Love your neighbor as yourself 
Servant to Servant                                      7-6-2018

From the Bishop

I would like to offer a big "Thank you!" to the entire English District for entrusting me with three more years to serve as your Bishop and President. I am thankful for the partnership in ministry and the work we do to proclaim Christ and His love to a fallen world.

It has been a busy time this past month and it will continue to be busy for the next several weeks. There are many good things that are happening for the sake of the gospel.

We had a great convention and received many wonderful comments filled will support and encouragement.

Thanks again, to my staff! They did a fantastic job and made sure that everyone was cared for and everything ran smoothly.

I plan on announcing my next triennial theme, hopefully in early August.

In Christ,
Bishop Jamison J. Hardy

Videos of the Convention
Check out the English District's YouTube channel to watch video recordings of the convention.  Click HERE to access.
Convention highlights
Highlights of the English District Convention were featured in the Reporter. Click  here to read it.

A Dollar for Missions
One dollar, per member, per week = 1-1-1!

The English District has launched a new model for funding missions to which every congregation is invited to participate. It is completely voluntary, but we believe that as God's people see and hear what is being accomplished, specifically and directly in support and development of new missions and enhancing existing missions, more and more of us will want to be involved.
It's simple. Very simple. It is NOT burdensome, nor sacrificial. It involves every baptized member of the Body of Jesus in your congregation, from the newest baby baptized to the oldest member. It demonstrates the power of the beautiful body of Christ working together, prompted by faith. It shows how much can be accomplished by many, giving little.
Here's the plan: $1/per baptized member/per week. Simple, right? Self-explanatory almost. Not burdensome, nor sacrificial. All can participate.  Click here for more information.
Questions? Contact Rev. Derek Mathers, Mission Executive, , or Rev. Justin Laughridge, Chair, Missions Council, at
A Dollar for Missions Video

Trinity, Scarsdale, NY adopts

this resolution.

Ink and Paper - 30 cents; Clear Plastic Donation Box - $24; The Feeling of Joy in Our Giving - Priceless
Be Inspired! The English District at its last convention resolved to adopt the 1-1-1 fundraising program.
$1/per member/per week could raise 2.5 million dollars more across the board to support our missions here and abroad! It's not a burden, it makes no dent in your wallet. It's not even a sacrifice. Feel joy today by supporting our District and loving your neighbor as yourself! 

Thank you.
Rev. Gordon Naumann
Divine Calls
Calls Received
The Rev. Keith Kinslow, St. Paul, Chicago, IL, has received a call to serve Chatham Fields, Chicago, IL.

The Rev. Justin R. Schmidt, St. Luke, San Jose, IL and Christ, Delavan, IL, has received a call to serve as the Senior Pastor of Peace, McMurray, PA.
Call Accepted
The Rev. Keith Kinslow, St. Paul, Chicago, IL, has accepted the call to serve Chatham Fields, Chicago, IL.
The  Packages4Patriots mission to deployed service members out of Holy Spirit, Elk Grove Village, IL, celebrated its eighth official anniversary. Over the past eight years, with the help of the congregation and the communities surrounding Elk Grove Village, they have shipped over 94,000 pounds of good things to our deployed military.

The cards and notes received from thankful service members reflect this simple statement, as recently shared by Kathi Mode, coordinator for the mission:
"This is a thank you card we received in today's mail. There was no signature, probably for security reasons, but I know it came from CAMP SHORAB, Afghanistan."
In our churches

An emotional farewell
Sunday, July 1, 2018 Epiphany Lutheran Church, Northfield, OH, the congregation held its last worship service and closed the building. There were many memories in this church home over the past 58 years. Present and past members and friends gathered for a picture after the service of closing. In the picture below, Pastor Chris Just holds the crucifix as the last item of worship to be removed. Pastor Just and Kristine have served the congregation for 25 years. 
Edward Fabian, son of Donald & Liezl, was baptized on June 16, 2018 at Prince of Peace, Menomonee Falls, WI.
Kloe Koepp and Kaitlyn Krom publicly professed their Christian faith on June 24, 2018 at Grace, Oberlin, OH.
Ascension of Christ, Beverly Hills, MI, recently welcomed the Pritchett family.

Christ Academy and Phoebe Academy
For young men in grades nine to twelve, Christ Academy, from June 17-30, was an opportunity to explore the vocation of pastor, learn what it is like to live and learn on campus, and to meet other theologically-minded men their age.
For young women in grades nine to twelve, Phoebe Academy, from June 17-24, was an opportunity to explore the vocation of deaconess, learn what it is like to live and learn on campus, and meet other theologically-minded women their age.
Featured in this photo are: (L-R) Proctor Cambria Stame (Messiah, Danville CA); CTSFW Deaconess Student Chelsie MacIntosh (Epiphany, Dorr, MI); and Proctor Evan Parat (Redeemer, Elmhurst, IL).
Red, white and blue
Students at Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN, had a blast preparing for the July 4th holiday!
Art and more
Students attending summer school at Grace English, Chicago, IL, enjoy creating tile art, plus games and outdoor play during the school day.
Summer Camp
Team building activities at Ascension, Tucson, AZ, help students learn to work together. They were given a frozen, folded T-shirt that they had to unfold and take turns putting it on. A cool way to work together on a hot summer day.
News from our International Workers
Dear friends in Christ,
Summer is here with increased temperatures and an assortment of different activities for all of us.
Please click here  to read our newsletter. We love to have visitors here in the Dominican Republic, so if that idea interests you, please be sure to let us know. You can contact us at any time by email: ( )
FaceBook page: Naumanns in Latin America
Pastors and secretaries , please print copies of the newsletter for your congregation display board.
Your fellow workers in Christ,
Cheryl & Jonathan Naumann
Reaching Rural America for Christ
Click here to read the July issue of the LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission newsletter.

Mission Grant Application
The English District is excited and honored to share in the mission of Jesus with you as part of our district. We celebrate and give thanks to God for your mission and ministry which is one of the many ways we love our neighbor.

Download this form to fill out a congregational evaluation and apply for a grant. Mission Grant Applications are due by August 1, 2018. Please return the application to the district office by mail, fax (248-476-0188) or email it to Rev. Derek Mathers.
Church Worker Debt Reduction Grants Available
The purpose of the English District Endowment Fund is to provide God's people with a unique opportunity to participate in a perpetual fund. This fund shall assist congregations in supporting Campus Ministries, Human Care & Disaster Relief, New Missions, Financial Aid Scholarships, Church Worker Debt Reduction, and Other Ministry. The Board of Directors has approved funds to be available for church worker debt reduction grants. The deadline for submitting applications is July 27, 2018.
If you have any questions, please email Rev. Derek Mathers or call the district office at 248-476-0039.
Free resources!
Several online resources, courses and webinars are available through Lutheran Hour Ministries. To learn more, click here.
FREE Congregational Treasurer's Manual
The LCMS Congregational Treasurer's Manual is a valuable resource for any church treasurer, no matter what their level of expertise. The manual, organized into two volumes, contains six major sections: Employment Issues; Federal and State Tax Matters; Establishing and Administering the Organization; Supporting Organizations; Accounting and Finance; and Insurance. The manual is available online free of charge at and is updated on a yearly basis. Printed copies are only available through the district office and must be ordered by July 20, 2018. There is a cost (approximately $10-15) for the printed manual (cost varies from year to year depending on postage, printing charges, etc.). If you would like to order a printed copy of the 2018 manual, due out later this fall, contact Peggy at 800-755-9335 ext. 210 or before July 20, 2018.
English District National Youth Gathering T-Shirt Design Contest
Calling all artists! The English District is in need of a t-shirt for the 2019 National Youth Gathering and your design could be the winner! Deadline for submission is August 26, 2018. Click here for official rules and guidelines on design.
Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc. (LBW) - Seeking applicants for the position of President
The President is the key management leader of the organization (headquarters office in Yucaipa, California), and is responsible for overseeing the administration and programs of LBW in accord with the LBW strategic plan as developed by the Board of Directors.  Other key responsibilities include engaging with the staff, the volunteers, and the recipients of LBW materials and services, and managing finances including fund raising and marketing.  The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.
Applications for the position of President are now being accepted through September 15, 2018.  For a full job description, click here. Application, resume' letter of interest and inquiries should be directed to the following contact:
Mr. Ken Loeber, Vice-Chair of LBW Board and Chair of the President Search Committee
Email:    P hone: 405-620-3201
Mail: 2304 Foxwood Circle, Edmond, OK 73034


The Lake Erie Pastoral Conference will be held October 16-18, 2018 at Epiphany, Dorr, MI.

For sale
Bethlehem, Parma, OH has the following for sale:
  • Risers - Four sections: (2) 96" L x 36" D x 16" H; (2) 96" L x 36" D x 8" H. Very sturdy. Gray carpeted deck. Steel frame construction.
  • Choir robes - 41 choir robes w/stoles: All sizes. Price: $300.00.
If interested, please call 440-845-2230 or e-mail
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We want to see how YOUR congregation or school is "loving your neighbor as yourself."

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