I do wish I could help you with this event. It seems that everyone I know lives in eastern time zone. That pesky little obstacle of distance seems to be a factor in everything.
I will pray for God's blessings on this. The LCMS is very much in a conservative 16th century mindset, but it is a denomination that in theory at least is very much focused on grace. I see hope in the future.
For I am convinced that neither life nor death...neither the present nor the future nor anything in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39