Love your neighbor as yourself 
Servant to Servant                                    5-4-2018

Bishop's visits
Bishop Jamison Hardy posed with the Atlantic District President, Derek Lecakes, prior to the call service at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN.
The Rev. John H. Diener welcomed Bishop Hardy to Grace, Wyoming, MI.
Call Day 2018

From left: Daniel Warner, Mary and Joshua Ulm, The Rev. Robert Rogers, James Marriott, Christian Einerston and Aaron Sterling.


Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO rejoices with the 128 students who learned of first call placements as pastors and deaconesses and assignments as vicars and deaconess interns during Call Day services on April 24, 2018. 

The English District received the following new
pastors and vicars from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis:
  • Aaron Sterling, Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church, Alpharetta, GA
  • Joshua Ulm, Ascension Lutheran Church, North Olmsted, OH
  • Daniel Warner, Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, Pinetop, AZ
  • Christian Einertson, Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries, Philadelphia, PA
  • James Marriott, Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church, St. Louis, MO

Row 1 (l-r): Britta Gandy, Amadeaus Gandy, Sawyer Meyers, Rebecca Meyers, Bishop Jamison Hardy

Row 2 (l-r): Bethany Wirtz, Isaac Wirtz, Jonathan Olson, Marie Hill (fiancée of Jonathan Olson)

Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN celebrated with the students who recently received their first calls and vicarage assignments.
The following men have been placed in the English District:

  • Amadeus Gandy, Faith Lutheran Church, Butler, PA
  • Sawyer Meyers, Mount Calvary Ev. Lutheran Church, Lititz, PA
  • Jonathan Olson, Messiah Lutheran Church, Danville, CA
  • Isaac Wirtz, Catalina Lutheran Church, Tucson, AZ
Divine Call
Call Accepted
The Rev. Daniel W. Pezzica, Sherman Oaks, Sherman Oaks, CA, has accepted the call to serve Our Savior, Chelsea, MI.
(l-r) Newly elected LWML English District President Darlene Keca with past presidents, Jan Simmons, Shirley Holle, Sylvia Johnson, Connie Johnson and Marilyn McClure.
LWML English District 38th Biennial Convention 2018
The LWML English District 38th Biennial Convention was held April 27-29, 2018 in Grand Rapids, MI. Close to one hundred attendees worked diligently to craft over 100 Chemo Comfort Bags - exceeding the project goal! In addition to the Comfort Bags, volunteers stitched 186 eyeglass cases for MOST Ministries eyeglass teams as well as assembled 261 witness bracelets for use in the field. Bishop Jamison Hardy delivered an inspiring message at Epiphany Lutheran Church, Dorr, MI for the Festival Worship service on Friday evening. The English District LWML has set a goal of funding $18,000 of mission projects for the 2018-2020 biennium.
56th Regular Convention of the
English District LCMS
June 19-21, 2018
Concordia University
Ann Arbor, MI

Thanks to all who have signed up to be a 
Prayer Partner for the upcoming 56th English District, Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Convention, June 19-21, 2018 at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI. There are still many time slots available. We are asking for prayer for all aspects of the convention: safe travel, business sessions, elections, activities, discussions, theological presentations, fellowship and to celebrate the English District's ministries and missions. Just choose a time slot and then lift the needs of our delegates, presenters, guests, staff, and convention in prayer. Choose as many time slots as you would like and pray! Sign up for a time slot  here . Thank you!

Convention participants are invited to tour the Papyrus Collection at the University of Michigan Library, located in Ann Arbor, MI, at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 22, 2018. The collection contains 30 leaves of the P46 codex, one of the oldest extant New Testament manuscripts in Greek, dating from around AD 200. The tour will be led by collection archivist Dr. Brendan Haug, who will speak to us about the codex and other early Christian documents. Reservations are required. If you would like to attend or want more information, please email the Rev. Martin Erhardt , pastor at Lutheran Church of the Messiah, Princeton, NJ.  

Musicians are needed to play during the Worship Services at the English District Convention. If you sing or play an instrument and would be willing to lend your talents, please contact The Rev. Ryan Beffrey at Rehearsal time is limited, so you will need to be able to read music well. 

Convention offering
The Love Your Neighbor as Yourself 2018 Convention offering will provide financial support for Concordia Lutheran Mission.  Concordia Lutheran Mission is a fresh outreach of Mount Calvary, Lititz, PA to share the gospel of Jesus with the 185,000 people who live in Lebanon County, PA, where there is no LCMS congregation. We're convinced the best way to reach as many people as possible with the gospel is for churches to plant churches. With members from Mount Calvary and Calvary, Mechanicsburg, we are building community awareness and engaging in gospel conversations for a public launch this October. Would you join us in reaching the lost for Christ right here in America? Find out more at , and consider sharing through your prayers and your gifts in this mission to bring light into the darkness!
Please let your members know about this new mission of the English District and how they can support it by offering prayer and financial support for this new church plant. Financial donations can be brought for offering at the English District Convention worship service - or donations can be made payable and mailed directly to the English District-LCMS, 33100 Freedom Road, Farmington, MI 48336. Online donations are also accepted on the English District's website, .
For families looking for an option for their children grades 5-8 while they are at the upcoming 56th English District Convention
Camp Concordia is the year-round staffed LCMS children's residential summer camp in Michigan just two hours west of Ann Arbor. Consider sending your 5-8th grader to overnight camp while you attend the English District Convention. Check-in begins on Sunday, June 17, 2018 and check-out is on Friday, June 22, 2018. For sixty summers, hundreds of parents have trusted Camp Concordia with their children.  They'll bring home a growing Christian faith, new-found friends, increased self-confidence and skills, lived-out values, and a suitcase full of lifelong memories!  Check out the opportunities available for families as well as grades K-12 at or call 616-754-3785.

Military Share
The latest Military Share Program food distribution took place on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Calvary, Mechanicsburg, PA. Twenty-three families totaling 69 individuals received food. Calvary has partnered with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to provide grocery items for veterans, active service members and their families.
Birthday bags
Youth group members and their parents from Redeemer, Elmhurst, IL, assembled birthday bags. All the donations were items collected by the Sunday school during the month of April. Each bag contained a cake mix and a can of frosting along with candles, napkins, balloons, and a small gift. The bags were delivered to the food pantry, and the youth group took a tour of the facility, learning about how this mission serves people in their community.
Jeff McDonald, Congregational President at Trinity, New Lenox, IL, was honored as an outstanding volunteer for H.O.M.E (Housing Opportunities & Maintenance for the Elderly), which is a non-profit organization that helps low-income senior citizens in Chicago maintain independence and safe living through the many services they provide.
On Monday, March 26, 2018,Chapel of the Cross, St. Louis, MO, had its semi-annual Homebound and Seniors' service and luncheon. The day started at 11:00 AM with a Communion service in church. After the service, a delicious meal of pork loin, mashed potatoes, vegetables, dessert and candy was served. Members who were unable to make it to this event by themselves were picked up and transported to church in a bus or private vehicle. There were 48 people who attended and 21 people who assisted with the event.
In our churches
Hope, Hastings, MN, celebrated the Baptism of John Thomas as he was welcomed into God's family.  
Faith, Arlington Heights, IL, welcomed Owen Glickley into the family of God through the waters of Holy Baptism.
Rev. J. Derek Mathers, Assistant to the Bishop and Mission Executive, recently spent a day with members at Ascension of Christ, Beverly Hills, MI. He facilitated a workshop, and presented the congregation's Re:Vitality self-assessment.
Life Team training
Members of Catalina, Tucson AZ, received training and certification as Lutherans for Life team members on April 28, 2018. Catalina is now one of an expanding number of congregations in the Arizona South Circuit with LFL Life Teams.

Fond farewell
Vacancy Pastor, The Rev. Don Schmiege led worship on his last Sunday and received special recognition and gifts from the congregation at Hope, Hastings, MN.

A quick visit
Carol George, a member of the English District Board of Directors from Trinity, Erie, PA, recently visited the Hong Kong Mission and Church of All Nations. Carol was very impressed with the warmth in which she and her niece were received. After worship, they were invited to stay for a delicious lunch and learned the ways the church is serving the needs of many. Carol is pictured below with The Rev. Shaun Daugherty (left) serving in Shenzhen, China and The Rev. Joel Scheiwe (right), pastor of Church of All Nations.
Spring sing event
Each year at Trinity, Villa Park, IL,  the Dorcas Guild hosts a spring event to raise money for various ministries in the community. This year they featured Randy McCallister, a local recording artist, to sing a tribute to Frank Sinatra.  In the photos you see Randy "doing it his way" and Amber Corrigan, a Trinity youth, being serenaded. The Dorcas Guild raised money for the Villa Park Boxing Club, a ministry hosted at Trinity to encourage teens with productive afterschool activities and the Sharing Connection, a local ministry to provide household goods and furniture to families in crisis.
In our schools
Sunset Walk-A-Thon
The 2018 West Portal Lutheran, San Francisco, CA, Walk-a-Thon was a hit amongst Sunset students. The weather was clear, yet cool, and perfect for exercising outside. Kindergarten students kicked things off by running lap after lap until their half hour expired. The third, second, and first grades followed. Parents were at every turn and corner, waving ribbons and cheering on the runners.
Guest reader
Former student, MaryRose, returned to Lambs of Faith Preschool, Naples, FL. She took time from Kindergarten to read to Mrs. Masi's class.
Saturday Seussical fun
The fabulous staff at Fairlawn Lutheran School, Fairlawn, OH, put on such a fun morning for their students and families.
Lizzy, a senior at Redeemer, Oakmont, PA, had winning essays in the American Legion essay scholarship contest. She won first place for the local post and the 33rd District. She also won first place for the entire county and was recognized at the Youth Achievement Dinner. In her final round, Lizzy took third place in the entire Western Section. Congratulations on these great accomplishments!
Award-winning students
Congratulations to all the Bethesda International Academy, Chicago students who achieved honor roll status for the third quarter! Additionally, first and second grade students did a phenomenal job leading chapel last week. They reminded us what the Scriptures say in James 1:19: "Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry."
Little artists
Art week at Shepherd King Preschool, West Bloomfield, MI, got off to a great start in Pre-K. The artists had so much fun experimenting with different techniques. They painted on a canvas, prepped watercolor paper with glue for a painting, and made a class project. They will host an art show on May 31, 2018.
Living science
Little scientists at Grace Beginnings Preschool, Wyoming, MI, have been keenly tracking the progress of their caterpillars, waiting for the butterflies to emerge.
Less Chaos. Less Noise. Communications Workshop with Kem Meyer
Join the free webinar on May 10, 2018 at 10:00 AM. Click here  to register. Additionally, there will be a workshop hosted by Kem Meyer and the Michigan District LCMS, on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 from 9:00 AM 4:00 PM at Concordia University, North Building, Ann Arbor, MI. Tickets are $75/person. For more information and to register, click here.
Communication Corner

Tag us, please!
Facebook has eliminated "interest lists," and in doing so, has made seeking our churches' and groups' Facebook feeds akin to a modern day "needle in a haystack." If you would like us to see your posts, please "tag" us. You can do this by posting your photos/status, typing @EnglishDistrictLCMS in the comment section, and then hitting "enter." Additionally, you can tag us on Twitter, @EngDistLCMS, as well as e-mailing us directly. Thanks so much for helping us keep the communication going in the English District!
Lynne Cobb, Communications Coordinator
Knowledge is Power
Now, a new, free tool to increase your financial knowledge!

Because we know you care for those you serve in ministry, we invite you to share the new LutheranFCU Financial Education Center so that they can learn more about everyday and extraordinary financial decisions.  The  LutheranFCU Financial Education Center provides short, online education modules on nearly 40 different financial topics that can be taken at your convenience and pace.  Each topic fits into one of the following "playlists": Financial Basics, Major Life Transactions, Paying for College and Planning for Retirement.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Please take a moment to  read  about what God is doing in the Dominican Republic through your prayers and financial support!
Your fellow workers in Christ,
Cheryl & Jonathan Naumann
Visual Faith Ministry May bulletins are now ready and available to download. It also includes an Ascension bulletin. Click here to download.
Church Interpreter Training Institute
Established in 1985, the Church Interpreter Training Institute (CITI) instructs interpreters, church members and professional church workers as they reach out to the deaf community, that they too may hear and believe. 

This year's program will take place at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN, from June 25 to July 6. Courses include ASL linguistics; facial and body expression; religious vocabulary; Deaf culture; biblical studies; interpreting Scripture, liturgy, sermons, hymns and song; and other special interest topics. CITI offers a total of 5.1 continuing education units for Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) nationally certified interpreters.

Registration costs $1,500 for non-commuters (covering the cost of room and board), and $1,000 for commuters (includes lunch only). To register or to learn more about the program as well as available scholarships, go to For additional questions, contact Deaconess Heidi Sias at The deadline for registration is June 1,
2018-2019 English District Financial Aid

Dear Future Church Worker,

Below are links to important information about the 2018-2019 English District Financial Aid Applications. Please read the information carefully and note that the deadline for submission is Friday, June 1, 2018.

Please note that the first time you apply for aid, there are two forms to complete. They are the Financial Aid Information Form and the District Financial Aid Application.   In subsequent years, you only need to complete the application unless your financial or personal situation has changed.

Scholarships are not given to interns, vicars, or graduate students.

The following information and forms can be found on the English District website:
Financial Aid Instructions
Financial Aid Information Form
District Financial Aid Application
Colloquy Financial Aid Application

In Christ,

Gail Holzer, Executive Director of Schools
Rev. J. Derek Mathers, Assistant to the Bishop/Mission Executive
The Kaleidoscope Fund
The Kaleidoscope Fund is a granting program designed to help support eligible LCMS ministries as they make known the love of Christ. These grants help strengthen congregations, Lutheran schools, church workers and the communities they impact.
Qualified grant purposes are:
  • Ministry Outreach and Expansion
  • Education (K-12 Lutheran Schools)
  • Church Worker Wellness
Your grant proposal summary must be submitted by June 15, 2018. Visit
to learn more. Click here  to read about past grant recipients.
If you have any questions contact David Thiele at  or (517) 980-2857.
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We want to see how YOUR congregation or school is "loving your neighbor as yourself."

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