English District Blog

The Joy of Giving

Rev. James Elsner, pastor of Prince of Peace, used this edited story in a recent newsletter. The original text was from The Stewardship Advisers "Ten for Ten" annual stewardship campaign from a few years ago, and printed in the "Prints of Peace," the newsletter of Prince of Peace, Hudson, IN.

GriefShare – Sharing the love of Christ



By Lynne Cobb

Communications Coordinator; English District Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

How does your garden grow?

Community gardens have become very popular in urban and suburban areas. Whether developing a garden to fight blight, or just as a way to share food and fellowship, both experienced and inexperienced gardeners come together to learn, share and serve.

Prayers and chairs

Chairs donated by Beautiful Savior

Among the many benefits of attending conventions and conferences hosted by the English District is the opportunity to worship, pray and fellowship together.

Another benefit is networking, which took a wonderful turn during this past May’s Professional Church Workers’ Conference, held in Ann Arbor, MI.

The Value of Small Groups

Throughout the many years of my ministry as a Director of Christian Education, I have been involved in a “Small Group” most of the time.  My experience has convinced me that small groups in a church have many benefits.  What I have experienced for myself as a participant and as a small group leader is that small groups are a great place for:

1.       Fostering new relationships.

2.       Gaining a greater understanding of God’s Word and developing a more personal relationship with Jesus.

3.       Developing Spiritual disciplines

When paths cross

Rev. Schwartz
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

Ministry has its ups and downs. Sometimes it can be very discouraging. God calls us to be faithful. Recently, He richly blessed my faithfulness.

On the way home from the Pastor’s Conference in Detroit, I sat next to a young woman in her early twenties on the flight from Chicago to Kansas City. Turns out she works for Cerner and is helping set up a new software system at a hospital in the Chicago area.

Who has God placed in your path?

Guest post by Rev. Eric Carlson

Our Savior Lutheran Church - Chicago, IL

As the pastor of a small church, I am always looking out for opportunities to reach new people. Those opportunities often come in unexpected ways. For instance, some of my visits to home-bound members and trips to meetings require me to travel on toll roads. On these trips, I often see the same toll collectors. Rather than rushing through, I take a few moments to greet them and have a quick conversation.

Turn the lights out!

Guest blog post by Jennifer Freudenburg

Project Manager for the Concordia Center for the Family/Family Life Program


Losing Mary

Guest blog post by:

Jennifer Freudenburg, Project Manager        

Concordia Center for the Family

Concordia University, Ann Arbor