Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                        2-23-18

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
 
We are looking for youth to attend our English District 56th Convention this summer as youth delegates. 
 
Our English District 2018 Convention is meeting at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI from June 19-21, 2018. This is a wonderful opportunity to select, encourage and support a high school youth to serve as one of your circuit's youth delegates. Travel, lodging and meals are covered for the youth delegates, so cost should not be an issue.
 
All high school aged youth (ages 14-18) are invited to apply to attend. Students will be exposed to a district convention but they will be serving the greater Ann Arbor area, spending time getting to know the other youth from the English District, participating in fun activities in and around Ann Arbor, and developing a group devotion to share Thursday morning at convention. 

We are able to accommodate two youth per visitation circuit so this is a first come, first accepted basis.
 
Click here to find additional information from DCE Jim Bretthauer and a sign-up form for your youth delegate. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact DCE Jim Bretthauer at youthguy@popelutheran.org. Please send in your form as soon as possible as registration information will be sent March 1st.
 
Many thanks for your support of our youth and our English District.
 
Sincerely yours in the name of Jesus,
 
DCE Jim Bretthauer, Youth Delegate Leader
Rev. J. Derek Mathers, Assistant to the Bishop/Mission Executive
Divine Calls
 
Call Accepted
The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Roegner, Peace, O'Fallon, MO has accepted the call to serve Apple of His Eye Mission Society, Israel.

Call Received
The Rev. Christopher R. Gillespie, Candidate Status, Dyer, IN, has received a call to serve Mount Olive, Cleveland Heights, OH.

Call Returned
The Rev. John H. Diener, Grace, Wyoming, MI has returned the call to serve Grace, Wayne, NE
#LoveThyNeighbor

Feeding the hungry
ServeLocal at Epic Church, Shelby Township, MI, blessed ten families in their community with groceries.
Volunteering
Youth and their families from Fairlawn Lutheran Church and School, Fairlawn, OH, volunteered at the Akron-Canton Foodbank.
In our churches
 
Imposition of Ashes
Worshippers at Hope, Hastings, MN, are marked with ashes and told, "You are dust and to dust you will return," during the Ash Wednesday service.
Baptisms!
Jiacheng "Bill" Huang was baptized at Martin Luther Chapel, East Lansing, MI.  

Chrystal, Elijah, Vincent and Kaileigh were baptized at Grace, Elyria, OH. 

At the cross
Members of Fairlawn, Fairlawn, OH, post their requests for absolution of sins on a wooden cross during their Ash Wednesday service.
Lenten study
There was great insight and discussion on Ash Wednesday during the "40 Days in the Word" study at Epic, Shelby Township, MI.
Buried Alleluias
On Sunday, February 18, 2018, Messiah, Danville, CA, congregants buried alleluias made by the different Sunday school classes in anticipation of the season of Lent. Those in attendance were reminded that this is not a season of joy, but a season of prayerful and penitential reflection, as our attention is especially directed to the holy sufferings and death of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Fellowship and fun
The Youth Group Movie Night and the post-movie pillow fight was a blast at Peace, McMurray, PA.
Celebrating Black History Month
This year, to celebrate Black History Month, as Trinity, Scarsdale, NY has done for the last 26 years, the members invited family, friends and neighbors to attend "An Evening with Dr. S. David Bailey ". Dr. Bailey has been a Tuskegee Airman, master jazz musician, pilot trainer, and music arts administrator. At 92 years old, he is one of the only remaining Tuskegee airmen. On Saturday, February 17, 2018, Dr. Bailey provided the participants of this year's celebration with a wonderful and meaningful history and context for understanding the struggles and advancements of the African-American both on the battlefields of Europe as well as the profound struggles for full rights here in the United States.

The Rev. Gordon Naumann led the meal prayer and reminded all of why we are able to be here to celebrate:
"Sure enough men and women, especially under undue duress and prejudice, have had to work that little bit harder, muster that little bit more strength just to survive if not thrive in a world that is set against them, just so, we are all, every one of us, under the mercy of God. None of us can take what we have for granted, even if we think we have it easy, for without God's grace and divine providence, none of us would be here. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away! Thanks be to God and to Him be the glory."
In our schools
Special presentation
Officer Figueroa from the Pennsauken Police Department addressed the students at Martin Luther Christian School, Pennsauken, NJ, during an anti-bullying presentation.
Brushing up on health
Preschoolers at Faith of Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN, learned the importance of good dental health.
Ash Wednesday Service
Students at Grace English Church and School, Chicago, IL, received ashes during worship.
Dads and Daughters
It was a fun, Friday night hoe down at Redeemer, Oakmont, PA for the Father/Daughter dance.
In our district

Seminary Intensive Course
Four English District licensed lay deacons attended the Seminary Intensive course, February 18-23, 2018, at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN. The Seminary Intensive course was for licensed lay deacons applying for colloquy.
First LCMS Mission Church Plant in Pittsburgh in the 21st Century
  
"We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee, because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world."

The Holy Cross Evangelical-Lutheran Mission held its first service on Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018 in St. Paul's Lutheran Church in the Hazelwood neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh.

In August of 2017, Pittsburgh Area Lutheran Ministries (PALM) held a Community Day in Hazelwood which included booths from several of the area congregations and mission outreaches along with City of Pittsburgh Fire, EMS, and Police, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and games by our Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center in Angola, NY.  Since that Community Day, the Rev. Dr. Douglas H.Spittel, PALM Urban Ministry Director and Senior Pastor of First Trinity, Pittsburgh, PA, has been spending time in the neighborhood meeting merchants, residents, and local volunteers.

Meet our Missions - Asian Indian Ministry-Chicago

(Bethesda AIMS)

By: Rev. Shadrach Katari, Missionary

Twenty years ago in this winter season, the Asian Indian Ministry (AIM) was started by Bethesda Lutheran Church, Chicago, IL, with the blessing of Bishop David Ritt and with the support of the English District LCMS. A small core group was started to proclaim the Gospel to both Christians and non-Christians of India on the north side of Chicago. We proceeded with multiple programs and projects to build up this ministry - to identify the need of Asian Indians who come to the USA as immigrants, especially new immigrants.


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.
IMPORTANT! 
In early January LCMS Rosters and Statistics mailed each congregation instructions, along with a  congregation ID and password, to use in completing the 2017 statistics report online.  Please be sure this letter gets to the person in your congregation who is responsible for completing this report.  Due date for completing the form is February 28, 2018

If you have not received this letter yet or have questions, please email rosters.stats@lcms.org or call the LCMS Church Information Center at 888-843-5267.
  
This statistical information will be used to calculate congregational assessments for the 2018 District Convention. It also assists a wide variety of ministry efforts at the national level, as well as fulfilling the expectation of membership set forth in Bylaw 1.3.4.
  
Thank you for providing this information as soon as possible!
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 Rev. Derek Mathers no later than February 28, 2018.

Click here to order Every One His Witness kit.
 
Coming soon!
Next month, we will invite everyone involved with the English District to be Prayer Partners for our upcoming Convention, which will be held June 19-21, 2018. Look for a link to Signup Genius in future issues of Servant to Servant and on our social media pages. Then, click on the link and register for times to pray.
FREE Outreach Resources at your fingertips!
Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) offers equipping resources to help you reach out with the love and Good News of Jesus Christ in your everyday lives.

These online courses and webinars cover five faith-strengthening categories and use an array of multimedia elements to help you gain a hearing for the Gospel message.
  • Individual, self-paced learning
  • Time for self-reflection and journaling
  • Optional small group discussion guides for home and congregational use
  • Easy access on any digital device - computer, tablet, or smart phone
  • A variety of learning methods designed for the adult learner
Available Now
  • Intergenerational Mentoring
  • Sharing Your Faith Stories
  • What is the Gospel?
  • Everyday Opportunities
  • Christ and His Kingdom
  • Sharing the Good News
  • Follow Me: The Calling Jesus
  • I Am: The Statements of Jesus
  • Watch. Read. Reflect: The Reformation
  • Stress & Worry in the Life of a Christian
  • Love Come Down
Coming Soon
  • Psalms of Thanks!
  • Silent Witnesses
Watch the video below to learn how to sign up for LHM Online Courses.

Learn how to sign up for LHM Online Courses

Click here for more information.

Greetings all!
  
Click here to read some of our latest news. Thank you for your continued prayers and support. God's blessings as you enter this Lenten season,

En Cristo,
Rev. Ted & Rebecca Krey,
Esther, Matthias, Natalia, Evangeline & Azariah
Welcome, baby!
With great joy and gratitude, the Ferry family proudly announces the birth of Charlotte Grace, born on Saturday, February 17, 2018 in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. She arrived feet-first, and weighed 7 lbs. She's big by Indonesian standards, but her size makes her the smallest Ferry kid born to us. Both mom and baby are doing well, and the family looks forward to Charlotte's upcoming re-birth in the waters of Holy Baptism on Sunday, February 25, 2018.
 
Yours humbly and joyfully in Jesus,
The Ferry Family: Charles, Cheryl, Caleb, Caitlin, Carissa, Cassandra, Chloe, and Charlotte.
Prayerfully Consider Campus Visit
March 14-17, 2018
This free of charge event allows men and women considering a vocation in church work to visit the campus of CTSFW to learn about these vocations. To learn more, click here or call (800)481-2155.

Save the date!
First, El Cajon, CA will be hosting a Lutheran Early Response Training (LERT) on Saturday June 9, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For information, or to register, please contact Sue Neff, RN, Parish Nurse at 619-444-7444.


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, 12:00 pm ET.

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