Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                        9-1-17

We show our love for our brothers and sisters of the Texas District LCMS by helping financially. Please consider a special door offering at your services on September 3 and September 10 to go toward the relief efforts of Hurricane Harvey.

Please see the brief note and donation link below.


Bishop Jamison J. Hardy

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Hurricane Harvey - From the Texas District LCMS
We are very grateful for the concern and willingness of people from around the nation to help out the congregations of the Texas District LCMS who have been flooded and blown apart by Hurricane Harvey. Your assistance is highly valued. There are immediate needs and long-term needs:
  1. Pray. We need the fervent prayers of God's people. Pray for patience, wisdom, safety and courage. Pray that Jesus will be seen in the response of God's people.
  2. Financial resources. As assessments are being made and greatest needs are being determined, financial assistance will allow the district to resource people whose property has been damaged as well as provide supplies for future volunteers who will come to clean up or even rebuild homes, schools and churches.
In addition to on-line giving, checks may be mailed to:
Texas District Relief
c/o Mrs. Linda Hagge
7900 Highway 290 East
Austin, TX 78724

All of the funds Texas District receives from your donations will be used to assist the disaster relief efforts.
Ordination and Installations
On Saturday, August 26, 2017, Candidate James Grady was ordained at Advent, Zionsville, IN. He was then installed as the Assistant Pastor of the congregation. Bishop Jamison J. Hardy officiated.
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The Rev. Winston P. A. Grieser was installed as Pastor of Abiding Faith, Florence, KY on Sunday, August 27, 2017. The Rev. Mark Braden, Zion, Detroit, MI was the guest preacher and The Rev. Chad D. Trouten, Circuit Visitor, Bethany, Ft. Wayne, IN officiated the installation.




Guest Preacher 

Concordia University Wisconsin opened its 137th academic year and its 35th year in Mequon with a traditional Opening Service on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM. The service was held in the university's Chapel of the Christ Triumphant.

The Rev. Dr. Jamison Hardy, a Concordia alumnus and Bishop of the English District LCMS served as guest preacher.

In your neighborhood
You're never too young to help serve others... even if you get tuckered out afterwards. The ServeLocal Team from Epic Church, Shelby Township, MI, took prayer and groceries to 10 families on Sunday, August 27, 2017.

Around the world
Packages4Patriots, a ministry of care packages for service members at Holy Spirit, Elk Grove Village, IL, received expressions of gratitude from some of our troops regarding the "Operation Christmas in July" packages they received which included notes and drawings from students and scouts.
In our churches
Food, fun and fellowship
Concordia, Berwyn, IL had an outdoor worship service and a church picnic on Sunday, August 27, 2017. Everyone in attendance had a wonderful time!
Special moment
A special moment of prayer and the blessing of Vicar Jesse Schlie and Hold Fast Fellowship: LCMSU at UA, Tucson, AZ, happened during the Annual Fall Kickoff event.
Martin Luther Chapel, East Lansing, MI, celebrated the Baptism of Rebecca Anne Schleusener. It's always exciting to witness God blessing His children!
Hanging around
Peer Leaders for Senior Youth Ministry at Christ the Shepherd, Alpharetta, GA, meet in the new "treehouse" youth room. Peer Leaders are high school students who lead small groups of senior youth based on the Bible topic for the night. 
Rally Day!
Great fun was had by everyone at the Prince of Peace, Medina, OH, Rally Day picnic and celebration on Sunday, August 27, 2017.
In our schools
Back to school!
Students returned to class at Grace English, Chicago, IL.

Bubbles and a welcome
In keeping with tradition, the students at Martin Luther Christian School, Pennsauken, NJ had their first chapel service outside. They blew bubbles to represent how unique each student is just as each bubble is unique. The Rev. Robert Bruggeman led this cherished tradition! The school also welcomed Ms. Burroughs, their new Pre K 4 teacher.
Attention Schools!
2017-18 District Grade and Enrollment forms were emailed to all schools on August 10, 2017 for updating. By informing the 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 can be returned through U.S. mail, emailed, or faxed (248-476-0188) and is due back by Friday, September 15, 2017. The updated English District school directory will be emailed to all schools shortly thereafter. If you have any questions, please contact Evelyn Jentzen at 248-476-0039 or
Dennis Prager
In our District
Conferences at Our Savior, Hartland, MI
Author and Columnist, Dennis Prager, will be the keynote speaker on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church (13667 W. Highland Rd., Hartland, MI 48353) for the annual conference entitled "The Body of Christ and the Public Square." The conference is from 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM. The cost is $25.00 and a buffet style lunch is included. Seating is limited. Other speakers include Dr. Thomas Burke, professor of Religion and Philosophy, Hillsdale College; The Rev. Dr. Jamison J. Hardy, Bishop of the English District of the LCMS; Senator and candidate for Michigan Governor, Patrick Colbeck; and The Rev. Christopher I. Thoma, Pastor of Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hartland, MI. Please register for the event by clicking here  or by calling 248-887-4300.

The Body of Christ  and the Public Square - Promotional Poster
Louie Gohmert
The following Saturday, October 14, 2017, Our Savior will host a "Religious Liberty Discussion" from 9:00 AM until Noon with U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert. Other speakers that day will include former federal judge William Wagner; Senator Joe Hune; and Senator Patrick Colbeck. Morning refreshments will be available. The cost is $10.00. Again, seating is limited, so register soon by clicking here  or calling 248-887-4300.

Religious Liberty Discussion - Promotional Poster

Communications Corner
What is SEO? How can it help our church?
SEO is "Search Engine Optimization." By using keywords and phrases, your website and blog posts can rank higher when people are Googling. Concordia Technology Solutions has a very helpful and free download that you can keep handy. Click here for your free SEO checklist, to make sure you don't forget important items for your website!

Free choir robes!
Grace English Church, Chicago, IL, has several sizes and types of choir robes available at no charge to a congregation that can make use of them.
  • Adult Sizes: 2 - 42"; 2 - 45"; 8 - 48"; 8 - 51"; 10 -54"; 13 - 57"; 5 - 60"
  • Children's Sizes: 11 - Small; 12 - Medium; 8 - Large
For further information, email Barb Quinn  or call her at 773-744-6603.

English District Board of Directors 

Click here to read the Board Bulletins from the August 2017 English District Board of Directors meeting.

English District Blog
Who is my "Nextdoor" neighbor?
By Tom Kuwazaki, Morning Star Lutheran Church, Lakeside CA

In Luke 10:25, a lawyer started asking Jesus questions and in Luke 10:29, to justify himself, he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus then starts to share with the lawyer the Parable of the Good Samaritan. In Luke 10:36-37, Jesus shares, ""Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed him mercy." And Jesus said to him, "You go, and do likewise.""

If you have a mission or ministry story you'd like to share, please submit for consideration via email to Lynne Cobb at

The English District office will be closed on Monday, September 4, 2017 in observance of Labor Day.
Jesus said, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20

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Many thanks from our family to all of you. It's only your generosity, support, and trust that allow us to continue serving in this capacity, here and throughout Asia. We take great joy in the vocations we've been given, but can only continue because you are honoring your vocations in your places. God grant us all His continued peace and strength to serve in gratitude to Him for all He has done for us in Christ.

Click here to read our recent newsletter.
Yours humbly in Him,
The Ferry Family
Charles, Cheryl, Caleb, Caitlin, Carissa, Cassandra, and Chloe

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ! 

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here to read our newsletter! God has been at work here in the Dominican Republic and we are so excited to share the latest news with you! 
Thank you for your communication via email (
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Your fellow workers in Christ,
Cheryl & Jonathan Naumann
Best Practices Conference
St. Peter's, Columbus, IN, will host "Best Practices for Ministry: Heartland" on October 11-13, 2017.  The Best Practices conferences work with the philosophy of offering a totally free conference to help churches to find new ideas for how to best serve God and others using the gifts that God has given in the setting in which God has placed the congregation. While you are at the event, we will feed you and provide opportunities to worship as well as to relax -- all for FREE. You just provide your time and travel/lodging costs. Visit our website for the registration link and for more details:

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 LCMS.
 Bookmark the link and support us every time you shop.
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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