English District of
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

God in All Things - Without Borders

Servant to Servant


August 11, 2023


On Sunday, August 6, 2023, The Rev. Jason Hong was installed as the Sole Pastor of Crosspoint, Sahuarita, AZ. The Rev. Derek Mathers officiated the service.

Lumin Christi Award

Congratulations to Mrs. Dawn Hawk who was presented with the Lumin Christi Congregational Volunteer Educator Award on Sunday, August 6, 2023 at Catalina, Catalina, AZ. 

The Lumen Christi award is presented to recognize the service of educators, to further promote and encourage all professional and volunteer leaders/teachers who are active members of an English District - LCMS congregation.

2023 LCMS Convention

Under the theme “We Preach Christ Crucified,” the 68th Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod met July 28–August 3, 2023, at the Baird Center in Milwaukee, WI. Click here for a recap, to read stories, and to view videos.

Saints Monica and Augustine Family Retreat

The Philadelphia Circuit of the English District invites 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.


Once again our Synod in Convention has affirmed the sanctity of life from fertilization to forever. 

A list of Life-affirming resolutions may be found here.

Post LCMS Convention Circuit Forum

The New York & Philadelphia circuits of the English District will host an online post-convention circuit forum on Thursday, August 24 at 7:30 PM. You are cordially invited to attend as the elected circuit representatives to the synod convention, Rev. Martin Erhardt (pastoral delegate) and Mr. Leo Mackay (lay delegate), will be on hand to give reflections, an overview, and answer questions about their experience at the synod convention July 29-Aug. 3 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Join the Zoom Meeting by using this link: For more information, contact Circuit Visitor Rev. Christopher Seifferlein.

Prayer Requests

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

Prayers for the family at the passing of Walter Dissen, Chesapeake, VA. Funeral services will be held at Kramer Chapel, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN on August 26, 2023, at 11:00 AM.

District daily prayers for September 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

Prince of Peace, Mesquite, NV

On August 4, 2023, the Outreach team from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church welcomed back teachers, staff, and administration to Mesquite Elementary School with cards of encouragement, light drinks and refreshments as they entered their last week of preparation before school starts. In addition, the team brought various classroom supplies to help the teachers.

Trinity, Villa Park, IL

During their confirmation retreat, the students of Trinity Lutheran Church celebrated a Passover Seder, learning about the Sacrament of the Altar. They made unleavened bread, beeswax candles, and charoset.

Grace, Redford, MI

On Sunday, August 6, Vicar Solomon Spangler was installed at Grace Lutheran Church

Pictured are Rev. Timothy Halboth, Vicar Spangler, his wife Leah and their son Malachi. 

Crosspoint, Sahuarita, AZ

Students of all ages at Crosspoint Lutheran Church prepare for a new school year. They received words of prayer and blessing at service on Sunday, August 6.

Family of Christ, Phoenix, AZ

On Sunday, August 6, Family of Christ Lutheran Church celebrated the blessing of the preschool teachers, aides and administrators. Each member of of staff exhibits the love of Christ to the children who attend the school. Please keep them in your prayers as they seek to serve the Lord each day.

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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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