Love your neighbor as yourself

Servant to Servant                                   10-21-16
Bishop's visits

Bishop Jamison J. Hardy was the guest preacher at the 125th Anniversary of St. John's Lutheran in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada. The anniversary was celebrated on Sunday, October 16, 2016. It was a great day! Bishop Hardy gives thanks to Pastors Stephen Alles and Kevin Klein for their wonderful work for God's Church.


Bishop also visited St. John's in Germanicus, Ontario, Canada and Pr. Richard Klein.  Bishop Hardy enjoyed his time with the members while visiting this wonderful country church.

Lake Erie Region Pastors Conference
The Lake Erie Region Conference was held this past week. Special thanks to Pastor Josh Moldenhauer for a thoughtful and encouraging devotion and for The Rev. J. Derek Mathers and The Rev. Roger Ellis for sharing the photos!
Dr. Patrick Ferry addressing group

Rev. Mark Braden giving exegetical study on

Romans 3 & 4 

Dinner out at local restaurant
Divine Calls
Call Received
The Rev. Noel C. Olse, New Beginnings, West Branch, MI has received a call to serve Trinity, La Porte, IN.

Call Accepted
The Rev. Todd W. Arnold of West Portal, San Francisco, CA and Western Region Vice President of the English District, has accepted the call to serve Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior, Green Valley, AZ.

The Rev. Noel C. Olse, New Beginnings, West Branch, MI has accepted the call to serve Trinity, La Porte, IN.

Church and school activities
In our district
Bishop in PA
Bishop Jamison J. Hardy was personally invited by Senator Guy Reschenthaler to be the guest chaplain and lead the Pennsylvania State Senate in prayer on Monday, October 17, 2016.

Celebrating a mission
The mission of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Santee, CA, came to a close on Sunday, October 16, 2016, with a service of celebration of God's great gifts over the years. Founded in 1961 with Pastor John Sorensen serving as the first pastor, this congregation was used by God to touch the world around them with the love of God through Jesus. In preaching, teaching, baptisms, confirmations, weddings, and celebrating Holy Communion, God drew people into His family, strengthening them with his blessed Holy Spirit and through the power of God's Spirit to be a blessing to others.
The Rev. J. Derek Mathers and The Rev. John Sorensen
Mr. Steve Williams and The Rev. J. Derek Mathers

In our churches
Pastor Appreciation Month
Vicar Hoeppner was all smiles as Maddie Walker presented him with a thank-you poster for all he teaches them during chapel time. His teachings, ministry, and leadership are truly appreciated at Faith Lutheran Church and School, Watertown, WI. "His light definitely reflects God's spirit that we can follow by example."



Comforting quilts
Women of Morning Star Lutheran Church in Lakeside, CA, have been busy this summer--sewing lap quilts to donate to a local nursing home. "We give praises to our Lord for these talents. We pray that the recipients are blessed with their warmth on chilly winter days."

Running to help
The Risen Christ Team from Risen Christ Lutheran Church (RCLC), Plymouth MI, helped to raise money for Lutheran Adoption Services in the 4K for FOREVER HOME RUN. The RCLC HEARTS AND SOLES team gave it their best!

Mission House
Here's an update on the mission house ministry of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Student Ministry: "The mission house is gutted! We declared it gutted this Monday (so I'm a little behind to let you all know)! We now have our blank canvas! Four 40 cubic yard dumpsters filled; over 35 volunteers from the community and local churches; three weeks swinging crowbars and shoveling rubble; funky odor gone; no injuries; praise God!"
  In our schools
Convocation highlights
The Lutheran Education Association (LEA) Convocation was held October 13-15 at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, MI. This year's theme was "Grow." Hundreds of Lutheran educators were in attendance. David Thiele, English District LCEF Vice President, arranged a gathering of English District attendees at the Convocation.

Staff members from Redeemer, Oakmont, PA, enjoyed having a photo taken with Martin Luther


English District attendees were treated to a gathering arranged by The Rev. David Thiele

Fire safety

Students from Shepherd King Preschool, West Bloomfield, MI, spent a fall day with local firefighters 


Preschoolers from Faith at Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN, learn all about fire safety and prevention from local firefighters.
Tail-waggin' fun
Hales Corners Lutheran School students from Hales Corners, WI, enjoyed a visit with Dora Comfort Dog from LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs.
Field Day Fun
Fairlawn Lutheran School, Fairlawn, OH, kids enjoying Fall Field Day in their new shirts! Lots of fresh air, sunshine, pumpkins and fun!

Scholarship opportunity
With a mission to provide access to the "highest-value Lutheran Christian higher education possible," Concordia University announced today the Luther Promise, an institutionally funded scholarship guarantee that provides qualified undergraduate students between $16,000-$20,000 annually.
"Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor have a bold vision to be the Church's school, equipping the faithful to make an impact for Christ in ways they never imagined," explains Concordia President Rev. Patrick Ferry, Ph.D. "Coming at the commemoration of the 500th year of the Lutheran Reformation, this initiative marks a significant commitment to invest even more resources in our students, ensuring that lifelong Lutheran education is available to more students than ever before."
Currently, Concordia University students receive on average $13,000 of institutional aid, according to university financial management sources.

To qualify for the Luther Promise, students must meet just one of four criteria:
  • Member of a Lutheran congregation (any Lutheran denomination)
  • Dependent of a Concordia University System alumnus (any institution in the 10-school system)
  • Dependent of a rostered church worker in The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
  • Graduate of a Lutheran (any denomination) high school
"A significant step toward achieving the goal of a faith-based higher education for more students is removing the financial barriers," shares Robert Nowak, Director of Financial Aid. "Qualified students are eligible for a range of scholarships - between $16,000-$20,000, depending on high school cumulative GPA and ACT composite score."
Click below for qualification requirements.

Dear English District Congregations:
In consultation with our district staff and Bishop, we are partnering with 516 Missions to have two Servant Event Retreats next summer.  One will take place in Medina, Ohio and the other will be in Lincoln, Nebraska.  The events will be identical so you can attend whichever event is closer to you.  Our goal is to host multiple events in the summer after the National Gathering so that our English District youth will have another opportunity to come together and serve a community: Loving Our Neighbor as Ourselves.  The purpose of a servant event is not just to help people who need help but to create an ethos of service to others within our youth and to provide opportunities for youth whose faith is growing to be put to work and grow even more.  In the future, our goal is to have 4-6 of these events throughout the nation every third summer.  I encourage you to bring some youth to one of these events as we strive to better serve our English District Youth.  Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
In His Service,
The Rev. Robert A Rogers
Midwest Regional Vice President
English District 
The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
About 516 Missions
516 Missions is a ministry project of Regeneration Church in Exeter, NH in the New England District LCMS. 516 is focused on providing opportunities and support for youth and young adult ministry,  service learning, and urban missions in Greater Boston and beyond.
516 also partners with congregations, districts and schools to support new ministry endeavors and events that will further the message of Matthew 5:16.
"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."
Previous issues of the eNewlsetter, Servant to Servant, are available here. 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. Forward the newsletter to members of your church 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!

Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter