Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                         7-28-17

50th Anniversary
Bishop Jamison J. Hardy, The Rev. Bradley P. Urlaub and the Rev. Paul E. Speerbrecker

St. Mark, Janesville, WI celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sunday, July 23, 2017. Bishop Jamison J. Hardy attended the celebration. 

The shells hanging from the ceiling represent the 769 people that were baptized since the founding of the congregation.
Quilt was made by the quilting group
Anniversary ornament
Meeting with LCC-East District

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Bishop Jamison J. Hardy and The Rev. J. Derek Mathers traveled to Kitchener, ON, Canada where they met with the LCC-East District President, The Rev. Paul Zabel, and Mission Executive, The Rev. Ron Mohr.

Sharing life
On Sunday, July 16, 2017, Lilliana Marie Smith was brought into the kingdom of God through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. She is pictured with her parents and pastor, The Rev. Timothy Halboth, Grace, Redford, MI. Lilliana's mother had leukemia as a teen, and subsequently cannot have children. After years of trying to adopt and thousands of dollars, the parents gave up. In stepped their best friends. They had their family, so they became surrogate parents and Lilliana - upon birth - was adopted. The Baptismal sponsors? You guessed it! The biological parents! Now Lilliana has two "step" sisters, too!
Sharing with others
Packages4Patriots, a mission of Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Elk Grove Village, IL, shared the results from "Operation: Christmas in July." There were 35 boxes crammed with goodies and wrapped gifts to send to service members overseas.
Sharing soles
The youth group of Lutheran Church of the Prince of Peace, Menomee Falls, WI, spent two hours working in the "Soles for Jesus" factory. They cleaned, sorted, and organized donated shoes that are being shipped to Africa. Watch the video below to understand the importance of helping those in dire need.

Sharing hope
Volunteers showed up and God shone out at Epic Church, Shelby Township, MI. The Prayer Table wasn't empty all day at the GoodLife Food Giveaway! More than 70 people were affected through this Food Giveaway. God is good!
Sharing the Word
New Life Chinese, San Francisco, CA, conducts a monthly Lutheran worship service at San Francisco City's Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center (for the poor and terminally ill and patients who are convalescing). Andrew Yee is in charge of this ministry. During the service, they sing a lot of hymns, say the Apostles' Creed, have a message, pray and say the Lord's Prayer, have the Benediction; and then afterward have a Communion service for about five-six patients.
  In our churches
Field Trip
Members of "Forever Young," from Fairlawn Lutheran Church, Fairlawn OH, went to the Ark Encounter in Kentucky.

Click  here for information on the life-size Noah's Ark and the Ark Encounter.

Grace Lutheran, Elyria, OH, "made" a lot of students smile with the "Maker Factory" VBS theme!

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"Mighty Fortress" was the VBS theme at St. Michael, Ft Wayne, IN.
In our schools
Summer camp fun!
Children at Open Arms Lutheran Child Development Center and Lutheran Church of the Ascension, Atlanta, GA, are having a wonderful time at summer camp and VBS these past couple of months. They have enjoyed water play and a trip to the Delta Airline Museum. Last month, they had a Pre-K graduation to celebrate the end of the school year.



Season's greetings
Students at Martin Luther Christian School, Pennsauken, NJ, enjoyed Christmas in July during summer camp - on July 25!

Going to the zoo!
Summer camp students from Grace English, Chicago, IL, enjoyed a day trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo.
In our district
Servant Event Retreats
Last weekend's 516 Missions, English District LCMS Servant Event Retreat in Lincoln, NE, was a huge success. On their second day, youth and their leaders served at Bridges to Hope, an organization dedicated to helping individuals coming out of incarceration. Four Trucks + 5 pick-ups + 5 warehouse deliveries = Servants being Light!


Free Pews
Holy Spirit, Elk Grove Village, IL has four church pews available for free. They are approximately 10 feet long, with kneelers and two vanity panels. All are in good shape. If interested, please email Larry Herforth.

News from our International Workers
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ! 

Please click
here  to read our newsletter!  Please watch this delightful new video about life in the Dominican Republic, narrated by two of our LCMS missionary children.

Since there is no mail delivery in the Dominican Republic, any letters you wish to send us can go through the LCMS Office of International Missions - or you can communicate with us via email at  

Your fellow workers in Christ,
Cheryl & Jonathan Naumann
Post-Seminary Applied Learning and Support
Click here for the latest PenPALS Newsletter, a monthly communication between the PALS office and our PALS participants, districts, and facilitators. PALS is the Post-Seminary Applied Learning and Support program, helping pastors and their wives transition from seminary to congregation.
Employment Opportunity - Gift Planning Counselor
English District LCMS and Gift Planning Services - LCMS Foundation
The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Foundation seeks candidates for the position of Gift Planning Counselor to work on behalf of the English District of the LCMS. This position will be responsible for serving LCMS members with an affinity or connection with the District and LCMS ministries within the District as well as other Lutherans who desire to fulfill their Spirit-led drive for generosity by working with them to develop their "Lifetime Plan for Giving."

For the full job description and to apply for this position please click here.
Response and applications should be received no later than July 31, 2017.

Inquiries should be directed to the LCMS Foundation Human Resources,  or via telephone at 800-248-1930, extension 1361.

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Attention English District Parish Professionals!
We have started a private Facebook group for all English District Commissioned Ministers working in the parish setting. The purpose of this group is to provide support, share ideas, and get to know one another. Please feel free to ask for prayer support, ask for ideas, as well as share blessings in your life and ministry. You may join the group by clicking here . If you have questions, please email DCE  Korey Danley  or Rev. J. Derek Mathers.
What's Happening at CTSFW?

Check out the upcoming events at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne IN. From continuing education to retreats, see what is up and coming by clicking  here.

Lutheran Spirituality Retreat
Pastors and laypeople are invited to attend a Lutheran Spirituality Retreat September 8-9, 2017, featuring renowned author Rev. Dr. John W. Kleinig, Pastor Emeritus of Luther College, Adelaide, SA, Australia. It will be held at Concordia Lutheran Ministries, 134 Marwood Rd., Cabot, PA, Haven 1. Cost is $75/person. For information, contact Rev. Bert Greenway at (412)793-1394.
Free Conference - "Best Practices for Ministry" - October 11-13, 2017
A free conference will be held Wednesday-Friday, October 11-13, 2017 for pastors, other called workers and lay volunteers. St. Peter's in Columbus, IN, will host this event in which various congregations and ministries will share "Best Practices for Ministry." While this fall conference shares goals with the winter conference held in Phoenix, this is the "Heartlands" version. Congregations in the districts are encouraged to ride-pool to the event, and the registration and food during the conference are FREE. For more information visit
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