English District of
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

God in All Things - Without Borders

Servant to Servant


June 30, 2023


On Sunday, June 25, 2023, Rev. Dr. Michael D. Scheer was installed as Headmaster/Principal of Our Savior, Hartland, MI. Bishop Jamison Hardy officiated the service.

Divine Calls

Calls Received

The Rev. Noah J. Rogness has received a Divine Call to serve as the Sole Pastor of Good Shepherd, Tomah, WI (South Wisconsin District).

The Rev. Noah J. Rogness has received a Divine Call to serve as the Sole Pastor of St. John’s, Berlin, WI (South Wisconsin District).

The Rev. Dr. Edward A. Naumann (Candidate Status) has received a Divine Call to serve as the Associate Pastor of All Saints, Slippery Rock, PA.

The Rev. Dr. Edward A. Naumann (Candidate Status) has received a Divine Call to serve as the Sole Pastor of St. Paul’s, Brookfield, IL. 

Canada Day

Happy Canada Day to our Canadian friends! July 1st is the anniversary of when Canada became a self-governing country.

Independence Day

The district office will be closed Monday, July 3rd and Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day (U.S.).

Pastoral Leadership and Pastoral Care: They're One and the Same

There’s a big difference between being present and engaged in one’s congregation and simply carrying out the basic necessities of the Office of Holy Ministry. A well-rounded pastor understands that in addition to the charge of the Office of Holy Ministry, he is also charged with being a present leader and an active participant in his congregation. Writing from over 20 years of ministry experience, Rev. Dr. Jamison J. Hardy invites you to learn more about how to be a phenomenal leader for your congregation.


Press Release: Learn How Pastoral Care and Pastoral Leadership Are Intertwined

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2024 - 2025 Mission Grant Application

The Mission Grant Application form is now available to download here for February 2024 - January 2025.


All applications are due to Rev. Derek Mathers at the English District office by Sunday, August 6, 2023.

Increased LCMS Church Closings

Dr. Mark Wood, Director of LCMS Witness and Outreach, Revitalization, was interviewed by Pastor Todd Wilken on Issues, etc. podcast dated May 19, 2023.You can listen to the podcast here. Each Friday for five weeks, we will share one of the interview questions and Dr. Wood’s response for us to ponder. This is week 4 of 5.


All indicators are predicting numerical decline for Christian churches. What's our comfort despite this?


Dr. Wood: Our comfort is that when we talk about churches we are talking about congregations. Congregations are part of the church, and the church is Christ’s Church. And it's Jesus Christ’s bride. Christ truly loves his bride, and he wants to see his bride prosper. And so every congregation is an instance of the body of Christ, in a place, for a time, with the people of God's choosing.


We can be confident Christ is in control, knowing that when a church does close it isn't something that came as a surprise to him. We know he has a purpose and mission and a context for his congregations, and he sees them through those times. We don't always understand his reasons or can appreciate why a congregation might need to close. But we can look for him to work the good that he's promised to work through what we would consider a difficult and sad situation that we would rather have avoided.


Ultimately, our comfort always rests in this, that we know that while we are on earth as the Church militant, we are going to face such battles, and we are going to suffer some losses along the way. But the victory has been won. We will join the church triumphant and that church triumphant isn't ever going to close, and it's never decreasing. It's always increasing.


Canada Day:

Canada Day sanctity of life reflections from the Lifeline Team. Click here to read.

Independence Day:

Some Independence Day sanctity of life reflections from Rev. Christopher Seifferlein. Click here to read.

Ministerial Health Commission - Invitation to Serve

Do you have a desire to care for your brothers and sisters in ministry through service on the English District Ministerial Health Commission (MHC)?

If someone is in need, our MHC is ready to walk alongside our church workers and their families, to listen in a non-judgmental way, and to encourage and offer support.

We seek to gain understanding, give comfort, and provide encouragement through confidential conversation, supportive consultation, and resource recommendations.

We are asking God to raise up members of our English District who have compassion, are open in mind and heart, and are faithful and prayerful, to join our MHC.

We are asking God to move those skillful in active listening, those able to give and take counsel, and those who have experienced woundedness and healing in life and a willingness to walk with others, to join our MHC.

We are looking to God to grow our MHC with new members who are able to be available and flexible, are inclined towards a participatory presence, and are willing be a resource through the ministry of our MHC.

Our Mission is: To understand the issues of concern and envision the possibilities, strategies, and available support to enhance the well-being of English District workers and their families.

Our Vision is: To be an ever-present resource and support to a culture in which well-being strengthens workers of the English District and their families.

Contact either of our co-chairs, Pastor Tim Holzerland or Pastor Derek Mathers if you have a desire to serve and care for our church workers and their families as a member of the MHC.

If you know of someone who has the gifts to serve in this capacity, please let them know of this opportunity.

Saints Monica and Augustine Family Retreat

The Philadelphia Circuit of the English District welcomes you to their annual Saints Monica & Augustine Family Retreat to be held on Tuesday, August 15, 2023 from 10 AM - 3 PM at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 308 Petersburg Rd., Lititz, PA. Registration & continental breakfast begin at 9:15 AM. Preaching and catechesis by Rev. Rob Kieselowsky & Rev. Chris Seifferlein, craft, games, music, and lunch round out this relaxing day as we discuss life together as families under God’s Word. All ages welcome! The event is free. To register attendees or for more information, contact Rev.. Christopher Seifferlein at (920) 918-7200.

Christ Academy High School at Concordia Theological Seminary

This year’s 24th annual Christ Academy High School at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN took place from June 18th through July 1st. Fifty-seven young men participated in Christ Academy: Timothy School, while thirty-five young women participated in Christ Academy: Phoebe School. This two-week discernment program serves to aid high-schoolers who are interested in theology in considering pastoral and diaconal work. 

At the seminary, they were immersed in the daily life of Christ-centered worship, confessional catechesis, and fun time together with their peers. They worshipped with the seminary community in Kramer Chapel four times a day, learned from seventeen professors from the seminary and abroad, and welcomed one guest lecturer and a panel of local pastors and deaconesses. They had opportunities to form lasting friendships through group activities like bowling, various team sports throughout the Academy, and a formal banquet dinner followed by English country dancing! Lastly, the Christ Academy students participated in service projects on campus and around Fort Wayne.

This year Christ Academy was blessed to have four students from the English District participate in the program.

LCEF CUW Opportunity 

Prayer Requests

The Bible's promise is true: If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us - 1 John 5:14.

Prayers of thanksgiving for the healthy birth of Friedrich to Rev. Daniel Greg and wife Brigitta.

Prayers for a full and speedy recovery for Rev. Jeff Miskus.

District daily prayers for July 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

Redeemer, Sarnia, ON

Redeemer Lutheran Church has held many celebrations lately. They hosted a Neighbourhood BBQ on Saturday, May 27th. On June 11, they celebrated the Rite of Confirmation and 88th anniversary of the church. They enjoyed a potluck dinner and live music. 

Trinity, Erie, PA

The singing duo Edenlight, consisting of Sue and David Bicko, performed at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday, June 24. Their mission of the Yellow Line Initiative performs free concerts in state prisons most of the year.  

Trinity Lutheran Church Outreach held their community paint night on Saturday, June 10th. Connie Bootz was the guest teacher. Everyone had a good time painting turtles.

Trinity Lutheran Church was blessed with another great year of VBS. The children learned about Jesus as their Savior and the important relationship He had with the apostle Peter. They learned about the forgiveness only Jesus gives and how we are to share it with others. Twists and turns happen in life but Jesus gives us eternal life.

Redeemer, Oakmont, PA

This year Redeemer Lutheran Church hosted 53 children for “God’s Living Water” VBS. The children learned about the free gift of God’s grace in Christ, who is the living water.

Shepherd of the Mountains, Pinetop, AZ

Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church collected money this spring for the local pregnancy center. Pat King and Lynne Bremer coordinated efforts and passed out baby bottles on Mother’s Day. Church members filled them with donations (coins, etc.) and returned them on Father’s Day. Money goes for Christian education for moms and dads dealing with a crisis pregnancy, who can earn points to shop in a boutique for diapers, formula, baby clothes, etc. Housing is provided for moms in need - even if they have other children with them. Thank you to the Lord and Savior for providing SOTM the opportunity to be a part of this ministry. 

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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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