Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                        10-20-17

Lake Erie Conference
Many pastors from the Lake Erie Region attended their annual pastors' conference which was held in Port Clinton, OH, October 16-18, 2017.
Divine Calls
 
Calls Received
The Rev. Fred H. Gerlach, Bethany, Ewing, NJ has received a call to serve Family of Christ, Phoenix, AZ.

The Rev. Steven R. Geske, Candidate Status, has received a call to serve Holy Spirit, Elk Grove Village, IL.

The Rev. Bradford W. Hildebrandt, Somerset Hills, Basking Ridge, NJ has received a call to serve as Assistant Pastor of Faith, Naples, FL.
 
Call Returned
The Rev. Steven R. Geske, Candidate Status, has returned the call to serve Holy Spirit, Elk Grove Village, IL.

Call Accepted
The Rev. Bradford W. Hildebrandt, Somerset Hills, Basking Ridge, NJ has accepted the call to serve as Assistant Pastor of Faith, Naples, FL.
#LoveThyNeighbor
The gift of time
Confirmation students from Faith, Watertown, WI, recently visited and played a board game with members at a retirement home. It was a wonderful way to share the gift of time and conversation between the generations.
The gift of support
The Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI, "Joy for Jessup" collection was overwhelming! Here's a glimpse of the diapers that were donated, which is in addition to 12 boxes of clothes, shoes and much more.
In our churches

Reformation road trip
Members of Grace, Wyoming, MI attended the Michigan District LCMS Reformation Service at the Breslin Center, East Lansing, MI. Several participated in the "Here We Stand: 500th Anniversary Reformation Festival Choir" with several hundred others.
 
 
Harvest festival
Members of Peace, McMurray, PA had a wonderful time celebrating the fall season at their annual Harvest Festival. Children and even some adults came in costume for a night of fellowship and fun.

Reformation gathering
On Sunday  October 15, 2017, eight-five members of congregations in the English and Pacific Southwest Districts joined together at Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, Tucson, AZ, for a screening of Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World.
Riding the rails
The "Forever Young" group from Fairlawn, Fairlawn, OH, enjoyed an outing on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
 

Scouts
Cub Scouts at Concordia, Berwyn, IL, enjoy hands-on learning as adults instruct them in various skills.
College care packages
Twelve iC.A.R.E.kits (College Aid Response Effort) were assembled and shipped to members of Peace, McMurray, PA who are away at college and to those serving in the military. iC.A.R.E.kits are shipped during the first and second semester of the school year. " Cast all your cares on him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7
In our schools
 
Fall fun
Farm animals, tractor rides, fellowship and more were part of the festivities at Hope Christian Preschool, Hastings, MN.
Hands-on learning
Students at Shepherd King Preschool, West Bloomfield, MI, learned about farms through art, play and more.
Special visitors
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs visited preschool students at Lambs of Faith Preschool, Naples, FL.
Learning outside the classroom
The 6th, 7th and 8th grade classes at Our Savior, Hartland, MI, attended camp where group activities and archery were just some of the activities and learning lessons.
Good, clean fun
Little ones at Abounding Love Preschool, Lee's Summit, MO, got their clean on with shaving cream!

 
 
 
Fire safety week
A future firefighter? Maybe! Learning all about fire safety at Grace Beginnings Preschool, Wyoming, MI.
 
 

 
 
 
Fall Festival
The rain didn't dampen the fun during the Fall Festival at Grace English, Chicago, IL.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Robotics
The "Redeemer Robotics Rams," from Redeemer Lutheran School Pre K - 12th Grade, Oakmont, PA, had another successful competition in Grove City, PA.

Magical break
Several 7th and 8th grade students from Bethesda International Academy, Chicago, IL, had a magical time at Disney World.
In our Synod

Reformation blog post
Need a little tutorial on Luther's 95 Theses? This article, found on the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod blog, is a quick read, packed with information. To read it, click here.
Every One His Witness™ kits available from CPH
 
The Every One His Witness core module kit is now available through   Concordia Publishing House. The kit provides everything groups need to implement this evangelism program at their church, school, or organization.

What is Every One His Witness?
Every One His Witness  is a Lutheran evangelism program that teaches you to witness to your friends, coworkers, and any other nonchurched people you may know. Using the LASSIE approach to witnessing (listen, ask, seek, share, invite, and encourage), you will learn how to naturally share the Good News of Jesus Christ through relational, contextual witnessing.
 
What does this mean?  It means listening to those who are unsure about Christianity. It means asking questions that aren't accusatory. It means sharing the Good News about Jesus. Notice how there's no bashing, no judgment, and no forced imposition of beliefs. Instead, there's understanding, communication, and honesty between friends. And Every One His Witness teaches you how.
 
Each kit, which is designed for a group of 12, contains:
  • Every One His Witness workbooks (12)
  • DVD (1)
  • LASSIE journals (12)
  • Experience cards (6)
  • Pens (12)
The English District is offering a $40.00 rebate to the first 50 congregations (1 rebate per congregation) that purchase the Every One His Witness kit from CPH. To receive the rebate, email your receipt to Derek Mathers.
Lutherans For Life is having one-day regional conferences. Registration Fees: $50 for adults, $25 for students (including lunch). Conference registration starts at 8:30 AM with the schedule of events running from 9 AM to 4 PM. Get detailed information (lodging, directions, speakers) for each conference here: http://www.lutheransforlife.org/conference/.

October 21, 201-   Lincoln, Nebraska -  Redeemer Lutheran Church 
November 11, 2017 - Pekin, Illinois - St. John's Lutheran Church  
 

March for Life
Save the date: Friday, January 19, 2018 is the date for March for Life. Click  here for details on this annual pro-life event held in Washington, D.C.
ELEA IGNITE 
Administrator & Pastor Conference
Come to the ELEA IGNITE Administrator & Pastor Conference: Minneapolis, MN, February 28-March 3, 2018, and learn from peers and experts what you need to take your school or center to the next level.
Previous issues of the Servant to Servant eNewlsetter are available on the English District website   You are encouraged to share the information from Servant to Servant with members of your congregation.
 
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We want to see how YOUR congregation or school is "loving your neighbor as yourself."
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