Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                         8-18-17

40th Anniversary Celebration

Bishop Jamison J. Hardy was honored to be with The Rev. James L. Elsner and the members of Prince of Peace, Stroh, IN on Sunday, August 13, 2017 as they celebrated the congregation's 40th anniversary.

Parish Visit
Bishop Jamison J. Hardy enjoyed his visit with the members of Mt. Olive, Cleveland Heights, OH on Tuesday, August, 15, 2017.
Divine Call
Call Accepted
The Rev. Eric S. Carlson, Peace, McMurray, PA, has accepted the call to serve St. John's, Hannibal, MO.
Being a blessing
Faith, Arlington Heights, IL, held their 11th annual "Back-to-School Day," offering backpacks and school supplies for students in Arlington Heights who come from low income families.

Sharing a blessing
Hope, Hastings, MN received a surprise blessing when an employee of a local Senior Care center stopped by with an abundance of fresh, organic herbs. The Senior Care center had received a donation of the herbs and it was more than what they could use for themselves. The employee did not want the herbs to go to waste and prayed, "Lord, show me who to give these to." The employee drove past Hope and saw that the church had its own garden and thought there might be members, friends or persons at Hope who could use the herbs. God often works through people to shower blessings to others.

In our churches
Ordination and Installation
On Sunday, August 13, 2017, The Rev. J. Derek Mathers officiated the Ordination and Installation of The Rev. Jonathan Wayne Kerr, as he became Associate Pastor of West Portal, San Francisco, CA. Welcome, Rev. Kerr. May God bless you in your ministry.
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More Installations
The Rev. James Allen Leistico was installed at Peace, Windsor, ON, Canada on Sunday, August 13, 2017. The Rev. Jeffrey G. Miskus officiated.
The Rev. Michael Allen Scheer was installed at Holy Cross, Cleveland, OH on Sunday, August 13, 2017. The Rev. Robert L. Fitzpatrick officiated.




A Baptism was a special way to end the week of VBS at Grace, Elyria, OH. God's blessings to Brady, who was baptized July 23, 2017.

Gathering together
The First Annual Alumni Weekend at Martin Luther Chapel, East Lansing, MI, was a huge success! What a joy to worship with brothers and sisters in Christ who have been involved in this ministry over the years. In attendance were alumni representing every decade back to the 1950's.
Youth in grades 5-7 at Fairlawn Lutheran Church, Fairlawn, OH, joined Fairlawn's senior youth (grades 8-12) for the first few hours of their youth lock-in. Senior youth spent the night having fun, watching movies, doing devotions, playing games, and more.
Date Night
It was an "epic mystery" for the wives, as Epic Church, Shelby Township, MI, hosted a
Mystery Date Night on August 12, 2017. The Rev. Timothy Kade challenged the husbands to treat their wives to an evening out, keeping everything a secret. The evening was full of surprises as the group first met for dinner and then was off to an "old-time" theatre to watch the movie, "Grease." The Mystery Date night was very well-attended, and everyone had a great time enjoying the blessing of companionship with their own spouses, as well as that of other married couples.
Praying in Color
On Saturday, August 12, 2017, children, teens, men and women (approximately 45 people) had an opportunity to draw closer to God with paper and markers when they attended a Visual Faith Workshop - Praying in Color at Peace, McMurray, PA. During this event, they learned and practiced drawing a new path to their heavenly Father. If you are interested in learning more, visit and like the Visual Faith Community Southwest Pennsylvania Facebook page.
In our schools
Movie Night
The Bethesda International Academy, Chicago, IL, hosted a well-attended family Movie Night. Food, fellowship, fun and film made for a great event for all!
Lending a hand
 A crew of volunteers from Hope, Hastings, MN, created a new toddler playground in back of the church for Hope Christian Preschool. It will be a wonderful addition for their littlest of friends come fall.
Visiting field trip
The youngest campers from Martin Luther Christian School, Pennsauken, NJ, got to meet some fun visitors from Paws Discovery Farm.

In our district

Board Meeting
The English District Board of Directors met August 11-12, 2017 at Chapel of the Cross, St. Louis, MO. Part of the Board meeting included a visit from Synod President Matthew C. Harrison.  Also present from Synod were Rev. Kevin Robson, Chief Mission Officer, and Rev. Dr. Christopher Esget, East-Southeast Region Vice President.
Pastoral Care at Mayo Clinic - Minnesota
Those hospitalized or receiving medical care at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, are now being cared for by the pastoral staff of Trinity Lutheran Church of Rochester. If you have a member in need of pastoral care, please contact the Trinity staff by phone or email (contact info below). Since chaplains no longer have access to Mayo patient lists, your phone calls and emails inform the Trinity staff of LCMS patients to visit.

LCMS Mayo Clinic-Minnesota Chaplain (Trinity staff):
Trinity phone: 507-722-0407
Luther film to air on PBS Sept. 12
"Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World," the full-length feature film that premiered in select theaters in February, is set to air nationally on PBS on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM Central time. Click here for more details.
(Photo credit - PBS)

Free Bible study materials
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, is offering the 'Great American Eclipse' Bible study for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. Study materials are available for individual, congregational, and ministry use. Click here for details.

Attention Schools
2017-18 District Grade and Enrollment forms were emailed to all schools on August 10, 2017 for updating. By informing the District office of updates you help us maintain the most current and correct information and keep us up to date on all rostered and non-rostered staff. The form can be returned through U.S. Mail, emailed, or faxed (248-476-0188) and is due back by Friday, September 15, 2017. The updated English District school directory will be emailed to all schools shortly thereafter. If you have any questions, please contact Evelyn Jentzen at 248-476-0039 or .
Back-to-school shopping!
Whether you are ordering books, supplies or clothes, remember to #StartWithaSmile! Why? Because Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to the English District of
The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. Bookmark the link
and support us every time you shop.
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.
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