The Rev. Dr. Roger C. Paavola, president of the LCMS Mid-South District, who presented the “Mustache Resolution” to the convention, watched the proceedings from home, via Facebook, with vested interest.
As part of the resolution, Paavola agreed that if the initiative’s admittedly ambitious $2 million goal was not met, he “would be required to grow facial hair until it either resembles the beard and mustache of Dr. Roland Ziegler” (a professor at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.) or “his wife begs him to shave.” Paavola, therefore, noted, “My wife began agonizing about the results of the shortfall and what that might mean to my morning routines.”
More seriously, Paavola said that although he is disappointed that the resolution did not meet its goal, he is grateful to those who have participated in the initiative.
“Even though the deadline has passed,” he added, “I would encourage people to please consider making contributions to the fund to assist our students toward the work of the Church and our beloved Synod.
“The ‘Mustache Resolution’ has provided us with a whimsical way for many to show their love for the Synod’s educational institutions.”
– February edition of the Synod’s Reporter newspaper