Love your neighbor as yourself
Servant to Servant                                        1-26-18

Bishop Hardy's Parish Visit
Bishop Jamison J. Hardy enjoyed the time he spent with The Rev. C. J. Wright when he visited Christ English, Chicago, IL on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

Voice for the unborn
Many people from the Arizona South Circuit attended the Tucson, AZ, March for Life on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

Feeding the hungry
ServeLocal , Epic Church, Shelby Township, MI, delivered groceries to ten families and also prayed with them on Sunday, January 21, 2018.
In our churches
Circuit Forum
The Detroit North and South Circuit Forum met on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Angelica, Allen Park, MI, to elect circuit visitors, Synod convention delegates, and consider overtures to send to the English District Convention In June 2018.
Bible day
Children at Peace, McMurray, PA, received their first Bibles, distributed by Bishop Jamison J. Hardy, during the worship service on Sunday, January 21, 2018.
Award winning student
Congratulations to Tanner for being the first student to receive the "Bible to Class" award at Hope, Hastings, MN. Tanner brought his Bible to Sunday school ten times. In addition to a certificate and award presentation, he received a special pin and will go on the "Wall of Fame."

Lutheran Bible Translators says, "Thank you!" to Risen Savior, Green Valley, AZ, for recently hosting their Board of Directors meeting and dinner event.

The Rev. J. Derek Mathers,  Assistant to the Bishop/Mission Executive, co-facilitated a Re:Vitality "Connect To Disciple" workshop on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Rev. Mathers said that hose who attended, including Pastor Mark Ebert, Pastor Michael Brown and DCE Rod Lane, did a good job of working through the material. There was still discussion about the material on Sunday morning. A commitment was made to work through the nine characteristics of healthy churches. 
In our schools
English District schools celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week, January 21-27, 2018. Thank you to all who have sent or posted pictures for us to share. There were so many wonderful pictures, and we have highlighted some in Servant to Servant. For others, check out the photos online, either on Facebook or Twitter, using the hashtags #NLSW18 or #LuthEd or #EngDistNLSW18.
Monday Funday
"Multiple Monday" kicked off #NLSW at Emmanuel - St. Michael Lutheran School, Ft. Wayne, IN.

Family fun
There was a great turn out and a lot of fun at Family Fun Night, hosted at Fairlawn School, Fairlawn, OH.
"J" Week
Students at Shepherd King Preschool, West Bloomfield, MI, learned about the letter "J". The staff were proud of the children who informed them that J is for Jesus.
Bright students!
First graders from Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners, WI, had a blast bowling and glowing in their neon colors while celebrating #NLSW18!




Team spirit
Students at Martin Luther Christian School, Pennsauken, NJ, started out #NLSW18 by wearing their favorite team's jersey.

Krazy kiddies
Students of all ages at Grace English, Chicago, IL, had fun on Wacky-Tacky Tuesday, January 23, 2018. They celebrated a school-spirit day during #NLSW18 by wearing their clothes backwards and creating silly hair styles, among other fun events.
"M" Week
Students at Faith Preschool of Jacob's Well, Ft. Wayne, IN, enjoyed "M" week, which included music.
Dress like an author
Redeemer Lutheran School, Oakmont, PA, kicked off Lutheran Schools Week with a "Meet the Author Day/Dress as Your Favorite Character" event. They found some characters in their midst!
Patriotic day
Students at Bethesda International Academy, Chicago, IL, celebrated #NLSW18 by dressing in red, white and blue.
Preschool shares with community
In the fall, St. Paul's Lutheran Preschool, Long Beach, CA, hosted a "Back-to-School Dinner," which was free for the preschoolers and their immediate families. Over 200 people were in attendance. The volunteer team, made up of preschool staff and church members, worked hard to make the night a warm, inviting time of family, fellowship and fun. The evening commenced in the sanctuary where The Rev. Brandon Jones welcomed everyone and gave a brief overview of the parts of the Catechism that the children would be learning throughout the year. After blessing the food, Pastor Jones invited the families to assemble for the dinner, which was catered by a taco truck and supplemented by the ladies of the church and the preschool. After dinner and dessert, all the raffle winners were announced. The prizes were provided by local businesses and/or donated by preschool and church families. Rev. David Thiele, Lutheran Church Extension Fund Vice President, also donated a gift certificate for a new Young Investor Club account. The evening concluded with the families visiting their children's classrooms, where they met the teachers, saw artwork and projects, and more. This event is held yearly and is a wonderful Christian outreach for the preschool and an opportunity to share the life-saving faith of our Lord Jesus Christ with the families in the community who entrust their children to St. Paul's.
In our District
Annual Giving - Thank you!

The English District Board of Directors would like to thank all who gave generously in this year's annual giving campaign. Almost $12,000 was raised for the Endowment Fund of which the earnings will continue to help fund the mission and ministry of the English District.

As the fund continues to grow, the earnings will allow us to lend more support to our missions and church workers, which you can read about here. For giving opportunities, click here.   Thank you again, and may God bless His people as they give generously.
Called to Glory
Greta Hahn, wife of Rev. Dr. Ernest Hahn (Emeritus), entered into eternal life on Thursday, January 18, 2018.  The visitation and funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Church, 136 Margaret Ave., Kitchener, ON, Canada, N2H 4H9. 

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

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

Nebraska Walk For Life - Lincoln, Nebraska
LCMS Pre-Walk Gathering at Trinity Lutheran Church at 8:30 AM
Saturday, January 27th 10:00 AM
English District Blog

Voice of Faith, a ministry of Faith, Naples, FL, is one of the missions supported by the English District LCMS.
The outreach is twofold. First, they bring Christian congregations an awareness of the vast growth of Islam in the country and its effects on our churches. They strive to teach the truth about other religions and to train Christians to reach out into the community with love, acceptance and respect for those of other faiths. At the same time, Voice of Faith endeavors to keep youth in the Church by preparing them to become stronger Christians.

If you have a mission or ministry story you'd like to share, please submit for consideration via email to Lynne at
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.

FEMA Expands Public Assistance Eligibility to Include Houses of Worship
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced this month that houses of worship are now eligible for disaster assistance. This is great news for our Lutheran congregations and schools throughout our District and Synod.
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 at the beginning of every month.

The first convention deadline is February 19, 2018 with the following due at that time:
Delegate information forms
Nomination forms
Overtures & Memorials

These forms (e xcept for the president and vice president nomination forms)  are available 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. If you are unable to locate your president and/or vice president nomination forms, please contact  Rev. Luke Zimmerman (   or  717-636-1545) to have another copy mailed to you.

The deadline for convening a Circuit Forum is also February 19, 2018.
If you have questions, you may contact the District office ( or 800-755-9335) or Rev. Luke Zimmerman, District Secretary, (  or 717-636-1545). 
Best Practices for Ministry Conference 

Best Practices for Ministry Conference will be held February 22-24, 2018 at Christ Church-Lutheran, 3901 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018. It is FREE to attend.

Questions? Contact Nancy Barton at


New: TLH Module for Lutheran Service Builder
The Lutheran Hymnal (TLH) contains 312 hymns that are not found in Lutheran Service Builder (LSB). Now, the TLH hymns that are in the public domain (282) are available as a free download to be used within Lutheran Service Builder for your worship bulletin.

If you already use Builder to produce your bulletins, then simply download the TLH Module below. If you are not familiar with Lutheran Service Builder by Concordia Publishing House, visit their website
to learn more.
Download may be found here.

Shortened Luther movie now on Netflix
A shortened version of the full-length, two-hour edition of the acclaimed film that premiered in select theaters last February and was broadcast nationwide on PBS September 12, 2017 is now available on Netflix. Click  here for more details that were published in the Reporter.

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

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