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Servant to Servant
Greetings!
May 3, 2019
Call Day 2019
We celebrate the assignment of vicars and deaconess interns as well as the call of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN candidates into the Office of the Holy Ministry. On Monday, April 29, 2019, it was announced that the English District would be receiving four vicars-elect. At the Call service on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, it was revealed that one candidate-elect would be coming to the district.

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO students learned their placement of first calls to pastoral and diaconal ministry and assignments as vicars and deaconess interns during two special services.
Vicar-elect Zachariah Burgdorf
Hometown: St. Charles, MO
Home Church: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Saint Charles, Missouri

Has been placed to serve:
Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries, Ph iladelphia, PA
Vicar-elect Justin Clarke
Wife's Name: Joy
Hometown: Parrsboro, Nova Scotia
Home Church: Grace Lutheran Church, San Diego, California

Has been placed to serve:
Catalina Lutheran Church, Tucson, AZ
Vicar-elect Raymond Hulett
Wife's Name: Aubrey
Hometown: Irvine, CA
Home Church: St Paul Lutheran Church - Irvine, Irvine, California

Has been placed to serve:
Messiah Lutheran Church, Danville, CA

Vicar-elect Timothy Kern
Hometown: Millington, MI
Home Church: St. Paul Lutheran Church, Millington, Michigan

Has been placed to serve:
First Trinity Lutheran Church, Pittsburgh, PA
Candidate James Robinson
Wife's Name : Akila
Children: James (12) and Jude (9)
Hometown:  East Lansing, MI
Home Church:  Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, San Diego, California

Has been called to serve as Associate Pastor:
Martin Luther Chapel, East Lansing, MI
Candidate Bradley Wellik
Bradley Wellik is the son of Andrew and Kristin Wellik, Ascension, Tucson, AZ. Kristin is a member of the English District Board of Directors. Bishop Hardy had the pleasure of greeting Bradley at Concordia, St. Louis on the day he received his first call. Bradley has been called to serve Mountain View Lutheran Church (Pacific Southwest District), Las Vegas, NV.
Divine Calls
Calls Received
The Rev. Amadeus L. Gandy, Faith, Butler, PA, has received a call to serve as Associate Pastor and Mission Developer at St. Luke, Cabot, PA.

Mr. Rodrick R. Lane, Director of Christian Education (DCE), Redeemer, Lincoln, NE, has received a call to serve as DCE at Beautiful Savior, Lee's Summit, MO.

The Rev. James E. Thelen, Ascension, Tuscon, AZ, has received a call to serve 1C/The Sanctuary, Columbus, NE.

Candidate James Robinson has received a call to serve as Associate Pastor at Martin Luther Chapel, East Lansing, MI.
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.

Click on link for registration form:  English District Event Registration and T-shirt Order Form
 
If you have questions please contact  Jim Bretthaue r  or  Kristi Bauer.
In Our District
Installation at Celebration Lutheran Church, St. John's, FL
Celebration Lutheran Church said goodbye to their Interim Pastor Rev. Steve De Santo and welcomed him as their new solo pastor. They gifted him with a new white stole in thankfulness and celebration. Rev. Mathers was present for the installation.
Ferry Family Update
The Ferry family is serving God in Asia. Read about their mission and work and how to best support them this month!

Rev. Charles Ferry will be speaking at the upcoming Professional Church Workers Conference.
1-1-1 for Missions
Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, IN began 1-1-1 on September 9, 2018. We have requested that every baptized member give $1 extra each week for missions, and there is now a clear plastic donation box in the Narthex for this purpose. The goal is to collect money in this way for one year. Half of the money will go directly to fund the Ritzmans and their work for the LCMS in Papua New Guinea and the other half will go the District where it will help fund one domestic and one foreign mission.

Redeemer has many large families with 4 or more children. The burden of $1 per baptized person every week is not much for most couples or single people, it can add up for those with large families! With this in mind, we are asking those that can afford it to adopt some of the children in the parish for this purpose by getting 50 $1 bills and then giving the money to the adopted child's parents. The adopted child will then be able to donate every week allowing them to participate in 1-1-1 along with their friends and other families. It was suggested that grandparents do the same, assisting their grandchildren in participating in 1-1-1, teaching them the joy of giving and helping to support missions here and abroad.

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.
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,
Information and forms regarding 2019-2020 English District financial aid are available on the English District  website. Please read the information carefully and note that the deadline for submission is  Saturday, June 1, 2019.
Predictions New Tax Laws Would Cost Charities Billions Haven't Come True—Yet

Nonprofits were bracing for the impacts of the new tax law too, but it appears that dire predictions about the revamped tax code creating a $13 billion to $20 billion  drop in donations  didn’t materialize. What will happen in the future? Read more to find out.
LCMS Foundation

Did you know that bunching your funds can help you significantly on your taxes? Read this important information here and then talk to Ron Grimm, the English District's Gift Planning Counselor, by email or phone at 412-584-7039.
Personalize Church Communications

Every church is unique and so are the people in it. This means that the way the people in it communicate is unique, too. Learn how to reach out to people effectively.
LCEF Investment Rates
May LCEF investment rates are available on the LCEF website . Rate sheets were emailed to all congregations and LCEF Advocates this week. The LCEF  Offering Circular  should be made available to any potential investor and is always available on the LCEF website:  lcef.org .
Birthday Celebration

Long time friends of Dorothy Riehl gathered in London, Ontario for lunch to celebrate her 94th birthday. Dorothy is the widow of Rev. Karl Riehl who served many years with Dorothy at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Toronto, a former church of the English District. L to R: Roger Ellis, Lynda Ellis, Ted Radke, Dorothy Riehl, Lucy Radke, Nancy Kirk, Ray Kirk, Linda Welke and Orland Welke.
In Our Churches
Hope Lutheran Church, Kitchener, ON
Pictured are Rev. Dr. Roger Ellis, celebrant and preacher, and Rev. William Chuol, lector, at the Memorial Service for Sudanese member Lam Diing who was murdered one year before. The service was in both Nuer and English at Hope Lutheran Church. Two hundred people, both English- and Nuer-speaking, filled the church. It was a great showing of support for the family who continue to mourn their family member who was well liked both at Waterloo University and in the church.
Peace in the Valley, Benson, AZ
Peace in the Valley Lutheran Church gained a better community presence and met a few more of their neighbors by participating in the April 27, 2019 J-6/Mescal Whetstone 5K Run. They were represented by 10 parishioners: five were runners/walkers and five were volunteers who greeted runners, handed out PITV brochures, cross packets, "What Lutherans Believe" flyers, PITV logo/info fans and pens, and water.
Celebration Lutheran Church, St. John's, FL
On April 21st, five young men at Celebration Lutheran Church received their first communion. They will be continuing their studies and working toward confirmation.
In Our Schools
Redeemer Lutheran School, Pittsburgh, PA
Musical leads/supporting actors were invited to participate in a Gene Kelly workshop!
Shepherd King, West Bloomfield, MI
Counting practice with animal crackers.
Christ the King, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
Ms. Ziegler's Afternoon Class participated in the St. Jude's Trike-a-thon this week! They did a great job .
Grace Beginnings, Wyoming, MI
The children have been releasing butterflies into the wild.
Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Fort Wayne, IN
Learning about painting and paper mache.
Correction : A picture of crosses was incorrectly identified last week. They were made by students at Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well in Fort Wayne, IN. We apologize for the error.
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