Love your neighbor as yourself
SERVANT to SERVANT                        1-8-16


 
Welcome to the Servant to Servant eNewsletter, sent to you from the English District LCMS , of which your congregation is a member . If you are receiving this publication for the first time, it is because you have been identified as a leader of your congregation and someone who may benefit from hearing from the district on a regular basis. 
 
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Brothers and sisters in Christ,
 
As we have come upon a New Year, I feel compelled to encourage all of our congregations to remember your commitments to the District. For those who don't know and those who are not paying attention, we at the District office operate on a fiscal year of February 1st through January 31st.  Sally Naglich has indicated to me that we are substantially behind this year in remittance of pledges and contributions. Please note, this is only a reminder and not a legalistic club of guilt. It is important as we walk together in love that we in the District office continue to communicate with you the current status of affairs throughout the entire district both good and challenging. To that end, please remind your treasurers and church leaders to examine your work locally, in the District, and throughout the Synod. May the God of peace and joy continue to bless your work and ministry in His name. Thanks.
 
Blessings from the bishop
BISHOP'S VISITS

Bishop Jamison J. Hardy and Rev. James Huenink, Concordia, Berwyn, IL

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Bishop Jamison J. Hardy and VP Rev. Rob Rogers, Trinity, Villa Park, IL

Monday, January 4, 2016

RITE OF INSTALLATION
Pictured left to right: Deacon Bob Kulowitch, Rev. Dick Ellsing, Rev. Justin Laughridge, Rev. Carl Sellent, Rev. Todd Arnold and Rev. Steve Duescher.
The installation of Rev. Justin Laughridge was celebrated at Morning Star Lutheran Church, Lakeside, CA on December 6, 2015. It was a wonderful occasion to welcome area pastors as well as members and friends of the congregation. Also, a special word of thanks to Western Region VP Rev. Todd Arnold who made the trip down from San Francisco to officiate and preach a great message for the service. Pastor Laughridge and the congregation are excited about the time of ministry ahead and look forward to seeing many new followers of Jesus Christ in the Lakeside and San Diego areas. To God be the Glory!
NATIVITY SCENES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These three Nativity scenes

 are from
Christ, Aurora, Ontario.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This photo is of a live Nativity scene which was held at
Grace, Redford, MI.

 

Angelica, Allen Park, MI Nativity Scene

DIVINE CALL
Call-Accepted                                                   
The Rev. Jason Kouri has accepted the call to serve Redeemer, Sarnia, ON.

Call-Pending                                                     
The Rev. David S. Tannahill, Grace, Vine Grove, KY has received a call to serve Ascension, Madison, TN.
 
The Rev. Chad Kendall, Trinity, Lowell, IN has received a call to serve All Saints, Slippery Rock, PA.

MISSIONARY NEWS 
Read the newsletters from missionaries serving The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. Click on the links below:

Rev. Daniel and Kathy Conrad
Missionaries to Mexico

Rev. Charles and Cheryl Ferry
Missionaries to Indonesia & Southeast Asia
 
Rev. Dr. Edward and Monica Naumann
Missionaries to South Asia 
 
Rev. Dale and Suzanne Kaster
Missionaries to Ghana, West Africa

REGISTER TODAY
If you haven't done so yet, now is the time to register for the Lenten Preaching Workshop and Symposia Series 2016 hosted by Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana. 
 
LENTEN PREACHING WORKSHOP
The Lenten Preaching Workshop for pastors will take place Monday, January 18. The theme for the workshop is "Preaching Christ Through Old Testament Sacrifices" and will be led by the Rev. Dr. Daniel J. Brege, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Preble, Indiana. Additional information is available at www.ctsfw.edu/LentenPreaching.
 
SYMPOSIUM SERIES 2016
 The 31st Annual Exegetical Theology Symposium, January 19-20, will consider "The Contributions of Reformation Exegesis." The theme for the 39th Annual Symposium on the Lutheran Confessions, January 20-22, will be "Luther and the Reformation: Beginning the Celebration." Information on speakers, schedule, live stream option and online registration is available at www.ctsfw.edu/Symposia.

In addition to members of the CTSFW faculty, the following are scheduled to present:
*Dr. Christopher Boyd Brown, associate professor of Church History, Boston University School of Theology, Boston, Massachusetts;
*Dr. Robert A. Kolb, professor emeritus of International Research, Institute for Mission Studies, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri;
*Dr. Carter Lindberg, professor emeritus of Church History, Boston University School of Theology;
*Dr. Korey D. Maas, assistant professor of History, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan;
*Dr. Scott M. Manetsch, professor of Church History, Trinity Evangelical School of Divinity, Deerfield, Illinois;
*Dr. Mark C. Mattes, Chair of the Theology and Philosophy Departments, Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa;
*Dr. Ronald Rittgers, Erich Markel Chair in German Reformation Studies and professor of History and Theology, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana; and
*Dr. Carl. R. Trueman, the Paul Woolley Chair of Church History and professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Glenside, Pennsylvania.

PRE-LENTEN WORKSHOP
Registration has been extended for the Seminary's one-day Pre-Lenten Workshop for pastors Friday, January 15, 2016, on "The Book of Job: Blessed be the Name of the Lord!" with Dr. Reed Lessing, senior pastor of St. Michael Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Ind., and former professor of exegetical theology at Concordia Seminary.

Pastors will gather from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Koburg Hall on the Seminary campus. Registration is $50 and includes materials and lunch.

One of the Bible's greatest wisdom books is the book of Job. This Lent, explore this magnificent composition that is numbered among some of the greatest literature of all time. Nine sermons will dig deeply into Job's central message and supporting truths, while six Sunday morning adult Bible classes will further address the book's major topics and themes.Materials include Lessing's full Lenten sermon series, with worship helps for the season of Lent.

Register online or download a registration form or flier at:

SPECIAL NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING PROJECT
   LCMS Youth Feeding Children Everywhere
Korey Danley is leading the English District charge for the National Youth Gathering. 
 
The LCMS Youth Ministry needs your help for a special National Youth Gathering project that has been launched with We Raise (Wheat Ridge), a crowd funding project.
 
Click on this link for a video you can share with your school/congregation:
 
NEW BOOK REVEALS SPIRITUAL WARFARE IN MODERN-DAY AMERICA
Summoning demons, interacting with "ghosts," horrifying hallucinations, and holding séances may seem like they are simply the stuff of made-for-television movies, but these things make up the spiritual life of many Americans today.
 
Afraid: Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare in America presents an eye-opening look at real events and actual confessions of demonic encounters happening in America.
 
Written by Dr. Robert H. Bennett, "Afraid reads like a fast-paced novel," says Ross Johnson, director of disaster ministry at The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Office of National Mission. "You will learn more about the devil and God's grace in this book than from
watching a lifetime of TV preachers. After you read Afraid, you will never pray the same way again. 'Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me'!" (Luther's Small Catechism © 1986 CPH).
 
As American society continues to move in the direction of animism, paganism, and idolatry, Christians must be equipped to recognize and counteract Satan's influence. Afraid presents an explanation and discussion of spiritual warfare and exorcism grounded in the Scriptures and intimately connected to the life and the work of the Church in today's society.

$14.99
Concordia Publish House

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