National Lutheran News

No flower girl? Try “flower men.”

The Rrev. Gil Furst, center, with bride and groom Melatnie and Tom Josephson.

The Rrev. Gil Furst, center, with bride and groom Melatnie and Tom Josephson.

Program presenter Mel-anie Josephson (Rose-ville, Minnesota) told the new Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) Coordinators attending the group’s biennial gathering in Scotts-dale, Arizona, June 24–27, “I’m a little scattered today. I’m getting married tonight.”

Josephson, director for Disaster Services for Lu-theran Social Service/Lutheran Disaster Response of Minnesota, married co-presenter the Rev. Tom Davis (also of Roseville), a regional director for Church World Service (CWS) Disaster Response and Recovery. A third presenter for the morning session, the Rev. Gil Furst, officiated at the ceremony held outside the McDowell Mountains Marri-ott Resort, the site of the sessions. Furst retired as LDR director on June 30.

As the sun set, family, friends, and LDR colleagues sang “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry.” Two “flower men,” the Rev. Rick Armstrong (God’s Care in Times of Crisis, St. Petersburg, Florida) and Greg Nelson (Lutheran Social Ser-vice of Minnesota Clinical Director, Mankato), prepared the path for the bride by strewing rose petals.

“Both Tom and I have been profoundly influenced by the church, particularly its disaster response ministry,” said Josephson-Davis. “It is in this context we met, worked together, and developed a friendship.”
LDR is a shared ELCA and LCMS ministry.