23 Mar

LESA Volunteer Spotlight: Auction Action with Deb Hofmann & Jackie Roedel 

LESA Volunteer Spotlight: Auction Action with Deb Hofmann & Jackie Roedel

If you’ve ever stopped by our LESA office in the months and weeks leading up to our annual Cooking for Kids Tribute Dinner-Auction, you might have noticed two of our busy volunteers, Deb Hofmann and Jackie Roedel, putting together the 60-80 unique gift baskets that fill our Silent Auction tables at the event (or in the case of this year’s virtual “Cooking for Kids” – your computer screen!). Like all of our volunteers, Deb and Jackie are a vital part of LESA’s mission to serve our families, teachers and member schools. Read on to learn more about their contributions. 

What do you do at LESA?

Deb: We organize and procur items that come in for LESA’s Annual “Cooking for Kids” Dinner-Auction and also Brew in the Lou, to a lesser extent. We put them together artistically and then catalogue and keep track of what went over well the year before. And the day before the event, we help set everything up. All the little things that have to be done behind the scenes. 

Jackie: We get all the supplies and everything out, and then we decide what would go well with what in each basket. Then we build the basket, and then we complete the basket. The better the job we do, the more LESA can do for our students and schools. 

How long have you volunteered for LESA?

Deb: This is my third auction. I started volunteering after I retired from working in healthcare administration at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University. 

Jackie: I started in 2009 after I retired from working as a physical therapist at St. Anthony’s (now Mercy Hospital South) Acute Care division. However, when I was still working, I helped set up the tables when the dinner-auction was held at Royale Orleans. And then when I retired, I didn’t know how to do baskets, I’d never done one in my life! But my good friend Linda Lehr, another longtime LESA volunteer, recruited me. 

How many hours a week do you volunteer? 

Jackie: When we’re really going strong, five days a week, 9-3 pm, basically a full work week. 

Deb: We start working on the baskets the first week of January. And then after the event, we clean up and then we start again in August for Brew in the Lou.  

What’s the secret to a successful auction basket? 

Jackie: Teamwork – we decide on the items together, we put it together, we build it together. We each have our own niche. We bounce ideas off each other. And then I will usually do the shrink-wrapping and Deb bows them, she is so good at bows! She picks out the color and what kind. And so it works well that way. 

Why do you volunteer for LESA? 

Jackie: Oh, I enjoy it. My husband was born and raised Lutheran and he always says his daughters received a good Lutheran education (at Word of Life Lutheran School in south city and Lutheran South). I’m not actually Lutheran, but they’ve welcomed me and they appreciate us. There’s never a day that people don’t say thank you and they mean it. 

Deb: Well, Jackie actually asked me to help! But I’m also a product of Lutheran elementary and high schools – Lutheran South and Word of Life Lutheran when it was called Ascension Lutheran School, and my step mom taught in the Lutheran schools for 40 plus years. In fact, she taught Laura Montgomery (LESA’s Director of Educational Resources!) My husband went to Hope Lutheran and Lutheran South, and my kids went to Word of Life and Lutheran South.  

What’s your favorite part of what you do for LESA?

Jackie: I think shopping for items to add to the baskets. Everybody works so well together and it’s fun. And I have to say the best part of it is that we’re appreciated. 

Deb: I would say being able to have some creativity in how we display the items but the biggest thing is the people there. Sue (Nahmensen, LESA’s CEO) was the secretary at Word of Life Lutheran when my kids went there! We have a lot of fun. You don’t get a paycheck, but the benefits are way beyond that. And I feel fortunate that I can do it. 

What do you do when you’re not at LESA?

Jackie – I also volunteer for the American Czech Hall in south St. Louis, where I grew up. I’m the Animal Booth Lady – Deb helps me with that too! I also work the festival and help make all the pastries and dumplings for the festival, like kolache and all kinds of things. And then we make the dumplings for the Pork & Dumplings and the Duck & Dumplings. (You can taste Jackie’s cooking at this year’s Czech Festival, which has been rescheduled for Fall 2020, date to be determined.)

Deb: I like to work on home projects and I also have gotten into looking up my family tree. I’ve traced my family’s roots back to Germany, Scotland and the Alsace-Lorraine area of France. In terms of volunteering, I also co-chair of the Decorating Committee for our home church, Ascension Lutheran. We decorate the facility for Christmas and other holidays as well as for the Vacation Bible Study we hold every summer. I’m also co-chair the Fundraising Committee for Ascension’s Capital Campaign, which includes coming up with various projects and events to help raise funds for the school and church so we can continue to share Christ’s love now and in the years to come. I wanted my children to know that belonging to a church meant more than just sitting in the pew for an hour or so each week.  In addition to that, volunteering has blessed us with many great memories as well as good friends.

Thank you, Deb and Jackie, you are a blessing to LESA’s ministry and those we serve!

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21 Mar

LESA Cancels Major Scholarship Fundraiser due to COVID-19

LESA Cancels Major Scholarship Fundraiser due to COVID-19

(St. Louis, MO) March 21, 2020 – The St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association today announced the cancellation of a major annual fundraiser that provides critical financial assistance to children and families of all faiths in St. Louis and southern Illinois. (Click here to see the eblast sent to supporters.)

LESA’s 16th Annual Cooking for Kids Tribute Dinner-Auction had been scheduled for Saturday, April 18, at Orlando’s South. Tony Pietoso, founder and owner of Cafe Napoli in Clayton, and a Lutheran North alumnus, was set to headline the dinner. Pietoso, who spent time in a Lutheran orphanage in Italy before immigrating to St. Louis as a teenager, had designed a special menu for the event. The evening would also have included the presentation of LESA’s 2020 Lutheran Student Christian Leader Award to 13-year old Ella Arbeiter, a graduating eighth grader at Green Park Lutheran School in south St. Louis County who plans to attend Lutheran South in the fall.

The cancellation comes at a time when requests for aid are increasing, said Sue Nahmensen, LESA’s Chief Executive Officer. Nahmensen said staff members are working on converting the event to a virtual fundraiser to ensure students get the help they need to stay in the schools they love.

“The job loss and financial hardships resulting from this pandemic will have a deep and devastating effect on the children we serve,” said Nahmensen. “We need to do everything we can to make sure those families and the schools that rely on us can continue to do so in the future.”

Located in south St. Louis County, LESA administers need-based scholarships for 31 Lutheran elementary schools through its Building Blocks Scholarship Program. For the current 2019-20 school year, LESA awarded $454,701 in assistance to 477 children. Currently, 1 out of 10 Lutheran school students receives some level of need-based assistance from LESA.

More than 8,300 children of all faiths attend LESA member Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area, making Lutheran schools the second-largest private school system in the Bi-State Region. A Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, LESA represents 31 elementary schools, three high schools and three related agencies. Since 2004, LESA has awarded more than $5.5 million in need-based scholarships to 3,488 families in the St. Louis area. To find schools in your area, visit www.LESAstl.org.


Katherine (Kit) Auble
Director, LESA Fund Development and Marketing
314-200-0797 – office
314-435-1303 – cell

Brenda Kimberlin
LESA Media Coordinator
314-496-1799 – cell

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18 Feb

LESA Lutheran Schools Celebrate 2020 National Lutheran Schools Week

LESA Lutheran Schools Celebrate 2020 National Lutheran Schools Week

Nearly 8,500 Lutheran school students in the St. Louis Metro Area celebrated National Lutheran Schools Week, Jan. 26 – Feb. 1, 2020, with service projects, special events and open houses.

The theme of this year’s National Lutheran Schools Week was “Joy:fully Lutheran”!, from First Thessalonians 5:16–24: “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” Throughout the week, students celebrated individual themes for each day:


Nationwide, National Lutheran Schools Week provides nearly 2,000 Lutheran preschools, elementary schools and high schools with the public opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work among us in schools of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

In the St. Louis area and southern Illinois, nearly 8,500 children attend 33 LESA-member Lutheran schools, making Lutheran schools the second largest private school system in the Bi-State Region. Lutheran schools serve children of all faiths, abilities and backgrounds and meaningful tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. To date, LESA has awarded more than $5.5 million to St. Louis area families, touching the lives of more than 3,300 children.

For more information and media on National Lutheran Schools Week, visit https://www.lcms.org/lutheranschoolsweek.

About LESA

LESA represents 33 elementary and high schools in the St. Louis Metro Area, including four National Blue Ribbon schools and three National Lutheran Exemplary Schools. For more information, visit www.LESAstl.org, or call LESA at 314-200-0797. LESA is a Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

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13 Feb

First Lutheran “All Schools” Robotics Expo a Success

First Lutheran "All Schools" Robotics Expo a Success

About 20 Lutheran school Robotics Teams participated in the first ever Lutheran Schools Robotics Expo, Sat., Feb 1, 2020, sharing experiences and resources as we continue to inspire captivation in the vast world of STEM.

Lutheran High, St. Charles hosted the Expo, giving students and mentors from all over the St. Louis Lutheran school community the chance to demonstrate their robots, projects and programs in a low-pressure environment of exploration and inspiration. 

Thank you to the numerous LESA and Lutheran High volunteers who helped things run smoothly, especially Lutheran High’s FIRST FRC Team 4329 Roboteers. And congratulations to all of the schools that participated:

To learn more about LESA’s innovative LEGO STEM Robotics Program, click here.

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13 Feb

LESA Member Teacher Named LEA Outstanding New Lutheran Elementary Teacher

LESA Member Teacher Named LEA Outstanding New Lutheran Elementary Teacher

Allyson Hoger was selected to receive Lutheran Education Association’s 2020 Outstanding New Lutheran Elementary Teacher Award. She is in her third year of teaching at Immanuel Lutheran School in St. Charles, Mo. Among responsibilities in addition to teaching third grade, Allyson leads the Faith Family Committee, serves on the Yearbook Committee, and is assistant cheerleading coach. Ms. Hoger earned a B.A. in elementary education with a minor in theology and endorsements in special education and middle school language arts from Concordia University Chicago.

One parent, in support of Allyson’s nomination, said, “As a parent of four children, I have met many teachers over the years and Allyson is far and away one of the best we have ever had. She has the gift of teaching. I am not even comparing her to other new teachers; she is one of the best of all time. I find it so refreshing when I go to parent-teacher conferences. Miss Hoger knows the whole child. She is extremely organized and passionate. These characteristics shine through in all that she does. She makes learning fun and exciting. She is amazing at incorporating games and technology into her lessons.”

Allyson’s assistant principal commented, “Miss Hoger’s lessons are phenomenal. She presents each subject area in a variety of methods in order to educate her classroom of diverse learners. When observing Miss Hoger’s classroom I am immediately drawn to the energy and confidence Miss Hoger exudes in presenting each lesson. In turn, her students feed off her energy and excitement for the subject matter. Her pastor adds, “Allyson goes above and beyond with her involvement in the school and church outside her classroom. She never strives just to get by or for the bare minimum. Allyson always surpasses my expectations and is a team player and a natural leader. She is mature beyond her years. She relates with ease and excellence with people of all ages.”

Allyson says, “My mission as a Lutheran educator is to inspire and support students by providing them with a safe and loving learning environment in order to educate them socially, emotionally, spiritually, and cognitively so that they can learn how to be Christ followers in today’s society. Students in my classroom have the purpose of learning, cooperating as a body of Christ and deepening their faith. It is my belief that the teaching ministry involves not only teaching young minds but also encouraging children to be disciples so that they can spread the Gospel message to others.”

For a complete list of honorees, visit www.lea.org.


Edward Grube (ed.grube@lea.org)
Director of Publications and Communications
Lutheran Education Association
7400 Augusta Street
River Forest, IL 60305
708.209.3453 Fax 708.209.3458

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13 Feb

2020 Lutheran Student Christian Leader

Green Park Lutheran Student is St. Louis’s 2020 Lutheran Student Christian Leader

Ella Arbeiter, 13, would have been honored Saturday, April 18, at LESA’s cancelled “Cooking for Kids” Dinner-Auction to support Lutheran schools

(St. Louis, MO) April 20, 2020 – Ella Arbeiter, a graduating eighth-grader at Green Park Lutheran School in south St. Louis County – and future Lutheran South freshman – has been named Lutheran Student Christian Leader of the Year by the St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA). The award, which includes a $500 scholarship underwritten by the Lutheran Church Extension Fund, recognizes Lutheran elementary schools students who demonstrate courage, compassion, leadership, academic achievement and a commitment to their community. (Click here to see a video interview with Ella.)

Ella, 13, had been scheduled to receive her award Saturday, April 18, at LESA’s annual “Cooking for Kids” Tribute Dinner-Auction at Orlando Gardens South. The dinner, which was cancelleddue to the COVID-19 crisis, has since been converted to an online auction event to support scholarships and services for students at 31 Lutheran elementary schools in the St. Louis area. Bidding begins Saturday, April 18, and runs through May 3 at www.lesastl.org.

Ella was nominated for the award by one of her teachers, Mr. Joshua Dixon. “Ella has been instrumental over the past few years in the operation of our yearly food drives and donation drives for missionaries and other church work,” said Mr. Dixon. “She’s the first to volunteer, the first to comfort, the first to try new things and the first to jump into action when action is needed. She leads by examples and encourages others to follow her example.”

Last year, Ella and her mother Emily participated in a mission trip to Hong Kong, where Ella helped students read and speak English. “It was so cool to be over there and to share our faith,” said Ella. She says her desire to help others is inspired by her mother, who raised Ella as a single mother after having her in college. “I look up to my mother as a leader because she did it by herself,” said Ella. “She moved to St. Louis where she didn’t know anyone. I see her as a huge role model in my life.”

In addition to her service work and studies, Ella is an active athlete. At Green Park, she played basketball and ran track and cross country. She also swims competitively year-round. Her favorite subjects are English and math, and she hopes to work in business or accounting someday. In the meantime, she’s looking forward to attending Lutheran South in the fall. For Ella, being a Lutheran Christian Leader is a way of life. “It means that you try to be the best role model – when someone is looking and when someone is not.”

LESA hopes to honor Ella in person at a future date, in cooperation with public health guidelines.

“Cooking for Kids” is LESA’s largest annual fundraising event to support and sustain the future of Lutheran Christian education in the St. Louis Metro Area. Bidding will open April 18 at www.LESAstl.org for hundreds of items, including jewelry, art, autographed sports memorabilia, tickets to see Hamilton at the Fox, Blues and Cardinals tickets, golf packages, and season passes to the St. Louis Zoo, among other prizes.

About LESA

More than 8,300 children of all faiths attend LESA member Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area, making Lutheran schools the second-largest private school system in the Bi-State Region. A Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, LESA represents 31 elementary schools, three high schools and three related agencies. Since 2004, LESA has awarded more than $5.5 million in need-based scholarships to 3,488 families in the St. Louis area. Visit www.LESAstl.org, or follow us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/brewintheloustl/.

About Green Park Lutheran School

Green Park Lutheran School is a nationally accredited JK-8 school located in south St. Louis county. For over 55 years Green Park Lutheran has served as a destination and a pillar in the community, offering academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment. Located at Union on Green Park Road near I-55 and Reavis Barracks, Green Park is a ministry owned and operated by Christ Memorial, Gethsemane, Peace and Resurrection churches. For information on enrollment for the 2020-21 school year, or to schedule a tour, visit https://greenparklutheranschool.org/, or call 314-544-4248.


Katherine (Kit) Auble
Director, Fund Development and Marketing

Brenda  Kimberlin
Media Coordinator
Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA)
314-496-1799 (cell)

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16 Jan

Visit a Lutheran School During National Lutheran Schools Week – Jan 26-Feb 1

Visit a Lutheran School During National Lutheran Schools Week - Jan 26-Feb 1

Lutheran “All Schools” Open House Sunday, Jan. 26

(ST. LOUIS, MO) January 15, 2020 – Nearly 8,500 students in the St. Louis Metro Area will celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week (Jan. 26 – Feb. 1, 2020) with service projects, special events and open houses. The schools are members of the St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association. 

The theme of this year’s National Lutheran Schools Week is “Joy:fully Lutheran”!, from First Thessalonians 5:16–24: “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” 

In the St. Louis area, 19 schools will begin the week with a special Lutheran “All Schools” Winter Open House event Sunday, Jan. 26, at their respective campuses. Most will welcome visitors from 1-3 p.m., but times may vary. To confirm times and find participating schools in your area, visit www.LESAstl.org, or call LESA at 314-200-7014.

Nearly 8,500 children attend 33 LESA-member Lutheran schools in St. Louis and southern Illinois, making it the second largest private school system in the Bi-State Region. Lutheran schools serve children of all faiths, abilities and backgrounds and meaningful tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. To date, LESA has awarded more than $5.5 million to St. Louis area families, touching the lives of more than 3,300 children. 

For more information and media on National Lutheran Schools Week, visit https://www.lcms.org/lutheranschoolsweek.

About LESA

LESA represents 33 elementary and high schools in the St. Louis Metro Area, including four National Blue Ribbon schools and three National Lutheran Exemplary Schools. For more information, visit www.LESAstl.org, or call LESA at 314-200-0797. LESA is a Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Lutheran “All Schools” Open House: Sunday, January 26, 2020, from 1-3 pm 

Additional open house dates noted. Times may vary. Contact schools directly to confirm times, arrange private tours or obtain enrollment information.

Illinois – Metro East

Good Shepherd, Collinsville 618-344-3153     

  • Sunday, January 26, 1-3 pm 
  • Sunday, February 23, 1-3 pm
  • Sunday, March 22, 1-3 pm
  • Preschool Preview – Tue, Feb 4, 6:30 pm 
  • Kindergarten Preview – Tue, Feb 4, 7 pm

Holy Cross, Collinsville   618-344-3145 

  • Sunday, January 26, 1-3 pm

St. John’s, Red Bud 618-282-3873 

  • Call to arrange tour  

St. Paul’s, Troy 618-667-6314 

  • Tuesday, February 11, 4-7 p.m.  618-667-6314

Trinity, Edwardsville 618-656-7002 

  • Sunday, January 26, 1-3 pm
  • Kindergarten Open House – Tue, Feb 25, 6 pm  

Unity, East St. Louis 618-874-6605 

  • Call to arrange tour 

Zion, Belleville 618-234-0275 

  • Sunday, January 26,  12:30-2:30 pm

Zion, Bethalto  618-377-5507

  • Sunday, Feb 23 – Noon-2 pm (Soup Luncheon)
  • Kindergarten Open House – Thursday, Feb 6 – 6:30-8:00 pm 
  • “Dr. Seuss” Preschool Preview Night – Tue, Feb 25, 6 -7 pm

North Area 

Atonement, Florissant 314-837-1252 

  • Sunday, January 26, 1-3 pm

Grace Chapel, Bellefontaine Neighbors 314-867-6564  

  • Sunday, February 23, 1-3 pm

River Roads, Baden 314-388-0300 

  • Sunday, January 26, 1-3 pm

Salem Lutheran, Florissant 314-741-8220 

  • Sunday, March 15, 1-3 pm


Abiding Savior, Mehlville 314-892-4408 

  • Sunday, January 26,  1-3 pm
  • Early Childhood Sneak-a-Peek – Thurs, Feb 20, 9-11 am

Green Park, Green Park 314-544-4248 

  • Sunday, January 26, 1-3 pm

Salem, Affton 314-353-9242 

  • Sunday, January 26, Noon-2 pm

St. John’s, Arnold 636-464-7303 

  • Contact to arrange tour  

Word of Life, St. Louis Hills 314-832-1244 

  • Sunday, January 26, 1-3 pm (All 3 campuses)


Christ Community (CCLS), Kirkwood/Webster Groves 314-822-7774

  • Thursday, March 5, 6-7:30 pm (Open House/STEAM & Literacy Night)

Immanuel, Olivette 314-993-5004

  • Tuesday, February 11, 8:30-11:30 am
  • Weekly “Tuesday Tours” @ 10:10 am, RSVP 314-993-5004

Immanuel, Washington 636-239-1636  

  • Sunday, January 26, 1-3 pm 
  • Enrollment Opens January 22

Our Savior, Fenton 636-343-7511

  • Sunday, January 26, 1-3 pm (Grades 1-8)
    • Kindergarten Round Up, 1-1:30 pm 
  • Enrollment opens February 1

St. John, Ellisville 636-386-0186 

  • January 26, Noon-1:30 pm 

St. Mark’s, Eureka 636-938-4432 

  • Sunday, January 26, 10:30 a.m.-1 pm

St. Paul’s, Des Peres  314-822-2771 

  • Sunday, January 26, 12-2 pm (North Campus, 1300 N. Ballas Rd.)

St. Charles County 

Child of God, St. Peters 636-970-7080 

  • Sunday, January 26, 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Tuesday, February 4, 8:30-10:00 am
  • Tuesday, February 25, 4:00-7:00 pm

Immanuel, St. Charles 636-946-0051 

  • Sunday, January 26, 12-3 pm
  • Pre-K & Kindergarten Sneek-A-Peek 
  • Wednesday, January 29, 8:30 am
  • Thursday, Febraury 6, 8:30 am 

Immanuel, Wentzville 636-639-9887 

  • Sunday, January 26, 1-3 pm

Messiah, Weldon Spring 636-329-1096 

  • Sunday, January 26, Noon-3 pm

Zion, St. Charles 636-441-7424 

  • Contact to arrange tour 
  • Online enrollment opens Jan 26 @ 5 pm

High Schools 

Lutheran North High School & Middle School  314-389-3100

New Student Outreach Events:

  • Course Selection Night – Incoming Freshmen – Tue, Jan 28, 7 pm
  • Elementary Music Festival – Fri, Jan 31
  • Elementary Academic Fair – Sat, Feb 1
  • Tours – email Admissions Director Becky Kammeier at bkammeier@lncrusaders.org

Lutheran High School South 314-631-1400

New Student Outreach Events:

  • Middle School Mixer – Fri, Jan 31, 7-9 pm (No RSVP necessary) https://www.lslancers.org/events
  • Scholar Bowl (Elem & MS) Sat, March 28, 9-11:30 am
  • Tours – email Admissions Director Katy Schmitt at kschmitt@LSLancers.org

Lutheran High School St. Charles   636-928-5100 

  • Contact to arrange tour 

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04 Nov

Order Your Christmas Cards!

Order Your Christmas Cards!

It’s that time of year again! Time to order your Christmas cards featuring the artwork of our Lutheran students. Show your friends and relatives the spirit of the season while supporting the Lutheran children of our community!

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01 Nov

Save the Date: Brew in the Lou – Oct 10, 2020

Save the Date: Brew in the Lou - Oct 10, 2020

Thank you to guests, vendors, sponsors and volunteers for helping the St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association raise a record-breaking $120,000 for Lutheran schools at its 7th Annual “Brew in the Lou” Festival, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 at Francis Park in St. Louis Hills. (Save the Date for our next Brew in the Lou – Sat., Oct. 10, 2020!)

More than 1,800 craft beer and food fans sampled specialties from nearly 100 of St. Louis’ best beer, wine, spirits, coffee, food and pop-up vendors, including about forty local and regional craft breweries.

Guests also voted for their favorite brats, home brew and chili recipes. This year’s  Battle of the Bratwurst prize went to Salem Men’s Club, followed by Oakville Butcher Shop and Digregorio’s Market. In the ultra-competitive People’s Choice Home Brew Competition, Immanuel Lutheran in Washington won first for Rev. Mark Bangert’s “Belgian Pear Ale.” East Side Brewers Club’s Brad Gutierrez and David Page took second for “Ginger Beer” and home brewer Eric Smith “Saison” took third.

The top prize for this year’s Chili Cook-Off went to Salem Men’s Club, followed by the Bootleggin’ BBQ and Reinneck Ranch.  Brew guest Gina Stueke was the lucky drawing winner of two all-inclusive St. Louis Blues Hockey Club Seats.

The Steve Ewing Band  and the Lutheran High School South Jazz Band provided entertainment, and KPLR/Fox 2’s Jeff Bernthal, a Lutheran schools grad, emceed. To see more photos visit on Facebook at @LESABrewintheLou.

Thank you to our sponsors, vendors and guests for  your generous support. Proceeds benefit the 8,500 children enrolled in 34 Lutheran schools in the bi-state area. To contribute, visit www.lesastl.org, or call 314-200-0797.

To view Brew 2019 photos click on the photographer’s name. Thank you to Terry Dinnius and Bob Ackley for your great photos!

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11 Sep

Brew, Food & Music Lineup Announced for 7th Annual “Brew in the Lou” at Francis Park – Oct. 12, 2019

Brew, Food & Music Lineup Announced for 7th Annual "Brew in the Lou" at Francis Park - Oct. 12, 2019

(St. Louis, MO) September 9, 2019 – LESA’s 7th Annual “Brew in the Lou” Festival, presented by Thrivent Financial, will offer one-stop tasting of St. Louis’s best beer, wine, spirits and food favorites when it returns to Francis Park, Sat. Oct. 12, 2019, from 1-5 p.m. About 60 tasting stations will line the banks of The Lily Pond, including more than 40 local, regional and national craft breweries, distilleries and wineries.

Wristbands are $40 advance/$50 day-of-event and can be bought online at www.LESAstl.org, or over the phone at (314) 200-0797. (Advance sales close at midnight, Thurs., Oct. 10.) Admission includes unlimited tastings and a keepsake commemorative glass. And new this year for Brew fans who want more than a tasting – a select number of food vendors will have full-size servings available for purchase. 

Brew Beverages: Beer Sauce ShopBrick River CiderCathedral Square Brewery, Center Ice BreweryCharleville BrewingCrane Brewing (NEW), Crown Valley BreweryEarthbound BreweryExcel BrewingGoose IslandHeavy Riff Brewing Co.Hopskellar Brewing Co.KomBlu KombuchaLieferbrau Brewing Co.Mackenzie Brewing (NEW), Main Street Brewing Co.Maplewood Brewing (NEW), Millpond Brewing Company (NEW), Missouri Beer CompanyModern BreweryNarwhal’s Crafted IceOdell Brewing Co.O’Fallon BreweryOld Bakery BeerPeel Brewing Co.Narrow Gauge Brewing, Public House Brewing CompanyRockwell Beer Co. (NEW), Saint Louis Hop ShopSchlafly Brewing (NEW), Six Mile BridgeSquare One Brewery & DistillerySt. Louis University Brewing (NEW), Southside Alchemy (NEW), Stubborn German Brewing (NEW), Third Wheel Brewing Co.Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.Wood Hat SpiritsJ.Rieger & Co.Stumpy’s Spirits & DistillerySt. James WineryStone Hill Winery, Lindwedel WineryExcel Soda and Bubbly Sparkling Water.

Brew Food: The Stellar HogRed Top BBQBootleggin’ BBQPappy’s Smokehouse (NEW), Gallagher’s PizzaDogtown PizzaSwiss MeatsOakville Butcher Block (NEW), Old  ViennaPhilly Pretzel Factory (NEW), Salsa Rose ProductsDouble G HamSt. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Des Peres (NEW), Kernel Cobbs Kettle Corn and Nothing Bundt Cakes.

Brew Marketplace: St. Louis BattleHawks – XFL FootballSt. Louis Brewers GuildSeries SixGloria’s Unique BoutiqueThe Crafted BoneBenton Park PrintsPaparrazi Jewelry & AccessoriesEuphoria Beauty Boutique (NEW), Debbie Fenelon Photography (NEW), Post Pouring Co. (NEW) and Thrivent Financial.

Brew VIP Tent: Fallon’s Bar & GrillJameson Caskmates and 4 Hands Brewing are the Official Sponsors of the VIP Tent.

Brew Sponsors: St. Louis BattleHawks – XFL Football Thrivent Financial, First Community Credit UnionDrury, Simmons BankLCMS FoundationLutheran TrustDobbs Tire & AutoGil Schroeder’s Sod FarmLohr Distributing & Anheuser-BuschFlooring SystemsAT&T TV STLLutheran Hour MinistriesFirst BankFACTS Tuition ManagementThe Maschhoffs,  Dierbergs Markets, Bob Dierberg, Roger Dierberg, Bill & Eileen Bunte, David & Jerry Wollenberg, Vernon & Joann Schroeder, Paul & Jeannie Niewald, Keith & Kathy Odegard, The Maschhoffs, Marilyn Brickler, Torbeck, Kalin Liefer, Gene & Linda Lehr, Jack Gerber, and the Kauffmann Family Foundation.

Entertainment: Enjoy live music from the Steve Ewing BandKEZK & Y98. FOX 2’s Jeff Bernthal will emcee and KMOX will be on-site. Fans can also vote for their favorite home brews and homemade chili in our ultra-competitive People’s Choice competitions.

And back this year by popular demand – an additional “Brew in the Lou” Home Brew Bottle Competition sanctioned by the St. Louis Brews Home Brewer’s Club to benefit our schools. New this year – the winning home brew will be served on tap at Twisted Rootslocated at 3690 Forest Park Ave. Registration is open now and will be limited to 200 entries. There will be three judging sessions: Tue., Sept 24 at 6 p.m. and Fri., Sep. 27 at 6 p.m. at The Stellar Hog (5623 Leona St., St. Louis, MO), and Sat., Sep 28th from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Epiphany Lutheran Church (4045 Holly Hills Blvd, St. Louis, MO). Judges and stewards are also needed. Register or apply at https://stlhbg.org/bitl/

Proceeds from “Brew in the Lou” benefit students and teachers served by the St. Louis -based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA). Last year’s festival attracted 2,100 beer and food enthusiasts and raised a record $107,000 for Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area.

More than 7,000 children of all faiths attend LESA member Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area, making Lutheran schools the second-largest private school system in the Bi-State Region. A Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, LESA represents 33 elementary and high schools and five related agencies. For more information and a list of member schools, visit www.LESAstl.org.

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