English District of
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Servant to Servant
Greetings!
June 4, 2021
Bishop's Visit
Installations

On Sunday, May 30, 2021, Bishop Jamison J. Hardy officiated the installations of two pastors at Immanuel, Orange, CA. The Rev. Dr. Robert C. Ring was installed as the Senior Pastor. The Rev. Robert A. Dargatz was installed as the Assistant Pastor. 
Divine Calls
Call Accepted

Ministerial Candidate Stanley Lacey (CTSFW) has accepted the call to serve as pastor of St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Clarksburg, WV.

Ministerial Candidate Daniel Greg (CSL) has accepted the call to serve as pastor of Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Elk Grove Village, IL.

Call Received and Accepted

SMP Candidate Ellory W. Glenn (CSL) has received and accepted a call to serve as a Special Ministry Pastor of Chapel of the Cross, St. Louis, MO.
Go Ahead - Call Me Crazy!
What about you? Have you ever been called, “crazy”, “not having both oars in the water”, “out of touch” - by someone other than your grandchildren, or at least a “bit goofy”? When someone calls you “crazy” it’s a bit unsettling. With all the true craziness in our world, someone has elected YOU as the crazy one. It can ruin your day. But when it comes to following Christ and witnessing for Him, you can boldly say, “GO AHEAD - CALL ME CRAZY.” I'm not talking about some hypothetical situation here. Being called “crazy” is going to happen more often than not as we live as God’s Church which is certainly true as God’s Word is opposed to the prevailing views of the world around us.
 
So what do we do as Christians? Embrace the truth. Live in the truth. Witness concerning the Truth - with a capital T! If you gaze ahead to Sunday’s Gospel, you will see that Jesus’ own family and the scribes thought Jesus to be “out of His mind” or “possessed” but He wasn’t right. There you have it. The world convicts Jesus to be crazy. What about YOU? Do you seek to blend into the very same world that lives opposed to Jesus? Or does the world convict you of the same “craziness”? Brothers and sisters of Christ follow the will of God - even and especially when it directly opposes the world. God has given His Church powerful tools to speak truth to a world in need (and He has given our Lutheran Church tools like “Every One His Witness”, “Re:Vitality”, “Making Disciples for Life” and a plethora of others found on our Synod’s website). Please continue to read this article on behalf of your District Evangelization Team. You’d be crazy not to read more...

English District Virtual Gala
The Online Gala Auction is now live! For a sneak peek of some items, click on the photo of Rev. Joshua Ulm (above). Please click here to view our Auction site to support the Gala and its mission.
1-1-1 Focus on Campus Ministry
Greetings from the Dominican Republic
Greetings from Deaconess Cheryl and Pastor Jonathan!
Dear friends in Christ,
The last two months seemed to fly by so quickly that we ended up including both April and May in this letter!
Please click HERE to read our April/May News! 
We wish you every blessing as summer begins and you enjoy God's wonderful creation, good weather, and hopefully fun and fellowship with family, friends, and your home congregation!
Thoughts on Starting a Campus Ministry
Jesus commanded, “As you are going, make disciples of all nations.” There are few places where you can reach “all nations” in one setting as in the university setting.

Do you wonder if there might be an opportunity to start a Lutheran ministry to a college campus near your congregation or in your community? Are you wondering how to start?

Pastor Brad Urlaub (Lead Pastor at St. Mark Lutheran, Janesville, WI) has written an article that shares possible answers to these questions. He writes, “There are many things to consider. In this article, you will read the brutal truth of what it takes to start a campus ministry, I will share how God worked through this process to start a campus ministry at Penn State University.”

We are thankful that Pastor Urlaub has given us permission to share his article in the English District. The English District values and actively supports Campus Mission and Ministry.

Click here to read the full article.
Prayer Requests
The Bible's promise is true: "If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us" (1 John 5:14).

District daily prayers for June are located on our website.

Your prayer concerns are important to the English District. If you have a prayer request you would like shared in this newsletter, email the District office.
LCMS Foundation
For more information, contact the English District Gift Planning Counselor Ron Grimm by phone (412)-584-7039 or email.
Continuing Education Opportunities
Grace Lutheran Church, in Auburn, MI will host a summer continuing education course June 14-16. The Rev. Eric R. Andrae will present "The Atheist Who Became a Bishop—Bo Giertz Is a Unique, Broad, and Deep Voice North Americans Need to Hear." To register or find out more information, please visit the Concordia Theological Seminary website here or download the flier here.

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alexandria, VA is excited to host a summer continuing education course August 2-4. Dr. Roland Ziegler will present on “Luther’s Bondage of the Will.” To register or find out more information, please visit the Concordia Theological Seminary website 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.
In Our Churches
Mount Calvary, Lititz, PA

Adult and Youth Confirmands on the Day of Pentecost at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church.
Eternal Life, Mesa, AZ

New congregation to the English District, Eternal Life Lutheran Church in Mesa, AZ, welcomed new members by transfer. Shown here with Pastor Steven Resner, Vacancy Pastor.

In Our Schools
Redeemer, Pittsburgh, PA

A group of high school boys from Redeemer Lutheran School were "sent to serve" at the Hosanna House and did an incredible job improving on the landscaping.

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