Love your neighbor as yourself
SERVANT to SERVANT                            6-17-16


The Rev. Christian R. Wood, Bishop Jamison J. Hardy and

The Rev. Keith A. Speaks

Bishop Jamison J. Hardy had a wonderful visit at Hales Corners Lutheran Church in Hales Corners, WI on Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12, 2016.
Bishop Hardy feels blessed to call The Rev. Keith A. Speaks and The Rev. Christian R. Woods "brothers in Christ". He encourages them to "keep up the great work!"
The Rev. Timothy P. Kade and The Rev. J. Derek Mathers
On Sunday, June 12, 2016, The Rev. J. Derek Mathers, Assistant to the Bishop and Mission Executive, had a wonderful time worshipping with The Rev. Timothy P. Kade and the people of Epic Lutheran Church in Shelby Twp., MI.
For the past ten years, Epic Lutheran Church held their worship services in movie theaters and a school.

Sunday, June 12th was a day to celebrate! The congregation dedicated their new building and established their mission in the local physical community.
Many people from the community attended the dedication service to see the new building, learn more about Epic Lutheran Church and participate in the celebration. Everyone was invited to stay afterwards to enjoy a fellowship meal.
Please pray that God blesses the people of Epic in this transition of their mission.
June 14-16, 2016, Hales Corners, WI
The Rev. Dr. Leopold Sanchez
Hales Corners Lutheran Church in Hales Corners, WI was a beautiful place to have the 2016 Professional Church Workers Conference. Approximately 125 people attended from all over the country.

The Rev. Dr. Leopold Sanchez, Professor of Hispanic Ministries at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, was the keynote speaker. He presented four segments during the two-day conference:
  • "The Baptismal Model: Dying and Rising with Christ"
  • "The Dramatic Model: Life in the Wilderness"
  • "The Eucharistic Model: The Gift of Vocation"
  • "The Hospitality Model: Reaching Out to Marginal Neighbors"
Hales Corners Lutheran Church, Hales Corners, WI
Morning and afternoon devotions were given by The Rev. Ben Eder, 1st Vice President; The Rev. Zerit Yohannes, 2nd Vice President; and The Rev. Todd Arnold, 3rd Vice President. The Rev. Rob Rogers, 4th Vice President, gave the Closing Prayer at the completion of the conference.

A Divine Worship Service was held on Wednesday evening. The Rev. R. Wayne Morton, Chairman of the Board of Directors, delivered a sermon titled "The Water Woman" based on the Gospel Reading, Luke 7:36-8:3.
On Thursday morning, two men were presented with an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Award. Bishop Hardy said,  "The English District, Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod recognizes the years of service dedicated to the Lord, significant contributions to the Church, notable achievements of individuals in active Christian service, and the exemplary qualifications of those individuals in their field of service. An honorary Doctorate of Divinity is awarded in recognition of an individual's work in contribution to the ministry of the Church - ministerial, professional, and academic or a combination of any or all of the three areas. This year, it is my privilege to award two men with the distinction of honorary Doctor of Divinity."

The men who were given this honor are The Rev. Jerome H. Groth and The Rev. R. Wayne Morton. Both pastors had their wives and family members in attendance to celebrate this achievement and milestone in their lives.

Receiving the Honorary

Doctor of Divinity Award

Bishop Jamison J. Hardy, Mrs. Kay Groth, and

The Rev. Dr. Jerome Groth

Receiving the Honorary
Doctor of Divinity Award

Bishop Jamison J. Hardy, Mrs. Beth Morton, and

The Rev. Dr. R. Wayne Morton

If you would like to view the conference reports and presentations from the 2016 PCW Conference, please  click here.

The next Professional Church Workers Conference will be held May 16-18, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church in Redford, MI. Mark your calendars and plan to attend. 
June 13-14, 2016, Hales Corners, WI

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Morning Session

Gathering together in the Community Center

Bishop Jamison J. Hardy
The Rev. Gregory R. Lutz
Deaconess Jeri I. Morrison
English District - Lifeline
Focus: Suicide

The Rev. Zerit Yohannes. 2nd Vice President

Afternoon Devotions

Gail Holzer, 
Executive Assistant, School Ministry, English District

Rev. Dr. Wayne Morton,

Chairman of the Board of Directors, English District

Divine Worship, Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Bishop Jamison J. Hardy, The Rev. Keith A. Speaks, The Rev. Todd W. Arnold,

The Rev. Robert A. Rogers, The Rev. Ben Eder, The Rev. Dr. R. Wayne Morton

The Rev. Robert A. Rogers, 4th Vice President
Old Testament Reading: 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-14
The Rev. Todd W. Arnold, 3rd Vice President
Epistle Reading: Galatians 2:15-21; 3:10-14
Thursday, June 15, 2016
The Todd W. Arnold
Morning Devotions
The Rev. Dr. Leopold Sanchez

Korey Daniels

English District Coordinator

National Youth Gathering

The Rev. Mark A. Wood

Director, Revitalization
LCMS Office of National Missions

Calls Received
The Rev. Todd A. Seaver from Holy Ghost, Monroe, MI has received a call to serve as the Associate Pastor at All Saints, Slippery Rock, PA.
The Rev. Brian P. Westgate from Faith, Butler, PA has received a call to serve as the Sole Pastor at Trinity, Iuka, IL.

The English District Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod supports and funds missions, from our churches' local communities to people across the globe. Whether it is a scholarship or basic humanitarian needs, we try to "love our neighbors as ourselves" in all we do. Your financial support can assist us in doing more in Christ's name. To support English District ministries  click here. Please prayerfully consider making a donation today.
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