Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                        9-22-17

#LoveThyNeighbor

Schools helping schools
Something that many people have been asking for in light of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is a way to help out those Lutheran (#LuthEd) schools affected by the storms. You now have a way to do that through the "School to School" program! Click  here for more information. Schools throughout the country are able to connect directly with affected schools and send them what they need as they recover from these disasters. Please consider donating today to help out your fellow #LuthEd schools!
 
To raise more money and have a little competition between the English District schools, Bishop Hardy has approved matching funds up to $1500. The match - 50%: $1 for $2 raised; now until September 30, 2017. 
 
This will be first-come, first-served to get the match. If you are having an event to raise money for a Texas school and would like it increased by 50%, contact School Ministry Executive Gail Holzer with the following:
  • Type of activity or event
  • The Texas school you have adopted
  • How much you have raised this month, or intend to raise by the end of September
  • Name of your school
  • Agreement to send photos of event
Once the event has been completed, the English District will cut a check to the school you have adopted and send it to you to include with your gift. Fifteen hundred dollars in matching funds means that together the English District will be able to give $4500 to those in need. The challenge is yours!
 
Questions? Contact Gail Holzer.  
Please Pray for Natural Disaster Victims
The Lutheran Church Extension Fund family invites you to pray with us for the victims of recent natural disasters. Harvey devastated Texas. Wildfires are raging in the West. Hurricane Irma tore through the Caribbean islands and Florida. All those involved need your prayers and more.

Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. 
Matthew 25:40


 
 
 
 
Helping to feed others
Recently, Share Local at Epic Church, Shelby Township, MI delivered groceries to neighbors in the area.
 


Sharing the Word
Volunteers from Concordia, Berwyn, IL, helped out at a worship service at The Scottish Home.
In our churches
 
Baptism!
Celebrating another new child of God at Grace, Elyria, OH. God's blessings to Grayson!
Kicking off a new season
Members of Peace, New Berlin, WI celebrated the beginning of the Sunday school year on September 10, 2017 with a "Kickoff Sunday." The church picnic took the form of a tailgate party in the church parking lot, featuring a special guest - Percy Therapy Dog, a Goldendoodle, owned and trained by Pastor Greg and Sue Michel.
Happy birthday, Pastor Williams!
The Rev. Herman Williams, Apostolic Lutheran Church,  Moses Lake, WA, turned 80 years old on September 2. The congregation showered their pastor of Irish decent with an Irish hat and a homemade cake, decorated with the Luther rose. God truly has blessed the congregation with a loving, confessional and very caring pastor, and they pray he continues his ministry with them for many more years, as he retired in 1999 for the first time!
Conference
The Rev. J. Derek Mathers  attended the Ministerial Care Coalition Conference last week. The focus was on caring for church workers and their families. Rev. Mathers said, "It's about mission -- caring for workers and families because they are valued gifts from God for the sake of the mission of the Church. It is a great honor and privilege to be with other servants with hearts for our families and workers."

Pie in the eye for charity
The Rev. John Diener, Grace, Wyoming, MI, volunteered to be the target... of a pie throwing contest! Proceeds were donated to a very worthy cause.
Corn maze
Grace, Redford, MI, hosted their 2017 Youth Fall Kickoff Corn Maze trip at Three Cedars Farm. The group had a great time bonding on a gorgeous fall day.
In our schools
Apple day!
Preschoolers at Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN, enjoyed an apple-themed Johnny Appleseed day.
Teddy bear week!
Pre-K students at Shepherd King Preschool, West Bloomfield, MI, enjoyed teddy bear-themed lessons. Students counted and weighed bears; built houses for their bears, practiced writing and finished the week with a Teddy Bear picnic.
Football fans
Students at Hales Corners, Hales Corners, WI, enjoyed visiting with members of the local Martin Luther High School (Greendale, WI) Spartan football team and sharing their Spartan pride! The Kindergarten and third grade classes participated in drills and practiced kicking the football. Some of the players were HCLS Alumni.
 
 
 
 
Congratulations!
Meet the newly elected student council at Martin Luther Christian School, Pennsauken, NJ.
 

 
In our District
Salary Guidelines for English District Congregations
Click here for the 2017-2018 salary guidelines. This is a resource providing guidance for Lutheran congregations of the English District.
Dennis Prager
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

 
 
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

2018 English District Convention
Preparations are underway for the 2018 English District Convention. The dates and location are set: June 19-21, 2018 at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI. It's time for each congregation to begin making preparations.
 
Every congregation should have received a letter from our District Secretary, Rev. Luke Zimmerman, as well as forms to use in the next several months for circuit forums, delegate selection, nominations and overtures.  These forms are also located on the English District website 2018 Convention page.  Official nomination forms for president and vice presidents will be mailed at a later date and will not be available on the website.
 
If you have questions, you may contact the District office ( poke@englishdistrict.org  or 248-476-0039) or Rev. Luke Zimmerman ( revzimmerman@gmail.com  or 717-636-1545).
Resources
 
Reformation 500
The English District website offers information and devotions on the upcoming Reformation 500 Anniversary.
 
Additionally, the LCMS has a Reformation website that is worth exploring.  It details the significance of the Lutheran Reformation centered on Christ-crucified for the forgiveness of our sins and its ongoing relevance for today.
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Share the Reformation story
Whether through an outreach event, curriculum, or children's Reformation service, share the suspense of the Reformation and the important truths rediscovered by Martin Luther-that by grace and faith in Christ alone we are saved. Click here  to get an infographic to help with educational planning.
Communications Corner
Concordia Technology Solutions posted a very helpful article on securing your church's devices. Click  here to read about how to make sure your devices are protected!
Start your new employees off right!
It's a nervous time we've all been through - the first days at a new job. Concordia Plan Services wants to help make it easier for new employees to get acclimated. Click   
here for information and tools to help.  
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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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ! 
 
As hurricanes come, and go, people in a ff ected areas appreciate the spiritual support that missionaries give. We assure them that natural disasters are not an indication that God has
abandoned us. Far from it. Times of trouble are occasions for contemplating our dependence upon God's strength and our standing before Him as His redeemed children.

Please click  here to read our newsletter.
 
Your fellow workers in Christ,
Cheryl & Jonathan Naumann
  

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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