Love your neighbor as yourself
SERVANT to SERVANT                        5-27-16


 
PLANTING TIME
Beautiful Savior                           LSB 537
Fair are the meadows,
Fair are the woodlands
Robed in flow'rs of blooming spring
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
He makes our sorr'wing spirit sing.
 
Special thanks to the Friday office staff who made time to trim the hedges, pull the weeds and plant the flowers at the English District office. The entrance looks wonderful!

  

DIVINE CALLS
Call Received
The Rev. Christopher Bushre from St. John, Geneseo, IL has received the call to serve Redeemer in Oakmont, PA.

Call Declined
The Rev. John Diener from Grace, Wyoming, MI has declined the call to serve Faith in Whitehall, MI.

CHURCH AND SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Vicar Paul Gaschler, The Rev. Jonathon Krenz and Candidate Jacob Hercamp
Welcome!
Epiphany Lutheran, Dorr, MI, installed their first vicar, Paul Gaschler, on Trinity Sunday with guest (and recently graduated) Seminarian Jacob Hercamp.
A celebration always includes cake
Baptism
Second grader Gabriel Wong, West Portal Lutheran Church and School, San Francisco, CA, was the 14th student baptized this academic year! He was baptized on Sunday, May 22, 2016 by The Rev. Todd Arnold. Praise be to God! Gabriel is seen here with his sister and parents, Cliff and Helen, and The Rev. Todd Arnold.
Practice makes perfect
Three- and four-year-old students from Wee Creations in Fremont, IN practiced for the closing program. What a wonderful way to end the school year!

 
First Communion
Nine young people of Fairlawn Lutheran Church, Fairlawn, OH, and their families, took Holy Communion together for the first time.
Congratulations!
The Hales Corners Lutheran Middle School track team, Hales Corners, WI, represented the school well at the Lutheran Grade School State Track Meet. Both the boys and girls competed well, and the girls are coming home with a State Championship! Way to go, Wildcats! To God be the Glory!
Baccalaureate Service
On Sunday, May 22, 2016, sixty-four 8th grade students lined up for a class photo after their Baccalaureate Service at West Portal Lutheran Church and School in San Francisco, CA.
Social Media Savvy
In March, DCE Korey Danley, George Horsey (both from Beautiful Savior in Lee's Summit, MO) and Noah Hardy (Peace Lutheran, McMurray, PA) attended the LCMS Youth Ministry Youth Training Event, "Teens Reaching Teens in a Digital Age." The event provided training on an important and timely topic and also offered fellowship and worship opportunities.
 
Discussions covered subjects such as the character shown in social media and Christian witness in these platforms.
 
The quotes below are excerpts of a thank-you letter to the English District Board of Directors. It certainly appears this conference was a great learning experience for George, Noah and the others students from across the country who attended:
 
"At this conference I learned the significant impact that social media can have on our lives. Just think, one post could be reposted and reach thousands to millions or more people. It is our choice if that message is positive or negative." - George Horsey
 
"I took away a great deal of things from this training. Some of the things I took away were how to be a good leader and how to overcome things which are put in our way." - Noah Hardy
SPECIAL THANKS
I'd like to highlight Terry Leu and Rolston Chicken of the Westside Market, (Cleveland, Ohio) and share our thanks to him with our brothers and sisters of the English District.
 
I've purchased chicken from Terry over the years for meals in my own home.  At each visit we've shared our joys and ideas for youth ministry in our congregations, Terry - Prince of Peace, Medina, Ohio (English District) and mine, St. John, Garfield Heights, Ohio (Ohio District). 
 
When my adult chaperones for the 2016 National LCMS Youth Gathering and I started planning fundraising for our inner ring suburb of Cleveland youth, we decided on a Chicken Paprikash dinner.  Searching for the best prices for our meal, I called Terry.  At first he quoted me a very good price and then he out-did himself and donated all the chicken that we needed for our fundraiser.  Thanks to Terry Leu and his generosity, our youth were able to raise $1500 that goes toward the total fees needed for 10 to attend "In Christ Alone" in New Orleans in July.
 
Blessings and joy!
 
Karen Dutton
Minister of Youth and Family Ministries
St. John Lutheran Church, Garfield Heights
Youth Ministry Coordinator
Ohio District LCMS
FINANCIAL AID DEADLINE
The deadline for English District 2016-2017 financial aid is fast approaching! Grants are given to applicants enrolled in synodically approved church work programs. Grants are not given to interns (vicars) or graduate students with the exception of Master of Divinity. Colloquy students will be considered.
 
If you are aware of any students in your congregation enrolled in synodically approved church work programs, please share this information with them.

The deadline for submission of English District Financial Aid applications is June 1, 2016. 

For more information, forms, and instructions, please click here  or e-mail Mary Ann Holvenstot at mholvenstot@englishdistrict.org.
 
CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES
The first class from Bethesda College, a unique, two-year program designed specifically for students with developmental disabilities, graduated alongside Concordia University Wisconsin students on Saturday, May 14, 2016 on the university's campus in Mequon, WI. 
 
Seven students with developmental disabilities will receive a Certificate of Applied Learning. This post-secondary program - the result of a partnership between CUW and Bethesda Lutheran Communities - is the only one in Wisconsin and within the Concordia University System that blends the best practices of a nationwide service provider for people with developmental disabilities with the learning environment and resources of an accredited university.
 
"An excellent wife is the crown of her husband..." --Proverbs 12:4a
  
"Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands....She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household...She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up to call her blessed; Her husband also, he praises her." --Proverbs 31:10-13, 15, 27-28
  
The image of the Proverb's woman is an inspiration, but a tall order. How much earlier can one rise or how much later must one work to accomplish all the demands placed on her? Certainly God created women with a specific plan and purpose. God has established the vocation and calling of women in their family and society as unique and essential. As a wife of a pastor or professional church worker today's demands within the church, within her household, and in her community are extensive. Roles may include wife, mother, friend, employee, volunteer, servant leader or support role in a specific church ministry. Proper care for her household includes proper care for herself in mind, body, and spirit. What conscious steps are you taking for this care?


Jennifer Gramzow, PhD, Ministerial Health Commission member, can be contacted via email at jgramzow@prodigy.net.

RETIREMENT READINESS FOR PASTORS
Paul Snyder of Concordia Plan Services presented a webinar on retirement readiness for pastors.
 
The recorded presentation can be found here.

You may also download a personal finance book  and  retirement readiness.

Take advantage of our Visa® prepaid cards as an alternative to giving cash to your youth group members. After the gathering, any remaining funds are returned to your LCEF StewardAccount® for future events! Get started at lcef.org with the LCMS organization application.
 
Visit LCEF at the gathering in New Orleans to:
  • withdraw cash from authorized LCEF investments.
  • purchase replacement cards, if needed.
  • cash travelers checks (no personal or third-party checks.)
A Visa gift card makes a thoughtful gift for friends and family, affording them the flexibility to use it however they wish. Select your design and value to customize your gift.

All gift cards are available in $25, $50 and $100 values. An additional $1.99 fee per gift card will be added to the order.

NOTE: LCEF is only permitted to sell gift cards to current LCEF investors.


NEWS FROM OUR INTERNATIONAL WORKERS
Spring is here and it's time for another update!
 
Please click below to access our May 2016 Newsletter:
 
 
Pastors and secretaries, please print out a few copies of this newsletter for your congregation display board and for those who don't have email.
 
Blessings, in the name of Jesus,
Jonathan & Cheryl Naumann

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We missed sending out an update last month, but this one is super-sized to make up for the missing edition. We've been busy working in Indonesia and other parts of SE Asia, and you can read about it in the latest SELAMAT, just completed and ready for your perusal.
 
Click on the link below and see for yourself what's been going on with our family, our work, our service... and what we're looking forward to any day now!


Thank you for your continued prayers and support, and for your partnership in this work we've been called to do.

God grant you all a most blessed Pentecost and Trinity season!

 Yours in Christ Jesus,
The Ferry Family
Charles, Cheryl, Caleb, Caitlin, Carissa, and C_______


Called to Glory
The Rev. Martin Ernst Lundi, age 81, of Silverton, Oregon was called to his eternal rest on Saturday, May 7, 2016. He is the former pastor of Faith in Naples, FL where he served from 1986-1999. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 4, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 4663 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, OR 97305-1735.
 
Memorial Day
The English District office will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016 in observance of Memorial Day.
SUPPORTING OUR MISSION
The English District Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod supports and funds missions, from our churches' local communities to people across the globe. Whether it is a scholarship or basic humanitarian needs, we try to "love our neighbors as ourselves" in all we do. Your financial support can assist us in doing more in Christ's name. To support English District ministries  click here. Please prayerfully consider making a donation today.    
SERVANT TO SERVANT
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 (include full name, email address and church) 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!
 
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