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Michigan District, LCMS
Weekly E-newsletter | May 18, 2021
Mental Health on the District's Blog and Thought Leader Podcast
This blog was originally posted in May of 2020 and it is still relevant a year later … Many of us are preparing to get back to normal, but that new normal will be filled with uncertainty and very likely much different from what we knew. We hope to help you deal with some of the mental health issues that may arise in your churches and offer some resources. To help us with that, Jeff Heisner interviewed Autumn Castiglia, MA LLP PLLC, a psychologist who sits on the Michigan District’s Commission for Church Worker Care.
Prayer Requests
Rev. Dale and Gail Kleimola (Grace, Leslie) upon the birth of a granddaughter, Riley, on May 2 ... The family and friends of Rev. Dr. Rob and Debbie Kasper (District Office, Ann Arbor/Commissioned Emeritus) upon the death of Debbie's mother, Joan Brandt, on May 16 (Joan is also the mother of Dawn Weber - wife of Karlton Weber, LHNW, and grandmother of Rev. Gabe Kasper, University Lutheran Chapel Ann Arbor) ... The family and friends of Rose List (Commissioned Emeritus and mother of Steve List, District Endowment Advisory Council) who passed away on May 17 ... This week's congregations, schools, and ministries: Historic Trinity, Detroit; Good News, Whittemore; Norwalk, Onekama; St. Mark, Flint; Holy Cross, Belding.

District News
CALL PROCESS REMINDERS
Any congregation that calls a worker on the Commissioned Roster, or any rostered worker who receives a call, needs to notify the District Office when calls are issued and then also notify us of the outcome of the call. Please keep in mind that any worker who is a member of the Roster of Synod has to be called, not contracted, even if the position is part-time. Questions regarding the call process? Please click here or call the District Education Office at 734.665.3791 ext. 262.
CRAFTED BY TRUTH BIBLE READING PROGRAM
In 2017 the Michigan District, through its celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, embarked on a campaign for people to read through the entire Bible in one year. Developed for and posted on the YouVersion app, there are currently 15,538 participants and, so far, 2,697 people have completed the plan! You can still get started TODAY!
Thinking of Foster Care
So, you’re thinking about foster care. Maybe you haven’t even spoken it, but at some point you heard a story about a foster family that has made an impact in the lives of kids—or learned of the incredible need in Michigan with over 13,000 kids in foster care each year. When you bumped into those moments, you had a thought that both intrigued and terrified you:
Maybe you could do foster care.
SUMMER WORKSHOPS FOR EDUCATORS
Concordia University Ann Arbor is once again providing summer workshops for educators. There is a wide variety; some workshops are delivered in person, virtually, or both. Click here for more information.
TEACHER VACANCIES
Many of our Michigan District Lutheran schools have teacher vacancies for next school year. To view the list, click here.
Other News and Events
AVOIDING "PASTOR LEADS IT ALL"
It is hard to know how to grow your church. But you desperately want to. The good news is you do not have to do it all yourself. Get the latest guide from FiveTwo Network with 5 surprisingly easy steps to activate your congregation. Download the guide now to start mobilizing your lay people and stop feeling like you have to “do it all” yourself. Download the guide here.
2021 LIFE CONFERENCE VIDEO: A DISCUSSION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH
In this video, Deaconess Tiffany Manor, director of LCMS Life Ministry, discusses the importance of mental health with Rev. Mark Kiessling and DCE Julianna Shults from LCMS Youth Ministry. This video was part of the virtual LCMS Life Conference held in March.
UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH WEBINAR
Join Concordia Plans Health and Wellness Educator Megan Sherman TODAY, May 18, at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. (CT) to learn more about understanding the link between overall wellness and mental health; assessing your current mental well-being; and tips to care for your mental and physical health. Join at 11 a.m. here or 2 p.m. here.
"TESTIFY TO THE TRUTH" PREACHING AND OUTREACH SERIES
This is a preaching and outreach series for this summer (May 23 - Aug. 29). This link will enable you to download preaching themes, complete worship services, and more. For more information, contact Pastor Hoyer or Pastor Woell.
MIDLAND FLOOD RELIEF/BIKE DELIVERY
Shepherd’s Gate, Shelby Township continues to assist Messiah, Midland as they work within the community to bring assistance to homeowners. On Wednesday, May 26 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. volunteers will work on priming/painting, mudding/sanding, replacing ruined decks, and landscaping. Refurbished bikes will also be delivered. To join the Shepherd’s Gate team, contact Ron Kuczera at or ron@sgatechurch.org or 586.690.2328. 
ORBITING CHRIST: BELONGING, BELIEVING, BEHAVING
This follow-up Forming Lutherans conference will take place June 1–3. Belonging, believing, and behaving describe the person’s journey toward discipleship. Each of these three descriptors serves as a daily theme for the conference and will be paired with the emblems of the Church. For more information and to register, click here
TRINITY TIME AT CUAA FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Concordia University Ann Arbor is hosting a one-day retreat for high school students who are considering church work vocations on Monday, July 12 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. This retreat will allow students to explore their calling, know the joy of working in God’s church, and help them understand the paths to church work that they can study at CUAA. Students will worship in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity, talk to current students and faculty about church work, and enjoy the beauty of creation in Ann Arbor. The cost is only $5 and food is included. Those who register before June 15 will also receive a T-shirt. Last day to register is July 3. To learn more and register, click here
Did you know?
The Michigan District Here We Stand (HWS) Campaign has raised over $1.21 million for the Michigan District Endowment Fund. Preparing for future mission and ministry in the Michigan District is as important as providing current ministry. The Endowment Fund allocates 36% of its assets to provide aid to new mission congregations, expansion of existing missions, and new ministry opportunities. There are 33 weeks left in the campaign. Will you help us meet our goal of $3 million for the Michigan District Endowment Fund? Visit herewestand.michigandistrict.org to donate.