Love your neighbor as yourself
SERVANT to SERVANT                            7-8-16

Every three years, our Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod gathers in convention to determine mission and ministry priorities for the coming three years. The 66th Convention of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod is July 9-14, 2016, in Milwaukee at the Wisconsin Center under the theme "Upon This Rock."

Staying abreast of what's happening at the convention will be easy - even for those who are not on the scene. That's thanks to an array of communications options, including internet live streaming, Reporter Online, the Synod's official social-media outlets and Worldwide KFUO Radio. You get to choose to Watch, Read, or Listen.

A live online broadcast of the opening Divine Service will be available on Saturday, July 9, 2016. The LCMS Livestream is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM with pre-service music, and the service starts at 7:30 PM. ( Central Time - as are all times listed in this story).

Also scheduled for live streaming are all convention sessions. For July 10-13, 2016, those sessions are 8:00 AM-Noon and 1:30 PM-6:00 PM The final session on July 14, 2016 is scheduled for 8:00 AM-Noon.

News stories from the convention will be posted to Reporter Online throughout the sessions in Milwaukee. Subscribers to the Synod's free email-based news service, LCMS News, will receive daily messages with links to those stories from the convention. To subscribe to that service click here.

To keep up with convention happenings on social media, like and follow the official convention Facebook and Twitter accounts at and, respectively. To join the conversation, use the official hashtag #UponThisRock with all your convention posts on Twitter and Facebook, or add your voice to the comments on the Synod's posts.

Listen will have live updates and guest interviews from the convention during the "His Time" morning program, 7;00 AM to 9:00 AM, July 11-13, 2016.

And during those same three days, LCMS Director of Worship and International Center Chaplain Rev. William Weedon's program, "Thy Strong Word," will be live from the convention, starting at 11:00 AM. also will have updates during the day and special web-only audio and video from the convention and on its Facebook page at

Click here for more information about the convention.

Bishop Jamison J. Hardy officiated at the ordination of Adam Thompson on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church in Pevely, MO. Rev. Thompson will serve as the Associate Pastor of Fairlawn Lutheran Church in Fairlawn, OH. The Rev. J. Derek Mathers, Assistant to the Bishop and Mission Executive, will officiate at Adam's installation on Sunday, July 10, 2016. Adam is a 2016 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.
Rev. Adam Thompson and Bishop Jamison J. Hardy
Front Row: The Rev. Dr. James W. Voelz, Bishop Amos Bolay (President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia), Bishop Jamison J. Hardy, The Rev. Adam Thompson, The Rev. Dr. W. Mart Thompson, The Rev. Gary R. Schulte and The Rev. Harold S. Luckritz
Back Row: The Rev. Stephan A. Roma, The Rev. Jeffrey S. Burgess, and The Rev. Micah Glenn
The Rev. Jeffrey S. Burgess, Bishop Amos Bolay and Bishop Jamison J. Hardy
It was a wonderful blessing to have Bishop Amos Bolay attend the ordination of Adam Thompson.

Bishop Amos Bolay is president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia (ELCL). He serves as the chief ecclesiastical leader, representative and spokesperson for the ELCL both at home and abroad.

Greetings English District!  We are just over a week out from joining together for worship, service, and some amazing growth opportunities.I look forward to meeting and seeing you all in New Orleans, LA!  Here are a few important housekeeping items regarding the 2016 National Youth Gathering, specifically, the English District happenings.
T-shirts and Dome Floor Seating: If you ordered District t-shirts, they were shipped last week. If you have not received them, please contact me ASAP!  We will be wearing the District shirts on Sunday, July 17, 2016. This year the Gathering planners have reserved the dome floor seating for districts on specific nights to help give everyone an opportunity to sit on the floor. The English District is invited to sit on the floor on Sunday, July 17, 2016. Please come and join us on the floor that evening. Gather and enter Gate G. The doors of the dome will open at 7:30 PM.
District Booth:  Just as in the past, we will be making luggage tags to hang on the gathering backpacks. We are looking for youth groups to sign up for a two-hour shift and provide one adult and three youth to man the booth. Your youth may rotate in and out throughout your two hours. You are welcome to sign up for more than one shift. For more information and to sign up, please click here . If you have questions, please contact me.
District Event:   We are scheduled to ride on the Steamboat Natchez on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. We will begin boarding at 2:00 PM. Please be on time. You can find information about location by clicking here . There will be a meal on the boat. If you have dietary restrictions in your group, please let me know by July 14, 2016. Unfortunately, the company is unable to provide gluten-free options. Feel free to pack food for your gluten-free students. I apologize for this inconvenience. If you ordered tickets, please pick up your group's tickets sometime Sunday-Tuesday at the District Booth between the hours of 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM.
If you have any questions before or during the Gathering, please feel free to call or text me. My cell number is 816.489.5184. Please also stay tuned to the English District NYG Facebook page. Also, if you and your students have not downloaded the Gathering App to your phones yet, please do so. You can find more information at

Blessings!  See you all soon!
Korey Danley, DCE
LCMS National Youth Gathering
English District Coordinator
Left to Right: Evan Parat and Joshua McDonald from Redeemer, Elmhurst, IL and Solomon Spangler from Our Savior, Hartland,MI
Christ Academy
These young men from English District - LCMS congregations are all smiles. They recently attended Christ Academy for high school men at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN.

Christ Academy is a two-week summer conference for those interested in theology, worship, and, of course, those considering pastoral ministry as a possible vocation. The conference included class time, worship, and fellowship with peers and the seminary community, all which took place on the beautiful seminary campus. These young men got a first hand opportunity to experience how and what a pastor learns and how he is formed in the seminary environment.

Outside of the classroom there were opportunities for fellowship and fun such as trips to an area water park, a TinCaps baseball game, participation in capture the flag and other recreational activities that were great counterparts to underscore the joy of the entire experience of Christ Academy.
Project Video
Hanna Henson, a member of Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior in Green Valley, AZ,, was commissioned as an Administrator of Project Video by The  Rev. Dr. John W. Stieve on Sunday, June 19, 2016. Project Video is a ministry of Wycliffe Bible Translators that trains native speakers throughout Asia to produce and present videos that tell the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the language of the people. The ministry is active in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China and the Philippines.
After spending a year in Thailand working with native speakers to produce and present videos of the Gospel, Hanna will now move to Minnesota to work at Project Video Headquarters. She will develop and lead service volunteer trips to Asia, coordinate administratively with U.S. Field Coordinators and assist in the development of the ministry.
Click on Project Video for more information.
Hanna Hanson and The Rev. Dr. John W. Stieve

Wycliffe Members from Catalina

Left to Right: Missy Melvin, George Hires, Valerie Hires, Chris Bauer, Hanna Henson, The Rev. Dr. John W. Stieve, Darla Henson and Paul Ide.

Love your neighbor
Dear friends in Christ,
Our English District is privileged to work with many districts across our country. Recently, West Virginia has suffered great flooding. Although we don't have any churches there, the Ohio District - LCMS has a handful. We would like to help them out in their disaster relief efforts. Perhaps these efforts might be a bridge to bring the Gospel to people.
If you would like to help out, please send your donation, earmarked for West Virginia Flood 2016, to:
Ohio District-LCMS
P.O. Box 38277
Olmsted Falls, OH 44138.
Pastor Brian Westgate
Chair, English District Disaster Relief & Human Care Committee               
Fun on the Fourth
It was a rainy but well-attended Popcorn Social on the Fourth of July at Fairlawn Lutheran Church, Fairlawn, OH. Hundreds of people enjoyed music, food and activities like face painting, balloon making and bounce houses. The Fairlawn fireworks had an appreciative audience on the church lawn! Fairlawn Lutheran was represented also in the Fairlawn Parade, and members handed out candy and an invitation to the Popcorn Social and VBS.
Calls Received
The Rev. Jonathon T. Krenz from  Epiphany, Dorr, MI has received the call to serve Messiah, Seattle, WA, deployed to Messiah Mission, Moscow, ID.

The Rev. Peter J. Kufahl from Trinity, Mountain Lake, MN has received the call to serve St. Mark, Janesville, WI.

The Rev. Jeffrey G. Miskus from  St. Mark, Mississagua, ON, Canada has received the call to serve Peace, Windsor, ON, Canada.

Call Returned
The Rev. Brian P. Westgate from Faith, Butler, PA has returned the call to serve Faith, Iuka, IL.
Call Accepted
The Rev. Brian P. Westgate from Faith, Butler, PA has accepted the call to serve Redeemer, Oakmont, PA.

We encourage you to use the prayer list for your daily personal, congregational, school, classroom, staff, and circuit prayers to the Lord, our God. The Scriptures tell us to "pray without ceasing." Please feel free to use this list in your weekend service folders, on the congregational website or in newsletters.


August Prayer List

Greetings from Pastor Jonathan and Deaconess Cheryl Naumann!
Well into the summer, we are still in the stage of speaking to individuals and churches about the network of prayer and financial support that is needed for us to be permanently deployed to the Dominican Republic. Please read our June newsletter by simply clicking here.

Blessings, in the name of Jesus,
Jonathan & Cheryl Naumann

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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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