Love your neighbor as yourself
SERVANT to SERVANT                           9-9-16


 
CHURCH AND SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
#BackToSchool
 
Creative artists
Budding artists from Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI, share smiles and their artwork.
 


Faith Preschool at Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN, has had some recent upgrades to its outdoor area. Check out the covered sandbox that turns into seating.
Quiet learning
 
Students at Martin Luther Christian School, Pennsauken, NJ, work quietly in their newly renovated library.
Campus Ministry

Shepherd King Lutheran Church, West Bloomfield, MI, shared this list of LCMS U Campus Ministries. If you know of a college student attending a university in Michigan, please share this list with them.
  • Michigan State: Martin Luther Chapel, Rev. Curt Dwyer, 444 Abbot Road, East Lansing, 517-332-0778
  • University of Michigan: University Lutheran Chapel, 1511 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, 734-663-5560.
  • Central Michigan: Christ the King Lutheran Chapel, Rev. Benjamin Ulledalen, 1401 South Washington, Mt. Pleasant, 989-773-5050.
  • Eastern Michigan: Cross and Resurrection Lutheran, Rev. Bryan Schindel, 812 Ann Street, Ypsilanti, 734-829-0148.
  • Western Michigan and Kalamazoo College: Solid Ground Student Ministries, Rev. Mark Couch, 1720 West Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, 269-349-1100.
Love Thy Neighbor

Meeting the neighbors

Epic Church, Shelby Township, MI, is new to their neighborhood. Recently they hosted an event to let their neighbors know that the church is planted to serve them and to be a light in the community. Their Block Party, hosted by many hard-working volunteers, did exactly that and more.

Because of the support of the congregation, Epic Church:
  • Gave away 157 backpacks to children in need.
  • Blessed kids in their community and helped them to get ready and be equipped for the coming school year.
  • Met their neighbors.
  • Made deeper connections with one another.
  • Had the opportunity to pray over people that came to the block party.
  • Provided great fun and food to their neighbors.
  • Expanded the Lord's kingdom.
The kids enjoyed all the fun games, bounce house, face painting and great food that they had, but more than anything they felt loved by everyone. The outcome of this event is a reflection of the ever-increasing dedication and enthusiasm of all the volunteers and their constant and faithful support.
Supporting our service members

LCMS Rural and Small Town Mission (RSTM) will host a free webinar, "Ministry to the Armed Forces in Rural and Small Town Settings," which will be presented by Chaplain Steve Hokana, LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces, at 1 p.m. CST, Thursday, September 15, 2016.

The webinar will address the following topics and more: Have you considered what opportunities are available for congregations to reach out to our service members? Are there ways to reach out to these families through witness and mercy at the local level, whether it is the families of loved ones deployed or assisting those who have served to reintegrate back home with their family, their church and their community?

Join and discuss ways to equip and encourage members in compassionate care and witness outreach to all military connected people (active, reserve, retired, veterans and their loved ones).

You may also always join the RSTM webinars during the LIVE viewing times by going directly to our permanent link or watch the recordings in our archives.
In our churches
 
A New Name
 
Abram to Abraham, Sarai to Sarah, Jacob to Israel, Gracepoint to Crosspoint. After some prayerful consideration, this four-year-old congregation in Sahuarita, AZ, has changed its name. The decision came after considerable confusion with Grace Church (Evangelical Free) next door. When this group of missionaries began meeting in 2009 and chose the name Gracepoint, they were meeting across town in a high school cafeteria with no confusion. Wanting to retain their original identity, the membership agreed on the name Crosspoint, recognizing that it is at the foot of the cross where our sins were paid for and our salvation was won. At the cross of Christ our Lord, we continue the same Word and Sacrament ministry to our community. To God alone be the glory!  
Celebrations
 
Happy anniversary!

Christ the King Lutheran Church of Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, celebrated their 75th Anniversary with a special service and pig roast on July 10, 2016. Three hundred people were in attendance for a wonderful day of worship, fellowship, and celebration. Included in picture are Pastor Timothy Holzerland (former Associate Pastor, 1995-2007), Pastor Randy Boelter, and Christ the King's Pastor Emeritus, The Rev. Dr. Joseph Fabry.
Back-to-School Community Outreach at Bethany Lutheran Church, Ewing, NJ 
Some of the children who attended our
back-to-school program
Local teacher gives advice on how to succeed in school and get extra help when needed
Rev. Fred Gerlach prayed over every child who received a backpack.
Rev. Fred Gerlach describes how faith and education work together to help young people develop the gifts and talents that God has given them.
INSTALLATION

The Rev. Dr. Dean D. Pittelko was installed as the Intentional Interim Minister of Martin Luther Chapel, Pennsauken, NJ on Sunday, September 4, 2016. The Rev. J. Derek Mathers officiated.

ASSISTANT TO THE BISHOP'S VISIT



The Rev. J. Derek Mathers had the pleasure of teaching Bible class to the members of Martin Luther Chapel, Pennsauken, NJ on Sunday, September 4, 2016.
 
DIVINE CALL
Call Received
The Rev. Bradley P. Urlaub, Faith, Arlington Heights, IL, has received a call to St. Mark's, Janesville, WI.

OCTOBER PRAYER LIST
 
 
 
We encourage you to use the prayer list for your daily personal, congregational, school, classroom, staff, and circuit prayers to the Lord, our God. The Scriptures tell us to "pray without ceasing." Please feel free to use this list in your weekend service folders, on the congregational website or in newsletters.
 
October Prayer List
 
NEWS FROM OUR INTERNATIONAL WORKERS
Greetings to all of our friends in Christ!  

We praise God, that as of the end of July, our NSM report shows that we have 28.6% of the funding needed for our mission work in the Dominican Republic and Latin America.

Please do take a few minutes to read our August letter by simply clicking
here.
 
Pastors and secretaries, please print out a few copies of the newsletter for your congregation display board and for those who do not have email.

Your fellow workers in Christ,
Cheryl & Jonathan Naumann

Dear Friends,

We are a little late on this due to our traveling. But we wanted you to know what the Lord is doing here in northern Ghana. We pray that this will fill you with thanks to God for His glorious grace. Click here to read our August newsletter.

Please find a place on the bulletin board so that we can share this information with everyone. And don't forget you don't have to be a Facebook user to visit our page. Here is the link: http://www.facebook.com/kastersinghana%20  

We pray God bless you all and keep you in His grace,

Rev. Dale and Suzanne Kaster
Your International Workers in Ghana, West Africa

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 seek 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
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