Love your neighbor as yourself

Servant to Servant                                    9-30-16
 Ordination and Installation
Celebration day in the life of the Church of St. Luke - Lutheran, Toronto, ON
The eighth pastor of the congregation, Pastor Justin Park, was ordained and installed as Associate Pastor of the congregation on September 25. Currently, St. Luke has a senior pastor, three associate pastors, and one serving emeritus pastor. Praise God! The congregation is also profoundly blessed with many amazing and wonderful lay leaders, all working together in God's mission to the end that "Jesus is the centre of life for everyone in our community."

Bishop on the road

Bishop Jamison Hardy was welcomed warmly by the people of God at Hope Lutheran in Kitchener, Ontario. They are doing wonderful ministry among the people of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

Church and school activities
In Our Churches

Happy anniversary!

Christ English, Chicago, IL celebrated its 125th anniversary on Sunday, September 25, 2016.

Pictured left: Rev. Rob Rogers, Vice President-Midwest Region, and Rev. C. J. Wright, Pastor

Eagle Scout Projects

Eagle Scout projects are enhancing and helping at Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Medina, OH. The beautiful outdoor chapel was created by Matthew Leu, and Bill Blake created a new storage cabinet for the Board of Social Ministry to house their food for the needy.
In Our Schools

Joyful Noise

Bethesda International Academy, Chicago, IL students made a joyful noise at their Christian Education Sunday service, September 25. 


Grace English School, Chicago, IL, recently received their Certificate of Recognition for Nonpublic Schools for the State of Illinois. Congratulations!

Preschool off to great start!

St. Paul's Lutheran, St. Clair Shores, MI, just finished their first full week and are happy to have such a great group of children and parents. They are starting a "Pray Pal" program with the congregation and the preschool children.  On October 9 they will have a preschool Sunday to welcome the new families.  The students also made crosses for Holy Cross day. 

Growth and Enrichment

Pastor Justin Hannemann, Pastor David Muench, leader, and Rev. J Derek Mathers, at the Ministerial Care Coalition (MC2) Conference last week sponsored by Concordia Plan Services.

Concordia Plan Services has formed MC2 to assist in the effort to elevate the level of care for all who are engaged in the important work of ministry in The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod and their families. The goal of the Ministerial Care program is not only to help our ministers work towards being healthier and happier, but to extend the gospel of Jesus Christ to all of the places so desperately in need of the love of Christ by taking care of those ministers.
A request from the bishop
If you know of a rostered LCMS Ordained Minister who is currently on "Candidate Status" and would like to be considered for a call, please email the name of the pastor to Bishop Jamison J. Hardy at Thank you!


Our apologies to Rev. Brian Westgate.  In last week's Servant to Servant, we listed Rev. William Douthwaite instead of him as one of the pastors leading devotions at the Eastern Regional Pastors Conference in Buffalo. We're very sorry for the mistake.
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How do we fit it all in the hours that the LORD has given us?  Vicki Helmling, Administrator at Grace English Lutheran School in Chicago, today's guest blogger, gives us a little perspective on time.

  Read more.

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The English District Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod supports and funds missions, from our churches' local communities to people across the globe. Your gifts provide
  • Grants to plant and support new mission churches.
  • Continued support of campus ministries across the District, which provide worship, Bible study, and the resources needed to care for and plant seeds of faith among students on college campuses.
  • Scholarships to students studying at the seminaries and Concordia universities.
  • Support to our partnership with the Dominican Republic Lutheran Mission (DRLM), touching the lives of others by training leaders, planting mission churches, caring for children with disabilities, and building schools.
  • Grants to encourage growth and ministry within English District schools.
  • And much, much more.
Whether it is a scholarship or basic humanitarian need, we seek to "love our neighbors as ourselves" in all we do. Your financial support can assist us in doing more in Christ's name. To support English District ministries 
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News from our international workers

Dear Friends in Christ,

Greetings in the name of the Lord. We pray that all of you had an enjoyable summer. Thank you for your prayers and financial support. God's richest blessings!

Click here to read our newsletter.

In Christ,
Rev. Daniel, Kathy, and Ana Conrad
International Workers to Mexico

Detroit Lutheran Singers

The fall concert series for the Detroit Lutheran Singers begins Sunday, October 23 with two concerts in the Detroit metro area. Visit their website for more information.

Send us your stories!
Please send pictures and stories from your church or school to  Kathy Stanis for possible inclusion.
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