Love your neighbor as yourself

Servant to Servant                                    9-16-16
A request from the bishop
If you know of a rostered LCMS Ordained Minister who is currently on "Candidate Status" and would like to be considered for a call, please email the name of the pastor to Bishop Jamison J. Hardy at Thank you!

History, heritage surround Synod leaders' installation
LCMS Missouri District President Rev. Dr. R. Lee Hagen (left) extends the "hand of fellowship" to Synod President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison as Harrison is installed to be the church body's president for the next triennium.
Lutherans from across the Synod and some international guests converged in St. Louis on Saturday, September 10, 2016 for a Service of Installation for the LCMS president, the vice-presidents, other officers and board and commission members of the Synod, at historic Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Miami Street.

"Kneeling before the grand old altar of historic Holy Cross, I was consumed with thoughts of my own unworthiness to serve this great church body," said LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison. "Lord have mercy on me and all of us at this pivotal time in the history of the LCMS and all of world Christianity."
Church and school activities
Love Thy Neighbor
Helping children
During the summer, the Crafty Ladies of Grace Lutheran Church in Vine Grove, KY, sewed school bags and assembled 61 School Kits for Lutheran World Relief's "Project Promise School Kits" program. The congregation's Fellowship Area was humming with the sound of sewing machines. Quilts were also boxed and prepared for shipping. Each shipping box was affixed with a special tracking barcode which will allow the congregation to learn where the kits will be sent in the weeks and months to come.
Helping Veterans
Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI, sought extra support for their Fifth Grade Chapel Mission. Offerings will help support Operation Barnabas, a LCMS network that helps care for our nation's military members, families, and veterans.
Helping neighbors
Supporters of Domestic Missionary Peter Burfeind, pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Student Ministry, Toledo, OH, and the Junction Community Mission House, can go to this one-stop, one-page website to see the progress of the mission house, schedule a mission trip, see photos, donate, or read the newsletter:
Helping the hungry
It's harvest time at Erie Sproutz, a ministry of Trinity Lutheran in Erie, PA. So far, they have harvested three flats of dani basil, sweet basil, oregano, rosemary, and chives and donated them to the Erie City Mission.
In Our Schools
The Rev. Adam Thompson of Fairlawn Lutheran Church and School, Fairlawn, OH, had some Friday fun wearing this "Nailed It" shirt!
Upgraded learning
Students at Martin Luther Christian School, Pennsauken, NJ, work using their state of the art Chromebooks during Social Studies class.
In Our Churches
Bible Sunday
This past Sunday, Hope Lutheran Church, Hastings, MN, kicked-off fall with Bibles for both kindergarteners and third graders; God's Word placed in the hands of the next generation.
Lay Ministry
She's official! Circuit Visitor Pastor Ryan Beffrey presented Kim Hornyak with her certificate of Lay Ministry. Kim is the new Director of Adult Ministries at Fairlawn Lutheran Church, Fairlawn, OH.
Chaplain Service
The Rev. Timothy Holzerland, pictured second from left, from Shepherd King in West Bloomfield, MI was chosen by the West Bloomfield Fire Department Chief to participate in the 911 Remembrance at Comerica Park in Detroit as part of the pregame program before the Detroit Tigers game. Pastor Holzerland serves as the chaplain of the West Bloomfield Fire Department.
Divine call
Call Accepted
The Rev. Bradley P. Urlaub, Faith, Arlington Heights, IL, has accepted the call to serve St. Mark's, Janesville, WI. The installation will be on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 3:00 PM.

Pastors Conference
The LCMS clergy from the Pittsburgh, PA area attended a pastors conference on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at First Trinity in Oakland, PA.
Youth gathering was a success
The National Youth Gathering, held July 16-20, 2016 in New Orleans, was a huge success!
  • 900+ backpacks were filled with school supplies
  • 1 Habitat for Humanity frame was built
  • 791 pints of blood were donated
  • 1000 fleece hats were made
  • 52 participants donated hair
  • 500,906 meals were packaged for feeding children everywhere
  • 33,000 hours were spent volunteering in the city
Many thanks to the English District youth that participated!

An unexpected repair.
An unplanned technology update.
A variance in contributions over the summer months.
These are times when you can tap into a line of credit to fund an unplanned expense. Whether you anticipate the shortage or not, a line of credit can help ensure that operations continue on track.
Lutheran Church Extension Fund's (LCEF) Congregational Line of Credit is a valuable resource that can help you ensure the continuity of your ministry. With a line of credit, you have the flexibility of drawing funds as you need them, and you only pay interest on the actual amount advanced.
Credit Amount: maximum of $100,000 or 15% of previous year's income
Term: up to three years
Rate: competitive monthly variable rate
For details, contact Rev. David Thiele, LCEF District Vice President at 517-980-2857 or

Closing costs are subject to LCEF underwriting. Any third party fees are to be paid by the borrower. LCEF is a nonprofit religious organization; therefore, LCEF investments are not FDIC-insured bank deposit accounts. This is not an offer to sell investments, nor a solicitation to buy. LCEF will offer and sell its securities only in states where authorized. The offer is made solely by LCEF's Offering Circular. Investors should carefully read the Offering Circular, which more fully describes associated risks. Lutheran Church Extension Fund-Missouri Synod (NMLS# 3444). Illinois Residential Mortgage Licensee (MB.0006057). The National Office is located at: 10733 Sunset Office Drive, Suite 300, St. Louis, MO 63127-1020. Phone number: 800-843-5233. Website:

News from our international workers
A disappearing August...
       ... and lots to anticipate for the coming weeks!
Welcome to the August Review edition of the Ferry Family Newsletter. We're glad to have you onboard for this ride, one which always seems to be a never-ending adventure.

This month read about opportunities to serve in three different countries, as well as preparations coming to a conclusion. We're excited, we're nervous, we're packed?!? Click
here  to read our newsletter.

Thank you for your prayers, love, and support. We have great joy in our vocations, and we're grateful to you for your continued interest and friendship.

Yours in Christ Jesus,
Charles Ferry and family

Support our mission
The English District Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod supports and funds missions, from our churches' local communities to people across the globe. Whether it is a scholarship or basic humanitarian needs, 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.
Servant to Servant
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