Love your neighbor as yourself
SERVANT to SERVANT                        3-18-16


 
BISHOP'S VISIT
Bishop Jamison J. Hardy was the guest preacher at All Saints, Slippery Rock, PA on Sunday, March 13, 2016. He had the honor to install the new members of the church council along with meeting students from Grove City College, Grove City, PA and Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA. He enjoyed his visit and meeting the wonderful members of All Saints Lutheran Church.

Installation of Church Council,

All Saints, Slippery Rock, PA

Bishop Hardy and students from Grove City College, Grove City, PA

 Members of All Saints,

Slippery Rock, PA

Mike Seiffert (Elder) and Bishop Hardy, All Saints, Slippery Rock, PA
Bishop Hardy and Sue, a Slippery Rock University student.
Diane Joneikis and Bishop Hardy, All Saints, Slippery Rock, PA
INSTALLATION SERVICE

Bishop Jamison J. Hardy,  Deaconess Cheryl Naumann and Rev. Dr. Jonathan Naumann

Clergy that attended the Installation Service on

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Bishop Jamison J. Hardy officiated at the installations of Rev. Dr. Jonathan C. Naumann and Deaconess Cheryl D. Naumann on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at Redeemer, Oakmont, PA. Many area clergy were in attendance. The Naumanns will serve as International Workers in Latin America.
Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016
Maundy Thursday, March 24, 2016
Good Friday, March 25, 2016
Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016
No Servant to Servant e-Newsletter on Good Friday, March 25, 2016.
The next publication will be on Friday, April 1, 2016.
CHURCH AND SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Care packages for military
Love your neighbor as yourself
 
 
Supporting Our Troops!
Packages4Patriots, a ministry of Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Elk Grove Village, IL, has been shipping care packages to military members serving overseas. Over the years, they have shipped over 3,000 boxes! Last weekend, during a "Dad and Daughter" event, they packed and shipped another 29 boxes!


Helping Our Neighbors
Members of  Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Medina, OH, expressed the triennium theme, "Love your neighbor as yourself," by helping victims of an apartment fire. They collected a free-will offering on Sunday, March 13, 2016.  An estimated 24 families have been displaced by this tragedy.
 
 
Sharing Our Gifts
Hales Corners Lutheran Church in Hales Corners, WI, have several members currently helping out in Guatemala. From concrete work to leading VBS, they are enjoying seeing God's hand at work in the village and meeting wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ.

School Round-up
 
Finished Projects
Last week, we shared the stained glass project that students at Grace English Lutheran Church and School were creating for the CLEF Scholarship Dinner. This week, we are sharing photos of the finished product! What a talented group of students!
 
 
Mom and Son Fun
Yo ho ho! Buccaneers from Family of Christ in Phoenix, AZ, searched for gold doubloon and made fond memories at the annual Mother/Son Treasure Hunt!


Decisions, Decisions
It was a day of making choices for young students at Concordia Lutheran Church and Little Lambs in Berwyn, IL. Learning the voting process, the students had to choose their favorite snack: pretzels or Goldfish crackers. Pretzels won 11-6, surprising the pollster!
Technologically Challenged
Pastor Robert F. Weldon, Sr., of Grace Lutheran Church in Elryia, OH, came up with a way to use technology and challenge his congregation during Lent. Knowing most everyone now has a cell phone and sends text messages, he asked parishioners to identify two people that are not affiliated with a church and don't attend worship. Then he asked them to text these people at the beginning of the week with these messages: Week 1) I'm praying for you. Week 2) I'm praying for you. Week 3) God loves you, and I am praying for you. Week 4) Is there anything specific you want me to pray for? Pastor Weldon is hoping this small gesture plants a seed. We hope to have an update to share with you in a week or so. What a wonderful way to use technology to share the love of Christ!
LUMEN CHRISTI AWARD
The English District Lumen Christi Award winners have been selected! This year there will be four Volunteer Lumen Christi Educator of the Year Award recipients based on region, and one Professional Lumen Christi Educator of the Year Award recipient. Planning is underway for the presentation of the awards so we are not yet ready to announce the winners. However as the awards are presented over the next few months, the recipients will be announced in the Servant to Servant.
 
The Lumen Christi, or Light of Christ, Award publicly recognizes and celebrates the efforts of educators within the English District who have dedicated themselves to sharing Christ through their love, actions, and teachings. Thank you to all who have nominated deserving educators!
 
CONGREGATION STATISICAL REPORT
Congregations were mailed instructions for submitting their 2015 statistical report on February 1, 2016. To date only 47% of the English District congregations have reported. The deadline has been extended to April 10th. Please complete and return it as soon as possible. If your congregation has lost the letter with the login information and password, please contact Evelyn Jentzen at EJentzen@englishdistrict.org.
INTERNATIONAL WORKERS
 
 
Read the newsletter from our international workers serving The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. Click on the link below.

Rev. Daniel and Kathy Conrad
International Workers to Mexico



 
LABORERS FOR CHRIST
Laborers for Christ (LFC) is very busy these days as it has projects with Bethesda Ministries in May. LCEF and LFC are moving toward regional coordination of projects and are looking for qualified candidates to fill a number of positions. The three regions are the East, Midwest, and West.
 
Three candidates are needed for the position of LFC Senior Regional Coordinator. The Senior Regional Coordinator (SRC) oversees LFC work in his/her assigned region, focuses on customer needs, provides estimates for LFC projects, directs preconstruction and construction process, and monitors project quality assurance.
 
Additional candidates are needed for the position of Project Engineer. The Project Engineer (PE), working closely with the Senior Regional Coordinator (SRC) and the Project Manager (PM), focuses on preconstruction and construction needs on projects in his/her region.
 
For more information and to submit an application contact Max Biesenthal at Max.Biesenthal@lcef.org or call 800-843-5233.
 
Click below for job descriptions.
PROFESSIONAL CHURCH WORKERS and
CIRCUIT VISITORS CONFERENCES
June 14-17, 2016
The 2016 Professional Church Workers (PCW) and Circuit Visitors Conferences will be held June 14-17, 2016 in Milwaukee, WI. The registration deadline is April 29th.

Mark your calendars now and complete the online registration form at PCW Conference Registration.
 
DEADLINE for your District registration form is April 29th.
Please register separately for J2e3 Missions Summit by May 13th.

Please note: There will be limited hotel/airport shuttle service.

SERVANT TO SERVANT e-NEWSLETTER
Previous issues of the e-Newlsetter, Servant to Servant, are available on the Resources page of the English District website:

You are encouraged to share the information from Servant to Servant with members of your congregation. All are invited to subscribe to this weekly publication by emailing Peggy Oke at poke@englishdistrict.org or simply forward the newsletter to them using the "Spread the Word" link at the bottom left of this newsletter. They can subscribe by clicking on the link at the bottom right titled "Sign up for our emails." Thanks for spreading the word!
 
NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR LCMS PRESIDENT AND VPS

The nominees for LCMS president are, from left, Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, incumbent,

Rev. Dale A. Meyer, president of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and

Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier, president of the LCMS Michigan District

LCMS Secretary Rev. Dr. Raymond L. Hartwig announced on March 10, 2016 the names of the nominees for the Synod president, first vice-president and five regional vice-presidents.
The election for president will take place before the Synod's July 9-14, 2016 66 th convention in Milwaukee and the vice-presidents will be elected at the convention. Read more

SYNOD PRISON MINISTRY CONFERENCE
You're invited to the first Synod Prison Ministry Conference for district coordinators, representatives or anyone involved in prison ministry. This conference will be held at Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois on April 29-30, 2016. Space is limited.
Learn more

CHURCH MUSICIAN WORKSHOPS
Church organists and pianists of all skill levels are invited to attend the summer Church Musician Workshops at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN. 

"Basic Level Organists and Service Playing for Pianists," June 20-24, will cover topics including how the organ works, how to choose appropriate registrations, how to play pedals with both feet and how to lead the singing of hymns and liturgy through effective playing. Pianists will learn the same concepts of how to lead congregational singing of hymns and liturgy from the piano.

"Intermediate and Advanced Level Organists," June 27-July 1, is designed for organists who have the basics covered but want to improve their skills of playing hymns and liturgy. Topics include creative hymn introductions, making informed choices about organ repertoire and strategies for leading challenging hymns.

Registration for each workshop is $275 and includes four lunches and four dinners. On-campus lodging is available for $25 per night.

To download a brochure, click here.

The English District  will receive a $100.00 credit for any new organizations that process payroll with Paychex for 90 days.

Paychex is running a special promotion.
 
50% off of payroll services for a year if they run your first payroll by May 26, 2016. Pricing reverts to CPS 35% discount after a year.
 
Paychex will handle payroll, taxes, direct deposit, time and attendance, HR, ACA Compliance, W2s and, in addition, they can now transmit the CRSP file to EBSO. 

Please contact Robin Richert at 636-519-0340 ext. 48721 and be sure to tell her that the English District referred you.

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