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Class Notes: June 2015

Alumna Rachel Manke to perform on “A Prairie Home Companion”

The Rev. Rachel MankeThe Rev. Rachel Manke, MDiv 2012, pastor at First Lutheran Church in Malden, Massachusetts, and accomplished ukulele player, will stand in front of a congregation of a different kind on June 27, when she joins the legendary Garrison Keillor and his beloved traveling show, “A Prairie Home Companion,” at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts.

According to Rachel’s website, she “has been playing the uke since 1999 (before Y2K hit), before it was cool. She says that she does not play ‘hipster ukulele.’ However, the claim to be playing ‘before it was cool’ might render that point moot.”

Rachel will join Keillor for A Prairie Home Companion’s popular artists series on June 27 at Tanglewood’s legendary Koussevitzky Music Shed, the summer home of the Boston Pops, for a show that will begin at 5:45 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.

The show will also be broadcast on radio and made available as a podcast at the Prairie Home Companion website.

For more information on Pastor Manke’s musical career, click here to visit her website.


The Rev. Scott K. Davis, MDiv 1980, STM 1988, Pastor, Brickerville United Lutheran, 340 E 28th Division Hwy, Lititz, Pennsylvania

Brickerville United Lutheran extended the synodically-imposed three-year term call to a full regular call on 5/17/15. I was interim, then under term-call, now regular call at the same church in the past 3 years!


CaptainGaryStieglerThe Rev. Gary Stiegler, MDiv 2001), Pastor, Redeemer Lutheran, Vineland, New Jersey

Board Chair of Bayshore Center at Bivalve, home of New Jersey’s Tall Ship, the AJ Meerwald; Board member of Family Promise of Cumberland County, NJ; Pres. of the Board of the  Vineland Ministerium of churches; Chaplain Vineland Police Deptartment.

Celebrating 6th year in Vineland, second call out of LTSP, and 9 grandchildren. Celebrating 49th year of marriage to wife, Jan. God is good!


The Rev. James Alfred Daniels, BD, Class of 1960

The Rev. James DanielsThe Rev. James Alfred Daniels died Friday, June 5, 2015 at age 83.

Pr. Daniels is survived by his brother, Robert (Alta) Daniels of Queen Valley, AZ and his wife of 60 years, Nancy Joan Stephens Daniels. James and Nancy have three children; Susan (Paul) Casner, Lebanon, TN, Jim (Karin) Daniels of St. Peters, PA, and David (Elizabeth) Daniels of Lebanon, TN. He has 6 grandchildren; Amanda Daniels, Derek (Tiffany) Daniels, Jamie (Michael) Cooney, Brian Casner, Jesse and Nicholas Daniels. He also has 7 great grandchildren and 2 more due in August. He has many relatives including his nieces and nephews as well.

Condolences may be sent to: Mrs. Nancy Joan Stephens Daniels, 312 Stroud Drive, Lebanon, TN 37087

A Memorial Service was held Thursday, June 11, 2015, at Faith Lutheran Church, Lebanon, TN, In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to: Faith Lutheran Church, 1655 W. Main St., Lebanon, TN, 37087 in memory of James Daniels.

Information Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA, obituary and photo Sellers Funeral Services

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