Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                         6-23-17

Ordination and Installation
Candidate Shawn Davis was ordained at St. Michael Lutheran Church on Saturday, June 17, 2017. The Rev. Shawn Davis was then installed as an Associate Pastor of the congregation where he will serve as their Missional Pastor. Bishop Jamison J. Hardy officiated.
LWML Convention 2017 - Albuquerque, NM

You can be part of this exciting convention from the comfort of your very own home! LWML is livestreaming convention sessions from now to Sunday, June 25, 2017.


Help for Haiti
Hales Corners Lutheran Church, Hales Corners, WI, recently sent a team off to Haiti. As you may recall, Mr. Albert Amling went "Hairless for Haiti," which helped to secure funds for the mission work. As of press time, Mr. Amling, Mrs. Horn, Mrs. Campbell and The Rev. Christian Wood, along with parents and several former students, are in Haiti, sharing God's love! We request prayers for safe travels and for God to use them for His glory.
Serving service members
Packages for our nation's service members were packed with love at Faith Lutheran Church, Naples, FL. God has blessed Faith in being able to send care packages to our military troops for the 100th time! Praise God! Thank you everyone for your servant hearts.
In our churches
Lots of fun at "Barnyard Roundup" at Concordia Lutheran Church and  Little Lambs Preschool, Berwyn, IL. 
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Mighty Fortress VBS is under way at Faith Lutheran in Naples, FL.
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Peace, McMurray, PA held Camp Out VBS on Saturday, June 23, 2017. The kids were able to trek through an outdoor adventure - minus the bug spray and lack of sleep. The campers kindled friendships and learned that Jesus is the light of the world. They all enjoyed the camp out and getting s'more of Jesus!
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The Robot Building Contest continues at Grace, Elyria, OH, as they prepare for their upcoming VBS - Maker Fun Factory.

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The VBS theme, Mighty Fortress, is well-received at Grace Lutheran, Wyoming MI.
Missionary Visit
Pastor Carl Hanson, his wife Chenhsi, and daughters Emma, Andrea and Lydia, visited New Life & Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Churches in San Francisco on Friday, June 16, 2017. Pastor Hanson is currently the LCMS OIM Director of Operations - Asia, which includes China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines, etc.
Pastor Hanson and his family shared about the significant work God has called him to do, i.e. working with governments, schools, & LCMS-related church bodies to help God's Gospel work to continue and even more effectively expand. Pastor Hanson took the opportunity to challenge the young people to consider if Jesus was calling them into full time Gospel ministry.

The Hanson family is attending the 2017  Lutheran Women's Missionary League Convention in Albuquerque, NM where Pastor Hanson is one of the speakers.
In our schools
Summer camp
Students are enjoying summer camp at Bethesda International Academy, Chicago, IL.
English District Blog
Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT)
By Rev. Ted Laesch, Chapel of the Cross, St. Louis, MO

Jesus said, "In the world you will have tribulation..." (John 16:33)

You don't have to look far to see it, feel it, experience it: tribulation. Broken relationships, sicknesses, tragedy, financial difficulties, disease, death -- there is no shortage of tribulation in this world. And it comes to all of us. Jesus did not say that you might have tribulation. He didn't say that you will probably have tribulation. He said, you will have tribulation.

But lest we run and hide, cry and complain, lose hope and give in to despair from the impending tribulation that we will undoubtedly undergo, hear what else Jesus has to say:

" ...But take heart!  I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

Do you have a mission or ministry experience you would like to share? If so, you, too, could be a guest blogger for the English District. For consideration, please send an email to Lynne Cobb, Communications Coordinator for the English District LCMS at
Attention English District Parish Professionals!
We have started a private Facebook group for all English District Commissioned Ministers working in the parish setting. The purpose of this group is to provide support, share ideas, and to get to know one another. Please feel free to ask for prayer support, ask for ideas, as well as share blessings in your life and ministry. You may join the group by clicking here. If you have questions, please email DCE Korey Danley  or  Rev. J. Derek Mathers.
National Youth Gathering #NYG2019
The 2019 LCMS Youth Gathering provides thousands of youth and adults the opportunity to come together as a community of God's people to learn more about Jesus Christ, the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity. The next Gathering will be under the theme "Real. Present. God." The theme is rooted in Psalm 46.   

During the five days of the Gathering, youth spend time together in God's word, worship, service, and fellowship with others from across the synod. This event is organized by LCMS Youth Ministry in Saint Louis, MO.

LCMS Disaster Response
Free Resource Guide
This easy reference guide is to help volunteers find appropriate scripture passages, blessings, and prayers for victims of tragedy. It can be quickly unfolded by a team leader for devotions or for that helpful guidance for when the right words escape you. It's made of waterproof durable paper that can take the beating of being out on the disaster field. Get your free copy by emailing the Church Information Center -

Continuing Education workshops offered by Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO provide an opportunity for exploration of contemporary topics that influence the practice of ministry. They are designed for pastors, church workers and laypeople. Unless otherwise noted, all workshops begin at 1:00 PM Monday and conclude at noon Wednesday. There are no evening sessions.
Learn more

Lutheran Spirituality Retreat


Pastors and laypeople are invited to attend a Lutheran Spirituality Retreat September 8-9, 2017, featuring renowned author Rev. Dr. John W. Kleinig, Pastor Emeritus of Luther College, Adelaide, SA, Australia. Cost is $75/person. For information, contact Rev. Bert Greenway at (412)793-1394.

Free Conference - "Best Practices for Ministry"
October 11-13, 2017
A free conference will be held Wednesday-Friday, October 11-13, 2017 for pastors, other called workers and lay volunteers. St. Peter's in Columbus, IN, will host this event in which various congregations and ministries will share "Best Practices for Ministry." While this fall conference shares goals with the winter conference held in Phoenix, this is the "Heartlands" version. Congregations in the districts are encouraged to ride-pool to the event, and the registration and food during the conference are FREE. For more information visit

Mission Grant Applications
The English District is excited and honored to share in the mission of Jesus with you as part of our district. We celebrate and give thanks to God for your mission and ministry which is one of the many ways we love our neighbor. Please use this opportunity to complete a Mission Grant Application and return it to the district office.
Download this form to fill out a congregational evaluation and apply for a grant. The Mission Grant Applications are due by July 15, 2017.
Please return the application to:

English District - LCMS
Rev. Derek Mathers
33100 Freedom Road
Farmington MI 48336-4030

Fax: 248-476-0188
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the district office at 248-476-0039.

News from Our International Workers
News from Edward and Monica Naumann in Sri Lanka
A lot has happened in the last couple of months, including plans for building a new sanctuary, preschool, classrooms, and seminary dormitory, which were approved by the Board of Directors of the LCMS.

Read all about the new plans and much more 
We received our passports back, with residential visas renewed for another year in Sri Lanka. It's been about a year since we arrived, and God has been so good to us. What will the next year bring? We entrust ourselves to the loving care of our God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Your servant in Christ,
Pastor Edward Naumann

Clergy Connection
Connect with Concordia!

Each month, Concordia University, Mequon, WI and Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI connects with hundreds of LCMS pastors through its Clergy Connection e-newsletters, which provide updates, spiritual edification and student stories from the Mequon campuses.
Click here to subscribe to CUW Clergy Connection.
Click here  to subscribe to CUAA Clergy Connection.

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, 3:00 pm ET.

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

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