Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                         8-25-17


Comforting those suffering
Christ the Shepherd, Alpharetta, GA, has welcomed Lutheran Church Charities' (LCC) K-9 Comfort Dog Luke as part of their outreach mission to their community. The Kare 9 Veteran handler is Christine Krueger, U.S. Army veteran. Other handlers include: Craig Adams, Judy Adams, Beverly Bergamini, Joan Beverly, Rev. Kevin Elseroad, Mark Fishback, Sharon Fishback, Shari Kappel, Barbara Kuester, Nancy Scheppmann and Clay Zimmerman.
According to LCC's latest newsletter, "The handlers and caregivers from each of these churches learned about the mission of sharing the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need. They spent time reflecting, journaling, sharing, and praying as they answered the question, "Who is Jesus?" They also learned commands and how to handle their new LCC K-9 Comfort Dog so they can go out as a team and serve those in need." Learn more about LCC K-9 Comfort Dog ministries by clicking here

Caring for students
Trinity, Scarsdale, NY, had a Back-to-School Backpack Drive for youth and educational institutions in need in time for the start of the academic year. They supported the Lois Bronz Day Care Center and the R.J. Bailey Elementary School. The Outreach Committee put together this wonderful project, which has inspired the generosity of the members to no end!

In our churches
On Sunday, August 20, 2017, Candidate Philip Gai was ordained and installed as EIIT Associate Pastor of the Church of St. Mark, Mississauga, ON, Canada. Following the Rite of Ordination, the Sudanese members spontaneously burst into praise and dance, celebrating their newly ordained pastor. The joy was uplifting to all and humbling to Pastor Gai. Bishop Jamison J. Hardy, after the praise had naturally come to a close, commented that he would take their response as their acceptance of Pastor Gai, as their pastor and completed the Rite of Installation.

Lily Kate was welcomed into God's family through God's own gift of Holy Baptism at St. Luke's, Toronto, ON, Canada. Lily is the daughter of Ashley and Jubin (they are on the right of the picture). Together with Lily, there were 22 adult and child baptisms at the church in the last two weeks.
New workers!
The English District's new pastors and professional church workers attended a conference at the District office on August 17-18. Welcome to the District!

Thank you!
We are thankful for English District congregations like Prince of Peace, Medina, OH and Redeemer Lutheran, Lincoln, NE, and their leadership who hosted our English District Youth Servant Events this summer. Their congregations were welcoming and very supportive to our mission through youth. 
Now is the time to form a leadership team and begin planning for our 2018 summer Youth Servant Events. The desire is to have two host congregations, one east, and the other west of the Mississippi. Now is also the time to establish a leadership team to plan ahead.
If you are interested in being part of the planning team and working with other high-quality leaders or having your congregation host the event, please contact me as soon as possible. It is our desire to have these quality events in the years between the National Youth Gathering.

The Rev. J. Derek Mathers
Assistant to the Bishop/Missions Executive
248-476-0039 ext. 311

Grace, Redford, MI, held a community Fun Fair on Sunday, August 20, 2017. The congregation welcomed people in their neighbor to the Fun Fair and invited them to bring their children to Vacation Bible School (August 21-25). The Fun Fair had a dunk tank and other activities, but the dunk take stole the show. Below are pictures of The Rev. Timothy Halboth successfully dunking The Rev. Zachary Marklevitz.

Historic celebration
Beautiful Savior, Lee's Summit, MO, hosted a Christian Heritage Museum. Families shared heirlooms and historical items, and a delicious German-cuisine inspired breakfast was served.

Fond farewell
Grace, Wyoming, MI, said "farewell" to two charter members of the congregation. Jacob and Harriet Diehm - both World War II veterans - who, at 99 years of age, will be starting another new adventure - moving to Florida to be near their children. It was an emotional farewell to their church family, but they were sent with God's love and the promise of God's blessing that He would be with them always and never forsake them.

Up in smoke
King of Glory, Sylvania, OH, hosted a "Mortgage Payoff Celebration" on August 20, 2017, where they ceremoniously burned the mortgage. The festivities also included a meal, a bounce house for kids and a lot of other fun activities.

Watching the heavens
The Rev. Michael Brown, Redeemer, Lincoln, NE, shared a photo of the 2017 Solar Eclipse. Lincoln had 74 seconds of total darkness.

In our schools
It's back to school time! Here's how our district's schools are preparing for the academic year:
At Martin Luther Christian School, Pennsauken, NJ, The Rev. Robert Bruggeman blesses the teachers before one of many professional development trainings.

Teachers were installed and commissioned at West Portal, San Francisco, CA.

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The faculty at Hales Corners, Hales Corners, WI, has been working hard to prepare for the new school year. Did you know that their families help, too? It's been an 'all hands on deck' start to the school year with many changes and classrooms moving. The teachers' spouses, children, parents, siblings, nieces, nephews and friends are a blessing to the school! Additionally, Hales Corners Lutheran Church held a "Blessing of the Backpacks" for students as they prepare for a new school year.

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The staff at Redeemer, Oakmont, PA, returned for training and CPR classes.
Communications Corner
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Called to Glory

The Rev. Wayne E. Rutz was called to glory on Thursday, August 17, 2017. There will be a memorial service at Redeemer, Ft. Wayne, IN on September 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM. He is survived by his wife, Carolina Rodriguez.

English District Blog
What does parallel parking have to do with campus ministry? Today's guest blogger shares a story about teaching and sharing life skills - as well as the Gospel. 

By Augusta R. Mennell

We must have looked crazy as we tried over and over again to parallel park our car. We did this many times on many afternoons. Isuri from Sri Lanka was practicing her parking so that she could pass her driver's test.

Campus Ministry at All Saints Lutheran Church and Student Center wants to be available to help international and American college students who attend Slippery Rock University. We're here to take students to the Giant Eagle for groceries. We are here to listen to their problems. Some face the clash of two cultures; so they want to know how to convince their parents to let them marry the person they love, rather than going along with tradition and allowing their parents to make the choice of a mate. Others want help dealing with a boyfriend or girlfriend who has been unfaithful. And some, like Isuri, ask for help learning how to drive a car.

Augusta R. Mennell is the Campus Ministry Director at All Saints Lutheran Church and Student Center in Slippery Rock, PA. If you have a mission or ministry story you'd like to share, please submit for consideration via email to Lynne at

Back-to-school shopping!
Whether you are ordering books, supplies or clothes, remember to #StartWithaSmile! Why? Because Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to the English District of
The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. Bookmark the link
and support us every time you shop.
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.
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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