English District of
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

God in All Things - Without Borders

Servant to Servant


August 4, 2023

Divine Calls

Call Received

The Rev. Brian V. Pratt has received a Divine Call to serve as the Sole Pastor of Pilgrim, Kenmore, NY. 

Call Returned

The Rev. Chad A. Kogutkiewicz has returned the Divine Call to serve as the Sole Pastor of Peace, New Berlin, WI.

Mr. Ryan D. Meyer has returned the Divine Call to serve as the Music Director of Trinity, Waconia, MN (Minnesota South District).

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.

Do You Know a College Student?

Between university campus ministries and local congregations, The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod has a network of pastors and congregations who are eager to connect with your college students! We want to care for them and help them plug into a church-away-from-home while they're at school.

All they need from you is to make the introduction! Follow the link below to help them get connected. To see a map of active LCMS-U campus ministries across the U.S., click here.


To submit student information to an LCMS-U chapter, click here.

News from the Kasters in the Czech Republic

Joy-Fully Lutheran!

How is your summer going? We hope and pray that it is filled with times of relaxation and reconnecting with your families. These are moments we should treasure as gifts from our heavenly Father. But they should also be opportunities for us to live out the Gospel, loving and caring for each other and growing in the grace of Christ's forgiveness. May God use you as His witnesses wherever you are.

Please read our short newsletter and offer prayers for our work here.

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, on August 26, 2023, at 11:00 AM.

District daily prayers for August 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

Ascension, Tucson, AZ

On Sunday, July 30, the Ascension Lutheran School staff was installed and Orphan Grain Train shared their ministry at Ascension Lutheran Church. Good day in the Lord’s Kingdom!

St. Mark's, Mississauga, ON

Pastor Roger Ellis is shining the light of Jesus during his rehabilitation. He shares Jesus with everyone he meets in the hospital where he is known as "the pastor". Roger’s prayer and goal is to one day stand up again and proclaim the Gospel in the congregations he has been serving since his retirement. Pictured is Roger with Pastor Jeffrey Miskus, who visited and brought the Lord’s Supper for Roger and his family.. Please continue to keep Roger and his family in your prayers.

West Portal, San Francisco, CA

Vincent was baptized at West Portal Lutheran Church on July 21, 2023; and on July 23, 2023, the Gatchalian family and Amy Kao were welcomed as new members.

First, Kingsville, ON

First Lutheran Church welcomed Ivy to the family of Christ on Sunday, July 30, 2023.

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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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