Love your neighbor as yourself
SERVANT to SERVANT                        4-15-16

Bishop Jamison J. Hardy visited several English District pastors and congregations in Arizona recently. He enjoyed meeting new people and catching up with friends. He didn't mind the warmer temperatures either. A flat tire on his rental car did cause a brief delay, but he made it to the church on time. In the afternoon of Sunday, April 10, 2016, Bishop Hardy had the pleasure of preaching at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.
The Rev. Joshua Palmer, Catalina, Tucson, AZ; Bishop Jamison J. Hardy; The Rev. Michael Morehouse, Catalina, Tucson, AZ

Bishop Jamison J. Hardy and

The Rev. Dr. John Stieve, Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior, Green Valley, AZ

The Rev. Derek Mathers, Assistant to the Bishop and Mission Executive officiated at the installation of The Rev. Dr. Jason Kouri on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Redeemer, Sarnia, ON. The Rev. Dr. Roger Ellis, Emeritus was also in attendance.
Pictured left to right:
The Rev. Dr. Roger Ellis,  The Rev. Dr. Jason Kouri,  The Rev. Derek Mathers
An exciting week in Lutheran education!
Lumen Christi Award
The 2016 Lumen Christi Professional Educator of the Year award was presented on Thursday, April 7, 2016 to Joanne Webb, Director of Little Lambs Academy in New Berlin, WI in a surprise presentation.
School Ministries Executive Gail Holzer presented Joanne with her award. The school and church staff of Peace Lutheran were present for this celebration, along with the children she serves. In her nomination the following was expressed, "Mrs. Webb is someone who 'plants seed' in the hearts of children and families as she not only teaches the love of Jesus, but models that love and care." Joanne has served at Little Lambs Academy for five years.

The 2016 Lumen Christi Volunteer Educator of the Year award was presented on Sunday, April 10, 2016 to Julia MacGowan at Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior, Green Valley, AZ. Although Julia has served in the Children's Ministry at Risen Savior for many years, she worked diligently to restart the Sunday school program after a lapse in Sunday school aged children. Julia was nominated by Deaconess Jeri Morrison, who stated in her nomination, "Julia's enthusiasm is contagious; she is a team player, and obviously loves this particular opportunity to serve her Savior."
Bishop Jamison J. Hardy was on hand to present Julia with her award. 
Nominations are sought annually for both the Lumen Christi Awards for English District Professional and Volunteer Educators of the Year. These awards were initiated in 1992. Pictures and more details can be seen on the district website at .
Joanne Webb receiving the 2016 Lumen Christi Professional Educator of the Year Award from School Ministries Executive Gail Holzer

Bishop Jamison J. Hardy, Julia MacGowan, Deaconess Jeri Morrison,

Rev. Dr. John Stieve

National Administrators Conference
The National Administrators Conference, sponsored by Lutheran Education Association (LEA), was held last week in Milwaukee, WI. Three English District educators were presented LEA awards:
Albert Amling was named 2016 LEA Distinguished Lutheran Elementary Administrator. He is Superintendent of Schools at Hales Corners Lutheran Schools in Hales Corners, WI.
Presentation of the LEA awards
Eva Fronk was selected for 2016 Distinguished Retired Lutheran Educator "EncourAGING" award. She was selected by the leadership team of LEA's Retired Lutheran Educators Network, known as EncourAGEnet.
Gloria Lawrence was named 2016 LEA Distinguished Lutheran Early Childhood Teacher. She is Lead Kindergarten Teacher at Hales Corners Lutheran Elementary School in Hales Corners, WI.
Rev. Keith A. Speaks
The Rev. Keith A. Speaks and the worship team of Hales Corners Lutheran Church provided the spiritual leadership for the opening and closing worship services.

After the National Administrators Conference, the English District administrators had their own conference on the campus of Concordia University, dining at Highland House afterward.

Worship Team of Hales Corners

English District administrators at Highland House
Confirmation celebration

Congratulations and God's blessings to the 2016 Confirmation Class of Beautiful Savior, Lee's Summit, MO.

Baptism at Fairlawn, Akron, OH
Baptized in the Lord
Congratulations to Max on his baptism at Fairlawn Lutheran Church in Akron, OH. He elected to be baptized during Sunday School so that all of the kids would be able to attend. God's blessings to you, Max!

Water and the Word
The Rev. James Gau and Max
LWML Arizona Zone
The LWML English District Arizona Zone held their Spring Retreat on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior in Green Valley, AZ. Ninety women and three pastors were in attendance.
Cindy Steinbeck led everyone in a Bible study based on the theme "The Vine Speaks."
Discussions centered around Life in the Vine, Rooted in the Vine, The Energy of the Vine, and The Fruit of the Vine.
Singing was led by Dr. Ji Sun Lee, the Music Director at Risen Savior.
Cindy Steinbeck
Dr. Ji Sun Lee
Vicarage/Deaconess Intern Assignment and Candidate Placement are pivotal occasions on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN. The Vicarage/Deaconess Intern Assignment Service will take place at 7:00 PM (EDT) on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 and the Candidate Placement Service will take place on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM (EDT). Both services will take place in Kramer Chapel on the seminary campus, 6600 N. Clinton Street, Ft. Wayne.
To make it possible for more people to be part of this special evening, this year there will be a live, video webcast. To watch live please visit the website of Concordia Theological Seminary at There will be a link on their main page to watch the live stream.
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO invites the public to share in the joy of Call Day on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 during two services in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus on campus, 801 Seminary Place, Clayton, MO.

Concluding students will receive their pastoral and diaconal calls and second-year students will receive their vicarage or internship assignments at the 2016 Call Day services. Students who will serve a year as vicars or deaconess interns will receive their assignments at a worship service starting at 3:00 PM (CDT).
Candidates for the pastoral ministry will receive their first calls to serve as pastors, deaconesses, chaplains and missionaries at 7:00 PM (CDT).

Concordia Seminary will provide a free live stream of Call Day services at

The Seminary's help desk will be staffed to handle support calls at 866-333-2064 and 314-505-7231. A test stream will be available before the event so viewers may test their computers in advance.
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Colossians 3:12-14

June 14-17, 2016

REGISTER NOW for the 2016 Professional Church Workers (PCW) and Circuit Visitors Conferences will be held June 14-17, 2016 in Milwaukee, WI. Registration deadline is April 29th.

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