Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                        9-8-17

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Hurricane Harvey
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 10 to go toward the relief efforts of Hurricane Harvey.
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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.
 
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LCEF, Thrivent announce funds for Harvey relief
Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) and Thrivent Financial have announced new grants and a matching fund, respectively, to assist Hurricane Harvey victims.
Through its Kaleidoscope Fund, LCEF is providing:
  • $250,000 to LCMS Disaster Response, which walks alongside disaster victims to provide emergency and long-term relief. The funds are earmarked specifically for assistance to those with Hurricane Harvey damages.
  • a total of $100,000 in grants to LCEF borrowers - both ministries and rostered church workers - who have been affected by the storm.

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Hurricane Irma
The English District is a managing partner of the DRLM (Dominican Republic Lutheran Mission). Please keep that ministry, our missionaries and their families, as well as all the people of the Caribbean and Florida in your prayers in the wake of Hurricane Irma and as it continues in its path of destruction.
  


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Wildfires
Please pray for everyone who is affected by the wildfires in the western U.S., including Montana where almost 1 million acres has burned since the beginning of summer.

In all circumstances
This month the chapel offerings from Redeemer, Oakmont, P A  will be sent to Lutheran High South Academy (LHSA), Houston, TX. The school sustained massive flooding during Hurricane Harvey. Redeemer students Skyped with the administrator of LHSA last week. The school hopes to be reopened and ready for classes soon.

In our churches
 
Campus Ministry kickoff
A luncheon and open house were held at First Trinity, Pittsburgh, PA by the Lutheran Student Fellowship. The Rev. Eric R. Andrae, Campus Pastor at First Trinity, shared that students and alumni from Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Point Park University, and Duquesne University attended the event.
In our schools
Learning is fun!
Ms. Smith and her students at Martin Luther Christian School, Pennsauken, NJ, are learning cooperation, responsibility, empathy, self-control and assertion while reading "Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun"!
Welcome!
New teacher Maria B. and assistant Christy K. are blessed and installed as they begin the academic year at Grace Beginnings Preschool, Wyoming, MI.
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Happy to be back!
Shepherd King Preschool students in West Bloomfield, MI, had tons of fun on their first day of school! They reunited with old friends and engaged in fun play with new friends.
Learning through teamwork
Third and fourth graders from Bethesda International Academy, Chicago, IL, did a fun team-building activity - rescuing Fred (a gummy worm) who capsized his boat (cup) and lost his life preserver. They could only use 4 paper clips (not their hands) to get Fred in his life preserver.
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 ejentzen@englishdistrict.org.
 
In our district
 
English District Missions Council
A big thank you to The Rev. James Huenink, Circuit Visitor for Chicago-South, for attending the English District Missions Council this past week! This group meets twice a month with the purpose of supporting, encouraging, and equipping the many different missions of the District. Pastor Huenink kindly lent his time and expertise to inform the members about the many opportunities that exist in the Chicago area.  
  
If you're a Circuit Visitor and wish to attend an English District Missions Council meeting, please contact The Rev. J. Derek Mathers or The Rev. Justin Laughridge. The Missions Council would love to support your circuit in its missions, too!

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.

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,

Greetings in Christ from Ghana!

Click here to read our recent newsletter. Pease find some time to read and pray for our prayer concerns. We need all the prayers that we can get from you dear saints in the States. Know that we are praying for you.

We commend you to Christ,
Rev. Dale and Suzanne Kaster
Your International Workers iin Ghana, West Africa

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Dear Family and Friends, 

Please read our newsletter. Our prayers are with you, and we are thankful for your prayers for us. Please keep us and our neighboring islands in prayer as we anticipate the possibility of Hurricane Irma landing this week.  
  
God be with you all,
En Cristo,
  
Rev. Ted & Rebecca Krey, 
Esther, Matthias, Natalia, Evangeline & Azariah

October Prayer List
 
We encourage you to use the prayer list for your daily personal,
congregational, school, classroom, staff, and circuit prayers to the Lord, our God. Please feel free to use this list in your weekend service folders, on the congregational website or in newsletters. 
 
October Prayer List
 
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: www.bestpracticesheartland.com.

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
https://smile.amazon.com/ch/38-1675740 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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