Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Servant to Servant
Greetings!
April 26, 2019
Lumen Christi Award
Faith Lutheran School, Watertown, WI
Mrs. Judi Hoeppner principal and teacher at Faith Lutheran School, Watertown WI was presented the professional worker’s Lumen Christi award by Gail Holzer, English District School Ministry Executive.  The Lumen Christi  award is presented annually to publicly recognize the service of teachers, to further promote and encourage all professional and volunteer teachers, and to recognize the use of their talents and abilities in service to our Lord. Students presented Mrs. Hoeppner with a handmade quilt as a thank you for her service.
Seminaries to Livestream Call Day Services Online
Both seminaries of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod will provide live, online coverage of their upcoming Call Day and Assignment service s.
Con cordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN (CTSFW) , will hold its Call Day services April 29–30, 2019 at Kramer Chapel on the CTSFW campus:
  • April 29, 7:00 PM EDT — Vicarage and Deaconess Internship Assignment Service
  • April 30, 7:00 PM EDT — Pastoral Ministry Candidate Call Service
Both services will be live streamed at callday.ctsfw.edu/.
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO (CSL)  will hold both of its Call Day services May 1, 2019 on the CSL campus in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus:
  • May 1, 3:00 PM CDT — Office of Vespers with Assignment of Vicarages and Internships
  • May 1, 7:00 PM CDT — Service of Praise with Assignment of Calls
CSL’s services will be live streamed at  callday.csl.edu/.
Divine Call
Call Accepted
The Rev. Daniel P. Murray has accepted the call to serve as the sole pastor of Holy Cross, Alsip, IL.
In Our District
1-1-1 for Missions
St. John's Lutheran Church Pembroke, ON Sunday School Children get involved in 1-1-1
 
Here are some of the children we have in our Sunday School at St John’s Lutheran Church, Pembroke. We chose to promote this mission in September with the children along with the congregation to remind them that they are a part of something much bigger. As we check our level of coins each Sunday, I remind the children how important their contributions are and to imagine all the other church’s like ours that are doing the same thing right now. When all of the coins are put together, great things can happen to help where needed anywhere in the world. We give as Christ has instructed us to “Love each other as brothers and sisters, and honor others more than ourselves” (Romans 12:10) as we learned to sing last month.”

Please contact our District Mission Executive, Pastor  Derek Mathers  or 
Pastor  Justin Laughridge,  Chair of the Missions Council, with any questions.
Prayer Requests
Your prayer concerns are important to the English District. When you submit a prayer request, 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.


In our prayers: Pastor Christian Just, undergoing knee replacement surgery.
2018 Congregation Statistics Report - Online
Deadline Extended
Based on current return rates and congregations’ increasingly busy Easter schedules, the deadline for congregation statistics reporting is being extended until April 30, 2019. The online entry system for congregations, LCMS Information Support Network (LISN), is open to all LCMS member congregations and new church starts. You should have received login information in February. If you have not received your login information or have questions, email rosters.stats@lcms.org or call the LCMS Church Information Center at 888-843-5267.
LCMS National Offering
We have been given the ultimate gift: forgiveness and salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. That gift is pure joy to us, bringing us peace and hope that just have to be shared. The 2019–21 National Offering is your opportunity to share that joy, to bring that peace and hope into dark and lonely places. This triennium, the National Offering will bring joy to even more people and places, and you can help bring that "joy to the world! "

Watch this video to learn more about the 2019 National Offering.

We are encouraging all our LCMS congregations to commemorate this triennial effort with a special door offering designated for the 2019 National Offering on  National Offering Sunday : June 9, 2019 .
Kaleidoscope Fund Grant Process Now Open!

Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is proud to announce the
2019 Kaleidoscope Fund grant process is now open. The deadline for proposal submission is May 31, 2019.

Visit LCEF for full details and to submit your proposal.
Financial Aid Offering!

Dear Future Church Worker,
 
Below are links to important information about the 2019–2020 English District financial aid applications. Please read the information carefully and note that the deadline for submission is  Saturday, June 1, 2019.

The following information and forms can be found on the English District  website.
Martin Luther Chapel, East Lansing Campus Ministry
During spring break 18 Michigan State University students and friends participated on two Servant event trips. One group travelled to Pensacola, Florida to work with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter during their annual "College Build." As they worked on various building tasks, they were able to meet and work alongside several potential homeowners who were completing the 100 hours of sweat equity that Habitat requires.
The other team travelled to El Paso, Texas, and worked with Ysleta Lutheran Mission to build a home for a family in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. They were able to work alongside the family who received the home, and were overjoyed to hand over the keys following their week of work. These trips are a longstanding tradition at Martin Luther Chapel and an event that our students look forward to year after year. 
What makes a good campus ministry?
From Slippery Rock, PA's Campus Ministry... "I have recently been asked what produces a good campus ministry. From my experience two ingredients are essential. They are church members who are very friendly to college students, and Bible studies which teach the Gospel."
Reception for Rev. David Dressel
On Sunday, April 28th, the people of Martin Luther Chapel are hosting a reception to honor Pastor David and Jan Dressel on the 50th anniversary of his ordination. Pastor Dave serves as the Associate Pastor of Martin Luther Chapel, continuing his career of ministry in a university campus context. During his tenure at the University Lutheran Chapel at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Wittenberg Chapel at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, and now at Martin Luther Chapel at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Pastor Dave has impacted the lives and faith of generations of students, nurturing them during their time as undergraduates, and equipping them to continue lives of service to Christ’s church wherever their lives and careers take them. If you are unable to attend, you may send a card or a note to Pastor David and Jan, care of Martin Luther Chapel (444 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI 48823). You may also submit a message electronically.
In Our Churches
Hope Lutheran Church, Fremont, CA
On Palm Sunday two children in the congregation received their First Communion. Pictured are Joshua and Jei Wei along with Rev. John W. Berg. In the back is subdeacon John Barone and acolytes Matteo and Luca.
Mt. Olive, Tucson, AZ
Three boys Killian, Alrick and Cameron were baptized and welcomed into the Body of Christ on Palm Sunday by Rev. Ciampa.
Lutheran Church of Shepherd King, West Bloomfield, MI
The Lutheran Church of the Shepherd King in West Bloomfield, Michigan, hosted an Easter Luncheon and Easter Egg Hunt for the families of Head Start in Farmington Hills, MI. Shepherd King also supplied 80 Easter food baskets for Head Start families. 
The baskets included a turkey, white and sweet potatoes, vegetables, fruit, and cake mix. They pray that the seeds that were sown will bear fruit according to God's will.
St. Thomas Lutheran, Streetsboro, Ohio
April 7 was an active day for St. Thomas, Streetsboro. Welcomed into the body of Christ through Baptism was McKenna by Pastor Just.
St. Thomas also welcomed into their fellowship eight new members (all former members of Epiphany, Northfield, including the grandparents and great-grandparents of McKenna).
Trinity Lutheran, Villa Park, IL
Music director and Chapel leader, Mary Stahlke teaching a young acolyte.
Redeemer Lutheran, Sarnia, ON
The Ladies' Sewing Group meets each Tuesday and sews and ties blankets for Canadian Lutheran World Relief. There is lots of fellowship and fun, as well as lunch each week.
The group has just finished 68 blankets and their total since last fall is 143! Praise God for this group of talented and faithful servants!
In Our Schools
Trinity Lutheran, Villa Park, IL
Pics from Trinity, Villa Park, IL under the direction of Tracy Swiston.
Preschoolers learning while at play.
Hales Corners Lutheran, Hales Corners, WI
Pictures from Hales Corners show their indoor gross motor room and an alternative seating classroom.  
Faith Lutheran School, Watertown, WI
Cross made by preschoolers to decorate for Easter.
Lambs of Faith Early Childhood Center, Arlington Heights, IL
From Lambs of Faith Early Childhood Education Center, Arlington Heights, IL.
Lambs of Faith is under the direction of Jori Reuter.
Bethesda International Academy, Chicago, IL
Bethesda International Academy students preparing for a science test. Bethesda is under the leadership of Mr. Joe Dembowski.
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