Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                         6-30-17

Installation





The Rev. Gordon S. Naumann was installed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Scarsdale, NY on June 25, 2017. Bishop Jamison J. Hardy officiated. 
 
Installation and Ordination
Weclome Pastor Schneider!

Candidate Ryan Schneider was ordained on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church in Vine Grove, KY. He was then installed as the sole pastor of the congregation. The Rev. J. Derek Mathers, Assistant to the Bishop and Mission Executive, officiated the ordination and the installation.
 
The Rev. Ryan Schneider receiving the keys to the office from The Rev. David Tannahill

Felicia Schneider and

The Rev. Ryan Schneider

Neighboring clergy who joined in the celebration of the ordination and installation
Vicar Induction
The Rev. Dr. Michael Morehouse, Vicar Jesse Schlie and The Rev. Joshua Palmer
A Vicar Induction Service was held on June 25, 2017 for Jesse Schlie at Catalina, Tucson, AZ. For one year, Vicar Schlie will work with The Rev. Dr. Michael Morehouse and 
The Rev. Joshua Palmer while serving the members of Catalina Lutheran Church and also Hold Fast Fellowship: an LCMSU Chapter at the University of Arizona.

Vicar Jesse Schlie and The Rev. Joshua Palmer
Canada Day
On July 1, 1867, Canada's provinces joined together to form one country: Canada! Which is why every year, on July 1st, Canada Day is celebrated. This year, Canada turns 150 years old. This momentous occasion is known as "Canada 150."

Happy Canada Day and Canada 150!

Independence Day
Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July, commemoraties the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776.

Happy Fourth of July!
 
 
The English District office will be closed on Monday, July 3, 2017 and Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in observance of Independence Day.
37th Biennial LWML Convention
The Lutheran Women's Missionary League is the official women's auxiliary of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). It has as its "mission heart" thousands of volunteers who are daily dedicating their lives to making a difference in this world. The LWML met for their 37th Biennial Convention in Albuquerque, NM from June 22-25, 2017. The convention theme was: "Jesus Christ Above All".

Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name. Philippians 2:9

View more information about the 2017 LWML Convention here.

Upcoming LWML National Conventions:
  • 2019 - Mobile, Alabama - June 20-23
  • 2021 - Lexington, Kentucky - June 24-27
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The LWML English District banner was revealed at the LWML's 37th Biennial Convention.
The LWML English District President, Jan Simmons, was ready for the "Razzle, Dazzle" celebration of the 75th anniversary of the LWML. Jan is a member of Peace, McMurray, PA.
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The unveiling of the new LWML logo, first revealed on Friday, June 23, 2017 at the 37th Biennial LWML Convention in Albuquerque, NM.

Meaning of the logo:
The heart of God is behind all that we are and do. He has loved us so. Seen in His only begotten Son. His cross and sacrifice. His cherished blood for us. Shed for the forgiveness of sins. Therefore we lift high the cross of Christ, guiding our thanks and praise and service. So that His heart is impressed upon our own and by the Spirit we are blessed with joy and peace.

Our prayer is that this design will get people to take a new look or even a first look at LWML-Lutheran Women in Mission and will give our faithful members a sense that their organization is looking towards the future and ready for 75 more years of mission outreach.


#LoveThyNeighbor
 
Delivery Day
ServeLocal, Epic Church, Shelby Township, MI, was spreading the Lord's love and giving out groceries on Sunday, June 25, 2017. They even finished before the rain! Additionally, on Saturday, June 24, 2017, Epic hosted a community BBQ with Mammoth Baptist Church.
In our churches
 
Congratulations!
Welcome to the newest group of LERT volunteers. Seventy mercy-filled deaconesses attended the Concordia Deaconess Conference, June 26-29, 2017 in Bolivar, PA (east of Pittsburgh).
#VBS2017
 
Firefighters visit
Special guests visited on the last day of Vacation Bible School at Shepherd King, West Bloomfield, MI. Fire fighters from the township's fire department stopped in, sharing safety tips and more with the students.
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Creating and Creation
Maker Fun Factory VBS at Prince of Peace in Medina, OH, shared the joy of creating AND creation with many children... reminding all that we are created by God. Their new Director of Youth and Family Ministry, Jim Bretthauer, has been a great addition to the VBS team.
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En garde!
A "Mighty Fortress" was the VBS theme at Our Savior, Hartland, MI. Students enjoyed singing and witnessed a sword fight. Most important - they witnessed the love of Christ.
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Great turn-out!
Hope Lutheran Church, Hastings, MN, has some impressive VBS numbers! There are 102 kids, 14 youth helpers, and 11 adult leaders. It was a busy place this week at Hope - God is at work!
In our schools
 
Ready for the 4th!
Patriot preschoolers from Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN, show off their red, white and blue tie-dyed shirts.
Field trip
Students from Martin Luther Christian School (MLCS), Pennsauken, NJ, enjoyed a trip to the zoo along with some very artistic face painting!
Employment Opportunity - Gift Planning Counselor
English District, LCMS and Gift Planning Services - LCMS Foundation
The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod Foundation seeks candidates for the position of Gift Planning Counselor to work on behalf of the English District of the LCMS. This position will be responsible for serving LCMS members with an affinity or connection with the District and LCMS ministries within the District as well as other Lutherans who desire to fulfill their Spirit-led drive for generosity by working with them to develop their "Lifetime Plan for Giving."
 

For the full job description and to apply for this position please click here.
  
Response and applications should be received no later than July 31, 2017.

Inquiries should be directed to the LCMS Foundation Human Resources, Kathy.Milner@lcms.org  or via telephone at 800-248-1930, extension 1361.

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.
 
News From Our International Workers
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ! 

We are so delighted to be able to send you our first newsletter from Latin America! Click
here to read our newsletter.

If you have the time, please also look at this delightful new video  about life in the Dominican Republic, narrated by two of our LCMS missionary children.

Your fellow workers in Christ,
Cheryl & Jonathan Naumann
  

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Dear Friends,

Greetings in the name of Christ, our Savior!

We are sending to you our latest newsletter, letting you know what is happening here in Ghana and asking for your prayers. We thank you for reading this letter and we ask God to bless you as you serve as His witnesses where He has placed you.
 
We commend you to Christ!

Rev. Dale and Suzanne Kaster
Your International Workers in Ghana, West Africa

 
Medical Abortions Are Now Reversible!
 
In any given year in America, 18-25% of the abortions that occur are known as medical abortions. Medical abortions are administered during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy through the ingestion of 2 pills, commonly referred to as RU-486.   Each year medial abortions account for 200,000-300,000 of the abortions that take place in our country. But there is hope!
 
Many times after receiving the first RU-486 pill, Mifepristone, women will immediately change their mind. Some tell stories of despair or trying to throw the pill back up. Thankfully in 2006 a doctor in North Carolina, Dr. Matthew Harrison (no, not that one), came up with a way to counteract this first RU-486 pill.   What was born was the Abortion Pill Reversal (APR). Today, if a woman who has taken the first RU-486 pill, Mifepristone, changes her mind, she can begin receiving Progesterone injections through the Abortion Pill Reversal kit, and still bring her child to term healthily. In fact, over the past three years of this treatment, over 300 pregnancies have been saved resulting in fully functioning and healthy children. What is most important though is that women need to begin receiving treatments within 72 hours of taking the first RU-486 pill. Time is of the essence and that is where you come in!
 
HUMAN CARE WORK YOU OR YOUR CHURCH CAN DO
  1. Let doctors, nurses, or medical professionals in your congregation know about this new ARP kit that is available. They could have it on hand in their medical clinic in cases of emergency.
  2.  Consider calling local health and medical clinics and see if they are interested receiving more information about this medical kit.
  3.  Contact your local pregnancy center. Have they heard about the APR? Do they have a medical doctor they work with who would be willing to have a APR kit on hand?
  4. PR is in need of nurses to help staff their 24 hotline to field calls from women desperately wanting to reverse their medical abortion. They are willing to take nurses from your local congregation. Call them up and receive training to volunteer your medical skills in this way.
  5. Get together as a congregation and take on a human care project to purchase one of these kits ($500-600) for use in your local community. Literally, your dollars could save a life!
Click here to learn more about this process. To get in contact with people at the APR offices use their email at apreversal@gmail.com or call them at 619.577.0977. You can request brochures be sent to you to use in speaking to medical professionals in your community or handing out at local clinics. Lastly, there are many great youtube videos that feature women who have continued their pregnancies and brought healthy babies to term after receiving treatments using the APR kits. Go to youtube and search Abortion Pill Reversal for videos of this.
 
Consider making it a human care project on your own, or with your local LFL chapter, or by a group in your congregation. Let's reverse abortions together!

Eyes Of Life: Kevin
Meet Kevin. Kevin's wife, Maggie, the former executive director of LCMS Life and Health Ministry, passed away Sept. 25, 2015, from a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor. But cancer and treatments, exhaustion and pain didn't silence her r change her stance. And it hasn't quieted her husband and daughters either.
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.


Supreme Court Delivers Landmark Ruling in Favor of LCMS Church Preschool
The U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling June 26, 2017 in the case of a LCMS church preschool, determining 7-2 that the state of Missouri's barring of the church from a government aid program was unconstitutional.


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 - InfoCenter@lcms.org.
 
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.
 
2017 Concordia Seminary, St. Louis Summer Workshops
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.


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 www.bestpracticesheartland.com.
 
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.

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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