English District of
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Servant to Servant
Greetings!
November 19, 2021
Retirement Celebration
The members of Concordia Lutheran Church, Akron, OH held a retirement celebration for Rev. Robert W. Tauscher, Jr. on Sunday, November 14, 2021. Bishop Jamison J. Hardy attended this special occasion and milestone in Pastor Tauscher’s life.
 
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.
Connected to Christ Monthly Book Review
By Rev. Joshua Ulm

Mark Wood’s “Connected to Christ” overflows with Christlike passion for the lost in our world. Dr. Wood writes with heartfelt care for all those who do not know Jesus, and motivates the reader to fervent prayer and witness on behalf of lost and broken people. This book always has God at the center of the work of evangelism, even as the author provides practical advice for our work of Christian witness. One of the strengths of this small volume is clarity of terms. Many other evangelism programs and guidebooks use differing terminology without taking the time to explain the nuances, but Wood guides the reader through his chosen terms with clarity. Another strength is the honest acknowledgement of our shortcomings as witnesses. Rather than avoiding roadblocks to witnessing, the reader is encouraged to witness to broken people as a broken person. Lutheran Theology is prominent in the book, and the conclusions and practical advice are built on a solid Law/Gospel foundation.

Because the brevity of this book necessitates a narrow focus, some readers and congregations may benefit from additional discussion on other aspects of the doctrine of vocation. These discussions could explore other ways we serve God in the world through our vocations in addition to Christian witness.

This book would make a fantastic takeaway from an “Every One His Witness” workshop, a gift given to stoke interest for an EHW workshop, or a gift to a friend or congregation member who is interested in the basics of Christian witness.
Endowment Fund
Your faithful tithes and offerings to the English District enable us to
continue to be a source of hope and opportunity for people who need
us. Please prayerfully consider joining us in ministry, so that the English
District can continue its work in spreading the message of Christ. The
English District Endowment Fund was established to provide support to
current and new missions and ministries, church workers and seminary
students, and campus ministries in the areas where our congregations live
and witness.

Every gift matters. Whatever God leads you to give will be a great blessing
as we all work together to plant new missions and schools, and provide
resources to existing ministries and church workers across the United States,
Canada, and around the world. GIVE NOW.
Evangelization Team
THANKS-LIVING IS EVANGELISM
 
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” So picture this: A group of co-workers (some believers and some non-churched) come together to the home of a Christian for a festive event. The home is filled with various art pieces. Among them is a picture of a person in prayer with the caption: “Give us this day our daily bread.” Another is a majestic picture of a mountain, a stream and a bird chirping with the words of Psalm 100:4, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.”  Someone breaks the ice with the invitation to conversation, “Wasn’t today a wonderful day God has given to us?” In the background, someone lets loose with a raucous sneeze only to be greeted with a chorus of, “Bless you” but also “God bless you!” When dinner time arrives, the host offers up a prayer thanking God for the fellowship, the hosts, and all the good received from His bounteous hand. The evening is filled with laughter, conversation, and groups of people engaged in games. Intermingled into this evening is the occasional acknowledgment of God’s activity and thanksgiving to Him. Even some intentional verbalization of salvation by grace alone through faith alone is shared. One by one, as the guests leave, the farewell bidding from the host is a warm, “Good night! God be with you.”
                                                 
Would you call this picture an “evangelism” event? No one quieted the gathering to offer a persuasive speech to believe in God. The hosts didn’t target the “non-churched” guests to intentionally proselytize them. Even though very few words from the Bible were spoken - God’s Word was intentionally spoken and the Holy Spirit accompanied each Word.  (“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ” Romans 10:17.) But the picture was absolutely one that bore witness to God and the difference He made in the lives of the Christians. The picture, the bold witness in this case was one of thanks-living. And this thanks-living, accompanied by the Holy Spirit, Word and action, had a profound impact on the non-churched. Picture one of those non-churched couples discussing on the way home, “What a wonderful night. I want what they have. I’m going to ask them what makes them tick.” As you prepare for your own celebration of Thanksgiving, please read more about how your life can continually be one of thanks-living.
Get $23,000 to become a church worker in the LCMS!
Is God calling someone you know into church work in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod? 
Concordia University Irvine values the formation of future leaders for the church. For the 2022-2023 school year, they are offering qualified LCMS church work students a guaranteed total of $23,000 per year in institutional aid and an on-campus housing grant.

To learn more about the church vocations scholarship, go to www.cui.edu/churchworkscholarship.

Contact Carrie Donohoe at carrie.donohoe@cui.edu or 949.214.3389 with questions..
Prayer Requests
The Bible's promise is true: "If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us" (1 John 5:14).

District daily prayers for December 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.
Exhibitors
Are you interested in being on our mailing list of upcoming convention exhibit opportunities? Please email Info@englishdistrict.org to be added to the list.
Greetings from the Dominican Republic
Dear friends in Christ,
We hope that you are enjoying good physical health and good spiritual health. We are both well and thank God for His many mercies as we continue to serve Him. Please click here to read our September/October newsletter. As always, we love to hear from you. If you would like to email greetings or prayer requests contact is cheryl.naumann@lcms.org.
God bless and keep you.  
Deaconess Cheryl & Pastor Jonathan 
LCMS Foundation
For more information, contact the English District Gift Planning Counselor Ron Grimm by phone (412)-584-7039 or email.
In Our Churches
Bethany, Ewing, NJ

On Sunday, November 14, 2021, Bethany Lutheran Church had a theological book packing party that was sponsored by Thrivent. Thirty boxes of books were packed for the seminary students in South Sudan. The books will make their way there via the Orphan Grain Train. The congregation was very enthusiastic in their packing, and enjoyed a light lunch afterwards. We thank Pastor Woody Mather from Bethany Lutheran Church and Pastor Martin Erhardt from Lutheran Church of the Messiah in Princeton for their donations of theological seminary books. The congregation donated hymnals and dictionaries.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Peace, New Berlin, WI

On Sunday, November 14, Peace Lutheran Church created a "hall of honor" to recognize the 26 men and women within the congregation who are veterans. Meaningful items from members such as hats, photographs, badges, and certificates were on display and many memories were shared together. It is a pleasure to support and pray for all veterans. Peace Lutheran is served by Pastor Greg Michel.
Sherman Oaks, Sherman Oaks, CA

Thursday, November 11, Rev. Titus Utecht baptized Annie Ingalls in her house, and then welcomed her as a member and gave her communion. The great part? She's 102 years old. Thanks be to God and welcome to the church family, Annie!
Faith, Naples, FL

Thanking Jesus for our country’s veterans. Thank you to our community’s veterans who served for the good of our nation and its people!
Prince of Peace, Medina, OH

On Saturday, October 30, Prince of Peace co-hosted an Oktoberfest with St. Mark Lutheran, Brunswick (Ohio District). Over 150 people enjoyed German food, costume contests, Pin the Theses on the Door and other events. They hope to make this an annual event, bringing the two churches together in fellowship. The best part was a raffle basket which brought in over $600, which is being donated to Feeding Medina County in support of their Thanksgiving turkey drive.
In Our Schools
Immanuel , Alexandria, VA & Hales Corners, Hales Corners, WI

This past week, Albert J. Amling, School Ministry Executive, English District had the awesome privilege to visit two of our English District schools: Immanuel Lutheran in Alexandria, VA and Hales Corners Lutheran in Hales Corners, WI. While each school has its own personality, what was clear was that Jesus is at the heart of each school! Albert is grateful for the opportunity to visit these schools, their faculty and students.
Fairlawn, Fairlawn, OH

Are you enjoying this beautiful fall weather? Fall has also served as an inspiration for some amazing preschool artwork. See how Mrs. Hathaway’s 5's students at Fairlawn Lutheran School practice collaboration and cutting as they create their beautiful fall leaves.
Family of Christ, Phoenix, AZ
Family of Christ Early Education Center is collecting donations for the Generation Church food pantry. They love watching the pile of donations grow every day!
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