English District of
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Servant to Servant
December 3, 2021
Called to Glory
Donald W. Bauer
August 29, 1930 to March 17, 2021
Donald W. Bauer was called to glory on March 17, 2021. He was a retired Commissioned Minister-Teacher. Donald is survived by his wife, Denise Bauer, and children, Kevin Bauer, Kurt Bauer, and Sue Krieger. A funeral was held at Christ Lutheran Church, Phoenix, AZ on March 27, 2021.
“Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord!”
Divine Calls
Call Received
The Rev. Mark A. Pierson has received a call to serve as associate pastor of Trinity, Cedar Rapids, IA (Iowa East District).  

Call Accepted
The Rev. John A. Hile, Heart of the Shepherd, Howell, MI (Michigan District) has accepted the call to serve as sole pastor of Epic, Shelby Twp., MI.
Calling a Seminary Candidate/Requesting a Vicar
If your congregation is interested in extending a divine call to a seminary candidate, or plans to apply for a vicar, please contact Kathy Stanis, Administrative Assistant, at 248-476-0039 ext. 320 or by email at kstanis@englishdistrict.org. A new version of the call documents is available (ver. 4.9.3). Do not use any older versions or the call documents will be returned for correction and resubmission. Call documents and vicarage applications must be received at the English District office no later than February 1, 2022.
Evangelization Team

What do YOU tell others about the season of Advent? As a pastor, I have always wondered what my church family was saying about the sacred season of Advent outside the church walls. Yes, there was always excitement about decorating the church in all its festive glory; there always seemed to be a spirited discussion about what Advent candle to light and when (conjuring up memories of how the previous pastor did it differently), and there was an urgent preparation for the year’s children’s worship service. But when it came to celebrating the beginning of a new church year, attending midweek Advent worship, picking up the Advent devotions and focusing on preparing hearts and minds for the coming of the Lord – well, not so much. Many churches don’t even attempt midweek services anymore because everyone is so busy this time of year and only a smattering of members would attend if they did hold them. Tragic, isn’t it?
I would love to know if any of my church family ever shared at the water cooler at work or in line at the grocery store: Don’t you just love the season of Advent? God tells us all to “Straighten up” and He means it! John the Baptist sought to prepare the hearts and minds of people for the coming of Christ with the message to “Repent” and Jesus Himself clearly tells us in Luke 21:28, “Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” I don’t know about you, but it has never crossed my mind that Jesus really didn’t mean what He said. As we start another new church year, give it the notice it deserves! God has a message for you - but also for your mission field where you work, play and serve: take notice – straighten up! Raise your heads! God is at work to bring you His salvation. And nothing (yes, nothing!!) is more important. Be encouraged and inspired to make this new church year different. Read more about the notice God is giving you to equip you for the new church year and eternity as well!
Prayer Requests
The Bible's promise is true: "If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us" (1 John 5:14).

District daily prayers for December 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.
LCMS Foundation
For more information, contact the English District Gift Planning Counselor Ron Grimm by phone (412)-584-7039 or email.
Church Workers on Candidate Status
At the July 2016 Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Convention, delegates passed resolution 12-02A, which in part states:
WHEREAS, there are ordained and commissioned church workers on candidate status, that is, rostered church workers without calls but who are available for calls and service to the church, be it
Resolved, that district presidents publish annually in a district publication the names of these candidates.
Click here for a listing of the English District rostered church workers who are on candidate status.
Online applications must be completed by December 31, 2021.
Joy-Fully Lutheran!

COVID-19 has at times restricted our movement, even within the Czech Republic. But in November, were were able to take a train to Lutherstadt-Wittenberg, Germany, to attend a conference. It is always a joy to gather with fellow servants of the cross; but there is something even more wonderful when we gather with fellow servants from so many places - even as far as Israel. We left the conference strengthened by the Word and the fellowship of the saints. We pray that your time with the saints of God has put into your life will refresh you, too. Thank you for standing with us!
In Our Churches
Prince of Peace, Medina, OH

Through donations from their Oktoberfest raffle and donations from the congregation, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church was able to donate over 80 turkeys to Feeding Medina County for Thanksgiving.
Grace, Vine Grove, KY

"Helping Hand of Hope" was happy to receive Grace's food donations in time for Thanksgiving!
Prince of Peace, Menomonee Falls, WI

On November 21, Liz Jentz was installed as a student Deaconess. Please pray that she serve all appointed to her with God's loving grace. Liz is pictured here with Rev. Tom Engler.
In Our Schools
Fairlawn, Fairlawn, OH

Fairlawn Lutheran School collected boxes from students and members of the congregation for Operation Christmas Child. The boxes were blessed with a group prayer lead by School Director Katie Bungard. There were 102 boxes collected! 
Redeemer, Verona, PA

Students and staff giving praise before Thanksgiving break on Wednesday, November 24. at All School devotion time.
Abounding Love, Lee's Summit, MO

Students had a great time being turkeys at Abounding Love Preschool the week before Thanksgiving.
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