Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind
Servant to Servant                                     8-31-2018





Installation
The Rev. Justin R. Schmidt was installed as the Senior Pastor of Peace, McMurray, PA on Sunday, August 26, 2018. Bishop Jamison J. Hardy officiated the service.





Induction Service
Chapel of the Cross, St. Louis, MO, held an Induction Service on Sunday, August 26, 2018 for Vicar James Marriott. 

Pictured are Ben Marriott (Jim's brother), Vicar James Marriott, wife Kristi, children Kirstin and Joel. 

Labor Day
The English District office will be closed on Monday, September 3, 2018 in observance of Labor Day. Have a blessed and safe holiday!
#LovetheLordYourGod

The English District has launched a new model for funding missions in which every congregation is invited to participate. It involves every baptized member of the Body of Jesus in your congregation. It shows how much can be accomplished by many, giving little.  Here's the plan: $1/per baptized member/per week.
Questions? Contact Rev. Derek Mathers  or Rev. Justin Laughridge.

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In our churches


God loves a cheerful giver
A Dollar for Missions has been adopted by Morning Star, Lakeside, CA. Here we see two of God's children cheerfully placing their dollar bills in the mission offering box.

Serving their community
Volunteers from Peace, O'Fallon, MO showed their love for God by serving their community at a recent concert. They offered rock painting for the kids of all ages and provided snacks & bottled water on a warm summer evening.
Fairlawn's Pastors



Annual Picnic
Fairlawn, Fairlawn, OH, held their Rally Day with an outdoor service, picnic and fun and games on the church grounds. 



Noisy offering
Prince of Peace, Medina, OH, celebrated "Noisy Offering Sunday." Members filled their pockets with change and gave their coins as an offering to support missions.
Water ski show
The 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and their families from St. Mark, Janesville, WI, recently attended a Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show. 



Mom's night out
Family of Christ, Phoenix, AZ treated moms to a special night out!


God's Got Your Back
Sunday school students at Peace, McMurray, PA participated in the Blessing of the Backpacks. They also colored their own God's Got Your Back backpack tags as they quietly prayed for their teachers, administrators and all students.



Blessing
At Grace, Wyoming, MI parents, kids and backpacks received a blessing at the start of the school year.



Putt Putt
Children and youth of Holy Spirit, Elk Grove Village, IL, had an enjoyable time playing mini golf.


#Backtoschool
In our schools

Retreat
The middle school & high school students and faculty of Redeemer, Oakmont, PA went on a retreat to  Camp AlleghenyThey focused on team building, Bible study, leadership, service, responsibility, and wisdom. On their way home they visited the Flight 93 Memorial  in Somerset, PA. 
Camp Allegheny
Flight 93 Memorial
Bienvenidos - Welcome!
Children returned for the first day of school at Concordia Lutheran Preschool in Licey, Dominican Republic. The school is supported through the English District partnership with Dominican Republic Lutheran Mission and is the sister school of Ascension Early Child Care Center, Beverly Hills, MI.




DEAR time
What is DEAR time at St. John's, Hannibal, MO? It's when the students Drop Everything And Read!

Spreading God's love
St. John's, Pembroke, ON, Canada held their SPLASH Canyon Vacation Bible School with 96 children attending and over 40 volunteers assisting.  The children brought in hygiene items for local shelters and hospitals as their mission project. Over 450 items were collected! Although a short term solution to the bigger problem of homelessness and poverty, it was one small way the VBS children could spread God's love.
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.
Contest!
Show off your photography talents by submitting a recent picture of your LCMS church. LCEF will pick the top three favorite photos and announce the winners throughout the week of September 10 on their Facebook page. Top prize is a $100 Visa gift card. Photos must be received by September 4, 2018.
Contest Rules and Details
News from our International Workers
We have moved to Prague!  It has been a busy couple of months saying our goodbyes in Ghana, packing our items, moving to Prague, and getting to know our work, the city, and our fellow Eurasia team members. Click  here  to read our newsletter.

Rev. Dale and Suzanne Kaster 
Your International Workers in Prague, Czechia
Gift Planning Training
October 2-4, 2018 | Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI
The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Foundation's Lifetime Plan for Giving courses equip participants to develop a biblical gift-planning service within your stewardship ministry landscape. It is offered several times a year in different locations across the country. This training is for leaders (paid and unpaid) who want to encourage people in their generosity beyond the offering plate or periodic campaigns. Attendees will develop confidence to guide people to fulfill their goals for the people and ministries they love. Course attendees will each receive a certificate of attendance and be eligible for a Christian Gift Planner (CGP) certificate upon successful completion of a guided field experience.  Click  here  to register.  
Prayerfully Consider Visit
October 17-20, 2018
The Prayerfully Consider Visit invites men and women of all ages to explore the pastoral and diakonal training happening at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN (CTSFW), and gives a time for contemplation on the vocations of pastor and deaconess, offering an occasion for prospective students to envision themselves stepping into the formation happening at Concordia Theological Seminary.

Seminary holds visitation events for prospective students
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO has scheduled a variety of  on-campus visitation events for prospective students for the 2018-19 academic year.

All events are aimed at providing a preview of the Seminary's ministerial formation experience as students prepare for pastoral and diaconal ministry. 

National Youth Gathering
The LCMS Youth Gathering provides thousands of youth and adults the opportunity to come together as a community of God's people to learn about Jesus Christ,  the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity.  The Gathering will be held July 11-15, 2019 in Minneapolis, MN.
 
Congregations may begin entering registration information online September 5, 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.
 
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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  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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