English District of
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

God in All Things - Without Borders

Servant to Servant


April 5, 2024

Bishop's Visit

On Wednesday, April 3, 2024, Bishop Jamison Hardy was the guest preacher at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, ON, Canada. While at the seminary, he led a few classes, met with the faculty, and joined the seminary community for informal fellowship,

Called to Glory

Rev. Dr. Ferdinand O. Bahr

4/24/1933 to 3/21/2024


The Rev. Dr. Ferdinand O. Bahr, Emeritus, was called to glory on Thursday, March 21, 2024, in Waukesha, WI. Pastor Bahr served Pilgrim, St. Louis, MO (1959-1961), Calvary, Bedford, IN (1961-1965), Divine Shepherd, Milwaukee, WI (1965-2000), and Grace, Milwaukee, WI (2000-2014). He is survived by his wife, Doris J. Bahr (nee Claybaker), four children, fourteen grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation and a funeral service were held on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at Divine Shepherd, Milwaukee, WI. Private family burial will be held at a later date.


Please keep the Bahr family in your prayers.


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


Obituary - Rev. Dr. Ferdinand O. Bahr

Divine Calls

Call Accepted

Miss Emily J. Leising (Mid-South District) has accepted the Divine Call to serve as Director of Christian Education of Prince of Peace, Medina, OH.


Call Returned

The Rev. Darren M. Harbaugh (California-Nevada-Hawaii District) has returned the Divine Call to serve as Associate Pastor of West Portal, San Francisco, CA. 

The Rev. Dr. Dusan Tillinger has returned the Divine Call to serve as Sole Pastor of Beautiful Savior, North Platte, NE (Nebraska District). 


Jill McGarr has been the Communications/Media Facilitator for the English District since March 2021. She has recently accepted another employment position and her last day with the district is Friday, April 5. We ask the Lord's blessings be upon Jill as she travels down this new path before her. Congratulations and best wishes, Jill!


Lutherans For Life, in collaboration with the Institute of Lutheran Theology, is proud to introduce their new academic journal, Verba Vitae. Featuring inquiry into the sanctity of life from the Christian perspective by serious scholars seeking productive dialogue, Verba Vitae celebrates the intellectual rigor of the pro-life position and convictions. The journal counts respected experts such as Dr. Gilbert Meilaender, Dr. Donna Harrison, Dr. Robert Kolb, and Dr. Gene Veith among its editorial team.


The inaugural issue of Verba Vitae has just been released and is available for download here. The site is also inviting and accepting submissions for upcoming issues. While a few journals devoted to these matters exist, we certainly cannot have too many, so please get your copy today and share this news with anyone you know who may have interest (especially institutions of higher learning and their libraries)!

Happy Easter from Lutheran Summer Music

Happy Easter from your friends at Lutheran Summer Music! Please enjoy this musical offering of Paul Basler’s Alleluia from Songs of Faith, performed by the LSM 2023 Festival Choir, conducted by Dr. Shannon Gravelle. Click here to listen!

Learn more about LSM at LSMacademy.org 

English District Position Available

This information is being published in the hope that you may know of someone in your congregation or ministry who would be interested in applying for the position. We would very much appreciate your putting a notice in your bulletins or newsletters. Thank you.


The English District of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod is seeking a part-time (approximately 10 hours per week) Communications/Media Facilitator. This position is available immediately.


Qualifications required: Experience in communicating through all forms of media. Knowledge and ability to work with others throughout the District and in the print, social networks, and communications field to reach an end product. Must be self-motivated, well-organized, and team-oriented.


Duties include: Responsibility for public relations and communications for the purpose of disseminating information and mission and ministry awareness of the English District LCMS.


Anyone interested in this position please submit a resume and cover letter which includes compensation requirements and availability to Sally Naglich at snaglich@englishdistrict.org.

English District Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to students in English District congregations enrolled in synodical-approved church work programs (pastor, teacher, DCE, DCO, deaconess, etc.) at a Concordia seminary or university. If you know of a student that will be enrolling at a Concordia university in the fall, please let them know about this opportunity.

The deadline for applying is June 1st.

Visit our website for more information.

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 2024 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.

Contact Dan Lepley, DVP - English and SELC District Lutheran Church Extension Fund, for more information at 317-402-9401.

LCMS Foundation

Contact Ron Grimm, English District Gift Planning Counselor, 412-584-7039 or visit www.LCMSFoundation.org.

Lutheran Federal Credit Union

For more information, please contact our Lending Department at 314-394-2790.

In Our Churches

West Portal, San Francisco, CA

West Portal Lutheran Church's oldest member, Dorothy Bridgeman, celebrated her 103rd birthday in March.

Apostolic, Moses Lake, WA

Apostolic Lutheran Church welcomed new members Marc and Shelly on Palm Sunday. Pictured are Rev. Winston Grieser, Marc and Shelly, and Danny Cordis. To God be the Glory!  

Grace, Elyria, OH

Grace Lutheran Church celebrated the Rite of Confirmation during its Palm Sunday celebration. Mackenzie and Abby studied with Rev. Robert Weldon the past two years!

Grace, Wyoming, MI

Members were received by transfer or profession of faith at Grace Lutheran Church on Sunday, March 24th. From Left: Johnny, Alayna, Brandon, Gerald, Jaaziah, and Mary. Not pictured: James and Carol.

Hope, Grand Rapids and Christ, West Olive, MI

Hope Lutheran Church and Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church celebrated Palm Sunday together at Hope and then shared a potluck dinner. It was a wonderful time of fellowship as the two congregations got to know each other and discussed how they can support each other’s evangelism efforts.


Rev. Christopher Nuttelman has served both congregations since last November.

Trinity, Erie, PA

The Trinity Lutheran Fellowship met at a local restaurant on March 16 for their monthly dinner. This monthly Saturday meal is a time in which they support a local business and reflect on their lives together. Members from two of their worship services enjoy getting together.

Members of Trinity Lutheran Church volunteer each month at the city mission. 175 people were fed lunch by the team on Saturday, March 23rd. Meals are given every day to the homeless in Erie County.  

New Life, San Francisco, CA

The resurrection of our Lord was celebrated on Easter Sunday at New Life Lutheran Church along with an infant baptism. They also took time for a congregation group photo.

In Our Schools

Open Arms, Atlanta, GA

Open Arms Lutheran Child Development Center, a mission of Lutheran Church of the Ascension, had a work day recently focused on resurfacing the playground for the church and school.

Redeemer, Pittsburgh, PA

It's never the wrong time of year to freeze for a good cause! Several Redeemer Lutheran High School students participated in the Polar Plunge at Acrisure Stadium at the end of February, raising over $2000 for the Special Olympics. Thank you to all who participated, and to team captain Jacob Hudzinski and teacher Mr. Driscoll for organizing the event for the students.  

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Please share the unique ministries of your school or congregation with the rest of the English District. Send pictures and stories for consideration to jmcgarr@englishdistrict.org by Wednesday at 12:00 Noon ET.

We want to see how YOUR congregation or school is showing the love of God to those in your community and around the world.





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