Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                           6-9-17

Bishop Hardy Returns to Hong Kong

Bishop Hardy with Pastor Anthony,

Christian and Mac

After traveling 24 hours straight, Bishop Hardy landed at 11:45 PM in Hong Kong on May 30th and was there for five days. This trip was a follow-up to the December 2016 trip and was intended to further the discussions regarding the Hong Kong Lutheran Church. He took two young men with him who will be serving the Church this summer in a two-month internship with the Hong Kong Lutheran Synod (HKLS) office.
 
After meetings with President Yung and other denominational leaders, they visited three new mission sites that are exciting opportunities in our new partnership with the Hong Kong Lutheran Church (HKLC).  The HKLS is in significant need of workers, that is to say, they want people to come over and assist them with teaching and other educational opportunities. Rev. Tom Engler is working on short-term mission teams, and we are asking anyone who is desirous of going on an adventure to contact us. Both the internships and the teaching opportunities are paid and accommodations are provided. There is little need for money other than the cost of the food you eat and entertainment in Hong Kong. There are immediate needs for teaching in their international school for the fall and the process needs to be started soon in order for the visas and paperwork to be completed. Please reach out to Bishop Hardy's office if you have any interest or even just want to talk about it. This opportunity is a great way to experience church work in a different cultural environment and to see a part of God's creation in a far away place. 
Installations
The Rev. Ryan D. Beffrey was installed at Epiphany, Dorr, MI on Sunday, June 4, 2017. The Rev. Eric C. Forss, Circuit Visitor, officiated the service.
The Rev. J. Derek Mathers was honored to officiate the installation of Mr. James A. Bretthauer, II as the Director of Christian Education at Prince of Peace, Medina, OH on Sunday, June 4, 2017.
Pictured from left to right: The Rev. Daniel R. Haberkost, James A. Bretthauer and The Rev. J. Derek Mathers.   
Ordination


Winston P. A. Grieser was ordained at Redeemer, Fort Wayne, IN on Thursday, June 8, 2017. Bishop Jamison J. Hardy officiated. Rev. Grieser will be installed at Abiding Faith, Florence, KY on Sunday, August 27, 2017.
 
Divine Calls
Calls Accepted
Candidate Jonathan Wayne Kerr has accepted the call to serve as SMP Associate Pastor of West Portal, San Francisco, CA.

Candidate Ryan B. Schneider has accepted the call to serve as Associate Pastor of Grace, Vine Grove, KY.

Process for Calling Commissioned Ministers
The English District Bishop/President, executives and staff are committed to assisting you in the process of calling the best commissioned minister for your ministry and mission needs as a congregation or school.

The first step in extending a call to a commissioned worker (Deaconess, Director of Christian Education, Director of Christian Outreach, Director of Family Life Ministry, Director of Parish Music, Lay Minister, Parish Assistant or Teacher) begins with making you aware of the process established, completing the information form, and returning a copy of the information pages to our Administrative Assistant to School Ministry and Mission Executives at the District office. Once these forms have been received, Evelyn Jentzen, administrative assistant, will continue the process outlined with you.


Who to contact:

 

Click here to download the instructions and information form.

#LoveThyNeighbor
 
Supporting Life
At the Prince of Peace, Stroh, IN, Women's Gathering, baby items were collected for the Compassion Pregnancy Center in LaGrange. The center serves in-need pregnant women and their families. They offer support from the pre-natal stage through age two. The donation of 38 onesies, 20 baby bottles, 24 packages of diaper wipes and 15 blankets helped fill a need at the center.
In our churches
 
We rejoice in these baptisms!
Congratulations and blessings to Aiden Julian and Madison Ann Paulik. The twins were baptized on Pentecost Sunday at Lutheran Church of the Prince of Peace, Menomonee Falls, WI.
Many blessings to Sophia Coke who was baptized in the evening service at Martin Luther Chapel, East Lansing, MI.

In our schools
 
Graduations
Congratulations to students of all ages who are graduating from our schools!
 
A Baccalaureate service was held for nine high school graduates of Redeemer Lutheran School Pre K - 12th Grade, Oakmont, PA.


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Congratulations to the eighth-grade graduates of Grace English Lutheran Church and School, Chicago, IL.
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Congratulations to the little ones from Shepherd King Preschool, West Bloomfield, MI, who will head to kindergarten this fall.
Award Winners
The final Accelerated Reader celebration honored six awesome readers at Martin Luther Christian School (MLCS), Pennsauken, NJ.
Traveling for history
The History Bee competitors are back from a whirlwind trip to Nationals in Atlanta, GA. They did a fantastic job in representing Hales Corners Lutheran Middle School, Hales Corners, WI, on the national stage. Mason was one point short of making it to finals, placing 66 out of 349 peers from around the country. Elias placed 198 out of 349. We thank God for their talents!
Up on a roof
The 1st-5th grade students at Hales Corners Lutheran Elementary were given an Accelerated Reader challenge to read and earn 13,000 points by May 26. They took the challenge seriously and earned more than needed to put Mrs. Bartholomew on the roof of the school for a day. She spent the day doing homework for the top reader in each class (which she received by pulling a bucket up to the roof) completing teacher reviews, and working on other important paperwork. Way to go HCL students!
 
English District Blog
This week's blog is the second in the series of "Meet your Mission," where, monthly, we highlight one English District mission grant program. This week read about the LWML English District.

Meet the Missions - LWML English District
By Jan H. Simmons, President, English District LWML

The LWML English District just finished their 37th Biennium. LWML can best be described by our mission statement: The mission of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is to assist each woman of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod in affirming her relationship with the Triune God so that she is enabled to use her gifts in ministry to the people of the world.

The main emphasis of the LWML is to encourage women to be in the study of God's Word and to share its message with people in our lives. As women of the LWML, we feel the importance of being in God's word, of missions, and of service and fellowship, and we want to share this with other women.

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Do you have a 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  lcobb@englishdistrict.org.
 
Free Communications Webinar
 
 
Join experts in digital communications for churches at the Lutheran Communicators Digital Conference that will take place on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. It's free, it's online, and it's going to be great. Register here


July 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. Please feel free to use this list in your weekend service folders, on the congregational website or in newsletters. 
 

  
LCMS Disaster Response
 
 
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 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. 
 


News From Our International Workers
Dear Friends,

The peace of Christ be with you!

Click here to read our newsletter. There is a lot happening here, but we are blessed to be serving. We pray that God, the Holy Spirit, would make you a bold witness to the resurrection of Christ!

We commend you all to Christ,

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

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A blessed Pentecost to all!

We are continually giving thanks for your partnership with us. We are working together to accomplish the work we have had placed before us. As our service expands to include all of the LCMS Asia Region, please continue to keep us in your prayers, even as you are in ours.
 
Click here to read our newsletter.
 
Yours gratefully in Jesus' Name,

The Ferry Family
Charles, Cheryl, Caleb, Caitlin, Carissa, Cassandra, and Chloe

Vicarage Placements (CTSFW)
At the end of November, 2017, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN (CTSFW) will have four vicarage candidates leaving for their year of service. One of the candidates has requested the possibility of a convertible vicarage as he will be done with his coursework. If you know of a vacant congregation who would be open to such an arrangement, please contact Kathy Stanis in the president's office at 248-476-0039 ext 312 or by email at kstanis@englishdistrict.org.
 
CTSFW also has a blind student who will be ready for vicarage next summer (2018). He is married. If you know of any parishes or other unique opportunities for this man to serve for his year of vicarage, please contact Kathy Stanis.




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."
Previous issues of the eNewlsetter, Servant to Servant, are available on the  English District website. You are encouraged to share the information from Servant to Servant with members of your congregation.
 
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