Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                        10-6-17

Eastern Region Pastors Conference
By The Rev. Ben Eder
 
The pastors of the Eastern Region met for the Fall Regional Pastors Conference in Ocean City, NJ., from October 2-4, 2017; a total of 28 were in attendance. The presenter was Rev. Mark Wood of the LCMS who spoke on the issue of "Church Revitalization." There was discussion about the nature of outreach - what it is and what it isn't - and how to better integrate new people into worship and the life of the congregation. The Divine Service was held at Peace Lutheran Church in nearby Galloway, NJ, a congregation of the SELC District. Pastors enjoyed the blessings of the beautiful Jersey shore in their free time.
 
Thanksgiving Day in Canada

Thanksgiving Day in Canada has been celebrated on the second Monday of October since 1957. It is a chance for people to give thanks for a good harvest and blessings in the past year. This year, Canadian Thanksgiving will be celebrated on Monday, October 9, 2017.
 
Divine Call

 

Call Received

The Rev. Sean C. Daenzer, Trinty, Great Bend, ND and Peace, Barney, ND has received a call to serve Holy Trinity, Lakeview, MI and Hope, Stanton, MI.

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.
English District Blog
A Golden Opportunity to Witness
By Augusta R. Mennell

If we pay close attention and listen, we may find a golden opportunity to share our faith. Today's post is another great example of the importance of Campus Ministry.

This summer presented a golden opportunity for campus ministry at All Saints Lutheran Church and Student Center. Three international students: Wendy and Paula (not their real names), who are Muslims, and Jane, an Orthodox Christian, were on Slippery Rock University's (SRU) campus a week before most of the students had arrived. Because these students were not yet taking classes they had little to do. They were eager to talk and to visit places in the area. They were glad to share just about everything, including their religious beliefs. The Lord had given campus ministry a golden opportunity.

In today's politically-correct world, many secular people and some Christians believe that although sharing friendship is fine, they believe it is an imposition to bring up, even just to mention, religious beliefs. In short, personal religious beliefs must never be brought up in public. Campus ministry, however, believes that sharing the Christian faith is not an imposition, but is a God-given opportunity

Augusta R. Mennell is the Campus Ministry Director at All Saints Lutheran Church and Student Center in Slippery Rock, PA. If you have a mission or ministry story you'd like to share, please submit for consideration via email to Lynne at lcobb@englishdistrict.org.

#LoveThyNeighbor
 
Across the globe
Packages4Patriots r eceived the following note:
 
Thank you and the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Elk Grove, IL, for your generous care packages! We will make sure they get disseminated to as many soldiers and airmen here at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. We always love to hear that we have the support and prayers of our fellow Americans and that we are as grateful for all of you as you are for what we do. We are well and in good spirits and again can't thank you all enough for this extension of your prayers and generosity.
 
Thank you again from each and every one of us and God bless you all!
 
V/R
BRYAN D. QUEEN, SSgt, USAF
Al Udeid AB, Qatar (AFCENT)

 

Across our nation
Faith Lutheran School in Watertown, WI, sent a word of encouragement through video to their brothers and sisters at Faith Lutheran Middle and High School in Las Vegas, NV. They wanted to let them know they are praying for them. From one Faith Lutheran to another Faith Lutheran.


In our churches
 
Thank you, Delores!
This is being published with permission from Rev.Timothy Holzerland, Shepherd King, West Bloomfield, MI.
 
Delores Jung is moving to Kalamazoo, MI, the week of October 8, 2017. Shepherd King will honor and give thanks for her service to the Lord and being a part of Shepherd King's church family for 50 years. Delores and her husband, Rev. Donald Jung, English District President from 1984-87, raised their family at Lutheran Church of the Shepherd King in West Bloomfield, MI
 
Delores also worked in the District office from 1988-1989, as secretary to Ervin Henkelmann, English District Parish Services Executive. She served in the English District LWML as well as the local zone, where she served as recording secretary for many years. Delores also worked as the administrative assistant for Shepherd King until her retirement in 2007. She helped to lead a small group, sang in the choir, and helped with various projects throughout the years. We are grateful to God for her friendship, guidance and service at Shepherd King and the English District. May the Lord bless her in the days ahead and keep her in His care.
 
 
Reformation gathering
On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, there were 49 people in attendance as Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior, Green Valley AZ, hosted the second Arizona South Circuit screening of Martin Luther, The Idea That Changed the World.
 


 
 
Quilting for others
The quilters at Trinity, Villa Park, IL have been busy! Over 80 quilts were made and dedicated before being sent off to Lutheran World Relief.


In our schools
Fall Fun
Preschoolers at Grace Beginnings, Wyoming, MI, had fun crunching leaves for their "leaf confetti" art projects.

Congratulations!
A first grader from Martin Luther Christian School, Pennsauken, NJ, proudly shows off her 'Do Good' dollar. "Do Good" dollars are earned by students who were "caught' doing the right thing.
Welcome, Pam!
Pam Hughes is the new director of Shepherd King Lutheran Preschool, West Bloomfield, MI, and sees great potential in the program. Enrollment is nearly full, and the congregation, under the leadership of The Rev. Timothy Holzerland, continues to seek ways to connect the congregation and school families.
Art outdoors
Little artists at Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN, paint a mural using leaves. They also prayed with Pastor David Adams during chapel this week.
Leading Chapel
The 7/8 grade class at Bethesda International Academy, Chicago, IL, led chapel on September 27, 2017. They reminded everyone of the importance of wearing the full armor of God.
Fun and games
Students at Concordia Little Lambs Preschool, Berwyn, IL, enjoyed learning while using games, toys and building blocks.
Campus Ministry
 
Reformation Celebration
On September 29-30, 2017, the Arizona South Circuit and LCMS-U at the University of Arizona hosted Dr. Joel Biermann of Concordia Seminary, St Louis, MO, as part of its Reformation 500 Commemoration. Dr. Biermann presented on "Redeemed for the Creation," and "Wholly Citizens, the Christian Life in God's Two Realms," both of which dovetailed nicely with the English District's Reformation 500 theme, as well as Bishop Jamison J. Hardy's theme for the triennium of "love your neighbor as yourself."
In our District
Salary Guidelines for English District Congregations
Click here for the 2017-2018 salary guidelines. This is a resource providing guidance for Lutheran congregations of the English District.
2018 English District Convention
Preparations are underway for the 2018 English District Convention. The dates and location are set: June 19-21, 2018 at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI. It's time for each congregation to begin making preparations, and to facilitate communication regarding convention deadlines, we are emailing convention e-notes to all congregations every month.
 
Every congregation should have received a letter from our District Secretary, Rev. Luke Zimmerman, as well as forms to use in the next several months for circuit forums, delegate selection, nominations and overtures.  There is also a link to these forms on the English District website 2018 Convention page.  Official nomination forms for president and vice presidents will be mailed at a later date and will only be available in printed format.
 
If you have questions, you may contact the District office ( poke@englishdistrict.org  or 248-476-0039) or Rev. Luke Zimmerman ( revzimmerman@gmail.com  or 717-636-1545).
Resources
 
Reformation 500
The English District website offers information and devotions on the upcoming Reformation 500 Anniversary.
 
Additionally, the LCMS has a Reformation website that is worth exploring.  It details the significance of the Lutheran Reformation centered on Christ-crucified for the forgiveness of our sins and its ongoing relevance for today.
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Share the Reformation story
Whether through an outreach event, curriculum, or children's Reformation service, share the suspense of the Reformation and the important truths rediscovered by Martin Luther-that by grace and faith in Christ alone we are saved. Click here  to get an infographic to help with educational planning.
Seminary hosts 500th Anniversary Reformation Service
Musical celebration and meditations spotlight Luther's three 'solas' of the Reformation as Concordia Seminary, St. Louis hosts the 500th Anniversary Reformation Service at 7:00 PM Tuesday, October 31, 2017 in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus. Click here for downloadable poster. The service is free and open to the public and will be live streamed at https://www.csl.edu/live/.


Jesus said, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20

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Greetings in the Word made flesh!

We are excited to share with you our newsletter, letting you know what is happening here in Ghana. Please pray for us, that we may accomplish what the Lord has entrusted to us. We pray the same for you! Also, could you find space on your church bulletin board? We want as many people to pray for us as possible.

We commend you to Christ,
Rev. Dale and Suzanne Kaster
Your International Workers in Ghana, West Africa
  
Address:
Rev. Dale Wm. Kaster
Theological Educator/Missionary at Large
TL 375
Tamale, Ghana
West Africa

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Dear Friends,
 
Read our newsletter about some great celebrations that took place in different countries, and how we got to be involved.

Thank you for your constant love, prayers, and support as we work together to serve as our Lord sees fit in His wisdom.  God bless you, dear partners!

In Jesus' holy Name,
The Ferry Family
Charles, Cheryl, Caleb, Caitlin, Carissa, Cassandra, and Chloe
 
 
2017 Regional LFL Conferences
Lutherans For Life is having one day regional conferences.
 

October 7, 2017
New Braunfels, Texas -  Cross Lutheran Church

October 21, 2017
Lincoln, Nebraska -  Redeemer Lutheran Church

November 11, 2017
Pekin, Illinois - St. John's Lutheran Church
 

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:

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.
 
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!
Please share your congregation's or school's unique ministries with the rest of the District. Send pictures and stories for consideration to  Lynne Cobb  by Wednesday, 3:00 pm ET.

We want to see how YOUR congregation or school is "loving your neighbor as yourself."
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