English District of
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

God in All Things - Without Borders

Servant to Servant

Dear PEGGY,

June 14, 2024

Installation

Rev. Derek Mathers, Assistant to the Bishop and Mission Executive, officiated the installation of Rev. Christopher Nuttelman as the vacancy pastor of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, West Olive, MI. Christ Evangelical is the most recent member congregation of the English District and The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. We welcome Christ Evangelical and pray for many blessings upon the congregation and their pastor.

Divine Calls

Call Accepted

The Rev. Gerald B. Anderson (Lutheran Church Canada) has accepted the Divine Call to serve as Sole Pastor of Grace, Mitchell, ON, Canada.


Call Received and Accepted

The Rev. Toby O. Byrd (Texas District) has received and accepted the Divine Call to serve as Sole Pastor of St. Paul, Paris, TX.

Lifeline

Lethal Fetal Anomalies: What to Do?

By Roni Grad, M.D.


The vast majority of pregnancies result in the birth of a healthy baby. Sadly, occasionally some result in babies with conditions that will significantly shorten their lives, even down to a mere few minutes. How do we respond? Medical providers often recommend that these pregnancies be terminated or that limited care be given after birth, as the life of the child will be severely limited. Many in the pro-life community are now advocating for an alternative approach, knowing that these children, however impaired, may live longer than originally expected given advances in medical care and are in the end a blessing to their families, congregations, and communities. More on this may be found here. Read more on the District's Resource site here.

District Mission Action Team

Additional members needed!


Our District is seeking people who are F.A.T. (Faithful, Available, and Teachable). Do you have a passion for supporting the planting of new congregations and missions throughout our District?


Our district has a growing number of new missions starting, specifically church plants! Two in Texas, two in Pennsylvania, one in Michigan, one in California, one in Ontario, and a few other locations across North America in which seeds are being planted. With the opportunity our LCMS Office of National Missions has presented to us through the Church Planting Initiative, our district has access to a valuable resource which directly involves our Mission Action Team.


Within the Church Planting Simplified process, we start with a local Church Planting Team who leads and does the hands-on work of planting the church. Working alongside them is the Review Team, whose task is to guide, assist, affirm, and encourage the Church Planting Team. Members of our district review teams come from our District Mission Action Team.


Currently, we don’t have enough people to fill the Review Teams positions for our current Planting Teams, not to mention those developing. This is a wonderful opportunity to serve and is open to everyone in our District, laity or rostered.


If you are “F.A.T.” and have a passion for church planting , please contact Pastor Justin Laughridge or Pastor Derek Mathers 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 July 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.

LCEF

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.

MinistrySafe

The devil prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour, and Christians are called to resist him, standing firm in the faith (1 Peter 5:8).

 

The Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod (LCMS) recognizes the need to continue vigilance in child protection. The LCMS Office of National Mission recommends congregations and schools of the Synod have a strategy to utilize abuse prevention resources including tools, training, and instruction in child sexual abuse safety system; and obtain criminal background check services for staff and volunteers. 

 

The Office of National Mission has identified MinistrySafe as a valuable resource for LCMS districts and congregations. MinistrySafe is a national organization that equips congregations and ministry programs to better protect children from sexual abuse.  The LCMS has a relationship with MinistrySafe that allows all LCMS congregations and schools to have access to the online MinistrySafe resources at no cost to the end-user (church, camp or school) through 2024.  Learn more here.

In Our Churches

Holy Trinity, Albion, PA


Rev. Dr. Douglas Spittel, Eastern Regional Vice President, preached at Holy Trinity Evangelical-Lutheran Church and Christian Preschool. The afternoon service celebrated the 90th anniversary of the congregation and the 40th anniversary of the holy ordination of their pastor, Rev. Michael Taylor. The service praised the Lord in Word and song with musical selections offered by the Holy Trinity Choir and Pastor Taylor, with Mrs. Susan Taylor accompanying on the piano.

Tree of Life, Inverness, FL


Congratulations to Pastor Eric Linthicum, ordained 28 years ago as an LCMS pastor and currently serving Tree of Life Lutheran Church. The congregation celebrated with a luncheon and presented Pastor Linthicum with a beautifully detailed quilt made by member and congregation treasurer Sharon Hanson. On a related note, Pastor Linthicum confirmed his faith 50 years ago, in 1974, on the same day! 

Calvary, Mechanicsburg, PA


Congratulations to Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church on their 125th anniversary! The congregation is proud of its rich history and shared some highlights.



Calvary began as a mission congregation in Harrisburg, PA and was one of the founding parishes of today's English District LCMS. The congregation officially became established in 1899 and Rev. Edward Paar served as their first pastor.

Calvary also participated recently in the Foundry Day festival in Boiling Springs, PA. Congregation members set up an evangelism table, handing out information on teachings and beliefs, hand sanitizers, pens, and books/stuffed animals for children. Calvary’s Evangelism Board and Chairman served grilled hotdogs, raising over $700 for Children’s Cancer Research.

Messiah, Danville, CA

 

Congratulations to Zachary, Isaac, and Johann (JC), members of Messiah Lutheran Church who recently graduated high school. Zach and JC will both be attending the University of Nevada-Reno in the fall and Isaac will be attending the University of Rochester in New York. We pray for continued blessings on these three young men.

Eternal Life, Mesa, AZ


We rejoice and give thanks to God for five new members who were welcomed into the flock at Eternal Life Lutheran Church by Rev. Brian Crane. 

 

L-to-R: Chick & Carol, Pastor Crane, Jill, Barbara and Ferdy 


Trinity, Villa Park, IL


The Trinity Villa Park Men's Dartball Team hosted its 11th Annual Men’s Steak and Bourbon Night. Over 80 men in attendance enjoyed fellowship, ribeye beef steaks and fine bourbon. The event raised over $3000 that will be shared with Disabled American Veterans.




The Rev. Dr. Lawrence Rast Honored

Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN


Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW), had a wonderful opportunity last month to reflect on thirteen years of God's blessings under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr., who retired from the presidency at the end of the academic year. CTSFW gives thanks to God for his innumerable gifts and looks forward to His continued blessings as they form servants in Jesus Christ who teach the faithful, reach the lost, and care for all. The Seminary created a video that you can watch here.

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