Love your neighbor as yourself
SERVANT to SERVANT                        2-19-16


On Sunday, February 14, 2016, Bishop Jamison J. Hardy was the guest preacher at Beautiful Savior, Lee's Summit, MO.

Pictured left to right:
The Rev. Christopher Schneider, Bishop Jamison J. Hardy, the Rev. Jonathan Gruen
Bishop Jamison J. Hardy made a surprise visit to Ascension of Christ, Beverly Hills, MI on Wednesday, February 18, 2016 for the evening Lenten service. The Rev. Daniel Grams preached and was pleased to see Bishop Hardy in attendance. One of the members of Ascension of Christ, Ken Broderdorf, is a friend and former classmate of Bishop Hardy's at Lutheran High, Westland, MI. A nice reunion took place.

The Rev. Daniel Grams and

Bishop Jamison J. Hardy

Ken and Erica Broderdorf and

Bishop Jamison J. Hardy

Love is in the air!

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Lakeview, MI, hosted a well-attended Valentine's Day "Date Night." Entertainment was provided during dessert. A lovely evening for all!
Holy Trinity, Lakeview, MI
Valentine's Day "Date Night"
Students at Grace English Lutheran Church and School in Chicago, IL, enjoyed celebrating Valentine's Day a few days early. Cards, candy and smiles filled the halls of this school!
Grace, Chicago, IL
Cards, candy and smiles
Daddy-Daughter Dance

Dads and daughters of Family of Christ in Phoenix, AZ, enjoyed a special evening together, making a lifetime of memories during this special dance.
Daddy-Daughter Dance
Family of Christ, Phoenix, AZ
Redeemer, Oakmont, PA
Love your neighbor as yourself
Redeemer Lutheran School, Oakmont, PA, students enjoyed Valentine's parties and also received special candy and/or flower grams from their families. The high school students sponsored the flower/candy gram fundraiser, with proceeds to benefit a young lady in Viet Nam whom Redeemer Lutheran School sponsors. What a very sweet way to "Love your neighbor!" 
Loving one another

Marcia Diener, Grace, Wyoming, MI leads the "Young at Heart" activities. The members of this group are 50 years and older.  At a recent "Young at Heart" potluck fellowship, it was advertised that there would be a "big" prize for the winner of one of the Valentine's Day games. Norma Minkus was the winner and to her surprise came a loving embrace from her pastor, The Rev. John Diener, dressed in a heart costume. She was thrilled!

The Rev. John Diener, Grace, Wyoming, MI delivered cards, love and encouragement to nursing home residents. The LWML, Women in God's Service (WINGS), made the card box. This is one way that the members of Grace show how they "love one another:"

The Rev. John Diener and

Norma Minkus

Marion Rosendahl and

The Rev. John Diener

Hales Corners, Hales Corners, WI
Budding authors
Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI, enjoyed "Book Buddies" this week.
The eighth graders just finished their annual "First Grade Buddy Books" project, where they were able to write a fictional story with their first grade buddy as the main character. The project ended with the eighth graders sharing their finished books with their first grade buddies!

Chapel Service
When you're small it's easy to be overlooked, to not be seen. This can be true of children, places, and schools. Our school, Grace English in Chicago, is small with just around fifty students in grades PreK-3 through eight. Many of our children are small in size. Many of our families are small in finances. Many of our church members are older, and their health isn't what it used to be.  
Although we are small in many ways, we at Grace are very mighty in what we do here.  Our children love what they do at Grace. They love to learn about Jesus. They love to learn in various ways. Hands on learning takes place in all the grades; learning through technology also takes place in all the grades.  We have been blessed to have iPads in grades one through eight and Chromebooks in all the grades, due to the generosity of the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation (CLEF).
"Samson" and The Rev. Tom Sanders, Faith, Arlington Heights, IL
The children love to share the Good News with others. One of the ways they do this is through their chapel offerings. Each year there are three major donation choices made - local, national, and international. Their favorite way to share their chapel offering is with Pastor Tom & Comfort Dog Samson, from Faith in Arlington Heights. The children also enjoy sharing the Good News by singing in church on various Sundays throughout the school year.

Our children and families work hard to keep our school going and growing as well. Each year they participate in three fundraisers to give the children opportunities they might not otherwise get. Two fundraisers go to helping with field trips and keeping our technology up, running, and current. The third fundraiser, which is mandatory and enjoyed by all, is our annual golf outing sponsored by Mr.& Mrs. Cliff Higley. The money raised helps to keep our tuition affordable for our families.
Fore Kids Golf
In the eyes of our LORD our children and families are doing big things every day in various ways as they continue to grow in grace and knowledge at our school.

Submitted by:      
Vicki J. Helmling, Administrator
Call Accepted

The Rev. Larry K. Loree, Jr., Holy Ghost, Monroe, MI has accepted the call to All Saints, Slippery Rock, PA.
Augusta R. Mennell shares the story of how the love and kindness showed to a student came full circle.


Love and Kindness Are Never Forgotten
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness..." Galatians 5:22 ESV

Thirteen years ago, on a blustery, cold, January day, Linda from Kenya came to Slippery Rock University. Like many students, she has stayed in touch with her campus church, All Saints Lutheran Church and Student Center. This January, she made it a point to fly from Texas to show her daughter - in person - the campus where she had established so many memories.

What difference does it make that students like Linda come back to visit? Does it matter to her, or to All Saints Church? Yes, it does matter!

The February/March 2016 issue of the English Channels is our last issue. To keep up with all that is happening in the English District, we encourage you to sign up for the District's weekly e-Newsletter, Servant to Servant. Whether you are a church worker or congregant, you may subscribe to this free weekly update, which will be delivered straight to your email inbox! The English District e-Newsletter is emailed every Friday and will contain photos, stories, and noteworthy information from around the English District and The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. If you would like to have it sent to a different email address, click on the "Update Profile/Email Address" link at the bottom.  If you decide that you would prefer not to receive these communications from us, you may opt out at any time by clicking the "SafeUnsubscribe" link at the bottom.

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Read the newsletter from our international workers serving The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. Click on the link below.
Rev. Dale and Suzanne Kaster
International Workers in Ghana, West Africa

Next life conference planned for January 2017

Start making plans now to attend the 2017 LCMS Life Conference January 27-29, 2017. Join fellow LCMS Lutherans for learning and fellowship at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel in Arlington, VA. The conference is open to all LCMS Lutherans and invited guests.

Conference highlights include:
  • Marching at the 44th annual National March for Life in our nation's capital;
  • Listening to presentations from speakers like Dr. George Delgado, who pioneered a protocol to reverse the abortion pill, and the Rev. Jonathan Fisk, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, Oakes, ND; and
  • Attending daily worship and devotions with Divine Service on Sunday morning.
Join LCMS Life Ministry as we proclaim God's truth that all life is sacred - from the very beginning until the natural end.

Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel group rate available until January 6, 2017.


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