English District of
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Servant to Servant
Greetings!
September 11, 2020
Official Acts
Calls Received
The Rev. Amadeus L. Gandy has received a call to serve as a United States Air Force chaplain.

The Rev. David J. Stevens (Candidate Status) has received a call to serve as Sole Pastor at Faith, Sullivan, IL (Central Illinois District).
1-1-1 A Dollar for Missions
One Dollar - Per Member - Per Week
Our third season of 1-1-1!

On September 1st we began a new year of 1-1-1. This is exciting because 1-1-1 is based on the concept that many doing little can accomplish much. Much has been accomplished indeed. In the first two years of God’s people participating in 1-1-1, over $100,000 was gathered and disbursed to the identified missions. That is the provision of God through his people joyfully placing “one dollar-per member-per week” into their congregation’s 1-1-1 collection container.

We have over sixty 1-1-1 participating congregations, which is a very good number! Truly, the 1-1-1 saying has proven true, “There is power and strength in many giving a little!” Thanks be to God!

Bishop Hardy and the District Missions Council have identified English District Campus Ministry as the next mission focus for our 1-1-1 gifts from September 1, 2020 until August 31, 2021.

Learn ways to overcome common excuses for volunteering. Get more information by watching this LCEF Ministry Moment video, the third in the "Engage Your People" series: "Engage Your People #3: Volunteering."

If you are interested in moving your ministry forward with ideas like these, please contact David Thiele, English District LCEF Vice President, by email or phone 517-980-2857. LCEF is here to support you and your congregation.
For more information, contact the English District Gift Planning Counselor Ron Grimm by phone (412)-584-7039 or email.
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.
Ministerial Health Commission
How are your pastor and his family doing these days?

This is a question that lay leadership of our congregations need to be asking right now. It has been a long six months since the beginning of Covid-19. While many pastors are able to manage short-term issues and adaptations that often come along in ministry, Covid has called upon our church workers for a marathon of effort. This can be wearing on emotions, physical wellbeing and on the mind. Further, this can negatively impact marriage and family relationships.

As Chair of our English District Ministerial Health Commission, tasked with supporting and encouraging church worker and church worker family wellness, I am writing to encourage our lay leaders to give extra attention to caring for their church workers and their families.

Besides being in prayer for our church workers and continuing to provide for their physical needs as best as we are able, what more can be done?

First, be aware of what is being identified in current articles and studies concerning Church workers in the current contexts of ministry. Here are two recent articles on what is being identified among church workers today.



Second, speak with your church workers. Just ask the questions, “How are you personally doing right now? How is your family doing?” Listen and respond openly to what is shared with you.

Third, assure your church workers that you stand with them, support them, and value them.

Fourth, encourage your church workers to honor one or two full days off work each week to maintain a balance in these extra effort days of Covid. And encourage them to take their vacation, even though they might be sacrificially resistant.

If you would like to chat more about this topic or have situations of concern please know that you are welcome to contact my office or any member of our Ministerial Health Commission. Names and contact information are available on the district website.

Assistant to the Bishop and Mission Executive
800-755-9335 x 311
416-320-6366 (Canadian cell)
Prayer Requests
Your prayer concerns are important to the English District. When you submit a prayer request, with your permission, 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).

We invite you to pray with us through October. Daily prayers available here.

Email prayer requests to Holly Scheer.
In Our District
Naumann Update

News from Rev. Dr. Jonathan and Deaconess Cheryl Naumann in Latin America is available here.
All Saints Campus Ministry,
Slippery Rock, PA

What happens years after students leave Slippery Rock? How can students be kept close during COVID restrictions? Read more here to find out.
In Our Churches
Messiah, Danville, CA

Despite the trying times due to the COVID shutdown earlier this year, Messiah Lutheran Church celebrated the Rite of Confirmation in July outside on the front plaza. Blessings to the five young confirmands!


Messiah also inducted Seminarian Chase Lefort as Vicar 5.0.

We give thanks to our Lord for His goodness and mercy which, indeed, never fails!
In Our Schools
Holy Cross, Cleveland, OH

Gail Holzer, English District School Ministry Executive, visited Holy Cross Lutheran School and their faculty during its first week of school. Holy Cross has nearly 40 students in-house and another 20 in their virtual program this year. The school is also building a program for special needs children to enjoy a Christian education. They currently have 15 children enrolled and thriving.  

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