Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                   12-16-16

On Sunday, December 11, 2016, The Rev. Gregory R. Lutz was installed as a military Chaplain for the Canadian Armed Forces through the Office of International Mission and Associate Pastor of St. Luke's, North York, ON, Canada. The Rev. Craig G. Muehler officiated both installations. 
Church and school activities
In our churches
Welcome to the newest member of God's family at Hope, Hastings, MN. Corra Joy Kohn was baptized last weekend. A smile lit up her little face as the waters of baptism poured over her and God smiled on her!

In our District

Christmas Party
Canada East and West Circuit pastors and wives met for their annual Christmas gathering in London, ON, Canada. Worship was followed by dinner and fellowship at a local restaurant.

Around the world
This past weekend, a few dedicated leaders and youth at Morning Star Church, Lakeside, CA, took a journey to Operation Christmas Child's Los Angeles Processing Center and spent the night packaging and shipping boxes all around the world! These boxes are received by children of all ages, who desperately need not only the love and excitement they get from these boxes but simple things like toothbrushes and hair ties. Most importantly, as the children receive these gifts, they learn about the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.

In our community

The students and families of Bethesda International Academy, Chicago, IL, exceeded their goal! Last week, they had collected 382 items. When the drive was over, they had collected 882 canned goods and toys for the Uptown Ministry, exceeding their goal by 382 items. Congratulations on a job well done!
In our schools
In sports
The high school basketball team at Redeemer Lutheran School, Oakmont, PA, took second place in their recent weekend tournament. Way to go Rams!
Busy at Grace
Students from Grace English School, Chicago, IL, enjoyed a field trip to the Museum of Science & Industry. They also had special visitors. Samson Comfort Dog took Pastor Tom to Grace English Lutheran School. Pastor got a "hymnal angel" but Samson got the best gift - love and pets!

Running the school
School auction winner Ella S., became Principal of the Day at Hales Corners Lutheran Elementary School, Hales Corners, WI. What a busy day it was assisting in chapel, visiting classrooms, the all-important lunch meeting, and sending out memos. Principal Ella declared the day a "No Homework" day for students, which was very popular. Thank you, Principal Ella, for a wonderful day!
Support our mission
The English District Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod supports and funds missions, from our churches' local communities to people across the globe. Your gifts provide
  • Grants to plant and support new mission churches.
  • Continued support of campus ministries across the District, which provide worship, Bible study, and the resources needed to care for and plant seeds of faith among students on college campuses.
  • Scholarships to students studying at the seminaries and Concordia universities.
  • Support to our partnership with the Dominican Republic Lutheran Mission (DRLM), touching the lives of others by training leaders, planting mission churches, caring for children with disabilities, and building schools.
  • Grants to encourage growth and ministry within English District schools.
  • And much, much more.
Whether it is a scholarship or basic humanitarian need, we seek 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.

Thank you
I want to take this opportunity to thank the English District, especially our bishop, The Rev. Dr. Jamison J. Hardy, for his support these past three years. I am really honored to be a part of this great LCMS. By God's grace, I will continue to do my best and follow what God has called me to do among the Sudanese people here and abroad. I want to thank my senior pastor, mentor and supervisor, The Rev. Jeffrey Miskus, of the Church of St. Mark-Lutheran, Mississauga, ON, Canada , for giving me his all. He has taught me well and will be with me until I finish. I am grateful to have him as my mentor and my senior pastor.
Philip Gai 

Divine calls
Call Returned
The Rev. Steven M. Voelker of Holy Trinity, Lakeview, MI and Hope, Stanton, MI has returned the call to serve Zion, Tawas City, MI.
Call Accepted
The Rev. Steven M. Voelker of Holy Trinity, Lakeview, MI and Hope, Stanton, MI has accepted  the call to serve Trinity (St. Mary's Ave), Fort Wayne, IN.
Calling church workers on candidate status
At the July 2016 Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Convention, resolution 12-02A was approved by the delegates. In part, the resolution states:

WHEREAS, There are ordained and commissioned church workers on candidate status, that is, rostered chuck workers without calls but who are available for calls and service to the church.
Resolved, That district presidents publish annually in a district publication the names of these candidates.

Click here for a listing of the English District rostered church workers who are on candidate status. 


English District blog
Go and Tell
By Augusta Mennell

Jesus' command to His disciples to go to the whole world in order to tell the Gospel story to every creature is the heart of campus ministry at All Saints Lutheran Church and Student Center. Our goal is to go and tell the Good News to college students, especially those who have never heard that story. And we do! This is our great privilege.

A legal guide for LCMS congregations, schools and ministries
A new "Legal Resources" page with links to some 31 documents is now available on the LCMS website.

Those links are grouped under five tabs labeled "Church Administration," "Facility Usage," "Schools and Education," "Sexual Misconduct" and "Other Topics."

"Churches and schools face the daunting task of navigating complex legal issues," according to an introduction on the webpage that was assembled by the office of Synod Chief Administrative Officer Ron Schultz on behalf of the Synod's Board of Directors. "From child safety concerns to property matters, employment law, church governance and more, they are responsible for understanding and acting in accordance with applicable legal requirements."

Schultz indicated that the new webpage is offered to help LCMS churches and schools navigate those complex issues.

Symposia Series
January 17-20, to mark Reformation anniversary
Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW) will present its annual symposia on exegetical and confessional theology January 17-20, 2017 on its campus in Fort Wayne, IN and in a live webcast. Both events will relate to the 500 th anniversary of the Reformation.

The theme of the 32 nd Annual Symposium on Exegetical Theology, January 17-18, 2017 is "The Spirit of Reformation Exegesis Today.

Registration is $175 for the entire symposia, $100 for the exegetical symposium only and $130 for the confessions symposium only. Also available is a one-day registration for $60. A ticket to the reception and banquet on January 19 is $40. Registration for the live-stream video option is $50.

The seminary's Lenten Preaching Workshop for pastors is planned for Monday, January 16, with the theme "Preaching the Penitential Psalms in Lent: 'Lord, Have Mercy.'" Registration is $40 and includes lunch.

For more information, click here.
To register, click here.

Registration opens for
January 24-25 Multiethnic Symposium
Registration is now open for the Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, Multiethnic Symposium, set for January 24-25, 2017 on campus.

The symposium, held annually, brings together Lutherans and mission leaders of various ethnicities from across the country for workshops, discussions and worship. It explores how the church should engage in ethnic ministry and what it means - and what it will take - to become a truly multiethnic church.

In recognition of the 500 th anniversary of the Reformation and with the theme "Reformation Across Borders," this year's symposium will examine the ways in which the Reformation message has spanned time and place. Participants will examine ways to turn socio-linguistic, institutional and theological barriers into stepping stones to bring the Gospel to people worldwide.

For more information, click here.
To register, click here.

Summer 2017
A weekend of service, community and faith in action
In the summer of 2017, the English District will be hosting two High School Servant Event Retreats. They will be held In Medina, OH, July 13-16, 2017 and Lincoln, NE, July 20-23, 2017. Registration is now open and will close on March 1, 2017.

Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A non-refundable, but transferable, deposit of $50 per person is due at the time of registration with the remaining $100 per person due May 1, 2017.

For more information, click here.
To register, click here.

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