English District of
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Servant to Servant
Greetings!
May 15, 2020
1-1-1 A Dollar for Missions
One Dollar - Per Member – Per Week
In May of 2019, we invited congregations to walk with us in faith and undertake the “Dollar for Missions” mission fundraising initiative. Many congregations and individuals have responded since that time, and we are now able to announce to you that a gift has been sent to both Holy Cross Lutheran Mission & Tree of Life Lutheran Church in support of the great work they are undertaking in God’s Kingdom! We were so honored to speak about these congregations and their mission around the District over the past several months, and now we are rejoicing at the opportunity to share what God has provided as an answer to prayer. View video message from Missions Council chair Rev. Justin Laughridge  here.

Contact our District Mission Executive, Pastor   Derek Mathers   or Pastor  Justin Laughridge , Chair of the Missions Council, with any questions regarding 1-1-1.
Staying Connected in Our Congregations
How are congregations staying connected?

Elizabeth Harmelink, a member of the Church of St. Mark – Lutheran, Mississauga, ON, has come up with a unique contest. She wrote:

“Since our isolation, I enjoyed making up some jumbo puzzles for our church family, but felt something different might be appreciated, which hopefully will bring us closer to each other, and that is sharing “the peace of the Lord” by phone.

Most people I know use email instead of the phone, including me. For intimacy, the phone is more satisfying when it comes to immediate feedback. One can sense a mood very quickly, be it happy or sad. I am hoping that closer relationships will develop as we phone our brothers and sisters in Christ. I have made this a contest in that in order to win a prize, at least 10 phone calls will have to be made. During this call, “the peace of the Lord” has to be shared. Also the congregation is encouraged to phone at least one person they don’t know, but is in the directory.”

She closes her thought with, “I’m having fun with this and I hope you do also. May the peace of the Lord be with all of us.”

Is your congregation doing things to stay socially connected? Let Pastor Derek know.
Guide to Reopening Churches
There isn’t a "flip the switch" moment when we will be back to normal, so ongoing, constructive, evaluative conversations are necessary. 
 
There are no black and white answers, nor a one-size-fits-all way to respond. There are best practices, common sense behaviors, and actions that are medically advisable, but no plan will fit every situation. It is appropriate to distinguish between urban and rural settings as well as large, mid-size, and smaller congregations as leaders craft a plan that maintains health and wellness while allowing for services to resume.

English District COVID-19 Soldiers of the Cross Grant Endorsement Application
The Soldiers of the Cross grant is available to all rostered church workers who serve in English District ministries (congregations, schools, and RSOs.) The fund is for temporary relief for those suffering economically as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To download more information and the application click here .
Livestreamed/Recorded Services
We encourage everyone to take advantage of alternative opportunities to hear God’s word and to be blessed by the Divine Service. We have compiled a list of opportunities on the English District website that is continually updated.

If your congregation is recording or live streaming and is not included on this list, please email us at info@englishdistrict.org and let us know how people can access it.

New to live streaming? The LCMS has an instructional video to help you.
Continuing Education
English District pastors are invited to participate in a continuing education class entitled “Letters from a Lonely Lutheran: Confidence and Joy Under the Cross”. The class will be led by Dr. John Pless and it will be held June 30-July 2, 2020   at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (Pacific Southwest District), 1421 W. Ball Rd., Anaheim, CA 92802. This class will examine the pastoral letters of Hermann Sasse (1895-1976) as he encouraged brother pastors the world over to continue steadfast in the hope that does not disappoint. The class is worth 1.5 CEU.

Anyone interested may register online .
PPP Loan Forgiveness Requirements
If your congregation or ministry received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, there will be documents and detailed accounting required for maximizing the loan forgiveness. Start preparations now for maximum loan forgiveness at the end of the 8-week covered period. Read more

Please see here for more information about Navigating the Next Steps with a Paycheck Protection Program Loan. To sign up for a webinar on the topic scheduled for May 20 at noon Eastern time register here .
Concordia Technology Blog

Journey maps and the next steps to connection on the Concordia Technology Blog .
Ministerial Health Commission
All of us have our “down” days. All of us have our days (or more) where we “do what we don’t want to do and don’t do what we know we should.” Lord, have mercy! As your Ministerial Health Commission of LCMS English District, we know that our life journey is a struggle at times. What we want you to know is that we are here to be a confidential sister or brother in Christ, walking along side of you in your struggle. We strive to be a listening ear with a non-judgmental heart, supporting you where you are, not where anyone thinks you should be! We will encourage, not chastise, listen without advising, and pray without ceasing for you. May God grant you the strength to reach out if and when you need it.
Worker Wellness
“Building Up the Body: Worker-to-Worker” is a series of church worker wellness devotions on t he LCMS website. The focus for this week is Relational Wellness .

You can also find more wellness resources at lcms.org/wellness.
Quick Reference Guide for Disasters & Pandemics
LCMS Disaster Response has developed a  Quick Reference Guide for Disasters and Pandemics  for use by church workers. They hope that it is useful to you in your duties. It is available under Resources on the Disaster Response page of the LCMS website  and on their Facebook page . Please pass it along to all those who could benefit from it.
 
The Lord keep you as you continue to work in His church to bring mercy and hope to the afflicted and the fearful.
Free LAMP 50th Anniversary Devotion Book
Given the global pandemic and devotional resources needed at home, LAMP would like to invite all English District friends to order a  free  LAMP 50th anniversary devotion book online . They will mail a hard copy for free.
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 for recovery from surgery for Holly Scheer.
  • Pray for the family of Rev. Arlo Janssen

The District prayer list for June is located on our website: June Prayer List.

Email   prayer requests to Holly Scheer .
There are key times in ministry when you need to provide personalized communication. But how do you do that efficiently and effectively? In this week's Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) Ministry Moment video , Vice President of Ministry Support, Rev. Mark Frith, has a few tips and tricks to help you and bless others.

A new video for school administrators titled " Leading Your School Out of the Crisis" is available here .

If you are interested in moving your ministry forward with ideas like these, please get in touch with David Thiele ! LCEF is here to support you and your congregation.
Church Mutual is proud to announce the creation of the “CM CARES COVID-19 Protecting the Greater Good Recovery Fund.”
We understand the heavy toll that the COVID-19 global health crisis has taken on communities throughout the United States. The impact has resulted in more Americans than ever in need of assistance. During this difficult time, Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I. (a stock insurer) 1  is stepping up and offering financial support to help the communities where we live and do business.
 
That’s why CM CARES, the Church Mutual Insurance Company Foundation, has established a $500,000 “COVID-19 Protecting the Greater Good Recovery Fund.” This fund prioritizes donations to support essential needs provided by 501(c)(3) religious, education, nonprofit/human services, senior living and camps organizations that are experiencing increased demand for services and/or supplies caused by the pandemic.
 
We are pleased and humbled to share this opportunity with you. We are inviting eligible nonprofit organizations to apply for a donation up to $2,500.
Contact David Thiele, English District LCEF Vice President, by email or phone 517-980-2857.
For more information contact the English District Gift Planning Counselor Ron Grimm by phone ( 412)-584-7039 or email .
In Our District
Slippery Rock Campus Ministry

Read about All Saints Lutheran Church's ministry on campus during this time here .
In Our Churches
Christ the Shepherd, Alpharetta, GA

On Friday, May 8, Luke Comfort Dog Ministry and Children's Sunday School Ministry helped participate in a birthday parade. Masks were worn and social distance was strictly enforced. Happy birthday to a wonderful blessing to our church, Hadley. 
Luke Comfort Dog Ministry delivered 65 hot meals to our front line workers at Emory Johns Creek Hospital, near Alpharetta, Georgia. Luke typically participated in visiting patients, staff, and visitors. At the current time we are web conferencing with those who request it.

Many were blessed as Team Luke brought the mercy, compassion, and proclamation to those suffering and in need. We are excited to be involved once it is safe again! Social distancing and safety precautions are taken very seriously. Units receiving food included the infusion center, ER, L&D, and the Security Department. 
We are ZOOMING Sunday school! In our world's uncertain times ZOOM really helps Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church's families stay connected. The challenge to leaders is engaging children with supplies that they have around the house! Shelter in place is encouraged until they can meet in a group setting. 

Pictured is the teachings of God's promise/Noah’s ark. Children were encouraged to dress as an animal or bring their favorite pet! They had fun learning that Jesus is our Savior and He has a plan in every situation. 

At the current time Sunday school is very well received by other families In the church, and outside of CTS. Families include the Open Arms daycare, Luke’s Ministry friends, VBS friends, and another church in another state. God is blessing them.

Come check them out! For security purposes please email Judy to request access . Bring a friend or a grandma that is alone! All are welcome. 
Messiah, Danville, CA

To all of you…Thank you! God bless you! 
You are a blessing to us and all the saints!
 
 I am happy to report the following from our 100 Cloth Mask Project:
 
245 cloth masks were made exceeding our goal of 100!!!

60 plus elastic band extenders were also crocheted and donated!!!
 
$220.00 was donated to cover costs of postage!!!
 
Because of this generosity, we are also happy to report:
 
200 masks have been mailed to Atlantic District President Lecakes for use in New York City.
 
25 have been mailed to Pastor Roy Coats, congregational son and son of Parish Nurse Elisabeth Coats, for him and his congregation in Baltimore, Maryland. 
 
20 cloth masks have been reserved for Messiah members.

To God be the glory!
First Trinity, Pittsburgh, PA


Congratulations Vicar Hasselbrook on receiving the St. Timothy award for exegetical academic excellence from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN.
In Our Schools
English District Financial Aid - Deadline for submission is June 1st
 
English District Financial Aid information is available on the English District  website.   Please read the material carefully.

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

Teachers delivered care packages to their students at home.
Redeemer, Pittsburgh, PA

Pets helped with school work today!
Hope, Hastings, MN

Congratulatory parade for teachers. Video here .
Bethesda International Academy, Chicago, IL

Online debate team.
Shepherd King, West Bloomfield, MI

Message from teachers and pastor.
Short-term Pastoral Vacancy
Immanuel Lutheran Church (Florida/Georgia District) Tavernier, FL, is searching for a pastor to serve their congregation from June 21, 2020 through September 13, 2020. The church is located on Key Largo. Salary and housing are provided. If interested please call the church at 305-852-8711 or mobile at 612-710-4600.
Chaplaincy Position Available
For over fifty years, the North Wisconsin District has had a full-time LCMS chaplain working at the state-run Wisconsin Veteran's Home in King, WI. The chaplain is fully supported by the North Wisconsin District. The current chaplain is retiring on September 1st and the North Wisconsin District will begin interviewing for the position in early June. To apply, please send an email to President Dwayne Lueck at dwayne@nwdlcms.org.


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