Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                      3-31-17

Bishop's visit

Bishop spent March 25-26, 2017 in Sheboygan, WI visiting with The Rev. Brett A. Matz and the members of St. Mark's. The bishop had an opportunity to share some photos and answer questions about his December 2016 trip to Hong Kong. Bishop Hardy said, it was " a fantastic visit with some great people of God in Christ."

Divine Call
Call Accepted
The Rev. Gregory C. Michel of St. Matthew, Milan, IL has accepted the call to serve Peace, New Berlin, WI.

Call Received
The Rev. Ryan D. Beffrey, Mount Olive, Cleveland Heights, OH, has received a call to serve Epiphany, Dorr, MI

Professional Church Workers Conference

Deadline for registering for the May Professional Church Workers Conference is today, Friday, March 31, 2017. Register online or download a PRINTABLE or FILL-IN form. 

Please share your congregation's or school's unique ministries with the rest of the District. Send pictures and stories for consideration to Lynne Cobb.

Church and school activities
In our District

LWML Grants Available
Do you know of a ministry that would benefit from the financial support of the LWML English District? Submit a grant proposal on their behalf! The deadline for receipt of proposals is May 1, 2017. Contact Diana Honebrink for more information.

Servant Retreats
All English District Youth! We are looking forward to seeing you this summer at one of two events: Medina, OH, July 13-16, 2017 or Lincoln, NE, July 20-23, 2017. We will have the opportunity to worship, serve, study and hang out together! Click here to register online. 
Choral Opportunities for Once-in-a-Lifetime Worship Event
The Michigan District, LCMS has created two remarkable opportunities for singers to participate in a concert and Reformation worship event. On Sunday, October 15, 2017, Lutherans from all over the state of Michigan will gather at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing. Ten thousand people are expected to attend and a mass choir of over 500 volunteer adult singers and three honors choirs (4th graders through college-age) are being assembled. Click here for details and how to register.
All singers must register by April 15, 2017!

Altar Wanted
Concordia Lutheran Ministries (CLM) is in the process of constructing a new Retirement Living apartment building and chapel in Allison Park, PA.  CLM is asking for donations of items for the chapel, in particular, they are searching for an altar. If you have altar ware or an altar to donate, please contact Connor Hagey.

News from our International Workers
Dear Friends,

Greetings in Christ, our Lenten Lord! His grace be with you. Amen.

Finally we are writing to you from northern Ghana. We are excited to share with you how things are going. We pray that you will find this newsletter encouraging. We pray that your witness to Christ, where He has placed you, is bringing glory to His name. May your Lenten devotions be blessed and may we all be prepared for that great and final Easter to come!
God bless you and keep you!

Rev. Dale and Suzanne Kaster
Your International Workers in Ghana, West Africa

Financial Aid Available
Supporting church workers is a priority for the English District LCMS, and we continue to work to increase the amount of funding available for students to pursue a ministry career. The first time you apply for aid, there are two forms to complete: the District Financial Aid Application and the Financial Aid Information Form.

Grants are given to applicants enrolled in synodical-approved church work programs (pastor, teacher, DCE, DCO, deaconess, etc.). Grants are not given to interns, vicars, or graduate students. There is a separate Colloquy Financial Aid Application for colloquy students.

Please read the Financial Aid Instructions before completing the forms. The deadline for submission of English District financial aid applications is June 1, 2017. 
LWML Arizona Zone Spring Retreat

The LWML Arizona Zone held their Spring Retreat on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Catalina Lutheran Church in Tucson, AZ. There were seventy-two women, teens and pastors in attendance. The theme for the day was "Jesus Christ Above All" based on Philippians 2:9, "Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name." Morning Bible study was led by Rev. Joshua Palmer and Mia Koehne. In the afternoon Mia presented a Music and Ministry Concert sharing her story of God's grace in her life. The event was funded by a Thrivent grant and the Arizona South Circuit Forum of the English District. Items were collected and blessed for Operation Barnabas which helps our veterans. The cover art for the program was drawn by nine-year-old Jesse Brodhagen of Catalina Lutheran Church.
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