English District of
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Servant to Servant
July 1, 2022
Bishop's Visit
Bishop Jamison J. Hardy visited with Rev. Marcus T. Zill and the members of Faith, Tucson, AZ on Sunday, June 26, 2022.
Ordinations and Installations
On Sunday, June 26, 2022, Ministerial Candidate Samuel M. K. St. John was ordained and then installed as Associate Pastor of Ascension, Tucson, AZ. Bishop Jamison J. Hardy officiated.
On Sunday, June 19, 2022, Ministerial Candidate Aaron A. Schultz was ordained at Immanuel, Alexandria, VA. The Rev. Christopher S. Esget officiated. Rev. Schultz will be installed as Associate Pastor/Headmaster of Advent, Zionsville, IN on Saturday, July 16, 2022.
Concerning the Recent Action of the Supreme Court of the United States
“God has heard the cry of His people!”
-       posted by Rev. Dr. Jamison Hardy, President/Bishop of the English District.

We are exceedingly thankful that the Supreme Court of the United States has overturned Roe v Wade by a commanding 6-3 margin. That this was done on the Feast of The Nativity of St. John the Baptist is significant, in that he, the last of the Old Testament prophets, recognized his Savior while he was at about 6 months gestational age in his mother’s womb (and Jesus Himself was early in His first trimester, Luke 1:39-45).

While this decision is huge, we need to remember that it is very much like a first baby step, namely a huge milestone, but with much work still to do. The overturning of Roe v Wade does not ban abortion, but merely returns the issue to the states. Furthermore, the matter is not finished even in Washington, as politicians who support a “right” to abortion work to codify it into federal law. Finally, it is important to remember that in the end, the answer to abortion, like all sin, lies squarely in metanoia, namely the repentance and changed hearts that only God can effect (SC Creed, Third Article).

Thus, God still calls us into the public square, and we go. We begin by begging His forgiveness for our sins, and His blessing on us, that all that we say and do is pleasing to Him. We ask Him to give us the words that abortion supporters need to hear, that He might bring them to repentance and grant them His forgiveness. We engage them with the proclamation that each human life is precious to God, from the time of fertilization to forever! We share with them how God sent His only Son to take on human flesh, beginning as a single cell zygote in His mother’s fallopian tube, to die on the Cross to atone for our sins and those of all, to rise again to defeat death (1 Corinthians 15:21-22), and declare us right with the Father (Romans 4:25). And He has done this for everyone, regardless of individual strengths and weaknesses; in fact, the weaker among us are indispensable to Him, and therefore to us (1 Corinthians 12:22)! Who are we to take away the life of one for whom our Lord became incarnate and died? Furthermore, as Lutheran Christians, we recognize that the commandment not to murder includes the positive that we help and support our neighbor in every physical need (SC, Fifth Commandment). Thus, like every generation of believers that has gone before us, we reach out to abortion-minded women in crisis pregnancies, helping to meet their physical needs, and at the same time showing them the reason they may have hope even in the face of adversity (1 Peter 3:15). And our care for them and their babies extends far beyond the time of birth!

Indeed, the work has just begun. We invite you to a time of prayerful discernment of how God is calling you and your congregation to life-affirming outreach in your community. To assist you in your work, we have been rebuilding our Lifeline webpage, to link you to the life-affirming resources of Synod, Lutherans for Life, other national organizations and sister congregations, you may access the page here. Furthermore, we encourage you to consider applying for a grant through the LCMS Million Dollar Life Match program. While the Phase 2 deadline is only days away, you may plan to apply for Phase 3 funds by April 1, 2023. For further information, click here. Finally, for any questions, or if we may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to email Dr. Roni Grad, Lifeline Chair. As God moves you forward, know that we pray His protection on you, and His richest blessings on your life-affirming work in His Kingdom.
Divine Calls
Call Received
The Rev. Steven Hicks has received a divine call to serve as Senior Pastor of Our Savior, Orlando, FL (Florida-Georgia District).

Call Accepted
Ministerial Candidate Daniel L. Gray has accepted the divine call to serve as Sole Pastor of Martin Luther Chapel, Pennsauken, NJ.

Calls Received and Accepted
The Rev. Dr. Isaac W. Nicholson (Colloquy) has received and accepted a divine call through the Office of Pastoral Education to serve as Pastor of St. John the Divine, Chicago, IL.

The Rev. Colton J. Lamay (Florida-Georgia District) has received and accepted a divine call to serve as pastor of Redeemer, Sarnia, ON, Canada.

Call Received and Returned
The Rev. Mark A. Pierson has received and returned the divine call to serve Our Father’s, Greenfield, WI (South Wisconsin District).

Call Returned
The Rev. Jay A. Winters (Florida-Georgia District) has returned the divine call to serve as Sole Pastor of Shepherd of the Coast, Palm Coast, FL.
Convention Election Results
In the June 24, 2022 issue of Servant to Servant, the election results from the 57th English District Convention were announced. The following information was either missed or listed incorrectly.
Rev. Luke T. Zimmerman, Third Term
Committee on Nominations
Mr. Connor Hagey, Lay/Commissioned - Eastern Region
Mr. Terry Leu, Lay/Commissioned - Lake Erie Region
Mr. Rodrick Lane, Lay/Commissioned - Midwestern Region
Ms. Karina Lindsey-von Hindenburg, Lay/Commissioned - Western Region
Happy Canada Day
We celebrate Canada Day today, July 1, celebrating the anniversary when Canada became a self-governing country.
Happy Independence Day
The district office will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2022, in observance of Independence Day (U.S.).
Presentation of 2020 Lumen Christi Award to Janet Ropes
Christ the King Lutheran joined the English District in honoring Janet Ropes as the 2020 Lumen Christi Recipient on Sunday, June 26th. The delay of the presentation of this award was due to the pandemic.

Blessed with a heart for teaching children and working with youth, Jan was a driving force in the opening of Christ the King Preschool in 1986, serving for many years as Chair of the Preschool Committee. A professional teacher, she often substitute taught at many of the area Lutheran elementary schools. Most notably, Jan was honored for assisting three generations of pastors at Christ the King in the teaching of confirmation classes for over 41 years. The celebration included a wonderful reception after the Divine Service, with many former students and parents returning to worship our Lord Jesus and thank God for Jan’s faithful service for Christ. Soli Deo Gloria!
Roger D. Pittelko Award
Congratulations to The Rev. Charles D. Lentner, recipient of “The Roger D. Pittelko award – He Loved the Church.” The award was presented to Pastor Lentner by Bishop Jamison Hardy during the English District Convention. Rev. Lentner’s biography can be read here. Rev. Lentner is pictured here with his wife, Eleanor.
Mission Grant Application Available
Download the Mission Grant Application 2023-2024 to fill out a congregational evaluation and apply for a grant. 

Mission grant applications are due by August 1, 2022. Please return the application to the district office by fax (248-476-0188), email or mail: 33100 Freedom Road, Farmington, MI 48336-4030. 
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 July 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
Contact Ron Grimm, English District Planning Counselor, 412-584-7039 or visit www.LCMSFoundation.org.
Contact Dan Lepley, DVP - English and SELC District Lutheran Church Extension Fund, for more information at 317-402-9401.
In Our Churches
West Portal, San Francisco, CA

Joseph and Phuong were baptized on June 5, 2022, pictured here with their sponsors and Rev. Curtis Binz.
Ascension, North Olmsted, OH

On Sunday June 19, Ascension Lutheran Church installed 13 "Helpers of Joy". The Helpers of Joy are trained volunteers who extend the love of Christ into care homes in the local area.
Prince of Peace, Medina, OH

Saturday, June 18, Prince of Peace held their Family Day of Service in which members served at the homes of our members who needed help with odd jobs, landscaping and clean up. Children planted pots of flowers to deliver to each home with an "I Love My Church" sign. Over 50 members shared the love of Christ with their church family.
Lutheran Benefits Group Job Opportunity
Account Service Representative

Lutheran Benefits Group in Sterling Heights is seeking an account service representative to work closely with church and school clients to help them with their health care needs and answer their questions. Ultimately, the duties of an ASR are to give excellent customer support and to help in the growth of the agency. Download the job description here. If interested, please contact Keith Mueller at 586.739.5700 or keith@luthben.com.
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