English District of
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

God in All Things - Without Borders

Servant to Servant


September 8, 2023

Divine Calls

Call Received

The Rev. Bradley Urlaub has received a Divine Call to serve as the Senior Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church and School, La Grange, IL (Northern Illinois District).

Call Returned

The Rev. Scott Kruse has returned the Divine Call to serve as the Sole Pastor of Concordia, Berwyn, IL.  

Help Outfit the Vicars

Concordia Lutheran Institute for the Holy Ministry, Yambio, South Sudan needs clergy apparel to outfit new vicars. Pastors, you are asked to check your personal and church closets to see if there are any extra albs with cinctures, clergy shirts with tabs, or other gently used ministerial clothing that may be donated for this cause.

If so, please ship them to arrive by November 1, 2023 to:

Robert L. Rahn

Lutheran Heritage Foundation

51474 Romeo Plank Road

Macomb, MI 48042.

Email any questions you may have to: rrahn@lhfmissions.org.

News from the Kasters

Joy-Fully Lutheran!

God's love for us is as infinite and eternal as God Himself is. That's because "God is love" Jn. 4:16b ESV). Nowhere has God demonstrated more love than in the cross of Jesus. There the perfect God-man was offered in a bloody sacrifice so that we might be cleansed in His blood. Washed clean, we are assured of a place in God's kingdom. And so the whole of the Church prays: Come, Lord Jesus! (Rev. 22:20b ESV).

To read more about the Kaster's journey in Prague please click here.

Prayer Requests

The Bible's promise is true: If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us - 1 John 5:14.

Prayers continuing for the recovery of Rev. Dr. Roger Ellis who was recently visited by Rev. Dr. Louis Scholl, retired English District pastor in Windsor, ON.

Prayers for our Lutheran Parish Nurse International team going to Bucharest and Brasov, Romania September 8-15. We pray for safe travel, for servant hearts, for ministry opportunities to the Lutheran church in Romania, and for our ministry to Ukrainian refugees in Brasov.  

District daily prayers for October 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.

Contact Dan Lepley, DVP - English and SELC District Lutheran Church Extension Fund, for more information at 317-402-9401.

LCMS Foundation

Contact Ron Grimm, English District Planning Counselor, 412-584-7039 or visit www.LCMSFoundation.org.

In Our Churches

Prince of Peace, Mesquite, NV

The ATV Fellowship group from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church gathered for a ride in the early morning to Flat Top Mesa on the west side of Mesquite, NV. They enjoyed fellowship, devotions,  snacks, and the beauty and opportunities on Flat Top Mesa.

St. Paul's, St. Clair Shores, MI

Sunday, September 3, the people of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church bid farewell and godspeed to this member deploying with the U.S. Army for the next 12 months. They pray for all of our LCMS chaplains and all LCMS members serving in the armed forces.

Prince of Peace, Menomonee Falls, WI

The Lutheran Church of the Prince of Peace celebrated the baptism of Amelia Joy. Current pastor Rev. Thomas Engler preached and Rev. Norm Timmermann, Pastor Emeritus, conducted the baptism.

Prince of Peace, Medina, OH

Hundreds of items were collected for Sidney Fenn Elementary School by the members of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. The congregation also raised $500 at their church picnic during a pie throwing contest. Principal Steve Perry accepted the donations and the check for $500. Sidney Fenn has a high percentage of students from families who cannot afford to purchase these items. The donations are greatly appreciated.

In Our Schools

Ascension of Christ, Beverly Hills, MI

Ascension of Christ Early Childcare Center's mission is to nurture children in the Christian faith so they may know Jesus as their Savior, serve Jesus as the Lord of all Creation and share Jesus' Word and deeds with all those lives they touch. They had students who transitioned into their program, as well as into new classrooms for this upcoming school year. They celebrated this occasion with bagels, juice, coffee (for the caregivers), and photo ops! 

Martin Luther Chapel, East Lansing, MI

On Sunday, August 27, the people of Martin Luther Chapel held a Welcome Back Carnival for students at Michigan State University. Following the morning worship service, they enjoyed hot dogs and chips and a number of MSU-themed games as they got to know the incoming class of students. They are looking forward to welcoming even more students over the coming weeks. 

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Please share the unique ministries of your school or congregation with the rest of the English District. Send pictures and stories for consideration to jmcgarr@englishdistrict.org by Wednesday at 12:00 Noon ET.

We want to see how YOUR congregation or school is showing the love of God to those in your community and around the world.





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