Love your neighbor as yourself
SERVANT to SERVANT                        4-8-16


 
BISHOP'S VISITS
During the first weekend in April, Bishop Jamison J. Hardy made a whirlwind visit to the "windy city". He visited three English District congregations: Trinity, New Lenox; Bethesda, Chicago; and Bethany, Chicago. In addition, he was honored to be the guest preacher at Concordia University on Monday, April 4, 2016.

Bishop Jamison J. Hardy and

Rev. Douglas E. Hoag, Trinity, New Lenox, IL

Members of Bethesda, Chicago 

Back row-The Rev. Jean Bingue, The Rev Dr. Paul Bacon, and Bishop Jamison J. Hardy

DIVINE CALLS
Call Accepted
The Rev. Gregory R. Lutz of Peace, WIndsor, ON has accepted a call to the Canadian Armed Forces as a Chaplain.

Call Declined
The Rev. Patrick Lovejoy from St. Matthew, Port Angeles, WA has declined the call to serve First, El Cajon, CA.

Call Pending
The Rev. John Diener from Grace, Wyoming, MI has received the call to serve St. John's, Mayville, WI.

CHURCH AND SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Mrs. Jana Horn, recipient of the Kohl Fellowship Award
From our schools
Two big announcements!
The Hales Corners Lutheran Middle School celebrated with one of their dear teachers, Mrs. Jana Horn, as she was chosen as a recipient of the Kohl Fellowship Award. We thank and praise God for the talents that she shares with our students, families, and faculty. To God be the glory!
Seventh-grade students from Hales Corners Lutheran School in Hales Corners, WI, represented the school in the Regional History Bee in Chicago. One student, Mason, made it to Nationals, which will take place in early summer. Great job, students, and good luck to Mason as he moves forward!
Seventh-grade students from Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI

Studying for the

Regional History Bee in Chicago, IL

The Rev. Christopher Schneider plays a ukulele for the letter "U"
 
U will like this!
Students at Abounding Love Preschool in Lee's Summit, MO, are learning the alphabet, and found out just how exciting the letter "U" really is when Pastor Chris visited the classroom, bringing his ukulele.


Love Your Neighbor
Feeding body and soul
Each month, volunteers from Fairlawn Lutheran Church in Fairlawn, OH, prepare and serve lunch to children in need at OPEN M. The mission is "to build bridges out of poverty by fostering health, wellness and nutrition for the body; education for the mind; and hope, joy and spiritual growth for the soul." 
Preparing lunch
Volunteers
INSTALLATION SERVICES
Almighty and most merciful God and Father, through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, You have established Your Church to be a temple and dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. We give thanks that You continue to provide shepherds to feed and serve Your flock in which the Holy Spirit has made them overseers. We humbly implore You ever to strengthen the labors of Your ministers, that through their ministry of Word and Sacrament Your people may increase in Your knowledge and service and grow up into Him who is the head, even Jesus Christ, to whom, with You and the Holy Spirit, be all glory now and forever. Amen.
  • The Rev. Dr. Jason Kouri will be installed at Redeemer, Sarnia, ON on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 4:00 PM. Assistant to the Bishop and Mission Executive The Rev. Derek Mathers will officiate.
  • The Rev. Larry K. Loree, Jr. will be installed at All Saints, Slippery Rock, PA on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 4:00 PM. Bishop Jamison J. Hardy will officiate.
INTERNATIONAL WORKERS
A blessed Easter season to all!
 
Please click here to access our March 2016 Newsletter.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or thoughts.

Yours in our resurrected Lord,
Rev. Dr. Jonathan & Deaconess Cheryl Naumann
 
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Alleluia, Christ is Risen!

Even on this side of the world, that proclamation still brings joy.

You should have seen the kids' faces light up when we could finally say "Alleluia" again, when they realized they could say that special word we've been refusing to use all through Lent.

It was another story all around us: Holy Week and Easter come and go, and our neighbors don't know any different.  What a reminder for us... of why we're over here in the first place, and of why we can continue serving here without fear: Christ is risen!  We are forgiven!  He has conquered sin, death, and the devil.  Now we just get to fulfill our callings in joyful gratitude.
 
Read some highlights from the month of March. Freshly plucked palm branches? Cassie making new friends? Cheryl getting a new family?!?  Read all about these and more in our March 2016 Newsletter.

We know that even though we're the only Western Lutherans out here, we take great comfort in knowing we're not alone.  Thank you for your gracious support, for your prayers, and for letting us be in your thoughts.  We treasure our team, and the partnership we have with you in proclaiming the Truth that rings out through the world:
Christ is risen indeed, Alleluia!

Yours in perpetual Easter joy,
The Ferry Family
Charles, Cheryl, Caleb, Caitlin, Carissa, Cassandra, and C______
 
PROTECTING YOUR CHURCH'S DATA FROM HACKERS
It's a computer nightmare scenario - made real recently for one LCMS congregation that made the local news because of the situation.

The church secretary gets
a seemingly innocuous email. Maybe it looks like a vendor invoice to be paid, but she doesn't recognize the sender. There is an attachment. The secretary opens the attachment, which appears to be gibberish. A dialogue box offers to "clean it up" if she clicks the button, but clicking on it does nothing so she deletes the email and goes off to her lunch break.

When she returns to her desk later that day, all the files on the computer are encrypted and there is a screen on the desktop saying that the files are being held for ransom. If the church wants them decrypted, they will have to pay.

This particular type of threat is called "ransomware," and according to Trend Micro (an industry leader in computer security), it has been around since 2005, spreading first in Russia before expanding to the rest of the world.


LABORERS FOR CHRIST
Your Best Career Ever
Build life-long relationships while serving the Lord through Laborers For Christ now that you've retired from other careers. 
 
If you have a heart for sharing your faith, traveling and becoming part of a congregation or ministry, join Laborers For Christ today. We need workers interested in making a difference in people's lives as we build, repair and renovate for ministry. This could be the best career move of your life.
 
Call 314-885-6441 or email laborers@lcef.org for an application or more information.

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.
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: Hotel/airport shuttle hours are 6:30 am-10:00 pm.

SERVANT TO SERVANT e-NEWSLETTER
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