Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                        12-22-17

The English District office will be closed for the holidays from December 23, 2017 through January 2, 2018. The office will reopen on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
 
The next Servant to Servant eNewsletter will be published on Friday, January 5, 2018.
 
Have a blessed Christmas and a joyous New Year!
Photo credit: Rick Barrett/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
#LoveThyNeighbor
 
Sharing with those in prison
Hales Corners, Hales Corners, WI, showed the love of Christ to children whose parents are incarcerated. The church purchased and wrapped gifts for the children. The presents were given at a Christmas party, and during a video screen visit, the children were able to open the gifts "with" their parent. Inmates had to earn the Christmas gifts by completing certain courses. Click here to read the article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which further explains the program and Hales Corners' participation.
Sharing with children
Santa's helpers at Shepherd King, West Bloomfield, MI, filled 127 stockings for their annual mission. Treats, activities and toys for girls and boys were literally "stuffed" into festive snowman, elf and Santa Claus stockings that will be distributed to Headstart children.
Sharing with the community
Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Elk Grove Village, IL, shared the Good News with their community during their recent Living Nativity.
Photos courtesy of Artesol Photography in Elk Grove Village, IL.
Sharing with kids
Morning Star, Lakeside, CA, held a "Christmas for Kids" event with a trip to Rome as Caesar Augustus declared a census be taken; then walking with Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem (the City of David); witnessing the angels declaring "Glory to God in the Highest" to the shepherds outside of Bethlehem; and finally arriving in Bethlehem, just in time to see the Baby lying in the manger and the arrival of three wise men with gifts.
 
 
 
 
Sharing warmth
Prince of Peace, Menomonee Falls, WI, collected 160 pairs of socks for those in need. The socks are headed to Mongolia to help people there.
 
In our churches
Celebrating the season
Everyone enjoyed the time of fellowship at the December OWLS luncheon at Messiah, Danville, CA. The luncheon was full of great food, wonderful Advent/Christmas music by many talented members of Messiah, and the wise words of Martin Luther concerning our Savior's birth!
Baptism!
Layton, infant son of Jason and Holly Steffen was baptized Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Abiding Faith, Florence, KY. The Rev. Winston Grieser performed the Baptism, assisted by Deacon Harold Bacon, Layton's maternal grandfather. Pictured are the sponsors.
First Communion
On Sunday, December 17, 2017, seven young people of Epiphany, Dorr, MI, received their First Holy Communion.

In our schools
 
Snowing indoors
West Park Lutheran Preschool, Cleveland, OH, answered a tough question: What do you do after the first big snowstorm, when it's too cold to play outside? Bring the snow in to paint!!
Field trip
The seventh and eighth graders at Bethesda International Academy, Chicago, IL, enjoyed a field trip downtown to the Goodman Theatre to see A Christmas Carol.
Sweet time
It was Gingerbread House fun as students played and created at Abounding Love Preschool, Lee's Summit, MO.

 
 
 
Concerts
The preschool children from Faith, Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN performed a Christmas concert for family and friends.

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.

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 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 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.
Merry Christmas from the Naumanns!

For the past couple of months, we have been focused especially on music, and teaching all people young and old to be able to express their faith through song. What a great gift it is to be able to sing to the Lord! May we never take it for granted! In preparation for Reformation Day celebrations, and for Christmas this year, missionaries and volunteers from the USA, together with Sri Lankan pastors and parishioners, worked hard to learn Reformation, Advent, and Christmas hymns, to furnish the Tamil confession of faith and prayers with new musical wings to ascend to heaven. It is a great joy to be able to witness this transformation taking place, by which the Lutherans in Sri Lanka are reconnecting with their Lutheran musical heritage.

Read more about recent events in our newsletter.
 
May God bless you richly this season with the peace and joy of the knowledge of salvation through Jesus Christ, our Lord, whose blessed birth we celebrate, with angels and archangels, and all the company of heaven!

Thank you all for your ongoing prayers and financial gifts which sustain us here!

Pastor Edward Naumann

Attention all online shoppers!
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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, 12:00 pm ET.

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