English District of
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Servant to Servant
Greetings!
February 14, 2020
English District Board of Directors
Board meets at Celebration, St. John's, FL

The English District Board of Directors, District Staff, and friends of Celebration Lutheran Church gathered at the latest English District Board meeting. Thank you to Celebration for hosting!
Divine Calls
The Rev. Adam R. Thompson, Fairlawn, Fairlawn, OH has received a call to serve as Associate Pastor at Peace, Fremont, IN.

Miss Erica K. Troester, DCE at Holy Cross Dodge City, KS (Kansas District) has received a call to serve as DCE at Beautiful Savior, Lees Summit, MO.
Conference Registration Open
Professional Church Workers Conference registration is open. Deadline for registering is March 28, 2020.
Board of Directors: May 18–19
Professional Church Workers: May 19 (3:00 pm)–May 21 (11:30 am)
Circuit Visitors: May 21 (noon)–May 22 (11:00 am)

Website Redesign - School Directory Feature
As part of the English District site redesign, the Schools page has been completely redone. There is a directory with a listing for each school. If you are at a school or a congregation with a school please check your school's listing and let us know if any of the information is out of date! Also please send a photo for use on the site (approximately 1000 px wide or tall). Email photos and corrections to Holly Scheer.

Also on this page are important school related links. These links are helpful resources for congregations operating a school or hoping to operate a school ministry. Please check out these fantastic resources and the new Schools page and let us know what you think!
Congregation Statistics Information Update
Login information was mailed to congregations from Synod to access the 2019 Congregation Statistics Report in the LCMS Information Support Network (LISN) for Congregations. Each congregation is able to enter its statistics directly into this database, which is designed to provide better service and greater access. Please contact Synod at rosters.stats@lcms.org  or 888-843-5267 to request your login information if you have not received a letter . Please note that once your congregation submits its statistics they are no longer able to go back and modify the information. Any changes will need to be sent to rosters.stats@lcms.org . Deadline to submit the congregation statistics is Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
1-1-1 A Dollar for Missions
Here is what the 1-1-1 box at St. John’s Lutheran Church,
Pembroke, Ontario looks like. 

What does your 1-1-1 collection box look like?

Please send pictures of your collection box to Evelyn Jentzen .

Contact our District Mission Executive, Pastor   Derek Mathers   or Pastor  Justin Laughridge , Chair of the Missions Council, with any questions regarding 1-1-1.
Did you know?  The English District has many ethnically diverse congregations.

Did you know?   We have congregations that use many different languages to share the Gospel. These languages include Nuer, Farsi, Tagalog, Slovak, Omer, Spanish, Gypsy, Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Korean, Tamo; along with dialects from Vietnam, East India, Pakistan, and more.

Did you know? We have congregations that offer worship services, Bible studies & adult instruction classes in different languages as well, including Farsi, Mandarin, Nuer, Spanish, Gypsy, Cantonese, French, and Korean to name a few. These congregations also offer fellowship events to celebrate their cultural heritage.

The English District’s 158 congregations' focuses are
  • Living in faithful response to God’s grace
  • Teaching the Christian faith
  • Reaching diverse peoples with the Gospel
  • Seizing diverse mission opportunities without geographic limits
  • United in faith, witness, and service.

The Gospel is for all people. Currently families and international students from around the world are being touched by many of our congregations with God’s love.
Worker Wellness
“Building Up the Body: Worker-to-Worker” is a series of church worker wellness devotions on t he LCMS website. This week's devotion focuses on Emotional Wellness . You can also find more wellness resources at lcms.org/wellness.
Lutheran Bible Translators
Lutheran Bible Translators has an article on what Jesus said or didn't say. Read more here .
In Our District
Rev. Derek Mathers brought God's word to the people at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pembroke, ON in the morning then led them through a discussion of the results of their Re:Vitality Congregational Self-Assessment.
Lutheran Church of the Shepherd King in West Bloomfield, MI welcomed Pastor Mathers to help them analyze their Re:Vitality Congregational Self-Assessment report in order to develop an outreach strategy.
This free tool is available to all parishes! Contact Rev. Derek Mathers for more information.
Bishop's Holy Land Trip
Bishop Hardy and fellow District Presidents had an enriching and deeply spiritual visit to the Holy Land in January. To read more about it and the upcoming opportunity to visit there with him, please see here .

Left to right on a boat on the Sea of Galilee: Rev. Dr. Daniel Brege, Indiana District President; LCMS 1 st  Vice President Peter Lange; Rev. Richard Snow, Nebraska District President; Bishop Jamison Hardy, Rev. Eric Johnson, Southern District President; and Rev. Dr. Anthony Steinbronn, New Jersey District President.
In Our Churches
Ascension, Atlanta, GA

Lutheran Church of the Ascension hosted a Divine Service to celebrate the Presentation of Our Lord and Candlemas.
Trinity, Scarsdale, NY
Trinity has an Outreach Committee that works to welcome neighbors to church. The team now has matching hoodies!

Trinity is also pleased to welcome students from Concordia, Bronxville, to worship and serve with them.
Chapel of the Cross, Saint Louis, MO

Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church hosted an annual marriage celebration service where 24 couples renewed their wedding vows. These couples have been married from 1 year to 66 years!
Peace, New Berlin, WI

Peace Lutheran Church began the "Everyone His Witness" course during Sunday school. This six-week course puts sound doctrine into practical action for sharing the faith with people in our everyday lives.
Ascension, North Olmsted, OH

Ascension Lutheran Church has a nursing home outreach called "Helpers of Joy" that has been featured in the newsletter for "God Cares Ministries." This ministry specializes in visiting senior living facilities. Sixteen members of Ascension went through the training offered by "God Cares" and now visit 16 non-members who are residents at a local nursing home. If other pastors or congregations are interested in this ministry, please call Rev. Joshua Ulm at 330-419-2720.
West Portal, San Francisco, CA

The West Portal Lutheran Sunday School's newest member is puppet "Christian," who
likes worshiping God with the boys and girls.
Prince of Peace, Menomonee Falls, WI

Lutheran Church of the Prince of Peace members participated in "Soles for Jesus" and sorted shoes for Africa.
Crosspoint, Sahuarita, AZ

Members of Crosspoint Lutheran Church recognize the cooks at their annual Chili Cook Off. About fifty people enjoyed tasting and judging the entries.
West Portal, San Francisco, CA

Pastor Binz baptized four generations of this family in the past month. Left to right: He baptized mother Christy, grandmother Zong Ying Zhen, and West Portal students Abby and Agnes. To the right of Pastor Binz, Father, Michael, was previously baptized.
On Tuesday, Pastor Binz baptized the great-grandmother, Ru Yu Yu, who currently resides in a rest home.
In Our Schools
Lumen Christi Nominations - DUE SATURDAY

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.

Nominations for the 2020 Lumen Christi awards for the English District Professional Educator of the Year and English District Volunteer Educator of the Year are due by February 15, 2020 . Nominations can be completed and submitted online through the links above. Please prayerfully consider making a nomination.

Read more about requirements and definitions here .

If you have any questions, please contact Gail Holzer.
Christ the King, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

Smiles and hello from the students.
Holy Cross, Cleveland, OH

This week was the 100th day of school!
Redeemer, Pittsburgh, PA

A family member of a Redeemer Lutheran School student recently went on a mission trip to Kenya and came to share about the country and their trip with the students.
Faith, Watertown, WI

Faith Lutheran School had a Valentine's Day party.
Grace Beginnings, Wyoming, MI
The students had fun in the snow!
Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Fort Wayne, IN
Heart collages for Valentine's Day.
Concordia Little Lambs, Berwyn, IL

Experimenting with painting.
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).

Please email   Holly Scheer   with your prayer requests.
For more information contact the English District Gift Planning Counselor: Ron Grimm by phone ( 412)-584-7039 or email .
For more information contact David Thiele, English District LCEF Vice President, at 517-980-2857 or by  email .

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