English District of
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

God in All Things - Without Borders

Servant to Servant


May 17, 2024

2024 Student Award

Seventeen students at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW), received awards this month recognizing their outstanding academic and service achievement.

Shawn Barnett of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alexandria, VA received the Concordia Publishing House Award for Systematic Theology Writing. Shawn will be ordained and installed as associate pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, IN in June.

Welcome Linda!

The English District is pleased to welcome Linda Linthicum to our team as part-time Communications/Media Facilitator. Linda is excited to be part of the team. She is married to Pastor Eric Linthicum (serving the English District congregation Tree of Life, Inverness, FL) and enjoys living in Florida. She is currently a student at CUW working towards a certificate in Director of Christian Ministry.

You may reach Linda at llinthicum@englishdistrict.org.

Divine Call

Call Accepted

The Rev. Jacob D. Swenson (Iowa East District) has accepted the Divine Call to serve as Associate Pastor of West Portal, San Francisco, CA. 

Body of Christ in the Public Square

Our Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Hartland, MI will again host this religious liberty conference on October 5, 2024. Registration is open and more information is available on their website.

You may also download the poster here.

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 June 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.

Continuing Education Course

Rev. Dr. Peter Scaer from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN, will teach "Luke and the Formation of the New Testament" at Saints Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, 699 Stambaugh Ave., Sharon, PA 16146-4130, June 17-19, 2024.


Click here for more information, or contact Rev. Jacob Deal at 724-977-1682 or pastordeal@saintspeterandpaul.net..

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

Holy Trinity, Lakeview, MI

Many volunteers made the annual Mexican dinner at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church a great success. 

Martin Luther Chapel, Pennsauken, NJ

Martin Luther Chapel served as the host congregation for the local LWML zone rally. The rally theme was “Jesus is the Answer.” Members of the LWML enjoyed a day of worship, food, and fellowship.

Prince of Peace, Mesquite, NV

Member Jim Lennon (right) serves the local community as a citizen volunteer for our Mesquite Police Department. He and other volunteers do administrative tasks which allows police officers to spend more time in their law enforcement and crime deterrent duties.

St. John the Divine, Chicago, IL

St. John the Divine Ev. Lutheran Church, led by Rev. Ike Nicholson, celebrated four adult confirmations on Sunday.

Shepherd of the Pines, Payson, AZ

The first Friday of the month Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church offers the community a hearty breakfast of omelets, biscuits and gravy, sausage and eggs, hash browns, rolls, fruit, cookies, and a beverage. This breakfast gives members the opportunity to visit with the community and share God’s Word. Anyone who attends has the chance to win a door prize.

This month Rev. Steven Resner, Arizona North Circuit Visitor, gave the blessing over the food.

Peace, Palm Desert, CA

All of the ladies at Peace Lutheran Church were given roses and treats on Mother's Day to honor them as precious creations and gifts from God. Rev. James Bowes' sermon focused on Mary, the mother of our Lord.

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom,

and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

Proverbs 31:25-26

In Our Schools

Advent, Zionsville, IN

Spring Recitation Day at Advent Lutheran School was a success! They enjoyed listening to each students’ piece, and even a few dads took part in the recital!

Recitation day provides students with a chance to memorize something longer and more complicated than their weekly memory work. They gain confidence in their public speaking skills while learning about language and poetry and rhythm. And most of all, they put good, true and beautiful words into their minds and hearts.

Redeemer, Verona, PA

At Bible time this week, preschool -2nd grade students learned about the Ascension of Jesus and made a craft that they could take home to share the story with their families. When they pull the string through the cup, Jesus ascends!

The parents celebrated the teachers at Redeemer Lutheran School during last week's Teacher Appreciation Days. Teachers were well fed and surprised with many gifts and encouraging words.

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Thanks for spreading the word!

Please share the unique ministries of your school or congregation with the rest of the English District. Send pictures and stories for consideration to llinthicum@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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