English District of
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Servant to Servant
Greetings!
April 1, 2022
Convention Registration
Registration information for the 57th Convention of the English District LCMS was emailed to all LCMS rostered church workers on March 10, 2022. All information and forms are also located on the District website.

Be sure to read all the information before registering online.

We look forward to seeing you in Ann Arbor in June!
Opportunity for Youth
The District is seeking youth delegates for this year's convention June 20 – June 22. If you have youth in your congregation who love the church and might be considering some type of church work, we are interested in hosting them at convention. I have compiled a list of a few of the benefits of being a youth delegate for you to share with your youth to encourage them to attend.  

Youth Delegate Benefits:
  • Get a front-row seat to how the church wrestles with decisions. (Just kidding, we can sit at the back.)
  • Observe church policy discussions and have the opportunity to advocate the hopes and concerns of young people to pastors, lay delegates, and district staff.
  • Experience real presence and gain first-hand knowledge of how the church changes and defines its goals for the future.
  • Lead a chapel service for the entire assembly. Share your faith with the faithful.                              
  • Receive free room and board on a Concordia campus, staying in a college dorm with other students from across the district.
  • Participate in leadership training you can take home and use in your church.
  • Interact with decision-makers and district staff, share your ideas and ask questions.
  • Get exposure to networking, skills enrichment, and collaborative opportunities.
  • Join a supportive student community passionate for the church, others, and the life-saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. 
  • Explore some Ann Arbor fun, do a little servant work, and check this off of your bucket list.😉

Travel: We would like the youth to travel with your church leadership team to attend the convention. If there is a reason this travel plan wouldn't work, please let Derek Mathers know. Where there is a will, there is a way to make things happen.
 
Housing: Youth will stay on the campus of Concordia Ann Arbor. 
 
Chaperones: We have a seminarian who will work with the youth while they are at the convention. He has served as an RA while attending CUNE. He's a great young man and grew up at my church. We also have a female middle school teacher to assist him. She was also an RA while attending CUNE. I will also be available to support these chaperones with anything they might need.
 
I hope my message gets you thinking about identifying a youth for this wonderful opportunity. Reach out to Derek Mathers or me with any questions you may have. In addition, Derek will give you a Canadian guarantee that your youth will enjoy their time in Ann Arbor, MI. 
 
Christ's peace to each of you,
English District Gala Auction
Today is April 1. The deadline for auction donations is exactly two months away on June 1. Our poll informed the Gala committee that restaurant gift cards are a highly requested item. If you decide to donate restaurant gift cards, please make sure they are U.S. and Canada friendly! Other highly requested items are sports tickets, leisure activities, wine, and travel experiences. Please contact the Gala committee with your donations soon.
Lifeline Update
Members of Arizona South Circuit congregations joined with their Pacific Southwest District counterparts for a Feast of the Annunciation service across from Planned Parenthood in Tucson. Pastors Marcus Zill and Michael Morehouse led the liturgy and hymnody.
Church Worker (Student Loan) Debt Reduction Grants Available
The purpose of the English District Endowment Fund is to provide God's people with a unique opportunity to participate in a perpetual fund. This fund shall assist congregations and rostered workers alike. One aspect of the Endowment Fund currently being offered to Rostered Church Workers is a grant for financial assistance with their student loans. Those rostered workers who are currently serving (called workers) in ministry in their first through eighth year in an English District LCMS congregation or school are eligible to apply for this education indebtedness grant. 

For a Church Worker (Student Loan) Debt Reduction Grant we ask that you complete an Application for Church Worker Transitional Assistance. These forms are available on our District website.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Rev. J. Derek Mathers at 1-800-755-9335 ext. 311. Deadline for applications is April 30, 2022.
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 April 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 the English District Gift Planning Counselor Ron Grimm for more information at (412)-584-7039 or email.
Contact Dan Lepley, DVP - English and SELC District Lutheran Church Extension Fund for more information at 317-402-9401.
In Our Churches
Prince of Peace, Mesquite, AZ

Eleven Prince of Peace Lutheran Church members gathered for film and fellowship on March 4 for their Christ In Movies matinee: Sabina: Tortured For Christ; the Nazi Years.
Trinity, Villa Park, IL
Trinity Lutheran welcomed a group of new members on Sunday, March 27.
Trinity youth creating their confirmation banner together.
Catalina, Catalina, AZ

Operation Barnabas congregation, Catalina Lutheran Church, had a strong presence at a March Stand Down event to share the love of Christ with veterans. They handed out 25 Bibles! They also distributed homemade cookies, glasses, 50 adult hygiene bags and 15 children's bags. Nearby Ascension Lutheran Church provided 10 handmade quilts and those were distributed to our nation's heroes through a drawing. What a wonderful way to serve vets in their community!
Hales Corners, Hales Corners, WI

On March 27, Hales Corners Lutheran Church welcomed ten new member families. They rejoice that these brothers and sisters in Christ have joined the HCL family, and look forward to growing in faith alongside them!
In Our Schools
Abounding Love, Lee's Summit, MO

Larry the Leprechaun visited the students in mid-March. He made a mess in the gym but then left a sign and a gift for the class.
Lutheran Benefits Group Job Opportunity
Account Service Representative
Lutheran Benefits Group in Sterling Heights is seeking an account service representative to work closely with church and school clients to help them with their health care needs and answer their questions. Ultimately, the duties of an ASR are to give excellent customer support and to help in the growth of the agency. Download the job description here. If interested, please contact Keith Mueller at 586.739.5700 or keith@luthben.com.
Michigan District Job Opportunity
Assistant to the President – Development
The Michigan District of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod is seeking applicants for a full-time Assistant to the President – Development. The position role is to serve the Michigan District in areas of institutional advancement, relationships with constituents, and funding for ministries. The ideal candidate would have at least 5 years of development experience and be knowledgeable and passionate about the ministries and congregations of the Michigan District. A full job description can be found here. Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume to: Chad Woltemath; Michigan District, LCMS; 3773 Geddes Rd; Ann Arbor, MI 48105 no later than March 31, 2022.
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