NED News

Join Pres. Beinke for a weekly Bible study of the Scripture readings for the coming Sunday! This online study takes place on Thursday's from 7:00 - 8:00 PM on Go-To-Meeting at the following link: https://meet.goto.com/445850965. The study is of the readings from the 3-year series, year A, which most of the congregations of the District are following. These can be found in the Lutheran Service Book, p. xiv. If Thursday is a national holiday the class will not meet.

Christmas Message

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A couple of years ago, during the height of Covid, I saw in my local paper a picture of Santa Claus meeting with two kids. They were separated by a piece of plexiglass, with Santa sitting in his chair on one side and the kids standing on the other. They were reaching out to each other, however; Santa was touching his gloved hand to the glass on one side and the kids were touching it on the other side. Wow! What a memorable visit to see Santa!

This month we are again celebrating God’s Son coming to us in our flesh. How different was His coming! There was nothing to shield Him from our sicknesses and sins and sorrows. No, the holy and eternal Son of God became flesh and came to live among us in order to take upon and within Himself all that comes with life in our flesh and in this fallen world. Matthew points this out in the 8 th chapter of his Gospel when he writes:

When Jesus entered Peter's house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him. That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.” (Mt. 8:14-17)

Accounts like this tend to make us think that Jesus was impervious to diseases. After all, He quickly and easily healed people; often with just a word! But, notice: Matthew says that He took our illnesses and bore our diseases. He was quoting Isaiah 53:4, which says, “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.” Jesus was not at all impervious to the things that trouble us. He felt them in His flesh and soul.

I have no doubt that He did so even in His infancy. Seeing as Jesus was born and began His life on this earth in the same way as us, He probably suffered at times from things that trouble babies to this day, such as diaper rash. In fact, seeing as life was much rougher and far less sanitary in the 1 st century, this was probably a common occurrence. As a child, He probably fell now and then and skinned his knee. Other kids probably teased Him and made fun of Him at times. And, He probably got sick. You may have not thought so, but why not? Don’t put a plexiglass shield between you and your Savior. “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.” The Son of God did not come to be separate from us in any way. Rejoice in that! Rejoice, because He came to take our illnesses and bear our diseases – and, above all, the sins that lay behind them and are the cause of all sorrows – and to bear them to the cross. He came to put them to death in His flesh, and then rise in triumph over them and bring forth a new flesh and a new life for us.

This is precisely why God the Father sent His Son to us: to save us from our sins and all the trials and tribulations which accompany them. Especially at Christmas, then, we sing with the angels:

Glory to God in the highest! And on earth peace, goodwill to men.

In Christ Jesus, our Lord,
Pres. Beinke

Volume 25, Issue 1 — Fall 2022

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President's Message

Fall is a busy time in our congregations. Many resume Sunday School and Bible classes in September, and perhaps also increase their number of worship Services. Boards and committees resume or increase their activity. People are back from vacations and are seeing one another more frequently.

Fall has become very busy for me, also. At the end of August, I completed 28 years of ministry as the Pastor of St. Peter’s in Norwalk, CT and assumed the position of District President full-time. And so, you may see me around the District, especially on weekends. I have begun visiting congregations on Sunday’s: sometimes to preach and lead worship and Bible class; other times simply to worship with you and get to know you. If you have a special occasion coming up in your congregation, let me know! If possible, I’ll be there to join in the celebration.

I do want to let you know of a very special occasion that will be coming up November 6th: the ordination and installation of Rev. Adam Teferi as a Missionary-at-Large of the District to serve a growing group of Christians from Ethiopia. The Oromo people are the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, and many, including Pastor Teferi, have been coming to the U.S. They are conservative, Bible believing Christians, and those who settled in the Boston area began worshiping together and seeking a conservative Church to join with. We have been helping them and encouraging them for several years, and they are now worshiping at our congregation in Acton, MA, with Adam leading them. Supported by Pastors in our District, he recently completed the work that was necessary for him to become a Pastor in our Synod, and so our Board of Directors in September voted unanimously to call him as our Missionary to the Oromo people. We pray that soon they will become our newest congregation in the District! You will have the opportunity to meet these brothers and sisters in Christ when Pastor Teferi is ordained and installed. This Service will be at Mt. Calvary in Acton at 3:00pm on November 6th, and the news about this will go out well in advance. I hope to see you there!

One final thought: October is the month when Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses (on October 31, 1517) and the Reformation, which resulted in the formation of the Lutheran Church, began. The Reformation rested upon the Word of God, and it was that Word which brought it about. “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free,” says Jesus in John 8, the Gospel reading that is appointed for Reformation Sunday. I encourage you to grow in your understanding of God’s Word by reading carefully this month’s issue of our Synod’s magazine, The Lutheran Witness. The October issue provides an overview of 12 Christian denominations, as well as the Lutheran response to their teachings. Reading through this, you will, I believe, come to a greater appreciation of how blessed we are in our Synod to have God’s Word rightly preached, taught, and confessed. Thanks be to God for the gift of His precious Word, for by it we receive Christ and His salvation! To Him be the glory and praise; to us be the blessing of faith.

In Christ,
Pastor Bob Beinke, DP

Rev. Rob Morris Celebrated

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On August 28th, Christ the King celebrated Rob Morris' 10th Anniversary as their pastor. Perhaps you have received other information, but if not, here he is with Christy, Elijah and Isaiah following the service.

Rob Morris 10th Anniversary

Orphan Grain Train Sends Relief Shipment to Ukraine

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On July 19, Volunteers for the Orphan Grain Train's (OGT) New England Branch, located at 33 South Main St. in Terryville, Ct. loaded a 53-foot container of needed items for Appalachia and on July 20, loaded a 26-foot truck with items for Ukraine relief. OGT has the use of a warehouse in Terryville that is owned by Mr. Bill Allread, who has made space available for this charitable work.

The July 19 shipment sent to the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) which aids those less fortunate over a twelve-state area and is headquartered in Kentucky. Included were over 1,000 boxes of Blankets and Quilts, Men's, Women's, Children's and Infants Clothing, Hygiene supplies, Hospital supplies, Diapers, Layette Kits and stuffed animals. Also included were 8 Sewing Machines with boxes of sewing supplies and hundreds of canes, crutches, and walkers. Some hospital items were added like a Gurney, Geri chair, IV poles, wheelchairs and shower chairs. The shipment arrived on July 20.

Then on July 20, volunteers loaded a 26-foot truck with many items for refugee relief for Ukraine sent thru St. Andrew's Ukrainian Cathedral in Maryland which ships aid directly to Kiev. Included on this shipment were 17,000 Harvest Pack meals and oatmeal packs, and over 2300 pounds of food consisting of rice, flour, sugar, and salt. Also Included was medical equipment consisting of 6 hospital bed kits and 2 emergency medical chairs, 90 boxes of hygiene supplies, 178 boxes of diapers, and 47 boxes of hospital linens. These items will be combined with inventory at the Cathedral's warehouse to fill a container to be sent to Kiev.

Other shipments have gone to missions in a number of countries e.g. Liberia, Nicaragua, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Nepal, the Philippines, Trinidad, Panama, Ghana and the Republic of Georgia, as well as hurricane relief for Puerto Rico, Florida and North Carolina. The Branch also helps those locally in New England, giving medical items that have been donated to individuals in need and thru the visiting nurse and hospice care organizations of the area. It has also helped with a shipment to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.

The effort is an Outreach Ministry of the Lutheran Church, and OGT is a 501(3)(C) charity affiliated with the church and supported locally by Holy Trinity Lutheran in Terryville and Immanuel Lutheran in Bristol and St. Johns in Waterbury and is open to all who want to help others. For more information, please call 860-582-0723 and/or check out the OGT.org website.

40 Days for Life

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The 40 Days for Life 2022 Fall Campaign continues until November 6th. According to their website (40daysforlife.com/en), 163 babies' lives have been saved since Sept 28th, 2022.

40 Days for Life offers its "40 Days for Life University" (40daysforlife.com/en/university) and "Sidewalk Outreach" training, as well as its FREE quarterly publication, "Day 41." I encourage you to sign up to receive the publication.

40 Days for Life is a great way to participate in Life-affirming work. You and your pastors can have a "Lutheran Hour" and he can conduct prayer during that time (no rosaries!). Please find a campaign near you. The next campaign will begin in Spring of 2023.

Bethel Oromo LCMS

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Bethel Oromo LCMS is a newest church plant in the New England District. This sister congregation is led by Rev. Adam Teferi. On Sunday, August 14th the congregation celebrated four baptisms of children named Kaku, Milto, Nimona and Kate. More than 40 Oromo adults, teens and children celebrated how God has grown their community in worship and afterwards with wonderful Ethiopian food and baptism birthday cake. Rev. Teferi has completed all requirements set forth by the LCMS Pastoral Colloquy Committee and will be installed on November 6th as a Missionary-at-Large in the District to the Oromo congregation. Bethel Oromo congregation is completing the state requirements for organization before applying for official status within the LCMS. The congregation began their weekly gatherings at Mt. Calvary, Acton on June 12, 2022.

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Two children of Bethel Oromo Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod are baptized by Rev. Eric Sahlberg during service on Aug 14, 2022.

Did you know?

  • The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) is one of the largest and fastest growing Lutheran churches in the world with nearly 11 million members
  • Mekane Yesus means "the place of Jesus"
  • The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) has a growing relationship with the EECMY
  • The EECMY is six times larger than the LCMS
  • Oromo is the largest people group in Ethiopia
  • According to the Cambridge Community Development Department, greater Boston is home to the 13th largest Ethiopian community in the United States

How can you help?

  1. Pray for Rev. Teferi and Bethel Oromo LCMS
  2. Partner with them by donating to the New England District's 1:1:1 fundraising campaign
  3. Praise God that He is sending believers to the United States to share the gospel with Americans

NEW Life Resources Available

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New "Life Resources" will be available at the Life Coordinator table during the NED-LWML Fall 2022 Rally in CT November 4-5. These are available from https://humanlife.org at low or no cost. Resources include publications, posters, and cards, some of which are shown here:

Who Are You To Judge Whether My Life is Worth Living (poster) Imposed Death - Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Fathers Matter This is Not Your Only Choice Seniors Matter The Morality of Withholding Food/Water Depends

Prayers Requested

Finally, please pray that Pregnancy Resource Centers remain open and staff and clients safe from violence and harm.

In Christ,
Marla Zeneski, NED Life Coordinator

The Perfect Gift for a Child

Give the Gift of a Y.I. StewardAccount®

It’s reassuring knowing your child is God’s child. Now your child’s savings can help others experience God’s love through the sharing of the Gospel. When you invest with Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), you are supporting Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) ministries — without forfeiting competitive rates. This Christmas, give the gift of a Young Investors (Y.I.) StewardAccount

Visit LCEF.org/YIGivetheGift or call 800-843-5233 for more details.

Your New England District Vice President for LCEF is Brenda Bacon: 413-783-0131 ext. 10 / Brenda.Bacon@lcef.org

LCEF is a nonprofit religious organization; therefore, LCEF investments are not FDIC-insured bank deposit accounts. This is not an offer to sell investments, nor a solicitation to buy. LCEF will offer and sell its securities only in states where authorized. The offer is made solely by LCEF’s Offering Circular. Investors should carefully read the Offering Circular, which more fully describes associated risks. StewardAccount access features are offered through UMB Bank n.a. StewardAccount products are not available to investors in South Carolina. Balance restrictions apply. Rates subject to change. Visit LCEF.org for details.

Gift-Giving Is Easy with the LCEF Visa Gift Card

Christmas is right around the corner! Or will wedding bells soon be ringing for a friend or family member? For special occasions like these, a Visa gift card makes a thoughtful gift, affording the recipient flexibility to use it however they wish. For Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) investors, the LCEF Visa gift card can be a great gift-giving option. The gift cards are available in $25, $50 and $100 values. An additional $1.99 fee per gift card will be added to the order.

LCEF investors can learn more by calling Lutheran Church Extension Fund at 800-843-5233.

2022-2024 LWML-NED Mission Projects

1. Vocational Training in Liberia, Gbarnga Lutheran Mission Project $ 5,000
2a. Bringing New Hampshire Families to Christ, Trinity School, Keene, NH $ 600
2b. YWR and Junior Pastoral Counselor to LWML Convention $ 2,000
3. Trinity Lutheran Preschool, Ashaway, RI $ 1,200
4. Brazilian-Portuguese Language Outreach, Messiah, Lynnfield, MA $ 5,000
5. Ethiopian Outreach of Boston, LCMS-NED Church Planting $ 5,000
6. Ambassadors for Christ, First Lutheran School, Holyoke, MA $ 1,000
7. New England District Church Planting, LCMS-NED $ 5,000
8. Hope for the Hopeless, LCMS Life Ministries $ 5,000
9. God’s Word for Teenagers Around the World, Lutheran Heritage Foundation $ 2,500
10. Sea Containers for Haiti Earthquake Response, Ministry in Mission $ 5,000
11. Tuition Assistance, St. Martin’s Lutheran School for the Deaf, Dearborn, MI $ 2,500
12. Wheels for the Lord’s Physically Disabled, Good Shepherd Family, CA $ 1,800
13a. Outreach, Meals, and Bible Study Materials, LSF, Pittsburgh, PA $ 1,500
13b. Study Abroad, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN $ 5,600
14. International Students, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO $ 50

LWML-NED Retreat

Save the date: November 4-5, 2022

Our Bible study is entitled, “Be Thou My Vision (In Such a Time as This).” Our Bible study leader, Donna Snow, is an inspiring speaker who has led a past retreat for us and has been the Bible study leader at National LWML Conventions.

The Retreat will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel at Bradley Airport in Connecticut. Please plan to join us and bring a friend! We know you will be blessed by your time in the Word and in fellowship with your sisters in Christ. More information and the registration form can be found on our website, lwml-ned.org.

Sharon Dever
LWML-NED President
president@lwml-ned.org