Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                         7-7-17

Vicar Induction Service

Vicar Joseph Schlie and

The Rev. Robert Kieselowsky

 
On July 2, 2017, a Vicar Induction Service was held for Joseph Schlie in Philadelphia, PA. He will assist The Rev. Robert Kieselowsky as Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries (phillyministries.org) works to establish the first LCMS congregation in the heart of Philadelphia. As part of this new congregation, Logos Lutheran (logoslutheran.org), Vicar Schlie will coordinate a weekly prayer and study gathering of university students and young professionals.
 
Vicar Schlie and his wife, Kristen, were married in June 2017 and look forward to living in the art museum neighborhood. Kristen plans to finish her senior year of studies at Villanova University this year. 

#LoveThyNeighbor
Several churches and schools in our district were sharing and witnessing in their communities by participating in Independence Day activities.
 
Hales Corners Lutheran School,
Hales Corners, WI
Mrs. Propp and the HCLS piano students (and families) shared part of their 4th of July holiday at the Hales Corners Parade, playing patriotic songs for those on the route.
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Fairlawn Church and School, Fairlawn, OH
FLCS invited the community to share food, fun, fellowship, and fireworks on July 4th!
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Mount Calvary, Lititz, PA
Another successful Lititz Fourth of July parade in the books. They handed out 1500 bottles of water and 1500 VBS flyers to everyone along the parade route.
 


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Epiphany Lutheran, Dorr, MI
Epiphany took part in Dorr's annual Fourth of July parade, handing out nearly 3,000 bottles of water to parade attendees. This was a record-setting year, distributing three times the water given away in past years. All bottles were stamped with information about Epiphany as well as the Synod's Reformation anniversary logo. On a sunny, warm morning, the cool water was very much appreciated!
Serving our communities at home and abroad
Gethsemane, Windsor, ON, Canada celebrated their tenth anniversary of Sudanese Ministry on June 24, 2017 with special music, service, food and fellowship and reflection on the ministry.
Four members (pictured above) of Gethsemane, Windsor share a home. Two on each end are refugees from South Sudan, who arrived in Windsor in March. Their brother, also pictured, sponsored them through Canadian Lutheran World Relief and the congregation. The woman lodges them in her home.
In this photo, Pastors Robert Voelker, William Chuol, and Jordan Simon, along with members of the Gethsemane, Windsor, congregation and community, as they plant a tree in thanksgiving and hope for the Sudanese Ministry that formally began with worship in the Nuer language in 2007. Highlights of the 10-year ministry include many baptisms and confirmations, an ordination, mission trips to Africa, Bible camps, and an international music ministry of Nuer hymnody.
In our churches
 
Higher things
After a four-hour drive through the mountains and rain, the students and chaperones of Redeemer, Elmhurst, IL arrived safely at Higher Things Conference in North Carolina. The kids searched the conference books trying to decide what sessions to attend, and the Book of Concord was pulled out during dinner. Please keep these youth in your prayers as they learn, receive God's good gifts, strengthen existing friendships, and make new ones.
Learning at the Seminary
Over the summer months, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO hosts many elementary and high school choirs for chapel. This past week, a small group from Redeemer Lutheran Church, Elmhurst, IL, sang for chapel. Afterward, they took a tour of the choir loft with Director of Musical Arts Dr. Jim Marriott.
Walk to Wittenberg
Walkers from First Lutheran, El Cajon, CA  completed their "Walk to Wittenberg," and celebrated a great success. Walkers ranged in age from 10 to 86, and the total miles walked was 10,502!!! Names were drawn from participants each month, and winners were presented with a Lutheran Study Bible - special Reformation edition.
In our schools
 
Welcome!
Mrs. LaDonna Hoffman will be the first, second and third grade teacher for Grace English Lutheran School, Chicago, IL beginning August 2017. She is currently running the Summer School program. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, Chicago. She also has 15+ classroom hours in Early Childhood Education.
 
Mrs. Hoffman has been teaching in Lutheran Schools for over thirty years as teacher and principal. She loves children, has a strong working knowledge of primary grade curriculum and values faith building in young children. She plays guitar every day in her classroom and makes learning fun and exciting while using differentiate instruction to help with a variety of learning styles.
Divine Calls
Call Received
The Rev. Eric E. Klemme, Bethany, Chicago, IL has received a call to serve Christ the King, Natchitoches, LA.  

Call Accepted
The Rev. Eric E. Klemme, Bethany, Chicago, IL has accepted the call to serve Christ the King, Natchitoches, LA.  
 
Call Returned
The Rev. Ian S. Pacey, Memorial Lutheran Church, Houston, TX  has returned the call to serve West Portal, San Francisco, CA.

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.

FREE Congregational Treasurer's Manual
The LCMS Congregational Treasurer's Manual is a valuable resource for any church treasurer, no matter what their level of expertise.  The manual, organized into two volumes, contains six major sections: Employment Issues; Federal and State Tax Matters; Establishing and Administering the Organization; Supporting Organizations; Accounting and Finance; and Insurance.
 
The manual is available online FREE OF CHARGE at www.lcms.org/ctm a nd is updated on a yearly basis.
 
Printed copies are also available through the district office and must be ordered by August 1, 2017.  There is a cost (approximately $10-15) for the printed manual (cost varies from year to year depending on postage, printing charges, etc.). If you would like to order a printed copy of the 2017 manual, due out later this fall, contact Peggy at 800-755-9335 ext. 210 or poke@englishdistrict.org  by August 1, 2017.

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 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
Greetings to all of you in the Name of Jesus!  

The Ferry Family continues to rejoice at the opportunities we've been given to partner with you and serve the people of Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and all over the region.  

We had several reasons to celebrate this month, so we hope you will click
here t o read our newsletter.
 
Many thanks for your continued interest, partnership, and support.  We take great joy in being able to serve in this team with you!

Your servants in Christ,
The Ferry Family
Charles, Cheryl, Caleb, Caitlin, Carissa, Cassandra, and Chloe

 
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.


Portals of Prayer
Concordia Publishing House has released a new Portals of Prayers app for Apple and Android phones and tablets. The app comes with a free seven-day trial period. Learn more by clicking here.

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 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.
 
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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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