and runners up, or to revisit past online book club events in the Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook group. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Oct 15

1 hr 1 min

In part two of the podcast’s “Hymn Sing with Sarah” Communion hymn odyssey (listen to part one here), Sarah takes Erin, Bri, and Rachel back in time to celebrate hymns composed prior to 1715. Eucharistic hymns covered in this episode include “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence,” “Draw Near and Take the Body of the Lord,” “Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness,” “O Lord, We Praise Thee,” “O Living Bread from Heaven,” “O Jesus Blessed Lord to Thee,” “Jesus Christ Our Blessed Savior,” “Now My Tongue the Mystery Telling,” “Thee We Adore O Hidden Savior,” and “The Death of Jesus Christ Our Lord.” Special attention is paid to fan favorites “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing” and “I Come O Savior to Thy Table.” To learn more about these and other hymns in Lutheran Service Book, check out CPH’s two-volume set Lutheran Service Book: Companion to the Hymns. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Oct 8

1 hr 6 min

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and in this installment of “Erin’s One-Question Interview,” the Ladies welcome Elizabeth Entenmann as she shares the heartrending story of her personal experience with pregnancy loss. Beginning with two first-trimester miscarriages and culminating in the tragic loss of her near-term son Rocky, Liz’s honest and open account provides a touching reminder to the Church that pregnancy loss may be closer than we might think—but that God’s love and mercy are always closer still.  Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Oct 1

1 hr 17 min

This week the Lutheran Ladies celebrate two years of podcasting with an “All Hands on Deck” walk back through great moments in Lutheran lady history. Bri gets things started with a tribute to Phyllis Wallace, whose long running Woman to Woman show pioneered radio programming by and for Lutheran women in the 1990s and beyond. Erin follows with a short history of the Crock Pot—an essential piece of equipment for Lutheran potlucks everywhere. Sarah and Rachel look back even further, celebrating two women who notably broke ground in LCMS medical missions (Louise Ellerman) and Lutheran hymnody (Lina Sandell), respectively.  Click to learn more about topics from the show: Woman to Woman The Crock Pot Louise Ellermann Lina Sandell Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Sep 24

1 hr 1 min

Enjoy an encore presentation of The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge’s “One Year Anniversary Shoebox Extravaganza!” as Sarah, Erin, Bri, and Rachel prepare to celebrate two years of podcasting next week. In their one-year anniversary “all hands on deck” episode—which originally dropped on September 18, 2020—the Lutheran Ladies wanted to know: if you could put one small item in a shoebox that exemplifies the character and lived experience of Lutheran women, what would it be? Tossing the metaphorical shoebox around their virtual studio, Sarah, Erin, Bri, and Rachel each answer the question in turn, suggesting a simple, mundane object that is, for them, truly emblematic of “church lady life.” Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Sep 17

50 min 21 sec

In her latest “Hymn Sing with Sarah” episode, Sarah leads Erin, Bri, and Rachel in a wide-ranging, occasionally rhapsodic discussion of “modern” (AKA post-Enlightenment) Communion hymns. Beginning at 1715 and continuing through the present, this Hymn Sing episode covers the stories behind Eucharistic hymns including “Lord Jesus Christ, We Humbly Pray,” “Eat This Bread,” “O Gracious Lord, I Firmly Am Believing,” and more. Special attention is paid to fan-favorite “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing,” Omer Westendorf’s beloved contribution to the groundbreaking post-Vatican-II hymnal People’s Mass Book. To learn more about these and other hymns in Lutheran Service Book, check out CPH’s two-volume set Lutheran Service Book: Companion to the Hymns. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Sep 10

43 min 34 sec

Just in time for the 2021-2022 academic year, Bri’s asking a “Big Question” for back-to-school season: Does Lutheran education make you a Lutheran? Every Lutheran’s educational journey is different—and in this open and honest conversation, the Lutheran Ladies share their own Lutheran school stories as well as those of their listeners online. From pre-K through university, Lutheran schools provide academically excellent, spiritually formative education to Lutherans and non-Lutherans alike. But are they worth it? (Spoiler alert: yes.) Click to learn more about LCMS K-12 education and the Concordia University System, or to find a Lutheran school near you. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Sep 3

52 min 16 sec

Join us this week in the Ladies’ Lounge for an all-hands-on-deck 100th Episode Extravaganza! Rachel gets the party started with a five-question “Trivia Challenge” covering the past, present, and future of restroom ladies’ lounges. She’s followed by Erin, who reveals her “Recipe Card” for a hospitable and well-equipped ladies’ lounge, and Sarah, who offers a pandemic-perfect “Hymn Sing” list of one-stanza hymns for proper handwashing, with demos sung by mission and ministry children. Closing out the festivities is Bri, who belts out a “Wild Card” smorgasbord of favorite moments from the show’s first 100 episodes in a hand-clapping, thigh-slapping musical tribute.  Links referenced include: "The Rise and Fall of the Women’s Restroom Lounge" (Bloomberg City Lab) "Ladies Rest Room" (Wikipedia) Homemade Poopourri Recipe (Happy Money Saver) Many thanks to our one-stanza-hymn singers: "Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow" (LSB 805. Text and tune public domain.): The kids from the Donuts and Devos Podcast "Kyrie! God, Father in Heav’n Above" (LSB 942. Text © 1941 Concordia Publishing House. Used with permission. Tune public domain.): Elanor Bomberger "Our Father Who Art in Heaven — I" (LSB 957. Text and tune public domain.): The Krey Family, serving in the Dominican Republic "God Word Is Our Great Heritage" (LSB 582. Text and tune public domain.): Sarah Gulseth "On My Heart Imprint Your Image" (LSB 422. Text and tune public domain.): The Ladies' Lounge hosts, plus the Krey Family, serving in the Dominican Republic "Create in Me" (LSB 956. Text and tune public domain.): The kids from the Donuts and Devos Podcast Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Aug 27

1 hr 15 min

In this Erin’s Recipe Card adventure, Erin’s tackling a classic German-American side dish culled from a vintage Lutheran lady cookbook: The Heritage of Cooking: A Collection of Recipes from East Perry County, Missouri. Beginning with a ordinary, unpretentious ingredients—baked potatoes, day-old bread, flour, butter, salt—Erin whips up a fluffy, satisfying batch of Kartoffel Kloesse. These simple potato dumplings (stuffed with a homemade crouton and boiled in minutes on the stove) pair beautifully with roast chicken, beef rouladen, and other old-fashioned Lutheran Sunday dinners. Potato Dumplings 2 lbs. unsalted potatoes (cooked the day before and riced) Mix thoroughly with 4 eggs (well beaten) 2 tbsp. salt (scant) 2 tbsp. onion (finely minced) 2 tbsp. parsley (finely minced) 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1/4 tsp. marjoram 1/4 tsp. pepper 1/2 c. flour Mold potato mixture firmly into small balls with croutons as center. (4 clices of bread, diced and toasted in butter provide enough croutons.) Molded dumplings are dropped into boiling salt water and cooked for 3 minutes. They are done when they rise to the surface. (Serves 6.) ~ Mrs. George C. Fiehler Potatoes cooling in front of the air conditioning vent Egg and nutmeg mixture. Fried croutons. Finished Dumplings. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Aug 20

33 min 51 sec

From small-town Midwest girl to ground-breaking medical doctor, from pioneering homesteader to Lutheran pastor’s wife, Dr. Bessie (Efner) Rehwinkel’s life was anything but humdrum. In this history- and drama-packed episode, Sarah tells her story. To learn more about Bessie Rehwinkel, check out the following resources: Bessie Rehwinkel (CPH Heroes of Faith series) by A. Trevor Sutton Dr. Bessie by Alfred Rehwinkel To listen to other “Story Time with Sarah” episodes—featuring faithful women throughout history—visit the KFUO Radio online archive. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Aug 13

1 hr 12 min

In this episode, Rachel leads Sarah, Erin, and Bri in a recap discussion of the latest Lutheran Ladies’ Book Club selection: John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley: In Search of America. How does Steinbeck's account of America square with our own experiences? Have Steinbeck's observations about societal issues proven true, and have we really learned anything since the 1960s? Is Steinbeck accurate in his description of what makes a man, or did he miss the mark? What can we, as Lutheran ladies, learn from Steinbeck's open, honest, and hospitable manner with strangers? At the end of the episode, in honor of the next Book Club happening in Reformation October, Rachel presents three choices for the next book club pick in a list titled "Modern Lutheran Classics that Rachel Should Have Read But Somehow Hasn't Yet (Sorry)": Hammer of God by Bo Giertz The Spirituality of the Cross by Gene Edward Veith, Jr. Grace Upon Grace: Spirituality for Today by John Kleinig Which book will the Lutheran Ladies read next? Visit the Lutheran Ladies Lounge Facebook group to vote in the poll! Click to see a complete list of Lutheran Ladies’ Book Club picks and runners up, or to revisit past online book club events in the Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook group. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Aug 6

1 hr 8 min

In this final episode of Hymnapalooza 2021, Bri debuts a brand new set of Radio Theatre sketches starring everyone’s favorite “overly eager, irreverent, and sometimes accidentally heretical worship leader, Trent.” “He’s very on fire for the Lord, bless his little heart, even though he misses the mark 98% of the time (if not more),” explains Bri, adding, “Fortunately for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, we have checks and balances in place, thanks to our friends at LCMS Doctrinal Review.” Will any of Trent’s unorthodox original hymn compositions pass doctrinal review? Listen and find out, as you laugh, cry, and cringe your way into a deeper appreciation for an essential (if often under-the-radar) aspect of the LCMS publishing process. Enjoy more Hymnapalooza content in our previous episodes on Doxology-composer Louis Bourgeois, “11 things you didn’t know were in the  ,” and “hymntastic recipes”—and click to enter our fabulous #hymnnerd giveaway now! Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Jul 30

29 min 28 sec

How does an enthusiastic foodie celebrate #Hymnapalooza? With a hymn-inspired four-course menu, of course! Join recipe maven Erin as she shares her ideas for a feast of hymn-tastic proportions — from savory roast lamb (inspired by LSB 633 and 550) to home-baked bread (LSB 629), from veggies and sides (LSB 561 and 892) to milk-and-honey desserts (LSB 672). Recipes and recipe books mentioned in this episode include: The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen by Paula Wolfert Seven-hour garlic crowned lamb (free website registration required to view) Milk and honey pie Enjoy more Hymnapalooza content our previous episodes on Doxology-composer Louis Bourgeois and “things you didn’t know were in the hymnal,” and click to enter our fabulous #hymnnerd giveaway now! Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Jul 23

20 min 18 sec

This July, the Lutheran Ladies are celebrating Hymnapalooza in the Lounge with a blowout #hymnnerd giveaway and four fun hymn-related episodes. In this second installment, Rachel takes the lead, with a Rachel’s Trivia (non)Challenge highlighting “11 things you may not have known were in Lutheran Service Book.” From operatic superstars to A-list poets, from “dudes with Greek and Latin names writing really old hymns” to “people alive today whom you may actually know in real life,” Rachel’s list highlights a few of the most interesting and the even downright unexpected sources for the 635 hymns in the LCMS’s signature service book. “Lutheran hymnwriters, like Lutherans in general,” says Rachel, “look a lot of different ways. They come from all over history and all around the world. Many of them may not even consciously identify as ‘Lutheran,’ despite having written texts that jive perfectly with Lutheran doctrine or tunes that jive perfectly with those Lutheran hymn texts. Some of those hymnwriters liked to set make-up on fire.   Yet thanks to the careful theological work and frankly enormous imaginations of the people who put our hymnal together, we have a beautiful, varied, sometimes surprising, and altogether remarkable collection of hymns.”  Look for more Hymnapalooza content in future episodes, and click here to enter our fabulous #hymnnerd giveaway now! Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Jul 16

36 min 29 sec

This July, the Lutheran Ladies are celebrating Hymnapalooza in the Lounge with a blowout #hymnnerd giveaway and four fun hymn-related episodes. In her opening salvo, Sarah kicks things off with a quick dive into the life of one of her “newest favorite composers”: Louis Bourgeois.  While not a Lutheran, the French Calvinist composer Bourgeois made an ongoing contribution to post-Reformation hymnody with his landmark 1551 edition of the Genevan Psalter, from which come five of the most familiar and beloved hymn tunes in Lutheran Service Book: “Freu dich sehr,” “Wenn wir in höchten Nöten sien,” “Old 124th,” “Rendez à Dieu,” and “Old Hundredth.” From pioneering four-part singing in the home, to advocating for the teaching of sol fege, to being officially censured and briefly jailed after changing Psalm tunes without a license, Bourgeois’s life was one of musical innovation and adventure, the fruits of which hymnerds everywhere continue to enjoy today. Look for more Hymnapalooza content in future episodes, and watch for the launch of our fabulous #hymnnerd giveaway this week in the Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group! Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Jul 9

22 min 25 sec

Recorded on location from the 2021 Lutheran Women in Mission (LWML) convention in Lexington, Ky., this installment of Rachel’s Trivia Challenge celebrates over 80 years of mission and ministry made possible by the LWML. Meandering meaningfully through time from the 1920s through the present, Rachel does her best to stump Sarah, Erin, and Bri on “a few great moments in LWML history.” How did Lutheran women make history in 1938? What strong ethical stand cost the LWML a convention in 1955? When and where was the first LWML “bat-phone” installed? Who was Flat Jan? And, of course: how is an LWML convention like the iconic 1980s mullet haircut? Think you know the answers? Play along at home and discover how much you know (or don’t know) about the LWML. Learn more about Lutheran Women in Mission at LWML.org, or dig deeper into the ongoing legacy of the LWML with three free ebooks, available at the LWML history page. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Jul 2

41 min 20 sec

Heads up! An exciting new LCMS podcast—dedicated to sanctity-of-life conversations—has recently joined the KFUO Radio line-up. In this special crossover episode, Sarah talks with Stephanie Neugebauer at Friends for Life, a new podcast from LCMS Life Ministry. Together, they explore answers to the thorny question: “How do we have a conversation about life issues on social media without losing friends?” With her characteristic blend of expertise and effervescence, Sarah walks listeners through some helpful considerations and provides common-sense guidelines for engaging life issues in a winsome way on social media. Learn more about Friends for Life here, or visit the online home of LCMS Life Ministries here. To see a complete list of LCMS partner podcasts, visit KFUO.org and click the drop down menu “LCMS Partner Podcasts.” Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Jun 25

1 hr 6 min

In this Iron Ladle Challenge, the Lutheran Ladies forego a common ingredient in favor of a common theme: Vacation Bible School snacks that double as craft activities. Rachel leads off with a gelatin-based tableau of Jonah and the whale (which was of course, really, a fish), followed by Bri, whose fashion sense is on full-display with a customizable, candy-laden coat of many colors. Sarah’s tree of life sets a new high bar for “healthiest VBS snack ever,” while Erin’s savory goodies inspired by the book of Judges challenge the VBS status quo in a gut-splitting, paradigm-shattering way. Laugh along as you glean a few tasty and mostly practical ideas for your church’s VBS or Sunday school snack time. Rachel’s Jonah Jiggly Squares Make two large (3 oz.) packages of blue gelatin according to package instructions for “jigglers” (using only boiling water, no cold). I used Starburst Blue Raspberry gelatin, which was delicious. Pour gelatin into a casserole dish (13x9 or larger). While you wait for the gelatin to cool to room temperature, mark out squares using masking tape across the top. After the gelatin is lukewarm to the touch, add one Sourpatch Kid and one Swedish fish or gummy shark to each square. Talk with the children as they choose and place their gummies about how God sent the fish to swallow Jonah and save him from drowning. Carefully move the pan to the refrigerator, using a chopstick or butter knife to reposition gummies that will inevitably shift en route. Chill at least one hour. Dip the pan in hot water for 15 seconds before cutting and serving jiggly squares. Rachel's Jiggly Squares for the story of Jonah. Finished product of Jonah Jiggly Squares. Bri's Joseph's Candy Coat of Colors Using 2 graham crackers, use a full one as the coat body and a half for each arm. Spread cake frosting (or another semi-sticky substance) on the crackers. Use colorful candy (or other colorful treats) to decorate the coat with many colors. Bri's Joseph's Candy Coat of Colors Sarah's Creation Tree Arrange 4-5 thin apple slices in a circle on a small plate. Make a small pile of "tree leaves" with kale or other green fruit or veggie (i.e. baby kale, microgreens, or kiwi) in the middle of the apple slices. Decorate the tree leaves with dried cranberries or other colorful dried fruit or candy Using a knife or spatula, shape a tree trunk out of almond butter or other nut butter or caramel sauce. Optional: add a drizzle of honey for a little sweet kick. Sarah's Tree of Life. Erin's Lion Pull-Apart Bread With one roll, draw a lion's face. With another larger roll, cut into shapes for the lion's mane. Drench the whole thing in honey butter. Erin's Lion and Honey pull-apart bread. Erin's Jael Meatballs Make meatballs according to your favorite recipe. Place meatballs into your favorite sauce. Use a pretzel stick to peg the meatball. Enjoy what might be the best VBS snack idea ever. Erin's Jael Meatballs Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Jun 18

43 min 53 sec

Let’s face it: some Adventures in Lutheranism are just a little more adventurous than others — and this episode, showcasing the 29 partner camps in the National Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Association (NLOMA), is proof positive. Bri (camp name: Rex) leads this laughter-filled conversation, celebrating the “fire, friends, and faith” that both kids and counselors experience at Lutheran summer camp. From falling off horses to raiding the dining hall after hours, from finding spiders in the dark to singing the Superman prayer before meals, the summer camp memories shared in this episode will almost certainly put you in the mood for a long, woodsy hike (with campfire devotions after, naturally). To learn more about Lutheran summer camps, visit NLOMA.org. Check out previous KFUO conversations with camp people here, and previous Adventures in Lutheranism here. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Jun 11

36 min 58 sec

The Lutheran Ladies present a short from behind the scenes, as Sarah, Erin, Bri, and Rachel prepare to record while Rachel is brewing hotel coffee and relying on spotty hotel Wi-Fi. Erin tries to enjoy her seaweed snack while Sarah and Bri try not to melt down in laughter. (Fair warning, you'll hear some food crunching, in case that's not your thing.) Join us for this comedic interlude. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Jun 11

6 min 55 sec

Is gardening a creative pursuit? Do microgreens have magical powers? Will kids eat chard? In this next "Conversations with Creatives" episode, Beth Ritzman, a micro-farmer of microgreens, gardener on many levels, former missionary to Papua New Guinea, and fellow Lutheran Lady, joins Sarah, Erin, Bri, and Rachel to share how creativity infuses every part of growing things. She also shares stories about how her microgreens small business got started, the differences of gardening in Fort Wayne versus Papua New Guinea, and the wonderful simplicity of growing and eating your own food. Listen in as she shares tricks and tips for gardeners in any stage of green space from three acres to just a patio. Whether you love to grow food or just eat food, you'll laugh along with the Ladies as they talk about creativity in God's creation. Follow Beth Ritzman online! Click for her website SomethingBetterWithBeth.com and view photos of her beautiful microgreens on Facebook and Instagram. If you're local to Fort Wayne, visit Beth's plant sale on Sundays from 12:o0–2:00 p.m., and you can find more information on her Facebook page. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Jun 4

57 min 14 sec

Deployment represents one of the greatest challenges to faith and life a military family can face. How can churches help? In this frank and open conversation, Rachel (herself currently undergoing a lengthy separation from her deployed husband) answers questions from Sarah, Erin, and Bri about what life is like for a military family, what it takes to survive an extended deployment, and how Christians can support their military brothers and sisters in Christ throughout this difficult season of life. With timely tie-ins to Memorial Day, Mental Health Awareness Month, Armed Forces Sunday, and National Military Appreciation Month, this episode also builds off Rachel’s recent Lutheran Witness article “How the Church Can Support Military Families During Deployment.” Read Rachel's article in The Lutheran Witness online magazine at witness.lcms.org/2021/how-the-church-can-support-military-families-during-deployment. Learn more about LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces, including the Adopt-A-Chap program, at lcms.org/armedforces. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

May 28

54 min 27 sec

Lindsay Hausch is a pastor’s wife, mother of three, blogger, Lutheran lady, and author of Take Heart: God’s Comfort for Anxious Thoughts. In this episode, she talks with Sarah, Erin, Bri, and Rachel about her own mental health journey and how her faith has grown in spite of (and even sometimes because of) her long-term struggles with social anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Along the way, she offers a range of helpful ideas and strategies for living with anxious thoughts and putting them in Gospel perspective. To learn more about Lindsay Hausch, check out the following: Take Heart: God’s Comfort for Anxious Thoughts (available from CPH) LindsayHausch.com (website and blog) @comfortforanxiety (Instagram profile) To hear more Mental Health Awareness Month-themed conversation from the Lutheran Ladies, listen to their episode on “Stewardship of the Mind and the Emotions.” Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

May 21

1 hr 4 min

Smack dab in the middle of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Lutheran Ladies turn their attention toward a crucial aspect of personal health and wellness: “Stewardship of the Mind and the Emotions.” Bri, who has lived with and successfully managed a mental health diagnosis throughout her adult life, leads this discussion, building on the “Stewardship of the Physical Body” conversation she first started last May. From regularly attending worship, to practicing self-care, to knowing when and how to seek professional help, this episode offers friendly, honest, hard-won wisdom on a range of topics relating to emotional wellness. Click to learn more about the resources referenced in this episode: Archive of “Mental Health Monday” episodes on The Coffee Hour “Mental Health Monday” Coffee Hour episode about asking for help Faith and Family episode (featuring Pastor David Fleming and Deaconess Heidi Goehmann) on different kinds of counseling and when to talk to a pastor or psychologist Two-part Coffee Hour episode with Dr. Rick Marrs about the differences between professional counseling and pastoral care: Part 1 and Part 2 Making Christian Counseling More Christ-Centered by Rick W. Marrs You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K. A. Smith Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

May 14

59 min 16 sec

In this Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge short, the Ladies discuss their options and announce the next book club read: John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley: In Search of America. Click to learn more about or order Travels with Charley, to see a complete list of Lutheran Ladies’ Book Club picks and runners up, or to revisit past online book club events in the Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook group. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

May 10

20 min 34 sec

In this episode, Rachel leads Sarah, Erin, and Bri in a recap discussion of the latest Lutheran Ladies’ Book Club selection: C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold. Why would a Christian author at the height of his career choose a pagan setting (replete with false idols and human sacrifice) for his most mature novel? Why would a man known for both his historical erudition and his devotion to traditional gender roles retell Greek mythology’s greatest love story from the perspective of a single woman who is also a reigning queen? What’s with all the veils and mirrors (actual and metaphorical) in this book? And what does “till we have faces” mean, anyway? At the end of the episode, in honor of the summer travel season, the Ladies choose their next book club pick from a list of first-person travel narratives: A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle Charles Kuralt’s America by Charles Kuralt Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck Sundays in America: A Yearlong Road Trip in Search of Christian Faith by Suzanne Strempek Shea The Brendan Voyage: Sailing to America in a Leather Boat to Prove the Legend of the Irish Sailor Saints by Tim Severin Which book will the Lutheran Ladies read next? Listen to the end of the episode and find out! Click to learn more about C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces, to see a complete list of Lutheran Ladies’ Book Club picks and runners up, or to revisit past online book club events in the Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook group. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

May 7

1 hr 18 min

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to participate in a Call Day service at an LCMS seminary, this episode is for you. In this latest “Adventure in Lutheranism,” Sarah, Erin, Bri, and Rachel share their perspectives on the annual seminary services at which pastoral candidates, vicars, deaconesses, and deaconess interns receive their first divine calls and vicarage/internship assignments. A meaningful rite of passage—and a rollercoaster of emotions—for students and their families, Call Day is a time of prayer and celebration, faith, hope, and nervous excitement. Bri, whose husband Matt just received his vicarage assignment to Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Charles, Missouri, at Call Day 2021, leads this heartfelt discussion, with topics ranging from the practical (“wear comfortable shoes”) to the sublime (“remember that God is in control”). To get an even better feel for what Call Day is all about, visit the Call Day webpages for both Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Apr 30

40 min 36 sec

What does a return to normal (or a turn towards a brand new kind of normal) look like in a post-COVID world? In this special Sharathon episode, Sarah, Erin, Bri, and Rachel continue their impromptu series on what it means to survive and thrive in a global pandemic. Following on the heels of their earlier conversations (referenced in this episode as “the descent” and “the enduring”), they share the hopes, heartaches, and uncertainties they feel as they begin to resume daily in-person activities and leave social distancing behind. The Lutheran Ladies' Lounge podcast is produced by KFUO Radio, the listener-supported broadcast voice of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. To support the work of KFUO Radio during Sharathon (or anytime) visit kfuo.org/give or text “KFUO” to 41444. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Apr 23

51 min 57 sec

It’s an Iron Ladle Challenge! In honor of the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s defiant confession of faith at the Diet of Worms, Sarah, Erin, Bri, and Rachel are each cooking up a tasty recipe inspired by a single key ingredient: worms. Beginning with a brief history of Luther’s legendary 1521 trial appearance at the city of Worms, the Ladies then launch into a four-course smorgasbord of wormy dishes, from Erin’s savory udon noodles to Sarah’s zoodle skillet, from Rachel’s quadruple layer dirt cake with gummy worm surprise to Bri’s sour gummy worm monstrosity. Lutheran history has never tasted so good (or, in Bri’s case, so very, very bad). To learn more about the Diet of Worms, check out Dr. Jack Kilcrease’s explanatory article on LutheranReformation.org or the Rev. Hans Fiene’s animate comedy musical on the Lutheran Satire channel. Join Lutherans across the nation in celebrating “Here I Stand” Sunday on April 18, 2021, and support the ongoing confession of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod with a "Here I Stand" Thank Offering at lcms.org/givenow. Erin's Udon Soup Use these ingredients or others you'd enjoy together: Udon noodles Broth of choice Baby Bok Choy (Pour boiling water over bok choy in steamer. That's all the cooking it needs!) 6 1/2 minute egg Shitake mushroom Sarah's Ground Beef, Butternut, and Zoodles Un-recipe Brown butternut squash chunks (Sarah uses pre-packaged fresh chopped) in olive oil, salt, and pepper over medium heat. If cooking from frozen, leave the lid off the pan to allow the steam to escape. Prepare zoodles according to package directions, if using pre-packaged. Otherwise, spiralize your zucchini and cook until al dente. Add ground beef to butternut squash and brown. Spice to taste. Add Zoodles to butternut and beef, and mix well. Cover pan and turn heat off to let the flavors combine. Let simmer for a few minutes. Enjoy! Rachel’s Dirt Pudding Piñata Cake Using 8 or 9 inch round cake pans lined with wax paper or parchment, bake a chocolate fudge cake and fudge brownies according to the instructions on the packages. (For brownies, shorten baking time to about twenty minutes and remove when toothpick comes out clean.) Set aside on wire racks to cool. Make dirt pudding dessert (leaving aside crushed Oreos for now) according to your favorite recipe. (Here’s mine. If you use this one, be sure to cut it at least in half for the cake.) Cut circles about the size of a large cereal bowl from the centers of one cake round and one brownie round. (To see how a piñata cake of this sort would look like in a perfect world, check out this idiosyncratic YouTube tutorial.) Begin building your cake with an uncut brownie round spread with chocolate fudge frosting. Add the next two layers (cut cake round and cut brownie round), with frosting between and atop each layer. Pause to add the filling in the cavity of the cake. Put down a layer of crushed Oreo cookie, then a layer of dirt pudding, then a layer of gummy worms. Repeat until the filling is even with the top of the hole. Add the top (uncut) layer and frost the entire outside of the cake. Optional: dust with powdered sugar. If you have a talented teenage artist in the house, ask her to freehand draw you a Luther Rose in red frosting on the top of your cake. If you don’t, you may decorate the cake in whatever way seems best. Enjoy! Bri's Sour Gummy Worm Rice Crispy Treats It's better if you don't try this one. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Apr 16

53 min 47 sec

Digging back into the early days of Lutheranism in the American Midwest, this “Story Time with Sarah” episode focuses on the life and times of Dorothea Craemer, one of the “founding mothers” of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Leaving Germany as an unwed mother 1845, Dorothea met her future husband on the ship to America and, after their marriage in New York, traveled with him to serve as missionaries to the Chippewa (Ojibwe) people near Saginaw, Michigan. The series of moves that came after that first call—to Fort Wayne, Ind., Saint Louis, Mo., and Springfield, Ill.—reveals the Craemers growing significance to the Synod they helped found. Click to read more from the Concordia History Institute about the Craemer family and their mission to Michigan, to learn about the history of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church in Frankenmuth, Mich., to view an archival photo of the Craemers’ marriage certificate, or to order CPH’s biography Dorothea Craemer in the Hero of Faith series for young readers. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Apr 9

45 min 25 sec

Emmy Woock (Director of Music Ministries at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elmhurst, Illinois) joins Sarah, Erin, Bri, and Rachel for the first episode in a new segment—Adventures in Lutheranism—which introduces Ladies and listeners alike to some aspect of Lutheran faith and culture that may have been previously unfamiliar to them. In this joy-filled conversation, Woock (together with fellow enthusiast Sarah) describes the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil service she helped establish at her church, explains why this uncommon but nonetheless traditional liturgy is so special to her, and offers practical advice for church leaders and musicians interesting in holding their own Easter Vigils. Click to read a short description of the Easter Vigil from the Rev. Michael Schuermann, or to view a sample bulletin for the service assembled by the Rev. Thomas Messer in Alma, Mich. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Apr 2

55 min 25 sec

Martin Franzmann (1907–1976) was a Lutheran pastor, theologian, college professor, and poet who wrote numerous books and hymns. In this “Hymn Sing with Sarah” episode, Sarah introduces her fellow hymn nerds to the life and work of the skilled hymn writer whose ministerial calling took him from Lake City, Minnesota, through Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, Mo., and all the way to Cambridge, England. Along the way, Sarah also tells the stories behind several of Franzmann’s hymns, including the beloved lyric that is arguably his most well-known today: “Thy Strong Word.” Click to check out the Rev. Matthew E. Borasso’s book The Art of Exegesis: An Analysis of the Life and Work of Martin Hans Franzmann or to read a short profile of Franzmann in the Composer of the Month series on the CPH blog. Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Mar 26

1 hr 3 min

Following up on her uproarious “Ode to Vitality Points” in January, Bri offers a new set of “Radio Theatre” comedy sketches, this time inspired by the Lenten soup suppers and Wednesday night services familiar in so many Lutheran churches. Meet Trent, “the overly eager, accidentally irreverent, bordering-on-heretical praise band leader.” Get to know Dana, the “overworked, underpaid DCE intern.” Shake your head at young Billy, too addicted to fictional cell-phone game “Cootie Crunch” to socialize at the soup supper, and commiserate with Gladys and Annette, whose polite humility is the only thing standing between them and the last slice of Millie Baker’s famous homemade apple pie. To hear more from Bri on midweek suppers, check out her early “How to Lutheran” episode: “The Midweek Supper.” Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Mar 19

36 min 48 sec

In Rachel’s latest Trivia Challenge, she quizzes Sarah, Erin, and Bri on all things Lenten. What does the word “Lent” actually mean? How and where do our Lenten observances tie in with Scripture and Christian history? What made Lenten fasts in the Middle Ages so hardcore? How do Lutheran, Catholic, and Orthodox attitudes and practices differ today? Perhaps most intriguingly: what happens when one of the Ladies turns around and stumps Rachel? Play along at home and learn more about this reflective, penitential season. Sources referenced in this episode include: “What are the origins of Lent?” (Religion News Service) “What does the word ‘Lent’ mean?” (Aleiteia) “Think Lent is tough? Take a look at Medieval Lenten practices” (Society of Saint Pius X) “Great Lent” (Wikipedia) “Just in time for Lent: Martin Luther on fasting and mortification” (World Wide Wolfmueller) Connect with the Lutheran Ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Follow us on Instagram @lutheranladieslounge, and also follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske).

Mar 12

44 min 22 sec

Erin Bode is a lifelong Lutheran lady, a pastor’s daughter, and a celebrated jazz performer known for her pure voice and impressive phrasing and style. To date, Bode and her band have released eight albums and toured the United States, as well overseas to Italy, Japan, and South Africa. In this inaugural “Conversations with Creatives” episode, Bode joins Sarah, Erin, Bri, and Rachel to share with them her about personal story, her musical career—and how her Lutheran faith has shaped both. She discusses how the global pandemic has affected professional musicians, explores her favorite hymns and songs, and opens up about her latest business venture: Your Song for Always, a creative collaboration with Victor Krauss offering custom songs, arrangements, and recordings for individuals and special occasions. In the episode, listeners are treated to a luminous song performed by Bode: “The Moon Is Ours Tonight," a poem written by Bob Hellrung for his wife Cheryl, who always dreamed it could be a love song for her. Used with permission. Click to learn more about Erin Bode and her new project Your Song for Always at yoursongforalways.com, or to browse albums on her website erinbode.com and on iTunes. Connect with the Lutheran ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge) and follow Sarah (@hymnnerd), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske) on Instagram.

Mar 5

1 hr 4 min

Events in 2020 and 2021 have left many Lutheran women questioning their relationships with (and heavy reliance upon) social media. In this “Wild Card” episode, Sarah, Erin, Bri, and Rachel take an honest look at their own attitudes toward digital platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, paying special attention to how their habits and perspectives have evolved over the past decade and a half.  What is there to love about social media? What is there to hate? How can we set healthy boundaries around our social media use? What happens if and when we walk away from our social networks? And what might be coming next — both for the digital landscape as a whole and for the Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge in particular?  Connect with the Lutheran ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge) and follow Sarah (@mrsbaseballpants), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske) on Instagram.

Feb 26

1 hr

In this jam-packed “Hymn Sing with Sarah” episode, Sarah leads Erin, Bri, and Rachel through a celebration of African American hymns and spirituals in honor of Black History Month. Beginning with the story of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (often referred to in the U.S. as the “Black national anthem”), Sarah discusses the remarkable lives and creative work of brothers James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson, who penned the hymn’s lyrics and music, respectively. The Ladies then dive into a broader discussion of African American spirituals—their history, meanings, and ongoing contribution to American faith and culture. Watch the African American Spirituals of the Civil War concert from the Library of Congress at youtu.be/PQviOAz5584. Learn more about the history of spirituals from the Library of Congress, The Spirituals Database, and Britannica. Connect with the Lutheran ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge) and follow Sarah (@mrsbaseballpants), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske) on Instagram.

Feb 19

46 min 16 sec

In this Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge short, the Ladies discuss their options and announce the next book club read: C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold. Click to learn more about or order Till We Have Faces, to see a complete list of Lutheran Ladies’ Book Club picks and runners up, or to revisit past online book club events in the Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook group. Connect with the Lutheran ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge) and follow Sarah (@mrsbaseballpants), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erin.alter), and Bri (@grrrzevske) on Instagram.

Feb 17

13 min 20 sec

In this episode, Rachel leads Sarah, Erin, and Bri in a recap discussion of a Lutheran Ladies’ Book Club “Ladies’ Choice” selection: Ellen Raskin’s Newbery-Award-winning middle-grade mystery The Westing Game. How do children’s authors create surprisingly complex works that respect the intelligence of readers young and old? What can a story about a diverse group of people sharing an apartment building teach us about the Body of Christ? How does confessing the truth about ourselves and our secret shame set us free to find peace with God and with each other? At the end of the episode, the Ladies choose their next book club pick from a list of “Rachel’s Regrets” (previous runners up that deserve a second look): Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C.S. Lewis Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us by Murray Carpenter The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler Which book will they pick? Listen to the end of the episode and find out! Click to learn more about Ellen Raskin’s The Westing Game, to see a complete list of Lutheran Ladies’ Book Club picks and runners up, or to revisit past online book club events in the Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook group.   Connect with the Lutheran ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge) and follow Sarah (@mrsbaseballpants), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske) on Instagram.

Feb 12

53 min 54 sec

This February, as winter and the global pandemic alike drag on and on and on, why not enjoy some good old fashioned comfort food? In this installment of Erin’s Recipe Card, the ladies share their favorite recipes for “hot fat carbs,” from savory red beans and rice, to crowd-pleasing meat loaf, to “ooey-gooey” peanut chicken curry—and beyond. Whether your comfort food of choice is lasagna or stew, cookies, pizza, or even coffee, you’re sure to end this tasty episode feeling hungry and inspired. “When we feel like we need a little hug in our bellies,” Sarah so aptly says, “we eat something that we love.” Click to learn more about Erin’s go-to cookbook, The Joy of Cooking, or to take a peek at the peanut curry recipe Rachel modified for this episode. Connect with the Lutheran ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge) and follow Sarah (@mrsbaseballpants), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske) on Instagram.

Feb 5

50 min 27 sec

Stanisława Leszczyńska (May 8, 1896 – March 11, 1974) was a Polish Catholic midwife and member of the Polish Resistance who was incarcerated at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. During her time in the notorious death camp, she provided obstetrical and other medical care to her fellow prisoners and delivered over 3,000 children — most to certain death, a precious few to life. In this heartbreaking-yet-hopeful Story Time with Sarah, the Lutheran ladies both celebrate the sanctity of human life and commemorate the Nazi Holocaust as they honor the remarkable legacy of this valiant, faithful woman. Resources referenced in this episode include: Stanisława Leszczyńska’s 1957 “Midwife’s Report from Auschwitz” “’Give Me Your Children: Voices from the Lodz Ghetto” (Holocaust Encyclopedia) The United States and St. Louis Holocaust museums “This Midwife at Auschwitz Delivered 3,000 Babies in Unfathomable Conditions” (com) “Stanisława Leszczyńska: Midwife in Auschwitz” (Polish News) Stanisława Leszczyńska: The Miracle of Life in a Death Camp (video lecture) The Midwife of Auschwitz: Extraordinary life of heroine who delivered 3,000 babies in horror death camp to be told in new documentary (The First News) The War within These Walls (illustrated novel on the Warsaw Ghetto and Uprising) Connect with the Lutheran ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge) and follow Sarah (@mrsbaseballpants), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske) on Instagram.

Jan 29

38 min 19 sec

Thinking back over the year since “coronavirus” entered their collective vocabularies, Sarah, Erin, Bri, and Rachel revisit the subject of social distancing (first covered in March 2020) in this all-hands-on-deck conversation. Taking an honest (and occasionally uproarious) look at the joys and woes of life in lockdown, each of the Lutheran Ladies offers her own heartfelt answer to the following prompts: The thing I hate most about social distancing is … Something that has surprised me about a socially distanced lifestyle is … The thing that has kept me sane during social distancing is … One new habit or practice I hope to keep going after social distancing ends is … The thing I’m most looking forward to after the pandemic is … Listen to the March 2020 “Socially Distanced Episode” here, and offer your own answers to the episode’s conversations prompts in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge). Connect with the Lutheran ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge) and follow Sarah (@mrsbaseballpants), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erinaltered), and Bri (@grrrzevske) on Instagram.

Jan 22

59 min 35 sec

Beginning the New Year with what has now (officially) been branded a “Wild Card” episode, Bri celebrates physical, mental, and spiritual by offering her heartfelt paean to a program that has helped her achieve greater measures of all three: Concordia Plans and its Vitality® wellness benefit.  Extoling the virtues of this virtual tool that incentivizes participating church workers to track their health and fitness activities in exchange for real-world rewards, die-hards Bri and Sarah do their best to convince skeptics Erin and Rachel to give it a try. The episode ends with three hilarious short radio dramas (each written, performed and produced by Bri) riffing on various aspects of the Vitality program. Click here to learn more about Concordia Plans’ health and wellness benefits for enrolled church worker families or to take a online wellness quiz from Vitality® and learn your “Vitality Age.” Connect with the Lutheran ladies on social media in The Lutheran Ladies’ Lounge Facebook discussion group (facebook.com/groups/LutheranLadiesLounge) and follow Sarah (@mrsbaseballpants), Rachel (@rachbomberger), Erin (@erin.alter), and Bri (@grrrzevske) on Instagram.

Jan 15

39 min 14 sec