Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind
Servant to Servant                                     9-7-2018

#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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Divine Call

Call Received
The Rev. David C. Gaddini, Fellowship of Faith, McHenry, IL, has received a call to serve as an Associate Pastor at Martin Luther Chapel, East Lansing, MI.
In our churches

Baptisms





The Rev. Winston and Anya Grieser's daughter was baptized at Abiding Faith, Florence, KY. 

God the Father has granted Hayden, of Advent, Zionsville, IN, the new birth in Holy Baptism.
The kingdom of God expanded among us at the baptism of Matthias, of Trinity, Scarsdale, NY. 
Outreach
Vicar Sawyer Meyers and members of  Concordia Lutheran Mission in Myerstown, PA, recently attended and had a vendor booth at a community event called Weekend at the Park. They are continually working to increase their community presence in order to share the good news of Jesus Christ with the people of Lebanon County. In November, they will begin having worship every Sunday at 11 am. For more information, visit concordialc.org
Tucson StandDown 2018
A StandDown event is a community-based event in which organizations come together to serve veterans and their families who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness, and connecting them with critical supportive services to help them gain and maintain housing stability.

Faith, Tuscon, AZ participated in Operation Barnabas StandDown 2018.  The event was very successful with 60 resource booths and 50 veteran participants.  Faith Lutheran Chapter gave away 30 adult bags, 10 children's bags and 25 Bibles.
Praying in sign
The Rev. Amadeus Gandy, Faith, Butler, PA, shares a variation of the Lord's Prayer in American Sign Language.


Church picnic
Concordia, Berwyn, IL held an outdoor worship service and church picnic in  Proska Park . A  picnic lunch, games, and a  magic show featuring world famous  Gary Kantor   followed. 






Makeover
The Rev. Ken Boudreau's office is getting a makeover! Special thanks to all the volunteers from Hope, Hastings, MN for fixing the floor, and giving the office a fresh coat of paint!



Many loving hands at work
Members of Peace in the Valley, Benson, AZ, designed and made this beautiful quilt. Bonnie White came up with the design, Carol Carlson asked that it represent our faith, Bonnie White, Carole Melander, Marilyn Stockburger Wix, and others did the cross stitching. Carole Melander and Yvonne Beckley did the finishing. Bonnie White penned a verse to share the religious meanings of the colors used, and Yvonne is creating a label for the back of the quilt. This quilt will be one of the two quilts raffled at the December Family Fun Festival! Outstanding work ladies!

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.
In our schools

St. John's, Hannibal, MO
The "bees" learning at carpet time. 
The "lambs" enjoying recess!





Frogs and fireflies
Students at  Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN,  learned about frogs and fireflies.


More exploring
Pre-K students, Shepherd King Preschool, West Bloomfield, MI,  loved exploring the Pre-K room. The children took turns telling stories in the puppet theater as well as preparing lots of yummy food in the kitchen.
Cross Country
It was a great morning for Redeemer Lutheran School's, Oakmont, PA, first cross country invitational of the season. Many of the participants played at a volleyball and/or soccer game the night before and got up the next morning to run in the cross country invitational. Students who ran the course in the past were able to improve their times and those that ran it for the first time finished well! And congratulations to Emenet for taking 15th place!
"Keep the Quote"
Sixth to 8th grade students at Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI have the chance to nominate their favorite quotes and sayings. Their teacher, Mrs. Doherty, chooses one and posts it in her classroom for all to see. Later, she gives the quote to the student or students who exemplified the message of the quote. This past week, the quote was given to these four students who truly displayed the quote from Kid President - "Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody." Great job showing God's love to those around you!
Campus Ministry
Martin Luther Chapel, East Lansing, MI, welcomed students and invited them to a prayer service on the campus of Michigan State University. An ice cream social was held following the prayer service.
Lutheran Student Fellowship of Pittsburgh
Lutheran Student Fellowship-International Student Ministry serves the Pittsburgh university community.  School is back in session and many events are already planned. Click here   for scheduling information.To be kept updated on the many student events, join their announcement e-group by sending an e-mail request to Rev. Eric Andrae.
126 attendees and over 50 volunteers
Construction Zone VBS
Children attending VBS at Hope, Hastings, MN were ready to build their lives according to code. Together they learned God's Word and hammered it home. They were taught how to build a life of character the way that Jesus showed us to do. The VBS kids had activities that allowed them to build on a firm foundation, not with bricks and stone but with challenges and excitement, including Interior Design Center (Bible stories), Hard Hat Area (games), Brown Bag Bistro (snacks), and Do-It-Yourself Crafts. Through hands-on activities kids were challenged to be humble, obedient, faithful, caring, and forgiving following Jesus - the model of perfection. 

Splash Canyon VBS
Bethesda, Chicago, IL hosted a Splash Canyon VBS. It was packed with thrills and spills as kids were able to Discover God's Promise on Life's Wild Ride. The kids learned that God is with us, God gives us life, He is faithful, He gives hope, and Jesus is our Savior. On life's wild ride, Jesus is always by our side!
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. 

Staff Introduction

Mrs. Holly Scheer joined the English District staff in August of 2018 as the District Communications/Media Facilitator. She lives in Cheyenne, WY, with her husband and four children. Her husband is the senior pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne. Holly is active on her church's Board of Evangelism, as well as with the church's local mercy work. 
Holly is a writer and blogger. Her work can be found at the Federalist, the Sisters of Katie Luther, Real Clear Politics, and the Wyoming Liberty Group. Holly has experience with social media, as well, and looks forward to serving the English District and hopes to be a source of encouragement for the congregations in the District.

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  Holly Scheer  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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