Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                        12-15-17

Advent and Christmas Greetings from Bishop Jamison J. Hardy

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
  
I give thanks to my God always for you and the faith that is given to you by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Wendy and I, along with our children, bring you blessed Advent and Christmas greetings. As we celebrate the Christmastide and birth of the Christ child, I am very thankful and grateful for the partnership in the ministry that we share. It has been an absolute blessing and joy to serve as Bishop/President of the English District and to partner with the people of Christ throughout our Church.

Naomi, Wendy, Jamison,

Nathaniel and Noah Hardy

For me, the Christmas season always brings back memories of my childhood and the times that I have had with family and friends, all of whom are connected with the Church. It is such a joy to fellowship together around the Good News of the saving Gospel and the birth of the Savior of the world. In a world that would constantly drag us down and cause us anger and frustration, we take shelter in the arms of our Lord and the promises fulfilled in our lives. We celebrate the many manifold gifts that the Lord has given to each one of us to use in His kingdom. Take time to give thanks for the mercy, compassion, and love that the Lord gives to you each day of your life. Celebrate the joys of being a unique child of God, full of potential, as the Lord provides you opportunity to "love your neighbor as Christ has loved you."

May this Christmastide be a joyous time of receiving the gifts of our Lord in your lives.
  
Merry Christmas!
From the Hardy family

Front row: The Rev. Jeff Wilhelm, The Rev. Alexander W. Sabol, and Bishop Jamison J. Hardy

Back row: The Rev. Richard Hoogerhyde, The Rev. Robert Wagner, The Rev. Steve Frentz, The Rev. Dan Gruenwald, and The Rev. Eric Forss

 
Then and Now
The Rev. Alexander W. Sabol was installed on Sunday, December 10, 2017 as the pastor of Holy Trinity, Lakeview, MI and Hope, Stanton, MI (dual parish). Pastor Sabol was a student in Bishop Hardy's first confirmation class. Bishop Hardy had the honor and pleasure of officiating at Alex's ordination on December 3, 2017 and his installation this past Sunday.

Confirmation - June 12, 2004

Our Savior, Mt. Lebanon, PA

Ordination - December 3, 2017

Peace, McMurray, PA

Divine Calls
 
Calls Received
SMP Candidate Seth M. Hoeppner has received a call to serve Faith, Watertown, WI.

The Rev. Dr. John M. Sproul, Candidate Status, has received a call to serve Hope, Hastings, MN.
 
The Rev. Jason Eric Reitz, Zion, St. Charles, MO, has received a call to serve Hope, Hastings, MN.
 
Call Accepted
SMP Candidate Seth M. Hoeppner has accepted the call to serve Faith, Watertown, WI

Calls Returned
The Rev. Dr. John M. Sproul, Candidate Status, has returned the call to serve Hope, Hastings, MN.
 
The Rev. Jason Eric Reitz, Zion, St. Charles, MO, has returned the call to serve Hope, Hastings, MN.
 
Called to Glory
The Rev. Robert "Jake" Weinhold, Emeritus, of Tempe, AZ, entered into eternal life on July 24, 2017. Jake is survived by his wife, Peggy, four children and three children-in-law, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

#LoveThy Neighbor
 
Sharing with service members
From Operation Troop Appreciation:
"A special thank you to the Kindergarten through 12th grade students of Redeemer Lutheran School, Oakmont, PA, for their most generous donations to support our troops and veterans! A+ job!"
Sharing the Good News
The Sunday school at Christ the King, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, shared a Christmas gift with their neighborhood-relating the story of the birth of our Savior, Christ Jesus.
 
 
 
 
Sharing warmth
The Epic Explorers children at Epic, Shelby Township, MI, are serving the community this Christmas by donating and decorating a tree with Mittens for Detroit.
Sharing with others
On Sunday, December 10, 2017, twenty-three youth and adult chaperones from Grace, Redford, MI, along with their pastors, went Christmas caroling to home-bound members of the church. After bringing Christmas cheer, they all gathered at The Rev. Timothy Halboth's home and enjoyed a party. After a billiard tournament, the youth packed care bags for Project Night Night.
Project Night Night is a national organization that sends a bag containing a stuffed animal, a blanket, and a book to homeless and displaced children in shelters. "This brings them comfort while in an uncomfortable place," noted Pastor Tim Halboth. One hundred and twenty-five bags were stuffed and delivered to shelters the next day.
In our churches

Bible quiz
A Bible quiz contest for kids was held at Bethesda Telugu, Chicago, IL, on November 11, 2017. The winners received awards at the end of the program. The Rev. Dr. Paul E. Bacon, The Rev. Shadrach Katari and Dr. Regi Paul are pictured with the participants.


Advent Celebrations!
Grace, Redford, MI
On the First Sunday in Advent, more than 70 people gathered in the Fellowship Hall to enjoy their annual Advent Family Night. A covered dish dinner and the singing of Christmas carols was enjoyed by all. The event is sponsored every year by the Music Ministry of Grace.
St. Michael, Ft. Wayne, IN
It was a beautiful evening of fellowship during Advent by Candlelight.

Christmas pageants
Grace, Elyria, OH
The Sunday school children did an awesome job telling the Christmas story on Sunday, December 10, 2017.
Grace, Wyoming, MI
"God's Promise Came True" was presented by the preschool and Sunday school children on Sunday, December 10, 2017.
In our schools

Congratulations!
Elizabeth Schinkel of North Huntingdon, PA, took first place in the annual Voice of Democracy essay competition. Schinkel, a senior at Redeemer Lutheran High School, Oakmont, PA, was given a monetary award and certificate from Post Commander Donald Kattic of local VFW Post 781 for her essay on "American History: Our Hope for the Future." She will now advance to the District-wide competition, as advancing students compete at the District, State and National level to compete for a grand prize of $30,000.
Learning through play
The "Preschool Bakery" at Shepherd King Preschool, West Bloomfield, MI, was a "sweet" success! Students were very busy filling their shelves with their own "sweet creations" and filling out a recipe book to go along with it.




Giving thanks
Preschoolers at Concordia Little Lambs, Berwyn, IL, shared for whom and what they give thanks.


Fun with food
Little ones at Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN, made delicious-looking gingerbread houses.
Christmas play
A Christmas play was put together by Dr. Suchitha and the 7th and 8th grade class at Bethesda International Academy, Chicago, IL. It received rave reviews, saying all "...did an excellent job!"
Christmas snow
Little ones at Open Arms Child Development Center, Alpharetta, GA, enjoyed their first snow day on Friday, December 8, 2017.
This month's edition of "Meet our Missions" introduces the Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries (PLM), one of the many missions supported by the English District.

Meet PLM

By: Rev. Robert Kieselowsky, Executive Director; Pastor: St. John Lutheran, Springfield, PA and Logos Lutheran, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries (PLM) proclaims the Gospel of Christ where it has not previously been established by the LCMS. Its mission church, Logos Lutheran, meets at the intersection of millions of lives in the heart of the city. It is the first ever LCMS congregation in the urban core of Philadelphia.

If you have a mission or ministry story you'd like to share, please submit for consideration via email to Lynne Cobb at lcobb@englishdistrict.org.
Write a Hymn
You are invited to write and submit a hymn to be considered as the Convention Hymn for the 56th Regular Convention of the English District LCMS. The convention will be held June 19-21, 2018 on the campus of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI. The theme of the hymn: Love your neighbor as yourself. Deadline for all hymn submissions is Monday, January 22, 2018. Please email the lyrics and music to Bishop Jamison J. Hardy at jhardy@englishdistrict.org.

Tips for writing a hymn
  • Begin with a Scripture passage.
  • Add visually descriptive or figurative language.
  • Choose a melody from a well known and beloved hymn.
  • Make it a rhyme or use repetition as a method.
  • End the hymn with your best line.
Lutheran Women in Mission

Free copy of the LWML Quarterly
From LWML: "A delay beyond the control of the LWQ Staff will cause the Winter 2017 issue to arrive later than usual. We do not want to inconvenience our readers; since the magazine itself is ready for their viewing, we offer free online access to the Winter 2017 as a gift and as a way for readers to share the Good News with others." Click here t o download your copy.
Calling church workers on candidate status
At the July 2016 Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Convention, resolution 12-02A was approved by the delegates. In part, the resolution states:
 
WHEREAS, There are ordained and commissioned church workers on candidate status, that is, rostered church workers without calls but who are available for calls and service to the church.
 
Resolved, That district presidents publish annually in a district publication the names of these candidates.
 
Click here for a listing of the English District rostered church workers who are on candidate status. 
Calling a seminary candidate
Is your congregation interested in requesting a candidate from the seminary to fill a vacancy? If so, please contact Administrative Assistant Kathy Stanis at 248-476-0039 ext. 320 or email her at kstanis@englishdistrict.org to receive information needed to request a candidate and how to obtain call documents online. Deadline to make a request and submit call documents to the English District office is February 1, 2018.
Congregations - Final Remittance Reminder
The FINAL Receipts reporting cut-off for Fiscal Year Ending January 31, 2018 is Wednesday, February 14, 2018. 

Please note on your Remittance Advice form "FINAL 2017 REMITTANCE" when you submit your final remittance for 2017.

Guidelines for preparing year end gift receipts
As you prepare your church's year-end receipts, please use Chapter 10 of the LCMS Congregational Treasurer's Manual as your resource. 

Click here for more information on preparing end of year receipts.
Convention nomination ballots
By now, all congregations should have received in the mail their official nomination ballots for District President and Vice Presidents. These ballots are to be returned to Rev. Luke Zimmerman, District Secretary. The nominations deadline is February 19, 2018. Please prayerfully consider pastors who may serve well in those offices. If your ballot is lost or misplaced, email Rev. Luke Zimmerman for a new ballot.
Please prayerfully consider joining us in ministry, so that the English District - LCMS can continue its work in spreading the message of Christ. We have established the English District Endowment Fund, which is designed to support current and new missions and ministries, church worker and seminary students, and campus ministries in the areas where our congregations live and witness. Every gift matters. Whatever God leads you to give will be a great blessing as we all work together to plant new missions and schools and provide resources to existing ministries and church workers across the United States and Canada and around the world.
 
Click  here for our giving page. Thank you!
  
For our Canadian friends: To receive a tax receipt, please make your cheque payable to your congregation and designate the gift for the English District Endowment Fund. Your congregation will forward your gift to the English District and provide you with a receipt for income tax purposes.
Perfect Christmas Gift for a Child!
Give the gift of a Young Investors (Y.I.) Club StewardAccount this year and give kids a way to learn to save while also learning valuable stewardship concepts.  

Y.I. Club features:
  • Minimum of $25 to open the account.
  • Premium interest rate of 3.5% on balances up to $1,000.
  • Interest compounded and paid monthly.
  • Older children can earn up to $25 a year for good grades.
  • Empowering ministries in Kingdom work.
The Young Investors (Y.I.) Club makes saving money fun while teaching children to give thanks for God's blessings.

For more information on the Y.I. Club, call 1-800-843-5233 or visit  lcef.org .

LCEF is a nonprofit religious organization; therefore, LCEF investments are not FDIC-insured bank deposit accounts. This is not an offer to sell investments, nor a solicitation to buy. LCEF will offer and sell its securities only in states where authorized. The offer is made solely by LCEF's Offering Circular. Investors should carefully read the Offering Circular, which more fully describes associated risks.

LCEF StewardAccount access features provided through UMB Bank n.a. The Demand/Dedicated Certificate and StewardAccount are not available to investors in South Carolina.
Dear Family and Friends, 
Please click here to read our newsletter. Our prayers are with you, and we are thankful for your prayers for us. 
God be with you all,
En Cristo,
Rev. Ted & Rebecca Krey, 
Esther, Matthias, Natalia, Evangeline & Azariah
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ! 
A blessed Advent and Joyous Christmas to all of you! Please click  here to read our newsletter. This month we thank God for those whom He has brought to faith and also explain some of the challenges of evangelism in the Dominican Republic.
Your fellow workers in Christ,
Cheryl & Jonathan Naumann
  

Christmas shopping!
Are you one of the millions of online shoppers? If so, you can help the English District when you shop online this year. Remember to #StartWithaSmile! Why? Because Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to the English District of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. Bookmark the link  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/38-1675740  and support the missions and ministry of the English District every time you shop.
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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