Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind
Servant to Servant                                     8-24-2018

Bishop Hardy and Rev. Keith Speaks
Bishop's visit
Bishop Jamison Hardy visited Hales Corners, Hales Corners, WI and was honored to address the members at each of the worship services as they came to celebrate the dedication of their new building.

Over the last year and a half, God has  led the congregation on the journey to bring their three school campuses and two worship locations under one roof, and this incredible construction project is now complete. 
A new school year
Schools in The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod serve children in early childhood programs through grade 12 in over 2,000 schools nationwide and 3 schools internationally. Additionally, 10 colleges and universities operate to serve post secondary and graduate students across the nation.

In a Christ-centered religiously integrated curriculum, Lutheran schools meet or exceed state standards for high quality schools. Through National Lutheran Schools Accreditation (NLSA) schools complete a rigorous self-study, are reviewed by a team of peers and implement initiatives that provide a continuing program of excellence for students.

Some schools have already started. Many start this week. And yet others have yet to begin. Whatever the case, we pray for our Lutheran schools as they begin another year of bringing the message of Jesus to students and families. 

Dear God,
Please guard and guide each and every administrator, teacher, staff member and all students throughout this year and always. 
Amen.
English District Board of Directors 
Click  here to read the Board Bulletins from the August 2018 English District Board of Directors meeting.
#LovetheLordYourGod

In our churches
Baptism
God's little lamb, Frederick, was baptized at  Trinity, New Lenox, IL.
Sign restored
Shepherd King, West Bloomfield, MI is having their church sign restored. 
Loving their neighbor
Pilgrim, Kenmore, NY recently held a Rummage and Baked Goods Sale to benefit Hearts for the Homeless, a mobile soup kitchen that feeds the poor and homeless on the street.
Sunday School highlights from Redeemer, Lincoln, NE




Fifth through eighth grade Sunday school class celebrate a Jerusalem breakfast as they share Bible stories that mention the various foods.



End of the summer banner made by the 5th through 8th grade Sunday school class.
In our schools
Blessing of the Backpacks
Students brought their backpacks to worship at Hales Corners, Hales Corners, WI and received a special blessing for the coming school year.
New building
New classrooms, office and worship space were dedicated during a celebration service at Hales Corners, Hales Corners, WI. 
First day of school
Students began their first day of school at St. John's, Hannibal, MO with a chapel service.
Golf outing
Redeemer Lutheran School, Oakmont, PA held their annual golf outing. They were blessed with beautiful weather and lots of fun and prizes! 


September Visual Faith Bulletins Are Now Available
My Worship Notes (for kids) and Sermon Notes (for adults) for September are ready and available to download  here . These FREE My Worship Notes bulletins are designed to engage children (preschool and up) through the entire service. For more information about Visual Faith Ministry, click here
Attention Schools
2018-2019 District Grade and Enrollment sheets were emailed to all schools on August 16, 2018 for updating. By informing the English District office of updates you help us maintain the most current and correct information, and keep us up-to-date on all rostered and non-rostered staff. The form is due by September 15, 2018.  Contact Evelyn Jentzen with questions.
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. 
 
Questions? Contact Rev. Derek Mathers, Mission Executive, dmathers@englishdistrict.org , or Rev. Justin Laughridge, Chair, Missions Council, at jlaughridge.ctm@gmail.com .  

Watch Video
Deadline for subscribing to  Discovery Education Streaming for the 2018-19 school year is  Monday, August 27, 2018. You will receive an invoice in September to submit with payment for your services at your discounted rate. Please do not submit payment to the School Ministry office until you have received this invoice.
 
 
Discovery Education Discounted Pricing for 2018-2019
  • Discovery Education Streaming: $4.75/student w/$525 minimum and $1,100 per school max
  • Discovery Education Streaming Plus:  $7.25/student w/$625 per school minimum and $2,175 per school max
If you have any questions please contact Matthew Bergholt in the LCMS School Ministry office at 314-996-1285 or via e-mail at Matthew.Bergholt@lcms.org.
FINAL CALL -- English District National Youth Gathering T-Shirt Design Contest ends on August 26th! 
Click here for official rules and guidelines on design.
Save the Date
St. Peter's, Columbus, IN, is once again hosting "Best Practices for Ministry: Heartland" in October. This free conference will be held October 10-12, 2018.

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  Kathy Stanis by Wednesday, 12:00 pm ET.

We want to see how YOUR congregation or school is showing the love of God to those around you.
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