Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                      1-13-17


 
Bishop's visits
The Rev. Thomas J. Sanders and Bishop Jamison J. Hardy



Bishop Jamison J. Hardy was in Chicago, Illinois on January 8-9, 2017 and was the guest preacher at Faith, Arlington Heights, IL where The Rev. Thomas J. Sanders is the pastor. He also visited Trinity, Villa Park, IL and Faith, Chicago, IL and had the pleasure of attending a meeting with the Chicago Circuits before heading home
 
The English District office will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Divine Call
Call Received
The Rev. Young Chol "Issac" Choi from Oakville, ON, Canada, has received a call to serve as an Associate Pastor at The Church of St. Mark, Mississauga, ON, Canada.
 
Church and school activities
 
In our schools
 
Champions
The girls' basketball team from Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI, are Tournament champions! Congratulations!


Cheers
Students at Redeemer Lutheran Church and School, Oakmont, PA, cheered on the Steelers on Friday, January 6, 2017 during Black 'n Gold Day. Apparently, it helped secure a victory!
#LoveThyNeighbor

Keeping the Faith
The Rev. Eric Andræ, First Trinity, Pittsburgh, PA, was featured on the LCMS "Lutherans Engage" website. Click here to read about his campus ministry and how he helps students keep the faith.
  In our churches
 
Send-off
A tearful farewell as the congregation at Hope, Hastings, MN, said "goodbye" to Pastor Josh and Leah Bernau, and their family. A sincere "thank you" for all they have done over the past 8.5 years, and wishing them the very best at their new congregation. God's richest blessings!
Baptism!
Abraham Raj Bhosley joined in the family of God through the Holy Baptism. Asian Indian Ministry, Bethesda Lutheran Church, Chicago, IL.
Around the Synod
 
Free Resources
Do you have a Japanese friend you'd like to share the Gospel with? The Lutheran Heritage Foundation has a new, free resource that can help: a pocket-sized edition of Luther's Small Catechism, translated into the Japanese language. To order your copy, email info@LHFmissions.org  or call LHF at (800) 554-0723. LHF has translated good Lutheran books into more than 90 languages. To search their database of free resources, go to www.LHFmissions.org/publications

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has new, free materials available to help promote the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year in LCMS congregations and their communities.

The kit of downloadable resources is expected to be available this month on the Synod's Reformation-anniversary website at http://lutheranreformation.org/resources/.

The resources may be customized to include the congregation's name and contact information.
The resource kit will include:
  • posters for use in the congregation and the community;
  • a newspaper ad;
  • a newspaper article about the anniversary;
  • a newspaper op-ed article;
  • a church newsletter article;
  • a banner pattern;
  • 12 half-page bulletin inserts;
  • 12 copy-and-paste bulletin blurbs; and
  • numerous social-media memes.
You are invited to join your LCMS brothers and sisters to bring attention to the millions of children who have lost their lives because of abortion. The LCMS continues to make a strong theological case that life begins at the moment of conception. You are encouraged to stand up and give the unborn a voice as you participate in one of the upcoming March For Life events.
Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 10:30 AM
 
Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 2:00 PM
 
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 11:00 AM
LCMS Pre-Gathering At West Portal Lutheran Church - English District

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Saturday, January 21, 2017- 12:00 PM
 
Saturday, January 21, 217 -  12:30 PM

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 2:00 PM
  
Monday, January, 23, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Monday, January 23, 2017 -  11:00 AM

Friday, January 27, 2017 -  12:00 PM

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 10:00 AM



English District blog
Breaking Bread Together
By Augusta R. Mennell

What is it about sharing a meal that brings us closer together in fellowship? Today's guest blogger shares her experience in serving and sharing Campus Ministry meals, and how it opens the door to sharing the Gospel.

All Saints Fellowship serves homemade meals to Slippery Rock University (SRU) students once a month during the school year. This homemade Korean meal attracts many students who openly voice their approval of this delicious food, and clearly have a good time because almost every student experiences laughing and talking with other students in a stress-free environment.

As many as 70 students usually attend one of these events out of a total international enrollment at SRU of 100.  Now, as successful as these monthly meals are, I have still had to consider the question: are the meals worthwhile? Are they really a useful tool for sharing the Christian faith with the students who come from many religions or from none? Do the meals make a difference? I can confidently say that yes, they do. Christmas Day proved it!


Augusta R. Mennell is the Campus Ministry Director at All Saints Lutheran Church and Student Center in Slippery Rock, PA. If you have a mission or ministry story you'd like to share, please submit for consideration via email to Lynne at lcobb@englishdistrict.org.

February prayer list
 
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.
 
Luther film provides outreach opportunity
The new full-length feature film "Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World" premieres February 15, 2017 in select locations around the country.

Funded by a grant from Thrivent Financial, this entertaining new film brings to life the dramatic moments that shaped Luther, and examines the universal questions he wrestled with, like "Who am I?" "What is my purpose?" and "How do I get right with God?"

Several LCMS Reformation scholars and historians, including Synod President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, were involved in the production.

Thanks to a special distribution arrangement, any LCMS congregation or organization can host a screening at a movie theater in their community. Screenings are encouraged as a way to reach out to the community in celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

There is no cost to your congregation or organization to set up a screening, and the process is simple. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, visit http://www.newluthermovie.com/lcms/.

Check out the "Martin Luther Trailer - The Idea That Changed the World". The video is available for your viewing pleasure at https://vimeo.com/154364811.

News from our international workers
 
Dear Family and Friends,

Please read our newsletter for the month of January.  A Blessed New Year to all!

Love in Christ,

Rev. Ted & Rebecca Krey, Esther, Matthias, Natalia, and Evangeline


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