Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Servant to Servant
Greetings!
November 15, 2019
Divine Call
Call Received
The Rev. Brian V. Pratt, Peace of the Desert, Palm Desert, CA, has received a call to serve Prince of Peace, Stroh, IN.
School Loan Assistance

School loan repayment assistance is available through MinistryFOCUS . MinistryFOCUS is a grassroots organization within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), founded in 2013 to eliminate systemic barriers to ministry. This organization's purpose is to help church workers focus more on ministry and less on finances. Individuals who currently serve as a rostered church worker of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod and carry at least $20,000 in educational loans are eligible. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2019. Applications for 2020 will be available later this month. Visit the MinistryFOCUS website for more information.
1-1-1 for Missions
Peace Lutheran Church, New Berlin, WI

Peace Lutheran Church is one of 62 congregations of our District participating in the English District 1-1-1 (A Dollar for Missions) focus. Their congregation has a passion for the mission and ministry He has called them to. 

Pastor Michel shares, “We actively began our involvement with 1-1-1 at the beginning of Lent 2019. Before 1-1-1, Peace had already been promoting many different mission efforts throughout the year, a different one each month. And so, when we began promoting 1-1-1, I was unsure about its success as it would run alongside of our other mission-related efforts. However, God has moved His people at Peace to give joyfully, consistently, and even generously throughout the seven months we have been involved in 1-1-1. It is not uncommon for me to see bills larger than $1 in the box.”

Questions? Contact    Rev. Derek Mathers    or    Rev. Justin Laughridge.


Congregations who have collected dollars for 1-1-1, please send a check payable to the English District LCMS to the district office. IPlease indicate that the money is for 1-1-1. This way we can make sure the two missions receive the support you are generously providing.  
For more information contact David Thiele, English District LCEF Vice President at 517-980-2857 or by email .
For more information contact the English District Gift Planning Counselor Ron Grimm by phone (412)391-4850 or email .
Worker Wellness
This week's LCMS devotion focuses on Vocational Wellness. These weekly devotions are meant to encourage church workers and help them to explore ways to find wellness in their own lives as well as their families' lives.

If you haven't been reading them, it's never too late to start. This week's devotion can be found here .
In Our District
Board of Directors Meeting
Thank you to Martin Luther Chapel, East Lansing, MI, for hosting the English District Board of Directors meeting this month.
Kaster Family Update
The Kaster family is serving God in Prague. To learn more, read here.
In Our Churches
Messiah Lutheran Church, Danville, CA

Messiah Lutheran Church's Oktoberfest/Reformation featured delicious German food, a hymn sing, and sharing stories. Also celebrated were some significant anniversaries:

40 years since the congregation was established.
30 years since the church building was completed.
20 years since Pr. Peter Ledic began serving the congregation
15 years since their organist, Linda Trahan, and her husband, Steve, began serving as the Music and Choir Directors.
Shepherd of the Coast Lutheran Church, Palm Coast, FL

Sheriff Rick Staly and his wife, Debbie, along with Palm Coast Fire Chief Jerry Forte attended a beautiful and moving Veterans Day service at Shepherd of the Coast Lutheran Church and were presented a Thin Blue and Red Line American flag symbolizing the line first responders stand between evil and good and their service to the community. The church will display the flag in their hall of honor.

All who attended were given a poppy flower to place on a wreath during the service in remembrance of a veteran who has passed away or in honor of a veteran who is now serving or has retired. As in past years, local heroes from the police and fire departments were invited. A public luncheon immediately followed the service.
Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Chatham, ON

Our Saviour Lutheran Church elected a new Church Council at their last voters meeting. They were installed by Rev. Dr. Roger Ellis. The day was filled with joyful laughter, a large gathering for worship and Holy Communion, lots of fun stories and at the end everyone rising to sing the doxology! This day marked a significant new beginning for Our Saviour’s ministry! “Praise God for his faithfulness” was the theme for the day drawn from the appointed Psalm 148.
Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Elk Grove Village, IL
On new member Sunday, Dan and Beth were confirmed, pictured on each side of Pastor Steve Okpisz. They also celebrated the baptisms of Theo and Leo who were baptized in August.
Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, Valley Stream, NY
Our Saviour is hosting an Advent concert and have invited the community to attend. They will provide refreshments after the concert, giving them an opportunity to learn more about the people in their community.
Grace Lutheran Church, Wyoming, MI
Community meals at Grace.
Church of St. Luke-Lutheran, Toronto, ON
Teatime and fellowship.
Risen Savior Lutheran Church, Plymouth, MI
Getting ready for the holiday bazaar.
Lutheran Church of the Shepherd King, West Bloomfield, MI
Members of Shepherd King participated in a special service honoring local veterans.
Hope Lutheran Church, Hastings, MN
Handchimes choir practice.
Church of St. Mark-Lutheran, Mississauga, ON
The Vietnamese Boat People Monument honors the Vietnamese refugees who came to Canada in the late 1970s and early 80s to escape the Communist regime in Vietnam, as well as the approximately half a million lives that were lost at sea on the journey to freedom. The monument is an offering of gratitude to Canada by the Vietnamese-Canadian community for the humanity and compassion they received when they arrived. Ken and Ruth felt moved to have a plaque placed on the monument in recognition of Church of St. Mark- Lutheran sponsoring their family.
In Our Schools
Hope Christian Preschool, Hastings, MN

Muffins with moms.
Redeemer Lutheran School, Pittsburgh, PA
Redeemer served their veterans lunch and packed Christmas bags for current service men and women overseas.
Grace Beginnings, Wyoming, MI


Snow play!
Little Lambs, Berwyn, IL
Building and creating.
Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Fort Wayne, IN

Healthy food week!
Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI

Germany day.
Prayer Requests
Your prayer concerns are important to the English District. When you submit a prayer request, with your permission, it will be posted in this weekly eNewsletter. The Bible's promise is true: "If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us" (1 John 5:14).

Pray with us for California and all those affected by the power outages and wildfires.

Please email  Holly Scheer  with your prayer requests.
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