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Michigan District, LCMS
Weekly E-newsletter | May 25, 2021
Mental Health Podcast II
Rev. John Rathje and Mrs. Christie Hansard, the Michigan District, LCMS Mental Health Case Manager, join us for part two on the topic of Mental Health Awareness. They discuss compassion fatigue, anxiety, depression, and stress.
Listen to this podcast here.
If you missed the first podcast, you can listen to it here.

Prayer Requests
Martha and Marc Wohlfeil and family (District Office) upon the death of Mark's mother, Peggy, on May 19 ... Patti Kooi (teacher at St. John, Grand Haven) and Rev. Joel and Joni Hoyer (Grace, Coopersville) upon the death of Patti's and Joni's father, Lyle Walter, on May 1 ... Rev. Dr. Richard Shuta (Emeritus) who is hospitalized with a brain bleed after a fall ... This week's congregations, schools, and ministries: Southern District, Slidell, LA; Christ, White Cloud; Immanuel, Monroe; Bethany, Charlevoix; East Bethlehem, Detroit.

District News
REMINDER: PLEASE COMPLETE YOUR CONGREGATION'S SURVEY SUBMISSION FOR THE DISTRICT'S STUDY ON THE PANDEMIC
The District’s research project contains one survey to be completed by the congregation and another survey to be completed by called workers in the congregation and at least one lay leader of the congregation. It might be helpful to download this Excel worksheet to aid in gathering data in preparation for completing the survey. The congregational survey can be accessed using this link: Pandemic Response Survey. The staff survey can be accessed using this survey link: Staff Survey Link. To read more about the research project, see the full announcement here.
DIGITAL FOOTPRINT INITIATIVE
Research shows that about 85% of first-time guests choose a church to visit based on a visit to the website. How does your church's website rate? The Michigan District Digital Footprint Initiative (DFI) was developed to address many of the challenges some congregations face when they do not have a web presence, an updated website, or skilled, willing, and trained volunteers. To learn more about this initiative, click here
Best Practices for Ministry Heartland
The end is near!
One year ago, that might have sounded like a pessimistic statement, as if the pandemic were ushering in the end times. Today, that statement has a decidedly optimistic ring to it, as we seem to be coming closer and closer to the end of many of the restrictions and regulations imposed in the effort to combat the virus.
LSEM TEACHER CONFERENCE
Please join us for a virtual teacher conference presented by Lutheran Special Education Ministries on August 9, 2021. For more information and to register, click here.
EARLY CHILDHOOD CONFERENCE
Our keynote speaker is Jim Gill, a musician and author with singular credentials among children’s artists. Each of his recordings and books is created as an opportunity for playful interactions between a child and a caring adult. The conference will take place August 11, 2021 at Shepherd of the Lakes, Brighton. Register now.
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
ASSISTANCE FOR COVID-19 RELATED FUNERAL EXPENSES 
FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. For more information, click here. You can also watch an informative video here. FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline can be reached at 1.844.684.6333.
RUNNING THE RACE... TO LEXINGTON!
The LWML Convention will take place in Lexington, KY, June 24-27. Highlights of the convention are the opening worship service, the sending worship service on Sunday, Bible studies, luncheons, and entertainment Saturday night by the Billie Renee & Cumberland Gap, a Bluegrass band. The Host Committee is still looking for volunteer workers. To learn more, contact Ruth Thomas or Penny Letterman.
Did you know?
The Michigan District Here We Stand (HWS) Campaign has raised over $2.16 million for International Ministry. These funds help support the work of our sister congregation, St. Peter Confessional Lutheran Church in South Africa. Through your support, we were able to help provide $150,000 in assistance to St. Peter's Orphanage. There are 32 weeks left in the campaign. Will you help us share the life-giving Good News of the Gospel in every corner of the world? Visit herewestand.michigandistrict.org to donate.
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CUAA/CUW SEARCH COMMITTEE CALLS FOR PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEES
The Presidential Search Committee of Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor invites nominations in its search for Concordia’s next president. Through July 15, 2021, LCMS congregations–along with full-time CUWAA faculty, CUS board members, and CUWAA board members–may submit a candidate. The University seeks a deeply committed leader of uncommon capacity, Christian character, Lutheran fidelity, and innovative will. The candidate will believe in Concordia’s core values and effectively navigate CUWAA into its future, ensuring success for generations of Concordians to come. To nominate a candidate, and to learn more about required qualifications and nomination protocols, click here.
METAL CHAIRS AND RACK
Journey Lutheran Church and Early Childhood Center in Oxford, Mich. has a set of metal chairs and rack, free for pick-up. If interested, please contact the church office at 248.628.2011 or info@journeylutheran.church.
OFFICE STAFF
Peace, Shelby Township is seeking to hire an office staff member. A friendly, positive individual with strong organizational and communication skills is needed to assist with administrative duties. If interested, please contact Cornel Steenkamp at 586.731.4120 or csteenkamp@peacesehlby.org,