Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                      4-7-17

Bishop's visit
Bishop Jamison J. Hardy, The Rev. Daniel Wenger, The Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick and the Rev. Patrick Henry (Vacancy Pastor)
Missing: The Rev. Roger Stuenkel and The Rev. Mark Viets
On November 20, 2016, the members of Ascension, North Olmsted, OH voted unanimously to honor four former pastors with the title of "Pastor Emeritus." They are The Rev. Robert Fitzpatrick, The Rev. Roger Stuenkel, The Rev. Mark Viets, and The Rev. Daniel Wenger.

Bishop Jamison J. Hardy was present for a Service of Recognition on Sunday, April 2, 2017 to honor the pastors and their many years of service at Ascension. The former pastors lovingly ministered as faithful shepherds, leaders and teachers. Christ's Church has dramatically increased in number because of their love for the Lord and their desire to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to believers and unbelievers.

The conferring of this honor is a way for the members of Ascension to recognize their former pastors. The recognition carries with it no professional responsibilities and nothing is to be required of them or expected of them by virtue of this honor. Rather, it is a visible and symbolic way of declaring to the pastors and the community this church's esteem and honor.  

Sunday, April 9, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
Sunday, April 16, 2017
I Know That My Redeemer Lives       LSB 461 

I know that my Redeemer lives!
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my ever living head!

He lives, all glory to his name!
He lives, my savior, still the same;
What joy this blest assurance gives:
I know that my Redeemer lives!
Closed on Good Friday
The English District office will be closed on Good Friday, April 14, 2017. The office will reopen on Monday, April 17, 2017.

The next Servant to Servant eNewsletter will be published on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Blessed Holy Week and Easter!
Divine Call
Call Received
The Rev. James A. Leistico from St. Peter's, Evansville, IL and St. John's, Evansville, IL, received a call to serve Peace, Windsor, ON, Canada.

Call Accepted
The Rev. Travis Schmidt from Franklin, WI has accepted the call to serve Trinity, Erie, PA.
Church and school activities
A place to rest

Shepherd of the Pines, Payson, AZ, let the doctors who participated in "Ride for World Health" camp out in their fellowship hall the night of March 31, 2017. Ride for World Health, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization who raises funds and awareness for local and global health, is a group of 15 medical students who are bicycling across the country to teach about health and raise funds for global health organizations.
In our schools

Donuts with Dad
Students and dads enjoyed a morning of fun and donuts at Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI.
Kicking back with Karate
Students at Martin Luther Christian School, Pennsauken, NJ, were mesmerized by the Karate assembly recently held at their school.
Education Fair
Redeemer Lutheran School Pre-K - 12th Grade, Oakmont, PA, recently held an Education Fair. A big thank you to all of the fantastic teachers and students as well as the terrific parents who volunteered their time, made wonderful food, and worked at the fair. Students had the opportunity to learn about many countries, not just the one they worked on - using their creativity - and they also learned about team work. Brazil, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Spain, Japan, Syria, Scotland, Iceland, Russia, Thailand, Nepal and Madagascar were the countries that students learned about - and shared their new-found knowledge with others.
Little learners
Preschool children at Abounding Love ECE, Lee's Summit, MO, enjoying class time.
Spring life and Step-up Day
St. John's School, Hannibal, MO, is full of life this spring. The kindergarten class enjoys the little chicks, while students also participated in "Step-up Day."
Going to the zoo
Students from Grace English Lutheran School, Chicago, IL, took a trip to the Brookfield Zoo on March 24. It was a great day for learning and fun outside of the classroom.
In our churches

Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, helped reunite a Sudanese family after ten years of separation. Click here to read the family's incredible story.

Disaster Response Training
Shepherd of the Coast Lutheran Church in Palm Coast, FL hosted disaster response training through Lutheran Church Charities on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

In our district

REMINDER - Mites are Mighty
The LWML English District would love to fund more ministries in their own district.  Please consider submitting a grant proposal by May 1, 2017. Contact Diana Honebrink for more information.
Servant Retreats
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! Click here to register online. 
Wanted: TLH Hymnals and Luther's Small Catechisms

Does your church have copies of The Lutheran Hymnal (TLH, red hymnal) and Luther's Small Catechism that aren't being used? If so, please consider donating them to a mission church in Campbell County, Kentucky. Shipping will be paid for, media rate. If you can help, please contact Carolina Rutz

May 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.

May prayer list 

News from our international workers
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ!

Please click here to read our recent newsletter. This month we are featuring photos of our five LCMS mission congregations in the Dominican Republic - partners in fellowship with all of us in the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Your fellow workers in Christ,
Cheryl & Jonathan Naumann
Do you love your LSB? Maybe you've never thought of it like that. But over here in SE Asia, many people wish they had a book with such rich Lutheran resources as are contained between its burgundy covers.  

Click here for our latest monthly update
and read about an opportunity we had to sit with our church partners and start the process for them to have their own hymnal just like our Lutheran Service Book. 

We're grateful to all of you as we walk again this Lenten journey toward the cross of our Lord Jesus, looking forward to the great Vigil of Easter and celebrating His resurrection.

Yours joyfully in Him,
The Ferry Family
Charles, Cheryl, Caleb, Caitlin, Carissa, Cassandra, and Chloe

We pray that all of you have a blessed Lenten season. Click here to read our latest newsletter. Thank you for your prayers and support!
In Christ,
Rev. Daniel, Kathy and Ana Conrad

Choral Opportunities for Once-in-a-Lifetime Worship Event
The Michigan District, LCMS has created two remarkable opportunities for singers to participate in a concert and Reformation worship event. On Sunday, October 15, 2017, Lutherans from all over the state of Michigan will gather at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing. Ten thousand people are expected to attend and a mass choir of over 500 volunteer adult singers and three honors choirs (4th graders through college-age) are being assembled. Click
here for details and how to register.
All singers must register by April 15, 2017!

MCA Conference
The Michigan Chaplain's Association is hosting their annual spring conference, with the focus on Pastoral Care Surrounding Suicide. Guest speaker is Rev. Karl J. Van Harn, Director of Pastoral Services and CPE from Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids, MI. Dates are Wednesday afternoon - noon on Thursday (April 26-27) at the Bethany House St. Francis Retreat Center, 703 East Main, Dewitt, MI (just north of the Lansing area.)

For brochure, rates, registration and further information, click here or call Chaplain Steve Sutterer at (517) 243-5167.

How would you like to Make A Difference in Literally Thousands of Lives?
LCC K-9 Training of Trainers Course - Offered Free

Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) is looking for individuals who want to make a difference by training, socializing, exercising, and caring for puppies in training so one day they can be placed as LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in a Lutheran church and/or school.

The Lord has blessed the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs by touching the lives of countless people with the mercy and compassion of Jesus Christ. The demand from our churches, schools, and colleges is so great LCC is adding puppies to the LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Training Class in Grand Island, NE and Northbrook, IL.

Read more

For more information or to apply, call 866-455-6466 and ask for Anastasia.

Financial Aid Available
Supporting church workers is a priority for the English District LCMS, and we continue to work to increase the amount of funding available for students to pursue a ministry career. The first time you apply for aid, there are two forms to complete: the District Financial Aid Application and the Financial Aid Information Form.

Grants are given to applicants enrolled in synodical-approved church work programs (pastor, teacher, DCE, DCO, deaconess, etc.). Grants are not given to interns, vicars, or graduate students. There is a separate Colloquy Financial Aid Application for colloquy students.

Please read the Financial Aid Instructions before completing the forms. The deadline for submission of English District financial aid applications is June 1, 2017. 

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."
On The Passing Of A Controversial Icon
You know Norma McCorvey, just not by her real name. In the United States, we have come to know her since 1973 as Jane Roe. That's right, the same Roe from the Roe V. Wade SCOTUS decision. Norma died at the end of February this year. And although her pseudonym still gets thrown around in the nightly news, there is probably a lot that you don't know about her. Her life was more than a monumental court case locked in time and fought over for decades afterward. In fact, it turns out that Jane Roe never had an abortion. McCorvey even became a Roman Catholic and spent much of the end of her life speaking against the court decision that had defined so much of the first part of her life in the public's eye. Take a moment, click on the link in red below, and learn a bit more about Norma from this brief article.
Life Stories From Our District
This life story came to the District office a few years ago from Pastor Justin Laughridge, who was serving Crossroads Lutheran Church at the time, a mission plant in Mira Mesa, CA.
The chance to serve at Turning Point PRC is nothing "new." We have done it many times before, we know their director well, and she has spoken to our church family several times and always been well received. But a couple of weeks ago, I stopped by along with my family and 2 others from Crossroads to help them out on a Saturday morning, sorting items for their "baby store", and usually Saturdays are very quiet there. This particular time, a woman came in and wanted to talk to someone. The staff there counseled her as they normally would, but it became evident that there was some urgency to this situation, so as they finished speaking one of the staff asked if she would like to pray. She said yes, and so I prayed with the two staff members and this young woman. A few days later she called the center back, to thank them -- she had skipped her abortion appointment to go to them instead, and was choosing to keep the baby. God is good, indeed.
If you have a life story to share from our district or an event your congregation holds that is life related, email us at  to share it.
Eyes Of Life: Sabrina
Meet Sabrina: "We say grace before every meal," Sabrina Montgomery says, reflecting on her family. "We all love tacos and pizza." And when it comes to nightly devotions, "we take turns saying what we are thankful for today." But while Mexican food and evening prayers are a part of daily life for the Montgomerys, so is something else: Sabrina and Nathan's son, Brody, has Down Syndrome as well as a heart defect. "Our cardiologist ... told us that they could not help him," she recalls, "that we would lose him by [age] 3." But by God's grace, they haven't.
Greeting from Concordia University, New York
Our logo is "Small School. Big Impact" and we're having a big impact on the lives of our students
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