Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                      1-27-17

Special thanks
St. Mark, Sheboygan, WI
A very special "thank you" to Rev. Brett A. Matz and the members of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Sheboygan, WI for their financial donation to the District which covered the majority of expenses for the trip to Hong Kong last month.

The team that traveled with Bishop Jamison J. Hardy included Rev. J. Derek Mathers, Mission Executive of the District, along with Rev. Robert J. Kieselowsky and Rev. Thomas E. Engler who are both members of the district Missions Council.

It was a very fruitful trip and many wonderful connections were made with members of the greater Church.
Divine calls
Calls received
The Rev. Steven Patton, Crosspoint, Sahuarita, AZ., has received a call to serve Messiah Lutheran Church in Charlotte, NC.

The Rev. Dr. David P. Stechholz, English District Bishop Emeritus, has received a call to serve as Assistant Pastor of Angelica Ev. Lutheran Church in Allen Park, MI.

Call accepted
The Rev. Dr. David P. Stechholz, English District Bishop Emeritus, has accepted the call to serve as Assistant Pastor of Angelica Ev. Lutheran Church in Allen Park, MI.
Lutheran Education Association
Christy Wood was selected to receive the Lutheran Education Association's 2017 Distinguished Lutheran Elementary Administrator award. Ms. Wood is assistant principal and primary building site administrator at West Portal Lutheran School, a 500+ student ministry in San Francisco, CA. She was selected by LEA's Leadership Network leadership team. Christy earned her B.A. from San Francisco State University, a M.E. in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University Irvine, CA, a M.A. in educational leadership from Concordia University Portland, OR, a Lutheran Teaching Certificate and an Early Childhood Certificate of Christian Teaching from Concordia University, Irvine. Christy has been a Lutheran school administrator for 17 years, having served other Lutheran schools in California and Arizona. In 2015, the LCMS English District presented her with the Lumen Christi Award-Professional Educator of the Year. Congratulations and God bless you, Christy!
Hillary Czernicki was selected to receive the Lutheran Education Association's 2017 Outstanding New Lutheran Elementary Teacher award. She is in her second year of teaching, serving as fourth grade teacher, middle school dance coach, literature club leader, and rhythm and hum worship group dance coordinator at Hales Corners Lutheran Elementary School, Hales Corners, WI. She was selected by LEA's Elementary Teachers Network leadership team. Ms. Czernicki is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin, with a Bachelor's degree in Lutheran elementary education. Congratulations and God bless you, Hillary!

Church and school activities
In our schools

This past week was "National Lutheran Schools Week." From the looks of all the pictures, our students and staff really celebrated the joy of being part of Lutheran education. Enjoy these photos, and check out many more from across the country by following the hashtag #NLSW17 on Facebook, Twitter and InstaGram!
Students at Grace English Lutheran School, Chicago, IL, enjoy sports day during #NLSW.

Circus week at Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN #NLSW17

Many Martin Luther Christian School , Pennsauken, NJ, students achieved perfect church attendance, perfect school attendance, honors and high honors! Congratulations to all!

Praising God at Shepherd King Preschool in West Bloomfield, MI!

As Lutheran Schools Week began at Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI, they remembered that God is our Rock! "Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord is an everlasting Rock." Isaiah 26:4

Love Thy Neighbor
The Ladies in Faith Together (LIFT) at Epic Church, Shelby Twp., MI, shared goodies and appreciation with their local police department. They brought an amazing spread of treats and goodies, filling the whole break room table with food, and their letter of thanks filled officers' hearts. Thank you, ladies!

In our churches

On Christmas Sunday, Dr. and Mrs. Meng were baptized and Dr. Meng was confirmed by Rev. Charles Fox at New Life Lutheran Church in San Francisco, CA.

A long-standing tradition
The Lutheran Church of the Prince of Peace, Menomonee Falls, WI, held its 56th annual Epiphany Tree Burning on the Epiphany of our Lord, January 6, 2017. This evening event started with a brief indoor service, then moved outdoors for the tree burning, during which Christmas carols were sung the last time for the season. Members dressed warmly as temperatures dipped into the teens. After the service, all attending returned to the Fellowship Hall for hot beverages and assorted snacks.

This is a 56-year tradition, started by their first pastor, the late Rev. Norman Brauer. Back then when everyone had fresh trees, members brought their trees and wreaths to be burned. Even with the more frequent use of artificial trees, though, they still have some members that use fresh trees to insure they have enough "heat" and time to sing. Members of the Board of Church Properties drive through the subdivisions and pick up additional discarded trees at the curb.

Cross donation 
Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Elk Grove Village, IL, is updating and remodeling their church. 
They have a cross that is about 12' 6" high and 5' 6" wide that they would like to donate to a congregation. The cross weighs about 250 pounds and is in two sections. Shipping is not available. It must be picked up. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Larry Herforth at 708-977-3896.
Youth and young adults in action
Last month, the youth and young adults of New Life, San Francisco decorated the Christmas tree and packaged shoe boxes for Christmas.

Winter retreat

Over twenty youth from Prince of Peace, Medina, OH went on a winter retreat to Camp Mowana, January 13-15, 2017. During the weekend, the campers participated in outdoor adventures, studied the Reformation and worshiped on Sunday morning. Prince of Peace is greatly appreciative of their youth leaders, Terry Leu and Greg Wadel, for sharing their time and talents with the youth.

MissionInsite Workshop
On January 21, 2017 Trinity Lutheran Church in Villa Park, IL, had a MissionInsite Workshop led by LCEF Vice President Rev. David Thiele. Trinity's Council and Ministry Staff attended the workshop. They were energized by the material presented and the group discussions which ensued. They were very excited to have some of their assumptions confirmed by hard demographic data. This knowledge gave them a renewed enthusiasm in pursuing current mission endeavors. But they were also challenged when some of their assumptions were not upheld by the data and led to discussions of how they might adjust their mission emphases to better serve a demographic that is larger and more vital than they once imagined. Trinity's leadership came away with a renewed vigor for pursuing the de-churched and the unchurched, both bringing Jesus Christ to them and giving them opportunities to grow in their relationship with Him by serving Him.
In our community

Walking for Life
Walk for Life West Coast had a peaceful and successful event. God gave them a wonderful day weather-wise, with no rain that day, in spite of the rain on preceding and following days. Earlier in the day, everyone met at West Portal, ate brunch, heard Director of Y4Life of Lutherans for Life Laura Davis speak, and the Rev. Bart Day led them in singing a hymn, then gave a great devotion. Afterwards, they rode the Muni light rail trains to the Rally. Throughout the event, God kept the counter-protests to a low amount. The LCMS Life Ministry provided posters, two flags, and 50 caps (there were more participants than caps!). It was a good day.  Thank Christ and thank you for your prayers to Him on their behalf!

Around the District
English District LCMS   Pastor Rob Kieselowsky speaking at the Multi-Ethnic Symposium at  Concordia Seminary , on the theme of "Cultivating Faith in the Second Generation with the Gifts of the Reformation." Pastor Kieselowsky is a parish pastor and Executive Director of Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries.

Have you registered for a 2017 Servant Event Retreat? To find out more or to register online, go to the English District Youth Ministry Page:
News from our international workers

Dear Friends in Christ,

We have had a busy December and January! We give thanks to God that our Christmas celebrations went well. We pray that all of you had a blessed holiday season! Click here to read our latest newsletter.

In Christ,
Rev. Daniel, Kathy, and Ana Conrad

Lenten Sermon Series: The Art of Living by Faith
The Lenten Sermon Series, "The Art of Living by Faith" by Dr. Charles Arand, is now available for download. With the message of salvation by faith alone, the 16th-century Reformation focused the world's attention on the New Testament's world-altering proclamation of Christ's death and resurrection. That message continues to reverberate in the 21st century. Using Luther's Catechisms as a point of departure, this series explores how faith in Christ shapes every aspect of our lives in such a way that we can never exhaust the inexpressible riches of God's love for us. This series includes sermon manuscripts for the six weeks of Lent, Holy Week and Easter, as well as worship helps and related resources for study and reflection. The sermon series is suitable for either midweek or Sunday services. Download the series here

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