English District of
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Servant to Servant
Greetings!
January 7, 2022
Called to Glory
Rev. Charles R. Aufdenkampe
April 9, 1945 to December 18, 2021
 
Rev. Charles R. Aufdenkampe, Emeritus, was called to glory on Saturday, December 18, 2021. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
 
Please keep the Aufdenkampe family in your prayers.
Rev. Dr. Ernest N. Hahn
March 11, 1926 to December 26, 2021

Rev. Dr. Ernest N. Hahn, Emeritus, was called to glory on Sunday, December 26, 2021. He was predeceased by his wife, Greta, to whom he was married for 65 years. He is survived by his children, Ingrid, Ernest, and Theodore. A funeral service was held at Henry Walser Funeral Home, Kitchener, ON, Canada on Friday, December 31, 2021, with interment at Parkview Cemetery, Waterloo, ON, Canada.
We pray the Lord’s blessings on the Hahn family. Obituary

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. Revelation 14:13
Bishop's Visit
On Tuesday, January 4, 2022, Bishop Jamison J. Hardy and Rev. Rob Rogers had the pleasure of visiting with members of St. John the Divine, Chicago, IL. 
Presidential and Vice-Presidential Nomination Reminder
The 2022 English District Convention is scheduled for June 20–22. Summer events might not be on our minds right after Christmas and New Year’s Day. But even if convention thoughts aren’t front and center, the February 20 deadline for congregations to submit nominations for President and Vice President is rapidly approaching.

Nomination ballots for President and Vice President were previously mailed to each congregation of the District. With the deferral of the District Convention from 2021 to 2022, congregations may have postponed decisions about nominations.

Congregations that have yet to submit nominations for President and/or Vice President may do so prior to the February 20 deadline. Some may have Voters Assembly meetings scheduled for January or February, which would provide an opportunity for those congregations to determine whom they wish to nominate.

If your congregation has already returned nomination ballots for President and/or Vice President, those have been received and recorded.

If any congregation needs new nomination ballots, please contact the District Secretary, Rev. Luke Zimmerman, who will supply replacements. Other questions about the Presidential and Vice-Presidential nomination process can also be directed to him.
Convention Deadline
February 20, 2022 is the deadline for the following:
Nominations for Board of Directors, Committee on Nominations and Endowment Fund Board of Managers
Circuit Visitor selection results
Submitting Overtures
Convention Delegate Accreditation Forms

More detailed information and forms are available on our website.
Convention Youth Delegates
Looking for youth of our District Circuits to attend the English District Convention being held at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI Monday, June 20, 2022 to Wednesday, June 22, 2022 as Youth Delegates.

This is a wonderful opportunity to identify, encourage and support a high school youth (aged 14-18) to serve as your circuit’s youth delegate. Travel, lodging, and meals are covered.
 
During the convention the youth will have opportunities to experience convention proceedings. There will also be a servant event and a special evening event with the Youth Delegate Leadership Team. For more information please contact Pastor Derek Mathers..
Evangelization Team
WORSHIP & WITNESS WISELY IN 2022

Most people collectively said this past New Year’s Eve, “Good riddance to 2021. Welcome the new year 2022.”  And yet, the new year has already begun with the Colorado forest fire causing death and many losing all their worldly possessions in the snap of a finger. A major winter storm dropped a massive snowfall across a large swath of the Midwest and East Coast while causing another round of tornadoes in the South. Doctors are proclaiming that the Omicron variant will reach its peak sometime in January 2022. And yesterday, our nation mourned the one-year anniversary of the deadly violence and insurrection on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021. Yes, on Epiphany. Satan has smeared the celebration of “the Gentile Christmas” with his black mark of hatred and division. It was another difficult year to say the least. But as I looked back on my yearly letters to friends and family, the story of looking forward to dismissing the past and embracing a fresh start in the new year continually repeats itself. As King Solomon said, “There is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). If only there was something or someone who could put an end to this vicious cycle of our sin-full lives.
 
Great news! There is! It’s all about Jesus!  The celebration of Epiphany, as we begin the New Year of our Lord 2022, once again makes manifest the truth of God’s 24/7 unfailing gracious activity in our world and His bestowal of eternal gifts to those who believe in Jesus Christ who lived, died and rose for the redemption of all who believe in Him. As with every year in the past and all those in the future, 2022 belongs to the Lord. You’ve probably heard the line, “Wise men still seek Him.” I must confess that I, too, have worn shirts and pins that depicted this message. But the truth of all of Scripture is that God has come, continually comes and will come again to seek us. “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Therefore, like the Wise Men, we fall down and worship our Lord and Savior. And the confession that we worship Jesus, only Jesus, bears a powerful witness to the world around us desperately in need of a Savior - the only One who breaks the cycle of sin and death. Read the full article which will encourage you with the truth that 2022 belongs to the Lord whom we worship and the One in whom we live and move and have our very being. (Acts 17:28)
Lumen Christi Award Nominations
Our gracious Lord blesses our English District by providing dedicated and talented professional and volunteer leaders/teachers in child, youth, adult, and family ministry areas. These servants of our Lord exercise their God-given gifts in many creative and unique ways to bless those they serve. The Lumen Christi award is presented to publicly recognize the service of educators, to further promote and encourage all professional and volunteer leaders/teachers who are active members of an English District – LCMS congregation.   
  
The 2022 Lumen Christi Award nominations for the English District Professional Educator of the Year and English District Volunteer Educator of the Year are due by February 28, 2022. Nomination forms are available through the links above. Please prayerfully consider making a nomination. 
 
2022 LCMS YouthLead Leadership Training
YouthLead, formerly known as Lutheran Youth Fellowship, is an annual training event that is teen-led and gives teens the tools they need to mature in their faith, become leaders in their congregations, and reach out to their peers with the love of Christ.
 
The English District has sponsored and encouraged teens to attend this training for many years and would like to continue to send teens to this annual training to be held March 17-20, 2022 in St. Louis, MO. Please contact DCE Rod Lane at dcerod@redeemerlincoln.org or 402-499-0807 for more information. District stipends will be made available to help cover the cost to attend which is a registration fee of $375.00 per youth or adult plus travel expenses. Adults are not required to attend. English District Youth Coordinator Rod Lane will be attending and is comfortable chaperoning teens from other churches.
Holy Land Familiarization Tour 2023
In preparation for the Holy Land Tour with District President Wally Vinovskis, LCEF District Vice Presidents TJ Mattick and Rev. Dan Lepley, Pastor Lepley will be leading a monthly Bible study open to all. Each class will be offered twice, a morning or evening session.

January 18, 2022, 10:00 a.m. EST/7:00 a.m. PST Zoom Link

January 18, 2022, 9:00 p.m. EST/6:00 p.m. PST Zoom Link

All pastors, spouses and lay people are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Prayer Requests
The Bible's promise is true: "If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us" (1 John 5:14).

Mr. Daniel C. Miller was called to glory on Friday, December 24, 2021. Under Bishop David Ritt, Daniel served as Treasurer for the English District. Please pray for the Miller family. Obituary

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. Revelation 14:13

District daily prayers for January are located on our website.

Your prayer concerns are important to the English District. If you have a prayer request you would like shared in this newsletter, email the District office.
A Message from the Kasters
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
Greetings to you this Christmas season! We pray that the Lord will fill you with the cheer that flows from the Child in the manger. His grace be with you!
 
We want to thank you so much for your prayers and support this last year. We need your prayers, but the people to whom we witness need your prayers as well. Please, join us in praying for the conversion of people here in Prague. Pray also that those who visited us this past week may find a permanent home in the Gospel among us.
 
God bless you in this new year. May He open doors and hearts to whom you may bring the saving name of Jesus.
 
We commend you to Christ,
Rev. Dale and Suzanne Kaster
Your Missionaries to the Czech Republic

Click here for the Kaster's Christmas letter.
Calling a Seminary Candidate/Requesting a Vicar
If your congregation is interested in extending a divine call to a seminary candidate or plans to apply for a vicar, please contact Kathy Stanis, Administrative Assistant, at 248-476-0039 ext. 320 or by email at kstanis@englishdistrict.org. A new version of the call documents is available (ver. 4.9.3). Do not use any older versions or the call documents will be returned for correction and resubmission. Call documents and vicarage applications must be received at the English District office no later than February 1, 2022.
LCMS Foundation
Contact the English District Gift Planning Counselor Ron Grimm for more information at (412)-584-7039 or email.
In Our Churches
Shepherd of the Mountains, Pinetop, AZ

God’s Blessings!
Elijah was born on December 15, 2021. He is the son of Rev. Daniel and Rachel Warner of Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church. Congratulations and God’s blessings to the Warner family.
Fairlawn, Fairlawn, OH

Brandon and Charlotte, father and daughter, were baptized together in December at Fairlawn Lutheran Church.
Redeemer, Sarnia, ON
 
On the fourth Sunday in Advent, Mrs. Susan Gruening, long time keyboard player and member of the praise group at Redeemer, was received into membership by Affirmation of Baptism following instruction in Luther’s Catechism by Rev. Dr. Roger Ellis, Vacancy Pastor. Susan and her husband Manfred, who was already a member of the church, have raised their family at Redeemer over many years.
Trinity, Ocala, FL
 
On Wednesday, December 15, a group of singers were blessed with good fun and fellowship singing Christmas carols to our neighbors in the City Square in Downtown Ocala.
In Our Schools
Bethesda, Chicago IL

In the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, Il., a transformation is happening. A small Lutheran school is impacting the community in a big way. In the words of Principal Aaron Landgrave, Bethesda International Academy provides “transformational learning, anchored in Christ” for the children of the Rogers Park area. Each morning, Principal Landgrave greets the children by name as they make their way through the schoolroom doors. Inside, they gather in classrooms, in the chapel and in the schoolyard to learn, grow and play. As Bethesda International Academy’s mission statement says, the students are being prepared to “...[transform] the world through a firm foundation of academics and faith.”

Click here to read the full article about Bethesda.
West Portal, San Francisco, CA

Albert Amling, English District School Ministry Executive, visited West Portal Lutheran in San Francisco and was present for their chapel on December 16. The 8th grade handbell choir led by Pastor Kerr was amazing. The third grade shared a song and a recitation. What a wonderful way to prepare for the coming of the King! Well done students!!!
Nebraska District LCMS seeks Assistant to the President for Mission & Ministry
The Nebraska District LCMS has a staff position open: Assistant to the President for Mission and Ministry. (Qualifying candidate should be on the synodical roster as minister of religion ordained.)
The person in this position will:
  • Resource, coordinate, and promote a discipleship culture that produces good fruit and good works as the Body of Christ grows in vocational witness and works of mercy, and as ministries collaborate to carefully steward and effectively impact God’s kingdom.
  • Provide accountability and oversight for District-owned ministries and granting ministries to carry out the mission opportunities our Lord puts before us.
To suggest someone for this position, or to apply, please contact District President Rev. Richard Snow at richs@ndlcms.org. Full details of the position requirements can be found on our website at https://ndlcms.org/jobs/ .
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