Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                      2-10-17

Church and school activities

Love for life
Can you guess how many bags there are here? 60! That's 60 shopping bags FULL of nonperishable food items and hygiene products for the guests at the Women and Children's Center Homeless Shelter, donated by the generous congregation at  Ascension Lutheran Church & School , Tucson, AZ. The guests at the shelter said, "Our hearts are overflowing with praise to God for you and the wonderful blessing you are to us and those we serve. May God richly reward you for your kindness."
All we need is love
See how they love one another. Living Water Lutheran Church, San Diego, CA has been moving its Worship Service once a month from Sunday 8:45 a.m. to Saturday 5 p.m. Gil and Marge Thiesse can no longer meet the morning drill to make the early time. Gil will turn 100 in October of this year. Marge is trailing by a few years. Since Living Water cannot offer a second worship time, the rest of the congregation changes their schedules once a month so this couple can be part of the worship community.
In our schools

Award-winning students
Congratulations to the students who made the second quarter honor roll at Bethesda International Academy, Chicago, IL. Additionally, recognition was awarded for the second quarter top Khan Academy students! These students completed every grade level in eSpark and are now enrolled in Khan Academy. Khan Academy is also a personalized program. The students who complete eSpark are now studying Arts and Humanities at a higher level.

A whale of a good time
The little students at Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN, had a very hands-on lesson while learning the story of Jonah. They even had the opportunity to go inside of the whale!

In our churches

Rev. Curtis Binz was welcomed as the Vacancy Pastor at West Portal Lutheran Church and School.

Guest speakers enrich Confirmation classes
In confirmation class at Hope Lutheran, Hastings, MN, students are looking at the gifts God has given us, and how they can be used in the world to glorify Christ. To see this in action, they invited a panel of guests who work in various secular realms (medical, business, manual labor, teaching, technology) to speak about how they serve God by helping others and using the gifts they've been given. Next week, they will listen to a panel of Concordia University, St. Paul students, currently studying in various ministry fields, to explore different ministerial vocations. It's not about one being better than the other, but God using each of us to "find our fit' in serving in the church and world.
Catechism through music
Kantor Mary Stahlke, who holds a PhD in Historic Musicology from the University of Southern California, leads Bible study at Trinity Lutheran Church in Villa Park, IL. Teaming up with Pastor Rob Rogers, they are leading the congregation in a year-long study of Luther's Small Catechism reflected in the music of J. S. Bach. This class is being held in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Scout Sunday
February 5 was Scout Sunday at Hope Lutheran, Hastings, MN. The Scout Law says that a "Scout is Reverent" and Scouts of all ages promise to do their "Duty to God." We certainly see that evident in these young men of faith. In addition to recognizing the Scouts at Hope, three Scouts were recognized that have earned the religious emblem award. Ben and Josh earned the "God and Me" award, and Sam earned the "God and Church" award. Congratulations boys!
Listen - Ask - Seek - Share - Invite - Encourage
Oh, L.A.S.S.I.E., Where Are You?

No, I'm not talking about the television show and our favorite collie that last aired in 1973. More importantly, I'm referring to the approach to witnessing that was shared through our English District communications, convention and website with the acronym: L.A.S.S.I.E.: Listen - Ask - Seek - Share - Invite - Encourage! Has this approach been helpful for you in your individual witnessing? Has your congregation implemented this approach in your canvassing, greeting or Vacation Bible School outreach? What? Out of sight, out of mind, you say? Well...we will have to do something about that. And by the WE, I mean the Evangelization Team of your English District. We have as a modest goal for 2017 to encourage every English District congregation and every member of every congregation to lift up the L.A.S.S.I.E. model for personal witnessing and to enhance the outreach efforts of the congregation.
Servant Retreats

Theme: You Are the Light!
All English District Youth! We are looking forward to seeing you this summer at one of two events: Medina, OH, July 13-16, 2017 or Lincoln, NE, July 20-23, 2017. We will have the opportunity to worship, serve, study and hang out together! Register online
Young adult voices needed!
Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, IN is seeking college-aged singers (age 18-25) to sing Bach Cantata 137, "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty" for a special Sunday observance of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession, June 25, 2017. Singers need not be enrolled in an academic program. The choir and soloists will be selected by audition. The choir will be directed by CTSFW Kantor Kevin Hildebrand.

The choir will sing at two downtown Fort Wayne congregations of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod on the morning of June 25. Modeled after Bach's practice in Leipzig with the choir alternating between St. Thomas and St. Nikolai churches, the choir will sing at the early morning service at newly-renovated Emmanuel Lutheran Church and the late morning service at historic St. Paul's Lutheran Church. The cantata will be performed in English translation, accompanied by a professional chamber orchestra.

Those interested in auditioning need to submit an application, a recommendation and an audio or video audition. Click
here for complete information on the submission process. Deadline for application is April 1.

Divine calls
Calls received
The Rev. Kurt E. Reinhardt, Trinity, Gowanstown, ON, Canada, has received a call to serve Peace, Windsor, ON, Canada.

The Rev. Karl W. Hanke, IV, Mt. Calvary, Brentwood, MO, has received a call to serve Peace, New Berlin, WI.
English District Salary Guidelines
The primary purpose for these salary guidelines is to assist the lay leaders of English District
congregations in determining policies regarding the compensation of pastors. The guidelines
are presented with the hope that they be used for evaluating the present level of
compensation and that they might provide standards for establishing and reviewing policies

Called to Glory
Rev. Dr. William Henry Frederick Lehmann Jr., 90, of Vancouver, Washington, was called to his eternal rest on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. He was born September 15, 1926, to William and Muriel Lehmann in Darfur, Minnesota. He was the second oldest of eight children. 
Pastor Lehmann Jr., was ordained July 15, 1941. He served St. Martini in Chicago, Illinois, from 1951-1954; St. John in Wilmette, Illinois, from 1954-1957; and as a professor at Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, Illinois, from 1957-1993. He served as vacancy pastor for several Lutheran congregations in the Chicago area. He went on emeritus status in 1993. In retirement, he served parishes including St. Peter's in Medford, Oregon; Zion Emmanuel in Odessa, Washington; Lamb of God in Wasilla, Alaska; and Borrego Lutheran Church in Borrego Springs, California. He is survived by his wife, Carol, and their children: Rev. William (pastor at St. Peter's, Medford, Oregon), Liesa, Ruth, Anne (principal at Grace, Pocatello, Idaho), Amy, Margaret, and Gretchen; and 7 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Ann Louise.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February, 18, 2017, at 11 a.m., at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 16001 NE 34th Street, Vancouver, WA 98682. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to: Friends of the Carpenter, 1600 W 20th St., PO Box 65358, Vancouver, WA 98665.
"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things: I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' " - Matthew 25:21 (NIV)
March prayer list
We encourage you to use the prayer list for your daily personal, congregational, school, classroom, staff, and circuit prayers to the Lord, our God. The Scriptures tell us to "pray without ceasing." Please feel free to use this list in your weekend service folders, on the congregational website or in newsletters.

March prayer list

News from our international workers

As you continue your own Christian witness, wherever you live, we hope you will also consider us to be your feet to walk in foreign streets, your voice to speak to them about Christ, and your hands to help them in their great need. Thank you for your support!

Pastors and secretaries , please print out a few copies of our monthly newsletter for your congregation display board.

Your fellow workers in Christ,
Cheryl & Jonathan Naumann

Dear Friends,

Please read our newsletter for the month of February.  God's blessings to you all.
Love in Christ,
Rev. Ted & Rebecca Krey, Esther, Matthias, Natalia, and Evangeline
It has been a year-and-a-half since we came here to Papau New Guinea (PNG), and what we have learned is that if it were not for your prayers and support we would not be able to effectively perform the work of extending the reach of God's Kingdom in this place. God will certainly build his church where and when He pleases, and through you He is doing amazing things here in PNG. I hope to keep you informed as to what is going on. In the meantime, keep praying to God that "Thy will be done; Thy kingdom come."

The Ritzman Family 
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