English District of
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

God in All Things - Without Borders

Servant to Servant

Dear PEGGY,

February 17, 2023

Called to Glory

Rev. Hans O. Andrae      

June 24, 1933 to February 13, 2023

 

Rev. Hans O. Andrae entered eternal life on Monday, February 13, 2023, at the age of 89. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Sylvia (Irvine) Andrae; daughter Rebecka (Maurice); son Rev. Eric (Paola); daughter Christina; two sisters-in-law, grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 11:00 AM at First Trinity Lutheran Church, 531 N. Neville St., Pittsburgh, PA.


Please keep the Andrae family in your prayers.


Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. Revelation 14:13

 

Obituary - Rev. Hans O Andrae

Installation

On Sunday, February 12, 2023, Rev. Gregory Michel was installed as pastor of Shepherd of the Coast Lutheran Church, Palm Coast, FL. Vacancy pastor Rev. Ken Rankin officiated.

Divine Calls

Calls Received


The Rev. Joshua P. Moldenhauer has received a Divine Call to serve as the Sole Pastor of St. Peter, Portage, IN (Indiana District).


The Rev. Michael D. Scheer has received a divine call to serve as Headmaster/Principal of Our Savior, Hartland, MI.

Professional Church Workers Conference Registration Open

God in All Things...Without Borders


Professional Church Workers - May 9, 3:00 p.m. to May 11, 11:30 a.m.

Circuit Visitors/VPs - May 11, 12:00 p.m. to May 12, 11:00 a.m.


Information on the 2023 Professional Church Workers Conference was emailed to all pastors and rostered church workers last week. The informational letter and link to register are also available on our website.


We look forward to seeing you in May.


If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the District office: info@englishdistrict.org.

English District Missions

In 2012, our English District Missions Council was created by Bishop Stechholz to assist, advise, and support him in the area of missions as we didn’t have a Mission Executive on District staff.

 

In 2015, Bishop Hardy was elected to leadership. He chose to fill the position of District Mission Executive. The mission's council began to work more directly with our District Mission Executive, continuing to serve in the role of assisting, advising, and supporting the Bishop.

 

We are very thankful for those who have served as members of the Missions Council over the years. Their service has been meaningful and impacting, especially with the creation of our 1-1-1 initiative, which continues to directly support established mission both nationally and internationally, through many doing little but accomplishing much.

 

The time has come to bring the Missions Council to a close and strategically move from an advisory council to an action team.

 

Bishop Hardy has designated our 2022-2025 triennial theme for our English District to be “God in All Things … Without Borders.”

 

At our 2012 English District Convention, Rev. Dr. William Schumacher presented a paper exploring the question, “What are we about as an English District?” His one sentence answer to this question was, "Sharing the good news of God's Kingdom across every boundary and barrier of human existence."

 

The first step in developing a new team is hosting a gathering of self-identified, interested individuals for a working conference to explore where we are and where we could be in terms of mission expansion for the glory of God and the blessing of all people. The application form for this conference is now available here.

 

This opportunity to participate in strengthening our culture of mission as the English District is open to all members of our English District, not just church workers.

 

Our space is limited to 20-23 people. We will start the conference on April 18, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. and end on April 20, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. There is no cost for participants to attend the conference, and travel will be covered according to District guidelines.

 

Specifically, the goals of this gathering are to:

  • clarify our District understanding of mission within the context of God’s Word and within our District culture.
  • identify beneficial and effective processes within our specific District for identification and development of new mission starts within the definition of mission established.
  • support the birthing of new mission by existing ministries/congregations/circuits.
  • resource these new missions with both tools and potential funding.
  • raise the bar... without borders.
  • missions / missions / missions.

Synod Convention Reminders

The deadline for nominations for Synod president and vice presidents is February 28, 2023. This year nominations are to be submitted exclusively through an electronic system. In October, 2022 every LCMS congregation received by mail login credentials for the nominating ballot and necessary instructions. If this envelope is lost or misplaced, a duplicate must be requested through the Office of the Secretary of the Synod (lcmssecretary@lcms.org or 314-996-1417).


For more information, visit the LCMS nominations website.


It is also time for congregations to submit end-of-year statistics and to update their current list of lay leaders at the following website: lc.lcms.org. Up-to-date statistical information is critical for determining proper voting representation at conventions. Emails for lay leaders will be increasingly important as channels for critical convention communications.


If you do not have your congregation’s login information, contact rosters.stats@lcms.org, or the LCMS Church Information Center at 888-843-5267.

Lumen Christi Award Nominations

The Lumen Christi award is presented to publicly recognize the service of educators, to further promote and encourage all professional and volunteer leaders/teachers who are active members of an English District – LCMS congregation.   

  

The 2023 Lumen Christi Award nominations for the English District Professional Educator of the Year and English District Volunteer Educator of the Year are due by March 3, 2023. Nomination forms are available through the links above. The Lumen Christi Award Criteria and Definitions are available here. Please prayerfully consider making a nomination.  

Roger D. Pittelko "Ille Dilexit Ecclesiam" Award

Nominations are requested for the third annual Roger D. Pittelko Ille Dilexit Ecclesiam* Award (*He loved the Church).

 

The English District has created this award to recognize and celebrate pastors who have served God’s people well in the English District. 

 

Recipients of this award must meet the following criteria:

  • He is an ordained pastor who served in the English District.
  • He has retired from full-time active parish ministry.
  • He exhibited a lifetime of faithfulness to our God and service to God’s people through congregations and the wider field of the English District.

 

Download the nomination form from the English District website.

 

The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, March 3, 2023. The recipient of this award will be announced as part of the 2023 Professional Church Workers Conference.

Greetings from the Dominican Republic

Dear friends in Christ,


Dominican Republic missions are growing, the number of seminary students is growing, and the new year is in full swing.


Please take a moment to click here to read our January 2023 Newsletter.


God bless and keep you,

Deaconess Cheryl & Pastor Jonathan Naumann

News from the Kasters

God's mission has taken us to some strange and even scary places, from fighting villages in Ghana to a culture that completely rejects God, all the way to cancer treatments in hospital rooms. But the Good News for every Christian is that He sees us through it all! He does this because of the grace flowing from Christ's cross. Open our newsletter and celebrate with us what God is doing.


Please click here to read the latest update from the Kasters.

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 March 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

Contact Ron Grimm, English District Planning Counselor, 412-584-7039 or visit www.LCMSFoundation.org.
Contact Dan Lepley, DVP - English and SELC District Lutheran Church Extension Fund, for more information at 317-402-9401.

In Our Churches

St. John the Divine, Chicago, IL


In a great outreach idea, the Sunday School of St. John the Divine made St. Valentine’s Day cards for our shut-ins.

Beautiful Savior, Lee's Summit, MO


Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church had a great day of Sunday school this past weekend! Kids got to meet their brand new Bible Buddy, Cliff, and learn all about Nehemiah! Three-year-olds through 4th graders are welcome to their Simply Loved Sunday School where everyone learns how they're simply loved by God!!

Sherman Oaks, Sherman Oaks, CA


Sherman Oaks Lutheran Church had a super fun fellowship event with their Super Bowl party!

In Our Schools

Family of Christ, Phoenix, AZ


Family of Christ Preschool students loved sharing fun and friendship on Valentine's Day.

Faith, Watertown, WI


Valentine’s Day is always a special day at Faith Lutheran School. Students celebrated with friends, had heart-shaped pizzas for lunch, experimented with how seeds travel, and finished up with gym class at the YMCA.

Faith, Fort Wayne, IN


The 3-year-olds at Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well had fun being Valentine "cuties" during their Valentine's Day celebration.

Hymnals Available

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Medina, OH has 161 Lutheran Worship hymnals and at least 9 large print editions available for local pick up. If churches would be willing to pay shipping, they will ship as well. Please contact admin@princepeace.org for more information.

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