Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                         5-19-17

Bishop's Visit
 
 
 
 
Milestone anniversary
This year will commemorate the 135th Anniversary of the founding of the congregation at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Detroit, MI. Bishop Jamison J. Hardy presided and preached at Zion on May 14, 2017.

 
Professional Church Workers Conference
The English District held its Professional Church Workers (PCW) Conference May 16-18, 2017. The theme of this year's conference was, "Loving Your Neighbor: Even If They Are Unlovable." The PCW Conference was held at Grace Lutheran Church in Redford, MI. Approximately 140 people attended the event. Speakers included The Rev. Dr. John Nunes, President of Concordia College, New York and The Rev. Dr. Lawrence Rast, President of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN. The attendees also heard from The Rev. Dr. R. Wayne Morton, Chairman of the English District's Board of Directors; Gretchen Jameson, CUWAA; The Rev. Michael Brown, Lifeline Chair; The Rev. Justin Laughridge, Missions Council; The Rev. Allan Buss, Essayist; The Rev. David Thiele, LCEF; The Rev. Marcus Zill, LCMS Campus Ministry; and Dr. Roni Grad, Chairman of the Reformation 500 Committee. Devotions were led by English District's Vice Presidents: The Rev. Ben Eder, The Rev. Todd Arnold, The Rev. Rob Rogers and The Rev. Jeffrey Miskus. A worship service was held on Wednesday evening with Bishop Jamison J. Hardy delivering the message. The Rev. Timothy P. Halboth served as the Celebrant and The Rev. Dr. Douglas Spittel served as the Assisting Minister. The handbell and chancel choirs of Grace Lutheran Church provided additional beautiful music to the service. Special thanks to the members of Grace for their hospitality, serving meals and hosting the Lord's Supper.
The Rev. Dr. John Nunes
The Rev. Dr. Lawrence Rast
The Rev. Allan Buss
 
Divine Call
Call Accepted
The Rev. James A. Leistico from St. Peter's, Evansville, IL and St. John's, Evansville, IL, accepted a call to serve Peace, Windsor, ON, Canada.
 
#LoveThyNeighbor

Love and care
Packages4Patriots, a mission of Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Elk Grove Village, IL, received thank you notes from service members stationed overseas. "We received your packages yesterday, and I must say that it was a huge morale boost. At our current location even the basic necessities are hard to come by. It's nice to know that folks back home still care. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all very much!" MSgt Adam Kelley, USAF. Check out the look of joy in the photo, and a note sent from another unit, stationed in Iraq.
 
Additionally, Packages4Patriots is upgrading their website. To learn about the mission and how you can help, visit their new, improved site: http://www.packages4patriots.com/.
Honor thy mother
The youth group at Fairlawn Lutheran Church and School, Fairlawn, OH, handed out potted flowers after Mother's Day services.
In our schools

Last week of school
Little ones at Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN, enjoyed parachute play and a Pancake Day as they finished their last week of school.
Big feet to fill
Students learned how many shoes can fit into a dinosaur footprint at Shepherd King Preschool, West Bloomfield, MI.

Winning team!
Congratulations to the Redeemer Lutheran School Pre K - 12th Grade, Oakmont, PA Middle School RLS Robotics team! They placed first in the Mouse Maze and the Biobot competitions at the Sarah Heinz House. Way to go Cody, Niko, Eric, Laura, Briana, Adrianna, Nathan, Espen, Jack, Wendy, London and Mrs. Schumacher.
Science fun
Preschool students at Ascension of Christ Early Childhood Center enjoy a "blast-off!" experiment, count down included! Check out their video on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AscensionLutheranEcc/videos/1224913804300954/

On display
Each family of Our Savior, Hartland, MI, is required to support the school with their time, and each note represents the time parents have given to support the school.

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A display of crosses made by children of Our Savior, Hartland, MI.
Resources

Increase giving in your church - webinar
Scripture doesn't shy away from conversations about money, but church leaders often do. Join us June 6, 2017 for the webinar, "11 Steps to Increase Giving in Your Church...Starting this Weekend," with Jennifer Perrow. Learn simple, effective ways to create a culture of increasing generosity in your church, including joyfully engaging givers. We'll discuss transforming your offering into a time of celebration, effectively talking about stewardship, creative ways to thank givers, why a major gifts strategy makes sense for churches, how to keep offerings steady during the summer and more. If you can't attend live, you may still register for the webinar and receive a recording. Learn more, meet Jennifer, and register HERE.
Used Church Pews Available Now
Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 4865 Wilmington Pike, Kettering, OH is offering their entire inventory of pews. All must be removed by June 5, 2017, when their sanctuary renovation begins. Available lengths are listed below. All pews have racks for 4 books on either the back or under the seat. All are mechanically sound. A few have cosmetic defects. Many are like new. The new owner is responsible for pickup and transport of the pews. Call Dave at (937) 430-2760 or e-mail dmalas@emmanuellc.org  or call John at 937-434-1798 for pick up arrangements or more information.
 
8 pews:          8ft to 10ft
15 pews:        10ft to 12ft
30 pews:        12ft to 16ft
12 pews:        16ft to 20ft
6 pews:          20ft to 24ft

Life Spring Christian Church , 1373 W. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH is offering oak pews in good condition, free to someone in need. Please contact Doug DeBruler at: ddebruler001@cinci.rr.com or 513-262-1982 for acquisition arrangements.
The following sizes are available, with the following measurements (all are 33" high and 24" deep):
11 feet 4 inches
12 feet
12 feet 2 inches
12 feet 8 1/2 inches
12 feet 11 inches
13 feet 7 inches
Serve the Lord in China?
That's a question.
 
Who? Me? Sometimes we don't know what we can do until someone asks us.
 
The English District sent a team to Hong Kong/China in December to explore what we might be able to do in response to a call from China to serve our Lord there.
 
Three types of opportunities exist:
  1. School teachers at an international school,
  2. Young men and women, often post-college (called "GEO Missionaries"), living amongst and interacting with school-aged children in a variety of Lutheran school/church settings,
  3. Short-term mission teams (think VBS, or other 1-2 week programs geared around helping our Chinese Lutheran sister congregations reach more people through the English language).
 
We can turn the opening headline into a word of encouragement, and give you something to consider:   Serve the Lord in China!
 
If you or your congregation has an interest in serving, please contact Rev. J. Derek Mathers (dmathers@englishdistrict.org ), Rev. Tom Engler (tomengler@verizon.net ), or Rev. Rob Kieselowsky (revrobert@phillyministries.org ) for more information.

News from our International Workers
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ! 

It has finally happened!  We have the "green light" to move to the Dominican Republic and begin our work in the field!  Thank you to all of our partners in the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Please click 
here  to read our April/May newsletter.
 
Your fellow workers in Christ,
Cheryl & Jonathan Naumann
 
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 synodically 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."
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