Love your neighbor as yourself 
Servant to Servant                                      7-20-2018

Divine Calls

Calls Accepted
The Rev. Dr. Jamison J. Hardy, Bishop/President, English District, LCMS, has accepted the call to serve Peace, McMurray, PA as Assistant Pastor .

The Rev. Justin R. Schmidt, St. Luke, San Jose, IL and Christ, Delavan, IL, has accepted the call to serve Peace, McMurray, PA as Senior Pastor.
#LoveThyNeighbor
 
Missions
Students from Beautiful Savior, Lee's Summit, MO were at Immanuel, Kansas City, MO running a VBS and reaching out to the community.
 
Mission to military
Packages4Patriots , a mission to deployed service members, of Holy Spirit, Elk Grove Village, IL, were very thankful that Venture Crew 293 assisted in wrapping a few hundred gifts for "Operation: Christmas in July."

In our churches
Installation
Seminarian Christian Einerston (left) was recently installed as the vicar at Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries, Philadelphia, PA by Rev. Rob Kieselowsky (right) .
Welcome!
Prince of Peace, Menomonee Falls, WI, welcomed six new members. Welcome, Otis and Bev; Bob and Sally; Sue; and David.

Baptisms
Eleanor Elaine was baptized at Martin Luther Chapel, East Lansing, MI.
Evelyn Ann was baptized at Prince of Peace, Menomonee Falls, WI.

#VBS2018
Grace, Elyria, OH had 75 "Shipwrecked"  kids and 43 volunteers on the first night of VBS.
Epic, Shelby Township, MI, hosted a VBS with the theme, "Mindcraft: Building our Minds upon Jesus."
"Splash Canyon" was the theme for VBS at Peace, O'Fallon, MO.
In our schools
 
Special Recognition
Les Morris, West Portal, San Francisco, CA, was presented the "Lifetime Achievement Award".  Mr. Morris penned his thoughts to share with the District:

With much appreciation, I write to thank the English District for the service award. The years have passed quickly. When I started in August of 1964, I was 21 years-old, and now after all these wonderful years, I am almost 76.
 
Once, a few years ago at a social gathering I was asked, "What is your job?" The question surprised me because I never thought of teaching and being a part of the lives of my students as work but rather as opportunities to share the amazing love of God and bringing glory and honor to Him. This past year, when doing our school opening via our sound system, I reminded everyone that each day is a gift from our God and that we honor Him with the thoughts we think, the words we say, and the deeds we do. This is why we have Lutheran schools, and I thank God for blessing me with this awesome and amazing privilege!
 
 
 

Summer Camp
Redeemer, Oakmont, PA held a Summer Camp. Campers studied places like London and explored Africa on this "Amazing Race". They played soccer and made African masks.


A Dollar for Missions
One dollar, per member, per week = 1-1-1!

The English District has launched a new model for funding missions to which every congregation is invited to participate. It is completely voluntary, but we believe that as God's people see and hear what is being accomplished, specifically and directly in support and development of new missions and enhancing existing missions, more and more of us will want to be involved.
 
It's simple. Very simple. It is NOT burdensome, nor sacrificial. It involves every baptized member of the Body of Jesus in your congregation, from the newest baby baptized to the oldest member. It demonstrates the power of the beautiful body of Christ working together, prompted by faith. It shows how much can be accomplished by many, giving little.
 
Here's the plan: $1/per baptized member/per week. Simple, right? Self-explanatory almost. Not burdensome, nor sacrificial. All can participate.  Click here for more information.
 
Questions? Contact Rev. Derek Mathers, Mission Executive, dmathers@englishdistrict.org , or Rev. Justin Laughridge, Chair, Missions Council, at jlaughridge.ctm@gmail.com  

Mission Grant Application
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.


Download this form to fill out a congregational evaluation and apply for a grant. Mission Grant Applications are due by August 1, 2018. Please return the application to the district office by mail, fax (248-476-0188) or email it to Rev. Derek Mathers.
Church Worker Debt Reduction Grants Available
The purpose of the English District Endowment Fund is to provide God's people with a unique opportunity to participate in a perpetual fund. This fund shall assist congregations in supporting Campus Ministries, Human Care & Disaster Relief, New Missions, Financial Aid Scholarships, Church Worker Debt Reduction, and Other Ministry. The Board of Directors has approved funds to be available for church worker debt reduction grants. The deadline for submitting applications is July 27, 2018.
 
 
If you have any questions, please email Rev. Derek Mathers or call the district office at 248-476-0039.
English District National Youth Gathering T-Shirt Design Contest
Calling all artists! The English District is in need of a t-shirt for the 2019 National Youth Gathering and your design could be the winner! Deadline for submission is August 26, 2018. Click here for official rules and guidelines on design.
Headlines
Check out the LCMS Reporter. Several times a week, the Reporter covers news that affects the Synod.
  • For the article explaining how the volcano in Hawaii continues to disrupt lives, click here.
  • For deadlines and other LWML Mission Grant request information, please click here.
Seminaries Events/Continuing Education
Check out the upcoming events offered by Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN. Click here  to read; and for additional information, visit https://www.ctsfw.edu/  or call (260) 452-2100. Please note that all times for campus events are Eastern Time.
In working towards their mission of serving church and world through theological education and leadership, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, provides continuing education experiences for clergy, other professional church workers and laypeople. Click here for more information. 
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, 12:00 pm ET.

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