Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Servant to Servant
May 10, 2019
On Sunday, May 5, 2019, the Rev. Mark A. Steinke was installed as the Sole Pastor at Tree of Life, Inverness, FL. Bishop Jamison Hardy officiated the service.

Pictured left to right:  Rev. Mark Steinke, Rev. Paul Sutterer, Rev. David Raetz, and Bishop Hardy.
Divine Calls
Call Received
The Rev. Amadeus L. Gandy, Faith, Butler, PA, has received a call to be an Associate Pastor and Mission Developer at St. Luke, Cabot, PA.

Call Received and Accepted
The Rev. Joel M. Holls, Emeritus, has received and accepted a call to be the Sole Pastor at Christ Our Redeemer, Allen Park, MI.
Deadline Extended
2018 Congregation Statistics Report - Online
The deadline for congregation statistics reporting has again been extended until  May 31, 2019. If you have not received your login information or have questions, email or call the LCMS Church Information Center at 888-843-5267.
Trinity Time
Is God calling you to become a pastor, teacher, family life minister, or musician in His Church for the furtherance of His Kingdom?

Concordia, Ann Arbor, MI invites you to attend Trinity Time, an overnight retreat for high school students to learn about church work vocations by spending time with Concordia faculty and students, exploring their own sense of calling through study of the Word and through hands-on activities, and simply by growing in the grace of God and the joy of His salvation.

The dates are July 7–8, 2019. Interested youth can bring along a friend, a sibling, or even a parent (separate rooms are available for the adults). Trinity Time is $25 per participant. Lodging and meals are included in the cost of registration. The retreat will have limited enrollment. Click here to register.

If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Charles Schulz at 734-995-7384 or by email at
In Our District
Just One
Why would a 78-year-old want to continue volunteering as Campus Ministry Director? Because she wants to help even one student become a Christian this year .
National Youth Gathering

English District Sky Zone Event is Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Deadline has been extended to May 19 th  to register for the Sky Zone event and to order t-shirts.

If you have questions please contact  Jim Bretthaue r  or  Kristi Bauer.
Mission Grant Application

The English District is excited and honored to share in the mission of Jesus with you as part of our district. We celebrate and give thanks to God for your mission and ministry which is one of the many ways we love our neighbor.
Download the Mission Grant Application 2020–2021 to fill out a congregational evaluation and apply for a grant. Mission grant applications are due by August 1, 2019. Please return the application to the district office by mail, fax (248-476-0188) or email it to Rev.  Derek Mathers
1-1-1 for Missions
1-1-1 at Work

We would like to thank you and all the members of the congregations who are supporting English District missions and for your participation in 1-1-1.  

We want to share with you stories from both missions to include in your weekly church bulletin or newsletter. Spread the word how your simple donation of one dollar per member per week has helped to grow these missions. Click  here  to download bulletin inserts.   

It’s never too late to join the fifty-five congregations in sponsoring this program. The more congregations that participate the more lives that will be touched with the Gospel of Jesus.

Here's the plan: $1 per baptized member per week.

Simple, right? Self-explanatory almost. Easy to do. All can participate. Each baptized member is asked to give one dollar extra per week. $1/member/week. Thus, "1-1-1". 

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.

June prayers now available ! We invite you to join in prayer with us.

In our prayers:
Rev. Christian Just, recovery from surgery
First Vice President Rev. Herb Mueller, health concerns
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.
Naumanns in Sri Lanka

The Naumann family is serving God in Sri Lanka. Read about their important work and how to support them.
In Our Churches
Bethesda Asian Indian Ministry (AIMS), Chicago, IL

On Easter Bethesda AIMS worshipped early in the morning with Rev. Shadrach Katari preaching. After the service they celebrated with an Easter breakfast and cake. AIMS ministry would like to thank the District for all of its support. They remember the District in their prayers!
Grace Lutheran Church, Redford Township, MI
These six young men and women confirmed their Baptismal vows and received their First Communion on Sunday, May 5 , 2019  at Grace Lutheran Church.
Martin Luther Chapel, East Lansing, MI
On April 28 th , the people of Martin Luther Chapel celebrated the 50 th  anniversary of Pastor Dave Dressel’s ordination and the continuing ministry of Pastor Dave and Jan in their midst. Many former students, friends, colleagues and neighbors from the East Lansing community joined the congregation in worship in the morning, followed by a reception and lunch. Several speakers shared their appreciation for Pastor Dave and Jan, and they were also presented with a large collection of notes and cards that were sent by those who were not able to attend. Pastor Dave and Jan have been a blessing to many people, and continue to bless Martin Luther Chapel with their presence and service.
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Cleveland Heights, OH
The youth from Prince of Peace Lutheran in Medina, OH and their leaders came to Mt. Olive and spent their Saturday helping around the church.
Martin Luther Chapel, Pennsauken, NJ
The congregation gathered to celebrate Mrs. Dorothy Tolles' 90th birthday.
In Our Schools
LCEF Presents $4000 Grant to Fairlawn Lutheran School
Rev. David Thiele, LCMS English District, Lutheran Church Extension Fund Vice President, presented a $4,000 check to Bob Fischer and Devon Brinkman, members of the School Ministry Team at Fairlawn Lutheran School, Fairlawn, OH. This grant will greatly assist Fairlawn Lutheran School in installing their new $25,000 playground. This playground replaces a 21-year-old, nearly unstable playground. 
Thanks to LCEF and three other grants for covering more than half of the cost. The remainder of the cost was covered by school fundraising generously supported by school and church families.  
Redeemer Lutheran School, Pittsburgh, PA
Redeemer Junior, Christen, qualified for WPIAL regional competitions in javelin. She will be competing next week in Slippery Rock at the state level.
Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Fort Wayne, IN
Preschool music and art kids had a program at church.
Concordia Little Lambs Preschool, Berwyn, IL
Getting ready for the preschool art show!
Christ the King, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
Last preschool chapel of the year. The preschoolers monthly came to learn about the Bible and leave with a treat to remind them about their lesson.
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