Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                        1-12-18

District Office will be closed
The English District office will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The office will reopen on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

In our churches
Sixty-year tradition
It is tradition for the members of Prince of Peace, Menomonee Falls, WI, to gather discarded live Christmas trees for an Epiphany service bonfire to mark the end of the Christmas season. Click
here to watch the news clip. (CT Kruger/Now News Group). The "Epiphany Tree Burning Service and Carols" is an outdoor singing festival. The attendees follow the Three Kings to sing praises to the Christ Child for the last time and burn remaining Christmas trees. Warm refreshments and fellowship follow the event, which is open to members and neighbors of Prince of Peace.

Installation services
Members of the leadership team at Fairlawn, Fairlawn, OH, were installed at the contemporary service on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Other team members were installed earlier at the traditional service.

Receiving blessings
In the past, the Servant to Servant eNewsletter has provided reports on how the Packages4Patriots ministry from Holy Spirit, Elk Grove Village, IL, blesses our military with wonderful care packages. This time, Packages4Patriots was on the receiving end of a blessing, as the Fox Valley Military Moms on a Mission filled their shelves. Check out the before and after photos. The first photo is of P4P's shelves after the September packing and the second photo was taken on January 9, 2018.
Christmas program
The Sunday school and the church choir from St. John's, Pembroke, ON, Canada, entertained guests with the Christmas program, From Heaven Above. It is a story told by angels, proclaiming the great news of the many wonderful gifts we receive through our Saviour Jesus Christ, who was born on that first Christmas morn.

Milestone birthday celebration
Meet the youngest and oldest members of Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior, Green Valley, AZ. Evelyn Kennard, age 7 months, helps to celebrate Irma Lundberg's 103rd birthday. Irma was born in 1914 in Green Valley, AZ. Happy birthday, Irma!
New members Cindy and Wilma were officially welcomed into the congregation at Grace, Wyoming, MI.
Team China Preparation
The Lutheran Church of the Prince of Peace in Menomonee Falls, WI is sending eight of its members to Hong Kong, China for a two-week mission trip, March 5-19, 2018. The group has a wide variety of talents that God has blessed them with to use in making disciples of all nations. The mission team members from Prince of Peace are Mert & Star Troeger, Nancy Brandon, Elizabeth Jentz, Mary Droegkamp, Victoria Droegkamp, Roger Kautz, and Kyle Re. They ask that you keep them in your prayers as they await their assignment and prepare to deliver the Good News of the Gospel.
In our schools
Meet the champs!
Congratulations to the eighth grade boys' basketball team from Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI. They are Dundee champs!!!
Martin Luther Christian School, Pennsauken, NJ, announced the winner of the Ugly Sweater Contest for the sixth and seventh grades. The proud artist poses for a photo, showing off her prize-winning art! Great job!
Inclement weather
Due to the bitter cold temperatures that many of our churches and schools recently experienced, the "Snowmen" had to stay indoors at Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN.
Divine Calls

Call Received
The Rev. Jeffrey N. Webb of Ponte Verda, FL, has received a call to serve Zion, North Highlands, CA.

Call Returned
The Rev. Timothy P. Kade, Epic, Shelby Township, MI, has returned the call to serve Zion, Lawrenceville, PA.
In our District
Get 2018 Life Sunday resources (bulletins, inserts, Bible studies, sermons, children's messages) here.
2018 Walk For Life Opportunities

Fort Wayne March For Life - Fort Wayne, Indiana
Saturday, January 27th 12:00 PM

OneLife Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California
Saturday, January 20th 12:00 PM

March For Life St. Augustine - St. Augustine, Florida
Saturday, January 13th 10:30 AM

Georgia March For Life - Atlanta, Georgia
Monday, January 23rd 1:00 PM

West Coast Walk For Life - San Francisco, California
Saturday, January 27th 12:30 PM

Missouri March & Rally - Jefferson City, Missouri
Saturday, January 27th 10:00 AM

Chicago March For Life - Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, January 14th 2:00 PM

National March For Life - Washington D.C.
Friday, January 19th 12:00 PM

Minnesota March For Life - St. Paul, Minnesota
Monday, January 22nd 12:00 PM

New Jersey March For Life - Trenton, New Jersey
Monday, January 22nd 11:00 AM

Tucson March For Life - Tucson, Arizona
The LCMS participants in the Tucson March for Life will be gathering at the
Campus Christian Center at 9:00 AM for prayer and then will proceed to join the March.
Saturday, January 20th 10:30 AM

Cleveland March For Life - Cleveland, Ohio
Saturday, January 13th 12:00 PM

Nebraska Walk For Life - Lincoln, Nebraska
LCMS Pre-Walk Gathering at Trinity Lutheran Church at 8:30 AM
Saturday, January 27th 10:00 AM
Meet Jean, who mourns the death of her child but who is reminded daily that "Jesus is always with me, even when I was on the hard, cold, abortion table."
Write a Hymn
You are invited to write and submit a hymn to be considered as the Convention Hymn for the 56th Regular Convention of the English District LCMS. The convention will be held June 19-21, 2018 on the campus of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI. The theme of the hymn: Love your neighbor as yourself. Deadline for all hymn submissions is Monday, January 22, 2018. Please email the lyrics and music to Bishop Jamison J. Hardy.

Tips for writing a hymn:
  • Begin with a Scripture passage.
  • Add visually descriptive or figurative language.
  • Choose a melody from a well known and beloved hymn.
  • Make it a rhyme or use repetition as a method.
  • End the hymn with your best line.
Free Webinar
Faith Formation in the Age of the Selfie - Part 1
The Michigan District LCMS is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 1:30 PM EST, to discuss the following:

What effect does constant engagement with social media, often through our personal devices, have on faith formation?
What are the challenges for faith formation in the Age of the Selfie?

This webinar will explore the nature of how social media and personal devices influence our lives in ways that deeply affect our faith. Part 1 will focus significantly on describing various cultural practices and habits that intersect with Christian spirituality in ways that are often perceived as benign but in fact may be detrimental. To participate, click here  to register.
February Prayer List
We encourage you to use the District prayer list for your daily personal,  congregational, school, classroom, staff, and circuit prayers. Please feel free to use this list in your weekend service folders, on the congregational website and in newsletters. 

Calling a seminary candidate
Is your congregation interested in requesting a candidate from the seminary to fill a vacancy? If so, please contact Administrative Assistant Kathy Stanis at 248-476-0039 ext. 320 or email her to receive information needed to request a candidate and how to obtain call documents online. Deadline to make a request and submit call documents to the English District office is February 1, 2018.
L.E.R.T. Training - Two opportunities in February
The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod has a history of responding to disasters throughout the world. Our response allows congregation members to confess Christ to their community, region, and world in the ways that they are willing to share the love of Christ. In February, there are two opportunities for adults of all ages and youth to participate in a training through Lutheran Early Response Teams (LERT). The cost is $35/person and includes training materials, an LCMS volunteer vest, and lunch.

Click here to register for Saturday, February 3, 2018 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Adrian, MI .

Click here  to register for Saturday, February 10, 2018 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hillsdale, MI.
Congregations - Final Remittance Reminder
The final receipts reporting cut-off for Fiscal Year Ending January 31, 2018 is Wednesday, February 14, 2018. 

Please note on your Remittance Advice form "FINAL 2017 REMITTANCE" when you submit your final remittance for 2017.

Guidelines for preparing year-end gift receipts
As you prepare your church's year-end receipts, please use Chapter 10 of the LCMS Congregational Treasurer's Manual as your resource. 

Click here for more information on preparing end of year receipts.
Tax changes
The Concordia Plan Services website has an article regarding the new tax reform and how it may impact employee benefits. Please click on the link below and share it with the leaders in your congregation that handle employment issues.

2018 English District Convention
Preparations are well underway for the English District Convention to be held June 19-21, 2018 at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI. Each congregation should be making preparations as well, and to facilitate communication regarding convention deadlines, we are emailing  convention e-notes to our congregations and pastors every month.

An informational letter and forms were mailed to every district congregation last fall from our District Secretary, Rev. Luke Zimmerman.  There is also a link to these forms on the English District website  2018 Convention page.  Official nomination forms for president and vice presidents were mailed in late November and are only available in printed format.  The nominations deadline is February 19, 2018. Please prayerfully consider pastors and laypersons who may serve well in the various elected positions.   If you are unable to locate your president and vice president nomination forms, please contact  Rev. Luke Zimmerman  (   or  717-636-1545) to receive another copy.
If you have questions, you may contact the District office ( or 800-755-9335) or Rev. Luke Zimmerman (  or 717-636-1545). 
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, 12:00 pm ET.

We want to see how YOUR congregation or school is "loving your neighbor as yourself."

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